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10 Island Windjammers St. George's Cruise Reviews

Smaller sailboat, personal attention, only 9 passengers, great food, beautiful beaches. That’s why I just took my 3rd trip on an Island Windjammer boat. I’ve tried all 3 sailboats in their fleet and each one has its own appeal, but the ... Read More
Smaller sailboat, personal attention, only 9 passengers, great food, beautiful beaches. That’s why I just took my 3rd trip on an Island Windjammer boat. I’ve tried all 3 sailboats in their fleet and each one has its own appeal, but the Diamant FEELS the most like a sailboat without giving up the good stuff. The cabins are small but not too small and have all mod-cons. The crew is fantastic and at the end of the cruise, if you take the time, you can get to know all of them and hear about their families and feel like you have made friends who will remember you if you go again. The food is simple but healthy and “island gourmet “. Lots of shore excursions and beaches and sailing from one island to another every day. The week goes by so fast I was so sad to have to get off. I just wanted to do it again. After all, I already had my sea legs and the start of a great tan. Highlights of the trip? Besides finding out that Andrew is now the Captain of the Diamant (Very entertaining and Very efficient), snorkeling with the tortoises and rays, walking a mile long deserted beach after snorkeling and watching for the green flash every evening with my new and old friends. It’s not a big cruise ship, it’s a family vacation, because on a small boat you get to know everyone as well as your family. It’s not a fancy dress, music in the theater cruise, it’s a relaxing, do your own thing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my 2nd cruise with Island Windjammers. I'll be going on my third in a couple of months. The crew was absolutely amazing, Captain Alexis, Luis, Leah, Romaine, Stephen, Robert, Ponchoo, Frederick, Lennox and last but by no ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise with Island Windjammers. I'll be going on my third in a couple of months. The crew was absolutely amazing, Captain Alexis, Luis, Leah, Romaine, Stephen, Robert, Ponchoo, Frederick, Lennox and last but by no means least, Steelo! Getting to know your crew the way you can on Island Windjammer ships is a unique and brilliant opportunity. The passengers were the nicest group and like on the first cruise I took I have made many more friends. It is an experience that everyone should seek to enjoy. The sign in the dining area says it best, If You Are Not Barefoot you are Overdressed. Casual, peaceful, fun, relaxing are only some of the words to describe the cruise. The food is amazing and there is always more than enough. The opportunity to go to the smaller beaches is fantastic and truly a representation of the beautiful islands that you will be able to sail to and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We picked this cruise because we wanted to get away from the larger Caribbean ports and the big cruise ships. We also love snorkeling and actually sailing on a tall ship (schooner), not just motorsailing. It was all that and more. Staff ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we wanted to get away from the larger Caribbean ports and the big cruise ships. We also love snorkeling and actually sailing on a tall ship (schooner), not just motorsailing. It was all that and more. Staff very professional and highly organized, food was terrific and they easily accommodated my preferences (pescatarian). The chef was creative and clearly took pride in his work. They gave us a very fun, classy, safety-minded week, tremendous snorkeling sites, use of the kayaks while at anchor, swimming off the boat or on beaches, opportunities for walks and hikes. Everyone was helpful, friendly, engaged. You don't need to pack much, just tee shirts and shorts and swim suits. Really. You need to be able to navigate stairs and ladders and climb on and off a dinghy. There's not much in the way of formal entertainment (didn't want that), but there's great conversations and plenty of time for reading and sketching and learning, making new friends. We laughed so much. Captain Nervo from the Galapagos was amazing. I would absolutely go again. It's wonderful to be at full sail with the engine off and the sun setting. Stunning and so relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Where do I start, and what wonderful things can I say that haven’t already been said by other passengers on this ship, my home for the week I was lucky enough to sail on her? After reading so many of the other (spot-on) reviews ... Read More
Where do I start, and what wonderful things can I say that haven’t already been said by other passengers on this ship, my home for the week I was lucky enough to sail on her? After reading so many of the other (spot-on) reviews about Diamant, I think one of the things unsaid might be how special and unique the crew made the passengers feel, as if the week for the crew was as novel and exciting as it was for us—yet they sail these waters and visit these islands every week! I never for one second was made to feel as if my experience—my adventure—wasn’t the single most important thing in the world to them. I didn't feel that my excitement about seeing a spotted sea eel or a puffer fish or the Southern Cross was pedestrian. Quite the contrary: Captain Phillip made the effort to make sure I saw the Southern Cross (often obscured by the hills of the islands at our nightly anchorages), which was on my personal trip wish list; and he gave me an enthusiastic “OK” sign when I waved him over to show him the sea eel I saw while snorkeling in the Tobago Cays. My sense of awe was met with understanding and enthusiasm, never condescension. All of this seems to me as much an outcome of how particularly suited this crew is for their work as how beautiful the Grenadines are (so could anyone really ever tire of them?). And at the risk of having all of the Cruise Critic reviews of the Diamant sound like a broken record, I must confirm every complimentary word already written—about the ship, the crew, the food, the islands, the people, the beaches, the water, the breezes, the sailing, the snorkeling, the sunsets, AND sunrises, as I was lucky enough to wake up early one morning when we set sail before dawn. The captain and his crew were in perfect sync; no matter what the activity or time of day, I felt comfortable and safe and looked after. The level of personal service and attention was remarkable; from Roy watching over a shipmate and me nonstop as we snorkeled from the ship to and from a rock formation to Bolo never letting me lift a finger for anything myself, and from Marlon returning to Diamant when I even HINTED that I might like a raft to lounge on at the shore—after he had just dropped us off in the dinghy—to Philbert baking a cake to celebrate my birthday with hardly any notice our very first night on the water, I felt—I don’t know how else to describe it—like royalty or a rock star, and I’m certainly neither. I’ve sailed for a difficult week in the past on a slick new shiny catamaran in the BVIs with just a captain and a cook to 10 guests, where service was lacking (and that’s generous) and where the passengers rarely knew what the plan for next hour, much less the day was, so imagine my joy at having FIVE crew members aboard Diamant to assist us with anything we might want—though somehow not intrude on our individual and independent experiences; we had adventure and solitude—if we wanted it—though never boredom. The captain dined with the passengers every night, telling stories and wrapping up every evening by sharing the following day’s itinerary—which he summarized on the ship’s white board for everyone to see and reference (memory not required!). He personally hosted an island pub crawl, organized a shore bonfire, arranged an island tour, and hosted a lively game of trivia after dinner one night. The ship was comfortable but practically spotless--the sand on our feet and our gear were hosed down upon every return from an island visit, our were cabins tended to every day by our amazing steward Bolo, and everything was in its place. Diamant is the definition "shipshape." I could go on and on, but I’ll end here and with this: Do not hesitate to sail with this outfit or on this ship. I feel so lucky that I did. I hate to think of the possibility that I might not have made these memories or seen these places. I found paradise in the Grenadines aboard Diamant. And I can hardly wait to return. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted a cruise that was NOT with 3000 of our closest friends but that was small, intimate and personal - did we ever hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers and the Diamant! Everything from the moment we were met to the moment we left ... Read More
We wanted a cruise that was NOT with 3000 of our closest friends but that was small, intimate and personal - did we ever hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers and the Diamant! Everything from the moment we were met to the moment we left the Captain and crew were attentive but not intrusive, entertaining and informative. The meals were exceptional and filled with local fruits and veggies, the drinks were plentiful (and included!). One wonderful aspect of sailing with the Diamant is seeing places that you would not find or do on a large ship, from snorkeling with the sea turtles to a tour of a tiny islands whaling museum. The crew knew some of the best places to snorkel and great beaches that were magnificent and so off the beaten path that they appeared to be our own private beaches. There is always something to do - jumping off the boat with the rope swing, kayaks and paddle boards or just simply sitting on the deck relaxing. Of course, let's not forget the 4 o'clock rum punch and snacks every day! Simply the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation we have ever done! Already looking forward to our next sail and have not even been home for a week. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I arranged for the Windward Islands cruise with Island Windjammers for my wife's birthday. This is the first time for either of us on a sailing cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The crew was incredible - they worked ... Read More
I arranged for the Windward Islands cruise with Island Windjammers for my wife's birthday. This is the first time for either of us on a sailing cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The crew was incredible - they worked to make sure we had everything we needed or wanted. Food was great - I couldn't believe the meals that came from the ship's galley. This itinerary is very laid back - a great chance to really disconnect from the everyday rush - and just relax. Watching birds, the clouds, islands that we passed while sailing created a serene atmosphere. The 8 other guests on the boat were very pleasant and given that it was such a small group - we got to know them all quite well. I highly recommend Island Windjammers - Exceptional Trip! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
IWJ exceeded every single one of my expectations. This was by far the best vacation we've ever taken. My boyfriend and I talked to their trip planner when deciding whether to do the cruise. She was amazingly helpful, even offering ... Read More
IWJ exceeded every single one of my expectations. This was by far the best vacation we've ever taken. My boyfriend and I talked to their trip planner when deciding whether to do the cruise. She was amazingly helpful, even offering summer beach read recommendations! We booked it and received periodic updates and pre-boarding information. I do wish they had given us even the most tentative itinerary, though--even after we got on the boat there was no handout of where we were going, though there was a daily schedule on the whiteboard. We had never been sailing or on a cruise before and didn't know what to expect. The boat is beautiful and they raised the sails as often as they could. Plenty of seating both in the front and the back. Also we ALL took the motion sickness pills and were all fine, save for one day in which we all struggled in the morning because of very choppy seas. But other than that, totally fine! Food was excellent! I'm both a vegetarian AND picky and George made me incredible things. On the first day I mentioned that I didn't like eggs (not a vegan, just picky) and after that, without saying a WORD, I never got a dish with eggs, not even a salad! The sauces were especially delicious, and I was so grateful that they stocked up on some soya for me and the other vegetarian. There is also Rumaggeddon at 4pm, with special recipe rum punch and snacks. Definitely looked forward to that every day! The locations we went to were beautiful. White sandy beaches, fun local bars, and some incredible snorkeling. It was so relaxing! When we anchored, there was a rope swing, and access to kayaks, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Did I mention a ROPE SWING? At night, they would turn off the lights so we could stargaze. The boat had a cooler of all-you-can-drink sodas and beers, with unlimited wine as well. We also only visited ONE island where you had to pay for an excursion (which was only $30), so everything really is included in the price. But really, the most amazing part of the whole trip was the staff. Captain Phillip was great. He let my boyfriend steer the ship and taught him about sailing, and ate every meal with us. King gave a comedy show (indescribable!). And then there's Bolo. Oh, Bolo, I miss you every day! Our steward was INCREDIBLE. So attentive to our every need, made our rooms look great every day, and just generally lovely and wonderful and a joy to be around. King made a necklace for one of the passengers as a gift! And they gave us all a map signed by them at the end, as a souvenir. Our trip had only 11 people and by the end we were all exchanging Facebook accounts and email addresses. It's such an intimate and lovely experience to travel with such a small group from all over the world and see such amazing places. We ranged in age from 17 to mid-50s (we're early 30s). Finally, a shoutout to Monja, the local contact in Grenada. She was so fun and helpful and even invited us to a Grenadian Hashing (google Hash House Harriers). We tried to make it but were too late, alas, but it looked like fun. She made us feel so welcome on her adopted home! In sum, best vacation ever. GO GO GO. We never do the same trip twice but oh man, we are SO doing this again with a different itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Excellent, superb, the best....it's rare indeed to have an experience that so exceeds every expectation that there isn't a superlative fine enough to do it justice. Wanting a very special vacation to celebrate our 40th ... Read More
Excellent, superb, the best....it's rare indeed to have an experience that so exceeds every expectation that there isn't a superlative fine enough to do it justice. Wanting a very special vacation to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we finally decided to ship-out with Island Windjammers for the week. We selected Diamant precisely because she is small allowing for a cruise that would be more intimate with the sea, but affording a level of style, service and comfort we wanted for this special week. The shipboard experience was beyond what you would experience in the finest hotel. We were wonderfully cared for from the moment we stepped on deck in St. George's, Grenada to the moment we stepped off. Diamant is a beautiful lady extremely very well maintained. Our safety was at every moment assured by an ever vigilant and experienced captain and crew who also assured we enjoyed every moment of the cruise. The itinerary was as advertised. We visited interesting islands, explored local towns, swam and snorkeled in the clear, warm eastern Caribbean, and spent some lovely idyllic time just sitting on deck watching Diamant sail. Cabin 5 was terrific. Surprisingly roomy given Diamant's size with plenty of storage space. The head/shower was efficiently designed with all the comforts of home. The food was the best, including two fish caught by the chef while we were underway (can’t get fresher than that!!). We are already looking at the Diamant’s future sailing schedule. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We just got back from a fabulous 6 night cruise through the Windward Islands with Island Windjammers! We are the kind of people who have no desire to take a cruise on one of those monster ships with thousands of people on board and this ... Read More
We just got back from a fabulous 6 night cruise through the Windward Islands with Island Windjammers! We are the kind of people who have no desire to take a cruise on one of those monster ships with thousands of people on board and this trip was exactly what we wanted!! The Diamant is a gorgeous boat that holds 12 passengers and 5 crew, and this is the perfect size to get to know the other people and crew. The cabins and bathroom were comfortable and we could store all of our stuff (pack lightly). The food was fantastic and plentiful and I always cleaned my plate; lots of great seafood and several fantastic pasta dishes with fish or shrimp. The fruit and vegetables were always fresh. The itinerary was a great blend of walking charming towns, hiking to the top of hills for great views, snorkeling, hanging out on the beach, playing on the rope swing off the bow of the boat, playing "pirate farewell together after dinner, visiting fun little bars and eating lobster pizza....not to mention riding the bow of the boat through fun waves and just sitting on the deck enjoying the sunrise and sunset! Every member of the crew was a joy to interact with! They were so nice and helpful and concerned about our safety when leaving the boat and dingy. The Captain actually got me coffee several times when the boat was rocking!! I can't say enough good things about the trip and have absolutely nothing negative to report! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My wife Alison and I enjoyed our 3rd trip with island Windjammers on SV Diamant in March of 2015, we were joined by friends who had sailed with us last year on Sagitta, another Island Windjammer vessel We joined Diamant on Friday March ... Read More
My wife Alison and I enjoyed our 3rd trip with island Windjammers on SV Diamant in March of 2015, we were joined by friends who had sailed with us last year on Sagitta, another Island Windjammer vessel We joined Diamant on Friday March 13th after a three day stay at The Radisson Hotel on Grand Anse Beach. We met our new shipmates, and introductions were made over a few “rumageddons” before setting sail for Carriacou. On Saturday morning we spent some time in Carriacou and then Chatham Bay, Union Island. Where we hiked to Bushmans farm, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Sunday we sailed to the Tobago Cays, and anchored off Petit Rameau. There we were free to relax on board or take the dinghy to the beach, we (everyone) opted for the beach and spent the day exploring, snorkeling and relaxing. At lunchtime the crew brought lunch us a lunch of cheeseburgers, fries, salad, fresh fruit and dessert which we ate under the palm tree’s. Nice beach, good snorkeling On Monday we sailed to Bequia and got a close up view of the unique community of Moonhole, where homes have been literally carved out of the cliff face. We took the Island tour with Noel, who showed us the view of Admiralty Bay from the surrounding hillside, the Turtle Sanctuary and educated us on Bequia’s history of boatbuilding and whaling in years gone by. After the tour we walked through town of Port Elizabeth & made our way along the winding walkway to Princess Margaret beach, a beautiful beach and of the best I have ever visited. Tuesday we sailed into Saline Bay on the island of Mayreau, the crew took us ashore again by dinghy and we walked for about 20-30 minutes over the Island to Saltwhistle Bay. En route we stopped at a little church in the town of No Name where we were “ambushed” by the local kindergarten kids who insisted on being picked up and hugged and having photographs taken with their new friends. As for Saltwhistle Bay itself, well what can I say? It was even better than Princess Margaret’s. Late in the afternoon the crew picked us up in the dinghy and we sailed to the famous Happy Island for Happy Hour! Served by the owner and builder Janti at his Island Beach Bar. Happy Island itself was built from coral rock and conch shells, and Janti himself, is a very happy individual Wednesday we anchored off Sandy Island Carriacou, took the dingy over courtesy of the crew and spent the morning relaxing, snorkeling, watching the Kite surfers and in my case at least wishing I had another week in paradise. The final word on Sandy Island? Yes, you guessed it, even better than The Tobago Key’s, St Margaret’s Beach and Saltwhistle Bay. The Snorkeling at the tip of the island a very short swim offshore is better than many dives I have done and is suitable for beginners and experienced divers/snorkelers alike. Additional enjoyable activities during the week were, in no particular order Fully stocked beer cooler, aft end Excellent food, breakfast, lunch and dinner Astounding sunsets and sunrises The Whaleboner Restaurant, Bequia Beach Bar On Saltwhistle Bay Diamant under sail Bollo not allowing me pour my own coffee no matter how many times I tried Rumaggedon Time!! A fantastic Crew and Captain. Finally, late in the afternoon on Thursday March 19th we sailed into St. George Grenada and enjoyed the Captains Lobster dinner at Port Louis Marina. Afterwards we bade farewell to Diamante, all our new friends and look forward to our return to the beautiful Grenada and Grenadines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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