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6 Grenada to Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

My wife (32) and I (31) chose this cruise to go on our honeymoon. My dad and stepmom had gone on the old barefoot windjammer's and I always thought the trip sounded incredible. This company did not disappoint! The trip was extremely ... Read More
My wife (32) and I (31) chose this cruise to go on our honeymoon. My dad and stepmom had gone on the old barefoot windjammer's and I always thought the trip sounded incredible. This company did not disappoint! The trip was extremely memorable and enjoyable and we we will cherish it for the remainder of our lives. The boat itself was gorgeous and had three main common areas with plenty of room for all 10 passengers (10 sounds crowded, but it's honestly not). The food was absolutely first class and the crew was very helpful and enjoyable, especially our captain who acted as both captain and tour guide throughout the west indies. The rooms were quaint but nice and we only really slept in them anyway. We snorkeled every day, saw sea turtles, reefs, sting rays, and even a shark! Wish we could do these sails more often. 5 stars all the way for a fun and authentic way to see the west indies. The company was great to work with too. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My husband and I have always talked about taking a windjammer cruise and we hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers. We had planned on 2 nights in Grenada before we boarded the Diamant, but because of weather delays we arrived the night ... Read More
My husband and I have always talked about taking a windjammer cruise and we hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers. We had planned on 2 nights in Grenada before we boarded the Diamant, but because of weather delays we arrived the night before embarking. The one night at True Blue Resort was wonderful and we'd love to go back and spend more time there and explore Grenada. On Sunday we gathered at the designated dock, which was easy to locate from their directions. There we were met by a representative from Island Windjammers who introduced us all to each other and to the bosun Roy, who handled our luggage. Once onboard we met the captain and the rest of the crew (5 in all) and after being shown to our cabins we set off. The cabin was compact but very adequate. We had chosen the room with 2 beds side by side rather than the bunkbeds the other cabins had. The bathroom was great, best we've had in a smaller ship. We were served appetizers and drinks right away and the food never stopped coming for the rest of the trip. Barney, the chef was amazing. The meals were varied and always included fresh vegetables and /or salads and fruit. One of my favorites was a bbq he prepared on one of our beach excursions - the best ribs I've ever had. Can't say enough good things about the crew. The captain, Danny and the others were delightful. Friendly and helpful, they really made the trip. Danny explained the next day's itinerary every evening at dinner. If any of us had specific preferences he and the crew made sure they were accommodated. Every day was spent with at least a couple hours of sailing before we would anchor at a new island. We were able to swim off the boat, snorkel from the beaches, visit the town to shop or explore, tour local museums, forts, waterfalls and botanical gardens. Danny gave us a little history of each place we visited and often went with us on our outings. He has a personal relationship with many of the locals which made the experiences that much nicer. If you enjoy sailing ( and we really sailed!) and prefer an intimate, personal trip rather than being one of hundreds or even thousands on a humongous cruise liner, we totally recommend Island Windjammers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was an amazing cruise! The food was great and the crew was superior. They ensured your comfort and happiness at all times. The destinations were so amazing, we were like the only tourists on these islands and you could see clearly ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise! The food was great and the crew was superior. They ensured your comfort and happiness at all times. The destinations were so amazing, we were like the only tourists on these islands and you could see clearly down in the water, even in the towns. There were flying fish following us in sailing days. We got to hike across small islands, snorkel with their gear and the Chef would catch dinner off of the back of the boat. The captain was fun and entertaining. We went on a rum cruise and experienced rum in so many ways, by itself, mixed in drinks and had fun days and nights sampling rum from around the world. We met friends we still stay in touch with. They use an inflatable boat to take you into harbors and beaches and it is very easy getting on and off of the inflatable. From the moment go this was so enjoyable and the islands are beautiful. We went just before the Diamant was overhauled and our room, room 2 is now combined with room one and is a suite. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the first cruise that either my husband or I have ever been on. After booking the trip over 14 months in advance, we counted the days to our vacation through the cold and bleak Pennsylvania winter of 2013-2014. We were ready for ... Read More
This was the first cruise that either my husband or I have ever been on. After booking the trip over 14 months in advance, we counted the days to our vacation through the cold and bleak Pennsylvania winter of 2013-2014. We were ready for sun and relaxation when we arrived in Grenada. We were not disappointed. We spent the entire day before boarding the Diamant touring Grenada with a local guide named Mandoo, I highly recommend this tour with him. Please see my review on TripAdvisor for more information. The boarding procedure, like everything else with Island Windjammers (IWJ) was well organized and laid-back. After processing passports and the like, we were on the ship and under sail in no time at all. Captain Luuck was more than anyone could have hoped for in a captain. Affable, knowledgeable and capable, he and his crew made us feel very welcome on the well-maintained and beautiful Diamant. He joined us each evening for dinner and graciously allowed us on his bridge to ask questions that I'm sure he's answered a hundred times before. He and his crew made us feel like family. Chef Barney presented us with 5-star quality meals three times each day along with a snack at 4:30. Most of the lunches and evening meals showcased traditional ingredients and preparations. The man works wonders in that tiny galley! Brandon, the Chief Steward, provided short history and cultural lessons in the form of stories during Rumageddon - the 4:30 rum punch and snack time held in the salon or the aft dining area where passengers would gather and recount the day's events. Watch out for the paddle! Steel-o (Troy), Steven, and Marlon worked hard to make sure that we landlubbers remained safe and comfortable at all times. I don't think they ever stop working. We also had the pleasure of sailing with Captain Simon who normally sails the Sagitta, but was learning this route. This man had us rolling in laughter the entire cruise. Although we didn't want to sleep, with the gentle rocking of the boat, the fresh sea air, and bellies filled with that night's dinner fare, we eventually had to succumb. Retiring to our clean, comfortable and air-conditioned cabin we slept well in the anticipation of the next day's adventure. We found that the pace was perfect and just what we needed. There were enough activities both aboard and on shore to keep us occupied each day but not so many that you were overwhelmed with choices. You could do as much or as little as you wished. Captain Luuck, the crew, and IWJ in general have many friends in this part of the world and because of this we met wonderful and sometimes very colorful local people at each stop. Tim at Chatham Bay on Union Island and Janti on Happy Island come to mind quickly. The Diamant felt like home for the days we spent on her and though we were sad to leave her, we were excited for those boarding her the next day. Oh the adventures that awaited them! Thanks to Captain Luuck, Troy, Steven, Marlon, Brandon, and Captain Simon, we each left a piece of our heart sailing on the Diamant in the Caribbean.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Island Windjammers is an awesome experience. We sailed once before with the now-defunct Barefoot cruise line so we thought we knew what to expect, but this was so much better. The S/V Diamant is absolutely pristine and the experience of ... Read More
Island Windjammers is an awesome experience. We sailed once before with the now-defunct Barefoot cruise line so we thought we knew what to expect, but this was so much better. The S/V Diamant is absolutely pristine and the experience of sailing with only 12 people makes it feel like a private yacht charter. The crew is professional, yet fun and flexible. The captain reviewed our options each evening and again each morning to ensure everyone got to do what he/she wanted. We were pretty much all of the same mind that we wanted deserted beaches and we found several. We spent relaxing days on the beaches with the option to go to town for tours if we wanted. We hiked, visited a turtle sanctuary, and explored the islands of Bequia and Mayreau. I opted one day just to stay on the boat and read a book. The days quickly settled into a relaxing routine of breakfast (more about the meals later), sail/beach/exploration if desired, lunch, then swimming/more beach/nap time, swizzles and snacks in the late afternoon and then dinner. One evening we all went into town for dinner and one evening there was an optional bar crawl. Most evenings, we were content to hang out on deck and get to know each other. I truly have never laughed as hard or had as good of a time as I did that week. Our group truly gelled and the crew only added to our great chemistry. The meals were much better than you would expect on a small sailboat...full breakfasts of pancakes, omelettes, scrambled eggs, bacon, eggs benedict, etc. Lunches were always inventive and intriguing...chicken roti, wraps, etc. Dinners were exquisite-grilled fish, steak, barbeque. There was not a meal served that I did not enjoy. At the end of the cruise, we all (including the crew) hugged and cried, feeling that we were leaving family. If you take only one cruise in your lifetime, make it this one. Full disclosure-this is NOT a fancy cruise. After the first day I never even bothered drying my hair or putting on makeup. We stayed in swimsuits, t-shirts and no shoes unless we were going on shore. We did clean up for dinner, but just to change shorts and t-shirts and that was optional! If you get seasick, take medication because the water does get a little choppy when you get further out. I had dramamine and another non-drowsy medication and I was pretty much fine as was everyone else. All drinks are included in your price including beer, wine and mixers. You can bring your own liquor on board if you want something else or you can tell the cruise line and they will have it in your room and bill you. You get a refillable water bottle in your room and a large water dispenser in the galley, which was terrific and GREEN! No plastic water bottles to harm the environment! If you want fancy, this is not the cruise for you...but if you want to relax and have an adventure, do it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We did a tall ship sailing cruise on Island Windjammers Diamant November 2010. It was a wonderful week of snorkeling, swimming and exploring the Grenadine islands. The ship has 6 air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. The ship is ... Read More
We did a tall ship sailing cruise on Island Windjammers Diamant November 2010. It was a wonderful week of snorkeling, swimming and exploring the Grenadine islands. The ship has 6 air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing and the crew is exceptional. Sunday - Arrived on the evening flight from Miami. Dinner waiting for us when we arrived at the ship. Monday - 5:30am start. Raised the sails to Amazing Grace and headed out for Carriaciou. We went ashore and made a deal with taxi driver Keith for an island tour that was very enjoyable and comfortable in an air conditioned van. Before taking launch back to the ship we stopped in at Ade's internet. Hour and a half sail to Chatham Bay for overnight. Great star gazing after dinner. Tuesday - 4:30-8:30 am sail to Bequia. 8 of us did a taxi tour with Terrance. This "taxi" was a pick-up with a cover over the bench seats in the back. The tour included a stop at the turtle sanctuary and Friendship Beach. Mac's Pizza for lunch - the lobster pizza with garlic was delicious! Rest of the afternoon was swimming and snorkeling at Princess Margaret beach and then swimming and rope swing off the ship. Wednesday - Sail to Tobago Cays. 8 or so porpoise swam alongside us. I mean only a few feet off the side of the ship. Lots of excitement and picture taking. In the afternoon we swam with giant sea turtles. This was one of the highlights of the week for me. Ended the afternoon on the other side of the cay with a beach bar and nice calm water for swimming and floating. Sailed to Mayreau for overnight. Thursday - After breakfast we walked up to the top of Mayreau where the church and school are for the spectacular view of Tobago Cays . We had a nice stroll down to Salt Whistle Bay. Lots of pretty views on the way down. We swam and then shopped at the t-shirt trees at the beach. A shower was on the way so we opted for a taxi ride back to the dock on the other side of the island. Had a very nice driver who told us his taxi was one of only 8 vehicles on Mayreau. Sailed over to Union Island in the afternoon where we went ashore in the launch and explored Clifton then ended the afternoon at Happy Island. Motored to Chatham Bay for overnight. Star gazing after dinner. We're pretty sure we saw a UFO. And there really wasn't that much alcohol involved in the sighting..... Friday - best snorkeling of the week was Friday morning at Chatham bay. Millions of fish and even a good sized octopus. 11am we put up the sails for the last time for our sail to Grenada. Spectacular sailing with the engines off a good part of the sail. A perfect afternoon! Put into Port Louis a little after 5. Captains dinner was followed by a walk around the large and very nice marina. Saturday - After a hot breakfast we were picked up for transfer to the airport for our 9:30am flight to Miami. A wonderful week that went by way too fast! Our crew was fabulous. They were all exceptional. I can't say enough good things about how friendly, professional and attentive they all were. We are already planning our next Diamant tall ship sailing adventure! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010

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