We love Windstar and this was our 5th. cruise with them. Embarkation was exceedingly smooth. We arrived by private taxi and were able to board immediately. The room was very clean and everything worked well. As always, our cabin steward was a dream. They learn your comings and goings immediately and are never intrusive. Dining room service was also very good. The stewards are very eager to please and try to accommodate everyone. We often bring our own wine, purchased locally, and pay a $10 corkage fee. The menu is varied and the food is good, but not great. If you request a dish of caviar or 5 lobsters, they will always try to grant your wishes. Service was occasionally a little slow but the Dining Room Managers always go our of their way to make the experience exceptional. Morning room service was always punctual.The band was very good for a small ship and they were able to get everyone up to dance. Unfortunately they always retired at 12:00AM, even if there were people in the lounge. The duo in the bar was also enjoyable. The ports could have been a little better, especially Rostock, Germany and Latvia. Talinn, Estonia was wonderful, but we only spent 1/2 day there so that we could get to St. Petersburg early the next morning. This is one of the drawbacks in sailing on a smaller ship. We rarely take the tours but did so in St. Petersburg because we did not have Russian visas. The tours, run by Baltic Travel, were great. All in all, we had a wonderful experience and found all of the crew friendly and helpful, as always. The only inconvenience was when we disembarked. We have learned that it is rarely necessary to buy ground transfers and prefer to leisurely take our own taxi. In Copenhagen, we were only a 10 minute ride from the hotel. The bus for the people utilizing the ground transfer service never arrived, so the member of the Wind Surf social staff commandeered all of the taxis, leaving the rest of us to wait in a long line, after rushing to get us off of the ship. It would have been a little classier if they had allowed us a little more time to linger over breakfast.
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