Number of Cruises: 10
Cruise Line: Wind Star
Ship: Wind Star
Sailing Date: August 12th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
This was our second sailing on this ship. It was a fantastic 7 days except for one point which I must start with. DO NOT book cabin 101 or any other cabin in close proximity to 101. (Unless, you don't mind loud noise and constant vibration!) I did not sleep for one minute the first night. It was horrible. We went and complained the following morning and there was one cancellation on the upper deck. They moved our things to the new cabin which was excellent. Then they proceeded to bill me $400 for the upgrade. I was angry and let them know it. So far, they have not acknowledged my refund request. No where in their brochures/literature do they reveal the horrors of the lower cabins at the stern of the ship.
The service throughout the ship is great. Every employee is at your beck and call. They want you to be pampered and they do a good job.
Breakfast and lunch is on the upper veranda where you can sit indoors or along the outside looking over the water. They serve buffet style or you can sit and be served. The BEST pancakes I ever ate anywhere. The same for the daily turnovers. GREAT!
Dinner is in a dimly lit dining room that can become noisy. You can request to sit alone which we did every night. They accommodated us but I felt the maitre d' was trying to steer us into sitting with others every night. The food at dinner ranged from good to excellent. The choices are not as varieed as on large ships but selection was adequate. Presentation and service was always excellent. And they always offer cappuccino which was very good.
After dinner activities are very limited. A couple of blackjack tables and a singer/piano player in one lounge. If you're looking for action and activities onboard-choose another cruise. But with only 140 guests it is easy to get a lounge chair. Easy to get off and on the ship. And very relaxing.
Cabins are quite roomy with all the amenities
you might want or need. Even flat panel wall mounted TV.
In summary, the Windstar experience will spoil you. Large ships will lose their appeal.