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  1. Ski Mom, My husband and I did that cruise two years ago. We booked at around $4800 with a small OBC over a year out. I avidly watched the price and got two different price reductions that ended up lowering the price to $3200. It was worth losing the 5% onboard discount. I ended up negotiating OBC that worked out to be about the same as the lost discount. We recently booked onboard a fall 2020 Barcelona to Lisbon cruise and got such a fabulous discounted price that I’m not really expecting to beat it. But I look every week anyway! You will love the Classic Italy Dalmatian cruise. It was lovely!
  2. I too was a bit worried about how to dress ‘country club casual’ for dinner on our first cruise, but now having been on windstar, I no longer worry. Firstly, I’ve realized nobody is really looking at you or cares what you’re wearing, and I soon learned it’s ok to repeat pants, skirts, capris or leggings at dinner with different tops. There is always one or two couples that wow every night and we looked forward to seeing what they wore but other than that, it’s pretty laid back! Secondly, we’ve found that the warmer weather cruises we’ve been on are definitely more casual with tropical and polo shirts for men, and casual capris with fun tops or sundresses for women. On our recent B2B Caribbean cruise, we had laundry so I only packed two pairs of capris and one skirt for the evenings and packed 4-5 fun tops to interchange with the bottoms for dinner. So my advice... don’t look at the magazine and website pics...just dress nicely sticking to the no jean policy. Enjoy!
  3. Ski Mom, We have always been a fan of Bequia. It was Boxing Day so not a lot was open, but we spent the day exploring the town, buying a small whaling ship model down a side alleyway from the sweetest gentleman named Papa, having yummy pizza and rum punch at Macs Pizza and then walking the great boardwalk to Princess Margaret Beach. A very fun, easy swimming beach. We were going to take a taxi to explore the back side of the island but ran out of time! It was a great day and definitely an island we would consider going back to for a land based stay. Enjoy!
  4. My husband’s letter arrived while we were away on our Windstar cruise. Didn’t get home till 12/29, but corrected it and sent it in anyway...with the correct zip code. Thank you! My letter never arrived. I’ll attempt calling Seattle tomorrow to see what’s up. Good luck with that, I’m thinking.
  5. My husband and I just returned from a B2B San Juan to San Juan on the Legend for my birthday and over Christmas and had a great time! It was our first motor yacht trip and though we did miss the sails of the Surf, the large cabin made up for it! The staff was wonderful as ever, especially Yogi, Trisha, Maria, Raffy and Mel! And the captain of the ship was lovely, so personable and visible. The ship is a bit worn and definitely ready for its renovations, but impeccably clean and very comfortable. We did miss the shady sitting options of the Surf for relaxing outside in the afternoon but almost always found a spot to get out of the sun and finish that good book! We enjoyed the ports, many of which we hadn’t been to for close to 30 years. The Vieques stop was cancelled which was a disappointment especially with St Thomas as the substitute. But we made do with a water taxi trip to Water Island for the day for sun, drinks and band on the beach. Spent my bday on Jost which is a favorite of ours, so extra special fun celebrating with a Soggy Dollar painkiller! Isles les Saintes and Bequia were two other beautiful stops. And the beach BBQ on Pigeon Island was nicely done, complete with a very good steel band. Food on board was excellent, and we tend to be quite picky hailing from foodie-haven Portland, Maine. But everything was nicely presented and quite tasty. All in all, a wonderful trip. We look forward to our next in October on the Wind Star, which we have never been on. Barcelona to Lisbon..very excited for that one, too! Happy New Year!
  6. We are on the Legend for our B2B starting on the 14th. Thanks for the info on St Thomas. We are not too excited about this substitute port, but will make the best of it. Maybe a water taxi to a great beach. But the boat parade in San Juan sounds great! We are missing the Portland Maine annual boat parade of lights so this will certainly make up for it! Hope to see you on board! Kym and Paul
  7. Great review, Misty Morning. Thanks for the details. My husband and I are on the same B2B cruise leaving next Saturday 12/14. We have only sailed on Wind Surf which we love and were a bit nervous about switching to the motor yachts but your review alleviated our qualms. We have been to most of the islands albeit many many years ago on small windjammers, so are excited to visit them again close to 25 years later! Took note of what you did on each island and may follow in your footsteps. Also, I will be celebrating my birthday on board at Foxy’s so that should be great fun!
  8. My husband and I are new fans of WindStar and are looking forward to two upcoming cruises in the next year. Our question is whether there are any plans to upgrade the quality of the WiFi onboard the power and sailing yachts during planned renovations and upgrades to the ships? Our recent trip on Wind Surf had less than ideal connectivity throughout the 8 days onboard. Also for beverage packages, we don’t mind paying the $59 pp price but we’re a bit taken back that the wine options seem to be price limited to those wines under $10.50. That was not the case in the past under the old package options. If you’re going to charge such a high price for all inclusive drink packages, the wind glass selections should have a higher price point.
  9. My husband and I are new fans of WindStar and are looking forward to two upcoming cruises in the next year. Our question is whether there are any plans to upgrade the quality of the WiFi onboard the power and sailing yachts during planned renovations and upgrades to the ships? Our recent trip on Wind Surf had less than ideal connectivity throughout the 8 days onboard.
  10. We just got our final paperwork for our October cruise on Wind Surf that ends in Lisbon. All it says is Lisbon cruise terminal so we were wondering the same.
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