Not your typical cruise ships

Windsar, Windstar Cruises, boutique sailing ships, cruising, Greece
Is there anything finer than exploring some of the world’s most beautiful coastal or island destinations powered by the wind? Relaxing on a sailing ship with crisp white sails full of air, a salty breeze gently caressing your face and no engine sounds to impact on your tranquillity. The world was discovered by explorers on sailing ships and you can retrace their steps, albeit in luxury, and with no fear of scurvy. In fact, the only fear would be overindulging in the gourmet feasts offered on board. Here are four ideas to whet your sailing appetite.

Wind Spirit, Moorea, Tahiti, Windstar Cruises, boutique sailing ships, cruising

Catch the wind with Wind Spirit
Wind Spirit is an elegant four-masted vessel with four decks that accommodates a maximum of 148 guests and 101 crew. All cabins have double portholes and are 17.5 sq. m, except for the Owner’s Suite, which is 20.5 sq. m. All have queen beds, flatscreen TVs with DVD players and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. AmphorA restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. Facilities include a spa, watersports platform, lounge, library, small casino, pool and whirlpool. Wind Spirit sails seven-day round-trip cruises from Papeete to the Society Islands, plus 10-day round-trip cruises from Papeete that take in the Tuamotu Islands, year-round.

Halong Ginger, Halong Bay, Heritage Cruises, Vietnam

Taste of Ginger in Halong Bay
The mystical Halong Bay sets the theme aboard the brand new Halong Ginger, a luxurious custom-designed wooden junk vessel that combines the heritage of Vietnam with a modern, harmonious twist. Spanning three decks, there are 12 beautifully appointed suites with en-suites and balconies in three room categories along with a sun-drenched terrace that wraps around a pool. If that is not enough, there is also an exotic spa with three treatment rooms, two bars, a small library and a panoramic glass-surround restaurant that dishes out tantalising Vietnamese and Western fare. But the real treat is the vessel’s exquisite design elements that fuse the tradition of Vietnam’s mythological birds, landscape, and botany with the tranquillity of Halong Bay’s emerald waters and islets.


Sea Cloud, sailing, cruise under sail, luxury sailing, Sea Cloud Cruises

Float away with Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud Cruises, the Hamburg operator of small, fine sailing cruises has some excellent itineraries in 2019. The fleet consists of two sailing ships, the Sea Cloud, welcoming 64 guests on board and the Sea Cloud II, with 94 guests. Highlighted trips for 2019 include a special viewing of the Bucket Regatta in St. Barts, a premiere 16-night sailing around the British Isles from Portsmouth to Edinburgh, and a premiere sailing to Cape Verde, visiting five islands. Launched in 1931, Sea Cloud is a legendary windjammer that brings back the glamour of a bygone age. Sea Cloud Cruises’ ships have some of the most spectacular public rooms and cabins at sea. Days onboard are relaxing and the port of calls in the Caribbean or Mediterranean are usually not frequented by a dozen other ships. Food and service are also top-notch.

island Windjammers, windjammers, Caribbean, Diamante

Set sail in the Caribbean
St Maarten, Tobago Cays, St. Barts, St Kitts, St Lucia, Martinique and Anguilla – even the names conjure up images of that laid-back, exotic Caribbean life. Island Windjammers have three beautifully appointed vessels sailing these parts with the ships accommodating between 10 and 26 guests. Dimante offers six and 12-night itineraries through the Windward Islands departing from her base in Grenada, Sagitta cruises through the British Virgin Islands and the Leewards, while the tall ship Vela sails through the Windwards or the French West Indies.  In addition to standard itineraries you can also opt to join rum, solo, beer, pirate or foodie-themed cruises.


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