Guest Comments for John and Shirelle from their previous charter yacht.
John and Shirelle join Bamarandi mid July 2017
9-16 April, 2017 ~ Special Beyond Belief!
John & Shirelle,
Where to begin? What an amazing vacation you provided us with, special beyond belief! Every day your smiles and warmth were so genuine and we cannot thank you enough. Even having sailed the BVIs before, the two of you made it seem like our first time; amazing coves, food & laughs. Thank you for your kindness and love towards our kids they are leaving with incredible memories. You both are so amazing at your jobs and always doing it with a smile!! And thank you for coming along on our Michael Beans adventure 😊 You made it bearable! Thank you again so much for absolutely everything. We will miss you both so, so much!!
Love, Jenny, Jax & Jeff
Dear John & Shirelle,
What an incredible week!! We cant begin to thank you for another vacation of a lifetime. You two were the best hosts and showered us with amazing food, company, conversation, beautiful rooms, wonderful snorkeling and so many fun adventures. You made sure our families made a million new beautiful memories and we thank you so much for every detail that made our trip so special. We miss you and hope to see you on another voyage soon!
With love and gratitude,
Malia, Dave, Taylor, Sadie & Luke
2-8 April, 2017 - Spectacular!!
Our group of four couples spent a week and it was nothing short of spectacular!
The boat is amazing with plenty of space on board for eight guests.
Captain John and First mate Shirelle made this trip over the top fantastic focusing on what was important to each of us individually and as a group.
We surfed, snorkeled, fished, kayaked,paddle boarded, wake boarded and laid
around in the rafts while sipping rum drinks.
Captain John was very knowledgeable of the area and helped map out our explorations nightly after dinner for the next day with plenty of options to choose from.
Shirelle is a culinary expert serving family style meals that blew us away daily.
She was even gracious enough to share recipes with us as if we could recreate them :)
Together they are a awesome team that we cant wait to join them again soon.
Its been a week since we have been home and we all still talk about the wonderful trip daily.
Thank you for making it an amazing vacation!
25 March - 2 April, 2017 ~ So Impressed!
We can't thank you enough for finding this yacht for us! Not just the boat which was wonderful, but the crew who were incredible! John and Shirelle did a fantastic job of keeping us entertained and getting to see and explore everything the BVI has to offer! Shirelle is a phenomenal chef and each meal was better than the last! We were so impressed with her food and her spectacular personality.
We couldn't have asked for a better vacation.
The boat space was great - loved having the flybridge for the view and the breeze!
We are veterans of chartering and this one tops them all. Especially thank you for being interesting, engaging and curious people.
9-16 March, 2017 - John and Shirelle Were Fantastic!
Feedback to Broker
What was your first impression of the yacht? = Beautiful. Clean.
Comfortable. The deck space on the stern is wonderful for catching up with
each other and lounging around. The girls spent all their time on the bow
lounging on the hammocks and the wonderful seating area.
Was advertised equipment onboard and in good condition? - The boat was in
Did the skipper/hostess make you feel welcome and comfortable onboard? -
YES!! John and Shirelle were fantastic.
Please provide specific comments regarding your skipper and hostess. - John
and Shirelle were welcoming and respectful of our space on the boat. Over the week we developed a very good relationship with them. They are both great at what they do and make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Were the meals and beverages as you expected? - The food was excellent. But
there was far too much of it!! We literally ran out of room and hardly touched the last meals which we felt really bad about. :-)
If you made any special requests were they met? - Yes. We had a delicious
birthday dinner our second night and Shirelle even made the cake I had sent
the recipe for. They are still dreaming about that meal!!! And a few
Would you recommend this yacht for a charter vacation? - YES!!!! 100%
9-16th March, 2017 ~ Perfect!!
John & Shirelle,
Thank you for an amazing week. You met the challenge of our arrival in the incredibly unusual weather with much appreciated enthusiasm, we certainly hope you never have to dig out the red raincoat again, ever!
We loved the boat, everything was perfect! Shirelle wowed us with one fantastic meal after another and was so kind to share her recipes with us! Hopefully we can recreate them, if not, well just have to come back! We enjoyed all the food sooooo much we couldnt fit in another bite by the end of the trip The birthday dinner was a huge success.
We loved the adventures on the rolling seas, beautiful beaches and of course the eternal fishing in hope of catching more than a snack!
The entire trip was perfect, everything was well thought out and executed perfectly. Our nightly briefings on the next days excursion was fun ~ even though none of us could remember exactly what the plan was in the morning. We loved, loved, loved this trip and will do it again!
Josh, Philippe, Charlie, Luc & Becca
Thank you so much!! Seeing the sting ray on the dive was incredible, thank you so much for taking me. Izzy
Thank you so much!! This week was so, so amazing!! Becca
Thanks for all the cocktails and good memories! Luc
Well done! Philippe
January 15-20, 2017 ~ Spectacular!!
Our family had the pleasure to spend four days with John and Shirelle. My mom, sister and I had so much fun! We went snorkeling off of several islands and saw some amazing reefs and unique fish. We went to a canopy tour on Tortola Island for the first time! It was a cool experience.
Each morning after breakfast our dear Captain John proposed several plans for the day and we chose what seemed the most interesting to us. Captain John is kind, funny and very helpful, even took us tubing. That was an adventure!
As we requested vegan and non-gluten meals, Chef Shirelle tackled the challenge with grace. She cooked delicious breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and of course dessert! Some of our favorite items: almond pilaf hummus, tuna (yes, we ate fish), quiche, endless tasty salads, key lime pie, so much! She is very sweet, kind and it was such a pleasure to have met her! The harmony on the catamaran was spectacular!
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Comments for prior crew
Comments below are for the previous crew, Donald & Audrey Harper aboard Bamarandi, prior to mid July 2017
12 – 19 July 2017 - 43rd Wedding Anniversary!
One of the finest weeks of our lives spent with our children while celebrating our43rd wedding anniversary. Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard made it truly special! I cannot say enough about their hospitality,expertise and skills making this truly a family experience to remember forever. The food was sensational! A must to repeat….. soon! Thank you!
Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard. Thank you for a wonderful week! We have had a blast seeing all there is to see and do in the British Virgin Islands. Thanks for all the special attention towards my son. He will remember this trip forever. Also thanks for all the delicious food and all the chicken cooked all week J The ship was beautiful, but our experiences were made by the careful attention of the crew. Thanks for a wonderful vacation!
Thank you so much for the great week we had in the BVI. You are a fantastic captain, the food was amazing and the attention to detail by you and your crew was second to none. All of the activities you suggested were perfect for our family and our vacation.
T family (North Carolina, Pennsylvania - USA)
01 – 08 July 2017 ~ A Fabulous Vacation!
Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard. We can’t say enough about our past week on the Bamarandi! You guys went above and beyond to make our family trip unforgettable. If you are ever in the US, “It’s just a short trip to Alabama” Cheers to you!
Thanks for bringing our family together for a fabulous vacation! We can’t imagine a better crew - ya’ll are the best! Everything has exceeded our expectations! The food, service and activities were over the top – we can’t wait to travel with ya’ll again!
Thank you for an amazing trip! I had so much fun! Maybe next time I’ll jump captain, more …. You and your crew, Audrey and Richard are an inspiration! “In a blink of an eye”!
A and P –families (Alabama - USA)
18 - 25 June 2017 ~ Incredible Memories!!
Donald, Audrey and Richard,
5 Charters in and everything keeps getting better. You are truly family to us, and we look forward to next year with you in the BVI. The conversation, food, service, sights, experiences (boom jumps, scooters, dives, lost maps, early bedtimes), laughs and indelible memories will be cherished forever. Till next time, be well, my friends. This is not a goodbye … it is till I see you again. Love you all!
Thank you for another fabulous holiday. I enjoyed all of your new creations, Audrey and all of the dives, Donald and wonderful cocktails, Richard. Thank you for all the new memories. Until next time.
Donald, thank you for the amazing experiences on this trip! You never seem to disappoint! (I am jealous of your drone). Audrey, thank you for all of the delicious food! I think that the Tropical Chicken Salad is still my favorite. Richard, if I ever decide to pop around to South Africa, I will be sure to message you. By the way, I will dominate you in any game of your choice!
Thank you for another amazing vacation. I had so much fun doing the dives, jumps and the scooters! I will miss you and can’t wait to see you again!
S family (Ohio, USA)
10 – 16 June 2017 ~ Outstanding!!
Donald and Audrey and Richard,
Our journey with you over the last week has been outstanding! The memories created will last a lifetime and leave us boarding the plane back to Maryland with a plan for the next trip! For me there is nothing better in life to watch my husband and boys laugh and smile together. You all certainly made that happen … 5 stars! The amazing creative food, never ending cocktails, scuba, snorkeling, map briefings and great jokes and tales along the way … As I’m sure you three sit back and observe “this” crew, we also did the same. Each of you is a key element to the success of this wonderful vacation. Donald – thank you for your vast knowledge of the sea and worldly wisdom and whit. Audrey – thank you for the amazing gift of planning and preparing excellent cuisine that met and far exceeded our expectations. Your attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Richard – you will go very far in life … your smile, drive to work hard and constant ability to make us all new libations … so fun! Enjoy your journey. So fair well for now – until we meet again! If ever near DC, please don’t hesitate to call and look us up. All our best.
Where to start? Thank you, thank you for one of the most wonderful vacations! Your care for us and your attention to detail was just perfect! Donald – all the adventures you planned for us were a blast. Your knowledge about the different dives and the Baths made the experience that much better. Taking us to Foxy’s (and meeting him!), Willy T’s (Diving and jumping off) and Soggy Dollar were perfect Hot Spots. Your smile, energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Audrey – every meal was perfectly planned and so very delicious. Thank you for taking such good care of us this week. You made us feel more like family than just guests on the Bamarandi. Please call us when you are in Florida so we can meet for drinks and a little reunion. And Richard – thank you for all you did to make our vacation perfect! Keeping us hydrated or “double parked”, you are the best! Until we meet again!
P family and friends (Maryland, Florida – USA)
27 May – 03 June 2017 ~ Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!
Donald, Audrey and Richard. Wow! What a vacation. How did we get so lucky to get you as our crew?? I have done the BVI vacation with another outfit. It was good – but you put them to shame. In a sentence … above and beyond. It is so clear to me that you all have worked to exceed our expectations. Thank you for that. While you didn’t get to see that side of it, you had a bunch of stressed out people on board. It melted away at minute one with the welcome aboard. Thank you for pulling off the ultimate Disney for adults. Richard, you are a lovely young man with a killer smile. You will go far in life. Ya’ll are welcome ANYTIME in Texas. I am confident we will see you again in the near future.
Wow, wow, wow!!!!!! Words cannot express how this venture has been and will be one of the most amazing, spectacular vacations of our lives … bucket-list for sure!! Donald – thanks for the adventures, stories and laughter. Audrey – thanks for your amazing food, every meal. Richard – best dark and stormy maker ever! We look forward to being one of your repeat clients!
Thank you for the best vacation EVER! We have never been so sad to leave a place. The diving, sailing, sling-shotting and sight-seeing were absolutely amazing, but they are nothing compared to the welcome, conversation and fun we shared with you all! Thank you, Donald for the patience, guidance and wisdom during our scuba training sessions; to Audrey for the incredible food and never letting us even THINK about being hungry; to Richard for the awesome drinks and the incredibly hard work you put into making us feel at home. We hope to see you all again sometime soon!
How to say thank you for one of the best weeks of our lives? We’re not quite sure. Thank you for the many meals, the many laughs, and the many memories; thank you for each of the times you looked out for us and noticed a want or need we had that we didn’t even realize. Donald – thank you for daring me to be bold. Audrey – thank you for all of the special meals you made for me, pescatarian special. Richard – thank you for making me feel totally welcome in a very new environment. Thanks for the best, best, best week!
P-family and friends (Texas - USA)
15-22 May 2017 ~ A Very Special Holiday!
Donald, Audrey and Richard. Thank you for making such a special week into an amazing one! Your care, enthusiasm, fun, food, drinks and jokes! were all fantastic. You made our “family” week one that we’ll remember with great affection all our lives. So many happy memories. Thank you!!
Best week of my life! Thank you for making this week so special for us. Bamarandi is an awesome boat, and the BVI are magnificent, but you guys made the holiday! Donald, thank you for the sailing, snorkeling, wakeboarding and all of the jokes! Audrey, thank you for all the delicious food – and with no calories?! Rich, thank you for all of the drinks and just for taking care of me all week! Thank you again!
Thank you for such an amazing experience and for being such fun and kind hosts. It has been an incredible week, the boat, food, experiences and company have exceeded expectations. Donald has been hilarious. I hope I remember the jokes and card tricks! Audrey, the food has been delicious and Richard has been so kind and hard working! I hope we all stay in touch. Thank you for everything.
Thank you all for an amazing week, and for making a great week, perfect. The boat was immaculate and every detail catered for. Most of all though, you were profound, kind, understanding and most of all, lots of fun! I can barely remember everything we crammed in to one short week, but I know we made the most of every moment and thoroughly enjoyed it. Richard, you are the absolute professional, thank you for your hard work all week. Audrey, you are the most amazing chef, you made food taste so delicious and beyone me, especially with zero calories! And Donald , thank you for being our guide, being so fun, and looking after us all week long. We will never forget you all, and Bamarandi! Lots of love
Words fail me – how to describe such a wonderful memorable week under all your care! The amazing food, fantastic energy, looking after our every need. The fun, the laughter, the jokes, activities too numerous to mention, spectacular meal times (my clothes shrunk – how did that happen??) lol. Really big big thanks to you all for making this such a special holiday. I can only wish you much continued success. Love, love, love
L family (England and Dubai)
05-12 May 2017 ~ Incredible!!
Dear Donald and Audrey and Richard, Wow! What an amazing week. We can’t thank you enough for making our trip so memorable! We might never be able to vacation any other way! We will definitely be booking another trip! A few highlights from the week, were the amazing food – thank you Audrey, the amazing drinks – thank you Richard, the belly laughs – thank you Donald, the board meeting, Bitter End yacht hike, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, tour of the Baths, dolphins at Willy T, back island tour of Peter Island, meeting Foxy’s, Painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar, dancing on the Fly Bridge, unlimited drinks and memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you, thank you for everything – ya’ll have been the best!!!
I don’t even know where to start – this trip has been amazing! 18 months of anticipation and it was so worth it! My favourite times were spent actually on the boat and not the islands. Audrey – your meals were much better than any meal we could have gotten at any fancy restaurant. Donald – you were like watching a stand up comedy show – 24/7. Richard – you are still coming home with us, you just don’t know it yet. Thank you all for the wonderful service this week. We will be back hopefully sooner rather than later!
What an incredible trip! Thank you so much for your expertise and perfect planning. Your stories and adventures you took us on, the laughs we shared and the incredible food and drinks all made for the best vacation. Thank you so much!
Wow! This was my first ever live-aboard sailing trip, and you have truly set an astonishing bar for me! Our group of 8 has had an exceptional week under your care, and I have a huge list of friends at home who will be coming back! Thank you all for your phenomenal hospitality, and a lovely budding friendship! We are all hoping we will be able to host you one day if you can tear yourselves away for a visit to Canada.
What a week! I literally had the best time of my life. I met some great new friends, renewed some old and spent time with family. Audrey, Donald and Richard, you were incredible! Clearly we all want to come back again as we aren’t able to take you home with us. Audrey, never again will we have a meal off the boat … ever! Please stay in touch! We will all miss you.
S family and friends (North Carolina, Toronto – USA, Canada)
08-15 April 2017 ~ An Amazing Trip!
We have had an amazing trip! Richard, we are so happy to have met you. You have a very kind heart. I’m sure you have inherited all your father’s best qualities! We wish you happiness. Donald and Audrey, my heart is heavy today. The first charter we spent with you – on the last day I hugged Audrey and said I don’t know if I will ever see you again. I know now we will always remain in contact. I feel we have made lifelong friendships with you both. So today, I won’t say goodbye – I’m saying – see you (soon) hopefully. We will miss you and think of you often as we remember these amazing memories we have made with the Dynamic Harpers! We love you guys! Next year, let’s meet in the BVI.
Another year and so many new memories made! Thank you for another fantastic trip. The food was incredible; you have once again outdone yourself, Audrey! Richard, you took very good care of us! Donald, always the entertainer! We love you and miss you already. We truly cherish our time on the boat with our friends! Here’s to friendship and love! Until next time!
We thought this was going to be a “once in a lifetime” trip, and each year we come back! It is an absolutely amazing trip, never to be forgotten! You both definitely fit right in our group, good or bad Till next time, Harpers – Cheers!
Another amazing adventure! Why does it have to come to an end? Each year when we leave I am certain we will meet again. There are doubts though – what if we never see you again? The memories made on our ocean trips are surreal and have given us such joy. I am proud to call you friends. Until we meet again …
Thank you so much for everything! Never in my wildest dreams would we have thought we would take a trip like this one. What a blessing to get this chance! We have a great group of friends we travel with and now we have three more great friends! Hope to see you again!
A-friends (Minnesota and Montana - USA)
25 March 01 April 2017 ~ A Wonderful Fun-Filled Trip!
Again, another wonderful fun-filled trip with the three of you! You all make this vacation one of its own! We love your company and your concern for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Your passion, energy and zest for life is contagious! The adventures we had and the days filled with smiles and belly laughs, will be something we will never forget. Weve had many wonderful travels, but this is our favourite! It is not just the location, but, because you all were here too! Thank you for sharing your stories and caring for us so well. We adore you!
J family (Wisconsin, Sanibel - USA)
11-18 March 2017 ~ Great Memories!
Thank you so much for all the great times, amazing food and unsurpassed service, even today, as we are packing up to leave! Some memories: Audreys food the best in the Caribbean, hands down, delicious at every turn. Donalds seemingly endless amount of talents: magic, diving, sailing, boat driving, local and global knowledge, humour and life experience. So impressive! Thank you for deciding to move here and start your nautical adventure! We are so appreciative of your time, talents and care! Richard, thank you for everything! You are also so impressive young, with such a bright future, yet, mature and so attuned to everything around you. You will go far! Thank you everyone and Bamarandi what a beautiful catamaran! Perfection!
L family (New York USA)
26 February 05 March 2017 ~ A Wonderful Birthday Week!
When we boarded, we were clients. When we left, we were friends. Audrey, you cooked up a storm in the kitchen, all the while chatting away I enjoyed our girlie talks! You all shared so much of yourselves with us, generous in spirit and kindness. Donald with his stories, so varied and interesting, some tall ones that Audrey corrected. So much knowledge you have as a couple, well balanced and a terrific team. Never once did we watch TV or even read a book! Richard, you are just at the beginning of your career, but already we can see that you are a rising star. A gentle soul, dont change and a good dancer too! Not once did we feel you were working for us, even though the service was outstanding just show what a good job you did. We loved teasing you at dinner, Audrey, singing: We love you, Audrey, oh yes, we do!
We were here with friends we truly love and adore, to celebrate a 60th birthday. You helped us create memories we will re-live and re-tell and re-call for many, many years to come. You have woven yourselves into the fabric of our minds, forever. We treasure the time we spend with our friends as we stay in different countries. At no time did we feel that you encroached on our precious moments. Thank you for a wonderful week, all our love!
F group (England, Scotland, Spain)
18-24 February 2017 ~ Surpassed any Expectations!
What a wonderful time away we all had. It far surpassed any expectations we may have had, and will be the topic of choice when discussing our best memories for years to come.
From the first time we stepped on deck, we were welcomed with open hearts. Donald and Audrey worked tirelessly to ensure we were always comfortable, entertained, and extremely well cared for and well-fed! We were so impressed with their level of professionalism and competence. They were always mindful of our children, whether it was looking out for their safety while playing with all the amazing toys, instructing and leading them in scuba diving, or just spending time entertaining them with Caribbean stories, history and card tricks! Of course, the kids enjoyed their time with Richard as well, who made our stay so comfortable, they were wishing he would come home with us!! The boat itself is lovely and modern. It was meticulously kept and very comfortable for our large family of 7. Theres just something so relaxing about being gently rocked to sleep each night! We cant say enough about our vacation on board the Bamarandi. Our only warning to future guests would be to take care, because once you sail with them, you may never want to go anywhere else ever again!
J family (New Jersey USA)
December 27, 2016 -January 3, 2017 ~ BVI New Year!
What a wonderful "Bamarandi welcome" for the New Year charter!
July 14 - 21, 2016 - JS Charter in the Grenadines
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
What can we say?? This is our 4th charter with The Harpers, and every time the experience is better and more enjoyable than the charter before. You are not just crew; you are our second family, our Caribbean Soul Mates! The highlights for us are: the succulent food, the indescribably beautiful views, water colors and anchorages, the spectacular Bamarandi (crystal wine glasses huge master bedroom all the comforts of home. Simply a regal vessel!), the stories, conversations and many laughs! This is undoubtedly our favorite type of vacation, and we hope to share many charters with you in the future. See you next year! Love,
S Family (Ohio - USA)
June 25 - July 2, 2016 - Virgin Islands ~ Ship of Dreams!
The D family:
Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
Thank you so much for allowing us to share your beautiful ship of dreams! We also enjoyed your unbelievable hospitality, the exquisite cuisine and the kindness you showed us every single day. You made our vacation not only interesting but fun! I am grateful that the time we spend with our good friends was also spend here with you - our new friends on the Bamarandi. Please visit us if you ever have need to visit Pittsburg or Long Island! Again - it was all a lovely dream - thank you. The D family
The D young adults:
Thank you so much for making our trip so enjoyable! You were all so kind and were sure to check that we were having the best time ever in the BVI. I now know that Donald has the best stories and is an amazing hiker, Audrey is an amazing cook and Caitlin is so good at Celebrity. I really enjoyed being on the boat and thank you again. Keep me in the loop!
Thank you so much for sharing magic tricks all hours of the day, serving 5 star meals, making a mean cocktail, and for waking me up when I fell asleep tanning! Most importantly, thank you for being an amazing family!
The R family:
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
Thank you all so much for making this holiday aboard Bamarandi so special. A perfect birthday gift, surpassing all our expectations. Donald - thank you for planning such great activities for all of us. And for keeping us entertained with your stories and jokes. Audrey - thank you for the most delicious meals and exquisite presentation. You have inspired me! (please send recipes) Caitlin - thank you for looking after us so incredibly well. Always around to assist us and thinking ahead of our every need. You totally spoiled us. Thank you for being a fantastic team. Together you kept us safe, entertained and relaxed. So, so many great memories for us to share with our friends. Please come and visit; London, Aspen, Saint Andrews, LA. We will never forget the special holiday with you. Safe sailing down south. Thank you and we wish you all the very best.
Well, I havent had this much fun since I met Enema Sanchez A Gogo (The Conquerer) some years ago. Every moment was magical and I will always remember this trip as the best one ever. All of you are so competent, so much fun and so good natured that even Enema could find nothing to fault had she been able to join us :-) Who knows, we might come do this again. All the best and safe sailing.
The R young adults:
What a special trip, so many beautiful places. Outrageous fun to be had. Donalds like a big kid, always willing to have fun and make the best of every situation. BVI will be in memory for ever. Beating my twin brother on a wakeboard, doing a 180 degree board slide. Way to make my Dads 60th a meaningful one. Awesome crew with great personalities. Hopefully we can come back in the future to have some more shenanigans. Safe travels.
Thank you so much for providing all the essentials for us to have an amazing trip! The food was delicious, the service was speedy, the activities were so much fun and the jokes/stories were fascinating! I am so glad we got to share these memories with you all! I hope we can all meet again!!
Wow! What a trip! You guys are truly unbelievable. Caitlins charm and hard work, Donalds hilarious stories and lastly Audreys incredible food. Because of you all this has to have been the best vacation of my life. So thank you guys and I hope to come back soon, thanks for the fun times.
D family Pennsylvania, USA
R family Colorado, USA
June 13-20, 2016 Virgin Islands ~ We loved it!!
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
From the minute you greeted us on the dock we knew we were going to have a wonderful vacation. The warm welcome, gor11geous boat and delightful hospitality exceeded our expectations and only got better and better each day. Thank you for giving us an amazing week for our family and friends to truly relax and create such beautiful memories together. The Caribbean is a very beautiful place to explore and enjoy but what made our vacation so special was the happy and joyful feeling we all felt in your company. We hope to plan another vacation with you again in the future and really hope that if you ever make it to California, you will stop in to visit us. Thank you again for treating us to such a wonderful vacation, one that we will always remember!
We have had a host of superlatives on this trip from the spectacular boat, pristine environment, perfect weather, fun, excitement, activities, meals and it goes on. But, the best of the best was you three! You kept us safe, entertained with Donalds great stories and Audreys truth serum for Donald. The food was perfect; Caitlins service was exquisite and her sweet voice unforgettable. Most of all, your stories and lives taught our children and us the value of being virtuous and following your dream. I thank you for everything and mostly for that. I hope we meet again.
R Family (California USA)
Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
What a wonderful week! Thank you for giving us such a fabulous holiday! We enjoyed every minute of it. You spoiled us rotten and it is going to be so hard to go home to normal life. The food was amazing, activities were so fun, the boat was perfect, and we love that we made three new friends. We would love to have you come visit us in California! Looking forward to another boat trip in our future. God bless.
Difficult to express how much we enjoyed the week. You are a very special family. More than just our hosts providing an excellent boating week, you brought us into your lives with extraordinary wit, wisdom and good humor. Youre also so generous and patient. Thanks for a special, memorable week.
F Family (California USA)
Some of the young adults:
All of you made this trip as amazing as it was! I loved everything from your five star service and amazing food to Donalds super cool stories. This truly was my favourite vacation, all thanks to you. Thank you so much.
Thank you for going above and beyond to make this vacation an unforgettable one! I am definitely going to miss the delicious food, hilarious stories, and super fun adventures. It is admirable and inspiring that you were able to leave your home and do something that truly makes you happy. Hopefully we will go on another boat trip together soon! Sincerely.
It has been my dream for a while to explore the Caribbean. Thank you so much for making this experience exceed all my expectations (which werent low to begin with). You guys have truly made this vacation one I will never forget! Donald was talking about how life is just an accumulation of all your experiences. This experience was truly a special one and the best week of my life so far. One of my favourite parts of the trip was listening to all your guys crazy, exciting and funny experiences. I wish all of you the best and hopefully this isnt the last time we see each other. Thanks again.
Thank you for such an unbelievably amazing week. I have been fortunate to have had a few really amazing vacations and trips, but I can absolutely say that the quality of service you three provided is the finest I have ever experienced. Your combination of friendly, welcoming, and beautifully humble personalities really set you apart from other hosts. You guys made us feel so welcome, so comfortable, and we were delighted to spend our week with you. We will miss you and the beautiful sailboat so much! Best Regards.
R and F Families from California (USA)
June 4-11, 2016 BVI
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin,
What can we say? We loved our experience so much the first time we had to come back! Thank you for everything. We are hoping to see yall in the near future. Love to all of you!
We had a wonderful trip! Thank you (again) for making it so memorable! Also, thank you for making it so great for the children!
Thank you for the wonderful experience. Every aspect was enjoyable and stress free. Yall made the week fly by. The tours were fun, food was awesome and the service was delightful. We had a blast and enjoyed seeing yall again!
Our first time on a boat and you set the bar very high!! Thank you all so much for a wonderful experience. Hope to see you in Texas in the future. We will get the smoker fired up and cork some wine!
L Family (Texas - USA)
May 24-31, 2016 BVI
Donald, Audrey and Caitlin. Thank you so much for the amazing kindness and impeccable service. We have so many great memories. We laughed so hard our cheeks will hurt for weeks. Looking forward to seeing you all next year, or sooner if you can come and visit us all in Boston! R and S
Dearest Crew! You have given us the memories of a lifetime! Thanks for renewing our spirit of adventure and helping us to rediscover our youth. Happy sailing until we meet again Fondly, E and J
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin. Thank you for such an amazing week. The food, the laughs and the dancing! Its going to be tough to go home. You spoiled us too much! Hope we can come sailing again with our new friends. Cheers, J and D
Bamarandi Crew Thank you for sharing your paradise with us this week! The food was amazing, the laughs abundant and the adventures fun-filled. Hope to sail again someday soon! Cheers! J and T
M Friends (Boston USA)
May 10-16 2016 ~ BVI ~ Amazing Vacation!
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin, you guys were amazing. I had a great time, thank you for everything, it is going to be hard going back to reality, you were the best!!! :-) The food was delicious, the pampering was incredible. F and A
Dear all, this has been an amazing vacation. Your warmth, professionalism, attentiveness to detail and funny stories have been very much appreciated. I hope we will meet again!! You are the best!! Thanks for everything -
I and L
Thanks Donald, Audrey and Caitlin for a wonderful vacation! The trip, scuba, snorkel and beaches were amazing, and so was the food, the drinks and company. All the best, D and J
Dear all, you were all wonderful! You really made a great difference in making this a fantastic trip. Everything was perfect, the food, the scuba, the places we visited; everything! This trip would not have been as wonderful if it werent for your great personalities. Thank you so much for everything! C and F
S Friends (Lima - Peru)
April 23-30, 2016 Best Week of our Lives
Words cannot describe the week you provided. The crew made the trip fun, exciting and comfortable. The level of food, knowledge and service was extraordinary! Gill and I had a fantastic time! We feel like you are part of our family now. We hope to stay in touch and sail with you again someday! Love, B&G
Dear Bamarandi Crew, the last week of April 2016 is going down in the books as the best week of our lives. Donald, we will miss your morning stories most of all. Thank you for making us laugh and showing us the best beaches that FWI have to offer. Caitlin, your 80s and 90s playlist made our hearts smile. You were terrific and we are going to miss that smile and certainly that shot paddle you kept on refilling for us on the last afternoon. Audrey, you have the secret to keeping passengers happy. Thanks to your Michelin star cooking we did not have a mutiny. Thank you for your kindness, and for making sure this gem stays as in tact as possible (the Caribbean water and all its creatures, especially turtles). We will miss you all and cannot wait to see you someday for a new adventure. With gratitude, I&A
It was a vacation for the record books. Donald, the raconteur extraordinaire; Audrey, the culinary queen; and Caitlin the stewardess supreme. I never had my needs and wants so (seemingly) effortlessly anticipated and met and surpassed. I caught a fish, rode a turtle, jumped off a cliff, had the most romantic date-night in history, and drank myself into a sublime stupor. Thank you for your kindness, professionalism, and all around wonderfulness. Cheers, R
Caitlin, Audrey and Don; what an amazing week with all of you. This will always be remembered as the week on the boat. All of you are complete professionals and you made it very easy to relax and take it all in. I have the five extra pounds to prove it! We will be back. Love A
Don, Audrey and Caitlin, thanks to all of you for taking our eight trouble makers on a great St Barts, St Martin and Anguilla tour. Amazing service; great knowledge of the area and some of the best food we have had! Caitlin was lightning fast at helping us. This was our first trip on a cat and it was an incredible vessel! Lets do BVI or Galapagos next. Best, S&R
W Friends (Washington DC USA)
9-16 April, 2016 Amazing Week with Best Crew Ever
What an amazing week! I didnt think we could top our last trip with you but we have! It really felt like a reunion. The week went way too fast. You all take such good care of us. We could want for nothing. But best of all I feel we have gained new life long friends! We wish you the very best as you finish up your season and really hope to see you when you are on holiday. We will miss you and remember you often as we tell all our friends the experiences and memories we have made with you. Love, C&C
Donald, Audrey and Caitlin, another amazing week with the best crew ever! I never imagined I would be writing in this book again, but I already have dreams of a third time! The adventure was filled with excellent food, superior service and a familiar kindness. You are a treasure. May your travels always be safe! Until next time. S&J
We had such an amazing time the first time we were here with you! We never would have thought that if we came back it could be better, but it was! You all truly feel like family! Till next time, Harpers! N&T
What an amazing week! We have had so much fun. You are all such wonderful hosts. Like I said on the way down it felt like we were going visiting friends and it was just that. Thank you for the food, fun, laughs and memories and most of all friendships! Until next time! Love, R& D
Friends (Montana; Minnesota USA)
March 20-27, 2016 ~ Magical Journey
Dearest Donald, Audrey and Caitlin
We shared a few pictures of our trip with some close friends back home and their comment was I wouldnt want to come back home. So guess what: We do not want to come back home! The pictures are beautiful indeed, but what they do not capture is the magic you three create in your own very special ways. Lets start with your lovely South African accent we always personally loved. Your smiles at all times that indicate you love what you do and how you do it is untouchable. The days are long and yet it is continually filled with laughter, kindness, attention and supreme service. You all make it look effortless yet we all know it is anything but! Your talents and skills are unmatched, yet your hearts define it all. Donald, your humor, knowledge and caring presence were an ultimate treat for us. Audrey, you continue to turn up delicious meals day after day in a 3 by 6 kitchen! Now that is talent! Caitlin, the hard working girl that isnt afraid to roll up her sleeves under any and all circumstances. You do it with pride, heart and incredible charm. We will forever remember you and our magical journey. Dreams are seldom surpassed by reality but you three did just that! All our love!
M Family (California USA)
Jan 6-13, 1016 ~ Floating 5-Star Hotel !
Thank you Donald, Audrey and Caitlin, for a truly unforgettable time on the boat, water and shore. Your crews passion, enthusiasm and joy for the boat and your guests create a fantastic atmosphere onboard with the perfect blend of excitement, laughter and relaxation. Donald, your experience and people skills are invaluable and make the trip into what it was. Audrey, your cooking made every meal a feast and something to look forward to. Caitlin, your helpful and very friendly attitude made us feel like we were in the worlds tiniest, floating 5-star hotel. You guys make an incredible crew and set the bar for holidays on water incredibly high. Thank you all and we wish you all the best for your future trips. We would love to join you once again!
B Family - Switzerland/England/Canada
Dec 27-Jan 3, 2016 ~ Trip of a Lifetime!!
Dear Donald, Audrey and Caitlin Thank you for doing such an amazing job of showing our family your little piece of paradise. We knew this would be a trip of a lifetime, but we had no idea how the three of you could make an unforgettable trip even more amazing. The adventures, the food, the service, the great stories and laughter and most of all the kindness that you so effortlessly provided were above and beyond. Thank you for everything! We truly hope our paths cross again sometime.
J Family Wisconsin / Florida, USA