2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We sailed out of Grenada. We had perfect weather, wonderful shipmates, an attentive (but not overly so) crew, an excellent chef and a comfortable cabin. This was our first experience on a motorized sailing vessel. At dinner our cruise ... Read More
We sailed out of Grenada. We had perfect weather, wonderful shipmates, an attentive (but not overly so) crew, an excellent chef and a comfortable cabin. This was our first experience on a motorized sailing vessel. At dinner our cruise director would explain where we were going and what activities would be available and all of the information was posted to a whiteboard by the next morning. There was plenty to do or nothing to do; totally up to us. We snorkeled and swam in beautiful waters, we took one guided tour that was very interesting. We could do some hiking or walking or be driven by dinghy to our beach of the day. We mostly ate all meals on board but did have "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" on a lovely beach one day, cooked by our wonderful chef, George. After dinner excursions were available, but we were happy to have our nightcap on the Sagitta and retire early to our cozy cabin so we could be ready to go with a delicious breakfast the next morning. I loved that we were always in sight of land as we sailed; the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking in the Caribbean. The instructions received prior to our trip, during our trip and for disembarkation were very thorough. Pack less; very casual, bathing suits, t-shirts, flip flops and a couple of books - you'll be all set! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Over the past few years my husband and I have realized that we like things to be smaller. We no longer enjoy the crowds at large resorts. We enjoy B&B's. We avoid chain restaurants.We like small restaurants where we actually know ... Read More
Over the past few years my husband and I have realized that we like things to be smaller. We no longer enjoy the crowds at large resorts. We enjoy B&B's. We avoid chain restaurants.We like small restaurants where we actually know the staff and owners. We became disenchanted with the large cruise lines. We found we spent a lot of time avoiding the crowds. We wanted more time in ports. We hated the nickel and diming at every turn. We had started flying to favorite destinations and renting vilas. We wanted more time on the water. Luckily we found Island Windjammers. We chose a trip on the Sagitta from Grenada to Bequia and back. The website describes in great detail what to expect and they were very accurate. If you have questions they are more than happy to answer. When you call real people answer the phone! Our trip had 16 guests and 10 crew. We knew everyone within days. The atmosphere is casual. We all got along well and had a great time. We took the transfers arranged by Island Windjammers. This made everything very easy. They were prompt and very friendly. The prices were good. The night before our trip we stayed at the True Blue Bay Resort. The resort grounds, room, and breakfast exceeded all expectations. The staff is amazingly nice and friendly. Our cabin was exactly what we expected on a ship this size. There was plenty of room if you don't over pack. You end up with 6 drawers, a space to hang things, and multiple shelves. There are several well placed hooks around the cabin to hang things. Take soft sided luggage, it stores better. Everything was spotlessly clean. The AC was wonderful to have at night. The bed was very comfortable. The ship was not huge, but large enough to find a quiet place of your own if you wanted it, or to find a conversation with the other guests. It is a real ship. It moves, you feel it. It is good. Stairs are more like ladders. Good mobility helps on this trip. The food served was excellent. I am amazed by what the chef and cook accomplish in a small galley. Everything was delicious and well prepared. There was a mix of traditional American foods with a few local favorites added. The cheeseburgers served on the beach were perfect. Good luck getting George to share recipes. I would like to have had a few. The tomato ginger sauce for the pork, the conch fritters, the honey roasted coconut strips. Perhaps they could sell a small cookbook....We enjoyed the fact that water, iced tea, sodas and beer were always available self service. Wine was served at dinner. We also liked being able to bring along whatever other libations we would enjoy. Several of the guests did just that. We stopped at a nice mix of islands. Usually you had a choice of going to shore-beach or town depending location-going snorkeling, hiking, or hanging out on the ship. Tenders ran hourly. Some landings are wet. On a couple of stops the Captain snorkeled with us. (How often do you see that?) The staff was quick to bring out the pool noodles, lounge floats, and standup paddle boards for swimming days. We even put the rope swing to use one day. The towns were small, but cute, the beaches were postcard perfect, and the tour in Bequia is a great way to learn about the history and see the island. Crystal did a great job as ops manager and helped make sure all of the guests had a great time and were well cared for. The Diamante stopped at many of the same ports. We got familiar with their guests as well. We enjoyed crab races together in Chatham Bay and I think they enjoyed visiting the Sagitta for a wine and cheese party later in the week. I can not say enough good things about the entire crew. On a ship this size you are lucky enough to get to know them all. They are a nice crew and very interesting people. Every person working on the ship worked very hard to make everyone comfortable. Upon return to Grenada we stayed at Coyaba to be on the beach and walking distance to shopping. The grounds were beautiful, the pool with the swim up bar was nice after spending a week in salt water, and the room was large. We enjoyed everything about the trip and are planning another trip With Island Windjammers next year. A few last thoughts. Pack light. Take extra sunscreen and some mosquito repellent. Take a dry bag as a day bag to protect whatever you may carry from splashes. Buy more chocolate in Grenada than you think you want. It is double the price to get in the states. Be adventurous. Return with no regrets and wonderful memories. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We were fortunate to get to sail on the Sagitta as part of a wedding party and it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life. Yes, some of us got a little seasick, but I wouldn't blame that on the ship or crew. We had the ... Read More
We were fortunate to get to sail on the Sagitta as part of a wedding party and it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life. Yes, some of us got a little seasick, but I wouldn't blame that on the ship or crew. We had the best crew ever (still craving Lenny's banana pancakes, homemade chips and dip, and Sagita-ritas!) and the boat was beautiful. The cabins were boat cabins - not large, but big enough, esp. since you spend so much of your time above deck. Yes, if you want to sleep two full-grown adults side-by-side on the lower bunk, it'll be cozy, but this is a boat. Our captain was great and even turned the boat around so we could be completely surrounded by a 25+ dolphin pod + Pilot Whales. I don't know who ordered the many rainbows and green flash at sunset, but they completely capped off the wedding in the shadows of the Pitons. The ports we stopped at were lovely and the crew was fantastic about making sure that we knew we would be going back to the boat for lunch, happy hour and dinner. The locals on each island were very friendly and proud to show off their land. I thought there was a good mix of readily available tour options and "explore on your own". Lots of snorkeling and beautiful views abound. I think part of the appeal of our trip was that we knew everyone on the boat. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone looking for a special wedding or event consider doing the same. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I went on the Solo Sojourn in July and it was an wonderful experience. The crew was top-notch, never letting you lift a finger to do anything. They were very helpful and one of them even fixed my camera so I didn't miss out on ... Read More
I went on the Solo Sojourn in July and it was an wonderful experience. The crew was top-notch, never letting you lift a finger to do anything. They were very helpful and one of them even fixed my camera so I didn't miss out on capturing the memories. Although I was a bit nervous about sharing a room with someone I didn't know, my roommate was great. There were only 19 people on board and everyone seemed to get along just fine. We're already talking about planning our next cruise together! The rooms are spacious for a boat that small. And there is always a place you can get away and have some 'me' time on the boat. The only thing that was a little off was our visit to Martinique's Fort Du France. It was just too big of a city, too many people and too much noise compared to what we had been experiencing. But considering we were only there for 1/2 a day it wasn't too bad. The other smaller stops in Dominica, Iles de Saintes and Martinque were mellow and enjoyable. If you're considering sailing with Island Windjammers - book it today! Don't wait! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I have an extensive history of traveling to many countries around the world for over the past 40 years. I have taken a couple of cruises prior to this trip. Most notably I went to the Galapagos islands which was incredible and a fantastic ... Read More
I have an extensive history of traveling to many countries around the world for over the past 40 years. I have taken a couple of cruises prior to this trip. Most notably I went to the Galapagos islands which was incredible and a fantastic experience. I have always been fascinated by 19th century sailing ship stories such as Joshua Slocum's tale of Sailing Alone Around the World, 1898. We decided to go on a Windjammer tour because we wanted to experience the feeling of sailing a schooner. I was told that this was a sailing vessel and that we would participate in working the sails. The Sagita which is sold as a motorized sailing vessel. I was told the motors would only be engaged when the winds failed. Windjammer arranged a hotel at the Marigold Hotel the day before our department. They told us it would be only a five minute taxi to the ship. As it turned out the Marigold Hotel was on the other side of the island and was an hour drive to Rodney Bay which unnecessarily cost us an additional $45. We paid for transfers to and from the ship in advance and never told to expect this. I'd like to begin by stating some of the positive facts of this trip. First, excluding the captains, The entire crew was friendly and helpful and generally a pleasure to be with. The chef, Lenny, was excellent. I have several food allergies and he went above and beyond to ensure that the food I ate met my dietary restrictions. I am very grateful to Lenny. Every day we had a cocktail hour and without exception Lenny provided us with new and interesting hors d'oeuvres and cocktails The cabins were clean and met my basic requirements. Onboard there were sufficient deck chairs for us to enjoy the views and relax. Fortunately, the Caribbean is so beautiful that no matter how much you mismanage a voyage you can't help enjoy the environment. I will now detail the facts of the Sagitta that caused such distress. The source of this information I quote from the mouth of Captain Stefan, a German man from the island of Dominica. I will never understand why he told me this sensitive and damaging information to me while giving us a tour of the bridge. Captains Stefan claims to have been Captain on 35 National Geographic ships to Antarctica. The first shocking surprise was Captain Stefan revealing the true history of the Sagitta. Stefan told us the Sagitta was never built as a sailing vessel. He told me that the hull was not even built in the shape of a sailing vessel. I had wondered and asked why were the sails never being raised. He told me that the Sagitta could not sail and that they did not even have adequate sails on board even if they wanted to sail. According to Stefhan, the ship was built as a laundry boat for the Navy. This gives a whole new meaning to the expression that we were sailing on a tub,pardon the bad pun. I asked Crystal, the tour guide, why the sails were not raised when I was told to wind was only 10 kn and her feeble excuse was the winds were too strong and they would tear the sails apart. After Captain's revelations I learned the real reason for their not being raised. Captain Stefan also told me that the masts we're not capable of holding sails The purpose was only decorative and to give the impression that the ship was meant for sailing. The cruise did not follow the stated itinerary. We ended up spending two days in Dominica, which according Frommer's, which I found on the ship, Dominca is the worst island in the Caribbean and a must to avoid. The entire beach was literally covered with broken glass. There were no hotels, bars or any facilities and I wonder why they chose two days of my vacation to spend there when there were so many other wonderful choices which they didn't take us to, including Guadalupe which we were supposed to go to. I wondered if the reason for this was that Captain Stefan was from Dominica. In conclusion, you cannot plan a more awful cruise even if you decided to sail to Gilligans Island and end up on a deserted island. i'm writing this review as a public service to all prospective future clients of Windjammer. Be wary of squandering your hard earned vacation days and money with a company that so flagrantly misrepresents in their marketing material who they really are and what they offer. In my opinion, this is shameful behavior. Community Editor's Note: The following statement was provided to us by the management of Island Windjammers and appears in its unedited entirety: "Sagitta is a motorsailer, as she is clearly described on our website, and as is carefully explained in our FAQ's. Island Windjammers does not book hotels on behalf of our guests, but does provide links on request to select properties which offer discounts to Island Windjammers guests. The planning information given to all guests at the time of booking states that IWJ vessels in St Lucia will be berthed at Rodney Bay until December 2015, at which time they will relocate to Marigot Bay". Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
The first problem we encountered was the requested overnight stay in St. Lucia prior to the start of the cruise. We chose Marigot Bay Beach Club because it looked nice to us and it was stated on the website that "The resort is ... Read More
The first problem we encountered was the requested overnight stay in St. Lucia prior to the start of the cruise. We chose Marigot Bay Beach Club because it looked nice to us and it was stated on the website that "The resort is located on the water's edge on the north side of Marigot Bay, just a few steps away from the marina where you'll be joining your ship". What you failed to tell us is that it is 45 MINUTES from Rodney Bay where we were to join the ship. It also resulted in a $45 cab ride! When we brought this up with Crystal, the operations person on Sagitta, she said it is "offered as an alternative to those wanting to see other areas around St. Lucia". If that is the case then Island Windjammer must be truthful about where it is. This was not the way to start our vacation and I found it very disconcerting. (Since writing to the company regarding this, additional wording has been added to the Island Windjammer website) I was also disappointed because there was little or no communication prior to travel from Island Windjammer. When we asked for pre-cruise information we were told to just print it out. No itinerary was given prior to the cruise, or even when we boarded, Why is that? When asked we were given vague answers. Shipping lanes, night sailing, weather, - that was it. No explanations. No clear answers. It appeared that Dominica was to be our first stop. We were all surpised that a lady we boarded with the day before had already left the cruise! The rough overnight swells clearly were not for her. Dominica was a total let down. Ugly beach with broken glass everywhere from beer bottles. No facilities. The town itself was dreadful. No restaurants, no tourist shops - nothing. Why on earth did we spend 2 days there? Also we did not go to Guadeloupe although the statements on your website would infer that we were to go there in addition to Iles de Saintes. Again, why? Martinique had beautiful beaches that I would have loved to have stayed longer on but we wasted a whole morning being dropped in Fort De France with it's mediocre shops and not much else. After an hour we waited to return to the ship. The captain (Deylan)was returning on the same dinghy too. We told him there was nothing interesting to do there and his response was "there are 150,000 people there and you can't find anything to do" That was rude an not very professional. Then again he was still in his twenties. It turns out we didn't even sail. The sails we discovered were for cosmetic purposes only as confirmed by a new, soon-to-be captain of Windjammer who joined us from Domenica (where he lived - Ah, now I get it, that's why we spent 2 days there unnecessarily). The S.V. Sagitta, it was shared with us by Stefan (the new-soon-to-be captain for Windjammer), was built in 1961 as a laundry ship for the navy. It was never meant to be a sailing ship and the shape of the hull proves it. Any romantic notions I had of a beautiful cruise on a sailing vessel just sank to the bottom of the ocean once he shared that information. I could not tell if he wanted to give us the shock value of that statement or whether he was secretly regarding us as stupid for booking the trip in the first place. Regardless, I did not think it was a very smart statement to be making about your future employer's business. I guess he'll find out. The few highlights that are in Windjammer's favor - The cabins, although small, were very clean everyday and housekeeping was good. Daily Happy Hour was a pleasant experience and everyone looked forward to it and the great food and drink surprises. Chef Lenny was by far the biggest asset to the company. The food was creative and excellent and his attention to special food requests due to allergies makes him shine even more. He truly cared for the comfort of the passengers. The deck hands, 1st mate, the servers etc. all get top marks from me for their hospitality. However, I found the young captain (Deylan) to be a little arrogant and definitely unfriendly. He showed no interest in how anyone was feeling and how we might be enjoying ourselves. In fact he liked to bark orders rather than discuss situations at hand. Crystal was nice and upbeat and kept everyone smiling however I felt that the company could do a much better job of helping the passengers with what to do when the ship docked. Having Crystal stand there with a small foldout map and pointing to parts of it saying "you can go here or you can go there" doesn't really cut it. Most of the time it was the only map she had so when we got on land we had no clue where we were going. How about a supply of maps for each island in a welcome packet with typed up suggestions of where to go, suggested restaurants etc? Community Editor's Note: The following statement was provided to us by the management of Island Windjammers and appears in its unedited entirety: "Sagitta is a motorsailer, as she is clearly described on our website, and as is carefully explained in our FAQ's. Island Windjammers does not book hotels on behalf of our guests, but does provide links on request to select properties which offer discounts to Island Windjammers guests. The planning information given to all guests at the time of booking states that IWJ vessels in St Lucia will be berthed at Rodney Bay until December 2015, at which time they will relocate to Marigot Bay". Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
We cruised in late July and had a wonderful time. St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe. Waterfalls, river excursion, shopping in Martinique, snorkeling, swimming in crystal blue water and making new friends on the Sagitta. ... Read More
We cruised in late July and had a wonderful time. St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe. Waterfalls, river excursion, shopping in Martinique, snorkeling, swimming in crystal blue water and making new friends on the Sagitta. Comfortable cabins, extraordinary crew, Sagitta-ritas at 5:00, wonderful island food, and more. Thanks to Captain Delyan, Patricio, Jonesy, Crystal, Chef Lenny, Dextroy, Herchell, Shyam, Clay and Shem! We enjoyed meeting you all. All our best to Stefan, too! We'll definitely do this again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
Just back from a week on the Sagitta so I thought I'd share some thoughts with my fellow travelers. We did the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles des Saintes (part of Guadeloupe) and ... Read More
Just back from a week on the Sagitta so I thought I'd share some thoughts with my fellow travelers. We did the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles des Saintes (part of Guadeloupe) and Martinique. First the good news: Island Windjammers (IWJ) rates highly on coordinating hotels, transfers, taxis, etc. They are polished at getting everybody aboard the vessel with ease and comfort. This is especially important for the Sagitta, which is too big to dock at any of the destinations; instead, the crew relies on a couple of Zodiacs for all ship to shore transportation. More good news: Chef Lenny was great at accommodating those of us with special dietary needs, including those with allergies as well as those pesky vegans. I think everyone aboard rated all three daily meals as very good or better. Another very nice aspect of this trip is a 5:00 happy hour, where drinks and punches were served alongside pizzas, grilled tuna, fruit platters, cheese platters, and a lot of other tasty finger food. In addition to Chef Lenny, most of the crew was pleasant and helpful. Operations Manager Crystal was an angel at coordinating activities and joining in the fun with the guests. Clay and Shem were great at running the Zodiacs hour after hour. The ship has an ample number of chaises and chairs for deck side lounging. Roughly half the deck is kept shaded by tarps. The fore deck is huge, with plenty of room for guests. Now some bad news: the Sagitta is not a sailing vessel. It runs under power the entire time and puts up a sail or two for cosmetic purposes only. This was a huge disappointment, as IWJ's Diamant was under full sail on many occasions when we travelled with her a couple of years ago. The itinerary is flawed. Two days are spent in Dominica, an impoverished nation with virtually no tourist infrastructure, and very little in the way of sandy beaches. While on Dominica, we did manage to do a third party tour ($60 per person) that included a cave swim, a short hike to two really awesome waterfalls, and a relatively nice snorkel. A river tour the next day was mediocre. All in all, Dominica is not worth two days out of a six day tour: we did not see a single restaurant or bar worth visiting, nor a single store that a typical tourist might want to shop in. The people of Dominica, it must be noted, were as nice as can be, especially our tour guide Josie. Another flawed part of the itinerary is spending a whole morning in Fort-de-France, an urban area of Martinique with many modest stores, a farmers market and a fort, but not very much to hook in the typical tourist. The problem with spending too much time in Dominica is that it takes time away from a two-stop visit to Ilse de Saintes, which has a very nice town, really good snorkeling, a couple of nice beaches, and amazingly beautiful bays. Ilse de Saintes deserves more time that IWJ allots to it. The problem with stopping at Fort-de-France is that it takes away a half day that could be spent at an incredible bay on the opposite side of Martinique, where we were able to spend just three hours on the beach and in the town. This other side of Martinique deserved a lot more time, as it seems everybody on board loved the beaches, the water and the turtles. A couple of us commented that we would have gladly spent the whole week on the back side of Martinique. While most transit is done at night, much of one day toward the end of the tour is wasted on the return trip to St. Lucia. We would have greatly preferred this transportation be done at night as well, as it would have allowed another half a day at Ilse de Saintes. Note also that this excursion does not allow for a stop at the main island of Guadeloupe, which seems like another flaw in the itinerary. A few more comments: 1. The Sagitta crosses several choppy channels during the trip. Sea sickness patches or pills are recommended. 2. Bring Euros for the French islands, as they do not take the US dollar. 3. The best St. Lucia hotel for this trip is the Bay Gardens Beach Resort. It is located right next to Rodney Bay, where the Sagitta anchors, and is just a two minute transfer from hotel to marina. 4. Pack lightly and casually. This is an extremely relaxed trip; no one is getting dressed up. 5. Sagitta does not have Wi-Fi but you can get a cell signal on or near every island. I'll wrap up by saying IWJ's trip to Grenada and St. Vincent was fantastic. It proves IWJ knows how to do things the right way. Hopefully IWJ can make a couple of adjustments on the St. Lucia cruise to get it up to the level it deserves. Happy Travels to All. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
We just returned from the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles Des Saintes and Martinique. This was our first cruise ever, and we went with our friends who have done Windjammer cruises in the past. ... Read More
We just returned from the Sagitta's 6-night cruise that traveled from St. Lucia to Dominica, Iles Des Saintes and Martinique. This was our first cruise ever, and we went with our friends who have done Windjammer cruises in the past. To sum up our experience - for us, in spite of a little bit of rain, it was a perfect week! The crew was friendly and super accommodating. The sites were beautiful. The ship was quite comfortable and spacious. The food was really yummy. Not to mention the daily "Sagitarittas!" And all the guests onboard got along quite well! We made sure to take motion sickness meds every day, and we're glad we did. Not a bit of seasickness, in spite of some bumpy rides in the "channels" between the islands. If you are looking for one of those luxury giant ship cruises, you won't find it here. If you're looking for a nice, low key, super friendly and wonderful time, we recommend it wholeheartedly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
I have been interested in a windjammer cruise for years and finally convinced my family. After looking at several options we chose Island Windjammers, and could not have enjoyed our trip more. I should say that the Sagitta, while it has ... Read More
I have been interested in a windjammer cruise for years and finally convinced my family. After looking at several options we chose Island Windjammers, and could not have enjoyed our trip more. I should say that the Sagitta, while it has sails, was powered by a motor. That may make some say that it was not a true wind jammer cruise, and they would have a point. However, that did not detract from our enjoyment of the trip. The crew was wonderful. There was nothing that we wanted for. It seemed as though no sooner did you ask for something than a crew member was there to help. The food was OUTSTANDING!! How the chef was able to produce so much wonderful food from small a small galley was hard to imagine. There is a rope swing from the rigging that my daughter, her friend, and I loved swinging from to splash into the Caribbean. The ports of call on each of the islands were fun, and much more remote than if we had traveled on a large ship. We are all certified SCUBA divers and the cruise director did a wonderful job locating dive shops for us to use (I reviewed two of them.) I will warn potential travelers to bring motion sickness meds. While in the lea of the islands the boat is very calm. When travelling between the islands, mostly at night, you will be tossed around your bunk. After the first night I thought "Oh no, what have I done.) After the first night we were better prepared for a couple of hours of rough seas and adjusted just fine. It all made for a geat adventure. Read Less
Sagitta Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 1.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 2.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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