Is there anything more romantic than a ship with billowing white sails? It’s no wonder that Windstar Cruises’ flagship, the 310-passenger Wind Surf, is a top choice for honeymooners and couples. This small sailing ship gets you close to the sea — not 15 stories above it — with a nautical décor of teak, brass, and plenty of marine blue.
What We Love
Multiple Dinner Venues: For a small ship, the Wind Surf offers a variety of options. Beyond the AmphorA main restaurant, you can dine at a contemporary French bistro or outdoors around the pool, with candles flickering in the moonlight.
Complimentary Private Events: These shoreside outings are designed to connect guests with a destination, such as a private dinner at Ephesus, or lunch and wine tasting at a family vineyard in Sicily.
Best Known For
The Sails: Who can resist watching 26,000 square feet of white sails unfurling in the wind? Wind Surf is technically a motor-sail yacht, so the sails are mostly for appearance, but they are used as the sole propulsion between certain ports and they’re dramatic even when not necessary.
Water Sports Platform: When the seas are calm, the platform is lowered into the water so guests can paddle a kayak or ride in a small motorboat.
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Who It's Best For
Affluent Couples: Older couples seeking a romantic, relaxing getaway will be drawn to these ships.
Mature Singles: Windstar waives the dreaded single supplement on certain departures, attracting a smattering of solo travelers.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
No Balconies: The ship was built in 1980, before the era of private balconies.
It’s Quiet: After-dinner entertainment includes conversation over a drink or dancing to a two-person combo in the lounge, not a disco that thumps into the wee hours.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.
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Wind Surf at a Glance
- Line: Windstar Cruises
- Class: Wind Surf
- Number of Passengers: 310
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1990
- Refurbish Date: 2012