Monday, February 17, 2020

Catamaran Mango - Food


Catamaran Mango
Great value plus 5-star cuisine, too!

Dianne has worked in the culinary field since 1975. She graduated from Western Culinary Institute in 1989 and began working for The Red Lion Hotel Corporation. Dianne then spent 23 years as a Culinary Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Portland, receiving Chef of the Year more than once during that time.



Fun Food For Kids


Mango loves having kids onboard and know that kids don’t always like the same foods that the grown ups eat. They have a special menu featuring fun food for kids.

Learn More
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Meet Charter Catamaran Mango

Meet Charter Catamaran Mango
One of the best values in the VIs

Charter Catamaran Mango - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

MANGO is one of the best values in the Virgin Islands charter fleet: low rates, experienced crew, owner-operators, excellent guest reviews, amazing meals, personal hospitality, and new upgrades. Mango is a fine vacation choice for couples, families and small groups.

About Catamaran Mango

Mango is a 41-foot Lagoon catamaran owned and operated by Captain Kelly and Chef Diane. Mango is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins each with Queen berths and ensuite head with shower and electric-flush toilet.

Mango has an 11-foot dinghy with 18HP motor, 2 kayaks, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel gear, floating mats, beach games, iPod/Device hookup, etc. No onboard wifi, use local hotspots. Please note that Mango is a non-smoking yacht.

About the crew

You are sure to have excellent meals and treats aboard as both women have experience in the culinary industry. Dianne looks forward to dazzling guests with a cuisine that mixes Caribbean flavors with French techniques. They love having kids on board and enjoy creating a special menu for kids featuring fun food.

Dianne & Kelly

Kelly and Dianne are passionate about creating a unique and memorable vacation experience for their guests.

Recent guest comments

"This trip exceeded our expectation, from the amazing food to the various island stops, excellent snorkeling - every day was better than the one before. We really appreciated your kindness, knowledge of the islands and ability to make Mango feel like our home at sea. "

"Thank you so much for making this an adventure of a lifetime! We really appreciated every attention to detail! From picking awesome snorkeling spots, great evening hideaways, meal planning and the execution of delicious meals! We were so delighted to be able to be ourselves which was an added bonus. Thank you for all your knowledge of the USVI and BVI, for snorkeling with us and teaching us so much!"

"Thank you for giving us so many wonderful memories! "Fun", turtles, bellies full of delicious food, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, caves, The Indians and so much more! We will treasure them forever"

Rates

7-night, all-inclusive charters
  • 2 guests : $9,000
  • 3 guests : $9,500
  • 4 guests : $10,500
  • 5 guests : $11,500
  • 6 guests : $11,500
Christmas and New Years : 10% surcharge on standard rates

Discounts
  • $500 discount for Honeymoon and Anniversary charters
  • $125 discount per child aged 12-years old and under

Current 2020 Holiday Availability
  • Christmas booked through December 26, 2020
  • New Years open. May start as early as December 27, 2020

Learn more

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Meet Charter Yacht Odysseus

Meet Charter Yacht Odysseus

Charter Yacht Odysseus - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations

About Odysseus

Odysseus is a 50-foot Bavaria sloop with a crew of two. Odysseus offers diving and lower, more affordable rates.

The yacht is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 Queen cabins with ensuite heads (electric-flush toilet & shower). The optional Twin cabin (bunks) on the port side shares the crew head.

Odysseus has a 12.5-foot dinghy with 25HP motor, tube, 2 two-person kayaks, 2 standup paddleboards (SUPs), snorkel gear, floating mats, beach games, underwater camera, TV/DVD in salon, hammock, iPod/Device hookups, etc.

Odysseus has a Dive Master and offers onboard diving.

Rates

7-night, all-inclusive charter:
  • 2 guests = $10,000
  • 3 guests = $10,500
  • 4 guests = $11,000
  • 5 guests = $11,500
  • 6 guests = $12,000
Christmas = $13,200 for up to 6 guests
New Years =  $13,800 for up to 6 guests

More Info





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Catamaran Rumba Open for Spring Break

Catamaran Rumba is Now Open for Spring Break



Rumba's guests for Spring Break 2020 had to reschedule their charter. The good news is that this 10-person catamaran is now available for you, with open dates of Thursday, March 12th through Saturday, March 21st.

About Catamaran Rumba

Rumba is a 52-foot Lagoon catamaran with a crew of two. Rumba is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins. The 4 Queen cabins each have a private ensuite head (sink, shower stall, electric-flush toilet) and the Twin (upper/lower bunk berths) ensuite head has sink, electric-flush toilet, and wet shower (no stall). There's a lot of room on this boat with lounge areas on the flybridge, aft cockpit, foredeck sitting area with nice awning.

Amenities and toys include: 14-foot dinghy with 40HP motor, adult waterskis, tube, wakeboard, 2 standup paddleboards (SUPs), snorkel gear, large floating mat, underwater camera, onboard wifi (no streaming please), TV/DVD in salon, iPod/Device hookup, etc.

Current Availability through December 31, 2020
Open:
  • March 12-21
  • July 12-31
  • December 1-17
Booked for Christmas and New Years.

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Sunday, February 09, 2020

Passage charter - St Thomas to Florida - Spinnaker training

Sail from St. Thomas to Florida
April 27-May 4, 2020

Sea Witch

SEA WITCH, a 53-foot Pearson ketch cutter, is offering a downwind offshore passage from St.Thomas to West Palm Beach, Florida, April 27-May 4, 2020. The passage is estimated as 6 days/5 nights.

Sailors can focus on the skills and education covered during this week-long trip and enjoy reeling in some big game fish while aboard. American Sailing Association certification is also an option on this trip.

Sail aboard Sea Witch and gain real-life cruising knowledge and hands-on training as you sail through the northern Caribbean waters past Puerto Rico and north of the Dominican Republic then onward to pass near the Turks & Caicos, the Bahamas and finally into the port of West Palm Beach, Florida. Sea Witch offers education for those seeking live-aboard experience as well as those seeking formal training.

Trip details

Increase your knowledge, confidence, and safety skills with a downwind voyage.
  • April 27-May 4, 2020: Approximately 7 nights/8 days of sailing & education
  • $2500 per person, all meals aboard are included. Airfare is not included.
  • Students who wish to visit St. Thomas may arrive a day or two earlier and sleep aboard Sea Witch for no additional cost.

Arrive in St Thomas on Sunday, April 26 and sleep aboard. Depart St Thomas on Monday, April 27 for approximately 5 nights/ 6 days of sailing. Weather & crew schedules pending, there is the possibility of a stop in Turks & Caicos islands.

This ocean passage offers sailors an ASA certification with experience in:
  • Hoisting, dousing, and trimming an asymmetrical, Code 0, spinnaker sail
  • Actively operating and maintaining a modern ocean-cruising boat
  • Standing watches, fine tuning sail trim, reefing, anchoring, and provisioning
  • Gaining a basic understanding of heavy weather sailing techniques, safety equipment such as jacklines, harnesses, life raft operation, coastal & electronic navigation and boat handling
  • Experiencing ocean cruising to determine if the lifestyle is for you
  • Sea Witch is an expert in offshore big game fishing, too

Sea Witch is equipped with a 6-person SOLAS life raft, dual AIS, EPIRB, satellite phone, handheld and hard-wired VHF radios, medical marine kit with oxygen, radar, weatherfax, watermaker, generator, full bimini & dodger weather protection, and plenty of comfortable sleeping space.



Captain John Stephenson, owner-operator of Sea Witch, is a 20-year USCG Master 100-ton Mariner and a Certified American Sailing Association instructor. He sails over 5000 miles annually and is an expert in Caribbean-US East Coast passages. His training in first aid, CPR, oxygen use, STCW certification and meteorology, coupled with his Master Diver certification, make him uniquely qualified to put your safety and education first. He is additionally certified as an Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch for vessels up to 500 gross tons. His gentle and friendly personality ensure that you have fun while learning.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Holiday Charters: Christmas 2020 and New Years


 
Now is the perfect time to start planning your holiday charter as there are currently plenty of charter yachts to choose from. Send us an email outlining your preferences for budget, number of guests, size of yacht, type of yacht, and scuba options while we still have a large range of boats to recommend.


The 2020 calendar works out great for Christmas and New Year charters. Best dates would be Saturday December 19th through December 26th for Christmas and Sunday, December 27th through Sunday, January 3rd for New Years. Perfect for school and work vacations.


"Official" Holiday Guidelines for 2020:
  • Christmas charters run through December 26th at latest.
  • New Year charters start no earlier than December 27th.
  • Typically there is a 7-night minimum.
Of course there are always exceptions, so please ask if your dates fall outside of these parameters.

Example: A yacht may have a New Years charter that begins on December 30th so their Christmas charter can run up to December 29th.


Looking forward to assist with your holiday vacation plans






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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

A Lovely Valentine Gift

A Romantic Getaway For Two Is The Perfect Gift For Your Valentine


An all-inclusive yacht charter is a wonderful present. Book now in time for Valentine's Day and secure your yacht for future dates that are best for the two of you.


Check out our special offers.


Pop us an email to outline your preferences for budget, number of guests, size of yacht, type of yacht, scuba options, and dates.


Celebrate the Joys of Love



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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Introducing Charter Catamaran Dreamcatcher

Welcome Catamaran Dreamcatcher

Charter Catamaran Dreamcatcher - Virgin Islands Sailing Vacations


DREAMCATCHER is a 47-foot Lagoon catamaran with an owner-operator crew of two, Captain Jake & Chef Stephanie, plus their two canine mates, Daisy & Roscoe.

Dreamcatcher accommodates up to 7 guests in 3 Queen cabins with ensuite head. and a single berth suitable for child. The two port guest cabins are separated by a small lounge area which ensures quiet and privacy for each room. This area can also be configured to sleep a child by converting the sofa to a small, single bed.

About The Crew



CAPTAIN JAKE:
Jake lives by the motto “Be the random acts of kindness.” He cares deeply about the people that come into his life and goes out of his way for them. He wants new friends coming aboard to know; “We live on our boat year-round. We want our guests to feel like it is their home as well while they are with us. We want to welcome them into our lives so they can enjoy what we get to see and do every day.”

CHEF STEPHANIE:
Stephanie’s motto is “Live your best life”. For her, that also means making sure that her guests are living their best lives every minute they’re on board DREAMCATCHER. She says, “Most people come on to our boat as a guest, but leave as family. It is important to me to treat each guest like I would a dear friend and to pay attention to their needs.“

DAISY & ROSCOE:
Dreamcatcher has two wonderful canine mates, Daisy and Roscoe. Guests love to have these playful companions aboard. With advance reservations, the crew welcomes you to bring your friendly Fido on charter with you. Jake and Stephanie would obviously prefer to keep the dogs on charter as they are part of their family, but will board them on request if someone prefers or has allergies.

Rates & Availability

Dreamcatcher in based in the Virgin Islands throughout the main season, and they charter in Grenada and the Grenadines in the summer months.

All inclusive rates, except for 1 lunch and 2 dinners ashore at client expense:
  • 2 guests: $9,900/wk
  • 4 guests: $10,900/wk
  • 6 guests: $11,900/wk
  • 7 guests: $12,400/wk
Dreamcatcher is currently available for Christmas 2020 and New Years:
  • Christmas: $15,000/wk for up to 7 guests
  • New Years: $15,750/wk for up to 7 guests

Special Offer

In addition to their new lower prices, book by February 29, 2020 and enjoy $500 off standard rates. Charters may be taken any time.

More Cool Stuff

  • As noted above, Dreamcatcher offers charters where you can bring your own dog. Dreamcatcher knows the coolest, dog-friendly places around St. Thomas and St. John (see itinerary). For US citizens, all the dog needs is proof of health and vaccinations. There are many dog-friendly beaches and leashed dogs are allowed on all National Park hiking trails.

  • Recently, Jake and Stephanie teamed up with the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to support the local youth marine apprenticeship program. For every 7-day charter that is booked aboard Dreamcatcher, they will donate $250 to the program. They will also sponsor up to 6 students to sail from Grenada to the USVI in the fall of 2020 to build experience, confidence and an understanding of what it takes to work in the industry.


View Dreamcatcher's online brochure: CLICK HERE








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USVI Dog-Friendly Yacht Charter

US Virgin Islands 8-Day
Dog-Friendly Yacht Charter

The Charter Yacht DREAMCATCHER, a 47-foot Lagoon catamaran, has sent us their special dog-friendly itinerary for the US Virgin Islands. We would like to share it with you...






We are your hosts, Jake and Stephanie. We have two wonderful canine mates, Daisy and Roscoe. Guests love to have these playful companions aboard. With advance reservations, we welcome you to bring your friendly Fido on charter with you. We make stops and adjust schedules to make sure that dogs can be walked as needed. Our itinerary is especially designed for all to have an amazing vacation, no matter their number of legs.

Daisy and Roscoe love dinghy rides

Day 1: Yacht Haven Grande Marina, Frenchman’s Bay, Maho Bay, St. John

Welcome aboard DREAMCATCHER! Your private charter catamaran is docked at Yacht Haven Grande Marina. Get settled in, enjoy refreshments, and after a short briefing we set sail. We will drop anchor at nearby Frenchman’s Bay for lunch and a swim. In the afternoon we have a really lovely sail to the island of St John. We will spend the night in Maho Bay. Relax aboard, surrounded by nature’s paradise, or go ashore to hear some live, local music, just across the street.

Day 2: Waterlemon Cay, Coral Bay

After a delicious breakfast on deck we embark on a morning sail to Waterlemon Cay. Take a hike around the Annenberg Sugar Plantation ruins. Cool down with some amazing snorkeling in the bay. The reef is very lively with fish of all sizes, turtles, stingrays, eels, squid and gorgeous corals. It’s easy to spend several hours in this undersea world. In the afternoon we set sail to Coral Bay to spend the night.


Day 3: Hansen Beach, Salt Pond

This morning we sail to dog-friendly Hansen Beach for a little ruff play. It is a very shallow slope into the water, so perfect for the little ones, both kids and dogs. Hansen Bay is a great place to spot turtles, rays, Jacks and Pompano while snorkeling. Next, we head to the very remote East End of St John at Salt Pond Beach to hike Rams Head Trail. Possibly the most scenic trail on St John, it’s a bit rocky, so wear sneakers or hiking sandals. After the hike, cool down with some technicolor snorkeling off Salt Pond Beach.

Day 4: Honeymoon Bay, Cruz Bay

Take a dive off the yacht for a quick pre-breakfast swim. This morning we sail to Honeymoon Beach, nestled in Caneel Bay. Stand in the gentle water of this picture perfect, palm fringed beach and you can clearly see the grains of sand at your feet. The colorful coral reef is wonderful for snorkeling. Dinghy ashore to hike the trail from Caneel Bay to Cruz Bay. Spend the evening in Cruz Bay to enjoy the boutique shops and galleries, drinks, dining and local entertainment.



Day 5: Christmas Cove, Magens Bay

We embark on an exciting morning sail back from St John to St Thomas. Enjoy a pizza pie for lunch and go snorkeling in Christmas Cove. In the afternoon, set sail for Magen's Bay on the rugged north coast. It is considered one of the world's most beautiful anchorages. Swim, snorkel or go beachcombing and check out the restaurants and bars strung along the shore.

Day 6: Mermaid’s Chair, Brewers Bay

This morning we sail to the beautiful and very secluded spot known as Mermaid’s Chair. It’s at the meeting of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a unique area where you can go exploring around large rocks and boulders. Bring your camera!

An afternoon sail to Brewer’s Bay allows for some awesome snorkeling. You’ll see sea turtles, sting rays, and a variety of tropical fish. The long, white-sand beach is free of rocks and the gentle surf is great for kids. Also, not many people around, so you feel like you've got the ocean to yourselves!



Day 7: Flat Cay, Little Buck Island

Spend the morning at Flat Cay, a remote island off the St Thomas coast that feels miles from the bustle of the main island. The shallow Miss Opportunity shipwreck is fascinating to snorkel or dive. Once a hospital ship, then used as an office complex, she was deliberately sunk in 1985. This 300-foot long structure lies on her side in just over 90 feet of water and can be accessed at 40 feet. The wreck has multiple decks to explore. You’ll find sharks, moray eels, huge groupers, and plenty of other creatures hiding in the wreckage. Be sure to bring your camera! Next we sail to Buck Island to snorkel with the turtles.



Day 8: Yacht Haven Grande, Farewell

Sadly, we must say goodbye today. We have many more amazing, dog-friendly places to share with you, your family and friends, while cruising in the beautiful Virgin Islands. We hope that you will keep in touch and return to sail aboard DREAMCATCHER on your next charter vacation.




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Saturday, February 01, 2020

A Different Charter Destination: The Arctic

And Now For Something Different

Wanting something new and off the beaten path? How about a charter in the Arctic? Check this out...


Explorer Yacht GREY WOLF
Arctic Adventure Itineraries: Norway and Svalbard

GREY WOLF, a 78-foot, custom designed motor yacht, offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a one-of-a-kind, ice class, explorer yacht. Expedition yachting is a chance to experience something edgy and extreme without sacrifice to luxury, safety and comfort.

Join GREY WOLF on an adventure in the Arctic North. Lofoten and the Svalbard Archipelago are a vast wilderness waiting to be explored by intrepid vessels like GREY WOLF, able to exit sea lanes and deviate from normal cruising routes. Charter GREY WOLF and make the journey as magnificent as the destination.

GREY WOLF navigates one of the most spectacular coastlines in Europe. It is a superb destination of natural wonders. Visitors photograph sea birds, porpoises and whales, and go hiking, fishing and exploring. Visit ancient villages and historic places. Each charter itinerary is customized to include the sites and activities desired most. The crew has outlined some of their favorite ports of call below.




Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Favorite Ports of Call

  • Tromso: Board GREY WOLF in this charming city. Meet your crew and get situated in your cabin. Get underway immediately following a short orientation and safety briefing.
  • Andenes/Senja: World famous for whale spotting.
  • Radrsund/Trollfjord: A spectacular narrow channel between vertical cliffs is home to magnificent Orca whales.
  • Reine: A picturesque village and perfect starting place for hiking and exploring.
  • Digermulen: This stunning anchorage tucked into a mountainous fjord is a spot for hiking, fishing and exploring.
  • Nusfjord: Hidden between towering cliffs, this historical fishing village is a cultural gem.





Svalbard Archipelago: The Heart of the Arctic Wilderness

Imagine cruising through the Arctic Ocean, well north of the Arctic Circle. You gaze across a vast wilderness to spot polar bears, whales and walruses. Svalbard's islands lie midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. It is the most rewarding place to view arctic wildlife.

Kayak in bays with tumbling glaciers, search for walrus on ice floes, or venture into the tundra. Aboard GREY WOLF, guests explore a largely inaccessible coastline in the comfort and luxury of a private yacht.

Encounter what is rare and precious in the heart of the arctic wilderness

Longyearbyen: Board GREY WOLF in this high arctic settlement to depart on a one/two/three-week Svalbard expedition. The focus is on wildlife and wilderness. The itinerary may include any of the following ports of call:
  • Seven Islands: These mountainous islands offer wildlife viewing and fascinating human history.
  • Moffen Island: A wildlife sanctuary to hundreds of walruses and polar bears.
  • Kvitoya: The most remote island is also a lively wildlife habitat.
  • Aklefjellet: Bird Mountain is home to some 100,000 pairs of BrĂ¼nnich's guillemot that nest in the cliffs.

  • Smeerenburg: Whaling port with a history dating back to the 16th century.
  • NY Alesund: Historic research settlement with the most northerly post office in the world.
  • Diskobukta: The nesting site of black-legged kittiwakes and home to arctic foxes. 
  • Isbukta: Be on the lookout for the rare Sabine’s gull, skua and bearded seals and polar bears.



About Grey Wolf

GREY WOLF is a 78-foot expedition yacht. Since her launch, she has been chartering in some of the world’s most exotic destinations including New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Antarctica.


GREY WOLF sleeps up to six guests in three staterooms, including a master suite and two double cabins. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom. For larger groups, the master king bed can be split into two twins and the port guest cabin has an optional pipe berth.

The crew aboard GREY WOLF are more than highly professional. They are world explorers who've experienced much that most of us never will. In addition to fine meals and superior service, the conversation on any evening is enlightening. GREY WOLF and her crew have built a reputation for delivering deluxe, unparalleled eco-adventure cruises.

GREY WOLF will be cruising in Norway and Svalbard during the 2020 charter season only. Don’t miss a rare opportunity.

View Grey Wolf's online brochure: CLICK HERE







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