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Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf is a five-masted sailing yacht. It has 25,000 square feet of computer-operated sails and a water-ballast stabilising system that keeps the ship level while sailing. Launched in 1990, Wind Surf is the flagship for the Windstar fleet. It is popular with couple who enjoy the casual sailing experience. The 14,745 ship has 156 cabins spread across its eight passenger decks and carries 312 passengers and 163 crew.

Accommodation

There are three cabin types: Standard cabins (188 square feet), suites (376 square feet) and Bridge suites (495 square feet). All are equipped with a mini-bar/refrigerator, flat-screen television, DVD/CD player, storage for luggage, two portholes, telephone, Wi-Fi access, hairdryer, handheld and fixed shower. Fresh fruit is provided daily. A pillow menu is offered in Bridge Deck Suites.

Food

The main dining room, AmphorA Restaurant has open seating with tables for two, four or six. Other dining venues include Stella Bistro, Veranda for buffet breakfast and lunch, Yacht Club Sandwich & Espresso Bar and Candles for light meals and snacks during the day and al fresco dining at night when it transforms into the Compass Rose.

Activities

Onboard spa facilities are spread across three decks and include a sauna, beauty salon and treatment rooms for massage, facials and body wraps. There is an aerobic workout room and gym with ocean views. There are two pools and a water-sports platform for windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, snorkelling and diving.

Families

Wind Surf does not have any special program or activities for children.

Verdict

Lovely Ship and a Great Itinerary.

– Cruise Passenger 

“…Windstar prides itself on its personalized small-ship service. It was very good. Additionally, the small-ship is such a great place to make new friends. We truly enjoyed the chance to talk, dine, and explore with new friends from all over the world (although the majority of passengers are American). We will travel with Windstar again, and I hope it is sooner rather than later!…”

– Cruise Critic 

“…Suite was wonderfully spacious and very comfortable. The majority of the ports were at tender but the service was quick and easy. I don’t recall that we waited more than 5 minutes. To be fair the activities and entertainment on the Windsurf were limited but this did not impede our enjoyment of this cruise in any way. We really liked the duo that performed in the Compass Rose bar each evening. Lovely couple and very ‘in tune’ with their audiences. Although we are experienced cruisers (25+ cruises and counting) this was our first ‘small ship’ experience. It most certainly will not be our last. In fact we decided that we would do the same itinerary again – simply wonderful…”

– Berlitz

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