For those of us who cover the business of cruising, the landscape constantly changes. Expecially if you pay attention to the small ships market. For years, I have specialized in writing about small ship cruising but it is always a challenge to keep up.
For example, earlier this year a well-regarded small ship line in America, American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL) abruptly changed its name to Blount Small Ship Adventures. Now, I know they were paying homage to the founder of the line, Wally Blount, but none of us could make much sense of this name change. It does not exactly resonate in the market. Oh well…
Of course, the other big news in the small ship market in the past years is the demise of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, which had been around forever. But again, a family line went under. So it was nice to read today of a small line that is trying to take up where they left off. So here is their news release:
Island Windjammers is celebrating its one-year anniversary of offering Caribbean tall ship cruises. Dec. 5 marks the anniversary of the inaugural voyage of the company’s 12-passenger schooner, the Diamant, based in St. George’s, Grenada.
Island Windjammers was formed by and is aimed at loyal fans of the now-defunct Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. The new company offers six-night sail cruises to less-visited islands such as Bequia, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Union Island and Carriacou. The company’s emphasis is on laid-back, casual vacations. Shorts, swimsuits and bare feet make up the dress code on the Diamant.
“We want to celebrate Island Windjammers’ first birthday in a very memorable way,” said Liz Harvey, the company president. “Noted rum expert Dave Russell will be hosting the Island Windjammers Anniversary Rum Cruise, Dec. 5 to 11.” Russell will offer complimentary tastings of an exciting variety of exotic rums, rum cocktail lessons, and presentations on the history of rum. Island Windjammers said it has had a very successful first year, and hopes to expand its fleet and itineraries in the not-too-distant future. For more information, call 877-772-4549, ext. 5, or visit www.islandwindjammers.com.