Smaller sailboat, personal attention, only 9 passengers, great food, beautiful beaches. That’s why I just took my 3rd trip on an Island Windjammer boat. I’ve tried all 3 sailboats in their fleet and each one has its own appeal, but the Diamant FEELS the most like a sailboat without giving up the good stuff. The cabins are small but not too small and have all mod-cons. The crew is fantastic and at the end of the cruise, if you take the time, you can get to know all of them and hear about their families and feel like you have made friends who will remember you if you go again. The food is simple but healthy and “island gourmet “. Lots of shore excursions and beaches and sailing from one island to another every day. The week goes by so fast I was so sad to have to get off. I just wanted to do it again. After all, I already had my sea legs and the start of a great tan. Highlights of the trip? Besides finding out that Andrew is now the Captain of the Diamant (Very entertaining and Very efficient), snorkeling with the tortoises and rays, walking a mile long deserted beach after snorkeling and watching for the green flash every evening with my new and old friends. It’s not a big cruise ship, it’s a family vacation, because on a small boat you get to know everyone as well as your family. It’s not a fancy dress, music in the theater cruise, it’s a relaxing, do your own thing cruise.
The cabins are small and utilitarian but big enough to do the job which is to hold your clothes, provide a bathroom and give you a place to sleep. The portholes are small and are not windows so you just don’t spend a lot of spare time in there, unless you spring for the owners cabin, which is quite nice. These cruises aren’t fancy and you don’t need a lot of clothes, which is good because storage space is limited. On this boat we just had hooks for hanging up clothes. No closet, but plenty of drawer space. Nice shower and sink.