Windstar Cruises has reinstated a year-round ship in Tahiti
I stood waist-deep in the ocean while several stingrays silently glided by; one even brushed my leg. I wasn’t afraid, though — I was captivated.
I was in Bora Bora, participating in one of Windstar Cruises’ special shore excursions during the seven-day “Dreams of Tahiti” itinerary onboard the Wind Spirit sailing yacht. Our guide, Roberto, informed us that stingrays don’t sting unless they are provoked. As he assuaged our fears and encouraged me to pat one, Roberto slowly broke off pieces of tuna and suet to give to the rays, who were behaving like puppies looking for a snack.
I reached out to touch a passing stingray and felt its sleek, wet skin.
“You see?” Roberto said. “They are very friendly.”
So is the entire crew of Wind Spirit, a 440-foot-long, four-masted ship that doubled as my home for the week.