My wife & I sailed The Mandalay in 1990 and had a wonderful experience. I decided that, since her death, I needed to add another sail to my bucket list. Through Internet research I found Island Windjammers, and they seemed to fill my needs. The goal was to return to Bequia and visit Mac's for another lobster pizza. Island Windjammers is all about the islands. The ship is your taxi from point A to point B allowing you to experience island life to its fullest. If you are looking for stage shows, a cruise line that will book your airfare and hotels, this is not your cup of tea. You will book your own flight and hotel. (But IWJ will make hotel recommendations and provide discounts.) We stayed at Allamanda Beach Resort prior to embarkation. It was adequate. There were some issues with our reservations and they fixed the issue quickly. The desk clerks were most accommodating and friendly. (Note: No food available on site.) The Diamant is a 101 foot schooner carrying a maximum of 12 passengers. (Note: Only 3 couples were on this sail. I asked the captain if they would sail if only one cabin was booked and he said they would. The cabins were of adequate size for sleeping, showering, etc. You will be lounging in the salon on on deck. Sheets/towels, etc were clean and changed out often. Soaps, shampoos, hair dryers are provided. Again, IWJ is about the island. Do not expect tons of on board entertainment. It's a 101 foot ship. What did you expect? The crew/service were excellent. They far exceeded our expectations. In fact, I accused the head steward of being able to read my mind. You will become a family on an IWJ. Crew and passengers mix. Captain Phillip joined us an every meal. (The food was 4 star quality by the way.) At breakfast he would discuss the island we were visiting, what excursions were available, the swimming/snorkeling opportunities which were available. The food was exceptional. In addition to 3 meals we had a mid afternoon snack daily. Barney the chef was a true super star. Five star rating on the food. Disembarkation was simple and fast. We had a very early flight and Captain Phillip arranged taxi service to get us to the airport in a timely fashion. The experience far outweighed my expectations. Captain Phillip and crew were so accommodating. While on St. Lucia, Phillip took the dinghy ashore and returned with lionfish ceviche so we didn't have to go ashore, and Chef Barney plated it up in a beautiful fashion. Barney did amazing things in his little galley. One of our passengers was celebrating her 50th birthday and they threw a great party. Captain Phillip even offered us the opportunity to modify our sailing plans and visit Martineque. We took him up on the offer of course. You can read all about our amazing adventure at www.lobsterpizzainparadise.blogspot.com. I highly recommend IWJ if you are looking for a true Caribbean experience rather than a Blue Haired Lady cruise. You will sail and have the adventure of a lifetime.

Better Than the Old Windjammer Barefoot Company

Diamant Cruise Review by 19turkeys

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My wife & I sailed The Mandalay in 1990 and had a wonderful experience. I decided that, since her death, I needed to add another sail to my bucket list. Through Internet research I found Island Windjammers, and they seemed to fill my needs. The goal was to return to Bequia and visit Mac's for another lobster pizza.

Island Windjammers is all about the islands. The ship is your taxi from point A to point B allowing you to experience island life to its fullest. If you are looking for stage shows, a cruise line that will book your airfare and hotels, this is not your cup of tea. You will book your own flight and hotel. (But IWJ will make hotel recommendations and provide discounts.)

We stayed at Allamanda Beach Resort prior to embarkation. It was adequate. There were some issues with our reservations and they fixed the issue quickly. The desk clerks were most accommodating and friendly. (Note: No food available on site.)

The Diamant is a 101 foot schooner carrying a maximum of 12 passengers. (Note: Only 3 couples were on this sail. I asked the captain if they would sail if only one cabin was booked and he said they would. The cabins were of adequate size for sleeping, showering, etc. You will be lounging in the salon on on deck. Sheets/towels, etc were clean and changed out often. Soaps, shampoos, hair dryers are provided.

Again, IWJ is about the island. Do not expect tons of on board entertainment. It's a 101 foot ship. What did you expect?

The crew/service were excellent. They far exceeded our expectations. In fact, I accused the head steward of being able to read my mind. You will become a family on an IWJ. Crew and passengers mix.

Captain Phillip joined us an every meal. (The food was 4 star quality by the way.) At breakfast he would discuss the island we were visiting, what excursions were available, the swimming/snorkeling opportunities which were available.

The food was exceptional. In addition to 3 meals we had a mid afternoon snack daily. Barney the chef was a true super star. Five star rating on the food.

Disembarkation was simple and fast. We had a very early flight and Captain Phillip arranged taxi service to get us to the airport in a timely fashion.

The experience far outweighed my expectations. Captain Phillip and crew were so accommodating. While on St. Lucia, Phillip took the dinghy ashore and returned with lionfish ceviche so we didn't have to go ashore, and Chef Barney plated it up in a beautiful fashion. Barney did amazing things in his little galley. One of our passengers was celebrating her 50th birthday and they threw a great party. Captain Phillip even offered us the opportunity to modify our sailing plans and visit Martineque. We took him up on the offer of course. You can read all about our amazing adventure at www.lobsterpizzainparadise.blogspot.com.

I highly recommend IWJ if you are looking for a true Caribbean experience rather than a Blue Haired Lady cruise. You will sail and have the adventure of a lifetime.
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Plenty of space for such a small ship.