Thursday, July 26, 2012
Dream vacation Bethann May Littleton, CO/USA Review Submitted June 8, 2012 Date of Stay May 30, 2012 Best vacation ever! Those words were said by all of us. This was the first vacation where our teenage son was not bored for one second. We are still daydreaming about all the fabulous memories we have of our week in paradise with Captain Al and his lovely girlfriend. They are two of the sincerest people I have every met. They kept us laughing and smiling everyday. From the moment we woke up until the moment our heads hit the pillow each night, our every whim was catered to. Each morning, we were treated to fabulous breakfast feasts. From there, we spent our days exploring secluded islands and beaches. Each day brought a new snorkeling, swimming, hiking or exploring adventure. The marine and land creatures we got to see were phenomenal! Between activities, we were served delicious lunches with plenty of rum punch/painkillers or whatever you were craving for your afternoon cocktail. Each evenings was spent in a different bay. Dinners were eaten at amazing beach restaurants with gorgeous views, lovely waitstaff and Captain Al always handy to make sure we were happy. Captain Al had great stories about each place we traveled to and made sure that we were in good hands when we explored an island with taxi service. Everywhere we went the locals seemed to know him and be pleased that he was back. The boat itself is very comfortable with private bedrooms and bathrooms. There is plenty of space to kick back relax and take an afternoon nap while sailing from island to island. Although we were miles away from civilization at times, it was always nice to communicate with friends and family through the boat's Wifi connection. I would highly recommend this boat and Captain Al to anyone looking for a dream vacation through the US and British Virgin Islands. The sea, people, food and islands are amazing! As Captain Al says at everynew mooring, "The pool is open". You won't be sorry you jumped into this adventure.
Captain Alan and Catalyst: Our family just returned from a week long charter aboard Catalyst. Captain Al navigated the beautiful Caribbean Sea with skill and knowledge. He demonstrated fine culinary skill, keeping this family of five, with three teenage boys, well fed and hydrated for the duration of our charter! This being our second charter in the Virgin Islands, Captain Al made it a whole new experience for us. He sought out new harbors, dive sights, restaurants and activities. Here are a few we’d like to share: Activities: Daily scuba diving was a highlight. Dive master Alan took us to new dive sites each day. Wakeboarding was a blast. Kayaking, snorkeling, and beautiful beach exploration ranked high on our list. Meals: Captain Al can serve up a feast. The boys are still raving about the fabulous meals he prepared. The bar is well-stocked. For those evenings we chose to eat out, Captain Al always had great restaurant suggestions. The catamaran: Catalyst was spacious and the pictures online are accurate. The bean bag pads over the trapeze were incredible for sunning and lounging! Recommendation high for Catalyst and Captain Al!
Our 6-day charter aboard Catalyst was wonderful in every regard. Our family of four (including two college-age daughters) loves water activities and was drawn to Catalyst because it offered so many. We did it all - snorkeling, water skiing, tubing, paddle surfing, kayaking - in incredibly beautiful mooring spots, and still had plenty of time to relax in the sun and take some island hikes. We ate all our meals on board. You cannot imagine how well you will eat; every one of our requested favorite meals was exquisitely prepared, delicious and reminded us of eating at a high-end restaurant (no kidding; it's that good). The crew went out of their way to purchase items we had asked for and is very adept at accommodating different dietary needs. One other feature Catalyst offers; Captain Roberts seven years' experience sailing the Virgin Islands. We chartered during a very busy time of year, and on numerous occasions his knowledge of the area got us to great mooring spots before they filled up. We also had two days of very high winds and rough seas, but he safely got us where we wanted to go and selected mooring sites that provided the smoothest possible overnight stays. We cannot imagine having a more relaxing, enjoyable week than what we had on Catalyst. We know you'll have a similar experience. The Yensen Family Falls Church, Virginia
Alan, Celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on the Catalyst was our best vacation ever. The Virgin Islands provide a beautiful setting for such a special time and you helped us get the most out of them. From the charm and serenity of places like Cooper's Island to the adventure and stunning beauty of Virgin Gorda every stop was perfect and unique. This is the vacation against which all of our others will be measured. And the S/V Catalyst makes the prefect base from which to enjoy the islands. The outstanding captain and crew, spacious quarters, wide variety of water toys and especially the bean bag beds in the trampoline make this an exceptional vessel. But the most exceptional feature of the Catalyst is the food that comes out of her galley. Every meal, snack and beverage was worthy of a five star restaurant with service to match. You've managed to create a vacation fantasyland and we consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to enjoy some time there. Thanks Byron and Marilyn Dagley
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monica and I, our twin 10 year olds, Jack and Olivia and my mother, Nancy recently set sail with Captain Alan for a week on the Catalyst. We travel often and have enjoyed beach vacations throughout the world, but nothing compared to this. The British Virgin Islands are beautiful and Alan is an outstanding captain, chef and fantastic guide. He and the entire experience truly exceeded our expectations. Upon arrival, we kicked of our shoes and never put them back on for a week. We awoke each morning to the smell of fresh coffee and bacon or pancakes. We then sailed from island to island for a day of hikes, snorkeling, inner tubing, wake boarding, stand up paddle boarding and beach activities. When we were on the boat, there was plenty of room to spread out. Each afternoon we'd have cocktails and snacks on the boat and frequented Foxy's, the Willy T, Myett's and the like each night. Alan outdoes himself with the food and drinks, so be sure to take advantage of his skills as a chef. We had never stayed on a boat and are not sailors, yet we were comfortable the entire trip. We never once worried about the safety of our kids and they absolutely loved the experience. They are already asking when we can do it again. If you are considering a trip aboard the Catalyst, I can highly recommend it. This was a truly unique experience. Sean