WIND SURFing The Croatian Coast, Part Six

Wrap up WIND SURFing The Croatian Coast with Peter Knego in part six of his latest Sea Trek with a final day at sea.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Reception ladies.

Alas, it was the final day of the cruise, so I started the day with a visit to reception once the first cappuccino kicked in. I adored the WIND SURF’s team of cheerful ladies with their bountiful energy and smiles.

Face of the SURF.

Perhaps because it was such a perfect day, the concept of leaving the next morning was even more difficult to grasp. We had lunch on deck with a very nice, well-traveled couple from Australia and attended the geography quiz in the Lounge. Ironically, with a full sea day to enjoy, we were just beginning to relax and get to know our fellow passengers.

Bone in sprit.

I didn’t even have to request special permission to go out on the bowsprit. The photographers had roped off a “path” across the fo’c’sle so guests could go out there for their “King of the world!” moment. Even though WIND SURF is not exactly a speed demon, it was quite a thrill to peer over the edge and watch her clipper bow cut through those crystal blue seas.

Chess stress.

Meanwhile, Mike had lassoed our lunch companion from Australia to join him in no less than four chess games. I began the dreary task of trying to get everything back in the luggage.

Final sunset.

Since we were in a well-traveled sea lane, I made regular visits to the bridge to make sure I wouldn’t be missing any ships that had departed Venice that morning. In addition to an armada of coasters and cargo ships, we did eventually see a Minoan Lines ferry and the GOLDEN PRINCESS plundering the horizon. There was one final, picture perfect sunset to savor from those spotless, layered teak decks…

Final sun set up in Le Marché.

And one more new dining venue to experience. With the deck barbeque, Degrees, Candles and the Restaurant as options, we never got around to trying Windstar’s “in cabin” dinner, which is ordered from the Restaurant menu and brought to the stateroom and served in proper courses. But we did manage to get a perfect table for two at Le Marché, the 30 seat reservations-required (non-tariff) seafood venue that is a WIND SURF exclusive.

Greek Salad starter.

Starters include a salmon tartare, sashimi, crabmeat and shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque and/or a Greek salad.

Seafood entrée.
Orange roughy.

Le Marché’s main courses are a choice between seafood (lobster, shrimps, clams and mussels in either creamy white wine sauce or lemon herbs and bouillon) or fish (tonight, it would be an orange roughy meuniere with vegetables juliennes). Desserts include a selection of cheeses, white chocolate cake, creme caramel or a chocolate terrine.

Tender to the moon.

With a painfully early morning and a monster day at Venice airport looming, we decided to wrap it up early with a walk around the teak decks as the WIND SPIRIT gently plied the obsidian sea.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cleaning up.

Although the decks looked perfectly clean to us, the WIND SURF’s crew labored to make them look even more spotless as they prepped the ship for the next group of passengers. Soon, there would be no evidence of our having been there, save for some very pleasant memories and a photo or two.

End Of Sixth Post/End Of WIND SURFing The Croatian Coast Sea Trek

With Special Thanks: Vanessa Bloy, Martin Cox, Henri Lemay

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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