What about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)? (Updated March11, 2020)
Reservations has received a lot of calls the past few days after the US State Department issued a recommendation to not travel on cruise ships. Please keep in mind that the recommendation is just that, a recommendation. There are currently no restrictions for those that choose to travel from the US. If you’ve sailed with us before, you know we aren’t a typical cruise ship in the first place. We don’t hold 5,000 passengers, we hold at maximum 58, on average 40. We believe the risk to our guests and crew remain low. That being said, all passengers will be required to take a short pre-boarding health survey prior to sailing.
Sail Windjammer will not permit individuals to sail if:
  • You have traveled to/from/through Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Iran or Italy in the past 14 days.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who recently traveled to/from Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy in the last 14 days.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • You have shown any signs of fever, cough, stomach cramps or nausea in the past 14 days.
Sail Windjammer is taking extra cleaning and sanitation precautions. We are using a solution of at least 60% alcohol or bleach, cleaning the cabins daily, wiping down the tables in the saloon, bar, railings and benches. We have set up a temporary isolation room and if any crew or passenger begin to show flu-like symptoms, they will be asked to remain in self-isolation until the ship arrives at a port with medical facilities.
We understand that some travelers with underlying health issues may choose to avoid travel. There will be no penalty for rescheduling your trip through December 2020 (remember 2020 is our last year sailing as a commercial sailing vessel.) The majority of airlines are waiving any flight change fees as well.
We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew and are closely monitoring the public health & safety ministries of the USA and the islands we visit, for all recommendations and will follow those recommendations.
In closing we encourage all passengers to become familiar with these recommended guidelines:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away used tissues immediately in a disposable container (e.g., plastic bag) or a washable trash can.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Where and when do I get to board the ship? Boarding begins at 5 pm on Sunday evening. You will meet the launch to take you to the ship at dock in St. George’s Harbor.  If you arrive early, take some time to explore the Carenage and make sure to visit the Spice Market! The ship sails on Sunday night and returns to Grenada on Saturday in time to make early morning flights out. Disembark the ship on Saturday at 10am.
    • Do I need a passport? YES! A passport valid for six months from date of departure is required by all US, Canadian and Australian citizens wishing to visit Grenada. Visas may be required for other citizens.

      DO NOT pack your passport or contract of passage in your checked luggage!
    • Do you provide ground transfers? Transfers to and from the ship or your hotel can be arranged through our reservations department. You will be picked up and taken either to your hotel or the ship. If transported to your hotel, you will also receive a transfer from the hotel to the ship.
    • Hotel Accommodations? Stop by our Visit Grenada tab for hotel options and information.
    • Do I have to work on board? No! You can just relax and laze about and leave the sailing to Mandalay’s professional crew. But if you wish to learn the ropes, the crew is more than happy to have you help hoist the sails, take a turn at the wheel and even enjoy classes on knot tying, the stars, or navigation.
    • What is included in my cruise fare? In addition to your cabin/bunk, we provide 3 meals a day , on-board entertainment, early morning pastries and Bloody Marys, early evening snacks, Rum Swizzles, and 24 hour coffee, tea and water. Sunrise in paradise, lifelong new friends, warm clear turquoise waters, breath taking views, and more.
    • What are the port charges?  Port charges are $149 per person for one week round trip Grenada sails and $199 per person for two week sails round trip Grenada.   One week round trip Grenada sails include your transfers.  Port charges are $199 per person for one week sails and $249 per person for two week sails on any cruise that include the following ports of call:  St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua and Tortola and do not include transfers.
    • Is there WiFi on the ship? There is no WiFi on the ship, but there are several islands with opportunity to connect. While there is no WiFi on the ship, we promise you will find a better connection. Our philosophy is to disconnect to reconnect.
    • What is your booking, refund & cancellation policy? A deposit of $500 per person is required within 24 hours of booking. Credit Cards are accepted for any sailing within 6 months. A check deposit is required for all sailings 6 months to 1 year. ( Either paper or e-check). Final Payment is due 90 days prior to sail date. Any booking made within 90 days of sailing requires payment in full at time of booking either by Credit Card or E check. Checks are not accepted as payment within 30 days of sailing date, except for e-checks. Refunds 90 days and prior to sail date- entire deposit refunded less $200 per person per week. 89-44 days – 50% of the cruise fare will be refunded less $200 per person per week. Within 45 days fares are non refundable. All refunds will be issued by company check within 30 days of cancellation. Travel insurance is recommended using our preferred provider,Trip Assure.
    • Are tips included? Tips are optional but are always appreciated. Tipping is done at the end of the cruise and will be explained during story time or captain’s dinner. Tips are shared by the entire crew. If you feel the crew has made you forget reality, relaxed, and done an outstanding job, a tip of $125 per person per week is suggested. Cash, traveler’s checks and credit cards are accepted.
    • How do I pay for on-board purchases? You will set up an on-board account with a credit card. So, no need to worry about your cash floating overboard. You can charge your Treasure Chest purchases and shore excursions to your cabin account. Sail Windjammer accepts VISA, MC, Discover, cash and travelers checks on board.
    • Will I get sea sick? Seasickness is seldom a problem on large sailing vessels. The wind in the sails prevents much of the rolling motion that can cause sea sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness or have experienced seasickness in the past, consult your doctor for a patch, an appropriate medication, or natural remedies. Make sure to take your medication prior to sailing or feeling ill, or it may not be effective.
    • What about alcohol? Yes, we have some! Included in your cruise fare are early morning Bloody Marys, Rum Swizzles in the afternoon and a glass of wine with dinner. There is a fully stocked bar where liquor, beer and wine can be purchased. “Doubloons” will be available on board for drink purchases. Due to customs regulations, safety and liability restrictions, opened personal liquor bottles in cabins are NOT permitted on board. If you purchase alcohol on any islands, it will be safely stored and returned to you upon disembarkation.
      • What should I bring? A sense of adventure, a desire to explore exotic ports, the ability to relax, and yourself! Oh- you mean what to pack? For starters, leave the bling, formal wear and high heels at home. Not needed on this cruise. It’s relaxed, casual, and informal wear this week. You want to pack light and preferably in soft sided or duffel type luggage due to limited space in your cabin. There are no safes in the cabins or locks on the doors, so leave those valuables at home. T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits are the fashion of the week. Don’t forget a light jacket or sweatshirt for night breezes when star gazing. If you plan on hiking don’t forget a pair of sneakers or hiking boots, otherwise, bare feet and sandals are all you will need. The sun is stronger down island, so make sure you use sunscreen. If you just have to have your hairdryer and curling iron, electricity onboard is standard US 110 volts. And of course, your contract of passage, passport and picture ID.

Click on the photo to the right for a printable packing list!

    • Can I bring my pet or service animal? For the safety of our beloved animal friends while onboard a working sailing vessel, we do not allow pets of any kind, including service animals.
    • What is there to do on board? As little or as much as you wish. This is your home away from home for the week, so you can sunbathe, read, socialize, party , dance, play games, steer the ship , enjoy sailing related classes, sleep on deck under the stars, play board games, exercise , or just sit and take in the beauty of the ship, listen to the wind in the rigging and the waves lapping against the hull.
    • Is there diving or snorkeling? Snorkel gear will be available to rent for the week. There may be opportunities for diving. Make sure to bring your dive certification card. You may bring your gear, but be advised there is very limited storage space in your cabin.
    • What about money in the islands? Grenada’s currency is the EC (Eastern Caribbean) dollar. No need to stock up on local currency, as the USD is welcomed on the islands. We suggest small denominations of cash or traveler’s checks, since you will probably receive EC in change for purchases. $1USD=$2.68EC.
    • How can I spend my time ashore? Most of the day is spent in port exploring the islands of the Grenadines. Excursions and activities vary from island to island. Hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, island tours, beach BBQ’s, sunbathing on pristine beaches, rainforest hikes , waterfall hikes, and so much more. Since tall ships can’t sail into the shallow waters, you may have to get your feet wet with a beach landing. Don’t worry, our strong and able crew are there to help you. Most landings will be dry.
  • I’m traveling solo. Do I have to pay a single supplement? Don’t let sailing alone scare you off from a nautical adventure of a lifetime. Singles are welcome on Sail Windjammer and we can arrange for you to share a cabin. If you wish to have a cabin to yourself, you will be charged the single supplement rate of 150% of the normal per person rate for that cabin.

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