Wind Surf

Wind Surf Review and Specifications

Specifications of Wind Surf

Year built1990  /  Age : 28
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderAteliers et chantiers du Havre (Le Havre, France)
Class5-masted motor sailing ship
Building costUSD 65 million
OwnerXanterra Parks & Resorts Inc
OperatorWindstar Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)187 m / 614 ft
Beam (width)20 m / 66 ft
Gross Tonnage14745 gt
Passengers312 - 374
Crew178
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks6
Cabins156
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesClub Med 1

Current itinerary of Wind Surf

Wind Surf current cruise is 15 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona. The itinerary starts on 12 Oct, 2018 and ends on 27 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
12 Oct      Departing from Venice, Italy   
13 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Rovinj, Croatia   
14 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Split, Croatia   
15 Oct 08:00 - 22:00     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
16 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Kotor, Montenegro   
18 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Sicily Italy   
19 Oct 09:00 - 14:00     Amalfi, Italy   
20 Oct 07:00 - 17:00     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
21 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Portoferraio, Elba, Italy   
22 Oct 08:00 - 22:00     Portofino, Italy   
23 Oct 08:00 - 23:00     Monte Carlo, Monaco   
24 Oct 07:00 - 22:00     Cannes, France Riviera   
25 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Sanary-sur-Mer, France Riviera   
26 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Port-Vendres, France   
27 Oct      Arriving in Barcelona, Spain   

Review of Wind Surf

Launched in 1989 as Club Med 1, Wind Surf is the last of the three Windstar sailing yachts, together with Wind Spirit and Wind Star. These ships are 4-masted schooners, uniquely designed for tall sailing cruises.

History - construction and ownership

Windstar Cruises is a luxury brand operating a fleet of smaller-sized ships (mega-yachts) with capacity up to 310 passengers. The company call at 150 ports throughout Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe. Currently, Windstar is a subsidiary of Xanterra Parks and Resorts (USA's largest national and state park concession management company).

Windstar Wind Surf cruise ship

The 14,745-ton, 308-passenger cruise ship Wind Surf was built as Club Med I and served as a "motor sailing yacht" alternative for the French resort company. It is amazingly crafted with 2,320 m2 (25,000 ft2) of computer-controlled sails and a ballast-water stabilizing technology which keeps the vessel leveled during navigation.

When Windstar Cruises acquired the ship in 1998, its passenger capacity was reduced to 78 to make room for new onboard facilities, such as a large spa and an alternative dining venue. These additions are not available on the company's smaller ships Wind Star and Wind Spirit.

The following YouTube drone video shows the ship approaching Portrush Northern Ireland on June 26, 2017. Unfortunately, the sails are down.

Cruise itinerary program

Wind Surf itinerary program is based on round-trip Caribbean cruises from Saint Maarten Island (Port Philipsburg) and also Mediterranean and Baltic Sea cruises, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and Caribbean Sea.

Cabins

Today, starting with all new furnishings and finishes in staterooms and suites, Wind Surf renovation brings travelers some of the most pleasant public spaces you may see at sea. During the cruise, passengers will find perfect setting for an entrance in the new reception area. However, it’s only the beginning. 

When returning to your stateroom, luxury gets personal. Windstar signature bowls full of fresh fruit and flowers will be waiting, along with soft seascape colors, tufted headboards, new upholstery, fine Egyptian cotton linens, welcoming to an oasis of indulgence. Windstar Wind Surf offers 123 oceanview deluxe staterooms and 31 oceanview deluxe suites. 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The specialty restaurant on Wind Surf was transformed into an elegant French Bistro. During the day, dress onboard is casual. In the evenings, expect "country-club casual" attire, with men wearing collared shirts and women in pant suits. There are no formal nights on board Windstar Cruises ships. No tank tops or bathing suits are allowed at dinner.

Follows the complete list of Wind Surf restaurants and food bars.

  • AmphorA Restaurant (ship’s dining room, open-seating; offers 5-course gourmet dinner menu which is changed daily; along with onboard-made breads, in all ports of call the executive chef goes to the local markets to shop for fresh ingredients)
  • Candles Cafe & Veranda (a smaller “dining room” which offers buffet-style breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte menu through the wait staff; its indoor area is called “Candles Cafe” and features floor-ceiling panoramic windows; the outdoor seating area is called “Veranda” - in the evenings, it transformes into “Candles Grill” al-fresco steakhouse).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

One would think that a "motor sailing yacht," full with 5 masts and 7 sails, and with a guest capacity of only 308, would be a small and comfortable little cruise vessel. But Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf cruise ship is surprisingly large, feeling much bigger inside than any passenger would expect. To make finding way around simple, all entertainment and dining areas are on top three decks.

Restaurants are located forward, indoor and outdoor bars are facing aft. The casino and main lounge are midship on the Main Deck – there is the famous Yacht Club, functioning as coffee bar, library and Internet cafe. The Surf ship’s fitness center is a deck higher. Most of the public areas feature expansive sea views, though the spa, which is an exception, is tucked away on Deck 2 aft.

Windstar Wind Surf cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Wind Surf lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (retractable water sports platform for water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, kayaking; the ship provides a banana boat, waterski boat, sea kayaks, sunfish sailboats, wakeboards, boards for windsurfing, paddle boards, scuba diving and snorkeling equipment, plus Zodiacs; the steel cage forms a swimming pool in the sea)
  • Lounge (ship’s theater/main show lounge for live evening entertainment); Library
  • Stella Bistro; Compass Rose Bar; Terrace Bar; Nautilus Room
  • Yacht Club Sandwich & Espresso Bar
  • The Signature Shop/Boutique Shop (sells duty-free luxury fashion clothing and accessories)
  • The Casino (with blackjack/roulette gambling tables, slot machines)
  • WindSpa (operated by Steiner; has a treatment room, Sauna and Beauty Salon. “Spa Under the Stars” program offers spa treatments out on deck)
  • The Fitness Center (with free weights, exercycles and treadmills; offers complimentary excercise classes)
  • Pool Area (with one swimming pool, two whirlpools, sunbathing area served by the Pool Bar).

Wind Surf wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 7
  • Total number of cabins: 156 (of which 33 Suites, 123 Oceanview)
  • Dining Rooms: AmphorA Restaurant (MDR, open-seating).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Candles Cafe & Veranda (buffet-style breakfast and lunch; a la carte menu with waiter service), Stella Bistro.
  • Lounges & Bars: The Lounge (Theater), Yacht Club sandwich & espresso bar, Terrace bar, Compass Rose Bar, Pool Bar.
  • WindSpa, Hair & Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Pool, Whirlpool (2), Watersports Platform (windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking), Casino, Library, Photo Gallery, Nautilius Room, Boutique Shop, Reception, The Bridge (Windstar's "Open Bridge" Policy), complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
  • Wind Surf cruise ship was built with a modern design, but still features sails on masts that are handled via a sophisticated computer program. This is relatively bigger tall ship with 5 masts, while Wind Star and Wind Spirit have 4 masts each.
  • Wind Surf has a complicated history in and out of Windstar. The company had plans to order two sailing ships with two times bigger passenger capacity. However, Holland America Line (the previous owner of Windstar Cruises) canceled these plans. The building project, supported by the French government, resulted in two new ships for the Club Med cruise line under the names Club Med I and Club Med II. In 1998, Windstar bought back Club Med 1, and renamed it to "Wind Surf".
  • The yacht's design is based on smaller 5,350-ton motor sailing yachts constructed by the French shipbuilding company "Societe Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre". Among those are the Windstar sail ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star and also Club Med 2.
  • In 2012, Windstar completed an 18-month long stern-to-stern drydock refurbishment project for the renovation of the company's all sailing yachts – Wind Surf, Wind Star and Wind Spirit. This project included refurbished staterooms, dining venues, public spaces, new sails.
  • In 2018, Windstar Cruises offered bokking of a 51-day "Grand Mediterranean" back-to-back cruise (itinerary July 7 to August 27, 2019) from Lisbon to Barcelona. The itinerary combined 6 smaller itineraries (7- to 10-days each) and visited a total of 40 Mediterranean ports (in Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Malta, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Monaco and France). The cruise was listed as one of the company's "Star Collectors Voyages" combining shorter itineraries. These deals are inclusive of complimentary laundry package (per stateroom) throughout the voyage.

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Wind Surf Itineraries

The below listed Wind Surf cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Windstar fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 04 8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia
2018 Oct 12 15 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice
2018 Oct 12 8 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice
2018 Oct 20 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2018 Oct 27 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona
2018 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Charms of the French & Spanish Rivieras Barcelona
2018 Nov 03 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$1899
2018 Nov 11 20 days, one-way from Lisbon to Philipsburg Lisbon$2199
2018 Nov 11 13 days, one-way from Lisbon to Philipsburg Lisbon$1099
2018 Nov 24 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2199
2018 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1199
2018 Dec 01 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2099
2018 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1199
2018 Dec 08 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$1899
2018 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1199
2018 Dec 15 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2099
2018 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1199
2018 Dec 22 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2999
2018 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1999
2018 Dec 29 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3399
2018 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$2499
2019 Jan 05 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3599
2019 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Jan 12 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$6299
2019 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Jan 19 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3299
2019 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1999
2019 Jan 26 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2999
2019 Feb 02 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2899
2019 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Feb 09 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2899
2019 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Feb 16 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2999
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Feb 23 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2999
2019 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1999
2019 Mar 02 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2899
2019 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Mar 09 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2899
2019 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Mar 16 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$2899
2019 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Mar 23 17 days, round-trip Star Collector: Greater Pleasures of the Lesser Antilles Philipsburg$2899
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1799
2019 Mar 30 24 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Lisbon Philipsburg$2699
2019 Mar 30 10 days, round-trip The Caribbean’s Perfect Ten Philipsburg$1999
2019 Apr 09 14 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Lisbon Philipsburg$1399
2019 Apr 23 15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia Lisbon$5399
2019 Apr 23 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$3199
2019 May 01 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$5899
2019 May 01 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2999
2019 May 08 8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$3899
2019 May 16 18 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$6799
2019 May 16 8 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$3999
2019 May 24 10 days, round-trip Tuscany & the Tyrrhenian Sea Civitavecchia$3999
2019 Jun 03 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$4899
2019 Jun 14 15 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$6599
2019 Jun 14 8 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$4199
2019 Jun 22 15 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$5999
2019 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$3399
2019 Jun 29 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$3599
2019 Jul 07 51 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$19999
2019 Jul 07 18 days, one-way from Lisbon to Piraeus Lisbon$7099
2019 Jul 07 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$3499
2019 Jul 15 20 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$8899
2019 Jul 15 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$4799
2019 Jul 25 18 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$8599
2019 Jul 25 10 days, round-trip Ancient Wonders of Greece & Ephesus Piraeus$5199
2019 Aug 04 16 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$7599
2019 Aug 04 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$4599
2019 Aug 12 15 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$6399
2019 Aug 12 8 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$4099
2019 Aug 20 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$5399
2019 Aug 20 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$3199
2019 Aug 27 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$5999
2019 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Charms of the French & Spanish Rivieras Barcelona$2899
2019 Sep 03 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$3999
2019 Sep 11 15 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia Lisbon$5999
2019 Sep 11 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$3999
2019 Sep 19 17 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$7299
2019 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$3199
2019 Sep 26 18 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$7999
2019 Sep 26 10 days, round-trip Sicilian Splendors Civitavecchia$5199
2019 Oct 06 8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia$4199
2019 Oct 14 15 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$5499
2019 Oct 14 8 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$3799
2019 Oct 22 15 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$4899
2019 Oct 22 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2699
2019 Oct 29 8 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$2799
2019 Nov 30 21 days, one-way from Lisbon to Philipsburg Lisbon$2019
2019 Nov 30 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Philipsburg Lisbon$1399
2019 Dec 14 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3799
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$1899
2019 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$4599
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$2899
2019 Dec 28 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3899
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$2899
2020 Jan 04 56 days, round-trip Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure Philipsburg$11924
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$1999
2020 Jan 11 7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown Philipsburg$1999
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Jewels of the Windward Islands Bridgetown$2199
2020 Jan 25 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Oranjestad Bridgetown$1999
2020 Feb 01 9 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Colon Oranjestad$2499
2020 Feb 10 8 days, one-way from Colon to Cozumel Colon$2299
2020 Feb 18 11 days, one-way from Cozumel to Philipsburg Cozumel$2899
2020 Feb 29 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3499
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$2199
2020 Mar 07 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3499
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$2199
2020 Mar 14 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3499
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$2199
2020 Mar 21 14 days, round-trip Star Collector: Caribbean Explorations Philipsburg$3499
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Yachtsman's Caribbean Philipsburg$2199
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Classic Caribbean Philipsburg$2199