Families with older teens and couples — including honeymooners — who like the idea of sailing, without the need for actual wind, book cruises with Windstar. The open teak decks, towering masts, and flapping sails look majestic, even when the engines are doing the work. Recent renovations retained the nautical look the line does so well, but with a fresh update. Best of all, the no-jackets-required dress code and open-bridge policy create a casual, relaxed vibe.
Couples and families with older teens who like to have the feel of sailing mixed with an upscale cruise experience.
Children, as well as anyone who needs a lot of organized activities: Socializing with shipmates and gazing at the scenery are the main pastimes when not in port.
Renovations freshened the nautical look Windstar does so well.
The ships' retractable marinas let passengers water ski, sail, kayak, and snorkel off the ships’ retractable marinas three to five times a week.
Sail-away includes a sunset barbecue buffet on deck — a spectacular way to leave gorgeous ports like Dubrovnik and Santorini.
The poolside Candles restaurant on Wind Star and Wind Spirit serves well-executed casual fare, including shish kebabs that rival those in most ports.
Windstar's DVD collection offers 400 choices.
All nonalcoholic drinks are included.
The spa and gym are outstanding on Wind Surf, which also has an outdoor jogging track.
Three ships from Seabourn will be added to Windstar's fleet by 2015, allowing the line to offer more exotic itineraries.
We Could Live Without
These feel like fake sailing ships — the sails look majestic, but the engines propel the ships.
The gyms and spas on Wind Star and Wind Spirit are tiny.
The cruise line doesn’t offer Wi-Fi in cabins.
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abalasquide8 says ...
All crew members were outstanding! We would like to mention: Allen, Rojid (the Chef), Chris, Jocelyn, Eugene, Claire, Sergio and Laura, and so many more that I don't recall their names.
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sherryplotkin says ...
Loved cabin 119. Felt less movement and it was close to the best stairs! Very quiet and private. Glad we chose the 1st level. No elevators though but the walk up was easy and quick.
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ToddM4 says ...
All common areas were neat and clean. Furniture looked new. Deck chairs were too comfortable.
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