Friday, October 30, 2009

Charter PROMENADE - Thanksgiving, New Years, Winter Discounts

Richard and Lisa are back aboard the ever-popular charter yacht Promenade and they have decided that they want to fill up the last few remaining weeks available on their winter 2009/10 calendar, so they are offering an incredible deal to entice you aboard!

These rates will apply to Thanksgiving week, New Years, and open weeks from now through January 2010. Promenade is then booked solid through the beginning of May, with the exception of the cabin cruise week of April 19-25 which still has 3 of 5 cabins open (see information here).

So, what is this SPECIAL DEAL????

An all-inclusive 7-night charter aboard the charter yacht Promenade, a 65-foot trimaran well-known for fun and diving, at the discounted rate of $15,990 for up to TEN guests. Their normal winter rate is $20,900/wk & $50/dive... about a 25% savings!

  • Seven nights' accommodation aboard Promenade for up to 10 guests
  • All shipboard toys and activities
  • One SCUBA dive per day for certified divers, including gear
  • Cold breakfast buffet, and hot cooked-to-order breakfast daily
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Dinner served at table
  • Wine with dinner
  • Unlimited Beer, & non alcoholic beverages (juice and sodas)
  • Captains Choice cocktail hour over the yard arm with appetizers nightly
  • Open bar with basic spirits: Rum, Vodka, Tequila, along with mixers
Not included:
  • Crew Gratuity
  • Diving for resort divers (available at a cost of $50.00 per person per dive)
  • If air conditioning is requested by guests OVERNIGHT ONLY, then there is an additional $60.00 per night charge for each night it is run
  • Premium wines and liquors, or any meals or beverages you choose to have off the yacht

  • November 15 - December 19, 2009 - Including Thanksgiving week
  • No additional premium for New Years (December 28 - January 4, 2010)
  • January 12-29, 2010
Sounds pretty good!

Read more about the Trimaran Promenade in previous posts

Promenade at anchor --- Fishing --- Hiking

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

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PROMENADE
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's snowing??? Not here !

We just received an email from a charter client who told us her husband was delayed in the Denver snow storm.  It is difficult to imagine a snow storm when you look outside and it looks like this...

I just took this photo from our nomadic office and decided to post it for all of you who might be wearing socks :)


RUNAWAY to the Virgin Islands - Special offer

Jim & Lisa, owner-operators of the charter motoryacht RUNAWAY, wrote to us yesterday to let us know that they want a Thanksgiving charter. Watch the football bowl games on Runaway's satellite TV with their new 52-inch LCD TV.

OK, so let's do it :)

Runaway is offering a 20% discount on yacht charters taking place between November 18 and December 18, 2009. You can also look at this as an early Christmas present!

M/Y RUNAWAY is an 82-foot Azimut motoryacht with a crew of two, and accommodates up to 8 guests in 3 cabins. All staterooms have en-suite head with marble or granite countertops and  enclosed shower stall. Each bedroom also has its own LCD flatscreen television with dvd/cd/mp3 player and individual climate control. The salon now boasts a 52-inch LCD TV for their Satellite TV.  Jim is a dive instructor and Runaway offers diving for their guests.

SPECIAL RATES: (Nov.18-Dec.18,2009)
  • 2 guests: $14,000 ($17,500 -20%)
  • 4 guests: $15,600 ($19,500 -20%)
  • 6, 7 & 8 guests: $17,200 ($21,500 -20%)
We hope that you'll be able to take advantage of this special offer!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book RUNAWAY
View Runaway's online brochure
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Catamaran Charters Thanksgiving 2009 Special Offers

Special offer on select catamarans for Thanksgiving week 2009: Pay for 6 nights and stay for 7. That's a great deal to be thankful for!

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

Naej --- Tahuata

NAEJ - Privilege 495: 7 guests for $13,285 (instead of $15,500) all inclusive
TAHUATA - Privilege 585: 8 guests for $18,430 (instead of $21,500) all inclusive

Ocean's Seven --- Motu

OCEAN'S SEVEN - Privilege 585: 8 guests for $18,430 (instead of $21,500) all inclusive
MOTU - Privilege 615: 8 guests for $19,715 (instead of $23,000) all inclusive

  • Or, if you rather charter a monohull, XTC is offering the same special:

XTC - CNB 76: 8 guests for $18,885 (instead of $22,00) all inclusive, except drinks

Inquire for rates for smaller charter groups.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to plan your sailing vacation
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

VIVO New Catamaran Joins Yacht Charter Fleet

VIVO, a 60-foot Fountaine-Pajot catamaran, has just entered the Caribbean charter yacht fleet.

Charter Catamaran VIVO

The charter catamaran VIVO is fully air conditioned, has a crew of two and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 queen cabins, each with ensuite head/shower.

Jason is a dive master and VIVO includes 5 dives/week for certified divers.

Winter 2009/2010 (beginning December 15)
  • 2 guests: $18,900
  • 3 guests: $19,500
  • 4 guests: $20,100
  • 5 guests: $21,240
  • 6 guests: $22,380
Summer 2010 (beginning May 1st)
  • 2 guests: $16,940
  • 3 guests: $17,360
  • 4 guests: $17,780
  • 5 guests: $18,340
  • 6 guests: $18,900

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book VIVO
View Vivo's online brochure
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Charter catamaran ALEXIS is leaving

The catamaran ALEXIS will be chartering in the Virgin Islands through November and then they will be leaving to continue the sailing adventure they started 10 years ago.

So, in honor of this occasion, Alexis is having a Thanksgiving special...

RATES: 7 days/8 nights, all-inclusive charter, except for one dinner ashore at clients' expense & BVI taxes
  • 2 guests, $6000
  • 3 guests, $7000
  • 4 guests, $7400

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book Alexis
View Alexis' online brochure
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Monday, October 19, 2009


Here's a few 4-day/3-night Thanskgiving weekend specials that you might find interesting...

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 26th this year (2009).

If you are looking for a special way to spend your Thanksgiving weekend this year, how about one of these?

OCEAN PEARL Mexico - Winter Special offer

The charter yacht OCEAN PEARL, a 115-foot Christensen motor yacht, has a Special Inclusive Offer for Mexico this winter 2009-10 season!

m/y Ocean Pearl

Such a deal! You may charter Ocean Pearl out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for 4-days/3-nights for only $30,000 and, that's an "all-inclusive" price!

Explore the beautiful coastline of Mexico watching whales, swimming with the dolphins and zip lining through the canyons!

Of course, they are also available for longer charters :)

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book OCEAN PEARL
View Ocean Pearl's online brochure
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Charter Yacht DULCINEA - Refit Update 2009

We received word from Dulcinea that they are out of the New England shipyard and they are making their way back home to the Caribbean.

Charter Yacht DULCINEA

Here's what Jon had to say:

We have started making our way south after a very busy summer in the shipyard in New England making substantial upgrades to DULCINEA.  Highlights from our busy yard period include the following work:

The engine was removed and completely stripped down and rebuilt by Mac Boring of Yanmar -- so the engine now runs as new!  It is much smoother and quieter also.

DULCINEA has been fitted with a new state-of-the-art Varifold 4-blade folding propeller and also a new transmission.  We can now motor very comfortably at ten knots having eliminated vibration higher rpm's.  In addition, we have noticed a significant increase in DULCINEA's sailing performance as the new propeller is very streamlined when folded, compared to a traditional fixed prop.

Other upgrades and improvements include:
  • New whisper quiet Cummins Onan 11.5kw generator
  • New upgraded saloon air-conditioning
  • Brand new Doyle Stratis Genoa
We are looking forward to a busy Caribbean season and offering guests even more comfort from the above upgrades during charters on board DULCINEA. 

Thanks for the update, Jon.

DULCINEA is a 63-foot Dixon sloop, with a crew of two. Ducinea is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with ensuite head/shower. The aft master cabin has a centerline queen berth, while the other two guest cabins forward, each have a double berth.

Winter 2009-10 Caribbean, All inclusive except special requests, taxes, dockage & communications.
  • 2 guests: $17,500/wk
  • 4 guests: $18,500/wk  
  • 6 guests: $19,500/wk
Christmas/New Year 2009-10
  • 2 guests: $20,500/wk
  • 4 guests: $21,500/wk
  • 6 guests: $22,500/wk
We look forward to visiting Dulcinea at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in December.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book Dulcinea
View Dulcinea's online brochure
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Catamaran REACTION - The Happy Couple

We received a couple of wedding photos from Ian & Polly, crew of the charter catamaran REACTION.

In answer to our "What did you do on your summer vacation?", the ReAction crew can say "Got Married!".

The marriage took place in a beautiful country home in the Devon countryside where 40 of Ian & Polly's closest friends and family were present to see them tie the knot. The sun shone all day, so the guests spent the afternoon drinking tea and eating scones in the gardens...

Looking forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Philllips next month when we sail over to the Virgin Islands.


Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book ReAction
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Friday, October 09, 2009

Halloween in Virgin Islands & Foxy's Cat Fight

Foxy's Halloween Cat Fight
It's that time of year... Halloweenwill soon be upon us.Trick or Treating, Horror Movie Marathons, Fun Costumes, Halloween Theme Parties or how about something different like a Tiki Party....

And, of course (drumroll, please!) Foxy's Halloween Cat Fight! This popular & fun event is held every year at Foxy's, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. This year it is Friday, October 30 & Saturday October 31, 2009. Friday night is the Welcome Party and the Cat Fight racing is on Saturday, followed by the Awards Party.
Foxy's says: "Wear a costume, or just wear yourself, but show up at Foxy's annual Halloween Cat Fight. There will be surprise feature bands both nights! The West End Yacht Club again is our host for the Cat Fight, starting about 11AM on Saturday, Great Harbour. Neither rain, nor cold, nor lack of wind will keep these cats from a good fight."
If you don't have your own boat, treat yourself (no trick here) to a crewed yacht charter and enjoy yourselves.  Party down, watch the racing, party down some more, do some of the other above-mentioned activities such as dressing up and trick-or-treating around the anchorage, and then settle down to some DVDs.

Here are some charter yachts that are available for Halloween (click on name to view online brochure):

Pirate Vince of Drumbeat - copyright Photo by Paradise Connections -
up to 2 guests max:

 up to 4 guests max:
up to 6 guests max:
up to 8 guests max:
up to 10 guests max:
Found something interesting? Contact Paradise Connections for more info!

Monday, October 05, 2009

EARTHQUAKE in Sint Maarten St. Martin SXM...

Bob & Sheila your charter yacht brokers (Paradise Connections) who live aboard their own sailboat and are currently at anchor in Simpson Bay Lagoon near Explorer Island (French side) of St Martin had an odd experience at lunchtime.

At about 12:30pm our boat started shaking.  We both thought that maybe the boat was dragging as the boat was vibrating and there was a low grumbling noise like when the anchor chain moves over the bottom.  Or was someone up against us???

Looked outside and everything is OK we are still shaking and a neighbor is looking around, too.

First time I've ever felt an earthquake at anchor that I know of :)

This site
lists it as being Monday, October 05, 2009 at 16:28:10 UTC (12:28pm local time)
18.043°N, 62.781°W
29 km (18 miles) ESE (102°) from Marigot, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe
30 km (18 miles) E (87°) from Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
4.5 Magnitude

So, fortunately there shouldn't be a Kick'em Jenny tsunami then...

If it's not one thing it's another... It is still "that" season... Hurricane Omar hit us last year on October 15-16, 2008... So far, so good on that front :)

All the best!

Friday, October 02, 2009

ALALANTE - New to Charter Fleet

We would like to welcome the sailing yacht ALALANTE, a new 90-foot (27 meter) sloop, to the yacht charter fleet.


ATALANTE, the second Andre Hoek Truly Classic 90 to be constructed at Claasen Jachtbouw, was launched on 15th August 2009.  She is a direct sister to the award-winning yacht KEALOHA with identical hull, keel, rudder and sail plan, but with a completely customized interior and deck layout.  ATALANTE supports an offshore carbon spars package with North sails wardrobe.

The interior is mahogany with raised and fielded panels, owners cabin with direct access to the aft peak, two guest cabins, two crew cabins and a mid social deckhouse with dining table and state of the art navigation station.

ATALANTE can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 cabins:
  • Master ensuite Stateroom with queen size bed, shower & toilet
  • VIP ensuite Stateroom has queen size bed, shower & toilet
  • Twin ensuite Stateroom has 2 single beds, shower & toilet
A few other amenities to mention... The salon is complete with Blue-ray player, flat screen television & state of the art sound system. Two separate cockpits – one for sailing aft and one for alfresco dining and lounging amidships. ATALANTE  is fully air conditioned through out.  The crew accommodations separate with heads & shower.

  • Winter 2009/10, Caribbean: $40,000/week, plus all expenses
  • Summer 2010, W. Mediterranean: 40,000 euros/week, plus all expenses
  • Winter 2009/10, Caribbean: $40,000/wk, inclusive except bar (Caribbean Terms)
  • Christmas & New Years: $45,000/wk, inclusive except bar

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book ATALANTE
View Atalanta's online brochure
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