Eric Stone’s New Paradise Cruise: St. Lucia
Step aboard the S/V Mandalay at 5 PM, Sunday, July 14th, in St. Georges, Grenada and get ready to depart on a 7-day, 6-night sail through the Grenadines where we will visit a selection of islands which may include Grenada, Carriacou, Union Island, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Bequia and possibly other stops along the way. We disembark at 10 AM, Saturday, July 20th in Castries, St. Lucia.To Purchase Tickets Please Click Here
Sunday, July 14, 2019: Departs Grenada
Saturday, July 20, 2019: Sails through the Lower Windward islands and arrives in St. Lucia
Boarding the S/V Mandalay begins on Sunday at 5 PM and disembark begins after we return on Saturday morning, early enough for you to catch your flight that afternoon if you have to fly home right away.
Since this is our ship, we actually get to pick where we want to go and how long we want to stay. You can’t do that on any other cruise.
“We go where the Captain and the wind takes us.”
About the S/V Mandalay
The S/V Mandalay provides a laid-back experience with comfortable air-conditioned cabins and 110 volt power. Each cabin is an ensuite in itself with your own private bathroom, shower, ample wardrobe space, steward service and many other important comforts.
Built in 1923, this 236’ sailing ship is the former luxury yacht of financier, EF Hutton. Since then, she has served as a luxury yacht, Coast Guard patrol vessel, Merchant Marine training ship, and Columbia University research vessel. In 2012, after an extensive restoration, including teak decks and original woodwork throughout the ship, she joined the Sail Windjammer family as a cruising yacht where she sails the Windward and Leeward Islands. The S/V Mandalay currently accommodates 58 passengers and about 24 crew.
“We will sail you safe and steady to unspoiled beaches, hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just can’t reach.”
What’s included with your purchase?
Port Charges, Entertainment Fee, early morning pastries and Bloody Marys, 3 sit down meals per day, early evening snacks and Rum Swizzles, 24 hour coffee, tea and water, entry into all the deck games and masquerade party.
What’s not included?
Airfare, hotels, ground transfers to/from the airport-hotel-ship, tours, shore excursions, snorkel rear rental, alcohol from bar, ship’s store items and travel insurance.
A Typical Jammin’ Day aboard the Mandalay
6:30 AM, Sunrise Breakfast
Pastries, Bloody Mary, coffee and tea are available for early risers. Hang out on the top deck and watch the sunrise. It’s a great way to start the day. View marine life and birds while enjoying your coffee, Bloody Mary and sticky buns.
7:30 AM to 8:15 AM, Sit down breakfast
Full service breakfast served in the Dining Room.
8:30 AM, Captain’s Story Time
The day begins with the legendary greeting, “Good Morning Captain Sir!” Listen to the Captain as he delivers an entertaining overview of the islands and the day’s activities. Local lore, history, jokes and tall tales are all part of the fun.
9:30 AM Daytime Activities Begin
Almost every island we visit offers beach and water sport activities, including snorkeling and even swimming from the ship. If we’re anchored off a deserted island, grab your beach towel, sunscreen, a good book, your favorite floatie and head for the beach. You can choose from various Island Shore Excursions each day. Some last a few hours, some a full day (with lunch included). If you choose to, you can just relax on the top deck, read a book with a drink in hand and enjoy the solitude. Be prepared to enjoy the music of Eric Stone performing at a few locations also.
Noon or 12:30, Lunch
Lunch is served in the Dining Room or ashore on the beach.
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Snacks and Rum Swizzle Time.
Enjoy a refreshing rum swizzle and an assortment of tasty goodies ranging from local seafood to peanut butter pate and mingle with your fellow passengers.
5:30 PM, Fun on the Top Deck
You can either relax on the top deck and watch the sun begin to set and try to catch a glimpse of the green flash or participate in our whacky deck games. You can also try your hand in the age old custom of blowing conch shells at sunset. Bring your favorite conch shell or use one on the ship. Don’t know how to blow a conch shell? We have a local expert onboard to teach you.
7:00 PM, Dinner
You’ll have your choice of a couple of delicious entrees served by the amazing, friendly and charming crew. Dinner can be a buffet, sit down or even prepared ashore.
9:00 PM, Nocturnal Activities
Many choices here, listen to Eric Stone and dance the night away, mingle with your new friends at the rail, relax with your beverage of choice on the aft deck or grab a floatie and gaze at the stars. If you’re worn out from the day’s activities, retire to your cabin and enjoy the tranquil nights at sea. There are also nightly games and activities including our Mandalay Masquerade Party. Bring a costume if you like or use one that is onboard. Remember, the bar remains open as long as someone is buying drinks.
Cuisine and Drinks aboard the Mandalay
The meals aboard the Mandalay are what would be described as typical Caribbean Cuisine. However if you have special dietary requirements, just let us know and the crew will prepare a special meal for you. Do you have a favorite cocktail or beer you prefer? No Problem, just let us know and we will stock it aboard the ship.
Traveling to Grenada and from St. Lucia
A valid passport and return ticket is required for all visitors. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after your planned return date otherwise you will not be allowed to board your flight to Grenada. A proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and American citizens. Please note that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all travelers from the USA must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the USA on vacation or business travel. A visa is not required from citizens of the USA, Canada, UK and most European countries, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, South Korea and Japan.
Traveling to Grenada by Air
- JetBlue Airways operates a daily non-stop service from JFK, New York.
- American Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from Miami.
- Delta Air Lines operates a weekly non-stop service from Atlanta.
- Caribbean Airlines: Departs Toronto connecting through Trinidad.
- British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer twice-weekly direct flights from London, Gatwick Airport.
- Air Canada Vacations operates a twice-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Grenada.
Traveling from St. Lucia:
American, Delta, Jet Blue, United, British Airways, Air Canada, Virgin Galactic Air France West Jet Caribbean Airlines and Air Antilles Express all have daily flight from St. Lucia.
Transfers to and from the airport to your hotel and to the ship or from the airport to the ship along with your return ground transfers, will be available for purchase shortly.
We are currently working on a host hotel for a central gathering point. We will update this information by Feb 17th.
Bon Voyage & Post Cruise Party
We are working on the details for a Bon Voyage & Post Cruise party at a restaurant & bar on the beach next to our hotels. Entertainment will be provided by Eric Stone and some local musicians. More details to follow. More details on Feb 17th.
There are many tours available in Grenada and we are working on discounted rates for some of the more popular ones. I encourage everyone to arrive at least a day early and stay a day later so you can enjoy the local culture and history.
With the weather and knowing how things work in the Caribbean, Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this cruise. More information will be posted by Feb 17th.
Notes for planning your travel to and from the cruise
If you arrive in Grenada on the day of our departure on the Mandalay, Sunday, July 7th, you will have plenty of time to get from the airport to the ship, if you allow us to arrange your ground transportation. You may even have time for a leisurely drink and walk around the neighborhood to visit the local shops prior to boarding the Mandalay.
If you arrive in Grenada one or more days prior to our departure on the Mandalay, you will have time to check into your local hotel, get to know the local neighborhood and on Saturday, July 6th, attend the Bon Voyage Party on the beach with the rest of use. On the day of our departure, Sunday, July 7th, we can arrange a half day or full day tour of the island or other popular destination. Just check out of your hotel, throw your luggage in the van and at the end of the tour, you will be delivered directly to the ship by 5 PM.
On our arrival in St. Lucia on Saturday, July 20th, we can arrange a half day or full day tour of the island or other popular destination and then deliver you to the airport in time for you to catch your flight home.
If you plan on staying in St. Lucia for an extra day or two, we can arrange for ground transportation to take you from the ship to your hotel. You will have plenty of time to catch a half day tour and attend the Post Cruise party on the beach. The following day, we can arrange a half day or full day tour of the island or other popular destination and then deliver you to the airport in time for you to catch your flight home.