My husband and I are Windjammer kind of folks. The casual and relaxed atmosphere on the ship, the adventures on-board and off, and the emphasis on unpretentious enjoyment, are all reasons why we love the Island Windjammers. We have 'done' the Diamant, and the Vela on previous trips. This time, we sailed the Sagitta. It was a WONDERFUL experience!
The Sagitta is larger than the Diamant, and the rooms are MUCH more spacious. We had plenty of storage and hanging space in our room, with a larger bathroom than 'normal', and it was MORE than adequate and clean. The Sagitta also has larger options for dining, inside and out, than either the Diamant or the Vela. The Sagitta may not have the pretty exterior lines of a sailing vessel, as the Vela has, but it makes up for it in substance! That ship is SOLID. No one got seasick, we all had plenty of room to move around and explore different parts of the ship, and there were numerous relaxing 'spots', inside and out.
This was our second time with Capt Matt, and he is a great Captain! Matt is professional and inclusive and graciously answered all our seafaring inquiries, all week long! His leadership of the ship was also noted as the crew trusts him, and he appreciates their hard work. We visited beautiful ports (for us, the second time in the French West Indies), and both Matt and Leah had valuable insights to share. Our excursions were well planned and FUN, and we also had plenty of opportunities to do our own exploring. The crew did a great job, and Leah was also very helpful.
Our room on the Sagitta was the largest we've had on a sailing vessel, and we've sailed on about 6 ships, before the Sagitta. Plenty of storage space, hanging area for clothes and drawers were available. They even had a hair dryer(!) and US voltage in our rooms. We had AC and a rotating fan, so our clothes dried pretty quick. Our bathroom was also the largest we've had on a sailing ship, with plenty of spaces to put toiletries. We had plenty of hot water, but I think everyone was considerate of a ship's limits in that department.
We walked around Rodney Bay, hiked up the hill on Pigeon Island to the fort, and then walked on the beach. HOT day! Lovely island.
Well, not really Guadeloupe.. you really go to Iles des Saintes. It is beautiful! The French who govern the Island take better care of the towns than other islands. In addition to the French food, their streets are clean, the ports are well maintained, and you feel safer. That may be an illusion, but you just feel like the islands are well maintained and safer. Great beaches and shops... our favorite island in the FWI.