Diamant Cruise Review by Hgs2014: Amazing anniversary sailing trip on the Island Windjammers Diamant...
Amazing anniversary sailing trip on the Island Windjammers Diamant...
My husband and I went on a similar cruise 20 years ago for our honeymoon and finally got around to making a similar trip to celebrate our anniversary. We flew from Southern California with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries in hopes it would be an amazing and memorable vacation. Needless to say, it was even better than we remembered!
From day 1, the crew consisting of Simon, the Captain and the entire crew, Troy(Steelo), Aubrey(King), Stephen, George & Brey were there to ensure we all had the best time possible. They did everything to make sure we were safe and didn't have a need for anything. After a few days, they started to show us their fun side and start to dance to "Knee Deep" while the sails went up or just joke around. In addition, Crystal who usually works behind the scenes, was able to partake in this cruise and we are sure happy she did! She had such an amazing personality and was always ready to do the happy dance(or the thumb dance thanks to our More Aussie mates)! She was our Julie from the Love Boat, starting with chats over morning coffee, coordinating tours or events, or just partaking in a good game of Farkel! She was definitely the instigator of fun!
We had a small group but made friends quickly...we became somewhat of a family during the trip as we ate delicious meals together, went to the beach together, snorkeled together, bbq & bonfire together, and don't forget the Conga line on Happy Island & on the boat...Janti sure makes delicious pina coladas & Stephen sure makes great rum punch!!!
The boat was beautiful and there was a nice interior dining room and also an outdoor dining area for beautiful days. We stayed in cabin 5 and it was very comfortable & quite spacious. They supplied snorkel gear, delicious food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. I would caution future travelers to bring anti-seasickness medication(like the patch which worked wonders) because the boat is only 100' and it can get rocking and rolling at times...It's always better to be safe than sorry.
This time of year is the off season but we actually preferred it because it was a good mix of sun, rain, wind...just when you got too hot a rain cloud would come through briefly to cool things down...the storms were beautiful and picturesque...
I also wanted to mention if you just wanted to sit around and relax there was plenty of opportunity for this too. If you don't want to be in the sun constantly there are plenty of shady places to enjoy. I have to say the actual days they sailed were unbelievable and the snorkeling was amazing...Many different types of fish and lots of them.
The last night we had the Captain's dinner which was very special...the captain and each of the crew members thanked us for coming...Passenger Paul, who is a huge fan of Cricket along with Simon, found a paddle on the beach and we decorated it and gave it to the Captain for a thank you gift...
We had to be up at 4:00 am for our very early flight, and we were touched by the members of the crew and Paul & Deb who were up to send us off...Paul and Deb even did the last thumb dance for us on the dock :-) We already miss them all :-(
We highly recommend this cruise for people who are social, easy-going, and fun...We will be sharing our photos and memories with our co-passengers and look forward to another trip sometime soon. Thanks to all who made our anniversary vacation the best it could be!
Russ & Heather Smeall
(PS Every time I woke up last night "Knee Deep" was running through my head...I think this confirms we had a wonderul and memorable trip...Thanks for the memories :-) Less
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Cabin review: 2 person5
We stayed in cabin 5 and it was very comfortable & quite spacious. There was A/C and fans, places to hang clothes/towels to dry, and two beds. There was 1 single that was longer and one a little wider but not as long. The beds were comfortable but if you are a super tall person may be slightly short. My husband is 6'1 and he fit on the longer single bed fine.The bathroom was somewhat small but very functional.
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