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Create Your Own Windstar Caribbean Adventure!

Welcome to the land of a thousand dances, a dozen curious dialects, a smorgasbord of landscapes. The Virgin Islands quite literally offer you the world – a world once inhabited by West Indians, European explorers, and pirates. Today each island offers you its own distinctive blend of natural wonders and laid-back charm. Here music runs the scale from salsa and merengue to zouk, calypso, soca and reggae. Even the beaches are a study in diversity, where secluded hideaways and glamorous resorts vie for your attention with sheltered coves and idyllic bays. Tired of celebrity-spotting in St. Bart’s? The quiet beauty of Nevis is an easy sail away. Weary of French culture? Simply walk across the border from French St. Martin to the island’s Dutch Sint Maarten. No matter which island currently has you under its awe-inspiring spell, at the end of the day each can claim to have one amazing thing in common: the pleasure of your company enjoying another radiant Caribbean sunset.


Dreams Begin
Close your eyes. Can you hear it? The rustle of trade winds in the palm trees. The echo of the surf. The cry of a parrot. Toto, I don’t think we’re in… No, this is Virgin Gorda, I believe. (Or Tortola? St. Thomas?) But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s how the dream always begins: a ship lies anchored in the colorful harbor, clearly not one of the common boats dancing on water; she is sleeker, sportive, more yacht-like and refined. It’s a thrilling feeling walking up that gangway, knowing this one is yours. What first? Exploring! Aren’t you curious? Drop everything and go see all the fascinating places on board. The wood-paneled Library lined with books, videos, and CDs ... the airy, light-.filled Veranda for breakfast and lunch…a sunny upper deck with its pool and hot tub; the intimate salon. Poke your head into the Bridge and meet the Captain. Say good-bye to land and hello to the person you’re with. Feel your sense of time, freedom, and space expand. When was the last time the choices before you stretched to the horizon? (And there: I’ve just given away a few of the things that make Windstar 180º from ordinary. But don’t worry, there are a lot more surprises waiting for you this week.)
Looking Ahead
First morning, 6:00 a.m. It’s so peaceful to be up this early at sea. I noticed you found a cup of coffee and a quiet place on deck to watch the sun rise. The air already has a hint of the sun’s heat in it, and the rain forests ashore are tuning up – buzzing, squawking, swooping, chattering. The first officer says we passed Punta Anocito in the early hours, and we’re on course for our first port of call later this morning. During the night the wind came up, so the ship’s been under sail power since midnight, with the ship’s computer sensors constantly monitoring minute angles and shifts of wind. Can you hear it? The sound of the sails reaching for wind, the faint chimes of pulleys and lines in the breeze? Soon more people will rise, drifting into the Veranda, eager for omelettes, fresh berries and star fruit, croissants baked at dawn, and the day ahead. What’s next? Look out from the shade of a palm tree at the lush coastline. Wow, it’s so green against the ocean. There are ancient Mayan temples in the rain forest there, I’ve heard. You can cool off afterwards in a kayak, paddling right from the ship. No hurry. Plenty of time to gather up your book, hat, and beach bag for the day. The forecast: peaceful, calm, 80 degrees, aqua blue.



Taking Time Out
See you later, then. Time to trade salt water and sunscreen for fresh water, a cool shower, crisp clothes. I like this time of evening. The solid thump of the stateroom door, shutting out the “outside world” and opening up a smaller one, the private one: intimate and serene. The ice bucket is full, the minibar’s stocked with goodies, soft music is playing from the CD by the bed. It’s especially romantic and peaceful, a purely relaxing escape. Later, after dinner, you might retreat again to your room with a video – I saw a great new release in the ship’s Library, one I’ve been wanting to watch. Or you might soak in the hot tub; enjoy a cigar up on deck. Your bed has been turned down by your steward while you were out gazing at the stars. (Amazing weren’t they? Did you see the Southern Cross?) All night long the sea shimmers as the moon shifts, and at daybreak you can peek out your portholes and see what island, beach, rain forest or reef is on the horizon. Have you discovered the pull-out table inside your bureau? Room service is available 24/7, so at least once you owe it to yourself to dine in your room, in that soft terry robe you found hanging in the closet. Maybe tomorrow. A bowl of fresh fruit and breakfast in bed.

Wind Surf 7–Day Caribbean St. Thomas to Barbados or
Wind Surf 14–Day Combined St. Thomas to St. Thomas

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This tiny Caribbean island welcomes you with beautiful yacht-lined bays, clear blue skies, the Danish charm of the bustling waterfront and extraordinary beaches. Some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean is here: emeralds, diamonds and sapphires are yours for a song, as well as .ne perfume and delightful liqueurs.
Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico. Much of the island is a protected nature reserve, making it one of two nesting sites in the U.S. for giant sea turtles. In the 18th century pirates used the cays as hideaways. Today, snorkelers can swim through coral kingdoms with reefs considered to be among the Caribbean’s nest.
St. Martin, French Antilles. St. Martin is a shoppers’ paradise. Small and chic boutiques offer the latest fashions and French perfumes. This island also boasts 37 lovely sun-drenched beaches.
Iles des Saintes, French Antilles. With one of the nicest bays in the world, the crystal-clear waters and technicolor reefs have attracted deep-sea divers as renowned as Jacques Cousteau. Walkers will enjoy a stroll that takes them down bougainvillea-shaded lanes lined with tiny, brightly painted houses and past centuries-old cemeteries where names on the headstones reveal the island’s Breton and Norman ancestry.
At Sea. Visit the Captain up on the Bridge or enjoy music in the Compass Rose outdoor bar.
Pigeon Island, St. Lucia. Spend an evening on this fabled island dreaming of the exploits of French pirates, slave uprisings and World War II heroes. In the morning walk the local nature trail, complete with medicinal garden and lovely little zoo.
St. George’s, Grenada. Grenada’s capital is a colorful mix of 18th-century French and Georgian English architecture. Set against a backdrop of steep hills and winding roads, there are breathtaking views of the harbor, town or coastline from just about any angle. Be sure to visit Market Square on Halifax Street with its bustling Saturday market.
Bridgetown, Barbados. Spend the day on the waterfront studying boats of every size and color. Buy gifts from one of the many shops along Broad Street or stay on the Wind Surf for a 14-day cruise and head back to St. Thomas with new ports to explore.

Wind Surf 7–Day Caribbean Barbados to St. Thomas or
Wind Surf 14–Day Combined Barbados to Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados. Peek into an antique shop to see the beautiful furnishings made of Barbados mahogany. Wander over to the Careenage to photograph yachts and fishing boats of every size and color. Then prepare to set sail at midnight!
Bequia, Grenadines. This hilly island strikes a nice balance between colonial charm and modern maritime activity. Stake your claim on a golden-sand beach and enjoy .ne swimming and superb windsurfing.
Mayreau, Grenadines. This small Grenadine island boasts some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the island with spectacular views of the neighboring Grenadines. Be sure to take in a domino tournament at one of the colorful local rum shops!
At Sea. Work off last night’s meal in the Fitness Room.
Roseau, Dominica. A charming port, Roseau’s Old Market Plaza is filled with fascinating shops. The Botanical Gardens are a 40-acre paradise. Admire orchids and perhaps spot parrots in the bird sanctuary.
Cabrits Peninsula, Dominica. This national park is a nesting area for herons and doves along with a variety of migrant bird species. An easy walk around Fort Shirley reveals hermit crabs and colorful tree lizards hidden among a spectacular botanical paradise.
St. Barthélemy, French Antilles. 32 pristine white sand beaches surrounded by cliff, reef and lush volcanic hillsides make up this increasingly chic and luxurious little island. Spend the day diving or swimming in St.Bart’s sapphire waters or try on the latest European fashions at a trendy boutique.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Once known as a rich area for gold and silver mining, Virgin Gorda is now more renowned for its geological curiosity known as The Baths, where house-sized boulders form a natural swimming pool and underwater caverns. Scuba dive or snorkel through this fascinating natural wonder.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. An early morning arrival allows you plenty of time to pick up a duty-free gem (emeralds, diamonds or sapphires) before heading home. Or stay on the Wind Surf for a 14-day cruise and head back to Barbados with new ports of call to explore!



Barbados to St. Thomas
(see map)

St. Thomas to Barbados
(see map)

Island Time

Fewer clothes and more freedom. You’re on island time now! Or rather, “Windstar time,” which is even better: there’s no need for scheduling when you can do whatever you please. (That makes for a delicious kind of freedom, and you might call that another trade secret of Windstar: all things are here for the taking; the staff ’s always ready to say, “Yes.”) If you want to go to shore, just walk down and meet the tender; it’s waiting and ready to go. If you want to stay “home,” I’ve heard the sports platform will be lowered this afternoon, and you can windsurf right from the ship. Go visit the sports team – they’ll set you up with all the gear. What day is it? Tuesday? Today’s shore excursions include an aerial tram ride through the lush rain forest canopy – you might see a howler monkey or a three-toed sloth. There’s a diving expedition leaving, too, and a tour of the batik market in town. An afternoon soaking in the salon sounds good – we can meet later for a martini in the Lounge. And dinner, of course, is wide open, no reservations needed, no formal dress code; a table for two or twelve. It’s up to you. Total freedom. Great service. Fascinating things to do. These are the ingredients for a perfect day, don’t you think?
Tasting Perfection
What is it about fresh air — being outside surrounded by nature – that makes everything look, smell, and taste more delicious than ever? Even simple things – like sliced tomatoes and local island cheeses – seem more ripe and delicious. I saw the chef in port at the market this morning, looking for inspiration. Remember the little store in town where half the island seemed to congregate? It sells fruit the local farmers bring in from the fields at dawn. Right now, apricots, pineapples and kiwis are in season it seems, so no doubt the chef will turn them into something amazing for dessert. That’s one of the remarkable things about sailing into the smaller ports where Windstar calls: the chefs develop relationships with local vendors and can let the day’s bounty inform the menus on board. Tonight in The Restaurant: chilled beet soup with citrus crème frâiche… grilled ahi in pink peppercorn sauce…chocolate croissant pudding…that’s just one option; there are dozens more. Since 1997 Joachim Splichal, one of the country’s master chefs and restaurateurs (Patina? In L.A.? That’s his), has created recipes exclusively for Windstar. I hope you’re hungry. You won’t find cuisine like this anywhere else.


Create Your Own
Windstar Adventure

For those of you who wish to create your own Windstar adventure, we have great news. Cruise combining, shore excursions, air/land packages and special cruise offers help you customize your cruise experience. You may decide a 7-day cruise isn’t long enough. Many of our cruises can be combined on board the same ship for two or more segments (in either direction). For example, head south on the 7-day Barbados to St. Thomas cruise. Sail northbound back to Barbados (stopping in new ports) creating a total of 14 days of sun and relaxation. (Receive additional discounts for cruise-combining. (Call for further details.) Dreaming of more adventure? After booking your cruise, you’ll receive information about our add-on shore excursions – such as riding an aerial tram in Costa Rica or sailing an America’s Cup racing yacht, to name a few. Or perhaps you’re hoping to make planning your cruise easier by finding an air/land package or specials on select cruises. Windstar’s intimate size and unforgettable experience is perfect for an incentive group or full-ship charter. Whether you’d like to extend your journey – or simply make the most of it – no one makes it easier for you than Windstar.


*Fares listed are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy in category B and include all non-discountable amounts and taxes of $215. Airport PFC's of $3 pp - $18 pp and Immigration/Customs/Federal Security fees and taxes are additional. For Inclusive/Discounted Air offers, airfare is roundtrip coach class. Offer is valid on specific departures and is capacity controlled and may by withdrawn at any time with or without notice. Other promotional offers do NOT apply. Offer is combinable with the 2003 alumni discount program. Discounted rates for Suites, Thirds and Singles are available. Cancellation penalties apply. Refer to a Windstar Cruises brochure for details. Certain restrictions apply.

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