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  1. I did this cruise last week on the Legend. Yes, there were shops open Sunday where we docked at Havensight.
  2. Windstar has cancelled all port visits to Vieques Puerto Rico until they reassess safety and crime concerns…..and I’m so sad. Seeing the bioluminescent bay at night has always been on my bucket list. That is the first and only Windstar excursion I've booked for our upcoming Nov 30th sailing. That is a key reason why I booked this cruise. We did this similar cruise 2 years ago on the Pride, and when I saw Vieques added on this itinerary, I was excited to book this southern caribbean route to see the bioluminescent bay and to kayak it after dark. I found out about the itinerary change from Cruise Critic, not from Windstar or my travel agent. More info: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/4728/
  3. Some additional info on this incident that I learned on Trip Advisor: "The incident you reference was tragic and understandably of great concern for future tourists planning an upcoming visit. It is also very uncharacteristic. Yes, there is crime on the island, as there is everywhere. Violent crime like this is extremely rare in tourist areas such as the Malecon in Esperanza. Residents and tourists alike were horrified by it. It was not a random act. The victim was targeted. It appears to have been in response to the victim destroying property belonging to the perpetrator. It was not directed at tourists. The perpetrator has been arrested, charged with a series of serious crimes, and being held on main island with very high bail. Since the incident, security has been heightened, with additional law enforcement officers brought in from main island to supplement local police. It was taken seriously. No one can predict the future, but I have been a frequent visitor to Vieques for almost 7 years. I do not feel unsafe there. I hate that this happened, particularly when this small cruise ship had just arrived. It's horrific no matter where or when it occurred, but the time and place could not have been worse. Having said that, I have no misgivings about returning to the island for future visits. I see this as an isolated tragic incident and nothing more. I was relieved to read that an arrest was made quickly. Our time on the island has always been marked by relaxing days at secluded beaches followed by peaceful nights." In response to this poster above........ I hope that Windstar comes to the same conclusion........and that hopefully they will quickly reinstate Vieques as a stop. I'd still love to do kayaking at night in the bay. But I fear nothing will change before our departure at the end of November. Yes, Puerto Rico knows where its bread is buttered with tourism business and the island cannot afford to scare tourists and cruise ships away with these types of crime incidents. In fact, I wish that the Puerto Rico law enforcement authorities would proactively outreach to the Windstar Cruise Line to reassure them of passenger safety on the island.
  4. For a night light in the bathroom, I bring battery operated tea candles.
  5. Oh darn! Seeing the bioluminescent bay at night has always been on my bucket list. That is the first and only Windstar excursion I've booked for our upcoming Nov 30th sailing. That is the main reason why I booked this cruise. We did this similar cruise 2 years ago on the Pride, and when I saw Vieques added on this itinerary, I was excited to book this southern caribbean route to see the bioluminescent bay. That's why I cruise Windstar - to go to the ports that the big ships don't and can't do......not to go to the same ports over and over, like St Thomas. Again.
  6. Not a bargain for Fly Over Country. 😁
  7. In Iceland in Aug, on the 5th deck we had scads of seagulls flying along side our window.
  8. Oops, we're on the Nov 30th sailing.
  9. Back to upgrades..........we just got a free upgrade to a french balcony on our Nov Star Legend San Juan Virgin Islands cruise.
  10. Very nice - thanks for sharing your photos. I just got off the Breeze on 8/13, from the Around Iceland cruise, so a few of your photos were familiar. Really enjoyed it.
  11. jmbklj

    Dorian

    Dorian is holding over the Bahamas for quite some time now, very concerning. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Bahamas. Also, don't most cruise lines have their beautiful private islands somewhere in the Bahamas? Hoping for minimal damage.
  12. It seems that Windstar cruisers don't like to use Roll Calls. We don't have a Roll Call listed for our August Around Iceland sailing. Enjoy your cruises - they sound fabulous! Safe Travels
  13. wolverineinOH, I was on a Mediterranean James Beard cruise where the culinary events were free. This was 2 or 3 years ago. There was a cooking class and a unique JB chef dinner menu one night. Since Windstar sailings are so relaxed & friendly, there were some opportunities to personally chat with the chef, as with all passengers; the chef was on board all week.
  14. milepig, could one option be changing your cruise date to another week where there are available excursions?
  15. For our August Iceland cruise, I received the same type of offer via a June 6th email - pay $400 for a "deeply discounted Upgrade" from an S2 to a BS1 Balcony Suite. I passed on their offer.
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