4 Grenada to Caribbean - Southern Island Windjammers Vela Cruise Reviews

This was our third trip on Island Windjammers, second out of Grenada and first on Vela. We already loved the islands and Windjammer style. Vela was new to us. We were in love with Sagitta, but Vela was as similar as different. Gotta get it ... Read More
This was our third trip on Island Windjammers, second out of Grenada and first on Vela. We already loved the islands and Windjammer style. Vela was new to us. We were in love with Sagitta, but Vela was as similar as different. Gotta get it out of the way, cabins are smaller, but still comfortable and provide everything you need. Pack light, you don't need much. The ship is beautiful. It is amazing to hear the engine shut off and be under sail. Once again we had an amazing crew, delicious meals, and days on beaches you can't see on a big ship. The best part of this trip is the people. From booking, to meeting the crew, to meeting the other passengers, the people set this trip apart. Within a day you are on a first name basis with everyone. We come home with new friendships and memories. The second trip to the Grenadines was even better because we were able to enjoy things we missed the first time and truly to relax. Meals are important and once again they exceeded all expectations with a mix of island and American favorites. Days are a mix of activity and relaxation with multiple options. Evenings are time spent watching stars, fish, and talking to shipmates when there is no party on shore or deck. We were usually very ready for bed after dinner. Fleet week meant sharing activities with Diamante and those activities were excellent. Coming home is always difficult. I can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
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
Vela Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 5.0
Entertainment 2.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 2.0 4.7
Family 3.5 4.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.8
Enrichment 1.0 4.8
Service 4.0 5.0
Value For Money 4.0 5.0

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