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 Windjammer Barefoot Cruise Line

Originally founded in 1947 by Captain Mike Burke, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises operated a number of handsome original tall ships as well as one motor vessel, Amazing Grace, which also serves as a supply ship for the rest of the fleet. Unfortunately, the company came upon hard times in 2007 and simply and quietly went out of business. There was never a formal bankruptcy filed and there is a lot of controversy about what happened. Many people - customers and others, feel they cheated after they pre-paid for several cruises and invested in a timeshare cruise ship that never materialized. There is an excellent series of articles on our sister site, CruiseMates - Windjammer Cruises, End of an Empire: With its very casual lifestyle - the term "dress code" was not known onboard Windjammer's ships - and its free rum drinks and focus on pure fun was extremely popular with a certain clientele. Unfortunately, it did not prove to be a sustainable business model. At this point there is no way to contact the cruise line or anyone who used to work there.
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 Recent Windjammer Barefoot Reviews

  • Katie Black  Polynesia  Virgin Islands

    This was an incredible and extremely memorable trip, one that I would immediately do again or recommend to anyone. The cabins were no more than you need, the food was good, and the fellow... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Julie  Mandalay  Grenada to the Grenadines

    I'm writing about the company and ship that took part of Windjammer's name but sail a smaller, more intimate ship - Island Windjammer's Diamant is a beautiful, comfortable 100 foot schooner with a... read more

    10 users found this review helpful.
  • Mike Reindl  Polynesia  Southern Caribbean

    My wife and I just completed this cruise (Feb '06). Great itinerary - best feature by far of this trip. The side trips offered were just fine. Do not miss the 12 meter boat race! The... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Greg Buntain  Amazing Grace  Panama to Costa Rica

    This was our first cruise aboard the Amazing Grace, but our fifth Windjammer cruise (previous cruises on the Mandalay and Legacy). We specifically chose this itinerary because we wanted... read more

    36 users found this review helpful.
  • Tim Calvert   Amazing Grace  Southern Caribbean

    This was my second cruise on this fine old ship. My previous cruise was five years ago. The Amazing Grace has been well maintained and actually... read more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • Sue Evans  Amazing Grace  Southern Caribbean

    Several passengers aboard this Amazing Grace cruise wrote letters of complaint to Windjammer in mid-February 2005. As of April 8, 2005, we have received NO RESPONSE, speaking volumes about... read more

    46 users found this review helpful.
  • Jerald Collman  Amazing Grace  Southern Caribbean

    The crew and food and service was good. The cruise line was deceitful in informing us as we boarded the night of March 12th that the port engine bearing prop shaft was out. The... read more

    13 users found this review helpful.
  • Andy Rochells  Amazing Grace  Southern Caribbean

    This reviews provides post cruise information relating to the Sue Evans and J. Colleman reviews In March 2005, my wife sailed on Windjammer’s Amazing Grace with the expectations of... read more

    16 users found this review helpful.
  • Todd Roper   Mandalay  6-Day Grenadines

    After taking a "Commercial" cruise last year, I have found a way to take a vacation now that I will take twice yearly until the day I'm laid to rest. My wife and I sailed on the... read more

    16 users found this review helpful.
  • Tim Calvert  Mandalay  Southern Caribbean

    Ports visited: Carriacou, Union Island, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Bequia, St Vincent, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and Iles des Saints. If large luxurious staterooms, gourmet dining,... read more

    32 users found this review helpful.
  • Laura Mir   Polynesia  French West Indies

    This cruise was amazing! It was my honeymoon fantasy, blue waters, clear skies, and nights under the stars. And couldn't have asked for a better sailing team. All, and I empahsise all,... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • N/A  Polynesia  Singles Cruise - Southern Caribbean

    ******** SINGLES *********NO KIDS ******** 126 people, mostly all traveling solo ---- on a tall ship in the Caribbean,, Embarkation St. Lucia, on to Bequia, Mayreau, St. Vincent... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Suzanne  Polynesia  Southern Caribbean

    After 1 vacation, my husband & I are hooked! I cannot imagine a vacation that could be as enjoyable & relaxing as a week on the Poly. We visited exotic, unspoiled islands and were very well guided... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Sandy  Polynesia  Southern Caribbean

    Over the past 13 years I've been on the polynesia 8 times so I have done most of the ship's itineraries. The St. Maarten trip will appeal to those who want to shop and a little with more party... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Stuart L.   Legacy  Bahamas

    May/June 2002, my 11 year old son and I were looking for something neat to do. I came across Windjammer's Web Page and called them regarding available cruises and kid's Programs. I was... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Doug Eads, Contributing Editor  Legacy  Eastern Caribbean

    Windjammer’s World Four Stars out of five "Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made." -Robert N. Rose For any reason, whether it be business, or a... read more

  • Jennifer  Legacy  Bahamas

    My Husband and I decided to take a Windjammer barefoot cruise, rather then a large luxury cruise ship mainly because we love the water. We both agreed that the larger ships seemed more... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Lisa  Legacy  Bahamas

    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... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Dael Strange  Legacy  Bahamas

    My reservation was handled efficiently and professionally, and followed up quickly with email and hard confirmations. The one thing lacking on the Windjammer web-site and in their... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • R. Pugh  Legacy  Bahamas

    We departed out of Miami to go to various islands in the Bahamas. The major ports were Nassau and Freeport. This was the week of my 50th birthday and we were looking for a different... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Steve Sciotto  Yankee Clipper  Southern Caribbean

    After finishing a rather 'grueling' 4 years cloistered in the computer lab and library at UCF, I was ready for some relaxation. I found it on an historic sailing... read more

    8 users found this review helpful.
  • Melinda Wolllitz  Yankee Clipper  Southern Caribbean

    Review: We sailed with two boys, ages 10 and 12. The crew was delightful and efficient. Food was good, not fancy but not "Hometown Buffet". Ports were very secluded, not much shopping but... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Christina Johnston  Yankee Clipper  Southern Caribbean

    We just returned from our first cruise on Windjammer's Yankee Clipper. It was the most fun that we have ever had. We visited Grenada and cruised to St. Vincent and the... read more

    11 users found this review helpful.

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