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Catamaran Steppin Up, 43ft, 6 guests based in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Weekly Charter Rates

From
$10,500 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To
$12,750 (6 passengers 7 nights)*
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and seasons. Best price guarantee: We endeavor to offer the lowest prices available and will always match lowest rates. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX, no fees.

Specifications

Guests Cabins Length
6 3 43ft
Guest cabin configuration:
3 double en-suite cabins with A/C plus optional adjoining single
Designer Leopard
Built 2006
Children Allowed Yes
Children Min. Age Watersafe
Half Board Available Yes
Home port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba Rendezvous only

Special Offer

5% Discount
Details:
Save 5% off the regular charter rates for new reservations 6 nights or longer sailing the Virgin Islands. Excludes Christmas and New Year weeks.
Dates:
Available for charters starting now through 31 July 2018
Reservations need to be confirmed before 30 August 2017
Expires in 8 Days
Child discount for children under the age of 14
Details:
Child discount of $150 off the weekly charter rate per child under the age of 14 must be accompanied by parent/parents.
Dates:
Available for charters starting now through 15 December 2018
Reservations need to be confirmed before 25 November 2018
Steppin Up 1 Steppin Up 2 Steppin Up 3 Steppin Up 4 Steppin Up 5 Steppin Up 6 Steppin Up 7 Steppin Up 8 Main salon seating The galley where Michelle works her culinary magic! Table set for lunch Comfortable cushions Very comfortable guest cabin 1 Very comfortable guest cabin 2 Very comfortable guest cabin 3 Separate bathroom for each cabin Giant floating mat Water fun galore! Extra electric cooler in the salon doubles as seating The mahogany swim platform has room for everybody! Steppin Up Layout

Catamaran Steppin Up Overview

Based out of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands, crewed catamaran Steppin Up is fully air conditioned and features Queen beds in each of the three guest staterooms. The forward starboard stateroom provides access to a single sleeper v-berth if an alternative sleeping arrangement is needed. Each stateroom has its own adjacent private bathroom and shower.

There are several distinct living areas aboard the yacht for your relaxation and enjoyment. A rear facing cockpit has sun screens and a hard top Bimini. You can enjoy al fresco dining on a beautiful hand crafted mahogany table complete with cushioned seating. The cockpit can also be fully enclosed if weather dictates. Aft of the cockpit Steppin Up has a unique mahogany aft deck for sunning, diving and relaxation.

Her indoor salon has comfortable seating around a custom made cocktail table which can be converted into a chess board.

The bow is very large and has numerous comfortable cushioned seats and pads. The trampoline is of a tight mesh, which allows you to walk across easily or stretch out in total comfort. There is also a portable sun screen for the forward bow for extra comfort.

On Steppin Up you'll be sure to find a favorite spot to relax and enjoy each and every day.

When wind permits we have Movie Night on the bow with an onboard projector. Do as much or as little as you like, in, on, or off the water. Experience sailing, snorkeling, tubing, wake boarding, knee boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, beach combing, sunbathing, hiking, sightseeing, shopping or simply relaxing in a hammock, all while having your floating hotel right there with you.

Why you should book Steppin Up!

Steppin Up has more room than you'd imagine for her fairly modest length and offers excellent value for a party of up to 6 passengers.

Ports and Available Cruising Areas

Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands

Optional Half Board Details

1/2

Half Board $125 per person discount includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners for a on 7 night charters.

Green Initiative: Solar Power

Accommodation

3 Queen Cabins with A/C and En-suite, fresh water, electrical heads.

BVI Wifi now available!!!

ONE TWIN V-Berth for alternative sleeping area if needed for a guest with access via forward starboard stateroom.

FULL ENCLOSURE when needed if weather dictates

Amenities

WiFi Internet: Onboard WiFi
Air Conditioning: Full
Salon Stereo
Salon TV
Deck Shower
BBQ
Hair Dryer
Board Games
Sun Awning
Hammock
Ice Maker
Other entertainment: Sub Wing
Zayack sea sled
Hard Top Bimini
A/C after dark upon request


Communications: BVI Wifi available for emails

Water toys

2-Man Kayak
Windsurfer
Floating Mats
Snorkel Gear
Tube
Underwater Camera
Fishing Gear
Fishing Type: Trolling USVI ONLY
Fishing Rods: 2
Dinghy: 12
Dinghy Outboard HP: 40
Other equipment includes:

Two Stand Up Paddle Boards/ 1wind surfer, 2 man kayak, AFT Mahogany Sun deck / swim platform with cushions , Sub Wing, Sea Sled, BVI Wifi available for emails/ USVI wifi, cushioned seating on the bow, sunscreen (when weather permits), FISHING IN USVI ONLY


Crew photo

Meet the Crew

Bill & Michelle

Captain Bill Wilson has been sailing for over 35 years. Destinations included Croatia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands. The winter of 2011-2012 was spent sailing sites throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands, the USVIs, the BVIs as well as the Bahamas. The summer, months were spent sailing the east coast of the US, the Chesapeake Bay, in and around New Jersey, New York Harbor and the Hudson River to a total of over 3000 miles for the year.

Captain Bill recently retired from 35 years in the Heating and Cooling industry and as owner and operator of several restaurants for over 15 years. Hes a Licensed Contractor in Refrigeration and Plumbing as well as a certified Electrician and HVAC Technician. He is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a USCG Captains 50 Ton Certification.

Michelle Emmons First mate and Cook has logged over 5000 miles on the water. With over 35 years of experience in the kitchen, ranging from intimate multi-course meals, to banquets for up to 100 people. Her passion for cooking and baking comes to fruition in the Galley.

Michelle retired as a technology coordinator and computer teacher of 17 years. She had also coached competitive gymnastics & volleyball for over a decade. Michelle is a free-lance artist & maintains this status on a contractual basis.

Bill and Michelle are life-long athletes. They were both active and long time volunteers in numerous community organizations. Their years of experience working with people is coupled with a sincere desire to cater to your comfort. You will be happy to spend your vacation aboard Steppin Up with Captn Bill and Michelle.

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Availability for Steppin Up:

Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.

Upcoming 12 Months Reservation Calendar:

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Reservation Calendar with Port Locations:

Unavailable: Saturday, 1 July 2017 to Tuesday, 12 December 2017: Unavailable: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Friday, 22 December 2017 to Friday, 29 December 2017: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Saturday, 30 December 2017 to Saturday, 6 January 2018: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Sunday, 21 January 2018 to Sunday, 28 January 2018: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
On Hold: Saturday, 10 February 2018 to Saturday, 17 February 2018: Hold: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Saturday, 24 February 2018 to Saturday, 3 March 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
On Hold: Sunday, 4 March 2018 to Sunday, 11 March 2018: Hold: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Fajardo, Puerto Rico*
Booked: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 to Monday, 19 March 2018: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Friday, 30 March 2018 to Saturday, 7 April 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Friday, 13 April 2018 to Saturday, 21 April 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Monday, 30 April 2018 to Saturday, 5 May 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Sunday, 13 May 2018 to Sunday, 20 May 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Saturday, 26 May 2018 to Saturday, 2 June 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Sunday, 3 June 2018 to Sunday, 10 June 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Unavailable: Monday, 11 June 2018 to Wednesday, 13 June 2018: Unavailable: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Sunday, 17 June 2018 to Saturday, 23 June 2018: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Unavailable: Saturday, 30 June 2018 to Friday, 30 November 2018: Unavailable: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Thursday, 27 December 2018 to Thursday, 3 January 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook

Hours required between charters: 24

Contact us

Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Steppin Up!

Reviews for Steppin Up with Bill & Michelle:

Bill & Michelle were wonderful in every way. They obviously read our preferences list prior to our arrival and pre-planned a draft itinerary. Once on board, they fine-tuned our itinerary based on suggestions, recommendations and their past experiences.

Bill & Michelle often anticipated our needs/wants/interests before we did! They were extremely attentive, very knowledgeable, super friendly and accommodating.

The yacht was impeccably clean and superbly maintained. Size was perfect for our family of 4 adults. We all enjoyed the traipse while under sail. Joan & Katie especially loved the hammock when we dropped anchor. Brian and Kenneth loved snorkeling with the hooka.

Michelle is a chef extraordinaire! Her meals were varied, creative and delicious! We were running out of adjectives to compliment Michelle by the end of the week. Michelle was also very good about making a "plain" version of some meals for our daughter.

Our interest was in snorkeling. Bill & Michelle had that in mind with our itinerary and overnight locations. Bill also was very good at finding locations with desolate beaches for shell seeking. Our daughter was over-the-moon with the spots Bill suggested!

We used Sailing Directions for our charter 10 years ago and wouldn't hesitate to use SD in the future (hopefully sooner than 10 years!). Very happy. Straight forward process.

If we were to describe the perfect charter/vacation, it would be a week sailing with Bill and Michelle on Steppin Up.

Safety is a paramount concern to our family. Captain Bill was very cautious, responsible and experienced. The entire family was completely at ease sailing with Captain Bill.

Joan E, aboard Catamaran Steppin Up sailing the Virgin Islands

The Crew on Steppin' Up are amazing - they go above and beyond every step of the way. We cannot say enough good things about them. They are friendly, attentive and accommodating! From the minute we arrived when they were waiting in the parking lot for us, had a wonderful lunch already prepared, to the very end when they took us back to town before having to catch our flight. We felt completely spoiled and confident in Bill and Michelle.

Bill is a calm, cool, collected and very knowledgeable captain - but with a fun sense of humor and easy going/relaxed spirit. Michelle is not only a fabulous chef, but always made sure everything was always so clean, tidy, picked up and you didn't even realize they were doing it. They looked out for us - our safety and enjoyment. They were so easy to get along with and feel instantly comfortable with - we lucked out!!

The boat was very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. It was also well equipped from big toys to little things like games and extra supplies.

The food was delicious! All of it made from scratch and wholesome. Michelle always had a snack ready, fresh fruit, wonderful meals, always offering something to drink. Everything was with a smile and she never showed any stress or effort - it all just magically happened. She was very accommodating with our son who has a gluten and dairy intolerance. Michelle is a pro and always has a smile on her face, a kind word and a helpful attitude. I will be trying to copy many of her dishes for a long time to come!

The itinerary was spot on to what we expected and actually exceeded our expectations. They seemed to have a knack at finding the quieter space or the best mooring or the perfect snorkeling or swimming hole. We were very pleased at our destinations and appreciated them listening to things we really wanted and working the schedule to fit in with our requests. Bill is really a captain to trust and again was so knowledgeable about the islands was a very gracious host.

Abundant comfortable lounging areas - in the bow, the trampolines have nice cushy head pillows, there are 2 comfy lounge mats and then 2 benches and a seat that are also fitted with very comfortable and attractive cushions. The cockpit and cabins are also very welcoming and comfortable.

We loved that they were at this lovely marina that was so easy to get to/access and welcoming. It made the whole transition on and off the boat much easier!

Bill and Michelle go above and beyond making sure each one in our family gets to do what they love to the most. They also had fun things for our boys ready for them - little basketball hoops for their cabins, treasure chests full of candy, etc. They were just a joy to be with and it was easy and fun - a trip of a lifetime!

Sailing Directions was great to deal with and the process was very smooth. Thank you for everything.

Katharine B, aboard Catamaran Steppin Up sailing the Virgin Islands

Additional reviews:

Bill and Michelle get five stars
Our trip was again really good. Bill and Michelle get five stars for service and attention to the needs of their clients. They are always there trying to anticipate with a ready dry towel, cold drink, snack, etc. Additionally, as reported last time, the boat is very comfortable rain and shine. We really appreciate that they have both rain and sun protection, as well as comfortable cushions throughout. This year they have also made a few improvements new ladder, which is much easier than the old one and a new nonskid floor. Bill continues to be a great captain, as well as a fearless snorkeling scout and Michelle is meticulous in making sure everything is clean and shipshape.

We would not hesitate to recommend Steppin-up and will likely sail with them again.
No words can express the experiences we have had this past week
No words can express the experiences we have had this past week. I didnt know what to expect and what awaited us was pure paradise. While every stop was beyond glorious we didn't; want to stop staring at the scenery. The details that you both tended to absolutely made this voyage first class abd five stars!
You somehow managed to anticipate our needs and desires with all your special touches. Every single meal and snack was divine ad truly better than we could have gotten at a restaurant. You make everything seem so effortless and with both of you its always service with a smile.
From the variety of frozen beverages to gourmet huge breakfasts to the spot on snacks to the lavish and filling inches to the over the top fabulous dinners with scrumptious desserts to followthis adventure tops any cruise! Your personal touches and adoring personalities make this what it is.
Thank you for hosting our dream trip of a lifetime. I truly hope ad part we get to sail with you again. Im telling the world about Steppin Up.
With such affection and gratitude,
Bess
We all decided on our way home yesterday that it was our best vacation ever.
Thank you so much for the wonderful week.
We are back home now and missing all of our adventures that you coordinated for us.
We had a wonderful time in St. Thomas reliving the entire week by talking about all of our favorites things.
The snorkeling was fabulous. We loved doing that. We feel like we would have never had the opportunities to see all that we saw without you as our fabulous guides.
The paddle boarding and trying out the sub-wing... Was so fun. Obviously, Rachel (and all of us) will always remember when Kellen "dropped by" and gave her a ride. We are so glad we all have it on video. What a memory!
The Baths were incredible. I can't imagine being able to see them and be there every week like you both do.
We all loved the deserted island ( I don't remember if it had a name) and boy we timed that right in between the crowds.
The food was so so very good. We all loved it. The girls said the rice arancini dinner was their favorite ( mine too) and the other favorite was crepes for breakfast. It will be hard to come back home and have frozen waffles now. ;)) And thanks Michelle for accommodating all our requests for frozen fruit drinks... Sometimes a couple of times a day !!
Rich loved White beach and the Soggy Dollar. How do you not love that beach?
The only thing we would have changed was the dog-goned wind. It would have been nice to have been able to truly sail a little bit more.
The whole itinerary was fabulous. It was such a truly relaxing vacation - busy without the work!!! We all decided on our way home yesterday that it was our best vacation ever.
It was fun, adventurous, romantic and a trip of a lifetime
Eat, drink and be Married! We spent our honeymoon with Bill and Michelle and we couldn't have imagined a more perfect experience. The food was awesome!! We loved the paddle boards and waking up on the water. It was fun, adventurous, romantic and a trip of a lifetime.
Thank you so much Bill and Michelle
Amy abd Ryan Bagley
Shreveport ,LA
Thank you ever so much for your amazingly generous hospitality and smiles throughout our family cruise.
Thank you ever so much for your amazingly generous hospitality and smiles throughout our family cruise. It has been absolutely brilliant to safer your home here in paradise. Weve been spoiled rotten by Michelles delicious cooking abd baking. Captain Bill lovingly and patiently cared to our eight and ten year old girlies with all their Diva needs and requests! Thank you for taking care of their snorkeling needs so patiently. The girls had an awesome time. The grown-ups loved Michelles painkillers at sunset and I had two beautiful dives with Bill. We wish we could have extend our stay on your floating home for a few more days, instead of heading to the resort on dry land. We will definitely spread the word to our friends and families back in Texas, Australia, Denmark and the UK.
Gracias, tak, thank you ever so much!
Patti, Chuck, Jenny, Portia and Presley
A trip of a lifetime has now got to be a regular family excursion
We came to the USVI, St John to start our family trip. We had a blast on shore but the whole time I had Steppin Up on my mind. Beaches, swimming, snorkeling, Oh My! Food, drinks, games were endless. My dreams and fantasy did not compare to the real deal. Bill abd Michelle far exceeded our expectations. Captain Bill was thoughtful, kind, informative, and patient with our questions and our children. After the first day my son thanks you for the best trip ever! He also said I want my own boat and that was his way of saying he wanted to be just like you.
Michelle, homemade form scratch food for DAYS! How could we refuse such deliciousness? So sweet and caring my Mama bear on the sea. I felt safe the moment you looked at my children and giggled at their mischievousness. A trip of a lifetime has now got to be a regular family excursion. Thank you for allowing us to keep a relaxed pace.
Baltazar Family, Dominic, Danielle, Quinn and Willow
Thanks you for the wonderful week in paradise
Many thanks, for a fantastic week. We wish we had another! Loved all the places we visited, the snorkeling, water toys, etc. and of course the meals! Hope we can come back again one day.
Thanks you for the wonderful week in paradise. We absolutely loved all the amazing places, the swimming, the snorkeling, paddle boarding, tubing, subbing! It was GREAT for our family to be on the water again. We loved sailing and motoring around the islands ad cays. Movie night and cards were a great way to end a perfect day. You both were hosts with the most, thinking of every detail to make our time on Steppin Up special. The meals were spectacular. We will be dreaming about that chocolate cake for weeks to come.
All the best,
Tracy, Gareth, Alex and Katie Morgan
WOW, what an amazing week it has been
Bill and Michelle,
WOW, what an amazing week it has been. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful world with us. The sailing, snorkeling, food and just general R&R were top notch. Your hospitality went above and beyond our expectations; we would be happy to vacation with you again in the future and send our friends and family your way. We know they would have as much fun as we did.
Bruce loved the subbing. Kelli loved night snorkeling, as did Cheyenne. Moms favorite part was the food, especially the desserts. James loved exploring the abandoned building in Little Harbor. Dad loved sailing and speding time with his family.
You guys are awesome. Feel free to contact us in the future if you ever need a blacksmith, marketing manager, golfer, or plastic surgeon :)
Best,
Mike and Donna
James and Kelli
Bruce and Cheyenne

PS Thanks for making sure no one fell overboard following a night at Willy Ts
PSS Dad want to sail to Europe.
Vacation of a lifetime for sure!
What an amazing way to enjoy this truly beautiful place with its crystal clear turquoise water, tropical breezes, friendly people, breathtaking underwater scenery- with you both aboard Steppin Up! From the very start every detail was exactly in sync with us- the itinerary the food, the pace of each day.
To say we lucked out is an understatement! This crew is experienced, capable, knowledgeable-people yo want to put your trust in - at every step you got an idea of our expectations and then went about exceeding them every day. We all got plenty of time to do what we wanted. Colby, fishing, games, lounging in the trampoline. Dylan, snorkeling, SubWing, hiking. Mom, Sailing, sunbathing, swimming. Dad, nap, relax, beachcomb.
I dont even know where to begin with Michelles cookingyou are amazing. I dont know how you get all of those challenging gourmet dishes out of your cozy galley. Always ready with a yummy snack or frosty drink, providing us with one fantastic meal after another without a hint of exertion or exhaustion and making Colby food with his GF and DF restrictions.
You both go about everything so effortlessly which is such a gift to your guests. We can really relax and feel on vacation. Never any stress, you never seek attention, thanks, or praise. You are truly such smart, gracious, generous hosts and we loved getting to know you and spend our week with you.
Vacation of a lifetime for sure!
Love,
Kary, Andrew, Dillon, and Colby
Truly amazing!!!
Sir William and Michelle,
You may not know this about me but(well save that story for our next sail with you!!)
What an AMAZING adventure! Thanks for sharing your paradise with us. It will definitely be the best trip ever. We couldnt have asked for more! Little did we know that we would meet such great people. Favorite trip with our favorite people!
Love you!!
Ryan and Trea Ratledge

This has been such an amazing trip! Your hospitality made us feel so welcome aboard Steppin Up. Im glad we got to spend a week in paradise with the best crew ever. Thank you for showing us a good time! This trip will for sure be repeated in the future.
Scott and Jamie Burnside

Captain Bill and Michelle
Where to beginbefore we began our journey we knew this would be the trip of a lifetime. You outlived all expectations. Thank you for laughing with us, at us, and making us laugh! Your experiences and stories will be with us forever as well as my 760 pictures! Id say our crew landed with you for a reason - meant to be!
Thank you for making every minute an experience will will remember forever. My water rat memories have been raised to a new level. We cant wait to share this experience with you again.
Truly amazing!!!
Lots of Love Jennie and Bob Bell
We certainly had the best jaunt in the Caribbean
Dear Bill and Michelle,
Congratulations on being PERSONALLY responsible for one of the top Walton family vacations ever. We certainly had the best jaunt in the Caribbean. We cant say how much fun our week with you has been, and we cant wait for the next time. May the wind always be in your sails and the sun at your backs. See you soon!
Sincerely, Ross, Camille and Christine
Thank you for making our vacation exceptional in every way
Thank you for making our vacation exceptional in every way.
You guys are awesome; we felt at home immediately and you made sure we were comfortable and had fun!
The yacht was comfortable, clean and so well equipped, we lacked for nothing.
Michelles cooking was amazing; every meal was a treat. We ate more than what we should have because it was so good! Oh well, we can diet when we get home.
Bill you are an excellent Captain and host. Thanks for your excellent advice on the best snorkel spots and beaches and fro arranging SCUBA dives for us. It really made the trip superb and stress free.
Were already looking forward to returning! Thanks for an unforgettable experience!
Larry, Lorraine, Vicky and Angela
What a great adventure- Thank you so much!!
Thank you for being a very good host Charlotte Flynn
PS You look to young to be in your 50s!

What a great adventure- Thank you so much!!
We didnt know what to expect when we first booked our adventure with youSteppin Up went above and beyond our expectations! You took us to the most beautiful places and you found treasure or Charlotte all along the way!
Your hospitality really made us feel right at home. Thank you for such a fun yet relaxing vacation, we are taking home lots of great memories and shells!
Until next time!
Jenn, Phil and Lotte Flynn
Second trip was as great as the first
Second trip was as great as the first, even with the four hour roller coaster! LOL
Love the snorkeling, paddleboarding, knee boarding to name a few. Thank you for going along with our spontaneous ideas! Enjoying the fancy yacht club with mimosas and pool.
Hope to see you again soon.
Darrin and Tina Cox

Yes, another amazing trip. We loved seeing so many new things on the second trip. You showed us a lot of new places. Loved all the beautiful beaches. We will be back!
Thanks again,
Greg and Cheryl Thurman
We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent on Steppin Up and your company
Dear Bill and Michelle,
Thank you both so much for the wonderful vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent on Steppin Up and your company. You make a perfect couple, complimenting each other with great teamwork!
We had lots of laughs all week. Saw rainbows almost every day. Ate until we almost exploded with Michelles excellent cooking.
Bill and Michelle treated us like family, caring for our every wish and desire. Bill is the ultimate Captain. Very calm and reassuring. We were taken to the best snorkeling spots and at the right time to avoid the crowds.
The week flew by abd here we are getting ready to go back to NJ and PA and the frigid weather.
Thanks again for a great vacation.
Stephanie, Frank, John Gina, Linda and Sheagh

Michelle: Charm AND talent WOW!

PS: We rescued 4 snorkelers in trouble, who were VERY thankful; YEAH BILL!
Thank you both for an amazing week aboard Steppin Up!
Thank you both for an amazing week aboard Steppin Up! You both made us feel comfortable and very welcome. We all marveled at what Michelle did with the food, delicious! Can believe we had fresh baked bread, cake and pie!
We loved just going from place to beautiful place- loved that we could snorkel in so many places. Captn Bill impressed us with his sailing ability. He was so knowledgeable about the islands. What a wonderful week - starts were gorgeous- and even raindrops made for a memorable vacation for all of us.
Thank you very much,
Ann and Bob Henley
Steve and Bobbie Sorenson
David Henley and Brenda Gregory
Thanks so much for a great 12 days filled with sunshine, food and lots of snorkeling
Dear Bill and Michelle,
Thanks so much for a great 12 days filled with sunshine, food and lots of snorkeling.
We especially appreciated the customer service attitude (which has not always been present on other charters)
Kathy and Mike
Thank you for the brilliant week on the water
Thank you for the brilliant week on the water, for accommodating our unique family quirks and making us feel like part of the Steppin Up family.
We saw the BVIs in a completely new light. We saw virtually everything on the wildlife front we could have hoped for (even a few things the girls would have preferred not to see).
The pace of life onboard suited us to a T. Thank you for adapting the itinerary to accommodate our ups and downs on the week. Our first snorkel wad amazing ad were al the rest. Thank you for coordinating the dolphins on our sail to Anegada, BRILLIANT! Sandy Cay was like a picture postcard, beautiful. Swimming form the back of the boat was fun and refreshing. Being at the Baths before the crowd was the best thing ever! I could go on and on ad everything we did was fun, enjoyable, beautiful, relaxing, interesting. The perfect holiday.
Captn Bill thank you for keeping us safe and sharing you knowledge of the BVIs. Captn Joh enjoyed sailing with you.
Michelle, The food, there was so much! Not sure we will be able to eat anything else for a few weeks. We loved it all however we had a few favorites. Turkey abd cranberry, yum yum. Stiffed pasta shells, yum,yum, the frozen lemonade delicious. No complaints with any of the food. You worked hard everyday and the variety was great.
Michelle and Bill, you were both such great hosts. Thank you for making our trip so special. Im trying to work out how to hijack Steppin Up so I dont have to leave. I could write a book on what a great time we had but need to get one last snorkel in.
Last byt not least we think you should rename the boat Barracuda! looking forward to ur next trip together.
PS Christmas Day snorkeling AMAZING!
PSSS Please let us know if anyone beats Libbys 17 sec conch shell call! WHAT FUN!
What an awesome time with our new friends!
Where do we begin? What an awesome time with our new friends! You are so good at what you do and we are so thankful for you! Looking forward to February 2016!
Don and Annie Burnham
Michelle\'s Cooking is Amazing!
The Hughes Family Dec 20-27
Michelles cooking is amazing. We snorkeled at three spots in one day and loved it. The pace of the day was perfect. The front of the boat is so fun for sunning, relaxing, sleeping, hula hooping, sunsets and laughter! Captain Bill is the BEST captain ever! He arranged an agenda for us that was perfect. The games on board were a blast, the kids played lots of RUMMIKUB. As my 15 year old son said this trip exceeded my expectations, we all agree. Bill and Michelle are a great team and we cant wait to tell our family and friends to come and sail with them. Like me your children will be asking you to get the recipes for the delicious dishes Michelle prepared. I have my work cut out for me when I get home. Thanks Thanks Thanks...the Hughes Family.

Great Hosts at Every Turn
The Kiesner Family Dec 27-Jan 4
What a great time we had! Bill and Michelle could not be more accommodating. Great hosts at every turn. Captn Bill was so nice to ferry just from beach to beach any where at any time. Michelles food was always delicious and plentiful. Thank you guys you made the trip fun. relaxing and exciting, everything we could have hoped for. We all thank you form the bottom of our hearts for being so great. It so makes the trip when the people who are with you are fun.
We couldnt have asked for anything more.

Jeff and I had a wonderful holiday on Steppin Up with you. You are very special people and we couldnt have asked for anything more.
Michelle: You made us feel so very welcome from the start. You are very patient and kind and a terrific chef. We enjoyed all your meals
Bill: You are a great Captain, fulfill everyones wishes. We will recommend you to all our friends.
We wish you both success in the future. Im sure someday well charter with you again.
Your Friends, Pat and Jeff Bowman Owen Sound, Ontario
Fun, full of new experiences, great food!
Diana Lambeth February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina
Even though I had been to the Virgin Islands several times before this trip was extra special because;
Bill and Michelle are extra special! They make you feel at home the minute you come aboard. Bills a great Captain and knows the waters well~ Michelle always has a smile to share and is a fabulous cook! We visited new places that Ive never been to before and had a lot of fun. In the evening we played QWERKLE and SCRABBLE~ Lots of laughter! All in all, it was an awesome trip! Fun, full of new experiences, great food and sharing each day with friends.
Thank you Bill and Michelle. I will definitely charter with you again!!
Having Bill and Michelle as hosts made it even better!
Dave and Trina Groening February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina
We had been looking forward to returning to the Virgin Islands for several years. Having Bill and Michelle as hosts made it even better than wed envisioned. We revisited some of our old favorite spots and they showed us many new places to ad to our list. We had great sailing an excellent snorkeling. Bill knew the islands well and Michelle somehow managed to assist with operating the boat while simultaneously preparing tasty and varied cuisine three times a day. Thanks to you both for a wonderful time and we look forward to sailing together again soon.
It was FABULOUS!
Pam Sinclair February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina and Boston
Ive done bareboat chartering in the Virgin Islands many time. This was my first experience with a captained charter. It was FABULOUS! Bill and Michelle provided me with the most wonderful vacation, starting with the two of them; caring, interesting, and fun. We went to several anchorages that I had never stopped in - super snorkeling, and also new sights (Bubbly Pool and Rum Plantation) Needless to say the food was wonderful - great variety prepared in delicious ways. The sailing was excellent and Bill graciously shared the helm. All in all a wonderful week that I would recommend to everyone. Thanks Bill and Michelle. i hope to do it again.
We had a good week!
We have been home about 3 weeks from our charter and things are slowly returning to normal. I did want to take the time and let you know we had a good week. We were very impressed with the job Bill and Michelle did. First and foremost they believe in customer service and always worked very hard to make sure we were happy and satisfied. (They work so hard that it took me some getting use to having them do things for us that we would normally do for ourselves.)

Michelle is a great cook and all four of us were extremely happy with the meals. This was made more difficult at times due to dietary restrictions making it necessary for her to cook several different menus for each meal. We had great confidence in Bill as a skipper, which was good as our week had high winds and sea swell.

I would be happy to give a recommendation on Steppin Up to any of your prospective clients.

Dave Martin
We hope to come back (without kids)!!
I must say this is my first ever review on Trip Advisor but this needed to be said.... Our Australian family of 5 spent July 4th with Captain Bill and Michelle aboard their beautiful catamaran "Steppin Up". Bill was a wonderful skipper and navigated the busy waters with ease and confidence and we felt completely comfortable in his hands. We were also celebrating my husbands birthday and Michelle cooked up a delicious gourmet meal - as well as a birthday cake! Bill and Michelle kept in close contact with me for months before we left Australia to make sure that we had everything available to us to make this a memorable part of our USA holiday. This couple provide quality hosting all the way and their attention to detail exceeded our expectations. They even flew our national flag! Thank you Bill and Michelle for everything. We hope to come back (without kids) to maybe join you on one of your St Thomas adventures!!
This was our families VERY BEST vacation
The Painter Family December 2013
Michelle and Bill - You two are the very best. Special thanks for providing the Painters with an incredible gift. The time we spent together on your boat with your wonderful hospitality will be something we will always remember. This was our families VERY BEST vacation.
We loved the balance of relaxing on the boat along with the active excursions you provided throughout each day. The snorkeling was incredible, the hikes amazing, the various watering hours so much fun. All of the Painters appreciate the work effort the two of you brought each and every day. You bust your tails. Michelles food was outstanding and the variety was terrific. It was great to watch Bill in action, a Mr Fix It and Mike Nelson in one. Together you are a great team. Thanks again and we look forward to our next trip on Steppin Up.
Every detail was considered and it is clear Bill and Michelle are here to accommodate every need!
The Tata Family December 2013
I dont know how to begin to express our love and appreciation for one of the most amazing adventures the Tata family has ever taken. From the minute our plane landed and Thomas drove us to the marina where Steppin Up was. Captain Bill met us within minutes and then we met the sweetest, kindest and cutest First Mate, Michelle, who truly has a twinkle in her eye. Our family was overwhelmed with all the activities, plus relaxing and sunning and the meals. Every detail was considered and it is clear Bill and Michelle are here to accommodate every need. They are
a lovely team complimenting each others skills and expertise. It was if God handpicked this couple to bless our family. We love you guys and are excited to call you
friends.
Our trip felt like we were visiting old friends
The Wells Family January 2014
Michelle and Bill, what an amazing week! Our family vacation couldnt have been better and it was completely your fault. From the first moment we arrived you thought of our every need before we did. The level of attentiveness you provide makes me speechless. Most importantly to the experience was your warm friendly manner. Our trip felt like we were visiting old friends. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you.
Thank You
Chuck, Pat, Rob, Trisha and Marc
I would sail with them anytime
Akers, Buies and Jones Guests February 2014
One of my most enjoyable trips to the BVIs. You both really connected with all of us & our family on other boats. You guys are awesome, thanks again for making my time fabulous. Marcia Buie
This has been a wonderful trip. Bill and Michelle have done everything possible to make us comfortable and make the trip fun. Michelle has gone to so much work to cook for our individual tastes. I would sail with them anytime. Barbara Jones
WOW! What an amazing experience.
Thurman and Cox Charter February 2014
WOW! What an amazing experience. Above and beyond all expectations with boat, meals, daily excursions etc...Still cant believe we could do so much and relax all the way. Hope to see you again very soon. Darrin & Tina Cox
Thank you for making our RV-ing on the water such an amazing trip. We love the BVIs and now know this is the only way to see it all. Great people and we will be back.
Greg & Cheryl Thurman
The entire week was so wonderfully perfect that we cant wait to return
Becht and Anderson March 2014
This has been one of the most relaxing, fun, beautiful and enjoyable weeks we ever experienced. You two made us feel so welcome and comfortable aboard Steppin Up. You both went above and beyond what we expected to make this week so special and fun. Michelle did an amazing job preparing such delicious and plentiful meals. Michelle and Bill made us feel right at home. The entire week was so
wonderfully perfect that we cant wait to return.
Deb & Jim Becht, Joann & Dave Anderson
This was the best Spring Break EVER!
Duggan Family March 2014
This was the best Spring Break EVER! Thank ya'll for everything Ms Michelle, your food is so good and I like food! Capt'n Bill thank you for taking me snorkeling 2x and finding so many shells. If we do this again and I hope we will I hope we do it with ya'll.
With a lot of love, Brady Duggan
Thanks for a wonderful trip. The food, the water adventures and the fellowship with you both has made for an unforgettable family vacation. Hope to return to Steppin Up in the future.
Melissa and Fred Duggan
Hope to repeat soon!
Thanks Bill and Michelle for a wonderful time at sea. Michelles cooking is great, wish you had delivery to NYC. Bill thanks for tubing, snorkeling, sailing, hiking and sightseeing. We really got to see so much of the islands on a short charter. Hope to repeat soon!

Jim Haddad, Shereen Beydoun, Saleem and Jinanne
Loved our floating home away from home!!
What a fabulous experience!! Loved our floating home away from home. Captn Bill and Michelle waited on us and and foot. Anything we wanted magically appeared. Delicious meals, and very tasty Pain Killers. So happy to return to the Bubbly Pool. Great snorkeling at Marina Cay, Monkey Point and Waterlemon Cay. First time trying the paddle boards.So comfortable on the boat. Love the navy cushions all around with the complimentary pillows. Could relax on the bow all day (and did!) So sad to leave Steppin Up. Hopefully this is the first of many sailing trips well take with you in the upcoming years. Thank you so much Bill and Michelle! XO Cathy, Norman, and Callie McAvoy and Cindy, Leslie, and Brady MacManus
Thanks for a great vacation!
We are sad to leave the relaxed and papered life aboard Steppin Up. Bill and Michelle made us feel at home immediately. They are both easy to know and go-with-the-flow fun people who were very accommodating to our needs and wishes. Our daughter and her husband were on their honeymoon and we were making a return trip to the BVIs after 15 years. Service was superb as Michelle cooked delicious and healthy meals including all of our restrictions and requests.Skipper Bill had to contend with a lot of swells, rain and high winds at first, but when the sun was shining he had us under sail as much as possible - something we had hoped for. He was always accommodating with dinghy rides to shore or the beaches and a hand on and off loading. Thanks to their teamwork he and Michelle managed safe moorings every night. We got in a lot of snorkeling and hiking, and early morning runs for one of our group. Fish and coral were beautiful as well as an occasional turtle and dolphin. We will miss the nightly fish dinners and home baked muffins, breads and desserts!!! Will also miss Michelles smile through it all. Thanks for a great vacation!
Allison and Chris Luhrs, Janice and David Martin
Thank you for going above and beyond what was required
Dear Bill and Michelle,
Thank you fro showing us an amazing week and making this an unforgettable vacation adventure. Most of all, I want to thank you for going above and beyond what was required; buying water toys for the kids, baby sitting so we could have an adult dinner and oh yeah, PREPARING A SEDER at sea!!! What other boat would have tried that one. I am so happy to say that sailing with 3 young kids is possible and wonderful. Looking forward to future adventures together. Joy and Brian Gelbman Brooklyn NY

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had an awesome trip. Asher age 5

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had a lot of fun on this trip. Thank you for having fun things to do, delicious food to eat and a cozy place to sleep. Also, thank you for taking me to really cool places. I wish I could stay longer. Sincerely Zara age 7

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had a very comfortable trip visiting the Virgin Islands. Thanks for making our stay better. All the stuff that happened was so fun. I wish I could do it even longer. Thanks so much. Shay age 9
Thank you for exceeding every expectation!
Dear Bill and Michelle,
Thanks so much for sharing your passion for the sun and sea with us. This was the perfect antidote for the worst Ohio winter ever.
You seemed to anticipate our every need before we knew we needed anything.
The food was exquisite and although we know you were working very hard you always made it seem easy.
We enjoyed every stop and your travel plan was perfect.
Thank you very much for a wonderful week.
The canvass CAN do miracles.
Best from the Semmlers, Seipelts and Grandjeans
Thank you for exceeding every expectation! April 2014
Each day was better than the previous day.
Bill and Michelle,
This was an adventure to remember! Scott and I loved every day and appreciate all your hard work to make our vacation special. The food was amazing abd the water sports fantastic. We couldnt have asked for a better Captain and 1st Mate!
We will always remember the two of you and our time together on Steppin Up!!
Your friends, Jeni and Scott Schoenher
Bill and Michelle,
Thank you! This trip truly exceeded our expectations. Every day was a new adventure that we enjoyed. The sun, delicious meals, water fun...everything was SUPER. We very much appreciate becoming part of the Steppin Up family.
Sincerely, Julie and Tim Brussow
Dear Captain Bill and Michelle,
What an amazing week on the water. Each day was better than the previous day. Michelles cooking was amazing and both Bill and Michelle were extremely accommodating. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat and cannot wait to recommend to all our friends!
Sincerely, Jeff and Rochelle Hill
This was the best Spring Break ever.
Bill and Michelle, Thanks for a wonderful trip! The food, the water adventures and the fellowship with you both has made for an unforgettable family vacation. Hope to return to Steppin Up again in the future.
Fondly, Melissa and Fred Duggan - Mississippi
Dear Captain Bill and Ms Michelle,
This was the best Spring Break ever. Thank yall for everything! Ms. michelle, your food is so good and I like food! Captn Bill thank you for taking me snorkeling, it was so cool how many shells we found! If we do this again (which I hope we will) I hope we do it with yall. With a lot of Love, Brady Duggan age 13
The Beeden Family Dec 17- 25 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our week onboard and would highly recommend Steppin Up to anyone.

The Crew:
Bill was an excellent Captain who kept us safe sailing and snorkelling around the BVI. His local knowledge was valuable as he tailored our holiday requests to perfection.
Michelles cooking and frozen drinks were delicious. The menu was well thought out, all made from scratch, delicious and plentiful.
Both Michelle and Bill were very attentive and catered to our every whim. They completely spoiled us.
As this was our first charter boat holiday, we were very nervous about sailing in such close quarters with two people we didn't know. Our fears left us shortly after boarding the boat.
Michelle and Bill were great in the fact that they knew when to step back and give us family time and within a few days of being on board, we all became good friends.
I liked the fact that Bill didnt drink. Ive heard/seen some horror stories about Charter Captains who drink with the guests and get drunk.
Both Michelle and Bill are very interesting people who are easy to chat with and are extremely friendly and welcoming.

The Boat:
Steppin Up is a beautiful boat that is well maintained and beautifully decorated.
This boat was spotless at all times.
There was plenty of space on board both above and below deck.
The rooms were all well appointed and the inside seating area was a nice place to escape from the sunshine.
Seating in the Bow besides the trampolines is a bonus. Great place to enjoy sunset drinks.
Steppin Up has plenty of shade options which is needed some days. Shade available for both the bow and outside dining area / cockpit.

The Itinerary
Bill and Michelle provided an itinerary that absolutely suited our family.
We are early birds and therefore like to get up, get going and avoid the crowds. Bill made sure that we beat the crowds to a few of the major BVI Hot Spots.
We had the right amount of beach time and snorkelling time.
During our trip we adjusted our itinerary which was no problem for Bill.
What I liked about the itinerary was the flexibility that was built into it. If we got to a place and wanted to stay longer, no problem. If we got to a place and were ready to move on earlier, no problem. Michelle and Bill were very accommodating with the itinerary which was greatly appreciated.
There was not one stop on the itinerary that we didnt like.
The itinerary provided made sure that we were not spending our days travelling hours to each place with the exception of sailing to/from Anegada.

On Board Service
We were pampered on board Steppin Up. Michelle and Bill could not do enough for us. We were definitely spoiled.



What we liked about the holiday:
Watching movies after dinner outside on the big screen
The floating mat for the water
The water toys (kayak, paddle board).
Snorkling
Swimming
Moving from place to place and enjoying the beautiful sites of the BVIs
Learning interesting info from Bill and Michelle about the BVIs
Michelles Cooking & Frozen Drinks
Not having to cook myself
Bills knowledge of where to snorkel. We have only ever snorkelled from the beach, so when Bill took us to our first snorkelling location in the dingy and the depth was about 40ft, we were a little skeptical, however because he was there we didn't want to seem like scardy cats so we just jumped in and never looked back. When we snorkelled, Bill was always watching out for us ensuring our safety at all times. I can honestly say that the snorkelling was awesome.
Sailing to Anegada and seeing the dolphins swim alongside the boat
All the sea life we saw snorkelling and just being on the boat
Being outside from first thing in the morning to after dark each day
The Conch Horn! Great Fun

We had a great family holiday on board Steppin Up. I would not hesitate to recommend Steppin Up to anyone.

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Steppin Up is based out of Red Hook Marina in St Thomas from November through July, with the USVIs and BVIs as the yacht's primary cruising grounds. Sailing between St Thomas, the British Virgin Islands or the Spanish Virgin Islands brings you to so many beautiful locations in the Caribbean.
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