Day boat trip for 8 guests
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We won't be going to STT until July/2009 but I'm finding this topic very confusing and hope someone here can help. My husband and I and our daughter (21) and son (17) will be looking to go on one of the lovely boat trips we hear so much about. This trip will include my 2 sisters and their husbands who range in age from 65 to 73 (I'm the baby by far, lol). It is difficult to find boats that take 8 people. I would like to leave from St. Thomas to avoid the trip to St. John prior to the boat excursion. We would like to stop in some of those little lesser used beaches around St. Thomas or St. John, possibly a trip to the BVI. I would like to keep costs down as much as possible and thought someone may know of a captain of a "not so advertised" excursion.
We are the timeshare owners and I convinced my husband to bring my 2 sisters this time. My husband's only requirement was that we do one of these trips. Since we are dealing with a little older generation on a fixed income I don't want my husband to regret his decision.
Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.
I highly recommend Captain Kevin and Born to Rhumb. (borntorhumb.com). His boat fits 12 and my group of 7-9 go out for a great day with him every year. I am not sure if he will still be on island in July, but you could email him and ask. I always leave from St. John, but I believe I read a report on this board where he picked up on St. Thomas.
Born to Rhumb looks like what we are looking for but it says he leaves the island on 7/15 and we arrive on the 18th. I shot him an email to see if his dates would be different for 2009. The fact that the fees for the BVI are included in the sailing fee is quite a savings.
I would like to find that exact trip leaving from St. Thomas. Maybe if I can convince Captain Kevin to stay on island a few more days I can also convince him to pick us up in St. Thomas. A little to much Chutzpah for me, lol.
We too have taken Captain Kevin 2 x's. First in May of 2007 with 9 people and then May 2008 with 12 people. Definetly a great trip, with a great Captain. He is SOOOO nice and laid back. I remember saying to him, "How can you deal with all these people all the time"....he said that he just loved what he does.
He will pick you up from STT because he picked us up both times there.
He stocks his boat with beer, soda and water that you like and about 1/2 way through the trip he comes out with his painkillers, which are delicious.
If you don't know where to go, he will take you where he thinks would be nice for your party.
I hope he's on island for when you want to go, because you'll really enjoy yourself!
You can try ' Seamore Charters ' with Capt. Frank --- great boat and crew - in STT - and licensed for 12 passengers - it is www.seamorecharters.com
You would want the Pirate's Penny. We booked them several times over the past couple of years. They were great with our party. Some of the party had issues wth mobility and it was all taken care of.
Thank you everyone for all the great ideas. I spoke with Captain Kevin and he seems wonderful and very accommodating, even to the point of delaying his trip home to take us out. I still have to look into Seamore Charters and Pirate's Penny sounds very good. We don't have mobility problems per se but we are dealing with a few "older" people (they would kill me if they saw this) and an easier trip would probably be better. Thank you!
Jean, what do you mean by an easier trip?? Captain Kevin will do whatever you want.
What's old to you??? :o)
Connie, I'm laughing as I'm writing this, I was just saying how "old" keeps getting "older." Haha. That's why I put the original "older" in my earlier post in quotes. I don't think of my sister as old and she is only 68 and her husband is 72. My other sister is 64 and her husband is 68. These are ages that can be turning points in a person's life. Luckily they are very young minded, travel a lot, babysit the the grand kids, go to the beach every day they can in the summer, etc. My biggest concern is my 68 year old brother in law was in a nasty skiing accident several years ago and his legs are compromised. He doesn't use a walker or anything like that but to give you an idea of how bad the accident was, he used to be 6'4" and now, due to bone removal, he is 6' tall. They just got back from a 10 day cruise up the coast to Canada and are leaving again for a 12 day Caribbean cruise at the end of October. I hope when I retire I can travel like them! I'm 52 and my husband is 50, so you can see I'm the "baby" of the family. No ones allowing me to get old because then they would have to be old too, lol .;)
longislandjean, your explantation of ages was too funny. 😛 Hope your family has a great time on vacation together on St. Thomas!