Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Windjammer Barefoot Cruises: Sinking in a Sea of Red Ink?

In the wake of recent cruise cancellations, the Miami Herald reports that Windjammer Barefoot Cruises is cancelling its cruises for the weeks of Oct 14 and Oct 21.

The financially strapped cruise line has issued a statement that it anticipates restarting cruise operations in the Caribbean and Costa Rica "shortly.'' According to the Miami newspaper's Business Section, Windjammer Operations Manager Danny Walsh said he and the entities that control the company are working with ''several investor groups on a viable plan to continue the Windjammer tradition.''

A recent deal to keep the sinking cruise line afloat fell through and the ships, with their hapless crew members aboard, have been stranded for weeks at various ports.

On a positive note, loyal 'Jammers should be heartened that the cruise line's web site has reappeared, albeit with one page... an open letter from the Miami office titled, "Windjammer’s Heart is Still Beating–Better Sailing Ahead."

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