Sail Date: August 2014
My husband and I went on a similar cruise 20 years ago for our honeymoon and finally got around to making a similar trip to celebrate our anniversary. We flew from Southern California with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries in ... Read More
My husband and I went on a similar cruise 20 years ago for our honeymoon and finally got around to making a similar trip to celebrate our anniversary. We flew from Southern California with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries in hopes it would be an amazing and memorable vacation. Needless to say, it was even better than we remembered! From day 1, the crew consisting of Simon, the Captain and the entire crew, Troy(Steelo), Aubrey(King), Stephen, George & Brey were there to ensure we all had the best time possible. They did everything to make sure we were safe and didn't have a need for anything. After a few days, they started to show us their fun side and start to dance to "Knee Deep" while the sails went up or just joke around. In addition, Crystal who usually works behind the scenes, was able to partake in this cruise and we are sure happy she did! She had such an amazing personality and was always ready to do the happy dance(or the thumb dance thanks to our Aussie mates)! She was our Julie from the Love Boat, starting with chats over morning coffee, coordinating tours or events, or just partaking in a good game of Farkel! She was definitely the instigator of fun! We had a small group but made friends quickly...we became somewhat of a family during the trip as we ate delicious meals together, went to the beach together, snorkeled together, bbq & bonfire together, and don't forget the Conga line on Happy Island & on the boat...Janti sure makes delicious pina coladas & Stephen sure makes great rum punch!!! The boat was beautiful and there was a nice interior dining room and also an outdoor dining area for beautiful days. We stayed in cabin 5 and it was very comfortable & quite spacious. They supplied snorkel gear, delicious food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. I would caution future travelers to bring anti-seasickness medication(like the patch which worked wonders) because the boat is only 100' and it can get rocking and rolling at times...It's always better to be safe than sorry. This time of year is the off season but we actually preferred it because it was a good mix of sun, rain, wind...just when you got too hot a rain cloud would come through briefly to cool things down...the storms were beautiful and picturesque... I also wanted to mention if you just wanted to sit around and relax there was plenty of opportunity for this too. If you don't want to be in the sun constantly there are plenty of shady places to enjoy. I have to say the actual days they sailed were unbelievable and the snorkeling was amazing...Many different types of fish and lots of them. The last night we had the Captain's dinner which was very special...the captain and each of the crew members thanked us for coming...Passenger Paul, who is a huge fan of Cricket along with Simon, found a paddle on the beach and we decorated it and gave it to the Captain for a thank you gift... We had to be up at 4:00 am for our very early flight, and we were touched by the members of the crew and Paul & Deb who were up to send us off...Paul and Deb even did the last thumb dance for us on the dock :-) We already miss them all :-( We highly recommend this cruise for people who are social, easy-going, and fun...We will be sharing our photos and memories with our co-passengers and look forward to another trip sometime soon. Thanks to all who made our anniversary vacation the best it could be! Russ & Heather Smeall August 2014 (PS Every time I woke up last night "Knee Deep" was running through my head...I think this confirms we had a wonderul and memorable trip...Thanks for the memories :-) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
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: March 2014
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: July 2012
Just returned from the "Tempting 10" sailing on the Diamant. Had a great time. We sailed 9 times with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, unfortunately they are no longer in business. We couldn't wait to sail again on a tall ship. ... Read More
Just returned from the "Tempting 10" sailing on the Diamant. Had a great time. We sailed 9 times with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, unfortunately they are no longer in business. We couldn't wait to sail again on a tall ship. Even though the Diamant is a smaller ship, there was plenty enough room for the 11 passengers and 6 crew. Cabins were surprisingly spacious with a nice size bathroom with a lot of hot water and plenty of storage space, however we were told that we had the larger cabin(Cabin #3). The boat was very clean and well maintained. Food was great and it was amazing to see what the chef (Philbert)can do in that tiny galley! The captain and crew were more than accommodating and very professional. There were not a lot of shore excursions, however you can go to the beach,snorkel, sit on the boat and read a book or go into town or set up your own excursions. The captain can set up scuba diving for those who choose to do so. The itinerary included islands that the larger cruise ships don't go to. Overall, we had a great time time and would highly recommend Island Windjammers and the Diamant for those people who don't want the big cruise ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
First time for us (man & wife) taking a cruise, we were wow'd every single day - getting to small places big ships don't/can't go, being flexible enough to proceed under sail (with ample power assist if chosen) rather ... Read More
First time for us (man & wife) taking a cruise, we were wow'd every single day - getting to small places big ships don't/can't go, being flexible enough to proceed under sail (with ample power assist if chosen) rather than always under power, swimming off the side of the ship (100'+ long), getting to know crew and fellow vacationers (crew of 6, + 6 staterooms which were fully booked, so 12 passengers), snorkeling in bays and coves if you wanted to, bask if you didn't. Great, great food but not a glutton's thing, more like fresh island fruit at every meal, differing main course selections mostly with island flair, rum punch along with afternoon hors d'oeuvres daily, included in the price is all the beer/wine you want to pack away (but except for one "Culture Walk" evening [read bar crawl], I didn't see a single passenger appear to be under the influence). Plenty of sodas, water, juice, of course. We worried about June "off season" & were met with almost perfect weather (one rainstorm all week, and that was short), not too hot, and with a choice daily of swimming here, walking there, sleeping in if you like - they'll launch the dinghy for just you if you want to go separate, but the attitude of all the folks on the trip was such that we all quickly became friends - no cliques formed, no cross word heard for a week - by anyone! Can I give it 6's on a scale of 0-to-5? p.s. You don't need to deal in Eastern Caribbean Currency, since everywhere takes U.S. dollars - just arm yourself with lots and lots of ones and fives and tens, since there are places that will struggle to break a $20. Exchange rate is 2.71:1 EC to US, and you should bargain in the local places to get initial prices lowered. p.p.s. If you're looking to shop at fancy places in port, get your money's worth in calories at the midnight buffet, gamble in the casino, watch a floor show, or wear something other than a bathing suit and t-shirt on most days, this is not the one for you. Take one Hawaiian shirt for the fanciest dinner they have, leave the long pants at home, take loads of sunscreen & reasonable amounts of insect repellent, and expect to enjoy!! p.p.p.s. I rated entertainment below 5, since "entertainment" is not part of the concept - that said, I rated it pretty high because I didn't want to be entertained. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Itinerary 5/6/12 -- 5/19/12: Sunday, 5/6 -- Board Diamant Monday 5/7 -- Chatham Bay, Union Island Tuesday 5/8 -- Admiralty Bay, Bequia Wednesday 5/9 -- Wallialabou, St. Vincent (moved to Buccament Bay?) Thursday 5/10 -- Marigot Bay, ... Read More
Itinerary 5/6/12 -- 5/19/12: Sunday, 5/6 -- Board Diamant Monday 5/7 -- Chatham Bay, Union Island Tuesday 5/8 -- Admiralty Bay, Bequia Wednesday 5/9 -- Wallialabou, St. Vincent (moved to Buccament Bay?) Thursday 5/10 -- Marigot Bay, St. Lucia Friday 5/11 -- Rodney Bay, St. Lucia Saturday, 5/12 -- Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia Sunday 5/13 -- Soufriere (mooring between Pitons), St. Lucia Monday 5/14 -- Admiralty Bay, Bequia Tuesday 5/15 -- Tobago Cays Wednesday 5/16 -- Saline Beach, Mayreau Thursday 5/17 -- Clifton, Union Island, then to Petite St. Vincent, then to Sandy Island Friday 5/18 -- Sandy Island, Carriacou then to Port Louis, Grenada Saturday 5/19 -- Port Louis, Grenada Sunday 5/6/12 -- Met other passengers at Victory Bar in Port Louis and boarded Diamant. Crew: Capt. Matt, Marlon, Clive, Philbert, Brandon and Troy (Boston was also with us for a few days). Usual great snacks & swizzle and a buffet dinner. Monday 5/7/12 -- Left around 5 AM and anchored near Hillsborough, Carriacou to check out of Grenada then sailed to Chatham Bay. Took the new launch to the beach -- it is like being in the Cadillac of Zodiacs. Local bar, Bollhead allowed use of chairs. Spent day snorkeling, swimming and dodging the rain drops (it's not like we weren't wet anyway). Tuesday 5/8/12 -- Early sail to Bequia and passed Moonhole for photos. Shopping ashore (love Soldana, Bookstore, ship-making shops, new Oasis Art Gallery) and met up with group for lunch at Mac's Pizza. Lobster is out of season, so no lobster pizza, but the shrimp pizza was really good. Stop for ice cream then over to Princess Margaret Beach for afternoon on the beach. Wine and cheese night! Wednesday 5/9/12 -- After breakfast, sailed to St. Vincent to stop at Wallialabou (set for Pirates of the Caribbean). Walking tour with Speedy to some waterfalls and of course found a little shop to support the local economy! Moved anchorage to a lovely area -- it might have been Buccament Bay, but I forget. The resort on shore had white sand shipped in to cover the natural black sand -- I think the black sand is pretty cool myself. Thursday 5/10/12 -- Early sail to Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. Rainy day, so we all stayed in the saloon and watched "Groundhog Day" after lunch. Sailed past the Pitons. Once moored, went over to the yachtie shops and of course spent money. Great BBQ buffet tonight -- Philbert's own special sauce. YUM. Friday 5/11/12 -- We all went on an island tour with Murphy after breakfast and Matt moved the ship to Rodney Bay. We visited the banana fields, a rum distributor for a rum tasting and a rum buying soiree, Diamond Falls and Botanical Garden, the volcano and then up to Ladera for lunch between the Pitons. If you get the chance to do the rum tasting -- it was $3 US and then you went to another area where they had 15-20 bottles of rum set out with disposable cups and you just went at it -- whatever you wanted and however much you wanted. Since it was still early in the morning (around 10), we did try to behave and leave some rum for anybody that came after us! Several photo stops along the way back to Rodney Bay. Long day, but we saw lots and had great fun. Saturday 5/12/12 Matt moved the ship from Rodney Bay to the Rodney Bay Marina so the ship could re-provision, get laundry done, etc. Several of us went over to the Rodney Bay Mall to purchase tickets for the St. Lucia Jazz Festival on Pigeon Island (it's not an island any more -- they dredged earth up and it is now just a narrow drive). Did shopping (you'd think we were made of money!!). Walked to Spinnaker's on the beach for lunch and sunbathing/swimming. Launch picked us up in the canal to take us back to ship for snacks and swizzle. Several of us went to the Jazz Festival for dinner and entertainment. Dinner was from local vendors. We saw Kirk Franklin and Keri Hilson perform. If you ever have a chance to go to the Jazz Festival in St. Lucia -- don't hesitate. It is like nothing you could imagine and quite worth the ticket price. Sunday 5/13/12 After Capt Matt cleared us out of St. Lucia, we moved to a mooring between the Pitons for the day. Went to the beach for swimming and fantastic snorkeling from the beach and from the ship. This has been turned into a marine preserve and it is breathtaking. Another beautiful day in paradise. Monday 5/14/12 Early start to cross the channel to Bequia. Found a fairly calm spot, so had a late breakfast before continuing on. Got to Admiralty Bay around noon, just in time for lunch. Some went into town, some went to beach. Darn, I went to town, so I had to have another ice cream. If you haven't been to Bequia for a few months, you won't believe your eyes. They are totally remaking the walk way along the water's edge to Mac's -- even doing landscaping. Several of us went over to the Frangipani for dinner -- I would highly recommend their food. Tuesday 5/15/12 Early sail over to Tobago Cays this morning. It was a little rock'n'roll and a little flying food at breakfast. Brandon won the best balancer contest. Deck chairs, mats, noodles over to the beach for the day. Brought the grill over for a beach lunch -- cheeseburgers in paradise! Some went over to snorkel with the turtles -- it was a great success. It's Crazy Hat Night -- no crazy hat -- no swizzle! Wednesday 5/16/12 Left Tobago Cays to sail over to Saline Beach, Mayreau. Some took launch to Saline and some took launch to Salt Whistle Bay. Some walked from beach to beach. Some did everything! Wonderful BBQ buffet tonight for dinner. Thursday 5/17/12 Under sail around 7 AM for Clifton on Union Island. Spent a couple of hours wandering around town. Had a "who can buy the most useless thing" contest -- won by Rob. While in town, went to Costello's and spent some more money. After lunch, sailed over to Petite St. Vincent, Private Resort (it said so on their shirts). Picturesque island and beach. Several swam to beach from the ship, being one of the lazier ones, I took the launch. Had drinks at the Private Resort bar. We were not allowed to go near the resort so they could protect the privacy of their guests. Sailed over to Sandy Island for snacks and swizzle. Matt grilled chicken for dinner. Several of the Diamant guests decided to feed the seagulls the stale/soggy cookies and pretzels -- it was a feeding frenzy with the sunset in the background. Lots of stars tonight. Friday 5/18/12 A couple of us went over to Hillsborough for an hour or so while Capt Matt checked us into Grenada while the rest went over to swim and snorkel at Sandy Island. Drizzly morning, but the reports of snorkeling were good. Early lunch, then got under sail to return to Port Louis. Beautiful sail, beautiful day. Pulled into Port Louis about 4 PM. Had Brandon's special Rumageddon with snacks. Crystal came aboard to start the check out process. Matt grilled steak for the Captain's dinner and Philbert prepared the other delicious food. Had a surprise anniversary celebration complete with chocolate cake. "Sad"urday 5/16/12. Several had early flights home. Philbert sent everyone off with a hearty breakfast. Sad goodbyes to new friends with promises to keep in touch. Sad goodbyes and thank yous to the crew with the promises of returning soon. This was one of the best trips I have taken. The length was perfect; the crew were absolutely stupendous; I couldn't have hand-chosen a better group of passengers. I was lucky enough to be able to spend 3 days on Grenada before and after the sail at the Allamanda Beach Resort. Our Diamant (our private yacht) was classy and took us where we wanted to go. The food couldn't have been better -- I bet there was once at least 3 hours between eating. Thank you to Island Windjammers, the crew and fellow passengers for making this trip one of the best vacations ever! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
As a former Windjammer passenger - Mandalay on their BVI itinerary in June 2005 - I can say with pleasure that I got what I expected in terms of the Windjammer 'essence' but without all the juvenile stuff. This is a cruise for ... Read More
As a former Windjammer passenger - Mandalay on their BVI itinerary in June 2005 - I can say with pleasure that I got what I expected in terms of the Windjammer 'essence' but without all the juvenile stuff. This is a cruise for adults, but not in the swinger sense. I mean grown ups who appreciate a good conversation over dinner. Who are more interested in the wildlife than the nightlife. Who appreciate the exclusivity offered by the S/V Diamant. Although the Diamant can handle 12 (Seriously. Only 12 passengers) we only had 10 aboard for our week due to a last-minute cancellation. We - my husband and I - were part of a group of 6 who booked the same week, so we knew each other before our sail. The other 4 were wonderful sailing partners, and we were all boon companions before the week was out. The food was outstanding. 3 meals, plus Snacks & Swizzles left us happy but knowing that the diet started the day we got home. The crew was competent,accommodating and fun. Captain Matt - yes the same Capt Matt from the old WJ days! - was our skipper and as expected gave us a great itinerary, fun Storytimes, and generally kept us safe and happy. Our Steward, Ren, was a delight. Every request was greeted with a smile, a can-do attitude and humor in all the right places. Troy and Aubrey were the guys running the dinghy, hoisting sails and looking out for our safety (and Aubrey put on a verycreditable 'comedy show' for us too). Marlon, the ship's Engineer spent so much of the week doing maintenance on the boat I wasn't sure he was actually with us until Thursday! And Boston, the Chef, as noted before, was a creative force for Good in the Galley. The Itinerary was varied; lots of beach / snorkel time, a couple of town experiences (Bequia & Mayreau) and ample sailing. I only wish that they had multiple ships so that they could offer other itineraries! Still, even with that, the quality of the beaches we visited was so good that it could certainly qualify for a return visit. The boat itself is a treat. She fairly gleams. Sure the cabins are small - IT's A SAILBOAT! But they are clean, the bathrooms are private, the showers have great water pressure. The Saloon is comfortable, the Horseshoe a great place to hang out when the awning is up to escape from the noon sun and still enjoy the island breezes. And the foredeck is plenty spacious for the number of guests. All in all, I would rate the value for the dollar very high, and I would definitely do it again...like next week! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
in general and who isn't even a very strong swimmer. But by the end of day 1, they had me. From the professional crew and the comfortable quarters, I knew this was going to be a great week. The Diamant is a wonderful little ship for ... Read More
in general and who isn't even a very strong swimmer. But by the end of day 1, they had me. From the professional crew and the comfortable quarters, I knew this was going to be a great week. The Diamant is a wonderful little ship for exploring the Grenadine Islands. Island Windjammers does a bang-up job from start to finish. Reservations are easy and questions are promptly answered. Transfers went without a hitch. They really go out of their way to ensure a care-free vacation. The Ship Seemed small to me at first glance, but once I settled in, I could see that there would be plenty of room for the 12 passengers and crew of 6. The ship is immaculate and very well taken care of. It's old school with gleaming wood everywhere. Right off the kitchen is the breakfast room/library. We had breakfast there each day and it was a good place to sit and relax if you wanted out of the elements. Also comfortable in the evenings to play games (dominoes were big on our trip) and just hang out. The front of the ship was where most of the crew activity took place; putting up and taking down the sails, etc. With plenty of places to sit and watch, it was a good place to take in the sights and catch some sun or to have that first cup of coffee in the morning. Perfect for star gazing at night. There's a nifty rope swing for those brave enough to try it. Some did on our trip. The back of the ship was my favorite place. Open, but covered during the day to keep you out of the sun, this is where we had dinner. Comfortable padded seats. A perfect spot for reading a book and watching the world go by. Unlike large cruise ships, you feel this ship move all of the time and it is wonderful to be lulled to sleep by the rocking of the boat. Cabins Once again, at first glance small, but realized soon enough it was not small, just compact. There was plenty of space for storing things. In fact we didn't even use all the little cubbies and hooks. The bathrooms were private with plenty of space for storage. Bottom line- air conditioned, comfy bunks and plenty of hot water for showers. What more could you ask for? Food and Drink Lots of variety. There was usually only one entree offered at dinner, but plenty of sides to choose from and always lots of fresh fruit and salad. Yummy desserts too! Philbert was a pro when it came to presentation and abundance, creating all of this in his little tiny kitchen. Every day we had a happy hour with snacks and swizzles (rum punch) and it was all delicious. One day we had a wine and cheese party which was especially good. The Captain had hand-picked the cheese earlier that day on the island. There was also a little breadbox stocked with treats if you were an early riser or got hungry anytime during the day. Drinks were included; rum swizzles, beer, house wine, soda, mixers and ice tea. You're allowed to bring your own alcohol on board, and some passengers did, but I was completely happy with their offerings. The crew actually brought lunch out to us one day on the beach. They also brought snacks for us out to Happy Island and always delivered cold drinks to us at whatever beach we might be. It must have been lots of extra work for the crew, but was greatly appreciated. Ports I won't go into detail on this. All I can say is new and wonderful places each day. Gorgeous beaches, quaint little villages and great snorkeling. The ship did arrange an excursion on Bequia which was well worth the $30.00 per person. 4 of us went and we got to see much of the island and visit the turtle sanctuary. Check out Island Windjammers website for details on their itineraries. These are places the big cruise ships never get to. Captain and Crew We had Captain Nervo. He was professional, but quite personable and very approachable. He was never too busy to answer questions and always encouraged our input. Since he was the one who originally brought the Diamant from the Galapagos Islands, he had wonderful stories about the ship and its history. He was fun to be around and I liked that he had dinner with the group each night. Each day he would tell us something about where we were and what the options were for the day and then asked us what we wanted to do. This is a hardworking crew. Very friendly and accommodating but they all had jobs to do and they were busy! I don't know how the crew manages to stay so fresh for each new group of passengers asking the same old questions over and over, but they do! They were a fun group and we got to know all of them pretty well as the week went on. A special thanks to Crystal for getting us on and off the ship with ease and taking care of our on-board accounts and all the passport stuff. Passengers The ship was full with 12 passengers, all from different states in the US. One couple was young, one couple was retired and everyone else was in between. Only one couple had taken this trip before and they were actually staying on the ship for a second week. We were all very jealous of them! What we all had in common was the love of travel and a spirit of adventure. One of my concerns going in was with such a small group, we might feel pressured, or at least obligated to along with group activities. That never happened. This was truly our own adventure. There were times that some of the people went to town while others went snorkeling. Some people wanted to swim while others were happy to stay on board and read a book. One couple had the ship arrange a diving expedition. Some people went out in the evening while others did not. You could do whatever you felt like and the crew was most accommodating. The atmosphere was laid back and casual. For the most part, the week was spent barefoot, in shorts and tee. Meals were communal and it was fun to get to know such a lively group and make new friends. We all exchanged email addresses and have passed around our pictures. Motion Sickness and Sun Yes, I got sick. Once. I was fine the first few days but on day 3 it seemed a little rough in the morning. Remember, I have no sailing experience and I'm sure I have no idea what "rough" really is. I think the crew was amused when I described it as rough. I was feeling a little queasy and got sick. Felt bad for about an hour. After that I took the medication and never had another problem. There is no need to test yourselves people! Just take the medication! The sun can be another problem. Do not forget the sunscreen! The sun is hot, hot, hot and will burn you so quickly. Nothing will ruin your vacation faster than a nasty sunburn. Grenada Grenada is an interesting island. We went in two days early and stayed 2 nights after the cruise. We stayed at the Grenada Grand Resort on beautiful Grand Anse Beach. The resort property is gorgeous with wonderful facilities. The rooms are better than ok but not great. Small things like closet doors that won't open or coffeemakers with no coffee available. Little things, but enough to make you notice. And when you try to get things corrected, service is very, very slow. You wait- and wait some more. None of this affected our trip though, and the good part is, this resort is so centrally located and on such a beautiful beach, we would not hesitate to stay there again. Right across the street is a supermarket for stocking up on supplies. In the mall there is also a place to get a nice pizza. We went to Coconut Grove one night for dinner and it was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the rum punch at Garfield's too. Do not miss the downtown main market on Saturdays. One of the crew members has an aunt that has a booth there and we were lucky enough to find her and purchase all of our spices to take home. There is a bus stop right outside the resort. The bus will take you downtown and it is a wild experience to ride the bus. The island is full of friendly people and we always felt perfectly safe venturing out on our own. Hands down this was definitely one of my favorite trips. We travel a lot but have never done anything quite like this. For me, the best part was the ship. There is just nothing that can compare with the exhilaration of sitting on the top of the Diamant, on the open sea under full sail. I could have stayed there forever. And there lies my only complaint! Too short! With only 6 nights, and 2 of those nights being in port in Grenada, you're really only "out there" for 4 nights. By the time you get your sea legs and become accustomed to island time, it's time to go home. I understand Island Windjammers has taken care of that though. Apparently they now offer longer trips and are adding new ports to their itineraries. If you like ships and the sea, and beaches and islands, you will love this. If you like traveling with a small group, with people of a similar mindset, in a casual, laid back atmosphere, you will love this! Hopefully we'll be back next year to do it all over again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
Let me start by saying I am a project manager by trade and, like work, I typically list and post it note myself into a frenzy on vacation, trying deperately to micro manage every second to ensure that I make the most of the trip. Sailing ... Read More
Let me start by saying I am a project manager by trade and, like work, I typically list and post it note myself into a frenzy on vacation, trying deperately to micro manage every second to ensure that I make the most of the trip. Sailing on the Diamant was...well...the absolute OPPOSITE of the traditional frenzied, tour and attraction laden vacation. This trip was a little slice of heaven. No rushing around or fancy dinners or tourist traps to be found. My entire trip was spent enjoying every second of what what living life should be: clean, fresh air, unspoiled islands where swimming with the turtles brings tears of joy and eating lunch by the sea with new friends that feel like old friends is an occasion to be savored. Life on the Diamant brings out the best of what it is like to be a child again, swinging wildly off the rope swing. It also reminds you that being an adult is not so bad, as a few of us stayed up late drinking beer and playing dice games, laughing wildly at our outrageous stories about "life as we know it". A pod of dolphins treated the Diamant to a game of tag. Small, milky white fish swam around our ankles as we tried desperately to hop on our floaties but couldn't because we were laughing so hard. Snorkling brought us face to face with schools of tang and the graceful swaying of squid. We soon had Ren, the Chief Steward, saying "Sahweet" at every meal (rumor has it that it is a gift he continues to give to future passengers). Our fellow passengers were amazing - all ages, experience, and life stories made for phenominal conversations, with the 6th degree of seperation being discovered amongst several of us. There was never a "missed moment" the entire week - some read, some took naps while others swam...some went ashore while others relaxed onboard. Every moment was exactly what we chose to make it...every moment was magic. I loved the "come as you are" atmosphere. I loved the food, the staff, and all the friends I made over the course of the week. I loved the fact that after one day of dramamine, the ship rocked me gently to sleep every night. I loved the fact that my sailing mates cheered me on so I could gather the courage to snorkel in spite of my weak swimming ability. I could list a thousand more things I loved about this trip but most of them are mentioned in previous reviews. My heart longs to go back to the sea...to Diamant... Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
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
Diamant Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 2.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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