Sail Date: May 2015
We had an excellent time on our Island Windjammer Cruise in Grenada and the Grenadines. The crew was fabulous: Professional, friendly and fun. When they weren't watching out for our safety, or growing our waistlines, they were ... Read More
We had an excellent time on our Island Windjammer Cruise in Grenada and the Grenadines. The crew was fabulous: Professional, friendly and fun. When they weren't watching out for our safety, or growing our waistlines, they were playing dominoes with us or otherwise enjoying our antics. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. I liked to get up early and enjoy every moment of our morning sails. Bolo, the steward, was never daunted by the sea swells as he delivered my 3 morning cups of coffee to the rolling bow. The itinerary was wonderful...it included a variety of experiences from an evening with a steel drum band, a BBQ and bonfire on the beach, snorkeling with turtles, exploring beautiful sandy beaches, opportunities to explored islands, and a kite-boarding show on a conch-shell made bar at Happy Hour on Happy Island. And I can't omit Rummageddon- sumptuous snacks with a rum punch-du-jour every afternoon! The rooms were clean and air conditioned. Each cabin has it's own bathroom with shower. They are small but the intimacy of the sailing ships and the anchorages they can access make this type of trip more attractive to me than Cruise Line cruise. For perspective, my background is bareboat sailboat charters as opposed to Cruise ships, and the room size, A/C, flush toilets and SERVICE compare favorably to a sailboat charter and made this trip a fabulous memory. We truly didn't want to disembark and hope to return next year for a longer cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 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
Diamant. What did I like best. So hard to say....good, fresh food, great crew, fantastic fellow passengers, incredible entertainment. Entertainment provided by the stars, the dolphins, turtles and crew. Incredible customer service from ... Read More
Diamant. What did I like best. So hard to say....good, fresh food, great crew, fantastic fellow passengers, incredible entertainment. Entertainment provided by the stars, the dolphins, turtles and crew. Incredible customer service from booking to disembarkation. From the start, while we were waiting to board, one of our nine co-passengers had forgotten her passport in the cab. We all waited and talked until Island Windjammer staff was was able to contact the cabdriver and have it returned. Did the remaining passengers complain? No way! That's the thing about Island Wondjammer cruisers- they care about their fellow passengers, even though we had all just met. There's no lines for a buffet, no lines for touring, no lines for anything. Our cruise started by the captain saying- Ok, it's your cruise-- here are some choices, what would you like to do. We could have stayed for the jump up (a live band and dance at the marina) or start sailing-- you don't get that on a mega line. Because the weather was great, we had a few other choicess along the way. The crew was fabulous. The steward, Bolo, was the most cheerful person I have ever met - he was also on our Sagitta cruise last year (the second Island Windjammer ship). We stayed in Cabin 3- one of the standard cabins. There is not much room for storage, but then you don't have to bring much...two pair of shorts, bathing suit and maybe a sundress or Hawaiin shirt. If you pack in a dufflebag, life is easier. The really big treat with Diamant is that it really is a sailing vessel! Sail...beach...sand...snorkel...small group...great crew..... What more do you need? Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We just got back from a fabulous 6 night cruise through the Windward Islands with Island Windjammers! We are the kind of people who have no desire to take a cruise on one of those monster ships with thousands of people on board and this ... Read More
We just got back from a fabulous 6 night cruise through the Windward Islands with Island Windjammers! We are the kind of people who have no desire to take a cruise on one of those monster ships with thousands of people on board and this trip was exactly what we wanted!! The Diamant is a gorgeous boat that holds 12 passengers and 5 crew, and this is the perfect size to get to know the other people and crew. The cabins and bathroom were comfortable and we could store all of our stuff (pack lightly). The food was fantastic and plentiful and I always cleaned my plate; lots of great seafood and several fantastic pasta dishes with fish or shrimp. The fruit and vegetables were always fresh. The itinerary was a great blend of walking charming towns, hiking to the top of hills for great views, snorkeling, hanging out on the beach, playing on the rope swing off the bow of the boat, playing "pirate farewell together after dinner, visiting fun little bars and eating lobster pizza....not to mention riding the bow of the boat through fun waves and just sitting on the deck enjoying the sunrise and sunset! Every member of the crew was a joy to interact with! They were so nice and helpful and concerned about our safety when leaving the boat and dingy. The Captain actually got me coffee several times when the boat was rocking!! I can't say enough good things about the trip and have absolutely nothing negative to report! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
I have always wanted to take a small cruise (less than 25 people). I found Islandwindjammers on the web and read Cruise Critic as well as their website before booking. The cruise lived up to expectations and more. The booking and ... Read More
I have always wanted to take a small cruise (less than 25 people). I found Islandwindjammers on the web and read Cruise Critic as well as their website before booking. The cruise lived up to expectations and more. The booking and pre-cruise process was great, very personable with quick responses to my every question. They recommended and arranged pre-cruise private tours and airport transfers. The whole process was very personalized. Once on the boat, it was relaxing and fun. The crew was so nice, friendly and attentive. The food was beyond expectations! Everything was delicious and the perfect amount and frequency. The activities took advantage of the islands we visited including walks, waterfalls, snorkeling, and beach picnics. We had a relaxing, fun week and met such nice people. We would like to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
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: June 2014
This was the first cruise that either my husband or I have ever been on. After booking the trip over 14 months in advance, we counted the days to our vacation through the cold and bleak Pennsylvania winter of 2013-2014. We were ready for ... Read More
This was the first cruise that either my husband or I have ever been on. After booking the trip over 14 months in advance, we counted the days to our vacation through the cold and bleak Pennsylvania winter of 2013-2014. We were ready for sun and relaxation when we arrived in Grenada. We were not disappointed. We spent the entire day before boarding the Diamant touring Grenada with a local guide named Mandoo, I highly recommend this tour with him. Please see my review on TripAdvisor for more information. The boarding procedure, like everything else with Island Windjammers (IWJ) was well organized and laid-back. After processing passports and the like, we were on the ship and under sail in no time at all. Captain Luuck was more than anyone could have hoped for in a captain. Affable, knowledgeable and capable, he and his crew made us feel very welcome on the well-maintained and beautiful Diamant. He joined us each evening for dinner and graciously allowed us on his bridge to ask questions that I'm sure he's answered a hundred times before. He and his crew made us feel like family. Chef Barney presented us with 5-star quality meals three times each day along with a snack at 4:30. Most of the lunches and evening meals showcased traditional ingredients and preparations. The man works wonders in that tiny galley! Brandon, the Chief Steward, provided short history and cultural lessons in the form of stories during Rumageddon - the 4:30 rum punch and snack time held in the salon or the aft dining area where passengers would gather and recount the day's events. Watch out for the paddle! Steel-o (Troy), Steven, and Marlon worked hard to make sure that we landlubbers remained safe and comfortable at all times. I don't think they ever stop working. We also had the pleasure of sailing with Captain Simon who normally sails the Sagitta, but was learning this route. This man had us rolling in laughter the entire cruise. Although we didn't want to sleep, with the gentle rocking of the boat, the fresh sea air, and bellies filled with that night's dinner fare, we eventually had to succumb. Retiring to our clean, comfortable and air-conditioned cabin we slept well in the anticipation of the next day's adventure. We found that the pace was perfect and just what we needed. There were enough activities both aboard and on shore to keep us occupied each day but not so many that you were overwhelmed with choices. You could do as much or as little as you wished. Captain Luuck, the crew, and IWJ in general have many friends in this part of the world and because of this we met wonderful and sometimes very colorful local people at each stop. Tim at Chatham Bay on Union Island and Janti on Happy Island come to mind quickly. The Diamant felt like home for the days we spent on her and though we were sad to leave her, we were excited for those boarding her the next day. Oh the adventures that awaited them! Thanks to Captain Luuck, Troy, Steven, Marlon, Brandon, and Captain Simon, we each left a piece of our heart sailing on the Diamant in the Caribbean.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
My wife Alison and I enjoyed our 3rd trip with island Windjammers on SV Diamant in March of 2015, we were joined by friends who had sailed with us last year on Sagitta, another Island Windjammer vessel We joined Diamant on Friday March ... Read More
My wife Alison and I enjoyed our 3rd trip with island Windjammers on SV Diamant in March of 2015, we were joined by friends who had sailed with us last year on Sagitta, another Island Windjammer vessel We joined Diamant on Friday March 13th after a three day stay at The Radisson Hotel on Grand Anse Beach. We met our new shipmates, and introductions were made over a few “rumageddons” before setting sail for Carriacou. On Saturday morning we spent some time in Carriacou and then Chatham Bay, Union Island. Where we hiked to Bushmans farm, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Sunday we sailed to the Tobago Cays, and anchored off Petit Rameau. There we were free to relax on board or take the dinghy to the beach, we (everyone) opted for the beach and spent the day exploring, snorkeling and relaxing. At lunchtime the crew brought lunch us a lunch of cheeseburgers, fries, salad, fresh fruit and dessert which we ate under the palm tree’s. Nice beach, good snorkeling On Monday we sailed to Bequia and got a close up view of the unique community of Moonhole, where homes have been literally carved out of the cliff face. We took the Island tour with Noel, who showed us the view of Admiralty Bay from the surrounding hillside, the Turtle Sanctuary and educated us on Bequia’s history of boatbuilding and whaling in years gone by. After the tour we walked through town of Port Elizabeth & made our way along the winding walkway to Princess Margaret beach, a beautiful beach and of the best I have ever visited. Tuesday we sailed into Saline Bay on the island of Mayreau, the crew took us ashore again by dinghy and we walked for about 20-30 minutes over the Island to Saltwhistle Bay. En route we stopped at a little church in the town of No Name where we were “ambushed” by the local kindergarten kids who insisted on being picked up and hugged and having photographs taken with their new friends. As for Saltwhistle Bay itself, well what can I say? It was even better than Princess Margaret’s. Late in the afternoon the crew picked us up in the dinghy and we sailed to the famous Happy Island for Happy Hour! Served by the owner and builder Janti at his Island Beach Bar. Happy Island itself was built from coral rock and conch shells, and Janti himself, is a very happy individual Wednesday we anchored off Sandy Island Carriacou, took the dingy over courtesy of the crew and spent the morning relaxing, snorkeling, watching the Kite surfers and in my case at least wishing I had another week in paradise. The final word on Sandy Island? Yes, you guessed it, even better than The Tobago Key’s, St Margaret’s Beach and Saltwhistle Bay. The Snorkeling at the tip of the island a very short swim offshore is better than many dives I have done and is suitable for beginners and experienced divers/snorkelers alike. Additional enjoyable activities during the week were, in no particular order Fully stocked beer cooler, aft end Excellent food, breakfast, lunch and dinner Astounding sunsets and sunrises The Whaleboner Restaurant, Bequia Beach Bar On Saltwhistle Bay Diamant under sail Bollo not allowing me pour my own coffee no matter how many times I tried Rumaggedon Time!! A fantastic Crew and Captain. Finally, late in the afternoon on Thursday March 19th we sailed into St. George Grenada and enjoyed the Captains Lobster dinner at Port Louis Marina. Afterwards we bade farewell to Diamante, all our new friends and look forward to our return to the beautiful Grenada and Grenadines. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Just returned from the "Tempting 10" sailing on the Diamant. Had a great time. We sailed 9 times with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, unfortunately they are no longer in business. We couldn't wait to sail again on a tall ship. ... Read More
Just returned from the "Tempting 10" sailing on the Diamant. Had a great time. We sailed 9 times with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, unfortunately they are no longer in business. We couldn't wait to sail again on a tall ship. Even though the Diamant is a smaller ship, there was plenty enough room for the 11 passengers and 6 crew. Cabins were surprisingly spacious with a nice size bathroom with a lot of hot water and plenty of storage space, however we were told that we had the larger cabin(Cabin #3). The boat was very clean and well maintained. Food was great and it was amazing to see what the chef (Philbert)can do in that tiny galley! The captain and crew were more than accommodating and very professional. There were not a lot of shore excursions, however you can go to the beach,snorkel, sit on the boat and read a book or go into town or set up your own excursions. The captain can set up scuba diving for those who choose to do so. The itinerary included islands that the larger cruise ships don't go to. Overall, we had a great time time and would highly recommend Island Windjammers and the Diamant for those people who don't want the big cruise ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
First time for us (man & wife) taking a cruise, we were wow'd every single day - getting to small places big ships don't/can't go, being flexible enough to proceed under sail (with ample power assist if chosen) rather ... Read More
First time for us (man & wife) taking a cruise, we were wow'd every single day - getting to small places big ships don't/can't go, being flexible enough to proceed under sail (with ample power assist if chosen) rather than always under power, swimming off the side of the ship (100'+ long), getting to know crew and fellow vacationers (crew of 6, + 6 staterooms which were fully booked, so 12 passengers), snorkeling in bays and coves if you wanted to, bask if you didn't. Great, great food but not a glutton's thing, more like fresh island fruit at every meal, differing main course selections mostly with island flair, rum punch along with afternoon hors d'oeuvres daily, included in the price is all the beer/wine you want to pack away (but except for one "Culture Walk" evening [read bar crawl], I didn't see a single passenger appear to be under the influence). Plenty of sodas, water, juice, of course. We worried about June "off season" & were met with almost perfect weather (one rainstorm all week, and that was short), not too hot, and with a choice daily of swimming here, walking there, sleeping in if you like - they'll launch the dinghy for just you if you want to go separate, but the attitude of all the folks on the trip was such that we all quickly became friends - no cliques formed, no cross word heard for a week - by anyone! Can I give it 6's on a scale of 0-to-5? p.s. You don't need to deal in Eastern Caribbean Currency, since everywhere takes U.S. dollars - just arm yourself with lots and lots of ones and fives and tens, since there are places that will struggle to break a $20. Exchange rate is 2.71:1 EC to US, and you should bargain in the local places to get initial prices lowered. p.p.s. If you're looking to shop at fancy places in port, get your money's worth in calories at the midnight buffet, gamble in the casino, watch a floor show, or wear something other than a bathing suit and t-shirt on most days, this is not the one for you. Take one Hawaiian shirt for the fanciest dinner they have, leave the long pants at home, take loads of sunscreen & reasonable amounts of insect repellent, and expect to enjoy!! p.p.p.s. I rated entertainment below 5, since "entertainment" is not part of the concept - that said, I rated it pretty high because I didn't want to be entertained. 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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