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  1. I just got an automated notification from marinetraffic that Wind Spirit has set sail for Tahiti. The estimated arrival is late on August 25. She sails at just over 10 knots, which is about half the cruising speed of a big ship. Here is the route forecast. I am hoping to be on this ship in February. Hope is the key word here.
  2. Spirit leaves for Lautoka from PPT on 11/11/21 and on to Australia and Indonesia. Arrives back in PPT on 4/7/22. Breeze departs from San Diego for PPT on 10/30/21 heads back to SD on 4/7/22. (Lucky you Deb, you could just roll out of bed on 10/30/21 head for the harbor and be on your way!) Looks like Breeze PPT to SD on 4/7/22 may be chartered.
  3. I'm booking Wind Spirit excursions and trying to avoid the commercial type vanilla and pearl farm visits as part of the tour. The Huahine tour is run by Poetainia, and on their website the motu picnic includes such. Yet I've yet to be on a WS excursion that includes anything commercial. Anyone done it before?
  4. B cabins were sold out when I made my reservation for a November cruise, so I went for BX #129. Final payment is due shortly and I'm thinking that if there is any a time when cabins might free up it would be at final payment. As in people who are thinking about a cruise and hold a place, may cancel more frequently then. Asked TA to take a look at that time. I've read that aft B cabins are noisy. Any thing forward to avoid just in case there's something available? Nancy
  5. We have sailed on the Windstar sailboats three times, power yachts are currently our preference, but I honestly don’t remember the location of our cabins. We want to take advantage of the recent screaming deals on the Spirit in Tahiti but are unsure if there is much difference in the sense of the pitch of the ship between the forward/aft cabins and midship cabins. The thousand dollar price difference can be better used elsewhere. Any observations would be appreciated.
  6. Sorry that it's so long! It's been a week and a half since we got off that beautiful ship and I'm still on a high. Urge everyone to do this cruise.
  7. Strange happenings on the current Spirit sailing in Asia. On the wizard site, the listings after the 3/7 Cairns sailing have disappeared and nothing shows up until 6/1 back in Cairns. Listings were there earlier but not now. The same sailings missing from the wizard are still shown on the main Windstar site but all state “call for availability”. My guess is that the company is taking a look at the Benoa to Singapore itineraries and will be making some changes. A Crystal around the world cruise is now in that area in the midst of terrible storms and a number of planned dockings denied by local authorities. The virus is obviously taking its toll on any cruises in that part of the world. What a shame.
  8. Will be on the Spirit in September and was wondering which night is the BBQ - I’m thinking 1st night in Bora Bora. which island is the beach bbq? starting to plan excursions but I don’t want to miss either. does anyone have any excursions they recommend- either through ship or private. thanks.
  9. Hubby and I are excited to embark on our first Windstar cruise for 10 days through the islands of Tahiti. We've cruised before, but never that area. We're curious if anyone else who has taken that specific cruise and has thoughts or advice on which excursions were best, or not. We plan to do a ton of snorkeling. Also, any advice on pearl shopping and what we can expect to pay for a single pearl? We've heard there are deals to be had off the main path, but unsure if that's true. Finally, we plan to use our debit card with supplement with a little local cash. Thoughts on that? Thanks in advance!
  10. Anybody boarded the Windspirit in Benoa? We are cruising out of there in May and was just wondering what the security was like? We have cruised out of Papeete before and it was very casual, no scanning etc. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Hi all, my DH and I will be on the Wind Spirit for the Sept. 26th sailing. We are super excited to experience not only FP for the first time, but Windstar as well. I want to obtain solid confirmation of which night in Bora Bora the private island dinner will occur. My TA asked Windstar and they said it would be the first night. However, from what I could gather on here and various reviews, previous cruisers have said it was on the second night. I'd like to lock this info down as I'm trying to arrange plans for the first day in Bora Bora (which happens to be my DH's actual 50th birthday). I'm looking into a sunset cruise and don't want to miss the private island dinner. Thanks!
  12. I just got off of the Wind Spirit. If you do not know the boat lost power (complete black out) losing all propulsion while docking in Raiatea. After drifting the rear of the boat came to rest on the public dock next to the "Shell Gas Station". Power was restored quickly (15 mins). We docked normally, about 15-20 mins late. I believe the damage was very light. A scratch is all I saw on the MSY Wind Spirit. The concrete of the dock was damaged, but no rebar was showing. It seems that its current cruise is NOT happening (so far). The ship is still in Papeete https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-149.568/centery:-17.536/zoom:18 When I left all seemed normal. They were taking on fuel (done once every three weeks or so). Supplies were being loaded. I saw several sprinter vans get unloaded onto the ship. They were slightly delayed in getting luggage off, and a tug boat helped us dock. I am not sure if it normal, or if it was requested. We left port without a tug, I did not expect one on the way back. ADDED NEWS LINKS: https://www.radio1.pf/le-wind-spirit-endommage-le-quai-de-uturoa-video/ https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/tahiti/polynesie-francaise/paquebot-wind-spirit-percute-quai-uturoa-716865.html https://www.tahiti-infos.com/A-Raiatea-le-Wind-Spirit-percute-le-quai-de-Uturoa_a181870.html Anyone know what is going on?
  13. I have been "upgraded" to cabin 231 on Wind Spirit and looking at deck plan this is under the galley. Does anyone have experience with this location which is forward and on deck 2? Curious if we got upgraded or something else. Thanks.
  14. Can someone please confirm that the Wind Spirit still has snorkel equipment available for use during the cruise. Can you take a set and keep it in your stateroom for the cruise?
  15. Never thought I would be able to make this but here it comes, can anyone give me hints about do we need to use tahitian money or will most take credit cards, is it easy to arrange excursions when you get to port, what days did they schedule the island picnic, deck BBQ, etc. Any hints you can share about what to expect appreciated, sail September 12, 2019, Thank you.
  16. My husband and I our going on the 7 day Dreams of Tahiti on October 3, 2019. I know we spend two days on Bora Bora, so does anyone know if the Barbecue on the Motu is on the first night or the second? I have read that they take you over around 5:00 p.m. for dinner. I've called Windstar and I've been told two different things. We are trying to schedule tours, so it would help to know which day. Any help would be appreciated.
  17. We are about half way through our cruise and I am completely happy with everything about Windstar. I think this is my 39th cruise (have cruised Carnival, Celebrity, Holland, NCL, Disney, RC, Princess) and this may be my new favorite line. Normally I wouldn't cruise without a balcony but I love this little cabin so much that I don't miss it all that much. We have cruised previously in the smallest inside cabin and the largest cabin (Garden Villa@6000 SF) but I am just smitten with this porthole cabin. The ship is small enough that it is so easy to go out for air. The service is top notch. I have had butlers before and this service is so personal and immediate its very similar to butler service. The food is the best of any line I have sailed. It is like specialty restaurant dining but at every meal. Everything, I mean everything, is delicious and of best quality. It seems they spare no expense on their food budget. And it is cooked perfectly. Last nights grilled lobster under the stars was amazing and I am not the biggest lobster fan. Maybe Im just under a Tahitian spell as this is a magical experience, but I mentioned yesterday that perhaps we should cancel one of our upcoming cruises and rebook on Windstar. Cabin 238 is quiet and a decent location. Perhaps a bit more toward the back would be better. And I think next time I would like to be on the lower deck to have a perspective of the water line being even closer. The drift snorkel on Raiatea was ridiculously fun. I did it three times and could have done it all day if time permitted. Just breathtaking. Not as many fish as we saw in Fiji but the experience was more fun here as you literally feel like a glider plane in the water with the current pushing you effortlessly past fish and corals. Our precruise hotel at Manava Resort (took ferry to Moorea) was ok. It served as a good prenight hotel but it was definitely worth taking the ferry to Moorea as we rented a car and spent the day exploring this magnificent island. Lunch at Snack Mahana is great! Delicious fish burger. Sorry this is all over the place chronologically but it's 5am and I'm doing this on my phone (t mobile has free texting and data in French Polynesia by the way). Just waiting to get up for a Latte and eggs Benedict followed by a lazy day and what I am sure is going to be a brilliant day at the motu bbq. What a nice Easter treat! We initially were booked on Paul Guagin but switched to Windstar. While I am sure the other line is also good, I am so happy with our decision as I now may have found the line that just feels like a perfect fit. Our next cruise is MSC Mediterranean in Yacht Club and that should also be a good experience. I guess that is what would define this cruise...an experience. Not just another cruise (don't take that the wrong way as I am grateful for my travel opportunities). For reference I am 48 and my wife is 59 and from Orange County CA. We seem to be the average age demographic with some older and some younger. There are no children under teenage years on board that I've seen. First review I've ever done while still in a cruise I think. My previous logon isn't working but I've been on cruise critic for about 20 years (when it was first created). 5 out of 5 Stars and a net promoter from someone who appreciates quality over quantity with a bit of luxury thrown in. While I want to tell everyone, selfishly I feel like I found a secret vacation option that I want to keep to myself.
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