Over the past few years my husband and I have realized that we like things to be smaller. We no longer enjoy the crowds at large resorts. We enjoy B&B's. We avoid chain restaurants.We like small restaurants where we actually know ... Read More
Over the past few years my husband and I have realized that we like things to be smaller. We no longer enjoy the crowds at large resorts. We enjoy B&B's. We avoid chain restaurants.We like small restaurants where we actually know the staff and owners. We became disenchanted with the large cruise lines. We found we spent a lot of time avoiding the crowds. We wanted more time in ports. We hated the nickel and diming at every turn. We had started flying to favorite destinations and renting vilas. We wanted more time on the water.
Luckily we found Island Windjammers. We chose a trip on the Sagitta from Grenada to Bequia and back. The website describes in great detail what to expect and they were very accurate. If you have questions they are more than happy to answer. When you call real people answer the phone! Our trip had 16 guests and 10 crew. We knew everyone within days. The atmosphere is casual. We all got along well and had a great time.
We took the transfers arranged by Island Windjammers. This made everything very easy. They were prompt and very friendly. The prices were good.
The night before our trip we stayed at the True Blue Bay Resort. The resort grounds, room, and breakfast exceeded all expectations. The staff is amazingly nice and friendly.
Our cabin was exactly what we expected on a ship this size. There was plenty of room if you don't over pack. You end up with 6 drawers, a space to hang things, and multiple shelves. There are several well placed hooks around the cabin to hang things. Take soft sided luggage, it stores better. Everything was spotlessly clean. The AC was wonderful to have at night. The bed was very comfortable.
The ship was not huge, but large enough to find a quiet place of your own if you wanted it, or to find a conversation with the other guests. It is a real ship. It moves, you feel it. It is good. Stairs are more like ladders. Good mobility helps on this trip.
The food served was excellent. I am amazed by what the chef and cook accomplish in a small galley. Everything was delicious and well prepared. There was a mix of traditional American foods with a few local favorites added. The cheeseburgers served on the beach were perfect. Good luck getting George to share recipes. I would like to have had a few. The tomato ginger sauce for the pork, the conch fritters, the honey roasted coconut strips. Perhaps they could sell a small cookbook....We enjoyed the fact that water, iced tea, sodas and beer were always available self service. Wine was served at dinner. We also liked being able to bring along whatever other libations we would enjoy. Several of the guests did just that.
We stopped at a nice mix of islands. Usually you had a choice of going to shore-beach or town depending location-going snorkeling, hiking, or hanging out on the ship. Tenders ran hourly. Some landings are wet. On a couple of stops the Captain snorkeled with us. (How often do you see that?) The staff was quick to bring out the pool noodles, lounge floats, and standup paddle boards for swimming days. We even put the rope swing to use one day. The towns were small, but cute, the beaches were postcard perfect, and the tour in Bequia is a great way to learn about the history and see the island. Crystal did a great job as ops manager and helped make sure all of the guests had a great time and were well cared for. The Diamante stopped at many of the same ports. We got familiar with their guests as well. We enjoyed crab races together in Chatham Bay and I think they enjoyed visiting the Sagitta for a wine and cheese party later in the week.
I can not say enough good things about the entire crew. On a ship this size you are lucky enough to get to know them all. They are a nice crew and very interesting people. Every person working on the ship worked very hard to make everyone comfortable.
Upon return to Grenada we stayed at Coyaba to be on the beach and walking distance to shopping. The grounds were beautiful, the pool with the swim up bar was nice after spending a week in salt water, and the room was large.
We enjoyed everything about the trip and are planning another trip With Island Windjammers next year.
A few last thoughts. Pack light. Take extra sunscreen and some mosquito repellent. Take a dry bag as a day bag to protect whatever you may carry from splashes. Buy more chocolate in Grenada than you think you want. It is double the price to get in the states. Be adventurous. Return with no regrets and wonderful memories. Read Less