Wednesday, September 12, 2007

News from URSA MINOR

This morning we received an email from Judy & Bryan of the sailboat Ursa Minor. Some of you might have chartered with them...

I'm finally caught up to date on blog entries, through today in Bora Bora. There are several new entries plus lots of new photo albums on the last page of the photo gallery. Tomorrow we leave for Suwarrow Atoll, also known as Suvarov, in the northern Cook Islands, about a 5 day passage away. It is a small atoll, a national park of the Cooks, with only 1caretaker family resident for about 6 months of the year. We're really looking forward to a place so remote and uninhabited after several months in French Polynesia. This has been a delightful experience, and Bryan especially is going to miss having wonderful French baguettes almost daily, but it will be nice to see a more basic form of island life as well. After Suwarrow, we'll have a 2 or 3 day passage to American Samoa, then start working our way north through Kiribati and across the equator Marshalls to wait out the South Pacific cyclone season


Best to all, Judy & Bryan
Thanks for the note, guys!

Friday, September 07, 2007


Being sick this past week has given me the time to do some work on our website. I created a special page ( to access the various barge brochures, rather than accessing them from the "More Yachts and Rates" page.

I also created an electronic brochure for the French barge, LA BELLE EPOQUE, which cruises the Nivernais canal in the Bourgogne / Burgundy region of France between Auxerre (meet in Paris) and Clamecy.

The 12/13 passenger La Belle Epoque is a state-of-the art luxury hotel barge and sistership to L'impressionniste. La Belle Epoque has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind, and offers a sun-deck spa pool, chartroom, wood paneled saloon and dining room, together with other luxury facilities, all fully air-conditioned.

The spacious cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds, with marble en-suite facilities. The Captain leads a crew of five, comprising Master Chef, Tour guide, HouseKeeper and Stewardess.

Besides their standard itinerary, theme cruises are available for full-boat charters (book the boat for your group of 10-13 people). Theme cruises are: Family, Cycling, Walking, Wine.

2007 availability:
  • Oct. 15 - five cabins
  • Oct. 21 - three cabins
  • Oct. 28 - six cabins
  • Nov. 4, 11 - six cabins
Book now for the 2008 season!


Contact Paradise Connections for more information: CLICK HERE

French Barge, La Belle Epoque - Walking Tour Theme Cruise

LA BELLE EPOQUE has three cabins available for their special theme cruise, Wayfarers Walking Cruise, for the week of October 21-27, 2007. CLICK HERE for details of the Walking Cruise.

Take advantage of this special offer, as:
  • Theme cruises are normally offered for full boat charters only and not with individual cabin cruises.
  • The extra supplement for a professional walking guide has been waived. Book a cabin at the standard price. A Junior Suite is $4350/person, double occupancy, and a Suite is $4590/person, double occupancy.

LA BELLE EPOQUE cruises along the Nivernais Canal in the Bourgogne Region between Auxerre and Clamecy, Burgundy, France.


Contact PARADISE CONNECTIONS for more information: CLICK HERE

Thursday, September 06, 2007

FISH LIPS by Promenade

Here are a couple of "up close and personal" fish photos from our good friend Kerry, owner of the charter yacht PROMENADE. She takes excellent underwater photos.

Sand Flyer

Cow Fish

Once again, remember to play nice and give her credit if you must "borrow" these pictures... :)

Promenade is a charter boat that we highly recommend. They are avid divers and a fun boat & crew. Lots of toys. Good for the "party-hardies", families, groups...

By the way, they are still available for Christmas week through Dec.28th


Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

All the best!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

CHRISTMAS : Loch Ness, Scotland aboard barge SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

We have TWO cabins still available for the Christmas Cruise departing 23rd December 2007 in Scotland.

The price is $3,590 (£1890) per person for a stateroom and $3,990 (£2090) per person for the suite (based on 2 sharing each cabin).

Price includes:
  • Transfer from Inverness to the barge on Sunday,
  • 6 night Christmas Cruise,
  • all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef,
  • open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks,
  • all wines served throughout the cruise,
  • all special Christmas Festivities and celebrations, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary,
  • use of barge facilities which includes bicycles
  • transfer back to Inverness the following Saturday morning.
For Christmas itinerary and more information, see our blog entry on our ALL ABOUT BARGE CHARTERS blog : CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

Treat yourselves to a very special Christmas this year!

All the best!

Web Cams: Virgin Islands & other Caribbean spots

This page lists many Virgin Islands & other Caribbean web cams that I thought you might find interesting...


Monday, September 03, 2007

Visit our new General Store

Visit our new store: Books, DVDs, and more...

Still working on it but we've got a good start!



Sunday, September 02, 2007



Check out current special offers on crewed charter yachts. 

For more yachts, visit our website:

Book your sailing vacation now!

We are only half-way through Labor Day Weekend and we've already had lots of inquiries and booking requests.

We have noticed in the past that right after Labor Day is our busiest time of the year. That and the beginning of November and Thanksgiving.

So, please DON'T HESITATE and lose your boat of choice and preferred dates to another party.

Also, if you are interested in a European Barging holiday, the barges' calendars for next season are filling in fast.

Go for it! ... Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters... CLICK HERE

Have a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, September 01, 2007


The 142-foot Trinity motoryacht CHEVY TOY is offering a $10,000 discount off their normal rate of $140,000/wk plus all expenses for charters occurring between now and January 1, 2008 (excluding holidays).

CHEVY TOY accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms: 3 Kings, 1 Queen, and 1 Twins.

Amenities include:

17' Novurania MX530, 2 two person Sea Doo PWC, 2 Ocean Kayaks, 2 Vespa scooters, Fishing Gear, Snorkel Gear, Waterskiing and wake boarding equipment, Banana Boat, 2 Tubes, Treadmill, Free weights, Stationary bicycle and on deck Jacuzzi.

CHEVY TOY is scheduled to charter in the Caribbean this winter season 2007/8.

View CHEVY TOY's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters for more info: CLICK HERE