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Wind Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Absolutely Delightful

Wind Spirit Cruise Review by Idahospud48

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom

We spent our 25th anniversary on Moorea 27 years ago and decided it was time to revisit our memories. We had never been on a smaller ship and decided this was the way to see the other islands. It didn't disappoint. There were 142 passengers to 101 staff. It made it seem quite intimate and friendly. The staff make a point to remember everyone by name. Some of the small things I appreciated were no poised photos every time you got on or off the ship. There is no pressure to sign up for a future cruise. Plus it's all very relaxed with few dress codes (no dress up nights). The majority of the people were between 60-75 with about 5 honeymoon couples. We met some of the nicest people on this cruise.

Our room was adequate with plenty of storage, comfortable bed, porthole view and nice toiletries. There are no elevators so all rooms have stairs. There is one dining room & the outdoors deck, Candles. We found the food to be very good. The special moments were the deck BBQ plus the special BBQ at Bora Bora on a private motu. The pool is very small & there is a hot tub. The deck had adequate chairs but without shade it was just too hot to set in the sun.

Moorea is a lovely island. Best excursion is through Alberts Transport Lagoon where you get to snorkel with sharks & rays & have a great BBQ on a private motu. Siki was a great guide. Also went snorkeling at Temae Beach which was great. At Raiatea we wandered around town & then found an excursion up the Faaroa river, the only navigable river. At TaHa'a we did the cruise ship excursion of the coral drift snorkel. It was fun but definitely not for someone who hasn't snorkeled. The current was strong the day we went & if you didn't have flippers I'm not sure what you would do. It's important to keep up with the person in front so you don't get caught on the coral. We did this three times. Bora Bora is very pretty. It's all about over the water bungalows. We went on an excursion we found at the dock. It turned out to be great. We snorkeled with lots of sharks & rays & got to go around the whole island. We had a private tour around the island learning of the history of the US building the airport to protect the island during WW2. The ship put on a superb BBQ complete with fire dancers & Tahitian dancers. Great food. Our last stop was Huahine. We joined 7 others from the ship & hired a private boat to take us snorkeling. It was some of the best snorkeling we've ever done. But really wished we had more time there to explore the island which most people thought was the most unspoiled.

We loved the small ship, meeting great people & having a relaxed atmosphere. Tahiti is living the dream. Absolutely stunning. We'd definitely sail with Windstar again.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin A 233

Very adequate, small but plenty of storage. The bed was comfy. There was a table & chairs. The bathroom had a nice shower & toiletries.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Interesting trip up the only navigable river. Stopped bought coconuts to drink from natives. Learned some history of area.


Hired a private boat to take us around island. We had some of the best snorkeling. Ate a picnic on the beach.

Bora Bora

Great trip. We went all around the lagoon, saw lots of over the water bungalows. Got to snorkel with lots of sharks & rays.

We took the ferry back to Moorea & spent 3 nights. We rented a car so we could explore the island. Road to Belvedere is curvy & very narrow.

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Did some tasting at the distillery. Very good. Bought some of their punch.

We did lots of snorkeling on our own including taking a taxi to Temae beach on Moorea & did a great lagoon snorkel trip with Alberts Tours. Loved Siki our guide. Best bargain on Moorea.

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