2 St. Lucia to Caribbean - Western Island Windjammers Vela Cruise Reviews

For my 60th birthday I decided I would go on a trip I had always wanted to try - I decided one week before that birthday and the support staff of IW could not have been more helpful. The trip itself was just truly amazing - the ship is ... Read More
For my 60th birthday I decided I would go on a trip I had always wanted to try - I decided one week before that birthday and the support staff of IW could not have been more helpful. The trip itself was just truly amazing - the ship is a perfect size - we had 16 guests and yet it felt at times you were all alone and then there were times when you had many new friends. The cabins were small as expected but honestly, I spent so little time there it didn't matter - they were cleaned every day and I slept like a baby every night. I cannot stay enough about all the crew and I know I will be leaving people out- the Captain, Alexis - such a nice man and I felt 100% safe and secure in his hands - very personable and you could tell his mission was to make sure we all were enjoying ourselves. Jess our activities director was fun, funny, and knowledgeable even though she only recently took on this position after being a guest on several cruises. Lenny's meals were amazing - how he did it in such a small space, I'll never know. Bernard another hilarious and helpful guy along with several others who I sadly cannot remember their names right now - everyone was just amazing. The tours offered were great but if you didn't feel like doing anything you could - just do nothing - that was the best part of the entire vacation. The ports of Martinique, Isle de Saints, Guadelope and St. Lucia were just beautiful and it was so great being able to sail right into their harbors. The ferry to land was always available. I traveled solo on this cruise and was a bit nervous for about 10 seconds! Waiting for the dinghy to come and get us, I met fellow cruise members and we became instant friends - I'm hoping lifelong friends! I just returned yesterday and will have next year's booked by the end of this week! My birthdays from now until ........ will be spend with Island Windjammers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
After a very scenic drive from the airport, we arrived at Marigot Bay where Vela was anchored. We arrived a couple of days early in order to explore St. Lucia. Island Windjammers arranged a day tour of the island which was a welcome ... Read More
After a very scenic drive from the airport, we arrived at Marigot Bay where Vela was anchored. We arrived a couple of days early in order to explore St. Lucia. Island Windjammers arranged a day tour of the island which was a welcome introduction. The ship is a beauty. You can check out the details here but if I remember correctly, Vela has 8500 square feat of sail and can really move! http://www.islandwindjammers.com/sailing-ship-vela.aspx The cabin we stayed in was a Deluxe. It was well appointed but was cozy. The bunks were very comfortable. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided daily. Portions were large and delicious and seconds were offered. The chef prepared dishes that predominately contained a local flair. Ingredients were often obtained while we were in port. Breakfast was served in the common area inside but typically lunch and dinner were on deck. Happy hours were celebrated daily at 5:00 although complementary beer and wine was always available. Entertainment was typically of your own making although snorkeling gear, paddle boards and onboard games are available. The crew did make available tours of various ports or islands for those interested. It appeared that reading and just enjoying this beautiful boat was enough for most passengers. The crew was exemplary! Everyone bent over backwards to ensure our comfort and safety. This was our third cruise with Island Windjammers and certainly not our last. The company genuinely cares and it is evident from any review that you will read that these adventures will be treasured for a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Vela Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 5.0
Entertainment 2.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 2.0 4.7
Family 3.5 4.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.8
Enrichment 1.0 4.8
Service 4.0 5.0
Value For Money 4.0 5.0

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