Posted September 24th, 2017, 03:48 AM
Last edited by skitrips; September 24th, 2017 at 03:59 AM
I have cruised on the major lines before (RCI,Carnival,Disney) and my fiance and I are considering a Windstar for our honeymoon but I am a little hesitant due to the great itineraries and what seems like a great romantic option. I am just not sure what there is to do on the ship. What is the pool like? Are there planned activities? Etc. I see a lot of posts about food but I am curious about what activities there are on-board.
First of all, congrats to you and your bride. You didn't share your age(s). Generally, I think you will find an older crowd on this cruise. But we will be as young at heart as you and your bride! Regardless, I cannot imagine you are considering a honeymoon cruise for its on ship activities. Or hanging out at the pool with a bunch of singles. Or pre-planned group activities. If I am incorrect, just stop reading now.
But if I am correct, this will be a perfect, once in a lifetime excursion for you and your bride to experience. The cruise will be like nothing you have ever experienced before with your traditional larger cruise lines. And isn't this exactly what you're looking for?
First of all, it's Tahiti. Who hasn't dreamed of a trip of a lifetime to Tahiti? And if that includes you and your bride to be, you then have only two cruise options; Windstar or Paul Gaugin (Paul Gaugin will have twice the number of passengers, on a larger ship, and I think the price will be higher than on Windstar). With Windstar, you're going to have all the privacy you will crave for. Only 142 guests, maximum. And roughly 100 staff whose purpose for being is to cater to your every need. Room service every day or night? Just ask, and for no charge. An intimate outdoor "Candles" dinner one night on the ship's deck with no more than 20+ other guests? No charge. A day on a private, remote motu (island) with no more than 140 other guests. Check (if you cannot find somewhere on an island to be alone with your bride, there's something very wrong)! Another day on another private motu in Bora Bora with a private Tahitian dancing troup performing just for you. Check again! Free use of snorkel equipment, paddle boards, kayaks, wave boards or just laying on floating pads on the surface of a lagoon behind the ship. Check again! No reservations required for breakfast or dinner, and no waiting for a table - even for just two if that be your choice. No reservations to take a tender into port on your time. It's all about you.
There's really nothing else like it and I suspect that once you and your wife complete the cruise, you will never, never go back to a cruise on one of the major lines (RCI, Carnival, Disney).
My recommendation is that rather than taking an all inclusive package (air, hotel, transfers, the cruise) through Windstar, only book the cruise. Purchase the air separately (after all, Windstar has priced $1,500/person just for the air portion into their all inclusive price and you should be able to find air transportation on your own for less). And then incorporate an extension (or pre-cruise excursion) in Moorea and/or Bora Bora. Since you will have already paid for air transportation to Tahiti, why not take advantage of these two wonderful islands which are just waiting for you? Especially since it will be your honeymoon, my recommendation is that you stay at the Sofitel on Moorea, and either (depending upon how much more you want to spend) the Intercontinental Thalasso, St. Regis or Four Seasons on Bora Bora. Each is a very, very intimate resort with its own beautiful, private beaches. Even though these are all pricey options, most of these hotels offer a buy three nights and get the fourth night free option. And if you can afford one of those picture post card over the water ("OTW") bungalows at one or more of these hotels, it just doesn't get any more romantic...ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. Make sure you get a travel agent who has been to Tahiti several times and can recommend all the ins and outs on the road to paradise.
So in conclusion, I really don't understand your hesitancy. This will be your trip of a lifetime to your destination of a lifetime with hopefully your partner of a lifetime. Now how can you put a price on this? Good luck, and please let us know what you decide.