55 Island Windjammers Sagitta Cruise Reviews

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
Twenty-four strangers sailed out of Sint Maarten on 23 March 2014. Six days later, 24 friends bade each other an emotional farewell on the same dock, promising to see each other again. The Caribbean is a magic place. Seeing it on a small ... Read More
Twenty-four strangers sailed out of Sint Maarten on 23 March 2014. Six days later, 24 friends bade each other an emotional farewell on the same dock, promising to see each other again. The Caribbean is a magic place. Seeing it on a small three-masted schooner made it more magical. The crew of the Sagitta made it perfect. I was never interested in taking a cruise on a floating city. The only other cruise I had been on was an Alaska Inside Passage cruise on the sternwheeler, Empress of the North, with about 320 other passengers. When my wife said she and her sister wanted to go on a cruise together, I told her I didn't want a megaliner. In her inimitable style, she said, "You in charge, Bubba." There are a bunch of small ship cruises in the Caribbean. I had always wanted to take a trip on a sailing ship, so I started sorting through the windjammer cruises. I also wanted some stops at some of the more out-of-the-way islands. The two wants led me to a 6-day island-hopping jaunt along the Leewards aboard the Sagitta. So, let's run the checklist: Hotel: We stayed two nights at the Pasanggrahan ( pasa-grahn ) (you don't even want to know how badly I was butchering that one). Very nice. Simple, comfortable, great staff, right on Front Street and the boardwalk. Ship: The Sagitta is a 120-ft three-masted schooner with a 22-ft beam. It has cabins for 11 couples and two singles. There are two lounges, one on the main deck and one right below it, plus there are booths for dining and lounging on the aft deck. The fore deck had plenty of chairs and loungers. When a dinghy leaves a million dollar yacht and swings by your boat to get a closer look, you know you're something special. Activities: That would be you. And your fellow passengers. No rockwalls or hot tubs or tai chi classes. Lots of old-fashioned sitting and chatting, making new friends, telling all your best stories and listening to some really good new ones. There's a cooler of cold beer on the aft deck and wine in the fridge in the lounge to help with the story-telling. There is swinging from the yards on request. A rope swing from the yardarm of the main mast where you swing along the side of the ship and let yourself go into the incredibly blue waters of the Caribbean. You have to be plain foolish to try that when you're in your 70s, so I quit after my third swing. Service: Good service is unobtrusive. Ours must have been excellent, because I have little to comment on. Cabins were tidied every morning after everyone was out and about. The coolers and the fridge were always stocked. The lounge had a "magic sink" where any dirty dish or glass magically disappeared when put there. The meals were served promptly and efficiently. There were only 24 of us and we were a pretty low-maintenance crowd. Port and shore excursions: We stopped at Anguilla, Nevis, St. Kitts, and St. Barth. Leah, Sagitta's Operations Manager, had excursions lined up at each port for those who wanted them. Most were island tours at a fairly nominal charge. On St. Kitts, quite a few of the company took advantage of the opportunity to zip-line through the rain forest. Shoal Bay on Anguilla is touted as the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. I don't have enough experience to compare, but I can't imagine one any more beautiful. Georgetown on Nevis is a small, unpretentious town with only a little shopping. Basseterre on St. Kitts is the largest town we visited with many nice shops and a modern shopping area. Gustavia on St. Barthelemy is very French, very chic, and very expensive. Most made a point to stop by Le Select which is relatively less expensive and is reputed to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger in Paradise. Wherever we were, the crew usually ran a dinghy to and from the boat hourly to shuttle us and our goodies. On St. Kitts, our dinner was a barbeque on the beach at the Shiggidy Shack with dancing to steel drums afterwards. Cabin: Small (10x10, or so). Double bed with a single bunk over it. Plenty of space to hang and stow your clothes and stuff. My wife has big boat experience and said the bathroom was the same size as most she had seen. Very comfortably air-conditioned with a small fan to keep the air moving. I have no complaints. How much room do you need to change out of your swimsuit into your shorts? Or, to take those off and flop into bed? Dining: I gained three pounds. What can I say? It's all Lenny's fault. Lenny- big, black, with a 1000-watt grin and a magician in the tiny galley. No really fancy food- roast pork, lobster tail, mahi-mahi, stewed pumpkin, conch salad, eggs benedict. Ok, a little fancy, maybe. All served with the Lenny touch. There were several in the crowd who were experienced chefs and one professional chef. They all took notes of the special little touches Lenny had worked with his dishes. Late afternoon was snacks in the lounge. Fish fritters, Fried plantain or breadfruit, thin as potato chips, great dips with fresh veggies. At St. Barth, Leah scored about a dozen baguettes and about half a dozen cheeses and pates as only the French can make them. This was a BYOW(ine) snack party and we sampled the variety that each had brought back from Gustavia. Lenny said he's working on a cookbook and we all will be looking for it. There's no non-stop eating here, but the meals are healthy and delicious. Disembarkation: Piece of cake. We all settled up with Leah the afternoon before we got back to Sint Maarten. On-board expenses were light, considering that the beer and wine were complementary the whole trip. A couple of excursions, some souvenirs, and tips for the crew. She helped arrange transportation for those who needed it. The next day, we got our passports and a hug and began our sad journey back to reality. Summary: If you've thought it would be fun to stand barefoot on the deck of a sailing ship with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face and the sails popping overhead, you're right. It is. On the Sagitta, you get the fun of the adventure without the discomfort. You need to be able to entertain yourself, to enjoy the company of friends you're still learning about, to roam the streets of small, quaint towns with a friend or two. I don't know about children. Our crowd were all older, many retired. The Sagitta is big enough to ride the waves in comfort. We had one night that was a little bumpy, but most everyone enjoyed the ride. She is small enough that you get the real feel of what sailing must have been like a couple of centuries ago. I would do it again in a heartbeat.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My wife and I sailed with Island Windjammers on Sagitta in March 2014. We joined Sagitta at the passenger terminal in St Maarten, we were met at the taxi rank by a member of the crew who directed us to the boat where other crew members ... Read More
My wife and I sailed with Island Windjammers on Sagitta in March 2014. We joined Sagitta at the passenger terminal in St Maarten, we were met at the taxi rank by a member of the crew who directed us to the boat where other crew members loaded our bags and placed them in the cabin for us. The cabins all have their own air conditioning unit, shower, sink and toilet, and two good sized bunks, with the exception of two single cabins, there are no inside cabins and all have a porthole. There is plenty of room for clothes and in my case a full sized Scuba BCD, mask, fins and regulator. On the first night onboard we met our fellow passengers and at 5pm we were introduced to the Island Windjammer Sagittarita Cocktail hour and snacks. Snacks were different each evening and ranged from BBQ ribs, Cheeses, Savory pastries, chicken wings, fresh battered fish, shrimp, fresh fruit and more. Dinner was served at 7pm on the aft deck and was absolutely outstanding. The seating area consists of four permanent tables arranged in a circular plan, you are free to sit where you choose and each table can seat six or even eight people. Wine is served with the evening meals and you are free to bring your own on board if you wish. The food is 5 star, prepared by the star Chef himself, Lenny. Sagitta sailed from St Maarten to Anguilla during the evening and the following day there was a tour to Shoal Bay Beach. Beautiful white sand, aquamarine Caribbean Sea and a shallow water reef just offshore that is fantastic snorkeling for all levels of swimmers. The next evening we sailed to St Kitts, and after another excellent evening meal we spent an hour or so looking over the bow at the natural phosphorescence being left in Sagitta’s wake as she made her way South, a truly magical experience. St Kitts itself was fun, we visited Sunshine’s Beach bar, and enjoyed their signature “Killer Bee” cocktails, the bar owner, Mr Sunshine will divulge the recipe to anyone can finish five of these, the logic being that they won’t remember what the recipe is, I didn’t take up the offer, or at least I don’t remember doing so. Sagitta then moved to Frigate Bay later in the afternoon and the evening was spent on the beach where the crew served Sagittarita’s at 5pm followed by a beach BBQ, beach games, dancing and cold beer. The following day we visited Nevis and took a tour to around the island one of the Hotels we visited was apparently a favorite spot of Lady Diana’s, it certainly was a beautiful location. Other highlights of the trip included, seeing Humpback Whales off the aft end one evening, magical sunrises and beautiful sunsets, beach “wet” landing’s in secluded bays inaccessible to larger vessels and making new friends with our fellow passengers and crew. Our final two days were spent in St Bart’s, the St Tropez of the Caribbean. St Bart’s, has some of the best beaches in the world, the best shopping in the Caribbean, incredible beach bars and restaurants. We walked to St Jean beach, about 3/4 hour from Gustavia, and well worth the journey. Again pure white sand, aquamarine sea, amazing beach bars and Eden Rock restaurant, which has to be seen to be believed. After lunch we took a cab to Shell beach and had dinner at the Brazilian restaurant “Do Brazil” overlooking the beach, the bay and a view to die for. The following day Sagitta moved from Gustavia and anchored in the Anse du Grande Columbier Bay. Here you had the option to go ashore by dinghy and spend the morning or the day at the beach, I opted not to return for lunch, I had not taken a packed lunch with me so my good friend Lenny made me one and sent it back with some of the returning passengers, a nice touch, especially the two cold Carib’s. I enjoyed every minute of my trip with Island Windjammers and I would definitely recommend this trip and Island Windjammers, I can’t wait to return.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
The thing about Island Windjammer is that there is no hard core itinerary. You book a Island Winjammer cruise to chill and not worry about excursions or buffet lines or what day or time it is. You book a Sagitta Island Windjammer cruise to ... Read More
The thing about Island Windjammer is that there is no hard core itinerary. You book a Island Winjammer cruise to chill and not worry about excursions or buffet lines or what day or time it is. You book a Sagitta Island Windjammer cruise to go with flow, drink sagaritas and eat snacks at 4:30, and to enjoy cruising. It's not a sailing ship, but it looks fantastic with the sails unfurled! We had a full house-- 24 passengers. The deck space was accommodating and the food was fresh and tasty. Entertainment? How about a sky unobstructed by the light pollution you get on a big cruise? Cabins? Small and efficient - but who wants to be in their cabins when there is a whole sea of dolphins and flying fish? Activities? Plentiful - if you like going to the beach, snorkeling, touring, a wine and cheese party and getting to know a diverse crowd. Our group had two sets of mother- daughter travelers, a group of 40 something friends who had been doing a once a year trip since high school and several couples. Ages ranged from 30 to 60-ish. The crew was accommodating, disembarkation was organized - overall a no-care vacation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Sagitta October 2013 six day cruise This was my second cruise on Sagitta and sixth with Island Windjammers. I have just finished my seventy fifth cruise so I have some experience. While I do enjoy cruising on mid size cruise ships doing ... Read More
Sagitta October 2013 six day cruise This was my second cruise on Sagitta and sixth with Island Windjammers. I have just finished my seventy fifth cruise so I have some experience. While I do enjoy cruising on mid size cruise ships doing the real deal on small sailing ships is a dream vacation. Throw a couple of bathing suits, a few T shirts, a pair of shorts or two in a ditty bag and you are good to go on the adventure of a lifetime. If you like formal dress and fancy feed read no further, this is not for you. If you enjoy long lines and large groups forget this. With only a maximum of 24 passengers on board (mostly experienced well traveled shipmates) life onboard is relaxed and enjoyable. Good conversation, socializing, sailing and snorkeling are the highlights. Snorkeling gear is provided and better equipment than my own. The islands visited are excellent and often in coves exemplary for snorkeling and hiking. Beer, wine and sodas are included in the price and you are free to bring spirits. The rooms are comfortable, individually conditioned and with very nice facilities. The crew is very friendly and you will know most of their names before you depart. Engine room tours and bridge visits are interesting. The ships of IWJ are small and do move about in some weather conditions, which I love but others do not appreciate. For those precautions are prescribed. Frankly if you need a little adventure in your life and are looking for something you will remember fondly for a long time look no further.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Sagitta Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 1.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness & Recreation 2.0 N/A
Family 2.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 1.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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