Below is a sample of the crewed charter yacht reviews that Sailing Directions receives from customers on a regular basis:
The trip was amazing, great times. Best family vacation ever.
Captain Magnus was fantastic with my kids, great personality and never stopped helping us find new places to explore. Chef Lindsey is awesome. World class chef in world class locations on a boat with only my family! It just doesn't get better.
Hypnautic was very clean, very comfortable and great atmosphere for a boat. I'd sail around the world on this boat if I could.
Lindsey is a great chef. Food was excellent. Dinners were first class, breakfast and lunch were outstanding. She did a great job at serving foods my whole family loved.
Our itinerary had 4-5 stops and we made 8-9. The beaches and adventures make my wife and I seriously consider changing careers to be closer to this lifestyle
John at Sailing Directions returned emails quickly which made decisions we needed to make much easier to process and decide. We even had a possible snag with the trip and John made the possibility of re-routing the trip easy. I'd highly recommend the service and attention he offered. Highly considering another charter and when the time is right again, I'll begin my vacation research the same way I did before, the only difference is I'll look at Sailing Directions first and only. It worked great.
Magnus and Lindsey are a GREAT team and I'd recommend anyone considering to sail with them with a million percent YES!! Both of my boys highly enjoyed their time with our crew.
Ryan L, aboard Catamaran Hypnautic, May 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
This was our third catamaran trip, and by far the best, mainly because of our crew, Joseph and Britta Stiles. They were absolutely wonderful - friendly, accommodating, and very attentive. Britta seemed to anticipate our every need, and was patient and helpful to those of us who were first timers on this trip. We loved her!
And Joseph's cooking - I can't say enough about it. Definitely a foodie's paradise on the Dianna Rose! It was like sailing on a 5 star restaurant, only better. His attention to detail in every meal was astounding. If he wasn't being captain and sailing the boat, he was Chef Joseph, prepping and preparing every meal. I don't think he ever sat still.
Between the two of them, they managed to find the perfect balance between relaxing time and keeping us busy. It was the perfect itinerary; we saw and did all we wanted to and still spent wonderful hours cruising the Caribbean. It was by far the trip of a lifetime.
We loved the boat - Dianna Rose was clean and comfortable, the perfect size for 6 passengers & crew. There is plenty of space to stretch out, front and back. I love the layout of the Lagoon 500.
I have always been very pleased with the service from Sailing Directions, and would recommend them to anyone considering this type of vacation. I hope we can do this again - with the same boat and crew!
Thanks for helping me put together this vacation. It was hard to come home!
Carol M, aboard Catamaran Dianna Rose, May 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The trip surpassed all our expectations and dreams. It was beyond beyond!
The boat was beyond beautiful, comfortable and immaculate and totally comfortable. Her size was a step above the norm which is what we wanted. It felt totally spacious. I love the teak wood throughout, the dining table that had two chairs and I loved the aft teak swim platforms. We also loved the bow with really comfie seating areas, trampoline and forward seats to stretch out over the water.
The bedrooms were amazing. There is one cabin that seems smaller due to the bed configuration but it never bothered anyone. The shower and bathrooms were incredible and made you feel like home. It was all amazing and so comfortable.
Jade and Pete are extraordinary with their culinary experience. They work together like a well-oiled machine to present the most decadent meals, decor, tastes and experience. Jades food was out of this world and Pete worked with her every step of the way with his grilling and many items he made himself. Every single meal whether breakfast, lunch or dinner was an event and everyone raved over each course. Everything was custom made for each guest.
There was nothing that fazed either of them and there was nothing that was too much trouble.
Jade worked tirelessly in the galley but she made it look effortless. It was the highlight of the day to have her dinner presentation and have her describe what she set in front of us. Rave reviews on everything.
Pete and I designed the itinerary together as this was a very unique sailing for 3 weeks and I had a very specific vision of what I wanted for routing and activities and site seeing. We sat down each week and designed together and Pete directed me to all the right things and extra things to do. He listened and really tried to accommodate my requests and learned the things that I loved. It was important to him. It made the trip so much better and we saw every single thing on my researched list except one and I made the call to skip it. I like his idea better to see some remote islands - he knew I would love them more.He was spot on.
Could’nt have been happier with Sailing Directions. John was incredible and always had answers for me. He always got back to me really quickly and answered everything very thoroughly.
The payment web site was really great and very easy to use. John was flexible and genuinely wanted to assist me.
Everything surpassed our expectations. Pete and Jade went out of their way to make is a trip of a lifetime. It is certainly a 5 star service level all the way. They are incredible and I highly recommend Xenia 50.
Barb B, aboard Catamaran Xenia 50, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had such an amazing trip. The boat is beautiful, and John and Shirelle were the most wonderful hosts. They made our trip fun, were knowledgeable and easy going about where we should go and what to do each day. Shirelle is such a talented cook. They were very flexible and helpful when deciding our route and always made sure we were well fed!
The yacht was beautiful. Very airy and well stocked with everything we needed. We loved the back seating area and upper deck seating areas.
The food was absolutely delicious. There was plenty of it, a wide variety each day and Shirelle was great with dietary requests.
Given this was our fifth charter we were pleased to try some new areas and snorkel spots. Everything was really great. We had a wonderful time.
David F, aboard Catamaran Amazing Blues, April 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Matt & Tara couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming!
Nana was a great boat, very comfortable for our group. Outdoor space was the best part of the boat.
The food was fantastic. Presentation was superb. Preferences were well customized, thanks Tara!
We tweaked the itinerary as we went along and found the best snorkeling and places to stay.
Sailing Directions were very organized and great to deal with. Information on the website was great. We would certainly recommend your services to others.
Nina H, aboard Catamaran Nana, April 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What a fabulous week! We could not have asked for two more experienced and knowledgeable pairs of hands to charter us through the British Virgin Islands. And what a comfortable and well-appointed boat to do it in - we had no idea our accommodations would be so luxurious!
We loved all the quiet anchorages off the beaten track that you took us to. We all enjoyed boating and swimming off the boat. The kids learned to snorkel and to kayak and are quite pleased they all got to drive the dinghy. And as we said every day, the food was amazing! The meals far surpassed our expectations and were graciously served every time. The kids told us that we need to "bump it up" when we get home!
My husband had been talking about sailing in the BVI for some 25+ years and we will now have our own memories of crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, sunny skies and wind in our faces as we sail across the waters.
Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful and memorable experience for our family.
Chantal K, aboard Sailing Yacht Pacific Wave, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Lisa and Rich are awesome! They are extremely friendly and taking care of everything, the know the places and each nice spot on the BVIs, always accommodating for us to be comfortable and enjoying our days off. They are very attentive and have a really good balance between time alone and being with you playing games with the kids etc. Very nice conversation all the trip and nice music. Just an amazing couple who we call friends.
Nothing couldn't be better with Sabore! Everything perfect all the time, we really enjoyed every activity, paddle boarding for the first time and the crew always supporting and helping you on it! Kayak amazing all equipment and snorkeling were in excellent quality. We did scuba diving as well, walking on the island and booking a spa in one of the resorts, they make it so easy for you to enjoy the trip!
The food aboard Sabore is like having luxury restaurant on the sea! rRch and Lisa prepared delicious and well presented food each meal without exception. Flexible in the time to have breakfast, the coffee always there when you wake up, the food with lots of variety, flexibility and spectacular, is unbelievable how so good food could be made in a yacht.
Anegada is just beautiful a must do in the trip, every spot to spend the night was quiet and tranquil, every morning a new start, amazing snorkeling places, beautiful white sand beaches, wonderful sailing and awesome sunrise spots. Excellent balance to visit different places without rushing it, you really have the time to enjoy it in every way.
Bernerd D, aboard Catamaran Sabore, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Thanks so much for everything - the trip was incredible and perfect for everyone. We all had an amazing experience. I cried several times when leaving - such a beautiful time. Thank you for your guidance.
Ryan and Dani were very helpful, willing to please and encouraging. Both were knowledgeable and loved sharing their experiences and knowledge.
Frangines was perfect in every way. I loved the font bean bags - I loved the hatch in our room that we left open every night to see the stars. I loved the ease and warmth of the shower. It was better than expected.
The food was perfect in every way as well. I took pictures and have asked for menus - Dani is an excellent cook that takes a lot of pride in her creations.
We enjoyed our itinerary - Ryan is exemplary. They created an itinerary for us and were pleased to execute it- even if it meant extra traveling. You can tell they love what they do and love the water.
Sailing Directions' service was great! Well directed, well versed, everything is right on time and informative.
It was magical for us all.
Kimberly G, aboard Catamaran Frangines, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had an absolutely outstanding experience. The yacht was exceptional. What made the trip so amazing, however, was the crew. Captain Drew, Ryan, Sean, and Max could not have been better. They were professional, engaging, expert, and completely catered to our every whim. They are a very special crew. They were all completely professional, amazingly competent, and were perfectly engaging with us.
Captain Drew was the perfect captain. He made us feel safe and fully comfortable. He was great about discussing each day's itinerary with us and was completely flexible in dealing with our requests. He was funny, friendly and warm.
Max is an extraordinary chef. His food was one of the highlights of the trip. Each meal was a unique experience. He seemed to be able to cook anything and with great skill!
Sean was the perfect bartender and steward. He was so attentive to us, and seemed to anticipate everything we needed before we knew we needed it! Our cabins were perfectly maintained. He seemed to be always there when we needed him. Plus, he was funny, friendly, and engaging.
Finally, Ryan was so fantastic in directing our water activities, getting us to shore, picking us up, frankly doing anything we asked. He was able to easily work with the expert water sports people as well as the novice water people in our party, and made the overall "off the boat " experiences perfect.
The Windquest is a beautiful yacht. It is very well maintained, is spotless, and extremely comfortable. We couldn't have been happier. It is hard to pick a favorite aspect of the boat, but I think the fact that we were able to both hang out easily as a group, as well as find private little nooks and crannies was fantastic. The cabins were surprisingly spacious and nice. The common areas were terrific. Really perfect.
Max’s food was a highlight of the trip. He was flexible about the menu, tailored each meal to our individual preferences, and NEVER said he couldn't do something!
The itinerary was fantastic. We saw different islands, snorkeled and swam in unique areas, had "down time", "active time", "beach bar time", and loved every minute of the trip.
Sailing Directions was also great. The booking process, planning, paying, etc. was seamless and easy. We will definitely charter again and will enthusiastically recommend your services.
Mark T, aboard Catamaran WindQuest, April 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Couldn't imagine two better hosts - Tyler & Kelsey were extremely accommodating on all fronts, made us feel welcome and at home and helped us to make the most of the time we had aboard.
Each meal was better than the last and, they were extremely accommodating to account for everyone's tastes and preferences. The yacht is very clean and comfortable.
We will recommend Sailing Directions for sure.
Andy M, aboard Catamaran White House, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic time, couldn't have been better. Dan and Allie were a wonderful crew. Everyone had a great time.
Patrick F, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, April 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Matt & Casey could not have been better! They were amazingly welcoming from the moment we walked on the boat. We have 3 teenage kids and they knew how to relate to them perfectly. They gave us the perfect amount of history of the islands, let the kids participate in the sailing, made us very comfortable, provided amazing food, good music and gave us the perfect balance of private time and together time. Matt had us all jumping off the boat by the end of the trip! Would definitely book with them again!
The Island R&R was beautiful. It is maintained very nicely. All of the amenities were great - we had bean bags to really enjoy the cruising from place to place, great coffee in the morning, air conditioning for sleeping, everyone had their own bathroom, we all had our own cup, towel and snorkel gear. For fun in the water, we had the big blue mat to lay on and play on, Matt pulled us behind the dingy on a kneeboard, we had paddle boards - everything we needed.
The food was perfect. Casey can do some amazing things that should not be possible on a boat. She made things that I would find too difficult in my full sized kitchen. Her meals were well presented, delicious, creative, flavorful and more than enough food. She customized the food as needed (my semi-vegetarian daughter got a separate main dish for a couple of meals), the food choices fit perfectly with our family, we had snacks that we could grab during the day and drinks at any time we wanted. They really listened to our preferences and had everything we asked for or should have asked for.
Matt really listened to what we wanted out of our itinerary. We got a good balance of relaxing boat time, time in the water, snorkeling, beaches, 30 minutes hikes, luxurious stops and historical stops. We visited The Baths, the north sound, the RMS Rhone, the Indians, Foxy’s, Willie T’s and so many more.
John with Sailing Directions answered all of our questions quickly and thoroughly. Booking the trip was easy.
Best vacation ever!
Sara H, aboard Catamaran Island R&R, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic trip and we highly recommend this crew and yacht! The crew were above and beyond. Loved the amenities including slung hammock, bean bags, water recliners, knee boarding, tubing, paddle board and kayak.
Seth N, aboard Catamaran Victoria, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had an A+ experience with the Vacoa, crew and Sailing Directions.
Jason was an outstanding Captain, he worked to ensure we had an incredible sailing trip through the BVI's. Jason was always willing to take us out for fun water sports and show us some of the most entertaining beach bars & beaches. Jason especially impressed all of us with his expert ability to maneuver the Vacoa into a tight harbor slip at our departure, made us all proud seeing the onlookers nod with admiration at his abilities.
Angie is an amazing Chef and first mate sailor. She was very attentive to ensure everyone was happy and catered very carefully crafted interesting meal options to meet the special dietary needs of two of our guests. Angie created amazing meals and snacks that exceeded all our expectations. Angie’s relationships and knowledge of the BVI’s is second to no one.
Sylvia our stewardess was very pleasant and created a happy, fun environment for us all. Sylvia made a great connection with all our guests and we were thrilled she was part of our crew.
The Vacoa was a very spacious yacht. We had 10 guests (5 couples) in our charter and we all found the Vacoa to have ample space for group activities and lots of options to just hang out with our significant other. We all loved the upper deck lounging area as our favorite hangout. The cabins were very spacious and the beds very comfortable. The Vacoa was very clean and a well maintained vessel, the Air Conditioning in the cabins worked very well.
Angie is a rock star Chef. She created very healthy and extremely tasty meals that were enjoyed by all! Angie also tailored the menu to two of our guest’s special dietary needs.
The islands we visited were all enjoyable and gave us a nice variety of what there is to see in the BVI’s. Our sail to Anegada was a highlight.
The Sailing Directions service was very good. We liked the flexibility to have each of our guests make payments directly. We will definitely consider Sailing Directions to help us with future charters.
Highly recommend Vacoa and her crew for family or adult charters. They made our experience all it could have been!
Todd G, aboard Catamaran Sail Away, March 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic vacation aboard Amazing Lady with Roland and Vanessa!
The food was excellent, well presented and customized to our preferences. Vanessa is a great cook and Roland was a pro on the grill.
I would suggest people fly in and out of Tortola or another BVI airport instead of USVI. Doing so might save time going through customs at the start and at the end of the charter.
Each anchorage was unique and enjoyable. Beautiful!
Andrew R, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, March 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our crew, Jackson and Chelsea were fantastic. They were very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They shared information about the islands and Chelsea's food was healthy and delicious.
Sweetest Thing was more spacious than we expected. It had A/C although we opted to keep our port hatches open for the fresh air. It was clean. We were traveling with 2 kids and it was nice they each had their own cabin and their own bathroom, each with a shower. The whole yacht was kept clean and tidy.
The food was perfect. We enjoyed every snack, entree and dessert. Chelsea always added a little something to add to the presentation. It matched our preferences perfectly.
The itinerary exceeded our expectations. We covered more territory than expected. We could relax comfortably in the sun or shade while sailing. And every stop had something a little different to offer. Jackson informed us of our choices and we were always happy we took his advice on what to do.
Thanks for your help. We had a fantastic trip!
Carolyn B, aboard Catamaran Sweetest Thing, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Matt and Kendra were amazing! They really took the time to plan a great itinerary taking into consideration what everyone wanted to do during the trip. There were 8 of us (4 couples) so there was a lot to consider. We've all done charters in BVI in the past and they did a great job ensuring that we saw some new places and were able to enjoy some of our favorite spots.
Matt is a very capable Captain and everyone felt safe with him at the helm. Kendra is a fantastic chef and the food she prepared was delicious! They both worked very hard to ensure everyone was taken care of and had a great time. They are such a hardworking crew. We were totally impressed.
Zephyr is a beautiful yacht. It was spotless and well ventilated. Everyone was incredibly comfortable. The outdoor seating was great and was so important to all of us. That is what really sold us on the Zephyr was the amount of great outdoor seating. You spend most of your time on deck and we wanted to be comfortable - and it was. There was plenty of space for all 8 of us whether we all wanted to be together or needed some downtime.
We appreciated the amenities the owners purchased. The memory foam on the beds, the Jura coffee maker, the paddleboards, kayaks, etc. The kitchen was so well equipped which made the meals Kendra prepared just amazing. Matt and Kendra kept the boat clean and organized throughout the trip.
Kendra did an amazing job of catering to everyone's likes/dislikes. Half the group are really picky eaters and they were very happy with the food and the extra time she took to ensure they ate well. Every meal was beautifully presented, and just delicious. We only ate dinner onshore once and it was not very good compared to Kendra's cooking.
Matt and Kendra did a great job taking us to places we have not seen before and were not crowded with tourists. They really paid attention to what we wanted to do and to see. We were 100% satisfied with our itinerary.
Sailing Directions did a great job thorough out the process. This trip on the Zephyr was amazingly relaxing and we did not have to think about anything, plan, cook, or clean. Matt and Kendra were so attentive, we ate so well and the bar was very well stocked.
Lindi R, aboard Catamaran Zephyr, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Tiger Lilly was spotless, well equipped with multiple toys, very well laid out on every level. Great cabins, comfy with lots of space and great ventilation and A/C.
Cameron was an absolute first class captain! Super professional, very experienced, very concerned that we all had everything we need, had fun showing the kids all about fishing and catching bait and was very helpful in the kitchen.
He took us to several new parts that we had not seen on our previous charters and took us to some old favorites.
Nikki was very friendly and she was always cleaning and tidying up. Her meals were very tasty and she really tried to make each of us something we enjoyed.
I have really enjoyed working with you, I appreciate how quickly you have dealt in getting back to me and helping to put together a fantastic last minute charter. I would be happy to work with you and Sailing Directions in the future.
Tzipora J, aboard Catamaran Tiger Lily Lagoon, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
The trip was incredible.
Matt & Kendra could not have been more accommodating. Matt's sailing ability and knowledge was incredible, I felt extremely safe with him at the wheel. He amazed me at times maneuvering through some very busy moorings, what a pro! Kendra's cooking was awesome, so very good, perfectly presented. Kendra was more than accommodating and would go out of her way to ensure we were all well taken care of.
Zephyr was perfect, just what we had wanted. The upper deck seating was important to us and provided our group with a perfect place for friendly conversation, cocktails and sunning while we sailed. The rooms were spotless and air conditioned, we could not have asked for more.
The food was professionally prepared, Kendra is a pro. Her presentation of each meal was that of a 5 star restaurant. Kendra went out of her way to ensure that everyone had plenty to eat. Her appetizers were out of this world.
The itinerary that Matt planned for us was so much more than we expected, he went above and beyond. We wanted to see off the beaten path areas. Matt took us to places that were less traveled. Our favorite place was Anegada.
Cindy & Steve M
Lindi R, aboard Catamaran Zephyr, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
I could write a book on the week we spent aboard Castellina II. By far Captain Dawn Marie is an amazing person, woman and captain. My wife and I both feel like we have known her for years.
The Castellina II was beautiful inside and out. Captain Dawn Marie and Chef Reilly were a fantastic team. It was the perfect romantic getaway. Their attention to detail and ability to read our minds were surreal. They were taking care of our needs before we could even ask. They took us to all the normal sights one would expect. However, Captain Dawn Marie knew of secluded sights that allowed us to be by ourselves. We could not have asked for anything better.
Castellina II is a fantastic sailing catamaran. Very clean and comfortable. The air conditioning kept us cool throughout the day and especially at night. The front seating area was very inviting and we spent a lot of our evening enjoying either a glass of wine or cocktail with snacks just watching the sunset or just gazing up at the full moon.
It is hard for me to describe the food we enjoyed aboard the Castellina II. Five star all the way. From the eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce, lobster and steak dinner, or the meal they prepared and packed up for us along with wine to enjoy in a secluded location to celebrate our anniversary were all unbelievable. Each and every dish they prepared was exactly what my wife and I enjoy eating. The menu could not have been more customized than that.
In the end, it's just as every review has stated: "A trip of a lifetime".
Rollie T, aboard Catamaran Castellina II, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Saying was excellent. Very clean and maintained spectacularly. Great sailing experience. We were one of very few beating upwind effectively through bigger seas and bigger winds.
Food was very good, timely prep around our schedule and served and cleared with a smile and little else to disturb out party which was appreciated and conscientious. Very attentive to our desires.
The mooring locations were gorgeous.
David C, aboard Sailing Yacht Sayang, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful time during our Virgin Islands cruise on R S Cape. David and Janice Walters were perfect hosts and did everything possible to make the trip enjoyable. David went above and beyond expectations by accompanying us on 3 hikes in the Virgin Island "mountains". Janice is wonderful company and a great Chef. We hope to connect with them again.
Ron W, aboard Catamaran R S Cape, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew, Roy, Roberta and Jim were excellent. Roy knew his way around and had many good suggestions. Roberta was amazing the way she could cook and cater to everybody's needs and Jim was great he knows boating and was EXCELLENT with servicing all of us.
The boat was great, not too fancy to use and had all the amenities we could ask for, we used the whole boat, it was very comfortable, my favorite was top deck but half the group liked the inner salon so it was perfect.
Roy was a big help with the itinerary, we told him certain places we wanted to see and do and he made it all happen as well as some great suggestions from him
I will do this charter again and will use Sailing Directions’ services as well as recommend to others.
Bob E, aboard Power Yacht Suite Life, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
You were great. The boat was great. Chelsea and Jackson - beyond words. My research was spot on, plus a million percent.
Stacey S, aboard Catamaran Sweetest Thing, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Chelsea and Jackson were beyond friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating. From making sure all our favorite snacks were aboard, drinks cold, to listening to what kinds of activities we wanted to do and offering to make special stops along our planned itinerary or taking the kids for extended tubing rides.
Sweetest Thing was incredibly clean and well ventilated. We loved the back sun pad, the bean bags in front, the comfortable rooms, the lounge areas/tables. It was all great. But Jackson and Chelsea made it the best it could possibly be.
The food was incredible! We joked we were handing out Michelin stars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course the desserts were all absolutely amazing. Just absolutely stunning! Incredible what Chelsea does in the small galley kitchen. I researched this aspect extensively, and her reputation is 100% accurate.
How to put into words. Best vacation ever. It was absolutely breathtakingly amazing! And when we saw something we wanted to experience – Jackson was quick to say: “would you like to stop and check it out?” Just perfect.
Sailing Directions was great. Incredibly responsive. Thanks for everything, John. Website was the best out there, in my opinion. The best search engine out there.
The kids had a marvelous time. Everyone had the best time. When this request for a review came in, the kids were quick to say: “Make sure you give Chelsea and Jackson the best for everything!” It was truly a spectacular experience.
Stacey S, aboard Catamaran Sweetest Thing, March 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew made the trip great. Highly recommend Paul and Isabella. Felt like a 5 star restaurant everyday.
Paul S, aboard Catamaran Something Wonderful, March 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful family trip & appreciate all that Ale & Kamille did to make our vacation memorable.
Ale & Kamille were friendly and accommodating throughout the trip, and we greatly appreciated all their attentive efforts to make us comfortable.
We loved Firefly and found it to be comfortable, clean, and well-appointed. Our favorite aspect of the yacht was the stern deck where we enjoyed many memorable meals and late-night card-playing.
Food was interesting, flavorful, well-presented, and mindful of our dietary needs and preferences. We very much appreciated our crew’s efforts to help us celebrate our son’s birthday aboard Firefly.
We enjoyed our itinerary and all the special anchorages and vistas.
We appreciate all the professionalism we experienced with Sailing Directions, and would recommend their service to others
Thank you so much! We enjoyed a memorable family vacation :-)
Christian K, aboard Catamaran Firefly, February 2017 sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands
We went places that we have not been before including the Spanish Virgin Islands. Food was great. Grande Dame was very nice. Diego and Amber make the trip so much more fun.
Tom B, aboard Catamaran Grand Dame, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Best trip ever! Tyler and Kelsey were excellent. The food was incredible from start to finish. Both Tyler and Kelsey are fantastic chefs. Wouldn't change a thing. We enjoyed the room to spread out and enough privacy to get away.
Scott G, aboard Catamaran White House, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Andrew and Kailee made a great crew for our trip. They were very attentive and accommodating and very knowledgeable about the area. Kestrel was very comfortable and clean. We were amazed at the size of our suites. The food was definitely enjoyable and well presented. Kailee is an awesome chef.
This trip as been on the top of my bucket list for 25 years and it did not disappoint. My fellow travelers commented that it was much better than they expected.
Maryanne S, aboard Catamaran Kestrel, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Matthias & Amber are wonderful people. Helpful, friendly, always kept an eye on all of us when we were snorkeling the reefs and wrecks, made great suggestions for shore excursions and even organized a trip with a driver for us on Virgin Gorda. Amber is a five star chef with incredible meals as well as an experienced bartender who makes fabulous drinks.
Loved the fact Antillean had air conditioning. Beautiful interior, exceptionally clean and well maintained. We did spend all our waking time on deck though. The scenery in the islands is exceptional. So much uninhabited space is a nice change from other island destinations I've visited in the past.
The food was fabulous. Amber would have customized but all of us wanted to see what she would fix next. Definitely say yes to dessert!
Nice combination of deserted bays and shore destinations like Bitter End Yacht Club and the Wonky Dog on Anegada. We rented a car on Anegada and spent some time on Cow Wreck Beach. That's a must do if you go to Anegada which is a much shorter sail (a little over two hours) than I originally thought when I looked at a map.
If a party of four or less is going to the BVI's don’t even consider any other yacht and crew. I've chartered before but nothing like this!
Barbara L, aboard Sailing Yacht Antillean, February 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our group of 8 had a wonderful time! Gareth showed us his sailing expertise, which everyone loved! The food, honestly was out of this world delish! We snorkeled, dove, shopped, hiked, paddle boarded, ate and drank our way through the BVI! Both Kristine and Gareth were always up for anything and always smiling! We kept referring to the BVI as a Disneyland for adults! The Xenia 74 is the most beautiful, well-kept catamaran!
The food was seriously amazing!! I can’t have gluten and one other guest couldn’t have sulfites and Kristine did a great job accommodating everyone.
Gretchen G, aboard Catamaran Xenia 74, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Hi John we had an amazing time with Wayne and Emily aboard Mana, they are great people and I am so glad we picked them to sail with. The trip totally exceeded my expectations, the diving was awesome, food was incredible boat was perfect. I can’t say enough about how accommodating Wayne and Emily were I would absolutely recommend them to anyone thinking about sailing the BVI or anywhere. You definitely steered us in the right direction with Mana. Thanks again!!!
Tyler A, aboard Catamaran Manna, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We LOVED IT. Matt and Kendra are INCREDIBLE! We left being great friends and want to book with them next year. The boat is awesome perfect.
Jimmy S, aboard Catamaran Zephyr, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful trip. Joseph and Britta were awesome. They far exceeded our expectations. We could not ask for a better crew. The yacht was also great. Every detail was covered. Our favorite part of the yacht was the crew. Don’t get me wrong the yacht was great, but Britta and Joseph added such a personal touch for the whole event.
The food was spectacular. We ate every meal on board. We could not bring ourselves to eat anywhere except on board the Dianna Rose. We have been to the Virgin Islands several times and for the first time we actually had a culinary experience. The venues and voyage itself was also superior.
The crew was very accommodating with our desires. The whole experience was a 10 out 10. We would certainly recommend you, Sailing Directions, and the crew of the Dianna Rose. We will certainly utilize you in the future and recommend your organization.
Thanks so much for your assistance and making this trip a great success.
Shannon B, aboard Catamaran Dianna Rose, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Rebecca and Theunis were wonderful! We can’t say enough about how well they took care of us. I’m sure it’s a little more challenging when there are only two guests to strike the right balance between attentiveness and alone time, but they were spot on. We never felt smothered or ignored. While the Elysium is equipped with all the toys one could ask for and both T and Rebecca are active outdoor types, we really just wanted to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the trip. Never did we feel pressured to don the scuba gear or rush off to another excursion. They instinctively sensed just the right amount of pace we were looking for.
Every stop was great and we never stayed anywhere longer or shorter than we would have liked.
The master suite was extremely comfortable and we didn’t have to adjust our sleep to a smaller bed than we have at home. The flybridge offered great views throughout the trip.
The food was incredible. Rebecca prepared a variety of outstanding dishes that we want the recipes for! The timing of the meals was always perfect – we never felt rushed or like we were starving. Rebecca and T quickly adjusted the quantity of food (smaller portions) to our liking and once I told them how much I love bacon with breakfast I never went without.
Scott K, aboard Catamaran Elysium, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Matt, Hillary & Richard exceeded our expectations and we couldn't have asked for a better crew.
Everything was lovely aboard the yacht and the water pressure in the showers was especially impressive compared to other boats we have been on.
The food was delicious. We asked the chef to make his favorite dishes and he did. The food was wonderful!
Will definitely contact Sailing Directions when we are ready to do another sailing trip and we have already recommended you to our friends.
Machie M, aboard Catamaran Lady Katlo, February 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
The service quality was excellent and the food even better! The boat was very clean and in great repair.
John, you were extremely helpful and prompt. I could not have ask for better service. I would use Sailing Directions again without hesitation!
Brian R, aboard Catamaran Lolalita, February 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We've had a couple of great crews on our previous charters but Nathan & Penny were even better. Penny is an outstanding chef and the food was the best we've had on a charter. Everything was well presented and tasted amazing. The menu was perfectly suited to our preferences. We enjoyed our entire trip and Nathan was able to take us to a few places we hadn't seen previously.
Amara was extremely comfortable and clean. It's hard to pick a favorite aspect of the yacht. The cockpit was better for serving 10 people and the daybeds on the foredeck were a nice feature but the fly-bridge really stood out. We hadn't had a fly-bridge previously and we spent a lot of time there, especially when we were sailing.
Ken R, aboard Catamaran Amara, January 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Ben is a great captain and dive master. Took us to best sites possible and was very informative about each dive and location we visited. Elizabeth was superb in spoiling us with her cuisine and overall attentive service throughout the trip.
We had a very nice and relaxing time island hopping in the BVIs. Good times, super relaxing, and great cuisine while island hopping in paradise. What more could we ask for?
Kelly H, aboard Catamaran Sea Anemone, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
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, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jacek and Maya were wonderful. They worked so hard to keep us entertained, comfortable, explaining any aspect of the boat and the surrounding areas. They were knowledgeable of the islands, their history, fun facts, wild life and of course of sailing.
I never expected them to help with our kids, 7 and 9. They were like Auntie and Uncle by the end of our trip. They both interacted with my kids like they were family. They introduced us to playing Farkel, a dice game. We played almost every night and had a blast.
Every destination, Jacek made sure we were comfortable ashore. If it was an area that he felt there was a tour involved, he would accompany us to show us around while Maya stayed onboard cleaning and getting our next meal prepared. Every time we came back onboard the boat was spotless! We shared stories and really got to know each other. I can't image having a different crew with us for a week. We really enjoyed Maya and Jacek's company!
Maya really got a good feel for how my kids ate and what we liked. Every day it was something new at every meal. Every meal was very delicious, healthy and plenty for us. She went out of her way to have a variety and accommodate my daughter's gluten free diet.
Karen T, aboard Catamaran Loveboat, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Trip was great. Had a wonderful time.
Crew was delightful. Very friendly and accommodating. Easy to live with.
Boat was well maintained and quite spacious which was the best part.
Isabella did a great job with food selections and preparation.
Rick C, aboard Catamaran Something Wonderful, January 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Deirdre G, aboard Catamaran Dianna Rose, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had the most AMAZING experience!
One expects their crew to be competent and knowledgeable but William and Kim were leagues above our expectations. Beyond their exceptional professionalism, we found them to be friendly, engaging, intelligent and versed in dozens of topics and interests. They stunned our family with their talents and we found them to be highly inspirational and encouraging for us to further develop some new-found interests we discovered while onboard.
William and Kim lovingly maintain and care for the yacht. It is tastefully appointed. We loved the trampoline area with the beanbags and seating where we could enjoy the wind, water and sailing!
Kim's culinary abilities rival that of any fine restaurant chef. There was not one thing that wasn't to our liking and I think she had the keen ability to quickly dial-in to our preferences and tastes and matched them flawlessly. She graciously shared tips and recipes as well. The food was simply spectacular.
Our itinerary was flexible based on our interests and conditions. We actually liked that each day was a little bit of a surprise with new adventures. We were extremely pleased that William was willing to change up our schedule a bit to accommodate an extra unplanned day of kiteboarding.
We would have never found this charter without the aid of your website. William and Kim speak highly of your company and the service you provide- we couldn't agree more. We liked the uniformity in presenting the charter options so that we could evenly and consistently compare options. We will definitely highly recommend your website to our friends and family.
Kim R, aboard Catamaran Invictus, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jeff & Caitlin were fantastic. Caitlin guided us on several snorkels. Great food. As good as the boat was, the crew was the boat’s best feature.
One person in our group can't have cheese so each meal they created special variation for her. Even baked cake the last morning so we could have "cake by the sea".
Really can't think of a single thing I would change with Sailing Directions’ service.
Don D, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, January 2017 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our vacation was amazing. Jim and Amanda were so much fun. There aren't many people that can keep up with our family's sense of humor -but Jim - well he sure did! He felt like part of our family.
Amanda did an amazing job with the vast requests of foods-thanks! Catamaran vacations are definitely our family's favorite - I can't say enough about the experiences we had with Jim and Amanda!
Lisa M, aboard Catamaran Copper Penny, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We loved Ben and Rachel and felt that we hit the jackpot with them. What a great fit for our family. We had an amazing experience and they were a big part of that. We all learned so much and enjoyed the adventure! We would have "family meetings' to plan each day and we usually went with Ben and Rachel's suggested options which were all fabulous. We felt at ease immediately and fell right into our Caribbean adventure. We snorkeled, hiked, yoga, paddle boarded, survived a few intense squalls, relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Yoga with Rachel was amazing; she treated us to yoga several mornings.
Soterion was beautiful and clean. Rachel and Ben take impeccable care of Soterion!
The food was delicious and just the right amount! Rachel's presentations were stunning. She uses fresh and healthy ingredients and just seems to read our minds on when and what we needed! Happy hour was fun with exotic drinks and fun treats!
The itinerary was perfection! Jost Van Dyke was a bit crazy and crowded but we requested to go there. The other moorings were stunning and Ben would find just the right spot! Many times we felt as though we were the only ones there!
It was one of those lifetime dreams come true!! Perfect combo of relaxation, nature, action, amazing meals and fun!
Chuck F, aboard Catamaran Soterion, January 2017 sailing the British 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, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
We found Doug and Carolyn to be VERY knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and accommodating. They were very flexible with our day to day plan and route. Our request to surf when the swell was appropriate was fulfilled with a flexible schedule. They made sure we saw the sights that they thought would interest us and they were spot on!
Alternate Latitude was comfortable, clean and well ventilated. We enjoyed the “trampoline” area at the bow and the addition of the bean bag chairs was a nice touch. We spent a lot of time at the outdoor table towards the stern which was nice.
The food was amazing! We kept asking Carolyn how she made this and that! She took pride in her work and you could tell. It was perfect and flexible, as well, as the week went on.
The early assistance with trying to find a boat was very helpful and all communication was clear.
We would definitely recommend Alternate Latitude with Doug and Carolyn. They make a great team! Doug was a very competent captain and we always felt that our family was safe while he was at the helm. Carolyn, amazing chef, scheduler and go to! They do make a great team! They were indeed interested in making sure that we were looked after and provided as many choices as possible to explore.
Hans W, aboard Catamaran Alternate Latitude, January 2017 sailing the Virgin Islands
The trip was amazing and beyond! We loved it!!!
Thank you for guiding us to choose the Xenia 74 for our recent trip to the BVIs. We had the best time and it was truly our best family vacation ever! Our kids are still asking daily when we are going on another Xenia vacation! We can’t wait to book again. The boat was gorgeous, the crew exceptionally gracious and knowledgeable and the food was inventive and simply delicious!
Joia K, aboard Catamaran Xenia 74, December 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
We loved Steve and Bonnie they were perfect and the yacht was perfection. We loved everything including the puppy, Sailor. The food was excellent every meal was great and we had plenty of snacks.
Sailing Directions made this experience easy. I, like most people, have a crazy busy schedule and having everything handled took the stress out of planning the trip.
We feel in love with experience. Best vacation ever and we can't wait until we get to sail again.
Christy W, aboard Catamaran Paradigm Shift, December 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jason G, aboard Catamaran Frangines, November 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Nina C, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, November 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Brendon & Anastasia were an awesome crew and we clicked immediately.
The food was probably the highlight of the charter. Anastasia is an incredible chef (not just cook). She took our requests and nailed it.
We saw everything we asked for and even a few new spots that were really cool. The channel beside Lovango Cay was incredible. Great breeze, awesome snorkeling. Redid our 25th anniversary wedding vows on beach at Hawksnest - complete surprise for all. Brandon and Anastasia helped coordinate flowers, video, stand-in best man..
Sailing Directions was a great liaison, worked on making it affordable, paperwork was easy and communications were great whenever I had questions either online or phone. Keep up the great work!
Mark F, aboard Catamaran Pisces, August 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating. I cannot sing my praises high enough for Adam and Tina. Adam was a highly skilled captain with excellent knowledge of the area we cruised. He knew when and where to go for drift snorkeling, and as a result our snorkeling experience was better than any previous trip. Tina was a friendly and joyful host.
The Rubicon was comfortable, clean and well ventilated. I liked the fact that each cabin had its own head. The Rubicon was the perfect mix of performance and comfort.
Tina was a great hostess and cook. I ate better on the boat than I eat at home. Tina manages the difficult mix of preparing food the tastes, great but is healthy as well. I usually put on weight during vacation and did not on this one, but I ate like a king. Fresh baked bread,muffins and much more.
The Exumas this time of year is just amazing. I have traveled the Caribbean for many years and the best beaches and water is in the Exumas. The crew has cruised these waters for many years and they have extensive knowledge of where to go and what to do. Adams was well connected with the local people and this made for a great experience. A real bonus of going this time of year (July) is that no one is there. We had all the beaches and anchorages to ourselves.
Very happy with Sailing Directions’ service.
Ernie L, aboard Catamaran Rubicon, July 2016 sailing the Bahamas
Paul & Isabella were wonderful. Very professional and knowledgeable. They made our vacation a memorable one.
Something Wonderful is beautiful. Clean, great layout. Love the light grey tones. Very serene.
Super impressed with the food. Bella is extremely talented. There was not a meal that we didn't enjoy. It was actually hard to pick just one as our favorite.
We loved the itinerary in the BVIs. Had a good mix of beach and snorkeling and watersports.
John at Sailing Directions did a great job of getting back to us with any questions we had before and after booking. Very professional.
We had been looking forward to going back to the BVIs with our kids since we loved it so much the first time we went. It was as beautiful as we remembered. Our children really enjoyed the vacation. Great family time. The boat was even nicer in person than online. It is very spacious. Has plenty of space to get sun if that's what you want or shade if you prefer. The fly bridge is incredible. Gives you so much extra room to lounge around. The color scheme is very soothing. It is super well-kept and clean.
Paul and Bella are incredibly professional, friendly, attentive and accommodating. They made our vacation memorable from start to finish. Paul is very knowledgeable of the islands. We loved everywhere he suggested we try. Bella is an incredibly talented chef. Every meal was amazing. We looked forward eagerly to each one and to this day have a hard time picking our favorite. If we were to return to the BVI's again we would without hesitation book Something Wonderful. My suggestion to anyone looking to charter. Look no further. Book this boat ASAP. You will not regret it.
Patty M, aboard Catamaran Something Wonderful, July 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Yes Dear was extremely well maintained and the cabins far more spacious than I had anticipated. Our family enjoyed most of our time on the yacht either sunning on foredeck or relaxing in the shade at the stern.
The crew were hospitable, welcoming, friendly and professional. Hanrie’s mastery in the galley was amazing. Each meal (and hors d’oeuvre) was a creation.Christiaan was flexible and attentive to our preferences.
Sailing Directions was very accommodating, particularly in light of the various modifications we needed to make to our itinerary and dealing professionally and courteously with a last minute cancellation. I would recommend Sailing Directions and Yes Dear without reservations
Bruce P, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, July 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The most wonderful, inspiring and peaceful vacation. Thanks for the amazing hospitality and kindness of Amber & Diego - they're like family. Food = Fabulous. Fun = Diego taking the kids knee boarding and exploring the deep blue.
The knowledge they both have of the local customs, culture and wild life only enhanced out love of this trip. Thank you for spoiling us!
Kirk S, aboard Catamaran Dianna Rose, July 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jenny and Jaco were the best crew that we've ever had. They were beyond accommodating, paying close attention to everyone's preferences regarding everything from the day's planned activities to each meal's preparation. Without gushing, I'll just say that they exceeded our expectations in every way.
A2 was very clean and nothing was ever out of place. My favorite aspect was the fly bridge, it had shade for those of us people with fair skin and an ample seating area for us all to be together.
Jenny food was beautifully presented and delicious. She paid close attention to everyone's food preferences, sometimes serving three different entrees to accommodate everyone. She did it graciously, never acting like it was an inconvenience to her. She prepared every dish perfectly, especially the duck. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked. She even surprised us with flavor combinations that we had never had before, which is hard to do considering that we own a restaurant. Her food was better than anything that we could get in any restaurant in the BVIs.
They made sure that everyone's wants and needs were met. Some of us wanted to swim, others wanted to snorkel, others wanted to do water sports, and others wanted to get off the boat and visit bars or play bocce. They made sure that everyone was happy and got to do the activities that they wanted.
Jenny is the best chef we've had on 8 charter cat trips. Jaco and Jenny would definitely be our preference for crew on future charters.
Bill G, aboard Catamaran A2, June 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Jose & Pixie were AWESOME. The menu exceeded our expectations. Pixie was amazing. Very happy with service from Sailing Directions.
Robert W, aboard Catamaran Hypnautic, June 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise! Grayson and Kat are such a cute couple. We felt like we were in very capable hands throughout the trip. The food was plentiful and delicious. Boat was in good condition and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend them! Thank you for all your help in matching us up with the perfect cruise!
Wendy C, aboard Catamaran Great Adventure, June 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Erin and Luke were GREAT!!! They worked non-stop to make sure we were having the time of our life. It was hard to say goodbye.
Raven is a really nice boat. Very comfortable and clean.
It was a great vacation and one our kids will carry with forever.
Stanley C, aboard Catamaran Raven, June 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Amazing! Far exceeded expectations! The boat was awesome!
The vacation was PERFECT. Matt and Hillary are the perfect couple. We called them Ken and Barbie. Never been treated better!!! Chef Rich was incredible also. Best food in our lives. Really! We all agreed that Rich was the best chef ever!
Daniel F, aboard Catamaran Lady Katlo, May 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Everything about our week was beyond all expectations!
As a group we were beyond happy with the crew. What a team! Great at what they do. Fun loving, friendly, went above and beyond to make our trip all it could be and more. Nathan's dry humor was so enjoyable. Great job of daily cleaning and temperature control. Upper deck was wonderful. Water toys great.
Penny is a tremendous cook and did a great job with our preferences. Rave reviews for quality, imagination and presentation. It's obvious she loves cooking.
Nathan was very accomplished in showing us areas we wanted to visit.
Two hundred per cent better than our previous mono hull sailing charter!
Mat S, aboard Catamaran Amara, May 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Robert G, aboard Catamaran Pisces, May 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were fantastic! David was very convivial and full of energy and Thryn was a great hostess and wonderful chef.
Elysium is beautiful and well-maintained. Very comfy beds. We loved that she was so well laid out. It never felt like we were in each other’s way onboard.
Food was unbelievably wonderful. Definitely customized, as we like spicy ethnic dishes and Thryn did quite a few of those for us!
We’d love to sail with David and Thryn again sometime in the future. l would definitely recommend Sailing Directions.
Susan B, aboard Catamaran Elysium, May 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
We all had amazing trip. Thanks again for all your help putting it together.
The crew was both great and very friendly and sailed us to all the great spots. I would easily recommend them for any charters. The food was incredible no complaints! We went to all the best spots. Peter Island Anedegan etc. This was my 3 time on a Privilege catamaran - they are the best.
Sailing Directions has been the best charter service I have used. Very fast responses. Thank you John for your superior customer service.
Bill T, aboard Catamaran Lady Dominique II, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Amazing Lady is gorgeous! Lived up to her name :) There were plenty of areas to lounge, it never felt crowded, even with nine ladies. My favorite part of the yacht was probably the trampolines in the front, but the area in front of the cockpit with the sails was also a favorite location for us to act as "sirens" :)
The crew were fantastic. Very friendly, professional and attentive.
The dining could have been our favorite part of the trip. Vanessa was FANTASTIC with her food preparation. She keenly took notice of our requests for healthy food, a lot of seafood, vegetables, her salads were just AMAZING. There was enough meat (and fantastic quality) for the carnivores to be happy as clams, too. There was not a single person unhappy with a single meal. We looked forward to the next meal at every moment!
We LOVE LOVE LOVED Roland and Vanessa. We wanted to bring them home with us! They were fun, provided fantastic service and took great care of us when we became out of control party animals :)
Christine M, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, April 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Ji, Jens and Flip Flop herself were phenomenal in every way. The five of us had the best trip of our lives and can't wait to return someday.
Meghan M, aboard Catamaran Flip Flop, April 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Nathan and Penny were perfect! We knew they would be great, but they exceeded our greatest expectations.
Amara was perfect! It is very spacious, with 3 completely different living areas: the bow, the fly bridge, and the stern. PLENTY of space to get away from the crowd if needed, but also plenty of space in each area for the whole group to hang out together
We are a five star meal three meals a day every day! The food definitely exceeded expectations. We had one gluten free, one dairy free, one both, and the other 5 with no specific dietary needs. And all 8 had one of the best meals we've ever had every single meal!
The itinerary was perfect (and seemed to be tailor made for us), and even when the weather or waves made Nathan change his plans the day was still perfect.
Sailing Directions did a great job of organizing our trip.
Everything was perfect! Definitely the best vacation ever!
Randy G, aboard Catamaran Amara, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We cannot rave enough about how amazing our vacation was!
Tyler and Kelsey were amazing! They were incredibly knowledgeable about the islands and were always willing to teach us about where we were. Tyler was an amazing dive master and helped us complete our open water certification. We always felt 100% safe with him and he was very patient and professional.
Kelsey was an incredible tour guide especially at the Baths where she took us into nooks and crannies we never would have found on our own. She was also a great photographer and took so many amazing pictures of our group. They were always attentive to our needs and we never had a need or a want left unmet.
The boat was perfect. We had concerns that it would not be big enough for our group of 5 before we left however we couldn't have been more wrong. The cabins were totally adequate and the commons areas were plenty big enough. The air conditioning in the cabins are night worked wonderfully. Our favorite aspects of the boat were the fresh water spigot on the back of the boat, the bean bags and chairs on the front of the boat and the video screen to watch movies or play video games on at night.
The food was absolutely incredible. We had previously wanted to dine ashore one night but after eating the amazing food we changed our minds and decided we would rather eat on board. Every meal was impeccably presented and tasted like gourmet restaurant quality. Every dessert was better than the night before. The menu was customized to our preferences and everyone was beyond satisfied at every meal even though we have different dietary preferences. Our food and alcohol preferences were met to complete satisfaction.
We loved the itinerary we sailed. We told Tyler and Kelsey the first day the few places that were a must to visit and then we told them to take us to their favorite spots, we were not disappointed. They showed us so many beautiful places and took us to amazing diving and snorkeling spots.
Sailing directions was always fast to respond to emails and they helped to recommend this boat for our group and we were not disappointed. We would defiantly use Sailing Directions again, John did an amazing job for us this time and I'm sure he would again!
We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our vacation. Sailing in the Virgin Islands is such an incredible and amazingly beautiful experience, doing it on a catamaran with Tyler and Kelsey as the crew makes it a world class vacation. There is nothing better than rolling over in bed in the morning to look out your porthole at the gorgeous turquoise waters then going to eat a deliciously prepared breakfast and spend the day exploring the islands!
Meredith M, aboard Catamaran Two If By Sea, April 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Absolutely excellent! Felicia is extremely comfortable. We liked the outside setting and "hang out" areas.
The food was 5 stars all the way, Julie is a phenomenal chef. Couldn't have been any better, we wanted for nothing. Chris & Julie are absolutely first class!
Tim M, aboard Catamaran Felicia, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What can we say? You both made this week so amazing in every way - your hospitality, the food, showing us sights we had never seen before and many, many laughs! We will treasure these memories forever and we are so grateful for the chance to meet you two! Hope to see you again soon.
David F, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Scott and Renee were fabulous! Very friendly, very knowledgeable about the area and all the locations we visited. They attended to every need and anticipated our wants/needs. They planned out the perfect itinerary and made great suggestions for excursions/restaurants/bars, etc.
The boat was beautiful - very well maintained and clean. We loved the top deck area - we spent a lot of time up there.
The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. Truly a real chef experience. Renee went out of her way to ensure we all had what we liked and paid attention to our particular likes/dislikes. We did not have one bad meal. It was all fresh, tasty and almost too pretty to eat.
The itinerary was perfect! Just the right mix of action and relaxation and great snorkeling spots.
We were very happy with the service that we received from Sailing Directions.
Erin H, aboard Catamaran R S Cape, April 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our crew was extraordinary! They were an integral part of our trip and made the difference between an experience that went from good to exceptional. They were intuitive about how to engage with us, always available but never obtrusive.
Noam’s versatility and flexibility allowed him to tailor our experiences from extreme sports for a few of us, to scuba diving, snorkeling or just lounging for the rest.
Dalit was exceptional, her meals were on time, excellent, innovative and healthy (which is exactly what we had asked for in our request sheet). She also did little things that we wouldn’t have thought of (like pack us snacks while we were on the beach) or just make sure that we had plenty of champagne when were away from the boat. She got an ovation at every meal! We were always sated, but never stuffed. Our food was fresh, healthy and delicious.
My survey responses do not adequately reflect how much of an impact Noam and Dalit had on our cruise. There were so many ways and so many times that Noam and Dalit went above and beyond the call of duty that it would take several pages to enumerate everything that they did.
Alive was beyond comfortable! Before the cruise, I was concerned that we would be on top of each other, but my fears were assuaged as soon as we got on the boat. There was ample storage, amenities I certainly didn’t expect, and plenty of room to spread out on your own. My favorite aspect of the ship was spending time with Noam and Dalit sailing the boat. They were generous with their extensive knowledge and patient with my novice skills. I spent hours at the helm and loved every minute of it!
I loved the fact that we were off the beaten path. We would pull into a deserted bay that was breathtaking, drop anchor and spend the night. It was just incredible! Noam’s experience in area and ability to consider our preferences and the changing weather also made a huge difference.
Aaron M, aboard Catamaran Alive, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
When Noam and Dalit picked us up, they were immediately engaging and delightful. Their personalities and style fit our group just perfectly. Noam was extremely knowledgeable about the islands, was a master at determining where we should visit and on what day, and was also a skilled master diver. He shared his passion for sailing with us, and taught us about sailing throughout the week. We always felt protected and comfortable in Noam's care throughout the week, knowing that he was cautious and assessing the situations around us allowed the group to relax and let him take control. Noam always anticipated what the group may need (food, drink, adventure, exercise) and modified the days and the itinerary throughout the week to accommodate the group's vibe. It was perfect.
Dalit was also just as skilled at sailing, very knowledgeable about our destinations, and EXTREMELY skilled at her culinary creations. First, she has a delightful personality, to which we all loved immediately. Second, we anticipated and CRAVED Dalit's meals. We were in awe at how she could pull a very elegant meal together in a small kitchen, and with such efficiency! We absolutely devoured each and every morsel of her meals and to be frank, were extremely sad returning home without her :-) Like Noam, Dalit also anticipated the group's needs (snacks, drinks, music, etc.) and provided us with a delightful experience.
Alive was extremely comfortable, very clean and well ventilated. This was my husband's and my first trip on a catamaran for a full week. I was worried about feeling claustrophobic after staying on the boat for a week but never felt cramped or dirty. Dalit and Noam take care of the ship like it is their own, they kept it very clean, tidy and comfortable.
My favorite part of the yacht was the sun deck (for morning or evening sunrise/sunset) and the rear dining table for sharing memories or one of Dalit's amazing meals!
The meals were INCREDIBLE. We had asked that our meals be healthy and fresh. She delivered above and beyond. The menu was absolutely customized to meet our group's expectations.
While we had a list of "must do's" on the trip Noam was able to plan our itinerary depending up on the ability to sail, the crowds, wave pattern, etc. It was a delightful trip, great islands, and I cannot wait to return again!
Kelly & Stacy
Aaron M, aboard Catamaran Alive, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had the BEST time ever with Jean Yves aboard the Sasha. Chef Sylvia could not be there so Sonia joined us and the girls adored her. Our trip could not have been better.
The crew was amazing in every way. Sasha’s accommodations were fabulous, super clean and airy.
The menu was fabulous with all different kinds of foods and the kids also loved it.
Loved all the great places the crew took us, some popular places and some secret places too. Nice mix of diving, beach spots and others.
Thanks soooo much for everything.
Sandy S, aboard Catamaran Sasha, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Molly and Byron were great - very friendly, knowledgeable, fun and engaging. They very incredibly accommodating and they made the trip so fun.
Blossom was very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. Our favorite aspect was the comfort and spaciousness. It was an added bonus that all sunscreen and shampoo/conditioners/soap was provided.
The food was delicious! We really liked all the meals - plenty of snacks, many of them healthy. Molly is an excellent chef!
Byron took us to many interesting places - many a bit out of the normal tourist areas.
Molly and Byron were really great - they seemed to know when to be available and when to let us be - we enjoyed playing games with them and talking to them about all of their different experiences. They were really good with our two teenage boys as well.
We were very happy with Sailing Direction’s service - any issues that came up were addressed quickly. All questions were answered immediately.
John H, aboard Catamaran Blossom, April 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our trip was incredible and Christiaan and Hanrie were amazing hosts!! We had a terrific trip!
Yes Dear was very clean and well organized! Our favorite aspect of the yacht was that there were so many places for our group to relax. We had a large group and everyone was comfortable.
The food was absolutely beautifully presented, creative and delicious! Our group was blown away by the meals Hanrie could create in her little kitchen!
Christiaan did a great job of reading our group, listening to our needs and preparing a sailing itinerary that worked well with the weather. We felt like we were in very good hands with Christiaan at the helm!
Elizabeth H, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, April 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Ryan, Veronika and Justin were a great team and couldn't do more for us.
Split Second was spotlessly clean. The fly bridge was definitely the favorite aspect, although the younger members of our party loved the seats on the bow.
Veronika's culinary skills were excellent and the food was always well presented. She customized the menu according to our individual tastes and we always left her with clean plates!
The itinerary was perfect for our family - from deserted beaches to lively bars.
Sailing Directions helped make our vacation one we will never forget.
Mary W, aboard Catamaran Split Second, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
It will be hard to accurately put into words, the incredible performance of both Ryan and Dani on our trip. I know I speak for everyone when I say that every aspect of the trip was a success because of them. Between Ryan's calm and professional demeanor as captain and Dani's outstanding work as chef and fist mate, we all had the best time on this vacation. Every member of our party would be happy to give glowing recommendations to this crew.
This is no exaggeration when I say, anyone looking to charter a crew in the BVI would be hard pressed to find a better crew than Ryan and Dani Querry. No one in our entire party would even have the smallest complaint about the way they took care of us. 5 stars on every level.
The boat itself was clean and well maintained.
The food far exceeded all of our expectations. Besides tasting incredible, Dani's presentations resembled eating at a five star restaurant each day. All of us begged for her recipes and plan on cooking them at home. Dani's cooking was the highlight of the trip. Every day she surprised us with her meals and appetizers.
Our pre-planning and preparation with Sailing Directions was perfect. Everything went according to plan.
Ryan and Dani are the best kept secret of the BVI charter crews. Look no further if you need a crew. You just found the best.
Ron S, aboard Catamaran Frangines, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Kestrel was very clean and comfortable - extremely well maintained. The cabins were very comfortable, spacious and well appointed. Loved the comfortable cushions on the front of the boat where we sat to sail.
The crew were friendly and helpful. Kailee reached out before charter to be sure she had all the information to accommodate a severe tree nut allergy. They did a nice job balancing our privacy and family time with being attentive and social.
Outstanding food and, as mentioned, Kailee worked very hard to insure no nuts in any dish. I loved the food fairy that came at each day with delicious meals
We hit all the major spots with a few secret coves and spots that Andrew let us in on.
This was a very easy process and John helpful with all my questions, helping us narrow down to a boat that would work best for our needs within the time frame and budget we needed.
This was our first experience in both the Caribbean and on a charter. We’ve set the bar high for future vacations!
Susan C, aboard Catamaran Kestrel, March 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew, Peter & Colleen were great! Madiba was well maintained. Food was excellent, presentation was great. Very pleased with the trip.
Jeff W, aboard Catamaran Madiba, March 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had an amazing week. Everything was better than could have imagined. Thank you for all your assistance in setting us up with the perfect yacht and crew. I can’t think of any way you could improve.
Both Jack and Cayley were tremendous. Not only did they make us feel welcome but they also created a fun environment in which any questions and or suggestions were met with excitement and insight. The perfect crew for our family.
Raven is an outstanding boat. Clean, roomy and well maintained. Favorite aspect – comfort and ease in living on the boat. We lacked nothing and never felt cramped or that something was lacking.
Cayley never presented any meal, snack and or appetizer that was not well thought out, prepared and presented. Every meal she prepared was outstanding, we actually preferred to eat on the boat versus off. She made every meal special.
The itinerary was excellent and had enough flexibility that we made small changes on the fly based on crew suggestions. Everything they suggested was added to our overall experience.
Jack and Cayley are the perfect hosts that made our trip a once in a lifetime experience. The Raven was a special boat that provided the amenities and luxury you hope for when booking a trip like this.
Lyle W, aboard Catamaran Raven, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Winston C, aboard Catamaran Something Wonderful, March 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful trip. Aileen and Dave were incredible Captain, cook and host. I would highly recommend them. The boat was clean and perfectly suited for our crew. Plenty of room to spread out and get your own space. Dave takes his cooking very seriously and put on some incredible meals. He was also very flexible in the menu but everything he made was top shelf. Also the itinerary was great and very flexible. They were very knowledgeable of the area. They are also great swimmers and took us to some really great snorkeling spots and swam with us which made it fun. I would highly recommend them and Moun Beu.
Sailing Direction's services were great and flawless.
James F, aboard Catamaran Moun Beu, March 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew was fantastic. Bastiaan is extremely sociable, knowledgeable, and overall just fun to be with. Christina is great too. She was a bit quiet to start, but after a couple days was talkative and less reserved. They were both always attentive and were good listeners – about asking what we’d like to see, do, eat and drink. There was never a request that wasn’t met, and with joy!
The dives and snorkeling were great fun. In particular, I appreciated that Bastiaan wanted to make sure we had a good experience. For example, at one dive site we were planning, we snorkeled over it first and after consulting with Bastiaan, we decided it wasn’t worth it and held off for a different spot. That was indicative of the trip - Bastiaan and Christina really wanted us to enjoy ourselves and maximize the week, not just a “check this box” approach to filling our time.
Mimbaw is a good yacht. It’s comfortable and well-laid out. This was our second trip on Mimbaw (different crew the first time), and it felt good to be back “home” for the week.
The food was very good. Breakfast was fairly standard, by request – bread, fruit, coffee, etc. One morning we were in the mood for eggs and bacon, which were provided no problem. Another morning, Bastiaan headed out on the dingy early in the morning and returned with some fresh pastries from the local French bakery. Each lunch and dinner was a good meal – hearty and eclectic. The risotto inside pineapple was especially memorable, as was the grilled lobster. And Bastiaan hooked us up with a local who provided fresh conch that we took back to the boat for lunch. That was a nice surprise after a long day of hiking.
Sailing around St. Maarten-St. Barths is a little different from the Bahamas or BVI. There is actually a lot of sailing to be done! On that level, this trip was different from others we’ve gone on. The plus side is sailing is relaxing and enjoyable. The downside – a couple long stretches of rough seas! But this was a good place to be in part because it offers such a different experience.
John at Sailing Directions is fantastic. He makes chartering easy, from matching up with boat/crew, to taking care of all the business details. And he answers emails with hours (if not sooner), no matter how big/little the question. I’m not sure when he sleeps! We’ve done three with Sailing Directions already, and expect #4 once we know our schedule for 2017.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw, March 2016 sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands
Marcus and Risa were the best crew we could have imagined! They made our stay very special. This vacation will definitely stay in our mind!
Karizma was comfortable, clean and ventilated: all of it, yes! Marcus & Risa cleaned up during the week, for example when we were all snorkeling in the water, by the time we came back to the boat everything was cleaned up. During the sailing we stayed at the front in the morning / evening more in the back of the yacht. Every location was really nice. In addition we liked the fact that every bedroom had its own bathroom.
We enjoyed every meal prepared by Risa! She is very professional and was a brilliant cook! We were always looking forward to breakfast / lunch / dinner time. Risa always asked if there is something somebody doesn't like and customized the dishes, it was great!
Marcus & Risa included us in the planning of the route and islands we want to go according to our preferences (more party vs more quiet). They recommended us to go up to Anegada (which we did) and it was actually our favorite island!
John, it was great to have you as a fast responding partner at any time for all kinds of questions! Thanks a lot!
Just want to highlight once again that Marcus & Risa did an incredible job. Marcus was always open minded in some action (riding the hot dog, dive board) and he sailed us every day in a great mood to great places! Risa cooked everyday awesome dishes, helped Markus, told us the best places. They were both a great company! We would love to spend another vacation with them!
Anika J, aboard Catamaran Karizma, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
The boat was perfect for our group. Richard is the best of the best of any captain I have ever been around and Adele is a beautiful person with the greatest of skills and her food, preparation etc. is first class. We all had a great week and thank you for helping us secure the charter.
Kenneth J, aboard Catamaran The Cure, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were great!! Nana is comfortable and we enjoyed eating at the outside table for meals. Food was amazing! Tara did a wonderful job customized to our preferences.
You were very helpful and made it easier for us to book this trip.
Suzanne S, aboard Catamaran Nana, March 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Diego & Amber were they friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating. Although we did not have any real menu requests Amber listened to the conversations and adapted food choices and ingredients daily based on what we were saying. Top notch
I have been a lot of places in the Virgin Islands and Diego managed to bring us to places every day that I have never been (every day - not just once!).
I would recommend Diego, Amber and the Diana Rose to anyone. I also think you could tell families that these two would be wonderful for people with kids. I think Diego’s humor and energy and Amber’s ability to adapt to different personalities kids would have a blast.
Tom B, aboard Catamaran Dianna Rose, February 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jos and Chrizaan were amazing. They were very knowledgeable about the BVI and we did at least 3 or 4 different things each day. They were extremely pleasant and accommodating to all members of our party. The crew can make an enormous difference to the success of your week and our week was the very best.
Xenia was immaculate and very well cared for. The rooms were very spacious and there was a great back deck where we ate all our meals. Loved the separate showers for each room. King and Queen beds were awesome. The boat was very quiet, you couldn't hear stuff going on up on the decks in your bedroom.
Chrizaan is an amazing chef. Every meal was delicious and looked amazing. We all felt like we were dining in a five star restaurant each meal. She cooked all our favorite things.
We feel like we saw everything we wanted to see. Each day was customized by captain Jos to our desires.
John N, aboard Catamaran Xenia, February 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were the best, better than we could have even imagined! They are extremely knowledgeable, fun and engaging and the food that Rachel put out of that tiny kitchen was phenomenal! We were truly spoiled. They made great suggestions for our diverse group and even joined us on several outings! We feel blessed to have had them as our captain/first mate/cook/social directors for the week!
We loved the fact that each bedroom aboard Soterion had a private bath! We also like the big trampoline area and the other cushioned areas which were great for relaxing. The boat was very clean and we loved the fact that we got clean sheets mid-week. The yacht was well stocked with drinks and snacks!
The meals were customized for our group which was very much appreciated. Rachel called us the “clean plate club” for a reason! Every meal was exceptional and it was plated beautifully! The food looked as though it should have been photographed for a high end food magazine! We looked forward to every meal and were always excited for the great reveal.
Suzanne M, aboard Catamaran Soterion, February 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Roland and Vanessa were amazing! We could not have asked for a better crew! They understood our humor, were extremely knowledgeable and attentive. We know this trip would not have been as wonderful if we had a different crew. We would definitely recommend Roland and Vanessa.
We loved Amazing Lady! It was very comfortable and clean. We did have a problem with the air conditioner one night, but Roland was able to fix it and we didn't have any further issues. It is hard to pick a favorite, but we all loved sitting together for meals at the outdoor table. It was a great gathering spot.
The food was delicious! Vanessa is a wonderful cook and Roland is a great griller! The menu was perfect for our group.
This was our first trip to the BVI's. We managed to see a little bit of everything and now have some favorite spots to return to and ideas on where else to explore.
Sailing Directions answered all our questions and was very responsive. We have passed the website and yacht information on to some of our friends.
We loved that Roland and Vanessa snorkeled with us. Their knowledge of the area was very much appreciated.
Sheila E, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, February 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Roland and Vanessa are quite simply "the best". They are very knowledgeable, hardworking and fun. They work extremely well together and each brings exceptional and complimentary skills to the table. It is clear that their top priority is their guests' safety and enjoyment. Their knowledge of the BVIs is vast and each were always willing to share as much information as one would want to know.
Roland and Vanessa are very attentive and sensitive to the needs of their guests. They are fun to hang with but very low key and only joined in when invited. Roland and Vanessa are both extremely patient and have easy going dispositions.
Roland is an exceptional sailor, teacher, diver and drink mixer. Vanessa is an exceptional chef. The food was delicious, creative, healthy and plentiful. She was always willing to share recipes and ingredients.
This was truly the trip of a lifetime for all four couples and each of us would like to return to the BVIs and the Amazing Lady sometime in the future.
We very much appreciated the professional assistance provided by Sailing Directions when booking the perfect boat for our group. John was always prompt with answers to any questions and gave helpful advice to aid in decisions regarding water taxi and ferry transportation to and from our cruise departure and arrival location.
The Amazing Lady is a very apt name for a boat that could not have been better designed for comfort and style. She sailed smoothly and held her own one day under very windy and rough sea conditions!
Steve and Nancy
Sheila E, aboard Catamaran Amazing Lady, February 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Will and Rene were fabulous. Very friendly, accommodating and willing to customize our trip at any point.
Amazing Blues was amazing (can I say that?!?!). Therefore aptly named. Almost brand new, more spacious than we anticipated and the crew is fastidious about maintenance!
Food was great. Both crew members can cook and they were very willing to customize.
All in all our family had the trip of a lifetime.
Lance M, aboard Catamaran Amazing Blues, February 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
This trip has been one of the best trips ever!
Sam and Rose are THE BEST crew one could ask for! So professional, dedicated, nice friendly persons, and so helpful, always helping others and making sure everyone was having fun. I would definitely go on another charter with them!
The boat was in great shape and very comfortable. The outdoor areas, especially the front area with the reggae music were like paradise the first day! And a great place to be while sailing.
The food was delicious, very nicely presented and according to what we had asked. Before the trip, Rose sent me an email with the menu she had prepared based on our preference sheet, which was excellent and I only asked to change a couple of things! We took pictures of the plates!
I would definitely recommend Sailing Directions to our friends.
Rossana L, aboard Catamaran Loveboat, February 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were wonderful. A perfect match for our group. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly , accommodating , attentive, responsible , trustworthy , and safety conscious. We loved getting to know them and were very comfortable with them. They were very professional, yet warm and personable. They treat each other with great respect and kindness. We would definitely charter with them in the future. They spoiled us from the first minute.
We loved the Soterion. Very clean. Very comfortable. Well ventilated and loved the air conditioning at night. Ben and Rachel kept the ship well organized and everything had its place and the laundry and towels smelled great!!!! Favorite aspect was every room had at least a queen bed and its own bathroom and I loved that there was sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner and lotion on board. A smooth ride as well.
The food was fabulous ! Like 5 star restaurant ! Rachel is an awesome chef and always kept the kitchen clean and great hygiene. We all were so stuffed with food each day but we couldn't say no to any meal because they were all so yummy! Very impressive. The duck was one of the best entrees I have ever had.
The itinerary was perfect. Enjoyed every place we went. Every stop was different and unique and had something to offer. Ben did a great job. Loved the map, hat and T-shirt we received at the end of the trip.
Sailing directions was very prompt and helpful. Ben and Rachel has nothing but compliments for John Lane and said I chose one of the best services and I completely agreed! Emails were answers immediately, no matter if it was day or night or weekend. I will definitely let my friends and family know of Sailing Directions. We would like to book another charter in the future.
Thanks again for everything. It was a fantastic experience!
Lana S, aboard Catamaran Soterion, February 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
We enjoyed sailing around and exploring St. Maarten, Anguilla and St Barts. This charter area offered more sailing opportunities than the BVI. The BVI was a better destination for iconic beach bars, easier hiking, and clearer snorkeling.
Nick & Lucy are awesome crew and frequently knew what we wanted before we even had a clue. I love them both.
Best Revenge 5 is very comfortable, well maintained, and spotless. My favorite things about the yacht are warm fresh water for rinsing off after swimming, comfortable beds, individual AC thermostats in cabins, robust shower in cabin, extensive music selection, and crew's attention to detail.
Lucy exceeded our expectations once again. She is a very talented and creative chef with a passion for food preparation & presentation. She went the extra mile to accommodate our individual preferences and dietary needs.
Sailing Directions service was prompt and efficient. Keep up the good work.
Susan V, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, January 2016 sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands
HIGHLY RECOMMEND this vacation and this crew! We definitely had a great time, and Steve and Deb were a big reason why. We were a little high maintenance on the food front: one vegetarian, one gluten free, one low carb, and one who won't eat cilantro. Deb took it all in stride and made some AWESOME meals for us. She focuses on organic, local ingredients, and you can taste it! It was so good we begged for recipes and have tried a few at home.
We told Steve that what we really wanted was good snorkeling, and so he took us to some EXCELLENT spots. We snorkeled two or three times a day, and had a great time. He picked routes so we could see a lot of different things, and still get to sites fast and spend most of our time in the water. When it got windy and wavy, he found us coves where it was easier to snorkel. And when we got out of the water, they had drinks waiting for us - girly, beach drinks, just as we requested.
They are great people, and we had a great time. The ship was extremely well maintained, and they take care of it very lovingly. Great crew, great ship, great snorkeling, great friends. What more could you ask for?
Also want to add: you, John, and Sailing Directions, were also AWESOME to work with. I asked for lots of quotes (different dates, different number of people), and asked for an extension (or possibly two) to lock in the reservation, as I tried to get commitments from the group, and you quickly and pleasantly responded to everything. Greatly appreciate the service.
Paula W, aboard Catamaran Alternate Latitude, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Stephen & Julia are extremely knowledgeable - very, very accommodating - they sat down with us and listened to our requests, thoughts, etc. to make a plan for the week - and then each day the schedule was addressed and our requests were foremost in their decisions as to what to do. We felt like they had all the knowledge of what we’d like to do and when, and they put together great itineraries.
Safari exceeded our expectations - plenty of room, lots of area to gather, or to be alone. Beds were really comfortable, and everything was so clean.
The food was beyond our expectations! Julia is an amazing cook - delicious and gorgeous presentation! She customized to us - only complaints are that she fed us too much and that we had to come home without her!
We felt like we did the perfect option with the half board - the benefit of Julia’s amazing cooking, and also being able to sample some of the local flavor at dinners and lunch.
We had an incredible time - exceeded our expectations in every way! Thanks to you too for coordinating for us - made everything run very smoothly. We really appreciated the advice regarding packing - we did a pretty good job with that. Pre-planning and prep was great and easy. Will definitely recommend to others! And we’ll be back, too!
Betsy G, aboard Catamaran Safari, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Sam & Rosemary were excellent! The boat was perfect. We particularly liked the 8 person float and spent quite a bit of time enjoying it!
The food was excellent. Rosemary definitely customized the menu to suit us and it was perfect.
The itinerary was excellent and we don't feel like we missed anything.
Very happy with Sailing Directions' service. We can't wait to come back next year.
Deirdre G, aboard Catamaran Loveboat, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Matt and Tara were exceptional. Friendly, helpful and a pleasure. They knew when to "fade into the background" but also were very engaged with our group. We have been numerous times to the BVI but they brought us to some wonderful snorkeling sites we had not seen before.
The boat was very clean absolutely no complaints there. Very nice boat, good spaces.
The food was AMAZING! If you like good food, go on this charter! Menu was well customized, some of us had food allergies, and Tara made some separate custom meals as good as the rest. Everything from scratch. Only problem is the few pounds we each gained for the week - well worth it. Matt is a terrific drink mixer.
Very good itinerary--and they were willing to go to the places we also wanted to see.
Sailing Directions' service was problem free and appreciated. Would recommend Sailing Directions, The Nana, and Matt and Tara without reservation.
Jeremy D, aboard Catamaran Nana, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
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, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew was a delightful. Captain Andre was knowable of the BVIs. We asked to avoid crowds and still see the sights. He managed to do just that. Nancy, our steward and 1st mate, though not a regular on the boat, was a true gem. She contributed to our enjoyment and comforts without hesitation. Cressi the chef aboard has a natural ability. She made complex food parings and the meal presentation was very entertaining.
Aletheia was clean, well maintained and ventilated. The fly bridge was our favorite spot, roomy and great for catching rays and star gazing.
The chef was young and very talented in her complex pairings of foods. She strived to have something new and different. We choose not to leave the boat and stay aboard for her meals.
We as a group asked to travel opposite of the crowds, seeing the same sights. Andre took all this into account and always had an eye on the weather and winds.
Personal note, I was the facilitator in our trip planning. I interviewed two other charter companies and John was the most gracious and through the entire process exceeded all my expectations.
Sandra H, aboard Catamaran Aletheia, January 2016 sailing the British 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, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Harvey & Cara were excellent in all respects, very helpful, and Cara's cooking was even better than expected. Be careful, she could be lost to a MICHELIN-starred chef in the blink of an eye. We have eaten in Michelin-starred restaurants all over the world, and Cara could work in any of them. Amazing what she can do in that little kitchen. Think what she could do at The French Laundry or The Fat Duck. Very accomplished diver also.
Richard S, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, January 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What a relaxing week for us! You both made us feel very comfortable and taken good care of. So accommodating. The food was fantastic, and the sailing great. We could not ask for a better week.
Sincerely Linda & Dick
Our thanks for a wonderful - relaxing week. Every detail was covered, from drinks in hand to gourmet food beautifully presented. The weather was perfect and smiles all around as we sail our last day - and appreciate the great vacation.
Thanks Sherri & Richard
You could not have been any better at what you do. Two great people doing everything you could for your guests. Wonderful food and SIX star service. Thanks for your wonderful experience.
Chuck & Lisa
Richard S, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, January 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The captain and chef, Oswaldo & Briar were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They answered every question we had, as did Jos and Julia.
Our favorite aspect was the space. Everyone had plenty of places to hang out, in the sun, out of the sun, in the breeze, etc. All of the water toys were great too!
The food was amazing and Briar did a great job changing some things on the fly. Oswaldo did a great job of picking places to go, depending on weather and activities.
Jessica A, aboard Catamaran Akasha, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Byron & Molly made our trip everything that it was. From before we even left their planning and preparation made us comfortable. They stayed in contact with us leading up to the cruise, to as soon as we landed and until we met at the boat. They welcomed us and immediately made us feel at home. They simply could not have done more for us. They were extremely warm and friendly every second of the trip. They always made sure we were relaxed and had anything we could ever want. They made sure our days were filled with whatever adventure we wanted and plenty of relaxation. I can't imagine another crew I would ever want to sail with other than Byron & Molly.
Blossom is a spotless, open and airy vessel. It is extremely comfortable no matter where you are on the boat. My favorite aspect of the yacht was the master cabin which was large and more room than I expected.
Every meal Molly made was well thought out and delicious. She made everything to our liking and requested preferences. She asked us for our input to make sure whatever she was making was to our liking. Her desserts were always a huge hit. Byron and Molly were very attentive during meals to make sure all was to our liking and to make sure we always had the perfect drink to accompany the meal.
Byron laid out an itinerary over an extremely busy New Year's week. Everywhere we went we never waited for anything. All of our stops were special in their own way and had magnificent views. I wouldn't change anything about the trip.
Sailing Directions itself did everything I could ever ask. We were matched with a perfect vessel and the support from the booking through the cruise was thorough and professional. Thank you again for everything!
Gerry L, aboard Catamaran Blossom, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
I'd give them a 9 - they were great! They were very friendly and upbeat, they were very good and kind to our kids.
Happy Time was very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. The bedrooms and bathrooms where a nice size and the front deck and trampoline area was very comfortable with the cushions and chairs.
The food was all very delicious and well presented. Caitlin made much of the food by scratch which was very impressive. Also enjoyed a new cocktail every evening made by Jeff.
We enjoyed the itinerary, went to a few new spots that we never had been to. Snorkeling was awesome with Caitlin’s guidance, she took us a couple times on guided tours and pointed out things that we would have missed if we were by ourselves.
You kept us on top of deadlines and with important information for the trip. I’ll surly recommend Sailing Directions and Happy Time if anyone asks.
Julie M, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
I have literally made life-long friends. Jose and Janet were extremely friendly and fit in very well with our group. We loved spending time with them. Both were very attentive and seemed to know exactly what we needed at any particular time. I very much enjoyed staying up late and talking with Cap'n Jose about various topics. Everything we wanted was provided. Jose and Pixie offered us very good suggestions as we made our way around the islands.
Hypnautic was very well maintained. It was amazing to me how clean Jose and Pixie were able to keep the yacht with the six of us constantly moving about, snacking, drinking, lounging, etc. I was very impressed by this. I think my favorite aspect was our mealtime and all of us sitting around the outside table. Lots of great conversation. I also very much enjoyed being up on the bridge with Cap'n. I loved the wind in the face and the amazing views.
Pixie is an amazing chef. I could tell that heart and soul was put into each dish. I enjoyed talking to Pixie about how she came up with some of the dishes and how she likes to take time to think of and practice making new dishes. I can't wait for more Pixie meals!
The Virgin Islands couldn't have been better. It was exactly what we wanted. The only thing I wish I had different was MORE TIME!
This trip was well worth every single penny. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to disconnect from the real world and just relax and be stress free for a week. Great re-charge of the internal batteries that are required to operate in life.
Aaron H, aboard Catamaran Hypnautic, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jose and Janet were definitely friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and accommodating. They went above and beyond my expectations. They were always asking if we needed anything, and were happy to respond to any questions or requests that we had. I couldn't imagine a better pair, and I look forward to sailing with them again!
The Hypnatuic was clean, comfortable, and well ventilated. Jose and Janet were up and about cleaning the boat every day. My favorite aspect of the yacht was definitely the dining area, where we spent time at least three times a day haha. Many wonderful conversations were had, and we loved getting a chance to watch Janet cook through the window! I also loved the bedding, super comfy, and plenty of storage space.
The food was no words short of AMAZING. Janet was such a great cook and always ran on time. The dining area was always clean, accessible, and well presented. Janet did a great job of creating a menu of items that suited our needs and fit our requests. There was always enough! And a great variety :)
We saw so much in what seemed like such little time, it was great! We hit all of the spots on our list within reason without feeling rushed. Every day was new and exciting, just as we requested.
This was a life changing experience. To stay a week on a boat may seem intimidating to some, especially myself who had never slept aboard a boat before. It was completely worth it, I can't imagine seeing the islands in any other way. Definitely pack your Dramamine if you experience a little sea sickness like I do! But it was completely manageable and did not take away from the experience.
Our group will certainly be requesting to sail with Hypnautic again.
Aaron H, aboard Catamaran Hypnautic, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Nemo suited our group perfectly. We could be together when we wanted but have our own space when needed. It was always clean and the Christmas winds provided plenty of winds thru the hatch. We really enjoyed hanging at the front of the boat on the fat boy mats.
Valentina did an exquisite job for us with regards to our meals. We had some dietary restrictions and she pulled off our three course meals and apps without a problem. For our girls the food was a definite highlight of our trip.
Andrea and Valentina were very knowledgeable about the islands and the ocean. They were very attentive and very accommodating.
We had been to the BVI before sailing with couples but never to the USVIs. We felt our trip was well suited for our family who likes to hike, snorkel and paddleboard and a few hours each day of sailing.
The service with Sailing Directions is always seamless.
Joanne Y, aboard Catamaran Nemo, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
Cassandra and Jason were wonderful as our hosts. They knew about all we asked, and spoiled us completely. They both called us prior to our trip to make sure we were good to go. Also arranged our travel to and from the boat to our hotel and to the airport, couldn't have asked for more.
Pentesilea II was great. Loved the front to sit on the beanbags and at the very tip of the pontoons. The cockpit area was also great to get some shade and enjoy the view too. The beds were very comfy, and the rooms surprisingly roomy!
The food was like eating at a 5 star restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beautifully prepared, and presented. Jason is a fabulous chef.
We had some ideas and the crew helped plan the itinerary around that and fill in the gaps. We had the snorkeling, kayaking and water sports. Jason was great getting three of us in to scuba. We loved their New Year's Eve suggestion at Trellis Bay as well as everywhere else we went.
I think Sailing Directions provided great service. You have been responsive to each and every request..
This was about our best vacation ever. We would recommend Pentesilea II and Cassandra and Jason 100% to anyone who asked.
Terri L, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, January 2016 sailing the Virgin Islands
It was as close to perfect as could be, and magical. Your help in securing the charter was essential.
It should come as no surprise that 6 weeks off the yacht, Mom and Dad are still talking about what a great charter we enjoyed as a family. Indeed for several days Gretchen would walk around saying she still felt like she was on deck. Last night at dinner, I compared our table to the size of the aft table, and was promptly asked by Alasdair, "How come you guys can't stop talking about Tiger Lily"? The answer is obvious.
Though many years removed from my previous Caribbean experiences aboard motor yachts, I certainly knew what to expect or not to expect. Grumpy crew and captain come to mind. Indeed, other than the design of a GUNBOAT, I had no idea how our journey would turn out. Gretchen was especially anxious. By the second day after her first passage, I think she realized how great the cruising/ sailing world can be when expertly guided and cared for. I gained 7 lbs on the trip despite being active! It is a testament to the delicious gourmet meals, my lack of restraint, and a constant source of quality beverages. Karen made miracles happen while catering to the fickle whims of the younger palates. Everyone seemed satiated and satisfied. Delicious even when your oven quits on you!
Given the variable we threw at you of an independent, enthusiastic, and scurrying 7 3/4 year old boy, you two responded above and beyond with patience and kindheartedness, making the week a true pleasure for all. I was always delighted to see Lachlan topside before i was out of my berth to my hot and perfect first cup of coffee. Whether it was his lessons in navigation from Neil, his daily chart plotting, or his multiple meals at odd times , you spoiled him. Your extra set of hands in safety and nurturing were noticed!
We also were delighted to see him at work, chamoising the windows and rails!
I was most excited in our sailing, even breaking a few minor things, and amazed at Neil's boat skills, ability as crack bowman, and deft and delicate handling. Karen of course makes an indispensable assistant in the raising of sails and during anchoring. It was my first time helming a catamaran of such size and power. The education regarding the sail trim and the explanation of angles along with the ability to participate is something I hope to build on. I cannot imagine a better sailing experience than GUNBOAT and Tiger Lily making 15 knots on a reefed main, well faster than the true wind.
As for the itinerary, again, there can be no captain who knows the BVI better than Neil. Someday the children will appreciate what it meant to be at the Baths so early in the morning. Gretchen was amazed at the seclusion of some harbors, even when mega yachts were so nearby. It was nice to meet up with friends for New Years Eve, but we really could have just stayed on board, alone in some special bay. The careful routing according to wind strength and seas made all comfortable. I will never forget being told I had a hull flying, briefly!
As a parent, it was special to spend so much time in the water with the kids, my makeshift airtank, one mask lost later and fins optional. The reefs and bays we stopped at were rewarding. When Arabel would free dive under the surface chasing a school of colorful angelfish with her goPro camera, I saw myself at that age, infatuated with the beauty of the kingdom below. Indeed her athleticism and grace rang true to my heart and reminded me of the hours I spent in such pursuits. Even the less than motivated Dair seemed to come alive by trips end. Joining me on twilight swims of significant distance and challenge. Tiger Lily provides the perfect platform of casual living and toys on hand to open up to the most beautiful waters we've experienced. Thanks for the attention to detail.
Perhaps someday again we'll find ourselves on Tiger Lily. If we do, we can only hope that Neil and Karen are still the hosts for an experience of a lifetime
Andrew M, aboard Catamaran Tiger Lily, January 2016 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Thanks again, you picked a perfect charter for us. This was our second charter with you and A2. I have always appreciated that you recommended the A2 for my family. I initially wanted a larger boat that would have been more expensive and not necessary.
The crew were great. Jenny does a great job with the food and always wants to know how she is doing.
Everything was very good and your informational offerings were very helpful.
Lance L, aboard Catamaran A2, December 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew exceeded everything we could have imagined. This crew could not be any kinder, nor work any harder. They read the group and individuals so well. Being three generations, we were not an easy profile, and they were incredibly gracious, anticipating every need and desire ahead of time. Love these four!
Akasha was kept immaculately. Great catamaran - we chose well for our needs. Size and amenities were our favorite aspect. Love the fly bridge where we could all be at once as well as the fantastic outdoor dining.
Regarding the menu: I don't know how she did it. We had food allergy challenges and Briar created the most magnificent meals and desserts. Everyone was awed by her talent and food. Always eagerly consumed!
We enjoyed the Virgin Islands very much. The crew was accommodating to everything we wanted to do.
John was always quick to reply and to help us choose the right sailing vessel for our group. Details easy to acquire and great website.
Honestly, it was perfect. None of us could even come up with an improvement to offer. Fantastic trip.
Kathy M, aboard Catamaran Akasha, December 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The entire cruise was fabulous! Ryan and Dani could not have been better. They focused on us and our needs. Rick and I both had some physical disabilities and they were always available to help us in and out of the dinghy, up and down the swim steps, in and out of the blow-up chair, etc.
Dani is a wonderful chef. Not only was her food delicious, it was always presented very attractively.
Frangines sailed like a dream. We had perfect wind every day and the crew handled the boat perfectly. The boat was in great condition when we arrived and was well-maintained the entire ten days. There were many comfortable places to rest, read and relax. Both the US and British Virgin Islands are great cruising areas. We enjoyed the scenery, all the anchorages the crew chose and the shore excursions as well.
Sailing Directions was very helpful and supportive throughout the process. We will certainly recommend your agency to our friends.
Richard N, aboard Catamaran Frangines, December 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jean-Marc and Suzanne were incredible. They really provided us with a lovely vacation. They were attentive and followed our per-trip requests for food and interactions with them.
Lachez Prise was very nice, comfortable. The cabins were well appointed and clean. Our favorite spot was at the bow on the trampoline. We even slept there one night.
Suzanne is a great cook. She is very proud of it and she displays a different, beautiful color theme table dressing every day. She also tailored her menu to our preferences.
We enjoyed being in a new spot every night. Everywhere we stayed was more beautiful than the next. Unfortunately we did not get to sail a lot due to wind directions.
Sailing Directions was very meticulous and organized. They made our trip preparations very easy. Thank you!
Sandra B, aboard Catamaran Lachez Prise, November 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Overall the trip on a scale was a 9.5 out of 10. I just don’t believe in perfection but the charter exceeded our expectations.
Let’s start with the Crew. Bertrand, Lorianne and Matthew (Chef) were incredible. They actually made the trip. The sailing, islands, waters and beaches were amazing but if it had not been without the three of them the trip would have been par. Seriously they made the trip. When we thought the food could not get better Matthew blew us away with a something magical. The crew was all French, and although there were language barriers at times, we never let our 1st languages get in the way of figuring out how to communicate. Let me get to the heart: we all cried when we departed. Seriously they were crying and we were crying because of the bond we created over the trip. We are already planning our next charter for 12+ days.
Bertrand (Captain) was solid. Confident without being egotistical. He ensured that were safe at all times, and planned each day’s journey. Lorianne was a sweet heart and made everything very comfortable for all of us.
The beaches, waters, snorkeling, swimming was as amazing. It was an amazing 50th Birthday week.
Jim B, aboard Catamaran Arion, November 2015 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
Stephen & Julia were top notch. We enjoyed not only their professionalism and great ideas about where to go and what to see, but also their stories and meeting good friends of theirs along the way. They really made the trip memorable and relaxing. It was clear from the minute we stepped on Safari that we had chosen a great crew, but by the end of the week we had also made new friends.
Safari was perfect, in excellent physical condition and perfectly laid out for our family of 4. We loved the front sitting area to relax with great views while underway and the rear table and sitting area was perfect for not just meals but gathering for games and cocktails.
The food was great. Julia made lots of different dishes and we enjoyed them all. We didn’t have a lot of specific preferences and were very happy with all of her cooking. Come hungry as there’s always lots to eat and drink.
We loved the itinerary sailing the Virgin Islands. We liked the route and all the moorages but what really made the trip special was Stephen & Julia’s local knowledge. They showed us a handful of small beach towns and the local vibe of each place. We met a number of their friends and really enjoyed seeing some of the spots off the beaten path.
Sailing Directions was great. Everything was easy and all my questions were answered promptly. The website and information shared for what to pack, where to stay on St. Thomas, etc. was very helpful.
Brian L, aboard Catamaran Safari, August 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Eric and Kristen were AMAZING and they made our trip worthwhile. They very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and VERY accommodating with all the needs of our family. They went out of their way to make sure that we were happy at all times, and doing things that we liked to do. They included us in the decision making of all our activities, and I have to say that they were spot on with the suggestions that they made for our active girls. They engaged well with our girls who seemed very comfortable with them. My husband was thrilled to have an opportunity to fish during our trip. Eric made sure to have all the fishing gear for him. He was thrilled when he caught a Spanish Mackerel and Kristen prepared it for our lunch. It was outstanding!
We loved One Love and we thought it was very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed spending time in the common areas with Kristen and Eric especially at night when we sat together to eat, play cards and share stories. We loved sitting in the trampoline as we enjoyed the sailing from island to island or watch the gorgeous sunsets.
We look forward to each one of our meals as they were all delicious! The presentation was creative and beautiful. The menu was outstanding and we were very happy that we chose to eat all our meals from Kristen. We particularly enjoyed the variety of food that we had every day including the drinks. Our freshly caught fish was on the table within the hour, pretty impressive!
We enjoyed our itinerary very much. We loved every island that we visit. We particularly loved Bitter End, Savanah Beach, The Baths, and The Indians (fabulous snorkeling!). We all enjoyed having the opportunity of kayaking, tubing, paddleboarding and snorkling. We were very lucky with our snorkling as I think that we saw about everything we could imagine (sharks, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, barracudas, etc.). Eric and Kristen seemed very knowledgeable about what activity to do in each area.
We are very happy about the recommendation that you made about the crew. Eric and Kristen exceeded our expectations and they were a perfect match for our family.
We would love to charter another catamaran at some point as it was the Perfect Vacation in Paradise. The catamaran was a perfect size for our family with kids however I would recommend a slightly larger boat for a group of adults.
Perfect family vacation! Thank you again for all your assistance and we will make sure to recommend you, One Love and the crew to all our friends. We look forward to another trip to PARADISE in the future!
Maria L, aboard Catamaran One Love, August 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Tim and Stephany were tireless, helpful, interesting and sensitive to our needs. We could not have asked for a better crew. Their warmth, knowledge and willingness to share insights into their lives made the trip a very satisfying adventure. We have never received so much attention.
It is clear they take great pride in Endless Pleasure as it was very clean, well maintained and ready to sail under all kinds of conditions. The steady winds in the Grenadines and many hatches combined to keep the boat well ventilated. Air conditioning was turned on when needed and worked very well.
We have never had a full time chef before – what a great experience. Third crew member JoJo continually worked to anticipate our needs and was more than willing to accommodate our diverse dietary requests. Collectively, they provisioned the boat with foods and drinks that we requested after spending an hour with us on the phone in advance of the trip. JoJo’s fusion expertise made many memorable meals and the rum punch was a crowd pleaser.
The itinerary evolved as we gained experience with the area and the opportunities available. We watched a leatherback turtle crawl up on the beach, dig a hole, lay her eggs, cover them up and head back out to sea. We caught tuna and ate sashimi. Tim & Steph did all the work laying out the line, cleaning the fish and handing off the meat to JoJo to apply her magic. We went snorkeling in many places, and went ashore to explore numerous islands, which led to a pattern of snorkeling, sailing, fishing, anchoring, exploring and sometimes waterskiing, paddle boarding and tubing. They took pictures of us as a family in many places and gave us the file with the pics at the end of the trip.
This is our first experience with chartering and we were unsure about the process and what to expect. It turned out to be a very straightforward process and John’s advice about what to expect and effort to facilitate contact with Endless Pleasure was very helpful. We will pass on information about Sailing Directions and Endless Pleasure to friends that are interested in sailing.
The end of the charter came too quick, we felt that we were just getting into a rhythm and could have spent many more days with Tim and Steph. We are interested in staying in touch with them and following their adventures and hope that our paths cross again.
Bob D, aboard Catamaran Endless Pleasure, August 2015 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
Roland and Vanessa know exactly what they’re doing and do it all with grace, humor and kindness. They were delightful to adults and teenagers alike, no small feat!
Everything on Flow is as comfortable as it can be. Our favorite aspect is that the yacht is big enough to provide many different areas to hang out so, despite having 9 of us (plus Roland and Vanessa), including five teenagers, no one felt crowded or cramped. We even kept offering to let the teenagers off the boat to go to restaurants and bars on shore by themselves and they consistently declined to leave!
Vanessa is a gifted chef. Seriously. We’ve had other experiences being cooked for in this way and she was the best ever.
If you are considering a vacation on a yacht crewed by Roland and Vanessa, just do it! You absolutely will not be disappointed! They are fun, kind, knowledgeable and incredibly service-oriented. Everyone loved them and would sail with them again in a heartbeat.
Hamilton S, aboard Catamaran Alive, August 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Thea & Jamie - where do we begin? You are two of the most wonderful people we have ever met. From the very beginning we felt like a part of your family.
Thea, with your charm, lovely smile and second to none cooking skills - the meals alone will last a lifetime.
Jamie, your infectious giggle, first rate skills as a captain and ability to spread placemats..
It's clear that your enjoy everything the USVI and BVIs have to offer. Thanks for such an amazing week.
Ken W, aboard Catamaran Roks, August 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
It was a fabulous vacation. We will definitely do this again!
Andre and Liezl were so awesome. “No” was not in their vocabulary. Leizl was fun, enjoyed interacting and playing games with us as well as preparing the most fantastic food! Andre was so energetic, he was a great dive master, and was always making sure we were entertained whether it be taking someone to the island by dinghy or by taking the kids out tubing, kneeboarding or wakeboarding. He even got me up on the wake board. Their recommendations of where to go for nightlife for the kids or eating ashore were wonderful.
Yes Dear was very clean and the staterooms were very comfortable. We loved hanging out in the front, in fact one of the kids slept out in the front every night. I think every loved to gather around the table in the rear and play games and just laugh.
The food was out of this world. I was concerned we might have some picky eaters but she made food enjoyable to adults and kids.
The itinerary was so wonderful. Our only regret was not having more days to enjoy more of this.
Sailing Directions was always on top of things. The website was good about recommendations for water taxis and the cost of things.
This is such a first rate vacation. We never felt cramped on the boat and everyone had their space. The boat Yes Dear had some great games and movies and we also brought some of our own. This will be a memory for a lifetime.
Jennifer G, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, July 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Bryan and Ava were great with a nice mixture of being attentive when necessary and providing privacy other times. They were very knowledgeable and our group was constantly asking challenging questions which they answered very well. Bryan and Ava are a wonderful complimentary team!
Happy Time was very comfortable and well ventilated. A/C worked well in cabins. Favorite aspect was the spacious back-deck eating area. We played many games, drank, and dined well in that locale.
Food and variety of menu was excellent for all meals. We had a tree nut allergy amongst the party and they dealt with that perfectly. Bryan is an excellent grill master and we had several meals that were grilled to perfection (tuna steaks stand out)!
We worked closely with the crew to develop an itinerary and each day we went over options based on different preferences in our party. Worked great!
Sailing Directions is always our first stop when looking at chartered yacht vacations. We have always had good service and specifically John Lane’s communications and support is top notch! I am frequently giving Sailing Directions contact information out to anyone expressing interest.
Kirk N, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, July 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were absolutely excellent in every single aspect of the trip! Rich and Lisa’s commitment to our enjoyment, experience and safety was awesome. Nothing was too much trouble; they gave us a 5 star experience of the highest standard, from the moment we arrived to the second that we left.
Zingara was in fantastic condition. Spotlessly clean and equipped to the highest standard and extremely comfortable. Our favorite aspect was hanging out on the top deck during afternoon sails and again with after dinner drinks.
The quality of the food and variance of the menu, was the biggest single surprise of the trip. We are a well-travelled group and the food was among the best we have ever had! Rich is truly an excellent chef, wonderfully supported by Lisa. The cuisine was amazing!
Could not have asked for more from the BVIs - stunning!
We would use you guys again without hesitation and Rich and Lisa would be our absolute preference to stay with again. They made the trip!
As you can tell from our comments we were hoping for the trip of a life time to celebrate my wife Dee’s 50th birthday and the trip exceeded every single expectation we had! Our group has literally travelled the world and the consensus of opinion was this was the best trip any of us had ever done. We will remember the trip for a very long time.
John M, aboard Catamaran Zingara, June 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Paul and Tanya were friendly, attentive and accommodating and did an outstanding job all week.
Ula was comfortable, clean and well ventilated. And it was kept that way as well all week.
The food was superb at every meal. We never had leftovers. We enjoyed everywhere we went and were well prepared.
We would be happy to do another charter and will be happy to refer others to you as well. Our lofty expectations were all exceeded-the trip of a lifetime.
Edward F, aboard Catamaran Ula, June 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
It was an amazing vacation!! Steve was as wonderful as always and Louise was equally wonderful. Louise has really upped her game in the culinary arts - the food was good last time but really delicious and beautifully presented this trip. Pisces seemed in better shape and with a few much appreciated upgrades. Really glad I took advantage of the opportunity to dive this trip - it was magical! I had forgotten how mesmerizing it is to actually be down there, one with the fishes! Boy do I wish we had that beautiful, crystal clear water here on the South Carolina coast!
Ann Marie K, aboard Catamaran Pisces, June 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Excellent Crew. The food was Amazing, excellent presentation and taste. The itinerary was perfect and better that the itinerary we imagine and when we want to change a destination, Xavier made it happen and took us to amazing places.
Very happy with Sailing Direction’s service, fast and excellent communication always.
Agustín Z, aboard Catamaran Sail Away, June 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were perfect. They are our new friends and we enjoyed our time with them immensely.
Soterion was perfect for our group. Having never been on a trip like this before, the boat was more spacious than any of us had expected. It was very clean and the A/C and ventilation was great
Rachel is a fantastic chef and nearly everyone said that her cooking was one of the highlights of the trip. She spent time to set up the perfect menu for everyone in our group. I am a picky eater and she managed to put together fantastic meals that I enjoyed as well as the foodies in our group. Each meal was presented as you would find at a high end restaurant, and this is very impressive that she was able to do this from that tiny kitchen on the boat.
We got to do everything that we wanted from hearing of friends previous adventures and also had great fun doing things we would have never expected. Nearly everyone in the group had a different favorite day.
John did a great job handling all of our questions beforehand and getting this all set up.
Dan R, aboard Catamaran Soterion, May 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What to say other than WOW!? Marsha and I have been around sailboats for most of our married lives, owned sailboats, chartered in the BVI, sailed Nova Scotia to Antigua, and never have I ever had an experience like this.
Sandcastle is a beautiful, capable boat, and Lloyd has poured his heart and his considerable talent into her. It shows! The smartest thing he did was hire on Jessica. She is good company, a good hand, and an extraordinary cook!
Somehow, the wind was always right for the destinations of the day. The anchorages lived up to our expectations and the sailing was terrific. This was just a great trip. I'm not sure we can equal it. But, when we are ready to try, I'll be looking for Jessica, Lloyd and Sandcastle to do it again.
Henry O, aboard Sailing Yacht Sandcastle, May 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
I don't even know where to begin. Our trip was fabulous!
Kirk, Heather and Courtney were all wonderful!
Kirk was an exceptional captain with a huge amount of knowledge! We had so many questions during the cruise about the waters and the islands and different things we would pass, etc. and he knew everything. Down to the sands that blow up from Africa causing a haze over the waters this time of year. Anytime we went in to an island he would take us, drop us off, return as many times as needed to bring different groups of us back. He would not go to bed until we were all settled in our cabins for the night.
Heather's cooking was truly a gift from God. We have never eaten so many exquisite meals. The meals were presented in a 5 star fashion, with a detailed description prior to dining. It was like eating in a 5 star restaurant for every meal. From what we heard, Heather has a reputation of being one of the best Chefs in this industry!
Courtney was a pleasure! So attentive to our every need. Always made sure we had a drink in our hand, always cleaning up after us. I called her our little fairy because we would leave our cabin for breakfast and come back and it was all clean!
John, you were so extremely helpful and attentive to every concern and question we had. We were so pleased with your quick responses to all of our questions and concerns. You were always reassuring with every concern we had.
This boat was absolutely "Amazing" and this trip has spoiled us for life! The boat was immaculate, inviting, and big, yet cozy. All of the toys were a blast, the cabins and the entire boat were spacious and comfortable. I can't find anything at all to tell you was wrong with this trip!
This was a "Bucket List" trip for Matt and I. An unforgettable experience, truly the trip of a lifetime.
We can't thank you enough for all you did to help make this dream come true!
Leni G, aboard Catamaran Amazing, May 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were great, very attentive and made great suggestions for things to do. The service was amazing. Both Jaco and Jenny are a great team and work well together. They were there for us the entire trip.
We were very happy with Sailing Directions' support.
Don W, aboard Catamaran A2, May 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our family enjoyed an amazing adventure through the Exumas aboard Solstice, and we’re grateful to Cliff and Liza for facilitating such a thoughtful family trip for us. The best way to summarize our experience, and that of our boys ages 13 and 11 years, would be reiterate the sentiments of a fellow Solstice vacationer (whose review of Cliff & Liza we read prior to our departure):
Cliff & Liza: 11/10
We couldn’t agree more! Many thanks!
Christian K, aboard Catamaran Solstice, April 2015 sailing the Bahamas
In a word, our experience was exceptional. The Vessel, Lady Alliaura, was in absolutely first-class condition, providing an abundance of space for our party of eight and crew of four. The air-conditioning, particularly for the staterooms, made the nights very comfortable. The layout of the afterdeck where we dined and spent most of our time under sail and the visibility and layout of the upper deck, salon, and staterooms exceeded all of our party’s expectations.
The Crew were engaging, pleasant and focused on providing each guest with a unique and remarkable experience. The Captain, Sebastian Leclerc, was a deliberate, accomplished and composed seaman with strong leadership skills. The mate, Caroline, was an accomplished sailor with a good sense of humor. The chef, Laurent, possessed an unusually good humor since he spent most of his time in the galley preparing meals fit for a king. The hostess, Celine, was intuitive, gracious and very attentive to everyone in our party.
The Experience overall was exceptional to any of my prior chartering efforts. The legs of our itinerary were well laid out with thoughtful consideration for the comfort of our party as it related to selection of anchorages, sails and time on the open water, the high point of which was a gorgeous night sail from Barbuda to the eastern side of St. Maarten.
Our entire party of eight, without exception, thoroughly enjoyed our adventure and will certainly look forward to another opportunity to sail on Lady Alliaura with her exceptional crew at some future date.
And to you, John, a tip of the hat for the professionalism and assistance you provided me in organizing and preparing for each member of our party’s comfort, menu preferences and special meal requests, recommendations on packing, and arrival/departure from Lady Alliaura. I’m appreciative of your efforts on our behalf. For years to come, each member of our party will fondly remember the crew, the vessel and our time aboard Lady Alliaura.
Kell M, aboard Catamaran Lady Alliaura, April 2015 sailing the Caribbean Leeward 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, April 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had an absolutely fantastic time exploring the BVI aboard the Black Pearl. Tim and Valerie were truly gracious hosts - just genuinely wonderful people to spend a week with. Their knowledge of the islands is impressive and their ability to avoid the crowds proved remarkable as they shared some of their favorite secluded spots with us. The food was consistently delicious, delightful and professionally presented.
Tim and Valerie also kept a map detailing our itinerary that we were meant to take with us when we disembarked. Naturally, we forgot to take it. They brought it up to our hotel along with a thank you note. They really went above and beyond.
Our entire family agrees this was one of the best vacations we've ever taken. We'll definitely be back, next time we'll be scuba certified and we'll seek out Tim and Valerie to be our guides.
Ed H, aboard Catamaran Black Pearl, April 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Stephen and Julia were wonderful. They took care of our every need. They accommodated every request. They were most friendly and a real joy.
The food was unbelievably delicious and visually fantastic. The itinerary was perfect. Safari was absolutely comfortable.
Marc C, aboard Catamaran Safari, April 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Andre and Liezl were excellent. Experienced and know what they are doing. You can recommend them with confidence. The yacht fit our plans and we got in all the SCUBA diving we wanted.
Richard S, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, April 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a great time the Captain was first rate and Julia was a great chef and first mate. They made us feel at home and very relaxed. I would definitely recommend the Safari and crew to anyone.
Brian M, aboard Catamaran Safari, April 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Jim and sherry were wonderful! They made the trip! We all felt very comfortable with them, very friendly and laid back. Could not have asked for anything better.
Nadiya was perfect. Very clean and decorated nicely. Ventilation was not a problem, perfect sea breezes through our hatch.
The food was amazing! Every meal and snack and dessert was very tasty with great presentation.
Every day and everywhere they took us just got better and better as the week went on!
Sailing Directions was very attentive and timely with emails and responses. I wish I could go again!
Lori B, aboard Catamaran Nadiya, March 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
I wanted to comment that this was an extremely wonderful trip not only because of the beauty of the area, but because of the crew, Danny and Laura. I can’t imagine anyone being more professional, attentive, and pleasant to be around. They were simply outstanding in every way. They entertained us and met our every request from basically sunup until way past sundown, and seemed genuinely happy to be doing it. The food was beyond expectations, the service was spot on, and the boat was perfect for what we did. I would recommend this boat, but particularly this crew, to anyone that wanted to have a special vacation. By the second or third day, Danny and Laura, despite our age difference, seemed more like friends than crew. And I’ve never had friends treat me so well!
I can speak for all of us in saying it was spectacular. The comment "I don't know how it could have been any better" was made multiple times by all of us. Danny and Laura make an exceptional team and catered to our every need with enthusiasm. The trip truly exceeded our expectations.
The crew make a great team and undertook all activities with great enthusiasm. They had a good understanding of the islands, great snorkeling spots and timings of when to be there to avoid the crowds/day boats. The food and presentation exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed by the boat.
Michael P, aboard Catamaran More Amore, March 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Andrew and Kailee were great relating to our four 20-something aged children, and providing lots of opportunities for water sports. They were always quick to see to our needs and desires – very accommodating. Kailee did a fantastic job! Can’t believe how well she could cook in such a tiny kitchen.
Dianne L, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, March 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were great and made our trip relaxing and memorable. Everything aboard was clean and fresh. The food was unbelievable! Adrian was the best! Fergus helped us navigate our trip and gave us good pointers on smaller coves and timing on places like The Baths so we wouldn't be with the masses. We would use Sailing Directions again.
Emily F, aboard Catamaran Maverick, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What a fabulous week! Thank you Harvey & Cara (Rabbit) for making this trip one that our family will remember for a lifetime. You took care of our every need – bringing us the smoothest most beautiful anchorages, showing us magical snorkeling reefs and pristine white sandy beaches, cooking one 5 star gourmet meal after another, always offering a drink or a towel and tidying up after us, and even providing the perfect Caribbean weather (out-sailing any storm we saw). The boat was in terrific shape, and your level of service and attention to detail made us feel like we were at a very high-end resort. It was a real treat to spend a week on Ma Ha. Thank you for making it so special. We hope to see you again here in the islands, or if you ever visit San Francisco. Julia S.
We have become spoiled – spoiled beyond words!! Having bare boated many years, often with sleepless nights, worried about the anchor, or sweating over a hot stuffy stove, the Ma Ha and her crew of two, Harvey and Rabbit (Cara), have ruined us. Our standard of sailing will now be measured by the unbelievable cooking of Rabbit and her array of three course meals, her incomparable snacks, and an endless supply of novel and tasty ice creams. Our unflappable captain Harvey ‘No Worries’ Rogers sailed to our every whim, served an endless supply of tasty and refreshing libations and was always ready with a water toy, snorkel or towel for our every activity and endless swimming. Even familiar anchorages became new and novel with Harvey and Rabbit’s local knowledge and friendly connections. Ma Ha’s beautiful state rooms, ample living space and numerous lounge spaces made for a relaxing vacation filled with great joys, satisfying sails and endless water sports! Thank you Harvey & Rabbit!! Peter S.
If you can’t already tell, we had an amazing time on Ma Ha this week. The fabulous boat and all its fun toys were only a small part of what made our vacation so special. The two people that had the biggest impact on our lovely experience were our amazing captain and chef – Harvey & Rabbit. You two made sure that we had the best food, fun and sun possible, so thank you! I’ve loved being on your boat and hope that I can make it back again. If not though, good luck and thanks again for an unbelievable trip in the BVI! Katya S.
Julia S, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, March 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were fantastic - friendly, fun, and engaging, but all very professional. They knew the waters well and were expert at handling the boat at all times. They were also very flexible with the planning, offering good suggestions every day.
The boat was perfect for us. It was roomy enough for us (2 guests, each with our own room) and there was plenty of space on the boat to be together or apart.
The food was really good. Every meal was tasty. Kim asked about favorite kinds of dishes and ingredients. When I happened to mention that I love cilantro, lo and behold, our next dinner had plenty of it, along with a salad the next day!
Every day was a perfect mixture of excitement and rest. We did some snorkeling, diving, hiking, wakeboarding, etc. Even tried surfing when we spotted some breaking water.
Sailing Directions continues to be a great brokerage to work with - always quick, helpful replies; always help finding the boat and type of crew/experience we're looking for.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw, March 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were amazing. Absolutely exceeded our expectations. We were a bit nervous about it as we had not done a charter before and since it was just the two of us it was important that we spent the week with nice people. They were super fun and friendly and certainly made us feel very comfortable. They accommodated our needs and were flexible to adjust things as the week went on. Can’t say enough good things about them. Learned a lot from Greg about sailing in blue water and we had a great, relaxing vacation.
The boat was immaculate and they keep it in incredible shape and very clean.
The food was fabulous – Vanessa is a very good cook and she was very creative. Great tastes, fresh food and beautifully presented. Very talented.
The BVIs is beautiful area we have not been before and will definitely go back. We will definitely be doing another trip in future – hopefully next year.
Greg M, aboard Sailing Yacht Blue Passion, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Everything was beyond exceptional. Food, itinerary, activities, boat etc. Graeme, Lauren and Zayne were unbelievable hosts. I would have no issue making a recommendation for either the crew or the boat.
Winston C, aboard Catamaran Something Wonderful, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our family thought everything about Gareth & Kristine was fantastic. They literally waited on us every hour we were awake. We felt guilty because of how hard they were working all the time. They absolutely understood our needs and concerns: From picky eaters with the kids to Mindi being concerned about rough seas. They continually optimized the itinerary to take into account potential weather and also learned more about our preferences as the first couple of days developed. We can’t imagine anything more they could have done.
Being aboard the Xenia, a Privilege 61.5 foot boat, was clearly a “top of the line” yacht! As we drove around other, similar sized boats during the week – we came to realize how “high end” the Privilege line is: More classic wood, less plastic, teak flooring on the outside vs just fiberglass, more high end electronics (Apple TV), TV’s in every state room, etc, etc. A very, very nice yacht!
Kristine was incredible! It was always a sit down, being served meal. From others that had chartered on other boats, I was expecting some food to be “set out, sorta buffet style”. The food was great each and every time. We commented a few times how we want her recipes and that she needs to publish a cook book! Everything seemed to be from scratch, example: she personally “glazed” pecans with her own candied mixture for a salad one day. The list is too numerous to mention.
It was just a wonderful experience and Gareth and Kristine were great! We can’t say enough good things. We definitely will call you if we consider chartering again.
Griff J, aboard Catamaran Xenia, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Crew was perfect! A2 is as good as it gets. We took pictures of every dinner!
John G, aboard Catamaran A2, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Nick and Lucy were incredible! Could not ask for better captain and chef; their services and personalities were 5 Star excellent! When our trip was over it was extremely hard saying our goodbye's; it felt like we were leaving family. We are already planning our trip for next year with them.
Loved the boat; impeccably clean, comfortable and perfect.
Food was absolutely incredible!! From the presentation to the menu to the cooking style; it was all excellent. Lucy did a fabulous job in creating menus that fit everyone's food palate. Very creative and tasty!!
Loved the itinerary and area. Nick went above and beyond sharing so much island information and history. He was the perfect tour guide as well, taking us to places that we would never have gone if it wasn't for him leading us.
Sailing Direction's service was helpful and accurate in all aspects of the trip.
Our charter vacation experience was an incredible and fabulous experience overall. It could not have been any better!! (Except maybe a little longer as no one was ready to leave). With Nick, Lucy and Best Revenge you have a home run charter experience!!
Neil K, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, March 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our entire group had an incredible time and really enjoyed Dustin, Olivia, and Isla. Dustin was a great captain and he always had our wellbeing and safety first, most importantly he was a great tour guide especially as the weather and wind threw us a couple curve balls.Olivia was an incredible cook and her Bloody Mary's were second to none. Everyone had to stay active to work off all the calories. Isla did an amazing job of making sure everyone was happy and taking great care that our expectations were always met. Last but not least, we loved the Island Girl and the way she was appointed. I would say our only regret was coming home to 9 inches of snow. Thank you for all your help and please pass on to the owners how pleased we were with the entire crew and yacht, they have a great combo. We look forward sailing with them again.
Rick K, aboard Power Yacht Island Girl, February 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our experience on Viking Dream was absolutely amazing, truly a dream vacation.
Mark and Sally were the perfect hosts - attentive in every way, friendly and very professional. They are expert sailors and put us at ease in how they handled the boat under all conditions. They customized the itinerary according to our desires and the activities we wanted.
The catamaran was comfortable, beautiful and kept spotlessly clean. The food and drink was way beyond our expectations - all highest quality gourmet meals, beautifully presented, including appetizers, snacks and cocktails every day.
Time was made every day for the activities we preferred- snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, relaxing and exploring the islands. Being a group of old geezers, they kept us safe and very happy.
Our charter broker John Lane from Sailing Directions was very professional and always got back to us quickly whenever we had a question.
Given the opportunity, we would love to sail with Mark and Sally again, and would very highly recommend them and the Viking Dream for a truly incredible vacation.
Bill W, aboard Catamaran Viking Dream, February 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Couldn't have asked for a better charter experience. The crew and yacht were 5 star. The crew was extremely personable and attentive to all guest's needs and wants. The meals were great - kudos to the chef!
We much enjoyed the area sailed. Favorites were snorkeling and the Baths. I really can't think of anything to improve upon. It was great!
Ray M, aboard Catamaran Miss Kitty, February 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Donné and Stewart were the model of friendly, attentive and accommodating (add GRACIOUS). They are superb hosts, entertaining and lovely to be with. We were totally impressed by our trip and all future sailing trips will be measured by a trip on Azuria.
On our day of departure, I recall walking up to Azuria where it was docked and commenting to my friends that it was the cleanest boat I had ever seen. You can eat off any surface of this vessel. Donné and Stewart take incredibly good care of their boat (as well as they take care of you!). The main saloon is very well ventilated and the cabins have a good breeze blowing through the hatch if it's breezy or there is air conditioning available if not (rarely used). The level of service provided by Donné and Stewart was superb.
Donné is a superb chef and she takes great pains to present each meal beautifully. We couldn't wait until the next meal as they were so delicious. I highly recommend Captain Stewart's petit rum as well (well, actually, all of the Captain's Cocktails!).
We threw them for a loop as one of our party had to leave early. They accommodated our needs and we still had a fantastic itinerary. We were lucky to have a fantastic sail from Tortola to the Baths due to an unusual wind. We had a tremendous time!
Sailing Directions was very easy to deal with. We would definitely do another charter.
Brett L, aboard Catamaran Azuria, February 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our charter was fabulous on every level. Mark and Kristin were superb, loved by each of us and now friends for life. Nothing could have been better, from food to port, the very best.
Pamela S, aboard Catamaran The Cure, February 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Nick and Lucy were lovely and attended to every possible need or want. They somehow managed to know what we wanted without us knowing it or having to ask. They were fun to hang out with too. We enjoyed their company and became very attached to them. It was hard to say goodbye.
Was Best Revenge 5 is a beautiful boat. Nick and Lucy clearly care about it and are taking good care of it.
The food was fantastic. We cannot rave enough. Lucy is an excellent chef. It was so good that we couldn't stop eating.
We visited some familiar places and some new ones. Nick was great about escorting us on excursions and showing us things we would not have known to see/do on our own.
Perfectly satisfied. Would use Sailing Directions again. It was wonderful. We will cherish the memories. Thank you!
Sylvia G, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, February 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Andre and Liezl were excellent. They are both very friendly and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. The meals were excellent. This was our third trip around the BVIs and they still were able to take us to a couple places we'd never been while still hitting our favorites.
Ken R, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, January 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We cannot say enough exceptional things about Nick & Lucy. From the first greeting they were extremely professional, but also very welcoming and fun to be around. They both were quick to figure out our needs, and were incredibly attentive & accommodating. The level of service was beyond anything we had ever experienced. They took great pride in making sure we were having a great time and we, quite honestly, loved being around them. While always making sure to tend to our needs, they also gave us personal space & according to our entire family, they are truly the reason why our trip was so memorable. Without a doubt, we ever do this again, it will be with Nick & Lucy. An amazing team! Five star crew!!
Being boaters ourselves, we can attest to the fact that Best Revenge 5 is a beautiful catamaran in every way! It was incredibly clean, well ventilated and extremely comfortable. The cabins were very well appointed and beautifully done. Beds are comfy (and are sized as stated!), plenty of storage and hanging space and bathrooms spacious (by boat standards) and well-appointed with all the necessities of the trip. The common areas are very well designed and spacious. Little extras all around the boat that made it comfortable for a group - we didn't feel like we were sitting on top of each other.
On top of being well designed and spacious, she was beautifully decorated! A true WOW! Our family felt incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy such a beautiful yacht. Again 5 stars to an amazing catamaran!
WOW!! There are not enough adjectives to describe the high level & exceptional quality of the food served. It was a culinary feast each & every meal! (Including the snacks!). Incredibly well prepared, well-balanced meals and catered to our individual food preferences. The presentation was top-notch and their attentive service during our meal was more than you could ask for. Little things like different table decor each meal, nice dinnerware just added to the ambiance. It was consistently spectacular every meal - we were all trying to figure out our favorite but they all ended up being our favorite! :-) Lucy is a Five Star chef!
We can't forget about the drink selections either. Nick was great at pairing wine selections for our meals. We got to enjoy his native South African wines which we really enjoyed as we had traveled there - such a personal touch. His skills making specialty drinks was second to none as well.. a real treat! Our entire family looked forward to his drink of the day, always fun, always tasty!
Our itinerary fit our family perfectly! It was adventurous, unique, and most importantly, fun! We were treated to some amazing land treks, sea adventures and incredibly beautiful spots. We could not have asked for more - we were all extremely happy with our adventure!
John, you were great to work with! It was first-class service in every respect. Prompt answers to questions, helpful insight in selecting the proper catamaran and crew for our trip, and pre and post follow ups. We would highly recommend Sailing Directions and if our future needs take us back to another sailing adventure, you will be our first contact!
BR5 & our crew were exceptional! First class, five star all the way! We can tell you without a doubt, that this surpassed our high expectations. Our crew was very proud to be on the BR5 and it showed in every aspect of our trip - from their professionalism, to accommodating our family in every possible way. She's a well appointed fun catamaran - lots of good toys to play with on board as well, which was a perfect fit for our active family!
Lori H, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, January 2015 sailing the British 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, January 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Donne cleaned the cabins, bathrooms and refused to let us make our own beds. Every morning as we sat for breakfast she hurried off to each cabin to clean as if we were just walking in for the first time.
The food was incredible. We told Donne and Stewart multiple times that we couldn't have gone to a restaurant and ordered that well three meals per day! The portions were perfect and she was even willing to share her recipes with us. The best part is we weren't rushed to sit for any meals yet when we were ready she reacted and served us immediately.
Our itinerary was great and only made better by Stewart and Donne's suggestions to us. Like something simple as a choice of a spa day at Peter Island or they could pack us champagne on ice and glasses in a backpack and they would show us a trail to hike to the top of Peter Island so we could see an incredible view of all the islands and toast a great trip!
John, you were so quick to respond to every question and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. In fact I've already sent your info to a friend. It couldn't have been easier and more efficient.
Jimmy S, aboard Catamaran Azuria, January 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
The entire trip was a complete success. Shane and Anne were truly professional and made our vacation quite special.
Michael M, aboard Catamaran Gypsy Princess, January 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Petr and Tracy were extremely accommodating and attentive. Tracy is a very talented, delightful, warm and friendly Hostess/ Chef. Petr is a masterful, skilled, safety conscious Captain who went out of his way to make some very "sporty" (his word) sailing conditions as comfortable as possible for us. He did his best to find anchorages that were as smooth as possible given the sea conditions. He was extremely attentive, helpful with sound advice on snorkeling technique, loaned us his own snorkeling equipment after ours proved inefficient and was diligent in keeping a close eye on us while we were snorkeling or swimming. Petr was extremely skilled at maneuvering the catamaran in challenging conditions and these skills enabled us to land two sailfishes, two large barracuda as well as a black-fin tuna while under sail. Tracy and Petr were both also great help, and great fun in encouraging us and helping us land (and release some) of the results of our fishing efforts both under sail and at anchor.
Genesis was immaculate on our boarding her and Tracy and Petr made sure that she was maintained this way for our entire 10 day sail. Our quarters were spacious, beautifully clean, airy and the fans provided, as well as the cross-breeze from the windows in the sleeping area and in the bathroom, created very comfortable sleeping conditions. There was plenty of storage and Tracy ensured that our sleeping area and bathroom were beautifully maintained throughout our sail. There were vases of exotic, locally grown, fresh flowers and foliage in our cabin and in the salon and Tracy's innovative and lovely shell night-lights made getting around our quarters during the night very comfortable.
The food was delicious, beautifully and artistically presented. Tracy's creative flare was evident in the presentation of every single dish of each meal, including (within a few minutes of our impromptu request) a beautifully arranged and presented cheese-board which we had one day instead of lunch. The meals were generous and varied. The flavors, colors and textures were eye-catching, appetizing, fresh and bright. The dishes that Tracy prepared for us (per our request) were a mix of familiar North American-style fare and dishes representative of local cuisine. Tracy and Petr made excellent use of local ingredients, fruits, vegetable, herbs and fish and as a bonus, made good use of some of the products of our fishing luck. Petr treated us, one evening to Bramboracky, a Szech dish. It was a great treat, not only because it was delicious but because we were impressed by the versatility of his skills! (He is also a skilled barbecue chef, grilling many of the protein components of our meals on the small barbecue off the back of Genesis.) Tracy and Petr's gorgeous collection of batik napkins and sea-themed, napkin -rings (Never repeated once- during our 10 days of sailing!) were a visual delight, making the table a feast for the eyes even before the food was served.
We enjoyed the itinerary and areas sailed in the Grenadines. Unfortunately the weather disallowed some of the beach time and snorkeling that we would have loved to do, but this is a good excuse for us to sail this itinerary on the Genesis with Petr and Tracy again, in hopes of better weather from Mother Nature.
Sailing Direction's service was excellent. We appreciated the prompt, efficient replies to all our queries and to the pre-and post- sail communications. We loved having access to our sailing details on the Sailing Directions web-site as well as the preparation info section.
We will gladly and unreservedly refer anyone who expresses interest in a sailing trip.
Rejanne K, aboard Catamaran Genesis, January 2015 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
The whole crew was incredibly friendly and fun to be with. They were fantastic at their individual duties. They made our trip a most memorable one. I could not imagine a better crew to be with for a week. They let us do whatever we wanted to and were very attentive to what we needed and did everything with a huge smile. We left there with 4 new friends.
King's Ransom far exceeded even our high expectations. It was like sailing a Ritz Carlton. It had tons of room even for our group of 9. It was kept immaculately clean and was incredibly comfortable. It took the waves very smoothly and had a very gentle roll at night. Fantastic.
We had three 5-star meals a day, plus snacks and apps. Niki is a very talented chef and to be able to prepare the quality of food we received on a sail boat is simply unbelievable. It was presented beautifully and we looked forward to every meal.
The great thing about it was that we woke up every morning and decided what to do and where to go. We enjoyed not having to work to some hard and fast itinerary that someone else set. We were free to go or stay where we were. There was no pressure from the captain to do or go anywhere, but he provided excellent information for us to make a very informed decision every day.
You did a fantastic job. I would definitely use Sailing Directions in the future.
Ken H, aboard Catamaran Kings Ransom, January 2015 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, January 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had an amazing time on our trip. Thanks so much for your assistance in finding a phenomenal captain, crew and yacht.
Brian and Ava were amazing from the very moment we met. They were attentive but not overbearing, they were professional, they were experts at their jobs, they were engaging, friendly, approachable. The list goes on!
Happy Time was in terrific condition. Very clean, well-appointed and well cared for. It was extremely comfortable for our family of 6. It was well ventilated.
We had read about Bryan's culinary skills, but I hadn't imagined he was so accomplished. Ava also prepared terrific meals. The food was fantastic and expertly prepared. They did a nice job of tailoring meals so that the pickier eaters in our group were also happy.
We very much enjoyed the itinerary. Although we had a general plan for the week, we would discuss our plan every day and fine tune it or change it depending on the desires of the group. Bryan was very accommodating and able to offer several alternative suggestions for each day's route.
We were very pleased with Sailing Directions. Finding the right crew for my family was a priority from the start and I feel like you really listened to me and help us make the perfect match.
I cannot emphasize enough the value added to our vacation experience because of Bryan and Ava. They were the perfect hosts for our week in the BVI. Bryan was incredibly knowledgeable and able to show us a few hidden gems. He was completely professional but also easy going and a pleasure to be around. He was a phenomenal dive master - so calm and calming especially given 5 of the 6 of us were newly certified. Ava was very professional and accommodating. She anticipated our needs and catered to everyone's individual tastes without being asked. She was great company and always eager to play a game with the kids.
Sharon F, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, January 2015 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our trip through the BVIs was amazing. Azuria is a beautiful catamaran and we were made to feel right at home with Stewart and Donne'. They were welcoming and we felt like we were with our best friends. Donne' catered to our food needs perfectly - and we do have some finicky eaters with our kids. We have been so impressed by both our charters booked through your company and I am sure we will be sailing again very soon. Thank you again for providing such quality.
Lisa M, aboard Catamaran Azuria, January 2015 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We immediately felt right at home with the crew. We now think of them as friends and are planning to reconnect with them in a couple of weeks when they visit Boston.
Rocketeer was very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. We didn't use the air conditioning at all thanks to excellent windows and hatches.
The food was unbelievable. How Grassa prepares such outstanding fresh, healthy food in a small galley is a bit of a mystery to me. She had really thought carefully about our food preferences and delivered superb meals all week.
USVI and BVI are as beautiful as they look in the tourist brochures. We enjoyed the variety of small quaint beachfront villages, deserted coves, moderate hikes, impressive snorkeling, and brisk and lively sailing - upwind and back down.
We were very happy with Sailing Directions. We were grateful for the flexibility you showed when we had to change the participant list.
Rocketeer is a perfect choice for people who like to really sail, prefer to eat lighter, healthy food, like an active, engaged vacation, and respect the crew as real professionals from whom you can learn a lot and with whom you can become close friends. If you want a lazy holiday, heavy food and late nights of partying, want to be transported around without being disturbed, or think of the charter crew as personal servants, you should probably choose a slower, heavier boat and a less experienced crew.
Thanks so much for everything. Couldn't have been better.
Andrew W, aboard Catamaran Rocketeer, December 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
What an incredible week. You have completely exceeded our expectations! This has been the perfect charter for our family. Thank you for taking such good care of us.
Harvey, from our first contact you have been the most delightful Captain. The communication has been ideal. We've loved the stories and hearing the history of the islands. Thank you for making sure we were able to go to the best spots. One of our favorites was The Baths. The guided tour was wonderful. You've welcomed us, calmed our fears, served us, informed us, played with the kids and made everyone feel very comfortable. Thank you for tailoring this charter so perfectly for our family.
Thank you both for the most outstanding week!
Eric L, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, December 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Nick and Lucy are top notch professionals. They are very friendly, engaging, and very accommodating. Nick was an excellent captain who is a competent sailor, very knowledgeable about boating and maintenance, marine life, local history and folklore. He escorted us in the water and on land, always looking out for our safety.
Best Revenge 5 is a beautiful, well maintained and very clean vessel. There was plenty of hot water on board and AC worked well with individual thermostats in each stateroom. Bed linens were also nice.
Food on board was fabulous. Although not formally trained as a chef, Lucy's culinary skills were off the chart. Her passion for cooking was evident in menu selection, food preparation and presentation, and all the care she took to accommodate our food preferences. She prepared three fabulous meals each day, and varied the menu throughout the week. Her cooking skills and desire to please the guests make her a true asset.
With constant consideration of prevailing winds and sea conditions, Nick planned out an excellent itinerary and offered us options all along the way.
Sailing Directions was always quick to reply to emails and answered all of my questions in a timely manner.
Our gal pal charter aboard BR5 in the BVI far exceeded our expectations.
Susan V, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, December 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
In a word, our week on Soterion was "spectacular". The weather was just part of the adventure. Ben and Rachel are incredible. Once again you made a perfect match.
Christine M, aboard Catamaran Soterion, November 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Peter and Caroline were extremely friendly. Both were very attentive to us and the 6 teenagers that we bought with us. Both had patience of a saint when it came to the 3 teenage boys and 3 teenage girls.
The boat was clean and very comfortable, plenty of room for 8 people and crew.
Food was excellent and nicely presented. We had some kids that were afraid to try new foods however Caroline was very accommodating in making different meals for those that were more "picky".
The itinerary was great. We hit the main spots and even got to take in some new spots we have never been too. Peter put the safety of his passengers and crew in mind when we planned each day.
We would definitely recommend Sailing Directions to any friends that may consider a sailing vacation.
Kelli D, aboard Catamaran Flying Ginny, November 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Thank you! This was a fantastic time in every way. The food was just perfect. We didn't have Captain and First Mate, but new and endearing friends. THANKS!!
On a scale of 1-10... 15! Capt. Will and Nikki made a perfect team and gave us the time of our lives.
This trip was AMAZING!! The boat was phenomenal. Comfortable. Fun. Spacious for our dance party. Nikki and Will took care of us like no other. The beaches and cays we stopped at were heavenly, and the food NIkki made was over the edge. We could not have asked for a better or more fun trip. Thank you a million times.
This trip was perfect in every way! Every view was a postcard. The wind, the water, & the rain, my favorite spot was the chairs in front on the bow riding the waves, or just relaxing in the hammock. I couldn't have asked for more. Will and Nikki took care of us beyond expectations. The food was amazing! It was delicious and perfectly timed! We awoke every day to fresh brewed ice tea, our belongings lovingly folded- what can I say- pure bliss!
Tim M, aboard Catamaran Frangines, November 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We found the crew very very good, we had a great time with them and they helped us to enjoy it a lot, they were very friendly, attentive and accommodating. We had a very good relationship that continues nowadays via facebook.
Loveboat was comfortable, we felt at home. Linda is a very good cook and also Josh with his fantastic BBQ ribs. The meals were very tasty and well presented.
Captain Josh took us to wonderful places that we will never forget in our lives and he also taught us to sail, he is a very good teacher.
We had a great time and we will never forget of this trip, Josh and Linda and obviously the catamaran Loveboat that allowed us to have this fantastic sailing trip.
Andres C, aboard Catamaran Loveboat, July 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Richard & Adele were incredible. Everything we could have ever hoped for. The food Adele was capable of preparing in a little boat kitchen was nothing short of amazing.
Yes Dear is excellent. The one small cabin was tight for the one couple staying in there but we knew that was going to be the case going in so no surprise there. The rest of the cabins were actually slightly larger than we thought they would be.
If we decide to return or hear of anyone else talking about it we will certainly recommend Sailing Directions and Yes Dear.
Brian W, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, July 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We absolutely loved Andrew and Kailee. They were friendly, fun, and wonderful with our two teenage daughters. They were great and accommodating hosts!
The food was beautiful and delicious. Kailee should publish a cookbook!
We had such a wonderful time we are trying to figure out when we will be able to go again.
Stacey S, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, July 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We literally cannot think of a way to improve our experience!The crew were amazing. We cannot say enough about how lovely they both are, in different yet complimentary ways. The teenagers in particular loved Nate, he has a bit of teenager himself in his personality and they thought he was so fun. He was also endlessly patient towing them around in the dinghy while they knee boarded, skurfed, etc. Penny is a serious cook and calm, lovely presence on board. She noticed what the kids liked and produced more of it. Every meal was a treat. The consistent level of personal service they provided was so impressive and welcome. Alegria is beautiful but Penny and Nate really made the vacation special. The yacht Alegria was perfect. I literally cannot think of any way to improve it. The food was fabulous. I am a cook myself and I cannot think of ways to improve it. Absolutely loved the BVIs. At "Captain's Corner" every morning, Nate would sit down and we would discuss what we wanted to do that day. He would plan an itinerary accordingly and he even made adjustments as necessary throughout the day to provide what we had asked for. Every day was exactly what we wanted.
Hamilton S, aboard Catamaran Alegria, July 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our trip aboard the Copper Penny was wonderful. Everything about the boat was 1st class. The three cabins were clean and very spacious. The quantity and quality of the food was excellent. We all gained 6-8 pounds on the trip. We would book this boat again.
Dennis M, aboard Catamaran Copper Penny, June 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We're in-flight on our way home wishing we were still on the Avalon. We had such an incredible time! Alex, Carla and Molly were the best hosts ever and the Avalon was luxurious. We never saw a better craft on the water. Thanks for getting us on that boat!
Larry G, aboard Catamaran Avalon, June 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Roland and Vanessa were perfect; they could not have been more friendly, more attentive or more accommodating. We would definitely want to charter with them again. The food was amazing, delicious and beautifully presented. Everyone is talking about 'doing it again'.
Cindy P, aboard Catamaran Alive, June 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a fabulous trip, wonderful crew in Stewart and Donne' and have only the highest regard for our entire experience. Thanks again.
Sam H, aboard Catamaran Azuria, June 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a lovely trip! The crew was great, very accommodating and professional. Carla's cooking was off the charts. Every meal was fabulous! We had asked for healthy food and we got it served to us in a fresh and unique way.
The boat was lovely. Everything felt fresh and clean and it was a very comfortable size for our family of 6.
The itinerary was great. We had lots of options for activities such as snorkeling and paddle boarding, or we could just relax on the beach or boat. I am sure we will do a similar trip again!
Ashley B, aboard Catamaran Avalon, June 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Brooke is a fantastic 1st Mate. Always friendly and seeing to our family's every need.
Cliff is a great captain and more on the reserved side, which was not a problem at all. He worked well with the kids teaching them the basics of scuba diving and water skiing.
The accommodations are bigger than they look in the photos. Our family of 5 had no trouble. Brooke kept the cabins clean. The A/C in each room was a plus. Never had any trouble sleeping.
Meals were awesome and plentiful. She even got the girls to try fish.
We didn't realize how close the USVI and BVIs are. The trip was perfect for a 4 night / 5 day tour. The Baths are a must see. Pulling in to different bays to swim, snorkel, and spend the night was very relaxing. Going ashore for an evening was a nice touch.
Sailing Directions offers great communication and excellent service.
Richard S, aboard Catamaran Frangines, May 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Could not have asked for a better experience! This was a trip of a lifetime! We could not have asked for a better captain in Bryan and first mate, Frances. They were both delightful and yet professional, great personalities and so easy to be with! Happy Time is very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. We never felt like we were on top of each other, much roomier than we expected. This was a five star experience!
Nancy T, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, May 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Mark and Marie were great! Friendly, helpful and always giving us different options on things to do and see. They anticipated our every need and then some. I would love to sail with them again.
This was our second time on Soul's Calling and we still love it. It's a very comfortable boat and Mark and Marie do a good job keeping it up.
Marie is a world class cook. It's amazing what she was able to do in that galley! If she knew you liked something, she went out of her way to make it special for you. She even created a turtle out of Kiwi fruit and banana that was so realistic no one wanted to eat it! I wanted to steal her and take her home to cook for me all the time!
Mark gave us itinerary suggestions every day that fit perfectly with what we wanted to do.
Very happy with Sailing Directions. John Lane always responded quickly to any questions I had.
This is by far the best vacation we have ever had. We've done it twice and hope to do it again someday. I would highly recommend a crewed catamaran vacation through Sailing Directions to anyone.
Carol M, aboard Catamaran Souls Calling, May 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We found the crew on Dreaming On very friendly, attentive and accommodating. The boat was spotless, comfortable and well ventilated. The itinerary suited our needs well and food was OUTSTANDING! We were very pleased with Sailing Directions and Dreaming On.
Dan K, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a great vacation! Phil (Galli) and Samarah (Sam), far exceeded all of our expectations. They really made this a perfect vacation. My kids cannot stop saying how much fun they had with Galli and Sam. In fact we, if we do another BVI vacation we want to make sure that we sail with them again.
Sam was very creative and is a well versed chef. She catered to the kids needs to make sure everyone had what they liked and tried new things at the same time.
I am not sure I would have changed anything. There was never an island or a cove that we did not enjoy. It was very relaxing knowing that Galli was taking us to multiple locations each day that had things for kids and adults to do.
The Secret Oasis is a great boat and the captain and crew far exceeded all expectations. This was truly one of the greatest Holidays our families had been on. Our vacation consisted of two families made up of four adults and five children all of which had a wonderful time. Sam and Galli really became part of our families as they snorkeled with us, played on the rocks/cliffs, and wake boarded/tubed behind the dingy.
Thank you very much for all of your assistance in booking this trip and helping us through the process. The crew were great fun and were far beyond or expectations. I would highly recommend them and the boat to anyone looking for a crewed vacation in BVI.
Kent L, aboard Catamaran Secret Oasis, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Trip was great - exceeded our expectations for sure - we loved Oli and Naomi and the boat was awesome! We loved the crew - they were so kind and welcoming and awesome with our kids - we wish we could bring them home with us!
The boat is beautiful and immaculately maintained. The meals were so yummy and beautifully presented. I should have been taking notes on how Naomi prepared it, but I was too busy relaxing and eating! We were able to travel to many different islands and coves - but never felt rushed to move on.
We'll for sure do it again someday and will certainly recommend Sailing Directions - and specifically Greenboat1 - to our friends.
Allison G, aboard Catamaran Greenboat1, April 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic time. The crew were, on a scale of one to ten: 900!!! The food was some of the best meals I ever ate. Will recommend you to our friends.
Gennaro R, aboard Catamaran Soterion, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The week on Bliss was better than I had expected as I was concerned that the children would feel bored or trapped on board while sailing about but I couldn't have been more wrong. They had a blast - there was something new each day for them to discover. They enjoyed the sailing and there was never a moment when there was something fun, different, exiting for them - from the amazing snorkeling, watersports, watching the fish at night, catching the fish, general diving / jumping off the boat. The adults too had a wonderful time - an amazingly relaxing holiday with a feeling at the end of each day that you had done so much, the reality being Vlad and Angie worked so hard to do it all for us!
If my son could make the decision, I think he would live with Vlad on Bliss! We would most definitely consider a charter again. I cannot stress enough what a fantastic time we had aboard Bliss. It certainly is "up there" as one of our best holidays.
Annabel P, aboard Catamaran Bliss, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Jim and Amanda are a great crew, I can't even imagine what else they could have done to make our vacation more enjoyable. By the end of the week they were like family. We had 4 kids on the trip with us, and one of them was even crying when we said good bye to them.
The Catsy Catamaran is very well maintained inside and out. The beds and pillows were comfortable, and the rooms were cool at night so sleep came easy.
The wives on the trip continued to comment on how wonderful it was that no decisions had to be made, everything was done, and everything was fantastic. Even the kids who are picky eaters explored the new foods presented, and often found they liked them. If they didn't like the fancy food, an alternative dish was always ready. Amanda is an amazing cook.
Jim sat down with me the moment we arrived and he and I decided on the key things we wanted to see. After that, Jim would make recommendation on points of interest we could fit in, while still making sure we hit all of our must haves. All of his suggested areas were top notch, and much appreciated. He knows the islands, and after getting to know us, knew what we would want to do before we did.
John at Sailing Directions was responsive and helpful in selecting the boat we finally decided on (Catsy). He was attentive to the details and kept checking in to make sure everything was ok all during the time from when we first booked the trip until the time we departed. Chartered and crewed boats can be expensive, but they are worth every penny.
Mike M, aboard Catamaran Catsy, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
I wanted to let you know that we had an awesome trip with Oli and Naomi and have nothing but great things to say! Please use us as references for future client. We are grateful and can't wait for our next trip to the BVI!
Ally S, aboard Catamaran Greenboat1, April 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Everything was excellent. The food was better than expectations, even though our expectations were high. We highly recommend Best Revenge 5 especially if young children are part of your group. Both Nick and Lucy like children and look after them very well.
Paul L, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Vanessa and Roland were great. Roland was probably one of the best captains we have ever had. He is extremely funny and thoughtful. They took the time to get to know us and we really enjoyed their company.
Greg H, aboard Catamaran Flow, April 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew was wonderful. Andrew is a very competent sailor and was accommodating about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. He also made sure to put is in locations that would be more gentle, especially at night.
Elsa is an amazing chef. The food was INCREDIBLE! It looked as beautiful as it tasted! The meals she made in that little kitchen were fabulous. The range of her cooking, and the presentation of each dish was wonderful.
Ma Ha was very clean and the crew kept it that way all week. I enjoyed every place we went. I am glad that we were able to get to Anegada.
Susie W, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, March 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The boat is great and the crew was better. We love those two and had a great time.
Kenneth J, aboard Catamaran Moonstone, March 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Colin and Penny were great with kids. They balanced itinerary, menu and activities so we all had the time of our lives. Was Sabore extremely comfortable. The menu was a good balance of kids and adult fare. Penny often had to cook separate meals and was happy to do so. Everything was great. We plan on going back to Sabore next year.
Geoffrey S, aboard Catamaran Sabore, March 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Just dropping by to say what a wonderful time we had on Happy Time last week. This was our first experience chartering a catamaran and we all agree it is something we are hoping to do again in the near future!
We enjoyed Bryan and Frances very much and found them to be hardworking and professional people. All efforts were made to make sure we were enjoying our time on the boat, from the delicious meals each of them prepared to our amazing cruise itinerary.
Frances was especially attentive to our 18 year old twin girls and was so kind to snorkel with them, watch movies with them and just get to know them. We have stayed on many of the islands before this trip, but realize now there is no better way to experience the BVI!
Rodney R, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, March 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Petr and Tracy were friendly and generally wonderful. Having an entire hull to ourselves meant there was privacy and plenty of room. Amazing food, tasty and very fresh (fish caught and on the plate with a few hours). Cruising itinerary in the Caribbean Grenadines was perfect. We will recommend Sailing Directions to friends and family.
Jon D, aboard Catamaran Genesis, March 2014 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
What a wonderful, stress-less trip. The crew was great, the interaction couldn't have been better. Mimbaw was all it claimed to be. The food was wonderful, chef Marie is one of a kind, what a nice person. The sailing itinerary was spot on. Sailing Directions is first class, communication was very good and will recommend to our friends. Our group is already discussing about doing this charter again next year. A real trip of a life time.
Mark R, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw, March 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Pat and Aline were great, loved them both. Food was fabulous. The Virgin Islands were excellent, could not imagine it being any better. Everything was very smooth.
Randy G, aboard Catamaran Miss Kitty, March 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had an amazing time! Absolutely the most relaxing week of my life.
Arthur and Sherri were incredibly friendly and accommodating. We felt like we were visiting friends on their boat for the week - friends who catered to our every whim! From Sherri's cooking, to Arthur's music, they made us feel so welcome and relaxed on board Green Flash.
We had so many wonderful snorkeling experiences, and the boat also had fishing rods, kayaks, paddle boards, wake boards and knee boards - all of which got used! It was the perfect vacation!
We had the master suite, which was wonderful. The boys shared the 2nd room, and it worked well for two big boys.
The food was excellent. Every meal was delicious and the presentation was impeccable. The itinerary was perfect. Each day got better and better - we ran out of superlatives to use!
I will be certain to share our experience with friends/family and would not hesitate to recommend Sailing Directions and Green Flash.
Tracy R, aboard Catamaran Green Flash, March 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Just want to let you know we had an outstanding charter with Oli and Naomi. We very much appreciate you matching us up with them. They were both professional and extremely pleasant. They took care of all our needs and made us feel comfortable and welcomed.
Oli was always in control of the situation and all the guests commented on how they had complete trust in him and his management of the boat. Not to mention, he prepares an awesome breakfast and is a skilled bartender.
Naomi was simply superb. Several of the guests took advantage of her yoga classes and looked forward to her morning sessions. The food was as good (or better) as any fine dining restaurant in states. Service, flavor, presentation, portion size, it was all done perfectly. The worst meal we had all week was the one dinner we had OFF the boat!
The boat was in excellent condition and always kept clean and in order.
Although my wife and I have done bareboat charters in the BVI's before, this crewed charter was unquestionably the best experience we've had. Oli and Naomi transformed a good trip to a great trip!
We would all travel with them again and would be willing to recommend them, without reservation, to anyone who wants to have a fun, relaxing time at sea.
Tarek B, aboard Catamaran Greenboat1, March 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Geoff and Iza were absolutely perfect hosts. It was difficult not to think of them as family by the end of the first day.
We did not know what to think being first time sailors on an overnight trip. The boat was very clean and comfortable beyond our expectations.
Iza is an outstanding cook, Her meals were well thought out and perfect for the lifestyle we adopted aboard the boat. Light but delicious.
We loved the locations they took us. We asked to get a grand tour and we got one. Now we know where to focus on our next trip.
We were very happy with the way this whole trip was arranged and will be thinking of you first for our next trip like this.
This trip was, for us, a trip of a lifetime. Now we are thinking about doing it again.
Jeff S, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On, February 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Donne' & Stewart were great hosts the two weeks we were aboard Azuria. They made sure we were comfortable and happy. Azuria is a wonderful sailing yacht, the berths are good sized with a hatch that allows you to feel the cool breezes while you sleep.
Donne' is the master of the galley. Our stay was two weeks and we requested no seafood, which is unusual, but she created meals that were way above our expectations. Simply amazing.
Both Donne' & Stewart' know the US & BVI's very well and took us to wonderful anchorages and areas on the islands to hike and explore. Their knowledge of the area was a great benefit to us. We also had such a good time while we sailed.
Donna B, aboard Catamaran Azuria, February 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had an amazing trip and Oli and Naomi made all the difference. They are a unique and special team and we enjoyed our time with them. Thanks for all your help.
Jeffrey C, aboard Catamaran Greenboat1, February 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew was phenomenal! Both Mark and Beatriz over exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. Mark is a knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic skipper who, time after time, went out of his way to accommodate our every request (even the stupid ones!).
Beatriz created flavorful, healthy meals and presented them in a way that made you think you were eating in a gourmet restaurant.
I know I can speak for our group in saying we could not have got a better crew. They were great! In a few years we will be looking again.
Carl G, aboard Catamaran Souls Calling, February 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Both Paul and Ratna were terrific, very friendly, attentive, and more than accommodating. Kayella enjoyed her morning chats with Ratna while the rest of us slept in. Kayella and I discussed food, fashion, travel with Ratna, she is a very warm and loving person. Paul was delightful, has a great sense of humor, and worked diligently to be sure all our wants and needs were met during our trip. He is a consummate captain! His love of sailing is quite apparent.
Sayang was perfect! They take excellent care of her!
The food was delicious! Ratna is an incredible chef! Her menus met our preferences perfectly. She asked Kayella and I what our favorite meal was, we couldn't answer with only one dish as all her meals were delicious. Beautiful presentation, perfect portion sizes! The desserts were a wonderful finish!
After returning home, several of our friends have asked us what our favorite island was, again we cannot pick one. We loved EVERYTHING about our trip. Each island and area we sailed was beautiful, interesting, and Paul shared history and folklore to enhance our experience.
Absolutely PERFECT vacation. The four of us enjoyed every minute of our sail!
Marsha L, aboard Sailing Yacht Sayang, February 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Brad and Lesli did an outstanding job as captain and first mate. They were very friendly and attended to every request in a polite, courteous and efficient manner. The boat was well provisioned exactly as we had requested on our preference sheet. Brad even took special requests for his runs ashore. We couldn't have asked for a better crew! Brad's experience as captain gave everyone aboard a sense of security and calm. He really seemed intent on making our days in the Caribbean the absolute best. He succeeded!
Brad and Lesli were constantly cleaning and did an excellent job with respect to the boat. Although we didn't spend a lot of time in the cabins, they were comfortable and well ventilated.
Lesli's presentation at dinner was as good as in any high-end restaurant and her desserts were simply outstanding!
The area we sailed is rated as among the most beautiful on earth. We all certainly concur with that assessment.
Wade C, aboard Catamaran Sweetest Thing, February 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our recent sailing vacation was outstanding! We have done this several times over the years and Stuart and Donne' are the best. The Azuria is a beautiful boat, the food was 5 Star and Stuart and Donne' made the trip memorable for all of us. Hope to be able to sail again with them.
Jeanne L, aboard Catamaran Azuria, January 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Ian and Jody were fabulous. It would be extremely hard to find a better crew. Last time we sailed, we only had a captain and we did our own cooking. We'll never do that again. Everything Jody served was delicious and (for the most part) healthy. We ate better than we do at home and the quality and presentation matched any four or five star restaurant.
We enjoyed every stop we made in the BVI. We made it tough on them to start as we needed a place to watch an NFL playoff game (go Broncos!). Not only did they find a great place to watch but they worked it seamlessly into our itinerary.
It was real easy working with Sailing Directions.
Ken R, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, January 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a great time. We had a completely different experience than we did when sailed a few years ago. Before we left I had recommended Sailing Directions as we had a great time previously. Had even more fun this time!
The crew were over the top on friendly, attentive and accommodating. Exceeded expectations. Really enjoyed being on their boat. Our family highly recommends Azuria which includes our 19 and 21 year old girls.
Food was delicious. Enjoyed the variety of seafood and salads. Presentation excellent.
They kept us busy and yet had time to relax. Enjoyed every stop. It was nice as we had been to many of the same spots previously, we stayed in different locations and learned something new each time.
Recommending Sailing Directions' service to others. I have used Sailing Directions twice and will use again.
Nancy O, aboard Catamaran Azuria, January 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our trip to the BVI was the best trip we have ever taken. Peter and Karen were so welcoming from the moment we set foot onto the Tonina. There is not one negative thing I could say about our entire week aboard. The boat was immaculate and the accommodations were extremely comfortable. The food was delicious and Karen managed to please the many different tastes in our family of five. It was the best we have eaten on a vacation in a very long time.
Each day was a new adventure and Peter was an excellent tour guide. I can't say enough about Karen and Peter and their hospitality. Our time spent with them is another reason our vacation was so special. They are fun and easygoing and adapted to my family's personality immediately. I can only hope that we can meet up with them again someday!
I would gladly talk to anyone who had questions about chartering because It was truly an unforgettable trip.
Lisa M, aboard Catamaran Tonina, January 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Thanks so much for a delightful trip! It was a wonderful family vacation. The food was truly amazing and the Majestic Spirit is a terrific boat. Thank you SO much for making it a memorable vacation!
Kelly S, aboard Catamaran Majestic Spirit, January 2014 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Thank you so much for all of your help with planning our family vacation. It was better than we ever imagined! The Safari was a great boat and Stephen and Julia, were wonderful. I would definitely recommend you to friends and hopefully we will charter again soon!
Stephen and Julia really went out of their way to make this a memorable trip! The boat was very immaculate! I was pleased with having a separate A/C units in each room.
Julie did an amazing job with the meals, desserts and appetizers. You definitely won't leave hungry!
The itinerary was perfect. Since it was a busy time to be there, Stephen seemed to know exactly when to get to each destination before the crowd! He is also well liked on the islands. Everyone knew him!
I was very happy with the service Sailing Directions provided. John was very informative and prompt on answering all of my questions! We would love to charter again. I would definitely recommend your company to friends.
Tara P, aboard Catamaran Safari, January 2014 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our vacation was absolutely FABULOUS. We couldn't have special ordered a better couple to spend a week with than Donne and Stewart. We are all at this moment missing them dearly.
Donne and Stewart are the most friendly and interesting and FUN people we have met in a long time. They work tirelessly to make sure we are getting the most out of our vacation. The food that Donne prepared was so delicious and we all looked forward to mealtime :-)
The Azuria is a beautiful new yacht and they take such pride in keeping her maintained in perfect shape at all times. The crew always knew the best spots to snorkel, places to anchor and fun things to see.
We will definitely be looking into another week with them next year.
Mary Jane M, aboard Catamaran Azuria, December 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
In the words of my 23 year old son, "the trip was awesome".
Captain Bastiaan makes the Dos Equos guy look like a minor leaguer. Bastiaan is quite possibly the world's most interesting man. He is always on his game whether it be planning the route, fishing, navigating the boat, grilling, diving, hiking, etc. He does it all and does it all very well.
Chef Amsa was a pleasure. Very kind and accommodating. She was attentive to our requests and did a fabulous job in the galley. She prepared a nice variety of dishes and presented us with some delicious meals.
We were concerned with the lack of air conditioning. No problem. Plenty of ventilation kept us comfortable at night. Mimbaw offered plenty of room for our family of 6.
The best part of the trip was seeing and doing. We presented Bastiaan with a very ambitious agenda. He managed to get all the places we requested, including Christmas on Anegada.
If you like to do things and see places and have a bit of adventure in you, a crewed yacht charter is a great way to vacation.
Michael W, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw, December 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We loved the Lolalita and the crew. They were the best. They helped make our trip so memorable.
Lolalita was very comfortable. It was very clean and I loved how Megan attended to every detail to make sure we were well taken care.
We loved the food. Megan is a great cook and tried to meet our different preferences. We were constantly amazed of how she could come up with such delicious food.
Captain Ernie was in constant dialogue with us of what and where we wanted to go and do. He listened to our wants and tried to accommodate them as best as he could.
We weren't sure what to expect from our first crewed catamaran trip. We were very pleased with the whole trip. The Lolalita crew did all they could do to make our trip comfortable, fun and safe. We are still talking about how much we enjoyed the whole experience and especially how much we enjoyed meeting Ernie and his family. The cabins yet small but clean were very comfortable and the food was absolutely wonderful. Loved it. Ernie and Jeff were always there to lend an expert hand in assisting with our diving and snorkeling needs. The Lolalita is a beautiful catamaran and we will be back with Captain Ernie, Megan and Jeff. Thank you so much for a great trip. Will definitely recommend Lolalita.
Teresa T, aboard Catamaran Lolalita, December 2013 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
The crew was not only friendly, accommodating and attentive, they became family, shared meals with us, Jayde even played board games with our family. Hannes, went out of his way to get us wherever we wanted. He even found an obscure wreck in the middle of the ocean so my son could dive it.
Pentesilea II is charming and comfortable. The itinerary was agreed upon on day one, and was really great!
The food and service were fantastic, we requested healthy foods and Jayde produced! Always with a smile. She and Hannes do not know the word "no" unless it compromises safety ( i.e, too much current to dive etc.)
I am happy to be a VERY positive reference and will do my damn best to tell my colleagues and friends, that this trip is a must for the bucket list.
Lou R, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, December 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
I wanted to reach out and commend all of you in assisting us in having an absolutely wonderful vacation. John, you had all the answers to my pre trip question and expertly helped affirm our decision toward Happy Time and Captain Bryan. When I needed something answered you were prompt and right on. At times, when planning a vacation it becomes rather difficult. John you made it a breeze and in doing so, you gave us all the confidence we needed that our vacation would be spectacular.
Captain Bryan, we would like to thank you for a wonderful week! Your professionalism, attention to detail and your personality were an absolute pleasure to be around for a week! In addition, the cooking was five star quality as was the hosting by Stephanie.
We are so very glad that one of our criteria in selecting our boat was how well we thought we would get along with the crew. The second significant criteria was the quality and appearance of the boat. Steve, I would like to commend you and Bryan for Happy Time is in spectacular condition and Bryan and Stephanie work very hard on a daily basis to keep it that way. We all know the Caribbean is a spectacular place to visit. We feel not only did we spend a week in paradise but we did so in first class style aboard Happy Time.
We would do the exact same vacation again and hope to do so soon!
Greg M, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, December 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a most enjoyable time with our crew, Peter and Karen. They were both delightful, and they spent plenty of time with us but also respected our privacy. They seem to have a great knack for knowing when to socialize, and when to give us privacy with our friends. Two of our group were very interested in the sailing, and Peter made the effort to get us involved as much as possible.
We found Tonina to be very comfortable, and had no problems whatsoever. I was a little surprised to find that the cabins were air-conditioned, and at first I thought that was perhaps a bit overkill. However, by the end of the trip I realized that with the relative lack of outside ventilation available to the cabins, air-conditioning is by far the best way to keep them comfortable. The boat itself is amazingly comfortable; it was thoroughly enjoyable to drink our morning coffee up on the front deck and then dive in for a swim. The freshwater shower on the back of the port hull was much appreciated.
The food was exactly as we had hoped. Some of the meals were fairly simple but healthy and nutritious, as we had requested. Other meals were appropriately more extravagant; there was no shortage of drinks, desserts, and nothing lacking.
Peter did a great job with the itinerary, choosing good anchorages based on the prevailing wind and waves. The snorkeling was fine, and so were the swimming and the beaches.
Were also very happy with Sailing Directions’ service. You have been very responsive and informative throughout the whole process.
Dan M, aboard Catamaran Tonina, November 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you for providing the perfect way for us to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary! You are true professionals who anticipate and provide for every need (or want). We cannot say enough about the superb food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You are gracious hosts, wonderful teachers, fine entertainers, and great human beings. Thank you for sharing your home and your part of the world with us. It was an amazing trip.
Craig C, aboard Sailing Yacht Sayang, July 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were top top, the best. Friendly we enjoyed spending time and interacting with them. Oliver taught us a bit about sailing also and we helped a bit during the trip!
The catamaran was perfectly clean and well kept. Nice inside and outside areas in Marmot.
Naomi did an amazing job with the kosher style food. We enjoyed the BVIs very much.
Were you happy with Sailing Directions' service?
Yes, thank you for the recommendation. Will definitely have to repeat the trip. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Boris B, aboard Catamaran Marmot, July 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
From the moment we met Geoff and Iza in St Thomas, our family were treated to a wonderful, exciting, and memorable adventure. Geoff and Iza are knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic, patient, and in every way fantastic hosts. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, the itinerary was set that met each of our wishes for the journey, the boat was well equipped with everything we needed, and best of all, we feel like we made great new friends. We can't recommend Dreaming On more highly.
Chris P, aboard Catamaran Dreaming On, July 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
Richard and Adele were amazing, unbelievably attentive and so accommodating. Couldn't have asked for a better crew!
Food was deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. Adele catered to the kids as well as the adults and vegetarians. Not a single complaint!
Everything was perfect! 100% satisfied with Sailing Directions.
Neeraj M, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, June 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our trip to the Caribbean was great. The boat Miss Kirsty is beautiful and Niall and Kirsty are a wonderful crew.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Niall and Kirsty and our experience aboard Miss Kirsty. It was a great family trip. They really made it special for us. Thank you so much for setting us up on their boat!
Naill and Kirsty could not have been better. They were so attentive and accommodating and just a lovely couple. We really enjoyed their company. We felt so comfortable on their boat and they made us feel right at home. It was such a great experience. I could not have imagined anything better!
Miss Kristy was impeccable. The boat was so clean and orderly. It was absolutely beautiful.
Chef Kirsty's food was amazing. Every meal was beautifully presented and it all tasted so good. Our whole family couldn't stop talking about her meals after we came home.
Niall and Kirsty made out first experience to the Caribbean absolutely wonderful. It was such a great trip. They were so full of information and made sure that everything on the boat was taken care of. Niall took our kids out waterskiing which was so much fun. They really went out of their way to make our trip wonderful and show us so many beautiful spots. We have many great memories from our vacation. It is a trip that we won't soon forget. Our whole experience with Sailing Directions was great. Thank you for all of your help! It was a fantastic vacation!
Debbie R, aboard Catamaran Miss Kirsty, June 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had such a great trip, and really enjoyed Richard and Adele, we would like to check on going back next year.
Steve F, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, June 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Mimbaw was very comfortable and since they don't have A/C there is no generator running at night so you get to experience total quiet with the ocean breeze ventilating the cabins.
The Brazilian food that Tais made was great!
The BVI is beautiful and no better way to experience it than on a sailboat! The area covered was probably a bit ambitious for not a full week so we had lots of sailing time, but we did get to see a lot. The Baths on Virgin Gorda & the Soggy Dollar Beach on Jost VanDyke were among the favorites.
The diving was awesome, lots of beautiful reef, fish and other wildlife. We saw sting rays, sea turtles and on a night dive I saw my first octopus! Diving the Rhone was also a trip highlight. Getting to explore something that wasn't sunk on purpose was really cool. We got to see the old black and white tiled floor, swim through the propeller area and rub the lucky porthole! And getting to dive right off the catamaran was extremely convenient, the whole group really enjoyed it.
Christina P, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw, June 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Avalon is a very spacious, new feeling catamaran that has more lounging space than any other I've experienced in the BVI's - in the salon, upstairs and even the 4 large, comfy beanbag chairs out front. We were extremely impressed and plan to return to Avalon in the future!
Alex & Carla absolutely optimize the type of top quality, 5-star service that my wife and I have come to expect after 10+ BVI CAT trips! Alex is an experienced, knowledgeable Captain who knows the BVI's like the back of his hand. He took us to some of the most scenic snorkeling destinations, and also knew about all the cool bars, restaurants & musical entertainment along the way (and he makes a great Painkiller).
Carla is a sincere, service oriented chef who prepared some absolutely incredible meals (loved the daily homemade bread), while paying close attention to the (many) food preferences expressed beforehand by our group.
Bill G, aboard Catamaran Avalon, June 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had the most amazing trip! So much so that we're all having trouble getting back into real life. We've all agreed, the trip was everything we'd hoped it would be! Great boat, superior crew, incredible snorkeling, delicious meals.
All my dealings with Sailing Directions went very smoothly. Questions were answered quickly and I could not have asked for an easier booking process or better service. Thanks for everything!
Ann Marie K, aboard Catamaran Pisces, June 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a truly wonderful time on the Happy Time. Bryan and Devin both were very friendly and accommodating. They were very good with my teenagers. The boat was well kept and clean. Meals were all fabulous. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. Would definitly recommend Sailing Directions and Happy Time to friends.
Kimberly G, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, June 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We loved our BR5 charter with Nick and Lucy! Best trip, exceeded our expectations.
Lucy's food presentation was phenomenal. We were unsure what it be like as she did not have culinary training at a culinary school. After our first day of meals there was great expectation for the next meal. Each meal was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. We joked that we wanted Lucy to come home with us. What is really amazing is that she was able to prepare such delicious and beautiful dishes in the galley which is probably one sixth the size of my kitchen.
We are particular about our food and Lucy's culinary skills dazzled us. My mouth is watering just thinking about the meals we had while on BR5!
We had a FABULOUS time on Best Revenge 5 with the most amazing crew ever! We adored Nick and Lucy.
Karen M, aboard Catamaran Best Revenge 5, June 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Stewart & Donne' were great. They went above and beyond to make us comfortable. They were entertaining and we enjoyed their company and stories. The Azuria was exceptionally clean and tidy. The food and drinks were amazing! More than we expected.
The Azuria was comfortable, clean and well ventilated. The rooms were well attended. We did not spend a lot of time below but when we did we were comfortable.
Like I said above - food was amazing. Can't say enough about the food that Donne presented from that tiny kitchen and a few times while we were sailing. We certainly never went hungry and when the food was served it was presented beautifully and was gourmet quality.
Itinerary was great. They showed us new placed that we did not visit on our first Caribbean voyage.
Sailing Directions were great (Thanks John) and we let Stewart and Donne know just how easy you were to deal with. Thanks.
Janet B, aboard Catamaran Azuria, April 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were outstanding, over and beyond the call of duty to make sure all our desires were met.
Hypnautic is very clean, not only when we arrived but they were cleaning daily to keep everything attractive.
The trip was fabulous. Leo and Amy are great hosts. Everything was perfect.
Sabrina K, aboard Catamaran Hypnautic, April 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had the best time on Secret Oasis and would highly recommend Debbie & Peter and the boat. It was our first time chartering, and everything exceeded our expectations. We are not sure how a regular hotel vacation will ever be able to compete.
We all grew fond of Debbie and Peter. They took great care of us. They were lovely to spend time with, very good entertainers and thoughtful hosts. They especially bonded with our kids. Peter is a great adventurer. My son has enjoyed telling his friends that he snorkeled with barracuda, sting rays, and eels. Peter showed us the best snorkeling and we all felt very safe with him at all times. My son likes to talk like a pirate, how Peter taught him "ARRR". Peter taught my husband the basics of sailing, which he really enjoyed. He also taught my daughter how to waterski, with great patience. He wouldn't let her give up and she is very proud that she was able to succeed. Debbie made us great meals, much better than you'd expect from a boat's kitchen. It was like having our own fancy floating restaurant. Debbie accommodated all of our menu requests, and even the kids ate almost everything. She was creative and varied with the food. The kids enjoyed hanging out with her in the kitchen area, playing cards while she cooked. It was a fantastic luxury for me to not to have to touch a thing in the kitchen for a week.
The boat was terrific. It was so well taken care of that it seemed almost new. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We could have a/c at night, but usually preferred open hatch ventilation with the lovely breezes. The boat was plenty big for 9 of us. We never felt crowded, or antsy to get off. Though it was a great pleasure being able to jump into the ocean all the time, or look out and spot a sea turtle coming up for air.
Our itinerary was great. The islands were amazingly beautiful. We particularly enjoyed the Baths, the pirate show, water sports time, and the Soggy Dollar Bar.
This was a vacation that truly felt like a vacation, getting away from it all. There was nothing to worry about, no crowds around to bother us, no lines to wait in, no reason to have to dress up. And Peter and Debbie took care of everything.
On the last night of our cruise, Peter and Debbie surprised us with a slideshow of our trip. I was so relaxed on vacation that I hadn't been diligent about taking photos. But Peter was taking them constantly and sent us home with a full USB stick. My kids and I went through those pictures every day the first week we were back home. I am so happy to have the pictures. I wouldn't have expected Peter and Debbie, who were already quite busy, to also be our photographers, but I am so glad that they did this for us.
My son asked me the other day "do you ever miss Peter and Debbie?", and yes, I certainly do.
John, at the charter company, Sailing Directions, was very professional to work with. He helped us book Secret Oasis and promptly answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend Sailing Directions.
Stephanie A, aboard Catamaran Secret Oasis, April 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
John and Heidi were great, knowledgeable, fantastic food, great companions! Made us feel at home!
Heidi's cooking was over the top! It was great. We can't wait to make her crab cakes, thanks for sharing the recipe.
Did you enjoy the itinerary and the area you sailed?
- Yes, it was perfect for our first time on a sailing charter trip like this.
If you are looking for a great sailing adventure, relaxing time, great food, cold drinks and lots of laughs then sailing with John and Heidi, the experienced Captain and Crew of the Antillean, is the way to go!
Thanks again, it was a trip of a life time.
George E, aboard Sailing Yacht Antillean, April 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had the time of our lives. Stewart and Donne' could not have taken better care of us. We wanted for nothing. The boat is beautiful. Stewart took us skiing, tubing, snorkeling, hiking and made fantastic Pain Killers. Donne's meals were scrumptious. We will sail with them again.
Leslie N, aboard Catamaran Azuria, March 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We kept telling our kids that this was going to be a vacation of a lifetime - I can honestly say that this was nothing short of that. Peter and Deb on Secret Oasis made all our dreams come true. It is our goal to be able to charter with them again in the future.
The crew made sure we were completely comfortable and made sure we did everything we on our list of things to see and do.
Secret Oasis was extremely clean. Even with 9 passengers it never felt crowded. The beds were surprisingly comfortable too!
Re dining: Deb creates works of art! Not only was it nice to look at - it was delicious. She took our food choices we made on our pre-charter paperwork and created wonderful meals. We had one picky eater on our trip and Deb made sure she was happy every day too.
It was nice because we did everything we wanted to do but every day was a surprise. Peter had to take into account the weather and the winds so we were never sure where we were off to until we arrived. He made it a total adventure! They took the time to get to know us and they knew exactly what we were looking for.
We would like to once again thank Peter and Deb for sharing all their time, talents, stories and knowledge of the BVI and South Africa! We had the best time being together. You know you have the best crew when wherever you go people would ask what yacht we were on and when we would say Secret Oasis they would all comment on how we had a great crew and that Deb and Peter were the best in the BVI! Everyone knew them!
The boat was wonderful, the food was delicious, the islands were breathtaking, the adventures were exciting, the weather was beautiful and we now have two new friends. Two families went on this trip and friendships that were close before only became closer. We are all very thankful for a vacation of a lifetime! I wish everyone could experience the week we had. It was indescribable. Thank you Deb and Peter!
Lisa W, aboard Catamaran Secret Oasis, March 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were great. Could not have been nicer and they were very competent with everything they did. They kept the boat very clean at all times.
Valentina is an awesome cook. We enjoyed every meal. She even made accommodations for my son who was a picky eater at times.
Andrea helped us choose a great itinerary that was a good mix of everything from adventure, relaxation and sightseeing.
Jeff J, aboard Catamaran Nemo, March 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
The answer to every question is the same: OUTSTANDING!
We all had a terrific experience, from booking through drop-off.
Bruce H, aboard Catamaran Kings Ransom, March 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
Steven: Olivier and Naomi were terrific. I expected that they would be a good sail team and chef, but what was a VERY pleasant surprise was their being big brother and sister to our children.
Elle: They were very nice. Naomi taught me how to do a jumping forward roll and Olivier taught me how to snorkel.
Elle: Yes, the beds were comfy and the living room was nice and cozy. It was heaven.
Steven: The accommodations were very comfortable. We slept more than we do in any hotel.
Elle: Yes, the food was delicious I give it 5 stars.
Steven: The food was excellent. As importantly, Oli and Naomi worked with us to create a menu that suited everyone in the family.
Elle: Yes, the sights were beautiful, The beaches were magnificent. It was amazing!
Steven: We worked with Oli to create the perfect itinerary. We preferred the more isolated places with great snorkeling and white sand beaches.
More important than the boat and itinerary is the crew, especially as it was a family vacation. By the end of the week Oli and Nay felt like part of the family and that made a good trip great.
Steven F, aboard Catamaran Aldebaran, March 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
Message to crew: I wanted to write to you both to thank you for an amazing trip. I have already told all my friends that we need to start planning so that we can book to come back. It was by far the best holiday I can think of. Thank you for the wonderful food and all your hard work and planning, you both FAR exceeded any of my expectations. I thought you were both fantastic.
Dan G, aboard Catamaran Soon Come, March 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Simply divine food preparation and presentation. Julie has converted Felicia into a 5 star floating restaurant.
Chris did a great job at helping us focus in on those sights and experiences we wanted to do most and worked out a perfect plan to be sure we enjoyed our time sailing and while in harbor.
Sailing Directions provided excellent recommendations and guidance on the entire needs of a trip of this sort.
The total experience was wonderful. Everything we needed for proper preparation in order for us to have a care free extremely relaxing vacation was provided by Sailing Directions and Yacht Felicia.
Morgan S, aboard Catamaran Felicia, March 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Peter & KC were amazing! They were friendly, accommodating, attentive and a joy to be around.
We were extremely impressed with the Flying Ginny. All of the spaces were extremely clean, comfortable and well ventilated. Peter was very attentive to making sure the common and private areas were always tidy.
The food KC prepared was fantastic! Every meal was gourmet and the presentations were feasts for the eyes. She was great at coming out to tell us what the meals were and how she prepared them. We are still in awe over what she was able to do in a small kitchen.
The BVI itinerary was perfect! Peter was great at sitting down with us on the first day to go over the itinerary he thought would work best. He was also open to making slight changes to the itinerary along the way.
Were you happy with Sailing Directions' service? Yes, we were very happy! Anytime we emailed a question to you, we received a response immediately.
Courtney M, aboard Catamaran Flying Ginny, March 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
You have given us the most wonderful holiday, complete perfection in all we were spoilt with, the best boat to be privileged to be on the attention to our care, and enjoyment has been 2nd to none. The best gourmet food we have ever had. So many memories to cherish! Thank you most sincerely.
Julia T, aboard Sailing Yacht Pacific Wave, February 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were very friendly and attentive. They worked their butts off making sure we were having a great vacation (which we did). I enjoyed talking with both of them about their previous lives and what led them to this charter service on Feel the Magic.
Was Feel the Magic was very clean, the beds were bigger than I'd expected and the breezes at night through the hatches were delightful. We used A/C on the first night so the kids could settle in but after that it was all sea breezes.
The food was very good. Micheale did a great job meeting our requests on the preliminary sheets and came up with some wonderful meals based on those ingredients. Often when on vacation, you feel guilty about eating poorly, but we had some amazing meals that I know were very healthy (although I may have had a few too many second and third helpings). The kids always found something they liked and if Micheale noticed they weren't really eating something, she offered to make something different.
We did the bulk of our long journey during the second day to get ahead of some weather swells and were very happy with the route that was chosen. Hank knew many of the nooks and crannies of the islands and brought us to many special places that he knew we'd enjoy. I'm glad we got to see so many different islands as it gave us an idea of which we'd like to focus on for return trips.
Everyone agrees that it was our best vacation ever. I wish we could do it 3x a year.
Scott C, aboard Catamaran Feel The Magic, February 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
Oli and Nay were the consummate hosts. They made our trip incredibly enjoyable and attended to every request we had from sailing activities and anchorages to meals and entertainment. We became great friends with them both as a result of their great personalities and hospitality. They ensured each day was better than the one before and made our 7th trip to the BVI's as exciting and fresh as the first. The attention to detail is imperative on a yacht charter and they excelled there in every way. Their abilities as a captain, navigator, chef, hostess, concierge, etc all exceeded our expectations. We felt very safe and comfortable with them and would highly recommend all of their services as charter captains.
Aldebaran is a very impressive boat. It was very clean and comfortable from the time we boarded until our last day. Oli and Nay did a great job maintaining the cleanliness of the boat and ensured our comfort at each part of the day.
The food was always exactly as we expected - perfect! Nay is a wonderful chef and hostess with very well presented meals, snacks, and drinks. Each meal was cookd to perfection and exactly as we ordered. Nay is always seeking to impress and make sure everyone enjoys their meals. The table was always set and decorated prior to every meal and was a great example of Oli and Nay's professionalism and attention to detail.
The itinerary was perfect. We have been to the BVI's 7 times and this trip was by far the best. We visited new anchorages almost every day and all at the recommendation of Oli. He did a great job of helping us visit places we have not seen on our previous trips and was eager to take us anywhere we desired each day.
Oli and Nay have an incredible ability as a captain/hostess team. They will be extremely successful in this business and we would recommend their service to anyone going on a chartered boat in the BVI's.
I have been thoroughly impressed with the Sailing Direction's service from the beginning of the process to the very end. Everyone has been very professional and attentive to all of our details and requests. It has been very easy communicating with everyone and your follow-up has been very impressive.
Coleman T, aboard Catamaran Aldebaran, February 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Our sailing vacation this year was outstanding and Catatonic and crew far exceeded our expectations!
Owen & Liz were truly fantastic - very professional and a lot of fun. They worked well as a team.
Considering this was our first extended trip on a boat the accommodations were great and we felt like we had plenty of space.
Liz especially surprised us with home-made sushi - that was above and beyond expectations.
Ellen R, aboard Catamaran Catatonic, February 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
We could not have asked for a better match! Sasha and Tara are fabulous! We hope we get to sail with them again.
Reann C, aboard Catamaran Soterion, February 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Sasha and Tara were great. They are both really down to earth and made us all feel comfortable right away. They seemed to anticipate our every need. Great crew. We think we are fortunate that we got them and would highly recommend them.
Soterion is immaculate. The space accommodated four couples easily. We never felt like we were tripping over each other and could always find a quiet corner to chill out and read or just enjoy the view. Tara and Sasha keep the boat on top notch condition.
The food was definitely one of the highlights. Tara has won awards for her cooking. She loves it and it shows. Every meal was really, really good.
Loved the BVIs. The itinerary was tailored to our requests. We had a good mix of starry nights in remote coves and lively on shore entertainment. We had some fantastic snorkeling opportunities and found some pretty amazing beaches.
I was really happy with your service John. You always came back to me quickly with the information I needed. You were also incredibly patient as we went through the initial organizing and catamaran selection. I found Sailing Directions really easy to deal with.
Dianne M, aboard Catamaran Soterion, January 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
All of us LOVED this trip and it ranks near the top of all-time great vacations. Suffice it to say Alex and Carla and Soul's Calling are a world class crew and boat.
The crew were great in all areas. Very professional and extending themselves to make the trip very special to us without being intrusive.
The boat is exceptionally clean and airy and maintained and kept up well by Alex and Carla.
Every meal - and I mean every breakfast, lunch and dinner - was special. The variety and preparation was exquisite and Carla is truly a talented chef. One of the group had some special dietary needs that Carla did an absolutely superb job of dealing with and paralleled the superb quality of the other meals. Everything thing she prepared was a culinary experience that received well deserved appreciation from all of us.
I have sailed these islands many times as I had my own sailboat and also power boat and have lived in Puerto Rico for years. It was great to work with someone as knowledgeable as Alex and work out an agenda that included pleasant yet relaxed visits to the must see spots as well as some other spots that only an experienced captain like Alex could recommend.
We all very much enjoyed their company on top of their excellent skills running the Soul's Calling from the sailing to the Galley. It was Great!!!!
Everett M, aboard Catamaran Souls Calling, January 2013 sailing the British Virgin Islands
This is my third crewed charter in the BVI and without a doubt the best crew ever. I found them to be extremely genuine, sincere when trying to accommodate our needs. They are attentive to every detail imaginable. Most importantly, they are truly nice people who were easy to be with and who enjoy each other.
The boat was recently painted and spotless. It looks new and is extremely well cared for. Well equipped with toys.
The food was an experience in itself. Whereas in my past charters the food was pretty good, this was exceptional. I have never had 6 days of consistently incredible 3 meals each day. This was fine dining. I'd imagine there are many people who may not realize what an extraordinary chef Angela is, nor appreciate the quality. She has amazing experience and it shows. Even better she gets totally excited about what she presents and works endlessly to accomplish her goal of what seemed to be almost outdoing the last meal. We are from New York and eat in very fine restaurants. Her meals were as good if not better. Even the wines were excellent and well thought out. We ended up photographing just about every meal. I can't say enough about the food experience. Biggest mistake was eating out one night.
Winds were too strong to make it to Anegada, but where we went worked out. They took us to many different diving sites. One of my kids received her full certification from Angela. She was instructed extremely well.
Jonathan S, aboard Catamaran Caribbean Dream, January 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
Our week on Azuria was by far above and beyond anything we had expected or imagined! Stewart and Donne were extremely friendly, attentive, and accommodating in every way possible. By the end of the week they felt like family and we hated to say goodbye! Azuria was immaculate and very comfortable. The food was out of this world! The one night we ate out we wished we hadn't. We had been so spoiled by Donne's (and Stewart's( cooking!
We absolutely loved the itinerary. We trusted Stewart to take us to the best snorkeling spots and beaches and he didn't let us down! Red Hook port worked very well with our itinerary. We were extremely pleased with the service Sailing Directions provided. It was the best family vacation we've ever had! We will definitely try to find a way to do it again!
April R, aboard Catamaran Azuria, January 2013 sailing the Virgin Islands
I wanted to say what a great time we had. Safari was a really fabulous boat - stylish, immaculate and very well laid out and equipped. And Stephen and Erin are a wonderful crew - highly competent and very attentive and hospitable but at the same time laid back and not intrusive. We felt in very safe hands with Stephen, and Erin is a really excellent cook. We have become converts to crewed catamarans and suspect this experience will be hard to beat.
Rupert B, aboard Catamaran Safari, December 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
Sonny and Anja were great! They were part of the group not just our hosts.
Fantasy Island was in great shape and very comfortable.
We looked forward to the food as much if not more than the diving. Anja prepared nutritious gourmet meals for us. We had one person in the group with a gluten allergy and Anja went out of her way to make sure that our friend stayed gluten free. Anja's gluten free breads were fabulous.
We had a great time, we basically changed our itinerary as the wind or swells dictated so that we could get great diving in. Sonny did well picking the diving spots.
The diving was awesome. Sonny saved the day by bringing his underwater camera along, ours had an accident the day before the trip. We had some of the best diving experiences that any of us had ever had and all but one of us are very experienced divers.
Vicki P, aboard Catamaran Pelican, December 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
What an amazing week, thanks for all the great times you shared with us, as well as taking care of our gluten/dairy/soy free gang. I look forward to making it back in the future.
What a pleasure to see two worlds at once, the islands and the ocean, all while being treated like royalty. For a brief while I will have the treats on our bed to remind me of how good Rabbits' cooking was and photos and video recalling the wonderful dives Kim and CJ took us on. From now on I will seek to have some of Harveys unending patience and good humor at every tribulation coming his way. Thank you.
Many thoughts but few words. You took great care of my family. I am sure we will all have fond memories. We will tell stories long into the future.
Mike J, aboard Catamaran Akasha, December 2012 sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands
Stephen and Erin were great! Very accommodating, had everything well planned out, and were kind and thoughtful.
Safari was very clean and comfortable.
The food was excellent. My son has a gluten allergy that Erin took great care to accommodate and everything still tasted terrific. I was very impressed.
Did you enjoy the itinerary and the area you sailed?
- Absolutely. We got exactly what we asked for and more.
Christiana P, aboard Catamaran Safari, November 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
What a wonderful experience spending those five days with you was. Everything and I do mean everything was perfect. Even the weather which provided a little drama was perfect. I have not stopped talking about the two of you.
My dream is to do it again and to share the experience with all who might want to also experience such a wonderful vacation.
Every time I view the video and read the words "We will miss you". I feel certain that you must know that you are missed and were so very deeply appreciated for all that you did. So many details that could be easily missed, you were on top of it.
Rob H, aboard Catamaran Felicia, November 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you for an exceptional time in the BVI! It was our first time on a boat, snorkeling, and seeing the beautiful sites. Your enthusiasm for your work and your patience with us was so appreciated. We especially appreciated the dolphin escort into Anegada. Ratna's cooking was delicious and I will think of her when we are home. Finally, thank you for sending the sharks packing during our visit. Nice touch.
David G, aboard Sailing Yacht Sayang, November 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
I wanted to express my total satisfaction with the Genesis charter you organized. Petr and Tracy, aside from being true, skilled sailors, bring the process of hosting to the highest level imaginable. We were pampered beyond belief and the sailing was brilliant. With Petr, motoring is an anathema - quite wonderful. The boat itself is in superb condition and our accommodations commodious and totally comfortable. If and when we charter again it will surely be with them. Thanks for your help.
Michael B, aboard Catamaran Genesis, November 2012 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
In short best boat, crew, food and fun of my life. Thank you. Love Donne and Stewart. Wonderful people.
Stephanie I, aboard Catamaran Azuria, November 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic time, I can't compliment Pat and Aline enough. They were great. Very friendly and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our vacation.
Very clean and comfortable. It took a day or 2, to get the ventilation right.
Aline is a very good chef. All of the meals were very good.
Did you enjoy the itinerary and the area you sailed in the Caribbean?
- Absolutely! Every spot we went was great. Pat's knowledge of the area was impressive. He found us great snorkeling spots.
Were you happy with Sailing Directions' service ?
- Very happy.
Douglas L, aboard Catamaran Miss Kitty, November 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
This was the best trip ever! You guys were wonderful hosts! The food was exceptional, the locations were beautiful, and the sailing was excellent. Thank you for taking us on our first Blue Water Passage to St Croix! The fishing was great, too. Thank you for the wonderful trip, the wonderful service, and all the marvelous experiences!
David E, aboard Sailing Yacht Blue Passion, August 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We really enjoyed our crew. They were the perfect combination of attentive and fun. We learned so many things from them, it was really fun. They were very charming also. The kids really liked the water sports!
The boat is very clean and laid out well. The inside is very bright. The bathrooms worked really well and were well lit. The front two cabins need more air maybe.
The food was perfect. Kate enjoyed her oatmeal in the mornings. It was so spectacular to have people make meals for you and decide what to eat. Everyone enjoyed the food. I especially liked the fish. Everyone loved the breakfast.
We were very happy. This was a really wonderful vacation. All 5 of us had a good time.
Mary V, aboard Sailing Yacht Blue Passion, August 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a fabulous time on Happy Time! Mel and Tom were great! The boat was awesome too! They were quite willing to work around things we wanted to do or see on our trip. Tom was awesome at taking us out to snorkel sights and explaining what we should look for and what we were seeing. Once back on the boat he would pull out a book to go over everything. The food was quite impressive! Very tasty and beautiful presentation.
Robin H, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, July 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
Thank you very much for creating a very enjoyable atmosphere, your services were very professionally carried out and we cannot think of anything that yourselves or your crew could have done to improve the enjoyment of our treasured vacation.
Niki: the food quality, taste, services and presentation were excellent, you provided what we asked
for and gave us many options to choose from, perfect choices from a perfect chef.
Pete: based upon our day to day dealings, you are definitely a class act. You made us feel very much at ease, and secure in the knowledge that we were in very safe hands.
Thank you once again for giving all our family memories that will be treasured for the rest of our lives safe sailing, have a well-earned holiday back in England.
Chris C, aboard Catamaran Kings Ransom, July 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Paul and Mel were fantastic. They were not only extremely friendly, attentive and accommodating, they also became our friends.
The boat was incredible in every way. There was plenty of room for everyone. It went beyond our expectations.
The food was fantastic. Mel even accommodated for the three of us who cannot have sugar in our diet. It was hard to go back to my cooking :)
Being the first time doing something like this, Paul made sure we saw a everything we needed to see. The snorkeling was fantastic, and the scenery beautiful. We were never ever lacked something to do. Paul was also an expert at providing us with plenty of B&B time (Boutiqing and Bar hopping!).
We were very happy with Sailing Directions. Communication was great and everything was handled in a way that was user friendly and easy to understand.
Having all the extras on the boat like the tender for skiing and wake boarding, the kayak and paddle board were great. We could not have been happier with the whole experience. Paul and Mel were experts at their jobs and we felt extremely safe and well taken care of. We cannot wait to do this again!
Stephanie B, aboard Catamaran Avalon, June 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Cliff and Liza were all of the above a more so. This is our second time on the Solstice and look forward to cruising again with Cliff and Liza.
The food was fabulous. We were able to do everything we planned, which was fantastic.
John's service was over the top. You guys are doing a great job. If and when we do decide to charter again we will definitely use your service and I have already recommended you guys to others and will continue to do so.
Pam B, aboard Catamaran Solstice, June 2012 sailing the Bahamas
Allow us to begin by saying that we find it very difficult to believe that we did know Tracy and Petr, prior to May 21, 2012. We are most thankful for your suggestion of travelling from St. Vincent to Grenada. Petr and Tracy mentioned that this is one of their most favorite and pleasant passages. This certainly came to fruition. Petr was ever-vigilant to ensure that we had a safe and pleasant journey. He and Tracy always worked as a well-coordinated team. Together they sailed the vessel to ensure a wonderful passage. Petr realized that one of our favorite pastimes is snorkeling. He was always watching over us from the dingy. He took us to some out-of-the way locales that were simply amazing. Even though these snorkeling destinations were, at times, "rough" he realized that we are proficient swimmers and snorkelers, and yet he remained vigilant.
Tracy is the consummate chef and hostess. From the time we boarded "Genesis" she looked after every one of our needs. Tracy has such an amazing talent in her culinary skills. Her ability to marry local fruits, spices and meats is truly amazing. Tracy's food preparation and presentation was remarkable. Her love of meal planning and cooking is obvious after only one meal. We would often begin the morning with fresh fruit, simply and elegantly presented and end off the day with a "six-star" feast. The meals in between were a "smorgasbord" of unparalleled sashimi, sushi, grilled fish and even lamb! We regularly encouraged Tracy to publish a cookbook.
In terms of living with the crew, as previously stated, we cannot believe that we did not know one another prior to this voyage. The four us laughed and talked (well mostly Tom and Tracy) from sunrise to sunset. Petr and Tracy complement each other so very well. We cannot recall another time when we had so much fun being silly adults together for seven days in a row. Tracy and Petr made us feel like family and that feeling still persists today, thousands of miles away. We are already planning our agenda for our next voyage together.
"Genesis" is remarkably well laid out. Considering that we were novices to the sailing lifestyle, living on "Genesis" with another unfamiliar couple could have potential problems. There was not one incident of being uncomfortable or having enough space. Our quarters were spacious and clean. Tracy and Petr ensured that our sleeping quarters and "head" were always clean and well functioning. On a few nights, Petr made extra sure that we were comfortable and ran the AC. Tracy ensured that all was tidy and well kept. They worked tirelessly from sunrise until after we retired to ensure that every one our needs were met and that "Genesis" was prepared for the next leg of our journey.
With regards to the itinerary, again thank you for suggesting the voyage from St. Vincent to Grenada. This is a wonderful passage. Petr was able to fulfill our wish list and added a few out-of-the way anchorages as well. We swam and snorkeled all day. We swam with turtles and rays. We caught lobster for dinner. We caught fresh tuna. We feasted on fresh sashimi and sushi! We relaxed. We ate and drank more. We marveled at the constellations. The only thing we did not do was read, we were either too busy talking and laughing or too tired. Wow, it truly seems like a dream. Thankfully Tracey and Petr were ever present with their digital camera and sent us home with over 500 digital pictures!
The true joy for us was making new friends in distant lands. Tracy and Petr introduced us to several local people that will remain etched in our memories forever.
This was truly an amazing adventure like no other. We highly recommend it. We would enthusiastically encourage you to use us a reference on your website.
With warmest regards and thanks.
Thomas W, aboard Catamaran Genesis, May 2012 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
We found Petr and Tracy to be friendly, attentive, accommodating, delightful, knowledgeable, enjoyable, fun, attractive, respectful, and always great to be around. If there are other superlatives that I have left out, just add them yourself as a favor to us.
Genesis is a well-designed, well fitted, and well maintained sailing vessel that is also perfect for the accommodation of salty vacationers like us. The boat was powerful and safe. Petr and Tracy have pride in their vessel and it shows. Great thought had gone into provisioning so that not only were our "creature needs" assured if we had forgotten something like toothpaste, aspirin, shampoo etc. but also to provide for our leisure and pleasure desires like favorite foods and wines and cocktails.
It was hard to believe that Tracy was not a highly trained gourmet chef, because together, Tracy and Peter produced meals and treats and deserts that would rival offerings of 5 Star restaurants. We were spoiled during our sailing excursion and the food that we found at resorts after our stay on the Genesis paled in comparison to the creations offered from the small galley of the Genesis. Bravo!
We were unfamiliar with the area so we relied on the knowledge and experience of our crew and was not disappointed. We had a great time and enjoyed all that we saw and experienced. Petr and Tracy knew who to contact for us to scuba dive with, all the great little "best kept secret" island spots and personally knew many of the great boat vendors that would visit to market their island made jewelry, t-shirts, carvings and other unique items.
We would love to sail with them again from Grenada and possibly some other islands with diving along the way. They are absolutely Great! One of the best sailing trips we have ever been on.
Chuck F, aboard Catamaran Genesis, May 2012 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
Heidi and John were the perfect hosts. We mostly wanted total relaxation on our trip. We had limited sailing experience and limited knowledge of the area, and only knew that we wanted to completely relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. We thought that we might want to get off the boat and explore, assuming that the boat might be a little restrictive and that we would need the stimulation of different environments. We indicated before we left that we would want to get off at least once and maybe more often for food and nightlife. Heidi and John took us to a place early in the trip and suggested that it might be a good place to get off. They were correct that it was just the kind of place that we would have predicted that we would want to go. We stayed in that bay the night before and were able to hear the music and fun that was happening there, but when we thought about it, we realized that we could do that anywhere and we were really enjoying the food, company and surroundings on the ship and that we didn't want to interrupt it with the "teal" world. They were more than accommodating when we told them that if it was ok, we were going to eat every meal and spend every available moment on board. Mr Smee (the parrot) unexpectedly provided endless hours of entertainment!
Was Antillean comfortable, clean and well ventilated? - Much more than we had anticipated - we had a rainy day and yet were protected from the weather by the boat cover and sides. When the weather was nice (which was most of the trip) we enjoyed the fresh air and sun. We avoided showers the first day or two, because we were a little concerned with the limited space, but once we got beyond that, the showers became one of our favorite parts of the day.
The food was even beyond our expectations. Heidi was fantastic at serving up tasty treats when we didn't think we could eat another thing and we devoured them all. It was always a little more than we thought we needed but we enjoyed every bite. The meals were health and refreshing and the popcorn was especially appreciated! I was super impressed with the amount of fresh food that was on the boat, and how Heidi was able to use it as it hit its ripest point. We started out the week eating the fruits and vegetables that would ripen first (such as bananas) and yet there was plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables remaining at the end of the week.
Every day was more relaxing than the last. The only disappointments were weather related. We had rain the last full day and no wind at all returning to town. We had a fantastic time out sailing. One of our group was concerned about sea sickness, and the heeling over when we sailed, but by the second full day of sailing she was enjoying sitting on the front deck, feeling the sun and the wind and had no concerns about sliding into the ocean even as the boat was heeling over. It was exhilarating! We didn't do a lot of research before the trip about places to go, but we had read about the soggy Dollar and went there the first day of cruising. It was great fun. Heidi and John also suggested the baths and we had a great time there. After the first couple of days we settled into a routine of sailing and snorkeling which we all thrived on. Some of us had never snorkeled before and we couldn't get enough of it. They showed us some beautiful locations for snorkeling and we had lots of fun afterwards trying to identify what we had seen in their handy reference books.
John at Sailing Directions was also the perfect contact while planning the charter. We were a little overwhelmed when we started the planning process. We certainly took our time to decide whether this was the vacation for us. John answered all of our questions in a very timely fashion, patiently followed up just enough to keep us moving forward and followed through with all the necessary forms and information when we finally made our decision.
The most important thing that I can think of to describe our experience is that it was totally relaxing. A month after the trip, we all got together to go over the pictures and memories and we all agreed that it was the most amazing trip that we had ever taken. We all love to travel and have been many places, but this trip holds a special place for all of us. We all came home relaxed and even a month later can get back to that place in spite of all of the demands of the real world. We all agreed that we would do it again in a moment.
Jill H, aboard Sailing Yacht Antillean, May 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful time and you were always there to answer our questions. Thank you. Lee-Ann and Ian were perfect. A cute and knowledgeable crew. Secret Oasis was very nice and clean.
We all had a great time and the food was excellent, everything was prepared to perfection and the presentations were beautiful. We went to all the places we wanted to and a few new stops. We would like to do it again in a few years.
Thanks again for your help, it was a vacation we will always remember.
Candy B, aboard Catamaran Secret Oasis, May 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew, Paul & Mel, were not only accommodating but extremely professional and attentive. They are a great crew!
Mel did an exceptional job on our 5 Star dining. She really took our preference sheet seriously and made last minute accommodations when needed. Her culinary skills are exceptional and being foodies we thoroughly enjoyed every last bite.
Captain Paul really personalized our tour so that we could take in the Canadian Hockey Championships and experience shopping opportunities as well as good snorkeling.
Avalon was extremely comfortable and clean. We did experience a few AC problems during the week.
Paul and Mel aboard the Avalon made for an unforgettable 25th Wedding Anniversary! Thank You!
Joanne Y, aboard Catamaran Avalon, April 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Tom and Melony were very attentive and accommodating. They made us feel very comfortable.
Happy Time is very comfortable and very clean (almost too clean). The AC on the really hot nights helped a great deal.
The food was excellent and very well prepared.
The Virgin Islands itinerary worked very well for us and the selection of beaches was great.
Would highly recommend yacht charter to others, even those concerned about doing so with a young family.
Sarah K, aboard Catamaran Happy Time, April 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful time on Azuria last week. Donne' and Stewart were very gracious hosts and the weather was just perfect. Donne's meals were certainly one of the high points of each day. Each meal was not only delicious but presented as well as in any fine restaurant. Azuria is a beautiful yacht that is spacious and provides several private gathering areas. Our group particularly enjoyed the amazing Caribbean night sky from the seating area on the bow.
Although my wife and daughter-in-law were very concerned about getting seasick, neither had any problem at all. In fact, my daughter-in-law learned to scuba dive during the trip.
Stewart and Donne' were attentive to our every need whether it was helping us prepare to snorkel or arranging a taxi for our onshore adventures.
The entire experience was beyond all of our expectations.
Ed P, aboard Catamaran Azuria, April 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
We had a great time aboard The Flying Ginny. Captain Peter and Ruth were great hosts and the food was excellent. The Vessel was well equipped and was perfect for our trip. Peter went out of his way to make sure we were totally satisfied and we would definitely consider sailing again with them. The help provided by you and Sailing Directions was much appreciated and I know we would not have made the trip if it were not for your company and your guidance. Thanks again it was wonderful.
Dan K, aboard Catamaran Flying Ginny, April 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Thank you for making our stay aboard Muse so enjoyable! We were so lucky to have you to help us discover the BVIs, its fascinating islands and beautiful waters. Our family will long remember this holiday.
Matthieu B, aboard Catamaran Muse, April 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Excellent crew! Friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, conversational and looked after us from start to finish.
Solstice was comfortable and clean. Lots of space to relax in sun or shade.
We were well-fed. Lots of good food at every meal, and in between too! Liza did a great job preparing meals based on the info sheet we sent pre-trip.
Cliff talked with us each evening and morning about the itinerary. Very flexible. The Exumas are just stunning, and the isolation adds to the beauty.
Sailing Directions was fantastic - answered all questions promptly and fully. Made it pretty simple to plan a sailing vacation.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Solstice, March 2012 sailing the Bahamas
The crew of the Kings Ransom were amazing. They brought the yacht to life! They were friendly, professional as well as caring. We are unable to explain the measure of accommodation they provided. The Kings Ransom was perfect. Emily has a gift with food preparation. Wonderful flavors but too much fish for our group. Our sailing itinerary was wonderful & we enjoyed every day (even the stormy one).
Sailing Directions & John were great & very helpful.
James & Haley are bright & enthusiastic about the yacht as well as their guests. They bring laughter & compassion to their guests. Wonderful people. The professionalism they have is important but the caring is great. The four of them made our vacation wonderful.
We cannot express how important the crew was to us. We are blessed because they touched our lives that week in the BVI.
Donna B, aboard Catamaran Kings Ransom, March 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Cam and Rhonda were terrific. Easy to be with, great hosts.
The Quest is well ventilated and was kept immaculate.
Meals were well made and presented with panache.
Our itinerary was made as we went along with suggestions for Rhonda and Cam and their input from the wind, weather, water current perspective.
We are pleased with your service. All was as represented.
Richard O, aboard Catamaran Quest, March 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
Ian and Jody were wonderful. Each went out of their way to make our BVI experience truly enjoyable. They networked with our group especially our two younger ones in water sports. We will miss them and Yes Dear. Jody did a wonderful job even to the point of making special dishes for the kids. All seven members of my family truly enjoyed this venture and all appreciate the extraordinary efforts of both Ian and Jody to make it so.
Bruce R, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, March 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Stewart and Donne' were wonderful hosts. The Azuria is a beautiful vessel. She is very well appointed and Stewart and Donne' take great care and pride in her appearance and proper function. I didn't want to leave. The food was wonderful. I have never eaten so well and in such quantity for 5 straight days.
The whole experience was very positive - both working with Sailing Directions and then Stewart and Donne'. I would be happy to serve as a reference for Sailing Directions and Stewart and Donne'.
Montgomery M, aboard Catamaran Azuria, March 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
The crew were A+! Excellent service all around. Very attentive to our needs, actually anticipated our needs, which was nice. Great crew.
The boat was very clean. The crew did not stop cleaning - Carla was in perpetual motion - if she wasn't cooking, she was cleaning! Bathrooms and bedrooms were attended to daily. The boat was very comfortable and spacious.
The food exceeded our expectations. It was delicious - well-presented & definitely accommodated our preference sheet. Carla is a wonderful cook & Alex is awesome at grilling - the snapper was better than the snapper I had at The Sugar Mill!
Loved the itinerary. It had the right balance of allowing us to kick back & relax and also to do some fun things, whether it be snorkeling, swimming ashore or enjoying some night life. Again, I can see the relevance of the preference sheet as it definitely gave Alex an idea of what we would like to do. We were pleased that we were able to sail to Anegada as we had the utmost faith in our captain.
Our experience was wonderful. The food was exceptional and the menu varied. We had full confidence in the skill and knowledge of our captain.
Chris P, aboard Catamaran Souls Calling, March 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
- How did you find your crew, Ian & Jody, were they friendly, attentive and accommodating? Ian and Jody were all of these things and more. They were both over the top attentive with the cocktails, snacks, drinks, water sports, island hopping, trinket shopping and of course all of the meals. There was never a moment of need for anything! Ian was always trying to fit in more fun for the kids and the adults right down to the last minute of the charter. We all left the boat in tears when the trip was over. Ian and Jody became our friends. Our kids adored them (and have likely been driving them nuts with e mails)! They shared their lives, their music, their food, their stories and their friendship with us, and for that our trip was one of a lifetime, especially for our kids.
Yes Dear was everything it promised, modern, clean, nicely decorated and well equipped. The cabins, the deck, the equipment, the bathrooms, everything was spotless and very well cared for. It is obvious that Ian and Jody take great pride in their job and the boat.
The food and the cocktails were most enjoyable for us. Honestly, it is hard to find a 'highlight' in such a Caribbean paradise since everything is a highlight, but Jody's food and Ian's cocktail creations were truly outstanding. They were both so kind and considerate towards the kids and their needs while still managing to deliver gourmet plates to all of us at every single meal. Jody's food was fresh, healthy, creative and presented beautifully. She went to great care to offer us the 'light' Caribbean fare we requested and nailed it every time. Ian and Jody worked very well together to make it perfect and beautiful. We told them sunset/cocktail hour was our favorite time of day and they did not disappoint. The kids were especially happy to have their own mixologist whipping up all kinds of delicious frosty drinks at their every whim - he even let them help!!! Ha!
Our itinerary in the British Virgin Islands was also perfect. We had a few ideas about where we wanted to go and Ian definitely made us feel like we were in control, even though I am sure he knew exactly where we were going and what was next at all times! To me that is the sign of a very smart and experienced captain! That being said, Ian was very conscientious about avoiding over crowded spots and was able to change the itinerary as needed without distraction.
John at Sailing Directions was a great help and very patient with us through this whole process. He guided us to the right boat with out making us feel like we didn't have other choices. Ultimately, he knew exactly what we needed and helped us make it happen. We will look forward to doing business with John and Sailing Directions again in the near future!
Yes Dear was our fourth charter (our first with kids), and by far the best. The boat was immaculate, had all the toys you could want, and most important, had the best crew in the BVI. For two families traveling with four kids between the ages of 7 and 11, the crew was of the utmost importance. They made the trip for us. A million thank you's could not be enough for them.
Anne C, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, February 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
We all think this was hands down the best vacation ever. We can't say enough about Rose and Travis! We felt like we had been friends with them for years. Honestly, we thought about it and there was not one thing we would have changed. Rose is an amazing cook. Everything she made was delicious and the perfect portion size. We felt safe scuba diving with Travis. He was so much fun and knowledgeable. The beds were very comfortable and we all sleep well at night. There was something to do for everyone's tastes. It was perfect.
Jennifer S, aboard Catamaran Pentesilea II, February 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
Owen and Liz were the greatest. Very knowledgeable about their jobs and helped us anyway needed. We really got along great and that made the sail that much more enjoyable.
Liz did a great job keeping our cabins cleaned up and the ship was always neat and orderly. When we got rain at night Owen would run the AC which kept the cabins comfortable with the hatches closed.
Liz did a great job with the food. She added some nice touches to every meal that made it very enjoyable. The eating area outside was covered and was very comfortable for the four of us.
This was our first sail in the Virgin Islands so anything would have worked for us. The places Owen picked for scuba diving, snorkeling and nights were great and enjoyable. Owen is a very capable captain and we felt very comfortable with him in charge.
The trip went off without a hitch which is a testament to how well things are run. Thank you.
Cort F, aboard Catamaran Catatonic, February 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
I want to take the time to truly thank you for your suggestion to book with Matt and Melissa on Free Ingwe - what an awesome couple of individuals, and what a great team they make! They took care of our diverse group, and yet everyone felt like the vacation was tailored to them individually.
Matt showed an expert knowledge of the area and the workings of sailing vessels, answering our many, many questions, and was always kind and patient. Melissa has a very funny sense of humor, and is a master of cuisine, delivering a continuous cavalcade of delicious treats and sumptuous meals, magically from inside a small galley, and yet each night topped the last!
Also, both Matt and Melissa are accomplished divers - we felt really safe and very well-guided on all the dives, and saw some amazing things - my tarpon fishing buddies will never believe that I got to swim with a school of tarpon :) We also enjoyed the time at Peter Island - we were greeted with the most fantastic morning rainbow we have ever seen - I am sure Matt and Melissa ordered it up especially for us :)
Again, what an absolutely awesome trip - we will be back, and we can't to see our new Caribbean friends again!
Brett Z, aboard Catamaran Free Ingwe, January 2012 sailing the Virgin Islands
You guys are the best! We can't thank you enough for making the trip absolutely perfect - every one of us walked away saying it was the best trip we have ever been on. You let us turn off our brains and just relax and have a great time. Jody, we are not sure if you are capable of cooking a bad meal (your meals have been talked about non-stop since we left and Perry couldn't even button his pants on the way home). And Ian, your Jalapeño Martinis were awesome as well as all your other well-timed concoctions.
We also loved just being with you guys, you are a pleasure and a lot of fun. Thank you so much for making our trip and birthday something we'll never forget.
Michael L, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, January 2012 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Jerry & Dawn were more attentive and accommodating that we could ever have anticipated. We felt very comfortable were incredibly well taken care of throughout our week on Braveheart. Dawn and Jerry worked amazingly long, hard days touring us around and keeping us fed and entertained. We even had Jerry take us water skiing and wakeboarding, which was an incredible experience.
Braveheart was even more nicely appointed than I expected. It is beautifully laid out and afforded us all a very comfortable experience. Having four full bathrooms with separate showers was very luxurious. Braveheart is also immaculately clean and obviously very well maintained. Dawn and Jerry worked tirelessly at keeping the boat clean and 'ship-shape'.
The food was a highlight of the trip for all. All of Dawn's meals and snacks were incredibly flavorful and imaginative. They were homemade, healthy and thoughtfully prepared to take into account our group's preferences. The chocolate gateau for Mary's birthday was gorgeous, delicious and a very special added touch. We loved the homemade cookies Dawn made us for lunches and we came to look forward to Jerry's tropical cocktails before dinner each day. Jerry's napkin-folding sessions were a fun and memorable part of our trip as well.
Our itinerary was fabulous. We covered a lot of ground, but were always relaxed. Jerry and Dawn took us to many beautiful spots including, Norman Island, Manchioneel Bay, Trellis Bay, Mountain Point and the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, Ginger Island, Peter Island and more. We loved learning about the areas we visited, the yachting life and sailing. Jerry also took us ashore on several occasions.
Jerry took us on nine incredible dives. We really enjoyed the experience of diving from and returning to our floating accommodation. The lionfish-hunting was a unique opportunity to try to fight for the health of the reef ecosystem. The onboard compressor affords great flexibility. Given the space constraints of a sailboat, Braveheart accommodates divers very well.
Our time aboard Braveheart was a singular experience for all of us. We had the trip of a lifetime. It was amazing to be able to do so much and to visit so many beautiful places without leaving the comfort of Braveheart. We recommend the experience to anyone looking for a luxurious, delicious and active sailing vacation.
We were very happy with Sailing Directions' service and felt very comfortable with all aspects of this, our first, chartering experience. We will definitely use Sailing Directions for any future charters and would not hesitate to recommend Sailing Directions and will do so whenever the opportunity arises.
Heather P, aboard Catamaran Braveheart, December 2011 sailing the British Virgin Islands
Owen and Heather are fun and fantastic - they really enhanced our trip.
The boat was a dream - very posh.
More food than we knew what to do with - delicious and lovely.
Perfect itinery (sailing from St Thomas). Owen had a plan, which he easily changed when the weather dictated, or we had a request.
Heather S, aboard Catamaran Catatonic, December 2011 sailing the Virgin Islands
Petr & Tracy were unbelievable. I can't think of anything they could have done more for us. It was better than any service I've had in any 5 Star, 5 Diamond hotel. They were professional, friendly, unbelievably attentive (took me a day to get used to that level of attention. We have our own boat and often have friends aboard. I thought we were attentive but, turns out, not so much). It seemed like they anticipated everything we might need at any given time.
It was amazing to have one whole side of the boat for our cabin. Tons of storage, full height ceilings, huge head and shower (again, thought we had a big shower on our boat but this was bigger). Petr is also well versed in electronics so we had access to over 800 movies at any time (not that we ever made it through a whole movie). Tracy paid attention to our musical likes so it seems like if we mentioned a song, there it was.
AC was available if we wanted it and Petr would put up the canopy and hammock anytime we wanted it. We even slept outside on the trampoline in a lovely bay.
We have eaten at many high end restaurants. What we had on board Genesis was many levels above all of that. We were so amazed we took photos of most of our meals. Tracy took no shortcuts in cooking for us. Everything was prepared from scratch, the flavors were WOW and the presentation was nothing short of 5 Star. Rick even started calling Tracy "5 Star". We caught some Barracuda which Tracy (cleaned, filleted, etc) served us the next day for lunch. We had shark, calamari, conch, lobster, tuna, steaks, lamb and some of the most amazing breakfasts ever.
The scenery sailing the Grenadines was beautiful, the water was blue. Took my breath away when we came around the corner on the tender on the 1st day. Petr & Tracy took us to many destinations and it was wonderful. Anchored in the Tobago Cays 10' from turtles was fabulous. Petit St. Vincent has the most amazing boutique (oops, the Visa did get used). We did quite a bit of snorkeling, despite the fact that I'm kind of afraid of fish. Petr took us snorkeling with turtles and even took underwater photos of us. When we were leaving the boat they gave us a memory stick with 350 photos they had taken of us - fabulous! Also helps that Tracy is a marine biologist. Made for very interesting and educational trip. One night we had 20 stingrays under the boat!
Pam A, aboard Catamaran Genesis, December 2011 sailing the Caribbean Grenadines
How were your crew?
- Grant and Tara were fantastic! They accommodated our varied interests, kept the girls busy, gave us room if needed, and ensured we were constantly full with food and drink! The girls loved the diving instruction from Tara and especially the two shallow dives with the whole family. Grant kept us moving from place to place, but at a pace that we enjoyed. They even accommodated some interesting hobbies (geocaching)! Tara is a GREAT chef and we wish she had a cookbook we could borrow. She accommodated the one 'pescetarian' (no red meat) in our family while keeping the rest of us satisfied. She even cooked a turkey on Thanksgiving! We were very pleased with Grant & Tara and would gladly request them again if we sail again...
Was Swish comfortable, clean and well ventilated?
- Clean and well ventilated. For those of us from the northern climes, the A/C was definitely appreciated in the evenings. Grant and Tara kept the boat neat at all times and had to occasionally gently remind us of the rules (no shoes on board, etc.), which we eventually learned.
Did you enjoy your sailing itinerary in the Caribbean BVI's:
- By our request, we had no set itinerary. We took it day by day, but Grant had a general idea of where he wanted us to go. They were flexible to allow us more time here or there if needed, and were very good at keeping things going.
Were you happy with Sailing Directions?
- You did an excellent job at providing information as needed, guiding to a final charter selection, and managing expectations and keeping us on track for getting there. That is exactly what we needed. Trust me, if we are going to charter again, you are the first call.
Dusty H, aboard Catamaran Swish, November 2011 sailing the Virgin Islands
Soul's Calling was amazing, spacious, immaculate, we were comfortable at all times.
Our crew was extremely attentive at all times. Alex had a wonderful knack of knowing what we would like to do before we knew! He was extremely attentive and had excellent sense of keeping us all (ages 11 to 50) entertained. After hours of exploring / hiking the islands, our floating raft was waiting complete with pina coladas (virgins of course for the kids) and the night of the full moon Alex had our own full moon party waiting for us on the boat, complete with disco ball and Abba music ready for dancing on the deck! He was playful and engaging with the kids and extremely knowledgeable about the past and current history of all the islands. I felt that Alex and Bea had thoroughly reviewed our interest sheets before we boarded the boat and were completely prepared to provide us with the adventure of a lifetime. We loved every minute of our time in paradise!
Beautiful, off the beaten path sailing the BVIs. Alex kept us very active taking us to amazing places that only a captain with years of experience would know about. He was given permission by Sir Richard Branson to explore the privately owned Mosquito Island which we enjoyed immensely. We often had islands to ourselves and slept in bays alone which is exactly what we had hoped for!
We had a wonderful chef named Bea who was delightful and whose meals were amazing. She cooked whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. My husband gained 7 pounds while onboard! (though the flowing pina coladas may have been a contributing factor!!) Excellent crew who provided exactly the experience we were hoping for!
As I mentioned - food was amazing, fresh, healthy and nonstop - Bea was extremely attentive to our likes, dislikes. We were a bit of a challenging crew to feed as 3 were vegetarians and 2 were meat lovers - she kept all of us extremely satisfied and gave me many ideas for vegetarian cooking that I will be taking home with me.
We truly enjoyed ourselves and everything about the adventure!
Nancy Q, aboard Catamaran Souls Calling, August 2011 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The family had a great time. Weather was perfect and Ian and Jody were very attentive to the kids. Even had a chance to swim with a dolphin at our first anchorage. Had some good wind and smooth sailing. Very quiet anchorages and really not many other boats. Ladies were very pleased that no one got seasick. Normally I prefer bare boating but this worked out very well. The reason, I am sure, is that Ian and Jody were exceptionally well organized and their personalities meshed easily with everyone in our family. Not always an easy task.
Will happily recommend this kind of a vacation to all my friends.
Otto H, aboard Catamaran Yes Dear, July 2011 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The trip was awesome. Andrew and Kellen were great and treated us fabulously. They were the perfect crew for our rowdy bunch.
I would definitely recommend Ma Ha and Sailing Directions. Great job.
Landon P, aboard Catamaran Ma Ha, July 2011 sailing the British Virgin Islands
How did you find your crew, Paul & Ratna; were they friendly, attentive and accommodating?
Yes. They were both very responsive to our requests and had very good recommendations on food, entertainment and locations to visit. Paul's recommendation to use UBS for our scuba was great - Kat was a great instructor.
Was Sayang comfortable, clean and well ventilated?
Exceptionally clean and well kept boat.
Was the food enjoyable and well presented?
Yes, Ratna did a very good job with food. She had a nice mixture of types of foods and checked with us regularly if wanted to adjust our preferences. We had plenty to eat and drink, we weren't in need of anything.
Did you enjoy the itinerary and the area you sailed?
Yes, Paul did a great job of picking nice destinations based on wind / currents. Loved the islands we stopped at, the scuba and snorkeling locations. Eating lobster outside in Anegada with the family was a very nice meal out. A few walks and beaches were very nice mix of things to do.
Were you happy with Sailing Directions' service?
Chris S, aboard Sailing Yacht Sayang, July 2011 sailing the British Virgin Islands