I can not find out alot about this ship, and I was hoping some here could help me out!
We are going on our first cruise, and it is our honymoon. So we want it to be pic perfect!
So what can anybody tell me?
How is the food?
Do you get as may thinks like the Paul Gauguin?
How are the land trips?
Whats a good cabin to go with?
Is Oct a good time?
Please if u can help us out!
Haven't done the Wind Star or Tahiti, so I can't help you much there, but we've done two Caribbean cruises on the Star's sister ship Wind Spirit. On our most recent cruise on the Spirit, we talked with several passengers who had done either the Wind Star or Wind Song in Tahiti, and they raved about it!! So we're looking into that for the future. The Star and Spirit are almost identical, so I may provide some input there. Its very laid back, very romantic, great food, great service. Small, so they can call on ports and areas the bigger ships can't. You can easily get on and off without lines, and you really get to know your fellow passengers well... or not if you want to get away by yourselves. All meals are open seating, so you can eat by yourselves if you'd like or join other couples. All cabins are identical (although I believe there may be one or two suites), so location and price are really the only options. Cabins on the lower deck are generally less expensive, you just have an extra set of steps to climb (no elevators), which isn't a big deal on a ship this small. There is a small spa with treadmills and bikes, and a small salon for massages, haircuts, etc. They also have a very small casino with a poker/blackjack table and a few slot machines. There is a hot tub and a tiny pool on deck. There isn't any organized entertainment to speak of, except for a lounge act playing music in the lounge before dinner, and on the pool deck after dinner, so if that's important to you, you may want to check into something else. After dinner, most passengers relax on deck, read, or go back to their cabins with a CD or movie (the ship has a library of recent release movies and CDs you can check out for the evening). We spent most evenings on deck at the bow of the ship where it was dark, peaceful, and quiet, gazing at the incredible number of stars that were visible.
Like other cruise lines, the things that cost extra are alcoholic beverages, shore excursions (Windstar's website should have a list of the available shore excursions for the cruise you're considering), things purchased from the ship, etc. (No experiences with Paul Gauguin cruises, so I can't comment on the differences there.) There is an official "no tipping required" policy, although most passengers tend to tip along the same guidelines as on other cruise lines. Overall, we've loved every minute of both our Windstar cruises, and hope we can do another soon. We've done two other "megaship" cruises, and to us there simply is no comparison. We celebrated two anniversaries on the Wind Spirit, and I can't imagine a more romantic way to spend a honeymoon.
Sorry for the long, rambling response... I'm sure you'll get other responses and opinions, but I hope this is helpful in some way. Feel free to e-mail me if you have other questions.
Hi-We did this cruise several years ago and it was wonderful. We have done lots of cruising and try to only cruise on ships with fewer than 150 passengers - we like open seating and we don't need to be entertained. Small ships can go where large/huge ones can't and they're easier to embark/disembark upon arrival. That said, the itinerary takes you through beautiful islands on a gorgeous ship which has a water sports platform at the back of the bottom deck. As far as excursions are concerned, the islands the ship visits are so small that you can strike out on your own - we shared the rental of a car with another couple every time we stopped. They'd take it in the AM, come back for lunch, and we'd take in the PM and return in time to board for dinner. We had a couple nice dinners ashore and even happened on a local annual celebration - no native show, the real deal! There were several honeymoon couples and lots of nice, mostly quiet folks, aboard. The cabins are about the same but I would, in your case, opt for one on the upper deck in the mid-ship area. It's dressy casual so that is a plus. Go to this website for more help: www.cruisecritic.com.
My wife and I just returned from a two week cruise in Tahiti on the Windstar. STUNNING!! This was our first ever cruise (we are 60 years old). Tahiti may be the most beautiful place on the earth and the Windstar is the perfect way to experience it. In fact, a sailing ship, in our opinion, is the only way to do it. What a perfect way to honeymoon. The other posts just about cover it. We were on the bottom deck and found it exciting to watch the ocean swells and waves lap over the port holes in the room.
Be aware that being a small ship (compared to the normal cruise ships) the Windstar will rock and roll while at sea, especially if the weather is a little unstable, and you need to be comfortable with the motion. Probably less motion on bottom deck than second deck.
We sailed the last two weeks of March and were at the tail end of the rainy season but only had a couple of days with rain. If you sail in October it will be the beginning of the rainy season so you could experience some rainy days also. Even so, the rain only helps to make everything lush and green.
Our experience on board the Windstar was nothing short of amazing. Even though we have never cruised on one of the big ships, we know that they can never match the experience we just had aboard the Windstar. Be sure and check to see if Windstar is offering a "back to back" special (second week is almost free) and take advantage of it if offered. You won't be sorry. Also, if you can swing it, make arrangements to spend a couple of days at the end of the cruise in one of the beach hotels on Moorea. Very expensive but a nice way to finish the honeymoon.