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Wind Star

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If megaships aren’t your thing, the intimate Wind Star sailing yacht might be just right for you. Its aim is to make you feel like you’re on your own personal yacht — even though you just happen to be sharing it with 147 other passengers.

At the sail away party, you can relax on the open deck as computer-controlled sails unfurl at the push of a button. The stern deck, with a pool and bar, is the ship’s hub. Come evening, the buffet morphs into an alfresco grill called Candles.

Inside, you’ll find more than you would expect on such a small vessel. There are two more restaurants — an à la carte venue and an indoor/outdoor buffet restaurant serving breakfast and lunch — plus a roomy lounge, a mini casino, a small gym, a massage room, and a library.

What We Love

Quiet: While there may be a handful of kids during school breaks, for the most part this ship is geared to adults and ideal for those who like it that way.

Steaks: Don’t forget to make a reservation at Candles, where you can dine on grilled meats under the stars. 

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Water Sports: The ship is perfect for sporty types, who kayak, paddleboard, or sail right from the platform at the stern when the ship is anchored.

Being Casual Friday Every Day: Leave the jackets and fancy dresses at home. The Wind Star embraces yacht life, and that means linen pants, polo shirts, and sundresses.

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Who It's Best For

Couples 30s and Up: This ship is perfect for pairs looking for an intimate cruise to gorgeous warm-weather places, including the Greek Isles, Italian Rivera, and the Caribbean’s Grenadines.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Ship Is Old: The Wind Star, which was built in 1986, is elderly in cruise ship terms. Expect some creaks, groans, and tired spots.

Heidi Sarna

Heidi Sarna is a Singapore-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today.

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Wind Star at a Glance
  • Line: Windstar Cruises
  • Class: Wind Star
  • Number of Passengers: 148
  • Ship Size: Small
  • Launch Date: 1986
  • Refurbish Date: 2012
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