Exclusive O&A Alumni Invitation
Departing October 9, 2016 for 6 Nights
Her name means sail. One look, and you’ll be taken back to a time when tall ships ruled the waves. Everything about Vela will light your imagination, and inspire a sense of wanderlust. Newly refitted, Vela features comfortable, well-appointed cabins and public spaces.
Sail Vela, and experience the kind of adventure that fulfills your pirate soul, in 21st century comfort!
Looking Back At The Fun We Had
October 2014 marked our Inaugural Windjammer out of St Maarten where we sailed the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean: Nevis, St Barths, St Kitts and Anguilla. It was a relaxing trip highlighted with hiking, stand up paddling lessons, visits to Top Rated beaches, sightseeing, moped rentals, evening Happy Hour Socials, a visit to world renowned Sunshine’s Beach Bar for their lethal adult beverage aptly named ‘Killer Bees’ and just plain Caribbean chill’n. Did you see the pics?
The follow-up departure, May 2015 took us to the Islands of the French West Indies: St Lucia, Dominica (Portsmouth and Roseau), Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes and Martiniquee. The dates for this departure were specifically chosen so we could sail under June’s full-moon. Excursions exclusive to this trip include lazy river tubing, leisure hikes to picturesque waterfalls and snorkeling the pristine waters of Champagne Beach were millions of tiny bubbles surround us, each beautiful formed by the volcanic active below the sea floor.
All New For 2016
VELA is all new for 2016, she is the third and newest windjammer ship added to the fleet and 2016 marks her maiden year of sailing!
There truly are countless aspects that make our October 2016 windjammer so unique and special.
As an O&A Alumni, there are lots of reason to sail with us again:
• Newly Refitted Ship, you loved Sagitta, now there’s even more to love with Vela’s capacity for 30 guests and a crew of 12 with 6 different Cabin Categories
• Totally New Itinerary, a whole new set of islands, the more secluded Windward Islands of Grenada, Bequia, Carriacou, Mayreau, Tobago Cays and Union Island
• Advanced Booking, pick your cabin today! Alumni receive Advance Booking Privileges through June 12th after which time a Priority Waitlist gets notified (see the list) then General Bookings open up to all O&A followers via eNewsletter and social media
• Exclusive Savings, sailed with us once before receive $50 off your individual booking, sailed with us twice before receive $100 off your individual booking.
• Reduced Deposit Requirement, Alumni receive a 50% reduction in their deposit to reserve your space and may be paid via cash, check or credit card with no transaction fees (all other guests booking this departure will require a $1,500 per person deposit for the Owner’s Suite and a $1,000 deposit for other Cabin Categories) Final Payment is due 190 day prior to departure, see Terms & Conditions
Banter and bargain for fresh nutmeg with the friendly spice ladies in the colorful and vibrant spice market in the capital city of St. George’s. Shop for souvenirs and jewelry in the waterfront boutiques, and wet your whistle with a cold rum punch at a local watering hole. Days are filled with picturesque harbors, white sand beaches and lush rainforests. Come see for yourself, and let Grenada add spice to your life.
May be known for its boat building and seafaring heritage, but it’s the seafood pizza at Mac’s that shipmates can’t seem to forget. Be sure to visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, but save some time for shopping at tiny boutiques filled with local art, scrimshaw and model boats. A sail, kayak or dive excursion from the white beaches of Bequia completes your visit.
Take a step back in time to the real Caribbean. Known for their boat building and seafaring skills, Carriacou locals can trace their ancestry to Africa and Scotland. Explore the old cemetery, and find centuries-old markers. Feast on fresh-caught lobster in season, or grab a snorkel and take a short swim to the coral reefs, which teem with colorful marine life.
Take a hike through the village to the other side of Mayreau for a refreshing swim in gleaming Saltwhistle Bay, arguably the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. Be sure to stop at the crest of the hill by the church for a majestic view of Tobago Cays, Canouan and Union Island. The highlight of any visit to Mayreau is the Cultural Walk, a progressive tour of local watering holes that offers an “intoxicating” taste of the local nightlife.
Why settle for one perfect uninhabited islet when you can have many? Tobago Cays are what tropical dreams are made of: stretches of unspoiled beaches, water as clear as glass, and “t-shirt trees” that beg you to bring unique home colorful souvenirs. You’ll be counting the days until you can return!
Volcanic Union Island, the southernmost island of St Vincent and the Grenadines, is sometimes called the Tahiti of the West Indies. Laze away the day on Chatham Bay, said to be the most beautiful beach in the Grenadines. Find your smile on tiny Happy Island, built from conch shells. Happy Island’s bar is a popular spot for cold ones and “limin’” – island speak for hanging out.
VELA our largest windjammer to date and the newest vessel just added to the fleet, accommodates 30 guests, with the following cabin options : (2) Cadet Cabins, (6) Standard Cabins, (5) Deluxe Cabins, (2) Solo Sailor Cabins, and (1) Luxurious Owners’ Suite. All cabins are double occupancy with the exception of the Solo Sailor Cabins.
Every cabin is air-conditioned and features portholes (with the exception of the inside Solo Sailor cabin), 110 v outlets, blow dryers, and shampoo/soap dispensers in the showers.
Cadet Cabins are tiny but well-thought-out cabins with single upper and lower berths, and a compact “all in one” bathroom (the shower is located in a single compartment which also includes the toilet and a small sink).
Standard Cabins feature double lower and single upper berths, and private bathroom with separate shower stall.
Deluxe Cabins are roomier double occupancy cabins with a queen bed and ensuite bathroom with shower. Two deluxe cabins also feature a single upper berth, Deluxe Cabin #5 and Deluxe Cabin #6.
Owner’s Suite, spacious, boasts a king size bed, beverage refrigerator, and large bathroom. There are portholes in both the cabin and the bathroom.
Solo Sailor Cabins are compact, private sleeping quarters that share a bathroom. One of the solo cabins features a porthole; the other is an inside cabin. The shared full size bathroom has a separate shower stall.
Embark: Early afternoon St. George’s, Grenada/ Disembark: No later than 10AM St. Lucia
|Cabin||Cabin Type||Occupancy||Configuration||Price Before Discount||Guarantee Share Program|
|#1||Cadet||Double||Single Lower & Single Lower||$1999||Available|
|#2||Cadet||Double||Single Lower & Single Upper||$1999||Available|
|#3||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#4||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#5||Deluxe||Double||Queen Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#6||Deluxe||Double||Queen Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#7||Owner's Suite||Double||King Bed||SOLD||-|
|#9||Deluxe Cabin||Double||Queen Bed||SOLD||-|
|#11||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||$2399||Available|
|#12||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#14||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||SOLD||-|
|#15||Standard||Double||Full Lower & Single Upper||$2399||Available|
*prices are subject to change, ports of call are at the discretion of the captain, all information expressed is done so at the best of our knowledge and may change due unforeseen reasons.
We’re available to answer any questions you may have, call us at: 727.776.5213