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Sagitta Review

Sagitta
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77% of cruisers loved it
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  • Visits a mix of mainstream and smaller Caribbean ports
  • No shoes? No problem. Casual dress encouraged
  • Beer, wine and daily rum drinks included -- you can also BYOB

Sagitta Overview

-- By Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
Editor Rating
4.0
For those who want to experience the Caribbean, Jimmy Buffet-style, it's hard to beat the "sun sand and sips" ambience of a Windjammer sailboat. The second vessel in Island Windjammers' fleet, 125-foot Sagitta maintains the charm of its smaller counterpart Diamant while embarking from easier-to-get-to ports.

Now-defunct Windjammer Barefoot Cruises had quite the Bacchanalian reputation, complete with wild costume parties and constant drinking games. Island Windjammers is decidedly tamer, with most passengers coming aboard for snorkeling and the chance to view the Caribbean at close range.

Most days are spent hanging out with fellow sun-seekers, swapping stories and socializing. Those who do imbibe will appreciate Sagitta's always-available cooler full of beer and soda, rum punche and free-flowing wine at dinner -- all included in the price. Passengers are also allowed to bring their own liquor onboard without restrictions, a welcome contrast to most mainstream lines.

One feature of small ships is that they can anchor in bays and marinas where larger cruise ships can't go. For the most part, Island Windjammers includes a few well-traveled ports in Sagitta's itinerary; we embarked in St. Maarten, for example, and the ship will move into the U.S. and British Virgin Islands in 2015. But it also hits offbeat stops, such as Anguilla, Nevis and St. Eustatius, making it a perfect vessel for the island collector.

There's no getting around it: On a ship this size, you do feel the ocean's motion, and it can take a day or two to adjust, particularly when traversing open water. You'll also experience close quarters, as the ship only holds 24 passengers in sailing-style cabins. A few obnoxious people could really make an impact on your trip.

Yet, despite these limitations, Windjammer cruising attracts a lively crowd that tends to go with the flow. You're likely to walk away from Sagitta with a bunch of new best friends -- so your Margaritaville memories might last long after your cruise.

Sagitta Fellow Passengers

Sagitta attracts small-ship devotees, many of whom sailed with the original Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. Expect mostly North American Baby Boomers, with a few old salts in their 80s (although the casual nature of the ship is attracting more and more 30- and 40-somethings).

Sagitta Dress Code

Get a pedicure before you go; in true barefoot fashion, Sagitta encourages passengers to leave their sandals on the top deck. Swimsuits, T-shirts and cover-ups dominate during the day, with shorts and sundresses sufficing for dinner.

Sagitta Gratuity

Island Windjammers suggests a tip of $150 per passenger, per week, although it's not required; you can add it to your credit card at the end of the trip. Tipping individual crewmembers is not encouraged, although it's tempting; the intimate nature of the ship means that you get to know the staff almost as well as your fellow sailors. (The captain eats most meals with the passengers.)
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Sagitta Member Reviews

Trip of a Lifetime shirewoman
08/15
We were fortunate to get to sail on the Sagitta as part of a wedding party and it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life. Yes, some of us got a little seasick, but I wouldn't blame that on the ship or crew. We had the best crew ever ... Read more
I went on the Solo Sojourn in July and it was an wonderful experience. The crew was top-notch, never letting you lift a finger to do anything. They were very helpful and one of them even fixed my camera so I didn't miss out on capturing the ... Read more
I have an extensive history of traveling to many countries around the world for over the past 40 years. I have taken a couple of cruises prior to this trip. Most notably I went to the Galapagos islands which was incredible and a fantastic ... Read more
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Sagitta Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.9
Public Rooms
4.0
4.7
Cabins
3.0
4.2
Entertainment
1.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
2.0
4.0
Family & Children
2.0
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.4
Enrichment
1.0
4.3
Service
4.0
4.9
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.3

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Ship Stats
Crew:
10
Launched:
1961; refurbished 2012
Decks:
3
Tonnage:
251
Passengers:
24
Registry:
St. Kitts
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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