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Review of Wind is our Friend

Wind is our Friend
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tall Ship Experience – wind powered sailing adventure through the waters of St. Maarten including plane spotting near Maho Beach. Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as the crew raises the sails of the tall ship, Mercedes. If you like, take the helm and experience the thrill of captain a classic tall ship at full sail. This is a family friendly adventure.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This was a great shore excursion offered by our cruise line. The Eldorado is a 114 ft. Schooner and is beautifully outfitted and well kept. Perfectly organized right from the beginning it is a short walk from the ship. You have the opportunity to help hoist the sails and you can steer the ship. It was fun and relaxing but the most impressive thing about this tour is the crew. Very young but so experienced and knowledgeable. Very engaging and well spoken, willing to share interesting facts and local lore. Highly recommend! Onboard drinks for purchase.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Dannie M
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

The itinerary and activities are as described in other reviews. My husband and I agreed this was the most professional tour we've ever taken. The crew was 1st rate and we had a great time.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank mmk1953
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We booked to sail on this while we were on a Royal Caribbean cruise. To say we were hugely disappointed is an understatement. The schooner was overbooked with very little seating places for the amount of people on board. We were then expected to assist the crew to hoist the sails and do a lot of things on the boat. The food that we were given wasn't tasty at all, and limited in choice. The biggest problem though was the fact that when the crew were giving a talk about the history of the island, unless you were sat directly in front of them you couldn't hear what they were saying. They need to invest in sound system so that everyone can hear what they are talking about..
In summary it was a real let down

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank Nick2458
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

We booked this excursion through our cruise ship, Royal Caribbean. We were looking for a relaxing way to see the island and this excursion delivered it. My mom recently had foot surgery so strenuous excursions are to be avoided. The most strenuous part of the excursion was the 10 minute walk from our ship to the sailboat in the blazing hot sun.

Once aboard the ship, our trip was very pleasant. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were offered lemonade once we arrived on board. Cocktails are available for additional charge. At the end of your tour they offer you complementary vegetable soup but chips, cookies, and snacks are also available for $1 each.

We sailed for over an hour to get to our destination. As you begin sailing passengers are able to take turns hoisting the sales and sailing the boat. On our way to the cove we passed the famous airport and we were able to see some planes taking off and landing 50 feet over the beach. The sight was pretty cool. We then came to a cove where we were able to swim in the water or over to the private beach. We only stayed in the cove for about 45 minutes before we had to head back to our ship. I wish we would have had more time in the water as it is the most beautiful water I have ever swam in.

The solar eclipse took place while we were sailing so that was an added bonus and a very unique sight to see while sailing in the Caribbean.

For families thinking of booking this excursion... there were families on board with us. The older children did well. They enjoyed sightseeing and swimming in the water. However, there were younger children who didn't seem to enjoy it as much. There is a lot of down time on the excursion so children who get bored easily or can't sit still for long periods of time probably wouldn't do well on this tour.

Overall, I really enjoyed this excursion. The crew was very friendly and the sights of the island are breathtaking. The water was beautiful. I could have stayed in it all day.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank TravelGirlAK87
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was the highlight of our cruise. The crew is awesome and accommodating. Nothing like a 130 foot sailing ship creasing through the ocean under sail. Cant stop talking to my friends back home about it.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank g8torken2
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