Windjammer released the following information today on www.windjammer.com
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises
Monday, October 8th 2007
Miami Beach, Florida
“WindjammerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Heart is Still Beating Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Better Sailing Ahead
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no doubt about it, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises is in the midst of a storm. News accounts and chat rooms have reported tough times for the 60 year old tall ship cruise company with over a million alumni.
Danny Walsh, the grandson of the founder Captain Burke is working with the legal entities that now control the company to breathe new life into her sails. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are actively working with several investor groups on a viable plan to continue the Windjammer tradition.Ã¢â‚¬Â reports Mr. Walsh.
Friday, critical payments were made to all shipboard staff and other immediate debt obligations are planned shortly. Arrangements are now underway to restart the cruises in the Caribbean and Costa Rica. Essential crew and staff are working to continue vital operations on all the ships in the Windjammer inventory. A communications plan is being developed to alert future customers as to their cruise status.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Windjammer offers fun-loving adventure vacations like no otherÃ¢â‚¬Â says Captain Paul, is a 30-year veteran of the company. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are grateful for the loyal support of our alumni, crew staff and vendor as we weather this stormÃ¢â‚¬Â he says. We ask our pending customers to Ã¢â‚¬Å“stay fastÃ¢â‚¬Â and to check on our website, which will be back up shortly for the latest advisories on ship sailings. For our customers booked on cruises in the very near future we regret we will not be sailing including the weeks of October 14 and 21st. We hope to reschedule as many passengers on future cruises as possible. The Windjammer team is dedicated to restarting cruise operations shortly. ”
Our thoughts here at Cruise Talk: Hopefully this means that passengers will be enjoying their cruises and crew members will be getting paid!