Sail Into Romance, Virgin Islands, Perfect for 1 Loving Couple


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Thank you for your interest in Bel Ami Voyages...Sail Into Romance! Thanks to back to back hurricanes Irma and Marie, our sailing vessel Bel Ami is currently out of commission. We plan to make repairs in Martinique where the manufacturer of our vessel, Amel, has a caribbean base. We anticipate being back in operation in May of 2018. Please read on for further information about what we offer: ALL INCLUSIVE!!-- Admiral Bobbie Rae and Captain Dave are committed to providing you and yours the ultimate sailing vacation experience for 1 couple. So please read on, and please come sail with us and create precious vacation memories that will last your lifetime. Unlike other yachts, we specialize in only 1 couple aboard. We provide the perfect getaway on your own private non-smoking crewed yacht. Being the only couple onboard, you are treated like royalty. Do what you want, when you want. You have the freedom to explore, discover, and experience new adventures everyday. Your voyage is personalized and is a customized vacation tailored to you and your desires. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae are committed to providing you the dream sailing vacation experience of a lifetime. Feel the wind and sun as you glide through the majestic and unspoiled Virgin Islands. Visit beautiful palm-tree lined beaches, hike lush trails, snorkel and view the bountiful underwater world of coral, sea fans, and multitudes of fish. Our 7 day cruise begins in St. Thomas. On a typical day you will leisurely awaken to another beautiful day in paradise, and we may sail for perhaps 1-2 hours to another more beautiful anchorage. Depending upon your cruising preferences, you may spend the majority of your time off the vessel visiting the local beach bar, snorkeling, hiking, eating out, shopping. Alternatively, you may wish to remain aboard reading, sunbathing on deck, or swimming snorkeling from the vessel. The choice is always yours. The following is a sample itinerary: Day 1: Board the vessel at noon on the east side of St. Thomas. Sail to Leinster Bay on St. John and snorkel Waterlemon Cay. Hike up to the ruins overlooking the bay, and visit the Annenberg Sugar Mill ruins. Day 2: Check into the BVI at Soper's Hole, West End of Tortola. Then sail to Norman Island and enjoy the beach bar amenities at Pirates Bight, snorkel the Indians and the Caves, party at the Willi T at night, and next day go for a morning hike along the ridge line. Truly enjoy the original 'Treasure Island.' Day 3: Continue sailing up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, visiting Salt Island and making a snorkel stops at the Wreck of the Rhone to visit one of the most sought after dive/snorkel spots in the world. End up drinking painkillers at the sunset bar at Cooper Island Beach Resort. Day 4: The Bathes. This is one of the 'must see' spots in the islands. Huge granite boulders toppled on one another from long ago volcanic activity, forming many intricate passages and tidal pools (hence the name 'Bathes'). Snorkel, swim, sun, hike, enjoy the local beach bar. Then enjoy a sunset sail up to Gorda Sound, home of the Bitter End Resort, Saba Rock, Biras Creek, and Leverick Bay. Enjoy the Michael Bean's Pirate Happy Arrrr, or view the Mocko Jumbies. Snorkel in the incredible Eustachia Sound. Day 5: Anageda, known as the 'Forbidden Paradise.' Surrounded by dangerous fringing reef, Anagada is generally off limits to most charter boats unless the skipper demonstrates sufficient experience. Travel to the north side beaches for miles and miles of incredible sand and some of the best snorkeling anywhere. And the lobster...delicious! Day 6: Jost Van Dyke. Discover the Soggy Dollar Bar, and home of the original pain killer. Climb to the weather station at the top of the island. Dance the night away at Foxys, the #2 New Years Eve Destination in the world. Day 7: Sail back to St. Thomas. On the way, visit Cruz Bay, St. John, to check into US Customs and Immigration and to shop at many of the fine establishments. Additional cruise notes: The above sample itinerary is written to give you a flavor of what's possible. Some guests come aboard with well defined notions of what they would like to see and do. Others leave it strictly up to Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae to serve as their travel guides. Either way, our promise to you is that we will do everything possible to ensure your complete cruising satisfaction. Bel Ami is an Amel 53 SuperMaramu, a 53 foot monohull sailboat designed specifically as a world cruising boat. Built in Rochelle, France, she is one of the finest sailboats ever built, with a legendary reputation among cruising sailors. Not typically found in charter fleets, she stands out as an example of safety and seaworthiness. She is equipped with safety features that meet or exceed all United States Coast Guard requirements. She is constantly updated with the latest in sailing technology, including motorized sail controls, electronic navigation charts, satellite communication system. Bel Ami is designed to assure your comfort and safety. Other amenities include a 6 man dinghy with 15 horsepower engine (the "family car"); 2 person kayak; onboard movie library; complete galley kitchen; internet access in most places we visit; snorkel equipment. The aft master cabin is all yours: has an oversized queen mattress that is heaven itself. The bed is surrounded by cushioned walls that demarcate your private intimate space. There is ample cabinet space for all your clothes and personal belongings. There is also a built-in vanity with mirror, electric outlets, personal fans, air-conditioning, LED lighting throughout, 6 feet 4 inch headroom. On deck you will find a spacious very comfortable cockpit complete with bimini sun shades with side shade curtains. Our music system allows you to play your own favorite tunes The stern (back of the boat) steps down to the water, making it exceptionally easy to go for a swim. The well constructed board ladder is simple to use. The Bel Ami unique difference is that we only take 1 couple aboard. Most other sailing charter operators cater to multiple couples, thereby allowing for lower costs overall by sharing costs. Because we cater to only 1 couple, you are afforded a level of privacy and luxury that is unmatched. Yet our ALL INCLUSIVE offering allows for significant savings overall! Keywords: sailing, charter, honeymoon, virgin islands honeymoon, sailboat, private yacht, private charter, sailing vacation, sailing charter, beach, ocean, snorkeling, scuba diving, beach combing, LGBT friendly, luxury vacation.

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  1. Jean M.
    On my husbands bucket list was sailing on a monohull in the Caribbean. And how unbelievably fortunate we were to find Captain Dave Goodman and Admiral Bobbie Rae and their sailboat, the Bel Ami, to allow us to check this off his list. We are senior citizens, were first timers for sailing on a large boat in an ocean, and had only previously experienced the Caribbean through day stops from large cruise ship travels. So we were unsure of what to expect - what to pack, where would we be going, what would we be doing on and off the boat, safety, being with new acquaintances in close quarters. But through phone conversations, emails, and preference lists with Captain Dave days before our departure and from our initial interaction with him and Bonnie Rae, we instantly knew we had scored a home run. Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae picked us up in their dingy at Secret Harbor Beach, got us and our luggage aboard, and then Bonnie Rae gave us an informational tour of the boat while Dave prepared the boat for take off. This was the first example of the many ways they worked so well together as a team. Our room had plenty of storage, well-appointed (bed with multiple pillows and ocean-themed coverlet), TV with over 100 movies available (we had time for only 1), luxurious towels. Captain Dave reviewed options that were possible for the remainder of the day, based on that days weather conditions, where we were, where we could get to, and possible activities at our destination. This was the procedure he followed each day. But being newbies, we generally deferred to his expertise. We appreciated being included on making decisions, but his amazing insight, after only a short amount of time, about our personalities, our interests, our physical abilities, led to each day being perfectly designed just for us. Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae were keen on being sure each part of our trip was to our liking. How does Dave create those awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in that tiny galley? And where does he store all the ingredients? We love all kinds of music and love to dance. Not only did we experience famous island venues for music and dancing, but also Daves onboard extensive music selections and his expertise on the accordion, with Bobbie Rae as backup singer, led to dancing and singing on board. No matter your interests, your level of sailing experience, your age, be sure to put a check mark by Bel Ami, Captain Dave and Bonnie Rae. 17 March 2015 - 18:08:16
  2. Rob R.
    We booked this adventure to celebrate our fifth anniversary and we had a truly memorable trip. Not being a sailor and never having traveled on a boat of this size I was more than a bit apprehensive as I am prone to seasickness on small craft. I did take Bonine each morning and never had an issue. Dave and Bobbi-Rae were waiting for us at the airport which was a truly welcome sight after some flight delays and an arrival about 4 hours later than planned. We had a quick dinner and then were off to spend our first night aboard Bel-Ami. The cabin is very comfortable with a very good amount of storage space. We were off to dreamland in no time after a long travel day. We slept very soundly in our cabin and the gentle rocking while at anchor was truly relaxing. Our cruise departed the next day for St. Johns. The sail over was fun and we enjoyed fabulous scenery. Once we put into a cove for the evening we quickly settled into a routine of snorkeling and kayaking. Captain Dave located a SUP board we could rent for the week so we had that aboard as well for water fun. We really enjoyed the snorkeling everywhere we went (St. Johns, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola). On St. John's we went out on a Captain Dave led hike over the mountain to Cruz Bay where we rescued a baby goat and then we treated ourselves to some great Cheeseburgers and atmosphere at Skinny legs. We also explored the ruins of an old Sugar Mill and had encounters with local Deer and Mongoose. Captain Dave and Bobbi-Rae prepared very tasty meals for us throughout the cruise. They really do all they can to make your favorites for you during your stay. Captain Dave even located my wayward sunglasses that had blown off my head and sunk! We truly enjoyed the freedom of no set itinerary and running on island time. Not having sailing experience was a bit of drawback as I didn't know what to expect and for me personally I did not find sailing to be very relaxing. We did minimize our sailing time as a result and spent as much time engaged in water sports as possible which is what we truly enjoy. The islands are truly breathtaking and the water is blue and wonderful. We really enjoyed this trip and we were both sad the morning we had to leave for home. We hope to have another sailing adventure as this experience has just provided us with an appetite for more. 18 March 2015 - 18:14:43
  3. JAY S.
    wow, what a great time was had by all... i'll get to the point, captain Dave got my itinerary and we spoke a few times. i knew my itinerary was very ambitious to say the least. i was going to be elated if we accomplished what i had set out for. well captain Dave is "THE MAN" !!! he took us further and did it better than we ever expected... you need to do the same. we felt very safe and in the experienced hands the whole way... also check out the broker Susan @ had a blast 14 May 2015 - 00:03:56
  4. Jo & Phil
    To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we chose Bel Ami for the privacy and flexibility, and got way more than we expected! Dave and Bobbie Rae were excellent hosts, open to our interests and eager to share their favorite destinations. Dave was able to arrange a delightful inn on shore for us at the last minute, and adapt to our travel delay with ease. Then we were off wherever the wind took us on a far-ranging tour of the BVIs, with stops for plenty of beautiful views, excellent snorkeling, and playing our instruments at beach-front bars. Sharing music with Dave and Bobbie Rae was a hoot, especially when it resulted in other patrons buying us rounds! And then there was the night we traded jokes for hours! And the time we played cards in a beach-side shack after snorkeling and laughed even more! When I'd ask where we were going for the day, Dave would reply he didn't know. This through me off at the beginning of the trip, but by the end, I could appreciate that we could go anywhere! Not to mention that Dave provided us with a great photo montage afterward, so we didn't feel any pressure to take lots of shots ourselves. All in all, a grand adventure that we'll remember forever! 04 June 2015 - 16:24:35
  5. Janene W.
    From the minute I contacted Captain Dave I knew I was in good hands, I told him this was a surprise trip and he and Bobbie Rae played along with the surprise right up to the moment my husband boarded the Bel Ami. The trip exceeded our expectations as we enjoyed the beaches, drinks, sun, snorkelling, music, and hiking. Captain Dave was excellent at showing my husband the basics of sailing as well. He took us to many islands so that we could enjoy what we liked to do such as relaxing, socialising, a nice meal, drinks at sunset and a massage at the spa. We enjoyed his accordion playing, singing and harmony by Bobbie Rae. The food preparation by Captain Dave was amazing and he provided great insight on food preparation based only on our inquiries. Fantastic holiday and we would recommend this to anyone! Don't forget to try the key lime pie at Willy T's and spend the evening dancing. 13 August 2015 - 16:08:09
  6. V & K
    Imagine a personal, chauffeured sailing trip for two through the Virgin Islands. Add to that comfortable living quarters on the 53-foot sailing vessel Bel Ami, excellent food, multiple fun and interesting activities and the great companionship and superb tour guiding of Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae and you have the description of one of the best weeks of our lives. From many years of sailing the Virgin Islands, Captain Dave knows the best places to go, the best ways to get there and how to produce a smooth, safe sailing adventure. The most difficult thing about this experience was having to decide every day which beautiful island we wanted to go to next and what we would do there. We're happy to report we figured it out! We had fun: sailing the sea, including at night under a full moon; snorkeling amazing sites (sea turtles, coral reefs, caves, varied fishes, Rhone wreck); kayaking (kayak carried on Bel Ami, so available whenever we wanted); hiking scenic trails; watching stilt dancers at a beach bar/restaurant; swimming in beautiful bays; enjoying a couples massage at Peter Island Resort; walking along exquisite beaches; and generally relaxing and soaking up this amazing opportunity. Beside being an excellent sailor, Captain Dave is an excellent cook. Our cruise was all vegan (our choice) and every meal was delicious--and artfully presented (we took photos). Captain Dave couldn't have been more accommodating and no request went unfulfilled--example: we wanted to watch the UEFA Champions League soccer final, and thanks to Captain Dave we did so at a beach bar on Virgin Gorda! This week in paradise was a special experience, one that we will long cherish, and never forget. 15 August 2015 - 22:54:03
  7. Megan M.
    We had a wonderful 3 night stay with Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae. We decided to do the captain only option because of our time and financial restrictions. This was a great option for us, but we were not able to see as much as we were hoping to. 02 November 2015 - 00:25:37
  8. Scott & Michelle
    We could not have asked for a more beautiful honeymoon destination and experience. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae were experienced, engaging, and delightful hosts. They not only accommodated our dietary and beverage requests, but they truly presented our meals in a creative and beautiful way. They were not just our hosts, they became our friends; we played games, enjoyed music together, and danced the night away. Whether we were trading stories, hiking in the pouring rain, or snorkeling through dark caves, it truly was the best experience either of us have ever had. Captain Dave knows the sea and the islands like the back of his hand and Bobbie Rae treats her guests like they were her own family. We will not hesitate to return to the Bel Ami to see our new friends, Dave and Bobbie Rae, for another amazing adventure in the Virgin Islands. Thank you Dave and Bobbie Rae for making our honeymoon more amazing than we could have ever imagined. We look forward to seeing you again someday, and we are sincere in our invitation to you to come to Colorado for a skiing, (killer) hiking, or whitewater rafting trip! 16 December 2015 - 02:43:57
  9. Kathleen D.
    I planned this vacation for my 50th birthday. My husband was initially a bit reluctant because in the past, he has had problems with sea-sickness. That turned out to be no issue at all and we both had a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime trip. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie picked us up at the airport in St. Thomas and we were sailing on the beautiful Bel Ami within an hour of landing! The cabin is quite spacious and there was plenty of room. The first night we anchored at Christmas Cove and had wonderful "delivery pizza" picked up by Cpt. Dave in the dinghy from a local pizza boat! Very fun way to start the trip. Another day, we saw two fisherman spear a Red Snapper and within minutes, Cpt. Dave hopped on the dinghy, negotiated a price for the fish and in a few hours, we were enjoying a perfectly prepared Red Snapper for dinner! Overall, everything was wonderful. The meals cooked by Cpt. Dave were fabulous [much, much better than nearly any meal we had ashore]. Cpt. Dave and Bobbie were so accommodating: each morning, we would look at the map and Dave would give us a few options and then we picked what appealed to us the most. He out did himself by arranging a tour of Oil Nut Bay knowing that we were interested in landscaping and property development. The days were crammed with so many fun things from hiking, lazing around a beach, checking out some beach bars and some beautiful resorts but we never felt rushed and enjoyed sailing from island to island every day. Captain Dave is clearly an extremely experienced captain and we felt extremely safe despite having no real experience sailing previously. Bobbie is a delight and we shared our mutual passion for landscaping and art during the trip. Both Dave and Bobbie were a joy to spend seven days with and we are now blessed to count them among our friends. 26 January 2016 - 16:05:41
  10. donny r.
    Captain Dave is a skilled sailor and we felt totally secure and safe whether the winds were howling or night had fallen. Traditional sailing is the norm, on this extremely capable sailing boat, with the engine hardly used. The owners cabin is comfortable, roomy and delightful. Our dietary needs (one of us gluten free and the other diary free) were not only easily met but were a gastronomic delight - although more engaging appetizers would have been welcomed. The activities and schedule were catered to our desires. We especially enjoyed the snorkeling when guided by Captain Dave as well as informative hikes enhanced by their local knowledge. 08 March 2016 - 18:02:51
  11. Gregory W.
    We were sailboat refugees from the frozen north looking for a place to defrost in February. Bel Ami was the perfect prescription for our cold. Capt Dave and Bobbi Rae helped us find the hot spots that we had in mind, and some we had never heard of. The hot tub in the moonlight has to revisited when we return. A hike to Ram' s Head gave us a fantastic view of the playground that would be our's for the week. Bel Ami is an Amel 53 not your everyday charter sailboat that you find in the Virgin islands. The Amel 53 is a boat that can handle anything the ocean can give it Capt Dave and Bobbi Rae know how show you the playground that is the Virgin islands. Our days would start with fresh ground coffee brewed in the galley that is fully equipped. The new day ahead would be full of activities and a new destination. Snorkeling the caves and reefs was unforgettable the variety of fish, coral and feather worms exceeded expectations. Capt Dave guided us to some great sites with local knowledge to maximize the dive experience. Sailing from island to island was filled with fun talking about the next stop and how did we get here. I would highly recommend a stay with Captain Dave and Bobbi Rae to sailors and landlubbers alike. 27 March 2016 - 02:04:10
  12. We celebrated our upcoming 20th anniversary with a week long sail in the Virgin Islands on the Bel Ami. We flew to St. Thomas where we met our wonderful hosts, Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae Goodman. Some of the highlights of our trip include a hike to the Petroglyphs on St. John, snorkeling at The Bight on Norman Island and Waterlemon Cay, visiting The Baths on Virgin Gorda, and enjoying Bushwackers at the Big Bamboo, Loblolly Bay followed by a lobster dinner under the stars at the Anegada Reef Hotel. The winds were favorable and each day brought a new adventure. Captain Dave's sailing experience and knowledge of the area made this is a memorable vacation we will be talking about for a long time. Also, Admiral Bobbie Rae made us feel right at home from the moment she gave us our welcome aboard orientation. The Bel Ami is perfectly suited for one couple to enjoy a romantic getaway! Captain Dave's culinary skills also deserve a mention. Our meals and snacks were customized to our eating preferences and everything was delicious! From beginning to end, our week on the Bel Ami was more than we could have imagined. 04 April 2016 - 20:24:14
  13. Tara P.
    My husband and I went on an 8 day trip on the Bel Ami. As long as you go into it with the understanding that you'll be sharing a boat with two other people for a week and let Dave and Bobbie Rae know what kind of trip you are looking for, then you should really have an amazing time. My husband and I hadn't been on a trip alone in a few years and were looking for quiet spots, personal space, and a generally very relaxed time, and we let Dave and Bobbie Rae know that upon arrival. Dave and Bobbie Rae made an effort to give us the kind of trip we wanted. They turned in early enough every night that my husband and I were able to have dinner alone, Dave sought out private anchorages and great snorkel spots which we indicated was important to us, we went on hikes alone and adventured by ourselves. When we did need a dinghy guide or advice, Dave and Bobbie Rae were more than happy to oblige. The boat is big enough to find a quiet spot to read during a sail and the living quarters are on opposite sides of the boat, so you feel privacy when you are down below. When we did chat and do activities with Dave and Bobbie Rae, the conversation was easy and they didn't detract from the enjoyment of our vacation at all (which I was worried about, you never know how you'll get along with two strangers sharing a boat for a week). Whether you are looking for privacy/romance or for more of a guided vacation, you can sail Bel Ami and get what you want. 09 May 2016 - 17:46:22
  14. John B.
    We can't say enough great things about how amazing and wonderful our trip on Bel Ami was with Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae. From the beauty of the boat, the wonderful meals, the indescribable views, and the enjoyable company, we had an amazing honeymoon. The advantage of the sailboat is the ability to both cruise along and see the beauty of the islands, while being able to drop anchor at some amazing locales (St. Thomas; Tortola; Virgin Gorda; St. John; Water Island). The snorkeling, the hiking, the jaw dropping sunsets from a beach bar, we were able to sample a taste of what USVI/BVI can offer. But the real value add is the guidance and back stories from Dave and Bobbie Rae that made the experience that much better. They were the best travel guides we could have had. The cost was worth every dime and more. We would (and will) do this trip again as it's the best way to experience the islands and all they can offer. 29 June 2016 - 19:51:45
  15. My husband and I decided to spend our honeymoon visiting the beautiful caribbean islands. We were lucky enough to find Bel Ami and have the most amazing vacation ever. Captain Dave is very professional and has a boat in excellent conditions. He is also a lot of fun and will take you to the most amazing places in the Virgen British and US islands. Bobbie Rae makes sure all your needs are taken care of and helps Captain Dave cook delicious food. My husband and I were very eager to learn sailing and Captain Dave helped us fulfill that dream, and yes, we were sailing the boat at the end of our trip!!!! 01 July 2016 - 01:58:00
  16. David & Denay
    My wife and I spent a week aboard the Bel Ami for the week of the July 4th, 2016. From the moment we arrived in St. Thomas it was a dream vacation. Dave picked us up at the airport and wisked us away to a lunch with a view. Soon we were aboard the Bel Ami and set sail. I'm a pretty novice sailor to say the least, and my wife had never even been aboard a sail boat in her life. Its pretty comical to see her face as we set out in to the open winds of the Caribbean and keeled the boat over pretty good the first time. Dave and Bobbie Rae quickly gained trust in our sea legs and we sailed the majority of the USVI's and BVI's over the course of our trip. Each night after dinner, we'd pull out the old map and decide on our adventure for the next day. We snorkeled for hours, toured various beach bars, watched live music, saw the pirate bar on Norman Island, snorkeled in caves, went to the baths at Virgin Gorda, and finished at the most amazing beach at Jost Van Dike. Captain Dave is a modern day renaissance man (Sailor, singer, musician, doctor, cook) and Bobbie Rae is his equal companion. She's literally one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met. If you want a laid back adventure at one of the most beautiful places in the world, look no further than the Bel Ami. The ship itself is a very heavy luxury sail boat. We had plenty of room in our cabin and our own bathroom. We hope to return sometime in the coming years to re-live our amazing experience. 09 September 2016 - 18:34:06
  17. MB M.
    Every aspect of our amazing week was custom designed for us. Captain Dave and Admiral Bobby-Rae interviewed us in advance to determine our preferences in food, activities, refreshments and sports. And they took care to provide us with all the privacy we wanted. From fabulous food, plus this amazing boat, and the care they gave to our every need...a 5-Star rating is just no enough stars! It was the sailing trip of our dreams. 04 May 2017 - 16:37:00
  18. Ronald B.
    Thank you for providing the most AMAZING 50th BIRTHDAY WEEK CELEBRATION for Patricia that we could ever have imaginedknow what, it even fulfilled a lifetime dream for me. Amazing does not begin to capture the experience provided by the Bel Ami with Admiral Bobbie Rae and Captain David Goodman, two of the most gracious and knowledgeable people on the entire planet. Since Bobbie Rae was a little under the weather on our first day Patricia helped as a swabbie on deck, with her love of water and skill, was quickly promoted to first mate and helped man the sails with Captain Dave when the winds shifted. As Dolly Parton once said; we cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. We enjoyed the many options given on a daily, actually at a moments notice, to enjoy paradise here on earth. Captain Daves knowledge is rooted in experience of sailing, snorkeling, hiking, and dinning of every square foot of the Islands since 1977. Yes, we found paradise and took the suggestions of Captain Dave seriously as we followed rigorously through trails leading to old sugar mills ruins, grave sites, and many other industrial sites that once provided commerce. We snorkeled the Great Saint James, Christmas Cove, The Bight on Norman Island, Salt Pond Bay, and Hurricane Hole. The sites we saw under water were breathtaking and unbelievable, color that was unimaginable with different kinds of sea life!! Our exquisite taste for food was complimented by great natural prepared snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner fit for Royalty, as we were made to feel. Captain Daves cooking skills must have been earned from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York Cityand, yes, it was done on the yacht, unbelievable, fresh tropical fruit was always abundantly available. We really never saw the moon, but the stars were crystal clear as we looked over the water into the gorgeous sky while listening to Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae sing our favorite songs while playing the accordion! Patricia and I were extremely well informed of what our voyage would entail and how to stay as comfortable as possible with any changing weather conditions. Yes, our entire voyage was planned according to our wishes, not cookie cutter, but a custom planned vacation of a lifetime!! We highly recommend the Bel Ami for adventure seekers and romantic getaways, and, "we shall return"!! 07 May 2017 - 12:59:00
  19. Katherine T.
    Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae provided a magical vacation for us aboard Bel Ami. My husband and I were looking into our honeymoon trip when we stumbled upon Captain Daves listing. The reviews really swayed me over, so I started inquiring about dates and details with Captain Dave. We eventually decided to make it a 1 year anniversary trip, and Captain Dave and Bobbie Rae made it well worth the wait! Before the trip even began, they made time to call and talk to us to get an idea of what we might like and our food interests for the week. Once we touched down in St.Thomas they picked us up and took us on a lovely island tour. From there we went aboard Bel Ami and began our sailing adventure. Captain Dave customized our path/itinerary to what he thought wed most enjoy and that really made this a one of a kind experience. We did some snorkeling, went on lots of hikes, had some wonderful island tours, and spent the week enjoying sailing and discovering the Virgin Islands. As for the food, Captain Dave is an amazing chef and all of our meals were delicious. Overall, we were treated to an absolutely beautiful week in the Virgin Islands. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a vacation thats catered to them, is up for a little adventure, and wants to make some wonderful memories they'll never forget! 21 June 2017 - 14:06:00
  20. Steve T.
    Our recent scheduled trip on the Bel Ami June 4 to 11, 2016 we have the following comments. Due to circumstances aboard we were forced to cut the trip short on Wednesday June 8. We will itemize a number of the conditions that led to this decision It was apparent from the beginning that Captain Dave and Admiral Bobbie Rae were more concerned about cost cutting than the comfort of their guests aboard. Weather was very hot and humid ... First night on board we had to sleep without a/c since Captain Dave said it was too expensive to run the generator Not sure how we managed to make it through it was a miserable night. We could never relax below in the cabin privately because it was too ghastly hot and tended to make us seasick. Whenever we requested a cold drink we were treated to one ice cube since they were not willing to purchase ice but instead made their own . It seemed that instead of feeling like a special guest we were made to feel that any requests were determined by Captain Dave and his need to conserve $$$. We paid for gourmet appetizers ( triscuits with cheese and some fruit or cut up Apple ). They constantly munched in front of us and one time out at a lobster lunch bar, Captain Dave took our plates and started eating all the leftovers including a potato I had on my plate. They then cleaned up all of the lobster shells on our plates , it was disgusting. Many other things happened on our trip that were also very negative. One final one was that two days before we had purchased two lobsters at the Reef hotel and then decided to eat them when we were back at our hotel. Well we forgot to take the lobsters when we left, Captain Dave was docked only five minutes away by car. He knew exactly where we were staying and he made no effort to bring them to us, I am sure they eat them and this has a ring of stealing from us. This was a sailing vacation from hell. Because of this experience we will never do this type of vacation again. I don't know how the other reviews were positive because we never saw any of these examples. If you are going to do this type of trip find another boat!!!! Steve and Trish 16 June 2016 - 21:28:53

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