Tahitian Dream On Windstar's Wind Spirit
I was lucky enough to recently sail aboard the 140-passenger masted sailing yacht Wind Spirit on a Tahitian cruise, my first with Windstar. I was practically spoilt; the attention to detail and thoughtfulness of the staff was second to none.
My fellow passengers were friendly, relaxed, sociable, interesting, young or young at heart, and welcoming of a solo traveller.
My journey impressed me beyond words and exceeded my high expectations, leaving me feeling utterly content. My first Windstar voyage will not be my last.
Windstar offers luxury cruising in a private yacht setting. The ships are beautiful and extremely intimate with 140-300 passengers. The onboard experience is casual elegance at its finest and far from ordinary, but extremely comfortable and welcoming.
From the moment I stepped on board I felt pampered by the exceptional service level that was intuitive, professional, warm, sincere and friendly. Without asking, I felt I was given exactly what I wanted at the perfect moment.
On my first morning, I ordered a double shot latte when I arrived and a macchiato to finish. Every day following, a waiter would bring me my preferred coffees without being asked, once when seated and again before leaving. This same thoughtful approach was a constant throughout my voyage.
Meal times were a wonderful event. Lunches were always fresh, enticing and different each day, while our evening meals were always served together. That requires a great talent from the waiters and chefs, and this small detail was greatly appreciated.
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A solo traveller fits right in when cruising with Windstar. I’m not a natural solo traveller, but I met so many nice people, could dine whenever and with whomever was around, and was comfortable soaking up the yacht atmosphere alone or with other passengers.
The unique water platform called the Marina Deck was a highlight for me. Being able to jump directly off the back of the yacht and into the water was such a treat.
Words by Stephy Cole, Cruise Specialist, Cruiseabout Castlecrag
Stephy is a cruise veteran who has worked as a spa manager with luxury cruise lines. She has spent over 1,000 nights at sea experiencing everything from a Baltic cruise to Caribbean journey and two world voyages.
Her experience at sea taught her the importance of excellent customer service and Stephy believes an exceptional cruise experience starts with the booking process.
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