FAQs: Windjammer Cruise

Ship on Location
WindjammerJon Whittle

We've already scouted the Grenadines on Mandalay with Sail Windjammer. Here's what you'll need to know when you join us on assignment. If these questions don't include one of yours, just email us at onassignment@islands.com.

What are the dates? May 15-21, 2016

What does it cost?
The person registering will join our photography adventures and pay $2,379 (standard single cabin), $2,679 (standard double cabin) $2,779 (commodore cabin), $2,879 (main-deck cabin), or $3,379 (king cabin). Each cabin can accommodate two people, so a guest can come for a flat rate of $1,779.

So for two people in a cabin, it would be a total of $4,158 up to $5,158? Correct.

How many passengers will there be?
A maximum of 36, not including Islands staff and Mandalay crew.

Do the cabins have air conditioning? Yes. They all have private bathrooms and showers too. There are no hairdryers on the ship.

Explain the cabins.

All cabins sleep two people.

The standard single cabin is a single bed bunked under another single bed ($2,379).

The standard double cabin is a double bed under a single bed ($2,679).

The commodore cabin is also a double bed under a single bed, but the cabin is a little bigger ($2,779).

The main-deck cabin is also a double bed under a single bed, but the cabin is up on the main deck ($2,879).

There is one king cabin, with a king bed and the most overall space ($3,379).

What's included in the cost?
Seven days and six nights at sea. Four excursions. Snorkel gear rental. Airport transfers and transportation to and from the ship from host hotels. All meals and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding blender drinks, smoothies, and bottled water). Daily complimentary Bloody Marys in the morning (1 per person), daily complimentary Rum Swizzles at Happy Hour (1 per person), daily complimentary glass of wine with dinner (1 per person). Additional drinks are available for purchase. Also included daily photo lessons from our staff photographers and hands-on shooting around the islands to replicate an Islands feature story.

What isn't included in the cost? Airfare to and from Grenada, alcoholic drinks beyond what's specified above, gratuities, optional meals ashore, souvenirs, personal expenses, optional beach chair rentals on some islands and any necessary lodging on Grenada.

When is payment due? A minimum of 50 percent is due at the time you register online. On March 10, 2016 the remaining balance will be charged to the same credit card you used to register (so make sure you use one with a long enough expiration date!). If payment isn't made in full at that time we reserve the right to open your spot to people on our waiting list. If payment isn't made in full at that time, we reserve the right to open your spot to people on our waiting list.

Will I need a room in Grenada? The ship begins boarding around 5pm and departs the port in St. Georges around 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016. So we encourage guests to arrive on Grenada at least one day early (Saturday, May 14) to avoid any issues caused by a delayed flight. Grenada is well worth at least one day of exploring (Seven Sisters Waterfall, The Grenada Chocolate Factory, The Spice Market).

When does the ship arrive back in Grenada? The ship is scheduled to return to Grenada late Friday evening (May 20, 2016) and anchor in port on Saturday, May 21, at about 10 a.m. Again, we encourage guests to schedule at least one night hotel in Grenada upon return so you aren't rushed.

What hotel on Grenada do you recommend? The Flamboyant Hotel and Villas is a few minutes from the airport and from the harbor. It has spectacular hillside views of Grand Anse Beach, and dining on the beach as well. Other host hotels are Allamanda Beach Resort, Coyaba Beach Resort, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Kalinago Beach Resort, The Gem Holiday Beach Resort, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, and La Heliconia. Only those guests staying at one of the host hotels receive airport transfers and transportation to and from the ship.

How much one-on-one time can I expect with an Islands photographer?
Plenty. On the ship Jon and Lori will offer daily lessons about shooting and editing (in an open-air environment, weather permitting). They'll also join you while you shoot on the islands. They're traveling with you and will be available for questions and tips.

What if I don't have an expensive camera? It doesn't matter. We've hosted photographers for Islands On Assignment who have point-and-shoot cameras. They've captured amazing photos.

What if I do have expensive camera gear? We'd suggest a camera body, lenses (wide, telephoto, and macro), batteries and charger, memory cards, tripod, and laptop. A laptop, card reader and your favorite editing software will also help during the post-shoot chat over drinks. Past guests have also enjoyed bringing their GoPros! Please note, if you forget something there are no camera stores that are open in Grenada on Sunday, so you will not be able to replace any camera gear that you may have forgotten. Cabin doors have locks, however there are no in-room safes for your valuables.

What else should I bring? Shorts. Flip flops (hiking shoes or athletic shoes if you plan to explore). Two bathing suits. Sunglasses. Sun hat and sun-protective shirt. A beach towel. Travel-sized toiletries (none are provided on the ship). The smallest luggage possible to maximize your cabin space. Seasickness remedies if you're prone. A costume for masquerade night. Oh, and a passport. Upon boarding the ship, the purser will collect everyone's passport so that the captain can clear the ship through customs as we arrive and depart from different islands.

What should I NOT bring? No alcohol, no formalwear (it's super casual!)

Will I need cash for anything? You might want cash to purchase souvenirs or optional meals ashore. Shipboard purchases (including drinks and tips) can be made with cash (US dollars) or charged to your credit card.

What is the currency in the Grenadines?
The East Caribbean Dollar. U.S. currency is honored on the ship and most locations, however bills that have folds or tears won't be accepted by most establishments and change will be provided in local currency.

Will I get seasick? Everyone reacts to the water differently. The ship itself is 236 feet of steel and wood, so it isn't prone to bucking or swaying. The crew rarely sees people get seasick on Mandalay, but if you're concerned then we recommend taking Dramamine the night before the ship sets sail (to allow it time to run through your system). You can also use eucalyptus oil or patches behind your ears.

Will the cruise accommodate special dietary needs? It will, provided we advise Sail Windjammer of any dietary requirements at least 60 days prior to sailing. You can make those needs known on the registration form.

Will there be Wi-Fi so I can Instagram all my photos? In certain spots, yes. But this is a part of the Caribbean that isn't heavily traveled, so connectivity is spotty. There is no Wi-Fi on the ship.

What if I have to cancel? What's the refund policy? If we receive notification of cancellation 90 days or more prior to the sail date, the entire deposit will be refunded with the exception of a $200 administration fee. Cancellation 89 days to 44 days out, 50 percent of the deposit will be refunded minus a $200 administration fee. Cancellation 45 days or sooner form the sail date, fares are non-refundable.

What if there's a tropical storm? Hurricane season begins June 1, so this cruise is prior to the traditional storm season.

What if I have other questions?
Send any questions to onassignment@islands.com.

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