OnboardThe barefoot philosophy espoused by the original Windjammer Barefoot Cruises line lives on with Island Windjammer's two sailing ships, albeit with a few changes. Swimsuits, cover-ups and T-shirts are typical daytime attire, and dressing for dinner usually means nothing more than putting on a clean shirt.
Both vessels in the fleet, Diamant and Sagitta, are short on typical cruise ship amenities, such as fitness centers, spas and theaters. But with their gleaming wood salons, teak decks and intimate outdoor dining areas, both schooners are big on atmosphere.
On a Windjammer cruise, the upper deck is always a popular place to congregate, both when the waters are rough and for sunning when anchored. On both ships, covered outdoor dining areas with cushioned benches provide convivial alfresco dining. Passengers can also use the space as an area to gossip, read and even nap.
Diamant and Sagitta have similar shipboard dining routines, serving up three squares and a hearty snack daily from their tiny galley kitchens. For those used to specialty restaurants and endless buffets, the one-option menus on a sailing cruise might seem simple. But food on both ships is fresh and well above average, incorporating island flavors.
Staterooms on both ships are compact yet cozy. All are air-conditioned, and even the smallest cabins have drawers and hooks for belongings. Diamant has six cabins with a double lower berth and single upper berth, while Sagitta has 10 similar rooms, as well as two cabins for solo travelers and an Owner's Suite.
Cruise fares include all meals, gratuities, snorkeling equipment, draft beer, wine and soft drinks.
About Island WindjammersBorn from the ashes of the popular Windjammer Barefoot Cruises line, Island Windjammers aims to pick up where that company left off by offering small-ship cruises that are focused more on the joys of sailing than on shipboard amenities. It has two ships, 12-passenger Diamant, based in Grenada, and Sagitta, a 24-passenger vessel that sails out of St. Maarten.
Consisting of four principals and about 30 investors, the group came together when Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went bankrupt in 2007. After rescuing stranded crewmembers, several die-hard Windjammer fans decided to raise money to buy their own boat. In September 2009, the group bought Diamant from Federico "Fiddi" Angermeyer, a tour operator in the Galapagos, and the first cruise sailed from Grenada's Port Louis Marina on November 15, 2009. The line added another one of Angermeyer's ships, Sagitta, in 2012.
Island Windjammers FleetThirty-two-year-old Diamant, a 101-foot-long schooner, is the first vessel acquired by Island Windjammers. Accommodating only 12 passengers at maximum capacity, Diamant offers a mix of charters and booked-by-the-cabin sailings.
Larger Sagitta has been used for rum-tasting theme cruises, as well as nine- and 12-day island explorer itineraries. It's a 120-foot, three-masted motor yacht. (While crewmembers raise the sails, the vessel mostly relies on engines.)
Many of the crewmembers on both ships are former Windjammer Barefoot Cruises employees.
Fellow PassengersCome prepared to socialize; with so few passengers onboard, it's hard to be antisocial. While many of the passengers have sailed with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises before, the line is increasingly attracting a new generation of cruisers looking for a more laid-back approach. Passenger ages are all over the map, with the majority in the Baby Boomer range.
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