We were celebrating milestone birthdays and splurged more than usual. One passenger had never been on a cruise.
Windstar Cruises strive to make every passenger feel special while delivering exceptional service and attention. The staff gets to know the travelers and deliver a friendly and attentive service.
The itinerary included the popular stops like Santorini and Mykonos but it was the smaller ports and islands that charmed us. The special event at Ephesus was a magical evening that few people would be able to access were it not for Windstar's arrangements. The stop as Kusadasi, Turkey was another sleeper hit with many passengers.
Overall, the attentive staff, the accommodations on the ship and the itinerary made for an unforgettable experience we already long to emulate on a future trip.
Favorite part of the cruise was the special event at the winery and the new friendships. Wish Wi-Fi was free. Maybe you could have it free for one hour a day.
The trip overall was fantastic. As usual Windstar crew and service were exceptional. The excursions were typically 10-12 of us taking off on a cat to sail around the island - snorkel, swim or see the sights. I hung out on the front trampoline of the cat, sipped a beverage, and felt as if it were our own vessel.
Back on board, the food was amazing - lobster, fresh local flying fish, grilled chops, etc.. Windstar also does a beach barbecue and a on-board barbecue that are untouchable. If you want to get away with a few of your new best friends and enjoy the remoteness of the Grenadines this is a great adventure for you.
The boat was beautiful and intimate. The number of guests was 147. Everyone was friendly and social. It was easy to meet other couples and singles. The crew addressed you by name which was wonderful. We have taken many cruises but this was the first time we have been on a small yacht and we will never go back to the large cruise ships. They have a windstar night, held at a 5 star hotel and casino in Rhodes, Greece for all the passengers which was very special at no additional cost. The food was amazing 5 star all the way. Probably not best choice for families with children.
Dr. and Mrs Lyttkens
This was a very interesting cruise visiting the historic Spanish coast on an exceptionally comfortable small ship. The ports were relatively free of visitors in mid November and the weather was delightful, it even being possible to have most meals out on deck.
Windstar's crew was friendly and efficient and the cabin was quiet and pleasant, even on the Atlantic leg, from Cadiz to Lisbon when the seas were bigger. I recommend it.
Amazing destinations, both for beauty and historical context. Voyage was more intimate given 140 passengers, where there are only two cabin decks and you meet majority of passengers during 7 days. Weather in late Sept was comfortable to where you did not end your day hot and exhausted. Food was of high quality as expected. Due to weather we were unable to use watersports platform which was our only negative to the trip. Finally, excursions while not unreasonable in cost, could be attained for half the price DIY. With the exception of the Evening in Ephesus, which was the highlight of the entire trip. Average age skewed older (avg 65). Would highly recommend both this ship and itinerary.
The cruise was wonderful. The staff on the ship were friendly and competent; cabin was great; food incredible. We loved the excursions we chose. We would happily go again!
There is no cruise like a Windstar cruise......the best service, food, intineries and small ship on the sea! I feel like a queen when I am on Windstar! Can't wait for my next next Windstar journey!