Second Time Around Cruising

Second Time Around Cruising
They say that good things often come in small packages and honeymooners who love the sea should book an intimate escape onboard Windstar Cruises elegant Wind Surf. Especially geared for the seasoned, more "mature" cruiser - and perhaps the "second-time around" newlywed - Wind Surf promises romance while offering a chance for passengers to get "up close and personal" with the destinations they visit because of its small size.

The advantage of a small ship experience is the flexibility it offers of being able to drop anchor in off-the-beaten-ports such as: Roseau, Dominica, Le Marin, Martinique and Basseterre, St Kitts in the Caribbean or places such as Valencia, Spain; Capri, Italy, Split, Croatia and other jewels throughout Europe.

The recently renovated Wind Surf is an excellent choice because with 156 ocean-view staterooms and suites, it provides a small yacht feel while offering large ship amenities.

Staterooms are ample, as are the bathrooms, which happen to be stocked with silky L'Occitane toiletries and soft, fluffy robes. Flat-screen TV with DVD players and a Bose sound-dock for Apple iPods assure entertainment when you feel like snuggling in your stateroom.

Dining choices are exceptionally varied for a small ship and the cuisine is especially palate pleasing. AmphorA serves international fare in an elegant setting which includes Rosenthal china, while the petite Stella Bistro focuses on French cuisine. For a casual breakfast and lunch buffet - indoors or on deck -The Veranda dishes up a host of tasty options. For Continental breakfast, fresh bistro-sandwiches, afternoon cookies and refreshments, the Yacht Club Sandwich and Espresso Bar is the place to be. When the sun goes down, intimate poolside, alfresco dining at Candles provides the perfect place for an intimate tète-a-tète.

Water sports abound, thanks to an onboard marina, which opens up a host of options you can partake in - simply by jumping off the water sports platform at the back of the ship. Complimentary water-skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, ski-tubing, wakeboarding and snorkel gear are available. A small salt water pool, two hot tubs and small gym with ongoing classes offer yet more fitness options.

When day is done, WindSpa houses a full-service salon and spa with massages, body treatments, aromatherapy, facials and a full roster of nail and hair services tucked into a soothing atmosphere.

When the sun goes down, sexy Compass Rose comes to life with live music and frosty drinks, offering the perfect place from which to view the stars sail by, while the Lounge Bar on the Main Deck offers live nightly shows. For those in search of "games of chance," a small Casino fills the bill.

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