Photographs from my cruise on Windstar’s Wind Surf. What a lovely itinerary! We embarked in St. Maarten, then dropped anchor in Falmouth, Antigua. Afterwards, we went on to the British Virgin Islands for short hops to Soper’s Hole on Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke, and then to Virgin Gorda. Our final stop was Gustavia in St. Barths before returning to St. Maarten.
How is St. Maarten post hurricane? Both airports are operational and over 60 flights a day are landing on the island. According to a New York Times article published on February 2, 2018, “300 hotel rooms are currently available to book on the island’s French side; before Irma, that number was 1,700. At least 10 more hotels are scheduled to reopen before the end of the year.”
The article continues, “On the Dutch side of the island, around 80 percent of the restaurants are open, and 1,600 hotel rooms are available to book; before the hurricane, 4,115 rooms were available.” Full article here: St Martin Starts a Comeback.
If you look at Windstar’s itineraries, they are sailing to many ports the Caribbean, out of Barbados, San Juan, Puerto Rico, — but will return to St. Maarten in December 2018.
I thoroughly enjoyed this small ship cruise — which is SO different from being on the large cruise lines. You’ll find a full review of the Windstar Cruise here: A Wind Surf Cruise: The Yachtsman’s Caribbean.
What a beautiful part of the world this is!
Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands. Population: 285. The Wind Surf excursion to this island was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
Canada II yacht in the America’s Cup Regatta in St. Maarten. SO much fun!
One of my favorite things to do each evening: have a glass of champagne and watch the sun set — as here, in Antigua
Eating at Rosemary’s Lolo in Marigot. After my meal, it was easy to understand why Anthony Bourdain featured it in one of his programs. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
Rosemary’s pan fried snapper was outstanding!
My stateroom — cabin 205, on Wind Surf was lovely.
One of the buildings at Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour in Antigua. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
Bananaquit on a poker plant at Nelson’s Dockyard. Lovely these bright and lively little birds that feed on nectar.
Pillars restaurant in Antigua — great place for a rum punch after exploring Nelson’s Dockyard!
Garden at Pillars restaurant is lovely.
Tender arrives to take us back to Wind Surf.
Compass Rose bar on the stern of Wind Surf. Perfect place to end the day!
Queen conch at Anegada.
The weekly beach barbecue is a big event on Wind Surf. After eating, a little swimming and a beach nap under a sea grape tree.
One night on each cruise, the kitchen staff puts on an amazing feast on deck — paella, grilled fish and meat. Beautiful job!
Wind Surf moored in Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
White bay on Jost Van Dyke — loved that there were no crowds! Photograph, Ann Fisher.
One Love Beach Bar and Grill. It was March, but hey, the Christmas tree is pretty cute! Photograph, Ann Fisher.
The “interior” of One Love.
Beautiful color post-sunset from the back of Wind Surf.
The dinner on the deck of Wind Surf was lovely. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
They pulled out all the stops: lovely tables all over the deck made it easy to enjoy this lovely meal.
Like Jimmy Buffet? “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was written at Le Select in Gustavia in St. Barths. Photograph, Ann Fisher
Lunch in Gustavia at Pipiris’s. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
Shrimp risotto at Pipiri’s was perfect!
The Marine platform on Wind Surf makes it easy to take a swim while the yacht is moored. Photograph, Ann Fisher
The sun has set on our final evening, moored off of Gustavia. The week went SO quickly!
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