Whether you're heading to an exotic spot in the Caribbean, or the historic islands of the Mediterranean, the moment you arrive at your base location, you'll enjoy the accommodations of a beautiful Lagoon catamaran. Choose from a single stateroom and enjoy the company of two or three other adult couples or reserve all guest cabins for up to six or eight guests and get the entire yacht exclusively to yourself. If you have a larger group, we can provide a variety of other large-crewed catamarans, with professional staff, gourmet meals and a host of exciting activities.
Weather patterns and Sailing
Once you set sail, what you need to keep in mind is that you are not venturing out into the high seas, on some sort of transatlantic journey. The experience of chartering a private yacht is much more about island hopping. It’s about going from one beach to another stopping along the way to experience the great spots for diving, snorkeling, having lunch on the beach or just to take in the sites.
Many times, your journey from one spot to another is within eyeshot, as in the British Virgin Islands where you can explore some of the best sailing waters in the Caribbean which are all well protected by the islands. It can be like sailing in a bathtub which makes the BVI one of the most popular sailing destinations.
As it is well known the British Virgin Islands recently in 2017 experienced one of the worst hurricanes thus far. You can see that cleanup has been rigorous and is still ongoing as the British Virgin Islands are now back to normal and well on the way to becoming better than before. Vegetation has returned, and the underwater life is making a strong comeback.
For those who interests lie more in experience the exhilaration of sailing, locations such as St. Marteen feature some further distance sails from island to island that can be up to 3 hours in duration. Mixed in with shorter sails, these itineraries let you get more of a true sailing adventure along with exploring some of the local towns, markets, and beautiful beaches.
A fully crewed, all-inclusive sailing experience is often described as ‘Mindless Relaxation.’ You pay one, all-inclusive price for seven days aboard one of our yachts and the rest is up to us. Sailing packages vary on the destination but include sporting equipment, a meal plan, open bar, captain and chef. On our stateroom packages, we'll ask you first to fill out a preference form telling us some specifics about you and your vacation expectations or any special diet needs and favorite beverages. If you are reserving just one stateroom, we can then match you up with other couples with similar interests and expectations. This information will also give us insight on the types of activities you would like to participate in, any specific information regarding birthdays, anniversaries or other events that we can help to make more memorable.
Going on an all-inclusive sailing vacation is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing things you can do with anyone. It can provide immense health benefits. Once on the water, you can find yourself leaving the stress from day-to-day life behind you.
Lower stress levels
Receive a sense of freedom and the ability to depart from everything else in your life at that moment. The sounds of the water splashing against the boat or onto shore and the motion of the yacht moving with the waves, can easily relax and reduce stress for a busy individual.
All things around you come into play here. Whether it is the motion of the boat being rocked like a baby to sleep every night. Or the sounds of the sea provide a natural calming effect as well as the salty air around you and breathing fresh sea air, feeling the wind on your face.
Enjoy time to yourself or with those you love doing what you want without being bothered. Or be at one with yourself and nature. Also, the sea salt within the air has lots of charged ions that assist in your body’s oxygen intake, which balances your serotonin levels, creating a happier calmer you.
Throughout your sailing experience, your mental wellness will improve from being in a calm relaxing environment on the water, experiencing things from a new perspective. Whether you're heading to an exotic spot in the Caribbean, or the historic islands of the Mediterranean, the moment you arrive at your base location, you'll enjoy the accommodations of a beautiful Lagoon catamaran. We make it very easy for you to relax and enjoy your time in paradise. Life is better on a sailboat.
Flying into St. Maarten:
Fly into Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of the island. Our yacht is located at Porto Cupecoy Marina, just a few moments away from the airport. Taxi service is available from the airport to our home base. You will check-in at the boat which is indicated by the Festiva Sailing Vacations flags and markings.
For our guest choosing to come in early or stay later for a few days, we can recommend staying at The Atrium Beach Resort and Spa. By booking through Festiva Sailing vacations you will receive a preferred rate. The Resort is only a 10-minute taxi ride from our base at Porto Cupecoy Marina.
Our Base Location:
Porto Cupecoy Marina is where our base is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten which is approximately fifteen minutes from the airport. The meeting time to board the yacht is at 5 pm on Saturday. You will have dinner aboard the yacht at the base that evening and the yacht will depart on Sunday morning. Because of crew time needed for provisioning and yacht preparation, no one will be able to board prior to 5 pm on Saturday.
U.S. citizens must have a valid passport. Other citizens should check entry requirements with their home country's consulate. A $20 tax is imposed upon departure from the Princess Juliana Airport.
All guests must bring proof of "onward accommodations" (flight or hotel confirmation for their plans directly after the cruise is over). This information will be required if the yacht gets stopped by immigration.
Where to Fly Into
There are two different routes to get to the British Virgin Islands. Your flight itinerary for arriving in the British Virgin Islands can consist of flights either into St. Thomas or Beef Island, Tortola.
1.) Fly directly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and board onto a smaller plane (Cape Air) that will fly into Tortola’s Beef Island Airport (EIS). From the Beef Island Airport, Sebastian’s Taxi Service will be available to take you straight to our Hodges Creek base location.
2.) Fly into St. Thomas (STT), from the airport you will need to take an approximate 10-minute taxi ride to the Ferry docks and then take a 50-minute Ferry Ride from Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas into Road Town, Tortola. Once you arrive in Road Town, Sebastian’s Taxi service will be available to take you to our Hodges Creek Base location.
Ferry Schedule and Pricing
After arriving in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas you will take the St. Thomas/Tortola Ferry to Road Town, Roundtrip ticket is roughly around $60/adult. Click here for a complete ferry schedule. There are three different Ferry Services you can take from Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas into Road Town, Tortola with the last ferry leaving to Road Town around 4 pm.
1.) Smiths Ferry Services
2.) Native Son Ferry
3.) Road Town Fast Ferry
Our Base location: Hodges Creek Marina, Tortola
Hodges Creek Marina is located on the east end of Tortola. The meeting time to board the yacht is 5 pm on Saturday (you will not be able to board earlier). This is to ensure your catamaran is cleaned and provisioned accordingly for your charter. You will have dinner aboard that evening and the yacht will depart the following morning.
Hotel Stay Options:
For our guest choosing to come in early or stay later for a few days, we can recommend some options of where to stay.
• Treasure Isle Hotel
• Marias by the Sea Close to Road Town.
(Ferries are available from St. Thomas to St John and St John to Road Town, Tortola)
• Grande Bay Resort - Cruz Bay
US Citizens must have a valid passport. Citizens of other countries should confirm entry requirements with their consulate. Also, Tortola charges a departure tax of $20 per person by air and $20 per person by sea. Additionally, upon entry, all guests will have to pay a $10 environmental fee per person. Cash is required.
Is the day to day stress adding up? Come dance to the song of the sea. There is no better way to relax, unplug, take it easy, and enjoy life than being fully catered to aboard one our yacht charter vacations.
Handling a boat and all things that come with it for a week can be a bit overwhelming. With Festiva Sailing Vacations you can forget about all of that. We set the standard when it comes to “all-inclusive”. Upon each luxury catamaran, you will find professional staff, gourmet meals, an open bar, onboarding sports equipment and a host of exciting activities.
The dining experience aboard the yacht is one that you will remember for a long time to come. It’s not every day that you get to dine on the open sea. Our chef/host is trained to create a unique dining experience that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palettes, complete with amazing appetizers, delicious desserts, and an open bar. The menu has been defined as island gourmet that will tease your taste buds with a variety of special sauces and spices which highlight each hearty dining event.
Although it is set with a pleasing variety of steak, chicken, seafood, salads and grilled specialties, we do cater to any special dietary requirements, allergies, and needs you may have. We just simply ask you to make us aware of any such requirements beforehand.
By booking an all-inclusive crewed yacht charter you are booking a stress-free vacation. Aboard each of our yachts, we have a crew comprised of two: a captain and chef/host. When you come on board, they are welcoming and do everything possible to ensure that your time with them is comfortable, safe and fun! The crew ensures that every little detail is covered so you can enjoy your well-deserved vacation, making memories that will last a lifetime.
A Chance to Unwind
Whether you’re heading to an exotic spot in the Caribbean, or the historic islands of the Mediterranean, the moment you arrive at your base locations will be delightful. The yacht charter gives you the chance to unplug from everyday chaos and reconnect with your surroundings, enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Relax in the islands, visiting white-sand beaches with clear blue water and listing to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
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