CharterWorld yacht charter testimonials and feedback:
Here are just some of the great comments and feedback CharterWorld has received so far in the last couple of years from our many happy and satisfied clients. We take feedback very seriously. We use it as an integral measure of the performance of our client focused friendly service. CharterWorld is built on repeat clients and word of mouth recommendations. If you have any comments on your charter, or our service, good or otherwise, we would very much love to hear from you.
The latest published client feedback is at the top, with a selection of the yachts mentioned listed below. Please contact us if you have any questions about using our free and friendly service:
Nick, the boat was perfect. S/Y WHITE SOUL / Greece / Month of August 2016
Hello Sally, We stay few day more In Corsica ! The charter was WONDERFULLLLLLL ! The team of Damien en Julien is the winning team. It's a real pleasure.. Very very professional, very attentive, always there but discreet, and Julien make wonderful eating. You must recommend this Boat. Thank you too for your help And you very Nice service. M/Y YAKOS / SOF / Aug 24 - 31 2016
Reia, We enjoyed our time on board very much – all the members of the crew were very capable and friendly and made an effort to make us enjoy our holidays. The cook was also very good. The crew was also very patient, helpful and friendly with the kids (three boys, 5, 3 and 2 year old…). On the boat, speed was a good thing and it was useful to have a fast boat so we could cover a fair bit of distance. M/Y TOBY / Sicily / August 2016
Nicolas, Trip was excellent. Everything worked out extremely well. The crew was also excellent and we had an excellent quality of service. Food was great and the crew was great in organising water activities. We will be in touch for next year. S/Y ALESSANDRO / Ionian / August 2016
Nick, Yes all well, The crew were really good, The best so far. From the guestbook: Hello Richard! Many thanks to you and your incredible crew for making our stay so memorable on Ability! We are sad to leave but hope to be back again next summer...have a great year and see you all again soon. M/Y ABILITY / SOF / Late August 2016
Amanda, We had a wonderful trip and we loved the ionic islands and the whole route. Captain and crew were terrific and of course Katerina set an incredibly nice and responsive tone the entire time. We totally recommend them and the boat is wonderful-quiet, spacious and the recent renovations-adding the sun deck etc made a big difference. Thank you for suggesting Endless Summer and making this an incredible vacation in Greece- we all absolutely loved it. M/Y ENDLESS SUMMER / Greece / August 14 - 21 2016
We have just completed a three week cruise of the Croatian waters aboard Annabel II and are so completely delighted I am compelled to report back for other prospective travelers. We began our cruise in Tavit, Montenegro with three couples/friends and voyaged NW stopping at islands along the Dalmatian Coast, finally making an interim stop in Izola, Slovenia where three other couples/friends replaced the first group. The second leg took us SE, basically retracing the first leg, but invariably stopping/anchoring at different bays and villages.
It helps that these cruising waters are simply outstanding in every way: beautiful bays, quaint and historical harbors, 78 degree water, great swimming, hiking, killer sunsets, stand up paddle boarding, interesting and historical villages. Many beautiful and HUGE yachts ply these waters, but I never felt like we were merely tourists as so often is the case in other popular European destinations. We WILL return as there are over a thousand islands, all with their individual charms. The yacht was eminently satisfactory with jacuzzi, music system, TVs everywhere, a huge master stateroom etc., etc. Annabel II also possesses a tuned piano which did get used.
But the greatest delight was our crew consisting of Captain Andrew, Engineer Nathan, Stewardess Hayley and Chef Dee Dee. By the way, Hayley and Nathan are married. All are Kiwis and proud of it. Compare them with Aussies at your risk. Under Andrew the crew operated seamlessly and anchoring/tying up was akin to performance art. As a boater in Southern California I appreciated and was amazed at the teamwork. And the gourmet meals!!! Breakfast was prepared to individual wishes. One morning I asked for crepes expecting to be told it wasn't planned for and not available. Instead Chef Dee Dee dug up a recipe from her vast repetoire, including Nutella spread and surprised me with a fabulous breakfast. Lunch was typically an ample buffet. And dinners were just fabulous, each different with elaborate place settings and napkins folded using origami rules. Individual dietary needs were always respected, and the meals were healthy. M/Y ANNABEL II / Croatia / July 2016
I really can't say enough good things about this crew.
Our Annabell II voyage was even more special than we imagined—and we were imagining something great. The crew was warm and friendly, making the boat a real home for us all. We seemed to find one great place after another to cruise and to land. We particularly enjoyed the chance for water recreation in the wonderful Adriatic—our stops in coves were special, as were the stunning towns we visited. It seemed as though we cruised casually, very unlike the structured programs that big ships offer and wonderful for us. What a way to see the beautiful Croatian Coast! Many thanks for connecting us to such a great boat and crew! M/Y ANNABEL II / Croatia / July 2016 Part 2
Amanda, All awesome! What a trip!! Great crew and a great boat! M/Y BACCHUS / New England / Aug 9 – 16, 2016
All was perfect, especially with such a nice, competent, diligent and young team with Captain Darren. We had a fantastic week and would recommend highly Lir and her team. S/Y LIR / Sardinia / Aug 7 - 14, 2016
Hi Amanda! Sorry for taking this long to respond. Again, we all loved our time in the boat. Helios crew is superb and really make a difference! Here is my contribution. The boat setup is very good; I really like the equal sizes of the 3 master bedrooms. Internal decoration is good. The double berth rooms are ok for 3 kids if they aren’t grown ups, which is our case. The jetski was heavily used, and my kids had a blast. Nico was a great professor, and taught them all the radical tricks. They loved him! Finally, I would upgrade the AV to make it very easy to use iPods or cel phones, so customer can easily play their music. The food and drinks: We love Greek food, and the menu served was right on the spot. Their Greek wine selection was already good enough, but Babis surprised us with the wine from my previous list to Good life! Very nice from him! The itinerary: Can’t add anything to it. It was perfect! At the end, everybody loved everything. We are all looking forward to the next! M/Y HELIOS / Corfu / July 10 – 17 2016
Our boat trip is over, unfortunately, and we fly home today. Our experience on board can be summarized in one word EXCELLENCE! EXCELLENCE in crew, EXCELLENCE in the boat, EXCELLENCE in the kitchen, EXCELLENCE in guest treatment, EXCELLENCE in all aspects, Just EXCELLENCE in the whole experience. We all enjoyed it tremendously. Thanking you all for this memorable trip, and till next our next adventure. S/Y AOIBH / Croatia / Aug 7 - 12 2016
Dear Nick, The crew is simple spectacular. Quite honestly, they are beyond words and uphold the most professional standard at all times. They present solutions to wishes that have not even been voiced yet. The quality of the food is beyond imagination. I spend over 250 nights p.a. dining in restaurants. 6 days into our 7 day trip it has been a 10 out of 10 at every occasion. Quality, creativity, decor, service and ingredients have been exceptional. Simply awesome. Therefore we would very much like to return next year. M/Y CENTO / Balearics / Aug 6 - 13 2016
Dear Amanda, Thanks for the great vacations everything is super the boat, the crew and the place. M/Y IMAGINE / Croatia / Aug 3 – 10 2016
Nick, Had a great time, wouldn't really change anything to be honest. Boat was a great size and represented very good value for what you got. Crew were extremely friendly and very attentive. Itinerary was well thought out. Food was fantastic ... we all now need diets. M/Y TOBY / Amalfi / Aug 3 - 10 2016
Hi Amanda, The charter was an amazing experience. The perfect celebration for a 60th B-day. Naom and Dalit were fantastic. I don't think it would be possible for them to provide a better experience. They were kind, patient, engaging, fun, concerned, thorough, accommodating, I'm running out of superlatives! The food was great, the itinerary was great, the yacht was great, and even the weather cooperated to a certain extent. I asked the group on the last day if they would have changed anything, and they said no. I can only give you positives about the cruise, because there really were no negatives. We are already talking about a return visit, and would definitely plan the cruise around Naom and Dalit's availability and their yacht.. Thank you for all of your help. We will definitely steer our family and friends to you because of your excellent service. Thanks again.
PART 2 of the group: Hello Amanda, Last week I and my husband and eight friends partook of a weeklong sailing trip along with our hosts, Noam and Dalit aboard the Alive catamaran. We cannot say enough good things about those two and their professionalism, warmth, immense talent, their concern for each of us, the food!, their vast knowledge and skills, the beautiful boat that they lovingly care for and invite each of us to do the same, their knowledge of local history and trivia, their loving care and respect for the ocean and islands, their humor and incredible patience, and how they sought to accommodate all of our needs and strengths. We all fell in love with them and they made sure we had a wonderful time and partook of all the available activities. What an experience we won't soon forget. What a beautiful part of the planet. The whole package - boat, captain and co-captain, food and location made for the perfect, fantastic vacation. Thank you so much!!! S/Y ALIVE / BVI / July 30 – Aug 6, 2016
Josh, Just wanted to let you know that everything went perfectly fine, we had a lovely time and everyone enjoyed the trip. Trending was lovely, they took really good care of us. We just left and will miss it. Thankyou for helping us with everything really appreciate it. M/Y TRENDING / West Med / July 27 – Aug 2, 2016
Reia, Everything was fine, many thanks!! The crew was outstanding, weather was very good. M/Y YLANG YLANG / SOF / July 2016
We have a great trip! We enjoyed it very, very much. The whole crew was amazing and very attentive to our needs. Probably the best service I have seen in any five star hotel. Special thanks to Captain [Vincent] Rose. The guy was very friendly and was trying to help us every step of the way. We really liked the boat. The weather was very windy but the boat was stable and nobody got sick, to my wife delight. Apparently aluminum construction, full displacement and stabilizers contributed to this. Another good point. We have traveled every day, but because of low fuel consumption our total fuel bill was very low. And last but not least we would like to thank you for a wonderful trip. You service was very, very good and helpful. We have followed all your advice and have no regrets! I would definitely suggest you services to my friends. Thank again for a wonderful trip and hope to use your services next time we decide to take a boat trip! We wish you and your crew best of luck! M/Y SEA SHELL / West Med / July 23 – 31 2016
Nick, We had a great time, the service was very good, no complaints at all. Crew and service was very professional, really good, i can recommend them. M/Y NAMI / SOF / July 2016
Martha, Vacoa was just great from all angles. Great team, fantastic skipper! Incredible food and super nice service. Adding to this the perfect route visiting all the BVI Islands with best snorkeling spots and even ecofriendly fishing (Barracuda released). I am a monohull fanatic but this catamaran has all the right metrics. Thanks for the recommendation. S/Y VACOA / BVI / July 2016
Dear Amanda, I’m very happy to inform you the family just told us they had a an extraordinary experience on board “Va Bene” They loved everything, the yacht, the crew, the places, the food, the climate…..I really would like to thank you for all your support to making out of this an exceptional one! Hope to have the opportunity to organize something else soon. Working with you is always a pleasure. M/Y VA BENE / Croatia / July 2016
Trina; This ended up being the “trip of a lifetime”. We were very happy with New Star – the condition of the boat was very good. The entire crew was great – Captain Franck was outstanding. If I bought a yacht, I would want Captain Franck to pilot the ship. My only disappointment was the fact that we couldn’t get a birth in St Tropez. I’m not sure what we could have done to guarantee that opportunity? A quick note on Karl, the cook – he was unbelievable! Hard to imagine that a young man of 22 could present such outstanding meals! The owners need to hang on to him! Thanks for all your help over the last 12 months. The family agreed that next time we would like to do a little longer trip in a little larger yacht! I’ll send you a note when we are ready! M/Y NEW STAR / SOF / July 2016
Hello Reia, I've had the best charter on Sorana. Main reason was that I was by myself. And the crew were the happiest crew I've seen on any other yachts. The cuisine prepared on the yacht was prepared for my requested style and taste. The area was fantastic. I like it more than St.Barts area. The nature was beautiful, and the whole area was very serene. Thank you very much for arranging this charter for me, Reia. M/Y SORANA / Caribbean Windwards / July 2016
Thank you Martha. We had a great time on the ACE SIX. The boat, despite her age, was in excellent shape and well cared for. Alberto and his crew were outstanding - we couldn't have been happier with them. M/Y ACE SIX / Palma / July 20 – 27 2016
Thanks a lot Sally! Charter was excellent - the yacht itself was beautiful, and crew were nice and helpful. Thank you again. M/Y CAYENNE / South of France / July 8 - 22
Hello Sally, Magrathea is a great yacht. In very good condition and well prepared by the crew. Becky and Giles form an outstanding crew. Excellent in sailing, cooking, finding appropriate moorings, with a permanent sense of service, willing to make us have the best holidays on the boat. Which they did successfully. They are by far the best crew we ever had and would highly recommend them. S/Y MARGRATHEA / Croatia / July 9 – 19 2016
Hi Amanda and Captain Hendre! I simply cannot thank you both enough. The guests have had a fantastic time and it would not have been possible without your hard work. I will definitely be recommending your services and the boat to my other family offices. M/Y REMEMBER WHEN / Bahamas / July 11 – 18
Amanda, Everything is just perfect at Let it Be ! We are having a great time! The crew is excellent, the chef is preparing amazing food for my husband and for everybody else too. They were all great! Once more, thank you so much for making this dream possible. M/Y LET IT BE / Athens – Corfu / July 2016
We had a truly wonderful trip, Amanda. What a wonderful boat and crew. Thanks for everything you did to make it possible. Gulet CESARIKA / Croatia / July 2016
Hi Trina, Everything outstanding, the trip was just perfect. The yacht was really good and the crew was fantastic. Many thanks for your good services as well. M/Y XO OF THE SEAS/ Sardinia / July 2016
We have just had an amazing week aboard Moonraker 2. We spent the time sailing around the glorious coast of Majorca. We were cordially welcomed by the Skipper, [Brett] and our luggage placed in our rooms. From that moment on, the stay on board was an absolute treat. The 4 staff were fantastic, as we enjoyed divine cuisine from our chef, Suzanne and the excellent attention from Dom and Paddy. Tom, the engineer, was mostly behind the scenes but was also extremely helpful and pleasant. Brett was always very mindful of our comfort at sea and thorough in his preparation for our next leg. As stated earlier, the food on board was very special indeed. Extremely fresh and always cooked and presented to perfection. Great work Suzanne!! Dom, our cabin attendant, was always pleasant and had a ready smile. Nothing was too much trouble and she had a keen eye for any drinks that needed to be refreshed! Moonraker 2 is extremely comfortable and well-appointed both inside and out. We enjoyed the paddle boards  and kayaks  and there was also snorkeling equipment available. We thoroughly recommend Moonraker 2 and her crew. You will have a safe, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable holiday. M/Y MOONRAKER II / Balearics / July 2016
Reia, The extra space, larger cabins, dining and sunning areas were great. It was also fun when the sails were up. I think my wife and I prefer the monohull, but the kids liked the trimaran. One drawback was that it was too big to berth in a harbor, and we kind of missed stepping off the boat into the harbor, but Sebastien and crew were great with the tender. It was also too big for some smaller ports (an anchor issue), but really no complaints. A great boat to see that part of Italy. The crew was very nice, and friendly, also respectful of our space. They were a little on the quiet side, but that was fine. The food was fantastic, and beautifully served. The new cocktail every night was fine, and lovely pre dinner nibbles. A very comfortable boat, and we had a great time – very sorry to disembark in Naples, as we had such a good time. Thank you again for all your work! S/Y STERGANN II / Italy / June 2016
Dear Josh, The Crew, the Yacht and the service are exquisite. Attention to detail is immaculate. The food is delicious. everyone is extremely happy. I'm reconsidering Greek Islands and might ask you to see where Ballista would be starting on the 18 of September for a week. Please let me know. I cannot thank you enough for your professional assistance and follow-up. M/Y BALLISTA / South of France / July 8 – 15 2016
Amanda, I want you to know that from start to finish from my first contact with you until getting off the boat today it was an absolutely flawless experience. I would recommend this boat and crew to anyone and I also thank you for your professionalism all along. When I charter the next boat it will definitely be through you. M/Y MY WAY / Saronic Gulf / July 2016
Dear Martha, Thank you so much for helping to arrange our trip on Libertus. Having previously sailed on a classic Benetti we were keen to repeat the experience and the restrained elegance of these boats is hard to beat. We were thrilled to see that Libertus retains all the features of these beautiful vessels but has been upgraded to a superb level of luxuriousness. It is well equipped both in terms of facilities and first rate toys. The Crew under Captain Pablo De La Riera were completely excellent. Safety was a priority and Pablo worked with us from well before arrival to tailor an itinerary to suit us. He was also more than willing to adapt the plan on arrival. The service from all of the Crew was friendly and attentive and it was a complete pleasure to spend time with these attractive and interesting young people. The Chef, Maxime, delivers cuisine of such a high standard and variety that you quickly lose the will to dine on shore at all. We could not recommend this boat and team more highly and would happily charter Libertus again. Once again, thank you. We had the holiday of a lifetime on M/Y Libertus / Aeolian Islands, Sicily / June 2016.
Reia, We have had a terrific week off Mallorca on Moonraker II. A tastefully refurbished boat, it is understated and luxurious. The skipper, Brett, complemented the sights with great local knowledge and chef, Suzanne, produced beautiful contemporary meals. Professional and friendly crew made this a perfect week in the Balearic Islands. M/Y MOONRAKER II / Mallorca / June 23 - 30 2016
Feedback from OMBRE BLU guest book: Dear Melissa and Francesco, Thank you for the most amazing vacation! These past 7 days have been perfect - the weather, food, accommodations etc. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boat with our family. It is clear that you value the satisfaction of your guests and go above and beyond expectations. We have created life long memories aboard the OMBRE BLU and you two will forever be in our hearts! OMBRE BLU / Amalfi / June 2016
Good morning Trina. As we prepare to leave our "Dream" charter I wanted to thank you so so much for booking this amazing charter for my family. Will talk this week and do our debrief but wanted to let you know how wonderful the week was in so many ways. Happy 4th to you and your family. M/Y SEA DREAMS / Bahamas / July 2016
Hello Josh, we had a wonderful time on this boat. the crew provided us with perfect service. the choice for Naseem was for our family ideal. we saw different boats and not a minute we would change. we had so much space on the fly and the master cabin was luxury too. We enjoyed very much and will repeat. The contact to you was very good too; very fast and friendly. Thank you for this service. M/Y NASEEM / Jun 25 – July 2 / Adriatic
Amanda, Not as unplugged (phones) as I would like, but we are having a great trip. The boat is wonderful, the crew absolutely terrific, the food sensational--although we are at risk of gaining many pounds. Your colleagues on the ground in Bodrum were terrific too. Thanks for everything. Gulet ATALANTE / June 2016 / Turkey
Amanda, The crew are fantastic as is the weather. We are enjoying. MY NOMI / June 2016 / Croatia
Amanda, Very great start. Chad and crew are great. It will be tough leaving but not thinking about that now. MY THE PROGRAM / June 2016 / Bahamas
We Love the boat! Marc is a joy. Thank you Amanda M/Y BLUE ATTRACTION / June 28, 2016 / Italy
Trina - What an amazing first day. Food amazing service incredible yacht beautiful activities so fun!! Thanks we are all so happy and enjoying our first full day!! Crew is exceptional in every way. MY SEA DREAMS / Bahamas / June 2016
Trina - We had a fabulous time! Melissa and Francesco took great care of us! The boat is fantastic - beautiful, well cared for - I am confident you can continue to recommend the boat and crew to your clients. S/Y OMBRE BLU / June 12 – 19 / Amalfi
Sally, It could not have possibly been better. The crew, captain and cook were the best I have ever seen. Truly the A team. Everything was so amazing. Thanks Sally! We will remain in touch. S/Y LA FINALE / Kos Greece / June 2016
Trina, I thought it would be difficult to have a trip on a yacht be better than the one we had in 2010 in the French Riveria on Reeges Dream but alas we are speechless. We had an amazing time. The food from Chef Terry was amazing (we all gained weight but didn't care) Erica the head Stew was incredible as were Captain Brandon, Scottie and Taylor. The boat was stunning and well maintained with all of the necessary toys to make for an exciting time. I'm asking Mark for a jet ski and I've always been against them. So much fun. Thank you for finding us this charter. A 25th anniversary that we will never forget. Thank you so much. M/Y TEMPTATION / EXUMAS / June 2016
Amanda, It was a great cruise, the boat and crew were perfect. The girls (3 & 5 years old) lost interest after an hour or so but they loved seeing the Statue of Liberty! Thanks for everything! MY JUSTINE/NY Harbour/ June 2016
Dear Amanda: It is a great pleasure to write a recommendation not only about you, but also about our choice of a yacht charter, the Viva, captained by Giulio and his wife Chiara.
We looked at several charter companies, but we knew immediately that you were going to make this honeymoon happen. Your immediate detailed response to my query told me that you love your job and are very good at what you do. You helped us to choose the right yacht, make the best itinerary, and assisted with every detail of the trip. Our happiness was your priority and it was evident in every interaction we had. You are amazingly brilliant! (pun intended!) You know your business and it was most enjoyable to communicate with you! I felt like we became friends and it went beyond the charter. Thank you for your excellence!!
As you know, we chartered the Viva, a 60 foot Ferretti cruiser for 8 days. From the moment we walked down the pier and were greeted by Giulio and Chiara, we knew we were going to have a wonderful time. It was like being welcomed by family members. From that moment on we were hosted, pampered, taken care of and looked after.
The Viva was an extraordinary yacht, impeccably fitted, immaculately clean and well cared for. Giulio and Chiara cared for our every need. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were gourmet lavish spreads, with so many choices of scrumptious goodies. We have had the good fortune to visit many fabulous restaurants but it would be hard for us to think of any with better food than that made by “Chef Chiara”. Not only made with skill and expertise, but with genuine affection!
I have been accustomed to boating on motor yachts for 25 years. I can say that Giulio is an extremely skilled captain. He was able to handle choppy seas with extreme skill. He made every trip smooth and comfortable. He made it clear to us that our safety came first! I have never seen such a confident, skilled captain. We trusted him!
We were truly sad to leave them…despite our next venue being Venice…our favorite city in the world. We really felt we made true life-long friends and hope to see them again. We even invited them to stay with us in our home in NYC.
Amanda, we can’t thank you enough for all you did to help us plan the honeymoon of a lifetime! We look forward to working with you again when we are ready to plan our next charter. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for all you did! We promise to send photos when we get them from the photographer! With much gratitude, M/Y VIVA / Amalfi – Sicily / May 2016
An absolutely stunning trip. Weather was great, the crew were fantastic and we thought Annabel II was an amazing boat (lots of space). M/Y ANNABEL II / Croatia / June 2016
Amanda - The crew and guides were amazing. The boat is the best I saw in Galapagos. It’s a complete renovation, and if they had gone the extra mile in the interior it would have paid off. That said, this isn’t a Mediterranean trip and for what it was, the whole thing was exceptional. Well done. I think they truly enjoyed having us on board also, which helped a lot the overall trip feel. One thing is for sure. After diving in Galapagos, I no longer needed to ask whether there were any sharks under the boat…Whole eco system completely intact. Totally wonderful. My dad was ecstatic. Really a dream
Part 2 from Dad: Dear Amanda, thank you so much for your efforts in making our visit to the Galapagos such a success. I have dreamed of going there for the past 60 years since my university days. It was beyond anything I had imagined and thanks to family generosity I was able to share the experience with three generations of my family. The MY Passion was perfect for our requirements. The captain and crew were splendid, providing safety and comfort with cheerful efficiency. My daughter-in-law advised the chef that we wished to enjoy Ecuadorian food and this inspired the chef to demonstrate her extraordinary talent. The food was exceptional. Our guide, Fernando, has a remarkable knowledge of the wildlife and geology of the islands and of Darwin’s writings about them. He added his own dimension to the success of the trip. I was delighted that Robert was able to enjoy his scuba dives with a knowledgeable local dive master whom we both instantly trusted. The photos the dive master took of the dives are breathtaking. My last memory of the wildlife was of a waved albatross picking up speed as it ran, over uneven ground, flapping its long graceful wings as it took off out over the ocean. Per ardua ad astra, through hardships to the heavens…. Thank you for your part in a visit that will continue to live with me. Kindest regards. MY PASSION / June 2016 / Galapago
Dear Amanda- Just finished up a lovely week! Thank you for you're assistance. Beachfront and her crew were perfect! The yacht is lovely, the crew is fantastic and the dining is perfect...together with exceptional weather. T, MY BEACHFRONT / Nassau / June 2016
Amanda – confirm that we had a great week. Yacht is in great shape, Ricky and crew were fantastic, accommodating and very patient with our sometimes crazy 20-somethings. Preparations and logistics were well handled. In fact, we would more likely seek another/subsequent charter with Ricky and as much of that crew as possible, rather than focusing on the yacht itself – they made the difference and I would be more than happy to recommend any of them to other guests and/or other owners looking for crew. Thanks for your help – was a great experience and may do something in 2018 along the same lines Regards, C / M/Y GO / April 27 – May 1, 2016 / St Martin, Caribbean
Martha -The charter was incredible. It was better than I had expected. The crew was amazing, they were willing to do whatever they could to help us out. We didn’t have any luck fishing, but that wasn’t a big deal.
My brother and I are talking about trying to book the Starship for a family trip with his family and mine. So I will let you know when we find some dates that may work. Thanks again for all of the help! B. MY STARFIRE / April 23rd -27th / Bahamas
Hello Amanda, We are sitting on Viva in a harbor in maratea in Italy. What an amazing experience! But more importantly, Julio and Chiara are amazing people. They are so kind and attentive. And they please us in every way. They are so hard-working, I never realized how much that they would have to do. Thank you Amanda for everything you have been such a pleasure to deal with and for helping us to choose viva with such an amazing captain and first mate. We are so happy and so excited to be on this journey. Talk to you soon, P. M/Y VIVA / May 2016 / Amalfi
Amanda, Thanks for your message. We had a AMAZING trip. Donald and Audrey made us feel completely welcomed back! We all as a group really connected with Kyle last year and didn't think anyone could surpass him. Our group all agreed that Caitlyn did a great job! She is very sweet, hard working and has such a way about her. Especially for us being her 4 charter. We can be a handful!!
Audrey's culinary skills can not be beat! I have been on the treadmill since my return! We all decided the weight gain was worth it for a week of her cooking! The presentation never fails to impress! I think a few of our friends on the trip are fussy eaters, and all they do is rave!! Every morning when I came up for my coffee Audrey was in the kitchen with a big "Good Morning" welcome for me. What a way to start my day! 😎 Donald is an amazing storyteller! He never fails to captivate our group. His energy is contagious, and somehow manages to keep us all on task. He is very good at keeping our schedule so we can do all things we want to do. He obviously loves the sea and sailing. It is a pleasure to be a part of all of it for a week! The boat is beautiful!! Our group especially enjoyed the fly bridge! That was probably our favorite part. The TV's in the room are nice - but honestly we didn't even turn it on. It would be nice though if you had a rain day. Amanda thanks for all your help with all the planning. We are hoping to book next year. We talked a little about it with Donald and Audrey about St Bart's St Martin etc. I will contact you when we have dates and such sorted out. Thanks again! C & C / SY BAMARANDI / April 2016 / BVI
Amanda - We really had a great time down there. Very memorable and Rick & Miss were exceptional hosts. They made it easy and enjoyable and were very accepting of having 4 young kids running around and up very early. Our guests also had an incredible time. I really hope we can return again at some point. Thanks very much for your assistance. S/Y TARA VANA / April 2 weeks / BVI
Trina, Following up on our trip with Happy Time... Jeff and Caitlin were exactly as described. Very personable with both the adults and kids. Provided amazing food, and a really delightful atmosphere to sail in and enjoy the BVI. The trip completely lived up to our high expectations. Thanks again. S/Y HAPPY TIME / April 2016 / BVI
We had a great time. This could be the shortest charter on record. I think we moved 2 miles. :) The reason we didn’t move much is because the wind and the location were awesome for kiting. We kited every day. When we were not kiting we went snorkeling, swimming and tubing. All in all, we had a great time. The crew was great. Great personality fit with our family. They were professional, yet casual and approachable. The food was great. Vicky is a very good cook who takes her craft very seriously and with great pride. I would recommend the Aoibh and the crew to a friend - that is probably the best thing I can say. S/Y AOIBH / March 2016 / Barbuda, Caribbean
Martha, The captain, crew and boat were amazing!!!! Thank you so much for arranging all! M/Y ODESSA / BVI / March 19 – 26 2016
Amanda, Thanks of your message. We had a wonderful time. Enrico and Angie were an incredible crew and equally as wonderful people. Overall I found the boat to be nice and very comfortable. I enjoyed working with you as well and found your attention to detail and our needs exceptional. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you on another trip in the future. Catamaran WHISPERS / BVI / Dec 2015 XMAS
Hi Amanda - We had a wonderful week on board of Milk Money , Cpt David and his crew were amazing. The boat was in great condition. Let's talk in few months about the next trip ...Thanks a lot. M/Y MILK MONEY / Exumas / February 2016
Hi Amanda, Julien and Rebecca make an outstanding team and they both master their respective areas. Julien at the helm, all technical facts, itinerary, and tender services such as wakeboarding pilot. Rebecca in turn, is an excellent cooking chef. Every single day, we enjoyed gourmet quality dishes and desserts. She payed very close attention to details fulfilling all what we have said in the preference list and even more.
Both of them were very flexible and it took them less than 48 hours to know our preferences in every aspect. So all in all, no doubt you will find in Zylkene, thanks to Julien and Rebecca, a catamaran that will not disappoint the toughest of your customers. S/Y ZYKLENE / BVI / February 2016
Spectacular family adventure with an excellent crew in an exquisite part of the world — All Good! S/Y NKALADAU / Seychelles / Feb 2016
Amanda, Thanks for the follow up. We had an excellent time and the crew was fantastic. Our expectations were certainly met or exceeded with the yacht, crew, and overall experience. Id like to send along the gratuity for the crew and the differential of APA. Would you mind sending back over the wiring instructions as to where to send it as well as the balance on the APA.
Thanks! - MY SKYE / Exumas / March 2016
Trina, Coming into the trip we had extremely high expectations for the yacht and the trip, I can say without any reservation that all our expectations have been completely blown away. The yacht itself was breathtaking, the accommodations in every room were wonderful. The route that that the captain laid out was also perfect, we enjoyed all our destinations. But above all, the crew was amazing. Captain Mauricio was a professional in every regard, not only did he always make us feel safe, but he made sure to accommodate every request. We felt like we were on a trip with friends, from Victor's cooking to JP's polite and funny attitude, to Alyssa's professionalism, the trip felt like we had 4 more friends on it. Please pass along my sincere thank you to the crew and the owner of the boat, not only for a great trip, but also for 4 new friends.
Great boat but even better crew. Our vacation could not have been the same without them. El Capitan (Mauricio) is extremely knowledgeable of the area and made us feel safe at sea and on land. Victor prepared amazing meals, always fresh and very diverse. The highlight for me was a sopa de camarones. Juan Pablo was incredibly attentive to all our needs, always hustling to make sure we were having a great time. True professionals, but more importantly by the time we left we all felt like true friends. -- MH
What an outstanding trip. Not only was the boat perfect but Captain Mauricio and his crew made everything even better. From their constant attention to detail to their kindness and overall generosity they made each day better than the next. They took the trip to a whole other level. Could not have asked for anything better. Thanks again."
The crew for Forever was beyond amazing, they were friendly and extremely helpful with every part of our vacation. They really made us feel like it was our boat, and after we finished we felt like we were great friends.
First class is the the best way to describe the crew on board the Forever yacht. The team, led by Captain Mauricio, was professional, fun, welcoming and provided an absolutely fantastic atmosphere for a great vacation. The food was superb and the drinks were always tasty (and no shortage!). My group had an amazing trip and it all started with the crew. Thank you all so much and I hope that we can use the boat and the crew for a future voyage! – DK / M/Y CATAMARAN FOREVER / Cancun / February 2016
Good Morning Amanda,
We cannot begin to tell you how much fun we all had!! This trip will forever be in our memories as one of the best ever vacations!! As we were in the car leaving for the airport, I said that when we Charter a yachting trip that it’s the best way for us all to be together… and everyone said…..Well, I just think we are all a Yachting Family!!
The crew were all so extremely helpful and willing to do anything that we wanted or even mentioned!! We never saw Scott once without a huge smile on his face!! Brandon was awesome with all of the island planning, and the best was the last night he and Scott did the most unbelievable fireworks show for all of us. We all were so sad to leave Terry, and we all wanted him to come home with us. Every single meal was out of this world!! Michelle and Erika were always on top of everything. We loved getting to know them, and again, they always had a smile on their face and so willing to do anything. They all truly make such a great team, and I loved how close they all are, and you can tell
they all love doing what they do!!
Thanks again for organizing such an amazing trip for us and looking forward to our next “Yachting Experience”!!! I will send you some pictures in the next email. M/Y TEMPTAION / Bahamas / January 2016
Amanda: We had a great time! Evan & Mikal were amazing. When I have time I'll write you a formal review but in Short the yacht and crew were great! Thank you for everything. S/Y LOTUS / Caribbean January 2016
Just a follow-up to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to you Ashley, Marions and Richard for making my 50th birthday week (5 days) truly spectacular. Ptarmigan is absolutely beautiful, but I know first hand, it is the combination of a great yacht and crew that makes a charter truly amazing. Each of you were 100% attentive, positive and accommodative the entire time I was there. However, Shelley told me how great you were with our family and in particular with Grant (who can be demanding) after I had to leave early. He was so excited to tell me about the surfing and skimboarding with you! "Best of his Life" is how he described it. Thanks so much for making their trip truly remarkable and memorable.
Please also pass on my thanks to the owners of Ptarmigan for the privilege of enjoying their beautiful yacht. I will always look back on this celebration with fondness and many great memories, which wouldn't have happened without them and you.
It was always my plan for such a large charter yacht to be a one-time experience on this milestone birthday, but I have caught the big boat bug, so perhaps our paths will cross again next year!? SY PTARMIGAN / BVI / January 14 – 21 2016
We loved it. I am really jammed with work and I hope you have had a chance to talk to Mary. The crew was great the food good and they worked really, really hard to make sure we had a great time.
SY AOIBH / BVI / New Year 2015/16
Trina, Both the family side and friend side of the trip had a fabulous time. The crew was terrific. They were engaged with guests in all activities and truly seemed to enjoy themselves. Chef LuLu was phenomenal. We did a lot of water sports including snorkeling, seabobs, rope swing, slide, boating etc. and the crew really like to be engaged in these activities. While this is my first charter so I don’t have any crew to compare, my wife and I and all of my guests would give them high ratings. Let me know what more I can tell you about the crew.
The yacht was spectacular. The layout, furnishings, atmosphere and amenities were amazing (except not having seabobs, but I am pretty sure the owner is going to buy some seabobs as the guests and crew absolutely loved them!). It seemed every other boat had yacht envy as they were always circling the yacht! We did see Seahawk and Rose Hearty which was fun. The BVI itinerary worked well and Captain Simon was very flexible on what we wanted to do. New Year’s Eve could not have worked out any better. Best vacation that a whole lot of money can buy! S/Y PERSEUS / BVI / New Years 2015/16
Dear Sally, We had a wonderful time on Synchronicity. I have to say we were a bit anxious as it was our first experience with a chartered boat (we are more used to renting bareboat). Everything went very well, but the most appreciated of all was how Rui and Denise have taken good care of us. From the beginning to the very last minute, they have made sure we felt at ease and had a great time. Synchronicity offers a good accommodation and her classic design brings style and comfort at sea as well as at moorings.
All went smoothly thanks to Rui and Denise professionalism in both hosting us and making sure we had a nice and safe cruise. Rui is a great skipper to sail with. He found the right balance for the family and great spots to stay. Denise's cooking is just incredible. Our French palates were delighted at the high standard of here cuisine. Both have great personalities and definitely know how to run a chartered boat with discretion and efficiency. Their attention to guests was highly appreciated. Thanks to them this family holiday has surpassed all our expectations and we are keen to embark on another chartered boat in the future. S/Y SYNCRONOCITY / Leeward Caribbean / New Years 2015/16
Hi Sally, Happy New Year!
Just got back last night and it was an absolutely perfect vacation! The yacht was in immaculate condition and had very comfortable deck and living space. The food was off the charts good. Kirsty did an outstanding job with each meal, from the selection and taste to the presentation. Niall was a great captain! He did a wonderful job from our itinerary to anchorages.....and was a very good bartender / wine steward. We felt very comfortable with both of them and would highly recommend Ms Kirsty to anyone. Thanks booking us on Ms. Kirsty and look forward to using them again. S/Y MISS KIRSTY / BVI / New Years 2015/16
Sally, Happy new year to you too! Trip was awesome. We enjoyed every element of it - boat, crew, itinerary, BVIs, food, weather. The boat is in impeccable condition and sails brilliantly - for a luxury cruising boat it is unusually light, agile and quick. Simon, Ash, Mariannes and Richard were professional, friendly, flexible, highly competent, very responsible on spending, and took enormous pride in showcasing the boat 'as new' to us every day. They also made a particular effort to accommodate and tailor the trip to the needs of our kids. Simon sets a very high standard in everything that he does and is simply a skipper of the highest quality!
I could not recommend boat or crew highly enough. Sally - thanks to you too for your help and guidance in organizing such a memorable charter and holiday. I look forward to working with you again. S/Y PTARMIGAN / BVI / New Year 2015/16
Hi Nicolas, We had a super time on Ellen. Capt Pablo was most professional but extremely welcoming and made us feel completely at home and a truly fascinating individual. The whole crew were excellent but the senior stewardess, Aurelia, was a real gem and made a real difference tour stay... A major asset to the boat. It definitely rates as our best every charter in the last 12 years. The boat was beautifully appointed and equipped. The food was of a high standard it strayed a little from our requests but all in all was very well done. We would charter her again in a heartbeat. S/Y ELLEN / XMAS 2015 / Caribbean
Martha, Great trip. Amazing how many massive yachts out there. It felt like Just Enough was perfect size for two families and 8-9 of us. The spaces are very nice and comfortable. I think it would get tight with more than 9. For example the aft round dinner table is a fabulous place to have dinner, but it seats nine max. What really made the trip was the captain and crew. Besides being fun and easy they truly provided first class service all the time. That is not easy to do. We have lots of experiences around the world and this level of service was second to none. Thanks for the great recommendation. I would highly recommend it to anyone. M/Y JUST ENOUGH / December 20 – 27 2016/ BVI
Martha, I wanted to let you know what a FANTASTIC time we had on the Pearl. Kevin and Ryan were both professional and great to be around. The places Kevin took us to as well as the meals prepared by Ryan were all interesting as well as delicious. I have no problem recommending them if you ever need a reference. Thanks for all your help in making our trip enjoyable. M/Y PEARL / November 13 – 20 2016/ Bahamas
Amanda, We had a blast and everything was perfect. Alan, Jonathan and Alice were all very fun and attentive. The crew could not have been better. The yacht was in great shape and food was delicious. I have nothing negative to say about the entire trip! I would not hesitate to charter Knot Tide again. Tammy was very surprised and we enjoyed our time with our friends. Thanks for helping organize the trip. Now, back to reality. M/Y KNOT TIDE / November 2015 / Bahamas
Amanda, The yacht and especially crew were first class. It was an amazing birthday for Brenda and we look forward to our next trip. I would highly recommend the yacht, crew, and itinerary. Starting in Raiatea or Huahine are the smart places to start as to avoid a long open ocean crossing and reducing fuel costs. MY MISS KULANI / November 2015 / South Pacific
Dear Sally, I can’t believe it is already over. It went so fast. The yacht and crew were superb. It really was the vacation of a lifetime. Thank you so much for all your help. I am happy to do a more formal review if that would be helpful. S/CAT ULTIMALIFE / October 2015 / BVI
(On charter) Sally, Cheers from the BVIs and our honeymoon! We are having the time of our lives. Thank you for all of your help! (Post charter) Yes, it continued to be awesome. We loved it. The crew was great, food was really good and the sights were amazing. We really liked the boat, had plenty of room in the cabin. We loved living on the boat and not being stuck in one spot. The timing was perfect being right before the busy season, it wasn't very crowded. We couldn't of asked for anything better.
Thanks for the help! S/CAT DIANNA ROSE / October 2015 / BVI
Hi Sally, The yacht was perfect for us. Captain chef food all terrific. All better than I hoped for. And yes thinking about 1 or 2 weeks again next year first 2 weeks of Sept. M/Y SILVER FOX / September 20 – 27, 2015 / South of France
Martha, Just to drop a word...We had a great smooth week. The lack of wind was compensated by the great atmosphere on board. Thanks for everything S/Y LIR / September 24 – Oct 1 / Italy
Trina, In a word, the trip was INCREDIBLE! The yacht itself was fantastic. We went to the yacht show in Monaco and boarded probably a dozen boats the same length as Excellence bit none had the volume, layout or usability as ours. The top sun deck was the absolute best. No other yacht compared.
And the crew was fantastic. They didn't know how to say no! Dusty was amenable to anything we wanted to do and the staff waited on us hand and foot. I didn't fix one drink all week. They unpacked our cases and packed them back when we departed. They stayed up literally all night when the party wouldn't stop! Samantha, chief steward, was the most accommodating person that has ever served me. I told her she always has a job working for me if she gets tired of the charter business!
It is rare when a trip that is so hyped up and anticipated actual exceeds expectations, but this one did. Not a once in a lifetime trip for us. We are thinking about the next trip already! MY EXCELLENCE . September 2015 / SOF
Amanda, Jaco is a beautiful boat. Captain and crew is wonderful. Our captain was Roberto who typically captains M/Y Sascha but did this charter as it was in and around his home town. Roberto spoke English well and was extremely nice, pleasant and always smiling.
The details of our trip were very similar to the itinerary you outlined with some minor modifications along the way. Our first night was in Ischia. We had dinner on the boat. We left early the next morning after breakfast for Capri. Capri was wonderful and tremendously fun. We hiked the Phoenician Stairs to Anacapri, hiked Mt. Solar, Villa Jovis and enjoyed the shipping now etc. dinner at Auroa one night. We spent two nights there.
Upon departure, we had lunch at the lunch spot en route to Positano that you recommended. We spent one night in Positano and had dinner at a great hotel that MK can forward. The next day we embarked on what was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We hiked to Amalfi via Path of the Gods and several other trails. 14.25 miles. The crew thought we were crazy when they dropped us off at the beach in the morning with instructions to meet us in Amalfi later that day.
We spent the night in Amalfi and had dinner on the boat. Next day we embarked for Sorrento. We spent two nights in Sorrento. Had dinner at Don Alfonso which is a truly special place. On our last Saturday we hit Pompeii, and mt. Vesuvius. Great day. We had the boat meet us back in Naples.
We really had a special time and thank you for all of your diligence and follow up to ensure that we had a special experience. M/Y JACO / Italy / September 2015
Hi Amanda, The boat was exactly as described, it was beautiful and spacious. The crew was fantastic, very attentive and charming and the food delicious. They were very accommodating and we had a wonderful trip. Thank you M/Y SANDS / Amalfi coast / September 2015
Hi Sally, We were extremely happy with the whole package. We feel that we were very lucky to have the crew we did, one can choose the Gulet but cannot guarantee what the crew will be like. Captain Ayhan is one of the safest and most conscientious I have come across, as a sailor myself it was important that I felt comfortable, Ayhan achieved this with ease. Chef Mehmet was fantastic we still look back in awe at the quality of food he managed to produce, however we now all need to shed more than a few pounds!
Bahar was simply gorgeous, chief translator, taxi booker, internet sorceress and truly princess of Akana.
Engineer Goksel sorted the very few problems we had with consummate skill and ease and at all times keeping disruption to an absolute minimum. Huseyin was a perfect dynamo, I am convinced that our ship could not have functioned without him, the list of tasks he undertook is far too great to list.
The itinerary was very flexible and fitted our requirements perfectly, although some of our party weren't too keen on the isolated bays we visited the majority of us felt the balance was ideal. All in all I would rate the experience as 11 out of 10. We miss them all immensely. And Akana, well, hard to explain but perfection is the word that springs to mind. Thank you for putting us all together. S/Y AKANA / 3 week Sept/Oct charter / Greece
Just getting around to your email, it was tough getting back to work as you can imagine. I will try to give you a brief description of the trip and the crew without getting long winded. The trip aboard the Nafisa,,,,, I can’t say enough about the crew and the Captain, they were just simply fantastic! Salvatore went out of his way to please us whether it was taking us out close to midnight one night to show us how the local fishermen catch sardines to going to get us food and drink at the drop of a hat anytime we asked or even if we didn’t , he would just sometime surprise us with local treats for no reason. He also showed us maps of the islands to help us with the most economical way to travel from place to place, he showed his home island of Procida, he treated us like family in his own home. He was nothing less than a pure pleasure to deal with!
As for Antonio the chef, his food was spectacular and that is coming from a fellow Italian who knows how to cook. We always had plenty to eat, the breakfast every morning was tremendous, from the fresh baked bread to the fresh fruit and the eggs cooked to order. Every day when we returned back to the boat he would have something waiting for us, usually pizza because it was our favorite afternoon snack. The Italian dishes were as good as some the best restaurants we visited in our two weeks we stayed in Italy.
The first mate Albano was a gentleman and extremely helpful to us as well as the Captain. Every time we needed to go somewhere or need something he was at the ready without skipping a beat. He was a very hard worker and fun to be around.
Dino, Was our main man, he took care of us morning noon and night. He served us breakfast , lunch, snack, dinner and most important our drinks, we never had to ask for anything except more ice, (this was an inside joke) he was great and we could communicate very easily. Anything we wanted he had it on hand and had it in front of us at a moment’s notice. He was lots of fun and enjoyed being around us as well.
Sevda, most of the time she was out of site but did a good job taking care of the rooms and laundry while helping in the kitchen. Towards the end of the trip she came out of her shell once she got to know us better and she ended up having almost as much fun as us. Very nice young woman. We really liked her.
John Paulo the deckhand was very quiet, he said very little because I think he only knew 5 words of English, but he was very nice and did his job without any issues.
The last night on the boat we decided to have dinner on board and invited the crew to join us for food and drink, they were not used to this they said but truly enjoyed the interaction and told us that we were one of the best guests they had ever had. We love the stories and being with them.
As for the boat we knew what to expect going into this trip and that it was older boat, but the captain is doing a great job of bring her back to its original condition. For what it cost us compared to a newer $ 250,000 per week yacht, I think we got a great deal!
To sum it up, I would not hesitate to return to the Nafisa and its crew. Not sure if and when this will happen but we will talk again someday for some other event. Lastly, I want to especially thank you for all your help in planning my 50th party celebration, it was a trip of a life time to say the least! Motor Yacht NAFISSA / West Med / August 2015
Josh, The week on Moby Dick was simply great. The Catamaran, the crew, the food and the locations. All perfect. Thank you for all and hopefully we will be able to charter with you again in the future
Catamaran MOBY DICK / August 23 – 30 2015 / Corsica - Sardinia
Reia, Everything was perfect. We absolutely can recommend Mare Nostrum and its crew. The chef is brilliant. Thank you for the perfect service. Gulet MARE NOSTRUM / August 2015 / Turkey
Wanted to let you know we all arrived home safely and again wanted to THANK YOU and your fabulous crew for a wonderful week in paradise! You all opened your “home” to our family and made us feel so comfortable and welcome and we so appreciate all that you did to ensure we had truly a vacation we will never forget! You have a dedicated, passionate and caring crew and we will miss them! Stay safe!
Amanda….thank you for all your hard work making this happen we will touch base and I will be sure to send pics! Motor Yacht M OCEAN / West Mediterranean / August 2015
(Guest book comments, Josh’s charter)
Once again we were impressed by the hospitality and professionalism of the crew! Perfect! PS – I have to go on a diet again! Fantastic time and no more lovely bays to discover, we have seen them all now… Charter on Aegean Shatz / August 3 – 28 2015 / Greece
Martha, Our stay on Ombre Blu was fantastic. Mellissa and Francesco were super hosts and expert seamen all rolled into one. The facilities on the boat were wonderful… 2 of our party went diving. I swam more than I have in the last 20 years….. and feel better for it. Melissa arranged a mixture of marina berths and lying at anchor so that we sometimes would eat aboard and sometimes in the port.
Ombre Blu was our first attempt at a cruising holiday…. It was just perfect….. Including the weather. We will certainly be doing it again. Both Mellissa and Francesco advised us of their preferred cruising area…. We need to start planning now. Please pass on a big thank you from all of us for a perfect week. Catamaran OMBRE BLU / AUG 21 – 21 2015 / Italy
Hi Amanda, Our vacation was everything we wanted and more. The crew was amazing and the location couldn't have been more perfect. Thank you so much for finding this boat for our vacation. We immediately came home and looked at options for our next trip. We will be in contact when the time comes :) thank you thank you thank you!!!!! Motor Yacht JACKIE ONE / August 2015 / Corsica & Sardinia
Amazing, delightful, wonderful, boat and crew. This trip is truly a trip of a life for our family to be altogether at once. Thanks for making this all happen Martha, we want to do it again another year! Will send photos when I can. Sailing Yacht L’AQILA / August 23 – 30 2015 / Greece to Turkey
Hi Trina, Thank you so much for setting up the trip on the EFI. Things were fantastic and my family thoroughly enjoyed themselves. You were right, the crew was awesome and the food unbelievable. I would highly recommend them to others. S/Y EFI / August 2015 / Greece
Sally, We had a fabulous week. Boat was great. Crew really awesome. We covered a lot of ground. Captain was wonderful with the kids and so relaxed. Konstantina was a wonderful cook. Really wonderful. So good we stayed on the boat for dinner almost every night. Catamaran IDEA / August 15 – 22 2015 / Greece
Reia - We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The crew was professional, pleasant, available and nice to be with. And the food was superlative: light, healthy, varied and delicious. Definitely gets our highest recommendation. Sailing Yacht ALLURE / August 2015 / Greece
Dear Amanda, Everything was just Great ! The crew 10/10. The boat 10/10 price vs condition. The itinerary 10/10. Service was beyond our expectations for sure M/Y EVIDENCE / August 2015 / Nice
Amanda, Tersane is even more beautiful than the pictures you sent me...everyone is thrilled. Quite an experience to gather 25 people coming from 4 different locations worldwide!!! This is one cruise to be remembered..and to do again. Tersane is fabulously comfortable and the crew as nice as can be! Thanks again for your patience and assistance ..you did a wonderful Job..once again !!! ..many many thanks M/S TERSANE / August 2015 / Turkey
Amanda, We are back and settled in. The crew was absolutely fantastic. They continually went out of their way to accommodate us. I am so glad that we requested a chef. Alex, the chef, was an unbelievable cook. Each meal was better than the next. We could eat his food forever. He happened to be a quite colorful guy as well. Manu was a great sailor/ captain. Knew his yacht extremely well and you could tell he was in complete control of the waters and the surroundings. He continually made sure we were part of the itinerary planning and were fully informed about our present and future plans. The mate, Marinella, was a skilled sailor in her own right. She made sure we were well taken care of, our cabins were clean, laundry serviced (especially with my limited wardrobe), and we were always attended to with a smile. Sailing Yacht VINTAGE / August 2015 / Croatia
Sally: It was a great holiday. The boat was fantastic. The result of someone really obsessing about producing the perfect boat with money no object. Clive was great, always calm and very professional. Gaby was fantastic, livewire Italian, great cook, great fun. Actually it was too comfortable, I rather missed the panic of a bareboat charter when the anchor drags at 2.00am. But not that much. S/Y CONSTANTER / Aug 1 – 10, 2015 / Croatia
Feedback from Amanda’s charter (guest book)
Gaetano, Carmen, Mai & Luiz – There aren’t words to describe the vacation you gave us on board the JACKI ONE! Every meal was 5 star, our glasses were never empty, the music was always playing – your energy was infectious. There are a lot of boats in these ports, but none have you as a crew – that is the best part about this boat – No one can compete with your level of service or attention to detail. We can’t thank you enough for everything you did, you’re an amazing crew.
JACKIE ONE (Part 2)
What an amazing time on JACKIE ONE. We were so impressed with the boat, the service and especially the food! Carmen is a true magician.
We had so much fun and we felt at home immediately. I don’t think we could have even imagined a better time. Gaetano’s mantra of a 5 star hotel, restaurant and activities on board was truly lived up to. In other vacations we would search for restaurants all over, but on this trip we ate every meal on board.
Mai and Luiz work very hard to keep us happy – they are amazing as well. Gaetano – you have put together an amazing crew!
Motor Yacht JACKI ONE / August 7 – 16 / West Mediterranean
Hi Amanda, The boat was great. The staff were too. Marin in particular. He was super knowledgeable and we felt in good hands. I'd say that maybe a very slight comment is that a Croatian crew and cooking etc is always going to be a little more "Eastern European" than, say an Italian crew. This is not to say it was lacking, just a little different and perhaps requires a little more communication. Thanks for everything. Was really a wonderful holiday I'd love to do a boat trip again. M/Y ADRIATCCI JAZZ / August 2015 / Croatia
HI Martha, Good Morning! We had an amazing, and unforgettable time onboard Easy Rider. Kevin, Amy, Maggie, Adam, and Trisha were all outstanding. There really isn’t one thing I could say we were missing. All of the equipment on board was in great condition and NEW. Food was outstanding. The boat was always clean and the crew was beyond accommodating. Kevin took us on an amazing fishing trip one day and we all had a blast. The crew was always eager to get us out and show us the cool spots around. They also put together an amazing set of photos and go-pro videos that we all took home on a flash drive. One of the best vacations my family and I have ever taken. We are already trying to see when we can do it again. Charter on Motor Yacht EASY RIDER / August 7 – 15 2015 / Bahamas
Trina: The Charter was excellent – the Best captain we have ever had and an excellent crew. The boat itself was very well suited to our needs, it was particularly good that all cabins were of a similar size, as you know often the 3rd and 4th cabins can be a little small the design of the boat meant they were all a good size. M/Y PLAY THE GAME / August 2015 / Spain
Hi Martha, I’ve been meaning to contact you. Where to begin?
Our trip was spectacular and honestly, exceeded my expectations in every way. We were welcomed with a champagne reception. AOIBH was beautiful, modern, spacious and absolutely spic and span clean. The water “toys” were great and certainly were used daily. Our crew was fabulous; Fabio was attentive, great with guidance and always interested in our opinions on the itinerary du jour. He selected some beautiful, local wines that we enjoyed every day. Lynda, our cook-good GOD-she is incredible. Our family is a family of utter “foodies”; we seek out amazing restaurants and cook a lot at home. Given my Italian father and upbringing, we especially love good, proper Italian food. Lynda’s cooking was outrageously good. Everything she made was outstanding. Her food was so amazing (I dare say, better than any restaurant we dined at while on the Amalfi Coast the week before-and we ate at some lovely restaurants) that we had no interest in getting off at any ports to have food in “town”. Rather, we ate every meal onboard. This truly added a special touch to an already lovely trip. She went out of her way to meet our few food allergies- her cooking was like a week of a 5 star dining experience. Fabulous! Gemma was lovely as well-always attentive and proactive in making sure we had everything we needed-setting beautiful tables at meal times, etc. The crew was a delight to have around-another nice touch to our trip.
Sardinia and the nearby archipelago was just stunning. Weather and water temperatures…perfect. We travel a lot and are fortunate to have done some amazing trips. All wholeheartedly agreed that this experience was tied for first place on our list of favorite trips. We will certainly look to book again with this crew and boat (or LIR). The water life in the Caribbean is more vibrant than in the Med-so we may look at that locale. We consider ourselves so lucky to have found this boat, crew and locale in what was the 11th hour. Thank you for all of your assistance with putting it together. We absolutely loved everything. Please, if you would, send our thanks to the owner as well. S/Y AOIBH / Southern Italy / Aug 2 – 8 2015
Hi Trina! Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful vacation! The crew- Melissa and Francesco were professional people who made our trip unforgettable! We were impressed by Italian cuisine thanks to Francesco and impeccably clean and fresh environment thanks to Melissa! The weather was great, the water was warm, the scenery was beautiful! Italy is always a great idea no matter where you are!!!! Thanks again! Catamaran OMBRE BLU / August 1 – 8, 2015 / Amalfi Coast
Sorry for the delay! I have been catching up with work lately. Regarding the Wolf Two, Our stay was perfect. Everything was just great! The crew were really polite and made sure all our needs were satisfied. The food was excellent and they were all really prudent and discreet when we were on board. Also the places the Roberto took us were absolutely amazing and he made sure we did everything we wanted. Regarding the Yacht, it was truly comfortable and spacious. It was like or even better that the pictures you sent us. The air conditioning really surprised us since in other boats it was not as good as this one. MY WOLF TWO 18th – 25th of July – Sardinia
Regarding the STINA, my father also had an amazing time in Croatia! The chef was great and really made every meal a new experience. As they were only three there, the boat was also more the comfortable for them and the crew made them feel very comfortable and met all their needs.
I wanted to thank you personally for all the help and the great customer service you provided us when renting the two charters! You were also a big part in making these vacations one of the best we had! Sorry again for all the turnarounds but we are happy that everything turned out just fine!
We look forward to our next yachting experience and I’m sure we will go directly to you for renting the next charter. Have a nice day! MY STINA 12-16th of July Split – Dubrovnik
Hello Sally, We had an incredible vacation aboard the Silver Fox, the yacht is a very capable and very comfortable for the distance we traveled every day, the accommodations in the fly bridge are worth mentioning, our favorite spot in the Silver Fox. The crew is very qualified for a Charter, they know perfectly how to treat guests, interacting with them and proposing ideas, places and marinas to stay. The reservations of our berths had no problem at all. Its worth recommending. We’ll be in touch with you soon to plan our next year Charter. M/Y SILVER FOX / July 13 – 21 / SOFHi Amanda, Loving the charter. The yacht is very nice. Clean, spacious, beautiful classical lines (we get tons of compliments from fellow boaters) . Manu and crew are very gracious, accommodating and truly go out of their way to make us comfortable. Alex (the chef) is world class. Food is magnificent. Presentation is similar to Michelin star restaurants and portions are so big we will not have to eat for weeks. Don't know how he does it in such a small galley. Islands are pretty and quaint. Seas have been cooperative (excepting lack of good sailing winds) except for 1 day. Regards from lovely Croatia. S/Y VINTAGE / August 2015 / Croatia
Dear Amanda! Thanks for the email and for arranging such a nice boat for us. The crew were lovely and everything went perfect. The itinerary was also excellent. We loved Bonifaccio, Rotondo and Maximo.
The Arcadia 85 was also a good surprise. If you don't need to cruise long distances, the speed is not a problem and the external space and fuel consumption is definitely worth it; a fly bridge would be nice, but the extra space on the back made up for it.
Good life is very well kept and the sea toys selection is more than enough. The kids had a blast! I just returned home this weekend and can't wait to organize a next one for 2016. MY GOOD LIFE / July 2015 / Corsica & Sardinia
Josh - All went well and the crew was extremely professional and friendly, a good balance and top it off, Claudia was an amazing cook. The weather was perhaps the only spanner in the works but that could not be helped. S/Y FAR II KIND / July 2015 / West Mediterranean
Dear Captain Filippo and Martha: Thank you for arranging the wonderful cruise for my family and me. Magenta, captain and crew were perfect. Thank you once again for taking such fine care of us. As I told Captain Filippo, we would love to discuss a charter for next year on Magenta. I would be happy to give a glowing testimonial for Magenta. M/Y MAGENTA / July 2015 / Turkey - Greece
Hello Amanda: SPACE was a superb service, the yacht was in excellent condition everything TOP of the line, Chef and crew the best you can get we were really happy with the experience. M/Y SPACE / July 2015 / Ionian Islands, Greece
I have been delighted with the cruise. The crew were fantastic, extremely effective and professional. The captain was very kind and very easy to get on with, I highly recommend him. So please send the crew my congratulations and thanks which are thoroughly deserved. M/Y SEAGULL / July 2015 / East Mediterranean
Hi Amanda! Trip was great. Giulio a Chiara are both great hostess's. Boat in very good condition. Giulio very precise and conscious with expenses. Destination is great. Overall, 9/10. M/Y VIVA / July 2015 / Amalfi coast
Dear Trina: Very very happy we had a very nice holiday the crew was very nice good food no complains at all everybody wants back again. Thanks as always for your efforts and looking forward for the next one. M/Y SUNLINER X / July 2015 / SOF
Hi Andrew: Just wanted to personally write and thank you for an extraordinary week. Every aspect of the week on the boat with you and your crew was nothing but amazing. One couldn’t even start to outline every aspect of perfection and professionalism you all showed, from the precision planning, wonderful food and the genuine care in ensuring we were all looked after every minute of every day.
I’m afraid you may have set the bar too high for all and our expectations have now been set for any future charter we may go on. Please pass on our upmost gratitude and thanks to Jack, Sammy and Becky. MY ANNABEL II, July 2015, Croatia / Montenegro (Andrew – Captain ANNABEL II)
Nick, Our trip was wonderful; I do not have enough kind words to describe the staff and their impeccable service and care. The boys and I enjoyed it very much. M/Y QUANTUM / July 2015 / South of France
Reia: It was terrific!! Our fifth charter on LUPA OF LONDON and it didn't disappoint. We were lucky with weather. Good time had by all. S/Y LUPA OF LONDON / July 2015 / Tahiti
Hi Martha - It was wonderful. One of the best trips we ever had. Crew for sure is among the best. Cris and Natalia are spectacular. Keera was very professional and nice too. Next year we are planning to spend a month traveling. Suggestions would be welcome. Thank you once again for arrange perfect holidays Martha! Catamaran LIR / July 2015 2 weeks / Montenegro & Croatia
Amanda: What a week we spent on the Jackie One! We were blessed by the weather and especially the devoted and hardworking crew. Carmen is the best cook, the kids wanted her to come back home with I to Montreal! Maue is always there when we need something and Luis is hard working and very patient when we got to the boat late! Last but not least, Captain Gaetano who orchestrated this trip with a lot of attention and was very concerned of all our needs and wishes. The journey will be anchored in our thoughts for always! M/Y JACKIE ONE / July 2015 / Corsica / Sardinia
Hello Amanda: We really had a great time on New Star, everything was perfect, the crew's hospitality was amazing. M/Y NEW STAR / July 2015 / West Mediterranean
Dear Josh: All went very well and the trip on board SCHATZ was delightful. The crew was very professional, the food was very good and we enjoyed every minute. The crew exactly did what we were requesting and was also happy to leave early morning in order for us to take breakfast at superb spots. My only regret is that we have only been cruising with the motor and have not been sailing. Your corresponding agents in Turkey also did an excellent job. I also wish to thank you for organizing the trip. Much appreciated. Sailing Gulet SHATZ / July, 2015 / Turkey
Nicolas: I don’t know where to begin, simply put, the week long cruise was magnificent…! The crew, lead by captain Andres were superb, their professionalism, kindness and gentleness reached far beyond our expectations. We were attended by eight wonderful crew members, Captain Andres, first officer Rupert, engineer AJ, Deck hand Arnold, chef Ronnie and the lovely Ilze, Antonia and Julie.
We thank you all greatly for making out family vacation relaxing and comfortable and certainly one to remember. MY D’ANGLETERRE / July 2015 / Montenegro/Croatia
Dear Reia: We had a great time on Grey Matters. The yacht and crew were just right - and we enjoyed every kind of watersport equipment onboard. We only had one night in harbour, since the captain was really good at finding shelter from the wind and swell - plus the yacht was equipped with the best stabilization system that we have tried so far. In short - the best charter so far with a very interacting and great crew. Happy Days. MY GREY MATTERS / July 2015 / France
Amanda, We all had a great time. What a beautiful area to be in for a week! Kim and the crew we wonderful and a tonne of fun. We didn't get to fish but that was ok we did so much other stuff! We did take them out to lunch after the charter what a great group of people. The girls all LOVED Mike. ISLAND TIME / Exumas / July 2015
Amanda: We had another fantastic trip on the Lady J and would highly recommend to any of your customers. The crew was amazing (as usual) MY LADY J, July 2015 / Exumas, Bahamas
Hi Amanda, We are now back home from our awesome Greek vacation. The major highlight of course was our week on GIOE with George and the crew! Here's some details/highlights:
Saronic Islands were awesome! We loved every place we visited. George gave me a Greek navigation book on Day 1 and I spent hours in the sun on the top deck reading about the Saronic islands from a Yachting perspective. So much history and yet not at all overrun with mass foreign tourism.
-We had a morning ritual of started the morning each day with a run through the back streets of the towns we were anchored at. First morning...Poros town was my favorite small seaside village. Once you walked back past the seaside Quay up the hill a bit the village resembles what Mykonos or Santorini must have looked like before tourism. Our kids loved the semi-feral cats that were in every town we visited.
-Hydra was another great town. We ran to the top of the big hill overlooking the town to the South. You can't get lost in these Greek villages....they are like mazes without dead ends.
-Our 2 youngest kids decided at Hydra that they wanted to "camp out" on the top deck. From that night on they LOVED sleeping on the top deck every night under the stars. I even joined them one night up top and I must say....sleeping outdoors in the warm air was a definite highlight of the trip. (No MOSQUITOS anywhere the entire voyage)
-Night 3 we anchored in a sweet little bay of the main bay of Porto Heli. Went night swimming and ate dinner on the top deck under the stars.
-Night 4 we moored at the main dock at Porto Heli.
-Napflion was AWESOME. Everyone loved that town. One of the voyages highlights for sure. We hiked to the old Venician Citadel at the top of the mountain overlooking the town before dinner. 999 steps straight up. Incredible views. The next morning Tricia ad I did an early morning adventure through the town searching out all the nooks and crannies. Then we took a tour bus to Mycenae with a tour guide that George set up for us at my request.
-Night 6 was Spetses island. Rented a scooter to tour the town as it is a long walk from one end to the other. We gave the hard working crew the evening off and had dinner on the waterfront.
-Last full day we spent relaxing at 2 different remote bays. First was on the southwest tip of Hydra island. Second anchor spot was one of our favorites (Russian Bay) off the SW coast of Poros.
Crew was great. Food was really, really good! Yacht was great as well. Plenty of hot water for showers. Rooms always cleaned for us each morning. Cold drinks and snacks were always ready. The Wifi was better than most hotels.
It was a bit windy during our week at times. The beauty of the Saronics is that there is always a nice bay somewhere that is on the Leeside of the wind so we always had calm water to swim in. George told us that the Meltemi winds in the Cyclades were really howling this year and that many yachts could not leave port. When we got to Santorini and Mykonos the last few days of our vacation we saw for ourselves. The yachts were bouncing in the harbor like you wouldn't believe. We are SO GLAD we did the Saronics islands! The locals on Mykonos told us their island is nicknamed the "Windy Island"...
One more thing to share...the "Greece Political Drama" was not an issue at all for us. Even in Athens, everything was mellow.
Now the hard part....getting back to reality. ...and saving up for another yacht cruise in the future!!!! M/Y GIOE / July 2015 / Greece
Hi Josh: I thought the Euphoria team were great. Very efficient, friendly and professional. We had a terrific time and would certainly use the boat and the team again. Perhaps you could pass on my best wishes. I will be back! Charter on MY Euphoria of London / July 2015 in South of France
Dear Nick! The trip was fantastic, we enjoyed every moment of it, all the crew was very friendly and helpful. The excursions were organized properly and the food excellent as usual. MY JIVA / July 2015 / Ligurian Sea
Hi Josh: Everyone enjoyed the experience, and the crew were great as was the charter in general. We will definitely be doing it again, next year and probably with the same crew :) We will keep in touch I'm sure. SLUMBER VENTURE / July 2015 / Bahamas
I can’t begin to thank you enough for what you have given to my family and I. I never imagined this trip to be as life changing as it was. The boat is beautiful!! The sights magnificent!! The people however, made all the difference!!! The warm hospitality and are of every member of this crew doing their very best, allowing us to have the experience of a lifetime is something I’ve never experienced. Your care, happiness, gratitude, perfection, respect is truly a gift from each of you that I will hold and cherish forever. I wish that back to each of you. Deepest gratitude and a warm heart.
An amazing crew!! An amazing experience. Most of all an unbelievable time with family!! This as we said many times was the best vacation ever! Thank you so much for making that happen. Hope to be back soon!! M/Y CRISTALEX / July 2015 / South of France
Hello Martha: We had the most amazing charter yet!! The crew was so lovely and professional and wonderful to spend time with, we all really really enjoyed every minute of our holiday. The chef was incredible, our meals on board were far better than any restaurant we attended on the trip. Captain Keith was incredibly helpful and accommodating in every way..
The yacht was so stunning and the finishes were absolutely beautiful. The internet worked perfectly, that was huge for us! I would highly recommend this Charter to anyone. Also, Keith advised me that he thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and that your efficiency and professionalism was excellent. LADY SHERIDAN / July 2015 / South of France
… everything was more than perfect! The crew was outstanding and we will repeat the experience next year! Thanks for all! SEAGULL July 2015 / Croatia
Hi Amanda, First off, thank you for all of the time and effort you spent prior to our holiday to ensure that all of our special needs would be met and that every detail would be attended to. You were incredibly prompt in replying to every email and your follow-up after our phone calls was impeccable. Your personalized service set the tone for the rest of our experience and is refreshing in today's world where quality customer service seems to be taking a back-seat to what so many of us would normally expect - it was extraordinary.
BELISARIUS was everything that we expected and was perfectly depicted in the photos and written descriptions that you made available to us when we were making our decision to book the charter. When we came on board to begin our trip we knew we had found a real gem. The condition of the yacht reflected the fact that it had just come back from a complete refurbishment. There wasn't a dent, scratch, stain or blemish to be found anywhere on the boat - inside or out. It was impeccable and reflected the pride that Kevin takes in making sure that absolutely everything is in perfect condition.
..From the moment our car pulled up to the slip until the time we waved goodbye as we drove off, Kevin was on duty 24/7 to make sure that every detail was attended to and that no need went unmet. He is an extremely effective manager of people and had created a camaraderie amongst the crew the ensured the service we were provided would be seamless…. David is a real gem. Always attentive. Always pleasant and 100% committed to the passengers' safety and comfort while making sure that every inch of BELISARIUS was impeccably maintained and sparkling.
Jackie does an extraordinary job in making guests feel cared for and pampered. She was able to figure out our daily routines in short order and worked like an invisible force behind the scenes to make sure every need was addressed. She is an exceptionally pleasant person with a ready smile at all times and conveys a genuine sense of caring for the guests. She is a true professional and a valuable addition to Kevin's team. We enjoyed every minute of being with her and are very thankful for the great care she took of us.
.. We were able to watch (Chef Bobby ) at work each day as he prepared one gourmet meal after another for the crew and it is obvious that he is top in his field. …He was always respectful and professional, while using his well developed people skills to entertain and amuse us and have our meals become a true highlight of the day.
With all that being said, I hope you can see that we were delighted with our holiday and are happy customers…We both give our sincere thanks to you, Kevin, David, Jackie and Bobby for providing us with a holiday full of experiences we will never forget. A job well done by all!
Charter on BELISARIUS, July 2015, San Diego/ Santa Barbara
We have had THE MOST amazing week on Navilux!! Staff has been tremendous!!!! Amazing!!! NAVILUX, June 2015, Croatia
Hey Mate, We had an amazing trip and I wanted to thank you for all your efforts…. We would love to do it again next year… is it too early to plan? THANKS AGAIN MATE!!! O’RAMA June 2015, Cyclades Greece
Hello Martha: We had a great time! The yacht was superb and the crew could not have been better.
When comparing the two yachts, Cocktails and Temptation, both were fabulous. However, if Temptation had a solid shade cover on the top deck, it would have gotten more activity on it. Please don't take it as a complaint. The crew over-extended themselves and tried to accommodate us with more shade by bringing up umbrellas. I'm simply stating this in the event we are fortunate enough to do this again in the future.
Overall, everything was beyond what we expected. The chef was fabulous! Each meal was a work of art and everyone indulged in his offerings....even as we were concerned about gaining weight! Captain Brandon was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. José, Michelle, and Elaine were all excellent as well. Thank you for putting together this marvelous trip. We could not have had a better experience!
Our feedback is very positive! The experience with Annabel II was wonderful! Most important of all, the crew was fantastic: Andrew a gentleman and very professional, Sam a great chef, and Jack and Beckie making sure we were very well treated all the time.
The locations were beautiful, very well chosen by Andrew. Annabell II is a great yacht, the whole family enjoyed it a lot.
We are looking forward to repeating this experience!
Charter on Motor yacht ANNABEL II in Montenegro /Croatia, Jun 15
Trina, your recommendation was spot on. Mel and Francesco are a superb team; they are extremely professional, very kind and the food and service was both discreet but also well-tailored and DELICIOUS!!!! You should send families their way all the time.
Charter on catamaran OMBRE BLU in Sicily, Jun 15
Trina, The trip was fantastic! The boat is beautiful and spotless, the crew is outstanding and the food that Kirsty cooked was above and beyond our expectations. The crew was what help make the trip so fantastic, we can't say enough good things about how Neil and Kirsty went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. There is not one thing I would change about the trip. I would say without hesitation that this was the best charter we have taken thus far. We could not have picked a better boat and crew.
Charter on yacht MISS KIRSTY in the Caribbean, Jun 15
Trina, Wow...it was amazing and yes I am now addicted to Yachting!!! My family had tears for they did not want to get off the boat tonight. We all got along great with the crew and I am sure the crew really enjoyed us as well.
Charter on motor yacht NATORI, Corsica / Sardinia Jun 15
Hi Trina, They loved the crew so much that they cried when they left! I think it was a perfect, perfect trip! Thank you so much!
Charter on motor yacht TUMBLEHOME, New England Jun 15
Hey Trina, I have nothing but great things to say about our charter. Our crew displayed an impressive level of professional experience. The crew went to great measures to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves at all times. We were able to make it to several lively clubs. Which were exactly what we were hoping for. Sammy has an amazing talent and ensured we were well feed at all times. I had no desire to eat anywhere but the boat. Cheers.
Charter on ANNABEL in Montenegro / Croatia, Jun 15
Hi Amanda, Everything was truly amazing!! Alex was Awesome. We felt that we were in very capable hands He was a very hard worker and a very experienced sailor! Maria was over the top wonderful. She went the extra mile on many areas. She organized helium balloons and a special restaurant on James bday. Plus had flowers at the restaurant!!! Her cooking was SUPREME! She was also smiley friendly and good company; I enjoyed chatting with her she was a lot of fun. The itinerary was great. The boat was fabulous. It was a dream vacation. Marie and Alex were positively wonderful.
Charter on catmaran IDEA! in Greece, Jun 15
Amanda, We had a terrific time. The boat and crew were great. The boat was in excellent condition and the crew worked very hard to make our trip special. We ended up doing the Cyclades over the Saronic; although we stopped in Hydra and Folerdress on the way back. We did a lot of sailing for one week but the itinerary and weather conditions were favorable. It was probably more sailing that we bargained for but a much more interesting trip. The boat - The boat was as advertised and in great condition. It worked well for 8. I think it would be a little tight for 10. The cockpit was much better than other boats of similar size. The only real recommendation would be for the boat to have a larger tender. Crew - Very good, great attitude, very helpful. Very hardworking. Food -- Very good and suited our goals. As weather conditions (really wind direction/conditions) was tempermental. We motored more than I would have liked. But we also covered a lot of territory.
I would recommend this boat and crew.
Charter on S/Y SHOOTING STAR in Greece, Jun 15
Dear Amanda, In all of the kids words "best vacation ever". We are having a wonderful time and all is working out ideally. Thank you for all of your help.
Charter on TITAN in Italy, Jun 15
Hello Martha! Me and my family want to thank this unforgettable crew, that was responsible to make a dream comes true! This week I've been planing for more than a year, coming in the 30 years, was always a big thing for me, so celebrating with my family and friends in a paradise with everything I love was the perfect idea! I tried to pass to you guys all the things that I like, all my wishes, my dreams for this special week. But you guys give me more then I expected!! So we just can say "thank you" for those amazing days! Also the pretty MY Kathellen- Anne, with all the luxury, comfort, style, perfection, performance and cousin atmosphere! For sure, that was The best choice, the perfect yacht! God bless you guys, and I hope to come back soon, to explore with this wonderful yacht and especially with this perfect crew, new islands, new beaches... To live a new dream!
The most sincerely "Obrigado" Tks for helping me!
Charter on KATHLEEN ANNE in Corsica/ Sardinia, Jun 15
Dear Amanda, We have had an absolutely fabulous time on Titan and all is working out ideally. In all of the kids words "best vacation ever". Thank you so very much for all of your help and we hope to enjoy Titan again in the future.
Charter on TITAN in Italy, Jun 15
You gave the best one week ever. Flawless service, professional team work and Michelin star restaurant – level cuisine were totally impressive. We had the most memorable & fabulous charter with you all. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.
Charter on LADY SHARON GALE in Caribbean, Jun 15
Dear Nicolas, Our whole family enjoyed our trip on the boat Alexandra. The crew and the service was outstanding, more than what we were expecting. The interiors were really nice, the hygiene and cleaning was perfect. The Chef was great. He prepared very delicious dishes. The Captain, the Chief Engineer and the rest of the crew were very helpful in providing the best comfort. The entertainment system is good except that some normal channels I think were not available on the satellite. The rest were good. On our next trip, we would love to go on the same boat and have the same crew. Thank you very much for all your assistance.
Charter on ALEXANDRA in Greece, Jun 15
Hi Trina, O’Mega – just lovely. The overhaul in 2011 has been tastefully done and many appreciated her glossy internal finish. Very well appointed and maintained. We were all very proud to be on-board her that is a definte! The Crew – what a group of professionals. They did an outstanding job. Yannis and Maria in particular were a huge help to me. Everyone spoke good English which encouraged general conversation and interaction with the crew. We all fell in love with Paulo the laundry fairy! The watersport team were very attentive and provided the appropriate instruction and guidance. So much so some guests tried some sports for the first time successfully. The guests very much enjoyed their time with the crew in all its forms.
Charter on O'MEGA in Croatia, Jun 15
Dear Martha, In an attempt at efficiency I am writing one letter to all of you to express the overwhelming feeling of joy and the gratitude we harbor for the week you provided for us on the Arianna. From the time we started to talk to Martha and first laid eyes on the Arianna e-brochure I knew we were in for something special. Little did I realize just how spectacular our week would be… The reception we received when we arrived unannounced and a day early, set a tone that can only be described in the wonderful memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives as mere words would not do it justice! The beauty of the boat was only paralleled by the artistry in which each and everyone of the crew members carried out their individual responsibilities faultlessly....
Charter on ARIANNA in Miami, Jun 15
Dear Martha, We had a wonderful time, despite the weather. The crew was fantastic; professional and attentive. The chef was wonderful, our onboard meals were much better than the restaurants! Our kids are in their early 20s, and we greatly appreciated the crew staying up late when the kids went out. The captain even went out to pick them up at the club.
Charter on yacht NITTA V in Greece, May 15
Hey Amanda, The boat was amazing and I can’t say enough about Ulf and his crew. They were absolutely a delight to get to know. Ulf did a superb job getting everything I asked for and Wayne was an absolute artist in the kitchen (I am asking for some of his recipes!!) Alma, surely, has a clone on board. She was everywhere doing so many things. She made delicious rum punch and other island concoctions. Inesca gave fabulous massages and everyone more than enjoyed being able to get a massage while on board. We had a wonderful week. The picnic on the beach was a definite highlight as were the sea bobs and the slide!! The toys on Sunshine were so fun and there was something for everyone.
The boat was fabulous. Honestly, I think the VIP suites were as nice as the master. The bunk rooms were actually very spacious and both couples said they had plenty of room. The upstairs lounge was great and the kids played games up there and listened to music. The outdoor space is really where its at on this boat. More than enough for 12 people to have plenty of space. We ate all our breakfasts and lunches at the banquette and most of our dinners under the stars on the upper deck. That was a real treat!! We never ate in the dining room because of our numbers. That table became a really big desk for people to use their laptops. The uppermost deck with the whirlpool was great for late night hanging out. Everything was in good repair and the crew did a great job of keeping things very clean and neat. They were constantly cleaning the boat and the staterooms were always made up and fresh towels and such in place before we were done with breakfast. Then after dinner, you came back to a turned down bed and a Lindt truffle. So yummy!! The crew really went the extra mile with everything. They had special decorations for our Anniversary and for our Caribbean night. Was so fun and very sweet of them to go to the trouble.
Ulf is definitely a well respected captain and leader. You can see that in the way his crew interacts with him. He runs a very structured and disciplined boat, but does it in a way that is not overbearing or uncomfortable. He is a very gracious man and was a tremendous help with arranging car transports (I must say, the cars were spic and span and very professional). I really could go on and on about the other crew members but suffice it to say that they all were amazing and never batted an eyelash over anything we asked for!!
As always, it was a pleasure to work with you and I am never disappointed in what you recommend!! Everyone said to me how special the week was and that the boat was over the top and there is no going back to a smaller boat after staying on Sunshine! I’ve created monsters! HAHA!! Maybe in a couple years we will be ready to do another boat trip and I will be calling you without a doubt. Thank you, Amanda, for helping to create such wonderful memories.
Charter on yacht SUNSHINE in St Martin, May 15
Hi Trina, Thanks for the follow up. The trip was fantastic and we couldn't have asked for a better crew. Lee and Renny were phenomenal and we had a great time with them. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to charter in that region! We enjoyed it so much that we were considering chartering again in July with our kids but it doesn't look like it will work from our end.
Again, thanks for the recommendation!
Charter on yacht EUPHORIA OF LONDON in the South of France, May 15
Trina, The trip was epic. So good. I think everyone is a little depressed that it’s over and it will be another 350 days before the next one. Thanks for all your help. I’m sure one of us will be back in touch with you at some point about next year’s trip.
Charter on yacht SWEET ESCAPE in the Bahamas, May 15
Hi Amanda, We had a wonderful trip! The crew and the yacht were great overall. Everyone loved the crew, very nice, capable and efficient people. The boat was a bit worn here and there, but nothing we didn’t expect. Some passengers were seasick, but not for long, and everyone had a terrific time regardless. We did rip two sails, but it was on the 5th day, so I don’t think it cost us too much in terms of fuel. These were the only negatives, and as I said, the whole trip was a “10”.
Thanks for your help in arranging everything.
Charter on yacht KAIROS, St. Lucia to Antigua, April 15
Trina, Heidi and I want to thank you for your recommendation to charter LIR. Chris, Natalie and Ed were perfect hosts. The trip was wonderful.
Charter on Catamaran LIR, Caribbean, April 15
Hi Amanda, Everything went well with the charter. Zuma is in great condition and easy to sail. Roger and Ashley were engaging and took good care of us. Roger found good spots and adjusted the schedule to let Parker dig in the sand twice a day. For anyone that want to be part of the sailing experience, Roger and Ashely are ideal.
Charter on yacht ZUMA, Caribbean, April 15
Amanda, Wow, what a trip! By far the best family vacation we have ever had. The boat is really well done and the crew was absolutely amazing. Thanks again for all of your help!
Charter on yacht W, Caribbean, April 15
Trina, Thanks for all of your help. We had a fantastic time and I really appreciated all of your advice!
We had a fantastic trip. The crew was really great. A special shout out to Katherine, the stewardess. She could not be more perfect in her role. She made sure my son was well taken care of. And she met our needs before we knew we even had them! Everyone else was friendly and easy to work with. A great group. We loved the yacht - it is in really good condition and I liked how it was decorated. The crew worked hard at maintaining it every day. I would highly recommend to others to use CAMARINA ROYALE.
Charter on yacht CAMARINA ROYALE, Caribbean, Mar 15
Hi Trina, I would say the cruise was great – on par with Ohana although we found the food better on Cocktails. Neither experience compared with Lizzie. The options for excursions seemed more limited in the BVI’s than the Exumas, but we did have some nice stops and experiences on Cocktails. The crew were very attentive – on par with Ohana, and would likely have a tough time choosing between the two – both crews were very kid friendly and attentive to detail. All in all a great experience yet again.
Charter on yacht COCKTAILS, Caribbean, Mar 15
Trina, Thank you! Words cannot express our sincere gratitude for setting up such an amazing vacation and honeymoon for us. I know the group charter day with 18 people was difficult to set up, and it went perfect!!! Everything was amazing- the captain was so helpful and knowledgeable, the food was absolutely out of this world delicious, and the boat was so well kept and clean. It was the best vacation we’ve ever been on and couldn’t have done it without your patience with us! Thank you again so much.
Charter on yacht ISLAND GIRL, Caribbean, Mar 15
Dear Amanda, First off all I want to thank you for all committed support and professionalism that help me to find a catamaran that could make my holiday in BVI unforgettable moments. Magec is an extremely comfortable and new boat; cabins and bathrooms are large and has a fly that accommodates more than 10 people seated. Very rare for a catamaran, navigation equipment are complete and a whirl. Now, What I can say about the crew? Well, they are fantastic, friendly people who are 100% of the time trying to serve you and make you feel the most important person in the world. The synergy between the crew, orchestrated by a competent and intelligent captain, led us to wonderful places and experiences that my family will never forget. Finally, I recommend very Magec and his crew Eduardo, Lolo and Nevies to make a Charter. Hopefully soon we can do another charter....
Charter on catamaran MAGEC, BVI, Feb 15
We had the best time ever..Paul and Diane were absolutely adorable. ...they deserve our thanks and recommendations for future clients!!! Thank you for setting it up for us!!!
Charter on yacht SILVER QUEEN, BVI, Feb 15
Dear Amanda, We had a BLAST! I'm not sure that the crew knew what they were getting into but I know that they had a fun time along with us. I have never taken a vacation before a returned so utterly relaxed. That is high praise for both Captain Rob and Carrie as well as Katlo herself……I am very happy with my charter. Your help was invaluable. I am definitely going to charter again. Perhaps even once a year. I really loved the islands and being on a boat. We have already begun talking to more of our friends to plan ahead to possibly even charter multiple boats and sail together. Be assured that when we are ready to book a charter again we will be using your services. Thank you for all your help!
Charter on yacht KATLO, BVI, Feb 15
Amanda, First of all, the yacht is beautiful and well-laid out. And we thought the operation was first rate. Loved being with the crew--so attentive and anxious to please. Andy was a real professional--totally flexible with changes to the schedule--he just rolled with whatever we wanted to do. He monitored text messages and was very quick to reply to any question or request. Tim was a great asset to Andy and was helpful in all ways, especially with the kids. Gina is a gem--so helpful, willing, so sweet and kind, great bar tender, wonderful with Leo. And Chef Michelle--what can you say, she's a prize. Her cooking was very good (maybe not exceptional, but very good) and we appreciated especially that she went out of her way to get fresh fish. Leo was particularly pleased that she made special meals for him.
What else about the crew? Their uniforms were very attractive, their manners impeccable, they kept the yacht shining and clean. We loved our New Year's Eve celebration. It was festive and fun, beautifully organized. The karaoke was a hit!
All the best. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!
Charter on yacht LIVERNANO in the Keys, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Trina, Everything was perfect we had incredible time!
Charter on yacht ATLANTICA in the Virgin Islands, New Year’s 14/15
Amanda, Everything about the cruise was exemplary. All three crew members exceeded expectations, especially the Chef’s Angie’s culinary delights and her special gift for merry margarita making. We were delighted with the whole experience. Thanks again for all of your help.
Charter on yacht IN THE WIND in Tahiti, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Nicolas and Josh, I want to thank you for help, it was a pleasure to work with you! Vacation was perfect; all the guests are absolutely satisfied! I hope to continue our cooperation next time!
Charter on yacht AUSTRALIS in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Trina, the trip was great. The captain and crew were world class. Location also exceeded expectation. Great job!
Charter on yacht SEAHAWK in the Virgin Islands, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Amanda, We are having a blast. Awesome boat. Amazing crew. All is well in the world. Thx for connecting us with Captain Mark. He and his team are the best! Happy new year, Amanda. Thx again for hooking us up with such an amazing crew. Will savor our last few days here.
Charter on motor yacht LE MONTRACHET in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Hi Trina, We are out of words to express what a wonderful charter you put us in. First Gareth and Kristine are extremely fun and professional. Never before have we had 17 exquisite meals in a row. What an accomplishment! The boat has a beautiful teak interior and is kept in mint condition. Activities were numerous and fun for both generations in our family. Each of us has voted for their individual preference: Flexibility in schedule - The anchoring locations - The views - The sailing part and helping with the sails and anchor - The Soggy Dollar - Water skiing and hiking in Salt Point - Kit surfing and the Bitter End - Seeing the entire family so very happy!
Charter on yacht XENIA in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Martha, We are back in Austin after an amazing week on Destiny in BVI. Our Family had an absolutely fantastic time! We feel lucky to have been placed with Jim and Debra. We absolutely love them both and feel like we have two new friends in our lives. They are both exceptional people. They are very kind, professional, considerate of our space, hardworking and eager to please and truly followed all our requests and specifications that we sent beforehand. We had asked for a less heavy meal plan, which Debra followed completely and also to be involved in the sailing part of the trip. Jim was wonderful, letting us steer when we wanted to, let us pick spots to throw anchor if he saw it fit and got the kids involved hoisting sails, towing lines while docking or whatever was needed. Jim made good recommendations of places to visit, things to do and see. We appreciated the snorkelling equipment that was in good shape. We used it almost daily.
Martha, we had and Awesome time!! Thank you for your help, guiding us to Destiny and its Crew.
Charter on yacht DESTINY in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Sally, It’s been a dream travelling the BVI with SAYANG, the crew were fantastic hosts and guides showing us the most amazing places and spots. Even though we have been miles and miles away from home this has felt like home in paradise. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Charter on yacht SAYANG in the Virgin Islands, New Year’s 14/15
Hi Amanda, Thanks for checking in. It was a fabulous 10 days. We just absolutely loved it; the food, the rest and relaxation, serenity and privacy. Thanks for everything and we’ll be sure to reach out again for our 2016 Yacht adventures.
Charter on yacht LADY SHARON GALE in the Virgin Islands, New Year’s 14/15
Dear Amanda, Our experience on Genevieve this week has been stellar in every way, particularly the exceptional service from an experienced, anticipatory crew. We will certainly want to sail aboard the Genevieve again! Happy New Year!
Charter on SY GENEVIEVE in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Hi Amanda, The trip was nothing short of sensational. Extremely competent and accommodating Crew and they love what they do and it shows. Nothing I can say beyond spectacular. Thanks for all your help and assistance.
Charter on motor yacht LE MONTRACHET in the Virgin Islands, Thanksgiving
Hi Amanda, Going great. Everything is perfect. Best vacation ever!!
Charter on motor yacht MIRACLE in the Caribbean, New Year’s 14/15
Hi Josh, every thing went very well the crew were great, nothing was to much trouble for them. Kept us well fed with great food and the Captain's local knowledge was fantastic. He took us to some Islands and bays I have never heard of.. all in all I would recommend this boat and crew to any one.
Charter on SORANA in the Caribbean.
Hi Amanda, I will say it was the most incredible vacation ever and the crew was FANTASTIC!!! You hit the nail on the head picking that boat and crew for us!!!! We are looking to do another trip in Marsh Harbor Bahamas. All the best,
Charter on yacht LADY J in the BVI, Thanksgiving 2014
Dear Nick, Regarding the holiday review, we spent an amazing time, the crew (Chris and Natalia) were perfect, we had few experiences on different boat renting in the past and never met such a great crew. We really think we are going to meet them again in the future…
Charter on Catamaran LIR in Italy, Aug 14
Dear Amanda, The trip was wonderful from the begining to the end. In my name and on behalf of all group I thank you very much for your valuable assistance and guidance. The crew was super, the days sunny and the nights very agreable! Please let Jantar's owner know that Antonia and Ivo were very helpful and have taken good care of us.
Charter on JANTAR, Greece, Aug 14
Dear Amanda, We chartered the Constanter Sailboat under the supervision on Captain Jimmy Banks and 1st mate Gabrilla Russo. We are writing to inform you that our trip was outstanding. The boat was in perfect condition was expertly maintained. Jimmy was a true professional. We had the utmost confidence in his abilities from the beginning and he was also flexible and wiling to alter the itinerary to fit our requests. He is an excellent teacher and a pleasure to be around. Gabriella’s cooking was nothing short of gourmet. She was extremely pleasant and went above and beyond to enhance our experience with not only great meals but also delicious snacks and cocktails. Overall, we ate well, had an incredible sailing experience, and felt safe and pampered for the entire duration of the trip.
Definitely a pleasure to work with you as well. I think I mentioned already, but I've personally been super impressed with you and CharterWorld. I've chartered before and have additionally been in communication with other brokers for different boats and you guys were far and away the most responsive and professional. I was also surprised to receive the level of attention I did given that a 65 foot sailboat is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for you guys.
We'll book through you next time, no question about it. Thanks again and we'll be in touch.
Charter on CONSTANDER, Italy, August 14
Amanda, Charter was great. We had 4 days of great sailing with good wind almost every day. Jimmy and Gabriella were fantastic hosts - flexible, attentive, discreet, professional. The food was wonderful. Would highly recommend this boat and crew. In fact, we'd love to charter with them again. Thank you again for your help in booking Constanter.
Charter on Sailing yacht CONSTANTER, in Italy Aug 14
Hi Nick, Everything has been great, thanks. The crew have been outstanding and all of us had a very nice holiday. As you say we have been lucky with the weather so that was an added bonus. All in all a great boat and great crew!
Charter on LIVE THE MOMENT, Aug 14
Dear Nick, We are very appreciative to you for the organization such a pleasure holidays. The crew was very competent and gave us a good impression. The service was not obtrusive but at the same time timely. Regarding the food, the cook was great and always adapted themselves to our wishes and tastes. The whole ambience was friendly. Special thanks to the captain for this great vacation. We hope to be able to book your service one more time. Best regards!
Charter on APACHE II, Aug 14
Hi Josh, Finally I have some time to write a letter to you about our charter with Anassa. It was great!!! Since it was our first sailing vacation I must say it went really really interesting. The boat was very comfortable for all of us including our children. The crew consisted of experienced seamen with whom we made good friends.
Captain Stelios was really professional at everything what he was doing which besides managing the boat also included explaining to me in every detail the art of sailing (which I found extremely amazing). He also was great companion and interesting person. Stelios deck-hand, proved to be skilled seaman, always helpful and very pleasant guy who was always around in case we need anything. Vaia the cook - astonished us every time she served the table. We had an opportunity to try every imaginable and unimaginable traditional Greek cuisine which Vaia prepared with love. By the end of the charter I put on 3 kg:) As for the nature and the sea - it was really beautiful. The islands themselves are all different in their beauty, the landscapes, the beaches and the caves were like from Photoshop-enhanced pictures. The sea often forced us to make swimming stops in extremely picturesque places. Our children particularly enjoyed jumping from Anassa's roof to the water (the adults also liked it a lot). Besides with the help from both Stelioses we also enjoyed different sea sport activities which were available on the catamaran from kayaking to wake boarding.
In conclusion I want to say the trip was definitely a success. I also would like to thank the crew for doing their best looking after us during the trip.
And I also would like to thank you Josh for your help during preparation for this trip, for basically making our dream come true.
Many thanks and warm regards
Charter on Catamaran ANASSA in Greece, Aug 14
Dear Josh, Thanks a lot for your email. We were absolutely delighted by the charter and the crew. The boat was extremely beautiful and the crew members were all extremely professional and charming. We regret this lasted only for a week and we were all very sad to go back to land after such an amazing holiday. We will all keep amazing memories of the time spent onboard of Eleonora and we hope we'll be able to come back for another sailing trip very soon. Thanks a lot.
Charter on sail yacht Eleonora in Italy, Aug 14
Martha, We had a awesome time on our trip. The boat was great. It was clean, comfortable, and had all the conveniences of home. The only thing I wish we had at home was the crew. The chef was top notch, the stewardess were very accommodating, and the captain was professional experienced and a great knowledge of the waters in the Exumas and a close relationship with the locals. The second day on the trip my wife started saying "when we do this next year....." Thanks for setting this charter up for us and we look forward to future charters.
Charter on motor yacht MIRACLE in Caribbean, Aug 14
Dear Josh, So, finally I’m getting to write to you about our charter on Moya. As I mentioned before it was amazing but more specifically, here are some of the things that made it so great.
The boat itself is in pristine condition - everything works, it’s really well taken care of and the crew work hard to keep it looking great. There’s tons of space even for 6 of us and 3 crew. You never really felt like you were “on top of each other”. Loads of room just to sit and relax or to sunbathe - whatever you wanted.
Captain Panos was really knowledgeable and had a good balance of professionalism and friendliness. He took us to amazing places and we were never disappointed in the stops we made. At first, we thought we would work together to figure out a route, but it became clear that he would basically work this angle himself. This isn’t a complaint - it was actually the right way to go - he knows the islands and we don’t!!!!
Maria - AMAZING. We have lived all over the world, travelled all over the world and are not that easy to please and her food was absolutely outstanding. We wrote on our preferences that we wanted fresh, local, healthy dishes and she did just exactly that. Every meal was different and unbelievable and loved by all - from the 8 year old to Jay! She was fun, friendly, warm and welcoming. We are FB friends now!!!! Really can’t say enough good things about her. Thomas - a great great helper and deck hand. Quiet but friendly and really helpful. Would do anything to make our experience good. The boat couldn’t have functioned as well without him. It really takes 3 people for that boat to work well.
We just loved our week on Moya - was very hard to leave and we keep wishing we were back!!! Doesn’t get much better than that! Next time we’re going for 2 weeks!! Thanks for everything.
Charter on Catamaran MOYA in Greece, Aug 14
Hi Josh, The boat was fabulous. So were the crew. Loved, loved the Greek Islands. Would definitely go back to Greece. Yes it was windy at times but when the wind did drop it felt too hot, so was often a welcome relief! If I had to pick on something not quite perfect, it would be the middle deck. Obvious storage for tenders but we didn’t often use that table as it was quite squashed, even with 7. With 10 of us the sunbathing area (on sun loungers) on top deck, was quite crowded, but we just kicked the kids off. If I was redesigning the boat (!) I’d get rid of the Jacuzzi and make it more of a sunbathing deck with padded seating in the shade etc. Grand Cru had the best place to store tenders – at the front. We truly had the best holiday ever, can’t fault it really. Thanks for your help again.
Charter on MAGIX in Greece, Aug 14
Hi Nicolas, We realy apreciate the cruise on Blue Vision. Crew was very good, I think that the captain is particularly good. He understand very well the guest's expectations. The Chef is very good, I think the best we ever had. The staff is helpful and respect your privacy. Regarding the boat, it was a good surprise, finaly the size was ok, and we could leave easily all the family on board.
Negative point are the toys, jet ski old, paddle not so good, the tender is not top for the waterski. This is the weak point. They should invest little bit on that. But globaly we had a very good time. Thanks also to you for all the organization.
Charter on BLUE VISION in the Balearics, Aug 14
Dear Martha, Dimitri’s and Mariana did an outstanding job. Everything exceeded our expectations. We could not have had a better trip. We are looking forward to booking with you again in the future. My only critique would be that Moonlight was lite on “toys” There were not enough masks and fins for everyone and the tender is under sized. I would also have enjoyed fishing (no lures on the boat) but, I take it there is not much to catch.
Charter on Sailing yacht Moonlight, in Greece, Aug 14
Dear Sally, Many thanks for your email. We had a wonderful holiday on Annabel II. The boat was perfect and the crew were fantastic. This year we had the best chef we have ever come across in our entire lives so that was a massive bonus (although not for the waistline!). Flying into Tivat and out of Dubrovnik also worked out perfectly. In addition, as you can see from the photos, the inflatable biscuit was a massive hit too!!!Thanks once again for all your help. Enjoy the rest of the summer,
Charter on ANNABEL II, in Croatia, Aug 14
Dear Nick,The trip is sublime. What a couple they make. The boat of course is a winner too. We are now coming back down the wind and have had a good sail in a Force 7/8. No complaints at all.
Charter on SHAITAN. in Greece, Aug 14
Hi Nicolas, Overall, the crew was very good - professional and pleasant. Sporting activities were better organised this year - the guys really knew what they were doing and were doing an outstanding job keeping everyone happy - thats Marc, Billy and Fraser. Great service throughout the trip. I have to mention that we were surprised by the beauty of the islands and Croatia. Since we only went half way, we were thinking of coming back next year and starting further up north. Something to think about. The boat is well maintained.
Charter on AUSTRALIS. in Croatia, Aug 14
Dear Josh, Overall the charter was a success. The crew was very friendly and professional and delighted to serve. Overall the boat was in a very good condition, the rooms downstairs were much bigger (I even slept once there to try myself), my room was also excellent, the chief cook was really excellent, We didn't manage to get to Barbuda because of the weather. In one word, it is a Benetti, luxury + service were very good. I would strongly recommend it everyone. Thanks for everything. With best regards,
Charter on Motor yacht JO in Caribbean
Dear Amanda, We're currently making the crossing from South Georgia to Ushuaia and will be closing out our charter at the end of the week. It's been exceptionally successful all around. The weather has been remarkably steady and friendly and we haven't had any really bumby rides. A day or so each way to/frum South Georgia but with 2-3 meter seas at worst.
Best of all this has been the perfect boat and crew. Well found and well equipped, and each and every member of the crew and expedition leaders have gone out of their way to make it the most enjoyable and adventuresome experience. High praise indeed to Captain Martin!
Thanks for your own great help all around. I'v had many charters with agents over the years - none better than this one reflecting your advice and support!
Charter on Hanse Explorer in Antartica
Hi Amanda! Peter, Tom, Lacey & Becky were all fantastic and the shoot was a huge success. I had the opportunity to meet with Peter after the shoot and told him as well. The weather cooperated and the seas behaved to our delight. Thank you so much for being such a support throughout to facilitate communication and steer our needs to the right person!
Charter on S/Y SINCERITY in the Caribbean
Dear Amanda, What an amazing experience..I consider myself to be well traveled, but this vacation was the best ever. Not only was the ship very very comfortable, but the crew was unbelievable ...My only concern is by making these well deserved comments, they may get more bookings, and make the odds of me being able to book the same package (Ship + fantastic crew) more difficult! All together, there are no words to describe the quality of the food (and we are all french...) the quality of the service and the comfort of the ship for a yacht this size. We are still day dreaming about our trip! ... the chef ( Rico) was too much..what a COOK!!!!
Only the best to say, and we hope to book them again next year same season, so please keep us on your radar before it's too late..
Charter on Lady Sharon Gale in the Caribbean
Good morning Amanda!! We are having an absolute ball!!! There is not one thing that we could even begin to complain about. We have all fallen in love with the entire crew!!! Everyone has been so nice and so accommodating and before we even ask for anything they are already on top of it. The yacht is absolutely gorgeous, and the crew has made us feel so at home.
Charter on CARTE BLANCHE in New England, Aug
Hi Amanda, Our only complaint is we didn’t stay longer…..the itinerary was perfect! the days were filled with beautiful places to swim, jet ski, sea bob (the best!) and enjoy the wonderful food and wines of Greece! sofia, alex, and andreas were incredible!!!! they are so professional and so warm and friendly….we felt like a family at the end of the week. I am so happy to hear they enjoyed having us onboard because it must be difficult for crews when the “chemistry” is off, afterall, it is a lot of time in close proximity for everyone. our whole family had nothing but the very best to say about this charter!!!
Charter on M/Y XTREME in Greece, Aug 14
Amanda, A great trip. Crew was amazing. The captain was unbelievably friendly and personable and participated in a family scavenger hunt... The Chef was over the top; food was amazing; and his personality fantastic. The deckhand and engineer were great with our kids. The stewardesses were fantastic, constantly attending to our every possible request. Rooms were much larger than I ever expected. Fit all 11 of us easily with room to spare. Can't even think of a better yacht design or layout. The water toys were a blast. The ports were interesting and nicely spaced. Couldn't have had a better mix of cruising, ports, coves, etc. Perfect.
Honestly, a fantastic trip. We would recommend this crew, food, service, and yacht 100% to anyone!! And we will seriously contemplate joining them and the IRIS again in the Ionian Islands in the near future.
Charter on motor yacht IRIS in Saronic/Cyclades, Aug 14
Hi Sally, Everyone had a fantastic time. It was some of the best service and food I've ever had, and the crew were also extremely helpful in planning our trip. Thanks for checking up on us, and I would definitely recommend Hayal to anyone!!
Charter on yacht HAYAL in Turkey Jul/Aug
Hi Sally, As a holiday, both my wife and the children thought it was the best holiday that they have ever had with something for everyone i.e. sightseeing, shopping and fine dining in quintessential quaint Italian villages for my wife and I and plenty of high energy water-sports and lounging around for the children - from this regard we will certainly be chartering another boat next year for a charter from the South of France to Corsica.
The crew of The Van were welcoming, friendly and made you feel special and this extended not just to my wife and I but also to the children. I would certainly state that the crew went the extra yard to make sure that our charter experience was memorable. If I was to offer any constructive criticism, it would be that the boat could do with a comprehensive mechanical service at the end of this season as there was more than one mechanical failure with both The Van and the tender that although not impacting on the enjoyment of the charter, did impact on the planned itinerary and to a lessor extent the comfort on board.
Charter on motor yacht THE VAN, in Italy Jul 14
Hello Martha, We had a marvellous time. The boat was as we expected and the crew was very friendly. Our kids loved the captain and Marie. Marie is a wonderful cook as well. The route was nice and we decided day by day what to do and that worked out very well. Islands were very different and lot of them where very beautiful. We visited around 20 islands, some really small and some pretty big. The only thing was that restaurants and bars where almost empty because of the low season. So that was negative thing, on the other hand the marina’s where not crowded so that the positive thing. Thank you for your help.
Charter on SORANA in the Caribbean. Jul/Aug
Hello Sally, The week on the boat is FANTASTIC ... Everything is perfect! The captain give us very very good information, adresses.... He Knows very well all small beach And Nice places. The hostess is perfect... Very discreet (quiet) And very efficient!!!! Always there In good place in the good moment. The last day, the captain give me All détails Of the dépenses ... And everything was very clear !FANTASTIC week!!!!! Thank you for All And I come to you Back for thé next expérience!!!!
Charter on PAMANGO in Croatia, Aug
Hi Josh, "Unfreakingbelievable!!! Crew 15 out of a 10. Boat the same. Loving this."
Charter on catamaran MOYA Aug Greece
Martha, It could not be better. Chris - Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we've been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalie - We never eat so well before. We had good chiefs before, however, Natalie did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chief and very nice! Steward - Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we ever had. Lir is a nice cat.
Charter on Catamaran LIR in Italy, July
Martha, Everything was great. really great and above expectations....... we are now in Sardinia and want to thank you for all... for sure we will repeat the experience!!! and Jose is really really nice!
Charter on Liberty of Lymington in Italy, July
Hi Amanda, Thanks for the note and we would highly recommend Lionshare. The crew was amazing and we found the boat to be very comfortable and well designed. It's an older boat but you really don't lack anything. The water toys were a highlight for all ages. Thank you for everything!
Charter on Lionshare in Italy, July
Dear Amanda, I will sum up the cruise with Mark and Beatrice as literally outstanding. At the very beginning, when we arrived, we found the catamaran in excellent conditions and everything clean and tidy. Mark and Beatrice were waiting for us with an exquisite welcome sushi served in the "al fresco" deck. We soon became familiar with Mark and Beatrice, as they not only perform their respective duties with knowledge and experience, but more importantly, with enthusiasm and a permanent sense of being glad. Our list of preferences had been observed at all times during our trip. They even got the french champagne Veuve Cliquot, which we found that was not too easy to find in the islands´ general stores.
In general terms, Mark based in his first-hand experience, carefully chose each of the different spots we visited. And we found that each of the stops where we anchored were at their respective turn, one of the best locations possible. At times, not in a place to crowded, on other times, on isolated places very close to the beach, but above all, always taking special interest in balancing security versus practicity. Mark also was someone amusing to speak to, since he had many interests and he had travelled around most of the world. Regarding my daughters, he gently encouraged them to learn wakeboard, which with a lot of patience from Marks side, they both finally learnt.
On Beatrice´s side, we also have an excellent opinion. Each of the appetizers, dinner, breakfast or lunch she had prepared to us, was creative, very well presented, and above all, excellent in taste. Beatrice obviously had to "fine tune" our culinary preferences, which she could only learn by experience with us, such as if we like spicy foods, or well done filets, as an example. But this fine tuning was very smooth and it took Beatrice a very short time to learn. Regarding Beatrice´s duties to keep the catamaran clean and tidy, it was almost a miracle. We used to go to shore after breakfast and by our return, everything was as if it were the cruise´s first day.
Finally, I would like to say that I’m used to pay gratuities as a social standard routine, but this time was different. For the first time in my life, I felt that both Mark and Beatrice had earned and deserved a good gratuity. All in all, Mark and Beatrice work as a very synchronized team, and probably they were the most important factor to our unbelievable good time we spent at Souls Calling.
Charter on Catamaran SOULS CALLING, Caribbean.
Hi there Sally. …Our holiday was fabulous, and I’d like to thank you for all your help in putting this together for us. The four of us loved every minute of it and WILL be doing it again. Please see my email below to Bijan and Roseanne, the ultimate in hosts!!!!!
“Just wanted to drop you a quick note to once again thank you both for making our stay with you what it was. Each of us enjoyed your hospitality, your yacht, your cooking and yes Bijan, your willingness to go that extra mile and get out of your comfort zone and take us through that reef. Nolan still talks about actually being able to walk on that particular beach. We all truly enjoyed our stay with you and I commend you both for being able to read us almost instantly and know what it was that we wanted out of our vacation and then delivered something so truly unforgettable and first class. The only thing we would change when we do this again, would be to stay longer. You have an amazing yacht and hearing you two talk about “freshening her up” makes us want to experience her again, cause how could it get any better!!!!!! Like my wife wrote in your guest book, you two both made our first sailing holiday very very special and you will be with us always!!!” Hope to see you again sometime, and sail safe!!!!!!!
Charter on yacht ANAHITA, Caribbean
Hi Josh, We had an absolutely fantastic time on the Raven. Nick, Hugh and Alexia were fantastic – we did not want to leave. It was truly the best week we have had in a long time. I could go on and on, but it was great. Nick was so accommodating, great itinerary, Hugh was a great mate, and Alexia – the best cook EVER!. So much fun. You arranged a marvelous yacht and crew for us – everything was beautifully organized by you and CharterWorld, and made it so easy....Please tell the owner that he has a fabulous boat and one that will bring us many happy memories – a real treat. Again, thank you..
Charter on yacht RAVEN in Croatia/Montenegro in July 14
Dear Josh, Just a short note of thanks. The Calypso charter was great success. We all really enjoyed the trip and will certainly be using your services again. The Calypso team were great. Craig and Tarryn did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend them to other clients. They were great with the children, who didn't actually want to leave the yacht today!
Charter on yacht CALYPSO, in France, July 14
Dear Josh, I just wanted to re-iterate my verbal feedback. Toby was a fabulous boat to charter, the layout great, super spacious, lots of places to sunbathe, cabins lights and felt very spacious and the mdern styling a big plus. We were very happy to stay on the boat whilst covering the short distances around the Amalfi coast, in fact, even the small tornado & couple of days of rain couldn't dent our enjoyment of the boat.
This was of course also due to the crew, who were excellent, and who provided a flawless service. Captain Andrea was very very good, he really listened to what we wanted to see, our preferences & constraints and worked within that. Henry and John provided excellent, courteous & professional support. Ruben & Carmen looked after us brilliantly, the boat was well kept, and lovely meals tailored to our requirements presented and served beautifully & also at short notice when poor weather changed our on-shore dining plans.
We would thoroughly recommend Toby, the crew, & CharterWorld. You have been attentive, listened to what we were looking for and quick to respond to requests or queries, and always followed up when necessary. We would like to charter again in a couple of years & would definitely come to you first.
Charter on motor yacht TOBY in Amalfi, July 14
Dear Nick, I just wanted to thank you for helping us organize the charter this summer. Everything went really well. The crew was the best. We had a really nice time. Will be in touch for organizing it again next July.
Charter on superyacht MAGENTA M, in Turkey and Greece, July 14
Dear Amanda, We just arrived today to Perú. Everything was great, the boat, the food ,the drinks, all Islands, the itinerary, everything Was awesome!!!! Nathan and Penny were lovely and very patience with us!!! We had a WONDERFUL VACATION!!! We would like to go every year!!!
Charter on motor yacht ALEGRIA in BVI, July 14
I have to say that that was the best holiday we have ever been on, and we’ve been on some good ones
Charter on M/Y THE VAN, in Monaco, July 14
Dear Martha, We had a wonderful time. The boat is awesome and the kids thought it was super cool! Matt and Ashley were simply FABULOUS!!!!!! Ashley is a superstar in the kitchen/galley and she is a wonderful caretaker. Her food is so fresh and clean and pleases both children and adults alike. She is so kind and so tuned into guests needs and desires. We were so relaxed and well pampered thanks to her! Matt is a gem as a captain and person. He took us to coves where the kids could play on the wave runner and tube and where we could just anchor and hang out for the day and enjoy the lovely boat, weather and our family. He is amazing with children. Our younger son was by his side all week, learning about the boat, fishing and the water. Matt is patient and kind and his love of the water, boating and nature is so apparent. We loved chatting and learning from him all the while having a blast as he took us tubing, snorkeling, cruising and so much more. It truly was our most special vacation and we will hold the memories dear.
We hope to charter with Matt and Ashley again in the future!
Charter on yacht DEFIANCE, in New England, July 14
Hi Amanda, Everything was PERFECT. Ashley and Lisa made the trip!! They are both simply wonderful people. They worked every minute of the 7 days to make sure that the 3 of us were completely happy and had everything we could imagine wanting. Ashley is the glue that holds EVERYTHING together, with a smile and grace. She simply makes ANYTHING and EVERYTHING happen. Lisa is a chef like no other. We have eaten at the best restaurants with the best chefs everywhere, and we've had personal chefs in the past, but none could hold a candle to the incredible meals that Lisa prepared for us 3 times every day, always with a willing smile and kind word. Importantly, Ashley and Lisa work together perfectly.
As for Amanda Brilliante and CharterWorld, we were completely satisfied. Indeed, your services were also beyond expectation and we will recommend you without reservation. You were so helpful in guiding us through the entire process to a very successful outcome. I doubt we would have been as successful on our own, and we're pretty good at putting things together for ourselves, so this is more of a compliment than it might appear. Indeed, this was the best vacation that we have ever taken.
Yacht charter on VIAGGIO, in St Martin, Caribbean in July 14
Hi Martha, Our charter on the Bonnie Lynn was great! We had done extensive research beforehand, not only to find the right boat, but the right crew as well. Bonnie Lynn and Captains Earl and Bonnie were just what we wanted.
The boat was beautiful and unique. Fresh out of the yard after an extensive haul out, the boat was immaculate and gleaming. Earl and Bonnie designed and built this wonderful schooner. The details, like beautiful woodwork, and special antique wheels, added interest and character to the boat and Earl had an interesting story about each item. The layout of the boat is spacious, with a big master cabin with a double bed, a forward cabin with three bonks and a bunk in the saloon that can expand to a double and has folding doors to close it for privacy. Two heads, a warm and inviting saloon and a gallery that any cook would adore complete the guest quarters. On deck, there is a lovely table that easily seats six. There are numerous other places to lounge around, two comfy teak deck chairs, portable folding seats, and a hideaway deck in the back to get out of the wind on. There is a nice dinghy and kayaks. And a great outdoor shower!
We encountered every kind of weather on our trip except snow. We had nice brisk sunny sails, some calm motoring (quiet engine), a little fog, some rain and finally a big blow, when Hurricane Arthur brushed by on the 4th of July, bringing 25-40k of wind. Captain Earl is extremely safety conscious and he planned well in advance to be sure we were anchored in a secure cove, where we rode out the storm comfortably. We found it all quite exciting and had no worries whatsoever.
We had said we preferred quiet anchorages as opposed to cities and each night we were in a lovely secluded spot. There were always interesting things to see, such as the Wooden Boat School, or the Cabot memorial on Butter Island. Earl and Bonnie were happy to let us sail or just hang out and they let me climb the rigging, go out on the bowsprit and generally make myself at home on the boat. They also really love sailing and happily put up all the sails as weather permitted. Earl was born and grew up in Maine and knows the area extremely well. He also had loads of fascinating stories about Maine, the island, boats, you name it. They are a great couple to be around and we enjoyed their company immensely.
Bonnie is a great cook and we had something delicious and different at every meal. I think she should write a cookbook, as there were so many things she made that I would love to have the recipe, such as Caribbean Cornbread, blueberry buckle and spiced pumpkin soup. One night Bob was telling her that his favorite thing was a pie with a crumb topping and the next day, Bonnie made him a Dutch Apple Pie with a crunchy topping. In addition to three meals a day, there were always nice snacks, treats and appetizers. Bonnie is also a mind reader, as every time I had one sip of my drink left, she was right there asking if I would like another. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and Bonnie made a beautiful and delicious carrot cake with white icing and flowers to go with champagne and a lobster feast. Earl had us anchored that night off Islesboro so we could see the fireworks, delayed a couple of days because of the storm and this made us feel really special.
I think one of the best things I can say is that Earl and Bonnie really pay attention and listen to their guests and make sure the experience is just what the customer is hoping for. We felt so well taken care of and pampered. We are also boat captains and had a charter business for 16 years, so we know the issues. I would heartily recommend the Bonnie Lynn!
Charter on sailing yacht BONNIE LYNN in New England, July 14
Josh, Good morning from Kotor. Nick and his crew, and The Raven, are stupendous. We can't wait to set sail
Thank you again for making such marvelous arrangements.
Charter on THE RAVEN, in Croatia, July 14
Hi Amanda. The trip was incredible. Both boat and crew exceeded our expectations and we had a great time. The itinerary was perfect and Ivo showed us the most beautiful places. Antonia was very nice to us and the children and is an excellent chef.
Thank you very much for your assistance on this. It made all the difference to us. You should hear back from us soon as we are already planning for our next boat trip!
Charter on JANTAR, in Croatia, June 14
Dear Josh, The Carpe Diem and crew were excellent. I would recommend them.
Charter on CARPE DIEM V, June 14
Trina, Thank you very much for arranging our charter on Sweet Escape. The boat was as beautiful as you said and the crew were incredibly personable, fun, knowledgeable and experienced. As you know we took many charters this year so I guess I can compare this charter to others. This crew was so professional. The meals were delicious and since Chef Ben sent our menus in advance it was stress free for me and so perfect for my family. He really tried to please our picky palates instead of trying to force elaborate dishes. Becca, Melanie and Nic make such an amazing team. I know they haven’t been together for long but they were awesome. The staterooms were immaculate, meal service was five star and they were just so nice and fun all day and all night. They all made our theme meals awesome. Dressing up was a blast. Partly due to the fact that they dressed up with us for every theme. Jordan and Rob were awesome with the boys. Always on hand to satisfy all of our kids' whims. Whether it was fishing, water slide, jet skiing, golf, beach games they were both so helpful getting everything ready to go plus they participated which made it all more fun. Truthfully, by the end of the charter, Rob always knew when I wanted to take out the paddleboard, even before I asked. Capt. Ben was great. He really planned the perfect itinerary for our family. He balanced the fishing with the beach perfect and always had our comfort in mind for long motoring periods. It was fun to celebrate his 40th birthday on our charter we were so happy to be included in the celebration. Can’t forget Big Al the engineer. We all know nothing goes without his expertise. Bravo Big Al!
From the luxurious staterooms, to shaded sunbeds, five star meals, hot tub and water toys just to name a few, Sweet Escape lives up to its name and more. Thanks so much for an unforgettable week.You couldn’t have been more right about this yacht for our family.
Charter on SWEET ESCAPE, in the Bahamas May 14
Hi Trina, We had such a terrific time. They are amazing hosts. Carla is a fantastic cook and really went out of her way to make certain she was cooking food we all would enjoy. Alex is a great host and certainly knew when to hit each spot when the crowds were about to disperse. He really knows his stuff! Alex's daughter Molly was the third crew member and so fantastic...especially for our kids.
We can't say enough about the quality of the trip and the attention to detail. We have so many wonderful memories and photos too. I think Alex is going to use some of the shots for their facebook page. Our kids caught two big fish one day and we managed to capture the haul on camera!! That shot alone is enough to entice any family with young children.
We'd love to do another trip with them on the Avalon. Failing that we are definitely going to use Charterworld for our next trip. We are already thinking of Turkey/Greece next Summer so if you are able to help us with that please let me know. Thanks again
Charter on AVALON, in the BVI Jun/Jul 14
Hi Nick, We really enjoyed Ptarmigan and the crew were hard working and most obliging. Special mention must be made about stewardess Sarah who never stopped and the chef Rod who cooked some fantastic food. Please convey our thanks for a wonderful holiday.
Charter on PTARMIGAN in Amalfi June 14
We are having a great time. Everything is wonderful. The boat is fantastic and Ivo and Antonia are great.
Charter on JANTAR in Croatia, June 14
Amanda, Life is grand! Felice and crew are the best. You can recommend them to the world without hesitation. We would like to take them home with us. We are now in Sorrento after visiting Prodcia and Ischia . Amalfi is next . Thanks for checking in.
Charter on SANTA LUCIA in Amalfi June 14
Was another fantastic trip and hated to get off... We love the crew and the boat! Only wish we could float around together year round.... Itinerary was also glorious.. Appreciate all..
Charter on M/Y OHANA, Sag Harbour to Newport area June 14
Hello Amanda, Thank you for your Email. We're having an amazing time and the crew is just perfect, nice, available and great with our children, the cook is more than gifted and the weather is nice too, so it seems to be the perfect cruise. Thank you.
Charter on KAMBOS BLUE, Greece June 2014
Best. Trip. Ever. You are awesome. I have never had better service in my life, and I’ve stayed in the world’s best resorts from china to India to Australia and throughout Europe, N America and S. America. As CMO of a 2 billion dollar software company that advises other companies on strategies for their customer experience and engagement, I can only say the world has lessons to learn from this crew. And yes, I am getting emotional after leaving! Thank you Amanda, you are the best.
Charter on Gulet WHY NOT, Turkey June 2014
Amanda - The boat is beautiful and the crew is wonderful. Our first few hours have been incredible and the helicopter Capt Einar arranged was a spectacular ride. Thank you for all of your help.
Charter on Motor Yacht PHILOSOPHY in Bergen, Norway June 2014
Amanda, these two are amazing!!! We could not be happier! We are already planning out next charter on FLOW! I'm serious!!!! Exceeds all expectations!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Charter on FLOW in the BIV's, Jun 2014
Hello Reia, Yes we had a wonderful trip despite the tough winds in the Cyclades. We loved the yacht, very comfortable and spacious (especially for 4 guests :)) We very much appreciated Captain Costas’ services and capabilities; We told him we believe he will one day be the skipper of a mega yacht.
Charter on Sailing Yacht SHOOTING STAR in Greece in May 2014
Amanda- Have been meaning to get back to you. We all had a great time with Mark and Nadine. The boat was in great shape and worked well through the whole trip. Nadine is a really good cook and kept us fat had happy. We had good weather for sailing and snorkeling – very little rain. The only recommendation I have is maybe another toy for the boat. They have a stand up surf board which was tough on the older folk (me). A little kayak would give a little more mobility at the anchorages. Overall, I would highly recommend the NANA and Mark and Nadine to future clients. Thanks for setting us up with such a nice couple and a great boat.
Charter on Catamaran NANA in the BVI's in May, 2014
Everything is fantastic Amanda. Shannon and Kerry are wonderful, food is great. Having a blast. We were sailing today...nice! VERY happy! Thank you!
From Guestbook on FANTASY ISALND: Just wanted to say an outstanding adventure this trip was!! I've traveled many places but this trip was top notch from beginning to end!! The Fantasy Island is an incredible catamaran that hosted 5 couples comfortably with our own bedrooms and baths as well as lots of room on bow and stern!! The trip was made not just by the beauty of the islands but from the best crew Kerri and Shannon!! There knowledge of sailing and the islands is to no end and the cuisine was well beyond our expectations the best meals on this trip were right on board Kerri you are an outstanding chef!! The activities are endless and the sailing and views one can only see from the ocean!! You guys rock!!! After a week with our gang we consider you 2 family!!! Thanks again for the best trip ever!!!
JT, Chartered FANTASY ISLAND in The BVI, May 14
Trina - I would like to give you a quick review of our charter. Of the five charters we have taken this was the best by far!!
The boat was in new condition and in fantastic shape. We never had an issue with a fresh water shortage and all the rooms had great AC if we wanted it. It was very roomy, particularly the main suite. Having a large area up top for sunning and a big table out back for meals. It was fast and was really smooth through the water. We loved the boat.
The crew was very good. There was a total of 5 crew members. A captain, first mate, steward, chef and a dive master. The chef was amazing. He was the boat owners son and was a 5 star chef. Everything he made was a treat. The food looked good, tasted good, and smelled good. The food was over top exceptional! The service was also fantastic. They anticipated our needs then exceeded them. Top notch!
Our dive master was extremely helpful with many things. He was very knowledgeable about local dive sties but also helped with filling in the local history and color. He made the us feel like locals.
We are seriously considering booking this boat again for next easter. Next time we would like to see their home waters off Cancun. Thanks for helping us have such an awesome vacation.
Charter on Motor Yacht FOREVER in Belize, April 2014
This was the best holiday ever! All the crew did a fantastic job and worked very well as a team. Many thanks for your help.
Charter on COLD GECKO in The Bahamas, Mar 14
Hi Trina, We are flying home and I wanted to let you know that we had THE most incredible trip. The crew of Maverick is the sweetest, kindest, most fun-loving, efficient, capable, attentive, thoughtful (shall I go on?), crew we could ever imagine. Everything was fabulous. We had lots of activities, lots of wonderful places to visit, wonderful food and cocktails. We lacked nothing. On day 2 we actually played with an remarkably friendly dolphin for nearly an hour and a half! It was amazing. We were all in the water.
Our videos with the dolphin are amazing. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
This was a phenomenal charter. The boat is beautiful, well-equipped and spacious. We are absolutely thrilled that this worked out. Thank you again for your help arranging all the details.
PF Chartered Catamaran MAVERICK in The Caribbean, Mar 14
Dear Trina, I just wanted to say the Aurora Crew was excellent - everything was perfect - Rich and Sam are the best crew we have ever chartered with by miles - Sam's cooking was brilliant every meal was over the top and excellent - We have travelled all over the world and I would rank this one as one of our best trips ever - I would highly recommend Rich and Sam and the Aurora - in fact if I were you, I would go out of my way to get your clients to charter with them.
BW Chartered AURORA 67 in The Caribbean, Mar 14
Dear Trina, Everything was excellent! Maverick is amazing, beautiful, well equiped and confortable. We specially enjoyed the water toys. The crew is great. They were very nice and patient with the kids. And we loved Maria's cooking. The itinerary was well planned and we would definetely recomend this trip to anyone. We are looking forward to repeat. Thank you!
GV Chartered MAVERICK 70 Catamaran in The Caribbean, Mar 14
Amanda, We had a wonderful time….. We truly enjoyed the trip and look forward to going out with them again. I wanted to let you know that Rob and Chad were nothing short of the best crew I have ever encountered. You could truly tell that they cared about the guests on board. They were very attentive to details and could almost anticipate my families requests before they were made. I would definitely recommend them. The boat was in perfect shape and one could tell that the crew maintained her at a very high level. Thanks for you help with this charter and your professionalism
RW Chartered COLD GECKO in The Bahamas, Dec/Jan 13
Amanda, We had a fantastic time on Alegria! The BVI is an incredible place. Nathan and Penny were outstanding. The food was excellent and it’s a big plus to have a dive master as your captain. They did everything possible to make sure our time onboard exceeded our expectations. On our next “sailing trip” to the BVI we would also consider using Alegria’s sister ship Alethea as we would like to explore the 70ft FP, but l’m not sure we would be able to resist being on-board Alegria with Nathan and Penny. Thanks
JHL Chartered ALEGRIA in the BVI, Caribbean, Jan 14
Hi Nick, Thank you again for all your help. With regard to Charterworld, we had a great time working with your company and with you, Nick. Our answers were always answered in a quick manner, they were very precise, and eased the stress of planning such a big trip.
You have linked the right professionals for us to have a great experience on this trip. You have eased our worries over signing a contract and transferring funds to an online company who we've never met in person, and made us comfortable going to a destination we did not know much about.
With regard to the Asteria crew -- we couldn't be happier. Especially the crew in the kitchen was amazing, they got along so well with our guests and we had a great time. The entire staff was very professional and managed to delight the guests during the entire length of the trip.
Martin was a wonderful expedition leader. He quickly understood the personalities of the guests on board, and was able to accommodate all needs. He had activities planned for those who wanted more adventure and those who wanted to take it easy. Everyone was very happy. We learned so much from Martin, and his professionalism in keeping us up to date of the weather, plans, ice conditions, etc. was much appreciated. We are positive we wouldn’t have gotten to see the nature and wildlife in this way if we were traveling with anyone else. Thank you so much again, and we hope to work again with you in the future.
Chartered ASTERIA in Antartica, December 2013
Dear Amanda, Home safe after great time in Virgin Islands, weather was excellent and so so relaxing as well. first la dolce vita was really excellent in every way, comfortable, well equipped and just a joy for sailing in BVI. The crew were exceptionally good, Capt Mark,owen, Amanda and Megan made our week in every way. Megan's cooking was five star, off shore eating does not compare. Highly recommend this team to anyone. Thanks for everything.
JP, Chartered La Dolce Vita (ex King-baby), Virgin Islands Caribbean, January 14
Amanda, it’s rare in life when you hit a home run, right. My wife and kids all agree this week was a home run. We had the best time on any trip we’ve ever been on. It was terrible to have to leave. I have chartered a number of boats in the past and have never been more impressed with the service and hospitality of this group of people. They were just magnificent. Combine that service with a quality well maintained product like Clarity and you can’t go wrong.
I cannot say one bad thing about our experience and would highly recommend you recommend this boat and her crew to any prospective clients. They won’t be disappointed. Thanks for all help and commitment to our experience.
MN, Chartered CLARITY, St Thomas, USVI, January 14
Hi Amanda – Thanks for following up. Yes the yacht and crew were fantastic all around. We were very happy. Thanks for your help.
JNC Chartered MUSTIQUE in the Caribbean in Jan 14
Hi Josh, Happy New Year! Boat and crew where extremely good. As you may know, there was a last minute change in the crew. The new Chef on Safara is now Daniela Mack from Austria. Although the two only met days before we arrived on the boat, they worked very well together and made every possible extra step they could. In all possible aspects they exceeded our expectations. Sailing, water sports, cooking,... The two are very interesting and open minded people. I hope they continue to work together, as they are planning to. Thanks as well for your support! We are looking forward to work again with you in the future. Best regards
DW Chartered SAFARA in the Caribbean in Jan 14
Hi Josh, Happy New Year! It was fabulous! The crew made our trip better than we could imagine. Alec was very professional (as was all the crew) and most accommodating. They all had a very fun spirit about them. The boat was lovely, perfect in size and decor. Although this was our first charter, we are guessing that the NEW STAR was probably a lighter weight vessel than most as the anchors did not seem to stabilize the swaying back and forth while in very calm waters. For the sake of curiosity, could this be correct? Again, we are rookies at this and that might have been perfectly normal. Truly, it just added more fun to our adventure. All in all it was perfect and we would give it a five out of five star rating!
JK Chartered NEW STAR in the Caribbean in Jan 14
Amanda, It was the holiday of a lifetime! The yacht, the crew, the food, the itinerary, the weather…simply everything was spectacular. It could not have gone any better. We had a wonderful time and I would NOT hesitate to recommend XO, Henrik and his team to anyone and I would be delighted to speak to anyone who was considering spending time on XO. Thank you for all you did for my family, guests and me.
Best, JR. chartered XO OF THE SEAS in the Caribbean in Jan 14
Dear Trina, I wanted to fully respond to your earlier question regarding how our charter on Lolalita went. Lolalita should be on the very top of your list for charters! To begin: Ernie, Megan and Jeff could not have been more gracious, helpful, imaginative and pleasant to be around. As you know we chartered with our three children ages; 25, 24 and 20. All of which have since commented on how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed being around the crew. Ernie's personality and sense of humor were pleasant and engaging to be around the entire trip. Megan was spectacular with all meals, each was a mini celebration! Megan's gentle personality mixed with broad understanding of the waters made for a wonderful combination. We requested healthy meals during our stay, she managed to not only make them healthy, but excited the gourmands in our family. Jeff's contributions were thoroughly enjoyed by my children and also by Linda and I. His attentiveness, knowledge and assistance during our many snorkeling adventures, as well as transportations for nightlife made the trip exciting.
The sailing was done in an expert manner, even given the myriad of questions we were asking while underway. The Lolalita herself is expertly maintained, warm and very comfortable. She is easy to get around on and smooth under sail. Thank you so much for steering me toward Lolalita! We would highly recommend them with out any reservations. Happy New Year!
Chartered LOLALITA in the Caribbean, Dec 13
Dear Trina, FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!! Everything was excellent. Thanks
FC, Chartered ULTIMATE LADY in Tahiti, Oct 13
Hi Josh, Let’s start with CharterWorld, I think this is the 3rd time I have used the company and everything went very well from my original enquiry to the choice of boat you recommended, no complaints job well done. The Sorana is not the sort of boat I would have gone for, a bit smaller than what I have used in the past and a lot less amenities however it worked out just fine for me and the wife. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants total relaxation and to while away the days. I was very sorry to leave. The Crew were the best we have ever had. The Captains knowledge of the areas we visited was outstanding and he found beaches and restaurant's to die for and looked after the boat and fed us constantly… and they both made a mean cocktail. All in all they made the trip what is was, outstanding in every way. Please pass my comments on to them and I’m sure we will be back with them again
Cheers KO, Chartered SORANA in the Caribbean, Oct 13
Hey Amanda, The boat was great the crew fantastic, weather good. Overall we had a great time. Thanks
Charter on M/Y KRYS KAR in Monaco, September 2013
Dear Josh, Just to let you know that the charter went beautifully. The Margaux is superb and the crew lovely. We had a gorgeous weather and we loved it. Thank you
Charter on MARGAUX in Corsica, September 2013
We had the most exciting time aboard TIGER. Everything was set according to our instructions, and even better. Both the Captain and his wife were very efficient and kind people and did their best to make us feel comfortable. She cooks very well and he was in absolute control of the ship and of the trip, taking us to the beautiful places according to the weather and sea conditions, sailing whenever possible. We hope to have the chance to sail Tiger again and to meet Captain Peter and his wife Jill.
Charter on TIGER (Oyster 63) in Corsica and Sardinia, August 2013
Hi Reia - We had the most amazing trip, Captain Bruce and his team were all fantastic and we could not fault a single thing. The genuine care and love that they show for our children and guests is superb. The food was delicious. We are so impressed with the recruitment of the team, each year when we think someone is leaving, the children and sometimes us, have a little tear but as soon as we meet the new replacement somehow they have always managed to recruit someone equally as good. Each member of the crew brings a different element to making the trip a success. Drey with his nature and bush skills, Dave with his calm teaching skills, Will with his energy and excitement, Adam with his giggling and spear fishing to name just a few, Chloe with her singing and as for the Captains parking skills….
Each year we say "this was the best trip ever" and we really mean it. They continually surprise us by going the extra mile with new and exciting activities each year. Survival skills on the beach, free diving lessons, windsurfing lessons, cricket on the beach the list is endless. Its always so sad to leave the JO bubble and go back to reality but with a smile on our faces from lots of happy memories. If you kindly pass on our congratulations to the owners for the new refurb and for employing the best boat crew ever and our thanks to Captain Bruce and his team for such a wonderful time of our lives trip!
Charter on M/Y JO in Croatia and the Greek Ionian Islands, July/Aug 2013
Our trip on Pegasus was implacable, everything was perfect. The staff were more than hospitable as they made sure that we were satisfied and happy. And when I say “happy” I mean it’s a vacation we will never forget. We will never forget the jokes that Graham and Alla used to say, the Arabic breakfast Alla prepared for us, the Virgin Mary (extra spicy) drink Graham prepared for us every single day. Definitely activities and games were the major thing we used to do - jet ski , kayak and all the other sports we did and for the first time I water skied We even had the chance to rent motor bikes, quad bikes, for the whole family and toke a tour around the island, an activity only available in Greece.
From Athens to Bodrum, we visited Greek and Turkish island. The captain specifically was very flexible, he didn’t mind changing the route of our trip at any time. It was very interesting to see the difference between the Greek and Turkish islands, very different but very similar at the same time.
Last but not least, the food, and I’m sure you know how important this to us. We found another excellent chef. And for the chef I say “Thanks for all the meals you prepared”.
We call this trip “family bonding trip” and it’s very important that all the family members enjoy the trip, and spend quality time together. Being in Pegasus gave us the opportunity to concentrate on one thing, how to make the best of the trip and how to enjoy our time. Thanks to everyone.
Charter on PEGASUS, 52m Feadship in August, 2013
Hi Amanda, Home from a fantastic cruise through several Greek islands albeit on plan B due to weather conditions. Our first time experience was exceptional from boat,crew, islands visited, service and especially the food which exceeded our expectations. The arrangements for P birthday were wonderful. Based on this experience we will certainly do it again. Thankyou and best wishes,
Charterered IRIS, Greece Aug 13
I just wanted to express our sincere gratitude for the graciousness and hospitality shown to our family by tomislav and mattea! They were so kind to our kids and made us all feel so welcome.....from showing us beautiful places to swim to directing us to lovely restaurants, and of course, all our delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard, Mattea and Tomo were both wonderful! We had very high expectations and we were not disappointed! I hope they know how happy they made us! Our trip was delightful and Dalmatia is indeed beautiful.
Chartered REJ, Croatia Aug 13
What an absolutely fabulous time for our entire family. Each port and bay will give us special memories of our time there. Our first snorkel to see a turtle & beautiful fish was amazing & you could tell when you heard the girls scream and talk through their snorkels.
The wonderful water sports ~ with all of us able to paddle board, kayak, intertube, wake board & water ski - it was so much fun & all the girls screaming was the best!
Dave, thank you for being so easy going with whatever we wanted to do, whenever we wanted to do it. The laughs and photo's are great, including the moments of "bababa" and "you can do it". Thank you Desiree for being such an amazing spirit and wonderful cook. The food was absolutely great - we enjoyed it ALL. Thank you both for all our cocktail hours, with special drinks for the girls and us. It is so great how you both were with the girls - they had a great time and truly enjoyed themselves and I think felt at home on the boat. The diving was wonderful from the Indians, to the Rhone and ending with the girls first night dive - with all the great rays. I will also not forget paddling with the dolphins and all jumping off the front of the boat. You both are wonderful people and the trip couldn't have been any better. It was the best!
Chartered Catamaran QUEST, in the BVI, Aug 13
Hi Amanda, We had the most amazing vacation and I can only send my highest compliments on the boat, crew, and itinerary. If there is any way to get a message to the owner we would like him to know what a fabulous crew he has on board. The entire crew made us comfortable at every moment and really made huge efforts to make every day perfect!
Zach is a very talented chef and we enjoyed all of his meals and snacks. Salome made sure we were comfortable at every minute. Adrian and Alex were amazing at keeping the boat running and every detail organized. We were so impressed at how above and beyond this crew went on our MeMe vacation. We wish all if them the very best in the future as they are all so professional and talented at what they do!
And lastly I have to thank you for helping us arrange a vacation of a lifetime! From every minor detail you guided us in such a kind and fun way! We look forward to working together in the future and are already talking about where to go next year!
Chartered MEME, South of France, Jul/Aug 13
Hi Nick, Yes, everything was fine and we had a great week. The yacht was in great shape (despite its age) and the crew were really helpful and accommodating. We’ll probably do the same next year.
Chartered SEA DREAM, South of France, Jul/Aug 13
Hi Amanda, Our time on Isabella really could not have been better. Vince, Nick and Patty were very professional, every one of them so great at what they do. (Cathy was also on board but was mostly in the kitchen and we didn't see much of her. I believe she was in training. She was super nice too). Really appreciated their focus on safety with the kids on board. They all had a great sense of when to disappear and when to hang out and chat with us, or when to start making cocktails! The food was always great.
The yacht is very comfortable and would certainly be comfortable with several more on board. There are definitely several spots to go for privacy for everyone - especially in good weather. Everything was clean, new, well-maintained. Our rooms were miraculously cleaned and put back together everyday sometime between breakfast and lunch!
Desolation sound is just a gem. Especially being from the Northwest, it's just amazing to be so far north and have such warm water! In spots it was 77 degrees. in Seattle, Puget Sound is around 58 degrees! So almost everyday was about getting the toys ready for water play. My cousins boat was always nearby, so that made it even more fun being able to paddle board or tender back and forth, and getting multiple kids on the towing toy. Loved Pendrell Sound, warmest water of all. Also Prideaux Haven, just an surreally beautiful cove and we did a hike up to a warm lake there. Actually, we never made it to the Lake cause the kids were getting eaten by mosquitos. But next time I'm bringing bug spray and going all the way. There are actually many places in Desolation to hike to warm lakes. So many beautiful spots. Dent Island was also a great destination - cold water, but great fishing and also an exciting tour to take on a jet boat through the rapids. More eagles in one place than I'm sure I'll ever see again. They just perch in the trees and dive down at their leisure for a fish. There you can have a nice dinner at the restaurant - it's sort of a luxe/rustic little resort.
Desolation isn't for those wanting a lot of on shore activities. There aren't any! Except for the walks to lakes, or visits to general stores dotted around. It's about enjoying the water temp, water activities and scenery, and maybe the company of those on other boats anchored near you.
Chartered ISABELLA in the Pacific North West, July 13
Dear Nicolas, Thank you for the yacht - all guests & I have only positive emotions! About the team 5+, the best team, that I have had. Food - was excellent. When we arrived to Rome - everybody was unhappy that the trip was finished so fast. Next year we are planning to repeat our trip on the different route. Thank you!
Chartered XO OF THE SEAS in Italy July 13
Dear Trina, Our family spent a fantastic week on Olga!!! Our itinerary – Saint Marteen, Saint Barth and Anguilla – was so perfect that we will do it again and again. Olga’s spaces are confortable and beautiful (the photos in the brochure do not reflect the beauty of the interior of the yacht).
We were concerned regarding our two grandsons – one 2 years old and the other with 5 – but the trip for them was also perfect. They had a special treatment - their meals were different, served before ours. The crew, because of the kids, decided to prepare a pirate party. They decorated the yacht with pirate theme – guns, swords, jewelry, skulls etc. - they dressed up as pirates and the kids (and us) just loved it.
The crew provided with a lot of outdoors activities, including a lunch in the beach – a paella – prepared by Captain Bernard. Lunch and dinner were a special event!! Sara decorated the table every time beyond our expectations and chef Phillipe prepared the best food ever. Jiwani (Gi) anticipated all our needs and because of the small kids, that spent several time in the master bedroom watching movies. She would rearrange the bed several times a day. Sara and Gi made our stay very pleasant and nice. Cynthia and David were responsible for our activities on shore. Toys in the beach for the kids, snorkeling gears for the olders, umbrellas and cold beverage for the oldest. In summary we loved the trip, we will miss Captain Bernard, Chef Phillipe, Sara, Jiwan, Cinthia and David
Chartered OLGA in the Caribbean, July 13
Josh - [It was] outstanding. Your telling us that you knew the captain and that he was great carried the day. And Marc was great. The boat was good but the crew made it a total delight. Great all around. Alison was a super steward and chef. Also your support and communication and the care and attention that you put in made a huge difference. The owner should be very happy to have you representing them. Thank you so much!
Charter on JR in Corsica in July 2013
Dear Amanda: I wanted to thank you for all your help and attentiveness in organizing this wonderful trip for me.. The trip was lovely and for me very special to have had my family together. WE ALL enjoyed it very much, so much that my grandchildren would like to repeat it every year!!!!!!!!!!! The boats were great, very spacious and comfortable. The captains and cooks were very pleasant and helpful. I had Gareth and Sara on Bliss. Sara was an excellent cook and always helpful with the different types of food she had to make. Gareth is an excellent captain, he was most helpful with me, especially getting in and out of the boat, also with my children and the grandchildren and always tried to please us. We did a lot of sailing, which is what I wanted...he also took the children tubbing, water skiing and snorkeling. I certaily thank them for their hospitality and kindness.
Peter and Debbie of Secret Oasis were also wonderful and most helpful, he a good captain and she an excellent cook, which the children enjoyed. I went over twice to eat with the grandchildren, once for dinner and once for lunch, and she cooked extra some wonderful meals for me. She also arranged the dinner for my birthday at a wonderful and very beautiful hotel-restaurant, and was very special with some details for my birthday, for which I thank her. Peter took great care of the children and had them under control. Also pleased them with tubbing and water-skiing.
All in all it was a wonderful vacation with rather good weather, except for one day, but didn't bother us too much, with lovely sailing, lovely beaches and places of interest (which were well planned by both captains), snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, water skiing, tubing, wind surfing, etc. which we ALL enjoyed. I very much thank everyone involved in making it so special.
Tandem charter on BLISS and SECRET OASIS in the Caribbean.
Hi Trina - just wanted to let you know the trip was spectacular. The crew was amazing (especially kylie and her girls), the food was above expectation, the watersports area and crew were great and couldn't ask for a better captain then George. Truly, I have nothing negative to say at all - it was an amazing yacht with an amazing crew!
Chartered ANASTASIA in France
Dear Josh, thank you for your interest. FATHOM is fine! Very comfortable and she has a lot space outside . The crew is also very professional and friendly. We are happy with this charter.
Charter on FATHOM in South of France in July 2013
Dear Nicolas, - Once again, many thanks for arranging this charter. For the boat - great in terms of overall layout - spacious rooms in brand new condition. Lots of space to move around and plenty of space for 10 passengers. Also good space on the deck - especially on the triboard which is well protected from the sun - we spent a lot of time there. Technically in very good condition - great ventilation and stabilisers. No smell of diesel whatsoever - engine room well pressurised and in immaculate condition. Boat was very stable throughout and not noisy during the night passages.
Lots of toys on board - all brand new. They will have their own seabobs next yeat (very popular toy for us and especially the kids). Great idea with the slide from the top deck..
The crew definitely made this a fantastic journey - it will be hard to find better. Great service - discreet and nice without being invasive. Always new decorative touches during lunch and dinner. Candles in the evening. We were pleasently surprised because they had a lot of initiative in that sense. Unpacked our bags and hung everything in a tidy manner. Beds always prepared twice a day. Crew very helpful with the toys - we were very demanding in that sense since we wanted everything prepared for the morning - and we required a lot of stuff to be prepared and in the water. Chef is great - always fresh food and great recepies - this boat deserves to be qualified as a michelin star restaurant. Great breakfast and amazing desserts. So overall - great experience.
We would also like to thank you for organising the charter and the embarkment which was very efficient and stress free. I realise that you had to coordinate a lot of things at the last minute. We will be getting in touch with you for our future charters.
Charter on AUSTRALIS around Naples & Amalfi, July 2013
Dear Josh - Thanks a lot for your interest in the charter. It was a great success and we were happy during the whole week. The crew is entirely reliable and efficient. The boat is beautiful with great cabins and deckspace, and it is in a very good shape. We really intend to repeat the charter next year! All was really fine and I am grateful for your efforts.
Charter on JAUNI in Sicily, July 2013
Hi Trina - We have had a fantastic time, one all the family will never forget, what an experience. The crew were fantastic and we all had a lot of laughs. The food was superb and something to remember. The captain, Stanley, is a very capable skipper and Miss Kulani functioned very well, she suited our family perfectly. We would not hesitate to recommend that charter boat and crew to any prospective charterer. Also thank you for your excellent service in looking after us, very much appreciated.
Charter on MISS KULANI in Tahiti July 2013
Hi Amanda - We had a wonderful time on Jaco. The yacht was in good condition and the pictures provided beforehand were a fair representation. Michelangelo was a great captain. We really enjoyed hanging out with him, as he was friendly, trustworthy and willing to do whatever we needed to ensure an enjoyable trip. I would highly recommend him to others. Francesco was also very friendly...He was very hard working and an incredible chef. Our best meals might have been what we had on the boat versus at the restaurants. They are a great team and really made us feel at home on the boat.
RW, Chartered JACO, July 13 in Italy.
Reia, we had a wonderful charter. The Captain and his crew were excellent. Very kind, flexible and happy. Charter on SEVEN SINS in Croatia, July 2013
Hi Reia - All is going absolutely great! Amazing crew, beautiful layout of the boat and a great chef! The kids are having a great time and so are the adults! Overall this experience is the best we’ve had up until now. It's a pleasure working with you!
Charter on DENIKI, July 2013
Dear Josh, - We'd like to confirm that our Expedition had a great success!!!!! Everybody from our big family is really happy of our norwegian experience! And norwegian weather! Thanks to the crew of Hanse Explorer who made the trip so successful!!!!! The Captain made an excellent job on board! And plus we got two fantastic guides Richard and Petter. We personally really appreciate their help and care for everyone. Thanks to the crew of LAIKA as well. They were very kind....Thank you for your help with organizing our holidays. And hope to have a chance to contact you in the future. Warmest regards.
SK, Chartered HANSE EXPLORER and LAIKA, July 13 in Norway.
Hi Reia - We have just had our first wonderful day and then night in Poros which was simply stunning! Everything onboard is fantastic, the boat is perfect for our family and the crew sensational! We will be 20kg heavier by the time we finish as the chef indulged us with delicious meals for lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Charter on EFI in Greece, July 2013
Amanda, - We had an amazing time, the crew couldn't have been any more professional and friendly. We all feel as if we have 4 new friends now. Thank you for everything!!! I would recommend that crew to anyone.
JD, Chartered TIGERS, June 13 in the Bahamas.
Hi Reia - We had a fabulous time in Greece and the crew and boat were great and very accommodating. The chef was fabulous and we ate everything he prepared! The head girl Iota was absolutely fantastic and took excellent care of us and taught us a bit about the Greek culture and all. The rest of the crew was great as well, a bit shy in the beginning (perhaps they are not so confident with their English) but on the second day everyone warmed up and we felt at home!
Charter on ENDLESS SUMMER in Greece, June 2013
HI Barbara – We have returned from the French Riviera and had a GREAT time - everything went without a hitch, and even the weather behaved well! We were delighted about the yacht and felt very confident with the captain. The crew were all very professional and discreet as requested. The food and beverages onboard were all excellent. I will also take the opportunity to thank you for your outstanding service during the planning. I feel confident that what was agreed was followed through – and the positive outcome confirms this. So…the conclusion is that we for sure can recommend CHARTERWORLD as well as the yacht.
Charter on Sailing Yacht XNOI on the French Riviera in June, 2013
Hi Barbara - The sailing holiday was great. We especially enjoyed the food. Roberto is a great cook and Stefano the captain was very nice and helpful as well. The crew and overall experience was perfect!
Charter on MIAPLACIDUS around Naples & Amalfi, June 2013
Hi Amanda - We did have an epic trip that will provide wonderful memories to all the Family for many, many years.... First and foremost, the entire crew, led by Captain John was spectacular to be around... They fully understood the "family dynamics" (having a 7 year old up to an 83 year old) well and catered to all perfectly... They are a absolutely delightful and experienced team of professionals that went above and beyond to make sure we all had a fantastic experience... Sara would love to have any of the "guys" as Manny's as well. They were so good with the two boys. In addition, Alice may be the best Chef on any yacht! Sara and I have been lucky enough to taste food from the best restaurants and chefs in the world, and Alice is at the top... I am not kidding or being gratuitous.. She is worth her weight in gold, not to mention being a lovely person...
The boat was also extremely comfortable and we enjoyed all the toys... We even contributed to dinner a couple of nights through Beck's fishing with a couple of Mahi Mahi, some Snapper and even a Lobster...The weather also turned out to be "goldilocks like", not too cold and not too hot! All in all very pleasant. We also all fell in love with the Exumas.... For Sara and me, the second time. This will not be our last time on the Ohana....Appreciate all your efforts on our behalf!
CA, Chartered OHANA 154ft, in the Bahamas, June 13
Everything was great!! Terry and Ruth went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. We ate off the boat one night and we all agreed Ruth's cooking was much better, that didn't happen again. Our whole experience was 5 star and that includes the way you handled everything, we can't thank you enough for encouraging us to use terry and Ruth. Thanks again for all you did,!
KS, Chartered Catamaran ReAction, in BVI, June 13
Amanda - We are having a spectacular time and all is going perfectly. Adam has already done back flips off the boat noting that the water is refreshing. So we will all need to follow suit tomorrow. Our crew is wonderful and Silvestro is truly a master chef. Amazingly fresh, delectable meals. And beyond the stellar sea bass sashimi, we rated his tiramisu as one of the finest we have enjoyed. Silvestro, Silvia and Emanuela worked tirelessly to make our trip so enjoyable. We really appreciated all of their efforts, demeanors, and amazing food. Sense was a perfect boat for our family as well.
S, Chartered SENSE, in the West Med, June 13
JM, Chartered SOON COME, in BVI, June 13
Hello Amanda, Thank you. The experience was unparalleled. Carlos and Maribel were amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime. They would be first on my list of any recommendations for this type of holiday.... We want to thank you so very much for allowing us to have the most wonderful vacation aboard the Sea Chateau. This is a vacation we will always remember and we feel so fortunate that we found you. Carlos, your knowledge, expertise and pleasant attitude is just the best...And Maribel, what can I say... You're the best chef in the whole world!! It will be hard to go back to the real world! Thank you!
DL, Chartered SEA CHATEAU in the BVI, April 13
Dear Josh, Sorry for the delay in my reply. We had a lovely holiday and definitely will remember it for many years to come. The staff were all amazing, and cannot fault them in any way. The food was delicious and Jim tried his up most to please all tastes. Thanks again. Best Wishes.
JH. Chartered GOOD TIMES in Bahamas, April 13.
Dear Josh, Hope you are well, though I guess (assuming you are currently in the UK) that you are not having anywhere near as good as time as we are, on board Zingara and hitting 29 degrees every day in the BVI!! Just wanted to let you know that I have today processed a payment for the gratuity for our trip. Chad, Wendy, Cody and Sam have made the experience on Zingara so far just brilliant - they have worked very hard and their attitude is faultless - such that we think they really deserve the gratuity.
SP, Chartered ZINGARA in BVI, April 13.
Hi Reia, Sorry for the slow reply. Adjusting back to the real world has been difficult! Very hard to do the crew and the boat justice – they were absolutely knock-out sensational. We all had the best holiday we have ever been on. Really full-marks to the crew who were just amazing. Thanks for all your help in arranging the trip!
HG, Chartered RAJA LAUT in Myanmar, March 13.
Hi Nick, We had a wonderful time thanks. Everything worked clockwork and we were very sad to leave at the end. The crew were so friendly and helpful and the food really good. Great diving as well. So very pleased indeed and we’ll be back for more I’m sure. Thanks again for all your help in making our holiday so memorable. Cheers
DF. Chartered HONORS LEGACY in the Maldives, March 13.
Dear Nick, Thanks for the note. I would rate Scarena very highly indeed. I think it was our favourite charter so far... out of the 14 or so we have had before. The crew were fabulous and the boat perfect for us.... not too luxurious but just the right balance of luxury and practicality you seek in a proper sailing holiday. I would definitely charter her again.
CH, Chartered SCARENA in St Vincent, March 13.
Dear Amanda, We had a great time and I think all aboard were very happy with the trip. We stayed the first night at White Bay on Jost and since the weather was not so good that night we moved around and stayed in Great Harbor. All meals were aboard and the cooking and menus were awesome. Captain Jeff had some great sea stories and the Mate Linda was very sweet and charming. The idea of not worrying about anchoring and where to overnight worked out well. Big thumbs up for the trip.
OG, chartered GRAND OASIS in BVI, April 13.
Hi Amanda, First, we had an outstanding trip. Our crew could not have been better. Denis was technically an exceptional captain and we always felt safe. Prior to the trip he was very accessible which made us feel more comfortable. He was always willing to make changes in the schedule to meet something we wanted to do. He was thrilled to be chasing humpback whales in the run between St. Bart's and Nevis. As the cruise continued I think we got to know him personally and had some very meaningful evening discussions.
Melissa the chef and Erin the first mate were also excellent. Mel's meals were creative and delicious. She obviously had reviewed our desires and her provisioning was great. She is also a strong sailer and dinghy captain. While at first I felt having a crew of 3 was going to be a little overkill, Erin was great and a strong knowledgeable sailor. Both ladies were very professional, hardworking, and lots of fun to be with on the cruise. The yacht itself met our expectations and was very clean and comfortable….All in all we had a great trip and are already thinking about next year. Thanks for all your help.
DH, Chartered catamaran MOONSTONE, in the Caribbean, Mar 13
We have spent most of our time since our return home on Friday reflecting upon the unbelievable week we spent cruising the BVIs aboard S/Y Nutmeg. The beautiful bays, the turquoise water, the white sandy beaches, the coral, the fish, and the sunsets were all so magnificent. But, to have enjoyed this extraordinary natural beauty aboard Nutmeg was both a treat and a privilege. She is a beautiful and high quality yacht, solidly built, supremely comfortable above and below decks, and – perhaps most importantly – very well maintained. At the end of the day, however, a boat is just fiberglass, wood, plexiglass, engines, electronics, and other systems. It is the Captain and the First Mate who transformed our charter into a dream vacation.
Paul’s, professionalism and seamanship skills were evident from the moment we left the dock at Village Cay to the moment we returned a week later. It was a pleasure to watch the calm and steady way he moved around the boat, handled lines, and controlled most aspects of Nutmeg’s operation. His local knowledge enabled us to enjoy a perfect itinerary which included just about each destination we had hoped to visit, yet we never felt rushed or concerned about where we would spend the night. It was also an absolute pleasure to discuss many aspects of boats and sailing while under way.
Ginette was the perfect First Mate. Her genuine warmth encompassed the entire family from the moment we stepped aboard. Her culinary skills are truly second-to-none. The whole family LOVED each and every meal. While we had provided her with some direction prior to the charter, we could not believe how she tailored each dish to everyone’s particular tastes. Ginette’s attention to detail and special “touches” were also extraordinary. I smile every time I think of Nicole’s little stuffed dog (Bluebell) sitting atop the pillow in her cabin after she made her bed.
In short, Paul and Ginette make an outstanding team who anticipate each other’s moves and I was amazed at how they communicated without even needing to speak some of the time! They also have an unusual talent in that they quickly figured out what makes each member of our family “tick” and catered perfectly to everyone’s wishes. In addition to providing us with an extraordinary charter experience, it was also a pleasure to get to know both of them. This was a vacation that we will never forget for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much for everything that you did for helping create such wonderful memories. With our warmest regards,
R&RP, Chartered Catamaran NUTMEG, in BVI’s Mar 13
Hi Trina, We had a terrific time! That yacht is in great shape, the crew is wonderful with kids, and with adults! I give them very high marks.
JQ, Chartered motor yacht OLGA in USVI in Mar 13
Trina, Everything was just wonderful !!! The Yacht was great, the crew was awesome, the food was a little too good with everyone gaining an average of 3.5 pounds!! We got much needed family time and R&R. And you did a nice job yourself putting all of this together at the last minute for us. Nice Job!! We will do this again! Thank you for all of your help.
TW, Chartered Cat BLISS in the BVI'S, Mar 13
Dear Amanda, This was one of the best charters and Crews we ever had! What a wonderful experience and trip! Rico the Chef was a magician in the kitchen and mesmerized us all with not just delicious dishes but also magnificent presentation that was like art on the plates. We couldn't wait from one meal to another to hear what delicacies he had prepared. He has a particular ritual of coming out to greet the guests at the table at every meal, describing the specific culinary creation they will be tasting; That considerably adds to the experience, particularly as Rico speaks with such passion and charm. He creatively whipped up dishes that were specific to each guests requirement, with ease and smile on his face. He was also happy to spend time and share some of his secrets with us which is so unusual and greatly appreciated ! He was a true treat and so wonderful!
Maria was best we have ever had!! She was there to serve anything anytime, anywhere, with a huge smile, heart, warmth and so eager to please that I truly don't remember ever feeling so pampered. She would memorize what each guest liked and would serve it before you had a chance to even think about it....quite remarkable! Mike and Chris were great as well happy to please us and fulfill any of our requests with a smile! They were all fantastic and we would not replace them with anyone! Thank you for such wonderful Charter! We would repeat it anytime
DM, Chartered LADY SHARON GALE in St. Maarten, March 2013
Hi Amanda, We are settling back in 28 degree (Fahrenheit!!) weather and wishing we were still aboard Banyan! The trip was FANTASTIC - the crew EXCEPTIONAL, the yacht was amazing and we loved the destination. It was absolutely perfect. Thank you for all your help and we can't wait to do it again!!
Best,BG and family, chartered BANYAN in the Exumas
It was a wonderful trip it's so beautiful the family had a great time! The crew and the boat was awesome. Definitely would recommend booking them. You can be very active or lazy, from activities to our meals and service very good! In going to send you some pics.
H Family, chartered PRIMETIME in the Exumas, Mar 13
Hi Trina. We had a FABULOUS time. Truly, a memorable and completely enjoyable experience. The kids will probably always remember the trip. Terry and Ruth were fantastic. They gave us our alone time, but were terrific hosts at the same time. Ruth's cooking was BEYOND -- my kids are still talking about it. Really great. And Terry was so energetic and up for anything, and ensured that the kids had a really wonderful time. Overall, a total win. Thank you for everything. We will definitely be recommending ReAction and the Ross team!
A.N, Chartered Catamaran ReActionin BVI, Mar 13
Dear Sally, The trip was out of this world! We all had a great time and it was really an adventure. I cant wait to do it again sometime in the future. The crew were all professional and the food was undeniably better than any restaurant we went to in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thanks for setting the charter up for us.
CT, Chartered CATBIRD in Puerto Rico, Feb 13
Hi Amanda, Crew were great…chef was the best I’ve ever experienced…boat was good and in good shape…
ER - Chartered Lady Sharon Gale in BVI, Mar 13
Hi Trina. The charter was great. The boat is terrific (I've always been partial to Swans) -- it's in great shape and generally very well equipped. We got in some very nice sailing.
And I can't say enough good things about the crew. I didn't realize that we would be Jeremy's first charter as captain -- it was clear at the outset that he was a bit nervous, but he settled in as the charter progressed and we all had a great time. Claudia is about the best on-board chef I have encountered, and she, Jeremy, and Afric (mate) are all such lovely people and enjoy each other's company so much, that it really added to the week. I am hoping to sail with them again.
In fact, I discussed this boat's schedule with Jeremy and am thinking about chartering it again when they are in Mexico, either later this spring or in the fall. I will be in touch with you once I get a sense from Jeremy whether they will be in La Paz early enough for us to catch them before we get too busy and the weather gets too hot. Thanks again for all of your help with this, especially in light of the last minute nature of the trip. It's really hard to see how it could have gone better.
A.R, Chartered Clevelander, Jan/Feb 2013 in the Caribbean
It is Monday morning and we are just waking up from traveling home. We got off the yacht on Saturday and spent the night in San Juan. I was very pleased with the crew. This was my 5th charter within the last 13 months and by far the best crew. They all had great personalities, and worked very well together. John was a very accommodating captain. I felt like everything happened very smoothly and with precision. I would highly recommend this crew and yacht. Maria was amazing with food, the boat was always very clean, overall a great experience. Would go again. Thanks,
R & L. G - Chartered DAMRAK, St Martin, Jan 2013.
There are no words to express how wonderful everything was. To begin, the crew was adorable. They were very discreet, which is very important, they were not often seen. Very polite and proper, but the best was their desire to please. The comfort of the boat was amazing. I have chartered many times and had never seen such spacious bathrooms. I loved it, closets and everything. There is different spaces to be in and people can relax alone which is most necessary. The only thing I would criticise is that there is no good area to sun bathe, the upper part with the spa pool is not very practical, but other than that everything was amazing. It was an amazing vacation and I thank you for that because you had a lot to do with it. We are both very grateful for all that you did. We shall be in touch for sure.
A & G.A Chartered EL JEFE in St. Thomas, Dec / Jan 13
Trina, The entire trip could not have been better. I would like you to forward my thanks to the owner for having chosen such a wonderful crew and a great vessel. Although Mary was a last minute fill-in as chef, she was magnificent. They made my entire party feel so welcome and could not have been nicer. The weather was challenging at times, but Andy did everything he could to make sure we were somewhere enjoyable, yet safe. I am sure that we will do another trip like this in a couple of years. We even talked about trying the Amalfi Coast in the Spring of 2015. Feel free to send me some info on any yacht’s that you work with that would work for a group like mine in that venue. All the best!
T.R Chartered SEAS THE MOMENT in St Thomas, Jan 13
Hi Amanda, Hope you had a Happy New Year! We got home last night and had a wonderful time. The boat itself was great! Gunnar and Meghan did a great job. Meghan is a great cook and has a lovely manner about her. Gunnar was a Captain! very nice and eager to please. we all felt very safe with him. They were both also a lot of fun. We covered 8 islands in eight days so we were active. We did have Christmas winds but we got use to it. All said we had awesome time on Destiny and we would definitely book them again. Thanks for all your help.
M.B Chartered DESTINY Jan 13 in Grenada, Caribbean.
Hi Amanda, Happy New Year!! Our holiday was wonderful! Allen and everyone on Hye Seas was fantastic....we definitely got spoiled. The diving was good not the best we have had but the islands were lovely and weather great as well. I think Hye Seas is a great size boat for 2 couples, very comfortable and gets around pretty quick too.
Allen was so much fun and the crew really fulfilled everything we asked for on preference sheet. Allen was also very open to any changes we wanted to make or the weather dictated. I would recommend the whole package to anyone and feel very confident they would not be disappointed.
You were also so great to work with as I looked backed on our e mails, we really put this great trip together in a flash! I hope we can work together in the future. Thank you again and I hope 2013 is a smooth sailing year for all!! Let's keep in touch.
SR. Chartered HYE SEAS in Jan 13, Phuket, Thailand.
Hi Trina, We had a wonderful trip! 42, was well maintained, clean and a perfect size for our family! The crew was professional and accommodating to every one of our needs. We were very relaxed and loved the slow pace that we had requested. Our son, home from college, slept for 3 days...it seemed. The food was delicious, the kids had expressed a concern of there not being enough food before we left home (three teen boys eat constantly) but Ruth kept us fully satisfied at all times. Our family had a wonderful "family" vacation and we would love to go back some day. Thank you for all your help. Sincerely,
S.T Chartered Catamaran 42 The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything Else in the Virgin islands, Caribbean, Jan 13
Hi Amanda, Happy New Year! We had an absolute amazing time. The captain and crew were amazing :) We will definitely love to jump back on Victoria del Mar again. Thanks for checking in! Best,
M.P Chartered Victoria Del Mar in the Bahamans Jan 13
Hi Amanda, Our trip on the FLIP FLOP was beyond any expectations! We had the most fantastic time. The boat was perfect and very comfortable for the whole family. Our every need was attended to and the crew were skilled, charming and fun to hang with! We had wonderful dives, all learned to paddle board (one of the high lights) and used all the toys. Ashley's food was exactly to our tastes.... light, fresh, delicious! The only hard part was coming home! and we really hope to be able to do a vacation like this again. Thanks for all you help. Best,
RM - Chartered Catamaran FLIP FLOP in December 2012 in the BVI.
Hi Amanda, We had a really great time. Nice yacht, tremendous crew!
S.B Chartered motor yacht LIONSHARE, Dec 12 in St Martin
To the crew of Freedom, It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I am writing this thank you note and recommendation.
First the thank you. On behalf of (all of us) we want to thank you for giving us the best vacation ever. Without a doubt your kindness, hospitality, helpfulness and great cooking, made this an always enjoyable, relaxing and carefree holiday like no other.
For those considering chartering a boat for a holiday, I can say that it is incomparable to any experience you will have at a hotel/resort. It is fun, adventurous, relaxing and beautiful all at the same time. However, the experience is highly dependent on the crew. We have friends who did not have the same experience as we did because of their crew, which is why I am writing this letter, to make it easier to assess the team running Freedom.
Fredrick (Captain), his wife Barbie, and brother Len made this trip very special. The team made sure that everyone was well looked after, comfortable, well fed and always happy about everything, whether it be excursions to shore, restaurant choices, activities (scuba diving, snorkeling or just hanging out) or sharing their knowledge about the region. The food Barbie (and Fredrick – don’t miss his amazing French toast) prepared was wonderful. Cocktails were great (Len went to great lengths to find a drink that matched our perfect idea of a tropical fruit mix – ask for a Hummingbird) and the sailing was fun. Whatever we seemed to want the crew was excited to make happen.
We were traveling with our son (13) and daughter (16) with school roommate. In addition we had four more of our daughters friends join us for New Year’s eve. We usually travel to 5 star hotels and have been to many places around the world. This is not the same – just better and more exciting. All of us, at the end of the trip and without hesitation, declared this the best vacation we have ever been on. - Sincerely,
M.M Chartered Catamaran Freedom USVI, Dec / Jan 13
We had a fabulous vacation! Aubrey and Perrine were a perfect match for our family. They were easy going, took us to some great spots, fed us with fabulous food and took care of all of our needs. Thanks for all your help with arrangements. My best,
A.R Chartered catamaran Naej, BVI Dec 12
Hi Amanda We had a fabulous time. Arno and Petra were terrific. They really accommodated all of our needs/interests…. The food was really great - Petra is a great cook, and as you know, Arno has a keen hand for baking bread. I would definitely recommend Obsession for others interested in cruising in this area. The boat is very comfortable and really has the perfect layout, with lots of outdoor space - both covered and exposed to the sun - so you can have what you want. The rooms were all comfortable, with plenty of space for storing clothing/luggage, and the bathrooms were very nice/comfortable as well. My brother had plenty of opportunity to fish and the rest of us had lots of swimming/snorkeling time. All in all, a great trip. My mother was/is very glad we did it. Thanks for your help throughout the process!
R.L chartered MY OBSESSION in the Caribbean Virgin Islands in Dec 2012
Dear Reia- I wanted to write to you about our last charter on "IMPULSE". It was even better then last time!! Tim, Yollande and Bernadette did an exceptional job and we felt among friends who took care of us in an unbelievable wonderful way. Time was flying much too fast and 4 days is definitely not enough and everybody felt somehow sad when we left.
Yollande again did her "cooking magic" and created wonderful meals we still talk about and she also created for me an amazing "pre-birthday-dinner". Bernadette as always took excellent care of us in her friendly and lovely way, always with a charming smile. Tim attentive and helpful as always made sure that we had the prime-spot in St. Tropez port.
For my sister it was the first yacht charter and she only said .... "a dream became true". She was overwhelmed by the care and friendliness shown by the crew. We had a wonderful time on board ..... "We will be BACK" :-)
A.B chartered MY IMPULSE, Sunseeker 90 on the Cote D'Azur, Sept 2012
The following comments are excerpts from a 2 page testimonial from DM who chartered Serenity 86 in Sept 2012. Please contact our CharterWorld consultants to read the full 2 page feedback.
We have just returned from our two week charter of "Serenity 86". The trip could not have been more perfect and all aspects of the charter exceeded our expectations…The boat is meticulously maintained. The bright & varnish work look as if they were finished yesterday. The decks are as smooth as silk without blemish…The condition of the interior cabins, heads, showers are all essentially brand new. Everything is ship shape at all times... She is simply in another class than most of the Gullets we observed during our cruising….Captain Mehmet, former navy, runs a very tight ship. The crew are polite, friendly (all have a great sense of humor) and very attentive to all the needs of the guests….The crew is professional in every respect, anticipating all needs and accommodating all requests within their range of capabilities. They operate as a well-oiled team when berthing, raising or lowering sails, anchoring or simply under sail.. The cook performs miracles!.. All in all this was the trip of a lifetime that far exceeded the expectations of all on board. We credit your recommendation to select "Serenity 86" and the professionalism and warmth of the crew as well as the quality of the boat for the result... Once again, thanks to you for your knowledge, professionalism, follow through and focus that made all this possible.”
DM who chartered Serenity 86 in Sept 2012
Hi Trina- The charter was wonderful. I really appreciate a fast sport yacht now. We were able to zip around from place to place very quickly. The crew is also excellent and very helpful, especially the captain who obviously has a lot of contacts in the area because we always had the prime dock locations. This was very nice in the St Tropez harbor. The captain made sure our reservations were made and had many helpful suggestions on places to go and things to do. The entire crew did everything to make sure we enjoyed our time.
Charter on the Mangusta ABILITY, South of France, Sept 2012
ANNABEL II and her crew was above our expectation and the cruising area gorgeous.
Hi Josh - The charter was fantastic in all areas. The crew and the boat magnificent.
In particular, Jean – Max as skipper was by far the best we have had to date, everything a skipper should be and more. The chef, Jazper was amazing and managed to cook something different every day..."
Charter on M/Y PHANTOM Sunseeker 28m, Cote D'Azur, Aug 2012
In regard to our stay on RIVIERA, it was a very nice comfortable motor yacht. It met up to our expectations exactly. The crew was very attentive but we were only the two of us therefore there honestly wasn't too much for them to do. We enjoyed Capri and Positano immensely and spend three days in the Capri vacinity. Two nights docked in the port Marina Grande, but in all honesty the best night in Capri was anchored in the waters of Marina Piccola. We had the opportunity to swim and spend a nice day at Marina Piccola whereas that was not possible in the Marina Grande port. All in all, we had a very nice time.
MY RIVIERA, Naples & Amalfi, Aug 2012
Josh - We had a really fantastic time! Boat was perfect - big fan of Cats now! Crew were really top - very experienced capt, great number 2 and great cook. We'd like to repeat in 2014!
Charter on MOBY DICK, August 2012
Hi Amanda, We had the most amazing charter, filled our expectations to the fullest; Steph, Cecilia and Dan were excellent. Thank you for your help in organizing such a memorable trip.
Chartered LUPA OF LONDON August 2012.
Reia - We had a fantastic trip. The boat, crew and itinerary were perfect. Special mention to the cook too. All crew were so accommodating. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
NAVILUX in Croatia, August 2012
Hey Amanda, A quick thank you for helping to put together the most incredible, relaxing vacation that Kelly has ever had. Truly spectacular. Many, many thanks, -
JB, Chartered motor yacht EL JEFE in the Caribbean in August 2012.
Hey Amanda - We can’t say enough great things about the Aurum and Croatia. Jere and his crew were phenomenal. The boat was beautiful and spacious, the food and service were outstanding, all of our wishes were accommodated. The different ports we went to were all interesting and beautiful in their own right. We highly recommend this trip to any of your clients. DT,
Chartered AURUM in August 2012 from Split to Dubrovnik
Amanda, thank you for your message, and very briefly, everything was outstanding and surpassed our highest expectations, we need to repeat it very soon and very often, with your help of course. The entire crew deserves a double gold medal, very professional, very attentive and very cordial. James, Amanda and Captain Monsen were extremely delightful in every sense, even though we have thanked them profusely already, and try to at least proportionally remunerate them as well, please do convey our sincere thank you once again. And above all, thank you very very much for all the suggestions, and all your efforts and diligence in this endeavor, extremely appreciative of all your work. Please do keep in touch and were you to need anything from us, do not hesitate to contact us, take care and best wishes.
RJS Chartered S/Y LIBERTE in the BVI in July 2012
Hi Reia - We really enjoyed the cruise. The Ionians and particularly Antipaxos were great. The team and Captain Will were great. Food was excellent. And the children enjoyed all the toys a lot.
Charter on FOUR ACES, Croatia and the Ionian Islands, July 2012
Dear Reia, Please forgive me for taking so long to write to you. Itt was a fantastic success! Everything went like clock work, the agent who met us and briefed us back on the boat was good. The boat surpassed our wildest dreams, it is really lovely, and the crew were brilliant, there wasn't much communication as their English ranged from basic to none but one called Jay spoke English and that was a great help. The Captain was very good, he spoke enough English to tell us where we were going. He fulfilled our brief of getting away from the crowds into secluded bays and he found us some lovely places to moor. He also went above and beyond by sending the youngest crew member Alpi out in the motor boat to find 2 of our teenagers who had stayed out all night in Kalkan and got them back to the boat before we sailed at 6am!!
We had 5 crew altogether, I was expecting three, so we were very spoiled, bliss. The chef produced 3 wonderful meals a day and we all enjoyed Turkish cooking, it is so fresh and healthy and although we ate masses we didn't get too fat. At night they always BBQ'd over the edge of the boat.
I loved the way the boat was laid out with so many different areas to swim and sunbathe or just lie in the shade and read. The night of the birthday celebration the crew really did us proud and made the table look really festive and served us with great style. Jay and the Captain went out of their way to please us and they found lovely places for us to go and the whole crew were extremely kind and helpful. No complaints, it was all wonderful, the heat, the silence, the clear blue water the views, I miss it! So finally, a big thank you to you, Reia, for arranging everything so well for us and being so kind, patient and efficient.
Charter on KAYHAN 11 in Turkey, July 2012
Dear Josh, "Indeed the charter went very well and my feedback is quite simple: yacht: outstanting performance and comfort, Captain: excellent in all respects, crew: very polite, high performing, providing top services…and top quality food/meals. In all we had a wonderful experience. Thank you and best wishes"
Charter on Ludynosa G in July 2012
Hi Trina - It was one of the best weeks of my life. Everything was more than Perfect.
Charter on FATHOM in the South of France, July 2012
Hi Reia - My 8 family members are departing with wonderful stories, pictures and very fond memories, especially from the Star of the Sea. What a perfect match - the yacht, Captain Ish, and the entire crew. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. As you know, our group ranged in age from 10 - 70 and included a variety of interests and energy levels.
Andy provided all the water toy time and excitement the young ones could have ever imagined. Mark's meals were wonderful and many new tastes were experienced as well as some familiar favorites. Andrea, Jodi and Suzi provided a perfect mix of warmly personal and highly professional service and interaction with everyone. We didn't see Richard as much, but when we did he was most delightful.
I cannot say enough about Istvan. From his first phone call to me through our settling of the account and saying good-bye, I was touched by his graciousness. I attribute our amazing overall experience to his leadership and integrity. Although everyone loved
the atmosphere and accommodations on the Star of the Sea, it was Captain Ish they would want to travel with again. Perhaps that says it best. Thank you for all of your fine attention to detail and work with me to plan such a lovely charter. The only mistake I made was not planning for more time on board.
Charter on STAR OF THE SEA on the Cote D'Azur, July 2012
The trip was amazing we all loved it. The itinerary was perfect. Thanks for all the help.
Charter on Lagoon 500 INFINITY in Greece, July 2012
Hi Reia - We had a wonderful charter – the yacht was just perfect and had the best crew that we have had yet. The captain was very nice, knew a lot of special and beautiful places around Corsica – a French captain in French waters is a very effective combination. We had a GREAT time...
Charter on THE SNAPPER in Corsica, July 2012
Hi Amanda, I wanted to forward a formal note of thanks regarding our charter of the S/Y Orion last month. We are truly spoiled, had a trip of a lifetime, and dream of the next time! We made fast friends with the crew, who saw to our every need with joy and smiles. And oft wry humor! We relished food from a true artist (who owes me a few recipes!) We enjoyed amazing views of the Amalfi coast, the beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida. Explored Grottos, piazza’s and named several anchorages after the Capitan or crew/guest, as we saw fit. My children are now ruined bohemians! Destined to ply the seven seas as rogues, trained by the very best! It was a great boat, greater crew, super adventure for a lucky family. Thank you for your personal touch on the business end and we look forward to working with you again, soon.
Chartered sailing yacht ORION in Italy, June 2012
Our charter has come to an end and we are all so sad! We had a great time and most definitely want to do another in the coming year. We had a great staff super professional and trustworthy. Captain Monty was most helpful and everyone one board did their best to entertain and serve us. We also had a great chef and we found that most of the time we dined in. We found that the Callista was a great choice for the number of people that we were, the rooms spacious and everything just to our needs. Thank you for this great experience and we are looking forward to maybe Montenegro and Croatia or perhaps Turkey next year?
C.Z chartered CALLISTA in Sardinia and Corsica, June 2012
Dear Trina, We returned from our BVI cruise aboard Jeri and what a wonderful vacation we had! The boat was maintained impeccably and suited our needs perfectly. The spaciousness of the master cabin was unbelievable. What made this trip unique was how Sophie and Alain catered to our every wish… How Sophie manages to turn out gourmet meals on a boat is amazing. Her cooking is superb, varied, and she always kept our dietary needs in mind. Alain was always willing to sail and in addition to taking us wherever we wanted to go, he often had good suggestions regarding beaches and snorkeling. He gladly accompanied us with the dingy to make my husband feel more at ease when the snorkeling was not near the boat. He was happy to "talk" sailing with my husband and to explain some of the boat's systems to him. Both Sophie and Alaine were warm and likeable and we enjoyed just visiting with them. We highly recommend Jeri and her crew to anyone who wants a 5 star sailing adventure. Thank you, Trina, for all your help and we are considering the possibility of a future charter.. We will certainly call you if we decide to pursue this idea.
Charter on catamaran JERI in BVI June 2012.
Dear Josh, Many thanks for the great experience we had. Wayne and the rest of the crew could not have been better, they were great. Thank you for your help in this charter and i will definitely do it again and will recommend you and charterworld. Thanks again.
Chartered ELYSIUM, June 2012
Hi Amanda, - Just a little note to tell you that we are really enjoy our trip. We have a lot of fun here...the boat is so nice and we have a good time with Alex and Stella. They are simply the best. Everything was perfect, no surprise…I mean everything went like you mentioned to us. We can't ask for more and we are really happy. Let's start with Alex....our SUPER captain. Very professional, always calm and always in a great mood, he worked very hard on the boat making sure that everything went perfect, he suggested some modifications to our itinerary which made our visits to the islands completely memorable, We were very impressed by the amount of work he accomplished in one day. Our fantastic hostess Stella......what a fantastic chef!!.....she served us with excellent food....very generous portion (yes, we did gain a few kilos), but it was all worth it! Stella worked so hard from morning till night. She always made sure that everything was perfect on the boat, well!!.. it was not perfect…it was EXCELLENT!!. Stella was smiling all the time and laughing at our sillly jokes, she's been amazing! As you can see Amanda, you now have new customers! - we just can't wait to go back.... :-) Thank you Amanda for your exceptional service and professionalism..!...we'll speak to you soon....!
Charter on catamaran Idea! in Greece, May 2012.
Hi Nick - I would like to thank you for this wonderful time what we had here in Cote'd Azzure! I really hope we will stay in contact. Wish you all the best!
Charter on IMPULSE in the South of France, May 2012
Hi Trina ~ we arrived home late last night. We didn't have Internet access ~ which was perfectly fine! We enjoyed ever minute and had no distractions with the computer!
The trip was exceptional and Alan and Sophie were delightful! We interacted very well and they made us all feel so relaxed.They took us to beautiful beaches and special snorkeling spots that we all could enjoy. The food was delicious and Sophie was always accommodating our children. The boat was spacious and detailed for all of us to feel safe and comfortable. Your recomendation for Sophie and Alan was perfect. We enjoyed their company and attention to all of our needs and wants. Their relaxing and humorous personality made us feel so welcomed. Thank you for helping direct us with planning. This was a truely memorable vacation for our family and we will definitely return again. We tried to convey our gratitude to Sophie and Alan for everything they did to make our trip special, please let them know again, how much we enjoyed ourselves because of their hospitality.
Charter on JERI in the BVI's, April 2012
Amanda, you were excellent to work with right from searching for an appropriate charter thru to assisting with all of the arrangements. And the Captain and crew exceeded our expectations. Overall a great trip.
AJ chartered BEAR MARKET in Cannes for the MIP TV 2012.
Hi Josh, The charter was fantastic! The boat was beautiful and immaculate. All party commented that the brochure doesn't do her justice; maybe something that needs looking at! All crew worked extremely hard to ensure we had a great time and were very sociable. Looking forward already to the next one.
Charter on REE in the BVI's in March 2012
Dear Josh, I would like to thank you for the wonderful holiday that we had. The trip was an amazing success. I would like to go on the same cruise next year on the Calisto with Capt Philippe Cathala. I will get back to you with the exact dates for the trip. Once again, I would like to thank you for the wonderful time we had.
Charter on CALISTO in the Andaman Islands March 2012
The trip was great cannot praise the crew enough no complaints what so ever would recommend them to any one.
KO chartered LADY SHARON GALE in the Leeward Islands March 2012
Hi Trina - First of all, thank you very much. The Lady J was the perfect yacht, and the crew was amazing. Everyone had such a great time, and my expectations were more then exceeded. Thanks again for everything.
J.M chartered LADY J in the Virgin Islands March 2012
Amanda - We have now settled back to reality after our wonderful week at sea in the BVI. We had a great time and got to see and do all the things that we had wanted to. Captain Pat is an excellent captain and host – very friendly and accommodating. Just before we set sail we were able to compile a list of the places that we were interested in visiting with the hope that the weather conditions would facilitate us. In the end, even with strong winds from the east on our last two days, Captain Pat was able to adjust our schedule so that we were always safe but got to visit the Baths and Sandy Cay (the last two places on our list)! In Anegada, we rented a car and Captain Pat showed us around to a few nice snorkelling beaches and even a special spot which was stunningly beautiful, the local grocery, a bakery and even an iguana farm. We were very happy that he is as knowledgeable and familiar on land as well as on the sea. Anton was able to get some hands on experience sailing which he enjoyed and we did get to do quite a bit of snorkelling.
Oteka is in great condition. Captain Pat is meticulous in taking great care of her. Everything looks new and she had all of the facilities and amenities that we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip! Everything came together wonderfully. Thanks for your assistance in making it happen and even for checking up with me during the trip to ensure all was well. Your advice throughout our booking and planning stage was invaluable especially since you are very familiar with the area. Thanks again Amanda!!!
Charter on OTEKA in the BVI January, 2012
The boat was amazing and frankly a steal for the money we paid, even though it was more than we initially budgeted, I don’t remember a single time the crew could have done something, but didn’t, for our enjoyment. The captain is really of excellent temperament and judgement. Frankly it was first rate.
We were really pleased -- the staff were courteous, went out of their way to please, and Captain Marco certaintly knew the area very well. The food was great and well-balanced and the cabins were kept very nicely. In fact, they all worked non-stop. My kids really enjoyed the inflatable chariot and the fishing and also the Molton Brown toiletries! It was a great charter experience and also, a great choice of boat/crew for a large family.
Charter on TAKAPUNA in the Grenadines, January 2012
Hi Reia - Everything was wonderful! Today we came back to reality and I am really missing everyone. It really was a perfect experience and we could not have asked for anything more. Thanks for all your help!
And….Hi Reia, I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on Calliope this past week! The crew and service was absolutely amazing!!! They really make the experience what it is!
CALLIOPE charter in the Leeward Islands, Caribbean January 2012
We couldn't be happier with the boat and the crew. The crew have been absolutely phenomenal in every way possible. It was an absolutely fantastic trip and experience. Both the boat and the crew were first class. The chef was excellent. The weather cooperated so all in all, a first class experience all around. Thank you very much Josh, you've been instrumental throughout the entire process and I look forward to working with you on future charters.
Charter on ODESSA, Caribbean Dec 2011
We had a lovely time on Ombre Blu. The replacement crew Daniele and Simona were just wonderful and really made the trip worthwhile. The children didn't want to leave them! The catamaran was extremely comfortable and roomy. (I would definitely choose a catamaran again next time.)
Chartered OMBRE BLU in October, 2011 in Sardinia
It has taken me a week to come back to reality since my wonderful birthday on your boat! My husband Tim, my friends and I had SUCH an amazing time and I just want to thank you for all of your hard work helping make everything work as well as it did! I think we will all be talking about the boat and the party for months! Everything was so perfect; the table setting, the food, the organisation.....I could go on and on....it was all fabulous! I do hope I can find an excuse to use the boat again in the future!
Charter on COSTA MAGNA, South of France, Sept 2011
Hi Sam - We all had a wonderful time. Captain Ben and all the crew were great. Not much more I can say except more superlatives.
J chartered GIORGIA on the French Riviera, Sept 2011
Dear Sam, Thank you so very-very much from me and all of my friends – we have really enjoyed our stay on board. The entire crew was very helpful and friendly, food (cooked on board) was delicious, vodka was cold and the tea was hot- just as we wanted it to be. No joke – the service and treatment we received on board were at the outstandingly high level. Thank you very much for organizing such a great vacation for us all!
SS chartered REEGES DREAM from France to Sardinia in Sept 2011
The trip Was very good, thanks for asking. Dan and Steph do a great job and would recommend them unreservedly.
KM chartered LUPA OF LONDON in Corsica September 2011
Sam - Thank you for all your help organising this charter. We had a great time. We thought that the Rosinante was an outstanding boat and the crew were also terrific. The service provided by them well exceeded our expectations.
C chartered ROSINANTE OF NOTIKA in Croatia in August 2011
Josh - we had a great vacation on Cento. A very nice yacht, well maintained and a superb crew. It was clearly one of the best crews in my experience (15 charters in the last 18 years). All in all an outstanding experience and no complaints.
D chartered CENTO in the Balearics in July 2011
I recently had the opportunity to join Grae on board Annabel II for 10 nights around the Aegean. I am writing to thank you so much for the most amazing holiday I have ever had. Not only were we surrounded by beautiful scenery, Annabel 11 was just gorgeous. Having never been on a cruising holiday before, this holiday far exceeded any expectations I had. Andrew was a fantastic captain, Lance produced the most stunning food at every meal, and the other crew were friendly and attentive to all of our needs. Again, thank you for the Annabel 11 charter. You have now changed the way in which we want to holiday in the future.
DB chartered ANNABEL II in Turkey July 2011
Hi Josh - Charter was excellent (couple of days of bad weather when we couldn’t sail). Crew looked after us extremely well. Boat lived up to expectations. Would I use you again? “Definitely”. Would I charter Grand cru III again? “Yes”.
JP chartered GRAND CRU III in France in July 2011
Reia - The weather was not 100% but we did enjoy the boat very much. Captain Greg and his crew were excellent and I believe that made all the difference. Beside, Lionshare has all the toys that we needed for all weathers. We definitely will charter again next year.
J.S chartered LIONSHARE in Sardinia in July 2011
Trina - Our trip was wonderful. The crew on the Miss Kulani was awesome, the boat, the islands and the weather were amazing as well. I would like to put in a strong recommendation for your other customers for Tahiti charters and if the price range is appropriate - the Miss Kulani. It seems a perfect place for novice sailors to go given the unique way in which each island is surrounded by a lagoon. The voyages between the islands are generally an hour or two and then it is like you are in a lake with calm and clear waters of the lagoons. Obviously all the islands are amazing as well. The crew on the Miss Kulani were excellent. Especially Captain Stanley - even though his English was modest - but his intimate knowledge of the area was very valuable. The first mate - Francis - was incredible. He was born in Tahiti, but has an American father and spent 4 years in the US, so his English is excellent. He was so attentive and welcoming and saw to it that every need we had was met. He was particularly gracious to my mother and father-in-law who are in the mid 70s. All in all it was a highly successful first charter for our family. I would love to see others introduced to the same charter experience on the Miss Kulani - I think you would have many very happy customers.
T chartered MISS KULANI in Tahiti, July 2011
Hi Reia - The boat experience was beautiful. I can highly recommend the boat and the crew.
SB chartered Gulet MARENOSTRUM in Turkey, July 2011
Dear Josh, We really enjoyed our stay on REGINA - it was a lovely boat, a great trip and a very good crew. The captain was especially good!! The two women onboard were superb- the rest was very nice too.
S chartered Sailing Yacht REGINA in Turkey, July 2011
Hi Trina - My boss is very, very happy about your company, your attention, the charter, and he said they had wonderful days around Croatia. All of his guests had the same opinion and they are delighted too. We are very grateful for your wonderful professional care and we must say the same about the crew. Thanks Trina! I hope we can work together again!
MC chartered Azimut HAPPY SPIRIT in Croatia in July, 2011
Dear Reia: Everything was terrific. The crew was very helpful and friendly. We had a tremendous time. Thanks again for your help in putting this together. We’ll definitely recommend you, and LITTLE JEMS to friends. Thank you for a most memorable birthday!
K & L chartered LITTLE JEMS in St Tropez, July 2011
Hi Trina, just wanted to let you know what we had a super time on the boat and the crew were fantastic. Weather was great the whole time and we spent most time in Sardinia in the end.
J chartered Motor Yacht L Esperance in Sardinia, July 2011
Hi Trina: Yes we're back. The charter exceeded all expectations. The boat is excellent and the crew first class. Crew is full time for the owner which I have learnt helps! Attention to detail just magnificent. Captain is quiet but clearly sets the high standards. The chef is seriously good. I cannot think of anything I would fault and I would definitely recommend Arioso to others. We will definitely be chartering next year - and we will seriously consider going back to Arioso. Really appreciate your help.
JB chartered ARIOSO in the Bahamas, July 2011
Sam - I'm pleased to report that everyone enjoyed the trip very much, and thanks very much for your help in organizing everything. The skipper and crew were excellent.
N. chartered ALTAIR in Greece in July, 2011
Hi Reia, I'm still busy at work but I have to respond to you now! That was the best vacation ANY of the 10 of us has ever had!!! Greg and his crew are simply the best! We had a very tearful goodbye yesterday. Especially Daniel the chef! He's just beyond amazing!!! And VERY inexpensive! It only cost €50/person/day for 3 of the most amazing meals you have ever had!!! I really expected to sample local restaurants but we only had one lunch off the boat. I couldn't get anyone away from his meals. I think he was very tired when we left. I took pictures of all of his dishes. I may make us a coffee table book just to see what amazing food looks like! :)
The entire crew worked really hard. The boat was perfect. Perfect layout and size. I was the only diver but the other 3 adults and all of the kids, except the 11 yr. old, dove many time and are now hooked and will get PADI certified. That was a very big surprise for all of us. Tom the dive master was outstanding! The diving was spectacular as well. Each site got better. We had a blast with all of the crew. I'm told Amy gave great massages! I didn't get a chance to get one though I had planned on it. Too much else to do. Greg, along with Phil and Tom, put us in some of the most beautiful anchorages several times a day. We left the itinerary up to Greg and every day was another surprise. He worked the weather so we never had anything but calm anchorages. The nights docked were also great. We had a blast exploring Bonifaccio and Calvi as well as Porto Vecchio. I can't give you all the details of the itinerary as I'm told it's a Captains secret. It WAS that good! :)
Everyone is now a Yachting convert! I knew they would be. I just had no idea how easy it was going to be. I'm sure we'll be planning another yachting trip soon enough. Thank you VERY much for all your hard work in finally making this vacation work with all the restraints we put on you. I think we owe you the credit for resurrecting what I thought might be a dead idea when you suggested we look at Lionshare again. Thank you VERY VERY much!!!
J.W chartered LIONSHARE in Corsica in July, 2011
How was the crew (CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALS), the weather (IDEAL), the yacht (EXCELLENT AND MAINTAINED WITH LOVING CARE BY THE CREW) and the food (THEY SHOULD START THEIR OWN RESTAURANT)? Did everything meet you expectations? (EXCEEDED) K.S chartered MILOS in Greece in July 2011
Dear Reia - We are happy to give you a very positive feedback from our trip which met and even exceeded our expectations.
Although we had not asked for transfers from the airport to the boat, Captain Peter simply told us that he would pick us up and also the transfer back was very comfortable. We all spent a lovely week once again. Peter showed his permanent readiness to assist in all aspects. As far the food was concerned, you have managed to improve and we really enjoyed the wonderful cuisine with Toby as the new chef. G.P chartered MIMI LA SARDINE in Corsica July 2011
It was absolutely perfect! Thank you. Crew could not have been any better. KR chartered ORLANDO L in Croatia in July 2011
Reia, It was fantastic. We are home, but recovering from our yacht hangover is challenge!
The boat was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole crew, and Greg was wonderful about trying to navigate between our big appetite for constant activity and the weather. Daniel's food was extraordinary too! We were very comfortable on board, and enjoyed getting to know the crew over the week. There was really nothing they could have done better for us. Everything went very well.
I'm sure you know we made it all the way up the West Coast of Corsica, and went up over the top and down the East side. We all especially loved Calvi, and had a wonderful mopeding adventure there. There was a nice mix of hiking, biking, mopeding, scuba and water sports, site-seeing and shopping for us. I personally wish I had had one more afternoon of sitting in the sun on the boat, but it was always an option, and our group just never slows down.
As experienced yachters, I think we would have chosen to stay at anchor on last day/night and tender into Bonifacio rather then be in port for last night. It's nicer to look at the horizon than being at the port in Bonafacio, but this is a small change, as we certainly wanted to see and spend time in Bonifacio. It was a great place to end! (Being at port in Calvi was fantastic though because you have a view from there anyway)
We loved the rugged, beautiful terrain of Corsica/Sardinia, and see why biking isn't easy there. Still, we rode bikes in Porto Vecchio one afternoon which was really fun. All in all, it was a home run. Thanks very, very much for all of your help. We all loved it.
Hi Reia - The crew were exceptional. Mark and his team were highly professional, friendly and helpful. Lorraine and her team looked after our every need superbly day and night and Trevor's food was excellent.The yacht itself was superb although there were some mechanical/electrical problems with the crane on the first few days. The itinerary worked out well too. Thank you for all your help - we will be chartering again for a slightly smaller group this time next year. CS from South Africa chartered LADY FERYAL on the French Riviera in July 2011
Trina - words cannot describe how we LOVED everything about Gualtier and Carolyn. So professional, so sweet, extremely the best crew we could have ever wished for. We loved every part of our crew, boat and trip. They will be always in our hearts!! The best honeymoon!!!!! We miss them! Although our personal trainer will not be happy when she sees how many pounds Carolyn packed on us with her awesome cooking. I could go on and on! They rocked the trip!!!!! Thank you, P & M J from USA chartered Catamaran MAEVIE from Anguilla in June, 2011
We had the most heavenly time on the yacht .. It was fabulous and everything was perfect . Thank you... V.S from India chartered PAMPERO in Amalfi June 2011
Hi Sam - first let me say I am sorry that it took us over one week to finally drop a comment, but we wanted to find the right words for what we had experienced. We thought our holiday on MORE MAGIC was going to be wonderful, but the week we have just had exceeded all our expectations! We chartered this amazing, beautiful yacht for one week vacation, going from St. Lucia to the Grenadines. Some of the most beautiful beaches and sailing in the world! The boat was the best we have ever sailed. Spacious and comfortable accommodations. Very clean, beautifully decorated and well maintained. And what a crew! Service and professionalism of the crew was first rate! Alex and Emma were the reason why this holiday really exceeded all expectations! We felt that we were in one of the best hotels that moved each day to yet another fabulous location. Emma's cooking was just marvelous and inspired! Three meals a day and nothing ever served up twice, the food was creative, healthy and delicious. We felt totally pampered and safe at all times. Since we have had many previous crews and trips we can honestly say that this is the best in 20 years of chartering. All I can say is thank you again for another wonderful cruise and guess what – we will be back! Clients from Holland chartered in the 2011 winter in the Caribbean - Grenadines, St Vincent, and St Lucia on yacht MORE MAGIC.
Hi Trina, We have just returned from the BVI's. I can not thank you enough for your excellent guidance with selecting the crew. This being our first charter somehow you were able to understand exactly what we were looking for in a cruise. Chad and Wendy were lovely in ever way and we enjoyed every minute. Beguile is a wonderful boat that is beautifully laid out. We felt pampered and perfectly taken care of the entire cruise. The food was impeccable and the service warm and attentive. I could go on and on we left Beguile feeling like old friends of Chad and Wendy. We look forward to sailing with them again! Warmest Regards. US Clients chartered BEGUILE in the BVI's in Feb, 2011
The charter was great. We were very pleased with the whole experience and particularly liked the crew. We would definitely use them again. US Clients chartered Catamaran MATIRA in the BVI's
Hi Reia- We are all very good, enjoying SILOLONA and all her features of food, diving, watersports etc but most important do we enjoy Patti, her crew and their deep insights of sailing in this part of the world. Best from Phanga Nga Bay. Clients chartered SILOLONA in Malaysia and Thailand in Dec/Jan 2011
Trina - Everything was wonderful. The boat was impeccable, Glenn & Angela were great, the food and wine was amazing, and we had a fantastic time. I'd definitely recommend it to friends and family (and strangers for that matter!). Thanks for all your help with everything! American Clients chartered Catamaran CARIBBEAN DREAM in the BVIs
Reia - JO and crew are wonderful. David is fabulous and we are in love with his cuisine! Thanks for eveything. American clients chartered JO in the BVI's in Dec/Jan, 2011
The trip was fantastic. The crew were great! We had a super time thanks!! I would recommend them and the boat to anyone and everyone. Thanks a lot!! Fantastic. J.R from the UK chartered DA BUBBA in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, Oct/Nov 2010
The cruise was fantastic and the "Impulse" is a truly comfortable and luxurious yacht and we all enjoyed our team there very much. Everything was perfectly prepared when we arrived and the crew was amazing --- Jolande is a fantastic and creative chef who created the most delicious food always wonderfully presented (I very much enjoyed joining her early morning in St. Tropez on her shopping tour to the fish market and other lovely butchers, bakeries and cheese shop where we found the most delicious ingredients for her magical cooking), Bernadette took care of us in the most friendly and attentive way and last but not least Tim, a very helpful and insightful skipper who showed us the most beautiful places. The "Impulse" is a wonderful yacht but the crew made us feel right away at "home" amongst friends. To make a long story short, the cruise was a wonderful and most enjoyable experience and I'm sure it was not the last time I spend time on the "Impulse". A.B from Thailand chartered IMPULSE in St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco in Sept 2010
Dear Josh, Now we're back from a wonderful trip in the Naples area, we would like to thank you for the organization and your support. Everything worked fine, especially our fantastic crew. Salvatore is one of the best Italian cooks we met up to date. Rita was very supportive and fulfilled all of our wishes. Also our Skipper showed us all the beautiful places in the gulf of Naples including Capri, Amalfi and was very careful regarding weather conditions :) As you already promised our vacation was really a dream and we will do it again as soon as possible. Thank you! P. E from Germany chartered RIVIERA in Naples & Capri, Amalfi ...Sept 2010
Hi Reia - We had a fantastic trip simply fantastic. The crew were fantastic – Captain Jiorgos a super hero with all members and especially the kids we had a great time with him and became close friends during the week together. Fedra the cook also a very nice lady. T.H from Denmark chartered Catamaran ANASSA in, Athens, Cyclades, Mykonos, Greece, August 2010
The charter was an amazing experience. The highlight of our trip for all 11 of us. We really enjoyed the crew immensely. The food was outstanding (the chef is Mexican as are we). The itinerary was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed each place we stopped. There was only one significant problem. We didn't have enough time!!! So as you can see, we are charterers now. We will always relish the moments on Andiamo in every way. F.O from USA chartered M/Y ANDIAMO in, Portofino, Bonifaccio, Porto Cervo, Corsica, France in August, 2010.
Dear Reia: Sorry for late reply, just returned home. Just a small mail to say that we absolutely loved the charter (on LIONSHARE) and greg and his crew did everything to make it a success. Even so there are younger boats, the crew makes all the difference ....M.P from South Africa chartered Motor Yacht LionShare in Porto Vechio, Ajaccio, St Tropez, Corsica, July 2010
Chelsea, Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the crew of the Shangani for looking after us on our exciting and much enjoyed cruise around Thailand. Not only was the scenery spectacular the yacht was a perfect way to see the area and the support and company of the crew made the holiday one to remember. Bo was a fantastic chef who not only delivered great meals, she was a delight to deal with, always wanting to make sure we were looked after, little Rosie was always on hand to cater for all our needs, and made everything so easy for us we didn’t have to do anything and nothing was a problem. The boys were also great support, if we wanted to go snorkelling or a ride on the kayaks they had everything organised, and made everything so easy to do. The crew are such a delight to deal with and made us feel so welcome on your yacht.
We felt like the crew were part of our lives and couldn’t leave without having a few beers with them, just to say a huge thank you for making our holiday such a wonderful experience. That was our way of saying thanks for such a wonderful holiday. You have a great team who really compliment the beautiful yacht that make the experience one to remember.
Thanks so much for a wonderful holiday.
Chartered SHANGANI in Phuket, Thailand July 2010
Just a brief note to let you know we had a great week aboard the Lady Thuraya. The yacht is in great condition, everything appears as new the furnishings are tasteful and comfortable and all the fixtures worked perfectly well. The navigation equipment also appears state of the art, looks like the renovation was extensive and very complete.
But what really made our stay most enjoyable was the crew, always ready and anticipating our every desire, attentive to the smaller details, always a smile on their face and a genuine interest in providing us with an unforgettable experience while giving us all a great sense of safety and security with their professional attitude and ease of maneuvering the sailboat even into the tightest of mooring spots. The food was delightful and light, impecably served, totally appropriate for the heat we experienced; pity that Frans will not make a career of cooking on yachts! Bravo! M.M from Portugal chartered in Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor in Croatia, July 2010
Hi Trina - Our trip was amazing!! G & Caroline are the best crew ever and we all loved them so much and felt so spoiled. I am missing Caroline’s cooking dearly. Thank you both so much for helping us coordinate this amazing journey. Our whole group agreed it was the best trip they have ever taken. My husband & I are also very in love with Maevie. It’s a gorgeous yacht!! It was in tip top shape from top to bottom every day at sea. The crew never stopped to rest the entire week. They are very hard workers & we were very fortunate to have them. A.K from USA chartered in Amalfi, Capri, Positano, Naples, Italy in July 2010
Hi Trina - I want to pass along our thanks for a lovely time on the Mare Nostrum. Not only is she a magnificent boat (new, well kept, lots of outdoor space, equal sized and lovely room with beautiful bathrooms) that is well equipped (jet ski, kayak, water ski), but the service and attention of Galip (the owner who was with us the entire trip!) and his team was truly EXCEPTIONAL!!!
From meals that would be hard to find in the nicest restaurants to daily adventures experiencing the local flavors and personality, we could not have been happier. We have been all over the world with our family and we would have to say that our trip on the Mare Nostrum surely has been one of the best. Our hearty thanks! M.N from USA chartered in Turkey in Bodrum, Dalaman, Gocek in July 2010
We were most pleased. I cannot commend enough our Captain and crew. We loved DRUMBEAT and would highly recommend it's charter to all. Thank you for accommodating us on such short notice. M.W from USA chartered in Vanuatu, South Pacific, in July, 2010
Dear Reia: Thanks for all your hard work. The week was fantastic. We all loved the boat and especially the crew. They did an amazing job of looking after us for the week. Pascal is a great captain and made all the family feel safe as well as ensuring that we had a wonderful schedule.
Thanks again. We will be back next year. M.H from Paris chartered GRAND BLEU VINTAGE in Croatia, June 2010
It was really a fantastic trip. The boat was absolutely gorgeous and the perfect size. Greece was so gorgeous. Kids enjoyed it so much but mostly the water sports ie, jet ski etc... The crew was excellent and the were very attentive, food was delicious and all in all no complaints what so ever.... Reia thank you again for everything. 2 out of 2!! thank you for your excellent service!!!!! UK Family chartered Motor Yacht ANASSA in Greece in June, 2010
Trina, Everything was perfect! The yacht, the crew, activities... The crew in particular was off the charts! They really did go out of their way to please us. Please release the full amount of the gratuity. I have nothing but good things to talk about the charter, an opinion shared amongst all of the guests. Thank you for all your help with the charter of Miracle, everything went smoothly and you were very professional and efficient during the whole process. I will not hesitate in contacting you for our next charter (next year, hopefully!!). Miracle BVI's charter (british Virgin Islands) Caribbean in April 2010
Sorry for the delay.... but the trip was great. Thanks for all the help. The food was awesome, and my daughter and I became certified divers. The captain was very good and helpful. J.E chartered TRILOGY in the Virgin Islands, April 2010
Everthing went excellent. We all were very much satisfied with the service the crews had extended. Thank you a million. J.I from Japan chartered EN'LESS in the Leeward Islands, Caribbean in March 2010
The trip was off the charts, Trina. Absolutely fabulous. All of us said it was the best vacation we’ve ever had. Gary & I have been to lots of great places in the last 5 years—Italy, Greece, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Maui, Victoria, Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Aruba, etc-- and at five star hotels. Jim, Amanda and Catamaran Bliss exceeded our expectations. I could blither on and on but that says it all. THANK YOU for making my 10 year dream a reality, Trina. - Feb 2010 charter Bliss in the BVI's
We had a fabulous time on Priorities! Rich and Lisa catered to our every need, the food was amazing, they are both so nice and knowledgable about the area and of course Reggie was as adorable as his picture. Thank you for setting everything up for us. We would have rebooked for next year before we even got off the boat but we have an extended family vacation for my mother-in-law's birthday that's already been planned for next February. Thank you again. It was a pleasure working with you planning our trip. Chartered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI's) in Feb 2010.
Dear Trina, Greg enjoyed his trip thoroughly, he was thrilled with the boat, and the crew. I cannot thank you enough for helping to get this all done and coordinated on such short notice and with the holidays. I will be sure to contact you for his next charter trip. Have a great day!
Thank you so much for organizing our En'Less charter. I really appreciate your hard work in getting it organized. Your diligence in following up to make sure we had thought of everything, and your honesty and integrity in bringing to our attention the lower actual cost of the boat right at the start. I have already recommended your services to a few people and will continue to enthusiastically do so. I look forward to working with you to book many more charters in the coming years. Chartered in the Leeward Islands Dec/Jan
Bonjour Trina, just wanted to thank you on behalf of all of the Hamiltons, Rogers, Vanderveens and Metherall crew. Our charter was better then we had expected, everything from the food, to the crew were outstanding. We would recommend your charter to our friends and family and if we were ever to consider a charter in the future to the Tahitian Islands, it would be yours. Thanks Trina for all of your help and I know you went out of your way to make sure all of the details and information was well executed. Job well done!! - Chartered Tahiti, Bora Bora in Nov.
Dear Reia - As promised, I wanted to provide you with some further feedback on our experience this year on ELEMENT which I am happy to share with other prospective charterers of this yacht.
1) The Captain was superb. He was very informative, welcoming, and in total charge of the team. He knew the area well and was willing to help us in any which way he could so that we would have a wonderful experience.
2) The rooms were wonderful with all the necessary amenities, great working showers and facilities.
3) The layout was also great with nice size sitting areas and deck on top was were we mostly stayed.
4) The "front staff" were the most attentive of the past seven charters we have had: welcoming, extremely pleasant, highly professional, attentive and yet not intrusive. They maintained the cabins is perfect condition. As Ian says, they provided a 7-Star service.
5) Jonathan the chef was superb in his selection of food, the presentation, the quality, and taste. My clothes are a great testament to his abilities as after 5 days on the boat I already feel my clothes to be extremely snug!!
6) Paul, Andy, and David were also some of the nicest people we had met on any of the previous boats. They were very careful that we were safe at all times and enjoyed our activities in the sea.
7) The engineer was also great simply because we as guests did not experience any problems with the boat or the equipment.
Overall, I think we should give it a 98 out of 100 score (98 because only God is perfect!)
Thanks very much for recommending this yacht.
Chartered in Amalfi, italy in the Western Mediterranean.
HI Reia - Everything was great thanks, Croatia was gorgeous, the weather and islands were amazing! The boat worked out really well, we ended up staying in Split overnight and then went to Trogir for a bit , then up to Skradin for the night, went to Krka National park the next day to hang out at the falls. After that we headed to Vis and Bisevo to see the blue caves, then off to Vela Luka for the night and the next day headed to Korcula, next stop was Hvar for the day and finally on the way home we stopped in at Bol on the Island of Brac before we finished in Split...... it was great, we saw loads, relaxed and got a nice tan! The skipper worked out well, he knew the locals and all the little places to go so it was very easy for us. Thanks so much for all your help, you have been great. RN from Hong Kong chartered in Croatia, Aug.
Dear Reia - The trip was wonderful. The boat was really good and the crew was amazing. Everything ran very smoothly, the weather, the itinerary, etc. Thanks for everything. Looking forward for next year! M. K from Brazil chartered in Croatia, Aug
We really appreciated the cruise. Crew and food was excellent. The captain manages very well the boat. We had plenty of good times - diving, kite surf and many activities.... We are very happy and thanks for organising the good weather too! S.B from Switzerland chartered in Sardinia Aug.
The captain was amazing. Very professional but a nice outgoing man as well. The 2 crew members were so nice and accommodating. They didn’t speak English that well but we were able to communicate anyway. The food they cooked was very good and served us very well. I really enjoyed our days on the boat. BB from USA chartered Amalfi, Aug
Dear Reia - We all more than enjoyed our stay on board Grand Bleu Vintage. Everything was just perfect and the staff were highly professional. We may be willing to renew the experience next year depending on where the ship will be cruising early July. Please keep me informed if you and when you know something about it. Thanks once again for your assistance. E.M from Switzerland chartered in Croatia, July
Hi Reia - In terms of feedback, we didn't wish to leave the boat!! We could have quite happily started all over again. The boat and crew were excellent; they could not have made us feel more welcome. Some of the waters we travelled in and areas we visited were new to Gary but he made every effort to read about the area and local tourist attracts so he was as aware as possible of the local history. Robbie's food was out of this world, it was just amazing, always so light but so full of flavour, also the presentation was just fabulous; I now have a collection of photos of Robbie's food! Kerry couldn't have done enough for us, she was just excellent. Jo to was great and really nice. We all had a wonderful two weeks and can't thank the crew enough for their efforts. S. H from the UK chartered ANNABEL II in Croatia in the Eastern Mediterranean in July.
Reia - From the moment our transport driver from Verona contacted the Captain for directions to the moment the crew waited at port for our taxis to arrive in Bonafaccio - we were very well taken care of!!!
Exceptional service from every member of the crew. We talked daily with Captain Mats about the next day’s journey, making adjustments as needed. The stewardesses never stopped asking what they could do to assist whether a drink, a towel, a snack etc. Karina, the chief stewardess is a perfectionist about her work and those she manages. Jefferson, the mate, has been on the yacht the longest (6 years) and its easy to understand why. He cares for his guests with kid gloves. Gracious and kind - he tendered us to see spectacular coves, into ports, joy rides, water skiing etc. Plus he does so much on board to keep things in check for the Captain taking great pride in Star of the Sea. Magnus, the engineer, gave us great confidence that all was well and if something went wrong, he would solve the problem. The best was seeing him take Tom's mother at 82 on the jet ski...at full speed. It was a joy ride of her life. Jimmy, the new chef, was loved by all. Flexible, open to our ideas, asking everyday about our requests for the next day. Very creative as a chef and we loved his presentations as well as his food combinations. Always a new surprise. Mats runs a serious ship and you can see he commands tremendous respect from all. We felt very safe with him in charge.
The ship itself was a beautiful setting and size for our family. Plenty of space not to be on top of each other. All meals except one large dinner were outside on the upper deck. Spectacular views and sea breezes. The crew gave us our space for many family deep conversations, always being attentive yet discreet when needed. Cabins worked out perfectly. The stewardesses always keeping them in perfect order and timely. The table settings for every meal were beautiful and always a little different - beautiful china, crystal, casual settings, placemats, decorations etc. We had several special occasions I planned for every other night, they set things up perfectly as I had requested and then some. Other than lunch the first day we had every meal on the yacht.
If you need any references for Star of the Sea or you as a yacht broker, please don't hesitate to email us. The entire experience as you have read was superior and exceeded our dreams and expectations. J.H from the USA chartered in Italy June
“Dear Chelsea. We had a nearly perfect vacation. Mat and Pat were unbelievable. Pat is a fabulous chef, and both entertained us with watersports, drinks, etc., in fantastic fashion. We can’t wait to go back. Everyone in my family from my 8-year-old up enjoyed every moment of the trip. It rained only one day, and for half of that we were scuba diving so we didn’t even notice. The yacht was very comfortable and we couldn’t ask for more. Our itinerary took us to all the highlights I had hoped to visit. Every day we had at least two major outings, one morning and one afternoon. Although Mat and Pat stood ready to take us to shore for the evenings, most nights we just relaxed on the boat."
Thanks to you for all your help." E.H. Chartered NSS Pattam
Dear Reia - Thank you very much for the trip. The crew and the yacht were excellent. There were no problems with any arrangements. The decorations on the birthday were beautiful. N.D from Russia chartered in Italy June
Hi Chelsea: - All we can tell you is this was a FANTASTIC cruise. Captain Tony, Stephanie, Gabe, Juriska and Bruno were simply the BEST ! The diving was great, the food wonderful, great....the BEST. The islands Tony took us to was wonderful. I am a huge James Bond fan, so loved Thunderball at Staniel Cay Cove in the Exumas!
Atlantis is always wonderful! I wished we could have deep sea fished, I was disappointed at that, but Mother Nature would not cooperate so I completely understand that! We'll save that for another time! The Miracle was a beautiful Yacht, everything and more that the online photos represented! Our whole group felt so welcome by the crew and felt so comfortable with all of them! Thank you so much for your help in putting this all together. Chartered Bahamas May.
Trina: - So we had a great time and really enjoyed it and Dave and Guy made the whole experience so much fun and would like to thank you for organising everything for us, we actually met up with somebody from the UK we know who lives in Sydney and she came with us at the weekend, but she had already used Sail corp and Guy in particular and was also full of praise for him.
Once again thank you for organising our trip, it was good to have somebody who knew the people and the area and we really enjoyed the whole experience. J.G - Sydney, Feb
Hi Reia - Yes as always it was a very great trip. Interesting and relaxing boat. Great Captain and crew. Many thanks. A. C chartered in Tahiti, Dec
John and Joanne were wonderful; the boat is great. We enjoyed our time together very much. I would highly recommend them for any charter. Thank you very much for your assistance in putting the charter together. JS - Chartered in Mexico - DEC
Chelsea- The trip was everything that we could have expected. We had a wonderful time, no surprises and the trip was just perfect. Captain Kevin was competent and very helpful. The crew members were good at their jobs and the food was delicious! The variety of islands, tours, beaches, diving, sailing time and motoring time were spot on.
The boat was clean and comfortable. Even my wife, who has a mobility problem, was able to negotiate the stairs (rather than a ladder) with little difficulty to one of the cabins………………Many thanks for all of your help. You have been a true professional in helping us with our cruising needs. Chartered in the Seychelles Sept
Dear Reia - We've just arrived home from Paris. Everything went absolutely fantastic, much more than we expected. The boat had a perfect size and fitted us all with lots of comfort. The "everything is possible" Captain was irritatingly tireless when asked to make many last minute changes. The Crew as well was, since the beginning, very solicitous and pleasant making us feel no symptom at all of homesickness.
We would like to authorize you the release in full of the gratuity that we've already paid. Finally on behalf of all our friends we would like to thank you very much for your outstanding efforts to make this vacation unforgettable.
Was a unique pleasure doing "business" with you hoping that we can repeat it many times. Get our more than warmest regards, J & H – chartered in Croatia Sept
Dear Chelsea, Thank you so much, We really enjoyed our vacation. The Santa Lucia Experience was awesome. The yacht was as expected, but it should not be consider a Sailboat it never sailed. The crew were very polite and helpful, The captain was also the chef and the food was great. Weather and itinerary couldnt be better. All the things bought food, drinks, wine, spirits were fine. Every Port we stayed at was clean, and neighbors were really nice people. Charterer Santa Lucia – September
Hi Chelsea, The charter was great and we thank you for all you did for us; you and Reia were beyond helpful and we appreciate it. We want to extend our sincere thanks to the crew for two great weeks cruising aboard M/Y Leonora. The yacht, crew, food, arrangements, and weather could not have better. We had high expectations for the cruise and you and the crew exceeded them. Thanks you again and we hope to see you on another cruise in the future. Chartered Motor Yacht Leonora Sept
Hi Reia - The trip was great and the staff, too. Thanks for the support. I will contact you for our next trip. Thanks again, B. P - Chartered on the Amalfi Coast Aug
Dear Reia, the boat and the crew were fantastic. Each member of the crew was outstanding at what they did and always went the extra mile. For the whole charter everyone was happy and helpful and not once did the standards slip, which I think is pretty impressive. All crew were amazing with the children which made our trip very special. The boat was perfect for us and set up very well for young children. The attention to detail on the boat for us and our guests was immaculate at all times. An absolutely great bunch of people who were fun yet professional. With regards to the itinerary it was a shame the Aegean sea in August is so windy but overall a truly superb trip. Thanks for organizing it. H & L chartered in the East Med in Aug
Hi Chelsea- our holiday was perfect. the boat was great, the islands were beutiful but most of all we enjoyed the crew. the capitan ernesto and his wonderful crew were very nice, friendly and flexible. they made us feel at home and let us make all the decisions. they told us that the most important thing for them is for us to feel good and indeed we felt that. we have only good words for ernesto, olga, rossana and guitano and i would reccomedn this vacation to anyone who can aford it... thanks again. Chartered in Sicily, Aug
Reia, We had a great time on SeaLyon. Everyone on the crew were professional and very helpful. We had one issue with the seas getting rough when we had to anchor out of port one night but other than that everything was great.
So glad we were able to get into port in St Tropez. It really made the trip. I'm traveling a lot and going to be very busy for the next several weeks so decided to email you instead of calling. Thanks for everything. J.G chartered in Sardinia & the Cote D’Azur, July
Dear Chelsea - We are very happy because we spent a great time during the past week on PANDORA, the boat was incredible and the crew was so nice and friendly. We enjoyed it so much we hope we can join them next year. Thank you for all your attentions before, during and after this great trip. I hope to be in contact with you very soon. Thanks again! Gloria. Chartered Pandora in Greece, June.
Hi Reia - We had a wonderful weekend on KOKO. Thanks again for making the arrangements… the crew were fantastic and the cuisine onboard was exceptional. We’re very pleased with our trip and are looking forward to our next charter. Best regards! L & M chartered in St Tropez, July
Dear Chelsea, Everything was great, the Itinerary was amazing, we really enjoy all the places we visited. The crew was really nice, and we have a great time. Steve is a great Captain and would defenetly make again a trip with him. I think our friend rented also a boat from you I recommend him to speak with you for a Charter In Greece, Has he talk to you for a Charter Boat??
Please send the remaining money to Steve account as a tip for all of the crew. Thank you for everything we had a great time, and best regards. - Chartered a motor yacht in May 08 in the Mediterranean.
Dear Trina - We had a wonderful trip on Contessa—will send you a copy of the recommendation we sent to Richard. We had quite rough weather, and it was impossible to fish at Anegada because the water was so roiled up from the storms. But Richard got us there and it was one of the high points of the trip.
I also want to tell you that I appreciate the very professional and conscientious job you did in arranging the charter, vetting the boat (Contessa was everything we wanted—big, roomy, beamy, and very stable) and the crew for us, organizing the fishing licenses, etc. It was a pleasure to work with you/Charter World and assuming we decide to charter again next year will call you.
Jim Kelley, Sailng Yacht Contessa, BVI, March
Hi Reia - Back in Spain now after what was quite simply the most fantastic holiday we have ever had. The boat was excellent but what really made it was the crew who were just wonderful. There were a few tears from the ladies when we had to leave them.
Hi Chelsea, I had a fantastic time, enjoyed the itinerary and jet skis. The captain was absolutely fantastic and I could not fault him in any way. The crew were great. Thank you so much for all your planning and help with this charter. GW chartered in Amalfi
Trina - I'm happy to provide the feed back requested.
First, you (CharterWorld) were great. I will definitely call you again. You were always available,responsive, responsible and prompt. We'd never before "blindly" selected a boat and crew before and I was very uneasy about doing so when I started this process with you. You however made the process easy and your observations,comments suggestions etc were all right on target. Thank you from all of us for doing such a great job. I'm positive the other three will use you if and when they need to arrange something they don't already have contacts for, and we're interested in trying to do something in Greece ,the Med or Croatia with you next. AB, St Lucia and the Grenadines on board MOTU, JAN
Thank you. We had the most amazing time on our trip. Pat and Matt are the best hosts. The food was like you would find at the best restaurants and at every meal. We gained 5 pounds each! We would definitely do another charter but only with Pat and Matt! anyone you recommend them to will not be disappointed at all! You were the best and thank you for all your help planning the wedding/trip. I could not have done it without your help. I told Matt and Pat that you were the only one who got back to be asap and not a week later. We will definitely use charterworld again. We gave your company name to a woman on the plane coming home!!! KR Chartered in the BVI on NSS Pattam, FEB
Reia: This was an incredible experience! I couldn’t be more complimentary of the crew, the boat, the food and the experience. It was one of those occasions when nothing could be faulted and no one wanted it to end. In a word - awesome! P.P from the US chartered from St Maarten Jan
Hello! Happy New Year!
Well, we had the best time ever, the crew was super special with my family, and we really loved the route we took. Everyday was something different, and exciting. We even learned how to scuba, or at least the introductory course. The boat was the perfect size for my family, and Jim and Marilyn , specially Jim, were always there to serve a good drink or some snacks or just to answer questions.
Thank you very much. Chartered in BVI's Dec
Hi Reia - Back in Spain now after what was quite simply the most fantastic holiday we have ever had. The boat was excellent but what really made it was the crew who were just wonderful. There were a few tears from the ladies when we had to leave them.
Brilliant, amazing, spectacular..........Thanks you so much for your help. RP from UK chartered on the Cote D’Azur, Jun
I apologise for not getting back to you sooner regarding feedback on Emotion2. It was a stunning holiday and I believe it was enjoyed by all. We got to experience some amazing beaches, islands and snorkelling. The crew were very accommodating and the boat was very well looked after. Thank you for your time arranging the boat. C.S from South Africa chartered in the Seychelles Jan 08
I promise you a fuller report at a later point but suffice to say that Captain John and the crew were fantastic, the yacht was perfect and the cruise itinerary couldn't have been better. We were looking for the experience of a lifetime and we certainly got it. The only sad thing is that it had to end. It already seems like a long time ago! Thanks Chelsea, We would certainty considering chartering again with you in the future. RW chartered in Tahiti.
I'm sorry but the telephone was not working good in St.Maarten. The Charter was excellent, nice boat and nice crew. The quality of service matched our expectations. We will consider another charter in the future. S. B from Spain chartered in St Maarten, Dec
Dear Chelsea, We had a wonderful trip. Everything was fantastic, We all truly enjoyed it. Boat was great. Crew was excellent. We got 2 nights in St Tropez port !! And one night in port Grimauld. We slept in 6 different places. Including Cannes the last night. We were pleased with the captain and 1st mate. He was willing to do everything we wanted Thanks again for everything. AN from NY chartered in the Sof during July
Dear Chelsea, I just got back into my office. To sum it up my whole family and I agree it was the best vacation we've ever had. The crew was great. The boat was perfect except it was the smallest boat in every harbor but still perfect for our family size. I developed Yacht Envy. The only real problems we encountered was that my family took long showers so we periodically had to take a cold shower and the air conditioning died for our last two nights but the crew did everything they could do to make us comfortable. Thanks for all your help it was a great trip. SK chartered in the SOF.
We could not have had a better time. Marco, Julia and the Dragoon were perfect. As we discussed, I would like to give them a tip of 10% which I will wire to you when I return. You have also been great. Please use us as a reference if you need one. Thanks for everything. MS from NY chartered in Naples/Amalfi, Jul
Reia - Our experience was outstanding! Jean Marc and Danny were very gracious and always went the extra mile. We sailed to Nevis and St. Kitts, St. Barts, Anguilla... and we loved the boat. We can't wait for our next trip and we are thinking about the Greek Islands or the Seychelles for next year. My sincere thanks to you and Clare for all your efforts on our behalf. JB chartered in St Martin in June
Thanks Reia - We really had a most fantastic holiday! And we were so lucky with the weather, we got lots of sunshine right up til our last day. Nick, Eve and Shayna were just brilliant. They really made our trip. Eve is a most amazing cook and we were totally looked after at all times. Nick was able to advise us day to day on the best places to go and we were thrilled with our itinerary. As it turns out, we all loved being at anchor and just getting away from it all, and Nick was more than accommodating at all times for us. So we weren't really fussed about trying to get a berth, once we'd experienced the magic of being at anchor. Shayna looked after us every minute of the day. We really felt so lucky to have such a wonderful team, they know from experience how to make everything run smoothly and cater to the tastes of the client. So thank you Reia for all your wonderful organizing, we have memories to last a long time. Kind regards and many thanks, NH (Chartered on the Cote D’Azur May).
Hey Reia - just back from two amazing weeks sailing around the MED! Seeing the cup was awesome, the boat was awesome and the guy in Ibiza, Ivald, who manages the boat was awesome too! Thanks for making everything run so smoothly - I greatly look forward to working with you next year on my Greece trip!!! THANKS!!!!! CS chartered from Ibiza for America’s Cup
Dear Reia - We had an excellent holiday and we were very content with your service and the boat we hired. We will surely return if we are chartering again. Kind regards, J.B (from Denmark chartered in St Martin Mar)
Thank you Chelsea. We got back last night and had a fantastic trip.The crew were extremely helpful and enjoyable to be around, they knew the local area and I would charter with them again. You have been extremely helpful. Everything worked out great; despite a few hurdles to secure a boat. JP (Chartered Leeward Islands Caribbean March)
Craig was First Class, always available and much appreciated. Grenada was a superb charter area. Excellent sailing conditions with both reliable winds and variety between the rougher Atlantic and smoother Caribbean sides. Fascinating cultural variety too with each island ‘country’ alternating between Eng/Fr/Spanish/Dutch ‘heritage’ with virtually all African population. Highly recommended (D.C from Australia chartered in the Grenadines April)
We had a wonderful holliday on board off the Carrie Michelle. The yacht matched entirely our expectations and the service level off the crew was outstanding. I thank Charterworld for the professional organisation off our trip and wish you a Happy New Year. S.C chartered in Florida, Dec
The charter was fantastic, the boat wonderful, the crew could not be faulted at all, most helpful and always cheerful and they were extremely helpful with all the trouble we had with the lost luggage. The Captain was more than efficient, and Michael's food was extremely good.
Yes we had a wonderful time and will hopefully be going again one day soon. Kind regards, V & S (From Gibraltar, chartering in the Greek Ionian Island in Aug).
Chelsea, it was fabulous! The boat was just beautiful and also roomy, just as I had hoped. It?s 15 years old but beautifully maintained. And we had perfect weather and got several days of good wind. Our skipper was just great too friendly, but not too friendly and really knew what he was doing! W. O From Washington Chartered in the Gulf Islands, Canada Aug.
Trina, Everything went well, no hitches. We went to all our destinations and enjoyed everthing. Frank did a fine job of captaining the boat. We saw some of the biggest yachts in the world. It kept them quite busy. Thank you for all your help in setting up the charter for us.
Boat and crew were great. We had some rough sea’s which made a few nights sleep tough…but to be expected on a boat. The crew was the best part of the trip and they made us feel very at home. Thanks for your help - D.M from US Virgin Islands chartered in St Martin, Mar
Dear Reia: We arrived home one week ago and I wanted to thank you very much for your support, it was a really nice vacation, everyone got amazed for the boat, it was incredible. And the service the crew gave us was also unbeatable, excellent. Thank you for everything.
Kind regards, Ana (From Spain chartered in Turkey Jul).
Hi Reia, Sorry but it's been a bit crazy since my return. Out trip was amazing, we had wonderful weather and the Lagoon 440 was beautiful,
The crew, Andreas and Caroline were Fantastic!!! I would recommend them to anyone. Everyone in my party feels the same way. I'll send you some pic?s when I get them. Thank you again. G. M from USA chartered in Sicily, Sept.
"Hi Reia-It has taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things so I apologize for the delay in answering your email. Here is our feedback...it is a little long.
Our vacation was more than we expected!!! The boat is just fabulous. I would sail on it again anytime or anywhere. It is a very comfortable and luxurious boat. Loved the king sized beds, en suite baths, beautiful wood all over and the AC for hot nights. There was plenty of deck space for everything we wanted to do. It was also outfitted with all the gear we needed for the week...snorkeling gear, kayaks, water skis, fishing rods, shady spots for games and a beautiful saloon.
I can not tell you enough about Luc and Freddie. They were outstanding!!! They started out as our crew and about half way through the vacation we considered them our friends. The kids grew very attached to them. We loved the fact that they could share a different culture with us. The first day it was an adjustment for all of us but after that it was great.
Luc's capability as a captain for such a large and expensive boat was exceptional. He keeps the boat in tip top shape. He let everyone who wanted help sail, which some of us did every day. Others, like me, just enjoyed the views. Luc has a fun personality that we enjoyed very much.
The first thing I can tell you about Freddie is that we all fell in love with her, except our husbands of course! She is not only a fabulous chef cooking us light, exceptionally tasty fare with homemade dessert at every meal, but a wonderfully kind and funny woman. The kids wanted to be around her all the time and peeked in on her while in the galley since so many wonderful smells kept coming from there. It made us hungry all the time! She took very good care of us and spent time playing some cards and teaching us French. We took home some of her best recipes.
The BVI's are gorgeous but what made this trip most special was being with our family, sailing an outstanding boat, and a fabulous crew. We probably took 600-700 pictures and hours of video to remember this special vacation!!!
I would highly recommend this boat and crew to anyone who wants a vacation they will always remember.
Thanks for all your help! Gina" (From the US chartered in the BVI?s in March).
"Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work in putting together a fantastic vacation for us. It was a flawless week with perfect weather, excellent wind, great sails and super accommodations." Susan, chartering in St Martin.
"Dear Chelsea- Many thanks for a great holiday. The yacht was delivered on time and perfectly equipped. The crew delightful and couldn?t have been more accommodating. They knew all about the local area and we would certainly charter with them again."
"Chelsea's service can not be faulted. She was fantastic and assisted us with our arrangements in a prompt and efficient manner. She even went beyond the call of duty to call us during the charter whilst she was on holidays." J.C from London charter in the Caribbean, July.
"Everything went great. My son and I had a great time. D and J ultimately couldn't make it, but it was a Father - son adventure vacation that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much for all your help in setting it up at the last minute. We'll definitely be going back, and I'll work with you to set it up again." B. S from the USA -- chartered in the British Virgin Islands, Caribbean.
Probably one of the best boats and best charters ever. The owners and crew were just suberb.
Yes...we had a great time....more importantly my little boy had a ball." Mr R. B. - from Hong Kong, chartered in Australia.
The boat was amazing and we had the best time. The captain and all the crew where so lovely, they couldn't be more helpful - so much so we gave them a (very good) tip. Capri was so beautiful but you couldn't move for the people, we did all the islands; weather was so hot we just swam, ate and took in the sights. Thanks so much for your help. A. Davies from New Zealand - chartered in Italy.
Reia is a jewel. She is professional, well-informed and caring. I hope to meet her sometime...
"It was great. Captain, crew, location, itinerary? all perfect. Hardest part was leaving and we want to go back next year. In the meantime we are thinking of a similar trip." M. F from Australia - chartered in Fij."
"If I can be fortunate enough to charter again in Europe through CharterWorld, I would insist on using Reia as our consultant. Reia was great, and despite, previous poor experience in Europe with another charter group, CharterWorld delivered exactly what we bargained for." Client from Canada - chartered in Bormes, France.
"Fortunately, our sailing adventure on La Royere II was great! We enjoyed something new everyday. The comfortable boat and great crew, along with beautiful scenery, excellent food, colorful local markets, wonderful people, artistry, flowers, incredible boats, plus the charm of old towns like Ste. Tropez, and the Monastery on Isles de Lerins, kept us engaged and entertained everyday. The crew handled all the details, allowing us to relax and enjoy the decadence of a week of pampering in the beautiful temperate climate along the French Riviera! - What's not to like!!
Although the wind was calm every day but one, Captain Laurent always found us a new and interesting place to explore each day. Both Laurent and his first mate Carole (sp.?) were delightful, very skilled in their roles, and a good fit for us.
Laurent handled all aspects of the boat masterfully! Although we might have enjoyed more direct involvement in sailing the boat the way we are accustomed to back home, we did eventually relax and leave all the work to Laurent! He came up with a wonderful itinerary that ensured plenty of shore time, swimming, hiking, sightseeing, shopping, etc. every day. He was very easy to work with and exceptionally skilled. I would happily recommend him to others.
Carole, was absolutely delightful! Her food preparation was so fresh and delicious everyday. - I put on FIVE POUNDS from her always-enticing culinary wonders! In fact, we all agreed to skip our planned night out to a restaurant, just to enjoy one more of her masterpiece dinners on board! Carole's open, communicative style, and fun-loving sense of humor helped us all 'let our hair down' and added a special charm to our days!
The boat was beautiful. She handled especially well the one day we sailed into 25 knot head winds, providing an exciting start to our week!"
"Reia, Thank you for your service in arranging the boat and crew. Everything came together just as promised, without a hitch, and with no surprises. I will certainly let our friends know how satisfied we are with your services."B. H from the USA chartered on the Cote D'Azur, Sept.
"The boat itself was just perfect. It was comfortable, beautiful, and spacious without being too glitzy like some of the charter boats I've seen. I could live on her! The crew was really, really wonderful. All told, I'd definitely give the yacht five stars!! Thank you for your help. Happy New Year!" Mrs. B.L who chartered with family around Fiji in the South Pacific.
"I have just emailed your post charter feedback to you. It doesn't say nearly enough about how well and hard you worked on this deal. I am a retired commercial real estate broker who understands the importance of the deal-maker in the deal. You are a deal maker of the first order." E. G - chartered in Florida Keys.
"Dear Chelsea, thank you very much for your help. We really enjoyed this time. Venice was good. We liked Croatia. The scenery of Kotor bay is wonderfull. We liked the crew. Thank you very much again." - A. from Russia.
I will never go again without Charter World as my booking agent!
"Back from Corsica - I have to say that the vacations have been unbeateable. The weather perfect, the landscape just marvellous, great crew and what a boat. The only thing is, as you told me, that the boat was too new and some things where not ajusted but even when we had some problems this added the neccesary touch of adventure to the trip. Thanks for evetything. The next trip we are planning is hiring a boat to navigate the Croatian coast. We will initiate the search around November. I hope you can help us with it." - A. L. From Spain.
"Hayley, Our vacation was wonderful, and the best news upon arrival was that we were getting a brand new boat, out at sea for only 6 weeks. Everything went well, didn't even break a glass. Thank you very much for your great administrative work, I'm keeping you in my contacts." P. M from Switzerland.
"We had a wonderful time. The area had changed much since we were there last time. The catamaran was a good choice for us, plenty of room but the sailing to windward was marginal as is typical for these boats. Our boys had a good time. I did speak to a friend who has chartered in the Virgin Islands last year, and he reported that his children were bored after a few days. We were able to stop, swim, beach, shop, windsurf, ride motor scooters, rent a car and travel around the islands, Jet Ski. The family liked the checking in the different islands seeing how the different countries worked, kind of like a movie with exotic locations. I even taught them how to shoot a sun sight with an old sextant (don't use these much in these days of gps). There was enough variation and adventure to satisfy everyone. Thank you for your help." L. R - chartered from St Martin, Caribbean.
'We had a great time on our trip. Thank you for all your help and arrangements. Sailing in the Whitsundays was excellent.The Sunsail staff were as usual excellent in every way?Well once again thanks a lot. We have recommended you to all our friends and actually I hear that our friend's boss is just now organizing his Whitsunday holiday through you. We will certainly be in touch next time we want to charter. Thank you for your help in our great family experience.' N. S from Germany - chartered in the Whitsundays, Australia.
"So overall a good experience, lovely holidays. Maybe next time we will look for a catamaran. I have never got into one of those before, but I did at Sunsail base and the difference in room with the monohull is amazing! So, thank you again for your help, and now let?s go for the next....!!" -- Mr. JM sailing a bareboat in the Caribbean.
'What great PR on your part and very professional. I will send your feedback and I'm confident we will do more business' - B. M from England, charter in Croatia.
'Thanks for sorting all this out and looking forward to G+T++++ and will think of you with every intoxicating sip but only at the end of the day so as not to invalidate your insurance!' - M from England, chartering in Corsica.
'So, thank you Matt for finding us this lovely yacht!!! Without your service so far our production probably would have stalled. I appreciate your help and constant research. Thank you so much!'_ R. M from Germany, chartering in Malta.
"Thanks so much for the offer of the great yacht. She would be fantastic! When I book next time I will surely talk to you and anyone I know in Vancouver interested in chartering anywhere, I will send them your way."
- Mrs L. G.
"We had a great sailing trip in the Abacos and everybody is ready to go sailing again! There are - as always in sailing - lots of stories, but we heroicly mastered them all ;-) Great job! (Finding the boat, organizing the charter and always very friendly and helpful)." -- Mr. Mark E, charterered in the Abacos.
"Charterworld" has proven to be a fantastic resource and your professional service was of great help.
"Reia was completely knowledgeable from the start. I didn?t have to ask a question as she covered all the information I needed to make my decision..." - Mr G.B chartered in British Virgin Islands.
"Everything went smoothly; and the week was great (bar a day of heavy winds and rain), and the sailing was very good. Many thanks for all of your help." Mr A.I. - chartered in St Vincent, Caribbean.
"Thank you for all! It has been great! The skipper was knowledgeable and discreet. My wife says that is one of the best trips in her life! I want to thank you for your help and professional and efficient search for us! Next thing we are thinking is finding a charter for the two of us in the Caribbean for next Christmas. We still have to set up time schedule and place but I would love to hear from you about suggestions about spots and prices. Thank you again." J. R from Spain- chartered in Sicily.
"The holiday was just fabulous as was the service by all the staff at... We will book 2 weeks for next year at the same time, infact i can do that now if you wish. Thank you also for your considerable assistance." - R from London chartered in Croatia.
Hi Reia, Just a quick note to say thank you for sorting it all out. We had a great time, the people there were very helpful, the place is beautiful to look at and the harbours were not crowded. The boat was a little tired, but that was reflected in the price. Thanks again. Kind regards, Nick (From Bahrain, chartered in the Seychelles Mar)
Dear Clare, I came back home from my honeymoon just yesterday. The time on board on Melinda was wonderful, Tonga is a piece of paradise on the earth and even if the weather wasn't good (clouds and rain for almost all the time) the crew was great in finding something to do: they often took us with the dinghy for a walk ashore or for an exploration of the coast around and they had care of us for everything. For all the time we had great sailing, great snorkeling, really good food and it was very interesting to explore the islands where we were anchored for the night. I think we will never forget all the places and all the people we met, overall we will never forget the crew (Christine for her magnificent cakes, Steve for all his stories and for the funny sailing and Mesi for his precision in doing everything). And I will never forget your courtesy and kindness in the organization of this trip. Thank you so much!
Dear Clare sorry for the delay in responding your mail .We travel after Tahiti and only arrived this week. We had a beautiful time and weather that although it rained a couple of times it was overall excellent. The couple of Didier and Pauline couldn’t have been better. Pauline is an outstanding Chef; in fact I told if she came to live to Chile we could become famous opening a restaurant. Didier was always happy and with great disposition to do anything to keep us happy and comfortable.
I am very glad to contact you in this opportunity to tell you how grateful I am to you with the service on contracting OMBRE BLU. I want to congratulate you for everything, the boat is great, I want to thank you for the great days we passed onboard OMBRE BLU, Melissa and Francesco are great persons, and their service is really great, they are very kind. Everything was excellent. Thank you very much again for everything. E.P from Argentina chartered OMBRE BLU in Sicily, Sept 2010
Dear Chelsea, It was really a great week, very pleasant! We enjoyed very much Croatia as well as Kotor/Montenegro. CASSIOPEIA is a modern and comfortable boat. Captain Tomislav and his crew played a key role on making us relax and enjoy the entire week. They are really careful, proactive and professional. We would for sure recommend they for other charters.
Finally, thanks for the excellent job. Despite the short notice you were able to put everything together and all ran really smoothly. L. M from Brazil chartered CASSIOPIEA in Croatia, Sept 2010
Dear Reia - Thank you for your email. We have only returned home today from our holidays. We would like to let you know that we had a really great time onboard Andiamo it was a fantastic experience and definitely to be repeated. The crew really made the trip enjoyable. The children loved the trip and the crew. We would definitely repeat a charter again with the same crew... B.T from Spain chartered MY ANDIAMO in Monaco, Portofino & Corsica in August, 2010
We are back from our arctic adventure and had a wonderful time. Everything went perfectly: the boat was excellent, the captain and crew were positive and helpful beyond our expectations, Martin was a great guide, and the sun was shining almost every day. We saw all of the wildlife we expected, including the most unique narwhale sighting imaginable. We were so impressed that we are considering a trip to Antarctic in December 2011. M.P chartered HANSE EXPLORER in Norway and Svalbard Archipelago in August 2010.
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