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Sagitta Review

Sagitta
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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 Christ 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

My wife and I had previously sailed on "Arabella" out of St. Thomas and I thought the Island Windjammer cruise would be a similar experience. My wife opted out of the cruise and I ended up as a "Solo" in one of the 2 Solo Cabins (12). Flew from ... Read more
07/14
My wife and I sailed with the old Barefoot Windjammer in 2005 and were looking for a similar experience. We have sailed the larger cruise lines and did not enjoy the crowds, lines and large bills when leaving the ship. Island Windjammers does not ... Read more
If you liked the old Barefoot Windjammer cruises, you'll love an Island Windjammer cruise. We got on the ship with 22 strangers and got off with 22 new good friends. You know you're going to have a good time when you know all your shipmate's name ... Read more
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Sagitta Ratings

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Shore Excursions
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Value-for-Money
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Rates
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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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