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Windstar - Greece and Turkey - some questions and discounts?

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I've read a few of the threads on Windstar and their Turkey/Greece sailing. I'm thinking of taking this for my honeymoon in October and I have a bunch of questions I'm hoping the fodorites can answer.

The sailing would be on Oct 8. How is the Mediterranean that time of year? How are the cabins on the Windstar? From the brochure, they look a little small. How is the food?

I see the ship has a gym...how is it?

The prices look a little steep, especially when I read some of the negative reviews on here. Does anyone know what a standard discount would be? Or where the best place to get better prices is other than Windstar's website. Should I just start calling around to travel agents?

Finally, is there any benefits to buying Windstar's air and hotel packages versus doing our own? Windstar's look more expensive, so I wasn't sure if there were other benefits. I am an experienced and saavy traveler, so I have no problem booking my own airfare and hotel staye pre and post cruse.

Sorry for all the questions, but hopefully there are people who can answer some of them for me!

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    You haven't gotten any replies, so I'll put my two cents in. I haven't been on Windstar in the Med in October, but we are going this September, and I'll share with you what I found out from my travel agent. She did the Windsurf in late October a couple years ago and said it was fabulous. She felt that early October was a good time to cruise the Med. A little cool for the water sports aspect, but good weather for sailing and touring. She said the cabins are a little small, but very well laid out and she and her husband weren't bothered by the size (they have done a lot of cruising on several lines). People spend most of their time on deck. She said the food was fabulous. As for the gym, my husband's boss is a workout fanatic and he has taken many cruises on Windstar. He says the gym is much bigger and nicer on the Windsurf, but the Windstar is adequate- I think a treadmill, stairmaster, eliptical machine and some weights is all. As for the prices/discount, I know we got a shipboard credit (maybe $75 per person) because we went through the travel agency. Looking on-line, we paid less than what they are advertising the same cruise for now. However, we are going in September (a more expensive time) and it is nearly sold out. I do know that it was nearly $1000 dollars less per person to do a cruise in Octoberbut we September was the best time for us. Both my travel agent and I thought the pre and post hotel stays and transfers were way too expensive, and airfare too, so we just bought the cruise only through Windstar. What I did was call the biggest travel agency in town and asked who had cruised on Windstar before.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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