Windjammer Sailing Adventures Sets First Voyage for July 22
By Theresa Norton Masek
June 28, 2012 11:47 AM
Windjammer Sailing Adventures has announced that its first voyage will depart July 22, departing round-trip from Grenada. The Mandalay, which formerly operated for now-defunct Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, will sail weekly, departing Sunday and returning Saturday, according to the company website. The cruises will visit “a selection of islands in the Grenadines,” including Grenada, Carriacou, Union Island, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Bequia, St. Vincent and possibly others. “Remember, ports visited are subject to change ... we go where the captain and the winds take us!” the company website says.
Windjammer Sailing Adventures was started by Charles J. Kropke in the freewheeling spirit of Windjammer Barefoot, which was started in 1947 by the legendary Capt. Mike Burke. That company had legions of devoted fans but ultimately shut down in 2007. Kropke previously told Travel Pulse he purchased pictures and memorabilia from Barefoot at a bankruptcy auction in 2008.
Kropoke, who is CEO of Windjammer Sailing, also operates Dragonfly Expeditions, which operates ecological and cultural tours throughout the Caribbean and South Florida. He purchased the Mandalay, a three-masted 236-foot barquentine, from a company in Ecuador that had restored it. Kropke reduced capacity from 72 to 64 berths.
Cruise fares include a cabin/bunk, three meals a day, onboard entertainment, early morning pastries and Bloody Marys, early evening snacks, Rum Swizzles, wine with dinner and 24-hour coffee and tea. Tips are optional with about $75 per person per week is suggested.
Standard cabins below deck with bunk beds are priced at $1,599 per person, based on double occupancy. Fares are $1,699 for Commodore Cabins, larger cabins below deck with bunk beds; $1,799 for Admiral Suites on main deck with double lower bunk and upper Pullman; and $1,899 for a Kings Cabin, a double sized cabin with shower separate from the bathroom. There is a $400 discount on the second week of back-to-back sail. Port charges are $99 are in addition to the cruise fare. Single shares are available at the per-person rate and the company will pair up with another single of the same sex. Single occupancy is 175 percent of the per-person rate. Third passenger prices are $1,199 for Commodore Cabin and $1,299 for Admiral Cabin. For reservations, call 888-972-7245, ext. 101, or visit the Windjammer Sailing Adventures website.
Another company, Island Windjammers, was started by and for fans of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises in 2009, operating the 12-passenger schooner Diamant out of Grenada. For information, visit Island Windjammers website.