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The Liberty Fleet Windjammer Cruise Blog offers a collection of trips reviews and Captain's Log journal entries that will help you discover what our special style of sailing ship cruising is all about. Please join us for an adventure as we share our tales of sailing in New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Review: "All our expectations were met, and then some!"

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing comments from previous guests written in the Liberty Clipper's guest book during the 2014-2015 Bahamas sailing season.  Check out what this couple from Michigan had to say during their mid-December cruise!

All our expectations were met, and then some!  Wonderful, caring crew and the cooks were fantastic.  Mike the engineer worked tirelessly.  The captain set a tone of competency that the whole crew embraced, giving us passengers total confidence with our voyage.  Thank you very much. 
                -David Michaels (Tustin, Michigan)

While I had the misfortune of falling ill during our cruise, I didn’t feel like I missed out.  The crew was caring and accommodating.  Bill and Jason kept me nourished.  If you are going to be sick, this is probably the best place to do it.  When I wasn’t sick, I got to enjoy amazing snorkeling, full sail, a dolphin in the bow wave, and watching my husband experience the deepest relaxation I have ever seen in him.  Amazing crew, amazing Bahamas.  Thank you for the fantastic memories.
              -Fondly, Laurie Michaels (Tustin, Michigan) – oohshinyart.wordpress.com

 

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Captains Blog: Eleuthera, fresh fish and lobster, and plenty of great sailing aboard our Schooner!

Captains Blog: Eleuthera, fresh fish and lobster, and plenty of great sailing aboard our Schooner!

Safe and sound in Nassau. 

 
This week we sailed to Eleuthera and explored some new territory. started off the week sailing to Egg Island where we snorkeled the wreck of an old fertilizer ship that is said to have burned in the 70's, although the wreck was filled with lionfish and grouper, we did not have a catch of the day to serve up. (Sorry Jan and Jason!)...However, they had their hands full making a beautiful Caribbean Lobster dinner for the guests!
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After lunch we hauled back and motored into the lee of Egg island to drop the hook and spend a few hours before dinner hanging out on the beach. Enjoyed the musical talents of passengers Erica and Skyler before beginning our night transit towards Alabaster Bay.
 
The following day was spent exploring the abandoned navy base. sailing the pea pod, and frisbee on the beach! Alabaster bay is perfect with its mile long beach, soft sand and friendly pot cakes! next was a great sail to the calm anchorage of South Palmetto pt. where we made our way to the Atlantic side beach bar "Tippy's" which Skyler made very apparent to have a very strong rum punch.
 
Governors harbor came next, with Junkanoo practice in full swing some passengers were able to get a preview of the festivities to come. to top off a great week we finished it off with some snorkeling and pea pod sailing at rainbow cay where we were finally able to serve up a few lionfish. Passengers surely enjoyed themselves.
 
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(Our little friend we saw swimming about)
 
We did leave Nassau with 10 passengers however only returned with eight.....................
 
Matt and Jackie had already planned on spending the next two weeks in Eleuthera so we left them in Rainbow cay after dinner Friday night!
 
Until next time
 
Captain Dylan Salzmann
Schooner Liberty Clipper
 
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Experienced Christmas on the Liberty Clipper for 6 days!

Experienced Christmas on the Liberty Clipper for 6 days!

We made it back to port safe and sound! What a wonderful experience sailing on the Liberty Clipper in the Bahamas for Christmas. The crew was great and made me feel so safe and at home aboard the boat. Food was awesome (thanks Jan!) and now unfortunately I'm back on my diet. Hope we can do this again in the future sometime. Love Sailing Tall Ships. 

  Thanks for everything! 

 

  Pat H.

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Wonderful Sail through the Bahamas for Christmas on a classic windjammer

Wonderful Sail through the Bahamas for Christmas on a classic windjammer

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Below is my captains report on our Christmas Cruise through the Bahamas. This week we got a lot of sailing in, and very minimal daytime transits as we did a lot of night sailing under an amazing canopy of stars. Our week started with a wonderful welcome reception in Nassau before departing out dock in Nassau at 0600 Monday morning bound for the Exumas Land and Sea Park with our first stop being Allans Cay.

After a nice close reach to Allans in the morning, our guests enjoyed some snorkeling and hanging out on the beach with the iguanas before we hauled back the anchor and motored through the night to Staniel Cay, home of Thunderball Grotto made famous during the filming of the James Bond movie Thunderball. We spend all of Tuesday and Tuesday night at Staniel Cay sailing the pea pod, paddle boarding, feeding the pigs, snorkeling the Grotto and visiting the yacht club. Everyone loved getting into the warm water and experiencing the true natural beauty of the Bahamas.

The highlight of Christmas Eve was taking the small boat through the anchorage with crew and guests Christmas caroling. Christmas day brought great wind for our sail to Rocky Dundas and Warderick Wells. That night, we set up movie night on deck for our guests and watched "A White Christmas" under the stars. While I've seen this movie on many a Christmas, watching it under the stars on a tall ship in the Bahamas was something special that I will always remember.

Thursday we sailed to Normans Cay and explored the beaches and the underwater wreck of an old DC3 drug smuggling plane; nestled in about 20-feet of water, it was easy to see a lot of detail on the old wreck. Our guests requested some more night sailing so we hauled back anchor again and sailed Thursday night bound for Rose Island where we spent all day Friday snorkeling the north shore.

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Sailing the Bahamas Out Islands and Exumas aboard the Schooner Liberty Clipper

Sailing the Bahamas Out Islands and Exumas aboard the Schooner Liberty Clipper

Amazing vacation sailing the Bahamas Out Islands and the Exumas aboard the Liberty Clipper, fantastic crew, amazing crew. Lee AKA "Muffin" Made for an enjoyable. Never felt uncomfortable (that could of been the rum). Loved the pigs on Big Major, the Thunderball grotto, and the iguanas. Loved the trip, and hope to be back! 

 

Matthew S.

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Sailing the Exuma Island Chain with the Liberty Clipper and crew

Sailing the Exuma Island Chain with the Liberty Clipper and crew

Thank you for an absolutely amazing experience sailing on the Liberty Clipper! I had a blast and cannot wait to return!! I've seen SO many things in the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas that I would have never expected and my mind is BLOWN!!! THANK YOU GUYS!

 

Love,  

 

   Erin

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Friends for life aboard the Liberty Clipper for our New Years Windjammer cruise!

Friends for life aboard the Liberty Clipper for our New Years Windjammer cruise!

Many, Many thanks to the Liberty Clipper, Captain Chris and crew-Mike, Maggie, Derek, Tom, Eric, Jan and Sean- For a wonderful start to 2013 with this trip of a lifetime. Each day was filled with beautiful sights, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, scenic beaches, clear waters and happy sounds! 

The clicks of multiple cameras capturing images of playful dolphins, hearty "Heave Ho's!" as the sails were raised, shared laughter. 

Very special thanks to the Captain and Crew for taking  care of us, putting up with us, and patiently answering our myriad of landlubber questions. Extra kudos to Jan and Sean for feeding us SO well!

Also thanks to our trip mates, Rosemary, Paul, Theresa, Billy, Heather, Tony, Audrey, John, Corinne, Bob, Charlene, Doug, Anna, Mike, Sam and Mary - Thank you for sharing this AMAZING experience aboard this Bahamas Tall Ship!

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A 50th Birthday aboard a Bahamas Tall Ship celebration that was out of this world!

A 50th Birthday aboard a Bahamas Tall Ship celebration that was out of this world!

Going back through my thoughts of what I could imagine a Tall Ship Windjammer Cruise would be was nothing like it was. From the moment we came on board till our final dinner together tonight. Everything has been such a wonderful, dream like feeling of relaxing. I did do snorkeling- Think it's not meant for a farm girl to try and drown herself! But the beaches was the most beautiful thing in the world.....Club Med beach was indescribable in words or pictures-Beautiful sand & water. Governers Bay was so nice, no pressure and a lot of supplies.

The crew aboard the Clipper was excellent. Jan the cook-Always had a wonderful smile (no wonder she has the best job). Feeding all of us. 

  • Sean- was quiet but great! Always there when you needed something.
  • Derek- Very kind and sweet, had lots of fun at the Club Med with him & crew
  • Amanda- Always smiling and laughing
  • Maggie- Great voice! Very entertaining
  • Tom H- Aaahh my bartender! Dark & Stormy's every day! Lots of fun and always up for a laugh
  • Captain Chris-Awesome, always found us the best beaches and small coves

As I planned my 50th Birthday I never could have imagined how much fun I was going to have, had the best time of my life and I think no family problems either! Great new friends, hope to see again in travels around the world.

God Bless, Happy Holidays

May the wind always stay in your sails,

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Fun and great memories during vacation Sailing the Bahamas on a Schooner!

Fun and great memories during vacation Sailing the Bahamas on a Schooner!

So glad Captain Matt was sailing on the Liberty Clipper this week I had off of work. What a great 30th birthday to remember with cousin Megan, Captain Matt and of course Bess. Snorkeling, climbing aloft, seeing dolphins swim at the bow, a sea turtle at The Glass Window, reading, playing Liar's Dice and Bananagrams. Thanks to the wonderful crew for making this tall ship cruise in the Bahamas so enjoyable. Oh! and for Schooner Olympics - probably my favorite!

Kate W.

Almeda, CA

 

(Here you are aloft!) 

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Didn't know what to expect sailing on a Tall Ship in the Bahamas, but it was amazing!

Didn't know what to expect sailing on a Tall Ship in the Bahamas, but it was amazing!

It's already been said on previous pages, but I feel exactly the same.  I LOVED the crew, the cruise, and the places we explored.  The food was excellent and the crew helpful, courteous and professional.  I'd never been on a sailing vessel before; so I didn't know what to expect.  Loved it all!  It was especially nice that we only had to share everything with a limited number of guests.  Good luck in your future endeavors.

Hal
Tempe, AZ

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Great chemistry, friends, food and more aboard my windjammer sailing adventure in the Bahamas

Great chemistry, friends, food and more aboard my windjammer sailing adventure in the Bahamas

What a wonderful 6 days aboard the windjammer Liberty Clipper! Having never sailed before, we knew we were about to embark on a truly remarkable experience, however were not prepared for how much more special the crew was to make our trip sailing the Bahamas.  Chris, John, Sean, Clint, Jan, Jason, Maggie, Amanda and Mike- a truly spectacular crew, their professionalism and team chemistry was impeccable, yet their courtesy and involvement with each of the passengers made us feel like part of the family.  We will miss them all-until we come back!

Thank you all for a wonderful voyage! :)

Rick&Nancy, Orlando, FL

P.S.- youl'll always have a free place to stay in Orlando :)

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Great time spearfishing, sailing a Windjammer and enjoying the Bahamas Tall Ship style with Tony!

Great time spearfishing, sailing a Windjammer and enjoying the Bahamas Tall Ship style with Tony!

Merci Beaucoup! 

  We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the LC. Except for the time when we slept through the great sailing, when Eric threw our drink away :(, and when Tom kept leaving his galoshes all over the boat. Highlights included Tony spearing the Lionfish, sunny weather, Junkanoo, Eleuthera and all the fantastic hard work that the crew put in to make our experience fantastic! 

 

P.S. The dishes were SPARKLING! 

 

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The best Tall Ship cruise in the Bahamas

The best Tall Ship cruise in the Bahamas

Thank you for he best adventure of our lifes! Our tall ship sailing cruise through the Bahmas was awesome! I would like to thank all of the crew who helped me: Captain Chris, the mate Kyle, Amanda, Sean, Maggie, Clint, Tenley, Jan, and the two puppies.  Thank you very much Liberty Clipper!

Love, 

Johnett, Alethia, Ashley W

XOXO

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We had a blast on our Caribbean voyage sailing around the Exuma Islands

We had a blast on our Caribbean voyage sailing around the Exuma Islands

Thank you all so much for a fabulous 2nd voyage sailing the Exumas and birthday (12th anniversary of 29 years!).  The crew is wonderful.  They made us feel like we were rejoining long lost friends.  We loved snorkeling in the cave, the swine island (glad Tenley is fast), the iguanas, and especially an entire week without internet/e-mail/work, and the many Mike sightings.  Thanks for teaching us how to tie knots (Amanda and Sean), for giving the four of us alone time (Kyle, Sean and "Boats").  Also thank you to Jan for the wonderful food and making me special meals for my crazy low sodium diet, for Maggie for sharing laughs and Chris for keeping us safe.  Also loved the puppies!  Thank you all so much.  If you are ever in Aggie land (College Station, TX)- please let us know.

Sincerely,

Heather M. and Tom B.

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Our fantastic experience cruising the Caribbean and Eleuthera on a 18th Century Clipper Ship!

Our fantastic experience cruising the Caribbean and Eleuthera on a 18th Century Clipper Ship!

My husband and I didn't know what to expect, but we were not let down.  The crew was very professional while being fun and informative.  It is amazing how hard they work and never complain.  They work like a well oiled machine.  We were lucky to have been on the ship when they had two little puppies they got from a shelter.  They were so loving, cute, fun and helped us with our sadness of leaving our 3 puppies at home.

All the places in the Bahamas we went were wonderful, and we just chilled out.

What a great "family" crew.  We love you all.  I hope to see you again.

Janice and Ace P.

Arlington, Texas

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The delight of sailing the Exuma islands in the Bahamas on a classic Windjammer with Liberty Fleet!

The delight of sailing the Exuma islands in the Bahamas on a classic Windjammer with Liberty Fleet!

Thank you! Each and every crew member was professional and delightful to cruise in the Bahamas with...the food was exceptional-much thanks to the galley Jason and Sean.  The entire adventure sailing the Exuma islands was more than I expected!! I plan to experience a Liberty Fleet tall ship again.

Memories and fellowship and sand and sea and SAILING!! Loved the sailing!!

Cindy R.

 

60th Birthday Adventure

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Sailing and Exploring the Caribbean Islands aboard a beautiful classically rigged Tall Ship!

Sailing and Exploring the Caribbean Islands aboard a beautiful classically rigged Tall Ship!

We have always wanted to sail around the islands of the Bahamas and go into the coves where others don't go.  This trip was excellent!  The crew worked together and provided whatever was asked.  The first night we met up some of the crew for a fish fry- had the "conch" experience. From there on, the trip on the Liberty Clipper was nothing but wonderful.

Thanks so much <3

Ted and Beth

30th Anniversary!

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A beautiful windjammer voyage in the Caribbean

A beautiful windjammer voyage in the Caribbean

From Duluth,

The ship looked beautiful when we first saw it and the 6 day voyage was just as beautiful.  The crew was also great, including the chef who made us tons of food each day.  We had lots of fun and enjoyed the off ship islands.  We would do it again on Liberty Clipper!

William (Bill) and Wyn

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A wonderful windjammer cruise in the beautiful Bahamas

A wonderful windjammer cruise in the beautiful Bahamas

We had a GREAT TIME!!

It is so nice to be sailing the Exuma Islands and enjoying the salty fresh air.  The crew was wonderful, polite, and fun.  The water, the water was the blue that is so pleasing and soothing to the soul.  We went to some wonderful beaches like the ones you see on screen savers and travel shows.  The food was great!!! Then there is the Liberty Clipper, what a wonderful ship to take us on this wonderful experience sailing the Bahamas!

Linda F. and Aron S.

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Amazing Sailing cruise in the Bahamas aboard a Windjammer!

Amazing Sailing cruise in the Bahamas aboard a Windjammer!

Our mission on this trip was to have the experience of being on a Tall Ship and finding clean beaches.  Both of these were accomplished.  One of the best parts of the trip is the CREW. They were very friendly and work well together.  Talking to Jan the cook was a lot of fun; she has nice stories, and she went out of her way to cook vegetarian food.  The experience was great.  I was not a big fan of getting into water with the swine, but that's just me, it seems like everyone else liked it.  I enjoyed the snorkeling events best.  The food was great.

Thanks a lot,

Isabel

Miami

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