Wind Surf

Putting the art of sailing back in the cruise industry, Windstar Cruises offers up a sailing vessel that is truly unique, Wind Surf. Cruising the seas gently, quietly, but with surprising swiftness, Wind Surf allows you to tour exotic and fascinating ports of call in the old style, on the power of the wind. But this is no ordinary sailing yacht. Wind Surf is a streamlined design, but she is built larger than most sailing liners; at an astonishing 617 feet in length, she is nearly three times the size of the sister ships in the Wind Star fleet. While her size allows for many new amenities and extras, such as three swimming pools, an onboard spa, two hot tubs, a casino, internet center, and more, this ship still offers an intimate experience with plenty of wide open spaces.

Wind Surf Cruise Review Caribbean

Riding the warm breezes of the emerald seas, Wind Surf takes you to the islands of the Caribbean in a new and exciting way. Her Cruises of the Western Caribbean begins on the lovely island of Cozumel. Visit the historic Mayan ruins of Tulum overlooking the seas before sailing off to Isla de Utila, Honduras, a scuba diver's haven with loads of brightly colored coral reef. Sail next to West End, on the Honduran Island of Roatan. Omoa, the next stop, is one of the oldest towns in Honduras and was central to establishing the nation's independence in 1821. On Honduras North Coast is Puerto Cortez, the central shipping port for Central America stop here is followed by a sail to Belize City, Belize, a nation with an entrenched laid-back attitude that puts a premium on its beaches, aquatic life, and the rich green jungles full of fascinating animal life. This cruise ends with at Costa Maya, where the turquoise waters are inviting and the colonial and native histories are full of richness.

The ten day Western Caribbean Wind Surf cruise review departs from the warm, gentle waters of St Thomas, an island with a split ancestry of English and French cultural influences. The beaches, food, nightlife, and mountainous interior all are divine. After a day of sailing, stop in La Romana, a tropical city of tall, swaying palms and indigo waters in the Dominican Republic. Two days and nights on the water take you to Port Antonio, Jamaica, a haven for artists and writers on the north coast of the island also, this is a natural conservation corridor, and affords some of Jamaica's most beautiful spots. A six-day Wind Surf cruise review departs from Cozumel and sets off for the bohemian paradise of Key West, where the warm waters and the famous thatch-roofed pubs draw you in. Salt Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas are island paradises that are still rich with their British cultural inheritance. And Half Moon Cay, your stop before Fort Lauderdale, is a largely undeveloped island that allows you to see what these lands looked like when the first bold explorers arrived from Europe.

Wind Surf Cruise Review Transatlantic

One extraordinary cruise that allows you to do something few ever dare is the 15- day transatlantic tour. Sail across the mighty Atlantic Ocean in luxury from Fort Lauderdale, with its many beaches and wildlife tours, to Lisbon, a splendidly well maintained Capital of Portugal that actually is older than Rome. What a way to start a vacation in Europe!

Wind Surf Cruise Review Mediterranean

Wind Surf also tours the Mediterranean, with a six-day trip that begins in glorious Marseilles, in the South of France, then heads off to Poquero, mountainous Sardinia, Trapanzi, Sorrento, and the beautiful Amalfi Coast. An eight day Mediterranean cruise that allows more time at the ports of call is the eight day cruise which begins in Civitavecchia (near Rome) and travels first to Portovenere, then allows you to spend three days in Cannes and three days in glitzy Monte Carlo. Few pleasures are as memorable as sailing the Greek Islands, and Wind Surf's cruise between Athens and Italy is an extraordinary one. Stop in the strikingly beautiful island under the Volcano, Santorini, Monemvasia, and Katakolon, a fishing village on the Peloponnesian Peninsula that is near the site of the first Olympic games and the mighty Temple of Zeus. The stop in Corfu, in the Ionian Islands, takes you to one of the more picturesque islands. One of the few Greek Islands to receive regular rainfall, it is lush and mountainous. There is a stop in Lipari before you head on to Venice. Other Mediterranean cruises tour Italy and the Adriatic, with stops in Dubrovnik, Rimini and Hvar.

Wind Surf Cruise Review Accommodations

Privacy, intimacy, luxury these are the principles Wind Surf's cabins are designed to maximize. There are 123 deluxe staterooms onboard all have ocean views, a separate sitting and dining area, and a queen bed that converts into two singles. There also are 31 deluxe suites with ocean views, each with two bathrooms, separate dining area and a 3rd berth. All suites have closed-circuit televisions, video and CD players, refrigerators, direct dial phones, and more.

Wind Surf Cruise Review Dining

Two main restaurants serve dinners, The Restaurant and The Bistro, with world-renowned chef Joachim Splichal developing menus for both. There also is light and vegetarian cuisine available, and two bars, the Veranda and the Terrace, also serve breakfast and lunch. A continental breakfast and English-style afternoon tea are served in the Compass Rose.

Wind Surf Cruise Review Activities

Aside from the blissful sailing through beautiful waters, and exciting and vigorous land excursions, there is much to do onboard. Sip a smooth cocktail in the pool bar, or enjoy the buoyancy of one of the two salt-water pools. Smooth out your kinked muscles in one of two hot tubs, and build them back up in the Fitness Center and Workout Studio. There is a business and Internet center for handling your affairs, and after dinner you are invited to enjoy the evening on the decks, at open bars or you can stop in at the onboard Casino.

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