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Winds of change lead to great cruise experience

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 23 - 2007

Hearty sunbathers on the Wind Surf during a cold October day in Palamos, Spain After a lovely dinner in The Restaurant of roasted Moroccan chicken breast, spicy couscous and a lot of red wine the previous evening it was a long day today. Palamos, Spain is a pretty resort area and fishing village. With a history dating back 700 years the city’s medieval past is no longer visible as its streets are lined with restaurants, cafes and tapas bars. Because it was a bit chilly and I was still jet-lagged I could only manage a quick leisurely walk around the Palamos marina before heading back to the serenity of the Wind Surf.

Bundled up under the Mediterranean sun on the Wind SurfAs I sip a hot cappuccino to warm up I begin chatting with an amiable British couple; they are sailing back-to-back cruises aboard the Wind Surf. They are enjoying the ship immensely and said it’s the best cruise they’ve ever been on. In fact, almost half the guests (mostly British) are doing two cruises in a row. As one guest told me “the price was too good to refuse.” Indeed the savings was half price for the second cruise – such a deal! 

I have received a lot of e-mails from past Windstar passengers and some travel agents worried that there would be a big change in the cruise line with new owners.

In April, Windstar Cruises was transferred from Holland America Line and Carnival Corporation to new owners, Ambassadors International. What changes can be expected? Not many. David Giersdorf, president of Ambassador’s cruise group, says the company will continue to operate Windstar as it exists today, including its published itineraries. Moreover, Ambassadors has retained most of the existing Windstar crew. The crew says things have been going well and they say Ambassadors has done a good job with the transition. Having been onboard for two days, I agree. I also believe Ambassadors has big plans to make Windstar even better.

Stay tuned tomorrow:
Sete, France, and Windstar’s wonderful cuisine

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