Number of Cruises: 7
Cruise Line: Wind Star
Ship: Wind Star
Sailing Date: February 6th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
A great trip, where the food, service and cabin all rate a solid 10. 300 passengers, where most were in the 40-60 age range, and a lot had been before on the same ship. Main complaints were around the shore excursions, as they typically charge double to almost triple what the local merchants will charge. For example, a 2-tank dive on Roatan was $125, when we arranged for our own for $55. And, if you are not on one of their own excursions, you are not allowed to be on the first tender to shore unless there is room.
Bring your own liquor and save a bundle, although they will charge $10 corkage fee for your wine. And, make a reservation early in the Bistro, the alternate restaurant, as they get full. Unfortunately their Internet service was down for all but one day of the trip.
Cabins were much larger than expected, and the crew was exceptional. Food was fantastic with great choices. Not much to do in Costa Maya, as the dock has been built by Carnival and they do not want you to leave the area, since they have restaurants and shops.
Hot tubs were great to enjoy the sunsets, but we would have liked to have spent more time in the ports. And we would have liked more beach stops, as the only one was in Roatan at a great spot, with a superb lobster lunch.
A very nice trip, and a great way to meet others with similar interests.