What ship/line is your second choice when it comes to the WJ style?
From what I have heard of Windjammer, the onboard experience was truly something special. But I think it is a really rarity, and that it explains why they went under.
The lines was not that expensive for a 1-week cruise. Plus they gave you free rum, and wine with dinner. Under those circumstance there is not really that much chance for them to make onboard revenue.
The line went downhill because the didn't seem to have operating expenses. Of course, I also heard the kids used the business account like their own personal piggybank, but that's another story.
The question is - is there another Windjammer-like company out there. I honestly cannot say I personally know of one, but I also don't spend much time on these kinds of ships (I prefer bigger ships).
I just came back from Star Clippers. I was on their biggest ship, which is beautiful. But it costs far more and it does not have the same free-wheelin' onboard atmosphere. You pay for every drink, and people do not socialize with the crew nearly so much.
I have heard about the Arabella, but I don't know it.
Another company called "the Moorings" looks promising, but I think they are smaller and probably pricier than Windjammer. Maybe you know more about them than I do. Bottom line - who is your second choice?