Aboard the Legacy
Aboard the Legacy
Dec 1st sailing
Bob Paino aka beachboccibob
Let me tell you about the Legacy. To begin with we had the best weather we
ever had in the Caribbean for the entire week. Calm seas and blue skies every
day. Boring eh? She is a larger ship than any of the W J s and at first I was
put off by her size and look. Not the sleek look of the Mandalay. She does
sail well and they expect that it will do 8 knots under sail. I felt her
rolling once and it was just for a bit, a long and slow roll that was over in
minutes. We were never in a rough sea so I can’t tell you how steady she would
be in a rough sea.
The week we were aboard went off without any real problems. Only some flooding
of cabins caused by the salt water plumbing supply to the heads. The first
week there was a mini disaster. While they were under sail, a cable eye
holding a wire cable attached to the ships bowsprit broke from its welded
connection on the deck and the bowsprit broke away, pointing 90 degrees to
the port side of the ship. Luckily there was no damage to the hull, or the
ships figure head; (A likeness of Windjammer founder Mike Burke). This
happened as they were approaching Bequia. They motored over to St Vincent for
very $$$$$$$ repairs.
Nancy and I had some sailing fun this trip. We signed up for the 12 meter
yacht races in St Maarten. I’ll say this about it, It is the best thing of all
the best things, that they say is the best thing you will ever do on a
vacation excursion! They flaw is that it takes three hours to do, while the
race portion only last about 30 minutes. Cost is $55.00 per person. A Fair
price! They take a photo of the boat under sail, on the way to the starting
line and will sell you one for $30.00. It was exciting, we were leading all
the way until we made the turn on the final leg. I believe our captain blew
it, our crew was the best. Losing stinks!
Now more about the ship; the legacy has cabins on three decks. Called A B and
C decks. Admiral suites are aft on the C deck. The suites passageway doors
open out onto a large deck area where the ships activities and story time are
held. There also is a large bar on the C deck, it was still being worked on.
I helped a little, just enough to not get in the way, or become a pest. Above
the C deck over the suites is another large open deck area used for
Below C deck, on B deck, aft and directly under the admiral suites is the
dining salon. There is a stairwell from the admiral suites that takes you
down into the dining salon. Outside the dinning salon is another bar with a
small area for passengers to get together. It was set up and serving drinks.
Amidships on the B Deck, which is the deck that you board the ship, are more
cabins and a small out of the way passenger lounge.
The dinning room is very nicely done, very comfortable seating. Seating for
ten at each round table. Two buffet serving tables are located in the dinning
salon. This shortens the wait in line. They are used mainly for serving
breakfast and lunch.
There are more cabins below on A deck. The A deck is where standard cabins
are located on the other ships. By comparison all of the cabins on the Legacy
are larger and so are the heads.
Leaving port, is of course accompanied by the sound of Amazing Grace,
Unfortunately the sound system is not completely set up, so that it could barely
be heard on deck. Also they are going to change the annoying sound of the
call to attention for announcements. It was a sound, irritating noise, that
everyone complained about.
Our trip started out from Antigua, spent Tue, in St Martin, Wed. in St Barts,
Thurs. in Tortola, where we met the Grace and took on stores. We took a cab
over to Cane Garden Bay, one of the world’s beautiful beaches and spent the
day there at Stanley’s beach bar. It was extra nice that day, because we were
the only ship in port. Friday we sailed over to Virgin Gorda and spent the day
there. Had lunch at Pusser’s, played Beach Bocci, drank rum and lounged on the
We all had to leave the ship early Sat morning because the Legacy was pulling
anchor at 10 am and returning to Trinidad for final fitting. The Coast Guard
had already reviewed her and she was going to be in the ship yard for a while
before returning to Puerto Rico. We spent the best part of the final day
poolside at a quiet hotel that welcomes windjammer passengers and are allowed
to use all the facilities there .
Most of you already seem to know about this, but I am going to repeat it
anyway. It is said that Windjammer is directing promotional advertising
towards families, with children, to sail on the Legacy. It seems to be a
concern for some, but sailing out of Puerto Rico is and will be a plus for
many travelers and it will provide access to new interesting islands.