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  1. The Bridge of the Americas (the bridge at the Pacific end of the canal) is 61.3 m (201 ft) above sea level at high tide. Wind Star (and Wind Spirit) mast tops are 204 feet - we had to wait for the tide to go under the bridge (presumably they need some safety margin to account for waves and such). Wind Surf mast height is 262 feet. It can't go under the Bridge of the Americas.
  2. I think they are keeping the ships in the Caribbean because it is reasonably possible but not certain that cruising won't start up again until after they were scheduled to be back there. If cruises can resume in Europe some time this summer, they will know enough ahead of time to be able to send the ships across. The crossing takes 2 weeks and they probably need that kind of lead time to restart cruises anyway. Which port during this time is probably based on practical economic factors such as safety (avoidance of hurricanes), cost for the anchorage, ease of resupply. Whether it
  3. Windstar extended their suspension of cruises to 6/30 - currently the first cruises are the ones that start in July. I was booked on the Wind Surf 6/30 cruise (just the 10 days, not the Cruise Collector) but cancelled it when final payment became due. I hadn't booked air yet and couldn't get into making plans for a trip that was so likely to be cancelled. The 7/10 sailing is still showing. With things so uncertain, it may make more sense to keep the ship in the Caribbean until they have a better idea of when cruising will restart.
  4. To do a Pacific cruise, Wind Surf would have to go around Cape Horn (or go East). You do realize that she can't go from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the canal, right? She is too tall to fit under the Bridge of the Americas. That's why her first Panama Canal trip was a partial transit from Colon and back a few months ago. I have heard that the Bridge of the Americas may be replaced with a higher bridge someday, but in a quick web search, I can't find anything about definite plans to do that. Until it's raised, it seems unlikely that Wind Surf will travel to the Pacific when
  5. I cancelled my June 30 cruise when final payment came due (then it was still due 90 days out). I think even if they had changed it to 30 days out I would have cancelled. I just couldn't get into researching what to do in ports, setting up flights, hotels, etc associated with a trip that had a significant risk of not happening. I though about switching to a very similar itinerary sailing late July but felt even that was too uncertain.
  6. The maitre'd will usually ask whether you want to share. On our last cruise which was 31 days, we chose to share most nights but there were a few nights when we were tired and not that hungry so we opted to not share and skip appetizers for a shorter smaller dinner.
  7. Final payment for my cruise is due tomorrow. I think I'm going to cancel instead. With the uncertainty on when it will be possible/safe to travel, I'm finding that I can't get into the mind set to make the accompanying travel plans (flights, hotels, etc.). There is a similar itinerary in July. Windstar is doing no solo supplement on all 2020 cruises so I may keep an eye out to see if that or something else farther out goes on sale.
  8. I also expect that they know this will end sometime and don't want to end up having cancel cruises that could have gone ahead so they are only cancelling to a certain point in the future. In case anyone has trouble getting to the web page from outside the US, they have extended the cancellations: Travel Health Statement Re Travel Health updated at 23 March 2020 Due to governmental action requiring restrictions and closure of ports to cruise ships, Star Clipper sailings are now cancelled until 9 May 2020. Royal Clipper sailings are currently cancelled until 11 Ma
  9. I'm in a similar boat. Final payment is coming up for June 30 Norwegian Fjords on Wind Surf. I don't have the uncertainty of whether the ship will be ready. But we don't know whether this virus will subside before summer like a flu virus or whether travel will still be a problem then. I hate to let this cruise go because it was booked under their no solo supplement deal and it was the only one of those that worked for me. Part of what I liked about the cruise was that I've never been to Scotland before so I would combine it with a week or two of land travel before hand but I don't
  10. It is on their website, but not obvious. There is a page for "Travel Health": https://www.starclippers.com/us-dom/travel-health-us.html Currently, it says: Due to governmental action requiring restrictions and closure of ports to cruise ships, Star Clipper will cease Asia sailings from 21 March to 11 April 2020. Royal Clipper sailings are currently cancelled until 11 May 2020 and Star Flyer sailings cancelled until 2 May 2020. There is no banner or anything highlighting the cancellation. When, I first found the Travel Health announcement, Plan Your Cruise
  11. Windstar had a Facebook post today showing Breeze in dry dock just after getting painted. The post says she'll be moving to wet dock in a few days. Presumably some work can start on Legend (e.g. removing things) in wet dock if she's there before Breeze is out of dry dock.
  12. Perhaps there should be a new thread started since conversion of some suites back to two cabins has changed things in deck 3. Or perhaps not because there seem to be Very few comments about deck 3 cabins. We are in 309 (about half way through 17 days now). It's fine, quiet enough during regular sailing. Some vibration and noise as we manuver into dock or anchor position, but I think that can be felt in most of the ship. I was in cabin 155 one afternoon. They were welding at the stern one day to add something needed for entering the Panama Canal which stunk up the ster
  13. I ran on Wind Star. There are at least 2 treadmills. The fitness room was pretty quiet. I liked that the treadmills face the side of the ship. I saw dolphins out the porthole while running.
  14. No, we are on our way out now. We will dock in Colon in the evening so the tenders can be reinstalled & the extra life rafts taken off. Tommorow is turn-around day so many will be debarking.
  15. Thanks for posting the pictures Essiesmom. We are in the lake now, but have clearance to leave after the next ship so we won't be here long. It's been really great doing the locks on this ship because three decks have promenades so there is lots of viewing space.
  16. We are in Gatun Lake now having completed the transit up.
  17. There is some conflicting info out there on Wind Star beam & a site I saw had it at ~58 feet, but the 51 feet on Wikipedia is probably correct - stateroom dimensions are very similar on Wind Surf and Wind Star, but Wind Star has a central hall between the two sides while Wind Surf has a hallway for the odd cabins & one for the even cabins with device areas and stair ways between the two hallways so around 15 feet width difference makes sense. I've been on bother ships and the life boat mounting is similar. So width or width plus practical considerations, e.g. partial vs. fu
  18. It is a bit hard to pick out if you don't know what you are looking for. It's a dark olive green toward the back of the picture. The man with the orange hard hat is standing in front of it and a white crane (for lowering lift rafts?) is behind it.
  19. I'm on a ship that will be entering the Panama Canal for the first time tomorrow, Windstar Wind Surf. It hasn't been in the canal before because it's masts are too high to fit under the Bridge of the Americas so it can't exit into the Pacific. As part of a journey around the Caribbean, it will do a partial transit. Part of the preparation is installing a Panama chock at the stern. It and accompanying hardware are being welded on today while we are at anchor off Colon. I understand that - a strong attachment point is needed for the lines from the mules & the ship didn't have one
  20. I thought someone else would post something, but since no one else has, here goes. Since last afternoon, Wind Surf has been at Colon preparing to enter the Panama Canal for the first time. It is too tall for a full transit (can't go under the Bridge of the Americas on the Pacific end) so it hasn't been in the canal before. We will be doing a partial transit tomorrow as part of the Surf's journey around the Caribbean. They have to install a Panama chock and associated hardware at the stern. That's a very strong attachment point for the lines to the mules (en
  21. There is a banner with a link to the letter at the top of Windstar's home page. This is the link to the letter PDF. https://windstarcruises.blueconic.net/s/17n?profileid=f6e47bbf-ff63-4797-a4d7-bbd271ab721f We haven't received an email with the letter. Perhaps they are only sending it to those cruising soon.
  22. There are also small ship cruises that do full transits. Windstar generally goes from Colon, Panama to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or vice versa with a stop in Fuerte Amador.
  23. Agree with those who say it's hard to give advice as there are many different kind of cancer and kinds of treatment. Over 10 years ago, I was treated for breast cancer; stage 1 but because it was an agressive type, I had surgery, chemo and radiation. My chemo was once every 3 weeks. I was able to schedule it so some week long business meetings fell during the 3rd week of the chemo cycle when my immune system & energy would be best. The meetings were all in the US so flights weren't terribly long and I wasn't far from medical care. I skipped one outside the US.
  24. I'm currently in the middle of 31 days on Wind Surf. I didn't take WiFi during the first two segments as I could use roaming and wifi in ports and there was only one sea day. The current segment has a lot of sea days and we had only booked the last half of our cruise a few weeks ago so I'm still planning what to do at the stops. Others had said WiFi was working well so I've gotten it for this segment. It's working great. It works from our cabin, from veranda, lounge, yacht club, etc. It's been more consistently responsive so far than cellular data and some of the WiFi hotspots on l
  25. They are offering a reduced* solo supplement on many crossing so even if it sells out, the number of people may be low. *They say it is 20% instead of their usual 75%, but the price I received on my booking was actually slightly less than the website per person double occupancy fare so it doesn't show any solo supplement. The booking had pick-your-perks. My cruise was on 7-for-7 last week so my agent called Windstar and got the fare reduced by ~$800 - lost pick-your-perks because that's not combinable with 7-for-7, but apparently reduced solo supplement is combinable with either.
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