10 Best Cruise Lines for "Noncruisers"
Courtesy of Windstar
Windstar Cruises (Caribbean, Mediterranean)
If you want to do a traditional cruise route in a very nontraditional format, this is your best bet. Windstar's upscale, no-ties-required, yachtlike experience includes gourmet food, attractive cabins equipped with flat-screen televisions and DVD players, and plenty of open deck space and sails (albeit computer-operated ones). The larger Wind Surf carries 312 passengers, while the Wind Star and Wind Spirit each carry 148.
Tip: Swim with the fishes in the Cousteau Reserve, near Guadeloupe; you won't want to miss this protected area that has some of the most majestic underwater reefs in the world. It's a popular excursion, so book it at least five days
before you depart.
Details: The three ships cruise on creative itineraries in the Caribbean or Costa Rica in winter and the Greek Isles and Western Mediterranean in summer. Weeklong Europe cruises from $2,399 per person; from $1,899 in the Caribbean; from $2,099 in Costa Rica.
Contact: Windstar Cruises