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  1. La Ora Na! Just returned from the dream-like Tuamotu Archipelago & Society Islands. I really appreciate all the info on the boards (special thanks to Petoonya). I posted a pretty extensive (ie long) review on the Wind Spirit Review site and thought it might be helpful for all those in the planning/deciding stages. This was our third Windstar Cruise but first on a sailing ship. My advice is GO! The Wind Spirit crew was top-notch, food superb and our fellow passengers a joy to get to know. After researching the various options (staying at a resort, which islands, cruising etc), I determined cruising was definitely the most economic way to experience the islands. The extras also really added value . (Beach BBQ, Deck Party, Destination Discovery Polynesian Show on a private motu in Bora Bora, on board cruise Polynesian culture and history lectures, Bridge tour, taking pictures on the Bow and much more). We enjoyed the different islands and though it was the rainy season the "weather gods" smiled upon us and we really only had 3 out of a total of 12 days with significant clouds/rain. Most were sunny, hot and yes, humid. (I loved it!) . We selected a mix of private and ship excursions and enjoyed each unique destination! The diving and snorkeling was some of the best we had ever experienced with the beautiful coral and abundance of marine life. It was fascinating learning the way of life and history of French Polynesian. Paradise was truly found! Here's a link to my review: Cruise Critic Member Ship/Trip Review.
  2. Hi Beachfront, I am laughing as I read Misty Morning's post and it looks like we have copied their cruises! We were on the Legend in 2017 and absolutely loved it. We had heard about previous engine problems and the cruise before us had tender boat problems but our cruise was perfect and we loved the ship. The staff knew us by name and we loved the rooms. We then went on the Star Pride this past fall and were not as impressed with the ship but still loved the cruise as we are leaving on the Wind Spirit tomorrow for the 10 day Tahiti cruise. We got a flash deal! The Star Pride was showing more wear and tear than the Legend in 2017 and our room definitely looked older. This time one of the tender boats had engine trouble the whole time and it really affected our St Lucia day as no one could get off the boat until 10 am. (anchored at 8 am) They were taking supplies over to the island for the picnic on shore. So the delay knocked us our of independently going into St Lucia that morning. We had to wait for the tender boat the other days as the first one was always filled with the passengers who booked a Windstar excursion. Not major delays but we never waited on the Legend with two boats. The tender boats definitely need renovated but still debarkation so much faster and better than the big ships. I am so excited to try one of the "sailing" ships.
  3. We arrived on the Star Pride Dec. 8th and had no issues. We were docked a the Old San Juan Port and although there were no porters there were taxis out front. (We later took Uber back to the airport after walking Old Town). Started to hear rumblings about a strike and then really heard what had happened by other cruisers (Celebrity) on our flight home. Felt so lucky not to have been impacted by strike.
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