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Wind Spirit

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Offering the best of both worlds, the four-masted Wind Spirit sailing yacht feels adventurous but is actually quite cushy. The 148-guest ship was last been refurbished in 2017 and is scheduled for a redesign in 2025 when Windstar’s Wind Class Refresh will revamp the vessel’s lobby, create a new pool and larger pool bar, add new teak decks and a new World Spa by Windstar, and redesign the main lounge and staterooms.

Wind Spirit doesn’t offer the kind of adventure cruise where you climb the masts and help pull up the sails. Instead, you sit back and enjoy the show from the comfort of a chaise lounge as the computer-controlled sails rise and fall at the push of a button. The open deck at the stern is the place to be as you cruise between islands, taking a dip in the pool and soaking up views that go on for miles. While Wind Spirit feels gloriously intimate, it’s big enough for two restaurants, a lounge, and a library. There’s even a small gym and spa. The 188-square-foot cabins fit in a lot of amenities, including minibars, with all soft drinks and bottled water included in the fares.

What We Love

Smaller Ports: Wind Spirit’s size means it can easily visit smaller, atmospheric ports, such as the islands of Elbe, Menorca, and Patmos in the Mediterranean and Greek Isles and Jost Van Dyke, Montserrat, and Bequia in the Caribbean. 

Onboard Barbecue: The culinary team goes all out once per cruise to prepare an on-deck feast of international favorites, complete with music and merriment.

Best Known For

Casual Elegance: No jackets or formalwear are required, and the smart-casual dress code feels just right in this part of the world.

Sail Away Dinners: You’ll want to spend as much time up on deck as you can, especially when the ship is sailing away from some picturesque place and the chef sets up dinner and drinks on deck.    

Who It's Best For

Couples: The ship appeals to couples looking for a romantic getaway on a ship that’s not overrun with children — or anyone else, for that matter.

Those Who Avoid Crowds: Wind Spirit is small enough that there are never lines to get on and off the ship, or at mealtime.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Ship Is No Spring Chicken: While continually refurbished, Wind Spirit was built in 1988 —  and any ship that’s more than 35 years old won’t ever feel brand new. Plus movement on small vessels is generally more pronounced, so pack seasickness meds if you are prone to motion disorders.