Windstar Cruises

Wind Spirit - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

The Restaurant on Wind Spirit The 5,700-ton, 148-guest Wind Spirit and her identical twin, Wind Star, were Windstar’s original vessels (launched in 1988 and 1986, respectively), and they’re still some of the most romantic small ships at sea — part sailing yacht, part premium cruise ship, and with all the fine service, casual atmosphere, and excellent cuisine for which Windstar is known.

Wind Spirit Dining & Public Rooms
In all, there are only four main public rooms: the Skylight Main Lounge and next-door Casino, the Restaurant, and the Veranda buffet restaurant. The Main Lounge is the spot for dancing, cocktails, and port talks, plus gambling in the casino, which is located in a small adjoining room. There’s also a second, open-air bar out by the pool, which is also the venue for Candles, a poolside steak and shish kabob restaurant that can serve about 30 guests per evening. Otherwise, guests take their dinner at the spacious, nautically-styled main Restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Veranda, a sunny, big-windowed room with indoor and outdoor seating.

Other rooms on board include a small spa, an equally small gym, and a cozy library where guests can surf the web or check out books, DVDs, and CDs for use in their staterooms. Outdoors there’s a small pool and hot tub, plus various decks and nooks appointed with deck chairs.

Wind Spirit Cabins
Wind Spirit offers two basic accommodation choices: standard outside staterooms and Owners Cabins. Each standard, 188-square-foot stateroom offers a queen-size bed, TV, DVD/CD player, Bose SoundDock (for use with iPods, your own or one you check out onboard), wi-fi, a small refrigerator, L’Occitane toiletries, adequate storage, and nicely designed bathrooms with granite countertops and teak floors. Owners Cabins offer a bit more space, measuring in at 220 square feet.

Note that no accommodations on Wind Spirit offer balconies: Instead, all staterooms have traditional porthole windows.

Ship Information
Wind Spirit is a yacht-size luxury sailing ship, with a feeling of being on ones own private sailing yacht. The ship offers the ultimate in luxury yacht cruising. The elegant ship calls on smaller, intimate yachting ports, hidden harbors, and secluded coves away from the crowds. Five Star cuisine is served in The Restaurant, or one can dine al fresco in the poolside Candles grill.

The ships cabins all include iPod docks and Bose speakers, flatscreen televisions, WiFi internet and L'Occitane products. The ship's popular watersports marina features complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking, available in most ports, when the ship is at anchor.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1988 ♦ Year Refurbished 2007 ♦ Ship's Class: Wind Star Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 5,700 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦ Length 440 ft - 134 m ♦ Cruising Speed 8 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 148 ♦ Passenger Capacity (maximum occupancy) 158 ♦ Passenger Decks 4 ♦ Officers and Crew 94 ♦ Officer's Nationality European ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.57 to 1

Total 74 ♦ Suites with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Suites without Balcony 1 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 73 ♦ Inside 0 (none) ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 0 ♦ Windstar Cruises' cabins are elegant, comfortable sailing ship cabins, with traditional porthole windows. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, a personal refreshment bar, luxury bath products, bathrobe and slippers, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

The Lounge on Wind SpiritCabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ CD Player ♦ iPod Dock ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Open-seating dining in The Restaurant, with gourmet cuisine ♦ Specialty Restaurant: Candles - outdoor dining ♦ There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Windstar Cruises cruise ships ♦ Dress code on Windstar Cruises is elegant casual, no jacket required, and there are no formal nights ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Casino ♦ Movies

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Watersports Marina - for sailing, kayaking, swimming or waterskiing right from the ship when in port

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates

Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shop and Boutique ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Medical Center