If you've sailed the Caribbean or Mediterranean, you've probably seen Club Med 2's silhouette on the horizon. As one of the world's largest passenger sailing ships, its five masts give it distinction. (The ship is a sister to Windstar's Wind Surf.) It's a beautiful and spacious ship (26,000 square feet) that's unfamiliar to most Americans. That's because it's the only ship in the Club Med fleet, which mainly caters to Europeans, with a large contingency of French speakers onboard at any given time due to Club Med's roots in France. (Gerald Blitz founded the company there in 1950.) Some Canadians book Club Med 2, but you'll rarely find an American in their midst.
Generally speaking, fit travelers who want an active vacation -- including pastimes like snorkeling, kayaking, wakeboarding and water skiing -- book a cruise aboard Club Med 2. Indeed, the company says the words "wellness" and "conviviality" sum up its ethos. Most travelers book this ship to enjoy sailing under wind power and spending time in the great outdoors.
Onboard you'll find a marina at the ship's stern, where you can borrow all manner of watercraft or report for lessons in the art of windsurfing or sailing. Clarita operates the spa, which offers a range of treatments as well as beauty appointments (hair styling, manicures, etc.). The fitness center presents classes like Pilates, Aquadynamics and cardio training.
Cuisine has a French flair. Breakfast and lunch buffets are served in the main dining room. At dinner, passengers have a choice of an a la carte meal at the main dining room or a specialty restaurant. Most beverages are included in the fare, save some extra-premium products from a special menu. Afternoon tea is offered daily at 4:30 p.m. There are four bars onboard.
For style buffs, French designer Sophie Jacqmin developed the interiors. There are three cabin categories: 193-square-foot Club Cabins, 258-square feet Deluxe Cabins and suites. The Suite Armateaur is the largest accommodation at 420 square feet.
Children must be 8 years or older to travel aboard Club Med 2. There is no kids club or programs for children or teens.
Passengers should be fit to sail aboard Club Med 2; there is a 40-foot gangway for embarking and disembarking the ship.