Bahamas Sailing Vacation Cruises
Set sail aboard the SCHOONER LIBERTY CLIPPER for a Bahamas Windjammer Cruise! You'll be welcomed aboard by our expert crew who are there for your safety and enjoyment. From our qualified captains to our wonderful cooks, they are there to make your windjammer cruise fun and memorable. Come explore the Out Islands such as Eleuthera and the Exumas as we island hop from day to day. By design, our Windjammer Cruises have no set itinerary, which gives our captains the freedom to utilize the best wind and weather for the week, as well as input from you. This means that every Bahamas sailing vacation is unique – the people and places are different, but the experience is always fun!
A Typical Day on a Bahamas Cruise...
You will wake each day to the gentle sounds of watter lapping against the hull, seabirds looking for their morning meal, and the gentle sway of the ship at anchor. Your day will start with a wonderful breakfast served in the grand salon at your leisure - or bring your meal up on the main deck to eat outside in the morning sun. With fresh brewed coffee, fruits, breads, and any combination from waffles to cereal, you'll find something to start your day of fright! We maintain an experienced tall ship cook aboard the ship to provide home-cooked meals daily, and each trip features a weekly signature dish. The Liberty Clipper is renowned for her great fare and guests will never leave hungry.
After a relaxing start, we will begin the day's sail. Typically the ship will sail from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, depending on our destination. The day is your time to relax; take a cat-nap, read a good book, listen to the captain tell sea stories, or even help sail the ship! Aboard the Liberty Clipper, you will have the opportunity to explore the ship and join in the sailing alongside our crew if you choose. You may head forward to find dolphins wimming under the bow, or, back aft, the captain and crew will show you how to tend the sails and let you take a turn at the wheel while the power and mystique of a traditional gaff-rigged schooner extends before you. Bright white canvas sails will billow above your head, and the stiff breeze will draw the ship forward to her next destination.
You may find that just relaxing on the main deck is how you'd prefer to spend your afternoon - and that's just fine! Pick any place you like and make yourself at home. While not required, you are always invited to get involved with the sailing of the Liberty Clipper. Our professional crew will help you plot our course on a nautical chart. We're here for your enjoyment, so just let us know how we can make your trip more enjoyable!
Once we've anchored for the afternoon, you have access to the world's largest swimming pool! Feel free to jump in - we can even set up swings off the rigging. We have a ladder available for you to get back aboard, and our crew will be on hand to assist you. You'll also have the opportunity to head ashore each day. Depending upon the destination, you may find yourself on a tropical beach, exploring an historic fort, or touring in our kayaks. Each day will present unique opportunities for you to discover local culture and wildlife. A cruise on the Liberty Clipper provides you the opportuonity to truly explore off-the-beaten path locations like you've never imagined.
In the evening you'll once again enjoy an incredible meal prepared by our cook as you exchange stories about the adventures you've just had and look forward to tomorrow. Watch the brilliant sunset - if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the green flash as the sun sinks into the sea. Depending on the itinerary, we may even have the opportunity to do some sailing under the stars, or even enjoy a bonfire on the beach. When it's time to turn in for the evening, your comfortable cabin awaits...
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. They are an exotic collection of tiny jewels set in the most beautiful aquamarine and sapphire water you have ever imagined. Great Exuma Island, together with the Exuma Cays, offers an amazing variety of possibilities for all water sports. Hidden coves, bays, and harbors are magnets for yachts and sport fishermen.
Many of the unnamed beaches and coves of the islands, including extensive offshore reef areas, are included in the protected Exuma National Land and Sea Park of the Bahamas National Trust. Some of the islands with permanent residents and resorts include Staniel Cay (home of the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a fixture in the Exumas), Fowl Cay, Musha Cay and Iguana Cay. Thunderball Grotto, located just a few hundred yards off Staniel Cay, is one location where the James Bond film Thunderball was filmed. Sandy Cay, just a short boat ride from Little Exuma was the location used for filming the Pirates of the Caribbean beach scenes!
Eleuthera’s many beaches are considered among the best in the Bahamas One of the Bahamas “Out Islands”, it is 110 miles long north to south and just a few miles wide. Charming visitors with its endless white beaches, colonial villages, and pineapple fields, the island faces the Atlantic Ocean on its east side and the Great Bahama Bank on the west.
Eleuthera started as a coral reef, but unlike many of the islands, its terrain is quite hilly, with some hills as high as 100 feet! The shoreline varies from pink sand beaches to large coral outcroppings extending into azure waters. Much less developed than Nassau, Freeport, or the Abacos, Eleuthera is like an island lost in time. Life moves at a slower pace here, with only 8,000 inhabitants, and a focus on vacationing.