Our sail to Bonaire totaled over 450 miles and took a day and a half. This was time to explore the ship and all of its amenities. The Wind Surf has 7 sails and a model with its building dates is on the Main deck. The sails are used as auxiliary power and add a small bit of speed while giving the ship greater stability by keeping the roll from swells down quite a bit. Its beam is narrow compared with conventional cruise ships. However, it is the largest sailing vessel in the world. There are two other, smaller ships in the Windstar Fleet as well as two larger motor-only “Yachts.” Unlike other mega cruise ships with over 4,000 passengers, the Windstar fleet has an average of only 350 passengers (range of 50-700).
There are no water slides, but there is a pool and two hot tubs. Most state rooms are about 188 sq. ft. with eighteen suites with slightly larger floor plans. Our room has two portholes for windows and is well thought out with an intriguing bathroom.
Food is up to the standards of the James Beard Foundation. While wine and other drinks are not included (as with Azamara Club Cruises), a generous ‘plan’ is available for purchase that includes all drinks, Internet, laundry, and the mandatory tip that many cruise lines charge over the cost of the passage. (Azamara Club Cruises includes the ‘tip’ in the basic fare).
Entertainment is crew-based with a talent show and crew line dancing each week. However there are two groups of singers – one duo and a five piece band.We enjoyed the music of Duo 'D Harmony with Megan and Eric in the Compass Lounge each night. Windstar is a great line and we’re planning our next cruise with them after only one day of being home.