A day in the life on board Wind Spirit
If you’re struggling to get up for work, or just to leave the warmth of a comfy bed on these cold winter mornings (what's left of them), maybe a tropical Tahitian break is just what you need to get the spring back in your step. A week of pure relaxation, being waited on hand and foot, eating and drinking to your heart’s content … sound good?
Today we’re talking to Shar Jones, from our New Zealand office, who spent a decadent few days on board the beautiful Wind Spirit, cruising Tahiti’s islands and lapping up the luxury!
What did you enjoy most about being onboard Wind Spirit?
Windstar was the perfect way to see these islands. The service was great, the yacht was amazing and the itinerary was perfect. Intimate and personalized.
I loved small ship sailing – the crew to passenger ratio is amazing so the crew quickly know your name and your favourite drink.
If you like the finer things (great food, nice wines, high level of service) but also enjoy being sporty and casual this is a great choice. Most people aboard enjoyed the quality but appreciated being able to live in shorts, swim suits and sun dresses for the cruise.
Another thing was the open bridge policy. These days you’re not permitted to visit the bridge on a lot of the ships but Windspirit still has an open bridge policy. My fellow passengers enjoyed being able to see the ship in action and speak to the crew.
As for the itinerary - Bora bora – Wow. It’s the best way to see all of the islands and great value for money.
Tell us about a typical day on board
Start with a delicious breakfast and coffee while watching the sun come up on the deck.
Go ashore to explore your new destination.
Off the back of the yacht on the platform, is swimming, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing, single ski, wake boarding, and stand up paddle boarding. These are all free!
Chat and sipping champagne while watching the sun go down.
And then, evening entertainment by the staff.
The biggest decision of the day is what to eat and what activity to do… if any at all.
Windstar pride themselves on excellent crew. How did you find the service onboard?
The experience starts from the time you check in, greeted by smiling faces. Within a day the staff know you by name. It’s such a personal experience – everyone from the staff serving you meals to the captain.
Everyone was friendly and helpful, taking pride in knowing your name and anticipating your needs without hovering.
How were the meals?
There are three dining areas to choose from, all dining is open seating. The AmphorA dining area is open for all meals, whilst the Verandah restaurant offers inside and outside buffet dining and is open for breakfast and lunch. Candles, is a 5 star grill experience offering intimate dining on the pool deck, at no extra charge.
The food was incredible, every meal every day. I took a galley tour and was impressed that everything is fresh, the only frozen item is ice cream. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal. Loads of healthy choices and plenty of unhealthy ones - but plenty of choices. We ate outside almost every breakfast and lunch. The main restaurant is lovely and changes the menu every night. The Candles restaurant option on the deck offers more of a steakhouse menu with grilled meats and fish. The onboard bbq was incredible with a suckling pig, lobster and other delights. The motu special event was not to be missed with a great show and meal on a private island.
What was your most memorable moment?
There were lots! Back Deck BBQ Dinner under the stars – there is a massive buffet and BBQ down one side and all guests are seated at tables around this whole area.
On day 3 at Taha’a Windstar hires a tiny private island (motu). This is another free shore experience, in addition to the private island on Bora Bora still to come.
At Taha’a there is a day excursion to the private island. The crew go ahead and set everything up, bringing it all over from Wind Spirit. It’s amazing! The snorkelling here is especially good. The boys will even bring you a pina colada while you are in the water!
Who would you recommend Wind Spirit for?
Everyone - from the young to the young at heart! We had honeymooners, retired couples, experienced travellers, first-time cruisers … Everyone was very friendly – in fact passengers and crew were all like family at the end of the cruise, sharing laughs and adventures of the day. There were a few single travellers on board, who were very quickly included in what was going on and invited to join tables at dinner time. On our cruise there were quite a few honeymooners on board. At one stage they were all in the Jacuzzi together having a great time, laughing, talking and drinking. Nationalities on board: New Zealand, Australian, American, South American, European.
It’s definitely something special for an anniversary, a significant birthday or just a memorable treat.
A big thanks to Shar for detailing her experiences on board. To find out more about cruising Tahiti’s islands with Wind Spirit, click here or click here to request a call from one of our Ultimate Cruising experts.