I have sailed IslandWindjammers MS Diamant once and am about to cruise again with them. The itinerary for www.islandwindjammers.com goes to some of the most pristine island nations in the southern Caribbean, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada both long known as yachtee destinations. Boarded in St. Georges, Grenada, the 101’ schooner Diamant is berthed for twelve in six cabins with spacious ensuite facilities. Its unique horseshoe dining/lounging area on the fantail allows for outdoor dining and relaxation. Food is sumptuous and prepared by an onboard chef four times a day including a mid-afternoon Snacks and Swizzles (rum punch). There is room to walk barefooted and lay down on Diamant’s teak deck to soak up the rays of the tropics with a book or Nook. Your Captain invites you to the helm if you so desire. With a crew of six you are pampered. Think , your own privately charted yacht at a reasonable price less than a seaside resort visit stateside for six days!
IslandWindjammers itinerary takes it to unspoiled islands that include Bequia, Mayreau and Carriacou in the Grenadines. It also visits the Tobago Cays, an internationally recognized marine park where you snorkel with hawksbill turtles and in season can buy a ready prepared lobster picnic lunch from local fishermen. You may wish to do that, but your chef will have delivered the bar and a great meal to your picnic area already. Did I mention that IslandWindjammers’ fare includes beer, wine, rum punch and sodas, in its price and unlike the megaships that confiscate alcohol brought aboard their ships, IslandWindjammers welcomes you to bring aboard your own favorite libation.
Now about that teaching, when I go downisland I have time to wander to the local schools, deliver some needed school supplies I have brought with me and pickup a piece of chalk. I taught eager, uniformed, polite students and teachers for ½ day or more during my first cruise. It’s a great feeling to help as well as a cultural experience in depth that you will not find on the mega cruise lines ever! I’ve already made plans to teach at those schools again plus I’m going to learn the game of cricket! Thanks Islandwindjammers for the stress free vacation of a lifetime. I look forward to that second sail.