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Island Windjammers Vela Cruise Reviews

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"Snorkeling equipment was available as well as body boards and small inflatables.Hiking excursions were available for those who wished to be active as well as shopping and just enjoying the beach atmosphere...."Read More
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Terrible management and no Covid SOP/Protocol

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Eastern

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ANGELMAXX
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

This was not my first Windjammer experience. My husband and I sailed about 15 years ago on the original Windjammer. It was the best vacation we've ever taken together. Gorgeous ship, amazing crew, wonderful co-passengers, and more. We made cherished memories and lifelong friends. This version of Windjammer (now known as Island Windjammers (IWJ) ) is under different management and it ...
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Sail Date: May 2022


Wonderful experience

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Southern

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Privilegedone
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

The crew was friendly, attentive, helpful and knowledgeable of the ports of call The meals were delicious featuring local favorites. During a time when ports of call were limited I felt the itinerary was filled with a variety of places and activities. They scheduled several activities for every location. Hiking excursions were available for those who wished to be active as well as shopping and ...
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Sail Date: December 2021


Small ship, BIG experience

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Southern

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randyjumps
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

As someone who is very uncomfortable in large crowds, I knew a cruise on a large liner was not ever going to be my cup of tea. On the other hand, sailing with a total of 23 passengers and 10 crew sounded like just the ticket! Add to this the off-the-beaten-path adventure of smaller, or less-visited, islands and ports and I was intrigued to say the least. Sailing Vessel Vela from Island ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Another great week

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Southern

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Rowan813
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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 ...
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Sail Date: October 2019


Bucket List Trip!

Review for Vela to Caribbean - All

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5Stringer
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Island Windjammer had been on my bucket list for quite a few years, and we finally had the opportunity to join the Vela and cruise the windward islands from St. Lucia. Admittedly, we have cruised the mega ships about a dozen times in the past, and when I saw the sign onboard “If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed” I felt at home immediately. Boarding was seamless. The staff met us at ...
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Sail Date: January 2019


A wonderful ship and an excellent crew

Review for Vela to Caribbean - All

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VBP
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the ship and the destinations. Vela is a very beautiful, three masted tall-ship. She takes a maximum of 26 passengers with a crew of 10. We had very personal service from the booking process onwards, nothing was difficult. We joined the ship in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. We were taken out to the ship on dinghies. We had up-graded to the Owners Cabin which ...
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Sail Date: January 2019


Fun, Relaxing and Adventures

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Southern

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micheler56
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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 ...
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Sail Date: October 2018


Unforgettable Barefoot Sail

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Southern

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Barnacle Tim
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

It has been a many-decades long dream of mine to sail the Caribbean. I never quite got around to it when I was young enough to captain my own sailboat. As we are all aware, such fantasies are rarely matched by the reality of the eventual trip. So as a 70 year old, reasonably fit traveler, off I went, and I can report that this trip, in all ways, exceeded my long help tropical sail dream. ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


A Great Experience!

Review for Vela to Caribbean - All

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Spanky0800
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

This week's holiday began in St Lucia and Rodney Bay where I would meet up with the ship, cruise mates and crew of Vela of Island Windjammer. I had the opportunity to spend a day and night in the Rodney Bay area before the cruise began and wondered about the area exploring restaurants, bars and the Coco Palm hotel meeting the friendly and helpful people of St. Lucia along the way. The following ...
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Sail Date: June 2018


Wonderful ship, amazing staff, new friends!

Review for Vela to Caribbean - Western

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Hutchie52
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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 ...
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Sail Date: May 2018


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