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  1. Thank you. Our friends are The Fritzells from Stockholm, Sweden. I assume the "stay tuned " means maybe for a new/ old sailing ship! We hope so. See WS on 1/18 and 9/28 in 2020 can't wait.
  2. Yip you know! You are a brave soul. I love where I live but I can do without winter. Have fun. Susanne
  3. Ducklite, Visit us on Cape Cod, snow, ice all you want Dec.-March. . Simply kidding of course. We go where we are guaranteed sun and heat. Have a great trip, throw a snowball! Happy Sailing
  4. While I respect your math and opinion I agree with Jazzbeau someone has to pay the add ons. For the prices I pay for WS, for the places I want to go, I have found Regent and Seabourn much more. I have to be price conscious. I have a friend who has traveled on other small ship lines fully inclusive she found the tours upwards of 25-30 people that went to all the « regular « tourist stops that simply is not us. She does not drink and was aggravated she had to pay for other’s alcohol consumption.I also look at specific itineraries for I use WS for traveling and vacations ( Caribbean ) totally different for us. The price I get in January ( from NE have to get out ) has always been reasonable for the Surf ( love the sails, have to have sails in the Caribbean ). That is specific. My European travels are always reserved a year out because I have no airline status and I use miles to travel business ( no way I could afford to pay that and I have arthrites which makes over night flying very uncomfortable ) So sometimes it is not price point for every time I go I price compare and WS with price, itineraries, size, type of ship wins. Everyone has needs why should there only be one way in the pricing. I am first To admit I love WS but pricing is also very important. I am glad you posted this question but it is also good for people to speak up their needs it is not being close minded. Travel like almost everything is need driven so why should it be pricing of one for all. People should have choices on what they choose to buy and when. By having inclusive pricing you are excluding some. Makes no sense to me. Happy Sailing.
  5. I agree with you about excursions. I am a researcher and I love art, history and to go off the beaten path. If WS initiated all inclusive tours and alcohol we would end our relationship and that would be so sad for us because we have so loved traveling and vacationing with WS. I could not afford all inclusive prices then hire my own guides. I have been on WS excursions and they have been very good but I choose very carefully because my interests are so different than most people’s and I love the process of research. I would not impose my interests on others and I feel the same about the reverse. I think they should keep things the way they are: offer different alcohol packages, offer tours but do not under any circumstances become all inclusive. Either way with gratuities is fine with me I have always extra tipped because the service on WS is so great I feel they deserve every cent coming to them, We are not wealthy but we try to live our life in a generous, grateful manner. Please WS do not become all inclusive. Happy Sailing
  6. We did Costra Rica to Tahiti on the Spirit, beyond a fabulous experience. Calm seas, fun activities, lots of sailing without the motor. Captain Pinto did a superb job. . Windstar Cruises at its best. Happy Sailing.
  7. Milepig happy people understood on your trip. We got back from a fjord trip with a Norwegian company just recently, going with full knowledge of miserable weather and seas we truly lucked out warmer weather we were told than the summer above the Arctic Circle.! Great for us bad for the planet. I have been in miserable seas simultaneously with horrid weather not fun but what can you do? We can’t seem to stay away from the water for that reason we love the Surf and tend to stay in the Caribbean and the Med. ( one of the first times we were not on the Surf, it was lovely but missed the Surf) Also love Southern Atlantic crossings. Happy Sailing.
  8. I do not want to be on an all inclusive because we drink very little and I would hate to have to pay for alcohol I do not dtink and my husband can not drink. I am max 2 drinks a day he us one. I vote for keeping it the way it is, the package system seems to be fair.
  9. 15 Caribbean Cruises with WS November- January 15 perfect weather, rain storms last about 10 minutes, seas calm, great time to go and February and March have better weather. Tahiti again 10 minute rain, calm seas, we crossed on the Wind Spirit Costa Rica to Tahiti we skirted the equator ( the doldrums ) glorious. Be sure you go to Tahiti in the dry season it starts in May. Happy Sailing
  10. For the life of me I can not imagine blaming WS for bad weather and thinking you were owed something all the while they were making the best decision they could for safety. 25 times with WS and being a lifetime sailor what I truly respect with WS is safety first, one reason of many we are fans. You do deserve port charges returned to you no strings attached. The North Atlantic and the North Sea are known for possibly rough seas, you should have known that before you traveled there. Happy everyone is safe. Happy Sailing.
  11. Hi, We were offered a balcony for the same price on the Breeze a few years ago. We were in 315 and it was so perfect. We were on the highest room floor, we were in the Caribbean simply great. Well worth the price because it was warm weather and we had the great warm air, wonderful sights and it was indeed quiet. I am not sure if I was in a cold climate it would be worth it for us. I would not go to the Caribbean on one of the motor yachts unless it was the French balcony. We are always in the Caribbean on the Surf and a completely different ship and we do not miss a balcony the motor yachts we would. If you are going through the Canal you have to have a balcony, long day and you do not want to miss anything. Hope this is helpful and Happy Sailing.
  12. Hi, Thank you for taking these questions. We love Windstar Cruises as in our history of 25 cruises and 2 more scheduled in 2020. We enjoyed the motor yacht but our hearts and our souls are with the sailing ships. For us they are the perfect travel and vacation way to go. We have been asking this question for years, is there another sailing ship in the future? There always has been talk of buying the Club Med, sister ship to Wind Surf, and we recently heard one is in the plans to be built. Big question? Are you we hope and hope? 2. For us the ships have always been beyond perfect. However, for our European friends that travel with us they have a terrible time getting information, reserving and receiving returns on emails from the Seattle office. I happily end up doing it for them but sometimes they have pertinent questions for themselves. They are fluent in English and they have never received a return email. ( they have been on 4 trips with us since 2012 and are scheduled on one in 2020). We have met other Europeans in our travels and mentioned WS and have heard they tried to cruise with WS but getting information was simply too frustrating and they gave up. This happened with an Australian,as well, who we met on land on a Tahiti cruise with the Spirit. I wrote to WS about this encounter. This is not simply happening to them since we have been traveling with WS, 1999, Seattle has always been problematic, lagging way behind the service on the ships, it is like two different companies, returns and correct information are not always forthcoming. My question what is Windstar Cruises doing to remedy this? Of course we are interested in an improved and expanded Loyalty Program since the cruises are mostly longer than 7 days, and new itineraries. Thank you for answering these questions and we look forward to your answers.
  13. How wise Ski Mom 2, yip you leave to rebook. That is us in a nutshell. I think you have to be off the ship by 9. I always drop my bags off at the hotel, they are always nice about keeping them in the lock up room. If I am in the Carib I hit the beach or if it Is a city I go and explore. I must brag I am a champion traveler, have only used carry ons for 30 years of traveling. I have the European carry on size, rolls, and weighs 3 lbs. However I must admit I love the WS laundry and on recent trip to Norway, sadly not WS A supply ship, we needed rain gear and sweaters plus we brought gifts so the first time in 30 years we checked. Happy Sailing.
  14. Congratulation. Balcony suites superb especially if you are sailing in the warm season. We loved the balcony in the Caribbean. Have fun, happy sailing.
  15. Hi, I think tourism has really ruined places. My stay in Bruges with WS did I did not love it, do not need to go back, it was a mob scene, over the top crowded, the water way had litter. I did love Michelangelo’s Madonna statue, the most stolen art statue in history and his only work outside of Italy. Since, I went to Santorini, which was the same for me grim on land beautiful from the water I am done with touristy tourism. I adore Venice it is in my soul but I stay away from anything to do with crowds and am happy to wander the back streets visit the churches where you can experience great art with no one taking selfies ( makes me crazy in front of art ). On our trip with WS we went to Delfshaven, canals, no one, loaded with history, the Pilgrims, their church where the spent the night before the voyage almost 400 years ago, not destroyed in WWII. For us we think about travel differently now, we do not need to go where the rest of the world goes but we love going with WS planning our own adventures. I know I am sounding crabby and I am not but l love authentic experiences away from crowds. I also love research and have a very large imagination. I am always happy for people when they have a nice experience when I did not. Happy Sailing.
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