My husband and I are going on the Wind Surf in early Feb. from Ft. lauderdale around the Bahamas. We have always traveled on Celebrity Cruises so we're wondering what to expect. Also, wondering if the weather could be a little "iffy" then....
Weather is typically great at that time of year in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Water temps will be cooler than the summer months but still comfortable for swimming and snorkeling. If you dive, you'll want to wear a light wet suit.
I haven't sailed on Celebrity, but I love Windstar! I enjoy cruises of any kind, but I found this small ship experience to be much nicer than the more regimented atmosphere of the large ships.
The dining experience is excellent, with quality food and the freedom to have that table for 2 anytime you'd like. The only downside is if you like a lot of large-scale entertainment and casino action, you won't find it on Windstar. Evenings are pretty quiet, and most people tend to star gaze on deck or take a movie back to their cabin following dinner.
We are also going to be sailing Wind Surf, on her Feb 17th departure.
Our first trip on her was January 2001 out of Barbados on her south-bound itinerary. We liked her so much, we promised ourselves we'd return.
Although we don't have any Celebrity Cruises experience, we have sailed HAL twice and RCCL four times, all on what are considered mid-sized ships by today's standards.
On our Caribbean cruise, we definitely liked Wind Surf's ability to put into the less populated spots in otherwise busy port stops.
I agree with Dawn's observations in her response. The food, cabins, and service are every bit as good, if not better, as what we experienced on our HAL and RCCL cruises,... minus the glitter, shows, and noise. The ship is quiet after supper except in the two lounges. Daily sunset departures under sail observed from the Compass Rose on the stern is heaven. Wind Surf is a very nice vacation.
If you have any questions, please email me privately. Cheers!
We'll also be sailing in early February on Wind Surf, actually the 2/3 departure. We enjoyed Wind Star in Tahiti so much a few years ago that we've been looking forward to another trip on the Wind Star line, especially after a few other cruises taken since (Royal Carribean and Holland American come to mind.) Glad to find this site and see some other positive feedback. Bruce
I am going on Windsurf this summer from Portugal, have never been on small ship, always cruised RCL, Celeberity etc... Any information on their rooms, we staying in a suite, is it large, how is the service etc.....?"??
Susan, our February Bahamas cruise on the Windsurf was wonderful. We also had a suite, which is essentially two adjoining regular staterooms that have been converted into a suite. so you have a bedroom area and a sitting room, two bathrooms (his and hers!) and two TV sets! Plenty of room. We usually sail the small ships, and prefer them over the larger ones as they are more intimate and informal, the food tends to be better, and it is much much easier to disembark at each port. No fighting crowds for the next tender. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. Bruce
yup two time windstar cruiser and one time windsong fire survivor. The wind surf is a lovely ship, escpecially after the refurbishments. One tip of warning thought the restaruants have very limited hours, so be carful you arent found foodless. also the toilet systems are a little screwy. Ours wouldnt flush 2 out of the four times in our stateroom. Sometimes they flus unexpectedly while your sitting on them, (very painful, but the rumors that if you flush one of them while your on it that your intestines will come out of your butt isnt true.) ALSO, the windstar ships have a bad safety rep, so you should carry a small emrgency bag with you or have it in your stateroom at night that contains: meds, eyeglasses/contact lenses, and other vital things. I recommend this for all cruises. Bon voyage!