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Island Windjammers Vela Cruise Reviews

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38 Island Windjammers Vela Cruise Reviews


randyjumps avatar

randyjumps

1 Review Written

Small ship, BIG experience

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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 ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Rowan813

4 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Another great week

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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5Stringer

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Bucket List Trip!

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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VBP

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

A wonderful ship and an excellent crew

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Barnacle Tim

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Unforgettable Barefoot Sail

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Spanky0800

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

A Great Experience!

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 ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Hutchie52

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Wonderful ship, amazing staff, new friends!

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 ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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BAKES1

1 Review Written

An adventure I will never forget

We chose the cruise because of the more intimate nature of a smaller ship. The Vela is a beautiful sailing ship and is approximately 156 feet long. We were able to access ports that larger ships could not. Chef ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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kpb468

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

I forgot I had a job and didn't know what day it was... Best Vacation EVER

I have only great things to say about my 1st experience with Island Windjammers and I will certainly be back! I have not stopped smiling since I have been home. I have been to many different places and on many ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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dolphindave1

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Another fantastic voyage!

This was our 4th cruise on Island Windjammers. We absolutely loved them all and plan to do another next year. We've done 2 on the "Diamant" and now 2 on the "Vela". This review is posted for the "Vela" northern ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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CanuckSailors

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Trip of a Lifetime!

As the Medical Officers on Amazing Grace of the previous Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fleet 20 years ago, my husband and I were able to visit all of the tall ships of that fleet as well as many of the islands visited ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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ryansetssail

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Amazing Relaxed Sail with Intimate Setting

We had an amazing time aboard the Vela! My wife and I traveled down to Saint Lucia the day before and stayed in the quaint town of Marigot Bay, where Vela was located. We met the crew the day of the sail and I knew ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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milltown12

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Another amazing cruise

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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ladolcevitabequia

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Our first cruise ever and we loved it

We bid on the cruise at a charity auction for the Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after hearing what a wonderful time others had had on the cruise, and we ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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likeboats

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Island Windjammer Vela - great ship and crew

We are just back from our second trip on the Vela this year. We participated in the "Rum Cruise" visiting St. Lucia and Martinique. The ship is in great shape. That captain and crew did a great job the entire ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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dpeterson7

1 Review Written

Fabulous Vacation Adventure

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 ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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Rharrel1

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Amazing Pirate Week Cruise on the VELA

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 ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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sandwrider

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Simply amazing

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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LAnnab

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Sail Away!

I love tall masted ships and always have. Four years ago, I was so lucky to find a company that continued the tradition of simple but comfortable sailing in the Caribbean. Island Windjammer has 3 wonderful ships ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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islandjenn

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Island Windjammers: Vela. Amazing bucket list trip!

I went on this cruise with a group of 21 friends, all there to celebrate our friends 50th birthday. The cruise and the crew was amazing. They went above and beyond to make the trip a bucket list adventure for all ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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TucsonThom

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Where is Island Windjammers on your list? The Best of the Rest missing!!!

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 ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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linda2932

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Vela: Island Windjammers - First Class All the Way

I planned a cruise on the Vela for my 50th birthday, and we had 21 guests join us for the week. From the minute we met Captain Nervo the night before to the moment we stepped off the ship, this was the most special ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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TESutko

2 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Island Windjammers - Vela

What a great time - one of the two best weeks of my life (the other was the following week on Island Windjammers Diamant). The Captain and crew were welcoming, knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and willing to do ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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likeboats

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Vela - Island Winjammer - Great Ship Great Crew

My wife have sailed throughout the Caribbean since the early 1990's. Originally on the old Windjammer fleet, later on charter catamarans. We tried the Diamant with Island Windjammer last year out of Grenada and ...
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Sail Date February 2017


TimIG avatar

TimIG

1 Review Written

Best Vacation Ever...

Rarely does an experience meet and exceed every expectation one has going in. That was our experience with the Island WindJammers Vela. Our initial motivation for seeking out Island Windjammers was my wife's ...
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Sail Date March 2017


Vela Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.7
Dining4.05
Entertainment2.04.4
Public Rooms4.04.9
Fitness Recreation2.04.6
Family3.5N/A
Enrichment1.04.7
Service4.05
Value For Money4.05
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