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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Windjammer Adventures 'Keeping The Dream Alive' With Weekly Cruises

Arrrr ye ready for some rum swizzles? Starting next month, Johnny Depp and Jimmy Buffett wannabes who mourn the demise of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises have another high-seas option. New York-based Windjammer Adventures, led by former Windjammer captain Neil Carmichael, has purchased the S/V Diamante, a 12-passenger, 101-foot Brigantine schooner that had been based in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. The ship is currently repositioning to Grenada, where it will launch weekly six-night cruises starting June 28.

"Our motto is 'keeping the dream alive,'" says operations manager Toni Ulmer, a former sales rep for the now-defunct Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. Ulmer says would-be "jammers" can expect a similar rollicking atmosphere, albeit on a smaller scale, from nightly rum punches to "PPP" (pirates, pimps and prostitutes) costume parties plus free kayaks and snorkeling gear. Rates start at $1,300 per person during the low season, June 1-Dec.1; the ship moves from the Grenadines and starts St. Maarten cruises on Dec. 13.

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