Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Catamaran Sagittarius : Discounts for July-October 2015 up to 10 guests

The charter yacht Sagittarius, a 10-passenger 65-foot Privilege catamaran, has announced special discounted rates.

Charter Catamaran Sagittarius
Sailing with SCUBA Vacations in St Martin, BVIs, or the Grenadines for up to 10 guests

RATES:

# Guests   Regular Rates   Special Rates
July 2015
BVI/St Martin   
Special Rates
Aug-Oct 2015
Grenadines
   2 $20,000 $17,000 $18,000
   4 $22,000 $18,700 $19,800
   6 $24,000 $20,400 $21,600
   8 $26,000 $22,100 $23,400
  10 $28,000 $23,800 $25,200


THE YACHT:
 
The charter catamaran Sagittarius is a 65-foot, Privilege cataman with a crew of two (three crew for charters of 6-10 guests). The yacht is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins (1 King, 4 Queen) each with ensuite head/shower.

Master Stateroom --- Aft cockpit

Spacious salon

Amenities include an 18-foot dinghy with 45HP motor, tubes, wakeboard, kneeboard, 2 standup paddleboards (SUPs), snorkel gear, hammock, onboard wifi where available, iPod dock, TV/DVD, fishing equipment, etc.


DIVING:

Tony is a Dive Master and Sagittarius offers 2 dives/day to certified divers at a cost of $45/dive per diver.

Diving in Tobago Cays, Grenadines is only available through a local dive company.


YOUR CREW:

CAPTAIN TONY BILEK

Tony has logged over 82,000 miles during his career in yachting as has great passion for life at sea. As a young man he studied at the Nautical College La Maddalena in Sardinia, Italy. Before long he was crossing the Atlantic as crew on delivery of large sailing vessels between the Med and the Caribbean. He's also worked as engineer on dive vessels and is a PADI Dive Master. Tony has great interpersonal skills and strives for safety and a harmonious environment on board as his highest priority.
CHEF PAOLA GANDOLFI

Paola grew up in northern Italy where she developed her love for cooking. She began her yachting career as crew aboard a motor yacht in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago and since has worked as chef on yachts throughout the Med and Caribbean. Her love of the sea has led her to obtain her captain's license as well. Paola's culinary specialties include Mediterranean and international cuisine, as well as vegetarian and vegan.
Please note that the crew smokes, but never inside.


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



Sunday, June 14, 2015

News from Charter Catamaran MANGO

Great News...

The charter yacht Mango will be available for charter in the Virgin Islands this summer, plus they are offering discounted summer rates!

Charter Catamaran Mango - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

The Yacht...

Mango is a 41-foot Lagoon catamaran owned and operated by Captain Kelly and Chef Diane. Mango is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins each with Queen berths and ensuite head/shower.

They have an 11-foot dinghy with 18HP motor, 2 kayaks, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel gear, floating mats, boogie board with plexiglass window, iPod dock, etc.

Please note that Mango is a non-smoking yacht.

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The Standard Price

Mango has very attractive and affordable rates that includes BVI cruising taxes and permits.
  • 2 guests: $8000/week
  • 4 guests: $9500/week
  • 6 guests: $10,500/week

Summer Discount

For summer charters taking place in July, August, and September 2015:
  • $450 off standard rate for 6 and 7-night charters
  • $175 off standard rate for 3 to 5-night charters
(Not to be combined with other special offers/discounts)


Other Special Offers
  • $500 discount for Honeymoon and Anniversary charter
  • $125 discount per child 12-years old and under
Mango also accepts charters of less than 4 nights and offers daysails, too! Inquire.

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The Crew...

You will definitely have excellent meals and treats aboard as both women have experience in the culinary industry. Dianne looks forward to dazzling guests with a cuisine that mixes Caribbean flavors with French techniques.

Kelly and Dianne

Capt. Kelly
After attending culinary school, Kelly worked as a baker and cook at a catering company for ten years in Portland, Oregon. Upon leaving the catering business, Kelly put her culinary education together with her computer skills and worked as a consultant, implementing systems and controls in restaurants.
Chef Dianne
Dianne began working in the food industry in 1975. She graduated from Western Culinary Institute in 1989 and worked for The Red Lion Hotels. She was a Chef Instructor for 23 years at Le Cordon Bleu Portland (Oregon) and received Chef of the Year twice and several student appreciation awards.

In 2012, they felt it was time for a change. Dianne remembered her mom's favorite saying “a turtle only moves forward by sticking out its neck“. They decided it was time to live their dream so Dianne and Kelly sold almost everything they owned, including their house, and moved aboard Mango.

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The Mmmmmmm...

Home made biscuits with a Strawberry/Blueberry sauce

Lime-in-Da-Coconut Cream Tarts

Vegetarian Pineapple Fried Rice

 Rock Star

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Christmas & New Years Availability


Mango is currently available for both Christmas week and New Years week. Add a 10% holiday premium to standard rate above.

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Book Now...

As the great philosopher Riff Raff said, "It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll..."




Looking forward to your inquiries


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



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Charter Catamaran HYPNAUTIC Meet summer crew & discount

Let's meet the summer crew for the charter catamaran Hypnautic and give them a hearty WELCOME!

SUMMER CREW

Starting June 26th, Captain Rui Caldeira (from the yacht Synchronictiy) and his chef Denise will be running catamaran Hypnautic this summer while Jose and Pixie are stateside visiting family and getting some much needed R&R.

Captain Rui is a dedicated sailor who has been in command of sailing yachts for over ten years, as well as sailing both professionally and for pleasure for many more. Rui also spent ten years in the hospitality industry managing bars and restaurants both in Europe and abroad. This experience is reflected in his ability to provide a calm and welcoming atmosphere aboard while providing top notch service and attention to guests needs.


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Chef Denise De Almeida hails from Brazil, and the local flavors of her homeland are incorporated throughout her menu. Denise, is a very experienced chef aboard luxury charter yachts, and her service reflects that level of refinement.

She enjoys taking special care of the guess aboard, creating not only delicious meals, but a stylish, elegant atmosphere as well. Denise is adept at catering to special diets and will tailor her menu to the guests' tastes and preferences.


SUMMER DISCOUNT

SPECIAL OFFER:  $1500 off for all new charter bookings taking place between now and July 22, 2015.
Special, discounted, all-inclusive, crewed charter rates through July 22, 2015
  • 2 guests: $10,500/wk (normally $12,000/wk)
  • 3 guests: $11,250/wk
  • 4 guests: $12,000/wk
  • 5 guests: $12,750/wk
  • 6 guests: $13,500/wk

ABOUT HYPNOTIC

The charter catamaran Hypnautic is a beautiful 44-foot Lagoon catamaran which is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to six geusts. This is the owner’s model which features a guest suite that takes up the entire starboard hull... perfect for couples seeking a private, romantic vacation. The port side hull has two Queen cabins, each with en suite heads.

 Charter catamaran Hypnautic - Crewed Caribbean Charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations


Jose and Pixie
TOYS AND AMENITIES
  • 14' Dinghy with 60 HP Engine
  • Waterskis
  • Tube
  • Wakeboard
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
  • Kayaks
  • Underwater LED Fishlights
  • Entire boat is bluetooth for wireless streaming of music
  • Apple TV, Boat Computer and iPad
  • iPod docking station plus 200GB music library
  • Satellite TV in each guest cabin, salon, and in the cockpit
  • Indoor/Outdoor Sound System
  • IceMaker and Bar Fridge in Cockpit
  • Onboard WIFI where available


We hope you will be able to take advantage of this special offer and come sailing aboard Hypnautic.



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



Friday, May 22, 2015

Charter Catamaran Paradigm Shift in New England Summer 2015

The charter yacht Paradigm Shift, a 50-foot St Francis catamaran, is heading up to New England for summer charters.
http://paradiseconnections.com/boat-brochures/paradigm-shift.html

Join Paradigm Shift for a fascinating tour of the lovely harbors of Edgartown, Nantucket and Newport, grab a fresh-caught lobster at the fisherman’s wharf on Cuttyhunk, take an evening stroll on the miles of secluded beaches on Martha’s Vineyard.


Paradigm Shift Crewed Catamaran Yacht Charters
Sailing Vacations in New England (summer) and the Virgin Islands (winter)


Paradigm Shift will be available for charter in the British Virgin Islands this winter, starting in November.

1st and 2nd Mates
Newport, Rhode Island (summer)
  • Crewed Charter for 7 nights, 8 days.
  • Embark/Disembark from Newport Harbor (alternate harbors available upon request) bound for Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Chatham, Falmouth or Woods Hole based on guests preference. 
  • See half-board special offer below.

British Virgin Islands (winter)
  • Crewed Charter for 7 nights, 8 days.
  • Embark / Disembark Nanny Cay, Tortola, visiting Norman, Peter, Cooper, Salt, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost van Dyke (alternate itineraries available upon request)
  • See special offer for families below.

Full Board Charters: Standard beverages include soda, RO water (chlorine free), coffee, tea, local beer, white & red wine and house rum & mixers. Any special request for premium alcohol or specialty food can be forwarded to us and we will procure them at our cost as an additional charge. All meals are included and are made from scratch when possible, fresh bread is baked on board. Guests can head ashore for dinner or lunch during the charter at their discretion.

SPECIAL OFFER, New England (summer 2015):
  • Half-board charter for up to 6 guests = $12,500/week
  • Guests are required to have 2 lunches and 3 dinners ashore, but all other charter expenses are included.
  • Dates: Between June 11 and September 15, 2015
  • 4-night minimum
  • Ports: Available all New England up to and including Maine.
  • Book by June 30, 2015

SPECIAL OFFER, Families, British Virgin Islands (winter 2015-16)
  • $500 OFF for each child 10 years old or younger, maximum 2 children per charter.
  • 7-night minimum. 
  • At least 2 adults on charter
  • Excludes New Years but is valid for Christmas.



Catamaran Paradigm Shift at Anchor

The charter yacht Paradigm Shift is a 50-foot St Francis catamaran owner-operated by a crew of two, Steven & Bonnie Carrol, plus their small dog Tabasco, a 10-pound Bichon Frieze/Toy Poodle mix.

Paradigm Shift is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins (1 Queen, 2 Doubles) each with ensuite head/shower. The large cockpit is comfortable for lounging and alfresco dining. The cockpit may be fully enclosed for all-weather comfort.

They have a 12-foot dinghy with 20HP motor, tube, 2 one-person kayaks, 2 standup paddleboards (SUP's), snorkel gear, floating mats, underwater camera & video, fishing gear includes 2 Ugly stick rod/reels and 2 Stinson rod/reels, beach games, squirt guns, hammock, TV/DVD in salon, etc.




Looking forward to your inquiries...



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



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CATAMARAN DREAMING ON: Inner Barrier Reef and Cayes itinerary for Belize Yacht Charters

INNER BARRIER REEF & CAYES ITINERARY
 SAMPLE ITINERARY - BELIZE
CATAMARAN DREAMING ON

There are multiple itinerary options for charters commencing from The Placencia Resort and Marina in Belize. Dreaming On has prepared two sample itineraries for our purusal.

  • The Atoll itinerary heads north to one of the channels through the barrier reef, to take us to Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. (Click Here)
  • The Inner Barrier Reef and Cayes itinerary takes us in a circle through the inner deep water channels, amongst the cays with some anchorages just inside the barrier reef as well as some sailing along the barrier reef. The Belize Barrier Reef and the many cays inside and atolls outside are famous for their fantastic diving opportunities. (See below)

All of Dreaming On’s itineraries include great diving opportunities. We can arrange Rendezvous Diving on request with local, professional dive organisations for any divers on board. Diving with a local dive organization, whose Dive Masters dive these waters every day, ensures that our guests enjoy the best possible diving experience.


Where is Belize? Click maps to enlarge in a new window


INNER BARRIER REEF & CAYES ITINERARY

Day 1 – Depart The Placencia Marina on a reach to Rendezvous Island. Great place to snorkel and anchor for the first night.

Day 2 – Sail up the inner channel to Blue Ground Range. Then work our way east through patch reefs to anchor for the night just inside the barrier reef at South Water Cay. Great snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities here as well as just north at Tobacco Cay and near Carrie Bow Cay. This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.

Day 3 – Through the cut in the barrier reef for a down wind sail along the reef to Gladden Cut. Fish along the way for a chance to catch Mahi Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna. Anchor inside the reef at Gladden Cut.

Day 4 – Sail to Ranguana Cay where there is more snorkeling and an opportunity for a rendezvous dive.

Day 5 – A sail north on the inside of the reef will bring us to the Queen Cays (also known as Silk Cays). There are restaurants on both Ranguana Cay and Hatchet Cay (near the Queen Cays)

Day 6 – A day exploring the local cays with some more snorkeling.

Day 7 – After a morning snorkel or rendezvous dive we can sail to Placencia Village where guests can go ashore and experience a bit of village life. Placencia’s famous “Main Road” is a 3 foot wide concrete path meandering through the sand, passing lots of little local shops and restaurants . A few minutes spent on this “Road” and you will probably meet everyone in Placencia!

Day 8 – Our final morning involves a short sail back to The Placencia Marina


Special Offer and more info...

For the period 1st November to 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 2 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum total value of $500 on any 4-guestm 2-cabin charter.

For an all-inclusive Christmas 2015 charter commencing after 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 3 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum value of $750. Christmas charters have a flat fee for up to 6 guests: $17,000/week.

For more information about Dreaming On and Belize, Click Here.


Dreaming On

The charter yacht Dreaming On is a 47-foot R&C catamaran with a crew of two, owner-operators Geoff and Iza. Dreaming On is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to six guests in three cabins, each having Queen-sized berths, flatscreen TV/DVD and, of course, private ensuite head/shower. The cockpit offers plenty of room for lounging and dining. Internet where available.


Dreaming On is equipped with plenty of water toys to keep everyone entertained.  Toys include: 13-foot center console dinghy with 30hp outboard, snorkel gear, waterskis, kneeboard, stand up paddle board (SUP), windsurfer, tube, wake board, two one-person kayaks, floating mats, beach games, fishing gear, double hammock, beanbag chairs, and even a floating island!



DREAMING ON is currently available for CHRISTMAS 2015 in BELIZE
Booked for New Years



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


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CATAMARAN DREAMING ON: Atoll Itinerary for Belize Yacht Charters

ATOLL ITINERARY
 SAMPLE ITINERARY - BELIZE
CATAMARAN DREAMING ON

There are multiple itinerary options for charters commencing from The Placencia Resort and Marina in Belize. Dreaming On has prepared two sample itineraries for our purusal.

  • The Atoll itinerary heads north to one of the channels through the barrier reef, to take us to Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. (See Below)
  • The Inner Barrier Reef and Cayes itinerary takes us in a circle through the inner deep water channels, amongst the cays with some anchorages just inside the barrier reef as well as some sailing along the barrier reef. The Belize Barrier Reef and the many cays inside and atolls outside are famous for their fantastic diving opportunities. (Click Here for itinerary)

All of Dreaming On’s itineraries include great diving opportunities. We can arrange Rendezvous Diving on request with local, professional dive organisations for any divers on board. Diving with a local dive organization, whose Dive Masters dive these waters every day, ensures that our guests enjoy the best possible diving experience.


Where is Belize? Click maps to enlarge in a new window


ATOLL ITINERARY

Day 1 ‐ Depart The Placencia Resort & Marina sailing North up the inner channel to Blue Ground Range. Then work our way east through patch reefs to anchor for the night just inside the barrier reef at South Water Cay. Great snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities here as well as just north at Tobacco Cay and near Carrie Bow Cay. This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.

Day 2 - Through the South Water Cut and set sail to Turneffe Atoll. There is good snorkeling here and exploring the waterways throughout Turneffe with a dinghy or kayak is very interesting.

Days 3 to 6 - We continue on to Lighthouse Reef and drop anchor on the west side of Long Cay. Arriving at Lighthouse Reef early in the week will allow us to spend up to 3 days at this amazing atoll. Take advantage of the fabulous rendezvous diving opportunities along the Lighthouse Wall. Advance divers can arrange to dive the Blue Hole. Another option is to take a shore excursion to Halfmoon Cay to see the Bird Sanctuary. The wall at Halfmoon Cay also offers beautiful diving.

Day 7 ‐ A downwind sail from Lighthouse to the Barrier Reef. Anchor just inside the reef at Tobacco Cay.

Day 8 - Our final morning will be a sail back to The Placencia Marina.


Special Offer and more info...

For the period 1st November to 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 2 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum total value of $500 on any 4-guestm 2-cabin charter.

For an all-inclusive Christmas 2015 charter commencing after 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 3 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum value of $750. Christmas charters have a flat fee for up to 6 guests: $17,000/week.

For more information about Dreaming On and Belize, Click Here.


Dreaming On

The charter yacht Dreaming On is a 47-foot R&C catamaran with a crew of two, owner-operators Geoff and Iza. Dreaming On is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to six guests in three cabins, each having Queen-sized berths, flatscreen TV/DVD and, of course, private ensuite head/shower. The cockpit offers plenty of room for lounging and dining. Internet where available.


Dreaming On is equipped with plenty of water toys to keep everyone entertained.  Toys include: 13-foot center console dinghy with 30hp outboard, snorkel gear, waterskis, kneeboard, stand up paddle board (SUP), windsurfer, tube, wake board, two one-person kayaks, floating mats, beach games, fishing gear, double hammock, beanbag chairs, and even a floating island!



DREAMING ON is currently available for CHRISTMAS 2015 in BELIZE
Booked for New Years



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


Monday, May 11, 2015

Sail Belize - Charter Catamaran Dreaming On

After several years of chartering in the Virgin Islands, catamaran Dreaming On is moving to Belize.

Discover Belize - Charter Yacht Catamaran Dreaming On - Sailing Vacations in Belize

Their plan is to leave the BVI in the first week of June 2015, make their way through The Turks & Caicos and Bahamas, and then arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in mid-July.  They will head down to the Florida Keys and towards Belize, by way of the Yucatan Channel, to arrive in Belize, weather permitting, in early August.

Dreaming On's Belize charter calendar is open from 1st November 2015 and they already have their first Belize charter booking for the week of New Year 2015/2016, plus options on a couple of other weeks in 2016.

As soon as Geoff and Iza arrive in August, they will be out there searching for those special places that offer outstanding scenery and snorkeling.  They promise to take photos both above and under the water and, of course, fly their Phantom drone for some outstanding aerial footage.  We will keep you posted – stay tuned and follow our blog.


Where is Belize? Click map to enlarge


Why Belize?

Belize offers beautiful, quiet, uncrowded cruising grounds, with amazing snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities and no Christmas winds!

In place of the imposing volcanic islands of the BVI, the cayes in Belize are small, low, coral formations mostly enclosed within the protection of the 190 mile long barrier reef.


Getting to Belize

There are regular scheduled flights into Belize City from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Miami, with United, American Airways and Delta, then a short local flight from Belize City to Placencia.

The airport at Placencia is being expanded to international status and we are advised that Jet Blue and Spirit will be flying into Placencia Airport by the end of 2015. We will keep you updated on this as information becomes available.


Belize Base

Dreaming On's base will be at The Placencia Resort Marina, at Stann Creek, just north of Placencia. The Placencia is the perfect location to enable us to offer a wide choice of attractive itineraries to suit all tastes and charters of varying lengths.


Sample Charter Itineraries for Belize

Dreaming On's sample itineraries for charters in Belize:


Special Offers

For the period 1st November to 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 2 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum total value of $500 on any 4-guestm 2-cabin charter.

For an all-inclusive Christmas 2015 charter commencing after 16 December 2015, Dreaming On will reimburse guests for 3 adult air tickets for the sector Belize City to Placencia and return to a maximum value of $750. Christmas charters have a flat fee for up to 6 guests: $17,000/week.


Dreaming On

The charter yacht Dreaming On is a 47-foot R&C catamaran with a crew of two, owner-operators Geoff and Iza. Dreaming On is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to six guests in three cabins, each having Queen-sized berths, flatscreen TV/DVD and, of course, private ensuite head/shower. The cockpit offers plenty of room for lounging and dining. Internet where available.


Dreaming On is equipped with plenty of water toys to keep everyone entertained.  Toys include: 13-foot center console dinghy with 30hp outboard, snorkel gear, waterskis, kneeboard, stand up paddle board (SUP), windsurfer, tube, wake board, two one-person kayaks, floating mats, beach games, fishing gear, double hammock, beanbag chairs, and even a floating island!



DREAMING ON is available for CHRISTMAS 2015 in BELIZE
Booked for New Years



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