11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and i took this special cruise to french polynesia for my 60th birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful time and the service was good however it was not impeccable nor outstanding. I was expecting a cleaner cabin 227 hence ... Read More
My husband and i took this special cruise to french polynesia for my 60th birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful time and the service was good however it was not impeccable nor outstanding. I was expecting a cleaner cabin 227 hence found carpet was delapidated and our attendant was not accomadating since we had to ask for basic toiletries on our first day and ice cube! In addition we bought a laundry package and unfortunately they lost my husband shorts! The worse shore package was anapearl farm with snorkeling! We were driven with a van for 15 mins and arrived at a docking station where summer our anapearl hostess tooked 19 of us to her pearl farm via a small boat. We arrived at the pearl farm in the middle of the ocean and she explained the process of pearl farming which was interesting but failed miserably in allowing us to snorkel to observe the oyster bed pearl process under water due to the fact an unscheduled 6person guest visitors pop in hence summer was unable to complete our snorkeling tour. We all felt summer was interested in selling her mediocre pearls instead of filling her tour contract!!! Would high not take purchase this excursion and i have complained to kuba (cruise director) hence future customer would be missed lead. Lastly the food quality: The breakfast buffet was good but not spectacular hence could use improvement with better variety of tropical fruits abundant in fp and better quality bakery which i found the croissants to be stale. Dinner was good overall but lack substance innovation lack luster especially the “james beard” signature plate was horrible!!! In addition, the pastry chef serve 6 of us in our table for my birthday celebration with an unrise flat soufle! There was no explanation or worse no apologies or offer a substitution!!! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
A Tahiti/French Polynesia cruise has been on my bucket list ever since Windstar initiated this itinerary. I'm a solo cruiser and particularly enjoy the Windstar cruises because of the more intimate, convivial feeling with a relatively ... Read More
A Tahiti/French Polynesia cruise has been on my bucket list ever since Windstar initiated this itinerary. I'm a solo cruiser and particularly enjoy the Windstar cruises because of the more intimate, convivial feeling with a relatively small passenger size--about 130 in this case. Not an inexpensive trip for a single, but worth it. Embarkation was smooth. SHIP: Delightful 4-masted motor sailing ship. Facilities are adequate for a ship and passenger number of this size. Caveat: some open air facilities like deck dining and happy hour are weather-dependent. CABIN: The cabins are woodsy and cozy (rather than roomy) with lots of clever nooks for storage. Closet, drawer and storage space is adequate. Robes and slippers are supplied along with the usual toiletries. Always flowers and a fruit selection on fold-out table. Minibar good but lacks snack options. I always have the feeling that there is a crew of elves that invisibly keep things neat, filled up, replaced, arranged, made up and cleaned. Cabin stewards created different "towel creatures" daily for our amusement. Twin beds can be slid together. Portholes ok.DINING: Inside and outside, casual and laid-back elegant. Affected by terrible weather but handled deftly by crew. Food: substantial, wide selection but chef was into too many uber-creative concoctions. ACTIVITIES: offered daily, I didn't partake. Crew show was terrific. SERVICE: Absolutely, consistently the best, even in difficult conditions. A Winstar hallmark. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: Itinerary altered due to bad weather. Lots of excursions but many cancelled due to weather & conditions. All setbacks handled with fabulous communication, efficiency & good spirits. Delightful island picnic with entertainment. CAPTAIN very communicative re: poor weather and rough conditions. He made alterations for passengers' comfort. It appeared there was always a 'Plan B' for everything & it was seamlessly enacted when necessary. WOULD I GO AGAIN ? You betcha! I'd like to experience this cruise outside of rainy season. ADVICE: Avoid rainy season (Jan to spring)!! NOTE: this was my 8th Windstar cruise. 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
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2014
We‘re just back from the Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Roca cruise on the Wind Spirit. This was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and ... Read More
We‘re just back from the Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Roca cruise on the Wind Spirit. This was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and professional. They do a great job given the deep cuts put in place by the new owners. The kitchen staff works wonders with the poor quality supplies they are provided. But even they can’t make up for the lack of quality food or the minimal quantity of pricier ingredients. Compared to our previous Windstar cruises, the lunch buffet was bare bones. No seafood salads or other interesting items. Instead we had lots of pasta’s and stewed/braised meats, the better to tenderize lower quality cuts. The afternoon teas were simply embarrassing. Dinners were usually better but the seafood was dreadful. One does not expect frozen fish as an entrée when visiting ports filled with local fisherman delivering wonderful fish daily. It is clear that Xanterra is cutting corners which has impacting bookings. Our cruise was only 78% occupied (125 passengers). At the Yacht Club (frequent cruiser) reception I discretely chatted with several other Windstar regulars who noticed the decline and wanted to share notes on other lines for future cruises. The staff at the corporate booking office worked to minimums and couldn’t care less about our past loyalty. Xanterra specializes in extracting maximum revenue from a captive audience. As operators of facilities within US National Parks, they serve visitors who rarely come back for repeat visits. So their modus operandi is maximum prices with minimal value. We sailed on the Seabourn Odyssey last year and the difference between the Odyssey and Wind Spirit is dramatic even though the Windstar line costs about the same. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2014
Our Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Rica cruise on the Wind Spirit was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and professional. They do a great job given ... Read More
Our Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Rica cruise on the Wind Spirit was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and professional. They do a great job given the deep cuts put in place by the new owners. The kitchen staff works wonders with the poor quality supplies they are provided. But even they can’t make up for the lack of quality food or the minimal quantity of pricier ingredients. Compared to our previous Windstar cruises, the lunch buffet was bare bones. No seafood salads or other interesting items. Instead we had lots of pasta’s and stewed/braised meats, the better to tenderize lower quality cuts. The afternoon teas were simply embarrassing. Dinners were usually better but the seafood was dreadful. One does not expect frozen fish as an entrée when visiting ports filled with local fisherman delivering wonderful freshly caught fish daily. It is clear that Xanterra is cutting corners which has impacting bookings. Our cruise was only 78% occupied (125 passengers). At the Yacht Club (frequent cruiser) reception I discretely chatted with several other Windstar regulars who noticed the decline and wanted to share notes on other lines for future cruises. The staff at the corporate booking office worked to minimums and couldn’t care less about our past loyalty. Xanterra specializes in extracting maximum revenue from a captive audience. As operators of facilities within US National Parks, they serve visitors who rarely come back for repeat visits. So their modus operandi is maximum prices with minimal value. We sailed on the Seabourn Odyssey last year and the difference between the Odyssey and Wind Spirit is dramatic even though the Windstar line costs about the same. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
My husband and I just got back from a seven day cruise on Wind Star. We had not been on the ship before but have cruised on Oceania and Royal Caribbean. As with any cruise there is the good and the bad. The good news was the cabin ... Read More
My husband and I just got back from a seven day cruise on Wind Star. We had not been on the ship before but have cruised on Oceania and Royal Caribbean. As with any cruise there is the good and the bad. The good news was the cabin was nice. The bathrooms were clean and the shower had two heads. The bose ipod speaker was great and the plasma tv was nice. The only really bad thing about the room was that it was so dark! We asked our room attendant about some holes above the mirror in the room where it looked as though there had been a light above. He informed us that yes, there had been a light, but the lights had all been removed because they got too hot. Regardless, lighting was minimal. The bad news is that the ship was rusting away. The outside of the ship and the outside deck was dirty and covered in rust. The plastic lounge chairs had not had a good scrub down in I don't know how long. The sails were very dingy looking. The captain informed us that they would be working on the ship during their two week transatlantic, but it is going to take a lot more than two weeks to get the ship looking good. The service was not even comparable to the Oceania ship. The food during dinner wasn't bad, but we sat outside one night where they grill for you separately and unfortunately the dinner was bad. The lunch buffet was pretty much the same every day, but the salads were good and the breakfast wasn't bad. The other good thing about the ship is because there are only 150 passengers on board, you easily meet one another and everyone seemed to be friendly and happy. My last comment has to do with the noise on board during the early hours. We were on the second level and I heard the first level was worse. Whenever they were preparing to ready the tenders or whatever they were doing, there was this loud noise which would awaken you at 6:00 am. This happened about 2-3 times during the cruise. Anyway, I've never been in a cabin that was noisy, but maybe my cabin was in the wrong spot, which was in the middle of the deck. I enjoyed the ports, but had been to all of the places before, so didn't really do any tours except for a snorkel and the Americas Cup Race, which were good. Oh, the only other thing was that the itinerary stated that you arrive back in St. Thomas at 6:00 am, but we found out later that it was 7:00 am. We had booked a flight for 7:45. I will give great credit to the crew, as they allowed us to leave right at 7:00 and we did manage to get on our flight. 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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