|Guest cabin configuration:|
|3 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Built||2011 (Refit 2014)|
|Children Allowed||Yes (Min. age: None)|
|Home port||Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
Blue Moon is a 2011 Lagoon 560 crewed sailing catamaran offering fun vacations in the Caribbean for up to 6 guests.
The yacht is spacious and comfortable and with upgraded carbon fiber rigging has tremendous performance sailing capabilities.
Catamaran Blue Moon has a large yacht feel yet you still get an intimate sailing experience. With three large guest staterooms, seating area on the foredeck, roomy cockpit and a fly bridge unlike any other catamaran, guest will come aboard Blue Moon and never want to leave!
The fly bridge is a great place to lay back and watch your crew sail you through the BVI's or get involved and help them out. You can also choose to lounge in the trampolines and cool off with the splashing of the waves or feel the breeze on your face sitting in the foredeck seating area. Your professional crew will be around shortly to bring you a pillow to cushion your head and a cold beverage to quench your thirst!
Home port: Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
All meals are included in the regular charter rate, however a 'half board' meal plan is available if you prefer to dine ashore:
7 night half board includes a combination of 7 lunches and dinners, all breakfasts, snacks, happy hour canapes and standard ships bar. A total of 7 lunches and dinners must be taken ashore at guest's expense (of these 3 must be dinners).
Beautiful top deck lounge area.
Communications: Depending on signal strength, WiFi suitable for emails. No streaming.
-Yacht has applied for BVI Fishing Vessel Registration., -2 Stand up paddle boards, -Beach towels, -Blue underwater lights, -Six man floating island, -3 person tube, -2 floating rafts, -2 bean bag chairs, -Nespresso Coffee machine
Sam & Rosemary
Sam and Rose are a fun, energetic couple with a shared lifelong love of sailing. They bring their shared skills and experience on the water and in the galley together to create an unforgettable vacation for their charter guests.
Captain Sam grew up in the middle of Cairo, Egypt. In the summers he learned to sail and windsurf on Martha’s Vineyard at his mother’s childhood home, and learned to dive in the Red Sea at the age of 14. After working for several years as an electrical engineer, Sam decided to head to sea. He bought his first “big boat”, a 51 ft monohull, in 2007. He sailed from New England to the Grenadines and spent the next several years running charters in the Caribbean from Bequia to Anguilla, sailing back north to the US every hurricane season.
Sam has lived in and explored the Virgin Islands since 2010, working as a sailing instructor and charter captain. Additionally, Sam is a licensed PADI scuba instructor, and loves introducing even the greenest beginners to SCUBA diving!
Chef and First Mate Rose can’t imagine a life away from the ocean. Hailing from Boston, MA, she grew up down the street from the harbor and spent many happy summer days tide pooling and snorkeling in the murky waters of Cape Cod. She took her first free sailing lesson at the age of 8, quickly taking to the sport and returning to the same community sailing center every summer. She started teaching there at 14, and over the next 10 years went on to hold a multitude of positions, from environmental educator to regatta and event management to creating adaptive programming for the disabled. While looking for a teaching job in the fall of 2011 a friend convinced her to drop everything and help deliver a boat from Annapolis to St Thomas. Upon arrival, Rose decided that she liked big sailboats, warm clear water, and Sam. The choice to stay was easy...read more
Sam and Rose have worked together in the Virgin Islands for the last four years, first managing and teaching at a sailing school, then working as a captain and chef team since 2014. They quickly made their mark in the charter scene, becoming one of the busiest and most popular crews in the Virgin Islands by the end of their first season. Rose applies her natural perfectionism to creating a healthy, fresh menu suited to your exact needs and desires, and provides a culinary experience that looks beautiful, tastes delicious, and makes you feel good! Sam has a knack for finding the best anchoring spot, and never says no to “one more run on the tube!” They are committed to creating your ideal vacation, whether that means scuba and hiking all day, sitting in the floating island with a cocktail, enjoying unplugged time with family, or dancing all night at the bar or on the bow. Welcome aboard Blue Moon!
|Winter 2017 to 2018||$22,000||$22,500||$23,000||$23,500||$24,000|
|Winter 2018 to 2019||$23,000||$23,500||$24,000||$24,500||$25,000|
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.
Hours required between charters: 48hrs
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Blue Moon!
Sam and Rose could not have been nicer or more accommodating to our group. From the moment we stepped on board we felt at home. They provided the perfect amount of 5 star service. Sam is the perfect captain, always finding the best snorkeling spots and getting there at the right time. We felt very safe with him. And Rose' chef skills are actually unbelievable. We had a somewhat varied group with their likes and dislikes. Rose pleased everyone! And 3 weeks after our trip we are still missing her meals! We thought we'd be having more meals on shore during our charter but honestly we never wanted to leave the boat! We felt like we made great friends over the week.
Blue Moon was perfect for our group. The bedrooms were surprisingly spacious and the various decks and seating areas had more than enough room for 5 adults! We could spread out in our own areas or socialize together. There were also plenty of shady areas to get out of the sun. The air conditioning worked perfectly. The rooms were cleaned every day, with an occasional towel animal left on our bed! We loved the rafts and floats and didn't use the other stuff but could have.
We are still all talking about the meals! We really couldn't believe what Rose made in that kitchen. Everything was made from scratch, every sauce, marinade, pastry, bread. We felt very spoiled. We felt healthy after our week on board. Even with the added rum punches and painkillers! The meals were beautiful works of art, we took pictures of most of it (and Sam's napkin folding!). Just can't say enough about it!
The itinerary was absolutely perfect! We did so much more than we expected. It was nice not having to make too many decisions on where to go. We just went where Sam and Rose felt we would have fun! They were spot on - a perfect mix of snorkeling spots, beach bars, floating on the raft areas, the secluded beaches of Anegada. Amazing! They had organized a rental car there and Rose took us around the island. Things like that really made the difference. We were spoiled in a way we weren't used to.
100% happy with Sailing Directions! And I have already recommended you all to others. Just a 5 star service. Always emailed me back within a few hours.
This was our first charter and we were nervous with all the unknowns, but after this experience with Sam and Rose on Blue Moon we are absolutely considering another trip.
At each beach bar or restaurant we went to, we would strike up conversation with other sailors and charter captains. Every person told us how lucky we were to be on Blue Moon with Sam and Rose! And we knew that as well. But to have that wonderful reputation around the islands is such a tribute to their hard work and desire to provide people a trip of a lifetime! We hope we have more than one trip with them!
Caroline S, aboard Catamaran Blue Moon sailing the Virgin Islands
Sam & Rosemary did an amazing job and we were so happy that they were our Captain and Chef. Sam was so accommodating to our water activities especially taking our Daughter and Son-in-law scuba diving several times and at night. He took us to some of the best beaches and bars so now we have many fond memories to enjoy. He seems to be well respected by his peers and a very seasoned Captain. We have never seen two people work so hard, from morning to late night. If we ever do this again they would be our first choice for a crew.
Blue Moon is a beautiful boat, very clean, nicely decorated. We felt like we could have our own space at times to go read, relax and be alone or watch Sam sail the boat. As far as a best feature of the catamaran, we felt all the water activities that we were able to enjoy were amazing and the bedrooms were very comfortable. Slept like babies!
We can't say enough about Rosemary's menus and how she accommodated all our dietary needs from Vegans to meat lovers. Having to cook two different meals for every setting was telling of a wonderful cook. Her homemade cinnamon rolls were to die for and she even made them vegan so we all could enjoy them. So many delicious meals that we all gained some weight but it was well worth it. Like being at a 5 star restaurant! THANKS ROSEMARY!
John at Sailing Directions was always available to talk to and answered all our questions.
Sam and Rosemary were in constant contact with us before our sail to make sure they had all our requests and needs fulfilled. Thanks to Sam and Rosemary for taking us to the best spots in the BVI's!
Jane V, aboard Catamaran Blue Moon sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic cruise, Jack and Jaimey are outstanding and we would highly commend them. Blue Moon is also a great boat.
Bruce B, aboard Catamaran Blue Moon sailing the Virgin Islands
Our group had a wonderful time on the Blue Moon catamaran! The boat was very comfortable and clean. The rooms were spacious and the walk-in showers were awesome!
The best part of the Blue Moon is the crew. We absolutely loved Captain Jack and Jaimey! They were so much fun and always made us feel comfortable. We were so spoiled with Jaimey's cooking. Even the picky eaters on our boat loved every meal. None of us ever even opened the snack cabinet.
Jack was such an experienced Captain and was always eager to teach us about sailing. Jack and Jaimey were also very good about planning our itinerary and giving us great options. The trip was so memorable thanks to them. I would highly recommend this boat and especially this crew!
We were happy with Sailing Directions' service and really appreciated all of the pre-trip information you provided. We appreciated the way we were able to make our payments by credit card rather than having to wire the funds.
Joyce R, aboard Catamaran Blue Moon sailing the British Virgin Islands
The vessel is truly sailing and sleeping in total comfort and style. There are areas available on the fly bridge, salon, up front near the trampoline areas in the cockpit, as well as he back deck seating for couples to have privacy and some space in addition to each of the very comfortable cabins.
The linens are top notch and the décor is so perfectly blended with the vibe in the BVI. The toilets are electric so no "pumping" to flush as most people have experienced on some boats. Blue Moon has plenty of toys and recreational equipment with a kayak, paddle board, rafts, noodles and a six person float with drink holders. The dinghy can be used to pull you behind it with a kneeboard, etc too. Snorkel gear is available and if you wish to dive or fish, they will coordinate that for you as well. There is one hair dryer on board (though you'll rarely if ever use it), and there are stocked shower gels, shampoo, and conditioner dispensers in every shower, and at the back of the boat at the top of the sugar scoop so you don't need to pack those supplies unless you choose to. I found them to be great products and smelled very nice.
The boat has wifi and satellite TV (though we only bothered to turn it on once during our trip, for the bowl games on Jan 1st). Beach towels are provided and you do not need to pack them. They stow your suitcase%luggage for you so it's not in the way and you live out of the more than ample storage space and drawers in your cabin. No one could fill all the drawer space in the spacious quarters for a one or two week trip.
Packing advice: You'll read lots of things that say pack light, but I'm telling you I travel a lot for business and pleasure and rarely over or under pack. I kept this in mind and still over packed! When I go back next year, I'm taking swimsuits, maybe 3 shorts%t-shirts%outfits and 3 beach covers plus my toiletries. Unless you are doing upscale dining at a luxury resort ashore at night, you will rarely wear clothes beyond your swimwear and the t-shirts etc. that you'll buy along the adventure.
The tours, islands, and the overall options available throughout the BVI are endless. Captain Jack and Jaimey will accommodate any place you wish to go or see, and no two tours are really ever the same. Spots I would recommend you not miss are Bitter End Yacht Club, Soggy Dollar, The Baths, and a ride ashore around Virgin Gorda. Certainly there are plenty of other choices, but these are all must see%do items on every first timers list to say the least. We also enjoyed the Marina on the side of JVD where Foxy's Taboo is. Very nice stop whether or not the bubbly pools are active that day or not. They often find just the perfect spot, bay, or cove to anchor for a delightful breakfast with a fabulous view which may include caves (you can later snorkel) or a beach you can swim to. Captain Jack will dingy you to shore for tours, to reefs for a snorkel, or to a dock for nightlife. He absolutely does not mind picking you up, no matter how late it gets. He really is the best and you feel no imposition at all.
Jaimey and Captain Jack are absolutely unparalleled hosts. They think of everything, and make you feel completely at ease. We had coordinated and emailed several times before the trip and spoken to Captain Jack once to firm up details about 3 weeks prior to our trip, and literally from the moment we arrived, we did not feel like guests at all. They showed us all around, and made sure we knew where things were and how to use them. They had snacks and drinks waiting, and options for us to choose from that first afternoon. By the time dinner was over that night we felt like they were on the vacation with us and we'd known them for a long time.
They do the "beds and heads" so discretely each day before you even realize they were ever missing. (They've already made your bed and cleaned your cabin.) Captain Jack is a wealth of information about the islands and historical details about the BVI. Each morning after breakfast he gets the map out, reviews where you've been and what that day's options are, and then the group lets him know their preference for the day's sail and destinations. He's happy to involve you in the sailing activities if you wish to, or you can just relax and watch.
Jaimey doubles as the 1st mate and chef, and while it's hard to tell which one she's best at, you'll truly be "wowed" by her galley skills. She doesn't miss a thing on your preference sheet, accommodates different diet types with ease, and prepares and presents each meal in a way that is simply out of this world. We actually ate ashore one evening, and while it was good, we all wished we'd stayed aboard Blue Moon for Jaimey's dInner!
Captain Jack sets the table each day with fresh beautiful linens, followed by Jaimey describing that meal's offering as it is served. Her dishes stimulate one taste bud after another as well as plated with stunning presentations and garnishes. Truly each meal was better than the next, and just as we thought she couldn't possibly top one - she would! They are so Kodak-moment-like that you almost think they are too pretty to eat. (We always took a picture first though!) You are served breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack tray with happy hour, followed by dinner and dessert. Fresh baked cookies are made many days as well. She makes many of the breads herself and has become a master of local fresh provisioning. We had a pirate themed party one night complete with costumes. They pulled together costuming and joined us. Jaimey made a pirate themed dessert that night with cupcakes and decorations and pirate inspired drinks for us too.
I really cannot say enough good things about Jack and Jaimey. We felt like family and were just as sad to leave them, personally as we were to leave the beautiful island destinations they showed us. They are game for anything, think of everything, have endless tips and recommendations, unmatched service and are the kindest and fun people we could have ever hoped would crew our vacation sail and become "part of the family."
There is absolutely no doubt we will be back, and the only choice for us is Blue Moon with Captain Jack and Jaimey. My only worry is that as word about them continues to travel, they may be already booked the week we decide to go!I cannot imagine a more perfect experience than what they provided to our group!
Daphne M, aboard Catamaran Blue Moon sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew aboard Blue Moon will design and recommend an itinerary to meet the needs of their guests. There are no set times for anything and we are happy to travel at the pace of our guests. The goal of the week is to relax and have fun! Your crew are one of the top professional crews in the yachting industry, so grasp each moment with both hands and savor these special times.
Itinerary is subject to changed based on pick up/drop off locations, weather, and of course, guest requests!
Sample 7 night itinerary for the British Virgin Islands
You may board your yacht at 12 Noon from Hodges Creek Marina in East End Tortola. Upon boarding you can enjoy a tropical cocktail prepared by your Captain. The Captain will then show you to your cabin while the first mate prepares a delightful lunch. After lunch, we will depart Hodges Creek and set sail for Cooper Island. Anchored in the calm waters of Cooper Island you can spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling around Cistern Point, laying on the beach or trying out the many watersports toys we have aboard Blue Moon. Hors d'oeuvres are served round 5 pm, the chef will bring out snacks and your favorite happy hour cocktail for all to enjoy. Take in your first gorgeous sunset while relaxing on the fly bridge. After sunset, dinner is served in the main cockpit area under the stars for everyone to enjoy your first tropical calm evening in Paradise.
After a good morning breakfast, a morning sail can take you to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This takes roughly an hour and a half to sail and is most picturesque. Upon arrival at the Baths, you will see the most spectacular rock formations from the Batholithic period. Your Captain will take you ashore and give you a guided tour, full of history and interesting facts about the area. Only flip flops and a swimsuit are needed for this adventure! After your walk through the Bath the first mate will meet you on the beach in Devils Bay with cold drinks and your snorkel equipment. You can snorkel in and out of the giant boulders and then head back to your luxurious yacht Blue Moon for a refreshing lunch! After Lunch, we will set sail for Long Bay on Virgin Gorda where we will anchor for the night. Happy Hour cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 o'clock. The view at sunset from Long Bay Virgin Gorda simply cannot be beaten. It is a view 25 miles down to St Thomas where the sun sets, surrounding you on the horizon are a multitude of tropical islands in the sun. Every night at sunset is dead calm here, so enjoy Happy hour with treats and cocktails and let your mind escape into paradise. It is here on a full moon that you can see each grain of sand on the seabed 15 feet below. Dinner is served in the cockpit after which the crew will turn out the lights and everyone will head up to the trampoline for some of the most spectacular star gazing you will ever see.
You will wake up in Long Bay Virgin Gorda where we will spend the morning enjoying the crystal clear water and the 1 mile long foot-print free beach. There are no palm trees at this anchorage but collecting sea shells on the beach or snorkeling is divine. For those who are keen, the Captain will take you for a snorkel to the 'Jacuzzi,' an underwater swim through which leads you into a pool enclosed by a circular rock wall! Blue Moon will then set sail for the Bitter End Yacht club in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Lunch will be served upon arrival after which you will have time to go ashore and explore. We will then go for a short ride around to Eustachia Sound where we will anchor on a barrier reef with the Atlantic Ocean being the only thing in sight. Here you can go for a snorkel at one of the most fascinating spots in the BVI. The barrier reef stands up from 5 feet to 40 feet, this is where you'll see those rainbow colored fish and all the colored sponges and corals. Very few guests get to do this so make sure you are one of those few. Then, it's time to relax in the seating area on the bow looking out to the Atlantic Ocean sipping a Pina Colada reminiscing about the adventures of the day. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by your lovely first mate and with your eyes barely open, wonder off to bed for a good night's sleep.
After breakfast we will set sail for The Dogs. For those who wish to go scuba diving your crew will arrange a rendezvous dive here. The snorkeling around the Dogs is some of the best in the BVI. The hard and soft corals are a plenty, keep an eye out for lobsters, eels and even nurse sharks. Lunch will be served aboard Blue Moon after which we will set sail again for Marina Cay for the evening. Marina Cay (Republic of Jose Cuervo) is one of the smallest of the Virgin Islands and my favorite Caribbean island. Marina Cay has a lovely beach restaurant under the coconut palms where you can relax and enjoy the tropical surroundings, or you can jump in the warm crystal clear tropical waters and snorkel round the small reef. Children as well as adults can wakeboard, kneeboard or snorkel here, but going ashore to explore this island is a big "must." After dinner, for those who fancy a night of fun, music and possibly even some dancing, the Captain will take you across the way to another of the BVI's smallest islands, Bellamy Cay. This island bares a restaurant and bar called the Last Resort where a talented musician by the name of Al performs. Al has played in the BVI's for over ten years and should not be missed!
After a good breakfast, we will cruise to Monkey Point on Guana Island for some snorkeling. Snorkeling is wonderful at this spot or you can relax on your catamaran with your favorite book. We will only stay here for about an hour before we set sail and head down wind towards Jost Van Dyke and it's neighboring islands. This is a great sail to put out the fishing line and hope to catch a fish. Sandy Spit and Green Cay are all places of exceptional beauty. Just take your pick. Sandy Cay is a "must do" exploring adventure by foot, it is a short walk which commences on the beach and runs through thick coconut palms to a path leading up the top of a 50 feet cliff looking out to Sandy Cay, Tortola and the Atlantic. On your way back to the beach, pick up your favorite Hermit Crab friend and get ready for a high stakes Hermit Crab race. Take shoes, flip-flops, a camera and bug spray. This is one walk you will never forget. For the over-night stop, White Bay is secluded and quiet with only the Soggy Dollar Bar ashore; or Great Harbor is ideal for those who would like to visit the famous Foxy's. Let us know where you want to stay and then you can enjoy your happy hour, followed by dinner and good sleep!
After Breakfast we will set sail for Norman Island. Norman Island was used as the back drop in the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island," and there was in fact treasure found on this island at one time. On the way, we will stop for a snorkel and lunch at the Indians. This is a snorkel not to be missed. The shallow area filled with a soft coral garden on one side with a deep penetrating wall on the other makes this one of the most versatile snorkeling spots in the BVI. After lunch we will cruise over into the Bight for the night. Norman Island is a wonderful island for hiking and exploring, you can also visit the newly renovated Pirates Bight and lounge on the beach with a cocktail and play some Jenga. This is a good place to lay back with a book in a comfortable spot aboard Blue Moon. There are many choices for happy hour in this bay just let your crew know what you want to do! Dinner is enjoyed on board under the gorgeous stars above. You may wish to visit the famous Willy T which is a Brigantine pirate ship at anchor which acts as a restaurant and bar. This can be quite a lively place at night, so if it is night life you feel you need then the Willy T is where you need to head for this evening. Otherwise enjoy the night on Blue Moon before heading off to bed!
When everyone is up for the day, we will move the boat around the corner to the famous Caves. We will have breakfast here and then you can enjoy a nice calm snorkel. This is also a great place for water sports, so let your crew know what you want to try today! After The Caves we will set our sails for Deadman's Bay on Peter Island. Peter Island is host to Peter Island Resort which is owned by Amway. From Deadman's Bay you can go ashore and explore the resort, shop at the boutique, lay on the beach, or go for a hike. Snorkeling can be exciting in this bay as it is home to many Hawksbill Turtles and two beautiful Eagle Rays. The beach at Peter Island Resort is one of the most picturesque beaches in the BVI's so it's a great spot to take those last shots. We will enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour on the fly bridge following by a unforgettable dinner aboard Blue Moon.
After breakfast we will set sail for Hodges Creek where we will arrange taxi's to take you to the airport or ferry for your noon departure. Fun times were had and we will miss you, so make sure you come back and visit us again next year!