Report: Windjammer Barefoot Cruises experiencing labor issues

The Miami Herald has reported that a private equity firm would take a controlling stake in Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, the Miami-based tall ship line.

Windjammer did not return phone calls for comment, but the Herald reported that TAG Virgin Islands would expand the four-sailboat fleet.

The information was disclosed days after a Windjammer vessel, the Yankee Clipper, was detained by port authorities in Grenada because crewmembers complained hey had not been paid thousands of dollars in wages, the Herald reported, and that another one of its vessels, the Polynesia, was apparently also in dispute with its crew due to a wage conflict.

Passengers were apparently stranded due to the Yankee Clipper's detainment, and the newspaper reported that Jerry Ceder, an adviser to TAG Virgin Islands, said that Windjammer would compensate then for any inconvenience.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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