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Windjammer Cruises

Discussion in 'Cruises' started by Brown Mermaid, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Brown Mermaid

    Brown Mermaid Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    I just booked a trip on the Windjammer Barefoot Cruise for Sept. 11-17 on the Polynesia. They cover the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Typically not a liveaboard but they advertise this as the best itinerary for diving. Sooooo has anyone done this cruise? :06:
     
  2. keytofreedom

    keytofreedom Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nashville, Tennessee
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    Brown Mermaid,

    I have done two "tours" on the Polynesia, though not to the ABC's. Are you specifically interested in knowing about the Windjammer vibe or the ABC's themselves? We were scheduled to do that itinerary last year (late September) on the Legacy but, a couple of miles out of port, the Legacy took on water and we had to return and get on the Polynesia instead.
     
  3. Brown Mermaid

    Brown Mermaid Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    Actually the vibe and the diving. Did you dive? How was the boat? Room to move around in? How were the rooms? I've been on the Blackbeard and the Aqua Cat, these were specific dive boats, so I'm used to cramped quarters. Who's going to be in the room anyway.

    I've been and dove Aruba and Bonaire. Can't wait to get to Bonaire, I've friends there, just don't know when we get there. How long do they stay in port? Any info you have would be good to me, even if I already know it. :D

    Thanks!

     
  4. keytofreedom

    keytofreedom Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nashville, Tennessee
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    The ship is gorgeous - beautiful old wood, gleaming brass. If you're into classic old sailboats you'll love it. The captain is awesome, although I think he's taking vacation time sometime in the near future. If Casey is there, please tell him Peggy (one of Chris Cargen's girls) said hello. (Chris is the husband of my good friend and was brave enough to do this sail with three women.)

    I've done the Blackbeard and you'll have way more in the way of conveniences. (Your own toilet and shower for one thing) The berths are small, but ample. You DON'T have to trip over your luggage, which is good.

    I don't know how old you are, but the crowd is generally older than you'll find on a liveaboard dive boat. They're usually a little off-beat, but if you're like me, you like that.

    I did dive on the last trip, although no one else in my party of four was a diver. This is definitely not a dive boat. They have shore excursions just like a cruise ship. If you're interested in something, you sign up and they arrange for a dive operator to take you. There were probably only about six or seven divers on the Polynesia last year. One day, there were only two of us who wanted to dive and they cancelled the excursion because not enough people were interested. That sucked.

    They do something that is irritating to me....silly games and costume nights, etc. If you like that sort of thing, you'll be pleased. If not, you really don't have to participate, but the pressure is there to do so. Take a costume of some sort because many of the passengers are repeat customers and are WAY prepared, although I believe the tradition started out as a "find whatever you can and make a costume out of it" (resulting in many toga bedsheet outfits).

    They didn't stay in port long, although, like I said, I haven't done the ABC itinerary. On mine, we had more ground to cover, so maybe you will have more down time. We never stayed more than a day and a half anywhere.

    Do take advantage of the shore excursions like guided nature hikes and village walks (bar tours actually). They're fun and educational.

    As long as you go with the "island" mentality that you always need in the Carribbean, you should have fun on the Windjammer. No worries.

    If you want to know anything specifically, don't hesitate to ask.
     
  5. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    The Poly was originally a Portuguese fishing boat, I believe, but I cannot find her history right now. She is still a flat bottom barque, but has been transformed into a comfy vessel. Compared to Blackboards, you'll feel like you are on a luxury yacht.

    edit - remember her name and found this....
    Here's a link to the company's description with room and deck info here

    I doubt that you will ever have full sails up, as the uppers probably won't be bothered with, but you can get postcards of her at full sail.
     
  6. Misty89

    Misty89 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas, TX
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    We went on the ABC itenerary in Sept. 2003. We did a nice shore dive in Curacao and then two mornings of boat diving in Bonaire (2 dives each a.m.). They arranged all of our diving with local dive shops. In Curacao, I think there were 3 divers and one DM total. Several more in Bonaire, but no more than 8 on our dive boat.

    We stayed two nights in Curacao and then woke up in Bonaire one morning and stayed one night, but didn't leave until 3:00 or so in the afternoon. I liked the longer ports of call on this itenerary. On one of the afternoons in Bonaire, we did take a tour of the island (on buses) which was pretty interesting - flamingos, salt mines and slave huts - oh, and the little parrots that are only found on Bonaire.

    The boat was very laid back. Some quirky sorts but we had fun. There were only 120 or so on board with us - we were on the Legacy.
     
  7. Brown Mermaid

    Brown Mermaid Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    This is just the info I needed from people who have actually done this cruise line. I think I meet the age requirements (hint-my children are grown and gone, amen, thank you jesus :D ) I just need some time to myself where I'm actually on vacation and not arranging the vacation for others as well. It will be just me. YES!!! Chillin'

    I have a friend in Bonaire, and she is looking forward to seeing me if only for a day. I may do some excursions but seriously Curacao is the only island i have been to before.

    All of you that answered were right on the money for me. Thanks! What a great resource. Will let you know how things went when I get back. Oh, I don't do costumes. Hate them in fact. :crafty:

    In more info you got for me, I would be glad to hear, uh, read it.
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    I just wore a robe with t-shirt on my head, the Poly Pharaoh. :150: I mooned the judges :mooner: and won first prize, or booby prize maybe? :kissbutt: Mooning larger cruise ships is also allowed.
     
  9. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
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    We (my non-diving wife and 20-year old daughter) will be cruising the US & British Virgin Islands on the Windjammer Legacy, Dec 25-31. I understand the Legacy will have a dive pro/crew member of some sort on board, who I presume will coordinate with local dive operators. Has anybody had any experience with the Legacy from a diver's perspective? Any comments will be appreciated.

    The week before we will be at a resort hotel on St. Thomas and I am reserving several days with Chris Sawyer, including The Wreck of the Rhone on Friday, December 23rd.:D
     
  10. smokey braden

    smokey braden Contributor Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: king george, virginia
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    scubagolf,
    when you dive the rhone make sure you rub the brass around one of the port holes for good luck.
    regards,
     

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