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Wind Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Not So Tahitian Cruise

Wind Spirit Cruise Review by boandalice

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

If you are seeking a cruise with Tahitian culture, history and dancing, this one is not for you. We have taken two other Polynesian cruises and the crews were Polynesian. We learned a lot about the islands and their culture and history. The shows featured Polynesians and their dancing. The crew on the Wind Spirit is Asian and Eastern European and knew nothing about the islands. It seemed the cruise director learned everything he knew of the islands from books.This ship should have been sailing in the Caribbean. The entertainment every night was Hot, Hot, Hot, YMCA, and rock, nothing Polynesian. Even the music on the speaker systems was devoid of anything Polynesian.

The crew was exceptional in all other respects. the food was good but not great. You pay $9 for a small glass of wine. Tours were excellent but expensive. On two occasions we contacted local tour operators for equivalent tours at less than half the price. The sports platform included a small swimming area and a couple of kayaks. On first and last day we had rooms at the Meridien hotel in Tahiti. Breakfast was included but nothing else. A better choice is the Paul Gaugin where everything except tours is included. We would not take another Windstar cruise. There is much better value to your money elsewhere.

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Oceanview Stateroom

The cabin was very nice but small. There was room for a double bed, a desk and closet. The separate bathroom had toilet, sink and a small circular shower.

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Snorkeling with many other passengers. Tour guide of a glass bottom boat dropped food to attract fish and sharks.

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Drift snorkeling in shallow water.

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We took an island tour with a local guide. It was an excellent island tour with many stopping points.

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