We did a tall ship sailing cruise on Island Windjammers Diamant November 2010. It was a wonderful week of snorkeling, swimming and exploring the Grenadine islands. The ship has 6 air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing and the crew is exceptional.
Sunday - Arrived on the evening flight from Miami. Dinner waiting for us when we arrived at the ship.
Monday - 5:30am start. Raised the sails to Amazing Grace and headed out for Carriaciou. We went ashore and made a deal with taxi driver Keith for an island tour that was very enjoyable and comfortable in an air conditioned van. Before taking launch back to the ship we stopped in at Ade's internet. Hour and a half sail to Chatham Bay for overnight. Great star gazing after dinner.
Tuesday - 4:30-8:30 am sail to Bequia. 8 of us did a taxi tour with Terrance. This "taxi" was a pick-up with a cover over the bench seats in the back. The tour included a stop at the turtle sanctuary and Friendship Beach. Mac's Pizza for lunch - the lobster pizza with garlic was delicious! Rest of the afternoon was swimming and snorkeling at Princess Margaret beach and then swimming and rope swing off the ship.
Wednesday - Sail to Tobago Cays. 8 or so porpoise swam alongside us. I mean only a few feet off the side of the ship. Lots of excitement and picture taking. In the afternoon we swam with giant sea turtles. This was one of the highlights of the week for me. Ended the afternoon on the other side of the cay with a beach bar and nice calm water for swimming and floating. Sailed to Mayreau for overnight.
Thursday - After breakfast we walked up to the top of Mayreau where the church and school are for the spectacular view of Tobago Cays . We had a nice stroll down to Salt Whistle Bay. Lots of pretty views on the way down. We swam and then shopped at the t-shirt trees at the beach. A shower was on the way so we opted for a taxi ride back to the dock on the other side of the island. Had a very nice driver who told us his taxi was one of only 8 vehicles on Mayreau. Sailed over to Union Island in the afternoon where we went ashore in the launch and explored Clifton then ended the afternoon at Happy Island. Motored to Chatham Bay for overnight. Star gazing after dinner. We're pretty sure we saw a UFO. And there really wasn't that much alcohol involved in the sighting.....
Friday - best snorkeling of the week was Friday morning at Chatham bay. Millions of fish and even a good sized octopus. 11am we put up the sails for the last time for our sail to Grenada. Spectacular sailing with the engines off a good part of the sail. A perfect afternoon! Put into Port Louis a little after 5. Captains dinner was followed by a walk around the large and very nice marina.
Saturday - After a hot breakfast we were picked up for transfer to the airport for our 9:30am flight to Miami. A wonderful week that went by way too fast!
Our crew was fabulous. They were all exceptional. I can't say enough good things about how friendly, professional and attentive they all were. We are already planning our next Diamant tall ship sailing adventure!