When Wind Surf first joined the Windstar fleet, I heard a lot of negative feedback. People said the intimacy of the smaller ships was missing and the food and service were not up to Windstar standards.
Has anyone been on Wind Surf recently, and has the ship improved?
We we're on the Windsurf in Sep.98 and loved her.Tons of room,cabins and service was great.The food was fantastic and the highlight of our day was the ride in the zodiac with the sports staff.We would explore the harbors and ports for sometimes up to an hour.You will never get to do that on a regular cruise ship.I would highly recomend Windstar in the Med. or any place else for that matter.Hope this helps. Happy cruising
My boyfriend and I sailed on the Windsurf in January, 2001.
What a great way to start the New Year! It was wonderful in every way. We booked into a suite and had tons of space - two bathrooms and a nice sitting area. I did not even think about the fact that we did not have a balcony because we so enjoyed LAZING around the deck..There were so many nice places just to sit, relax and enjoy the view!
Other passengers were very friendly and I was pleased to see all kinds of people on board. It was not at all stuffy. The Windsurf is a beautiful ship - they have done a great job of keeping her up . The crew was the best ever.
We are already booked for the New Year's Cruise from Barbados - only 7 months away - I am counting the days.
If anyone out there has any questions about Windsurf I would be glad to help.
Hi- we did the Western Med cruise on Windsurf 2 monthes ago(May 2001) from ROme to Nice ( had done Princess years ago from Lisbon to Venice-so this wasn't our first Med cruise)--Here goes:IT WAS FABULOUS!!!! I don't know how I am going to go on another LARGE ship again with assigned seating and dining times---The ship was nice to look at, easy to manuver around-lounge had terrific 4 pc band that could play anything- casino was great-even had $3 tables with no pressure--acutally was fun even if you were losing!!
Cabins size was ok but bathrooms are definitely SMALL and funny saped- picture 2 circles connected by a rectangle- one circle was the toilet and opposite ciircle was shower.
Room service was good- cabin steward(after 2nd day of telling him we wanted 4 towels in bath finally got it right) was sweet.
Only major complaint was lack of knowledge by excursion people. Found most excursions to be a major rip-off--in fact after the 1st one in Corsica, we cancelled all the others except for the bus ride into FLorence for the sole reason to go shopping. THe dining was superb-like 5 star rest-service was sometimes spotty.
Breakfast was taken up top in Veranda rest-buffet plus stations for omlets,pancakes,eggs benedict....Lunch was also bugget-fabulous---dinner was in main restaurant or grill( you need a reservation for this rest)- we ate in grill 1 nite- it was much smalled than reg.rest. and had lots of tables for 2 overlooking water.
Foudn food in reg.rest. same as grill so we only tried grill once as our table was so good with the people we met.
Everybody friendly- at cocktail hour each nite in main lounge, a full buffet of hor douerves was put out-different country every nite.
When you enter main dining-req.table about 3 tables in from Maitre de--do NOT let them seat you in the bow of the ship (up front) as you feel more movement up there.
As far as cabin placement-try to get mid ship--if I did it over again, I wouldn't take lowest deck as you hear the engines more- go up 1 deck and stay midship
The watching of the sails going up in Civittavecchia was magical and romantic.
Our weather was iffy- it rained in Corsic and ELba but never dampened out spirits-the rest of ports wer ideal. Fell in love with Portofino and St.Tropez and husband got to see the preliminary races of formula ones and porsches of Grand Prix in Monaco--advise if you so this itinerary to fly into Rome a couple of days early so you're not jet lagged and get to see city and also extend you trip in Nice so you can truely visit that area too.
As far as dress__casual elegant--men wore khakis and polo shirts to dinner and women wore linen slax and silk shirts, or sundresses, or knit outfits. ONLY time you need a coat and tie was to go into Grand Casino in MOnte Carlo.
If you need anything else-email me direct----A
Paul, I owe you one - We met on the Viking Star last fall from Prague to Vienna. I am the travel agent you said owes you $5 for downloading an article from the website.
I must confess straight off that I had already formed a very positive opinion of Windstar from cruising on the Windsong in Tahiti a few years ago - there is just something about listening to Vangelis while sailing off into the sunset that I love.I was afraid that the larger version would lose alot, but while I would still prefer the smaller ships for most tropical/island ports, the Windsurf seemed appropriate for the cruise we were on.
Stateroom- My husband and I sailed on the Windsurf in the B category stateroom in the aft, port side of the ship from Citavecchia to Venice on June 2, 2001. The "regular", non suite staterooms seem much like the ones on the Windsong, except that instead of the trim being all teak it is painted white with the exception of the desk area. It is very well organized - I actually didn't need to fill many of the storage spaces to capacity. The closet area (separated into two sections, his and hers) was pretty roomy for a non suite stateroom and certainly held alot more than the armoire type closet we had on the Windsong. The bathrooms, while small, seem slightly larger than those on the Windsong as well. In short, we found the stateroom quite comfortable with the exception of the fact that the bed seemed a little hard. The "suites" are two adjoining staterooms which have the common wall removed so as to hold the "sitting area" and have two bathrooms.
Ports - We would have preferred to spend more time in Dubrovnik and much less in Messina, Sicily. Messina has an astrological clock but aside from that you would want to get out of town and go to Taormina or Mr. Etna. We took only two ship organized excursions - one to Taormina from Messina which was enjoyable. Would have taken the tour to Mr. Etna but we weren't interested in riding up in the vans since the cable car wasn't running until the middle of June. The excursion we took in Dubrovnik was a city tour combined with lunch outside the city was very interesting but didn't allow us as much time as we would have liked to linger in town (one of the reasons we would have liked to spend more time there).
Dining and Entertainment - The food was generally very good with lots of choices - enjoyed the barbecues outside. We only ate in the Bistro (their specialty restaurant) one night. They do have some items that are not on the regular dining room menu and do not charge to eat there. You can make reservations at the Bistro after 8am in the morning for the same night dining. I agree with the other person who posted a message that you don't want to sit all the way forward in the regular dining room, but the reason for me is that it just seemed cramped at that table in the bow. We thoroughly enjoyed the both of the trios who played in the bars.
I was discouraged to see that they had "art auctions" on board which I personally thought seemed out of place on this type of cruise - several passengers took to calling it "Carnival creep". My only other gripe is that the onboard shop was so stuffed with Tommy Bahama clothes, they didn't offer copies of the Vangelis CD.
The spa is considerably larger than on their other ships as are other public rooms commensurately larger. We particularly enjoyed the fitness center (which has windows on both sides so you can look at the scenery as you sweat), sauna and the hot tubs. They had the sports deck out twice on our sailing and passengers we spoke to who took advantage of the sports equipment said they enjoyed themselves. We would have done so too, but felt that we would rather spend our time checking out the ports.
Most of the passengers we met had been on a number of other Windstar cruises, many on more than one Windsurf cruise.
I've already droned on too long - let me know if you have any questions.
Please give my best to Anne and tell her that I love my dichodric glass jewelry and have her to thank for finding it and sharing - what a shopper!
I have just read your article in reply to Paul, and you have mentioned you've sailed on the Windsong. I am also travel agent, and I was wondering, if I could ask you for your opinion on the Windsong, Windsurf of Windspirit.
I have a honeymoon couple, getting married in November 2002. They are looking for something special with an interest in Europe or Far East. Of course the selection, especially now considering all the changes in the itineraries is not as favorable, however I could offer them a few itineraries on the Windstar, Windsurf or Windspirit in the Mediterranean as well as the Windsong in Far East.
Judy, I haven't sailed on any the Windstar ships just yet, neither did I have the opportunity to do a ship inspection on any of these ships. BAsed on your experience, would you say that especially considering the age of this couple, in their early and mid thirties, any of the Windstar ships will be suitable for their honeymoon trip? They have never cruised before, this will be their first time, I am sure their mind was set on the regular big ship experience with the balcony and the entertainment.
Judy, I would truly appreciate your valuable feedback on this. Thank you very much in advance
Jana, Sorry I haven't been on this site for quite awhile. You have probably already found what the honeymooners want. The fit with Windstar would depend on what they are looking for in their cruise experience. If your qualifying them says they are looking for the balcony/big show entertainment with a couple thousand of their closest friends, then these ships would not be for them. The Windstar ships, however, are very romantic, have watersports platform which is available at some, not all, ports, excellent food by cruise ship standards and a casual ambiance but not non stop activities followed by midnight buffets. Most of the couples are in the 35-55 or 55 and over range. Judy