Here are the answers to some of the questions we get most often in regards to our windjammer cruises.
Of course always feel free to contact us at any time if you have more!
What does “double occupancy” mean?
All of our cabins have a maximum capacity of two, and our per-person price is based on two people occupying each cabin. Essentially, you are paying for a single bunk in one cabin at the per-person rate.
Do I need to bring my passport on my cruise?
For any cruises within or traveling to/from the Bahamas or Virgin Islands, you MUST bring your passport, although no special visas are needed.
Can you accommodate large groups or charters?
We often have groups or families come aboard with us or charter the entire ship for a week. Please call our office for details: 617-742-0333.
Will I get seasick?
Windjammer Cruises: While we mostly stay in calm waters, from time to time we may have longer transit periods between islands and generally get some great sailing in! Keep in mind that everyone has different tolerance thresholds for motion sickness, and some people take a couple of hours to get used to the motion of the vessel. If you think you may have a problem, we recommend the Scopolamine patch over Dramamine or other motion sickness medications. The patch goes behind your ear, and does not have the side effects of other medication that may adversely affect your trip!
Offshore Adventure Cruises: Since we’re transiting for several days at a time, it is very likely that we will spend a significant amount of time heeled over at an angle while sailing! If you have never been offshore on a boat before, it would probably be a good idea to bring some motion sickness remedies along just in case.
Keep in mind that most of these over-the-counter options are PREVENTATIVE and must be administered BEFORE you feel sick! Additionally, we recommend consulting your doctor for further instructions and risks associated with using any medications.
I’m vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian/have food allergies, can you accommodate this?
Absolutely! Our chefs take great care to accommodate everyone on board each week (and no, you won’t just be eating salads for seven days!). Please be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions when you make a booking, or call our office no later than a week before your trip so we can adequately provision the ship.
Are these cruises suitable for children?
Children ages 10 and older are welcome aboard our Bahamas Windjammer Cruises, and we recommend that they have at least moderate swimming skills. If you have a younger child or any other concerns, please call our office 617-742-0333.
Virgin Islands, Offshore Adventure, and Atlantic coast cruises have an age restriction of 18 years an older.
I’m a solo traveler, can I have a cabin to myself?
EnSuite cabins are only available at the full double-occupancy rate plus the upgrade fee. In other words, for a solo traveler to reserve an EnSuite, you would pay the full price of the cabin for two people plus the upgrade fee. i.e. at a $600 per person rate, the room would be ($600×2) + $400 = $1600.
Is there storage at the docks for extra luggage?
No, unfortunately there is no place at the docks to store extra luggage, we recommend that you pack somewhat lightly, and use soft luggage for ease of storage.
Can we SCUBA dive off the boat?
Unfortunately, we are unequipped for SCUBA diving from our vessels. However, in the Bahamas most of the reefs are in only 15 – 20 feet of water, so just use our snorkeling gear and you’re all set!
Can I bring my own snorkeling gear?
Yes! We do have plenty of gear for everyone, but you are free to bring your own, or just bring your mask and use our flippers.
Can you fish off the boat?
Bahamas: You certainly can and we do have rods on board, however if you are an avid fisherman, we do recommend doing a Bonefish charter, perhaps the day before or after your cruise. We do spearfish while snorkeling, and you are welcome to try!
Virgin Islands: Due to the regulations and permit requirements for fishing in this area, we are unfortunately not able to participate in this activity.
What kinds of clothing should I bring for this trip?
We recommend bringing what makes you most comfortable – all of our cruises are very relaxed and laid back, so you have no need for formal wear. We highly recommend packing your things in a soft-sided duffel as storage space in our cabins is very limited. See our recommended Packing List for ideas!
What are the bathrooms like?
The “marine head” is a combination toilet and shower room. On the Liberty Clipper there are three shared bathrooms with the toilet/shower combination for the standard and premium cabins, and one toilet only room in the Grand Salon. Each cabin features a private sink and an outlet (110 volt US) if you wish to bring a hair dryer or other electronic devices.
On the TALOFA there are two bathrooms (shower/toilet combination) shared between the three cabins.
Is the tap water on the ship drinkable?
The water from the cabin sinks is safe and drinkable; however bottled water is available to purchase at any time.
Is Wi-Fi or cell phone service available on board?
There is no Wi-Fi or internet available on-board, and cellphone service is limited once we begin sailing. We encourage all guests to contact their service providers regarding roaming fees and data plans if you need to stay connected for any reason. We cannot guarantee that internet or cell service will be available at any time during the cruise. There is a phone on board that can be used for emergency purposes and we will provide you with this number prior to your cruise.