Pictures of the Windstar Wind Surf
Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf is a beautiful, high-tech cruise ship. The Wind Surf is part luxury yacht and part sailing ship. Powered by a combination of engines and seven huge sails on five masts, she is beautiful to see from afar. Onboard the Wind Surf is no different. For a sailing ship, the Wind Surf is very spacious and carries 310 passengers in grand style across the sea.
The Wind Surf was significantly renovated in 2012, so some of this information and photos may be outdated, although the small ship sailing experience should be just as delightful!
Wind Surf Sailing Ship Cabin #153 with Queen Bed
Our Wind Surf stateroom number 153 was on the lowest deck and was delightfully spacious and warm.
Wind Surf's standard staterooms include a queen bed (converts to two twins), two chairs, a vanity/desk area, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player (for complimentary movies from the library), and Bose SoundDock speakers (for Apple iPod Nanos loaded with a broad selection of music and complimentary check-out from reception). The cabin is white with wood trim, and is very pleasing to the eye. The cabin has two portholes and plenty of storage, with lots of closet, shelf, and drawer space. The beds are wonderful--custom Sealy Posturepedic Premium Plush Euro-Top mattresses covered with luxurious cotton bed linens and duvets. The cabin also has a safe and mini-bar.
The bath has a shower with two shower heads, one attached and one handheld. The two mirrored storage cabinets allow for plenty of storage. The lighting in the bathroom is too dark for makeup application, so I used the vanity desk in the cabin. The vanity desk has both 110-volt and 220-volt outlets. Passengers will enjoy the bathroom amenities from L'Occitane and the Egyptian-cotton towels and waffle terry spa bathrobes.
For groups or families traveling together, 6 of the staterooms have 4 berths and 35 cabins have an extra Pullman berth that pulls down from the wall.
The 31 suites on deck 3 were added in a 1998 refit, and they were created by combining two standard cabins. Therefore, the suites have two bathrooms and a larger sitting area.
One cabin feature that I loved was the wireless connectivity for my computer in the cabin.
Wind Surf Casino
The Wind Surf has a small casino located off the Wind Surf Lounge that is open when the ship is at sea.
The Wind Surf casino has some slots, blackjack and craps tables, and roulette wheel. During our cruise, the blackjack tournaments were very popular.
Wind Surf Lounge
The Wind Surf Lounge is the largest lounge on the Wind Surf sailing ship. It is used for large cocktail parties, evening buffets, and entertainment.
The Wind Surf Lounge is located mid-ship on deck 4 (the main deck) between the Restaurant and the library. We had cocktail parties in the Wind Surf Lounge several evenings, an excellent Mediterranean buffet, and the crew show. The casino adjoins the Wind Surf Lounge.
Wind Surf Lounge Dance Floor and Stage
The "Crossroads" combo played in the Wind Surf Lounge most evenings before dinner, and many passengers enjoyed dancing on the small dance floor.
Wind Surf Figurehead
Many sailing ships have a carved wooden figurehead on the bow, and the Wind Surf is no different, except this one is in the reception area.
Wind Surf Gallery and Game Tables
Wind Surf passengers enjoyed playing games and cards in the gallery connecting the Wind Surf Lounge and the reception area.
Wind Surf Library
The Wind Surf Library had a good collection of books, CDs, and DVDs.
The Wind Surf library was very large for such a small ship. I was impressed that the 308-passenger ship's library was about the same size as the 3000-passenger Carnival Liberty's! That small fact helps demonstrate the ship's personality. Wind Surf passengers enjoy reading on deck or watching movies on the DVD player in their cabin, which goes along well with the relaxed, casual atmosphere onboard.
Wind Surf Library
The Wind Surf has wireless Internet access throughout the ships and a business center with desktop computers and Internet access. These computers in the library do not connect to the Internet, but are used for games, letters, etc. The Wind Surf also had notebook computers (with WiFI) to rent, but those of us who brought our own could use the Internet and access emails in our cabins or in all the common areas except the dining rooms.
Cookies and Juice in the Wind Surf Library
Most of the day, the Wind Surf library had yummy cookies and juice out for passengers to snack on.
Wind Surf Library DVD Collection
DVDs and CDs were available at no charge from the Wind Surf library.
Wind Surf Shore Excursion Desk
Our Wind Surf cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon had some terrific shore excursions, ranging from typical bus tours to camel rides to visiting historical sites. The staff was very helpful in making recommendations and cheerfully assisting passengers in making decisions about what to do ashore.
Wind Surf WindSpa
Wind Star's WindSpa is operated by Steiner and has all the traditional treatments and therapies along with special couple's massages ondeck or in your cabin.
Wind Surf Compass Rose Bar
Everyone on the Wind Surf enjoyed early (or late) breakfast in the Compass Rose in the morning and tea in the afternoon.
Wind Surf Deck Chairs
The comfortable Wind Surf deck chairs await vacationing passengers and their books or iPods.
Wind Surf Kayaks
The Wind Surf has a water sports plaform and many water "toys", including these sea kayaks for passengers to use. The Wind Surf also has water-skiing, windsurfing, sailboating, "banana" boating, and snorkeling at certain ports.
Wind Surf at the Dock in Ibiza, Spain
The Wind Surf as seen from Cathedral Square, located in Dalt Vila, the high part of the city of Ibiza.
Dalt Vila, the old town portion of the city of Ibiza, is surrounded by a wall, and it is quite a climb to the top!
Wind Surf Outdoor Barbecue on the 4th of July
We were in Palma de Mallorca on the 4th of July and enjoyed a great barbecue of lobster, ribs, steak, and chicken outside on the deck of the Wind Surf.
Wind Surf Restaurant
We loved these aquamarine chargers in the Wind Surf Restaurant. They looked very nautical.
Wind Surf Restaurant
The Wind Surf Restaurant has numerous tables for two, which suits couples seeking a romantic dinner well.
Wind Surf Veranda Restaurant
The Wind Surf's Veranda serves excellent buffet and grilled breakfasts and lunches.
Wind Surf Bistro
The Wind Surf's alternative restaurant is the Bistro, which seats about 100 passengers in a casual setting.
Wind Surf Galley Tour
It is always fun to tour the galley on a cruise ship, because I always am amazed how the staff can prepare food for so many people in such a small space. The Wind Surf was no different. The kitchen staff seemed to really enjoy their jobs, and welcomed us to "their" kitchen.
Map of Wind Surf 7-Day Cruise Itinerary of Barcelona to Lisbon
The Wind Surf itinerary from Barcelona to Lisbon is filled with sunny beaches, interesting history, and exotic ports of call.
Ports of Call on the Wind Surf 7-day cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon include --