4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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: April 2017
We just came back from a 6 day cruise on Diamant. From the very first moment when Monja welcomed us in Port Louis till the last minute when we sadly had to leave Diamant it has been an incredible trip. Captain Phillip and the crew ... Read More
We just came back from a 6 day cruise on Diamant. From the very first moment when Monja welcomed us in Port Louis till the last minute when we sadly had to leave Diamant it has been an incredible trip. Captain Phillip and the crew made sure that there is nothing missing. You were just thinking about getting a cup of coffee and you already held it in your hands. Every single meal was five star from breakfast to lunch, from afternoon rum punch and snacks to the three course dinner. I always got an gluten free alternative. Not to forget the 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise' and of course the outstanding captains dinner on the last evening. Phillip, Barney, Bolo, Lennox and Marlon were always there to fulfill every wish and answer every question. We got plenty information about the cruise and the activities and had lots of time to explore the islands. Captain Phillip made sure that we see the nicest trails, viewpoints and snorkeling sites. Diamant has 4 cabins plus a bigger owners cabin. We’ve only been 6 passengers in total which gave us lots of space and privacy. Every day we came back after a morning excursion to find our cabin spotless clean. Everything on board is nicely and practical arranged and very comfortable. The visited islands are very diversified and there were lots of opportunities for hiking, swimming, sunbathing, beach games, snorkeling with turtles or just relaxing on board. All in all it has been a wonderful cruise and we would recommend Diamant to everyone who is looking for an individual cruise in a small group with excellent service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We wanted a cruise that was NOT with 3000 of our closest friends but that was small, intimate and personal - did we ever hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers and the Diamant! Everything from the moment we were met to the moment we left ... Read More
We wanted a cruise that was NOT with 3000 of our closest friends but that was small, intimate and personal - did we ever hit the jackpot with Island Windjammers and the Diamant! Everything from the moment we were met to the moment we left the Captain and crew were attentive but not intrusive, entertaining and informative. The meals were exceptional and filled with local fruits and veggies, the drinks were plentiful (and included!). One wonderful aspect of sailing with the Diamant is seeing places that you would not find or do on a large ship, from snorkeling with the sea turtles to a tour of a tiny islands whaling museum. The crew knew some of the best places to snorkel and great beaches that were magnificent and so off the beaten path that they appeared to be our own private beaches. There is always something to do - jumping off the boat with the rope swing, kayaks and paddle boards or just simply sitting on the deck relaxing. Of course, let's not forget the 4 o'clock rum punch and snacks every day! Simply the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation we have ever done! Already looking forward to our next sail and have not even been home for a week. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
Great food and service, lovely crew. LOVED our stateroom. Diamant is a goldie-locks ship: not too big not too small. ten passengers only. Highlights were swimming with the sea turtles and waking up to dawn in the eastern Carribean! ... Read More
Great food and service, lovely crew. LOVED our stateroom. Diamant is a goldie-locks ship: not too big not too small. ten passengers only. Highlights were swimming with the sea turtles and waking up to dawn in the eastern Carribean! The food was consistently great, and so was the rum punch. Climbed a hill on an island to see our boat far down on the bay, went to some night clubs far off the list of the normal tourist spots. Used the Tarzan swing on numerous occasions. Came back from various excusrsions always to find our stateroom crisp and cool and perfect. Hot showers worked perfectly, and then it was time for cocktails and then dinner on the tiny deck, with the eight other passengers. Best place in the world to read a book, watch the sunset, have may juuust one more drink, and then do it all again the next day... Miss it, miss it... Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
My husband and I have sailed on Island Windjammers’ tall ship Diamant 3x before, and love her. First, let me say we much prefer cruising on tall ships, with their intimate atmosphere (no crowds, no lines!), graceful beauty (inside and ... Read More
My husband and I have sailed on Island Windjammers’ tall ship Diamant 3x before, and love her. First, let me say we much prefer cruising on tall ships, with their intimate atmosphere (no crowds, no lines!), graceful beauty (inside and out), professional yet friendly and fun-loving crews—and especially the genuine sailing experience. Diamant has been one of our favorite tall ships for all those reasons. She just underwent an almost four-month renovation, and we did have to wonder just what could have been done to make her even better. We got the opportunity to find out when we sailed her recently, her first cruise after the refurb, and wow! The 100-foot sleek schooner Diamant was the first of IWJ’s “Island Girls”—there now are three IWJ tall ships—and in late November, Diamant emerged, refreshed and updated from her refurb. She now has an enlarged galley, updated wheelhouse, and her salon has been totally rebuilt , with all new tables and seating and, oh yes! the salon now has A/C. This is in addition to all new wiring and plumbing throughout the ship. Fresh new cushions in bright yellows and oranges everywhere, new carpet in cabins, plus a freshly painted hull. Her cabin area has been all redone: with basically the same cabin layouts as before (with one big exception) but new wood, carpets, cabinets and beds. The exception is the new owner's cabin, which replaced two smaller cabins, and we had that one, and we can say it is fabulous! It’s quite large for a tall ship, with four portholes, a very comfy queen bed, with a very nice seating area, not found in the other cabins. Lots of stowage. Bathroom is cozy, as in tightly configured, but quite useable (lol). The addition of the owners’ cabin means Diamant now has five cabins, instead of six, and carries 10-13 passengers. It should be noted that each cabin has its own A/C controls and private bathroom. Our week on the "new" Diamant was just so much fun. We lucked out by having two of IWJ's premo captains: Capt. Phillip and IWJ’s fleet captain, Capt. Nervo. Since this was Diamant's first cruise after her renovation, Nervo was along to tackle any issues that might pop up. As far as I know, nothing needed fixing. Or if it did, the crew must have quickly/efficiently taken care of it. Great crew...so much fun, very professional! Chef Barney is especially amazing, so creative and such tasty food. It was our first sailing with Capt. Phillip, who hails from the UK, and we really look forward to sailing with him and his crew again. Diamant sails in The Grenadines, in and out of Grenada, and on our cruise, we visited Bequia, Mayreau, Canouan, Union Island, Carriacou, Tobago Cay—and of course, we stopped at "Happy Island," a small, funky man-made island (in the harbor near Clifton, Union Island, and built upon a foundation of shells, rocks, etc. It is is just about all bar! Great pina coladas! And a great spot from which to watch the amazing kiteboarders doing their aerobatics. Some of the islands were mostly flora and fauna, with gorgeous beaches, great hiking, wonderful snorkeling, and of course, beach bars. At Tobago Cays, where we had a beach picnic, you can swim with the turtles. On one of the islands, we went ashore after dinner for a beach bonfire. Some of the islands, like Bequia offer more: restaurants, museums, bars, shopping, etc. Bequia has a small whaling museum and an amazing model ship woodshop where minutely detailed boats are built by wood craft artisans. Bequia also is home to a turtle sanctuary that has been rescuing and saving hawkbill turtles for many decades. The Bequia shore excursion goes to all of the above mentioned Bequia locales and is well worth it. Diamant would sail in the mornings––oh yeah, sun and sails—and anchor in beautiful bays and harbors for the rest of the day and overnight. She carries kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel gear and even has a rope swing, all at no extra charge. There were many opportunities to use any or all of those, to hike on shore, relax on the beach or on board, and to explore. Her tender runs back and forth on a schedule: yours! Rum, beer, wine, sodas or water are always available on board—also at no cost. And you're welcome to bring your own favs on board. Late afternoons, we always had a variety of chef-prepared snacks/treats and the rum drink of the day, and a wine-and-cheese party one afternoon. For us, it was another super week with an amazing crew, wonderful food, the gorgeous Caribbean—and a beautifully refurbed ship. We'll definitely be going again....after we sail on Vela, IWJ's newest tall-ship next spring. It should be noted that true sailing ships really aren't appropriate for young children, mostly for safety reasons. They DO rock (sometimes a lot!) when they are sailing between islands and depending on the wind, and walkways around the ships have open railings. From our 16 years of tall-ship sailing, we find that those who sail the tall ships tend to be from mid 20s to mid 80s, and always happy, easy-going, adventure-seeking folks who love going where the wind takes them. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
This was an amazing cruise! The food was great and the crew was superior. They ensured your comfort and happiness at all times. The destinations were so amazing, we were like the only tourists on these islands and you could see clearly ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise! The food was great and the crew was superior. They ensured your comfort and happiness at all times. The destinations were so amazing, we were like the only tourists on these islands and you could see clearly down in the water, even in the towns. There were flying fish following us in sailing days. We got to hike across small islands, snorkel with their gear and the Chef would catch dinner off of the back of the boat. The captain was fun and entertaining. We went on a rum cruise and experienced rum in so many ways, by itself, mixed in drinks and had fun days and nights sampling rum from around the world. We met friends we still stay in touch with. They use an inflatable boat to take you into harbors and beaches and it is very easy getting on and off of the inflatable. From the moment go this was so enjoyable and the islands are beautiful. We went just before the Diamant was overhauled and our room, room 2 is now combined with room one and is a suite. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Our first experience on a sailing cruise so we chose Island Windjammers because they offered a 12 night trip on a boat that appeared intimate so as not be just a number in a crowd. This trip far exceeded our expectations and was an ... Read More
Our first experience on a sailing cruise so we chose Island Windjammers because they offered a 12 night trip on a boat that appeared intimate so as not be just a number in a crowd. This trip far exceeded our expectations and was an absolutely wonderful experience and vacation! From the time we boarded the Diamant and left our shoes in a box on the dock this trip was the epitome of casual relaxation while still being very well cared for by a very capable crew. Captain Philip has an absolutely incredible personality and was able to quickly establish a very friendly rapport with all 12 passengers. He was exceptionally engaged with all passengers and shared his knowledge of the islands with all of us. He worked tirelessly to ensure that there were a variety of activities each day that would hold the interests of the diverse interests of the passengers and joined us on the excursions and snorkeling. He made sure the needs of all his passengers were met and was also always watching out for our well-being. The crew was fabulous. Chef Barney provided three delicious meals each day and we all marveled how he was able to prepare and deliver such quality meals out of a pretty small galley. The steward, Bolo, was especially courteous to the guests and went above and beyond to make sure the needs of each guest were met. Excellent service and he also made sure every guest cabin was spotless every day. Aubrey and Troy were the crew responsible for the appearance of the boat and our dinghy drivers. They both took extra precautions so that guests did not have accidents getting on and off the dinghy and their personalities were endearing to the guests. Marlon, the engineer, kept everything on the boat in excellent working order and on the rare occasion there was an issue with cabin equipment or anything else mechanical, was quick to resolve it. This trip was better than I could have ever imagined. Very casual and relaxing environment. Definitely not stuffy, but if you enjoy a casual, comfortable environment on a ship that is intimate and inviting, with a Captain and crew that were committed to providing the absolute best experience possible, then book a trip on the Diamant and you very well may have the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The trip was everything that I imagined a tall ship cruise to be. We had incredible weather, saw some wonderful sights and incredible beaches, but the trip was made by the crew. Everyone of the crew members did their outmost best for ... Read More
The trip was everything that I imagined a tall ship cruise to be. We had incredible weather, saw some wonderful sights and incredible beaches, but the trip was made by the crew. Everyone of the crew members did their outmost best for us! From the Captain right down to the Steward...they were always looking out for our safety, our enjoyment, absolutely everything that anyone would want! We only needed some attention to our cabin air conditioning once. It sure didn't take for the ships Engineer to get it up and working again (within an hour or so). The meals and appetizers were also amazing. It's hard to belief what our chef could produce from such a small kitchen...We had lobster, an excellent variety of fish, disappointed with the meals on board the Diamant. The ports that we visited were so lovely and the secluded beaches were incredible. At one beach the Captain had the locals prepare a bonfire for us. What a treat. The locals collected wood for most of the day and when they set the pile on fire as we were landing on shore that evening, the sight was nothing short of specular. The Diamont is a beautiful ship. I don't know much about sailing vessels, but I would cheesecake, all prepared on board. You certainly would not go hungry, nor be guess that ships like her are not too plentiful. She has so much character..so pretty to look at and even greater to be aboard. I think I have a little understand now of what sailors see in sailing ships and how they can say that a ship is beautiful. I hope to be able to sail on her again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My wife and I took numerous trips on the old Windjammer fleet in the 1980's and 1990's. We have chartered catamarans in the BVIs and Leeward Islands, and sail our own boat in Lake Michigan. This was our first trip on the ... Read More
My wife and I took numerous trips on the old Windjammer fleet in the 1980's and 1990's. We have chartered catamarans in the BVIs and Leeward Islands, and sail our own boat in Lake Michigan. This was our first trip on the Diamant with Island Windjammer and were very pleasantly impressed by the quality of the ship, the crew, and Island Windjammer support personnel. Reservations were easy. The captain and crew were very friendly, attentive and professional. The meals were great. The itinerary was very good. We had been to most of these islands 2 or 3 times before, but the Captain was able to get us into anchorages we had not seen before. We had strong winds most days, so our passages between islands included some great sailing in beautiful waters. Bequia is one of our favorite island in the Caribbean, and the tour arranged for us there was the most informative visit we have ever had. We plan to make to take future trips on Island Windjammer and have already recommended them to our friends. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our first cruise with Island Windjammers and on the sailing schooner Diamont. It was everything we had hoped for and more! We wanted to sail, and we did. Everyday we had daytime sailing and it was just beautiful. Just watching the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Island Windjammers and on the sailing schooner Diamont. It was everything we had hoped for and more! We wanted to sail, and we did. Everyday we had daytime sailing and it was just beautiful. Just watching the scenery and enjoying the adventure. Every day we anchored and spent the night on-board in a serene bay along the Grenadines. Activities included hikes, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, picnics, shopping and just relaxing on some of the most quiet gorgeous beaches in the world. We had perfect weather all week. We had 9 total guests and 6 crew. What a great crew! Each member was expert in his role and made sure every one was comfortable and having a great time.The food was prepared by Chef Lenny and it was SUPERB! Every meal was perfect, including breakfast, lunch and scrumptious dinner! We were also treated to afternoon Rumageddon- appetizers and rum punch. We stayed in a standard cabin and it served us well. Steward Bolo took great care of us. Captain Stuart Ramsey is a real pro. He is a master sailor and has the perfect personality to interact with the guests and crew and keep it all fun and interesting. He planned each day's activities to be enjoyable and not rushed. Every aspect of this trip was well thought out and efficiently performed. The Diamont is a great sailing vessel and there is plenty of room to hang out with others or just get a bit of alone time. We are already planning another trip. We have found a perfectly relaxing, zero stress, vacation that totally suits us. Best we ever had, and ready to do it again. Highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Diamant Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.8
Dining 3.0 5.0
Entertainment 2.0 4.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 1.0 4.8
Family 1.0 4.8
Enrichment 1.0 4.8
Service 3.0 5.0
Value For Money 3.0 5.0
Rates 3.0 4.8

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