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  1. According to the local port news, Regatta is headed to Ensenada, Mexico today (or tomorrow -- days are running together at this point!).
  2. Yes, the local Long Beach newspaper which lists all the comings and goings in the harbor has shown the Regatta as present in Long Beach for weeks. I think it's been moved around within the harbor which is why the OP hadn't seen it before.
  3. Another vote for the full face snorkel! If I had a chance in hell of doing any snorkeling in the next 6 months I'd definitely be on the hunt for one. I want to be able to SEE that incoming shark out of the corner of my eye...... :-)
  4. I too have done Tahiti with both PG and Windstar and preferred Windstar. PG was good, but we liked Windstar better. For what it's worth....
  5. I can see why they wouldn't want to provide masks and snorkels, but what about fins? That doesn't seem like it would be a problem. I usually just pack my mask and snorkel in the bottom of my suitcase and then use Windstar's fins. The mask and snorkel take up very little room in my suitcase, honestly. Especially on a warm weather cruise where you're primarily packing shorts, sandals, tops and bathing suits.
  6. Petoonya, On the subject of snorkel gear: on our Tahiti cruise we met a charming couple who introduced us to a totally new (to us) style of mask. It allowed for a complete 180 degree view underwater (as opposed to the side views being kind of blocked by the sides of your mask). They said they got them at Costco, of all things. Anyway, next time I go on a snorkeling vacation I intend to look into this. Thought you and others might want to be aware, in case you're not already (I was the last one on the block to get a microwave, so I'm not exactly on the cutting edge of things --- perhaps these masks are now commonplace).
  7. I remember our very first Windstar cruise. We embarked in Rome (Civitavecchia), and it was raining. I fretted the whole way on the drive from Rome to Civitavecchia that morning because I knew we were going to be early, and I pictured us standing in the rain with our luggage. Well, no. There was a very nice enclosed waiting area with drinks, cookies, restrooms and plenty of seating to wait for 1:00 p.m. boarding time. I should have known.
  8. Petoonya, as r&d points out, on the sailing ships those forward cabins are pretty darn mid-ship. When I figured that out I booked a B cabin on the Spirit, very far forward (I think it was next-to-most-forward). We were very happy with it.
  9. Susiesan, Get a massage or two at the spa. That'll help chip away at the OBC. On one trip with Windstar we had so much OBC left on the last day, that my husband bought a $600 watch in one of the onboard shops. So, if you get desperate you can always buy a watch or some jewelry. Only if you're desperate though. :-)
  10. True, but in our case Windstar offset this with $50 pp onboard credit. Not sure if they routinely do this, but they did in our case. We saved a total of $950 by re-booking at a lower fare. So, a good deal indeed.
  11. We did the package and thought the no-hassle, seamlessness was worth it. I'm surprised that the airfare is more than if you booked it yourself. It's usually less. A sign of the times, no doubt.
  12. I would definitely avoid our winter months (December through March). It's not so much the rain, but the humidity that will kill you. While the temperature does not vary that much throughout the year, the humidity during their summer (our winter) makes it seem oh-so-much hotter. In July the extreme humidity is gone, but it can be windy. My favorite months: August and September The 11 day over the 7 day is a no-brainer! :-)
  13. That's because no one has posted an opinion about it yet. Perhaps you could do so upon your return.
  14. Yes, my husband and I took the Huahine motu picnic excursion thru Windstar. It was great fun. I honestly don't remember the pearl farm or the vanilla farm though. We got in on it at the last minute when our private motu picnic company didn't pick us up as promised and were pleasantly surprised at how much fun it turned out to be.
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