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Wind Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Incredible experience: Dreams of Tahiti, Nov. 16-23, 2017

Wind Spirit Cruise Review by Andrew Sabin

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

From the time we boarded the Wind Spirit until we disembarked 7 days later, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this experience. The islands, the sky and the ocean, of course, are beautiful. But the ship, our cabin, the food, all of the service and most importantly the crew, were outstanding. A highlight of the trip was the crew, starting with Martina, the activities manager. The fitness/massage team, especially Susan, the sport activity leaders, Bang Bang and Uus, the entire food and beverage group, the casino manager and our cabin steward, Indra, were all personable, excellent at their craft and worked hard to ensure that each passenger had everything that they needed or wanted. We met the ships captain and many of his staff. As we arrived safely and on time to each location, I assume that they too are excellent at their jobs.

This cruise had 131 passengers and 100 crew. There were no children. The median age of the passengers was in the 50s. The boat was comfortable, safe and very clean. Each stop offered multiple shore or water excursions in and around that island or the nearby atolls or motus. We went ashore each day, either for a ship-sponsored excursion (we took 3) or to rent bikes or just hike around town or to a local beach. Many of the other passengers on this cruise seemed to be more seasoned cruise participants than us. All appeared to clearly be enjoying the trip. Certainly the ones who we met were having a great time.

Although options existed on each island, we wanted to take every meal onboard the boat because the 3 meals a day were truly delicious; fresh fruit and vegetables, excellent seafood and beef cooked to perfection and plenty of beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic. The ship offered an alcohol package that we did not take but it appeared to be a good deal if you were inclined to drink a lot. There was also plenty of cheeses, deserts, salad options and soup. I focused on the main courses which were plentiful and excellent.

There are many spectacular-looking trips on the Windstar itinerary. If I knew that this crew and this ship were leading another cruise anywhere else, I would consider that cruise next. Having said this, I assume that the culture of service and professionalism on the Wind Spirit is a hallmark of all Windstar cruises. We will definitely take another Windstar cruise.


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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin A 234

All cabins on the Wind Spirit have ocean views. I don't know if there are different classifications or sizes of cabins. Our room had a king size bed. We had a small table for whatever sitting activities one might need, tv w/ satellite service, a small but quite functional bathroom, closet, honor refrigerator/bar, a safe for valuables and plenty of storage space for whatever luggage were brought onboard. The lighting for reading was excellent. The only sound that we heard at night was the water lapping against the hull.


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