Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Windjammer Barefoot
Sailing Date: N/A
My husband had been wanting to do the Windjammer thing for years. As we looked
at ways to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, I finally said okay. I am not
big into sailing so I was unsure of what to expect but I went with an open mind.
After driving our four small children to their grandparents, we were off. We made our own plane reservations which saved only little money but lots of hours spent en route. We arrived at the ship and were quickly greeted by great couple, Terri and Larry. It turns our that Terri's brother lives in our hometown! Small world. We were then promptly crowned "virgins" since this was our first cruise. With a quick stop at the bar we received our free welcome rum drink. Wow, very strong, but very good. A quick tour of the ship and it was time for our cabin assignment. We got to our room and found it to be more than we could have imagined. We booked the Honeymoon Suite deluxe (I wanted a window). The first words out of my mouth to my husband "This is worth every penny!". Lots of room, great bath with hot water, comfortable bed, a small couch and other additional seating. It was great!!!
We left out of Naussau, sailed to Egg Island, Freeport, and Bimini before ending in Miami. There were many shore excursions such as snorkeling, diving, beach olympics, shopping, lounging in the sand, exploring on your own, swimming with dolphins and much more that I cannot remember. There were fun evenings on the ship such as costume contest (very interesting!), adult only scavenger hunt, adult only Ms. Windjammer contest (men dressed up), family movie night, Action Jackson limbo king and other stunts, or just lounging around. We brought along a board game just in case we were looking for something to do - it never made it out of the suitcase!
The food was very good and plentiful. It wasn't gourmet, but is sure was better than having to cook! There were plenty of choices and you never went hungry. Although we were never up for the bloody mary's, we heard they were very good.
There were about 25 kids on our cruise. We never even noticed them. The junior jammer club keeps them so occupied that even their parents never saw them! We might just take our own kids when they are old enough.
While there was never enough wind for us to actually sail, we did put up the sails and got the hear the wonderful playing of Amazing Grace while doing so. It was great being out on the water, even if we were motoring.
We had plenty of rain from a front that we seemed to be traveling with. While it would rain on and off, there was more than enough sunshine to get a good tan! Turns out that front that we were traveling with became Hurricane Alex! That rain also gave us an incredible rainbow over the city of Miami on the morning of our last day on board.
There was plenty of shopping, but it was all pretty much the same and not anything we wanted. The best shopping to be had is at the ship's Sea Chest. Great quality product at reasonable prices. We were told we were one of the best customers!
If you are considering a Windjammer cruise, think about it no more - JUST DO IT!! We can't wait until we can go Jammin' again!