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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.

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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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 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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Enjoying Thanksgiving Under Sail on the Liberty Star in the BVI

Enjoying Thanksgiving Under Sail on the Liberty Star in the BVI

We just kicked off our season on the Liberty Star this past Sunday! We're having a blast so far and I can only imagine what treats that cook Sue has in store for us later today. We welcomed our guests aboard on Sunday evening at Red Hook and had a nice reception for them with some goodies from the galley and just one or two cold beverages...

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On Monday morning, we started the week sailing from St Thomas to Jost Van Dyke and were able to visit Bubbly Hole that morning before heading ashore to Foxy's for a fun filled Monday night...  On Tuesday, we sailed across to Virgin Gorda stopping a few times along the way and spent the night anchored in Gorda Sound. I loved swinging in a hammock for the afternoon ashore at Leverick Bay. Yesterday, we spent the night at Trellis and went ashore to listen to a band - loved it!  Today we find ourselves sailing to Norman Island, we're going into the treasure caves and then to the Willie T's tonight for a little post turkey celebration.

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Captain Jon Cook & the crew of the Liberty Star

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Schooner Maintenance, some fishy lunch aboard the high seas and a changing of the season!

Schooner Maintenance, some fishy lunch aboard the high seas and a changing of the season!

   

     While winter temperatures are coming (I saw snow on Sunday....), our two girls are nice and warm down South! The Liberty Star had a couple of upgrades put in, and is now sailing through the Bahamas, on her way to the BVI's and her first cruise of the year! These guys even had time to catch lunch yesterday....

Catching dinner while sailing on a tall ship

 

(From Left to Right: Erin, John, Clint and Seth)

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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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The best Caribbean vacation sailing with the Tall Ship Liberty Clipper

The best Caribbean vacation sailing with the Tall Ship Liberty Clipper

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the crew of the Liberty Clipper!  This was one of the best vacations I have ever had.  Climbing aloft, dolphins, the Schooner Olympics, playing games, getting lost in a book, sailing, learning, the wind, meeting the other passengers and crew, moon pods, snorkeling, paddle boarding, Jan's delicious food, playing the guitar, learning to play the ukulele (hardly), sunrise, sunset, playing, seeing Captain Matt in all his glory and dignity, spending quality time with my favorites-Megan, Kate, and Matt.  All in all the adventure and freedom of sailing!

Thank you all again for such a wonderful time.  This week was the best way to spend my 30th birthday.

Bess W.

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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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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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A Caribbean Vacation to Remember aboard the Windjammer Liberty Clipper!

A Caribbean Vacation to Remember aboard the Windjammer Liberty Clipper!

This trip sailing the Bahamas was fabulous!

A final treat was the 2 little puppies we picked up along the way.  They will have wonderful homes in the states. I hope you enjoy your adventure aboard the tall ship Liberty Clipper as much as we enjoyed ours. Kudos to the captain and crew.

Patty and Tom K

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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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An outstanding sailing adventure in the Caribbean aboard a Tall Ship

An outstanding sailing adventure in the Caribbean aboard a Tall Ship

The whole experience was better than I hand hoped for.  Everything was outstanding.  The crew made the adventure enjoyable, fun, entertaining, and certainly tasty,  I can honestly say their was nothing negative about this trip.  The Liberty Clipper, the crew and the other guests.  We plan on sailing the British Virgin Islands on the Liberty Star next year and we will point anybody that is interested in tall ship cruises to Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships.

Thanks so much,

Leon and Eileen

7th Anniversary

Birmingham, AL

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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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Such a fun Windjammer Cruise in the Bahamas....Sailing everyday!

Such a fun Windjammer Cruise in the Bahamas....Sailing everyday!

What a week! Eat, sleep, sail, swim, snorkel, eat again, sleep again, sail again...!

Wonderful, fun crew!  Great captain (miss the dreadlocks, Captain Chris).  Great cooks, Jan and Jason.  A truly memorable week sailing the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas with Liberty Clipper, much thanks to everyone.

XOXO

Ester H.

   Toronto, Ontario

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Sailing to the end of the world on a Classic Windjammer in the Bahamas

Great crew, thanks for attending so well to our enjoyment.  Amanda, Clint, Jon, Tom, Sean, Derrick, Jan, Mike, Captain Matt, Thank you all.  Thanks for taking us to the dolphin beach and almost to the end of the world in the peapod.

Also thank you for all the other many amazing experiences during this lovely week.  I do have to write my book eventually, and the Liberty Clipper will be a very good model for the Belmont Clipper in 1915.  Thanks for the best possible introduction to the real life of a sailing ship- although we were far more comfortable than the people I'm writing about would have been.

See you all again, I hope,

Marina Eudicott

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New sailor in the Bahamas aboard a windjammer with the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships!

New sailor in the Bahamas aboard a windjammer with the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships!

I cannot believe how much fun this week sailing the Exumas with Liberty Clipper was.  For a "new sailor," I had a terrific time.  The crew was terrific, fun, friendly, and professional.  A hard combination to balance.  Also the food was beyond delicious.  I don't know what I was expecting, but certainly not the fantastic meals Jason and company provided.  Best of all, the beautiful seas of the Bahamas.  This gets an A+++ rating.  I loved every moment. My only complaint-it was too short.

Vickie P.

San Jose, CA

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Great time spent during New Years on the Bahamas Windjammer Liberty Clipper!

Great time spent during New Years on the Bahamas Windjammer Liberty Clipper!

What an amazing trip aboard the Tall Ship Liberty Clipper!! Longtime getting here but what the best way to say Goodbye to 2012! 

 

Jan you made this trip the best trip in the World, we have bonded with a bond that is completely unbreakable!

Derek- I will slam dominoes forever and think of you!

Tom and Eric- The only thing I can really say is wow! Really rolling in the sand!

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Wonderful Crew and Great Time Sailing the Bahamas aboard a classic Tall Ship

Wonderful Crew and Great Time Sailing the Bahamas aboard a classic Tall Ship

What a fantastic trip sailing the Bahamas! The crew did an amazing job anticipating everyone's needs and made sure we all walked away happy - no mean feat with all of our different lists!  :)

Buck checked a lot of his boxes on this trip - Chris and Abe were always patient explaining the intricacies of sailing.  Greg was an excellent rigging and coconut coordinator - Nick, Sam and Christine were great entertainment. Don - Thanks for keeping her running and we loved Sue and Margi's food! The crew speaks volumes about the ship, we loved the Liberty Clipper - we had a wonderful time and would love to come back and Sail the Virgin Islands...

Buck & Christine H.

Demorest, GA

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Amazing leadership, Captain and crew aboard my week long Tall Ship Windjammer Vacation in the Bahamas!

Amazing leadership, Captain and crew aboard my week long Tall Ship Windjammer Vacation in the Bahamas!
After being an airline captain for 15 years, I cannot begin to detail to consummate professionalism of Captain Christopher Shaw.  We are currently mid-week in our Bahamas Windjammer Cruise and I am overly impressed by his and his crew's consummate professionalism.  As an airline captain, I appreciate the importance of leadership and leading a crew.  Their standardization is bar none the best I have experienced.  Each maneuver is meticulously handled and there is no question Captain Shaw's command significantly belies his age.  I must say if I had my own boat there is no one I would have captain besides Captain Shaw and there is no question that your boat is in the hands of the most competent, safe captain available - it is truly something to behold.  I will take lessons from watching Captain Shaw manage his crew back to my 767 cockpit. I will plan on sending you a note at the end of the trip, but I asked for your e-mail mid-trip because I did not want to delay my commendation of his exceptional command skills.  Congratulations on choosing a superb Captain and crew, it says a tremendous amount in regards to your business acumen. I look forward to coming back for another Caribbean tall ship sailing cruise.
 
Regards,
 
Mary L.
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