We can’t believe it has almost been a year since we started sailing year-round in Tahiti. Time flies when you’re having fun!
There are SO many reasons to book a trip to visit the incredible islands of French Polynesia (hello, just look at this picture and try not to go on a mental vacation there right now), but usually the barriers seem to outweigh the MANY beautiful reasons to go.
Despite the drop-dead gorgeous nature of these most romantic of islands (BRIDES recently named French Polynesia the #1 most romantic destination in the world in their Best Honeymoons Awards – a survey that also named Windstar a Top Cruise Line for Couples), these are the reasons most couples come up with for passing the trip of a lifetime.
Myth #1: I Can’t Afford It
With new lower pricing on select sailings starting at $3,999 per guest including cruise, airfare, and hotel, Windstar Cruises offers extraordinary value for those looking to experience romantic paradise in the South Pacific.
“Our private yacht style of cruising brings guests closer to the worlds they want to discover, and there’s perhaps no better example of that than on board the elegant Wind Spirit which was designed to sail in French Polynesia with just 148 pampered guests,” says Joe Duckett, vice president of sales and marketing at Windstar Cruises.
When honeymooners – or any couple looking for an escape – think of a romantic destination, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the islands of French Polynesia are at the top of the list, but with costly airfare, expensive lodging, and sky-high food and beverage costs on the islands, few can actually afford the luxury. Windstar, however, is making the dream trip more attainable, even on a luxury yacht.
“The biggest secret about Tahiti is that exploring by small ship is not only the best way to experience the islands, it’s also the best value,” Duckett says.
With Windstar’s Dreams of Tahiti itinerary, guests can experience six islands inclusive of flights from Los Angeles, eight night’s accommodations, all ground transfers, all meals (including 24 hour room service), water sports activities from the Watersports Platform, all non-alcoholic beverages, a champagne welcome reception, and a special Private Event in Bora Bora complete with fire dancers and a locally-inspired feast of Tahitian fare. Comparative pricing for a similar resort experience is more than double Windstar’s rates, especially with the cruise line’s tempting Cruise + Air + Hotel voyages.
Myth #2: It’s Too Far / Difficult to Get There
Reached with a direct eight hour flight from Los Angeles, Tahiti is also much closer than most people imagine. And once you get there, traversing the islands by yacht is a breeze. The islands are never more than a few hours of scenic sailing away and are perfectly sampled with a week-long getaway.
For those planning next year’s trip to paradise early, in June of 2017 Windstar is switching to Thursday departures from Papeete. The new departure day (current sailings leave Papeete on Fridays) will allow more flexibility for air service, as there are more available flights, departures and arrival options under this schedule.
Myth #3: I Don’t Have Time
Windstar Cruises offers weekly seven-day voyages on the Dreams of Tahiti cruise, as well as several 10- and 11-day itineraries that also explore the remote Tuamotu Islands for an extended experience. The Dreams of Tahiti voyage begins in Papeete and sails to Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea (overnight), Huahine, and Bora Bora (overnight).
In just seven days, you see so much! Plus, you get to soak up the aqua blue water of the South Pacific at the back of the Wind Spirit on the unique Watersports Platform, which offers kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, flotation devices for relaxing in the water, sailing, water skiing, slalom water skiing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing, at no additional charge. Windstar’s dive program offers guests an excellent way to discover the sport, and for certified divers, Windstar’s one- and two-tank dives offer an impressive in deep-sea sightseeing. Bikes are also available on board for a nominal rental fee.
So now you know the secret… cruising in Tahiti is more possible than you thought…
We hope to see you on board in paradise!
Our guest Greg B. on Facebook: “And we’re back! Had a fantastic honeymoon in the French Polynesian islands! Started off with 3 nights in an overwater bungalow in Moorea, then boarded the Wind Spirit of Windstar Cruises for an unbelievable tour of Tahiti, Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Bora Bora and Huahine! A little rain, but the sights, adventures and food were amazing!!! Didn’t hurt to be accompanied by my gorgeous wife Kristin B.”
Cruise Critic Member Onanisle: “For my wife and I, this was a “bucket list” destination/cruise and we were able to see both the Society and Tuomotu islands at a leisurely pace. This is a laid back environment and you are even welcome on the bridge during the daylight hours while at sea. There is a very cool ritual as the sails are unfurled to the music of Vangellis’ “Conquest of Paradise”. It made for are very memorable sunset! Food was excellent and the relatively small amount of passengers gave us the feeling we extra special on board Wind Spirit.”