A wonderful tradition of tall ship sailing adventures for gay men was launched in 2003 aboard the Windjammer Mandalay.  Source Events invites you to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of that inaugural voyage as we return to St. Lucia and the Windjammer Mandalay for an unforgettable week of fun and adventure as we sail to Antigua and visit some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean.

When you board the tall ship Mandalay, you are part of a dreamscape where nature is your only guide and the only constant is freedom.   The islands are exotic.  The beaches are secluded, and the water translucent.  

You will find yourself docked off deserted beaches and docked in small charming harbors.  Imagine dining a French Cafe on the island of Isle de Santes, dancing under the stars, or enjoying a relaxed day at the beach. 

What’s your pleasure?  Whether you enjoy horse back riding, snorkeling, sailing naked or just watching movies under the stars projected on moonlit sails, you’re sure to have an unforgettable, magical experience.  Life doesn’t get any better than this!

Sun St. Lucia 06:00 PM
Mon Martinique
Tue Dominica
Wed Isle de Saintes
Thu Sailing Time
Fri Nevis
Sat Antigua  08:00 AM

Sunday, March 04, 2018 – St. Lucia

A nature lover’s paradise, which is blessed by nature, St. Lucia has geographic and cultural riches enough to embarrass far bigger nations. The dueling Piton peaks serve as an inspiring landmark for sailors. You’ll have a chance to visit waterfalls, hot springs, botanical gardens and the world’s only “drive-in” volcano.

Monday, March 05, 2018 – Martinique

Stunning beaches border tropical rainforests and towering cathedrals share skyline with an imposing volcano. Tourists and residents crowd the store-lined streets and restaurant-filled back alleys of Fort-de-France, while a few miles north, foliage dampens the sounds of bird tweets and hikers

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 – Dominica

Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake. The park also encompasses sulphur vents, the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls and narrow Titou Gorge. To the west is Dominica’s capital, Roseau, with colorful timber houses and botanic gardens.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – Isle de Saintes

Some claim that Iles des Saintes has one of the nicest bays in the world, a Lilliputian Rio de Janeiro. The isles, just 10km (6 1/4 miles) from the main island, were visited by Columbus on November 4, 1493, who named them Los Santos. The history of Iles des Saintes is very much the history of Guadeloupe itself. In years past, the islands have been heavily fortified, as they were Guadeloupe’s Gibraltar. The climate is very dry, and until the desalination plant opened, water was often rationed.

Thursday, March 08, 2018 – Sailing time

Relax and unplug sailing on the S/V Mandalay to unspoiled beaches, hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just can’t reach. Partake in raising the sails, take a turn at the helm or just enjoy the winds of the sea filling the sails. Play games, relax and get a massage or just swim off the ship. This is the day to do it. Remember there is no set schedule when you cruise on the Mandalay. Everything is laid back

Friday, March 09, 2018 – Nevis

Nevis is the smaller of the 2 islands comprising the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. It’s known for sandy beaches, including palm-fringed Pinney’s Beach and sheltered Oualie Beach. Booby High Shoals is a popular offshore dive site sheltering sea turtles and stingrays. The island’s capital, Charlestown, is filled with Georgian-style buildings and other British colonial relics.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Antigua

Antigua is one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches. Historic sites, tasty cuisine and a lively cultural scene can all be found on Antigua. But most often it’s the beauty and versatility of the island’s 365 beaches that draw travelers from afar.


 • Windjammer cruises are known for laid back atmosphere. Due to change in weather or discretion of the captain please note that all ports and the exact itinerary is subject to change. 

History of the Mandalay ship

This 236-foot Barquentine was built in 1923 for financier E.F. Hutton and gifted to his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post.

In 1935 this historic ship was sold to Norwegian shipping magnate G. Unger Vetlesen and his wife Maude Monell and was renamed Vema, a combination of Vetlesen and Maude.

World War II: Maude Monell donated Vema to the American war effort and was put into service as a merchant marine cadet training ship.

Vema was first put to use patrolling coastal waters for the US Coast Guard and later served as a barrack and training ship for the United States Merchant Marine.

In 1953 the Lamont Geological Observatory (now the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO]), a research unit of Columbia University leased the vessel and soon bought it, becoming renowned as one of the world’s most productive oceanographic research vessels.

After its career as a research vessel, she entered a new career as a cruising yacht, the S/V Mandalay, accommodating 58 Passengers and about 24 Crew with teak decks and original wood work throughout the ship.

The Mandalay at a Glance

Berths: 29 Cabins; 58 berths
Crew: 30
Length: 236 feet Ft
Beam: 33 feet Ft
Draft: 15 feet Ft

Boat Deck

Cabin Main Deck
Admiral Cabins Large cabin on the main deck with double lower bunk and upper pullman

Cabin  Lower Deck Plan
Standard (S) Single bunk beds with shower
Commodore Deluxe (CD) Large Cabin with Bunk Beds. Lower bunk is a full double. Bathroom features a separate shower
King’s Cabin (KC) Largest Double sized cabin on the ship with large bathroom and a king size bed

We’re excited to announce our host hotel the Windjammer Landing Resort located in the Labrelotte Bay, Castries St. Lucia.

Bringing to mind the beauty and charm of a picturesque Mediterranean Village, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is unlike any destination you’ve witnessed. As a premium all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia, we pride ourselves on not just meeting our guests’ needs, but exceeding them, with extraordinary dining experiences and a wide range of island activities. Our resort features spacious beachfront and hillside villas many with full kitchens and luxury amenities, premier on-site dining at multiple venues, and exclusive access to a white sand beach. Take in stunning Caribbean views, book a rejuvenating spa treatment, or simply relax. Rooms range from the standard 425-square-foot Ocean View Rooms to sprawling four-bedroom villas with full kitchens, expansive decks, and private pools. The property is set into a steep, terraced hillside with views of the Caribbean.

Our group rates include 20% tax and daily breakfast. To reserve the host hotel please call or email us. It requires a one night deposit.

Premium Ocean View Room (2 guests): $229 per night/per person (Based on Double Occupancy)  or Single Rate: $419

1 Bedroom Villa No Pool (2 guests): $558 per night (Based on Double Occupancy). This room can accommodate up to 4 guests

1 Bedroom Hibiscus Jacuzzi (2 guests): $838 per night (Based on Double Occupancy). This room can accommodate up to 4 guests

King’s Cabin $2,399 – Sold Out
Admiral Cabins $2,199 – Limited
Commodore Cabins $2,089 – Limited
Standard Cabins $1,849 – Limited
Standard Single Cabins $1,949 – Sold Out
Port Fees & Taxes $189

Source Events 15th Anniversary Mandalay Cruise

St. Lucia to Antigua – 6 nights / 7 days – Sunday, March 04 – Saturday, March 10, 2018.

What’s Included

  • Ship Accommodations
  • All meals on the ship
  • Rum Swizzles and hors d’oeuvre every afternoon
  • Wine with dinner
  • Shipboard activities and theme parties

What’s Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and Post Cruise Hotel Accommodations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. There are 4 single cabins that have no additional surcharge. Share Cabin program is only available on Standard Cabins Valid Passports Required. Non-US or Canadian Passport holders may require to secure a visa. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the return date. Arrival Airport code in St. Lucia (UVF). Departure Airport code is Antigua (ANU).

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