Windjammer hits a rough patch

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Windjammer Barefoot Cruises has an intense following among many budget travelers. Windjammer's four yachts and schooners offer laid-back Caribbean itineraries. With main decks close to the waterline, its boats are small enough to allow passengers to dive off the side, when anchored. The cost of the cruises is typically $1,000 to $2,000 a week per person, including meals and taxes.

This summer has been a bad one for Windjammer, though. The company has had money problems. Workers have recently gone on strike. And this week, Windjammer, one of the last family-owned cruise lines, was taken over by a buyout company, according to the Miami Herald. The new owners will hopefully inject enough cash to resolve the strike and help repair the fleet.

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