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What a spectacular cruise. We sailed out of Barbados on February 7th. We stayed 2 nights prior, and 1 night post cruise. Of all the cruise lines I’ve been on, Wind Star is by far my #1 choice. There are no Ping-Pong or shuffleboard tournaments, no drinking games, no pushy drink servers - but there is a whole lot of luxury, plenty of rest, beautiful small island stops, and outstanding views all the time. Maybe young adults, who are in their teens & 20’s would prefer some craziness over these small, classy, personable cruise ships but that would have to be about it. This was our 2nd Windstar cruise. Our last one was on the Wind Surf, only 10 months prior to this. That in itself says a whole lot about my impression of Windstar. The Windstar’s Wind Star, had about 130 passengers this trip, so it wasn’t sold out completely but it was full. Some days it was hard to get a lounge chair, however we always did find one. The casino is very small with only 2 tables and maybe 10 slot machines, the gym had 3 treadmills, 2 bikes, & 1 incumbent machine. There were also some weights. The deck plan layout was perfect: deck 4 had the pool & Veranda for breakfast & lunch. Deck 3 was the lounge, casino, restaurant, shop, and front desk. Decks 1 & 2 are the rooms. Deck 2 has the gym & sports platform. The meals were incredible, no complaints at all, only praise from me. They have everything at both breakfast & lunch with the buffet and/or the menu. The diner is open seating and always seemed to have a different menu. The bar staff and crew were again perfect. If you’ve been – Charlie, Noy, Phillip, Rene, and Tata are the only names I remember now that it’s been 2 weeks since I returned. My memory fades as quickly as my tan. Those guys were all wonderful. The island stops on this tour were superb. I can’t imagine a better itinerary. Barbados – go to the Boatyard. They have a good beach with music and lots to do. Fun! Their price also includes a ride back to the ship. Pigeon Island – we walked up to the fort, then down to the beach. This was our only rainy day. More like 4 hours of lite rain, mist, and clouds, then it was perfect. It’s not a tremendously hard walk up to the top, but it is steep & a little slippery when wet. I’d call it a challenging hike. Grenada – we took a cab to The Aquarium restaurant. Excellent beach, food & drinks. Mayreau – Beach party – it was great! Then we took a catamaran out for some snorkeling. This was worth it even though we were tired from the party & volleyball. They took us to a little sandbar island. I think it’s a Once-in-a-lifetime thing. Bequia – we just walked around. It’s best, after you get to the dock, to walk to your right. It quickly turns very nice and leads you to the beach where the ship’s little zodiac rafts pick-up & drop-off. Tobago Cays – we did the Tobago Cays Snorkel. $75 – absolutely worth it. My wife doesn’t snorkel, she stayed on the catamaran and spotted more turtles than I did while I was snorkeling. The fish, coral, and turtles where everywhere. I was asked “which ship did you prefer: Wind Surf or Wind Star”. I have to say the Wind Surf. The Wind Surf carries twice the number of passengers: 290, which is still small but there’s more of a chance to meet people of your type. And more important is the entertainment. The Wind Star had only 1 guy playing the piano – “John”. He was pretty good, but not near what the Wind Surf has: a duet up at the pool bar & occasionally in the lounge, AND there is also a 5 piece band at the lounge. But, you tell me that I’m sailing with Windstar again, and I won’t argue about which ship I want.  

Fantastic small ship. Wonderful experience.

Wind Star Cruise Review by LuvDCaribbean

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom
What a spectacular cruise. We sailed out of Barbados on February 7th. We stayed 2 nights prior, and 1 night post cruise. Of all the cruise lines I’ve been on, Wind Star is by far my #1 choice. There are no Ping-Pong or shuffleboard tournaments, no drinking games, no pushy drink servers - but there is a whole lot of luxury, plenty of rest, beautiful small island stops, and outstanding views all the time. Maybe young adults, who are in their teens & 20’s would prefer some craziness over these small, classy, personable cruise ships but that would have to be about it.
This was our 2nd Windstar cruise. Our last one was on the Wind Surf, only 10 months prior to this. That in itself says a whole lot about my impression of Windstar.
The Windstar’s Wind Star, had about 130 passengers this trip, so it wasn’t sold out completely but it was full. Some days it was hard to get a lounge chair, however we always did find one. The casino is very small with only 2 tables and maybe 10 slot machines, the gym had 3 treadmills, 2 bikes, & 1 incumbent machine. There were also some weights. The deck plan layout was perfect: deck 4 had the pool & Veranda for breakfast & lunch. Deck 3 was the lounge, casino, restaurant, shop, and front desk. Decks 1 & 2 are the rooms. Deck 2 has the gym & sports platform.
The meals were incredible, no complaints at all, only praise from me. They have everything at both breakfast & lunch with the buffet and/or the menu. The diner is open seating and always seemed to have a different menu.
The bar staff and crew were again perfect. If you’ve been – Charlie, Noy, Phillip, Rene, and Tata are the only names I remember now that it’s been 2 weeks since I returned. My memory fades as quickly as my tan. Those guys were all wonderful.
The island stops on this tour were superb. I can’t imagine a better itinerary.
Barbados – go to the Boatyard. They have a good beach with music and lots to do. Fun! Their price also includes a ride back to the ship.
Pigeon Island – we walked up to the fort, then down to the beach. This was our only rainy day. More like 4 hours of lite rain, mist, and clouds, then it was perfect. It’s not a tremendously hard walk up to the top, but it is steep & a little slippery when wet. I’d call it a challenging hike.
Grenada – we took a cab to The Aquarium restaurant. Excellent beach, food & drinks.
Mayreau – Beach party – it was great! Then we took a catamaran out for some snorkeling. This was worth it even though we were tired from the party & volleyball. They took us to a little sandbar island. I think it’s a Once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Bequia – we just walked around. It’s best, after you get to the dock, to walk to your right. It quickly turns very nice and leads you to the beach where the ship’s little zodiac rafts pick-up & drop-off.
Tobago Cays – we did the Tobago Cays Snorkel. $75 – absolutely worth it. My wife doesn’t snorkel, she stayed on the catamaran and spotted more turtles than I did while I was snorkeling. The fish, coral, and turtles where everywhere.
I was asked “which ship did you prefer: Wind Surf or Wind Star”.
I have to say the Wind Surf. The Wind Surf carries twice the number of passengers: 290, which is still small but there’s more of a chance to meet people of your type. And more important is the entertainment. The Wind Star had only 1 guy playing the piano – “John”. He was pretty good, but not near what the Wind Surf has: a duet up at the pool bar & occasionally in the lounge, AND there is also a 5 piece band at the lounge.
But, you tell me that I’m sailing with Windstar again, and I won’t argue about which ship I want.
 
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