It was an itinerary that dreams are made of. My recent cruise with Windstar on their “Pearls of the Indian Ocean,” was a 16-day exotic odyssey starting in Dubai and ending in Singapore. In between, we crossed the Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bombay, Andaman Sea and the Strait… [Read More]
Marigot, Saint Marten, 6 a.m. — The engines are quietly rumbling as Wind Surf makes her way into the snug harbor on the French side of St. Martin. Rising from my bed, I pull back the curtains to peer out of the portholes, only a few feet above the waterline. Across the rippling water are… [Read More]
A familiar face greeted me as I boarded the Wind Surf on a recent sailing from Venice to Malta. Jerry Zape remembered me from five years ago when he worked as a bartender on the Wind Song. I remembered him too. I had talked with him about his family in the Philippines and about how… [Read More]
In 1999, I talked with three Windstar Cruises’ staff members about their dreams and ambitions. Five years later, I caught up with two of those ship staff, Jerry Zape, who put his three kids through university, and Bagus Gunawan. Following is the original story from 1999.
[Updated and archived on October 9, 2009] Across the luxury cruise segment, suppliers are ordering new ships, marshaling additional capacity for world cruises and gearing up their ships in ways that appeal to those who previously never had the time for extended luxury cruises. A sampling of what’s coming: The world cruise market appears to… [Read More]