Monday, November 19, 2007

HANALEI BAY - Evening aboard in St. Thomas, USVI

Last night we had a wonderful evening aboard the charter yacht, Hanalei Bay, while we are still in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.



We had a simple, but SUPERB, meal of pork stew with sides of rice, potatoes, and mixed vegetables. Diane made a wonderful chocolate cake that I have been longing for... perfect!

Thanks guys, for having us over.

Hanalei Bay is currently available for Christmas 2007!
or how about spring break with the family?

View Hanalei Bay's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections: CLICK HERE
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Drumbeat - Dive Sail Charter Yacht

We'd like to share a couple of photos of the charter yacht Drumbeat 1 that we took this morning when we were in our dinghy over in Crown Bay, St. Thomas, USVI.



Kirk, who has been with owner-operators Vince & Linda for 9 years, was out spraying down the decks. He's a great guy and we enjoyed our visit.



Drumbeat 1 is a a 65-foot (72' LOA) Irwin ketch that is fully air conditioned, and has a crew of three. Drumbeat accommodates up to 8 guests with four cabins that have double berths and ensuite heads. Their amenities include a 17-foot dinghy with 115HP motor, waterskis, kneeboard, tube, kayaks, snorkel equipment, hammock, TV/DVD, etc.

Vince, the captain, is also a PADI dive instructor. Drumbeat offers a free resort course for non-certified divers and includes up to 5 dives/week for certified and resort divers. Additional dives are possible for an additional fee.

Here are some comments we have had from a few of our Drumbeat clients:
COMMENTS #1 : March 2006:

We had such a fantastic trip! I want to write a thoughtful reference letter, but, this week has been crazy - getting back into real life again. I will put it together over the next week and send it off. We plan on coming back next year - We absolutely think the Drumbeat 1, Vince, Linda and Kirk are the best!

COMMENTS #2 : March 2006:

Our trip with Drumbeat 1 was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed it very much. Our crew of Vince, Linda and Kirk were true professionals and very fun. The food was second to none and their services were impectable. I would highly recommend doing this same trip again with the same boat and crew. Over all we appreciate your service at Paradise Connections and were truly happy that we decided to go on the Drumbeat 1.

COMMENTS #3: June 2007

This is our second charter on the Drumbeat in 15 months, and it was as wonderful as the first. So, it goes without saying that my answers to all questions regarding the crew and the boat are the same -- Outstanding!!!

Special kudos to Linda for outstanding effort in the galley given our diverse eating preferences -- one committed carnivore who is anti-sugar: two semi-carnivores: two fish eating vegetarians; one vegetarian: one raw vegetarian.

Thanks to Vince for being a great captain and dive master/instructor for a large group. He always knows the good spots depending on conditions. I suspect dealing with us was sort of like herding cats. (Four adults and two 13 year old boys is quite a handful, especially when three of the group need certifying).

Compliments to Kirk the ninja. He manages to make sure the that stuff appears and disappears while being invisible himself, and making sure everything works.

I can't imagine a nicer, friendlier, more competent, more helpful charter crew exists.

I'd be delighted to be a reference for either an all adult group ( as we were on our first trip) or a family friendly charter (as we were on our second trip).
View Drumbeat's brochure : CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections to book Drumbeat : CLICK HERE
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Promenade Opening - Hot off the press!

Bad news, Good news...


BAD NEWS: Promenade, the 65-foot superfun trimaran with a wonderful crew, has had a cancellation for the week of June 12-19, 2008.

GOOD NEWS: Promenade is now available for this primo week for YOUR charter. The kids will be out of school and this is a great boat for families, too!

Check out their online brochure : CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections to book : CLICK HERE

(Still open for Christmas 2007)

Welcome Charter Yacht Conundrum


We visited the 62-foot Little Harbor sloop, Conundrum at the St. Thomas Charter Yacht Show on Saturday. It is a beautiful yacht. We were just leaving when the captain returned to the boat. He looked at Bob and said "Loose Moose 2! Bob & Sheila". We were shocked! How does he know Loose Moose?

We looked at his name tag and when he said his name (Johnny SPECTOR) it dawned on us.... this is Karen's son.... Wow! He hasn't seen us in at least 6 or 7 years yet he remembers us. Well, Loose Moose and the Wise's are kind of "infamoose" :) Conundrum is a lovely boat and is definitely well cared for, but if Karen's son is the captain, we know that you too will be well looked after (or we'll tell his Mom!)

Also, I was looking at Conundrum's printed brochure and I liked it's philosophy. It states very clearly what a crewed yacht charter should be, so I'm going to quote a bit from it...
"IT IS A CONUNDRUM... SO MUCH TO DO, OR SO LITTLE TO DO!

Is your idea of a dream vacation to pack in everything possible, every day? Exciting ports of call and trendy beaches, interlaced with the thrill of slicing through the ocean water while under full sail? Take the helm yourself, or just sun and enjoy the view.

Or is your idea of the perfect getaway to slow down and take each day as it comes? Enjoy the peaceful morning breeze from the sundeck, wander an island trail, and relax with a drink to enjoy the romantic sunset?

Either way, or a little of both, is perfect for us if it's perfect for you. We enjoy providing exactly the experience that is right for you. Gourmet food using exotic and fresh local ingredients? Meat and potatoes? The answer is YES, we can do that.

Remember: When deciding which sailing yacht to charter, it's not a conundrum... it's THE Conundrum... because we create the vacation experience you desire."
Well said!

View Conundrum's brochure : CLICK HERE

For more information, contact Paradise Connections : CLICK HERE

Christmas & New Years 2007 UPDATE Charter Yacht Sailing Vacations

CONTACT PARADISE CONNECTIONS FOR CURRENT HOLIDAY CHARTERS

Check out current special offers on crewed charter yachts. 





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


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Virgin Island Charter Yacht Shows

Hi! Sorry for the lack of posts as we have been attending the two charter yacht shows in the Virgin Islands this week and we haven't had much spare time or decent internet access until today (hurray!).

We just successfully signed up and now have good wifi on the boat so WATCH OUT!

Must dash as we have been invited to visit NSS Pattam at 10am as we were unable to fit them in yesterday (saw them at the pirate party though!)

More soon come!

Friday, November 02, 2007

QWEST Summer Vacation 2007

We sent an email to some of our favorite charter boats to ask what they did on THEIR summer vacation...

Here's what Kim & Rich of the charter yacht QWEST had to say:


Hi Sheila & Bob,

Sorry about the slow reply, but we have been busy in the boatyard getting ready for the season.

We spent most of our summer in New Mexico visiting family and friends. A lot of our time was spent "working on our music." We have been adding songs to our repertoire, and learning some new techniques and playing styles for ukulele and harmonica.


We don't have any photos, but we did add a music page to our (no-contact) website that has links to a couple of mp3s and a video. The link is www.YachtQwest.com/music.html .

We hope to add some more stuff to the page, but right now things are crazy busy!!!

See you at the show, Kim & Rich

View Qwest's brochure : CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

QWEST is still available for both Christmas AND New Years!


Thursday, November 01, 2007

CRYSTAL CLEAR : Pre-Christmas Discounts

Charly & Carolina of the charter yacht Crystal Clear, are ready to welcome you aboard for a yacht charter sailing vacation this season.



Two Special Offers:
  • $500 discount on new bookings taking place before Christmas week
  • No holiday surcharge for Christmas week, Dec.20-27, 2007 - Tortola
View Crystal Clear's brochure : CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info : CLICK HERE

Christmas Season Day Sail Holiday Cruises - New York

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY ABOARD EASTERN STAR!

'Tis the season to enjoy a private, exceptional cruise aboard the m/y Eastern Star.


  • Elegant 85 Ft Motor Yacht Eastern Star trimmed in Mahogany decorated in Charming Holiday Decor
  • Wood Burning Stove aglow accompanied by Champagne Upon Boarding
  • Enclosed, Heated Upper deck set up for a Fine Dining Experience
  • Complimentary DJ Entertainment
  • Climate Controlled Interior
  • Formal Dining Room available for Intimate Gatherings
  • Exceptional Cuisine prepared onboard with Holiday and Customized Menus Available
  • Outstanding Professional Crew
  • Conveniently located at Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers
EXPERIENCE STUNNING VIEWS, FINE CUISINE, AND GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!

Your holiday package includes:
  • 1/2 hour boarding with 4-hour cruise
  • DJ entertainment
  • Champagne upon boarding
  • Premium bar
  • Holiday dinner menu
How much, you ask?
  • 20 Passengers: $5,500
  • Each additional passenger: $115 per person
  • 20% crew fee, sales tax, and dockage not included (gratuity appreciated)
  • Package rates do not apply to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Rates are available upon request.

Consider Eastern Star for other occasions, too:
  • Corporate celebrations & milestones
  • Off-site business functions
  • Incentive cruises
  • Fall foliage cruises
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Private parties
  • Dinner cruises
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Brunches & lunches
View Eastern Star's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for booking & more info: CLICK HERE