Monday, March 31, 2014

Charter Yacht Corus: Guest Comments reviews, testimonials

Below are results of our after-charter comment form for a recent charter aboard the charter yacht Corus, a Whitby 42 ketch which specializes in 2-person charters in the Virgin Islands.

Plus, we would like to remind you about their special offer for new bookings for charters taking place between now and August 1, 2014: 7 nights=$5400 -  6 nights=$4630 -  5 nights=$3860. For more information on this special and the yacht Corus, read our previous post. CLICK HERE.


Here's comments from another happy couple...
  • How did you enjoy your charter? It was the trip of a lifetime.  A dream come true!
  • Did you find your crew to be helpful, accommodating and friendly? They were the BEST!  Had a great time with them - Bill was great fun and Ann - well, I am still trying to reproduce some of her gourmet meals.
  • Was the yacht comfortable, clean and well maintained? Yes
  • How would you describe the quality and presentation of the meals served on board? GOURMET - with a capital "G".  We were really impressed at what came out of that tiny galley.
  • How did you find the services offered by Paradise Connections? Great

Corus is a Whitby 42 ketch, owned and crewed by the British couple, Bill and Ann Hasted. Corus has a large guest cabin aft with a queen-sized berth, ensuite head/shower and a separate entrance via the center cockpit.  Corus has a 14-foot dinghy with 25HP 4-stroke motor, 2 one-person kayaks, snorkel equipment, hammock, DVD on laptop, beach toys, underwater camera & video, Celeston GPS Sky Scout, onboard internet to occasionally check email from ship's computer, or bring your laptop and use local hotspots where available, etc. Bill is a Dive Master and includes 4 dives/week for certified divers. Divers may bring their own gear or rent.

Looking forward to your inquiries!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book CORUS
View Corus's online brochure
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Charter Catamaran Steppin Up: Client comments / reviews / testimonials

Four excellent after-charter comments from guests aboard the charter yacht Steppin' Up, a 43-foot Leopard catamaran.

I don’t know how to begin to express our love and appreciation for one of the most amazing adventures the Tata family has ever taken. Captain Bill met us within minutes and then we met the sweetest, kindest and cutest First Mate, Michelle, who truly has a twinkle in her eye. Our family was overwhelmed with all the activities, plus relaxing and sunning and the meals. Every detail was considered and it is clear Bill and Michelle are here to accommodate every need. They are a lovely team complimenting each others skills and expertise. It was if God handpicked this couple to bless our family. We love you guys and are excited to call you friends.

You two are the very best. Special thanks for providing the Painters with an incredible gift. The time we spent together on your boat with your wonderful hospitality will be something we will always remember. This was our family's VERY BEST vacation. We loved the balance of relaxing on the boat along with the active excursions you provided throughout each day. The snorkeling was incredible, the hikes amazing, the various watering hours so much fun. All of the Painters appreciate the work effort the two of you brought each and every day. You bust your tails. Michelle’s food was outstanding and the variety was terrific. Together you are a great team. Thanks again and we look forward to our next trip on Steppin Up.

One of my most enjoyable trips to the BVI’s. You both really connected with all of us & our family on other boats. You guys are awesome, thanks again for making our time fabulous. This has been a wonderful trip. Bill and Michelle have done everything possible to make us comfortable and make the trip fun. Michelle has gone to so much work to cook for our individual tastes. I would sail with them anytime.

WOW! What an amazing experience. Above and beyond all expectations with boat, meals, daily excursions etc... Still can’t believe we could do so much and relax all the way. Thank you for making our RV-ing on the water such an amazing trip. We love the BVI’s and now know this is the only way to see it all. Great people and we will be back.

Catamaran Steppin' Up - Caribbean Crewed Catamaran Yacht Charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

STEPPIN' UP is a 43-foot Leopard catamaran with an owner-operator crew of two, Bill & Michelle. Steppin' Up accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 queen cabins, each with private ensuite head/shower. Amenities/Toys include a 14-foot dinghy with 40HP motor, tube, wakeboard, kayak, 3 stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), snorkel gear, fishing equipment, TV/DVD, projector and screen for outdoor viewing for movie nights, underwater video camera, internet access where available, etc. And, don't forget the HULA HOOPS!

Steppin' Up is available for charters in the Virgin Islands through the end of July 2014 and re-opens their calendar for next season beginning November 1, 2014.

2014 Holiday availability:
 Open for Christmas through December 26, 2014
Steppin Up is already booked for next New Years (Dec 27, 2014 to Jan 3, 2015)

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book STEPPIN' UP
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Catamaran GreenBoat : End of Season Special

Oli and Naomi on GREENBOAT 1, a 54-foot Nautitech catamaran, only have 21 days left open on their calendar for this season.  They have had an exceptional year and would like to offer the following incentive to YOU to book those few days they still have open . . .

Catamaran GreenBoat 1 - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

  • Valid charter dates:  June 30th thru July 20th 2014
  • 10% discount
  • Children aged 12-years old or younger and using the bunk cabin sail at HALF-PRICE
    for above dates. This offer may be combined with 10% discount above.

GreenBoat 1 is a 2013, 54-foot Nautitech catamaran designed to provide luxurious accommodations, high performance sailing and leading edge green technology for the smallest carbon footprint possible. GreenBoat has a crew of two, is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 8 charterers in 4 guest cabins, each with a tablet-controlled TV for music and movies, Queen-sized berth, private ensuite head with separate shower stall.

Oli & Naomi --- Queen Cabin --- Bunk Room

GreenBoat has a 14-foot dinghy with 60HP motor, tube,  2-person kayak, 2 standup paddleboards (SUPs), waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkle gear, underwater camera, 6-person inflatable aqua lounge island, hammock, onboard wifi, TV/DVD in salon, projector movie system for outdoor movies, etc.
Captain Oli is an RYA sailing instructor. Naomi is a Yoga teacher for Asthantaga and Vinyasa Flow yoga and offers sunrise and sunset sessions aboard for a small fee of $10/guest/session.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book GREENBOAT 1
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kiteboarding anyone?

If you are interested in kiteboarding during your yacht charter you can now have your yacht arrange a rendezvous excursion with St.Thomas Kite School, the only school in the Virgin Islands that specializes in yacht-based kiteboard instruction.

Rendezvous kiteboarding from your charter yacht

Most charter yachts aren't equipped with kiteboarding gear and those that do are usually not set up to teach you how to use it. But now your yacht can organize sessions for you with a local kiteboarding school. These kiteboarding excursions can take place in the US, British or Spanish Virgin Islands.

As soon as you decide you would like to kite on your sailing vacation, let us and your crew know. You will work together with your crew and the school to determine how best to meet everyone's goals. From a single lesson for one person to multiple days of kiteboarding for the whole group, they will work with you to make it happen.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Charter Yacht Pacific Wave: Half-priced Half-board Special

We normally do not suggest "half board" charters as we do not find them to be cost effective. Yes, they appear to be a bit cheaper than full board but there's no way you can eat out on the small amount you are "saving" especially if compared to the same quality of the meals you'd be having aboard.

But we are happy to present Pacific Wave's
Half-Price, Half-Board Special Offer!

Half priced but not half baked... You will receive the same full treatment of quality service and professionalism that Pacific Wave is known for.


Pacific Wave's special offer applies to 7-night charters for up to 4 guests (excluding Easter Week & Independence Week Charters). This Half Board special includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, snacks, hors d'oeuvres onboard Pacific Wave. It also includes a FREE ships bar, BVI taxes & USVI pickups & drop-offs.

Lynn and Mark
  • Virgin Islands: Now through 6 July 2014 (with free USVI pickup & drop-offs)
  • Grenadines: 7 July - 31 July 2014

RATES: for 7 nights in the Virgin Islands or Grenadines.
  • 2 guests = $8000/wk ($16,000 -50%)
  • 3 guests = $8250/wk ($16,500 -50%)
  • 4 guests = $8500/wk ($17,000 -50%)


Offer applies to charters taken before July 31st 2014. Diving is NOT included in this offer but they can do this as an extra themselves or coordinate a rendezvous dive with a local operator.  Dockage & communications are additional.  Cruising Permit & Taxes Down Island are additional.  Meals taken ashore are not included.


We are offering a 10% discount off Pacific Wave's standard rates for all-inclusive, full-board charters occuring between February 1st through April 30th 2014.

RATES for Winter 2014:
All-inclusive, full board charters in the Virgin Islands (Diving & BVI taxes included)
  • $14,400/wk for 2 guests (standard winter rate = $16,000)
  • $15,300/wk for 4 guests (standard winter rate = $17,000)
  • $16,200/wk for 6 guests (standard winter rate = $18,000)

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 15.5-foot dinghy with 70HP 4-stroke motor, adult & junior waterskis, tube, wakeboard, 2-person kayak, snorkel gear, large screen TV/DVD in salon, 4G WiFi available at cost, 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...

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
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Charter Yacht Stargazer: 5% discount

The charter yacht Stargazer, a 75-foot Irwin ketch that accommodates up to 6 guests and offers scuba diving, has an attractive special offer for the rest of this season.

Charter Yacht Stargazer - Crewed Scuba and Sailing Charters in the Virgin Islands

5% discount for new bookings for charters taking place between now and August 31, 2014

Stargazer is a 75-foot (LOA) Irwin ketch with two crew. Stargazer is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in three cabins, all with ensuite head/shower. The spacious, full-width master cabin has a King berth, while the two midship cabins have doubles. Stargazer has a 15-foot dinghy with 60HP motor, waterskis, tube, wakeboard, 2 kayaks / standup paddleboard (SUP), floating mats, snorkel gear, fishing equipment, underwater camera, TV/DVD in salon, onboard wifi, etc.

Richard is a divemaster and offers diving to certified divers (includes gear).

Here's a photo I took at the at this year's St Thomas Charter Yacht Show, 6 November 2013. Stargazer's modified transom offers easy access in and out of the water.

Paradise Connections Yacht Charters

Watch for meteor showers with Stargazer!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book STARGAZER
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Catamaran Feel The Magic: Summer Discounts / Special Offers

The 50-foot catamaran, Feel the Magic, has a special offer for summer charters...

Catamaran Feel The Magic - Caribbean Yacht Charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

For new bookings of SIX-night, all-inclusive, crewed charters aboard Feel the Magic taking place in the Virgin Islands in the months of May, June or July 2014, you may have both a free sleepaboard either the night before or after your charter, PLUS a 5% discount.

SPECIAL RATES FOR MAY, JUNE, JULY 2014 (6-night charters): including 5% discount & BVI taxes:
  • 2 guests: $12,000 -5% = $11,400
  • 4 guests: $13,000 -5% = $12,350
  • 6 guests: $14,000 -5% = $13,300
  • 8 guests: $15,000 -5% = $14,250
Charter yacht Feel The Magic is a 50-foot Voyage catamaran with a crew of two, Hank and Micheale.  Feel the Magic is air conditioned and accommodates up to six guests in three equivalent cabins with queen-sized berths and ensuite heads/showers. For charters of 7/8 guests (most ideal with families), the queen berth aft of the trampoline & day head are available for use.

Award winning food two years in a row - See previous post

Feel the Magic has a 15-foot dinghy with 70HP motor, waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, tube, a 2-person Hobie Mirage kayak that you can paddle or pedal, 2 standup paddle boards (SUPs), 2 surfboards, SeaDoo water scooter, snorkel equipment, fishing gear, floating mats, TV/DVD, onboard wifi where available, guitar, banjo, and other musical instruments, and more (see online brochure).

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book FEEL THE MAGIC
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