Windjammer Cruises…Are You Confused?

Island Windjammers Diamant

Island Windjammers Diamant
Photo Credit: Island Windjammers

Many cruisers continue to be confused by the different sailing ship options with “windjammer” in the title.  Hope this summary helps:

Cruise Line: Island Windjammers

Ships: Diamant, Sagitta

Itinerary (Diamant): Grenada and Windward Islands (Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Bequia, Union Island, Carriacou)
Itinerary (Sagitta): St. Maarten and the Leeward Islands (St. Barts, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, Anguilla)

Island Windjammers Diamant

Photo Credit: Island Windjammers

Cruise Line: The Maine Windjammer Association

Ships:

    • American Eagle (Rockland, Maine)
    • Victory Chimes (Rockland, Maine)
    • Mary Day (Camden, Maine)
    • Heritage (Rockland, Maine)
    • Stephen Taber (Rockland, Maine)
    • Lewis R. French (Camden, Maine)
    • Nathaniel Bowditch (Rockland, Maine)
    • Angelique (Camden, Maine)
    • Issac H. Evans (Rockland, Maine)
    • Timberwind (Rockport, Maine)

Itineraries: Maine Coast

Cruise Line: Liberty Windjammer Cruises

Ships: Liberty Clipper (Homeport in Summer: Boston), Liberty Star (Homeport: St. Thomas)

Itineraries: Liberty Clipper: Bahamas; Liberty Star: Virgin Islands
Summer Itineraries: Boston, New York City,Great Chesapeake Bay

Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises

Ships: Wind Spirit, Wind Star, Wind Surf

Itineraries: Vary (Destinations include Italy, Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Northern Europe, Transatlantic)

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St. Kitts Destination Specialist–heading there next week!

St. Kitts DiplomaIn preparation for my Carnival Cruise on the Victory next week, I wanted to learn more about one of our scheduled ports of call, St. Kitts.  Today I studied and passed the St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist training course.  My thanks to Travel Agent University and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.  I’m especially interested in visiting the Reggae Beach Bar or maybe “The Strip” on Frigate Bay (the Monkey Bar or the Shiggidy Shack) and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although our visit is via cruise ship, I learned that St. Kitts is easily accessible from the USA via several major airlines.  All flights arrive at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), situated just 2 miles outside the historic capital city of Basseterre.  American Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Miami and on Wednesday and Sundays from New York’s JFK.  Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta on Saturdays.  US Airways flies non-stop from Charlotte on Saturdays.   Travelers can also connect on flights from San Juan on American Eagle.