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Wind Surf Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Wind Surf

10 Night Sicilian Splendors (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 29, 2017

Ship: Wind Surf

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 130

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Nova, one of the waiters, was terrific. After a day or two we always requested one of his tables at dinner. Ram, one of the cooks at the Veranda, always accommodating, and asking if we wanted something special. Hasan, our cabin steward, always helpful. We had the laundry package - everything came back perfectly done, and I have to say I've never had anyone iron my nightgown before! Kudos.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship design was lovely, and everything sparkled.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable overall, and the bed and pillows were perfect. Slept well. In spite of the compact size, there was room for everything. Very well done.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Catania, Sicily

3 out of 5

Valletta, Malta

5 out of 5

Gozo Island, Malta

5 out of 5

Porto Empedocle, Sicily

5 out of 5

Trapani, Sicily

5 out of 5
Buy some of their salt. It comes in a variety of combinations, with oregano, infused with wine, or just plain.

Lipari (Isola Lipari), Italy

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the tour and the information on pumice and obsidian. Afterward there was plenty of time to stroll around the lovely town. Have a granite!
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