After sailing for years on huge and larger resort ships, this summer was just about time to try out something completely different: We decided pretty spontaneously to spend a week onboard Windstar Cruises´ sailing yacht MSY Wind Star on the Aegean sea.
Carrying a maximum of 148 passengers, Wind Star can be called for sure a
very intimate cruise vessel. For us being used to the enormous size and room onboard larger ships, it was quite a change in matters of space and privacy. Yet to sail the beautiful Mediterranean on a ship that has a maximum length of 134 meters and a width of 15.8 metres is definitely worth a try.
I have prepared a little photo portrait of the interiors and deck spaces for you. So come join me on the tour: Welcome aboard MSY Wind Star!
Feel like a star? I could get use to this.
There are 73 deluxe ocean view staterooms and one Owner´s suite located on two decks. Each stateroom features two porthole windows.
Elegant yacht design dominates with lots of wooden paneling.
Each cabin features a little sitting area. The table can be conveniently folded out for romantic dinners or breakfast in the privacy of your stateroom. It can also be lowered and the entire seating area can be converted into either a sofa or an additional bed.
The flat screen television also features a DVD player. So either bring your favourites from home or try out the selection available inside the ship´s library.
There is plenty of storage for shoes, clothes and personal items! Way more than on the larger resort ships!
Elegant bathrooms onboard.
L´Occitane products, ample storage and yacht design, looks great!
Closer to the ocean? Not possible!
For more information about accommodations and stateroom features, click this
One hallway. No elevators. Elegant maritime decor. Yacht feeling!
The two staircases allow only one direction at once 🙂 Size does matter…
The lobby aboard Wind Star on Deck 3. Natasha and Cheryn from Guest Relations have everything in sight.
The hallway between the Lounge and the lobby in very maritime design.
Travel guides, books, DVD´s, magazines, the library got it. There is also two internet terminals. WiFi is available throughout the ship.
Care to test your luck? The onboard casino aboard Wind Star.
Entertainment aboard Wind Star is more or less limited to Do-it-yourself. The Aft Lounge is a gathering point for live music, port presentations and other events like the Welcome reception or Check-In on embarkation day.
AmphorA restaurant has no fixed dinner times. Seating is open and begins between 7 or 7:30 pm.
Softdrinks and water is all-inclusive, Windstar features the best price for Jacquart champagne at 48 USD per bottle (plus 15% service charge).
Dress code is smart casual yet no dinner jacket required. Chinos and polo shirt turned out to be the perfect outfit.
The menu changes daily and features in addition a Chef´s speciality (I will have a separate blog post about gastronomy coming up!) The quality of Chef Budhi´s creations have been most excellent!
If you´re looking to work off all that good food, the little Fitness Center on Deck 2 might be able to help…
Another option is the retractable marina that unfolds from the stern of the ship. Waterski, a small sailing boat, kayaks or paddle boards are available free of charge. Scuba diving can be booked at additional cost.
The pool deck on Wind Star is located aft on Deck 4. I features a small swimming pool and a hot tub.
A small buffet area serves Early Bird breakfast from 6:30 am and coffee with cake, cookies and sandwiches beginning at 4:00 pm.
Several sun loungers and seating is also available one deck upwards.
The padded seating area in the shade is highly popular with guests at all times of the day.
It can get quite busy during the day and on sea days.
Due to the size of the ship, open deck spaces are limited yet comparatively still enough to move around and not feeling too cramped.
The Veranda is the Buffet style & à la Carte restaurant onboard and features inside as well as outside seating. Breakfast (beginning at 7 am) and lunch (beginning at 12 pm) are being served here.
It is closed in the evenings but represents a cosy hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the pool bar if you are looking for a little more calm.
The promenade on Deck 4 invites for strolls…
… or simply for marvelous moments to catch the sunrise/sunsets at sea.
There are additional sun loungers placed on the forward deck in front of the ship´s bridge.
A great and quiet place which can get windy from time to time.
BTW, Windstar cultivates and Open Bridge-Policy. Cool, isn´t it?
Wind Star´s sails are computer controlled and may not be used as much as one is hoping for. If they are up, it´s a very impressive picture though!
That´s allready the end of the ship tour. You see, it is quite a change in size if you are used to cruise on larger vessels, isn´t it? But it was an experience I would not want to miss!
For more information about Wind Star, check the company´s website at
www.windstarcruises.com. Happy sailing!