Five Reasons To Make Windstar Cruises Your Honeymoon Pick
September 17, 2017
I remember my first family trip to Europe like it was yesterday. We arrived in Venice, Italy mid morning and because we had just trekked from the other side of the world, I was antsy to get off the plane and check Italy off my list of go-to countries. As we boarded our water taxi and slowly winded through the canals, I was in pure awe. Venice is so breathtakingly beautiful that it will forever hold a special place in my heart. We spent an amazing few days here before we boarded our Windstar cruise around the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. It was on this boat that I realized my deep rooted love of travel (you can read more about my first Windstar experience here).
There really is something so special about Windstar Cruises. Their small and intimately sized ships make it feel like you are cruising around on your own yacht and mingling with friends and family. Everybody on the ship with you is in agreeance: smaller is better. Less loud kids, few restaurants but of excellent quality, copious amounts of outdoor space, and an excellent bar tender and superb staff... all things that make the case that a small cruise just makes sense.
From day one of honeymoon planning, Hayes and I decided that a large cruise ship was out of the question. We aren't down with mega buffets, wave pools, and ropes courses. We didn't want clubs, casinos, or screaming kids. We wanted quiet. No, we needed quiet. We needed an intimate eight days to ourselves, spent in the sun and the salt water with drinks in our hands. Which is exactly what Windstar provides. Don't get me wrong, Windstar isn't boring. It's the opposite actually. But it's for those who enjoy conversation, live music, and great views rather than concerts, black tie dinners, constant activities. It is the definition of rest and relaxation sprinkled with luxury accommodations and once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Here are my tip top reasons for making Windstar your honeymoon of choice:
1. The small size opens up a number of opportunities such as getting to know your fellow cruisers, more outdoor space, less people on the ship, and that private yacht feeling.
2. A+ service. The second we walked on the ship they greeted us by name (we didn't even have to tell them who we were!), took us to our room (again- never even told them what room we were in), and showed us around the ship. They know every single passenger by name...it's kind of crazy! One of the first days on the boat was my birthday and every time I saw a crew member they wished me a great day. They even sang me happy birthday and brought me a cake at dinner (which my husband swears up and down he didn't have anything to do with), and when we got back to the room there was champagne and balloons. They truly go all out for their clients.
3. Off-the-beaten-path ports. Of course, you hit some of the big ones, like we went to Dubrovnik, Venice, Amalfi, etc. But we also discovered some great places like Kotor in Montenegro, Mt. Etna in Sicily, and Rovinj in Croatia. These ports are way less touristy and often times not heard of so you can go home and tell your friends about the new upcoming travel hot spots.
4. The water sports platform (!!!!!). This is probably my favorite part of Windstar and it also takes me back to my first point. Because of the small size of the ship, they can open up the stern (the back) of the boat and they put out rafts, small sailboats, water skis, paddle boards and more for you to enjoy. It really adds to that feeling that you are on a private boat rather than a cruise. You can enjoy the water rather than stare at it from the deck. Hayes loved this because he got to paddle board around the coves near Dubrovnik while I sunbathed on a raft. Ugh, if only this was everyday.
5. This may sound silly, but I love that it actually feels like you are on a boat, not a floating city. With its teak decks, open outdoor space, and with most of their fleet having less than 200 passengers, Windstar really embraces the luxury yacht feeling.
Now that you're planning your trip with Windstar, check out some of my favorite photos from the ports we went to, the ship, and everything in between (sorry- Hayes and I took like.....zero pictures of ourselves. We were enjoying our time together too much haha)!
Our lovely Windstar ship Sea Breeze from up above in Dubrovnik!