Sail Date: July 2015
Excellent, superb, the best....it's rare indeed to have an experience that so exceeds every expectation that there isn't a superlative fine enough to do it justice. Wanting a very special vacation to celebrate our 40th ... Read More
Excellent, superb, the best....it's rare indeed to have an experience that so exceeds every expectation that there isn't a superlative fine enough to do it justice. Wanting a very special vacation to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we finally decided to ship-out with Island Windjammers for the week. We selected Diamant precisely because she is small allowing for a cruise that would be more intimate with the sea, but affording a level of style, service and comfort we wanted for this special week. The shipboard experience was beyond what you would experience in the finest hotel. We were wonderfully cared for from the moment we stepped on deck in St. George's, Grenada to the moment we stepped off. Diamant is a beautiful lady extremely very well maintained. Our safety was at every moment assured by an ever vigilant and experienced captain and crew who also assured we enjoyed every moment of the cruise. The itinerary was as advertised. We visited interesting islands, explored local towns, swam and snorkeled in the clear, warm eastern Caribbean, and spent some lovely idyllic time just sitting on deck watching Diamant sail. Cabin 5 was terrific. Surprisingly roomy given Diamant's size with plenty of storage space. The head/shower was efficiently designed with all the comforts of home. The food was the best, including two fish caught by the chef while we were underway (can’t get fresher than that!!). We are already looking at the Diamant’s future sailing schedule. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
IWJ exceeded every single one of my expectations. This was by far the best vacation we've ever taken. My boyfriend and I talked to their trip planner when deciding whether to do the cruise. She was amazingly helpful, even offering ... Read More
IWJ exceeded every single one of my expectations. This was by far the best vacation we've ever taken. My boyfriend and I talked to their trip planner when deciding whether to do the cruise. She was amazingly helpful, even offering summer beach read recommendations! We booked it and received periodic updates and pre-boarding information. I do wish they had given us even the most tentative itinerary, though--even after we got on the boat there was no handout of where we were going, though there was a daily schedule on the whiteboard. We had never been sailing or on a cruise before and didn't know what to expect. The boat is beautiful and they raised the sails as often as they could. Plenty of seating both in the front and the back. Also we ALL took the motion sickness pills and were all fine, save for one day in which we all struggled in the morning because of very choppy seas. But other than that, totally fine! Food was excellent! I'm both a vegetarian AND picky and George made me incredible things. On the first day I mentioned that I didn't like eggs (not a vegan, just picky) and after that, without saying a WORD, I never got a dish with eggs, not even a salad! The sauces were especially delicious, and I was so grateful that they stocked up on some soya for me and the other vegetarian. There is also Rumaggeddon at 4pm, with special recipe rum punch and snacks. Definitely looked forward to that every day! The locations we went to were beautiful. White sandy beaches, fun local bars, and some incredible snorkeling. It was so relaxing! When we anchored, there was a rope swing, and access to kayaks, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Did I mention a ROPE SWING? At night, they would turn off the lights so we could stargaze. The boat had a cooler of all-you-can-drink sodas and beers, with unlimited wine as well. We also only visited ONE island where you had to pay for an excursion (which was only $30), so everything really is included in the price. But really, the most amazing part of the whole trip was the staff. Captain Phillip was great. He let my boyfriend steer the ship and taught him about sailing, and ate every meal with us. King gave a comedy show (indescribable!). And then there's Bolo. Oh, Bolo, I miss you every day! Our steward was INCREDIBLE. So attentive to our every need, made our rooms look great every day, and just generally lovely and wonderful and a joy to be around. King made a necklace for one of the passengers as a gift! And they gave us all a map signed by them at the end, as a souvenir. Our trip had only 11 people and by the end we were all exchanging Facebook accounts and email addresses. It's such an intimate and lovely experience to travel with such a small group from all over the world and see such amazing places. We ranged in age from 17 to mid-50s (we're early 30s). Finally, a shoutout to Monja, the local contact in Grenada. She was so fun and helpful and even invited us to a Grenadian Hashing (google Hash House Harriers). We tried to make it but were too late, alas, but it looked like fun. She made us feel so welcome on her adopted home! In sum, best vacation ever. GO GO GO. We never do the same trip twice but oh man, we are SO doing this again with a different itinerary! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2015
I arranged for the Windward Islands cruise with Island Windjammers for my wife's birthday. This is the first time for either of us on a sailing cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The crew was incredible - they worked ... Read More
I arranged for the Windward Islands cruise with Island Windjammers for my wife's birthday. This is the first time for either of us on a sailing cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The crew was incredible - they worked to make sure we had everything we needed or wanted. Food was great - I couldn't believe the meals that came from the ship's galley. This itinerary is very laid back - a great chance to really disconnect from the everyday rush - and just relax. Watching birds, the clouds, islands that we passed while sailing created a serene atmosphere. The 8 other guests on the boat were very pleasant and given that it was such a small group - we got to know them all quite well. I highly recommend Island Windjammers - Exceptional Trip! Read Less

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