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22 St. Lucia to Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

This was one of the greatest sails we have ever had. Twelve days of being pampered and taken care of and sailing south bound from St Lucia and ending in Grenada. The crew consisted of Captain, Engineer, Chef, Steward and Bosun. Each and ... Read More
This was one of the greatest sails we have ever had. Twelve days of being pampered and taken care of and sailing south bound from St Lucia and ending in Grenada. The crew consisted of Captain, Engineer, Chef, Steward and Bosun. Each and every one of them went out of their way 100 percent of the time to ensure that every passenger was accommodated in every way. Unbelievably fantastic level of service!! The food was excellent and plentiful. The Chef baked all his own breads and cakes and deserts!! The presentation was award winning. All of this was prepared in the tiniest of galleys. Amazing!! All this great food plus all the beer and wine and soda you wanted seven by twenty four. They encourage you to bring your own hard liquor, so there is no huge bar bill at the end of the sail. We stopped at many islands along the way to snorkel and hike and just hit the beaches .................. some of the best in the Caribbean!! I have already booked my next sail, cannot wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I booked two back to back cruises to different areas, it wasn't until I was on the second trip that I was told the itinerary had changed and we were going back to do the same itinerary in which I had just finished, no one from the ... Read More
I booked two back to back cruises to different areas, it wasn't until I was on the second trip that I was told the itinerary had changed and we were going back to do the same itinerary in which I had just finished, no one from the company had warned me otherwise I would have chosen something different or cancelled one of them. When I contacted the head office they apologised and offered me a free 6 day cruise to which I asked for the cost equiverlent instead as I wasn't going to be in the Caribbean again plus the wasted 6 days repeating everything again. They didn't want to do that and their response was a letter reminding me about their Small Print that says they have the right to substitute any scheduled sailings and itineraries without notice, a great cop out and an extremely bad way to treat customers. After talking to some of the other guests about it I found out I wasn't the only one unhappy with their customer service treatment from head office and they wouldn't be travelling with them again. I have travelled exstensively for many year to over 90 countries and work in tourism as a Guide and also spent 10 selling trips just like this and never had I had or heard of such bad service. Air con didn't work for a while in some of the rooms so 2 of us had to sleep in the hallway. average food , horrible coffee and undrinkable wine. There are lots of other companies out there to choose from. The ship staff were fantastic Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I was on the same cruise as "huge world wide traveler" and had an entirely different experience. It was TERRIFIC !! The captain altered the itinerary to avoid rain and stormy weather. Instead of sailing north right away he ... Read More
I was on the same cruise as "huge world wide traveler" and had an entirely different experience. It was TERRIFIC !! The captain altered the itinerary to avoid rain and stormy weather. Instead of sailing north right away he headed south for 4 of the 12 days. This was an extreme amount of work and resulted in several night sails (for the crew) to travel that far south and then again backtracking that far north just of please all of the passengers. That's a good thing, who wants to sail in a storm? Even if you already have been there. We were able to enjoy more of the Caribbean islands in good weather and still did the northern islands per the published itinerary. The food was excellent and plentiful and the chefs were accommodating to individual needs. They baked all their breads and rolls and deserts were to die for ................ we're talking award winning caliber. The service was over the top, all the crew were always asking you if you needed something or a drink or whatever. The cabins were large for this type of sailing ship and cleaned/made up daily. Some people are just complainers. I have sailed with IWJ many times and they are always top notch and I always have my next sail booked!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
It has been a many-decades long dream of mine to sail the Caribbean. I never quite got around to it when I was young enough to captain my own sailboat. As we are all aware, such fantasies are rarely matched by the reality of the eventual ... Read More
It has been a many-decades long dream of mine to sail the Caribbean. I never quite got around to it when I was young enough to captain my own sailboat. As we are all aware, such fantasies are rarely matched by the reality of the eventual trip. So as a 70 year old, reasonably fit traveler, off I went, and I can report that this trip, in all ways, exceeded my long help tropical sail dream. Some opinions on few important general items: -This is not a cruise ship, and will likely not appeal to those who love the big cruise ship experience. The crowds and lines and glitz and glimmer of large ships have never appealed to me, so this was really my cup of tea (or glass of rum). -This is a sailing vessel. There is considerable rocking and rolling during transit. The weather and seas were fairly tame as open-water sailing goes. Four of the 16 guests developed mild seasickness early in the voyage. None had to miss any meals or activities. Do bring sea sickness meds that you have tried out before the trip if you think you might be prone, and plan on exercising some caution as you walk about the ship during transit, especially for the first day or two. The captain always anchors the ship in protected harbors or leeward locations, so most of the time things are pretty calm and stable. -As an older somewhat overweight guy with 2 knee replacements, I had no difficulties with any of the activities. You do need a degree of flexibility and fitness to navigate the fairly steep stairway down to your cabin, to get on and off the dingy (excellent assistance from the crew with this maneuver), and to enjoy the hikes and snorkeling. -I loved the activities on this trip, but other reviewers seem to have expected more of a cruise ship experience. Expect time on gorgeous beaches, time swimming and snorkeling in amazingly clear and warm water, lounging on deck, and visiting small towns at your various island anchorages. The only "optional tour" on our passage was an island tour of Bequia, where we rode in the covered back bed of a small truck and visited small local attractions (model ship builder, turtle sanctuary, whaling museum. Our driver and guide was one of the last members of an extant whaling family, and his whaling history talk was fascinating). At $30, this was a great experience and a great value. The other notable activity was the optional after dinner dingy rides ashore to visit local bars. These trips were as much about the local culture as about drinking, and quite a rich experience. Just don't expect casinos, floor shows, spas, and tour busses. As others have noted, you will likely become good friends with your fellow passengers, and the crowd that chooses this kind of vacation tends to be a pretty unique and interesting group. That being said, we had a couple of passengers who preferred to spend more alone time, and there was plenty of space and support for that experience also. Some reviewers have mentioned the small cabins. Having sailed before on a smaller boat, I found my solo cabin to be quite adequate and comfortable. It was actually charming and cozy. The bathroom with combined sink/toilet/shower was very functional. Pack everything in a soft-sided carry-on and you will be fine. As others have mentioned, the food is remarkable for such a small ship. Portion sizes are just right, and you are always offered seconds. In addition to the three meals, excellent appetizers and rum punch were served every afternoon during "cocktail hour." The vinophiles on our trip described the house wine as fairly decent, and there were opportunities to buy premium wines along the route of sail. I'm a beer snob, and found the local lager (Piton), stocked on the ship, to be excellent. On one occasion, the crew prepared and delivered an excellent "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" feast to the beach where we were spending the day. When anchored, dinner on deck was a real treat. One of the keys to this cruise being so outstanding is the crew. We had 16 passengers and 10 crew. Each crew member was always busy tending to their duties, which often centered around the comfort and enjoyment of the passengers. They were personable, fun, yet professional. Our activities director was great, and gave us full briefings of the day's activities. She also accompanied us on most of our onshore adventures. I have never done a mega-cruise, and have only heard of the hassles on embarkation and disembarkation days. Getting on and off Vela was quick, simple, and well organized. Oh, and did I mention that this truly is a barefoot cruise? Except for the one island tour, I did not wear shoes from the time I boarded Vela until the time I got ready to leave for the airport. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A casual cruise experience with a small crew and passenger count. Our ship was 24 passenger with 9 crew. All the crew was very interactive with the passengers and made you feel completely comfortable. The food was incredible - fresh ... Read More
A casual cruise experience with a small crew and passenger count. Our ship was 24 passenger with 9 crew. All the crew was very interactive with the passengers and made you feel completely comfortable. The food was incredible - fresh fish and produce bought at the local island markets. All crew were very knowledgeable and were happy to interact and answer questions. The small ship gave a very intimate feel with the sea. The Operations Manager had a detailed review of the following days actives and options to choose from. He was great at making accommodations and making sure everyone was ready and prepared for the day. I would recommend this to older and younger generations. I enjoyed the snorkeling and rope swing on the boat. Plenty of games to keep you occupied as you sailed from one island to the next.You can stay on the boat as little or as much as you'd like while at the different ports. So this could be made as a super relaxing cruise or plan as many activities as possible on the islands. If you get the chance , do this cruise, spectacular!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I just returned from our 2nd trip with Island Windjammers. We enjoyed our sail on the beautiful Vela, but the cabins were a bit smaller than those on sister ship, Sagitta. The crew on Vela worked so hard to make us ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our 2nd trip with Island Windjammers. We enjoyed our sail on the beautiful Vela, but the cabins were a bit smaller than those on sister ship, Sagitta. The crew on Vela worked so hard to make us comfortable, safe, and happy. We were particularly impressed with Captain Alexis and Ops Man, Andrew. The food was delicious, and the drinks were plenty. We enjoyed our island stops as well. Unfortunately, we were sad to see how bad things still look in Dominica since the hurricane. We embarked in St. Lucia from Marigot Bay and stayed their a few days prior to sailing. That bay was small but beautiful and bustling with activity. We liked St. Lucia, and later in the sail week, we actually anchored in Rodney Bay. It was quite a bit larger than Marigot Bay, and we enjoyed a wonderful beach day, snorkeling and hanging out with shipmates in the clear water. There was a character entrepreneur who scooted around in a small boat decorated with international flags. He was hawking drinks he made right there on his boat out of whole fresh pineapples and coconuts! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have only great things to say about my 1st experience with Island Windjammers and I will certainly be back! I have not stopped smiling since I have been home. I have been to many different places and on many vacations and I can safely ... Read More
I have only great things to say about my 1st experience with Island Windjammers and I will certainly be back! I have not stopped smiling since I have been home. I have been to many different places and on many vacations and I can safely say this vacation has been my favorite of all. We cruised on the Vela from Saint Lucia (Marigot Bay) to Dominica to Isle De Saintes to Marie Galante to Martinique to Saint Lucia (Rodney Bay and then to Marigot Bay). The food is absolutely amazing and it is included. All meals were made with fresh ingredients from the island. I have never eaten so well for a week straight in my life. Lenny the chef a.k.a. Big Sexy made healthy food taste delicious! At 5pm everyday a snack and velacoladas are served. When we went to Isle De Saintes, we had wine, cheese, and meat as the snack to go with the French flair. There was a very diverse group of 12 passengers on the boat ranging from kids to seniors. One of my favorite parts of this adventure was getting to know all of the other passengers and also the crew members. Everyone was so nice, helpful, and interesting. It was really neat to learn about everyone's lives. By the end of the trip, I almost felt like crying leaving everyone! You really become close very quickly throughout the duration of the trip! There was something for everyone on this vacation and there were always a lot of options for things to do at each stop. We hiked, snorkeled, sunbathed, relaxed, went on excursions, checked out the nightlife on the different islands, visited stores/boutiques, swam, jumped off the rope swing of the boat, watched fish at night swim through the fish light off the boat, visited a rum factory, danced on the deck at night, told stories, listened to stories, used the paddleboard, learned how to tie sailing knots and relaxed in paradise. I felt very safe and knew that the crew was very knowledgeable about sailing and safety. Unlike other cruises that I have been on, I never felt crunched for time or on a schedule. PLENTY of time was given at each island and Andrew, our operations manager, knew the best things to do on each island. He really helped make sure we hit all the best things on the island. The dingy brought you back and forth between the boat and island. If you wanted to stay on the island instead of going back for a meal, that was perfectly fine and they would come back and get you whenever you wanted! Everything on the boat was spic and span and very clean. I was worried about getting seasick so before I went, I got a prescription for the seasickness patch that goes behind your ear and I did not feel sick at all the whole cruise. It was very casual and there was no need for any fancy clothes. I wore a bathing suit and comfy clothes the entire trip! The bed was comfortable and the cabins had a shower and toilet in them. We spent most of our time on the upper part of the boat. We saw a lot of cool fish, dolphins, turtles, birds, iguanas, and lizards. If you are a food and nature lover, you will love this trip. My only complaint is that the cruise ended. :( I left with wonderful memories and new friends that I will never forget. This was the trip of a lifetime and the passengers needs are put first from beginning to end. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our 4th cruise on Island Windjammers. We absolutely loved them all and plan to do another next year. We've done 2 on the "Diamant" and now 2 on the "Vela". This review is posted for the "Vela" ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Island Windjammers. We absolutely loved them all and plan to do another next year. We've done 2 on the "Diamant" and now 2 on the "Vela". This review is posted for the "Vela" northern route for our recent Feb. 2018 sail. We sailed out of Marigot Bay on beautiful St. Lucia. During the trip we anchored twice on St. Lucia; three times on Martinique; once on Dominica; Once on Ile de Sants, part of Guadeloupe.We boarded on a Sunday afternoon and sailed until we disembarked the following Saturday. We snorkeled several times; did some great ground guided excursions; walked through several towns to absorb some of the local culture. The driving tour through Dominica was one of the first since the major hurricane devastation - very eye opening. The other guests were great and got into the sailing adventure mode quickly. The crew was as always very efficient, friendly, competent and helpful. The food was superb, and plenty of it.Chef Robert and Pancho work miracles on this boat! Jess, the on-board operations manager, made sure every thing went smoothly for tours, customs, etc The weather was generally good for us - some scattered rain here and there but not enough to impact us much. The winds were some what higher than normal and made for some fast sailing and adventure on the high seas. Captain Alex sailed whenever we changed anchorages. Some of the longer sails across the channels between major islands was at night. One could sleep or stay up and enjoy the late sail. The cabins are cozy and yet once you get a bit used to them they are more than adequate for your needs.It is , after all, a replica of an old sailing vessel where space is limited.. The air conditioning worked very well and the shower was good too. One suggestion is to pack light - you don't need a lot of clothes for this cruise. We used duffel bags that folded up to pretty small size once empty. Overall it was every thing we had expected based on our previous three trips.We will be planning another windjammer adventure soon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
As the Medical Officers on Amazing Grace of the previous Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fleet 20 years ago, my husband and I were able to visit all of the tall ships of that fleet as well as many of the islands visited by the Grace from ... Read More
As the Medical Officers on Amazing Grace of the previous Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fleet 20 years ago, my husband and I were able to visit all of the tall ships of that fleet as well as many of the islands visited by the Grace from Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago for a month long sail at a time. We have recently arrived home from our first Island Windjammer sail on Vela, a surprise celebration for my husband’s 50th birthday. We went into the adventure with high expectations and have returned home absolutely impressed! Our group of 9 Canadian adventurers appreciated the focus by the Crew on all aspects of safety, which allowed everyone to relax, knowing we were in good hands. A little note: be properly prepared to deal with seasickness as this is the real deal - navigating the Caribbean sea on a sailboat is not for the faint of heart! The trip felt very familiar as the owners have captured the original Windjammer experience: sailing to see small islands the congested, large ships can’t get to, exceptional and well-trained staff (from booking to disembarkation) who go above and beyond to make sure your experience is what you want it to be, day trips, snorkeling and diving trips and even 5 o’clock swizzles and snacks! The tour of the engine room is a must, as Frederick demonstrated the inner workings and the many talents demanded of him to keep the Vela operational at all times. Chef Robert produced exceptional meals daily with the option available at times to purchase local meals ashore. Accessibility to the Captain, Officers and Crew with whom you can take the time to share and learn about the sailing experience and each other’s cultures if you want to, while relaxing on the fantail or on the deck, leaves you knowing you have had an authentic experience. We continued the Barefoot tradition of leaving clothing behind in our cabin for the crew at the end of our journey, knowing they will be able to share it with someone who needs it more than we do - thank you Island Windjammers for the wonderful memories! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Like most of my vacations I put a lot of time an effort beforehand researching the how and why of whatever we are planning to do. I knew we wanted to sail and I knew we wanted a small boat and the Caribbean. I did my research and Island ... Read More
Like most of my vacations I put a lot of time an effort beforehand researching the how and why of whatever we are planning to do. I knew we wanted to sail and I knew we wanted a small boat and the Caribbean. I did my research and Island Windjammers consistently seemed to get great reviews. We were not disappointed. I will start by saying everything from purchasing passage to disembarking went smoothly (saying goodbye to fellow shipmates and the crew, however, was not easy..) Once you have bought your ticket to sail, Island Windjammers gives you access to a message board to chat with other would-be sailors so gearing up to go is extra fun. You can find very helpful posts, get answers to questions and chat with your soon to be shipmates! We buddied up with a couple of other travelers on our boat to share cab rides to and from the ship this way. The Sagitta is a 120 ft motorsailer. For our sail we had 20 passengers and 11 crew. There isn't a set itinerary, per say, but the days were very organized. Yes, you may do as much or as little as you like. The general course of events were--breakfast at 8, story time to follow (this is when you learn about your days options/activities) first dinghy usually left for shore around 9:30 (back and forth to the ship hourly) lunch at noon, snacks and "Sagitta-ritas" (delicious) at 5 and dinner at 7. All meals were delicious. George and Philbert prepared amazing food in that small galley. Standouts to me were the beef Burgundy, the trio of salads we had one day for lunch, the cheese burgers, all the breakfasts and all the varieties of juices offered. Our cabin was perfect. Clean with an amazing amount of storage (definitely try to pack light, I'm a notorious over packer.)We had our own bathroom, also perfect and surprisingly spacious. There were plenty of things to do (or not do!) The crew made sure paddle boards were out and available as well as floats and my favorite--the noodle. We swam off the side of the ship using these and also took them to a couple of beaches. Snorkle equipment was also available. I believe we snorkeled in at least 3 different locations. There was also a rope swing off of the ship which received plenty of use. There were optional excursions offered as well. Almost everyone on our ship took the all day tour of Dominica. In the evening I believe several passengers played dominos and dice games. I was not up this early but I do know one morning dolphins were spotted traveling along with the ship by the Captain and a couple passengers. The crew were all amazing. Always smiling, always helpful. They seemed to be having as good of time as we were just doing their jobs. Safety was taken very seriously. Captain Patricio was serious about his job and confident which made me feel very safe. Jermaine was always pleasant to see on deck first thing in thing in the morning making sure coffee was available (beer wine and rum were also not in short supply, but only after coffee for me, ha.) This is the best vacation we have ever taken. We plan on sailing with Island Windjammers again very soon. This time we would like to try the Vela or Diamanté just for variety sake. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I love tall masted ships and always have. Four years ago, I was so lucky to find a company that continued the tradition of simple but comfortable sailing in the Caribbean. Island Windjammer has 3 wonderful ships that sail different ... Read More
I love tall masted ships and always have. Four years ago, I was so lucky to find a company that continued the tradition of simple but comfortable sailing in the Caribbean. Island Windjammer has 3 wonderful ships that sail different itineraries in the Caribbean with a small number of passengers so that each passenger can explore and enjoy the islands and beaches that large cruise ships don't even know exist. I have been on all 3 ships - my latest experience was on the Vela, sailing to the French West Indies out of St. Lucia. If you love the wind in your face, watching the dolphin swim with the ship and the adventure of exploring lush tropical islands - this is it. We hiked to waterfalls and forts, relaxed in hot springs (volcanic islands), took river tours and shopped in French boutique stores. The ship's cabins are all air-conditioned with private baths - even the solo rooms! Meals are delicious and well prepared. Beer and Wine are complimentary, as are mixers, should you want to bring your own bottle. You can rope swing off the ship or just dive. Snorkeling gear is also provided. The ship can rock and roll when they sail - but if you are unsure of how you might do - sea sickness tablets are also available. Most people get their sea legs by day 2 without medication. Did I mention this was my 17th tall ship cruise?...and I'm signed up for next year to the BVI's. If you like adventure WITHOUT 5000 other people tagging along - this is a cruise you will enjoy and come back for more. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
What a great time - one of the two best weeks of my life (the other was the preceding week on Island Windjammers Vela). Sailing Diamant was a last minute change as I had originally been scheduled to sail Vela on back-to-back 6-night ... Read More
What a great time - one of the two best weeks of my life (the other was the preceding week on Island Windjammers Vela). Sailing Diamant was a last minute change as I had originally been scheduled to sail Vela on back-to-back 6-night trips. But Vela was taken out of service for a brief time and I ended up with the best of everything - two sailing trips on two different ships, with two different crews, two different sets of guests, and two different sets of islands. The two weeks were different from each other, but both were BRILLIANT! The Captain and crew were welcoming, knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, funny and willing to do whatever to make the ship's guests comfortable and entertained. I have never experienced a more accommodating group of people than the Captain and crew of Diamant. I have some knowledge and appreciation for what is required to take a group of diverse individuals and mold them into a team/crew that all pull in the same direction - Windjammers succeeds admirably. I had never sailed or cruised before (excepting the previous week on Vela), but this far exceeded every hope/expectation that I had. Opportunities were provided everyday to snorkle, sit on a beach, jump off the boat, rope swing, or just chill. At every anchorage/mooring we were advised of the highlights of the area and recommendations were made on things to checkout. SO MUCH FUN!!! Three multi-course meals and a "snack" each day, and never the same meal twice. Always fresh cut fruit, soup/salad, great entree, and dessert. Plenty of choices of beverages. Oh yeah, "snack" - consider that a fourth meal.... Hopefully you don't mind fresh baguettes and a selection of cheeses from the French ports, conch fritters with Caribbean chutney, freshly made plantain chips and the like. But for me the best part was the sailing - sails up every day. I don't know what I enjoyed more - sitting forward and watching the sunrise every morning - seeing the grey grey sea get tinged with gold before turning deep blue. Or sitting aft with the Captain or Mate long into the evening, telling stories, telling jokes, telling lies. I loved feeling the roll of the ship on the sea, the salt spray breaking over the bow, the fresh rain on my face, the warm Caribbean sun - I loved it all! I enjoyed every moment, devoured every morsel, and smile at every memory. The Captain and crew, the ship and the itinerary make the cruise. can't wait to go again! and go again I will!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
What a great time - one of the two best weeks of my life (the other was the following week on Island Windjammers Diamant). The Captain and crew were welcoming, knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and willing to do whatever to make the ... Read More
What a great time - one of the two best weeks of my life (the other was the following week on Island Windjammers Diamant). The Captain and crew were welcoming, knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and willing to do whatever to make the ship's guests comfortable and entertained. I have some knowledge and appreciation for what is required to take a group of diverse individuals and mold them into a team/crew that all pull in the same direction - Windjammers succeeds admirably. I had never sailed or cruised before, but this far exceeded every hope/expectation that I had. Opportunities were provided everyday to snorkle, sit on a beach, jump off the boat, rope swing, or just chill. At every anchorage/mooring we were advised of the highlights of the area and recommendations were made on things to checkout. Met up with the guests of Diamant twice during the week - once for a beach party and again for a "culture walk" (READ: pub crawl). SO MUCH FUN!!! Three multi-course meals and a "snack" each day, and never the same meal twice. Always fresh cut fruit, soup/salad, great entree, and dessert. Plenty of choices of beverages. Two of the guests were celebrating birthdays and the chef made birthday cakes for both celebrations. oh yeah, "snack" - consider that a fourth meal.... But for me the best part was the sailing - sails up every day. I had a forward cabin and the sound of the anchor chain was music to my ears, singing "we've arrived" or "let's go sailing!" I enjoyed every moment, devoured every morsel, and smile at every memory. The Captain and crew, the ship and the itinerary make the cruise. can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is the third Island Windjammer we have been on and the experience keeps getting better. Last year we were also on the Vela around Christmas time during a near-inaugural cruise and enjoyed it, despite the rough edges. This year, the ... Read More
This is the third Island Windjammer we have been on and the experience keeps getting better. Last year we were also on the Vela around Christmas time during a near-inaugural cruise and enjoyed it, despite the rough edges. This year, the rough edges were gone, and it was nothing but enjoyable throughout. The Vela is a small-ship experience: there were about 20 passengers during our cruise week. Passengers in our week ranged in age from 20s to 70, with most being in the 30-50 range. Two kids. Passengers all met at a small cafe in Marigot Bay where the paperwork was handled in a matter of minutes. We all then boarded and within 30 minutes we were headed down the coast for an hour or two of snorkeling in a hard-to-get-to cove. That set the tone for the week: most days began with us anchored outside a town, where hourly launches took passengers to shore for shopping or beaches or snorkeling. Those who chose not to go ashore then scattered about the ship to read or relax. Passengers came and went throughout the day as their whims drove them. Often there was a special launch in the afternoon to a cove or otherwise good swimming/snorkeling area. A couple of sites had organized tours for sign-up. Departure depended on the distance to the next island or town. For some short hauls, the ship remained at anchor in the evening allowing a town meal or bar-crawl. For other nights, the distance was longer so the ship left right after dinner. Once, for a very long leg, the ship left mid-afternoon and sailed through the night (dinner was had while we were in the lee of an island). I went with my wife and 12 year old son. My son in particular had a blast! While there are no "kids programs" like on large ships, there is a ton to do, both ashore and on ship. Most days, the captain hung up a rope swing for my son and the other kid to swing off the ship on. Of course, the adults got into the act too! The crew were extremely solicitous of him during the cruise, providing extra deserts, being extra careful during the launches, and otherwise being sure he was having a good time. This is not a "roughing it" cruise: the ship is made to a very high standard, and the crew works very hard to be sure everyone has a great time. There is a discussion each day about the possibilities on each island. In our week, there were just a few hours of true "sailing" due to winds and sea, but the sails were often up for stability and to provide a little extra help to the engines. It is fun to pull on a line once in a while, but most just grabbed a drink and watched the crew trim the ship. Being on a small boat, you will definitely feel the waves, and sea-sickness medicine should be taken early if you are susceptible. Cabins come in a variety of sizes, with the standard cabins being quite compact. But there are tons of places on deck with many seating areas, so there is really no reason to spend much time in the cabin. That said, the cabins are well-designed and the beds very comfortable. The crew (11 staff) were outgoing and very willing to talk about life aboard, the islands, and sailing. The captain obviously loved the ship and was eager to tell people about what was going on. Even the engineer was very happy to show us around the engine room. We love the Island Windjammer line: it has exactly the right mix of informality, adventure, and rexation that we enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
When I was in my early 20's, I worked on the S/V Fantome. Those experiences formed who I am today. I wanted to return to the new experience. Gathered 13 friends and we all had the time of our lives!!! EACH ONE OF US. The food, crew, ... Read More
When I was in my early 20's, I worked on the S/V Fantome. Those experiences formed who I am today. I wanted to return to the new experience. Gathered 13 friends and we all had the time of our lives!!! EACH ONE OF US. The food, crew, ship, islands...everything was a gift. The crew was always a joy and always sincere. The food was always amazing and fresh. When they realized there were a few of us with vegetarian diets, they were so accomodating. From then on we were always fed fabulous dishes related to all the others that were being served. From the deck , steward to Captain to Purser...all were like family. The tiny islands we visited were just what we all craved. Quiet untouched places. Free from Starbucks and American commerce. The little Sagitta was the most sweetest vessel. Cabins so much nicer and bigger then we had on the Fantome. But who is in the room ? We spend so much time outside,,,who could you not? This experience is the only kind I seek and will return again. A true peaceful place with the joy and fun wrapped up in rum, sun, night swims, laughter, quiet ....anything you choose. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our second trip with an Island Windjammers ship. In December 2014 we enjoyed our time on the Sagitta so much that we signed up for a January 2016 week on the Vela without hesitation. The Vela has been newly refitted and we were ... Read More
This was our second trip with an Island Windjammers ship. In December 2014 we enjoyed our time on the Sagitta so much that we signed up for a January 2016 week on the Vela without hesitation. The Vela has been newly refitted and we were aboard her on her third week of carrying passengers. One can see the dedication that has gone into making her a worthy addition to the Island Windjammers fleet. Itinerary: Initially the Vela was supposed to sail to the French West Indies, but due to the prevailing high winds the itinerary had to be changed to St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. We appreciated having advance warning about this change, but also knew from past experience that island visits need to be flexible and one doesn't always know in advance. We were skeptical but as we hadn't had our hearts set on a particular destination we were open to this new option and we definitely did not regret exploring this area. For a detailed description of this itinerary check out the reviews for the Diamant, as she regularly sails this section of the Caribbean and I would only be duplicating the well-written and thorough review of the unspoiled Grenadines I read there. The snorkeling, empty beaches, the water, the rough hills, the small towns - these are all things that we had not seen in our previous visits to the Caribbean and we highly recommend this area. The crew of the Vela made sure we had daily excursions and were brought by dinghy to island towns, beaches and snorkeling areas which most of the passengers took advantage of. The passengers who stayed on board tended to be those who were a little more limited physically. One does need some flexibility to climb up and down the gangway and aboard the dinghies, but one certainly doesn't need to be a teenager to do so. We were permitted to jump from the sides of the ship to our hearts' delight, and Captain Nervo even put up a rope swing for all to enjoy. The Vela would usually anchor at night, we did not dock at any piers while on this cruise. Attire/items needed for the trip: The overall vibe of the ship is casual and during the day bathing suits, shorts, and cover-ups were all that was needed. Evenings usually found us showered and a bit more presentable. Shoes are optional onboard, but I would definitely recommend a pair of good sandals or sneakers for island walking/hiking. Also bring a backpack for those excursions. And hats! The Caribbean sun can quickly burn your winter-pale skin. Sometimes you get lucky and can find sunscreen and/or bug spray left by previous passengers in the salon. We did not have a problem with insects biting us on this trip, but it's good to be prepared for some beach trips. Be sure to bring your own beach towels or purchase an Island Windjammers towel from the ship store. I would recommend a quick-drying towel meant for camping or even a yoga towel. Very practical collapsible water bottles/pouches are left as a gift when one first arrives in the cabin. They have a hook on them and we would attach them to our backpacks for shore excursions, which means you don't have to bring along any water bottles (like we did for our first trip aboard the Sagitta!). The passengers: Some of us were couples, three traveled as a single. We had one family of three onboard. One of the couples was on their honey-moon, others have been married for years. I mention this to show the variety of passengers who still manage to have a very nice time together. We even had a Londoner onboard. Food: It is so nice to not have to cook a single meal, plan a meal, or wash the dishes. The meals were always on-time and well-done and fresh ingredients were incorporated. Appetizers at Happy Hour were always plentiful and beverages were always accessible. Local beers, wine, soda selections were in a cooler. Large dispensing coolers of Iced Tea and Ice Water were also always fully filled. You won't go hungry on this ship, but you also won't be over-stuffed. Portions were just right and service in the salon was done well. The two stewards were always on the ball. Asking for seconds or smaller portions was not a problem. The Ship - three masts and many sails. The Vela can run on wind-power alone and several times she did. No engines. It was a trip back in time. I am prone to sea-sickness but by taking the medication offered on board (right next to the water station) well in advance of any turbulence, I didn't feel sick at any time while onboard. The crew will warn you when some rocking and rolling is expected and, with that in mind, I was always well prepared. I also occasionally wore the pressure point wrist bands. Many of our 16 passengers wore the 'patch' but as the week wore on some reported side-effects such as 'dry-mouth' and blurred vision which made me glad I relied on the occasional pill. My point is, one can go on this cruise and not feel ill when the seas get a little rocky. Deck chairs and lounge chaises are provided and shaded when not underway. The salon has four booths in which 6-8 people can sit for meals, or card playing, or chatting. All meals were eaten in this area. A bell summoned us to the salon for meals and story time. Breakfast was at 8:00 am. Lunch at noon or 12:30 pm. Snacks and Rum Punch were offered at 5:00 pm. Dinner was usually at 7:30pm. Each morning after breakfast the whiteboard in the salon would list the day's activity options and schedule (not a rigorous time schedule by any means) and the Ops Manager would be available for questions and planning. This was not a party-ship experience. Most evenings were spent chatting on the deck under the stars or taking a launch in to a small island bar. One goes into these cruises meeting strangers and one disembarks as friends. With some one remains in touch and others remain vacation memories. There is a sense of togetherness while onboard and groups are variable and get together for different shore excursions or deck activities. We have fond memories of our time aboard the Vela and in today's age of speed and instant communication, the Vela offers a slower pace. It is a week away from wifi and 'the real world' but the truth is one can usually find wifi in the beach bars along the islands. But don't sit there for too long checking messages and emails - you'll miss out on the island's offerings. ******** in case you have questions about getting there: Traveling to Marigot Bay (Embarkation Port): This in itself was an adventure. We flew from Boston via Miami to St. Lucia. The main airport is in the south east corner of the island, but Marigot Bay (Cappella) is in the north west part of the island. We had hired a taxi/driver in advance of arriving and the hour plus long ride was not for the faint-hearted. Tail-gating, windy roads, unattended brush fires along the side (!!!), going from shore line into and across the mountain region through rainforest type areas, goats and stray dogs can all be seen along the way. I had to just trust that our driver had it all under control, but as a well-practiced backseat driver this was not easy. The Vela was leaving on Sunday, January 3rd and we arrived at Marigot Bay on January 1 as we did not want to risk missing her departure due to cancelled flights or bad New England weather. We stayed in the Marigot Bay Beach Resort for those two nights and be prepared for this very expensive area. We arrived by taxi at the end of the road and a launch boat took us (and our luggage) the rest of the way to the hotel area. Yes, there was no road to the hotel! The restaurant by the hotel is Doolittle's but one could also take the hotel launches back to the road's end. There is a small supermarket there which also serves the yachts and sailboats which arrive here. Several small (and quite good) restaurants can be found within walking distance. Eastern Caribbean Dollars are used here, and unlike other areas of the Caribbean we found that US dollars weren't really accepted. Meals and groceries were not cheap. There is a small beach and some hiking trails in this bay and one can enjoy watching the constant traffic of sailing vessels and a few yachts. One can get good wifi at the bayfront cafes. The wifi at the hotel was sketchy but did the trick. Bring adapters for your electronic devices as St. Lucia is not compatible with USA plugs. There are also some other towns close-by to the embarkation port where one can stay and then take a taxi the morning of the departure date (Rodney Bay or some near-by luxury resorts). Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Sailed Vela last December and just booked her for March 2017! We sailed over Christmas and it was just magical! Christmas in the Caribbean.....everything but snow! We'd sail in the ams, then spend the rest of the day and night ... Read More
Sailed Vela last December and just booked her for March 2017! We sailed over Christmas and it was just magical! Christmas in the Caribbean.....everything but snow! We'd sail in the ams, then spend the rest of the day and night anchored in protected coves, with tenders running to shore and back every half hour until midnite. We were in The Grenadines, where the islands are small and really laid back....more flora and fauna and beach. But great opportunities to explore and/or enjoy the funkly little bars, etc. I love Island Windjammers' sailing ships: Diamant and Vela are true sailing ships. IWJ's motorsailer Sagitt has her many fans, too. All beautiful ships and a casual way to go! All fun, no work....very nice, albeit cozy cabins, with their own bathrooms and A/C controls. 10-26 passengers, depending on which ship. Vela carries 26. And all those sails! Oh wow! Best of all, price for Vela and the other IWJ ships includes all meals, all drinks (!) and all port fees and taxes. Rum, wine, beer on board. Don't like what's there? Bring your own! Vela and her sister ships ARE sailing ships, they WILL rock. But the experience is amazing and totally unlike any of the floating cruise ships. If you need to be entertained, these sailing ships are not for you. They offer plenty of relaxation, water opportunities, beaches, flora and fauna---some islands more metropolitan than others, but you'll feel like they are yours: the big ships just can't get in there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I would go sail again on the S/V SAGITTA with Islandwindjammers in a minute! Sailing on the motor sailor vessel SAGITTA from October 18 to November 1 2015 was the trip of a lifetime. SAGITTA is 120 feet long, and crew is about 10. It ... Read More
I would go sail again on the S/V SAGITTA with Islandwindjammers in a minute! Sailing on the motor sailor vessel SAGITTA from October 18 to November 1 2015 was the trip of a lifetime. SAGITTA is 120 feet long, and crew is about 10. It holds 24 passengers. We embarked St Lucia and visited Antigua, Nevis, St Kitts, St Barths, St Maarten, Domenica, Martinique. Having only 21 passengers aboard, we enjoyed visiting to be had no where else. 12 nights and 13 days were spent getting to know each other and developing long-lasting friendships. Excursions onto the islands included visits to forts, rain forests, beaches, businesses, little towns, rural places, and a volcano that wiped out capital city. Our guides were local folks who knew all the histories of the islands they called home. One could choose a hike, a walk about town, a swim, an island beach barbecue, drinks at beach establishments, or reflect on the tarpin and turtles and barracuda, or take a snorkel swim over coral reefs. This trip was bliss. Chef Lenny and Chef Robert put three square meals in front of all of us daily, with hors d'oevres and sagittaritas at 5 pm, and little muffins and coffee before breakfast at 7 am. Steward Brandon and Steward Herschel served everything to us with elegance, good humor and much joy. Our rooms were cleaned before we knew it. Captain Matt and First Mate (also a Captain) Simon made sure our ship ran on time and with accuracy and safety first. The weather cooperated FULLY! Engineer we didn't get to see to much, because he was busy below running everything, right under our noses! He gave tours of the Engine Room! Bo'sun Mark ad Deckhand Roy ran us all back and forth to the beach and towns and excursions, painted and washed deck items, weighed and let the anchor, set and furled the sails, and cleaned up after us so fast we didn't know we even made messes! For Manager Katy, her first trip in this position seemed like her 50th trip; she made the job look seamless! There is no weight room or exercise facility on this boat, but there are stairs, hikes, swims, walks, and dancing that more than make up for these things. Cabins are big enough to move around it and the mattresses are pure clouds! We made much of our own entertainment, from reads to swims to hikes to games we brought along and were on the ship. There is a ships library as well. WIFI can be had on an island at a restaurant. Teaching a German politician American slang was one of the best parts of it! NOT having computers was the absolute best part. One HAD to be in social contact in spite of ones-self! Vacation was TRULY vacating from everything. We watched sunrises and sunsets, got sun, got more sun, got wet, got more wet, and got a great time with everyone! No other vacation I have ever taken has been a better way to spend the time and the money. Worth EVERY SINGLE DIME. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The first problem we encountered was the requested overnight stay in St. Lucia prior to the start of the cruise. We chose Marigot Bay Beach Club because it looked nice to us and it was stated on the website that "The resort is ... Read More
The first problem we encountered was the requested overnight stay in St. Lucia prior to the start of the cruise. We chose Marigot Bay Beach Club because it looked nice to us and it was stated on the website that "The resort is located on the water's edge on the north side of Marigot Bay, just a few steps away from the marina where you'll be joining your ship". What you failed to tell us is that it is 45 MINUTES from Rodney Bay where we were to join the ship. It also resulted in a $45 cab ride! When we brought this up with Crystal, the operations person on Sagitta, she said it is "offered as an alternative to those wanting to see other areas around St. Lucia". If that is the case then Island Windjammer must be truthful about where it is. This was not the way to start our vacation and I found it very disconcerting. (Since writing to the company regarding this, additional wording has been added to the Island Windjammer website) I was also disappointed because there was little or no communication prior to travel from Island Windjammer. When we asked for pre-cruise information we were told to just print it out. No itinerary was given prior to the cruise, or even when we boarded, Why is that? When asked we were given vague answers. Shipping lanes, night sailing, weather, - that was it. No explanations. No clear answers. It appeared that Dominica was to be our first stop. We were all surpised that a lady we boarded with the day before had already left the cruise! The rough overnight swells clearly were not for her. Dominica was a total let down. Ugly beach with broken glass everywhere from beer bottles. No facilities. The town itself was dreadful. No restaurants, no tourist shops - nothing. Why on earth did we spend 2 days there? Also we did not go to Guadeloupe although the statements on your website would infer that we were to go there in addition to Iles de Saintes. Again, why? Martinique had beautiful beaches that I would have loved to have stayed longer on but we wasted a whole morning being dropped in Fort De France with it's mediocre shops and not much else. After an hour we waited to return to the ship. The captain (Deylan)was returning on the same dinghy too. We told him there was nothing interesting to do there and his response was "there are 150,000 people there and you can't find anything to do" That was rude an not very professional. Then again he was still in his twenties. It turns out we didn't even sail. The sails we discovered were for cosmetic purposes only as confirmed by a new, soon-to-be captain of Windjammer who joined us from Domenica (where he lived - Ah, now I get it, that's why we spent 2 days there unnecessarily). The S.V. Sagitta, it was shared with us by Stefan (the new-soon-to-be captain for Windjammer), was built in 1961 as a laundry ship for the navy. It was never meant to be a sailing ship and the shape of the hull proves it. Any romantic notions I had of a beautiful cruise on a sailing vessel just sank to the bottom of the ocean once he shared that information. I could not tell if he wanted to give us the shock value of that statement or whether he was secretly regarding us as stupid for booking the trip in the first place. Regardless, I did not think it was a very smart statement to be making about your future employer's business. I guess he'll find out. The few highlights that are in Windjammer's favor - The cabins, although small, were very clean everyday and housekeeping was good. Daily Happy Hour was a pleasant experience and everyone looked forward to it and the great food and drink surprises. Chef Lenny was by far the biggest asset to the company. The food was creative and excellent and his attention to special food requests due to allergies makes him shine even more. He truly cared for the comfort of the passengers. The deck hands, 1st mate, the servers etc. all get top marks from me for their hospitality. However, I found the young captain (Deylan) to be a little arrogant and definitely unfriendly. He showed no interest in how anyone was feeling and how we might be enjoying ourselves. In fact he liked to bark orders rather than discuss situations at hand. Crystal was nice and upbeat and kept everyone smiling however I felt that the company could do a much better job of helping the passengers with what to do when the ship docked. Having Crystal stand there with a small foldout map and pointing to parts of it saying "you can go here or you can go there" doesn't really cut it. Most of the time it was the only map she had so when we got on land we had no clue where we were going. How about a supply of maps for each island in a welcome packet with typed up suggestions of where to go, suggested restaurants etc? Community Editor's Note: The following statement was provided to us by the management of Island Windjammers and appears in its unedited entirety: "Sagitta is a motorsailer, as she is clearly described on our website, and as is carefully explained in our FAQ's. Island Windjammers does not book hotels on behalf of our guests, but does provide links on request to select properties which offer discounts to Island Windjammers guests. The planning information given to all guests at the time of booking states that IWJ vessels in St Lucia will be berthed at Rodney Bay until December 2015, at which time they will relocate to Marigot Bay". Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We just returned from a 7 day 6 night cruise (June 7 through the 13, 2015) from St. Lucia, Dominica, Iles Des Saintes (Guadalupe), and Martinique. We didn't board the ship on the 7th until 2:00 pm so you lose most of the first day of ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 day 6 night cruise (June 7 through the 13, 2015) from St. Lucia, Dominica, Iles Des Saintes (Guadalupe), and Martinique. We didn't board the ship on the 7th until 2:00 pm so you lose most of the first day of your adventure. You leave the harbor after 7 pm and you sail all night to Dominica. We had rough seas every time we sailed at night which makes it incredibly hard to sleep so I recommend some kind of sleeping aid and more importantly some kind of motion sickness medication. We took bovine which worked very well. We stayed in the owner's cabin which is wonderful, spacious and very comfortable. During rough seas we would surrender to our room which has TV with a DVD player, the ship provides several movies. The food at breakfast, lunch and dinner is plentiful and very good. The Chef did a fabulous job, in fact I'm incredibly impressed with what he could do in such a small kitchen. Snacks i.e. chips, packaged cookies......etc...are provided in the afternoon but it would be nice if they were left out all the time as there are no other food options if you get hungry between meals. Soda pop and several varieties of beer are provided. White and red wine is served with supper. Take the full day excursion on Dominica if you get a chance as it was a beautiful and take good walking shoes that you don't mind getting wet. A word of caution, if you're cruising in the summertime keep a close lookout for jellyfish as one woman was stung on the beach in Iles Des Saintes and we saw them EVERYWHERE snorkeling at one of the beaches in Martinique. Overall, the Windjammers Cruise was an absolutely incredible experience, the crew was attentive and VERY nice and always made sure were were safe. I highly recommend taking sailing on one of their ships, it will be an adventure you will never forget. "The High Sea is calling and I must go, Leaving these confining lands far behind, And making my way to her foaming edge, Let them sink in the wake of memory. When at last I come to the harborage, I will pause at the waterfront, inhale Slowly and deep, lifting my head mast high; 'Til briny air fills the sails of my chest, Purging the dusty road from my veins. Then I will face my prow to the uncharted - My maiden voyage, my soul pilgrimage. The bounding main: whitecaps and salty spray; Motion, waving me to find my sea legs. A seasoned schooner: helm, shrouds, and canvas; Bid me come aboard and compass about, Chasing the horizon full sail; Come friend, Break forth and croon a new ballad of life. The hour has come, weigh anchor, for we Sail tonight seeking Absolute Bearing. The High Sea is calling and I must go " Carrico...... Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
If your idea of vacation is dressing up for dinner and partying with a crowd, stop reading because Island Windjammer cruises won't be for you. If wearing shorts, a swim suit, and flip flops are your thing, read on. With a passenger ... Read More
If your idea of vacation is dressing up for dinner and partying with a crowd, stop reading because Island Windjammer cruises won't be for you. If wearing shorts, a swim suit, and flip flops are your thing, read on. With a passenger total of 12, and a crew of 6 we could not have been more pampered aboard Diamant. Oh, we enjoyed fine dining...in fact at several stops our chef was spotted bagging baguettes or local fresh fruit for our meal, so that each dish was a taste of the Caribbean and we looked forward to every meal. Our refurbished tall ship (we had a/c in our cabin) could go places cruise ships cannot travel. My favorite stop had to be snorkeling with the turtles in Tobago Day Marine Park. We were often dropped on a private sunny beach with a cooler full of Carib beer and Ting with the choice of snorkeling or just relaxing on the sand. I swung from the deck of the ship on a rope swing, and I visited a bar built on a reef accessed by dingy only (Happy Island). The ship mostly motor sails, but if the winds were just right, we free sailed. The trip was too short, and I dream of being back on my favorite perch on deck with Bolo the steward bringing me my morning coffee (just the way I like it--he knows and remembers because we are so few). We LOVED the cruise. In fact, of our fellow sailors, all but one couple were repeat customers! From the fabulous service to the fantastic destinations, this trip was special. One needs to be able to board the dingy (crew helps) and it IS a sailing ship...take your Bonine (sea sick medicine)! Grenada is a terrific place to end the cruise and explore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I went on a similar cruise 20 years ago for our honeymoon and finally got around to making a similar trip to celebrate our anniversary. We flew from Southern California with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries in ... Read More
My husband and I went on a similar cruise 20 years ago for our honeymoon and finally got around to making a similar trip to celebrate our anniversary. We flew from Southern California with our good friends to celebrate our anniversaries in hopes it would be an amazing and memorable vacation. Needless to say, it was even better than we remembered! From day 1, the crew consisting of Simon, the Captain and the entire crew, Troy(Steelo), Aubrey(King), Stephen, George & Brey were there to ensure we all had the best time possible. They did everything to make sure we were safe and didn't have a need for anything. After a few days, they started to show us their fun side and start to dance to "Knee Deep" while the sails went up or just joke around. In addition, Crystal who usually works behind the scenes, was able to partake in this cruise and we are sure happy she did! She had such an amazing personality and was always ready to do the happy dance(or the thumb dance thanks to our Aussie mates)! She was our Julie from the Love Boat, starting with chats over morning coffee, coordinating tours or events, or just partaking in a good game of Farkel! She was definitely the instigator of fun! We had a small group but made friends quickly...we became somewhat of a family during the trip as we ate delicious meals together, went to the beach together, snorkeled together, bbq & bonfire together, and don't forget the Conga line on Happy Island & on the boat...Janti sure makes delicious pina coladas & Stephen sure makes great rum punch!!! The boat was beautiful and there was a nice interior dining room and also an outdoor dining area for beautiful days. We stayed in cabin 5 and it was very comfortable & quite spacious. They supplied snorkel gear, delicious food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. I would caution future travelers to bring anti-seasickness medication(like the patch which worked wonders) because the boat is only 100' and it can get rocking and rolling at times...It's always better to be safe than sorry. This time of year is the off season but we actually preferred it because it was a good mix of sun, rain, wind...just when you got too hot a rain cloud would come through briefly to cool things down...the storms were beautiful and picturesque... I also wanted to mention if you just wanted to sit around and relax there was plenty of opportunity for this too. If you don't want to be in the sun constantly there are plenty of shady places to enjoy. I have to say the actual days they sailed were unbelievable and the snorkeling was amazing...Many different types of fish and lots of them. The last night we had the Captain's dinner which was very special...the captain and each of the crew members thanked us for coming...Passenger Paul, who is a huge fan of Cricket along with Simon, found a paddle on the beach and we decorated it and gave it to the Captain for a thank you gift... We had to be up at 4:00 am for our very early flight, and we were touched by the members of the crew and Paul & Deb who were up to send us off...Paul and Deb even did the last thumb dance for us on the dock :-) We already miss them all :-( We highly recommend this cruise for people who are social, easy-going, and fun...We will be sharing our photos and memories with our co-passengers and look forward to another trip sometime soon. Thanks to all who made our anniversary vacation the best it could be! Russ & Heather Smeall August 2014 (PS Every time I woke up last night "Knee Deep" was running through my head...I think this confirms we had a wonderul and memorable trip...Thanks for the memories :-) Read Less
Sail Date August 2014

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