A 5 star experience in bathing suits and bare feet
This was a dream trip for us and it exceeded all of our expectations! Luke and Erin were fabulous. A 5 star experience in bathing suits and bare feet; what a delightful pair they are! The food was gourmet all the way, taste, commentary on what were eating, presentation, and accommodating to all of our tastes. Luke and Erin were so knowledgeable about BVI and we loved their choices for where we went, what we saw and did. We thought this was a once in a lifetime experience, but Luke and Erin made it so magical, we would like to do it again in a couple of years, and we absolutely want to do it with them again. They are such calm friendly, professional, humorous, knowledgeable, accommodating people. We all fell in love with them!
The trip was everything that we dreamed it could be
First, the trip was everything that we dreamed it could be - an amazing week of fun, relaxation, great food, and beautiful sights.
We wanted to snorkel - a lot - and Raven didn't disappoint. We snorkeled on gorgeous spots everyday, sometimes as much as 6 hours in the water. Luke and Erin know where to go and when to go based on the water conditions.
We were expecting to at least hang up our towels while on vacation. However, Luke and Erin took care of our every need and repeatedly told us that this was our vacation to relax and enjoy.
The food was amazing - extremely fresh, exceptionally prepared, well planned and coordinated with previous meals, and plentiful for our three teenagers. My family is now in detox as they revert to my average cooking. I actually got the comment after we got home, "Too bad you can't cook as well as Erin, Dad."
S/V Raven was great. Very well maintained and comfortable. Going with an older 57' foot boat as opposed to a newer 47' for the same money was definitely worthwhile. We had a ton of room. Beds were great. My MIL called hers the nest. Fit and finish of the boat was great. Our table on the back deck was excellent and roomy - comfortably accommodating our every meal and many games. We did not leave the boat for any meals or evenings ashore. I think that Raven's size and comfort played a part in that.
Luke and Erin are awesome. We can't imagine coming back to the VIs and not going on a charter with anyone but them. We were comfortable with them right away. They determined what we wanted our vacation to be like on our first day and tailored our trip to our wishes throughout. I was extremely impressed with their knowledge and skills, and definitely noted that Luke's local knowledge was a real benefit. Couldn't recommend them more highly.
We have already recommended Raven to multiple friends who are seriously considering it for next year.
We\'ve never experienced anything like it
Erin and Luke are a fantastic team. I can't say enough about how well they took care of our family on board Raven. We've never experienced anything like it in our travels. The meals that Erin prepared were so flavorful and catered exactly to what we asked for in our preference sheet. The fact that she creates it all in a ship's galley makes it even more impressive. Luke's knowledge of the water and sailing put us perfectly at ease. Having grown up in the Virgin Islands, he knows so many tricks to make the trip easy and special. We loved diving with both Erin and Luke. Having them both as certified instructors gave us a lot of confidence so we could enjoy the beautiful scenery instead of worrying about the details. I hope we'll get to charter another trip soon and couldn't imagine asking for anyone other than Erin and Luke to be our guides.
The six of us continue to be impressed with the amazing time we had
Happy New Year!
We didn't come to the BVI's to knit....and we were not disappointed in any way. Our crew had a magical time on the Raven. We could not be more pleased with the holiday as it was one of the best vacations ever and surpassed our lofty expectations.
Luke and Erin could not have been better crew/guides and friends. Both are delightful traveling companions and incredibly gifted hosts. From the moment we set foot on the boat to the time we (unfortunately) departed, we were treated as kings and queens of the Caribbean. I'm certain, a harder working and more prepared couple can not be found...on land or sea!
The six of us continue to be impressed with the amazing time we had and look forward to our next ocean adventure.
Chris, Melanie, Haley, Dominic, Alex, and Alicia
They are excellent people and really made the trip
I wanted to send you a quick email to let you know what a wonderful week we had with Luke and Erin on Raven. They are excellent people and really made the trip. You may recall my wife was concerned about two "strangers" being on the boat with us, and at the end of the trip, Megan was crying and hugging Luke and Erin when telling them good-bye. They became part of our family this week.
My daughter, Olivia, was a little anxious about the trip and on the second day, she was not eating and feeling a bit out of sorts (new places, different foods, etc.). Luke made an emergency run from Norman Island back to Tortolla to get some comfort food for Olivia (Pop-Tarts, Oreos, etc.) and it really helped her feel relaxed, in control, and of course, then she ate all Erin's great cooking and had a fantastic time.
We loved the unique look of the Raven compared to other boats out on the water, and Luke and Erin clearly take pride in their work, keeping her beautiful and operating her in the most professional way. They clearly had our safety and comfort always at the top of their minds.
Most in our group eat like small children, and Erin pulled off a miracle by keeping three picking eaters happy while still giving the more adventurous eater in the group some excitement. Megan told Erin a story about the best lasagna Megan had ever had was at a small restaurant in NYC a few years ago. Well, we think Erin took on the challenge as 2 nights later we had lasagna, and Megan said it was 1000 times better than the best from NYC.
They also were great at fitting in an incredible amount of activity in a week, without it feeling like we were being rushed from place to place. We never felt like there was a plan or a schedule to keep, but whenever we had enough of one spot, they were taking us to the next. They did a great job of balancing different activities, like snorkeling, beach relaxation, and sites like The Baths or the Bubbly Pool.
Finally, having 2 certified dive instructors on board was a real bonus. While I could not get the girls to try SCUBA, I had 3 incredible dives (the Indians, the Rhone, and the Chikuzen). Sharing those experiences with Luke and Erin, and the fun they were clearly having, really added to the trip.
The perfect celebration and family trip
Erin and Luke were the perfect crew for our family charter on The Raven. My husband and I had long planned for a trip around the BVI with our four boys to celebrate our 50th birthdays. We had the perfect celebration and family trip. Our four boys ranging in age from 20 to 13 also enjoyed every aspect of the experience.
Luke was a great captain who also served as scuba instructor, tour guide, stubbed toe healer and dominoes player. He helped support Erin in her cooking responsibilities as well as had time to enjoy playing cards. His sense of humor and knowledge of the islands were both fantastic.
Erin is a fantastic chef. We enjoyed every meal that she prepared especially the desserts she baked fresh every day. Erin is so knowledgeable about sea life. My 13 year old loved snorkeling and discussing with her all of the unusual fish and creatures that he would see. Watching Erin and Luke grab the mooring ball never ceased to amaze us. There is no detail that is left to chance. They are both organized, thorough and professional while being kind and caring.
This was such a special memorable trip. We feel fortunate that our yacht broker directed us to The Raven which was the perfect boat for our family. The Raven met all of our needs.
Thank you so much for everything,
We have had an amazing time on your boat
Luke + Erin,
We have had an amazing time on your boat. I am so sad to go and I am hoping we can come back soon! Erin - I love your desserts and every single one of them disappeared. Luke, your boating skills are amazing. Especially when we went tubing and kneeboarding. Together you make an amazing crew with some hilarious stories to tell. Some of my favorite parts of this trip were hiking to the bubbly pool, exploring the baths, and just relaxing on the boat. We wanted to go on a vacation
Trip of a Lifetime
Luke and Erin,
Thank you for a wonderful trip! We will always remember our Trip of a Lifetime and the two of you made it very special for all of us!
You guys are very special and we feel privileged to get to meet you and spend our time with you! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Todd, Meredith & Ansley E.
Dear Luke and Erin,
I have had such a great time here with you guys. I cant wait to learn how to dive next year! Erin, I will definitely miss your laugh!. Luke, next year we are definitely staying on the tube longer! I will miss you both so much. P.S. I loved the crab cakes
Luke and Erin
Thank you for what was a trip that exceeded every expectation we had. We will always remember the phenomenal meals, the call of the Raven, Erins great storytelling, and Lukes very patient SCUBA instruction. This was a very special trip down memory lane for me. Thank you for everything - we will be back!
Please call us when you get to Atlanta.
Your new friends,
Cathy, Connor, and Emmeline P.
Luke and Erin
Thank you for an incredible week on the Raven. Everything about the trip exceed expectations and truly made for a wonderful vacation. Luke, thank you for helping me get dive certified and and basically introducing me to basically a whole new world underwater. I cant wait to come back and dive a few more spots here. Erin, thank you for the phenomenal cooking, everything this week was awesome. We will be back soon!
We have fantastic memories and a vacation we will never forget
Ship Ahoy, Love and Joy! What an amazing we have had!
Thank you Captain Luke and Chef Erin for making this boat experience unforgettable. You have made it hard for us to leave. We will always treasure these memories. Your kind hearts, warm spirits, and endless inspiration will shine on.
Thank you so much for everything. I loved every part of this boat experience. I hope Luke gets his cookie! Erin thank you for your amazing food and your terrific smoothies. You are both so kind I hope we come back next year!
Thank you Luke and Erin for making this the best boat experience ever. To wake up every day and want to get up and learn about diving or see another fish and just enjoy the Raven Life. Thank you again Captain Luke and Chef (Admiral) Erin.
I will never forget Raven and the Shah-tastic week I had! I got certified as an open water diver, at the most AMAZING food EVER, and went to new fascinating places. Barracudas forever! I hope we visit next year! Raven-Tastic!
Dear Luke and Erin,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We love your genuine passion, your caring, and your hospitality. We have fantastic memories and a vacation we will never forget. The action never stopped - SCUBA diving, snorkeling, wakeboarding, banana rides, paddle boarding, diving through the moon pools, free diving, sailing, driving the tender, and Raven!
We could have eaten the delicious cookies and brownies all day! The appetizers made us feel so welcome, the exquisite dinner inspired us to to cook better at home and the mouth watering desserts just made us glutinous. Were not convinced you actually sleep!
Thank you for being your genuine selves and sharing your lives with us. We are privileged to know you.
We had a BLAST!
Our family from Colorado thanks you! We got certified in diving. Luke was a great teacher and we feel very confident now with our abilities. Erin was a joy to be around and her mastery of the craft of food making, rhetorical wit, and adorable laugh.
We had a BLAST! Every toy was used, food was great, scenery amazing. Erin and Captain Luke work hard and are true professionals in wanting to make each moment of the experience perfect and done with a smile.
We\'re making memories!
Thank you for such a great trip and putting up with our family!
It was a pleasure getting to know you all. We loved all of your stories about the islands.
Were making memories!
Carey, Stanley, Spencer, Hannah, and Blake
Luke and Erin were fabulous and we really did have the time of our lives
Our Raven Experience
Our experience on Raven was amazing. Each day brought new adventures and delicious food to beautiful places. Luke and Erin were fabulous and we really did have the time of our lives. Luke and Erin Planned things perfectly and we were able to hit our spots of interest as well as a few hidden gems they shared with us. They were were great hosts to our family of four.
We had the perfect amount of adventures (snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming, jumping off the Willy T) balanced with quieter times (napping on the boat, sitting on a beach, and hanging out eating and drinking).
Seeing dolphins on our way to Anegada from Saba Rock was a very special treat. Sunsets in Anegada and Cooper Island were beautiful and sunrises at Anegada and Saba Rock so peaceful and beautiful. Spending time at Soggy Dollar was fun and the scenery beautiful. At Cooper Island we learned its real name is Copper and Canta Loupe gelato is the BEST. We all knew that once Matt is up, hes up is a little white lie.
The food and drinks were perfect. Every meal was delicious and all of our drinks were perfect.
Celebrating our daughters sweet sixteen on Raven was incredibly special with Luke and Erin. She woke up to balloons and her favorite breakfast followed by paddle boarding and SCUBA diving with Luke for the first time. Erin made another delicious dinner and a special birthday cake. We cannot thank Luke and Erin enough for making this week spectacular for our memory book. It was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, great food and drinks, lots of togetherness and making new friends with Erin and Big Tuna!
Sandi, John, Hannah, and Matt Meehan
Captain Luke and Chef Erin made this trip a memory of a lifetime
...Captain Luke and Chef Erin made this trip a memory of a lifetime. The food was a complete delight, always something delicious every meal!
I appreciated the balance between activity and leisure time. The SCUBA diving, snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Tubing, Hiking, Swimming, Sea Shelling, Board Game Playing, Dancing, Storytelling and Laughing was SO MUCH fun!
The trip was fantastic - thank you, thank you, thank you for making us feel spoiled on this trip!
You are the best crew!
Kent, Jill, Reed, Carson, & Morgan Godberson
Jack and Cayley
Jack and Cayley were awesome hosts on an awesome vacation. My first private boat charter, and, oh my, this is the way to travel! Jack took his time to understand what I wanted out of the trip... And he and Cayley sure delivered! The boat is clean and very well-maintained, and the queen bed is extremely comfortable. The combination of sea air, absolute quiet in the little coves we anchored in at night, and comfy bed made for some of the best sleep I've ever had. Whether you're looking for an adventure or just a leisurely float, Jack and Cayley will deliver. I'm already looking for my next private boat charter vacation!
-Vineet B. 2015
Cayley and Jack
Cayley and Jack were both very welcoming and interested in making our time on their boat enjoyable and fitting for my husband and I. They were very sweet to secretly make a birthday cake for my husband after they heard that we were celebrating his 66th birthday aboard. We couldn't have asked for a better trip. The weather was perfect, the islands were beautiful, Jack and Cayley's company was great, and their recommendations were right on for what we may be interested in doing and where we would enjoy eating out. And to top it all off they found whales for us to watch!
Jack and Cayley
There are not enough stars here to convey how much we enjoyed our stay aboard the boat. Jack and Cayley were fantastic hosts. They showed us some wonderful views, restaurants, and hidden gems around the islands. Our cabin on the boat was very comfortable. It's the perfect way to take in the natural beauty around you. We would absolutely recommend Captain Jack to anyone (and already have). We will personally never forget our stay as we got engaged there!! Thanks Jack and Cayley! Can't wait to catch up with you again soon!!