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Splish-splash on the Wind Surf

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 22 - 2007

Wind Surf portholes during rough seas — I saw a shark out there! Leaving port under sail brings some extra magic to a cruise, even a little romance…not today…the seas are a bit rough as we sail from Barcelona. The portholes in my Deck 1 stateroom are a lovely shade of turquoise and cobalt blue as the seas rock and roll the Wind Surf.

It’s my first night onboard the Wind Surf, Windstar Cruises largest vessel. Wind Surf, originally built for Club Med, is a larger, grander version of original Windstar vessels Wind Star and Wind Spirit. Windstar bought the 312-passenger ship in 1998 so it could offer a sail-assisted cruise experience with a few more frills. At the end of 2006 the ship received a major makeover with Windstar’s “Degrees of Difference” enhancements.

As I quickly discovered a little degree goes a long way. One of the biggest changes onboard the Wind Surf is the Yacht Club, which has replaced the library to be the ship’s the new social hub and it’s easy to understand why since it has all the comforts of a coffee house: plush seating, huge flat-screen television, espresso bar, and eight computers with Internet access.

There’s also a new alternative dining venue – The Bistro has been renamed Degrees, and four nights a week it offers a steakhouse menu inspired by Windstar’s celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. The other nights it offers rotating menus from Northern Italy, France and Indonesia. There is still no charge, but you’ll need to make reservations.
Staterooms have been giving a nice makeover with remodeled bathrooms along with Bose SoundDocks to use your iPod or you can borrow one from the library pre-loaded with music. There are two new 500-square- feet bridge deck suites onboard. These top-of-the-line suites offer a living and dining area, separate bedroom, and a marble bathroom with whirlpool tub.

One very welcomed addition is the wireless Internet available throughout the ship (including staterooms) and I can tell you it works pretty good even way down here on Deck 1.

Tomorrow: Patamos, Spain and Windstar’s flag change.

Footnote:

Barcelona is notorious for pickpockets and other petty crimes; however, there’s a new crime wave out there that a lot more dangerous.

There is an older couple on the Wind Surf that was almost robbed in Barcelona. Here’s the latest scam going around Europe: You’re walking down the street minding your own business when all the sudden somebody from an above apartment spills coffee on you. It’s pretty messy. As you’re standing there trying to clean yourself up, people will appear from nearby ground floor apartments or stores and will invite you in to help you clean up. Well, if you go in you’ll be robbed. Fortunately the couple from the ship brushed off the assistance and quickly walked back to the hotel. When they returned to the hotel the staff helped them and told them they were lucky – the “coffee spilling” was a set-up for robbery.

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