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Island Windjammer had been on my bucket list for quite a few years, and we finally had the opportunity to join the Vela and cruise the windward islands from St. Lucia. Admittedly, we have cruised the mega ships about a dozen times in ... Read More
Island Windjammer had been on my bucket list for quite a few years, and we finally had the opportunity to join the Vela and cruise the windward islands from St. Lucia. Admittedly, we have cruised the mega ships about a dozen times in the past, and when I saw the sign onboard “If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed” I felt at home immediately. Boarding was seamless. The staff met us at the designated spot and took our luggage in one raft while we followed on another. Once boarding the ship we had the obligatory safety talk and then had the chance to explore the ship, chat with your mates for the next week or unpack your bag, which by this time had been delivered to our cabin. The first night on the open seas was rocky, and as someone who has never been seasick before, I felt a bit queasy myself. Once I got use to the rocking of the ship it was quite peaceful, and after 24 hours I found my “sea legs”. Cabins: OK, we were warned that the cabins were “cozy”, and I now know what they meant! We had a Deluxe Cabin, which had a double lower and single bunk. We also had our own bathroom & shower, but considering the minimal amount of time you spend in your cabin we made it work. (although one of us had to leave the room to make room for the other to unpack!). When they state storage is minimal and to bring soft sided luggage they mean it. Travel mates: Interesting make-up of travel mates - 2 Canadians, 2 Brits and the rest American. At 53 & 55 years of age, we were the youngest on board. Nevertheless we made fast friends and there was always great discussions going on. Activities: Not sure whether it was the makeup of this particular date, but the activities on the ship were quite low-key. I looked forward to doing some of the things I heard of from other reviews, such as using the paddle boards, night snorkeling and the rope swing, but none of those materialized. Luckily the itinerary was fantastic. Itinerary: After 10 mega-ship cruises around various Caribbean islands, we were most looking forward to experiencing different ports of call, and the Vela did not disappoint. The crew was excellent in offering us a variety of options at each port when possible, and at some stops we partook in multiple activities. It seems the zodiac was always on the go, dropping us off or picking us up at multiple locations. For example, at St Vincent we had the option to hike up Fort Duvrnette, lounging at a resort, strolling the boardwalk or all three. The trip was full of little surprises also, optional hikes at some stops, a night-time bonfire on a beach, a visit to Happy Island, and keeping us guessing with what our final stop would be. Crew: Tanya, our Operations Manager was excellent. Each day she would fill the whiteboard with the following days activities and options, and though it must be like herding cats, she did a great job of keeping us mostly on schedule. Our stewards Stephen and Jermaine were always smiling and ready to provide top-notch service, whether it was while dining or tending to our cabins. Captain Nervo was very hospitable, and you could tell he was proud of the Vela and ready to show it off or talk sailing anytime. Food: I wasn’t sure what to expect as a somewhat fussy eater, but cook Robert did a fantastic job of offering a wide variety of excellent meals and snacks, and I never went hungry. Considering the small size of his galley he worked wonders in there. All in all, this was an excellent trip and I’m left with wonderful memories and pictures to remind me of the Vela - Beautiful rainbows, stunning sunsets, uncrowded beaches, our cultural tour in Mayreau (aka Pub Crawl!), cool little beach bars, great rum and new friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ship and the destinations. Vela is a very beautiful, three masted tall-ship. She takes a maximum of 26 passengers with a crew of 10. We had very personal service from the booking process onwards, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ship and the destinations. Vela is a very beautiful, three masted tall-ship. She takes a maximum of 26 passengers with a crew of 10. We had very personal service from the booking process onwards, nothing was difficult. We joined the ship in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. We were taken out to the ship on dinghies. We had up-graded to the Owners Cabin which was absolutely lovely, a huge bed, space all around, an excellent shower room and even a DVD player - not that we ever bothered with that, the views outside were far better night or day! This was our second week on Vela. We had a "deluxe" cabin the first week which was fairly "cosy"! However, as you only sleep or change in the cabins, it was perfectly adequate if you are fairly mobile and agile! The Staysail, Compass and obviously the OC do give you a bit more space. We sailed south to Union Island and then back to Tobago Cays which are my favourite place on earth! The colours in the seas are just exquisite and we swam with sea turtles and rays among many other fish. Then on to Bequia and back to Rodney Bay. There was an excellent variety of fresh food for each meal, each day. We were served breakfasts in the saloon area, with lunch and dinners being outside as weather and sailing conditions allowed. Almost each day we had shore excursions, sometimes island tours, sometimes just shopping trips and in the evening we sometimes sampled the local bars in the ports. Our Ops Manager Tanya, handled all the admin behind the scenes and organised our excursions and games etc on board, always professional and friendly at the same time. In fact, the whole crew managed that difficult balance of being professional but also being friendly and sociable with the passengers as well. Our Captain was great fun and he had our safety at heart at all times, we had utter confidence in them all. We would definitely go again if time and finance permits! But there are so many other destinations we still need to see. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We were intrigued with a smaller yacht, and familiar with Crystal’s reputation. Immediately upon arriving at the port we knew we would have excellent service. We were immediately greeted, luggage taken, checked in our passports then ... Read More
We were intrigued with a smaller yacht, and familiar with Crystal’s reputation. Immediately upon arriving at the port we knew we would have excellent service. We were immediately greeted, luggage taken, checked in our passports then escorted aboard the yacht. Upon boarding greeted, given champagne and taken right to our suite. In the suite the checkin process was completed. Butler (Nathaniel) was right there to familiarize us with the suite and service. Then Gee and Bel our suite stewardesses arrived to explain what they do for us. As they said, primarily pamper! Everyone was attentive, friendly, and helpful! And I mean everyone, didn’t matter if server, reception, engineering, steward. Food was good but limited in the selections especially at dinner. Probably because of size of yacht, only 62 guests. Destination staff communication was off. What they told us vs daily activity sheet. Never made it to port at the designated (daily sheet) time. We decided to dive 2 days on our own and in Saba couldn’t get off in time to meet the dive operator. Variety of issues, weather, tender vs zodiacs... Our suite was very comfortable. Loved the double sinks in the bathroom and shower was a good size. It was nice that in a couple ports we could SUP, or jet ski (weather permitting). Marina staff was super! We will think twice before going to the Caribbean in November. Lots of wind and rain. All in all a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This week's holiday began in St Lucia and Rodney Bay where I would meet up with the ship, cruise mates and crew of Vela of Island Windjammer. I had the opportunity to spend a day and night in the Rodney Bay area before the cruise ... Read More
This week's holiday began in St Lucia and Rodney Bay where I would meet up with the ship, cruise mates and crew of Vela of Island Windjammer. I had the opportunity to spend a day and night in the Rodney Bay area before the cruise began and wondered about the area exploring restaurants, bars and the Coco Palm hotel meeting the friendly and helpful people of St. Lucia along the way. The following day marked the beginning of a great experience on Vela and 6 days of island sailing that was only out matched by the gracious attention and service provided by all of the crew of this wonderful ship. The dining and beverage service was the best and the expertise of Chef Robert was truly amazing. I often travel solo and this trip was no different so I was a bit concerned given the low number of passengers (10) but everyone was friendly and helped make for a vacation that I will remember for many years to come. The cabins are small but very adequate and comfortable and the stewards freshen the room every day to maintain a constant level of comfort. Jess (Ops Manager), Alexis (Captain), Romaine (Steward) and Troy (Designated Dingy Driver) to only name a few all went out of their way to make for a wonderful experience. The sights, sounds, smells and adventure of experiencing an island sailing adventure is without equal. Every activity, every dingy ride, every tour, every meal and all of the service, conversation and attention provided by this crew was exemplary and should you decide to book a cruise on this ship be prepared to be delighted and amazed! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff ... Read More
Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff was efficient and entertaining. The meals were very good in all the restaurants, and the drinks were reasonably priced, unlike other lines who add a surcharge to each drink. The entertainment was quite good, especially in the Limelight Club, which we visited on two occasions. A nice touch was the receipt from the dining room staff of a copy of all the menus on the cruise. We have only had this once before on another line, and that only after we requested them. The trivia and other activities were well organised and attended. There was always something to do, even on port days, which can be a problems on some lines. We have already booked a 35 night cruise next year on P&O Ventura, and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We littallly only went on the cruise to keep my mum and step father company , we really didn't have any idea what we had let ourselfes in for, so going with no expectations or knowledge about cruises we were overwhelmed with ... Read More
We littallly only went on the cruise to keep my mum and step father company , we really didn't have any idea what we had let ourselfes in for, so going with no expectations or knowledge about cruises we were overwhelmed with everything, the flight from Gatwick was a breeze, comfy plane etc, the bottle of prosecco hleped, when we arrived in St Lucia it was quick on the bus to the ship, it was a bit of a hairy drive but the views took are minds off it, took just over an hour to see the ship, we were amazed how big it looked, but we were quickly on board and given our cruise card without any hassle, easy, for the rest of the cruise I kept saying aren't we lucky, the food the wine the staff the ship all fabulous, you don't want for anything, the drinks weren't too badly priced, sort of hotel prices, cocktail of the day £5, the Indian restaurant Sindhi was top class, food that I will remember as long as I have a memory, the beach house is a must too if you love meat and fish, Only niggle we do have is the wifi, far to expensive , and in this day and age it should be a free service, to contact family work and social media. Cabin was comfy homely and clean, balcony was a plus, we sat out there in the morning and had room service, a free service worth taking,. All in all, we loved every minute loved the Caribbean and loved the ship, will 100% book again with p&o, Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had a lovely 2 weeks cruising thank you P and O! This was our first trip with them, our only previous history was with Ocean Village and Thomson's, perhaps we are just easy to please but all have their plus and minus's. So ... Read More
We had a lovely 2 weeks cruising thank you P and O! This was our first trip with them, our only previous history was with Ocean Village and Thomson's, perhaps we are just easy to please but all have their plus and minus's. So here goes with our review.... Yes, Britannia is big and no it doesn't have a central staircase except for the Atrium but get over it, you knew this before you booked it! Embarkation at St Lucia was so easy, except for the airport only letting off 20 passengers at a time (make sure you book seats on the plane towards the front to save time). Cases arrived within 1.5 hours and we met our wonderful cabin steward Francisco but all crew are so helpful. Cabin well thought out, slight smell of urine in the bathroom but this was sorted out swiftly. We ate in the buffet (Horizon) and did the freedom dining which we enjoyed. Compared to previous cruises , food was a notch up. A lot more variety for breakfast with different dishes turning up as well as the regular. Great fruit selection and never had a problem getting a table, ok you might not have one right by the buffet but all very clean and tidy at all times. A complaint about the coffee served after dinner in the formal dining rooms, please make a jug of decaf coffee! Not difficult! When you ask for a decaf and you get a sachet with some hot water.....really , P and O you could do better! Also Sindu was a highlight, just don't eat after 1pm as so much food! We thought that the lighting in the Atrium could be more subtle, especially in the evenings. No wow factor, felt like a bit like a shopping mall, especially when the sale rails from the shops are left out on display. Not much atmosphere in there either. But as for the entertainment, again a notch up on previous cruises, very professional, that goes for the in-house guys and gals and the bands. The at sea days you could always find a sunbed, ok it might not be in your exact location unless you wish to arise at 7am to do the 'not allowed' reservation! It did feel a bit like Butlins around the main pool at times (the Serenity pool was a lot quieter), especially on some of the sail aways. The Thomson cruise looking on thought P and O were up market until then! But they were fun if it is your thing and you could always find a quiet spot outside or inside if it wasn't for you, We did some excursions which were good and bad. Wouldn't bother with any of the beach trips again as on 2 of them we had to fight for a sunbed and the beaches were very busy. Next time we will grab a cab. When returning back to the ship at times we could have done with two gangplanks open to stop people waiting in the sun/queuing to get back on , but the water station outside was a great idea. Over all, we were very pleased with our cruise, except of course, the moaners but then some people like to moan as part of their holiday don't they?! For us it is all about the itinerary first and foremost and we have concerns about the 2 new big P and O ships coming into service in a few years time. This will limit them to the larger ports and for us, especially in the Med, is where Thomson's (Marella or Tui - whatever they are called now!) with their 2 newer ex RCL ships will win for us. They seem to have more exciting and varied ports of call for us. We don't enjoy the days at sea so their fly/cruise itinerary's in the Med puts P and O to shame. Think they only 1 fly/cruise leaving from Malta But we would go with P and O again if it fits the bill. We enjoyed Britannia, all those lovely islands and the lovely locals, especially after 3 days when we had found our way around - she is a big girl! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our First Cruise: For our 40th wedding anniversary we thought we take a cruise as many friends/family said 'We'd Love It'....... Well it was just about tolerable. We embarked at St.Lucia, the one island of the six I ... Read More
Our First Cruise: For our 40th wedding anniversary we thought we take a cruise as many friends/family said 'We'd Love It'....... Well it was just about tolerable. We embarked at St.Lucia, the one island of the six I was most looking forward to. Well, it was off the plane, into a mini-bus, register on baord then set sail. St. Lucia for 3 hours. This first island should not be included on the itinerary. Much misleading but lack of research on my part. We splashed out for a balcony cabin (G107) allocated. This cabin balcony was part of steel construction of the ship and when sitting on the balcony you were below eye level, could not see a thing..... In fairness we were after a request moved to F deck midship with this balcony being much better. The cabin we found was adequate but you do have to think about clothes and case storage. The guy who looked after us, Sagar, was very good and very accommodating to any request. Dining: We chose 'Freedom Dining' which allowed us to dine anytime between 6.30 and 9.00 in two restaurants and in truth the food you could not complain about, it was overall very good. Drinks prices were as expected, reasonable. As said in other posts, having to pay a further £25 per person to dine in the prime restaurants is a step too far in having to budget for additional or so called better dining. Sun Decks: It was the day at sea that sealed it for me that I will highly likely never cruise again. 3,000+ people on board and all decks were totally jammed and very uncomfortable. The only way you could get off a sunbed was to sit up and slide down to the bottom of the bed. And if you stretched your arms whilst lying down you were likely to give the person next to you a black eye. Maximimising space, maximising profit. Entertainment - Simply average, save for the one night we did dine in the Limelight Club and saw Jackie Graham. very talented 80's prominent singer. The Headliners Theatre is a very good theatre but the artists were nothing special in truth. The Crows Nest - A lovely bar to finish off the night in relaxation. The Live Lounge - No real comment, popular music but you will do well to find a seat after 9.30pm. Facilities - Why in this day an age there is no free WiFi especially when docked is beyond me and to charge approx $10 a day for this privilege is a disgrace. Maximimising space, maximising profit. Islands - Because you're limited to less than 10 hours the expense increases if you book through the ship at P&O extortionate prices and after two or 3 they all look the same. I appreciate that the majority of people on board enjoy cruising. I'm just glad I didn't book a two week cruise as it would have been 'man overboard' after a week. I wish I had the £3k+ it cost me to spend elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our first time on the Britannia for a week in the Caribbean. We were really disappointed to find out that all of the signature restaurants required a cover charge ranging from £25/person to £35/person!! In my opinion this is a rip-off ... Read More
Our first time on the Britannia for a week in the Caribbean. We were really disappointed to find out that all of the signature restaurants required a cover charge ranging from £25/person to £35/person!! In my opinion this is a rip-off given that we had already paid a lot for the cruise to eat in our designated Meridian restaurant - The food was excellent. Also given that this was only our second cruise, we were amazed to see that on 'non-formal' evenings, people were arriving for dinner in beach shorts, round neck T-shirts & flip flops, (both women as well as men) when the dress code was casual smart (smart jeans). Why have a dress code if it's not being enforced?? Is it too much to ask passengers to wear trousers & a short sleeve shirt? A general dumbing down of standards that will not do P&O any favours in the long run. The entertainment was very good if somewhat repetitive, the only way to get more variety was to pay extra £35 plus/person for a dinner show. The regular act (Pulse) were very good, but do you really want to see them 3 nights running doing set shows of 'Movie songs' then General pop, then Abba? On the plus side, every member of staff, from the cabin crew, to waiters/bar staff & entertainers were exceptional. They couldn't do enough for you (a special mention here to Rajesh our cabin steward) & always attentive with a smile. Although we enjoyed the cruise, there are many other companies out there who will provide the certain (not unreasonable) standards we are looking for & not 'rip-off' a captive audience to visit other dining experiences such as extra £50/couple for the Sindhu Indian restaurant. Additional £50 for a curry??? Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Its been a while since we sailed with P&O and we decided to go as a last minute decision. Britannia is a lovely ship but we and others felt it was far too big and that there was not enough going on, in fact less than on other P&O ... Read More
Its been a while since we sailed with P&O and we decided to go as a last minute decision. Britannia is a lovely ship but we and others felt it was far too big and that there was not enough going on, in fact less than on other P&O ships. Standards have slipped too: no hand cleanser before entering the restaurants or buffet (sinks to wash hands before entering the buffet but most bypassed them), handrails by the stairs were all dirty, the towels and bed linen were a delicate shade of grey with marks left on them, floors not properly cleaned, etc, etc and we were not the only passengers to notice this; many others who had sailed before had come to the same conclusion and they too said they would not be sailing on Britannia again. P&O obviously had trouble filling the ship as they were offering cabins up to half the advertised price! The food was ok but nothing very special, no ice carving, no fruit carving, no attempt to entertain passengers on sea days other than at extra cost. The staff, as always, were lovely and so very helpful. The itinerary had been changed subsequent to the earlier hurricane damage on some islands which meant that we spent 2.5 days in Barbados which we didn't mind as we love it there. Instead of Tortola and St. Maarten the ship went to Bonaire and St. Vincent. We were in cabin G303 allocated on arrival and it was ok, a balcony with unobstructed view as the lifeboats were just below us alongside meaning that we couldn't look straight down but that was alright and its starboard; the ship mostly docked portside. Would we go back? Definitely not on Britannia! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I had a great time and food and service was brilliant. Entertainment could not of been better. I am due to go on another cruise this September around med. I just hope the shows have changed, as I would not like to see the same shows as ... Read More
I had a great time and food and service was brilliant. Entertainment could not of been better. I am due to go on another cruise this September around med. I just hope the shows have changed, as I would not like to see the same shows as I did a mini cruise and the shows were the same. I went with my parents, they really enjoyed it, my mum is disabled and I was helped so much getting on and off ship. Food was always served hot. I would have like more choice at lunch time. But what choice there was, was good. There was a lot of choice in bars and restaurants. The resident band pulse were brilliant they entertained us in bars and on the pool area. Cocktails were to die for and not too expensive either, shopping was good and not too expensive either, especially tax free Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our second trip to the Caribbean on Britannia as we enjoyed the first one very much. So, how was the second acquaintance compared to the first trip ? Positive Points. The use of St Lucia as a starting port was fine. As ... Read More
This was our second trip to the Caribbean on Britannia as we enjoyed the first one very much. So, how was the second acquaintance compared to the first trip ? Positive Points. The use of St Lucia as a starting port was fine. As one previous reviewer has said the transfer is a bit longer than a Barbados start, but as only one plane was used, the check - in on board was much swifter without any waiting in a hot sweaty warehouse. From ship side to cabin was less than 15 mins. The food and service in the Oriental Restaurant was as good as ever. Tried the Sindu restaurant again, food even better than the last time. The entertainment was brilliant, the headliner shows are West End standard , maybe a bit too modern for some of the previous old fogie reviewers, but we loved them. We saw Madeline Bell in the Limelight Club and she and the food were fantastic !!. Second visit meant we didn't get lost so often ! The Negative Points Still some problems with blocked public WCs Still some hogging of sunbeds with towels before breakfast. But you can always find a quiet spot away from the noisy central pool area. Still same problems with lift capacity midships, not helped by one lift being out of service for the entire trip. OUR BIGGEST MOAN A few weeks before our trip we were upgraded to a suite with a wet floor shower bathroom. Lovely spacious cabin etc. BUT the shower drains stank. More detail in the cabin review BIG NEGATIVE FOR US Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
From arriving at the airport in Gatwick everything went so smoothly. Flight was on time and arrived in St Lucia. From St. Lucia we quickly disembarked the aircraft no security to pass through at the airport and no luggage to locate. We ... Read More
From arriving at the airport in Gatwick everything went so smoothly. Flight was on time and arrived in St Lucia. From St. Lucia we quickly disembarked the aircraft no security to pass through at the airport and no luggage to locate. We were put straight on a coach and headed straight to the Britannia Ship. The embarkation process was quick and friendly. We located our room quickly and we soon settled in though tired with the journey. The cabin was C526 and would certainly recommend. It was set out as a double bed and there was plenty of space and storage/ hanging of clothes and belongings. The room included a safety deposit box. The shower room was adequate in size and always hot water. Our cabin steward did a fantastic job of looking after us and our room. The dining experience on this ship was excellent. We enjoyed mostly dining in the Oriental where we shared a table of 6 people. Again the staff did a great job in looking after us(very professional) and were very friendly. If something wasn't to your liking they soon rectified the situation. Personally everything was to my and my husbands liking and for this reason we dined here regularly. We tried the sindhu restaurant and that was outstanding and we also are at the market cafe for lunch and the Limelight club for an evening show and again they were more than adequate. We watched a selection of entertainment in the headliners theatre to which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was varied from singers to ventriloquist and comedians. also we had the opportunity to see Dean Andrews into the limelight club,who was fantastic and we saw pulse the resident act in the live lounge who were excellent! The only part I struggled to enjoy was sea days on deck. It was crowded with people glued together in rows of beds. Therefore we spent much of our time at sea on our balcony which is quite small. Service on the ship was excellent from reception to coffee shops and dining. It's a very busy ship so these people deserve a medal! The shore excursions were good at the very least. The only thing I would have liked more was more photo opportunities off the coaches. Sometimes I could see this was difficult though for health and safety reasons. The guides were all excellent and informative though. All in all an excellent cruise experience! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose the cruise because we liked the itinerary of 10 ports.We usually go with Cunard but thought we would try P and O on the new ship.Having booked the cruise over 12 months before online we asked for an upgrade on the plane.Initially ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we liked the itinerary of 10 ports.We usually go with Cunard but thought we would try P and O on the new ship.Having booked the cruise over 12 months before online we asked for an upgrade on the plane.Initially we were informed we were too early and to ring on a certain date.We did and were informed all premium economy seats were taken.Not given any alternative we decided to travel independently.When trying to board in St Lucia we encountered our first problems.Security on the gate did not have us on a list.Eventually we boarded. We had arrived at the time stated on our etickets .we were in one of the top suites.and We do feel other than a larger room there is no real benefit to paying for a suite.Our balcony although wider was not large enough to put a chair and foot stool directly facing out to sea. The entertainment overall was pretty good as there are many venues on board to choose from. Sea days are the worst for people putting towels on beds around the pools. The whole area is overcrowded with bodies everywhere. We feel that P and O cater for the masses rather than the individual Traveller. We mostly dined in the speciality restaurants we we paid extra for and thought the service in those areas were good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 3rd Island Windjammer. Each time they continue to impress me. You absolutely have the most beautiful views & unique experiences - truly unlike any other trip! If you are one that enjoys kicking back & seeing the ... Read More
This was our 3rd Island Windjammer. Each time they continue to impress me. You absolutely have the most beautiful views & unique experiences - truly unlike any other trip! If you are one that enjoys kicking back & seeing the islands by water, hopping off & playing on different islands & hopping back on the ship for the next destination then I highly recommend these guys & gals. We hit the smaller islands so there's none of the 'big' cruise ships, which is perfect for what we love! The food is varied but always delicious. One thing I enjoy is that that portion it properly (unlike many of us, myself included, who always eats too much!). The crew all takes an interest in you & your individual experience, they truly care - We like to do a different ship & different islands each time and we are already planning our next one & can not wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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 ... Read More
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. Everyone talks about food when they mention cruises. We ate fresh and tasty food that was in season, and ate way more than we usually do! There was diversity in the menus and everything was well prepared. The only 'requests' I would suggest is having some local honey or regional syrups and jams for breakfast, along with some decaf coffee for those of us with caffeine issues. Glad to see the Sagitta has a popcorn offering, as it helps with the sodium loss we all experienced in a VERY hot Oct. Yes, we had amazing weather, which helps make a cruise great! And since we went during the slow season in the 'French West Indies', there were no tourist lines to suffer. Everyone wished they could have a few more days at Isle de Saints, as that is the prettiest of the French Islands. The ship was comfortable, the crew was skilled and professional, and our fellow shipmates were a charming group of adventurers. I do not think that Island Windjammer can take credit for our wonderful shipmates. Adventurous-minded people are drawn to each other it seems, and this week was a perfect example. Our group ranged in age from early 30's - 70, and while not all were extremely active, that was their choice. However, the rope swing into the water and swimming and jumping off the ship were enjoyed more than once! We had a great group of folks, and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed a variety of discussions in the moonlight, and at meals. It is only our 3rd day off the ship, and I already miss the SagittaRitas and fun chats! We certainly lucked out with a great group of fellow travelers. We have seen most of the Caribbean islands by now, so we may not do another Island Windjammer for a while. When we are ready to return, I think we'll once again choose the Sagitta. We will certainly recommend Island Windjammer to our friends, for they offer an unpretentious and fun way of exploring the Islands. This company appreciates their customers and offers a wonderful escape from 'reality' of the media-obsessed world. Take a sail with Island Windjammers on the Diamant or the Sagitta. It is a delightful adventure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my 2nd Island Windjammer Cruise and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one although the experiences were different. Both captains and the crew were outstanding! My recent cruise was on Sagitta which is larger than Diamanté. ... Read More
This was my 2nd Island Windjammer Cruise and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one although the experiences were different. Both captains and the crew were outstanding! My recent cruise was on Sagitta which is larger than Diamanté. However each provided excellent accommodations, meals, and overall customer service from reservations to disembarkment. The Sagitta cruise had around 20 passengers vs. 7 on Diamanté. However, it's amazing how the bonding between passengers occurred each time. It was amazing having some beaches and islands (Happy Island--a must see built out of conch shells) all to yourself with Bon fires, Caribbean drinks and beach barbecues with a live band. My friends and I enjoyed the hot springs experience that much more after watching the scene from "Vacation" on the way over. :). I didn't get to experience the previous Windjammer Cruises but many of the passengers on each of my trips have and still spoke highly of IWJ. The entertainment onboard IWJ is created by the passengers and crew but the opportunity is also there for entertainment ashore! There's opportunity to choose fun, cultural insight and/or relaxation! I've enjoyed several big cruise ship experiences and yet I highly recommend this intimate cruise experience!!! Next for me, VELA! (The newest IWJ Vessel!) Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We were fortunate to get to sail on the Sagitta as part of a wedding party and it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life. Yes, some of us got a little seasick, but I wouldn't blame that on the ship or crew. We had the ... Read More
We were fortunate to get to sail on the Sagitta as part of a wedding party and it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life. Yes, some of us got a little seasick, but I wouldn't blame that on the ship or crew. We had the best crew ever (still craving Lenny's banana pancakes, homemade chips and dip, and Sagita-ritas!) and the boat was beautiful. The cabins were boat cabins - not large, but big enough, esp. since you spend so much of your time above deck. Yes, if you want to sleep two full-grown adults side-by-side on the lower bunk, it'll be cozy, but this is a boat. Our captain was great and even turned the boat around so we could be completely surrounded by a 25+ dolphin pod + Pilot Whales. I don't know who ordered the many rainbows and green flash at sunset, but they completely capped off the wedding in the shadows of the Pitons. The ports we stopped at were lovely and the crew was fantastic about making sure that we knew we would be going back to the boat for lunch, happy hour and dinner. The locals on each island were very friendly and proud to show off their land. I thought there was a good mix of readily available tour options and "explore on your own". Lots of snorkeling and beautiful views abound. I think part of the appeal of our trip was that we knew everyone on the boat. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone looking for a special wedding or event consider doing the same. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I went on the Solo Sojourn in July and it was an wonderful experience. The crew was top-notch, never letting you lift a finger to do anything. They were very helpful and one of them even fixed my camera so I didn't miss out on ... Read More
I went on the Solo Sojourn in July and it was an wonderful experience. The crew was top-notch, never letting you lift a finger to do anything. They were very helpful and one of them even fixed my camera so I didn't miss out on capturing the memories. Although I was a bit nervous about sharing a room with someone I didn't know, my roommate was great. There were only 19 people on board and everyone seemed to get along just fine. We're already talking about planning our next cruise together! The rooms are spacious for a boat that small. And there is always a place you can get away and have some 'me' time on the boat. The only thing that was a little off was our visit to Martinique's Fort Du France. It was just too big of a city, too many people and too much noise compared to what we had been experiencing. But considering we were only there for 1/2 a day it wasn't too bad. The other smaller stops in Dominica, Iles de Saintes and Martinque were mellow and enjoyable. If you're considering sailing with Island Windjammers - book it today! Don't wait! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We cruised in late July and had a wonderful time. St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe. Waterfalls, river excursion, shopping in Martinique, snorkeling, swimming in crystal blue water and making new friends on the Sagitta. ... Read More
We cruised in late July and had a wonderful time. St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe. Waterfalls, river excursion, shopping in Martinique, snorkeling, swimming in crystal blue water and making new friends on the Sagitta. Comfortable cabins, extraordinary crew, Sagitta-ritas at 5:00, wonderful island food, and more. Thanks to Captain Delyan, Patricio, Jonesy, Crystal, Chef Lenny, Dextroy, Herchell, Shyam, Clay and Shem! We enjoyed meeting you all. All our best to Stefan, too! We'll definitely do this again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Just back from a week on the Sagitta so I thought I'd share some thoughts with my fellow travelers. We did the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles des Saintes (part of Guadeloupe) and ... Read More
Just back from a week on the Sagitta so I thought I'd share some thoughts with my fellow travelers. We did the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles des Saintes (part of Guadeloupe) and Martinique. First the good news: Island Windjammers (IWJ) rates highly on coordinating hotels, transfers, taxis, etc. They are polished at getting everybody aboard the vessel with ease and comfort. This is especially important for the Sagitta, which is too big to dock at any of the destinations; instead, the crew relies on a couple of Zodiacs for all ship to shore transportation. More good news: Chef Lenny was great at accommodating those of us with special dietary needs, including those with allergies as well as those pesky vegans. I think everyone aboard rated all three daily meals as very good or better. Another very nice aspect of this trip is a 5:00 happy hour, where drinks and punches were served alongside pizzas, grilled tuna, fruit platters, cheese platters, and a lot of other tasty finger food. In addition to Chef Lenny, most of the crew was pleasant and helpful. Operations Manager Crystal was an angel at coordinating activities and joining in the fun with the guests. Clay and Shem were great at running the Zodiacs hour after hour. The ship has an ample number of chaises and chairs for deck side lounging. Roughly half the deck is kept shaded by tarps. The fore deck is huge, with plenty of room for guests. Now some bad news: the Sagitta is not a sailing vessel. It runs under power the entire time and puts up a sail or two for cosmetic purposes only. This was a huge disappointment, as IWJ's Diamant was under full sail on many occasions when we travelled with her a couple of years ago. The itinerary is flawed. Two days are spent in Dominica, an impoverished nation with virtually no tourist infrastructure, and very little in the way of sandy beaches. While on Dominica, we did manage to do a third party tour ($60 per person) that included a cave swim, a short hike to two really awesome waterfalls, and a relatively nice snorkel. A river tour the next day was mediocre. All in all, Dominica is not worth two days out of a six day tour: we did not see a single restaurant or bar worth visiting, nor a single store that a typical tourist might want to shop in. The people of Dominica, it must be noted, were as nice as can be, especially our tour guide Josie. Another flawed part of the itinerary is spending a whole morning in Fort-de-France, an urban area of Martinique with many modest stores, a farmers market and a fort, but not very much to hook in the typical tourist. The problem with spending too much time in Dominica is that it takes time away from a two-stop visit to Ilse de Saintes, which has a very nice town, really good snorkeling, a couple of nice beaches, and amazingly beautiful bays. Ilse de Saintes deserves more time that IWJ allots to it. The problem with stopping at Fort-de-France is that it takes away a half day that could be spent at an incredible bay on the opposite side of Martinique, where we were able to spend just three hours on the beach and in the town. This other side of Martinique deserved a lot more time, as it seems everybody on board loved the beaches, the water and the turtles. A couple of us commented that we would have gladly spent the whole week on the back side of Martinique. While most transit is done at night, much of one day toward the end of the tour is wasted on the return trip to St. Lucia. We would have greatly preferred this transportation be done at night as well, as it would have allowed another half a day at Ilse de Saintes. Note also that this excursion does not allow for a stop at the main island of Guadeloupe, which seems like another flaw in the itinerary. A few more comments: 1. The Sagitta crosses several choppy channels during the trip. Sea sickness patches or pills are recommended. 2. Bring Euros for the French islands, as they do not take the US dollar. 3. The best St. Lucia hotel for this trip is the Bay Gardens Beach Resort. It is located right next to Rodney Bay, where the Sagitta anchors, and is just a two minute transfer from hotel to marina. 4. Pack lightly and casually. This is an extremely relaxed trip; no one is getting dressed up. 5. Sagitta does not have Wi-Fi but you can get a cell signal on or near every island. I'll wrap up by saying IWJ's trip to Grenada and St. Vincent was fantastic. It proves IWJ knows how to do things the right way. Hopefully IWJ can make a couple of adjustments on the St. Lucia cruise to get it up to the level it deserves. Happy Travels to All. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We just returned from the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles Des Saintes and Martinique. This was our first cruise ever, and we went with our friends who have done Windjammer cruises in the past. ... Read More
We just returned from the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles Des Saintes and Martinique. This was our first cruise ever, and we went with our friends who have done Windjammer cruises in the past. To sum up our experience - for us, in spite of a little bit of rain, it was a perfect week! The crew was friendly and super accommodating. The sites were beautiful. The ship was quite comfortable and spacious. The food was really yummy. Not to mention the daily "Sagitarittas!" And all the guests onboard got along quite well! We made sure to take motion sickness meds every day, and we're glad we did. Not a bit of seasickness, in spite of some bumpy rides in the "channels" between the islands. If you are looking for one of those luxury giant ship cruises, you won't find it here. If you're looking for a nice, low key, super friendly and wonderful time, we recommend it wholeheartedly. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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