The stunning five-mast, seven-sail Wind Surf takes the prize of largest vessel in the Windstar fleet. Built in 1990 as Club Med I, the ship joined Wind Star in 1998 and most recently received an update -- including light cosmetic work -- in November 2016.
There's a well-to-do, country-club feel onboard. From the gorgeous Yacht Club -- with its plush deep-blue armchairs and stacks of luxury coffee table books -- to the outside bar at the aft of the ship, where passengers can be found socializing over sundowners, the ambiance is upscale, but relaxed.
There's no pressure to dress formally for dinner (most passengers keep it on the elegantly smart side), nor is there a jam-packed entertainment program. Instead, Wind Surf's atmosphere is low-key, with passengers free to do as they please -- spending leisurely time onshore and on deck -- without fear of missing out or being overscheduled.
Wind Surf is a small ship with many intimate spaces and a dearth of crowds, yet it still offers ample dining options and spacious public areas. On our full-to-capacity-sailing, the only time the ship felt crowded was at breakfast, when you would occasionally find yourself dining with fellow passengers due to a lack of free tables. There's an excellent choice of evening mealtime options -- four if you count room service -- and not once did we wait for a table or run into overcrowding.
A highlight of any Wind Surf sailing is seeing the ship's beautiful sails in action. They're stunning, and there's a genuine sense of excitement when you see them go up for the first time. Controlled directly from the bridge using hydraulics, they're capable of generating speeds of up to 12 knots, without any supporting engine power. The fact that the sails are computer operated doesn't detract from the romance of their presence. Don't miss the chance to sit out on deck and watch them in action -- particularly if you can snare the perfect Caribbean or Mediterranean sunset at the same time -- as the ship sails away from port.
On the downside, service on our cruise was inconsistent. Servers seemed hurried over breakfast; we didn't always find it easy to catch the attention of a crew member to place an order, and sometimes had to wait a long time for an order to arrive. On the flip side, we were greeted by name and breezily served by the extra-friendly crew just as soon as we were seated in AmphorA and the Yacht Club. Given the ship's high crew-to-passenger ratio (there's roughly one crew member to every two passengers), we anticipated a more seamless and efficient level of service overall.
Despite Wind Surf's recent refresh and overall upmarket feel, the ship's corridors and stairwells -- areas that first greet embarking passengers -- and the spa could benefit from a cosmetic update. The older ship is also not an ideal choice for anyone with mobility issues, as there are numerous yacht-like raised doorways. In fact, the line does not promote any accessible cabins on Wind Surf. There is an elevator, though we found it busy at certain times of the day.
A final point to note: A ship this small rocks and rolls in stormy weather, more so than a mega-ship. Don't forget to pack your seasickness meds and, if you have a sensitive stomach, pick an itinerary that is less likely to encounter choppy seas.
Choosing a Wind Surf cabin is easy, since there are just three cabin types onboard: Standard Staterooms, Suites and Bridge Suites. Although Wind Surf is the largest ship in Windstar's fleet, the cabins are among the smallest and none of the ship's cabins feature balconies. Standard Staterooms have two small porthole windows, while suites feature two large rectangular windows.
There's a similar color palette running through all cabins, with muted shades of cream, and stylish soft furnishings in royal blue and cream. The overall feel is that cabins are smart and well presented. They feel light and airy and, though they may not be large, you don't feel short of space. All cabins contain twin or double beds that are supremely comfy, with mattress toppers, luxury bedding and attractive pillows. They also have a marble-top dressing table/desk and chair with large mirror, a double wardrobe and plenty of drawer storage space by the dressing table.
Cabins are fitted with the latest entertainment technology, including large LG flat-screen televisions, featuring all of the usual news channels -- CNN, BBC World and Sky News -- plus Sky Sports News, a range of multi-language channels and two movie channels that tend to show one new release and two classics every day. There's also a DVD player and a Bose sound system in all cabins, along with a hair dryer, telephone, safe (though it does not accommodate laptop computers) and a mini-bar stocked with soft drinks and for-fee alcohol, and snacks that can be found in a side drawer, next to the mini-bar.
Although bathrooms aren't particularly spacious, they don't feel cramped and serve their purpose well. They feature a toilet, sink and shower with shower curtain. There's some storage space around the sink area, including a shelf and a small hanging shelf in the shower. All cabins feature L'Occitane toiletries, including a large bar of soap and mini bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. Toiletries are restocked as existing ones start to get low. There's a low-level waste bin below the sink, a magnifying mirror and a container filled with cotton balls and swabs, plus a handy shower cap for when you want to keep your hair dry. All cabins feature Windstar's soft signature toweling robes. We found lighting better in the bathroom than in the rest of the cabin.
Windstar does not offer -- nor does it promote -- any fully accessible cabins onboard. If you are a wheelchair user, you will need to book one of the ship's two Bridge Suites, which provide wheelchair access with a wider door, though no roll-in showers. If you can't negotiate stairways, be careful not to book a midship room on either Deck 1 or Deck 2. There are watertight doors on those floors that are closed when the ship gets underway or when it's entering a port, and people in midship cabins cannot get to the elevator bank during this time.
Deck 3 suites feature sofas that fold out to make a bed and are considered suitable for families. There's also a central curtain within the cabin that can be closed to give added privacy on each side.
Ocean-view: Most of the ship's cabins measure 188 square feet and fall into the Standard Stateroom category. Beds can be split into a twin configuration or pushed together to create a standard double bed. Space around the beds can feel on the tight side, especially when beds are in a twin configuration.
Standard Staterooms feature two porthole windows, which don't let in a ton of light. However, cabins don't feel dark or confined, helped by the light decor of the room. TVs are hung from the wall facing the bed, making it easy to watch movies from your resting place. The positioning also acts as a space saver, as the TV doesn't take up space elsewhere in the cabin.
A handful of staterooms feature one queen bed that cannot be separated into a twin configuration.
Suite: Because of their much larger size -- 376 square feet -- Wind Surf's 30 suites feel extra luxurious. They're spacious and stylish, with a separate living area and bedroom. The ship's suites are exactly twice the size of the standard cabins, with double the closet space and two desks, plus the addition of a three-seat sofa, coffee table, armchair and footstool. There are two bathrooms in suites -- each one exactly the same in shape and size -- though no bathtub. Suites contain a TV in the bedroom and a second in the living area. One suite, located on Deck 5, measures 242 square feet due to its slightly angled position, and therefore has a different layout. Instead of two separate bathrooms, it contains a whirlpool tub with separate shower.
Bridge Suite: The ship's two largest suites measure a generous 495 square feet. Bridge Suites feel sumptuous and are extremely well appointed. We also like their location, on Deck 5, providing quick and easy access to some of the ship's main features, including the fitness center and Veranda restaurant, which are just one deck above.
The bedroom is spacious, with a king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe. There's a 40-inch flat-screen TV in the lounge area and a second in the bedroom. There's also a large cabinet containing glassware, a Nespresso coffee machine, two chairs and small table, in addition to the three-seat sofa, armchair and coffee table.
Bridge Suite passengers receive a welcome bottle of Champagne with hors d'oeuvres and chocolate-dipped strawberries. On all other days of the voyage, Bridge Suite passengers receive cookies every morning.
Arguably, most impressive of all is the Bridge Suites' bathrooms, each of which contains a glass-enclosed rain-head shower, plus a separate corner Jacuzzi bath and a double sink. Although there's only one bathroom, it is divided to create a separate area containing the toilet and an additional sink.
The beauty of Wind Surf's dining offerings is that all restaurants are included within your cruise fare, including the ship's specialty restaurants, Candles and Stella Bistro. For a ship of Wind Surf's size, we found the range of dining options superb at dinnertime.
At breakfast and lunchtime, there's just the one venue open -- Veranda restaurant -- but there's a buffet and menu option, providing plenty of choice. There are sandwiches and snacks in the Yacht Club, too, meaning if you want to grab a light bite, there's always a quick and easy alternative.
Unfortunately, we found the quality of food and service overall to be hit and miss. Avoidable mistakes were made all too often -- orders missed, an undercooked chicken burger, other dishes not cooked to order -- and left us feeling underwhelmed with some of our dining experiences. On the flip side, we tried many excellent dishes -- poached eggs cooked to perfection and a delicious French toast stuffed with ricotta dish at breakfast and a perfectly cooked rack of lamb one evening at Stella Bistro.
Service was far from intuitive on Wind Surf, too. We'd often have to wait or try in vain to catch a waiter's attention. Service at breakfast in particular felt hurried, and servers occasionally forgot orders because they didn't write them down.
Wind Surf makes clear that its galleys are not food allergen-free environments. Our advice is to let the ship know ahead of time if you have any specific requirements or dietary needs and follow up with the chef onboard.
AmphorA (Deck 4): We were surprised by the sheer scale of the ship's main dining room -- which feels pretty big, wrapping around the aft of Deck 4. Dual-aspect windows and mirrored internal walls add further depth to the room. The room is stylish, with an interesting fish sculpture near the entrance, a brown-patterned carpet and Champagne-color chair backs and matching plate chargers on the tables.
Tables are available for two, four, six or eight. Or, if you'd like to dine with a larger group, the restaurant's crew will gladly create a table to fit your party size.
The restaurant feels convivial -- with attentive servers that chat with passengers before and after meals and attentive sommeliers who are forthcoming with wine recommendations.
The dinner menu features four courses: starters and salads, soup, mains and dessert. Expect five starter and main course options, though there's only one option on the main course suitable for vegetarians, with the rest of the dishes focused on meat or fish. In addition to the five main courses, there's a Classics section of the menu, which usually features a simple grilled salmon, chicken or steak dish.
We found the quality of food at AmphorA good to excellent. Don't expect complex flavors or overly sophisticated dishes, but do anticipate good quality ingredients that have been seasoned and cooked well.
Vegetables are seasonal -- we found the fresh asparagus and broccoli delightful. Side options also included gorgeous crispy fries tossed in truffle oil and Parmesan and different types of potato dishes -- typically mashed or baked. It should be noted that the fries on Wind Surf are divine and among the best we have ever tasted -- deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
AmorphA is open daily from 7 to 9 p.m.
Veranda (Deck 6): Veranda is the ship's breakfast and lunchtime restaurant. Although it's the only restaurant option at these times, the Veranda offers a hot and cold buffet, plus a menu of made-to-order items, so we always found plenty of options.
The restaurant is partially located inside -- where the buffet stations and egg station in the morning are set up. We really loved that tables flow outside and, when the weather is pleasant, nothing beats breakfast or lunch in the sunshine on deck. However, when the weather is not fit for passengers to sit outside, you can struggle to find an available table inside, especially at breakfast. We found ourselves sitting with other passengers on three occasions due to a lack of tables. This is fine if you're in the mood to mingle and make new friends, but if you're not, you might need to grin and bear it.
There's no kitchen, per se, for the Veranda and everything is cooked outside in a semi-permanent grill setup or pre-prepared in the downstairs galley. At breakfast time, when almost all passengers are dining at the same time, the lack of a galley kitchen means there's occasionally a wait for dishes ordered off the menu. Made-to-order dishes arrived quicker at lunch, whereas there could often be a 20-minute wait at breakfast.
At breakfast time, the buffet features all of the standard cold and cooked items: a selection of cereals, yogurts, juices, fresh fruit, cold cut meats, cheese and salmon with items such as capers, gherkins and relish. There's a good selection of bread and pastries, too. On the hot counter there's scrambled eggs, smoked streaky bacon, baked beans, mushrooms and potatoes. There's also an egg and omelet station, though we found a long wait for eggs in the morning.
On the menu, expect freshly made waffles, pancakes and a variety of egg dishes, such as eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. The quality of food is excellent -- though dishes can take a while to arrive due to the volume of passengers ordering from the menu.
At lunchtime, expect pasta and salad dishes, plus a hot carved-meat counter, with a selection of other buffet-style dishes available. The menu features dishes such as chicken burger, the Wind Surf beef burger, vegetarian burger and a noodle dish. Cheeses, ice cream and typically a hot dessert such as bread and butter pudding with custard is served. Although service can be slow at breakfast, we found the quality and quantity on offer far better at breakfast than at lunchtime.
Veranda is open daily for breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. for lunch.
Stella Bistro (Deck 6): This specialty French restaurant is a highlight of the ship's dining offering. Although a reservation is advised, we found many tables available during our visit.
The restaurant is spacious and filled with a mix of two-, four-, six- and eight-seat tables. The elegant setting features white tablecloths and napkins and taupe-colored walls styled with a collection of framed landscape photography. Light fills the room from the windows on both sides of the restaurant.
We liked that tables are well-spaced out. There was a low-level hum of conversations flowing, but you were never in danger of overhearing your neighbors' conversations -- or vice versa.
Service is efficient, although we found it a little too quick at times. With heavier meals, it's sometimes preferable to have an adequate break between courses, rather than being served a quick succession of dishes.
The choice and quality of food is excellent. As the name suggests, traditional bistro dishes are served here. The menu features four courses -- appetizers, soups and salads, main course and dessert. Expect excellent French-style cooking: escargot oozing with garlic butter; French onion soup or lobster bisque followed by more classic French cuisine.
Dishes are listed in French, too, followed by a description in English, such as Magret de Canard (pan-seared duck), Fruits de Mer Thermidor (mixed seafood, served Thermidor style) and Coquilles St. Jacques Provencale (poached scallops). Crepes Suzette -- flambeed tableside -- is a highlight on the dessert menu.
Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and we found an excellent balance of flavors in this standout restaurant. If you're a fan of bistro cuisine, we recommend making a beeline for Stella Bistro.
While there's a balance of meat and seafood dishes and the overall quality of food is excellent, there's just one vegetarian dish available -- and it's the same one served in the ship's other restaurants that day. Stella Bistro opens daily from 7 to 9 p.m.
Candles Grill (Decks 6): In the evening, Candles takes over the Veranda space, inside and out, to offer an alternative dinner option. Dining under the stars, with the sound of the ocean in the background, is certainly romantic, but when weather is cool or wet, Candles' outdoor seating might be unpleasant or shut altogether. We experienced a storm during our April sailing and the outside space wasn't set up for service. It really is worth considering the weather when you decide which evening to dine here -- if you spot there's going to be a standout day among a bunch of poor days, lock in a reservation for that night.
Of all the ship's restaurant's, Candles Grill has the most yacht club-like feel. The stark white walls are decorated with sea-faring images, and the windows feature white country club-style shutters. It makes for an exceptionally relaxed ambiance.
Though the decor stays the same throughout the day -- from the Veranda during the daytime to Candles in the evening -- the space feels calmer in the evening. There's less bustle and passengers get a better appreciation of the decor at night.
Candles Grill bills itself as Wind Surf's coastal seafood and chophouse restaurant. The menu features three courses: starters and salads, entrees (with sauces and sides) and dessert.
Appetizers are on the small side and more similar to hors d'oeuvres-size portions. A shrimp dish featured three pieces of the shellfish, while a beet and goat cheese salad arrived with hardly any goat cheese. We were underwhelmed by some of the appetizers we experienced at Candles, though found the main course to be much improved with a beautifully cooked and well-seasoned steak. Specials feature a fish and vegetarian dish of the day (again, the same one meat-free dish found everywhere that evening).
Vegetables were again seasonal, fresh and cooked al dente, while for sweet-toothed passengers, there are usually three desserts on the menu, including a standout Red Velvet cake for two.
It's advisable to book a table in advance, though on our particular sailing, we had no problem getting a reservation, even when the outside area was out of action. Candles is open daily from 7 to 9 p.m.
Yacht Club (Deck 4): A central meeting point for the ship's passengers throughout the day, the informal lounge-cum-library-cum-cafe is a relaxing spot with a luxury feel. The food counter serves a selection of pastries, fruit and granola in the morning, which switches to a variety of sandwiches, including meat, fish and vegetarian options, such as tuna, Brie, chicken or egg, as well as cookies, during the day. Soft drinks, tea and coffee are also served at the Yacht Club all day. If you're a coffee drinker, our tip is to order it here -- not in the Veranda restaurant -- where the quality is noticeably better. Disposable cups are also provided for passengers wanting to take their tea or coffee with them ashore.
We often found it convenient to grab a sandwich from the Yacht Club when we returned from shore, particularly if it was passed 2 p.m. and the Veranda was closed. Our only gripe is that the variety of sandwiches does not change during the entire cruise -- it could benefit from some variations to keep the choice fresh.
The service in the Yacht Club is outstanding. If you're a regular here, expect servers to pick up on this quickly and know your order before you've even reached the counter.
The Yacht Club is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Deck Barbecue (Deck 5 and 6): One evening per sailing, all restaurants close and passengers join the deck barbecue. This is a standout feature on Wind Surf's itinerary. The atmosphere is beyond wonderful, with passengers convening and a carnival-like spirit on deck. There's one caveat: If the weather turns, so can the mood as crew swiftly move platters and buffet dishes inside to avoid almost certain spillages on deck.
The quantity and quality of food at the deck barbecue is among the best we experienced onboard, too. Expect regional produce purchased by the chef at the local market -- such as cured meats and a selection of cheeses on our sailing -- and a large range of barbecued meat and fish, such as pork ribs, steak, tuna and lobster, as well as vegetable skewers. There are several choices of salad, pasta and potato dishes, and shrimp with a variety of dips and sauces.
Room Service: In-room dining is included and available until midnight daily. There's a continental breakfast option, and a selection of salads, soups and burgers available. In the evening, all of the items on AmphorA's menu are also available to order to your room. We ordered room service twice and found service quick and the quality excellent on both occasions.
Wind Surf is known for its casual dress code. Don't be surprised to see passengers wearing gym gear and casual cargo-style pants and shorts throughout the day and into early evening. Sturdy walking or running shoes are recommended for shore excursions.
At night, the relaxed theme continues, with the ship enforcing just a few stipulations in the restaurants during dinner. At AmphorA and Stella Bistro, the dress code is always casual elegant. Think stylish two-pieces for women and a shirt paired with smart pants for men. Jackets and ties are optional. If your preference is to wear them, you won't look out of place. No blue jeans, sneakers, shorts or flip-flops are permitted. At Candles alfresco restaurant, a smart-casual dress code applies. Some shorts -- but the tailored kind -- are permitted. No flip-flops, blue jeans or tank tops. In the evening, don't be afraid to embrace the yacht-club feel of Wind Surf and invest in boat shoes, collared shirts and linen-wear.
All dining venues and soft drinks are included in the cost of a Windstar cruise. Windstar also includes a handy bus shuttle service into the center of port, where necessary. Alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi, excursions and gratuities are extra. A daily gratuity of $13.50 per person per day is added to passengers' onboard accounts. In the spa and hair salon, a 15 percent gratuity is added to the bill.
The onboard currency is U.S. dollars. There's no currency exchange facility onboard, though the ship accepts all major credit cards and cash.
Shore excursions are not included in your cruise fare. There tend to be several excursion options in each port, from private half- and full-day car or van tours with your own guide to walking tours of the port. In addition, expect to find excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, vineyards and foodie-themed tours, plus more active excursions, such as kayaking or hiking.
We found cruise line-operated shore excursions to be extremely popular on our sailing -- with some passengers taking part in shore excursions most days. Other passengers opted to explore ports independently of the cruise line, with a handy shuttle bus service available from the ship's docking area to the center of the port.
Passengers are briefed on the next port the evening before the call, with talks taking place in the Lounge, covering useful information such as where to catch the shuttle bus and how frequently it operates.
A highlight of our cruise was the complimentary excursion to visit a local market with the ship's head chef. Where suitable, this excursion is offered once per sailing, and sees the chef lead passengers to the local food market to sample produce, with passengers witnessing the chef negotiate with traders to secure the best prices for fish, fruit, meats, cheese and local delicacies. This tour usually takes two hours and involves a walk to and from the local market. Our tip is to sign up as soon as you get onboard. We sampled some of the sweetest, juiciest strawberries we've ever tasted and watched as the chef examined local mussels, shrimp and tuna to find the best quality.
Passengers can either book excursions pre-cruise or while onboard.
Daytime and Evening Entertainment
Wind Surf focuses on the port rather than onboard activities during the day, with the ship arriving early and often staying late. Other than the daily excursion talks, which focus on the following day's port, the ship offers no other form of daily fun or activities on its program. This relaxed program suits passengers who, when not exploring port or taking part in an excursion, can be found reading and socializing in the ship's Yacht Club or out on deck.
This laid-back atmosphere continues throughout the evening. You won't find karaoke, dance-offs or drinking competitions on this classy vessel. What it does offer is informal lounge music in the shape of a band or a singing duo that alternate between the Lounge and Compass Rose bar, becoming a familiar presence onboard. Performance times will vary depending on the ship's schedule.
While the overall entertainment program on Wind Surf is low-key, the ship's once-per-sailing crew show features a high-energy, not-to-be-missed performance. Presented with humor and panache, the show features a handful of the ship's crew performing a variety of acts. A highlight on our sailing was the male synchronized swimming act -- a comedy performance that saw a five-piece team leap and dive around in true slapstick style. The crew show tends to start at 10 p.m., though be prepared for a slight delay, allowing for those acts that are serving in the ship's restaurants to finish up and take part. The ship's Lounge fills up for the one-off performances -- with passengers keen to see if their favorite crew members are taking part. The atmosphere is wonderful, with the audience clapping and cheering each performer.
Wind Surf also has a casino, which features four gambling tables and an array of slot machines. The casino's opening times vary, depending on when the ship leaves port. For passengers who like to relax in their cabin, an extensive DVD library is available, though we didn't spot any new releases in the collection.
Look out for the local entertainment, which takes place onshore, once per voyage, as the ship sails away from port. On our sailing we witnessed a local Catalonian festivity known as Correfocs, which involves dancing with devil's pitchforks that are lit up with firecrackers. It was beyond wonderful and offered an exciting end to the evening.
There's no enrichment program available on Wind Surf.
The bars on Wind Surf each serve their purpose well -- one small bar, Terrace, acts as the ship's discreet cigar bar; the Compass Rose is ideal for daytime drinks and relaxing over sundowners; while the spacious Lounge is designed to focus on the ship's evening entertainment. There's one bar menu available throughout the ship, which features wines and Champagne by the glass and bottle, ranging from house Champagne through to Dom Perignon; there's a cocktail and spirit selection, beers, juices and other soft drinks. While the drinks menu doesn't feature any nonalcoholic cocktails, if you ask the bar staff, they'll happily create one for you. There's also a highlighted drink of the day; these were Spanish-themed cocktails on our sailing to match our sailing region. A standout Baileys Martini also makes an appearance on the Martini Menu.
Lounge: (Deck 4, midship): The Lounge is surprisingly spacious and has a fresh feel. The layout is focused on the central stage (which is the same level as the floor space), with a long bar to one side. Furniture includes tables, chairs and long and comfy lounge sofas, positioned to face the stage. This is the space where almost all of the ship's entertainment takes place, including the not-to-be-missed crew show.
Compass Rose: (Deck 5, aft): The ship's main outdoor bar features a large indoor section, which opens up and flows into the outside seating area overlooking the pool. There's a corner area reserved for daily live music. The bar features classic teak furnishings and has a laid-back vibe. We found Compass Rose especially popular from late afternoon through to evening time, when passengers are enjoying pre- and post-dinner drinks.
Terrace Bar: (Deck 6, aft): The ship's terrace bar, kitted out with teak furnishings, includes a small inside section with a few tables outside. It is the ship's only smoking section and features a small bar and cigar menu. On our sailing, while smokers used the area, we found the bar to be unmanned whenever we passed by.
There's one small square-shaped pool located on Deck 3, which features two hot tubs on either side. There are plenty of sun loungers, tables and chairs available around the pool.
There are plenty of sturdy rattan-style sun loungers available on the ship, each one equipped with comfortable blue cushioning. Passengers can find sun loungers available on Star Deck (Deck 6), located between the Veranda restaurant and Fitness Center, and along Bridge Deck (Deck 5) and Main Deck's (Deck 4) side passageways.
It's unlikely you will encounter overcrowding issues -- plenty of available loungers could be found on our sailing.
One of Wind Surf's standout features is its watersports platform, located on Deck 2, which offers passengers complimentary use of a range of watersports gear -- including kayaks, windsurfers, Zodiacs, snorkeling equipment and water skis.
The ship's watersport's platform is only in use when the ship is in ports where it tenders, so if this is one of the features that draws you in, be sure to check the nature of a ship's ports before committing to an itinerary.
Other factors that can render the watersports platform out of action include weather, sea conditions and local regulations.
Wind Surf's onboard services include a well-stocked library, which also features computers with access to a printer, and a large DVD collection. While there isn't a dedicated game room, there's an elegant wooden chess set and backgammon board available in the Yacht Club, which perfectly suit the ship's sophisticated feel.
The shore excursions deck, onboard Signature Shop and the photo gallery are all located by the guest services desk on Deck 3.
Wi-Fi is available onboard with a selection of packages available. Wi-Fi is available in cabins but some areas of the ship the connection is very poor. Surf Packages range from $60 for 200mb to $120 for 500mb.
There's no self-service laundry facility onboard, though there is a for-fee laundry and pressing service available.
If you're looking for a child-friendly cruise vacation, Wind Surf is not the ship for you. The minimum sailing age is 8, and while there were a handful of kids on our sailing (we suspect due to the Easter break), Wind Surf makes no secret of the fact that it's a ship for adult travelers and as such, offers no concessions to families with younger children.
Wind Surf does not offer a children's program.
The majority of the ship's passengers are from North America, as were the majority of fellow passengers on our sailing. Expect small numbers of European and Australian passengers, too. Depending on the ship's itinerary, you might find a higher percentage of passengers from certain countries. On our sailing in Southern Spain, we noticed a handful of Spanish passengers onboard, for example. All announcements are in English.
The age range skews toward 60-plus, though you'll find families and couples of all ages onboard. (Windstar makes it clear that its fleet is not geared toward children.) Expect to meet repeat passengers who are loyal to Windstar.
Wind Surf's WindSpa consists of six treatment rooms -- with two dedicated to the acupuncturist -- and offers a program of facials, massages, body scrubs and body wraps. There's also waxing, manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening and acupuncture treatments available. WindSpa features Elemis products, which can also be purchased in the spa's reception.
We found treatments thorough, starting out with a detailed assessment, and therapists were generous with their time.
There's also a separate hair salon and men's grooming section, with treatments including cutting, coloring and styling. Men can get a cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure or an Elemis wet shave.
A reception area offers comfy sofa seating and water coolers. There's no thermal suite or individual features such as steam room or a sauna. The spa's reception and treatment rooms feel tired and not as fresh and contemporary as other areas of the ship.
The ship's daily program features a different spa offer every day, which is well worth checking out. Spa opening times are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wind Surf's fitness center is well-equipped, particularly for a ship of this size, and has a modern feel with views out onto the deck. There's plenty of Technogym cardiovascular equipment -- typically four of each type -- and weights, yoga mats, wellness exercise balls, plus a Kinesis core muscle station.
The fitness center contains towels and a water cooler. Two showers are also conveniently located right outside. There are a number of fitness assessments available, including a 45-minute health assessment, a nutritional consultation, results-based training sessions, personal training and body sculpt boot camp. Prices vary depending on the session.
Daily complimentary 30-minute stretch, yoga and Pilates classes take place inside the fitness center.
The ship isn't large enough to accommodate a jogging track, but there is plenty of deck space for walking laps on Bridge Deck (Deck 5) and Star Deck (Deck 6).
Date Refurbished: 2017
Country of Registration: Bahamas
Regular Capacity: 308
Maximum Capacity: 310
Number of Crew:200
Crew Nationality: Indonesian, Filipino
Officer Nationality: British, Norwegian
Language(s) Spoken: English
On any day, our 310-guest flagship, Wind Surf, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep.
Starting with all new finishes and furnishings in suites and staterooms, Wind Surf renovation now brings you some of the most beautiful public spaces at sea. During their cruise, guests will find the perfect setting for ?making an entrance' in the beautiful new reception area - and, appropriately, that's only the beginning. When you return to your stateroom, the luxury gets personal. Windstar's signature bowls of flowers and fresh fruit will still be waiting for you, along with rich tufted headboards, soft seascape colors, beautiful new upholstery, and fine count Egyptian cotton linens welcome you to an oasis of relaxing indulgence.
Everything about Wind Surf speaks of welcome. Come aboard and see it for yourself.
Health and Beauty
No. of Dinner Sittings: 1
No. of Dinner Sittings: 7:30pm
Special Diet: Vegetarian Menu available
Dress Code: Casual, elegant resort wear, evening Casual Elegance.Gratuity Policies
Hotel Service Charge $12 per passenger, per day
Beverage Service Charge 15% automatically added