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Pat

Age: 55

Occupation:nurse

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Windjammer Sailing Adventures

Ship: S/V Mandalay

Sailing Date: 2014-06-19

Itinerary: Grenadines

I always dreamed of going on a cruise, but my husband did not want a "floating hotel" experience. We both ranked the SV Mandalay experience a 10+.!

Plentiful food. They used many local foods that were fun to try. The nutmeg gravy was WONDERFUL! Dietary restrictions were easily addressed. 5

Immaculate cabin. Flush toilets, A/C. Plenty of hot water!! 5

The ladies against the gents trivia questions were obviously written by men...but it was good fun. 5

My husband did a dive arranged by the crew and had a great experience. I snorkeled in the same group and the dive master was terrific. 5

On the Mandalay you can cruise and snooze, or help with sails. My husband helped any chance he had: he sailed the ship, raised and lowered sails, and visited the engine room. I lazed around, read, swam, ate, and repeated. The crew is there to help in every way possible. They know their islands and all the best places to snorkel, shop, eat. There are excursions if you so desire, or beautiful beaches to just enjoy. The cabins were immaculate and the steward service impeccable (thanks Rocky!). The food plentiful.

This is a vacation where your bathing suit and shorts are all that is needed. No fancy dress! My favorite parts: snorkeling with the turtles, lunch on the beach, sailing while laying on the widows nest (The net on the bow of the ship), perked coffee (not a given in the Grenadines!)

What I wish i knew: don't worry about a thing. Ask any question and they will figure it out. 19 people only: no problem. They were a fun, interesting group. Out of control drinking: not a problem. The Rum flows for those who enjoy, but I had a great time and I only had one sip of rum punch! What to do during the hours from hotel check out til boarding: the hotel was very accommodating.

This is a small, intimate operation that will thrive if people find out about it. A treasured experience we hope to repeat.

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