Cruises Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 transport from Dundee wharf to Edinburgh
  2. 2 Vantage Deluxe World Travel
  3. 3 Windstart-Dundee port to airport transfer
  4. 4 cruising the Mississippi river
  5. 5 Trip Report Carnival Vista, Cruisers Log.. Star Date 24.05.2016 AD
  6. 6 Trip Report Spoiled for life
  7. 7 Santorini excursions
  8. 8 Trip Report Alaska Shore excursion on the cheap
  9. 9 Trip Report Mediterranean Ports Of Call, Carnival Vista
  10. 10 Trip Report Barcelona to Rome
  11. 11 Trip Report We finally made up our minds...
  12. 12 Currency for multiple countries
  13. 13 Oceania Overbooking
  14. 14 2 NIght PreCruise
  15. 15 How to plan 1 day in Copenhagen
  16. 16 Best Way to See Italy and/or Greece?
  17. 17 Suggestions for excursions in the Greek Isles Oct 2013
  18. 18 Late arrival for checking-in
  19. 19 Dubronovik
  20. 20 Amsterdam - best way to get to city centre from the cruise terminal
  21. 21 Late flight from Miami Intl Airport
  22. 22 Sources for finding last minute deals on cruises from Seattle to Alaska?
  23. 23 alaska cruise
  24. 24 Juneau excursions Alaska Cruise
  25. 25 Trip Report Viking Ocean Cruise nightmare
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Trip Report Windstar Panama Passage March 23 Sailing

Jump to last reply

We‘re just back from the Windstar Panama Canal to Costa Roca cruise on the Wind Spirit. This was our third and probably last cruise with Windstar. First the good news. The on board staff is wonderful; friendly, hardworking and professional. They do a great job given the deep cuts put in place by the new owners. The kitchen staff works wonders with the poor quality supplies they are provided. But even they can’t make up for the lack of quality food or the minimal quantity of pricier ingredients. Compared to our previous Windstar cruises, the lunch buffet was bare bones. No seafood salads or other interesting items. Instead we had lots of pasta’s and stewed/braised meats, the better to tenderize lower quality cuts. The afternoon teas were simply embarrassing. Dinners were usually better but the seafood was dreadful. One does not expect frozen fish as an entrée when visiting ports filled with local fisherman delivering wonderful fish daily. It is clear that Xanterra is cutting corners which has impacting bookings. Our cruise was only 78% occupied (125 passengers). At the Yacht Club (frequent cruiser) reception I discretely chatted with several other Windstar regulars who noticed the decline and wanted to share notes on other lines for future cruises. The staff at the corporate booking office worked to minimums and couldn’t care less about our past loyalty. Xanterra specializes in extracting maximum revenue from a captive audience. As operators of facilities within US National Parks, they serve visitors who rarely come back for repeat visits. So their modus operandi is maximum prices with minimal value. We sailed on the Seabourn Odyssey last year and the difference between the Odyssey and Wind Spirit is dramatic even though the Windstar line costs about the same.

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement