Island Windjammer Cruises

PLANNING and SAILING made easy!

Whether you’re in the planning stages or already booked your adventure, we want to make things as easy as possible. You have questions, we have answers:

Take a look at the PLANNING GUIDE for: Airport codes, Arrival and Departure info and how to book your cruise.

Your SAILING GUIDE answers questions about: What to pack, WIFI, local currency, and tipping.

If you have questions not covered here, give us a call at 877.772.4549. We’re always standing by to assist!

See you on deck!

Pre-Cruise Planning Guide

We want to make it easy for you to plan your sailing adventure. You have questions, we have answers. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know before you book your cruise. From airport codes, to when you need to be there and when to disembark — not that you’re going to want to! Let’s get started!

AIRPORT CODES

WINDWARD ISLANDS
GRENADA
GND
FRENCH WEST INDIES
ST. LUCIA
UVF
LEEWARD ISLANDS
ST. MAARTEN
SXM
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
TORTOLA or ST. THOMAS
EISSTT

FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

WHEN SHOULD I FLY IN?

Plan to arrive at least one day prior to boarding.

WHO FLIES TO GRENADA?

Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Delta, LIAT, Virgin Atlantic
Tip: Many major carriers offer daily flights to Barbados from the US. Complete your journey on LIAT.

WHO FLIES TO ST. MAARTEN?

Air France, American, Air Canada, Air Transat, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Delta, KLM, LIAT, Jet Blue, Sky Service, Sun Country, Spirit, United, US Air, West Jet

WHO FLIES TO ST. LUCIA?

Air Caribe, Air Martinique, American Airlines, American Eagle, Air Canada, British Airways, Condor, Delta, LIAT, United, US Air, Virgin Atlantic, West Jet
Tip: The international airport in St. Lucia is 1.5 - 2 hours from our ships anchorages.

WHO FLIES TO TORTOLA?

Tortola has a small airport on Beef Island. Most flights are through San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Thomas offered by Cape Air, Seaborne, and Air Sunshine with occasional service by other airlines and charter flights.

FERRY SERVICE FROM ST. THOMAS TO TORTOLA

You may also choose to travel by ferry from St. Thomas.
Tip: Don’t get left at the dock! Ferries from St. Thomas frequently run late, so plan to overnight in Tortola on Saturday to ensure that you’ll make it to the ship on time.

HOW DO I GET TO THE SHIP ON BOARDING DAY?

It's a breeze to make your own way to the ship on boarding day! Taxis are readily available at hotels and guest houses.

WHAT TIME DO WE BOARD?

Grenada - 12:30 PM
St. Lucia l St. Maarten l Tortola - 2:00 pm

Any changes in boarding information will be included with your final boarding instructions.

DEPARTURES

WHAT TIME DO WE LEAVE THE SHIP ON DISEMBARKATION DAY?

All cruises disembark by 10:00 a.m.

WHAT’S THE EARLIEST FLIGHT I CAN TAKE WHEN I DISEMBARK?

Grenada You may fly home on disembarkation day provided that your flight leaves no earlier than 7:30 AM

St. Maarten l St. Lucia You may fly home on disembarkation day provided that your flight leaves no earlier than 1:00 PM.

Tortola You may fly home on disembarkation day provided that your flight leaves no earlier than 2:00 PM.

HOTELS

CAN YOU RECOMMEND A HOTEL?

From bed and breakfasts to villas and resorts, you’ll find accommodations in a style and price to suit your needs. Take a look at our preferred partners on our hotels page.

SPECIAL DIETS

Vegetarian and gluten free diets are available on board; just speak with your chef when you arrive. Vegan, kosher, and other more restrictive diets cannot be accommodated. Anyone with life-threatening food allergies should not sail, as there is always the possibility of cross-contamination in our small galleys.

BOOKING YOUR CRUISE

I’M READY TO BOOK MY CRUISE. WHAT‘S THE NEXT STEP?

Book online or give us a call at 877.772.4549. All we need is your name(s), address, phone number and email. If you prefer, you can send us the information via email.

A cruise deposit of $750 per guest is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation and protect you from price increases. A deposit of $1500 per guest is required for Single Supplement, Owners Suite/Compass Cabin/Topsail Cabin, and trips longer than six nights. Full payment is required if reservation is made 90 days or less from sailing.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

We highly recommend protecting your cruise investment from the unexpected! Travel insurance covers lost luggage, travel delays, medical emergencies and trip cancellation. For quotes and coverage we recommend travel insurance.

If you have any questions not covered here, give us a call, or email us at info@islandwindjammers.com. We’re always standing by to assist!

PASSPORTS REQUIRED

Welcome aboard!

You’re about to embark on the best vacation of your life! We want to make sure that you feel comfortable every step of the way. Take a moment to read this short guide, with answers to the most commonly asked questions. If there is anything else you'd like to know, give us a call or email. We’re standing by to lend a hand!

THE BASICS

WHERE IS THE SHIP DOCKED?

GRENADA: Port Louis Marina, St. George’s
ST. MAARTEN: Dr. A. C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility, Philipsburg
ST. LUCIA: Capella Bay Marina, Marigot Bay
TORTOLA: Village Cay Marina, Road Town

GETTING TO THE SHIP

It's a breeze to make your own way to the ship on boarding day! Taxis are readily available at hotels and guest houses.

HOW CAN I GET TO THE AIRPORT (OR MY POST-CRUISE HOTEL) AFTER MY CRUISE?

Your crew will assist you with arranging post-cruise airport or hotel transfers, or you can pre-arrange transfers here.

WHEN CAN I BOARD THE SHIP?

Grenada: 12:30 PM
St. Lucia | St. Maarten | Tortola: 2:00 pm

Any changes in boarding information will be included with your final boarding instructions.

SUNSHINY DAYS

HOW’S THE WEATHER?

The weather is wonderful. Year round temperatures are typically in the mid 80’s, with fresh breezes during the day, and mid 70’s at night. Occasional rain showers are typical, but then the sun shines more brightly afterwards, as if to apologize!

WILL I GET SEASICK?

If you've experienced motion sickness in the past, or aren't sure how you'll adjust, please bring your preferred remedy with you. Most motion sickness medications aren't effective if taken after you start feeling sick. Play it safe if you're not sure, and take your medication before you set sail!

MONEY MATTERS

DO I NEED LOCAL CURRENCY?

The US dollar is accepted in most ports. Small denominations are best, as you may receive change in local currency.

The Euro is preferred in French ports.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most shops and restaurants. Avoid fraud alerts and pesky holds on your credit card by notifying the issuing bank of your intended foreign travel.

TIPS ABOUT TIPPING

Tipping is solely at your discretion. If you feel that our crew has done an outstanding job, a tip of $150 per guest, per week is suggested. You may add the gratuity to your onboard charge account.

STAYING CONNECTED… OR NOT

WILL I GET CELL PHONE COVERAGE?

Most cell phone carriers provide international roaming service on Caribbean networks. Call your provider to ensure you have coverage, and ask about cost-saving international service plans.

DO THE SHIPS HAVE WIFI?

The ships do not have WIFI. There are Internet cafés on some of the islands.

SIPS ON THE SHIP

IS THERE A BAR ON BOARD?

You may help yourself to the included beverages at any time. If you'd like liquor that isn't carried on board, there is no charge to bring your own with you. Pick it up at the duty free on your way down, or at a local market before you board.

DO YOU PROVIDE MIXERS?

Depending upon availability, we provide Cola, Diet Cola, Sprite, Ginger Ale and Tonic Water.

MUSIC

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS… AND OURS TOO

Can you play the kazoo? Have you mastered the art of strumming the guitar on your front porch swing? If you’re wildly entertaining, or mildly talented, bring your instrument along for the ride. Some guests enjoy center stage, while others just like to watch.

While we’re on the subject, bring your iPod, and take your turn at the dock. See what we did there? He-he.

ALL ASHORE

DO YOU OFFER TOURS?

The Windwards
The Windward Islands are small, beautiful, and far from the crowds. Island tours in some ports of call can be arranged with local taxi drivers. The main activities on the Windwards itinerary are swimming, snorkeling, strolling around local villages, and....relaxing!

The British Virgins | Leewards | French West Indies
These Islands are larger, more populated, and have a wide variety of activities and things to do. The Operations Manager will review things to do on your own, as well as a variety of optional extra excursions (not included in your cruise fare).

OF BEACH DAYS AND BEACH SIPS
Please do not bring beverages ashore from the ship, as local vendors earn their livelihood selling drinks and renting chairs in some ports of call. When permissible, the crew will bring a beverage cooler to the beach for your enjoyment.

HOW ABOUT SNORKELING AND SCUBA?
Snorkel gear is available onboard at no cost. If you are interested in scuba diving, research diving opportunities prior to sailing, and make arrangements while on board.

LOOK SUNSATIONAL
The sun can be your best friend and give you a big dose of vitamin D — or your worst enemy. We strongly suggest using a high SPF sunscreen, and applying it often. We want you to look like you’ve been frolicking in paradise, not bathing in a cauldron of hot water. While we’re on the subject of encouraging… avoid insect bites by using insect repellent anytime you are outside. Apply after sunscreen.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Dress on board is casual. Ladies and gents planning to dine ashore may want to pack a sundress or a pair of trousers. Bath towels are provided, as are hair dryers.

Cabins have A/C and 110V electric outlets. CPAP machines are okay to bring if you re-quire one. Pack light. Cabin storage space is limited. Did we say pack light? Why yes, yes we did.

SAMPLE PACKING LIST

  • Swimsuit (2)
  • T-Shirts & Shorts
  • Sundress/Trousers
  • Light Jacket/Sweatshirt
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses / Reading Glasses
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Beach Towel
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Personal Medication (pack in carry-on)
  • Suntan Lotion / Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellent / Towelettes
  • Mask & Snorkel if you prefer your own

DON’T FORGET YOUR BOARDING INSTRUCTIONS, RETURN FLIGHT
INFORMATION, AND PASSPORTS. KEEP THEM IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE,
ALONG WITH YOUR MEDICATION.

Travel delays and emergency contact:

877.772.4549

SEE YOU ON DECK!

Shore Leave!

Even sailors need a little shore time!

Our home ports offer accommodations in styles and prices to suit your needs, from bed and breakfasts to villas and resorts. Browse online, or check out some of our guest favorites, featured here.

GRENADA

Allamanda Beach Resort

473.444.0095

Blue Horizons

473.444.4316

True Blue Bay

473.443.8783

ST. MAARTEN

Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse

721.542.3588

Holland House

721.542.2572

TORTOLA

Sebastian’s on the Beach

284.495.4212

Maria’s By the Sea

284.494.2595

ST. LUCIA

JJ’s Paradise

758.451.4761

Mango Beach Inn

758.458.3188

Marigot Beach Club

758.451.4974

Pre and Post Cruise Transfers

Getting around the islands is a breeze. Taxis are readily available at airports and hotels in all of our ports of call.

You may prearrange arrival transfers in Grenada and St. Lucia using our known drivers.

Your crew can assist with arranging post-cruise airport or hotel trans-fers in all ports.

GRENADA

Chris Tours and Taxis

Email: christours@hotmail.com
473.537.6581

ST. LUCIA

St. Lucia Airport Shuttle

Email: info@islelander.com
758.717.8604
Website: St. Lucia Airport Shuttle

Island Windjammers Boarding Instructions

Passport and Flight Documents

YOU MUST carry your cruise confirmation, your passport, and proof of return flight. Your passport must be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Keep these instructions handy and please clearly mark your luggage with your name and cabin number. Your passport serves as your boarding pass.

BOARDING INSTRUCTIONS (Early boarding is not permitted)

GRENADA
Your meeting place is the Victory Bar in Port Louis Marina. Proceed to the table with the "Island Windjammers" sign. You’ll be met by a crew member at 12:30PM, and accompanied to the ship.

ST. MAARTEN
Arrive at the A.C. Wathey Cruise Ship Facility in Philipsburg promptly at 2PM on boarding day. You must have your passport and cruise confirmation for entry to the cruise ship terminal. When you are facing the water, the ship’s masts will be visible off to your right. Please proceed to the ship, where the crew will welcome you aboard.

ST. LUCIA
Your meeting place is the Bayside Café in the Capella Marina in Marigot Bay. You’ll be met there by a crew member at 2PM, and accompanied to the ship.

TORTOLA
Your meeting place is the restaurant at Village Cay Marina in Road Town. You’ll be met there by a crew member at 2PM, and accompanied to the ship.

Disembarkation in all Ports of Call:

Disembarkation is no later than 10AM in all ports. To ensure timely arrival at the airport on the day of disembarkation, we highly recommend flying out after 2PM in all ports except Grenada. Early morning departures can be accommodated in Grenada.

*All boarding procedures are subject to change.

Island Windjammers

ALWAYS ON ISLAND TIME

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