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DOMINICA ON WINDSTAR’S WINDSURF

James Andrew aboard Dominica

James Andrew aboard Dominica

It’s a magical thing to set sail at night and find oneself in the morning, anchored at a new and exotic port of call! And the smallish size of Windsurf allowed access to some of the more remote and less travelled island.

One such stop was Dominica, a tropical island replete with lush rainforest. While there, we arranged to visit the magnificent Trafalgar Falls – which involved a short hike through the island’s glorious south-central interior.

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica

We also visited Champagne Reef, but sadly the rain had stirred up the sea so we were unable to snorkle – but no matter, we treated ourselves to a delightful luncheon at a charming little place there.

Dominica

Dominica

Having had a full day on Dominica we motored back out to Windsurf in time for cocktails and dinner. Then back to sea for our next destination: St Lucia!

As we departed Dominica the sun was beginning to set with the most beautiful light. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, royal dot print shirt, cobalt and white silk scarf, royal and white silk pocket square, robe belt by Orlebar Brown, vintage Rolex, royal blue suede espadrilles, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

SETTING SAIL ON WINDSTAR’S WINDSURF

James Andrew aboard the Windsurf

James Andrew aboard the Windsurf

Our voyage begins!

Of course I’ve had transatlantic voyage fantasies about a trip aboard the QE2 or say, the SS Rotterdam – which was featured in Wallpaper Magazine in all of her ’50s fabulousness some time ago (you can now find her decommissioned and converted to a hotel in Rotterdam). That being said, I’d never actually been on a cruise, and as you might imagine, I was rather thrilled when Scott Mcbee booked passage onboard the Windsurf for a sail with two other friends through the French Antilles.

The Windstar line's Windsurf.

The Windstar line’s Windsurf.

One should always bring one’s own brand of chic wherever one goes – and this extends not only to one’s fashion sense, but to the people one surrounds oneself and beyond! Cruises like this do tend to attract an older and perhaps quieter group of people – so it was quite nice to have some fun friends to be with.

We boarded the ship in St Maarten and had a lot of time to explore and get a good feel for the yacht. The decoration is perfectly tasteful, complete with lovely port-holed staterooms that hearken back to an earlier time. There is a massive amount of deck space to enjoy as well – we actually spent very little time in our quarters so one doesn’t absolutely need a balconied room.

Aboard Windsurf.

Aboard Windsurf.

Setting sail was a grand affair, with music to accompany the unfurling. Soon we were dressed for dinner, but some pre-dinner martinis certainly added to the festive mood. There are three restaurants on board the Windsurf to provide a welcome variety of dining experiences. And I can tell you that the food was absolutely delicious, and there was a wonderful selection of wines to wash it all down. Our first port of call was Barbuda which is known for its pretty pink sand beaches – it was quite the destination in the jet-set 60s and 70s – but sadly, due to some rather choppy seas, it was impossible to launch the tenders for guests to make land. But no matter, we settled in just fine on board and enjoyed a day of sunning, endless glasses of rosé, and the luxury of doing absolutely nothing!

Our next stop: Dominica. Stay tuned!

I’m photographed here with beautiful Barbuda in the distance just before the evening’s cocktail hour. I’m sporting a (vintage) madras plaid jacket, Balenciaga chambray banded color shirt, Burberry navy ikat print pain, Max Verre denim tasseled loafers, woven cotton belt by Adriano Meneghetti, pocket square in red linen from Bergdorf Goodmen Mens, my fragrance is Tom Ford’s Mandarino di Amalfi providing the perfect olfactory compliment to my ensemble.

WIJW SETS SAIL

WIJW sets sail. Illustration by Scott Mcbee

WIJW sets sail. Illustration by Scott Mcbee

A classic antidote to the winter blues, WIJW is off on a Caribbean cruise! Kicking off a brilliant 2017, our very own Scott Mcbee has booked us for some restorative fun and sun – among the stops will be the islands of St. Marten, Barbuda, Dominica, St Lucia, F.W.I., St Kitts, St Barthelemy, etc. Needless to say we’re pretty exited.

As you know Scott McBee is a renowned ocean liner and yacht portraitist, so it won’t surprise you that he’s pretty particular when it comes to ocean travel – which is why he’s chosen Windstar’s “Windsurf.” According to McBee, travel with them should feel more like sailing (it actually has five 221ft masts) on a large but intimate private yacht. Bucking the cattle car trend on some of the awful sounding floating high-rise cruise lines, Windstar raises the bar – for instance men are required to wear a jacket to dinner (be still my beating heart!). All harkens back to a more elegant age of ocean travel.

I trust we’ll create some iconic images for our WIJW readership so stay tuned! In the meantime we’ll be posting little teaser photos on Instagram (user: james_andrew) for those who wish to come along!

Well, I must dash – time to sort out my traveling wardrobe!