Tahiti 2021

7-Island Cycling Cruise

 

Tahiti 2021

7-Island Cycling Cruise

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Tahiti 7-Island Cycling Cruise 2021

In early 2018, we premiered an unexpected itinerary across French Polynesia, a tropical paradise with smooth paved roads and spectacular cycling—Santana’s Tahiti Cycling Cruise.

74 couples joined us aboard the Wind Spirit during the first week, and another 74 couples joined us on the following week.

We explored an archipelago that’s more scenic and less crowded than Hawaii. The cycling? 10 times better.

After receiving an unprecedented number of rave reviews, we chartered the Wind Spirit for 2019 and 2020, both of which sold out in minutes. For 2021, we’ve chartered the Star Breeze for the same itinerary, which will occur November 4 to 11, 2021.

The itinerary includes a wide selection of rides on 7 unique islands, each encircled by a ribbon of smooth pavement.

Here’s our hotel, the Star Breeze—no need to repack on this multi-island adventure.

Taha’a

Every morning, a choice of gentle coastal rides

Mo’orea

Each of the 7 islands are a tropical paradise

Each afternoon there’s time for beach-combing, snorkeling, kayaking, hikes, and optional scuba

Because these islands are protected by reefs, the water in the surrounding lagoons is calm and crystal clear

Bora Bora

The world’s most beautiful white sand beaches

Raiatea

We’ll experience the best cycling across 7 of the most scenic islands in French Polynesia

…Except on the days of two signature Windstar events held on tiny uninhabited islands called “Motus”. The first is a leisurely afternoon of snorkeling, volleyball, or relaxing in the sun before enjoying a Tahitian barbecue.

The second occasion is a picture-perfect motu evening where we’ll experience the local cuisine at sunset. After the stars of the Southern hemisphere appear, we’ll be entertained with exotic Tahitian dancing.

Huahine Iti

Coastal rides on islands with fewer than a dozen rental cars.

Huahine Nui

This is not photoshopped, bring your GoPro

Tahiti

After daily cycling on six islands, we’ll arrive in Tahiti for a ride exploring French Polynesia’s largest island.

MS Star Breeze

Tahiti 7-Island Cycling Cruise 2021

Santana has chartered Windstar’s all-suite Star Breeze for our Tahiti Cycling Cruise!

The Star Breeze is an ALL-SUITES motor yacht!

The smallest suite, at 277 sq.ft., is twice as large as staterooms found on other new cruise ships.

Every single suite on the ship is brand new
Beautiful new bathrooms in every suite

10 different suite categories makes it easy to find one that’s right for you.

Classic Suite
Deluxe Suite
Balcony Suite
Ocean View Suite

A total of 5 gourmet restaurants provide a variety of fresh culinary options. Jan wants you to know that 24-hour room service is a no-cost extra!

The Star Breeze has a 1:1.5 crew-to-passenger ratio to provide award winning service.

Amphora Restaurant
Candles Restaurant
Santana has worked with Windstar since 2010. We love their yacht-sized fleet, as does the cruising public and industry critics. Year after year Windstar wins all the major awards for small ship cruising, and scores the highest return-client loyalty. Santana’s previous Windstar charters included the Mediterranean and Tahiti. 2019’s British Isles charter of their Star Breeze was especially attractive, and sold out over one year in advance.

Last Year, the Star Breeze was withdrawn from service to take part in Windstar’s “Star Initiative Project”—a quarter billion dollar stretch of their 3 motor yachts. After cutting the Star Breeze into front and rear halves, a precursor to the installation of quieter new eco-friendly motors and generators, they replaced the ship’s decor and furnishings. Before buttoning things up they slid in a new 84-foot midsection.

This 90 second video shows the process –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTpVxCOjmPY&feature=youtu.be

Before
After

The Star Breeze we’ve chartered for Tahiti is essentially be a new ship with larger additional public areas, a tripled-size ocean-view swimming pool, new tenders, and new lifeboats.

The new Sun Deck & Pool
The new Star Lounge

Existing suites have all been completely rebuilt, will obtain enhanced soundproofing, and feature all-new bathrooms. Added suites include new categories at both ends of the price range. After relaunch you’ll not only have a wider range of staterooms to choose from, the Star Breeze will have five gourmet dining venues to provide a wider range of fresh cuisine.

The new Star Grill
The Yacht Club & Cafe
The Cafe
The new Cuadro 44 Restraurant

Frequently Asked Questions

Tahiti 7-Island Cycling Cruise 2021

Q: What are the exact dates?

A: November 4 to 11, 2021. 8-Days / 7-Nights aboard the Star Breeze

Q: Will I get seasick?

A: The MSY Star Breeze uses its hydraulic re-ballasting, gyroscopes and electronic stabilizers to provide a ride than belies its yacht-like dimensions. Santana’s previous charters of this same vessel in Tahiti were very calm. During those cruises only a few of our participants popped a pill. Fewer missed a meal. The South Seas are famous for being calm — much smoother than the Caribbean. The Star Breeze has advanced stabilization and Santana’s itinerary links a string of protected lagoons.

Q: What’s the cost?

A: Due to Santana’s long history with WindStar, our per-person first-in pricing for this 8-day Event in Tahiti starts at $4,699. Premium stateroom categories cost more. Lowest pricing in every category is limited to the first few rooms. Booking early is easy and RISK FREE. Our reservations page shows pricing of available staterooms.

Q: Is this a good deal?

A: Both of Santana’s 2018 Tahiti cycling cruises sold out in under an hour. When Santana offered our 2019 & 2020 Tahiti Cycling Cruises, the incredible offers caused our encore editions to sell out in just a few hours.

Q: What about tipping?

A: Shipboard gratuities are $144 per person. Santana’s cruise hosts don’t accept tips. Santana’s comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $500 per person includes cycling-specific extras and support on seven islands. Port Fees and taxes $268 (includes $108 extra night in Pape’ete port fees and habitation tax). Fuel surcharges (typically $0) can be imposed after a substantial increase of market prices. 

Q: All Suites?!
A: Every stateroom is an exterior suite. About 40% have balconies. Pricing varies by location and floor plan (see the Stateroom Reservations section below for pricing details).

Q: Are there differences between the suites?
A: Certainly. The Star Breeze features deluxe bedding and spacious floor plans. The suites have a private bathroom with a double-vanity & double-sinks, air-conditioning with adjustable thermostat, and are soundproofed. All Star Breeze staterooms are located on the exterior, and offer exquisite views or balconies. The smallest room on the ship is 277 square feet.

Q: Has anyone done this before? 

A: Only our participants in 2018 & 2019. Santana hosted the first group of International cyclists to tour French Polynesia. If you’d like, feel free to browse the galleries of Participant Photos:

Tahiti 2018 – Week 1

Tahiti 2018 – Week 2

Q: What’s the next step?

A: To lock-in availability and the lowest pricing on a RISK-FREE basis, reserve your space through our PayPal portal. PayPal’s secure website is open 24 hours per day, accepts all major credit cards, and automatically adjusts for remaining stateroom availability. Reserving your spot is RISK-FREE. In each category the prime location staterooms will be assigned in the same order as the time stamp of your booking.

Q: What do you mean by RISK-FREE?

A: When you use your credit card and book through PayPal, we’ll give you 14 risk-free days to think it over and clear your schedule. If you change your mind, send an email to Matt@SantanaAdventures.com within two weeks to cancel the PayPal transaction and obtain a full refund. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: What if we change our minds after 14 days?

A: Because full-boat charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-through-PayPal commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out—for any reason. This is no different than the clear written policy that existed for all of Santana’s prior chartered-ship cruises. Here it is (again) in writing:

Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on rallies and tours, Santana’s cruises are non-cancelable and non-transferable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard trip insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without complaint. An informative application will be mailed with your invoice; and further information is available online. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: Have you ever relaxed your refund policy?

A: Jan and I have willingly resold a number of fully prepaid staterooms for a fee of $1,000 per stateroom—which was waived when a vacating couple found someone to take their place. When there has been more than one pending resell request, those who paid-in-full earliest had their space resold next. Using this non-guaranteed method (which is grossly inferior to trip insurance) Jan and I have cheerfully refunded over $500,000 in otherwise non-refundable and non-transferable cruise fares. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: How are staterooms assigned?

A: In any category all rooms are identical. Using the PayPal timestamp, those who reserve earliest get staterooms closest to the center of the ship, which Bill and Jan both prefer. If friends desire a pair of adjacent staterooms the timestamp of the first reservation determines the location of both rooms. In short, we will not take requests for specific room numbers. Those who book early obtain prime positioning.

Q: How do we get to and from the tour?

A: Detailed info by March ’21. Those who arrive and leave on the embark and debark days will receive FREE Pape’ete transfers.

Q: Are rental bikes available? 

A: Yes. If you own a nice bike that fits, however, bringing it with you is relatively easy and inexpensive. More info on this in Bill’s Travel TipsTahiti’s entire supply of racy rental road bikes is zero. If you want to rent a sporty Santana Smooth or brand-new solo bike, your $999 per person rental rate offsets the wholesale purchase price of that bike. The subsidized price you pay includes your donation of that bike to Tahiti’s charity that supports disabled children and athletes.

Q: How many miles each day? 

A: In addition to our daily pair of zero-mile options (remaining on the ship or exploring the island by other means), every day has multiple cycling routes. Anyone who can ride 30 flat miles will be able to enjoy cycling on all seven islands. If you prefer hills or want to spend additional hours in the saddle, we’ve got you covered. At each morning’s breakfast you’ll get a map charting the day’s cycling routes and recommended stops. During a brief route talk you’ll hear about each route’s grades and difficulty. Santana’s vets have learned to love and rely on their handlebar-mounted gps unit. Now available for less than $200, these touch-screen marvels prevent the age-old problem of getting lost or riding unplanned miles. Santana supplies free electronic mapping and route files. Simply select the route and follow the highlighted map.

Q: Are beverages included?

A: Alcohol is not included but can be charged to your room. Soft Drinks, Coffee, Espresso Drinks, and Juice are all complimentary all day long.

Q: Which meals are included?

A: During Santana’s earlier charters of Windstar cruises the culinary staff appreciated our appetites as much as we appreciated their multi-course gourmet meals. A 5-star chef will curate a new menu for each meal, and will always include a surprising selection of local fruits and produce, regional specialties, the freshest-possible seafood, vegetarian options, and grilled-to-order meats. A changing assortment of desserts and pastries are produced aboard each day. Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet style, perfect for active cyclists. Dinner is a plated multi-course menu with plenty of gourmet options for all of our participants.

Q: Does the Star Breeze have WiFi?

A: Yes, WiFi access can be purchased.

Q: Will there be menu selections for vegetarians, vegans and picky eaters?

A: Yes, Dietary Restrictions/Preferences can be accommodated.

Q: What if we have more questions?

A: The easiest way to get any further info is by phoning or emailing Matt, who is happy to answer your questions.

Toll Free number (800) 334-6136 ext. 111
Overseas callers +1 (949) 677-7896
Email Matt@SantanaAdventures.com
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Stateroom Reservations

Tahiti 7-Island Cycling Cruise 2021

November 4 to 11, 2021