If you want to take a cruise that is unlike almost any other, consider boarding the Diamant and spending a week or two with the Island Windjammer’s crew. Preceded by the now defunct Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Island Windjammer is the only true year-round sailing cruise line in the Caribbean.
When I say, sailing, I mean sailing. Yes, this ship has actual sails. No, you won’t be required to know how to hoist them, but you are welcome to lend a hand if you like or just enjoy the sound of the sails snapping in the breeze while you relax on the deck below. Each hoisting of the sails is accompanied by the playing of “Amazing Grace” played by bagpipes. You are going to experience a true sailing adventure. Even though Diamant of course, has an engine, like a true sailing vessel, her best performance is under sail, not like some lumbering so-called sailing ship with sails to augment its looks.
You’ll enjoy the intimacy of a maximum of 12 guests in addition to the crew. There are 6 cabins, each with an ocean-view porthole and air-conditioning, as well as private facilities. You will stay in one of the five cabins with a double lower berth and single upper berth or one with both double and single lower berths.
Built in 1978, Diamant is 101 feet in length and is a brigantine schooner sailing ship. She has been well maintained and upgrades have been made to add to the comfort and safety of her passengers.
You can choose from 6-night or the highly popular, harder to get 13-night cruises all leaving out of Port Louis Marina in St. Georges on the island of Grenada. All cruises explore the Grenadines, a chain of islands that are part of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean. You will have to fly to Grenada to board the Diamant.
The Grenadines are one of the most desirable and exclusive sailing areas in the world and this unique cruise gives you access to locations that are denied access to larger mass cruise ships.
You will enjoy an incredibly relaxing vacation on the Diamant. Your typical day will include a casual breakfast including fresh fruit and a hot entrée. Your captain will then discuss the days’ activities and helpful tips for the current port of call. No need to worry, if you wish to sleep in the schedule will be posted each day in the saloon.
If you wish to enjoy the island, you will have that option. If you wish to stay onboard the ship all day, you can do that too! You can spend the day basking in the warm Caribbean sun, sipping tropical drinks and enjoying an onboard lunch prepared for you by the crew. At some ports, there is the opportunity to swim off the side of the ship and if the ship is docked at a beach, a picnic lunch may be served on shore.
Later in the afternoon, you will be offered refreshments in the form of rum punch and assorted snacks. Complimentary soft drinks, wine and locally brewed beers are offered all day long for your enjoyment. Dinner might be a sit-down in the saloon or a casual buffet on the deck but you never have to put on a tuxedo and you can always sit where you want and with whomever you want. The chef is happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions that might need to be considered.
The friendly crew hails from all over the Caribbean and will be happy to help you learn about the local people, the history of the islands or the ship itself.
Diamant makes stops at both inhabited islands where a variety of activities are available and uninhabited islands where guests can lay on the beach, snorkel, scuba or do nothing at all.
Typical Ports of Call:
- Grenada – more than just a place to step off, Grenada offers beautiful white sand beaches, a vibrant night life, shopping; especially for local spices, and restaurants offering fresh seafood to tempt your tastebuds
- Carriacou – step back in time on the island of Carriacou where the locals are known for their ship building skills, enjoy local spiced rum or fresh caught lobster, dive in the local waters where coral reefs play host to a rainbow of aquatic life
- Union Island – you can take a dinghy ride out to Happy Island; a man-made island built entirely of shells and enjoy a cocktail at the popular bar, this volcanic island has beautiful beaches and is the southernmost Grenadine
- Bequia – this island offers an opportunity to visit a turtle sanctuary and a wide variety of aquatic activities, the locals have long been experts in boat-building and fishing
- Tobago Cays – a group of uninhabited islets form a national park where you can while the day away swimming and snorkeling in clear turquoise waters
- Mayreau – this tiny island has a population of only 300 and here you will take part in a local “pub crawl” at night and enjoy the pristine beaches during the day
As you can tell Island Windjammers is a unique cruising opportunity. It will be an experience that you will not soon forget and you will leave having made new friends, lived new adventures and counting the days until you can return to this island paradise.
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