SkipperTom.com - Stuck in Paradise Invitation
Stuck in Paradise: You are (were) invited to set sail on a nine-day privately chartered Cruise in the British Virgin Islands beginning on Sunday 29 June 2008. Your home-at-sea will be aboard the excellent Lagoon 440 Catamaran Ciao Italia , commissioned in 2006. This 44' long sailboat has a 25' beam and boasts copious air conditioned and luxurious interior spaces and a beautiful, inviting, and functional top-side deck layout. She has four spacious private double cabins, each with a roomy head/bathroom including showers and ample storage. This cruise will accommodate eight members and the costs and features of this trip are exceptional.
The voyage starts off with a Sunday arrival at Nanny Cay, Tortola , BVI. We will board Ciao Italia for a pier-side overnight and depart Monday on a cruise among the coves, cays, and quays of the BVI. The cruise plan is to visit six to seven
different harbors on the trip on a counter-clockwise coastal tour. Harbors include:
- The Bight on Norman Island,
- Great Harbor on Peter Island,
- Morning at the Baths on Virgin Gorda,
- Marina Cay or Trellis Bay at Reef Island,
- A run to Great Harbor at Jost Van Dyke,
- Fourth-of-July on Friday night at Foxy's,
- Cane Garden Bay back on Tortola, and
- Soper's Hole on the West End of Tortola.
This last stop will allow ferry access to St. Thomas , USVI, for anyone wishing to fly home on Sunday. The boat will continue for three more nights of exploration for those who are on Island Time and able to wait until Wednesday to go home.
We have an excellent rate on this boat including full air-conditioning, all insurance/fuel/fees, a twelve-foot tender, ten sailing days, and a great-roomy-safe catamaran. The aft cabins are slightly larger then the two forward suites and they will have a slight surcharge. Two additional single cabins forward can be used for storage or time-outs for misbehaving cabin-mates
The rates for the cruise will be $840 per person forward and $940 for the aft cabins. Sharing a forward cabin will amount to a per person cost of $83 a night for a front-row berth in some of the most beautiful spots on earth, but without maid service.
Additional costs will be your share of the group provisioning and your personal transportation. We will coordinate the provisioning during the two weeks before we depart, it will include moving frozen meat/fish and our select wines via our baggage and a Monday morning shopping trip to Road Town on Tortola . Costs for food and beverages are estimated to be about $120 each. Air cost from the East Coast to St. Thomas , USVI is as low as $315 and round-trip ferries and cabs to our harbor totals about $60. You will need your valid current passport for entry into the BVI, and to return to St. Thomas . Tee shirts, rum “Painkillers,” sunscreen, and conch fritters ashore will, of course, be extra. Cruisers wishing their own forward cabin would pay $1660 plus a single provision share.
I know a number of you are accomplished sailors while some of you have not been underway. This trip will fit any adult and you can participate in the navigation and boat handling as you wish. I will skipper the boat and we will all share in the host/chef duties during the cruise (i.e. we will not be hiring either a captain or an onboard cook). Current plans are for an adult cruise of contemporaries and evolving friends. We will have some nice sailing times and the boat should be within sight of land for the entire trip.
We will build a proposed crew list before anyone is locked into the adventure. I would like to hear from you soon if you think you might be interested in this trip. I expect to have initial “interested” responses in March. Please call or email me as soon as you can –
I have recently returned from ten days in the waters of the BVI and would be delighted to share my stories and lessons learned.