Early March, 2017, charterers aboard VIKING DREAM said:
I am following the questions on your Post Charter Review to provide you feedback on our recent charter on the Viking Dream.
Let me preface my review by saying this sailing adventure was one of, or maybe the best vacation I've ever taken. Sailing on the Viking Dream was beyond all my expectations.
The Viking Dream is an exquisite boat. Every inch of it is immaculate. It is Mark and Sally's home and they take great pride in it and it shows. The boat is spacious and extremely comfortable. I loved swinging in the hammock chair or lounging in the bean bag chairs and of course sunning on the deck. The state rooms are very good size (for boat living) and are appointed with plenty of cabinets, lockers and shelves to accommodate all of your gear.You want for nothing on the Viking Dream. Sally and Mark make sure you have everything and are always comfortable. Truly, we were treated like royalty. It was the most wonderful experience. On board the Viking Dream are all the water toys and equipment as advertised. My sisters, mom and I had a ball kayaking and snorkeling and tubing and paddle boarding. (There was even more to do like fishing and windsurfing, but we opted for more relaxing!)
Mark was great with making suggestions for activities and getting us to the best places to do them. He was always ready and willing to get our equipment ready for us.
Mark is a captain extraordinaire. Besides catering to his guests, he sails the Viking Dream with amazing skill and ease. Sally is his first mate. Together they work like a fine tuned machine, in tandem, seamlessly sailing and managing the boat.With Sally and Mark at the helm, you don't have a care in the world.
Sally is a chef beyond compare. She treated us to 3 meals a day ( and appetizers at cocktail hour) that dazzled both my taste buds and my eyes. Each was an exquisite masterpiece worthy of a photo in a cookbook. Day in and day out we were awed by Sally's decadent creations. Additionally, Sally considered all of our food preferences. I LOVED every dish she prepared (and was stuffed at the end of each meal.)
With 100% confidence I would recommend sailing with Mark and Sally on the Viking Dream. ( I already have!) If I ever have the opportunity to charter a boat again I would only sail on the Viking Dream.
Very truly yours,
Late February 2017 guests aboard VIKING DREAM say:
Mark & Sally
What a way to ring in my 50th year! This trip has EXCEEDED our expectations in every way. We knew whichever port was around the corner or what delicious food would be put on the table, it was all nothing less than perfect.
We couldnt have asked for better hosts and company. We hope to set sail with you both and the Viking Dream again!
Thanks again for the PERFECT FAMILY VACATION
Joe, Christie, Bennett and Hannah
PS: Diet starts on Monday we have NEVER feasted on such amazing food!
Mid February 2017 guests abaord VIKING DREAM said:
Dear Mark and Sally
We had a WONDERFUL WEEK!
We have been pampered beyond our expectations. The three meals each day, and everything else have been fabulous.
The presentation of the food was outstanding. We appreciated and admire the work you do for your guests. Having sailed ourselves before, we know what effort it takes to make everything work.
Anneliese and Erich
January 2017, Rolfsmeyers 3rd visit and Wendts 2nd visit!
Our second sail with Mark & Sally, and just as wonderful as we remember. The BVI is Great, but would not be the same without them. Thanks for such Great Care; Gourmet Food; Custom Cocktails; & your Expertise. Its as if we are sailing with old friends. SO . NOT GOODBYE, BUT . SEE YOU LATER!
Jim and Marysue Wendt
Friday January 20th 2017
As our children still define this sailing trip BVI BEST VACATION EVER!
Thank you again for your hospitality, lovely wine and spirits, awesome food, and allowing us to come this week. (changing your own travel plans!). You have a wonderful home on the sea, and have made it a VERY SPECIAL PLACE. Hope we can do this again.
Kelli & Eric (Rick) Rolfsmeyer
Friday January 20th 2017
New Year 2016/ 17, Esbaugh Family
WATCH NICK ESBAUGH'S AMAZING VIDEO ON U TUBE ABOUT THEIR CHARTER: Viking Dream Charter B.V.I.
From the first day until the last minute spent with you (Mark and Sally), we enjoyed every minute & could not have imagined how much FUN we could have jam packed all in one week. The catamaran was always kept clean, the cabins were spacious and cosy, the food top notch gourmet; and Sally & Mark you were THE MOST WONDERFUL HOSTS!
Some of our favouites.
Viking Games Barb
Trivia of the Day Rick
Drink of the Day All!!
Marks Boat skills and getting us to the front of the line ALWAYS All
Bar in the Water All
Gourmet Food All
We truly THANK YOU for making everything so special
The Esbaughs (Barb, Rick, Cassie, Nick, Meagan & Mitch Swabby!)
"Just back from another tremendous vacation on Viking Dream. The difference was this was our first trip with other couples, sans children, making the Captian's poison of the day even more enjoyable and the nights under the stars romantic (trampolines are fun). Mark and Sally's knowledge of bays meant that we not only had a fabulous lunch at Deadman's Beach with a steel drum band one day, a few nights later they found a secluded bay with just one other boat (during the peak of the charter season). We found so many different fish, coral, and fans, all with incredible colors, at the snorkeling spots they took us too we spent cocktail hour going through the books and talking about what we'd seen. I've always loved Sally's cooking and it was particularly delicous not having to limit for child's preferences. I love taking the helm of Viking Dream as we cruise down the channel, all enjoying the spectacular views. A truly enjoyable vacation."
- Andrew Z. Dec. 2016
November 2016, Multi repeat guests the Ditges wrote a fabulous poem!
There once was a yacht named Viking
In which Mark and Sally took a liking.
They escaped from the Swan to the Boat we are on.
One day we went sailing, when the winds were prevailing;
The spinnaker was raised, to all awe and praise!
At nine knots we were cruising, no one got a bruising, as we were all boozing!
Captain Mark led us on snorkelling excursions, often in places with real Fat Virgins.
Saw lots of coral & pretty fish, however Turtles were amiss.
On Saba Rock what a disgrace, when the Tarpon splashed Lauras face.
Back to the boat we went,
Viking Vibrations were spent!
Our palates were teased with all meals we were pleased.
Captains poison by Mark, includes stormy and dark.
The Admiral in the galley, creating dishes by Sally.
The Dreams been visited by Tom and Pete, and other guests that often repeat.
Who all try not to spill wine on the seat.
The red all soaked in not sure whether Cab or Zin,
But Tom and Petes napkins held it all in!:)
Pirate jokes were told they never get old!
The Trivia flies, Captain Mark is so wise.
We remember not one, so when we are back for more fun, booze and sun,
Repeating questions will fool everyone!
Sally won twice at the game of dice.
Captain called foul, saying it wasnt nice.
We were all the crew with nothing to do,
But to try hard to drink all of the brew.
All hail to the Queen,
This trip was a DREAM!
If you are reading this you know what we mean!!
An original poem by:
June, 2016, guests aboard VIKING DREAM say:
We had a great time on Viking Dream. The boat was immaculate at all times. Sally's meals were delicious and beautifully plated. Mark was great both in educating all of us with his daily trivia questions and mapping out our daily journey, as well as carting the kids around endlessly for water sports. My mom enjoyed every second of the trip.
Thank you for all your help,
Mueller family 26 April 2016
April 23 2016
Its difficult to describe on a page how incredible the experience was that you provided us this week. The boat was beautiful and spotless and extremely cozy and comfortable.
The food was so delicious that we cannot fathom how you could create it in a galley.
The sights and activities were so much fun that we cant decide what our favourites were.The nature walk with Mark? The Hot Dog? Snorkelling? Cow Wreck Beach?
With your indepth knowledge of the area, history, nature and sailing; every experience was that much more meaningful and FUN.
Meeting the two of you, and hearing your stories was also a joy. Not only did we feel spoiled beyond words, we also felt incredible safe in your well organised, thoughtful and careful hands.
Thank you so very much for everything and please do visit us in Rhode Island
Marian, Beatrice, Victoria, Vivenne and Emma Mueller
Nov - Dec 2015
20TH DECEMBER 2015
Dear Mark and Sally
Thank you so much for sharing your Dream and islands with our family!
You are both totally awesome!
Sally in the Galleys gourmet creations in that small space are nothing short of miraculous!
Whenever Ben refuses to eat his greens, we will remind him of him eating Sallys.
Mark, thank you for your patience in entertaining the boys out on the water. You finally managed to tire out an 11 and 13 year old!
Thank you for making this a dream Vacation. We hope to be soon Living the Dream again.
Thank you Marjorie, Gaston, Andrew & Ben Ontario,Canada
21st NOVEMBER 2015
If possible, our second visit with you was even better than our first. Cant wait for our next visit. Hopefully not so long between trips!
Lots of love Rick Noss, USA
Thank you for the great time! Cant wait until our next trip and all the fun we will have.
Lots of love. DJ & Jim, USA
Time of my life! You are wonderful hosts. Best time ever and hope to return again some day soon!
Thanks for everything. Brett, USA
Thank you for the best holiday we have had. The food and company were amazing. You offer the best charter in the BVI.
We look forward to seeing you again soon. Brian & Baby Kyle, USA
11TH NOVEMBER 2015
Thank you for giving us a very memorable trip. From the time we stepped on board you created a wonderful, fun and family like experience. You led us to the best spots to snorkel, best for overnight and best for seeing the beautiful islands.
We cant imagine doing this with any other boat. We cant thank you enough for our wonderful vacation. We wont have another Rum Punch, Painkiller or even a touch of rum without these memories!
Kelly & Mark Lee, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Wonderful sailing, snorkelling and friendship in between 3 gourmet meals a day. Plus Appetisers that we often mistook for the meal itself!
Just a perfect week. We hope to see Captain Cocktail and Admiral Sally next year for another adventure. That gives us about 12 months to work off the excess!
Vacations dont get any better than this! We will miss you Mark & Sally.
Hank & Ruth Vacarro, Florida, USA
From the Scott party, aboard in February, 2008
We will be happy to fill out the questionnaire below but can also give you a one word summary and brief commentary.
The experience with Mark and Sally was simply superb.
They are first and foremost highly competent sailors, with long prior experience with the Moorings, who know every square inch of their cruising area. Combine this with the fact that they are both former business professionals who have applied a feel at home, service first approach to the this business, and left no detail, small or large, unaddressed in their attempt to provide their guests with a safe and truly memorable cruising experience. Put another way, they absolutely know their stuff, and take great pride and personal pleasure in what they do, and it surly shows.
We went aboard strangers, and came away friends, and our family could not have asked more from this vacation experience.
Thank you Sonja---you made an excellent call with this recommendation to us.
Dec. 29 - january 5, 2013
Yacht: S/V Viking Dream
Date: December 29, 2012-January 5, 2013
Obviously since this is my second time, I have nothing but praise for Mark and Sally. Everything was better the second time around. To help express this, I had one of our other guests fill out the form. I have read though it and completely agree with everything she said.
Comment on the comfort onboard Viking Dream:
Even though this was my second trip aboard the Viking Dream, it still surprises me how much room there is in each of the cabins. My husband and I are very tall (64 and 510) and we slept comfortably in our cabin and had no issues with moving around in our cabin and anywhere else on board the yacht. We never lacked for space to put our belongings, even though we over packed again granted, we packed as recommended in soft duffle bags. Outside of the cabin was my favorite place to be and there was no shortage of comfortable places to get some sun or take a nap. I loved the sun awning that Mark put up for us over the nets when we got to our moorings/anchors for the evening.
Comment on the condition of Viking Dream:
It is obvious that Mark and Sally love their home and take pride in its condition. The Viking Dream is in phenomenal condition for being exposed to the elements all day, every day. There was never something missing or lacking aboard the Viking Dream and everything was in perfect working order.
Comment on the cleanliness of Viking Dream:
Mark and Sally keep the Viking Dream spotless. Its amazing to me how quickly they clean our cabins (during breakfast) and where they find the place to store our fresh linens (full change out mid-week). Everything is cleaned, locked down and put away before we sail and its simply amazing to watch Mark and Sallys efficient teamwork.
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew:
You would be hard-pressed to meet two people that are more congenial than Mark and Sally. They welcome you like family the minute you meet them at the dock and are always happy to talk with you about the locals, the food, the snorkeling, the Viking Dreamreally anything you ask a question about, Mark and Sally are ready and excited to talk. Any company in the service industry would love to have people like Mark and Sally make their guests/customers feel welcome.
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew:
Mark and Sally are the best of the best when it comes to service. From having food or drinks ready whenever you want to catering the charter to the many activities six people can come up with, they go above and beyond. One thing I want to point out is that when we booked our charter for New Years Eve, Mark and Sally reached out to us immediately to see if we wanted to spend the holiday at Foxys. Our group decided to give it a go and Mark and Sally made sure they had a dock spot reserved in advance. Talk about quick service and planning ahead. They knew what the holiday would be like and made sure it was as easy and fun for us to enjoy as possible.
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew:
Mark and Sally are so much fun to be around. Some of our favorite parts of the charter are happy hour when they sit down and share their life stories. These two have some amazing experiences that contribute to their ability to make sure everyone they come into contact with has fun. We loved the new Viking Olympic Gamesand the old classics. The fact that they come up with new games keeps us veterans from learning the tricks and winning all the time. The Viking Dream also has an extensive array of water toys. The hot dog was new to us this time and had all of us laughing throughout the afternoon. We loved it and cant wait to see what else they come up with.
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew:
Being on the Viking Dream during Yacht Week, it became apparent just how experienced Mark and Sally are. We heard about runaway tenders and saw sailboats flailing about without full sails. Mark was always happy to answer my questions about where we were anchoring and why. Oh, and one day Sally did some fantastic maneuvering to get us into a tight mooring. These two are highly skilled and very cautious when it comes to safety and sailing.
Nevertheless, their expertise extends beyond sailing to the locals, the food Sally cooks, and the wonderful sea life we saw on our snorkel tours (to name a few). You can tell Mark and Sally are respected in the community when other charters stop by to say hello, when the dock attendants make sure they (and us) are happy, etc. Additionally, Sally was always happy to teach me a trick or two in the kitchen (thank you) and Mark has eagle eyesI swear. We saw so many sea creatures on our snorkeling adventures one would think we were diving. It was great to be able to vaguely describe some fish I saw and Mark could pull out a book and point it out for me.
Comment on the quality of your meals:
I still havent lost the 10 pounds I put on from the last time I was on the Viking Dream. We love Sallys cooking. She accommodated us by providing our favorites and surprised us with some new favorites. It is such a tough decision whether to tell her what we love or let her surprise us. Sally is a world-class chef. One thing I want to point out is that she accommodated two of our pickier eaters with no onions or mushrooms, while the rest of us could enjoy them.
Comment on the presentation of your meals:
In a past life, Sally was DaVinci especially with desserts!
Would you charter this yacht again? (Circle one) YES NO
Absolutely! This is a once in a lifetime vacation that should not be taken only once in a lifetime. This vacation was more relaxing, enjoyable, and fun than my honeymoon two months prior.
New Years week, 2010 - 2011
Name: Mike & Melissa
Yacht: S/V Viking Dream
Date: December 27, 2010-January 3, 2011
Comment on the comfort onboard Viking Dream:
It was extremely comfortable! We were all thrilled to have bathrooms in all of our cabins, too!
Comment on the condition of Viking Dream: Extremely clean, cozy and perfect!
Comment on the cleanliness of Viking Dream: A++ Its obvious Mark and Sally are passionate about their boat, and it shows how much they love and care for it.
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew: Perfect! They made us feel as if we were their family.
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew: Beyond our expectationsthe level of service was incredibly awesome!
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew: Mike, and I and our 2 children, Christina and Dillon all agreed that it was our most FUN and BEST family vacation, ever! The Viking Olympics were a blast!
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew: We always felt safe and in great hands. We were so impressed how Mark and Sally worked so well together helping each other drive the boat, raise sails, etc..and they never argued about itha!
Comment on the quality of your meals: Perfect! We were blown away at the fact that all meals everyday were of 5-star quality.unbelievable considering the small area they have to prepare meals. They were all delicious!
Comment on the presentation of your meals: Beautiful presentations! We were so impressed with all of the different place settings each meal and the adorable-shaped napkins!
Would you charter this yacht again? (Circle one) YES NO YES!!! Most Certainly! We have told many, many people about our incredible vacation and highly recommend the Viking Dream/Mark and Sally!
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Most definitely. We could not have asked for anyone better able to take care of 3 very different couples.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Immaculate yet comfortable. We felt very confident that the quality would surpass our expectations for the duration of the trip.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
We had a fairly constant breeze so there was very good ventilation. I would expect that this would be the case even without the winds we experienced.
4. Was the food good and well presented?
The food was exceptional and several people in our group gave the quality and presentation a 5 star rating.
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Mark and Sally took no time at all to discover our preferences and brought us to places that fulfilled our wishes, ie. snorkelling, shopping, dinners on shore, etc.
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
The service and attention we received was second to none and other than carry our luggage I cannot think of another thing they could have done for us on this trip.
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
This is the first time the six of us have travelled as a group and the first time 3 of the group had been on a sailing trip such as this. Everyone, with no exception, raved about the whole trip and are anxious to go again. We thank you for suggesting Mark and Sally and we especially thank Mark and Sally for making this experience something all of us will remember for a very long time. All the best and happy sailing to all of you. Judy
A Few of the 2011 Guest Testimonials
29th October 2011
Mark and Sally
Since the moment we arrived at VIKING DREAM, we were home. There was no stone unturned and we wanted for nothing. The energy on VIKING DREAM is so positive and loving, and all we can only figure its from Mark and Sally.
The Love and Partnership these two have is infectious. Beautiful.
All Glasses were never empty and our bellies were always full with food thats nothing short of BRILLIANT
Every detail was anticipated. This was an amazing trip for all. The BEST VACATION EVER. I hope to return.
With Love, Gary
29th July 2011
ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELVES!
The Food , Drinks and FUN were outstanding!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us.
AS ALWAYS we cant wait to plan our next trip with you
XOXO Pam and Craig Tyler
30th June to 7th July 2011
Thank you so much for a spectacular sailing vacation. Everything from Sallys delicious meals to Marks world class eggs to our Daily Cocktail surprises, we thoroughly enjoyed it all.
We managed to pack a lot into the week. Memories that we will talk about for along long time!
You both made us feel completely at ease with the sailing and creating fun drinks in honour of the sailing.
We feel VERY LUCKY to have been your guests and we feel VERY LUCKY to have made new friends in you both.
We loved hearing of your year long World Travelling adventure. You have inspired us and we look forward to our next sailing with you and hearing more about it.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR A GREAT VACATION it will go down in our books as one of our best.
Warm wishes for safe travels,
Deb, Eric, Alex and Sam Schurr