Experience the Caribbean islands sailing on the S/V Mandalay
You only have one life to live, so you might as well live your life with gusto and with no regrets. You need to put on your bucket list a vacation of a lifetime and sign up to take a Windjammer cruise. Sail the S/V Mandalay. This majestic sailing vessel was built for E.F. Hutton in 1923 as a gift for his wife. The cruising yacht accommodates 58 passengers and a crew of 24. It has teak decks and original woodwork throughout the ship that has been restored.
The first thing you do when your board the ship is take off your shoes. This is a barefoot cruise–you will spend your week in shorts and a T-shirt. If you want, you can hoist the sails, or just lay back and watch as the sails fill up with the brisk trade winds. The sails go up as “Amazing Grace” is played on the ship’s speakers. As Bob Dylan said, “You never know where the wind is going to blow!” There is no set itinerary other than the port of call where you board and then the port where you disembark. The Captain plots the course depending on the wind, currents and weather.
Discover the Caribbean like never before with Sail Windjammer. You will sail the Grenadines to unspoiled beaches, hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just can’t reach. You will experience a Caribbean few others ever see or dream of!
There is never a dull moment when you’re aboard the Mandalay. You just cannot help but relax when you are on the ship. Be prepared to have your share of rum since they have free rum swizzles every evening before dinner. You can watch the sun set and look at the surreal scenery. The Mandalay usually stays close to land. The Captain plots the course and takes into consideration where he will catch the best winds to propel the ship.
Every day you are at a different port. Explore the islands with organized shore excursions or snorkel a reef and see a rainbow of fish. Many times you will see dolphins skipping the waves or a whale coming up to the surface to get air.
Every morning, the Captain has “story time.” He will tell you where you are and all the choices you have as the ship is anchored. Launches leave the ship on the hour to take you ashore. Cab drivers will give you a tour of the island and are very well versed.
You will get a chance to meet all the passengers from across the country. Many are seasoned Windjammers and tell you the best places to go on the Islands during the day.
The food on the ship is wholesome. You will not go hungry. Sometimes they have lunch or dinner on an isolated beach.
The Captain holds sailing classes and will teach you celestial navigation. The universe twinkles at night without all the light pollution. You will be amazed at all the shooting stars you will see.
The cabins are small, but you don’t spend much time in your berth other than to sleep or shower. If you want, you can sleep on the deck under the sails. You can watch the sun come up and enjoy hot, fresh coffee with sticky buns right out of the oven.
If you are looking for an affordable vacation where you visit a different port of call every day, then consider a Sail Windjammer cruise. You will not be disappointed and will want to book another cruise. Go to their website today while Windjamming is on the top of your mind.
Be sure to check out the website at www.SailWindjammer.com. Call their reservation department (888) 972-SAIL x101 and discuss the best time to go and what islands you will visit. The staff at the home office is friendly, literate, passionate, and takes care of all the details. You do need a passport and airline reservations to take you to the island where the ship is leaving from.