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Age: 50

Occupation:self employed

Number of Cruises: 12

Cruise Line: Windjammer Sailing Adventures

Ship: S/V Mandalay

Sailing Date: 2015-02-5

Itinerary: St Martin

I have been on the Mandalay some 15 years ago when it was still part of the Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fleet. I thought I knew what to expect in terms of non-luxurious cruising. I was appalled and shocked by the state of this sailing vessel. It is supposedly refurbished. I could not appreciate any refurbishment of this ship or the cabins. There is a missing mast, which broke mid cruise in January 2015? I have no faith that it will be repaired. The official web site states that a replacement has been ordered. I see no evidence of the present owners spending any money on this ship. This ship is missing railings, broken railings, exposed wires in many locations, rust all over the place. This ship is sadly ready for the scrap heap. I am grateful we made our 5 day journey successfully back to port. I would not be surprised if this ship became stranded at sea or some random port of call.

Aweful and downright not edible at times. The poorest quality of meats. The cook has some talent and ability to cook. However, the limiting factor is the quality of provisions provided to him. The best meal was a fully cooked, store bought ham and turkey. These were the most edible cuts of meat all week. Again, no money being spent here by the owners. On the plus side, no one gained any weight from this week at sea.

I fail to see the refurbishment of the room or bathroom. Four different color types of caulk in the bathroom. Thin cheap sheets and towels. Same tile floor from 20 years ago. Again, no money being spent here by the owners. The carpeting placed in the hallway is a patchwork of failed workmanship. It is so embarrassing to present such a failure to the paying public! The rooms numbered in the 30's smell of exhaust and fuel. Some rooms in the 20's smell of sewage and have issues with the toilets flushing.

We had 2 passengers disembark after 2 days, and find their way home on their own. This is a 5 day cruise. The price point for such poor quality lodging and extremely poor quality food should be around $800. Maybe $1100 for some of the larger cabins. No way is this cruise worth what they are charging. I am very suspect of the positive reviews posted in 2012, at the time of the launch of this new company. I cannot believe they are from a paying passenger. I suspect that the business model here will have to fail with time. There will be no repeat passengers, like in the days of the original Windjammer. Anyone can be fooled and lured once into the nostalgia of the old Mandalay. No one in their right mind will sail with this company or the present state of this ship. Inadequate money was put into the refurbishment of this ship. And I fail to see any money being put into the upkeep, comfort, or food quality presently. I predict one day they will close shop. Be careful of any monies deposited with this company.

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