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Island Windjammers continues to deliver! We just took our 4th trip with them and had a fabulous time. With an intimate five cabins, plus crew, this is the way to see the Caribbean up close and personal. The Diamant is able to slip in ... Read More
Island Windjammers continues to deliver! We just took our 4th trip with them and had a fabulous time. With an intimate five cabins, plus crew, this is the way to see the Caribbean up close and personal. The Diamant is able to slip in places that the big ships simply cannot go, which means more time spent snorkeling, enjoying the beach, exploring islands, etc., and no time waiting in line for excursions, meals, etc. The crew are all warm, friendly and professional and made every aspect easy and comfortable. The meals are amazing! Fresh, creative, delicious! We lead busy lives professionally, and this is the very best way for us to check out and recharge each year. It's become an absolute necessity! That is the only risk - developing an addiction to cruising with this company :-). We will be back next year, the year after that, the year after that... Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose the Island Windjammer's Diamant for the 3rd time in 5 years as we can't find anything better! It's all about relaxing for us and just unwinding from the hustle of job and home-life. The crew of this boat put you ... Read More
We chose the Island Windjammer's Diamant for the 3rd time in 5 years as we can't find anything better! It's all about relaxing for us and just unwinding from the hustle of job and home-life. The crew of this boat put you to immediate ease and comfort ... taking care of everything you may need. Meals are fresh and excellent ... made on-board in the galley by a creative chef. Diamant, carries just 10 passengers with 5 crew ... so it is about as close to getting to a private sail as one possibly can. This sailing ship can go almost anywhere ... meaning into small coves and bays not reachable by the big ships ... meaning quiet and peace when enjoying water sports of swimming and snorkeling. We highly recommend Island Windjammers for that perfect vacation ... and we look forward to our next sail! Wonderful company and people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my first time sailing. A friend encouraged me to go and vowed that once I sailed on the Diamant I would be back. She was right. I cannot wait to go again. I cannot say enough lovely things about this company's owner, the boat ... Read More
This was my first time sailing. A friend encouraged me to go and vowed that once I sailed on the Diamant I would be back. She was right. I cannot wait to go again. I cannot say enough lovely things about this company's owner, the boat captain, and the crew. I had the most relaxing, delightful time. I always felt safe. Before this trip I had an irrational fear of the ocean. Now I have a love for it. While snorkeling I had a fun encounter with a ray, a big darling turtle, and more. The captain is fun, full of interesting information about the areas we sailed to as well as sailing itself, and gave this nervous first-timer absolute peace that we were in capable hands. The crew was beyond helpful and patient and fun and more than competent. The food was incredible. As good as any I have had in any of my travels! The boat and cabins were spotless and beautiful. The crew made me feel like they truly enjoyed me being there. Rare these days. It's hard to imagine any trip more relaxing than the one I experienced on the delightful Diamant. I cannot wait to sail on her again. 12 days next time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Just returned from a wonderful week on Diamant, a 101 foot long 10 passenger, crew of 5, windjammer cruise. We sailed a few hours each day, from island to island, enjoyed the best of beaches on Union Island, Bequia, Mayreau, and a number ... Read More
Just returned from a wonderful week on Diamant, a 101 foot long 10 passenger, crew of 5, windjammer cruise. We sailed a few hours each day, from island to island, enjoyed the best of beaches on Union Island, Bequia, Mayreau, and a number of others. Have traveled many trips to the Caribbean, and this was by far some of the most beautiful islands and beaches anywhere in the Caribbean. All meals provided were beyond expectations. The crew onboard was always ready to assist, be it with lending a hand in and out of the dingy to go ashore, filling your glass with wine, or pointing out turtles or sea creatures! Cabins were comfortable, with plenty of room for storage. Daily we would sail in the morning, swim and/or snorkel in the afternoon, with time wander on short guided hikes or through the local shops for t-shirts or souvenirs of our trip, or on island tours. Looking forward to a return to do this all again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our third trip on the Diamant and our first with our two 14 year old girls. We have had nothing but unbelievable trips with Island Windjammers but we were a bit nervous with our girls since there isn’t a lot to do while sailing. ... Read More
This was our third trip on the Diamant and our first with our two 14 year old girls. We have had nothing but unbelievable trips with Island Windjammers but we were a bit nervous with our girls since there isn’t a lot to do while sailing. Our anxiety disappeared even before we left port. All of the crew and our shipmates (another family of 5 with older children) made the trip unforgettable for our girls. The itinerary was varied enough for my wife and myself that we got to experience new beaches and destinations. The food is always fantastic and plentiful. Beverages are provided by the ship and you can bring your own as well. The accommodations are nicer than what you would expect on a sailboat. The staff are always there to help and entertain you. We got treated to a magic show and and acrobatics by Roy. Captain Luuck will regale you with his stories and travels. We just cannot say enough good things about the Diamant crew and the experience Island Windjammers provides. The key to this type of sailing experience is to go with an open mind, relax, and enjoy the company. It is a very intimate experience. If you are looking for something formal this is not the type of cruise for you. Island Windjammers has set the bar very high for us in our travel needs and we have a hard time finding a vacation any more relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Island Windjammer's Dimant Captain Danny and his crew did everything to accommodate our desires. We wanted to sail without power from the engine and he "made it happen". We sailed for hours, rocking and rolling in the ... Read More
Island Windjammer's Dimant Captain Danny and his crew did everything to accommodate our desires. We wanted to sail without power from the engine and he "made it happen". We sailed for hours, rocking and rolling in the waves under full sail. The crew became friends and shared their personal stories of the sea. The chef, Barney prepared the most fantastic meals, we even had lobster one night. Two days under full sail Barney prepared breakfast while rocking and rolling with the waves. His egg muffins were fantastic. My wife had a special request that she would not be served eggs and Barney accommodated her desire every morning. The picnics on the beaches and the time spent with the local population added an interesting local flavor. On the last day, there were many tears shed on the dinghy as we looked back at the Diamant knowing we would not be returning that day. On the dock the crew hugged us and treated us as family departing from their home wanting us to return soon. We have traveled much in the past 10 years and this is the best vacation EVER!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Vela is a gorgeous ship. Very well maintained and when in full sail, it is like flyingon a cloud. The food was incredible with 3 meals a day and snacks. The captain and the crew were amazing. They were very friendly and helpful with ... Read More
Vela is a gorgeous ship. Very well maintained and when in full sail, it is like flyingon a cloud. The food was incredible with 3 meals a day and snacks. The captain and the crew were amazing. They were very friendly and helpful with great attitudes. The dingy's to shore where smooth and enjoyable. My cabin was a solo but had plenty of room and the shower had lots of hot water. The excursion to the turtle farm and the whaler building was fun. Music was terrific and we danced on the deck at night. I would highly recommend this sail to anyone looking for a great, relaxing , adventure with great food and fun people. There were snorkel on board and we visited many beautiful beaches. I could easily stayed on for another week or two. I plan to return one day in the near future for sure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I just completed a week cruise with Island Windjammers aboard the Vela. We have wanted to take a Windjammer style cruise for years and after researching options we chose Island Windjammers Pirate Week as our first adventure. I ... Read More
My wife and I just completed a week cruise with Island Windjammers aboard the Vela. We have wanted to take a Windjammer style cruise for years and after researching options we chose Island Windjammers Pirate Week as our first adventure. I have to say this was by far one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. After a brief time meeting the other ‘Pirates’, I knew this was going to be a fun trip. It was a diverse group of folks but we all had that Pirate mentality and were ready for a special week. If you like lounging around a pool, spending time in the casino, going to shows, etc. This is not that type of cruise. However... If you are adventurous and enjoy meeting people and seeing places you'll never see while on a large cruise ship, then you'll love this. We sailed into small coves with great snorkeling, beaches, hiking and dropping into local bars in very, very small villages. The crew members were awesome. Leah and Andrew laid out each day’s activities, providing tips on the best snorkeling spots, hiking, shops and food options. Chef Robert along with Panchoo prepared some amazing meals. You will not go hungry while sailing Island Windjammers. Something I had not given much thought to was our ability to get to know the crew. Something you can’t do on a large cruise ship. I especially enjoyed sitting with Captain Patricio and talking about his life fishing and sailing. I definitely will be sailing again and I hope our photos and stories will inspire our friends to join us. However, we established what I hope will be long friendships with our fellow Pirates. Overall it was an amazing experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We won our first Cruise on Diamant in an auction. 7 years later we took our college age children on the cruise. I cannot express how amazing it is to work with these people in setting up a cruise. They answer every email right away, and ... Read More
We won our first Cruise on Diamant in an auction. 7 years later we took our college age children on the cruise. I cannot express how amazing it is to work with these people in setting up a cruise. They answer every email right away, and answer every questions about things to do around the islands. They helped us set up diving on our first cruise, and arranged for a birthday cake & celebration on the second. The most amazing help came when our connecting flight to Grenada was cancelled and the airline would not give us a flight in time to meet the cruise. I called and two different staffers stayed on the line with me at the airline desk giving me suggestions on alternate airlines and places to fly in. Once we got things settled, they actually DELAYED the ship until our flight came in. I talked to the captain afterwards and he said they were on stand-by to sail overnight to another island in case we booked a flight there. They bent over backwards to make sure we had a great experience. These are amazing people who will help you with anything! Beyond that, everything about both our cruises was fantastic, If you want to feel utterly spoiled (much more so than the big cruise lines), go with Island Windjammers. They will meet your every wish (can we visit that island? could we snorkel over there? can I have more? - heard often from our 20 year old rugby player). Our cook actually spent and evening teaching us how to play Pirate Farkle! The food was amazing - light, fresh and plenty! My kids said their favorite part was the crew! The cabins were nice and cool (important to Coloradans who are used to 60 degree nights in the summer) Having only 10 guests makes a fun, intimate experience with people who are basically just like you! I have never been as relaxed or felt as decadent as I did on the Diamant. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband and I just returned from our sail on Sagitta. We knew beforehand that it was a motorized vessel, but it did not take away from the experience. We loved the ship, the crew, our room, the food, and the service. The island stops ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our sail on Sagitta. We knew beforehand that it was a motorized vessel, but it did not take away from the experience. We loved the ship, the crew, our room, the food, and the service. The island stops were gorgeous, and we enjoyed lots of beautiful snorkeling. We also hiked a little in a few areas. Our shipmates were friendly and lots of fun. One of our few regrets is a visit to a sea turtle "sanctuary" in Bequia. Having visited topnotch sea turtle facilities in the past, we recognized immediately that the Old Hegg sanctuary was really just a place that confines healthy turtles in tiny shallow tanks FOR YEARS just to attract tourists and their money. This was very disturbing as we watched the healthy turtles swim around and around empty concrete boxes with no stimulation, no sign of food, and no hope of being released. Some turtles had been there for 19-22 years, and one very large old turtle was actually desperately trying to climb out of his tiny enclosure. Even though we didn't like that particular place, we certainly don't hold Island Windjammers responsible. We just would hope they wouldn't support or promote it. We loved most everything else, and we can't wait to sail with the company again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Fantastic crew performance. Absolutely stellar captain. He was funny and entertaining, as well as professional/knowledgable. None could be better.World class crew, that caters to your every need.The owner cabin was very spacious and clean. ... Read More
Fantastic crew performance. Absolutely stellar captain. He was funny and entertaining, as well as professional/knowledgable. None could be better.World class crew, that caters to your every need.The owner cabin was very spacious and clean. They even had a bottle of champagne waiting when you first enter. Truly incredible food and drinks.Could not have imagined a better onboard experience. Stellar. Extraordinary job done by the chef and crew for dining experience. The islands were beautiful. We were able to snorkel everyday and paddle board. The captain made scuba diving arrangement possible for those interested. They even have a rope swing. The diamant caters to its guest as well with a crew to passenger ratio 1:2 Thus you are not left wanting. Also, the smaller passenger size lead to more bonding and less clichy groups that could form from larger cruises. I would hands down recommend this company because they truly care about your experience and happiness. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We just came back from a 6 day cruise on Diamant. From the very first moment when Monja welcomed us in Port Louis till the last minute when we sadly had to leave Diamant it has been an incredible trip. Captain Phillip and the crew ... Read More
We just came back from a 6 day cruise on Diamant. From the very first moment when Monja welcomed us in Port Louis till the last minute when we sadly had to leave Diamant it has been an incredible trip. Captain Phillip and the crew made sure that there is nothing missing. You were just thinking about getting a cup of coffee and you already held it in your hands. Every single meal was five star from breakfast to lunch, from afternoon rum punch and snacks to the three course dinner. I always got an gluten free alternative. Not to forget the 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise' and of course the outstanding captains dinner on the last evening. Phillip, Barney, Bolo, Lennox and Marlon were always there to fulfill every wish and answer every question. We got plenty information about the cruise and the activities and had lots of time to explore the islands. Captain Phillip made sure that we see the nicest trails, viewpoints and snorkeling sites. Diamant has 4 cabins plus a bigger owners cabin. We’ve only been 6 passengers in total which gave us lots of space and privacy. Every day we came back after a morning excursion to find our cabin spotless clean. Everything on board is nicely and practical arranged and very comfortable. The visited islands are very diversified and there were lots of opportunities for hiking, swimming, sunbathing, beach games, snorkeling with turtles or just relaxing on board. All in all it has been a wonderful cruise and we would recommend Diamant to everyone who is looking for an individual cruise in a small group with excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I have sailed on Island Windjammers’ tall ship Diamant 3x before, and love her. First, let me say we much prefer cruising on tall ships, with their intimate atmosphere (no crowds, no lines!), graceful beauty (inside and ... Read More
My husband and I have sailed on Island Windjammers’ tall ship Diamant 3x before, and love her. First, let me say we much prefer cruising on tall ships, with their intimate atmosphere (no crowds, no lines!), graceful beauty (inside and out), professional yet friendly and fun-loving crews—and especially the genuine sailing experience. Diamant has been one of our favorite tall ships for all those reasons. She just underwent an almost four-month renovation, and we did have to wonder just what could have been done to make her even better. We got the opportunity to find out when we sailed her recently, her first cruise after the refurb, and wow! The 100-foot sleek schooner Diamant was the first of IWJ’s “Island Girls”—there now are three IWJ tall ships—and in late November, Diamant emerged, refreshed and updated from her refurb. She now has an enlarged galley, updated wheelhouse, and her salon has been totally rebuilt , with all new tables and seating and, oh yes! the salon now has A/C. This is in addition to all new wiring and plumbing throughout the ship. Fresh new cushions in bright yellows and oranges everywhere, new carpet in cabins, plus a freshly painted hull. Her cabin area has been all redone: with basically the same cabin layouts as before (with one big exception) but new wood, carpets, cabinets and beds. The exception is the new owner's cabin, which replaced two smaller cabins, and we had that one, and we can say it is fabulous! It’s quite large for a tall ship, with four portholes, a very comfy queen bed, with a very nice seating area, not found in the other cabins. Lots of stowage. Bathroom is cozy, as in tightly configured, but quite useable (lol). The addition of the owners’ cabin means Diamant now has five cabins, instead of six, and carries 10-13 passengers. It should be noted that each cabin has its own A/C controls and private bathroom. Our week on the "new" Diamant was just so much fun. We lucked out by having two of IWJ's premo captains: Capt. Phillip and IWJ’s fleet captain, Capt. Nervo. Since this was Diamant's first cruise after her renovation, Nervo was along to tackle any issues that might pop up. As far as I know, nothing needed fixing. Or if it did, the crew must have quickly/efficiently taken care of it. Great crew...so much fun, very professional! Chef Barney is especially amazing, so creative and such tasty food. It was our first sailing with Capt. Phillip, who hails from the UK, and we really look forward to sailing with him and his crew again. Diamant sails in The Grenadines, in and out of Grenada, and on our cruise, we visited Bequia, Mayreau, Canouan, Union Island, Carriacou, Tobago Cay—and of course, we stopped at "Happy Island," a small, funky man-made island (in the harbor near Clifton, Union Island, and built upon a foundation of shells, rocks, etc. It is is just about all bar! Great pina coladas! And a great spot from which to watch the amazing kiteboarders doing their aerobatics. Some of the islands were mostly flora and fauna, with gorgeous beaches, great hiking, wonderful snorkeling, and of course, beach bars. At Tobago Cays, where we had a beach picnic, you can swim with the turtles. On one of the islands, we went ashore after dinner for a beach bonfire. Some of the islands, like Bequia offer more: restaurants, museums, bars, shopping, etc. Bequia has a small whaling museum and an amazing model ship woodshop where minutely detailed boats are built by wood craft artisans. Bequia also is home to a turtle sanctuary that has been rescuing and saving hawkbill turtles for many decades. The Bequia shore excursion goes to all of the above mentioned Bequia locales and is well worth it. Diamant would sail in the mornings––oh yeah, sun and sails—and anchor in beautiful bays and harbors for the rest of the day and overnight. She carries kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel gear and even has a rope swing, all at no extra charge. There were many opportunities to use any or all of those, to hike on shore, relax on the beach or on board, and to explore. Her tender runs back and forth on a schedule: yours! Rum, beer, wine, sodas or water are always available on board—also at no cost. And you're welcome to bring your own favs on board. Late afternoons, we always had a variety of chef-prepared snacks/treats and the rum drink of the day, and a wine-and-cheese party one afternoon. For us, it was another super week with an amazing crew, wonderful food, the gorgeous Caribbean—and a beautifully refurbed ship. We'll definitely be going again....after we sail on Vela, IWJ's newest tall-ship next spring. It should be noted that true sailing ships really aren't appropriate for young children, mostly for safety reasons. They DO rock (sometimes a lot!) when they are sailing between islands and depending on the wind, and walkways around the ships have open railings. From our 16 years of tall-ship sailing, we find that those who sail the tall ships tend to be from mid 20s to mid 80s, and always happy, easy-going, adventure-seeking folks who love going where the wind takes them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Had always wanted to do one of the windjammer cruises because I had heard they were so low key and could go places the big ships were unable. A friend was putting together one for a group so it seemed a great time to go. It was ... Read More
Had always wanted to do one of the windjammer cruises because I had heard they were so low key and could go places the big ships were unable. A friend was putting together one for a group so it seemed a great time to go. It was phenomenal. Island Windjammer did everything they said as they said they would from start to finish. The entire crew was great. Captain Patrici was always available. Very welcoming and warm and joined us for dinner pretty much every night which was served outside under the stars on the open deck. How great is that? Jermaine and Romaine made every meal a pleasure. They were always there making sure you had enough and taking care of everything. Our cook, Donald, from day one took special care because of a food allergy to let me know and was fantastic about finding replacements with joy it being a big deal. Most of all the entire crew worked together to make the whole experience a relaxed fun easy time. There was lots of snorkeling,swimming, swinging from ropes and just hanging out. So if this is the kind of cruise you are looking for I would say Island Windjammer is a definite winner. If you could ever get this same crew you won the lottery... One last note...I also happen to have lucked out because the group I was with was just one great fun everyone got along there to have a good time group. That plus the right cruise made it one of those wish it could have gone just a little bit longer... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our first experience on a sailing cruise so we chose Island Windjammers because they offered a 12 night trip on a boat that appeared intimate so as not be just a number in a crowd. This trip far exceeded our expectations and was an ... Read More
Our first experience on a sailing cruise so we chose Island Windjammers because they offered a 12 night trip on a boat that appeared intimate so as not be just a number in a crowd. This trip far exceeded our expectations and was an absolutely wonderful experience and vacation! From the time we boarded the Diamant and left our shoes in a box on the dock this trip was the epitome of casual relaxation while still being very well cared for by a very capable crew. Captain Philip has an absolutely incredible personality and was able to quickly establish a very friendly rapport with all 12 passengers. He was exceptionally engaged with all passengers and shared his knowledge of the islands with all of us. He worked tirelessly to ensure that there were a variety of activities each day that would hold the interests of the diverse interests of the passengers and joined us on the excursions and snorkeling. He made sure the needs of all his passengers were met and was also always watching out for our well-being. The crew was fabulous. Chef Barney provided three delicious meals each day and we all marveled how he was able to prepare and deliver such quality meals out of a pretty small galley. The steward, Bolo, was especially courteous to the guests and went above and beyond to make sure the needs of each guest were met. Excellent service and he also made sure every guest cabin was spotless every day. Aubrey and Troy were the crew responsible for the appearance of the boat and our dinghy drivers. They both took extra precautions so that guests did not have accidents getting on and off the dinghy and their personalities were endearing to the guests. Marlon, the engineer, kept everything on the boat in excellent working order and on the rare occasion there was an issue with cabin equipment or anything else mechanical, was quick to resolve it. This trip was better than I could have ever imagined. Very casual and relaxing environment. Definitely not stuffy, but if you enjoy a casual, comfortable environment on a ship that is intimate and inviting, with a Captain and crew that were committed to providing the absolute best experience possible, then book a trip on the Diamant and you very well may have the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The trip was everything that I imagined a tall ship cruise to be. We had incredible weather, saw some wonderful sights and incredible beaches, but the trip was made by the crew. Everyone of the crew members did their outmost best for ... Read More
The trip was everything that I imagined a tall ship cruise to be. We had incredible weather, saw some wonderful sights and incredible beaches, but the trip was made by the crew. Everyone of the crew members did their outmost best for us! From the Captain right down to the Steward...they were always looking out for our safety, our enjoyment, absolutely everything that anyone would want! We only needed some attention to our cabin air conditioning once. It sure didn't take for the ships Engineer to get it up and working again (within an hour or so). The meals and appetizers were also amazing. It's hard to belief what our chef could produce from such a small kitchen...We had lobster, an excellent variety of fish, disappointed with the meals on board the Diamant. The ports that we visited were so lovely and the secluded beaches were incredible. At one beach the Captain had the locals prepare a bonfire for us. What a treat. The locals collected wood for most of the day and when they set the pile on fire as we were landing on shore that evening, the sight was nothing short of specular. The Diamont is a beautiful ship. I don't know much about sailing vessels, but I would cheesecake, all prepared on board. You certainly would not go hungry, nor be guess that ships like her are not too plentiful. She has so much character..so pretty to look at and even greater to be aboard. I think I have a little understand now of what sailors see in sailing ships and how they can say that a ship is beautiful. I hope to be able to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I took numerous trips on the old Windjammer fleet in the 1980's and 1990's. We have chartered catamarans in the BVIs and Leeward Islands, and sail our own boat in Lake Michigan. This was our first trip on the ... Read More
My wife and I took numerous trips on the old Windjammer fleet in the 1980's and 1990's. We have chartered catamarans in the BVIs and Leeward Islands, and sail our own boat in Lake Michigan. This was our first trip on the Diamant with Island Windjammer and were very pleasantly impressed by the quality of the ship, the crew, and Island Windjammer support personnel. Reservations were easy. The captain and crew were very friendly, attentive and professional. The meals were great. The itinerary was very good. We had been to most of these islands 2 or 3 times before, but the Captain was able to get us into anchorages we had not seen before. We had strong winds most days, so our passages between islands included some great sailing in beautiful waters. Bequia is one of our favorite island in the Caribbean, and the tour arranged for us there was the most informative visit we have ever had. We plan to make to take future trips on Island Windjammer and have already recommended them to our friends. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Spent 6 nights on Island Windjammer's Diamant sailing from Grenada to several stops in the south Caribbean. We had been on quite a few large ship cruises, but this was only 11 passengers and 6 crew. Best cruise we've ever had by ... Read More
Spent 6 nights on Island Windjammer's Diamant sailing from Grenada to several stops in the south Caribbean. We had been on quite a few large ship cruises, but this was only 11 passengers and 6 crew. Best cruise we've ever had by far. Hit 5 or 6 islands we'd never heard of, including one called Sandy Island which was amazing. Just a small beachy island with great snorkeling (which we also did 3 or 4 other times). Also visited a place called Happy Island - basically a bar in the middle of the water only accessible by boat. Throw in a couple of scenic hikes, a bonfire, hanging with locals, and of course the boat's own rope swing and we kept active. No need to deal with room keys or customs - all taken care of for us. But the best part of the trip was the crew. All of them focused on keeping the guests happy and safe. Gourmet meals cooked by our chef Lenny and served by Bolo included breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks every day. Unbelievable food using some traditional and some exotic ingredients we never heard of. Rumageddon every afternoon was a blast, although we started as early as 9am (twice) so I didn't do many late nights. Smiles and King kept us in line on the dingy rides and entertained in the evening (King's show had us rolling). Old School was always popping up somewhere and giving a fist pump. And Captain Stuart was involved in everything we did. He was the tour guide, cruise director, part time entertainer, and just acted like the 12th guest sometimes. Most of the passengers were total strangers when we started. By the end of the week we were all best friends. We will be back, most likely over and over. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Very first cruise -- I am not your ordinary "lounge by the pool" type of person. I like to meet people, hear their story and build relationships. I like to go to places not normally visited and seriously dislike large crowds. ... Read More
Very first cruise -- I am not your ordinary "lounge by the pool" type of person. I like to meet people, hear their story and build relationships. I like to go to places not normally visited and seriously dislike large crowds. This is the perfect cruise for doing so. The Diamant is a beautiful sailing vessel - She is maintained exquisitely by her Captain and Engineer (with help from all the crew!) Activities -- not many while aboard -- sunning, watching the sails, listening to music, looking for flying fish on the waves and hoping we catch a fish! A good time for relaxing conversation and being mellow Service: Marlan is simply amazing... I am not used to having someone "memorize" the way I take my coffee, or my preferences for wine. (note -- I am usually the one doing that for bosses and clients!) He "allowed" some of us to closely watch his napkin-folding skills and attempt to copy his artistry... Shore Excursions: Dinghy-service all the way! Sometimes, you get dry landings, sometimes you get wet ones! Snorkeling, beaching, driving tour on Bequia - there was always something to see, and a turtle/fish to stalk. I will always remember King automatically repeating: "Take yer time, Hand on Shoulder, Take yer time!" Not a person got dropped into the drink accidentally because of their care. Cabin: Tiny, yet was able to hold our things -- dress is casual, we are mostly barefoot the entire cruise -- you don't need a lot of space. Comfortable, the A/C kept things fresh. Dining: Lenny was our cook this week -- The portions of food were perfect -- I did not gain a pound on this cruise, but I cleared my plate at every meal as it was delicious! All in all, the care given to each member of this cruise was over and above -- the crew was genuinely happy to have us aboard -- I was sad to leave on disembarkation day! I look forward to a future trip on Diamant! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife & I sailed The Mandalay in 1990 and had a wonderful experience. I decided that, since her death, I needed to add another sail to my bucket list. Through Internet research I found Island Windjammers, and they seemed to fill my ... Read More
My wife & I sailed The Mandalay in 1990 and had a wonderful experience. I decided that, since her death, I needed to add another sail to my bucket list. Through Internet research I found Island Windjammers, and they seemed to fill my needs. The goal was to return to Bequia and visit Mac's for another lobster pizza. Island Windjammers is all about the islands. The ship is your taxi from point A to point B allowing you to experience island life to its fullest. If you are looking for stage shows, a cruise line that will book your airfare and hotels, this is not your cup of tea. You will book your own flight and hotel. (But IWJ will make hotel recommendations and provide discounts.) We stayed at Allamanda Beach Resort prior to embarkation. It was adequate. There were some issues with our reservations and they fixed the issue quickly. The desk clerks were most accommodating and friendly. (Note: No food available on site.) The Diamant is a 101 foot schooner carrying a maximum of 12 passengers. (Note: Only 3 couples were on this sail. I asked the captain if they would sail if only one cabin was booked and he said they would. The cabins were of adequate size for sleeping, showering, etc. You will be lounging in the salon on on deck. Sheets/towels, etc were clean and changed out often. Soaps, shampoos, hair dryers are provided. Again, IWJ is about the island. Do not expect tons of on board entertainment. It's a 101 foot ship. What did you expect? The crew/service were excellent. They far exceeded our expectations. In fact, I accused the head steward of being able to read my mind. You will become a family on an IWJ. Crew and passengers mix. Captain Phillip joined us an every meal. (The food was 4 star quality by the way.) At breakfast he would discuss the island we were visiting, what excursions were available, the swimming/snorkeling opportunities which were available. The food was exceptional. In addition to 3 meals we had a mid afternoon snack daily. Barney the chef was a true super star. Five star rating on the food. Disembarkation was simple and fast. We had a very early flight and Captain Phillip arranged taxi service to get us to the airport in a timely fashion. The experience far outweighed my expectations. Captain Phillip and crew were so accommodating. While on St. Lucia, Phillip took the dinghy ashore and returned with lionfish ceviche so we didn't have to go ashore, and Chef Barney plated it up in a beautiful fashion. Barney did amazing things in his little galley. One of our passengers was celebrating her 50th birthday and they threw a great party. Captain Phillip even offered us the opportunity to modify our sailing plans and visit Martineque. We took him up on the offer of course. You can read all about our amazing adventure at www.lobsterpizzainparadise.blogspot.com. I highly recommend IWJ if you are looking for a true Caribbean experience rather than a Blue Haired Lady cruise. You will sail and have the adventure of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We sailed out of Grenada. We had perfect weather, wonderful shipmates, an attentive (but not overly so) crew, an excellent chef and a comfortable cabin. This was our first experience on a motorized sailing vessel. At dinner our cruise ... Read More
We sailed out of Grenada. We had perfect weather, wonderful shipmates, an attentive (but not overly so) crew, an excellent chef and a comfortable cabin. This was our first experience on a motorized sailing vessel. At dinner our cruise director would explain where we were going and what activities would be available and all of the information was posted to a whiteboard by the next morning. There was plenty to do or nothing to do; totally up to us. We snorkeled and swam in beautiful waters, we took one guided tour that was very interesting. We could do some hiking or walking or be driven by dinghy to our beach of the day. We mostly ate all meals on board but did have "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" on a lovely beach one day, cooked by our wonderful chef, George. After dinner excursions were available, but we were happy to have our nightcap on the Sagitta and retire early to our cozy cabin so we could be ready to go with a delicious breakfast the next morning. I loved that we were always in sight of land as we sailed; the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking in the Caribbean. The instructions received prior to our trip, during our trip and for disembarkation were very thorough. Pack less; very casual, bathing suits, t-shirts, flip flops and a couple of books - you'll be all set! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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
Sail Date September 2015
My husband and I are always on the lookout for vacations that are adventurous vs. pretentious and give you a real feel of the area and all it has to offer, while still providing top notch service, accommodations and excursions. Island ... Read More
My husband and I are always on the lookout for vacations that are adventurous vs. pretentious and give you a real feel of the area and all it has to offer, while still providing top notch service, accommodations and excursions. Island Windjammers and The Diamant gave us all of that and more! From the first phone call to inquire about the trip until they dropped us at the airport heading home, we were impressed with Island Windjammers. Not a single detail was overlooked and the experience exceeded all of our expectations. The ship was beautiful and in excellent shape. Our cabin was super clean and surprisingly spacious for a ship Diamant's size (Choose cabin 6 if possible - it was the largest and in the center of the boat). The crew was outstanding! Knowledgeable, personable and very capable in each of their roles. They felt like old friends by the end of the trip. The food was to die for! Barney works miracles in that tiny kitchen! It was a great sampling of local Grenadian flavor and traditional American fare that was exquisitely plated and delicious. We visited a different island every day and a new adventure was awaiting. The snorkeling equipment was in great shape and each day we snorkeled a different beach and reef. The disembarkation was incredibly painless and went very smooth. We were so sad to say goodbye and leave the ship and all I can think about since we arrived home, is when can I go back? For me, there truly is no better way to vacation and see a lot of the Carribbean at once, than a trip like this. It's been a long time since I was able to leave on vacation, turn my phone off, and not have to really make a single decision or have to worry about anything. I was able to literally relax my mind, body and soul and felt rested and rejuvenated when I got home. Thank you to Island Windjammers and Captain Stu and the Crew of The Diamant for a trip of a lifetime! I HIGHLY recommend this company and will FOR SURE return for another sailing adventure with IWJ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my second time on the Diamant. This time we were a private 12 night charter to celebrate a friend's 50th wedding anniversary with vow renewals. We arrived in Grenada 4 days before sailing. Just in case we would have any ... Read More
This was my second time on the Diamant. This time we were a private 12 night charter to celebrate a friend's 50th wedding anniversary with vow renewals. We arrived in Grenada 4 days before sailing. Just in case we would have any issues with our flights or luggage, we wanted to be sure to not miss a day of sailing. Diamant had lovely arrangements made for the vow renewal ceremony! I can't begin to express how impressed I was with the entire crew! You could see they took safety very seriously. Great mixture of wonderful personalities. Very friendly, entertaining and helpful while still being quite professional. I must admit the chef on this sailing was awesome! Hard to believe he is able to be so creative in such a small kitchen. we really enjoyed many different entrees of fresh fish. We don't see many fish here in the desert where we live. Dining al fresco with all the ocean breezes and star was wonderful. I could also see that Island Windjammer does indeed listen to feedback they receive from cruisers. I could see nice little things that had been added since my last sailing. Plenty of new deck chairs, sand chairs, floating mats and two new paddle boards. How fun was all this!! We had contacted Island Windjammer prior to our departure and they helped arrange a couple of Island Tours for us. It was great to be able to just add these expenses to our accounts. We enjoyed many special snorkeling days. The quiet powder sugar sand beaches were very enjoyable. The captain even snorkeled with us at times. He was able to pint out many interesting undersea creatures that we would have missed. Put a whole new dimension on our snorkeling experience. Lights added underneath the Diamant created an wonderful ambiance at night. It was a lot of fun to see what sea life would be attracted to the lights. We were even entertained one evening by bats eating insects that were attracted by the lights. What fun!! The information received prior to arriving in Grenada was very useful. No problems. They were able to answer all of our questions ahead of time. We had no surprises. The ship also makes its own fresh water. The water tastes very good and we always had plenty of it. We are starting to plan our next sailing adventure. Which Island Windjammer sailing vessel will it be??? Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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