Thursday, January 31, 2008

A beautiful day in St. Martin, Caribbean

Can't believe it is the last day of January already. Where has the time gone?

I just wanted to share this photo that I took this morning from out of our forward hatch. Not a bad winter's day, is it?


We are anchored in Simpson Bay, Sint-Maarten, Netherland Antilles. Just a 10-minute dinghy ride through the Lagoon over to Marigot, St. Martin (the French side).

Hope you had a nice day, too!
Sheila & Bob

Saturday, January 26, 2008

CHARTER CATAMARAN GODIVA in St Martin, St. Barths, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique

The charter catamaran Godiva, a 42-foot Fountaine-Pajot Venezia catamaran, has extended their cruising ground and now offers new charter locations. They are available for charter in St. Martin / St Maarten, St. Barths, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Antigua !!!

Godiva will also be participating in the Heineken Cup Races (March 3-10, 2008) and the Antigua Races (April 24 - May4, 2008). So book now!!

Godiva requests that their guests have two dinners ashore, but they will contribute $100/couple towards the meal.

Godiva is a non-smoking yacht... no, not even in the cockpit :)

Godiva's has summer (May 1st to mid-December) and winter season rates (mid-December through April 30th).

WEEKLY RATES:

Winter 2008: $6900 for 2 guests / $7400 for 3 / $7900 for 4 guests
Summer 2008: $5900 for 2 guests / $6400 for 3 / $6900 for 4 guests

View GODIVA's web sites: CLICK HERE and ALSO HERE

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book or for more information: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ASHLANA - Client comments XMAS HOLIDAYS 2007-8

Guest book comments from S/Y ASHLANA’s holiday charterers:



“The care you lavish on your boat and on the food came spilling over on to us. Thank you for helping us usher in the New Year in such a graceful and exciting way. We are refreshed and ready to return to our world and hopefully, very soon, to return to yours.”

“A fabulous time and so many firsts for me. Thanks for the gourmet meals and gracious company. Highlights: Yoga sun salutations on the bow, the Baths, snorkeling in the caves. Mostly, feeling like (Ashlana) was an oasis on the water. Many thanks for letting me live the dream for a week.”


Owner/host Tom Hampson and Christie MacConnell have restored Ted Hood’s Little Harbor 53, Robin, to perfection, furnishing the interior with exquisite fabrics, original paintings and beveled glass front cabinets.

Accommodations for 4 four guests. The en suite aft master has 2 doubles. Guests may choose one of the two forward cabins: V berth with 2 lower singles & filler, or port cabin with upper/lower singles. The forward head is shared with the crew.

Winter Rates in US Dollars per week:
  • $10,700 for 2 guests
  • $11,900 for 4 guests
Rates are all inclusive, except for bar/beverages, cruising taxes, special requests ...

View ASHLANA's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your sailing vacation, or for more information: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CLAUDIA IV, 70-foot Swan charter yacht, discounted rates

Reduced Rates on the beautiful Swan 70, Claudia IV - Ship's bar included!



Reduced AND re-priced in US dollars, Claudia IV's all-inclusive Caribbean rates are now $20,000/wk for 2 guests, $21,000/wk for 4 guests and $22,000/wk for 6 guests. This rate includes standard ship's bar & beverages, which is unusual for this level of yacht.



Claudia IV's accommodations make her ideal for family charters as well as for three couples. This classic Frers Swan 70 offers three double cabins, each with en suite head and shower. The master cabin is aft with a centerline queen, settee and vanity/desk. Two identical guest cabins forward of the salon have one lower double and one single upper Pullman berth each.

CREW: British born Captain Mike Watts and his wife, Adele, the chef, have been polishing their hosting skills on charter yachts since 1996. Mike is a mechanical engineer, RYA Yachtmaster, RYA Sailing Instructor and PADI Certified Scuba Instructor. His knowledge of sailing and anchorages throughout the Caribbean is unsurpassed. Adele, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in London, has done two circumnavigations and co-owned a dive charter company.

CLAUDIA IV is available for summer 2008 charters in the Western Mediterranean at the weekly charter price of € 17,000 Mediterranean, plus all expenses.

Claudia IVs brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book or for more info: CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 17, 2008

HANELEI BAY : CABIN CRUISE Feb.2-9,2008

HANALEI BAY: Last Minute Cabin Cruise Offered February 2-9, 2008

Due to a cancellation, the 72-foot Hanalei Bay now has two cabins available for their cabin cruise week, February 2-9, 2008.

The aft cabin is booked by a Florida couple in their 60's. He is a retired scientist & engineer while she is a stretch exercise instructor. Thus the mid-ship double cabin is available, as well as the aft twin cabin, each with their private, ensuite bathrooms. The twin cabin has two lower twin berths, not bunk beds.

The rate is $3500/wk for this cabin cruise. This is the 2-person cabin rate and not for each person. It is all-inclusive except for BVI cruising tax (not much) and guests are requested to have one dinner ashore at their own expense.

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This is an excellent value for such a large, roomy comfortable yacht with excellent food and wonderful hospitality.


Please read comments in a previous blog posting: CLICK HERE

Hanalei Bay's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

Come on down and get your toes tan!

CATAMARAN MUSTANG SALLY SPECIAL OFFER FOR FEBRUARY 2008

This special offer has expired...

Contact Paradise Connections to start planning your sailing vacation: CLICK HERE

Don't you deserve a quick getaway?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

m/y CHRISTINE : special offer Bahamas

CHRISTINE : 100 ft Broward based in the Bahamas



OWNER'S SPECIAL : 8 nights for the price of 7 for charters taking place between January 28 and February 29, 2008

CHARTER RATE: $ 29,500, plus all expenses

ACCOMMODATIONS: 6/8 guests in 4 staterooms

CREW: Capt. Robert Patton and his crew of 4

LOCATION: Bahamas

WEB BROCHURE: CLICK HERE

To book CHRISTINE or for more information contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters: CLICK HERE
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YACHTS AVAILABLE FOR THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2008

Here are a few yachts still available for the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25, 2008)



Click on the yacht's name to view brochure. Ask for new password, if necessary...


- LADY LOLA
62.59m / 205ft - 10 guests in 5 cabins

- TITAN
60.36m / 198ft - 22 guests in 11 cabins

- SECRET LIFE
45m / 147ft - 10/12 guests in 5 cabins

- COSTA MAGNA
44.5m / 146ft - 8/10 guests in 5 cabins

- DRY SPIRIT
35.4m / 116ft - 8/9 guests in 4 cabins

- LADIES FIRST
30m / 98ft - 8/10 guests in 5 cabins

- BLUE CHIP
26.48m / 86ft - 8/9 guests in 4 cabins

Contact Paradise Connections for details : CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Catamaran MAROLANGA - Recent client comments

Marolanga is one of our favorite catamarans for crewed charters.



We really enjoyed the long Thanksgiving weekend that we spent anchored near Gus & Marcella in Christmas Cove just off of St. Thomas. They are such a warm couple and they love to charter and share their boat, knowledge and islands with their guests. Great for families.

Sasha is a very well behaved Persian cat. We've had people aboard Marolanga who said they are allergic to cats but were pleasantly surprised when they had no adverse reactions to this beautiful kitty.

Here are some recent comments:

To: Paradise Connections
Subject: Marolanga Charter Nov. 2-9

Dear Sheila & Bob,

It has been almost a full month since our charter on the Marolanga and we are still smiling from the wonderful memories. We would like to share some of our thoughts with you. Our cruise certainly added a fabulous dimension to November 11th, our wedding on Hawksnest Beach on St. John after the cruise which was just like a fairytale.

Gus and Marcella were the most accommodating, friendly, gracious hosts we could have asked for. They always made us feel comfortable and tended to our needs and requests. Their European culinary traditions made mealtime a lovely dining experience. Most days, our charter group enjoyed breakfasts with the Continental variety of breads, pastries, meats, cheeses, yogurts and fruits, but they offered eggs, cereal and American style if we desired as well. Interesting lunches of salads and sandwiches and luscious dinners came out of their galley like magic.

Each day we found ourselves at a new anchorage of indescribable beauty. Some highlights for us: we were personally entertained by Foxy himself on Jost Van Dyke; we were thrilled by the gin clear water for snorkeling and vast array of sea life at the Indians; we were overwhelmed by the natural beauty at the Baths on Virgin Gorda. Wow!! We feel so very privileged!

Before and after our cruise, Bill and I stayed on St. John at Estate Lindholm—a delightful bed and breakfast with comfortable rooms and an incredible view—a place we would highly recommend. The grounds were botanical garden-like with birds, butterflies, tree frogs and such. Just delightful!! Innkeepers, Lauren and Brion Morrisette were the land equivalent to Gus and Marcella.

Also, we would like to thank you for your services at Paradise Connections. We had contacted several charter companies, but you seemed genuinely interested in meeting our needs and communicating with us. We are so glad you did!

Finally, we are all dreaming and talking about our next cruise together. That should speak clearly about how much we loved our trip. We would feel like we were coming back to family with Gus & Marcella.

Bill & Claudia


Dear Gus & Marcella,

Bill and I are still glowing in our memories of our wonderful trip and
wedding on the beach. We think of you often, too. We have looked at our
pictures daily and have been working to put a dvd with music together....our
time with you and Gus (and Sasha) was terrific, and we thank you for all you
did for us and all you shared with us.

On our wedding day, instead of brunch at Caneel Bay, we had dinner at their
Equator restaurant. We watched the sunset on the deck and dined at a table
where we could see the starlit sky. It was romantic and magical. The food
was delicious and the service wonderful.....

Take care and fair winds to you.

Love to you both,

Claudia & Bill


June 2007

Dear Sheila & Bob,

Just wanted to take a moment and drop you an e-mail to let you know what a great charter we had with Gus and Marcella. They are the most wonderful people - hard to believe they have been sailing the BVI's for 14 years together. They act like they are still on their honeymoon.

We probably visited 10 or more islands and bays and took a lot of pictures.

Thank you for recommending the Marolanga to us for our charter - it was perfect. Plenty of room on the boat, food was great and spending time with Gus and Marcella was a pleasure. It was so nice not having a firm agenda - we could sleep until 8, have breakfast, snorkel, sail awhile, snorkel again, sail, have lunch, etc. Life is good!

Regards,
Rod & Joanne

View MAROLANGA's brochures: CLICK HERE and HERE

Contact PARADISE CONNECTIONS for more info & to book : CLICK HERE

:)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Drumbeat's great start to new year - DOLPHINS

I'm way behind in my blogging but I must post this right away....

Linda from the 72-foot charter yacht Drumbeat just sent us this message, along with a dozen or so photos:
Subject: What I did New Years Day!!
These guys stayed with us for at least two hours playing on the anchor chain. There were three of them including a baby.
As you know, Drumbeat is one of our favorite charter yachts. Vince, owner-operator of Drumbeat, is also a PADI Dive Instructor and 5 dives/week are included in their rates.

View Drumbeat's brochure: CLICK HERE
Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

To view a larger image, click on the photo:















These photos were taken by the charter yacht Drumbeat. They are not to be used without permission... Be nice :)

Happy New Year!