Sail Windjammer is more than just a Caribbean cruise. Passengers sail on the S/V Mandalay to unspoiled beaches, hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships bypass. Tammy Shaw (now Grabel) and her then boyfriend Seth Grabel sailed in 2013 on Sail Windjammer that became a defining moment in their continuing love story.
Passengers and crew get to know each other and become friends in a fun-loving environment. Passengers can relax and leave the sailing to Mandalay’s professional crew or learn the ropes, helping to hoist the sails, take a turn at the wheel and enjoy classes on knot tying, the stars, or navigation.
Sail Windjammer is home away from home for the week with opportunities to sunbathe, read, socialize, party, dance, play games, sleep on deck under the stars, play board games, exercise, or just sit and take in the beauty of the ship, listen to the wind in the rigging and the waves lapping against the hull. Then there are the stops and Seth Grabel made plans for one of the most romantic nights in a woman’s life at one of these breathtaking stops.
For those seeking adventure, in addition to cabin/bunk, Sail Windjammer provides three meals a day, on-board entertainment, early morning pastries, Bloody Marys, early evening snacks, Rum Swizzles and 24-hour coffee and tea service.
There is a sunrise in paradise, lifelong new friends, warm clear turquoise waters, breath taking views, exotic ports and the chance to relax. This means to leave the bling, formal wear and high heels at home. It’s relaxed, casual and informal wear this week with T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits the fashion of the week. Time spent in port includes exploring the islands of the Grenadines. Excursions and activities vary from island to island offering hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, island tours, beach barbecues, sunbathing on pristine beaches, rainforest and waterfall hikes.
Grenada is the home port for the S/V Mandalay, where passengers begin their sailing adventure. Known as the Island of Spice because of the abundance of locally grown spices, Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg.
Bequia is known as the Island of the Clouds featuring stunning sandy beaches, lush hillsides and breath taking views. The island tour takes visitors through local villages. One suggested stop is the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, founded in 1995 by Bequian Orton King to assist in the conservation of the endangered Hawksbill turtle. View the turtles at all stages of life, from hatchlings to adult.
Chatham Bay, on the western side of Union Island, is a magnificent bay with a long beautiful beach, backed by steep dramatic hills. It is a great spot for snorkeling, relaxing on the beach and soaking in the beauty of surroundings with beach bars that are operated by locals.
Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with a population of about 250. One village offers local bars and restaurants on white sandy beaches for a wonderfully relaxing day in the crystal clear water.
The Tobago Cays are an archipelago consisting of five small, uninhabited islands and make up the Tobago Cays Marine Park. There are opportunities to snorkel with the sea turtles in an established area off the beach in Baradel. Marked by buoys, this protected area allows visitors to view turtles in their natural and magical habitat.
Carriacou is one of the largest islands in the Grenadines, the island is 13 square miles where the residents’ livelihood revolves around fishing and boat building. The main town and port of Hillsborough welcomes visitors with local shops and dining.
Seth Grabel is returning on Sail Windjammer July 13-19 when the kids (with an adult) take over for Junior Jammers for a magical week. Magician Seth Grabel will perform and conduct magic classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with children while creating lifetime memories.