Not talking about sailing vessel vs cruise ship but other differences.
Which do you think is better?
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Two less obvious differences I can think of right off the bat: (1) The Wind Spirit can drop anchor in the middle of a lagoon instead of having to dock at each island. That gives you a more secluded experience and some lovely views while anchored. (2) Paul Gauguin has a group of Polynesian dancers that go on the cruise with you and welcome you to the different islands. The Windstar cruise doesn't have that, but they hire good local dancers and performers at the Bora Bora evening destination event and dancers also typically come on board and perform when the ship is docked at Raiatea (the only port other than Tahiti where the ship docks instead of dropping anchor). And of course you probably already know this, but the Wind Spirit takes a maximum of 144 passengers, so the experience is more intimate but maybe less exciting if you like a lot of buzz and entertainment on your cruise ship. I'm not a fan of show tunes, so that made the Windstar cruise more appealing to me.The PG anchors in Huahine, Tahaa, Moorea and Bora Bora in the Society Island group as well as many of the atolls and other places in the South Pacific
The PG anchors in Huahine, Tahaa, Moorea and Bora Bora in the Society Island group as well as many of the atolls and other places in the South PacificThanks for pointing that out! Looks like I was misinformed.
Factually the Wind Spirit has a draft of 14 feet, the Paul Gauguin 17 feet. For all practical purposes both can enter and exit same lagoons in French Polynesia.
I'm sure both cruise lines offer a great experience, you can't go wrong with either, heck your in paradise, enjoy it!
I'm going to have to disagree. PG has no "luxury feel" to me. It's simply not a luxury ship. It has a very "mass market" feel.I'm in 100% agreement to this statement.
Imcpa - please return here to share your Windstar experience, particularly in terms of the luxury cruise lines you have sailed.Will do.
Hi, I always follow CC with food and "luxury". Both of which are very subjective. We are 20 timers with WS and our definition of luxury is perhsps a bit different: this is what we find luxurious.Strenz - How many times have you done the WS cruise in Tahiti, and how recently? Would love to pick your brain for recommendations and advice!
1. The sails: does she sail without motors all the time no but the sails are generally always up. We love this and when she sails without motors people are so respectful they whisper. We love hearing the 1492 as the sails are unfurled. For us luxury because of the beauty of it all.
2. We think the cabin is luxury, beautifully designed, lots of place for the few things we travel with. Wind Surf is a sail boat, no balconies but huge amounts of outside deck space in sun and shade. We love being at water's edge in the cabin and the gentle rocking, we never sleep better, subjective. We love the Veranda eating breakfast and lunch outside. We love getting great coffee at 6:30 am sitting there staring out over the water. Total luxury.
3. Service friendly, timely, simply great. Is it men in tuxes wading in the water with champagne no, we do not think of that as luxuary but ridiculous. Lovely, friendly people doing their very best that is luxury.
4. WS tries very hard not to say ". not possible " but if the ship is full it is harder to have Candles more than once but they will do everything they can to make it happen.
5. Food subjective: Michelin 1,2,3, no but varied, fresh, healthy, well presented, delicious yes. I know a lot about food and I am proud to say a great cook and an adventurous eater I think the food is great. Seriously, it is all personal opinions.
6. Love the small ports using WS as a vacation or a trip. Love the swim platform, love the fact that WS is extremely safety conscious so yes sometimes the swim platform is closed, I have been to the Caribbean when it never opened and it was all about safety! I have spent my life on the water so I find safety luxurious.
So, I really hope you you have a great cruise. Happy Sailing.
Will do.We had many of the same apprehensions, and in the end our fears were unfounded. Because the ship is more like a yacht, you'll find you don't want to be in your cabin. There are plenty of quiet places on deck to relax without loud music or hordes of people. I don't think we ever had water up to or over our porthole (A level cabin). The stateroom isn't huge, but it's well laid out and appointed and we never felt cramped or like we were missing anything. We felt cramped in the PG stateroom that was actually slightly larger.
We are very excited about our first WS cruise, on the Surf. But I must admit, I am a little curious aboutpotential movement of the ship in the seas, the lack of a balcony, seeing waterhigher than my “window” (portholes) and the small stateroom. We plan to purchase the beverage package tomake it similar to SS, etc. We are veryexcited about actually sailing, the personal service, the marina (we loved thaton PG) and dining as much as possible outside for dinner.