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New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

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New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

We are scheduled to take a 7-night Tahiti cruise on the Wind Spirit this September and were

wondering if anyone can recommend their new shore excursions. We are for looking something interesting to do in Hauhine, Taha'a and Raiatea.

Do the tenders transport guests to private beaches other than the motu on Bora-Bora?

What time are you required to disembark on the final day of the cruise?

Thanks in advance,

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1. Re: New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

Cindy, I am on this same cruise on May 20th. Going on the Windstar website and signing in should give you access to the excursions available on this cruise.

For example, there is only one offering on Tahaa, an off-road island tour for $89.00/person. Raiatea has scuba, pearl farms, river boat tour, kayak and basic island tour. Huahine has motu picnic, sacred sites and a vanilla bean tour.

I am just guess here but after having taken two previous Windstar cruises I would expect the tenders to only take you to an island dock. I don't think they will be authorized to just drop you off randomly on the various motus.

The ship is scheduled to be in Papeete at 6:00 am. One in our party was advised we can expect to get off the ship about 7:00 am. We are going to challenge that because there are only two flights back to LAX that day, one at 8:05 am that morning and the next at 11:00 pm that night. We don't feel like spending the day on Tahiti so all eight in our party have booked the 8:05 am Air France flight to LAX. Hope that helps.

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Mimi, our first Windstar cruise was on the largest ship, Wind Surf, which holds 312 passengers. The itinerary was Barbados to Barbados with stops in St. Martin, St. Kitts, Pigeon Island, etc. We had a suite which basically meant a double room. They simple remove the wall between two standard rooms.

Our second trip, last September, was Athens to Istanbul where we had the least expensive room (as will be the case when we go to Tahiti next week). On that ship, Wind Spirit, there really are only A cabins and B cabins, the suites being just a couple random rooms. On this 144 passenger ship we were two flights of stairs from the main deck.

The rooms are not big. The bathrooms are quite tiny. That said we try to spend as much time as possible on deck or on shore enjoying places or sights we have never seen before. The stewards are great about cleaning up for us.

Amongst Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 20 Small Ships" Windstar ranks third of fourth, depending on how you look at it. Seabourn, and Silversea have higher rankings. The difference to us is that those companies offer more inclusive packages (alcohol, excursions) for considerably higher prices. We like the romantic aspect of the sails on Windstar (although they have expanded their fleet this spring with three former Seabourn ships mostly to said in Europe).

We will be on the Wind Spirit in Tahiti after being on the same ship in Greece/Turkey. We will actually see some of the same crew. The final thing we like about Windstar is their drop-down docks that allow water sports. It will be great to have that in Tahiti. If it is a hot, muggy day, we will be in the water all day!

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5. Re: New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

Mimi, haven't been on the Tahiti cruise but have been on 2 Windstar cruises. We absolutely love them! We consider them a "week long cocktail party". If you are a party person, than this is not for you. If you enjoy a large group of people who are similar to you, great food, the BEST ports and a very "chill" vacation, then Windstar is for you. We are looking at the Tahiti cruise, that is why I am on this site.

The rooms are just fine! You are never in them. Good news is you are at port at 6:00 a.m. and out all day, then cocktail hour, dinner, a walk around the ship with a drink with new friends, then in bed by 11:00... at least that is how it was for us.

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7. Re: New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

Sorry. What I meant was it is like a classy afternoon cocktail hour that tended to end at dinner. We found most people went to bed right after dinner. But of course each cruise would be different but both of ours were very similar.

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8. Re: New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

Look over on Cruise Critic (TA's sister site). The Windstar forum is very helpful and there is a ship review for their recent "Dreams of Tahiti" cruise. We have been on two cruises with them in the Caribbean and are hooked. Casual luxury and amazing service on a sailing yacht! Our experience sound very similar to nedleycan. We are looking into the Tahiti cruise for fall of 2015 as well.

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10. Re: New Windstar Tahiti Cruise

Not much evening entertainment. It was been probably 5 years since I have been on a Windstar cruise, so things may have changed. I remember someone at the piano, but I don't remember any "shows". But we were fine with this. You get into port around 6:00 a.m. and you are in such interesting ports that you want to get up early. Our schedule was usually up at 6:00 and in bed by 10:00. Met some of the nicest people on the 2 cruises!

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