Saturday, January 24, 2015

Welcome m/y Satisfaction

We would like to welcome the motor yacht Satisfaction to the Caribbean crewed charter yacht fleet. Satisfaction is based in the Virgin Islands but will charter other islands as far south as Antigua

Charter Yacht Satisfaction - Crewed, all-inclusive charters - Virgin Islands

Satisfaction is a 56-foot Neptunus motor yacht which specializes in 2-person charters. The guest cabin is the mid-ship master cabin that has a Queen walkaround bed, TV/DVD player, and an ensuite bath with a stall shower and electric head.


Satisfaction has one of our favorite crews, Rik & Ann Allen, former owner/crew of Sandcastle.

Satisfaction is available for term charter as well as day sails.
  • Children: No minimum age for children but must sleep with parents, included in daily rate.
  • Honeymoon special: One spa treatment for each guest on charters of 4 nights or longer.
  • Christmas and New Years: $3,100/night for all-inclusive charter, except fuel. Two-night minimum.
 Please note that Satisfaction is a non-smoking yacht.

Comments from a repeat charter we had aboard their previous yacht, Sandcastle:

  • How did you enjoy your charter?
It was wonderful!
  • Did you find your crew to be helpful, accommodating and friendly?
Rik and Ann treated us like old friends.  They were very helpful, and so much fun!  We were a tough bunch--picky eaters (one vegan, one just picky) and they really worked with us to make us incredible meals.  Also, one was 78 years old, one with poor balance….not quick getting around and in and out of boat/dingy, but Ann and Rik were always supportive and patient.  Lots of fun playing Trivial Pursuit and euchre with them.  We really felt at home on the Sandcastle.       
  • Was the yacht comfortable, clean and well maintained?
Yes
  • How would you describe the quality and presentation of the meals served on board ?
I took pictures, the presentation was so good!  All vegan meals, and great variety.  Really, really good food!  And Rik is a fantastic bartender!



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SATISFACTION
View Satisfactions' online brochure
For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Price increases coming

Warning.....

Many charter yachts will be raising their rates on 1st February 2015.

So, if you are sitting on the fence or putting off making a decision (oh, that's months away) you might want to take the plunge and commit now...  or pay the price later :)

Just sayin'


For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




Friday, January 09, 2015

Catamaran Blue Moon L56: Special Offer

Book the 56-foot Lagoon catamaran Blue Moon and save over $1000 on charters taking place before July 27, 2015.


Catamaran BLUE MOON Yacht Charters - Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands


SPECIAL OFFER
Any new, all-inclusive, 7-night charter booked to take place between January 26 and July 27, 2015:
  • 1-2 guests: $20,000
  • 3-4 guests: $21,900
  • 5-6 guests: $23,000

Jack & Jaimey
Blue Moon is a 56-foot Lagoon catamaran with a crew of two. Blue Moon has a flybridge and is fully air conditioned. The catamaran accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with Queen berths and ensuite head/shower. Blue Moon has a 13-foot center-console dinghy with 60HP motor, waterskis for adults and children, tube, kneeboard, wakeboard, 2-person kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), 6-person floating island, snorkel gear, fishing rod, hammock, satellite TV/DVD in salon, underwater camera, onboard wifi, iPod dock, etc.

Blue Moon has equipment on board for 4 divers and offer 3 dives/week for certified divers at $100/wk/diver.



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book BLUE MOON
View Blue Moon's online brochure
For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




Monday, January 05, 2015

Crewed Yacht Charters: Special Offers and Discounts

Here is a selection of current special offers on crewed Caribbean charter yachts. The special offers / discounts below include time-specific and other discounts... Check it out!
  UPDATED: January 24, 2015


Click on the yacht's name to view their online brochure.


ANALISA
  • Any new bookings made before January 31st 2015 will receive a 10% discount providing the charter takes place before December 14, 2015.
    - Virgin Islands -

ANTILLEAN
  • Children under 10 years of age go for half the adult rate
    - Virgin Islands -

BEL AMI
  • $500 off for Honeymoons and Anniversaries
    - Virgin Islands -

BLUE MOON L56
  • Any new all-inclusive charter bookings to take place between January 26 and July 27, 2015 at the following rates: 2 guests=$20,000 / 3-4 guests=$21,900 / 5-6guests=$23,000. & night minimum.
  • - Virgin Islands -

BLUE PASSION
  • Honeymoon special: $10,000/week for 2 guests. Includes a full case of house bubbly and either one resort course dive for non-certified divers or a one-tank dive for certified divers.
  • - Grenadines through May, then Virgin Islands for the summer -

  • No 10% surcharge for charters of less than 6 nights.
  • No charge for single child under 12 years of age using navigator's berth and parents' bathroom.
    - Virgin Islands -

FEEL THE MAGIC
  • 15% discount off published rates for the following dates in March:
    • March 3 - 12, 2015
    • March 22 - 29, 2015
    - Virgin Islands -

FIDELITY
  • Honeymoon special: $6150/week for 2 guests
    - Virgin Islands -

FLAME
  • Children aged between 3 & 12 years of age go for half price with 2 paying adults
    - Virgin Islands -

  • Children 15 years old and younger receive a $250 discount
    - Virgin Islands -

  • Any new bookings made before January 31st 2015 will receive a 10% discount providing the charter takes place before December 14, 2015.
    - Virgin Islands -

FRANGINES
  • Children 15 years old and younger receive a $250 discount
    - Virgin Islands -

  • One guests sails for free on groups of 3 or more. Three guests for the price of 2... 6 guests for the price of 5. Special offer can be pro-rated but there is a 5-night minimum. Book before February 10, 2015 and sail by February 15, 2015.
    - Virgin Islands -

FULL MOON
  • $500 honeymoon discount
  • $125 per child under 12 years old. Discount rate for maximum of 2 kids/all-inclusive charter.
    - Virgin Islands -

GRAND CRU
  • Early Booking Discount: $1,000 OFF new booking confirmed by January 31, 2015 for 7-night charters completed by July 31, 2015.  May not be prorated for less than 7 nights.
  • 2015 YEAR-END HOLIDAY SPECIALS:
Christmas 2015:
  • December 20-27, 2015 only, up to 6 guests = $16,950/wk, 7 night minimum.This may be pro-rated for extra days at start of charter.
  • No holiday surcharge for any Christmas charter ending on or before December 24th. Up to 6 guests = $15,950/wk, 7 night minimum. This may be prorated for extra days at start of charter.
New Years 2015/16:
  • December 29-January 5, 2016 only, Up to 6 guests = $17,450. This may be pro-rated for extra days at end of charter.
Christmas & New Years Combined:
  • Any number of days between December 21, 2015 and January 4, 2016 for up to 6 guests = $35,000 inclusive.
    - British Virgin Islands -

GYPSY PRINCESS
  • One child age 6 years old or younger sails free. Valid for one child per charter.
    - Virgin Islands -

  • Honeymoon special: $150 discount off charter of 7-nights or longer, plus a bottle of champagne.
    - Virgin Islands -

IMAGINATION
  • CAPTAIN ONLY between the dates of March 10-21, 2015. Ports must be Bequia to St Vincent. Rate is 7 nights for $5,500/wk plus all expenses.
  • 10% off standard priced charters of 10 nights or more
    - Grenadines -

LOVEBOAT
  • Kid special: $100 discount for each kid 12 years old or younger (with two paying adults)
    - Virgin Islands -

MANGO
  • Honeymoon & Anniversaries: $500 discount
  • Kid special: discount of $125/child, 12-years old and younger
    - Virgin Islands -

MISS KITTY
  • 10% discount on charters 10 days or greater
    - Virgin Islands -

PACIFIC WAVE
  • Buy one and get one free! Book a 7-night charter for February 2015 and sail the same week in February 2016 for FREE.
  • $300 discount/person on new 7-night bookings taking place by April 30, 2015.
  • (Note: Special offers cannot be combined)
    - Virgin Islands -

PARADIGM SHIFT
  • Paradise Connections is offering a 5% discount off normal rates for new bookings taking place before April 30, 2015. (Not to be combined with Romantic Getaway for Two) 
  • Romantic Getaway for Two in the Bahamas (Nassau/Exuma). $13,000/wk for 2 guests, includes:
    • One full case of sparkling wine
    • One $500 gift certificate from Victoria's Secret
    • All meals, standard ships bar, canapes
    • Taxes and permits.
    • Offer valid for charters taking place through May 31, 2015. 
  • ALTERNATE OPTION:
    Take $500 off above rate for either or both items you don’t wish to receive:  $500 off for no case of bubbly and/or $500 off for no Victoria’s Secret certificate.
  • -  Bahamas -

PARADISE
  • Honeymoon special: $6650/wk for 2 guests
  • Anniversary special: $7150/wk for 2 guests
    -  Virgin Islands (Nov-June) Grenadines (July -midOct) -

PAS DE DEUX
  • HONEYMOON SPECIAL: regular price for 2 guests: $17,900 but INCLUDES:
    • Private transfer to yacht
    • Flowers on arrival
    • Romantic sunset dinner ashore at restaurant of choice one evening
    • A case of bubbly
    • Couples massage at one of the BVI's luxury spas
    • 7 night minimum and excludes Christmas and New Years holiday period.
    - Virgin Islands -

  • Children 14 years old and younger receive a $250 discount
    - Virgin Islands -

  • Cabin Cruise Week: February 21-28, 2015. Book a cabin and share charter with others. $4100 per cabin (per couple not per person). All inclusive seven-night charter, except one dinner ashore. Diving available at regular rates.
    - Virgin Islands -

SAFARI
  • Children 12 years old and younger receive a $100 discount
    - Virgin Islands -

SANDCASTLE
  • Honeymoon charters of 6 to 7 nights receive 1 bottle of champagne per day plus one spa treatment for two
  • $9900/wk for 2 guests, $8500 for 6 nights for 2 guests
    - Virgin Islands -

SATISFACTION
  • Honeymoon special: One spa treatment for each guest on charters of 4 nights or longer.
    - Virgin Islands -
SAYANG
  • One child less than 6 years old sails for FREE
  • Honeymoon special: $9000/week for 2 guests, 7 nights or longer, with start and end ports of Village Cay, Tortola. Includes a complimentary bottle of champagne
    • - Virgin Islands -

    SEA WITCH
    • Children 10 years old and younger receive a $100 discount
    • Honeymoon / Anniversary Special: $200 discount
      - Virgin Islands: November to April ~~ New England: June to September -

    STEPPIN UP
    • Paradise Connections is offering a 5% discount on 5- to 7-night charters aboard the catamaran Steppin Up confirmed before February 28, 2015 and taking place before July 19, 2015.
      - Virgin Islands -

    SWEETEST THING
    • $250 off/child if less than 15 years old.
      - Virgin Islands -

    THE BIG DOG
    • 15% off any new charter booking taking place before March 7, 2015. Six night minimum.
      - Virgin Islands -

    WHISPER 42 (catamaran)
    • Children under 15 receive $125 discount (offer valid for maximum of 2 children)
      - Virgin Islands -

    ZUMA
    • Take 15% off the regular listed rates on all 2015 bookings confirmed by February 15, 2015. (Except Christmas and New Years).
      - Virgin Islands (December-May) & Newport RI (June-October) -

    (Please note that special offers are subject to change)

    For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com


    Saturday, January 03, 2015

    Love City Country Music Festival, St John USVI May 2015

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Have you heard that there is a country music event coming to St. John, USVI?   Are you ready to two-step, island style?  Country will rock the Caribbean at the first ever Love City Country Music Festival to be held 14-16 May 2015 on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.This three-day event, presented by Caneel Bay Resort, will have the island jammin’ to the tunes of national headliners and local bands alike in an all-out country hoedown!


    The event kicks off with the official festival beach party at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, then boats its way over to St. John in the USVIs for a weekend jam-packed with country.  The main stage is at the Winston Wells Ballpark in Cruz Bay, with satellite stages throughout the downtown area.

    Headliner Jerrod Niemann released his chart-topping major label first released in 2010 and has produced two platinum singles since: “Lover, Lover” and “Buzz Back Girl.” Special guests include Grammy-nominated Pat Green, Dallas Smith, Sunny Sweeney, Loving Mary, the Down Home Band, platinum selling singer/songwriter Jesse Rice, Travis Meadows, Hit Makers & Rum Chasers Nashville Songwriters Showcase, BMI Country award winner Levi Lowry, the beach country pop of Kaitlyn Weathers and the beach rock reggae of the Wheeland Brothers.  More artists will be added.

    A charter yacht is a great way to participate in this event, plus you have time to sail before and/or after. We have a wide selection available so contact us ASAP to reserve your boat.

    Get ready to get your country on, St. John...
    It's going to be a wild ride!
     

    For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com



    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    RECIPE: Catamaran Pisces' Grand Marnier Spoons

    Louise Langello, the chef aboard the charter catamaran PISCES, won the culinary contest at the November 2014 VICL Fall Yacht Charter Show in St Thomas with this recipe. It is a savory sweet combination of top sirloin and tropical fruits flavored with the the requisite contest ingredient, Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored cognac liqueur.

    GRAND MARNIER SPOONS

    STEAK MARINADE
    • 2 Top sirloin steaks
    • 6 tbs Grand Marnier
    • 1/4 cup Freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
    • 3 tbs Honey
    • 2 tbs Asian chili sauce
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 tbs Finely minced orange zest
    • 1/4 cup Finely minced ginger
    • 1/4 cup Fresh basil
    • 2 Minced green onions

    OTHER INGREDIENTS
    • 1 Avocado
    • 1 Mango
    • Plain goat cheese
    • Sea salt
    • Pepper

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Marinate two top sirloins for 4 hours.
    2. Take top sirloins out of marinade and set side. Transfer marinade into a small saucepan and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes or until marinade has reduced to 1/3 of its original volume.
    3. Meanwhile, mash avocado with fork and lightly season with sea salt and pepper. Place a large dollop of mashed avocado on each spoon for bottom layer.
    4. Cube mango into small pieces.
    5. Grill steaks to medium rare, then place in foil for 5 minutes.
    6. Slice the two sirloins into very thin slices. Wrap one piece of steak around one or two small cubes of mango and place it on top of the mashed avocado.
    7. Top the steak and mango piece with a small cruble of goat cheese.
    8. Take less than a teaspoon of the marinade reduction and drizzle it over the goat cheese.
    9. Serve.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Louise.


    Charter Catamaran Pisces - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - VI Sailing Vacations

    Pisces is a 47-foot Leopard catamaran with a crew of two, Stephen and Louise. Pisces is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in three cabins, each with Queen berth and ensuite head/shower. Pisces has a 13-foot dinghy with 25HP motor, tube, kayak, standup paddle board (SUP), snorkel gear, fishing equipment, TV/DVD in salon, iPod, wifi where available, etc.

    Steve is a dive master and Pisces offers 3 dives/week for certified divers, with gear included. Additional divers are $25/dive/diver.

    Family discount: Children 14 years old and younger receive a $250 discount off standard rates.

    Looking forward to your inquiries !



    Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PISCES
    View Pisces's online brochure
    For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




    Sunday, December 28, 2014

    Charter Yacht Promenade Cabin Cruise Week 2015 February 21-28

    The charter yacht Promenade (65-foot trimaran) has two cabins open for their cabin cruise week of February 21-28, 2015. This is a great way to experience a charter on Promenade without having to get a group together.

    Trimaran Promenade - Crewed Sailing and Scuba Diving Yacht Charters
    Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands

    This is the only charter-by-the-cabin week that Promenade has scheduled for 2015.  They are very popular so don't delay... Contact us ASAP.

    Promenade at anchor --- Fishing --- Hiking

    Diving --- Ride the Banana --- Chill on the Power Lounger

    This is an excellent way for a couple to charter a large, fun boat with all the toys, diving AND fishing, without trying to put together a group with 6 or 8 other people :)

    DETAILS:
    • DATES: February 21-28, 2014, British Virgin Islands
    • RATE: $4100/cabin for 2 people (NOT per person... ie, $2050/person, double occupancy)
    • DIVING: Promenade has a dive instructor. Certified divers: $25/dive/diver. Gear rental $150/wk/diver. Resort dives for non-certified divers: $85/dive/diver, gear included.
    Includes: All meals aboard (except one dinner ashore) and ship's standard bar, cruising taxes, port taxes, overnight air conditioning, onboard wifi, and all onboard ship's toys. SCUBA diving available at standard rates.

    Excludes: Transportation to and from the yacht, including plane and taxi fares. Crew gratuities which are at your discretion but typically 15% of charter fee. Any meals and beverages you choose to have on shore. You will be responsible for one dinner ashore at your own expense.


    Promenade is a fully air conditioned, 65-foot trimaran with a beam of 35 feet, that accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins. The two forward cabins are Queens and each have private, ensuite head/shower. The aftmost center cabin is a Queen, while the port and starboard aft cabins can be configured as either twins or a king.  The aft 3 cabins share 2 heads/showers.

    Promenade has a 15-foot dinghy with 50HP motor, waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, tube, 2-person kayak, paddleboard on request, 4 water individual power loungers, snorkel gear, fishing equipment (has commercial BVI fishing license), TV/DVD, iPod dock, wifi, and much more!

    If this cabin cruise week is of interest, don't wait! We are actively trying to book her up and it would be a shame for you to miss this once-a-season opportunity for 2015.



    I spent 5 nights aboard Promenade (aft Queen cabin) while attending the November 2014 Tortola and St Thomas Charter Yacht Shows. I found the boat very comfortable and the crew very hospitable. I had an excellent experience and a wonderful time. Love their homemade ice cream! Promenade is one of our favorite charter yachts.



    Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PROMENADE
    View Promenade's online brochure
    For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Charter Yacht Pacific Wave: 2 Special Offers - Buy One Get One Free & Charter Discount

    Lynn, owner-operator of the beautiful charter yacht Pacific Wave, has a very interesting special offer... one that we've never seen in the charter industry.

    Charter Yacht PACIFIC WAVE - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - Liveaboard Scuba & Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands (with summers "down island")

    SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Get One FREE

    Book a 7-night charter aboard Pacific Wave to take place in February 2015 and receive a 7-night charter in February 2016 for FREE

    Lynn and Mark
    Terms & Conditions:
    • For a full-week charter in February 2015 and February 2016 only
    • Free week will be for the same period in February 2016
    • Lead charterer must be aboard for the charter in February 2016
    • Free week is non-transferrable and cannot be combined with other special offers
    • No refund if charterer cannot sail in 2016.

    ANOTHER SPECIAL OFFER: Discounted Rates for Winter/Spring 2015

    Receive a $300/person discount for 7-night, all-inclusive charters taking place before April 30, 2015 aboard Pacific Wave in the Virgin Islands (not valid for BOGOF special offer mentioned above).

    RATES for Winter 2014  (through April 30, 2014):
    All-inclusive, full board charters in the Virgin Islands (Diving & BVI taxes included)
    • 2 guests: Standard winter rate = $16,000 (less $300/person = $15,400/wk)
    • 4 guests: Standard winter rate = $17,000 (less $300/person = $15,800/wk)
    • 6 guests: Standard winter rate = $18,000 (less $300/person = $16,200/wk)



    Pacific Wave is a stylish Italian-designed 72-foot sloop with an owner-operator crew of two.

    The yacht is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in three cabins all with ensuite head/shower. The master cabin, aft, has 2 double berths, while the other two guest cabins each have a set of twin, upper/lower bunks.



    Pacific Wave has a 15-foot dinghy with 70HP 4-stroke motor, adult & junior waterskis, tube, wakeboard, 2-person kayak, snorkel equipment, fishing gear, hammock, large screen TV/DVD in salon, 4G WiFi available at cost, iPod dock, etc.


    Both Lynn and Mark are Padi Dive Masters. Diving for certified divers in the Virgin Islands is included in the charter fee. Rent or bring your own gear. Air fills are $10/tank.

     

    Plus... fabulous food, hospitality, and professionalism...

    Recent comments:
    • 30 November - December 6, 2014: Family of 3
    "Lynn & Mark, Very seldom do things go exactly as planned, almost never do things exceed expectations.... this week was one of those times.  The snorkelling was spectacular the sails were exciting, and above all, the company with Lynn and Mark seeing to our every need made this a wonderful week.  Sadly now back to Philadelphia... cold and dreary as it is this time of year but with warm memories with new friends in Mark & Lynn to keep the memories alive.  See you again."
    • Thanksgiving Week 2014: Family of 5
    "Many thanks for a wonderful trip & celebration of Charles 70th.  We loved all aspects & TLC you both provided.  The boat is exactly what we'd hoped for & we are delighted to have found you.  The food was incredible, your detailed knowledge of all the best spots was invaluable & appreciated by all.  This has been a great success - many thanks!"

    Don't you deserve a bit of pampering and some fun in the sun?


    Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PACIFIC WAVE
    View Pacific Wave's online brochure
    For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com