Ship's Registry: Bahamas
Passenger Capacity: 310
Crew Members: 191
Gross tonnage: 14,745
Length: 535 feet (162 meters); 617 feet (187meters) including bowsprit
Beam (width): 66 feet (20 meters)
Draft: 16.5 feet (5 meters)
Masts: 5 at 164 feet (50 meters)
Sails: 7 sails with 26,881 square feet (or 2,600 square meters)
Cruising Speed: 10 to 12 knots with engines only; up to 15 knots wind and engine assisted
Lisbon to Dublin All-Lesbian Cruise 2020
June 14 22, 2020
Windstar msy Wind Surf
Europe’s west coast is calling your name! From the soulful strains of Fado to an Irish Guinness stout, and Galicia’s famed seafood to the granite castles of Brittany, this all-lesbian voyage is full of fascinating cities and 300 women of Olivia. Follow the dreamers of the world from the coast that launched a thousand explorers to the land of leprechauns and rainbows. Nations that face the Atlantic have always wondered what lies beyond the horizon.
There's no shortage of maritime history, Gothic castles and ginger locks in this part of the world. Begin in Lisbon, the city that launched the Age of Discovery, and wander the medieval maze of Alfama to St. George's Castle or shop for leather and designer fashions in Baixa. Porto is most famous for its port wine, discovered by accident in the 17th century, and ornate Baroque churches. In Galicia, you'll find the ports of Vigo and El Ferrol, the former of which you can dine on fresh seafood in the famous El Berbes Quarter.
The latter showcases the twin castles of San Felipe and La Palma, the main base for the Spanish navy in the 17th century. Further north in Brest, greatly influenced by Cornish and Welsh peoples, travel to see the prehistoric standing stones or tour Brest Castle, the oldest active military stronghold in the world. See rare birds, visit the Abbey Gardens or check out the Cromwell Castle on the Isles of Scilly. Across the Celtic Sea, explore Ireland's oldest fortified city, Waterford, and raise a glass at 300-year old T&H Doolans' Pub.
When you finally make your way to Dublin, be sure to see the 11th century castle, grab a pint of Guinness and cross the Ha'Penny Bridge to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Cheers!
Your Ship - Windstar Cruises msy Wind Surf
Crisp white sails and friendly faces abound on the Windstar's casually elegant Wind Surf, which carries just over 300 guests. You'll enjoy wide-open, uncrowded teak decks. Newly-refurbished staterooms and public areas will make your onboard experience just as special as your time in port. Imagine a small luxury ship with amazing cuisine and an attentive staff, where casual attire, a relaxed attitude, and little luxuries are the norm and you're beginning to get the idea!
Have a fabulous five-star dinner and great bottle of wine in AmphorA, Stella Bistro or Candles. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage at WindSpa. Work out on state-of-the-art equipment in the fitness center. Enjoy live music and cocktails at the Compass Rose. Take a refreshing dip in the pool. Read your favorite book on a comfortable chaise lounge on deck. Test your luck in the casino. On Windstar, you're as free as the wind to experience the smallest of wonders and the greatest of joys.
Wind Spirit Ship Amenities
Windstar's award-winning service and style gives you the luxury of choice to enjoy what you like, when you like and with whom you like.
The features and amenities you'll enjoy onboard include a convenient reception area, fine and casual dining including AmphorA, Stella Bistro, Candles, The Veranda, Yacht Club Sandwich and Espresso Bar; places to enjoy a drink with friends like Compass Rose, The Lounge, Terrace Bar, and Pool Bar; a casino, two saltwater pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, the WindSpa, and a photo gallery.
• Wind Surf Lounge
• The Yacht Club Sandwich and Espresso Bar
• Compass Rose Lounge
• Pool Bar
• Terrace Bar
• Two salt-water pools
• Two hot tubs
• Wind Spa
• 24-hour Reception Desk
• Fitness Center
• Signature Shops
• Photo Gallery
Exquisite Dining and Service
Windstar offers a wide array of gourmet dining options. In the evening, fragrant aromas waft up from the kitchen, offering a tantalizing preview of the dinner to come. Dine in the romantic Restaurant on gourmet fare made with fresh ingredients and served on Rosenthal china. Sip vintage wine from classic Riedel stemware while dining alfresco on grilled kabobs and other delights at Candles, the new deckside dining option. The Restaurant features a culinary journey of simple cooking and seasonal preparations, and Candles offers poolside grill options of fine steaks and skewers. The Veranda and Terrace serve breakfast and lunch.
Features a Mediterranean culinary journey of simple cooking and seasonal preparations.
French-inspired bistro offering traditional dishes and an excellent wine list.
The poolside café features grill options of seafood, chops, fine steaks and skewers.
The Veranda Café
Offers a breakfast and lunch buffet.
Offers continental breakfast and afternoon tea.
Offers espresso drinks, cookies, specialty sandwiches and bottled water.
Wind Spirit Accommodations
The beautifully appointed staterooms on Wind Surf feature romantic ocean views, comfortable beds with soft leather headboards, subtle linen wall coverings, and stylish artworks.
Every inch of your stateroom is designed for comfort. Luxurious Egyptian cotton linens wrap you in pleasant sleepiness as you stretch out in your queen bed (can be separated into twins if you prefer). Your spacious bath features granite counter tops, ample storage, and a roomy shower with massage shower head. L'Occitane® bath products invite you to indulge, while comfy waffle-weave robe and slippers entice you to relax. You'll find fresh fruit and flowers always waiting for you after a day of sun or sightseeing. And, of course, everything else you need and expect — flat-screen television and DVD, Bose® SoundDock, wireless Internet access, private safe. And always at your fingertips, anything you wish from room service.
All rooms are comfortably appointed with:
• LCD flat-screen television
• DVD/CD players
• Fresh flowers (bud vase)
• Fresh fruit basket
• Hair dryer
• Vanity with magnifying mirrors
• Euro-top mattresses
• Luxury bedding
• Egyptian cotton towels
• Waffle weave robes & slippers
• Equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet
• Personal safe
• International direct dial phones
• Wireless internet (extra charge)
• Bose SoundDock speakers for use with iPod
• Cell phone service (extra charge)
• Private bathrooms with shower
• L'Occitane toiletries
What is included?
• Accommodations for 9 days/8 nights on the elegant and recently refurbished Windstar ms Wind Surf
• All meals on board, including room service
• Complimentary soft beverages including bottled water, sparkling water, sodas, fresh juices, fruit smoothies, tea, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and espresso
• Airport transfers from the Lisbon (LIS) airport to ship and ship to Dublin (DUB) airport on arrival and departure day
• Gratuities to ship's staff
• Olivia's signature entertainment and programming
• Olivia staff assistance throughout
What's not included?
• Boutique, casino and spa services
• Alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
• Internet access, phone calls and other incidentals
• A wide menu of optional excursions in all ports of call (extra charge)
• Travel insurance
• Personal Items
• Medical attention
Lisbon to Dublin All-Lesbian Cruise Itinerary
| 14 June
| 15 June
||Porto / Lexioes, Portugal
| 16 June
| 17 June
||El Ferrol, Spain
| 18 June
||Day at Sea
| 19 June
| 20 June
||Isle of Scilly, United Kingdom
| 21 June
||Waterford / Dunmore East, Ireland
| 22 June
||Dublin / Dun Loagrhaire, Ireland
Embarkation and check-in will be available at 1 pm on June 14.
We suggest book your flight after 12 pm on Monday, June 22
Sunday, June 14, 2020
We begin our cruise in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. Known for launching the Age of Discovery, explore its tiled plazas and its historic waterfront. Wander the medieval maze of Alfama to St. George’s Castle. Pose with the iconic monuments of Bele´m or ride a bright yellow tram to the Tile Museum. Shop for leather, linens, and designer fashions in Baixa and Chiado.
Porto / Lexio, Portugal
Monday, June 15, 2020
Built into the granite cliffs at the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a heady juxtaposition of eras and styles. Here, medieval alleyways, orderly neighborhood squares, and ornate Baroque churches readily intermingle. The highlight, though, is a taste of port wine at its best – a happy accident dating to the 17th century when brandy was discovered to preserve wine for transit.
• Historic Guima~raes; • Splendors of Oporto & Gourmet
• Douro Valley Wine Tour; • Historic Oporto by Tuk Tuk
• Portuguese Filigree; • Splendors of Oporto
• Songs & Spirits of Portugal; • Private customized tours
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
See the twisting streets, old mansions, and beautiful plazas of the old district, parts of which have survived since medieval times. Dine on fresh seafood found all over Vigo but especially in the famous El Berbes Quarter. Or head further afield to Santiago de Compostela, where a magnificent cathedral has greeted pilgrims since the 9th century. Enjoy lush country scenery–after all, Vigo has earned the nickname of The Green Spain.
• A Trip to Santiago de Compostela with Conxuro
• Highlights of Vigo & Baiona
• The Border Country of Vigo
• Vigo Wine Appreciation
• Ferry to Cies Islands–a nature reserve and great beaches
• Rafting in Vigo (along the Mino or Ulla Rivers)
• Explore Vigo by Foot
El Ferrol, Spain
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
After entering the estuary mouth, pass through a narrow canal where the twin castles of San Felipe and La Palma welcome you to what was the main base for the Spanish Navy in the 17th century in El Ferrol, Spain. Spend a pleasant day rumbling around the old Magdalena neighborhood, or make your own pilgrimage to nearby Santiago de Compostela where a magnificent cathedral has greeted pilgrims since the 9th century.
• El Ferrol & Betanzos
• 18th Century Dockyards, Exponav & Priorino Cape
• The Walled City of Lugo Walking Tour
• Castle of San Felipe; • Playa de Doninos Beach
Day at Sea
Thursday, June 18, 2020
It's time to relax, sip a glass of wine or sparkling water and catch up with friends. Get a massage at the spa, sunbathe at the pool, or just sit and enjoy gorgeous views of the French coastline.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Welcome to Brest, and to Brittany, where you'll hear whispers of Cornish and Welsh in the local French dialect. Brittany has a unique culture that still echoes its Celtic past. Travel to Carnac where local legend claims the prehistoric standing stones were a Roman Legion turned to stone by Merlin. Tour Brest Castle, with more than 1,700 years of history, the oldest active military stronghold in the world.
• Historic Quimper; • Mythical Coast
• Oceanopolis – aquariums & a seal clinic
• Castle of Brest; • National Botanical Reserve of Brest
Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Saturday, June 20, 2020
This beautiful archipelago welcomes you to the best and most unspoiled beaches in Cornwall. Rare birds from around the globe are at home here, as are extraordinary gardens and the historic Cromwell Castle. As a special treat, choose an optional visit to the island of Tresco and its beautiful Abbey Gardens, designed by the renowned Augustus Smith on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey, now home to 20,000 exotic plants.
• Wildlife Cruise & Wine Tasting on St. Martins
• Exotic Tresco Gardens
• Delightful St. Mary's Island
Waterford / Dunmore East, Ireland
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Explore Ireland's oldest city from the Viking Triangle, surrounded by 10th century fortifications, to the sparkling House of Waterford Crystal, home to the largest collection of the landmark cut crystal in the world. Take time to raise a glass at T&H Doolans' Pub, where visitors have been heartily welcomed for more than 300 years.
• A Day in Medieval Kilkenny
• Coastal & Countryside Drive with a stop at an Irish Pub
• Exploring Tipperary
• Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Center
• House of Waterford Crystal Tour
Dublin / Dun Loagrhaire, Ireland
Monday, June 22, 2020
Your cruise ends this morning but you'll want to stay for another taste of Ireland. Dublin is a city of delights and surprises. Stroll across the Ha'Penny Bridge to Trinity College for a glimpse of the Book of Kells. Step inside the 11th century Dublin Castle. Stop by the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish history. This is one city you won't want to miss!
Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland all use the Euro (€) and Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom uses the Great Britain Pound (£).
Portugal – Portuguese, Spain – Spanish, France – French, Isles of Scilly and Ireland – English
Being Gay in Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland
Portugal's wide-ranging anti-discrimination laws, which ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, makes their LGBT rights some of the most liberal in the world. Spain is considered one of the most socially liberal and LGBT-friendly countries in the world. France has frequently been named the one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world with 77% of the French population indicating that homosexuality should be accepted by society. Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote in 2015. The Irish attitude toward the LGBT community is among the most liberal in the world.
The Southwest part of Europe can be quite warm in the summer months while the Northern Atlantic climate in July can be very unpredictable. The average highs in Portugal, Spain and France range from 78°F-95°F while the average lows range from 61°F-65°F. In Ireland, the average highs range from 65°F-73°F and the lows range from 49°F-53°F. Ireland can experience a lot of rainfall and the wind can be chilly, so be sure to bring warm layers and a rain jacket for protection.
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country's consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country's consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Lisbon International Airport (LIS) and out of Dublin International Airport (DUB). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. We will be offering pre-cruise stretcher packages in Lisbon and post-cruise stretcher packages in Dublin.
Suggested arrival/departure times
We suggest that you arrive into Lisbon no later than 10 am on Sunday, June 14, 2020 to ensure arriving to the port terminal in Lisbon in time for our 2 pm all aboard.
We suggest you book your flight after 12 pm on Monday, June 22 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
Getting to/from the ship
Airport transfers from Lisbon (LIS) airport to the ship and the ship to Dublin (DUB) airport on arrival and departure day are included. We will need to collect your flight information in order to provide you with a transfer. The Dublin International Airport is approximately 8 miles (13 km) or 20 minutes away from the Port of Dublin.
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances. For travel in Europe, we recommend no more than one large piece and a smaller carry-on for ease of travel.