I’m on a boat! (hopefully with you?)

So, you’ve been invited to view this private page because, well, Jackie and I love you. And we had such an amazing experience sharing our trip to St. Thomas…It’s hard to express. But, frankly, there were a couple of things wrong for us:

  1. The trip was too short. We didn’t get to spend enough time with you.
  2. Did I mention it was too short?

Seriously though, we want to travel with our closest friends more. There were many times on the honeymoon when we discussed the possibility of taking another charter trip with a larger group. It’s really hard to explain how amazing it is to travel this way…If we didn’t think the opportunity to explore a chain of islands with our closest friends on a floating luxury hotel wasn’t a once in the lifetime opportunity in the category of TOTALLY WORTH IT…We wouldn’t even ask. But it’s a good time. A really, really good time. (All that said…Seriously no shame if you don’t think this is for you…We recognize coordinating travel isn’t easy.)

OK, so you’ve got my attention…

So what’s a day at sea like? Well, for one thing…You’re not really at sea. The British Virgin Islands are very protected and in an area small enough that you don’t really lose sight of land, unless you want to make the trip to Anegada…And even then you are only out of sight of land for like 30 minutes and you get an amazing Lobster dinner on a beach for the trouble.

Here’s what an average day is like:

Everyone will be able to have their own experience but I like¬†to get up around dawn and get the coffee and breakfast rolling. Breakfast includes some combination of eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, toast, peanut butter, and jam. Cereal and milk are also options. After breakfast there’s time to stare at the stillness on whatever harbor we slept in the night before and contemplate nature. Next is to get out the charts and plan the day’s travel.

Most days the travel is 2-3 hours of sailing to a mid day lunch/snorkeling spot and then another hour shifting to the overnight anchorage. Some days we go straight through to the overnight spot. At one resort we’d spend two nights. On one day we might do a longer sail to either get to Anegada (because Lobster!) or the West End.

Just an average BVI sunset

Once we arrive at whatever place we are spending the night, usually before 1PM, there’s a never ending list of activities:

  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Exploring/Hiking
  • Napping
  • Reading
  • Shopping
  • Kayaking
  • SUPs
  • Surfing
  • Meditating
  • Dinner
  • Enjoying resort amenities (Swimming pool, beaches, trails, etc) for two nights (at no additional charge!)
  • Getting a spa treatment
  • Board/Boat games
  • Sunset gazing (You won’t be able to look away! So beautiful…)
  • Star gazing
  • Conversation under the stars

And for this group…How about some serenity at sea? I’d love to add this to the list of activities:

  • Boat AA meetings
  • Guided meditation
  • Yoga

OK, so what’s life on a boat like?

Well, if we take this trip with 6-8 people it’s going to be on a catamaran so it will all be pretty comfortable. Cats don’t heal (tilt) over. It will also be pretty spacious depending on how much we want to spend. Cats have 3-4 private cabins, indoor living rooms, full kitchens, an outdoor common sitting area that’s kind of like a back porch, a front area for laying around on trampolines and 2-4 bathrooms with hot water and showers. ¬†Imagine a floating hotel suite or a giant luxury tour bus and you are not too far off. Here are some pictures from the charter company I like to use:

But what if I don’t know how to sail?

Jackie and I will take care of the boat. I mean, there will be times when we will need assistance but we won’t ask you for anything you can’t safely do on your first sailing adventure. For the most part cruising sailboats are about comfort, safety, and ease of use. There’s no extreme sailing going on. Top speed = island time mon.

But what if I get seasick?

This is a valid concern…But it’s not insurmountable. To be honest, my brother Max has a history of motion sickness but he managed it with ginger chews and had an amazing time. Because we are in mostly protected waters and sail for short hops it never gets so crazy for so long that it is a big problem.

What if the weather sucks?

Also a valid question. On a 7 day trip this year we had one half day of rain and we made the best of it. This turned out to be one of the better days for some reason…I think it was something to break up the monotony of perfection? Or the adventure of getting to our next destination under less than ideal conditions. To be completely honest, I like to travel there in late November so it can rain but my experience is it typically rains for 15 minutes and it’s over. The previous year it never rained for more than 10 minutes a day.

What’s the price? What’s included?

Well, we haven’t totally decided yet and part of that is because we want to know what you think. That said, I can tell you it will range from $700 – $1000 per person for 7 nights depending on how big a boat we want, how many people can make it, and how well we want to eat. This covers the boat, nightly mooring fees, beverages, water, food, and diesel fuel. What would be left for you to pay for would be airfare and personal spending money on souvenirs and dinner ashore 1/2 the nights.

The food included would cover all breakfasts and lunches. It would also cover 1/2 the dinners on the boat so we can visit the better restaurants the other 1/2 the time.

Quick note on cost: There’d be no cost to bring Jack Cardoos since he’d obviously sleep with Mommy and Daddy (and he rules).

OK, what’s next?

So, again…We know this is a big choice and that’s why we decided to put together a little survey to gauge interest and help us make some more decisions about how big we want to go. Please watch these videos from our honeymoon (remembering a bigger group would be on a bigger boat) and then take a moment to fill out the anonymous survey…

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