December 2008 - Ed Hamilton

There is some good news for travelers arriving in the USVI too late to make the last 4 pm ferry across to Tortola. The Premier and Minister for Tourism have announced a late ferry from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Road Town, Tortola. The ferry will be offered Thursdays through Sundays at 9 pm with the actual time of departure from Red Hook ...

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To show how last minute some charters can be, at around 11:00 am on Christmas Eve we received confirmation that 5 guests had flights into St. Martin and wanted to charter a nice yacht starting Friday, December 26th. These dates are always difficult, even when booking months ahead, but we managed to find him Campai, a beautiful 72′ monohull which was ideal for ...

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There’s always a last minute flurry of inquiries in December, for Christmas and New Year charters, and normally there’s nothing available. This year has been different, as several excellent crewed yachts had their Christmas and New Year bookings canceled. It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, because although some boats are open, getting flights to The Caribbean is neither cheap nor easy. As ...

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Looking for a private yacht charter but don’t have a full week to spare? Amaryllis is offering a mini crewed sailing charter around St. John, in The US Virgin Islands. This 45′ Privilege Catamaran with crew, Bruce and Laura Masterson, is offering a 2-5 day USVI package with no short charter surcharge. Staying in US waters avoids clearing in and out of customs. ...

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