Wednesday, December 31, 2014

RECIPE: Catamaran Pisces' Grand Marnier Spoons

Louise Langello, the chef aboard the charter catamaran PISCES, won the culinary contest at the November 2014 VICL Fall Yacht Charter Show in St Thomas with this recipe. It is a savory sweet combination of top sirloin and tropical fruits flavored with the the requisite contest ingredient, Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored cognac liqueur.

GRAND MARNIER SPOONS

STEAK MARINADE
  • 2 Top sirloin steaks
  • 6 tbs Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3 tbs Honey
  • 2 tbs Asian chili sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbs Finely minced orange zest
  • 1/4 cup Finely minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup Fresh basil
  • 2 Minced green onions

OTHER INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Mango
  • Plain goat cheese
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

DIRECTIONS
  1. Marinate two top sirloins for 4 hours.
  2. Take top sirloins out of marinade and set side. Transfer marinade into a small saucepan and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes or until marinade has reduced to 1/3 of its original volume.
  3. Meanwhile, mash avocado with fork and lightly season with sea salt and pepper. Place a large dollop of mashed avocado on each spoon for bottom layer.
  4. Cube mango into small pieces.
  5. Grill steaks to medium rare, then place in foil for 5 minutes.
  6. Slice the two sirloins into very thin slices. Wrap one piece of steak around one or two small cubes of mango and place it on top of the mashed avocado.
  7. Top the steak and mango piece with a small cruble of goat cheese.
  8. Take less than a teaspoon of the marinade reduction and drizzle it over the goat cheese.
  9. Serve.
Thanks for sharing your recipe, Louise.


Charter Catamaran Pisces - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - VI Sailing Vacations

Pisces is a 47-foot Leopard catamaran with a crew of two, Stephen and Louise. Pisces is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in three cabins, each with Queen berth and ensuite head/shower. Pisces has a 13-foot dinghy with 25HP motor, tube, kayak, standup paddle board (SUP), snorkel gear, fishing equipment, TV/DVD in salon, iPod, wifi where available, etc.

Steve is a dive master and Pisces offers 3 dives/week for certified divers, with gear included. Additional divers are $25/dive/diver.

Family discount: Children 14 years old and younger receive a $250 discount off standard rates.

Looking forward to your inquiries !



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




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Charter Yacht Promenade Cabin Cruise Week 2015 February 21-28

The charter yacht Promenade (65-foot trimaran) has two cabins open for their cabin cruise week of February 21-28, 2015. This is a great way to experience a charter on Promenade without having to get a group together.

Trimaran Promenade - Crewed Sailing and Scuba Diving Yacht Charters
Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands

This is the only charter-by-the-cabin week that Promenade has scheduled for 2015.  They are very popular so don't delay... Contact us ASAP.

Promenade at anchor --- Fishing --- Hiking

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

This is an excellent way for a couple to charter a large, fun boat with all the toys, diving AND fishing, without trying to put together a group with 6 or 8 other people :)

DETAILS:
  • DATES: February 21-28, 2014, British Virgin Islands
  • RATE: $4100/cabin for 2 people (NOT per person... ie, $2050/person, double occupancy)
  • DIVING: Promenade has a dive instructor. Certified divers: $25/dive/diver. Gear rental $150/wk/diver. Resort dives for non-certified divers: $85/dive/diver, gear included.
Includes: All meals aboard (except one dinner ashore) and ship's standard bar, cruising taxes, port taxes, overnight air conditioning, onboard wifi, and all onboard ship's toys. SCUBA diving available at standard rates.

Excludes: Transportation to and from the yacht, including plane and taxi fares. Crew gratuities which are at your discretion but typically 15% of charter fee. Any meals and beverages you choose to have on shore. You will be responsible for one dinner ashore at your own expense.


Promenade is a fully air conditioned, 65-foot trimaran with a beam of 35 feet, that accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins. The two forward cabins are Queens and each have private, ensuite head/shower. The aftmost center cabin is a Queen, while the port and starboard aft cabins can be configured as either twins or a king.  The aft 3 cabins share 2 heads/showers.

Promenade has a 15-foot dinghy with 50HP motor, waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, tube, 2-person kayak, paddleboard on request, 4 water individual power loungers, snorkel gear, fishing equipment (has commercial BVI fishing license), TV/DVD, iPod dock, wifi, and much more!

If this cabin cruise week is of interest, don't wait! We are actively trying to book her up and it would be a shame for you to miss this once-a-season opportunity for 2015.



I spent 5 nights aboard Promenade (aft Queen cabin) while attending the November 2014 Tortola and St Thomas Charter Yacht Shows. I found the boat very comfortable and the crew very hospitable. I had an excellent experience and a wonderful time. Love their homemade ice cream! Promenade is one of our favorite charter yachts.



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PROMENADE
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For more yachts, visit our website: www.ParadiseConnections.com




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Charter Yacht Pacific Wave: 2 Special Offers - Buy One Get One Free & Charter Discount

Lynn, owner-operator of the beautiful charter yacht Pacific Wave, has a very interesting special offer... one that we've never seen in the charter industry.

Charter Yacht PACIFIC WAVE - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - Liveaboard Scuba & Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands (with summers "down island")

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Get One FREE

Book a 7-night charter aboard Pacific Wave to take place in February 2015 and receive a 7-night charter in February 2016 for FREE

Lynn and Mark
Terms & Conditions:
  • For a full-week charter in February 2015 and February 2016 only
  • Free week will be for the same period in February 2016
  • Lead charterer must be aboard for the charter in February 2016
  • Free week is non-transferrable and cannot be combined with other special offers
  • No refund if charterer cannot sail in 2016.

ANOTHER SPECIAL OFFER: Discounted Rates for Winter/Spring 2015

Receive a $300/person discount for 7-night, all-inclusive charters taking place before April 30, 2015 aboard Pacific Wave in the Virgin Islands (not valid for BOGOF special offer mentioned above).

RATES for Winter 2014  (through April 30, 2014):
All-inclusive, full board charters in the Virgin Islands (Diving & BVI taxes included)
  • 2 guests: Standard winter rate = $16,000 (less $300/person = $15,400/wk)
  • 4 guests: Standard winter rate = $17,000 (less $300/person = $15,800/wk)
  • 6 guests: Standard winter rate = $18,000 (less $300/person = $16,200/wk)



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

Recent comments:
  • 30 November - December 6, 2014: Family of 3
"Lynn & Mark, Very seldom do things go exactly as planned, almost never do things exceed expectations.... this week was one of those times.  The snorkelling was spectacular the sails were exciting, and above all, the company with Lynn and Mark seeing to our every need made this a wonderful week.  Sadly now back to Philadelphia... cold and dreary as it is this time of year but with warm memories with new friends in Mark & Lynn to keep the memories alive.  See you again."
  • Thanksgiving Week 2014: Family of 5
"Many thanks for a wonderful trip & celebration of Charles 70th.  We loved all aspects & TLC you both provided.  The boat is exactly what we'd hoped for & we are delighted to have found you.  The food was incredible, your detailed knowledge of all the best spots was invaluable & appreciated by all.  This has been a great success - many thanks!"

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



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Charter Yacht Drumbeat: Open for New Years

Due to a cancellation, Drumbeat, one of our favorite charter yachts, is open for a short New Years charter.


Charter Yacht DRUMBEAT - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters - Liveaboard Scuba & Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands


We realize it is short notice but wouldn't ringing in the new year in the Virgin Islands be super?

Drumbeat is available for a 4-night charter from December 30 through January 3, 2015 with a special rate of $10,000 for 8 guests inquire for smaller groups). What a great Christmas present!

This will make a Happy New Year for someone...

Charter yacht Drumbeat 1, a 72-foot Irwin ketch, is one of our favorite yachts in the charter fleet. The experienced and excellent crew are outstanding in service: sailing, diving, cuisine, fun, and relaxation.
Vince with fresh lobster for dinner!

Drumbeat is a 72-foot Irwin ketch with a crew of three, owner-operated by Vince & Linda, and assisted by Kirk, a longtime crew member. Drumbeat is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 equivalent double cabins, each with private ensuite head/shower.

Vince is a dive instructor and includes diving for both certified and non-certified divers.

There's more to do besides diving and eating Linda's excellent cooking! Drumbeat has an 18-foot dinghy with 90HP motor, waterskis, wakeboard, tube, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUPs), rope swing, fishing gear, snorkel equipment, satellite TV, 42" LCD flatscreen in salon... or relax in the shaded cockpit or in the hammock, read a book, listen to some tunes... or go ashore and check out the beach... endless possibilities :)

A great choice for families, group of friends, and honeymooners too!


Drumbeat's New Year's special is a great opportunity for someone but, if these dates don't work out for you, contact Paradise Connections to check availability for other dates or make an early booking for the 2015-16 holidays!



Let's start planning your Drumbeat sailing vacation!


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


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Charter Catamaran ELIXIR lowers their charter rate

The charter yacht ELIXIR, a 46-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, has lowered their charter fee for the 2015 season.

Charter Catamaran Elixir - Crewed Catamaran charters - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

NEW LOWER RATES, BVI taxes included:
  • 2 Guests = $12,000/wk
  • 4 Guests = $12,300/wk
  • 6 Guests = $12,600/wk

Elixir is a 46-foot Robertson & Caine catamaran with a crew of two. Elixir is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with queen beds, and ensuite head/shower.  Amenities include 13-foot dinghy with 40HP motor, tube, wakeboard, 2-person kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel gear, floating mats, fishing equipment, hammock, iPod dock, TV/DVD in salon, underwater video camera, onboard wifi, etc. 



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



Monday, December 08, 2014

UPDATED: Availability for Holiday Yacht Charters

UPDATED: January 3, 2015
Holiday Yacht Charters in the Virgin Islands

We have updated the 4 blog posts (click link below to view) with prices and availabililty for:

Don't Wait Any Longer... Book Now


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


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Crewed Yacht Charters: Special Offers and Discounts


Here is a selection of current special offers on crewed Caribbean charter yachts. The special offers / discounts below include time-specific and other discounts... Check it out!

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