17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We had sailed on the Aegean Cruise with the Wind Spirit and wanted to go to Polynesia with them. We loved every minute! Our cabin was constantly tidied with fresh towels provided, and our meals were superb - expertly cooked from scratch ... Read More
We had sailed on the Aegean Cruise with the Wind Spirit and wanted to go to Polynesia with them. We loved every minute! Our cabin was constantly tidied with fresh towels provided, and our meals were superb - expertly cooked from scratch (freshly made breads every day) and served so beautifully by polite, attentive waiters. Breakfast and lunch always had freshly cut fruits that were so delectable. Our two private events on nearby motus couldn't have been more beautifully planned with phenominal buffets and local singers and dancers for entertainment. Simply breathtaking. They served my husband and me tea and cookies every afternoon, since they knew we loved to have it, even though it wasn't part of the program. The tenders went ashore every 15 minutes all day when we were moored, so we were free to wander around at our own pace. If I could, I would leave again tomorrow to take the exact same cruise with the exact same crew. Read Less
30 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
It was always my dream to cruise the Tahitian islands and it was my chance to try the Windstar Cruise Line. I was not disappointed in taking this cruise! I have limited experience in cruising, having only been on an Oceania Cruise before ... Read More
It was always my dream to cruise the Tahitian islands and it was my chance to try the Windstar Cruise Line. I was not disappointed in taking this cruise! I have limited experience in cruising, having only been on an Oceania Cruise before this. I think Oceana sets a high bar and this cruise met that bar. The cabins on the Wind Spirit are all the same size. There is a price difference between level 1 and level 2 and cabins in the mid-ship. I do not see any real difference in these cabins other than a few extra stairs and the water level outside your 2 port holes. I would avoid cabins 205, 207 and 209, which are right by the tinder. The people in the cabins will look out at the tinder but to be honest, can't say when I was on the tinder, that I could see in these cabins. The cabins had a ton of storage. Sufficient hanging space, 4 drawers and more under the seats of the banquette. Shelves in the bathroom both above the sink area and below. There were shelves next to the bed for night reading and other items. Outlets were US compatible. The TV in the room was adequate. There were a variety of movies that played during the week and a ton of DVDs in the library. We only watched the news when getting ready for the day. We had a standing order of coffee delivered each morning, which was wonderful. The breakfast had a nice buffet as well as different al a cart items each day. I only had lunch a few times but it also had a changing buffet and al a cart items. Dinner in the dining room was fabulous each evening we ate there. For one evening we had a buffet on a motu- good food, another, a BBQ on deck which also had good food. Candles was an option for one evening and it good as well. We heard from others they had a great meal at Candles, but our steaks were a little tough. We ordered room service on the pool deck a few times and once in the room. The staff was wonderful and accommodating. Everyone was cheerful, went out of their way to be helpful and extremely polite. They knew our names by the first evening! Several of the wait staff were more than welcoming and were more like friends by the end of the cruise. We can not say enough about the level of service on this ship! Embarkation was quick and easy. The work out room was really small and a little warm. There was yoga and stretching on the upper deck each morning. Snorkel gear is available for use for the week, just go to the marina to check out the items. You can kayak, swim or SUP from the back of the ship. You can also use these items from the motus in Ta'haa and Bora Bora. You can not use these from the ship when it is docked in Raiatea. I used the ship's excursions for a discovery dive in Raiatea and a snorkel safari, as well as a catamaran tour in Bora Bora. The other excursions I booked myself directly with the tour companies. I used Marc's Combo Tour in Huahine, Francky Franck's in Moorea, We took a taxi bus for an island tour on Bora Bora. We also did an impromptu boat tour of the river in Raiatea. We stayed at the Intercontinental pre and post cruise. There is more rocking in this sailboat than the larger ships. I was on a relatively small ship on Oceania, the Regatta, but it had much less rocking than this ship. If you have sea sickness, be sure to bring your meds. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise firstly for the destination, then for the small number of passengers & finally because the ship was different with its sails. The ship & staff were excellent & although the cabins are a little dated they ... Read More
We chose this cruise firstly for the destination, then for the small number of passengers & finally because the ship was different with its sails. The ship & staff were excellent & although the cabins are a little dated they were very clean & comfortable. We could not fault the selections for breakfast & lunch but found the evening meals were sometimes not quite up to the high standard anticipated. "Candles", on the back deck was a standout as was the other night there. The suckling pig & some of the salads were excellent. The meals on the private islands were good but it is difficult to maintain the standard of hot food without electricity. The local entertainers provided on 2 occasions were excellent. We found that all of the islands visited were very much the same with little in the way of shopping or souvenires & unless you are into diving or snorkelling the excursions are somewhat uninteresting, & very expensive if you book through the ship. Embarkation, bisembarkation were smooth & shore transfers to the islands were well handled. Overall very relaxing, pleasant & recommended. I cannot understand why cruise lines charge gratuities on a daily basis. If it is an important part of the crew renumeration, as they point out, then please add it to the fare. Pay your staff what they are worth. And the staff on Wind Spirit were definitly worthy of being looked after. I will continue to complain about this practice & hope that it will be discontinued sometime in the future. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Water activities around the Society islads was the aim. That was great. The ship itself is sufficient but limited. One bar one restaurant (ok there is the so called "candles) but actually that is just setting the tables on the pool ... Read More
Water activities around the Society islads was the aim. That was great. The ship itself is sufficient but limited. One bar one restaurant (ok there is the so called "candles) but actually that is just setting the tables on the pool deck with table clothes. No good in poor weather. The ship doesnt actually "sail". It operates by engine power. The sails are just for show and the "sailaway" is impressive but after the first couple of times wears a bit thin. But hey what else is there to do before dinner? Dont choose a cabin in the middle of the boat or you will be directly above the engine room. Impossible to sleep. Amazing how they get away with it. People dont like to complain and when they said "no one ever mentioned it I almost burst out laughing, but I was too tired;) This is not a wide ship so dont expect smooth sailing its rocky. If you are on the lower deck then expect to see the fishies out of you porthole. Who would guess you get a free aquarium??? The crew and the passangers were great. Sadly, apart from the lagoons Tahiti is sad. Its crumbling before your eyes and the Tahitian people have some social issues to tackle. McDonalds has them held good and tight. The buildings and roads are in disrepair mostly. 50% of the population is under 25. With no obviouse means of future income goodness only knows what the future holds for them. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Sailed on Windspirit Tahiti August 2016. It is the one cruise experience we hope to do again. Loved it. Thought a couple of tips might help others. 1 if arranging own transport to the ship don't arrive before the scheduled time as ... Read More
Sailed on Windspirit Tahiti August 2016. It is the one cruise experience we hope to do again. Loved it. Thought a couple of tips might help others. 1 if arranging own transport to the ship don't arrive before the scheduled time as you will not be allowed on until 1pm. 2. When you get on board book your dinner on deck at candles the first day 3. On the day you are in Tahaa there is a motu booked by the ship and they set it up with deck chairs and lots of activities and there is a picnic on the motu all complementary so don't book an excursion for that day 4. The signature event in Bora Bora is on the 2nd day. You can also go across during the day for snorkelling and water sports on motu. 5. Snorkelling gear and fins are provided on board for the week. 6. You tender each day except when in Raiatea, advice would be to organise an excursion this day can do it from the ship or from the tourist office in port. 7. Best excursion we took we organised privately with a local company while in Huahine, Poetenia circle island tour, it was fantastic day, you eat on tables in the water, learn how to cook island style, snorkel 2 different spots , visit pearl farm and sacred eels. But best are the local people who run the excursion, their sense of fun and immersion in true local culture. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I may be the only person who didn't enjoy this cruise and i accept some responsibility for this. The ship itself is beautiful; if you are a couple or family travelling together, it is perfect. if you are single and don't drink ... Read More
I may be the only person who didn't enjoy this cruise and i accept some responsibility for this. The ship itself is beautiful; if you are a couple or family travelling together, it is perfect. if you are single and don't drink and aren't american then you will feel sorely left out. My travelling companion cancelled at the last minute due to hospital admission, so I was left on my own to enjoy French Polynesia. My cabin AX209 had the gangway outside it every day. I thought this should have been advised to me prior to booking at over $8000AUD. I found the food, except for breakfast, to be not overly suitable for vegetarians. I did not participate in the BBQ events so cannot comment on these. The best island culturally was Huahine and for scenery Moorea. i enjoyed watching Mutiny on the Bounty for historical reference. I wish that the private event at Bora Bora did not cancel out touring the island that evening. I would have preferred to spend more time on Bora Bora itself and more time also on Moorea. I did not do any tours at Tahaa due to motion sickness, so I have no idea the merits of that island. Read Less
38 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise ship firstly because of its destinations (Tahiti & French Polynesia) and secondly because we liked the idea of a smaller boat that offered the feel of a "private yacht" without being surrounded by ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship firstly because of its destinations (Tahiti & French Polynesia) and secondly because we liked the idea of a smaller boat that offered the feel of a "private yacht" without being surrounded by thousands of other passengers, and we were not disappointed. We had high expectations from the start and all of our expectations were far exceeded. We don't think we could ever go on a large ship after our Windstar experience. The ship itself is stunning, especially at "sail away" time each night when the sails are hoisted to an amazing piece of music. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, and even when sign-on started to get busy the staff suggested we could have lunch upstairs first and then sign on later - with embarkation commencing at 1 pm we certainly did not expect to be provided with lunch. The crew were top class and no request was too much trouble. The crew we had regular contact with all remembered our names right from the start. Our stateroom & ensuite were very comfortable and had plenty of room and storage space. The food was exceptional - breakfast and lunch were a choice of a' la carte or buffet with dinner being a set menu with multiple choices (at least 5 per course) in the beautiful AmphorA restaurant. There are no set dining times or allocated tables - just turn up and you will be seated in a 5-star restaurant - with your choice of dining alone or on a share table. Our cruise also included two private on-shore BBQ events on small "motus" (islands) which were terrific - the crew goes to an enormous amount of work to ensure these events go off without a hitch to provide a very memorable event for the passengers. Our destinations were some of the most beautiful places on earth and transfer ashore to do excursions or just explore were quick & hassle free by means of the tender boats. With such a small amount of passengers we hardly ever queued or waited for anything! Most of the sailing/travelling was done at night but we hardly noticed the gentle rock of the boat - some people might not like it but it is hardly noticeable after a couple of days. The sails were generally just for show as mostly there is not enough wind in this area to enable them to move the vessel alone. We also loved the idea of having a swim deck at the back where you could kayak, water ski, swim or paddle board. Shore excursions were well organised and lots of fun. There were usually several to choose from in each location although we did find some were already booked out before we sailed as many people had booked them on-line. Some excursions could only accommodate small numbers of guests due to the limited number of operators in the smaller destinations. We did the jet-ski tour around Bora Bora and although it was our first time on a jet-ski it was so much fun and exciting and provided a much better look at the whole island. Because it is a small ship we were aware entertainment would be limited and that was not a problem. Various types of entertainment were provided by Grace & Lee - a very talented couple - although many people tended to retire early to bed after a late dinner and active day exploring beautiful French Polynesia. Windstar offer a beverage package but unless you are big drinkers it is probably not worth it. We didn't buy the package as we would generally only have a couple of drinks per day. Most drinks were quite reasonably priced considering we were on a cruise ship. In summary, we would DEFINITELY cruise with Windstar again but explore a different location, probably the Mediterranean. Windstar is expensive when compared to other major cruise lines, but the experience is described as "180 degrees from ordinary" and that is certainly the case. Our cruise had 10 spare cabins so if you have the luxury of booking last minute then I would suggest that option as they tend to offer pretty good discounts for those who book late. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was the best trip ever! The location is dreamy. The boat is fantastic. The food was delicious and I mean every last bite. The crew is 5 star all the way. Major plus if you like sunsets and sea life! We liked it so well we ... Read More
This was the best trip ever! The location is dreamy. The boat is fantastic. The food was delicious and I mean every last bite. The crew is 5 star all the way. Major plus if you like sunsets and sea life! We liked it so well we signed up for another week!! Would recommend this ship and this itinerary to anyone who likes sparkling waters and beautiful islands, Would go back in a minute. Don't go if you don't like smaller boats with under 150 people. We thought it was lovely to make friends just by sitting out on the deck or riding on the tender. Everyone was warm and certainly not fussy or pretentious. Loved seeing Manta rays and beautiful sea live under the pristine waters of Tahiti. The service on the boat was excellent and attentive. The feel of the ship is like a private sailing yacht and could not have been more comfortable. We have sailed with Winstar before in Europe, the Baltics, etc. This was our favorite trip. We think it has something to do with the amazing scenery of the South Pacific. Can you really beat Moorea and Bora Bora for all that God's creation has on display? I think not! Here are a few tips: Snorkeling will get the job done in Tahiti even if you are a Scuba diver. The island beach days provided on a "motu" was so much fun. It truly is like being in a dreamy private island. So much to do and explore and excursions are going on all around. Love this boat and the generous people who make it all happen. From Jason the hotel manager and lovely Nicola running things. Everyone from dining to the bar to the tenders gets 5 stars from me. The could not have been nicer or more generous. In Tahiti all creation speaks with a lovely assist from the Wind Spirit. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This cruise was selected based the variety of destinations included in the cruise and the fact that the ship was a four masted sailing yacht. The ship did not disappoint. The crew was fabulous and treated each passenger with amazing care ... Read More
This cruise was selected based the variety of destinations included in the cruise and the fact that the ship was a four masted sailing yacht. The ship did not disappoint. The crew was fabulous and treated each passenger with amazing care and attention to detail. For my wife and I, this was a "bucket list" destination/cruise and we were able to see both the Society and Tuomotu islands at a leisurely pace. This is a laid back environment and you are even welcome on the bridge during the daylight hours while at sea. There is a very cool ritual as the sails are unfurled to the music of Vangellis' "Conquest of Paradise". It made for are very memorable sunset! Food was excellent and the relatively small amount of passengers gave us the feeling we extra special on board the Wind Spirit. Each day offered a variety of activities to choose from, including just swimming off the stern of the boat. But, I recommend immersing yourself in the local cultural experiences in the islands. We met a total stranger on the island of Rangiroa who gave us a tour of the island and even let us stop by her house to use the restroom Her husband gave us both fresh coconut water. The cost? Notthing! This lady is exactly what you might imagine and lovely islander to be. We insisted she be compensated for her kindness and she reluctantly accepted. I would travel on Wind Star again in a heartbeat.. Read Less
Wind Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 2.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family N/A 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
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