The 9 or so hours Panama Canal transit is by far one of the most interesting cruising one can ever do. To see the cargo and container ships lined up for days to do this transit for close to 1 million US dollars - and that passenger cruise ships basically get to "jump the line"... it's amazing. The Windstar Pride, one of Windstar's yachts, is beautiful. The servicer by the crew, staff, and officers are top-notch. My mother and I were extremely fortunate to be asked to join the captain for dinner... and incredible experience which was a first for me. It will be interesting to see what is added after the dry dock work currently going on with their three yachts...an additional public room/bar/gathering spot near the main restaurant would be helpful and I would like to see an additional cooking/flower arrangement or some other type of interactive onboard activity added. All in all though, the cruise was excellent.
This was our fifth Windstar cruise. They are consistently great!