Because Windstar's itineraries emphasize days in port over days at sea (most cruises hit a port every day or spend just 1 day at sea per week), its ships have few organized activities, leaving days relaxed and unregimented -- the way guests prefer it. The handful of scheduled diversions usually include casino gaming lessons, walk-a-mile and stretch classes on deck, and an occasional vegetable-carving or food-decorating demonstration. A watersports platform can be lowered from the stern to allow kayaking, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, and ski tubing when the ship anchors offshore. Up top, the Pool Deck has a small pool and hot tub, deck chairs, and an open-air bar. Other open areas, especially on the larger Wind Surf, have quiet spots for reading.
In port, the company's shore excursions tend to be more creative than usual, and the onboard hosts or hostesses (aka cruise directors, who sometimes double as shore excursion managers and jacks-of-all-trades) are usually very knowledgeable about the ports and are able to point passengers toward good spots for swimming, places of cultural or historical interest, or a nice meal. Brief orientation talks are held before port visits.
The ships all maintain an open-bridge policy, so at most times you're free to walk right in and chat with the captain and officers on duty. There's an extensive collection of DVDs and CDs that passengers can borrow for use in their cabins. Guests may also check out fully loaded Apple iPod Nanos free of charge from the reception desk, using them either with headphones or in conjunction with the Bose SoundDock speakers in each cabin. There are also docking stations and headphones in Surf's Yacht Club Internet cafe lounge. All three ships provide Internet connectivity -- Wind Surf from eight computers in the Yacht Club, Star and Spirit via two computers in their libraries. All three vessels are also rigged for bow-to-stern Wi-Fi service, and wireless laptops are rentable at the front desk if you don't want to lug your own.
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