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7 and 10 Night Cruises from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Our Thoughts on Windstar Cruises
Windstar is now well re-established offering cruises to Tahiti and the Society Islands of French Polynesia with an expanded year-round program of cruises and the introduction of limited longer cruises scheduled right through to December 2021.

The 7 night “Dreams of Tahiti” cruises operate throughout the year and feature 2 full days at Bora Bora.

The 9 and 10 night “Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands” itinerary includes the normal 7 day “Dreams of Tahiti” Cruise plus stops in Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands, as well as two very special days at sea when, wind permitting,  the sails really come into their own.

Windstar pioneered modern, year-round luxury small-ship cruising from Tahiti to Huahine, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea and Moorea so they are experts in providing superb Tahiti Cruise experiences. The “Wind Spirit” is ideally suited to cruising in these waters and can take guests into areas not always available to bigger ships.  “Wind Spirit” is a unique vessel in that it provides big ship facilities such as a Casino, Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool and Spa Pool as well as 2 dining venues, piano bar, dance floor, a watersports platform with sailboards, snorkelling gear, sail boats, water skis, kayaks etc; all in an intimate small-ship setting.  Of course, the other unique feature is the “hybrid” form of propulsion – motors and high-tech sails.  The sails help capture the real romance of these wonderful islands as you sail into and through some of the world’s most spectacular lagoons. 

You really do get the feeling of being on a private yacht when cruising on “Wind Spirit”. The relaxed informality and the virtual “run of the ship” that all guests enjoy which includes the ability to wander up to The Bridge any time you want is a highlight.  

As you would expect on a cruise of this quality, dining is one of many features.  Breakfast (buffet or a-la-carte) & lunch is served at The Veranda Café and one-sitting dinner at the main dining room “AmphorA”.  You can’t help but be impressed with the on-deck BBQ when it is offered and, on the occasion you feel like privacy, the room service dinner in your Stateroom.  Room service is provided on a course-by-course basis, just the same as if you were dining in AmphorA. There is also the own-cost option of independent dining ashore during the overnight stop at Bora Bora. 

What Windstar Cruises Say About Themselves:
“A graceful sailing yacht is the perfect way to experience the true wonder of Tahiti. We’ll let the trade winds fill our sails as we visit one legendary island after another, staying overnight in most to give you time to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons, meander through lush rainforests, and experience the fascinating Polynesian culture fromTikis to Tiare flowers. When you’re not searching for secluded waterfalls, choosing a fragrant bloom to go behind your ear, or snorkeling vibrant reefs, you can watch the passing scenery from your favourite spot on deck. Or come up to the bridge to visit with the captain and plot our course to the next sparkling jewel on our itinerary. Live your Polynesian dream as you sail through azure waters to islands and atolls that define the word “paradise.

Luxuriate in three delightful overnights, each in a unique island paradise
Discover Moorea, the inspiration for South Pacific's mystical Bali Hai.
Experience drift snorkeling among coral gardens. 
Sail, swim, and kayak from the yacht's Watersports Platform.
Celebrate at festive beach party and on fun-filled onboard barbecue.
Delight to local entertainment on board and learn native Polynesian dances.
Gaze into a fiery sunset and watch for the green flash as it melts below the horizon.

The Wind Spirit is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,350, the Wind Spirit feels like your own private yacht. 

Wind Spirit features wide open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Spirit offers two primary dining venues. The Restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and the Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Wind Spirit amenities WindSpa, casino and entertainment lounge, water-sports platform, library, pool and hot tub. 

7 Night Cruise Itinerary on “Wind Spirit”
Papeete: Depart 6:00pm
Moorea:  Arrive 6:00am. Depart 5:00pm
Raiatea:  Arrive 8:00am
Raiatea:  Depart 6:00am
Taha’a:  Arrive 8:00am. Depart 5:00pm
Bora Bora:  Arrive 11:00am
Bora Bora:  Depart 9:00pm
Huahine:  Arrive 7:00am. Depart 5:00pm
Papeete:  Arrive 9:00am

Dreams of Tahiti Cruise
Departure Dates 2020
July:             02, 09,  16|
August:        20,  27
September:  10, 
October:       15,  22,  29
November:   05
December:   03,  10
Departure Dates 2021
January:       07,  14,  21
February:     04
March:          04,  11,  18
April:             22,  29
May:             06,  13,  20
June:            17,  24
July:             01, 08,  15
August:        12,  19,  26
September:  02,  09 
October:       07,  14,  21,  28
November:   04
December:   02,  09

10 Night Cruise Sample Itinerary “Wind Spirit
Depart 6:00pm
At Sea Cruising to Tuamotu Islands

 Arrive 7:00am.  Depart 5:00pm
Rangiroa:  Arrive 9:00am.  Depart 5:00pm
At Sea Cruising

Taha’a:  Arrive 8:00am.  
Raiatea:  Depart 5:00pm

Huahine:  Arrive 7:00am. Depart 6:00pm
Bora Bora:  Arrive 8:00am
Bora Bora: 
Depart 3:00pm
Moorea:   Arrive 7:00am.  Depart 6:00pm
Papeete:  Arrive 10:00pm
Papeete:  Disembark

Tahiti & The Tuamotu Islands Cruises
Departure Dates 2020
July:             23
August:        10*
September:  17*  27
November:   12,  23*
December:   17,  28*
Departure Dates 2021
February:     11,  22*
April:            01,  12*
May:             27*
June:           06
July:             22*
August:        01
September:  16*  26
November:   11,  22*
December:   16,  27*
* These cruises are 9 night/10 day cruises and do not visit Raiatea

Bullet NEW IN 2020
Bullet 15 Days Polynesia Pearls of Paradise Cruises
Papeete to Lautoka Fiji

Depart Tahiti 06 February 2020
Visit Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Niue, Taveuni Fiji, Savusavu Fiji and Suva 
Lautoka to Papeete
Depart Lautoka 17 June 2020
Visit Suva, Savusavu, Vavau Tonga, Niue, Rarotonga and Bora Bora

Bullet South Pacific Undiscovered Crruise
      Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
Noumea to Lautoka 
Depart Latoka 08 June 2020 
Visit Yasawa-I-Rara Fiji, Port Vila, Tanna Vanuatu, Lifou and Mare

Your Cruise Accommodation Options
On this beautiful boutique ship there are only 2 accommodation decks.  Deck 1 is the lower deck and Deck 2 is immediately above Deck 1.  With the exception of the Owners’ Suite on Deck 1, all Staterooms are similar in size and all have similar facilities.  In keeping with its “yacht-like” characteristics, “Wind Spirit” does not have balcony cabins. All Staterooms have an ocean view via a nice big window to the outside; all have been refurbished recently (2013) and offer a pleasant, fresh, modern décor.

Cruise Accommodation Categories
Bullet Oceanview Staterooms:
Staterooms are designated B, BX, A and AX.  The small difference in prices between the lowest and highest-graded staterooms reflects the fact that there is very little to differentiate each grade.
All are 18 square metres in size and include a luxury ensuite bathroom.
Bullet B and BX grade Staterooms are located on Deck 1. The Staterooms designated B grade, are those Staterooms located more forward or closest to the aft (back) of the ship.  The BX grade Staterooms are more centrally located on Deck 1.
Bullet A and AX grade Staterooms are located on Deck 2. The Staterooms designated A grade, are those located more forward or closest to the aft (back) of the ship.  The AX grade Staterooms are more centrally located on Deck 2.
Maximum Occupancy: 3
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding: A limited number of Staterooms in all categories have an additional 3rd berth which is an Upper Fold-Down Pullman (bunk-style).

Bullet Owners Suite:
The Owners Suite is bigger than the Oceanview Staterooms at 23 square metres with similar décor and facilities to the Staterooms but with a bigger sitting area.Maximum Occupancy: 3
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding: The Suite has a 3rd berth in the form of an Upper Fold-Down Pullman.

Getting To and From Wind Spirit in Papeete.
We will organise transfers as appropriate to individual travellers needs to and from the Ocean Terminal in Papeete as well as pre and post cruise accommodation as required costed into packaged arrangements. 

Kids’ Policy
 Due to the small, intimate nature of the Windstar Yachts,
      Windstar Cruises do not accommodate children aged
      under 7 years of age.
Bullet Guests aged 7-20 years must be supervised by a
      responsible adult at all times.
Bullet Guests aged under 21 years of age must be accompanied
      by a parent, guardian or chaperone in their cabin who is
      at least 25 years of age.One adult (aged at least 25 years)
      is required for every 5 people aged under 21 years.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy
 A deposit is payable on booking.
Bullet Final Payment for the cruise is due 90 days prior to
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made 90 to 120 days prior to scheduled
      departure incur a cancellation fee of 15%
Bullet Cancellations made 60-90 days prior to cruise departure
     incur a cancellation fee of 35%
Bullet Cancellations made 30-59 days prior to cruise departure
     incur a cancellation fee of 50%
Bullet Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to cruise
      departure – 100% of the total fare is charged.

Travel Insurance is Recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 05 May 2020. All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Stateroom & Suite Facilities:
Bullet Queen Size Bed with Luxurious Linens
Bullet Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers
Bullet Flat Screen TV with DVD player
Bullet Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods
Bullet Fully-Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator
Bullet Safe
Bullet Direct Dial Phone
Bullet L’Occitane Bath Amenities 
Bullet Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception)
Bullet Fresh Flowers
Bullet Fresh Fruit
Bullet Granite vanity with magnifying mirror and chair
Bullet Spacious closets and drawers
Bullet Bathroom with teak floors, granite countertop, sink and shower
Bullet 110/220 outlets

Your Windstar Voyage Includes:
Bullet All meals in all venues at all times, including 24-hour room service

Bullet All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso,
    and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks

Bullet Welcome cocktails at reception
Bullet All onboard entertainment
Bullet Unlimited use of Fitness Center
Bullet Unlimited use of all water sports equipment
Bullet Informative port lectures and destination briefings

Available at additional charge:
Bullet Shore Excursions
Bullet Premium Beverage Package:
    Includes unlimited premium cocktails, unlimited wines by the
    glass from the per glass wine menu, unlimited house champagne,
    beer, and soft drinks; unlimited mini-bar beverage selections;
    unlimited beverages provided through room service.
Bullet WindSpa