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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1988 Age Restrictions: All guests in room must be
Year Refurbished: 2007 21 years old. If not, at least one must be 25.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 148 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Crew: 90 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 5,350 tons Bars/Lounges: 2
Length: 440 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 52.1 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 12 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Decks: 4 Hot Tubs: 1
Ship Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: No Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes
 

Overview
The 148-passenger Wind Spirit, the younger sister ship of Wind Star, is a romantic vessel that is quite popular among couples (including honeymooners) and experienced cruisers looking for an intimate vacation with great service and food. Windstar happens to have a loyal following of well-traveled cruisers that value the excellent itineraries, featuring ports of call that larger ships cannot reach. Because of the casual and intimate onboard atmosphere, the staff and guests often end up knowing each other on a first name basis (which is quite nice).

The large, usually computer operated, white sails of Wind Spirit are really beautiful, and only add to the great atmosphere onboard this ship. Wind Spirit is sometimes referred to as a motor-sailed-yacht (msy), because of her unique rigging. Her eye-catching white sails unfurl in only two minutes, with the simple touch of a button.

This ship doesn't have all of the bells and whistles (such as multi-level show lounges, specialty restaurants and rock-climbing walls) that some larger ships do, but that's not what a Windstar cruise is about. Meeting interesting people, visiting amazing ports of call (with great shore excursions available) and enjoying a casual, yet elegant, vacation is what this type of cruise is all about. One of the most popular onboard features of Wind Spirit is her water sports platform, found at the rear of the ship. When the ship is at anchor (weather-permitting) passengers are able to take part in a wide range of complimentary water sports, such as kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing.



Destinations & Itineraries
Wind Spirit will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Mediterranean
2013: Caribbean, Mediterranean


Staterooms
Being a smaller vessel, there isn't large range (or supply) of accommodations onboard Wind Spirit. Some of the staterooms can accommodate a third passenger, and some have adjoining private doors (nice for families or friends traveling together). All of the staterooms onboard Wind Spirit have queen beds that convert into two twin beds (except room numbers 101, 102 and 107). All staterooms have an ocean view and also include a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, mini-fridge and plush robes (for use during the cruise). Unfortunately, there are no balcony accommodations onboard Wind Spirit, which is a negative in comparison to some other upscale cruise lines that do have them.

Staterooms: Windstar simply refers to the category A and B staterooms onboard Wind Spirit as "staterooms." The only difference between them is that the category A staterooms are located on deck two, while the B's are on deck one. All of these staterooms are 188 square feet in size.

Owner's Suite: The most premium accommodation onboard Wind Spirit is her one Owner's Suite. This suite is 220 square feet, and is located on deck one (room #107).


Dining
Windstar Cruises has a single open-seating dining setup onboard all of their ships. This means that you can find where you want, when you want and with whomever you want (during the designated dining hours). The cuisine served onboard all Windstar cruises is top-notch, and is one of the highlights of a Windstar cruise.

The Restaurant, located on deck three, is an elegant venue that only serves dinner (unless weather dictates that a different meal must be served there).

The Veranda, located on deck four, is a nice indoor/outdoor buffet area that (usually) doesn't get too crowded and has a optional menu (that changes daily). This venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Afternoon tea, an elegant tradition of many upscale cruise lines, is served daily between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm by the pool, and features a few snacks to go along with the tea.

24-hour room service is available to all passengers. There is a nice complimentary menu available, that's a convenient option for a late night snack. During the meal times of The Restaurant and Veranda you're able to order from their menus to your room. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.


Onboard Features
Before dinner on each evening of the cruise, a cruise host has a gathering with most of the passengers onboard, talking about the port that will be visited the next day. On a Windstar ship, you're not going to see many of the typical onboard activities found elsewhere (such as bingo and art auctions). Also during each night of the cruise, the captain hosts a nice reception. There's not really a ton of special onboard features (like show rooms and such) onboard Wind Spirit. However, passengers are usually quite friendly with each other on a Windstar cruise and social gatherings are a major aspect of this ship's onboard lifestyle.

The first deck of Wind Spirit is where all of the category B staterooms are located, as is the ship's one Owner's Suite. One deck up you'll find all of the category A staterooms, as well as the gym (featuring various fitness machines and dumbbells), sports shop and water sports platform (which is located at the rear of the ship). Complimentary water sports (such as waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, swimming and scenic boat rides) are provided by Windstar when Wind Spirit is at anchor (and when such activities are permitted by local government regulations). Snorkeling is not available from the water sports platform (for safety reasons), but is provided as a shore excursion. Complimentary snorkel gear is provided to all passengers. Windstar offers an excellent scuba diving program (referred to by them simply as SCUBA) in the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

On deck three is The Restaurant, main lobby (which is where the reception is located), Signature Shop, library (featuring books, DVDs and CDs), casino (featuring a small selection of slot machines and a couple of blackjack tables), WindSpa and The Lounge (a spacious area that has a bar and dance floor). The spa offers a nice range of spa and salon services, such as facials, massages, aroma stone therapy, hair styling, pedicures and manicures. Children 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult while in the spa. On deck four of Wind Spirit you'll find the bridge, radio room, The Veranda, Piano Bar, (a small) pool and hot tub.

The flying bridge is located at the highest level of Wind Spirit. In this area you'll find a bunch of lounge chairs, great for bathing in the sun and enjoying the ocean breeze.

In the case of an emergency or if you need medical attention of any sort, there is an infirmary onboard. Please be aware that Windstar will charge you for any services rendered onboard, and it's not usually cheap. That's why traveler's insurance is highly recommended for all cruisers...it's a small purchase that might end up saving you a lot of money!

There is internet access available onboard Wind Spirit, but it's pricey. You're better off (money-wise) using an internet cafe in a port of call, if you're able to wait and have the time to do that.



Dress Code and Attire
There's a casual dress code onboard Windstar's ships, in fact they refer to their onboard experience as "Casual Elegance," meaning that guests should dress stylish, yet comfortable. An easy way to think of what to wear would be to think of how you'd dress at an elegant resort.

For women's daytime wear Windstar suggests walking shorts, skirts, sarongs, lightweight tops and cover-ups. For women's evening wear Windstar suggests: sun dresses, pants, informal cocktail attire.

Windstar suggests the following for Men's daytime wear: walking/Bermuda shorts, polo shirts, khaki pants; For the evening Windstar suggests the following for men: lightweight trousers and short-sleeved dress/polo shirts. No suits or ties (although some men will still wear such attire on occasion). And no shorts, jeans, or t-shirts in The Restaurant or Degrees (formerly The Bistro) during the evening.


Children Programs
Windstar's cruises are typically considered voyages for adults. As such, there are no children's programs or facilities onboard their vessels. In fact, on Windstar's website is says "children, especially infants and toddlers, are not encouraged aboard Windstar cruises. The intimate ship size and unregimented atmosphere are adult in orientation and do not provide for the care, supervision, or entertainment of children...Windstar will not accept reservations for infants who will be 24 months or younger at the time their travel with Windstar commences."


Tipping and Gratuities
Windstar automatically charges each passenger a Hotel Service Charge, in the amount of $12 per person per day. This charge is automatically applied to each passenger's onboard expense account. This charge is used to compensate the various crew members that service you during your cruise, such as beverage servers, your wait staff, room stewards, laundry staff and galley staff. You are free to increase or decrease this charge, if you choose to do so (at the end of your cruise). You can do this by going to the main desk and requesting this to be done.

Windstar also adds a 15% Beverage Service Charge to any bar charges and dining room wine purchases.



Alcohol Policy
For alcoholic beverages, the minimum drinking age onboard all Windstar cruise ships is 21 years of age. Only wine and champagne can be brought onboard the ship by passengers, for consumption in their staterooms. Windstar charges a $15 corkage fee (subject to change), for consumption of your wine or champagne in the ship's restaurants or bars.


Gambling Policy
You must be at least 18 years of age to gamble onboard a Windstar cruise.


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