by Bob Hoelscher
Published July 17, 2018
Wind Surf, launched as Club Med I in 1990, was acquired and renamed by Windstar Cruises in 1998. She and her sister, Club Med II, are the two largest “sail cruisers” in the world; each is powered by four diesel electric motors and seven triangular, computer-controlled Dacron sails with a total surface area of almost 27,000 square feet that are arrayed from five towering masts.
The 14,745-ton Wind Surf accommodates up to 310 guests on six passenger decks. Each spacious stateroom comprises 188 square feet and has two portholes, but there are no balconies. Onboard facilities include two small swimming pools, two hot tubs, two elevators, a library, a casino, a health spa, an espresso bar, an internet cafe and an aft water sports platform.
The open-seating Amphora Restaurant has no preassigned tables, and there is no extra charge to dine in the smaller Stella Bistro, although reservations are required. The Veranda on Star Deck is the spot for self-service lunch and dinner buffets, and there are also facilities for snacks and al fresco dining.
Live music for dancing and cabaret performances, such as the flamenco show before the deck barbecue in Malaga, are presented in the Lounge. Attire is always informal, with “casual elegance” the norm for evenings.