Wind Surf

4.2 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: S     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    
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Wind Surf is a small ship, carrying 312 passengers and 190 crew, and sails from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and Lisbon, Portugal.

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lauramosso says ...

Wonderful First Time

My friend likes to cruise, I don't.  So we compromised on a small ship cruise and... Read more
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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Wonderful First Time

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My friend likes to cruise, I don't.  So we compromised on a small ship cruise and couldn't have been more delighted.  The Wind Surf was lovely, our room comfortable, and the crew were fantastic.  The food was very good and there was always good variety.  And of course we met some very lovely people and had a great time.  The excursions were good, however, we hit a few glitches.  Taormina; maybe I picked the wrong excursion, but the tour with the winery lunch didn't leave enough time to stroll and shop in the town, which the description said we would have.  The winery was at such a distance that at the end of the day it felt as if we had spent most of the day on the bus.  The winery lunch seemed as if they wanted to just get us in and out ASAP.  The day scheduled for tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum was the first Sunday of the month.  All sites and museums are free to Italians on the first Sunday.  We stood on line for 2 hours at Herculaneum and later heard that of two busses only one got into Pompeii because the site closed due to the crowds.  Additional tours were scheduled for the next day but we were so tired we cancelled our tour of Pompeii and stayed on the ship all day.  Not really a bad thing, we had a very relaxing day.  All in all, we had a great time and before we disembarked we were already talking about another cruise.Happy

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

We'll be back on another Wind Star Cruise soon!

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After sailing on a few large ship cruises, we had forgotten then benefits of small quaint ports, fewer more seasoned travelers and few children on board. Loved this experience again after 20+ years since our last Wind Star voyage. Looking forward to doing it again soon. Despite the fact it takes more work to get off the ship when tendering, love not being at a dock and out in the bay. Loved most of the ports and were glad to be well taken care of in semi-luxury.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Consistently outstanding

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They really know how to do cruising the right way.  The level of excellence can not be found with any other cruise line.  We love all of their cruises and have 3 more planned over the next twelve months.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Outstanding!

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The Wind Surf is a very special motor sailing yacht. Wee have been on it for five different cruises and it is just a terrific ship, The Atlantic Crossing was amazing because we ha=d inly 36 passengers on a ship that can carry slightly over 300 passengers. Our fellow passengers were genuinely nice people and se all got to know one another as we crossed the Atlantic. The officers and crew, both the vessel operation and the hotel side were amazing. the wait and bar staffs are the best we have ever seen and called us by name from day one. There is a friendliness and warmth on the ship that makes one feel very much at home.  This was a unique trip and one that we will do again.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

five star Food, service and loads included

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First time cruise on windstar and now wont cruise anyone else. Ship was very clean. Had booked lowest end room and it was quite large. Loads of included amenities from free snorkel gear to stocked beverage refrigerator in room, coffee bar, speciality restaurant etc... Loved not being nickeled and dimed to death on board. The port talks every night actually gave you tips on what to avoid on the islands and what to see rather than shilling their excursions or on land vendors. Their excursions by way had the lowest markup I had seen from any of the big cruise lines I had been on. They opened up the back of the boat on port days and you could take out all their water toys free of charge paddle boards, kayaks , hobie cats etc...On St. Lucia Day they held a big BBQ on land with sit down meal, beach umbrellas, water toys with some of the best snorkeling on the trip. They also took us out on tubing runs with speedboats. Once again this was all free of any extra charges. If you want onboard entertainment(shows, bingo) etc) this cruise line is not for you. Food was five star!! The menus were well planned . 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great Ship and Itinerary

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Although a nearly 30 yr ship with some insurmountable design issues, thoughtful renovations to cabins make for very nice accommodations.  Seemingly nearly all Indonesian crew, terrific at all levels of service.  Mostly good stopovers, a mixed bag on excursions,  My suggestion is to spend much time on-line before departing and pick your own.  The cruise line should send folks to update their excursion resources. 250-310 passenger cruise line seems the right size for ease of food service, embarking and disembarking.  On-board entertainment is the downside, practically none.  How does a cruise line economically provide worthwhile entertainment to 300?  In a a few words: with a lot of creativity. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Wind Surf dream come true!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The Wind surf was a dream come true, wasn't aware this type of cruise existed. No crowds, no lines, no noise, no hassle.... the ship itself was beautiful. Classy, clean, elegant, quiet.... the staff.... i could not say enough... outstanding. I was with two other people who had been on her last year, many of the staff greeted them by first name as they remembered them... the food on board, best I have ever had on a ship. Im not sure I will ever be able to go on a big ship again, as this was the most awesome experience I have ever had. Even though the ports were not really nice (except St Barts) Id d the same again, just to be on her. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great cruise

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It was a beautiful, if casual, ship. Great suite.  Glad we upgraded.  Food was good but I don't think it rated luxury standards.  Scheduled times in ports was maybe the best I have ever experienced.

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3 out of 5

Good but not great.

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Service was hit or miss for all meals. Had to ask several times to be served and for water or bread. The excursions were good and the marina was excellent and a lot of fun. The entertainment was so-so. The food was OK but not exceptional.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Wonderful Experience and Great Eating

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The trip on the Windsurf from Edinburgh to Dublin was truly a memorable experience. The ship's crew was fantastic--the provided 24/7 service and tried their best to mak everyday a wonderful experience...and they generally succeeded. The food was fantastic and if you dint gain 5 pounds...you must have been a very picky eater!! Choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner offered options to make everyone happy....plus the desserts were outrageous. My only concern is that the shore excursions were a bit over priced and did not always offer great value for the fees charged. The trip to Belfast was over $250 per person....3 hrs to get there and only 2 hrs in Belfast including lunch...and another 2 1/2 hrs to get back to the ship. No walking time or shopping time at all. Otherwise, a great experience and highly recommend it.

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Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft.
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LrryWllmsn
Contributor Level: Purser

Use the marina (sailing, kayaking and snorkeling)

Bonez
Contributor Level: Purser

High quality and great service.

Yiannaros
Contributor Level: Purser

make sure you keep track of your on-board allowances so you don't loose them at the end of the trip select a cabin with portholes avoiding outside ladders

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Price

S

Size

Jan 1990

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

312

Total Passengers

1.64

Crew to Passenger Ratio

7

Number of Decks

155

Total Cabins

7

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