Christmas Week is BETTER than New Year’s Week for a BVI Crewed Yacht Charter!
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With the New Year’s charter week in the BVI completely booked, why not consider the Christmas week for your Caribbean sailing vacation? There are so many reasons why a BVI crewed yacht charter is the best sailing vacation in the world: turquoise waters, gorgeous mountains and blue skies, white sand beaches, sea turtles, dolphins, colorful reefs, friendly, fun crews, warm days and cool nights, great beach bars, quiet anchorages…the US and British Virgin Islands are truly a paradise on earth!
Treat your family to the greatest gift of all this year: a BVI Crewed Yacht Charter!
10 Great Reasons to Book A Christmas Caribbean Sailing Vacation
10. A Caribbean Yacht Charter makes a great gift – and is easy to wrap!
9. No crowded shopping malls and terrible traffic to fight!
8. Be home for New Year’s Eve WITH A TAN!
7. Create a family holiday memory you will never forget!
6. Christmas Dinner prepared and served by an amazing chef and you don’t have to lift a finger!
5. Xmas week is more mellow than a New Years’ charter week – no crowds.
4. Great sailing weather (we call them the Xmas winds!)
3. December 19 to 26 2015 is Saturday to Saturday! Great for scheduling around school holidays.
2. Santa DOES visit the Caribbean, too!
1. We have AMAZING BVI Crewed Charter Yachts Available December 19 to 26, 2015
We have AMAZING BVI Crewed Charter Yachts Available December 19 to 26, 2015
Make Salt Island Part of Your Caribbean Yacht Charter Itinerary!
Salt Island, one of the less well known, must see, sailing vacation destinations is located next to Norman Island in the archipelago that forms the British Virgin Islands. It is most notable for the wreck of the Royal Mail packet steamer, RMS Rhone which was driven onto the reef of Salt Island during a hurricane on October 29, 1867.
Most of the ship’s crew were lost and buried in a mass grave on Salt Island. A circle of stones marks the grave.
The Wreck of the Rhone is the most popular diving spot in the British Virgin Islands. The wreck is a great dive because it is in shallow water, has swim-throughs, and its massive propeller can be seen from above the water.
On the island itself, the large salt pond is a remarkable feature surrounded by a thick, white “beach” of salt crystals where the water has evaporated. Island natives use the salt for facial scrubs and tonics as well as for seasoning.
There are currently no residents living on Salt Island, but a few derelict structures are still intact on the beach. The small population of around 20 people that lived there paid an annual rent to the Queen of England of a one pound bag of salt.
The harvesting of salt was once an annual tradition going back to 1867 and the reign of Queen Victoria. The administrator of the British Virgin Islands would present the pound of salt to the Queen during her annual birthday celebration. This tradition gradually fell away, but it was renewed in 2015 by the current Governor of the British Islands.
Charter catamarans such as Knot Anchored and Elixir make Salt Island a regular stop on their BVI itinerary. There are excellent photo opportunities to be found on the island, and the crew encourage their guests to bring a jar and pack it full of their very own Caribbean sea salt to take home.
There are many ways to make a charter yacht vacation work within a limited budget, either by making concessions with what is included or by shortening the trip by a night or two. Just ask us!
Charter Yacht Rates
Crewed yacht charters have 3 different tiers of rates to appeal to every vacation budget.
All Inclusive Charters
With an all-inclusive charter, all of your meals, beverages, beer, wine and standard ship’s bar are included as well as all of the customs and mooring fees. There are no hidden fees – your charter rate pays for it all. Except for a crew gratuity at the end of your trip (typically 15 to 20% of the charter fee)
A great way to mix an all-inclusive crewed yacht charter with a chance to experience local culture and sample local cuisine is to do a Half Board Charter. Half-Board charters are so named because only half of your meals are provided on board with the rest to be obtained ashore. Typically boats give a discount of between $125 and $150 per person for a half board and provide all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Half-Board discounts are usually only applicable for 7 night charters – but exceptions are sometimes made.
For guests looking for a more hands-on approach to the charter experience the Captain Only charter is the way to go. This is a similar option to bareboating except the Captain (and often the mate, too) stay on board to sail the boat and act as guides. Nothing is included beyond the rate for the boat – guests are expected to provision themselves (or hire a provisioner) and pay for all of the running expenses of the boat: fuel, water, customs fees, etc.
Look For Special Discounts
There are special discounts available on some of our yachts, and these discounts are updated often.
We are here to help you make your charter dreams come true – no matter what your budget is! So, if you are working with limited vacation funds, and can’t seem to find a charter yacht that works…contact us, and we’ll see what we can find. Sometimes a mixture of time on land and time on the water works, too. We can recommend some great places to stay on St Thomas for before or after your charter trip.