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19 Island Windjammers Western Caribbean 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
I have been home for 3 days but my heart is still on the beautiful Windjammer Diamant. I will never ever forget this amazing trip from St. Lucia to Granada. I could have never imagined how very well I would be treated. The Captain Phillip ... Read More
I have been home for 3 days but my heart is still on the beautiful Windjammer Diamant. I will never ever forget this amazing trip from St. Lucia to Granada. I could have never imagined how very well I would be treated. The Captain Phillip and Captain in training, Andrew were the most professional seamen and also amazing humanitarians. All of the crew were the finest you could ever expect on any cruise. We visited beautiful private islands we snorkeled...swam with sea turtles, swam and played by the ship,hiked and whatever we dreamed....our Captain made it happen. My captain even made a great effort to help me discover sea glass. The sails being raised, the beautiful turquoise water, rainbows many days, delicious smells coming from the kitchen of our amazing chef.....I am at a loss for words. If you want that small...10 people...personal experience then this is the trip to take. Not a tourist trap but a special opportunity to connect with nature,reflect and have adventures you could never imagine. This was a life changing adventure for me and I hope others will grasp this amazing opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was perfect for our family. The grandsons were totally all about using the rope swing off the side of the ship, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, night time swimming with the underwater lights, visiting different islands, and ... Read More
This was perfect for our family. The grandsons were totally all about using the rope swing off the side of the ship, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, night time swimming with the underwater lights, visiting different islands, and just having fun. They felt comfortable with the crew, interacting with them, and loved the popcorn machine. Since they were so involved, the adults, could sit back, read, sun, or have a cold beverage with the blue sea as a backdrop. The crew of the Sagitta was always readily available if we needed help or had a question. The food was excellent, presentation was lovely, and served with the beverage of choice. It was good to have daily shore excursions to the different islands. Each was different and each experience was different. I would recommend this to anyone with young adolescents due to the many options available for entertainment. One important item, we have many wonderful memories to take with us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
For my 60th birthday I decided I would go on a trip I had always wanted to try - I decided one week before that birthday and the support staff of IW could not have been more helpful. The trip itself was just truly amazing - the ship is ... Read More
For my 60th birthday I decided I would go on a trip I had always wanted to try - I decided one week before that birthday and the support staff of IW could not have been more helpful. The trip itself was just truly amazing - the ship is a perfect size - we had 16 guests and yet it felt at times you were all alone and then there were times when you had many new friends. The cabins were small as expected but honestly, I spent so little time there it didn't matter - they were cleaned every day and I slept like a baby every night. I cannot stay enough about all the crew and I know I will be leaving people out- the Captain, Alexis - such a nice man and I felt 100% safe and secure in his hands - very personable and you could tell his mission was to make sure we all were enjoying ourselves. Jess our activities director was fun, funny, and knowledgeable even though she only recently took on this position after being a guest on several cruises. Lenny's meals were amazing - how he did it in such a small space, I'll never know. Bernard another hilarious and helpful guy along with several others who I sadly cannot remember their names right now - everyone was just amazing. The tours offered were great but if you didn't feel like doing anything you could - just do nothing - that was the best part of the entire vacation. The ports of Martinique, Isle de Saints, Guadelope and St. Lucia were just beautiful and it was so great being able to sail right into their harbors. The ferry to land was always available. I traveled solo on this cruise and was a bit nervous for about 10 seconds! Waiting for the dinghy to come and get us, I met fellow cruise members and we became instant friends - I'm hoping lifelong friends! I just returned yesterday and will have next year's booked by the end of this week! My birthdays from now until ........ will be spend with Island Windjammers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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
I travel with Island Windjammers on their Sagitta ship and had a wonderful trip. Our Capt Matt was incredible, the ops man Andrew took great care of us and the rest of the crew was tremendous. They looked after our needs and were a delight ... Read More
I travel with Island Windjammers on their Sagitta ship and had a wonderful trip. Our Capt Matt was incredible, the ops man Andrew took great care of us and the rest of the crew was tremendous. They looked after our needs and were a delight to be around. The food and service were great. Being able to eat a lot of our meals on deck was great. We also had a few meals on shore which was a nice surprise. With the small ship we were able to go into smaller ports away from the large cruise ships and had a lot of the places to ourselves. it was nice staying away from the large crowds and have beaches and towns to just us and the locals. I would highly recommend traveling with Island Windjammers and look forward to making another trip with them again in the future. This was my first cruise with them but definitely not my last. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A friend recommended it. I’d never been to these islands. I don’t like large cruise ships. An Island Windjammer cruise looked like a good idea. It was a GREAT idea. The ship: clean, comfortable, safe. I went barefoot a lot ... Read More
A friend recommended it. I’d never been to these islands. I don’t like large cruise ships. An Island Windjammer cruise looked like a good idea. It was a GREAT idea. The ship: clean, comfortable, safe. I went barefoot a lot and did not get a splinter all week on the smoothly polished deck. My cabin (deluxe with a solo surcharge): perfectly designed. Comfortable beds, bigger bathroom than my last river cruise. I particularly liked the reading lights and shelves at each bed for books, water, etc. The Food: delicious with a Caribbean flair, service was always quick, courteous and dishes were served hot. The chef graciously accommodated an entree change request I made one day. Activities: so much fun! We had several choices each day, well explained and vetted by our Operations Director. Our transportation, guides and sometimes food were excellent. Even at sea. I attended “Andrews Knot-Tying Class” one day and can now proudly type a monkey fist! The crew: courteous, accommodating, fun and friendly. This is a wonderful experience for an adventuresome traveler who is out for a memorable vacation on a unique vessel with a friendly and accommodating crew led by an impeccably capable Captain. I highly recommend it and look forward to more cruises with them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
After a very scenic drive from the airport, we arrived at Marigot Bay where Vela was anchored. We arrived a couple of days early in order to explore St. Lucia. Island Windjammers arranged a day tour of the island which was a welcome ... Read More
After a very scenic drive from the airport, we arrived at Marigot Bay where Vela was anchored. We arrived a couple of days early in order to explore St. Lucia. Island Windjammers arranged a day tour of the island which was a welcome introduction. The ship is a beauty. You can check out the details here but if I remember correctly, Vela has 8500 square feat of sail and can really move! http://www.islandwindjammers.com/sailing-ship-vela.aspx The cabin we stayed in was a Deluxe. It was well appointed but was cozy. The bunks were very comfortable. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided daily. Portions were large and delicious and seconds were offered. The chef prepared dishes that predominately contained a local flair. Ingredients were often obtained while we were in port. Breakfast was served in the common area inside but typically lunch and dinner were on deck. Happy hours were celebrated daily at 5:00 although complementary beer and wine was always available. Entertainment was typically of your own making although snorkeling gear, paddle boards and onboard games are available. The crew did make available tours of various ports or islands for those interested. It appeared that reading and just enjoying this beautiful boat was enough for most passengers. The crew was exemplary! Everyone bent over backwards to ensure our comfort and safety. This was our third cruise with Island Windjammers and certainly not our last. The company genuinely cares and it is evident from any review that you will read that these adventures will be treasured for a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose Island Windjammers because I wanted to FEEL the Caribbean and relive the experience of the old Barefoot cruises. I was not disappointed!! I sailed on the VELA, a true 3 masted sailing ship. The crew, the service, the food, ... Read More
I chose Island Windjammers because I wanted to FEEL the Caribbean and relive the experience of the old Barefoot cruises. I was not disappointed!! I sailed on the VELA, a true 3 masted sailing ship. The crew, the service, the food, everything was a pure joy. My spouse and I chose their 12 night cruise of the French West Indies and the Windward Islands. Super!!! Our ship was 156' of fun and sun. I could go on and on, but until you experience it for yourself you will never forget pure happiness of sailing under the stars and sun all the while you are truly enjoying the company of shipmates who love it as much as you do. The VELA (which is Spanish for sails) only has room for 24. All cabins have private bath with showers and are air conditioned How's that for the best of all possible worlds. By the way I am 80 yrs old and my wife 71 so don't think this adventure is only for the young. Our shipmates (now friends) were all age brackets. Everything was 15+ on a scale of 1-10. people should not hesitate to ENJOY!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a personable size schooner with the right amount of people. We liked the islands that were on the itinerary and looked forward to the snorkeling. We arrived 2 days before embarkation, so we were able ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a personable size schooner with the right amount of people. We liked the islands that were on the itinerary and looked forward to the snorkeling. We arrived 2 days before embarkation, so we were able to check out Tortola before we left for the week. It was well worth arriving early, as there are many things to enjoy on the island, including the experience of driving on the left side of the road! Our whole week went smoothly, thanks to the conscientious and skilled crew. They had very positive and helpful attitudes. The crew had informative tips about the island's local 'watering holes' and the good places for snorkeling. The crew were always aware that people were safe. The spacious Owners cabin availability was worth planning our trip around. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. We would definitely do this cruise again, next time arranging a ferry to Anegada for additional snorkeling to see coral and colorful fish. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I traveled on Windjammer Barefoot cruises in the 1990's and 2000's, and loved the casual atmosphere, amazing Caribbean scenery, and the thrill of sailing on a tall ship. We've been watching Island Windjammers ... Read More
My husband and I traveled on Windjammer Barefoot cruises in the 1990's and 2000's, and loved the casual atmosphere, amazing Caribbean scenery, and the thrill of sailing on a tall ship. We've been watching Island Windjammers for several years, and decided to give it a try -- and what a treat! We set sail from St. Lucia, and criss-crossed the seas connecting the islands of the French West Indies/Windward Islands for 12 nights. We were a small passenger group, with 10 staff members and 8 passengers (the Sagitta berths 24) -- all of us got along well, and we had many enjoyable days and evenings chatting and swapping tales. The snorkeling was reportedly amazing; we focused on relaxing and diving, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The greatest surprise was the quality of the food. George, the chef, ended up cooking without an assisting cook for most meals, and the cuisine was fresh, delicious, original --- in a word, outstanding. It's easy to see why Island Windjammers won 2016 Cruise Critic awards for both value and dining! We stayed in the Owners Cabin, which was spacious with (according to the ship's Captain) the most comfortable (and only King-size) bed on the ship. We had two couples and four singles, including a number of sailboat owners, and everyone was thoroughly delighted with the entire experience. This is probably not a trip for small children, as the stairs/ladders are steep and the ship rolls -- but we were told that families have traveled well, with all parties having a great time. The crew goes out of their way to ensure that all passengers feel pampered and appreciated -- and we do! Give them a try. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
I am delighted to give high marks to the company Island Windjammer, it's ship the Sagitta and the crew! Booked this trip to celebrate my birthday and was not disappointed. The entire experience was amazing! The ship was beautiful, ... Read More
I am delighted to give high marks to the company Island Windjammer, it's ship the Sagitta and the crew! Booked this trip to celebrate my birthday and was not disappointed. The entire experience was amazing! The ship was beautiful, our room was comfortable and the bathroom spacious. But the best part of the trip besides the beautiful locations, was the crew! Each and everyone of them went above and beyond to ensure we were safe, comfortable and well fed. And the food was amazing!! Each crew member was very helpful and friendly. This is a very well run ship. We are not usually the types that do group tours, but we did every excursion the Sagitta offered on this trip and loved each one! We had an amazing time on each island and while simply hanging out on the ship. A huge shout out and thank you to Island Windjammer and the Sagitta's crew! You guys (and gal) are the best! We'll definitely be back!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I have an extensive history of traveling to many countries around the world for over the past 40 years. I have taken a couple of cruises prior to this trip. Most notably I went to the Galapagos islands which was incredible and a fantastic ... Read More
I have an extensive history of traveling to many countries around the world for over the past 40 years. I have taken a couple of cruises prior to this trip. Most notably I went to the Galapagos islands which was incredible and a fantastic experience. I have always been fascinated by 19th century sailing ship stories such as Joshua Slocum's tale of Sailing Alone Around the World, 1898. We decided to go on a Windjammer tour because we wanted to experience the feeling of sailing a schooner. I was told that this was a sailing vessel and that we would participate in working the sails. The Sagita which is sold as a motorized sailing vessel. I was told the motors would only be engaged when the winds failed. Windjammer arranged a hotel at the Marigold Hotel the day before our department. They told us it would be only a five minute taxi to the ship. As it turned out the Marigold Hotel was on the other side of the island and was an hour drive to Rodney Bay which unnecessarily cost us an additional $45. We paid for transfers to and from the ship in advance and never told to expect this. I'd like to begin by stating some of the positive facts of this trip. First, excluding the captains, The entire crew was friendly and helpful and generally a pleasure to be with. The chef, Lenny, was excellent. I have several food allergies and he went above and beyond to ensure that the food I ate met my dietary restrictions. I am very grateful to Lenny. Every day we had a cocktail hour and without exception Lenny provided us with new and interesting hors d'oeuvres and cocktails The cabins were clean and met my basic requirements. Onboard there were sufficient deck chairs for us to enjoy the views and relax. Fortunately, the Caribbean is so beautiful that no matter how much you mismanage a voyage you can't help enjoy the environment. I will now detail the facts of the Sagitta that caused such distress. The source of this information I quote from the mouth of Captain Stefan, a German man from the island of Dominica. I will never understand why he told me this sensitive and damaging information to me while giving us a tour of the bridge. Captains Stefan claims to have been Captain on 35 National Geographic ships to Antarctica. The first shocking surprise was Captain Stefan revealing the true history of the Sagitta. Stefan told us the Sagitta was never built as a sailing vessel. He told me that the hull was not even built in the shape of a sailing vessel. I had wondered and asked why were the sails never being raised. He told me that the Sagitta could not sail and that they did not even have adequate sails on board even if they wanted to sail. According to Stefhan, the ship was built as a laundry boat for the Navy. This gives a whole new meaning to the expression that we were sailing on a tub,pardon the bad pun. I asked Crystal, the tour guide, why the sails were not raised when I was told to wind was only 10 kn and her feeble excuse was the winds were too strong and they would tear the sails apart. After Captain's revelations I learned the real reason for their not being raised. Captain Stefan also told me that the masts we're not capable of holding sails The purpose was only decorative and to give the impression that the ship was meant for sailing. The cruise did not follow the stated itinerary. We ended up spending two days in Dominica, which according Frommer's, which I found on the ship, Dominca is the worst island in the Caribbean and a must to avoid. The entire beach was literally covered with broken glass. There were no hotels, bars or any facilities and I wonder why they chose two days of my vacation to spend there when there were so many other wonderful choices which they didn't take us to, including Guadalupe which we were supposed to go to. I wondered if the reason for this was that Captain Stefan was from Dominica. In conclusion, you cannot plan a more awful cruise even if you decided to sail to Gilligans Island and end up on a deserted island. i'm writing this review as a public service to all prospective future clients of Windjammer. Be wary of squandering your hard earned vacation days and money with a company that so flagrantly misrepresents in their marketing material who they really are and what they offer. In my opinion, this is shameful behavior. Community Editor's Note: The following statement was provided to us by the management of Island Windjammers and appears in its unedited entirety: "Sagitta is a motorsailer, as she is clearly described on our website, and as is carefully explained in our FAQ's. Island Windjammers does not book hotels on behalf of our guests, but does provide links on request to select properties which offer discounts to Island Windjammers guests. The planning information given to all guests at the time of booking states that IWJ vessels in St Lucia will be berthed at Rodney Bay until December 2015, at which time they will relocate to Marigot Bay". Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I have been interested in a windjammer cruise for years and finally convinced my family. After looking at several options we chose Island Windjammers, and could not have enjoyed our trip more. I should say that the Sagitta, while it has ... Read More
I have been interested in a windjammer cruise for years and finally convinced my family. After looking at several options we chose Island Windjammers, and could not have enjoyed our trip more. I should say that the Sagitta, while it has sails, was powered by a motor. That may make some say that it was not a true wind jammer cruise, and they would have a point. However, that did not detract from our enjoyment of the trip. The crew was wonderful. There was nothing that we wanted for. It seemed as though no sooner did you ask for something than a crew member was there to help. The food was OUTSTANDING!! How the chef was able to produce so much wonderful food from small a small galley was hard to imagine. There is a rope swing from the rigging that my daughter, her friend, and I loved swinging from to splash into the Caribbean. The ports of call on each of the islands were fun, and much more remote than if we had traveled on a large ship. We are all certified SCUBA divers and the cruise director did a wonderful job locating dive shops for us to use (I reviewed two of them.) I will warn potential travelers to bring motion sickness meds. While in the lea of the islands the boat is very calm. When travelling between the islands, mostly at night, you will be tossed around your bunk. After the first night I thought "Oh no, what have I done.) After the first night we were better prepared for a couple of hours of rough seas and adjusted just fine. It all made for a geat adventure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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
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 ... 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 and the crew's names in the first couple days. The Sagitta is a 120', 3 masted sailing ship. Room enough for 24 passengers and a crew of 10. The cabins are compact but large enough not to feel cramped. Lots of drawers and shelves for storage (as much as any hotel room) and the bathroom is very functional with a separate shower. The rooms each have their own controls for air conditioning. The seas can be a little bumpy at times, but not enough for most people to bother needing medicine. If you're prone to car sickness or air sickness, get an over the counter remedy and take it each morning. The food is excellent. 3 great meals each day with fresh fruit and vegetables purchased during the island stops. All the wine you want is served with dinner (and far into the night if you so desire). At 5:00 each day snacks and a rum punch are served. During the snack time you learn about the next days itinerary. In addition to the free rum and wine, there is a cooler with iced down beer and sodas available all day long (all included in the price). Dressing up for dinner usually meant putting on a clean tee shirt...shoes sometimes. The islands visited are small islands that are too small for the cruise ships to dock so they are not crowded. The Sagitta Operations Manager lines up tours, excursions, taxis or if you want to go out on your own, she gives you tips on island attractions. If you don't want to do anything when the ship anchors off the islands, relax on a lounge chair on deck and enjoy the sun and beauty of the seas. Most taxi fares are about $10 per person, where ever you go. Everyone on the islands takes the US dollar and give back change in US dollars. If you want to go to the island and do a little shopping and go back to the ship, the crew runs a small motor boat from the ship to the island every hour on the hour. If you miss it, get a beer ($1.50 to $2.00) and wait for the next one. If you are into photography, these cruises are a dream come true. The islands are made for photography...white tan sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise blue water and quaint little towns.One day, the crew set all the sails and then loaded up all who wanted to and circled the ship with a dingy so we could snap pictures of the ship under full sail. That was a special touch you won't get with a big cruise ship. If you book a cruise from St. Maartin, go a couple days early or stay a couple extra days and explore the island. One thing that is a must is the Sunset Beach Bar. The bar sets at the start of the airport runway and planes are literally a few feet above the beach when they land. Great for pictures. Our cruise on the Sagitta was one of our best trips ever. If you want to see tropical islands up close, feel the sea breeze in your hair and be totally relaxed for a week or more...call Island Windjammers.   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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