"They delivered everything they promised and then some, from the Hotel selection prior to boarding, transfer to the port, the entire cruise experience and the final transfer to the hotel were timely, efficient and friendly. The Captain was very experienced and knowledgeable, he took the time to explain everything that was asked to him, from navigation to tips around the Greek islands, he even gave us sailing lessons! The lady chef was outstanding, every meal was perfect and delicious, she always explained what each dish was and asked us how would we like it, asked for suggestions and she was always very accommodating. The ship condition was second to none, the crew was very professional, and the weather was excellent. I am not exaggerating, this was by far our best sailing trip, it was better than the one we took over the BVI's 5 years ago. You can't beat the value.”
Oscar N., Illinois, August 2019
“This was the most amazing 7 days of our lives! We went to celebrate our 20-year anniversary. Our Captain and Chef were absolutely incredible! They were fun, professional, and knowledgeable about the BVI's. They took extra steps to prepare and cook each meal. Our Chef even went over and above by making us lobster omelets, by saving her own lobster dinner from the night before for breakfast on our anniversary. The two of them absolutely, hands down, complement each other, and really make guests feel right at home, even on a sail boat. We felt very lucky, as we did not know the other two couples, the captain, or chef, but now we are friends for live. I could on and on, but you need to experience it for yourself.”
Lonnie F., Texas, June 2019
We sailed at the end of January on the Smitten Kitten, out of St. Martin. The weather was absolutely perfect and the sea was calm. Captain Xavier took us to exceptionally beautiful bays for snorkeling, and calm anchorages for peaceful night's rest. He was professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable. Gail is an excellent first mate, an even better chef and a delightful person to be around. She fed us delicious gourmet foods presented beautifully. We visited several islands, my personal favorite being the Prickly Pear Cayes. The sand there was like none I had ever seen. It was like powder, but when you looked closely you could see millions of tiny bits of pink coral mixed into the white. BEAUTIFUL. St. Barths is a beautiful island as well. We swam with turtles, stingrays and many other fish. That was my favorite island for snorkeling. Our cabin was comfortable, the boat clean and well equipped. We traveled as a group of 6 friends. The boat was large enough to be comfortable when we wanted to gather as a group but also have space when we wanted quite time. This trip exceeded my expectations. It was one of my favorite vacations. I highly recommend it.
Jodi C., California, February 2020
This is a wonderful experience. We have sailed the BVI 4 times, this was my favorite sailing trip. We had not hired a captain for our prior trips as one of our crew is an expert sailor. Captain Steve and Chef Andrea made all the difference. Captain Steve has excellent knowledge of the islands, he brought us to great snorkeling spots, pointed out hiking opportunities and he is resourceful. Our food on board was outstanding and varied. The entire crew preferred food on board to most of the area restaurants. In addition, Chef Andrea is a pleasure to be around. Ask for them, your sailing vacation awaits you.
Joan S., Missouri, February 2020
We've done two other sailing trips with Tradewinds and Festiva was so much better in every way! They don't have a Timeshare presentation to ruin your vacations and you can relax!!! Guy and Caz were super attentive and knowledgable of the Islands. Guy took us to the best places in the BVI and we didn't miss a thing! He manages to always reserve the best tables and he took us on time everywhere we went, The Soggy Dollar, Foxi and the Pirates show that it was fabulous! He took us to Anegada Island which is not something they always want to do in bad weather, but he made it look easy and pleasant. We ate at the fun Lobster restaurant with the most incredible lobsters and we danced all night. Caz was so sweet and generous with the meals, we were always full and surprised with every meal, always delicious and plentiful. We had the best vacation ever! The Bubbly pool and the Bath, which are places in the BVI you must see, were so much more memorable with Guy taking pictures for us, he made it very special. They are both unbelievable people, we couldn't say enough nice things about them, they are the best!
Cristina W., Colorado, January 2020
This was one amazing vacation! We went out of St. Marteen and went to many islands in the area. I can't say enough about the crew on this trip. Captain Dominique and Chef Gaelle were amazing! We ate like kings on this trip and chef Gaelle made unbelievable food for every meal. The portions were massive and no one ever left the table hungry. Besides cooking, Gaelle kept everything clean and was a great hostess! She had a great attitude and since of humor. Captain Dominique took us sailing to island after island which was each beautiful with amazing views. He also had a fishing pole for us to use and told us how to catch fish. We enjoyed, snorkeling, fishing, hiking the islands, swimming, great new friends, visiting island towns, and most of all relaxation like I have never experienced before! I truly don't know what more Festiva, Dominique, or Gaelle could have done to make this a better trip! I would totally recommend this trip to anyone and be sure request Dominique and Gaelle for your crew!
Jeff G., Indiana, January 2020
This was our second time to use Festiva. Both trips were amazing. On this trip our captain was Guy and the first mate was Caz. Caz did an outstanding job of preparing three meals a day for 8 people. All of the meals were delicious and healthy. Guy made us laugh at his jokes and stories. They catered extremely well to different age groups as well as cultures. I could not be more pleased. I look forward to returning on another trip with them in the future.
Sally W., Arkansas, December 2019