When it comes to cruising, there are plenty of options from which to choose when searching for the right cruise for you and your family — from the length of the cruise to destinations to the size of the ships. It can really be a bit overwhelming, Here, we take a look at what it’s like to sail with Windstar Cruises, which offers itineraries aboard its intimate traditional and masted sailing yachts.
There are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied when onboard your Windstar yacht. From sunning on the deck to watching a DVD in your stateroom; finishing a morning workout in the fitness center to indulging in an afternoon massage in the WindSpa; swimming or kayaking from the onboard Watersports Platform (depending on where you’re sailing) to after-dinner dancing in the lounge, the options abound.
Off the ship, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself, too. The Windstar staff does a terrific job in finding unique, fun and thought-provoking shore excursions to immerse yourself in each destination you encounter. Perhaps you’ll kayak amongst icebergs in Alaska. Or seek out sloths in Costa Rica. Or look for Nessie in Loch Ness. Windstar’s myriad offerings ensure you can make the most of your time in port.
One thing is certain when you sail with Windstar — you won’t go hungry. As the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar partnered with the foundation to offer a series of James Beard Foundation Culinary Themed Cruise experiences, beginning in June. Through these themed experiences, you will not only dine on the chefs’ exquisite cuisine creations, but may be able to go to market with them and watch the chefs demo some of their recipes.
Aside from the James Beard cruises, dining aboard all Windstar yachts is exceptional, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. All meals are created from fresh, local ingredients — no matter the yachts’ locations around the world — by chefs and culinary teams that take extreme pride in their craft.
Whether sailing aboard a traditional or masted Windstar sailing yacht, one thing is certain — no detail is overlooked. From the sumptuous Egyptian linens to the marble bathrooms complete with L’Occitane en Provence bath products to a Bose SoundDock and plenty of space to spread out and relax, you’ll find that in your stateroom or suite. And, considering each of Windstar’s traditional yachts feature all-suite accommodations, there’s even more space than you can imagine.
A selfie is a fun source of memories, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. You can help your children — who are lucky enough to actually travel — maintain some of the memories of what they experience. Among these few simple activities, one or more may enhance their memory banks by assisting them to identify, classify and remember what they have seen and done. It may also facilitate their ability to distinguish between why they liked one thing and not another, which is in itself an important learning experience.
For when you’re feeling rundown and need a solo getaway, holistic couple’s retreat, health and wellness refresh, or just a mindful getaway with friends, family or yourself — the West is calling. Arizona, New Mexico and California’s deserted, ruggedly beautiful landscape can sometimes be just the thing your mind and body need for a healing vacation.
Before you tick off the same sights on your Paris itinerary, consider adding one or more of these activities. Amusez-vous bien!
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Every elementary school-aged kid learns the history surrounding the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and New England. The Mayflower sailed from Britain with a full slate of pilgrims seeking religious freedom. When that ship eventually docked in North America, it did so at Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts.