Tradewinds is a yacht charter with over 10 destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and Central America. A Cruising Class double occupancy cabin in the British Virgin Islands is normally $4,600.
I will book the week and your name will be listed on the reservation, so you can contact them directly to coordinate check-in or request any special needs during your stay.
Embark on a week-long cruise aboard one of the club's luxury cruising catamarans that will take you to places you could not visit on a land-based vacation. Visiting different islands every day ending with cocktails and dinner in quiet bays where the yacht will moor overnight.
At check-in, you will pay a $20 departure tax and.the mandatory all-inclusive fee of $960 in 2014 / $990 in 2015 per person for the full week.
ALL INCLUSIVE LUXURY INCLUDES:
All meals (except 2 dinners spent ashore)
All drinks consumed on board
All water sports equipment available on board (except for water skiing and diving equipment)
Sailing with TradeWinds is an all-inclusive experience, with every amenity taken care of by our diligent crew.
Simply arrive and we will do the rest!
With a paradise archipelago made up of over 60 islands, most of them uninhabited, it's no wonder these islands call themselves ‘Natures little secrets’.
Besides offering an incredible all year round sailing itinerary, each of the islands and islets, has its own unique character and enchanting history. Discover the diversity of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, superb snorkel hideaways, exciting opportunities for island adventures, lush green mountains and friendly anchorages.
After an activity filled day, the evenings offer you a choice to sit back on deck and relax with a sundowner, or perhaps step ashore for some live music entertainment, before indulging in a delicious three-course dinner onboard. Every day in the BVIs reveals a new wondrous adventure, with you as its lead actors.
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying this sailing vacation. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course. The decision to include a trip to Anegada is made on a weekly basis, to allow for weather and sea conditions.
Check-in is until 4 pm, with embarkation at 5p.m. You will be greeted by our base managers, who will take you through the embarkation procedure. We kindly urge guests to arrive by 4 pm in order to check in and board at 5 pm which will help us be able to cast off our bow lines and set sail before sunset. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can check in and drop off your luggage at our office and then relax by one of the bars or restaurants, or by the pool - or even by the beach on the marina grounds. Once you board the boat you will be introduced to your crew and fellow sailors. After a refreshing welcome cocktail onboard, you will be shown to your cabin and helped to settle in. Providing all guests have arrived timely we will be setting sail to magical Peter Island across the sound, where a delicious dinner will be served onboard.
Cruising Day 1
After a scrumptious breakfast, you can enjoy your first amazing snorkelling, or scuba diving experience. Later this morning we then set sail for Cooper Island. You are very welcome to try your hand at handling the yacht, and helping with the sails, but - if that’s not your style - just lie back and relax! The choices are yours! After a delicious lunch, we cruise around to Manchioneel Bay, where you can snorkel, kayak or spend some time ashore, on one of the BVIs most beautiful beaches. The water is crystal clear and teeming with tropical fish and reef life, just waiting for you to explore. Later in the afternoon, we raise the sails again and head up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the paradise island of Virgin Gorda. We anchor in St Thomas Bay and enjoy dinner under the stars.
Cruising Day 2
After breakfast, we take a short trip by dinghy to The Baths - the most renowned, natural feature in the BVIs. The Baths are a collection of giant boulders which form spectacular pools and grottos. The huge boulders and rocks form a maze that leads to Devil's Bay Beach. Here you can spend a memorable day, snorkelling in the clear blue water around the boulders and chilling out on the beach. Alternatively, you can clamber through a huge tunnel and inside (and under) the large caves, which have been created over the years by natural erosion.
After lunch at the Baths, there's time to enjoy more snorkelling in the warm, sheltered pools around the rocks, or to visit the beautiful marina at Spanish Town and shop in local stores and boutiques. Later, we sail to North Sound, the BVIs favourite playground. The protected waters here lend themselves to every possible water sport - including windsurfing, hobie cats and kayaking. Perhaps, some of you sailors may feel like playing volleyball on the beach? After all this activity, well deserved sun downers are mixed, followed by another delicious dinner onboard. Lie back and relax under a beautiful star-filled sky, while listening to the sounds of the Caribbean steel drums from Saba Rock, or the waves lapping against the shore at Vixen Point.
Cruising Day 3
Following breakfast, we pay a visit to the quaint, Bitter End Yacht Club or Leverick Bay, before we set sail for the Dog Islands. A stop at Great Dog enables a SCUBA dive of The Chimneys, or snorkelling above the arches and canyons, where you will be entranced by the soft coloured corals and the variety of fish. After lunch we have a leisurely, downwind sail to Marina Cay. With its brightly coloured villas and tropical flowers, it is, undoubtedly, the most spectacular cay in this region. Snorkel on Diamond Reef and then enjoy an evening stroll around the island. During high season the "Pirate Show" is a must! After another enjoyable day of snorkelling and diving, dinner is taken ashore - at the world famous, Pusser's Landing, where a pre-dinner Pusser's "pain killer" should not be missed.
Cruising Day 4
Before breakfast we set sail to Trellis Bay. You can enjoy breakfast there, and afterwards you can enjoy a short visit to the arts and crafts studios in Trellis Bay. It's then only a short trip over to Monkey Point (off Great Camanoe Island) for snorkelling and kayaking. Here, you can also watch the aerial shows provided by the vast numbers of pelicans, which live and nest along the cliff walls. After lunch, we set sail for the island of Jost Van Dyke and the picturesque Diamond Cay. Step ashore and check out the boutique at "Foxy’s Taboo", before frolicking in the world famous, geological wonder, called the "Bubbly Pool." This is like a natural jacuzzi and can be quite invigorating when the tide is in!
Enjoy dinner on board this evening. Later, you may feel inclined to spend a few hours ashore, at "Foxy's" - one of the Caribbean's favourite hangouts. The light pollution from the islands is virtually non-existent at this anchorage, so you may want to finish off a truly fantastic day, with a night-cap on deck - and some amazing stargazing, with your fellow guests and crew.
Cruising Day 5
While you are still asleep in your cabin, your Captain will set off for either Sandy Spit, or Sandy Cay, so that you can put the "first footsteps in the sand". Use the time after breakfast to swim, snorkel, or take the kayak ashore for some more exploring. A beautiful sail through Thatch Island Cut leads us to the original Dutch settlement of Soper's Hole. Once ashore, you can admire the amazing architecture of some of the best shops and boutiques on the island - and have the opportunity to purchase the infamous Pusser's Rum! After lunch onboard just a stone's throw from Norman Island, and beside Pelican Island, is a wonderful place named "The Indians". From a distance, these four tall rock formations look somewhat like an Indian headdress - hence their name! There will be ample time to snorkel and scuba dive here, in one of the BVIs most popular spots. The Bight, at Norman Island, is a sheltered bay which provides an idyllic overnight anchorage. Now you can relax with your favourite cocktail and enjoy another great dinner onboard. Your main course might just be the fish we caught earlier in the day! Some of you (the ones with excess energy!) may wish to pay a visit later to the infamous "Willy T" (the William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant) where you're guaranteed to have a raucous good time!
Cruising Day 6
An early move to the west side of Norman Island, offers an ideal opportunity to snorkel in three water-level caves, at the base of the cliffs. The caves push deeply into the cliffs, so that the darkness makes the experience like a night dive. There is a documented history of pirates' treasure having been stowed in these caves - so keep your eyes peeled! A sail up the Sir Francis Drake Channel brings us to Salt Island, so named after its salt ponds - which were once an important resource in the BVIs. Here, you can snorkel above, or scuba dive down to the wreck of The Rhone - the Royal Mail steamer which sank in October 1867. You may remember the Rhone from the movie "The Deep", starring Nick Nolte. This spectacular wreck is recognized as the best wreck dive in the Caribbean and is the jewel in the diving crown of the BVI. If you prefer to snorkel, the aft of the ship lies in very shallow waters, offering a unique viewing experience of the varied fish species and corals. After lunch we set sail for our home base in Tortola - just in time for those powerful sundowners! A quick change, and we’re ready to go ashore to a nearby restaurant, for our last dinner on this trip.
After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport. Already you will be planning your next cruise.
Minimum age check-in: Minimum age check-in is 21.
1 in 4 rule applies.
Animals are not permitted; could result in forfeiture of the unit and/or other penalties.
General Urgent Information
Resort is not suitable for handicapped people, elderly, or people with walking difficulties.
Confirmation is required upon check-in at the resort.
Contact the resort after confirmation of the vacation to coordinate Check-in or request any special needs during your stay.
RESORT STRICTLY ENFORCES THE 1 in 4 YEAR RULE for all TRADEWWIND resorts! So a visit to one prohibits a visit to the other in a 4-year span. Guest MUST check in before 5pm on Saturday. ACCOMMODATION IS IN SMALL CABINS FOR 2.THE BOAT IS MOORED IN THE MARINA FOR THE FIRST & LAST NIGHTS BUT CRUISES FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.MUST BE OVER 21 YRS, NO CHILDREN ALLOWED FOR SECURITY REASONS.
Sailing is quite active a requires a degree of agility.
RESTRICTIONS: RESORT STRICTLY ENFORCES 1 IN 4 YEAR RULE. NO MULTIPLE OR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ALLOWED.
* Children under 21 years are not allowed for security reasons.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I bring my sleep apnea machine?
Our yachts can supply 12V DC electricity to your cabin (with prior notice). If you wish to bring aboard a sleep apnea machine please ensure that you have your own battery pack (available from electrical stores such as Radioshack). These packs will run the machine for three nights before needing a charge. We can charge these for you from our 12V DC supply during daytime.
Can we bring our children with us?
There is an age limit of 16 years old on shared charters. Children under the age of 16 are welcome, but only if you book the entire yacht, or sign up on one of our "Family Charters", which allow for a family to share the yacht with another family. Please contact our Reservations team for more details.
Can we charge our cameras and reading devices?
We have electrical outlets onboard where you can charge your electrical devices.
Can we fish?
Absolutely yes! We have a fishing rod on each yacht and often catch fish as we sail between each small Island. When possible you may bring the fish up and your Captain will assist you. Your catch may become that night's dinner, fresh off the yacht's barbecue.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Yes we can. Nowadays we see more and more guests with special needs such as lactose free, gluten free, vegan, no fish, no red meat etc requests - and we can cater to all these needs as long as you let us know in detail at the time of your booking.
Gratuities are at your own discretion and if you feel that your crew have done a wonderful job then a gratuity would be most welcome! The suggested guidelines from the industry standard is 15% to 18% of the all inclusive rate.
Do we wear shoes onboard?
Don’t worry about footwear, you will spend most week onboard barefoot! It’s a good idea to bring a pair of TEVA style sandals that sit good on your foot if you want to hike and sightsee the Islands. Flip flops for shore excursions are also suggested. For those members cruising with us in French Polynesia, please make sure that you have footwear that is suitable to enable you to walk over the coral, which often reaches right to the edge of the shoreline.
Do you provide a hairdryer?
We can provide a hairdryer onboard.
Emergency contact numbers?
All yacht Captains carry cell phones and each yacht has a VHF radio onboard. Contact numbers are listed under each destination.
How do we know if we will get along with the other guests onboard?
This is a common question or thought. We have found, after more than a decade of providing charters, that people who are drawn to this kind of quality adventure are usually outgoing and friendly people, who may have travelled extensively already, and are keen to experience a different kind of vacation. Surprisingly, many of our guests have never sailed on a boat before, and find they love it. Our shared charters are very popular and most enjoyable, and our guests meet and make new friends each week.
Is internet access available?
Internet is not available except at certain Internet cafes along certain routes. Allow yourself to ‘unplug’ from the grid during your sailing week, and enjoy a true vacation. Your Captain has a cell phone for emergency use so you are not totally disconnected.
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is not permitted inside the yacht. Smoking is only allowed on the back steps, where the smoke drifts away and will not disturb the other guests.
Is there air conditioning?
Luxury and Flagship Class yachts are equipped with air conditioning systems. Cruising Class yachts do have air conditioning, but it is on AC current,so it is only run on the dock (or occasionally on charter by generator - but definitely not all night!). All cabins have overhead and side hatches [windows] and small fans that allow for your cabin to be well ventilated. Please note the sun sets around 6 pm in the Caribbean and Central America, allowing the evenings to cool down in time for bed!
Land accommodation before and after our cruise?
We have associate resorts and other hotels we can recommend in the area of your cruise. You can find more information in our website, or you can ask the Reservations consultant who is helping you.
Scuba diving is available at all our destinations except in Greece, due to Greek government restrictions. Divers must hold a complete certification (PADI Open Water or equivalent). Partial certifications are not sufficient. TradeWinds does not offer instructional scuba dives, however, we have teemed up with Reef CI in Belize where you can arrive 5 days prior to your cruise for an intensive PADI scuba course in order to get your certification. Find more (email hidden) or from the reservations consultant who is assisting you.
TradeWinds provides all equipment related to scuba diving; mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regulator, weights, tank). Extras such as wet suits and dive computers are not provided. Feel free to bring your own equipment if you wish, but please note that, irrespective of whether you bring your own equipment or use ours, the fee is the same. Diving is free of charge to the majority of our members (please check with your reservations consultant as to whether you qualify or not). The fee for all other guests is US$75 per person per one tank dive. This is not a dedicated dive charter and there will be around 3 opportunities to dive during your cruise.
We strongly recommend you purchase a fully comprehensive travel insurance, as the relatively small cost of this will cover eventualities from loss of luggage to accommodation due to flight delays etc. Please click travel insurance details. Alternatively contact your local travel agent.
Water skiing/ Jet ski
Water skiing/Jetski is not available, as many Caribbean governments do not allow motorised high speed sports near the beaches, in order to preserve them and keep noise pollution down. Some destinations have outside vendors offering jet skiing possibilities.
What about sea sickness?
All our yachts are catamarans (with two hulls) making them so much more stable than a monohull boat. The waters are generally calm, and our guests rarely suffer from sea sickness. If you are concerned, please bring some form of prevention. These days you can get tablets like ‘Dramamine’. Alternatively, schedule a visit to your local GP can prescribe a seasickness patch containing ‘Scopolamine’ which you place behind your ear. These seem to work very well and are recommended by the users.
What if our flight arrives after 5 pm on Saturday?
You can still join us later on the same day of boarding, but we highly recommend that you arrive in time to board for 5 pm. It's too much fun to miss out on!
What is included in our cruise and what is not included?
The best thing with an all inclusive TradeWinds vacation is that once you have booked and paid your charter there are no hidden fees or added surprises.
A double cabin with a full or queen size bed with a private ensuite bathroom with WC and shower, the provision of a professional Captain and a First Mate/Chef, all meals and beverages served onboard (breakfast, lunch and dinner) fresh fruit is available to snack on between meals, an open bar with good quality brand names, soft drinks, juices, beers, wines and liquors. All bed linens and towels, including beach towels. All taxes, cruising permits, snorkel equipment and kayak. Diving is included free of charge to the majority of our members (please check with your reservations consultant as to whether you qualify or not).
Not included are; two evening meals taken ashore, for which each guest is responsible for the cost thereof. For those guests who do not qualify for free scuba diving, diving is charged at US$75.00 per person per dive, and all equipment relating to scuba diving (except personal dive computers) is available to certified divers.
Crew gratuities are not included.
What kind of entertainment is available onboard?
All yachts have CD players with i-pod connectors, so feel free to share your favourite music onboard. A limited selection of books and board games is available.
What should we bring with us?
Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear - and possibly a light wrap or sweater for the evening. In addition to this, perhaps something a little more dressy for the two evenings you will be dining ashore - such as a shirt with a collar (to go with the shorts) for the gentlemen and a sun-dress for the ladies. A casual, enjoyable evening out!
Sunscreen, a good hat and sunglasses are a MUST to bring.
Soft luggage is preferable if you have it. We have some limited storage onshore for your empty bags, but please bring as little as you are comfortable with.
Between meals, fresh fruit is available. If you like to eat more between meals then please feel free to bring snacks with you.
What time should we arrive and depart?
All charters start on Saturday at 5 pm and end on Saturday at 9 am (except for our Lefkas, Greece, destination which begins on Sunday at 5 pm and ends on Sunday at 9 am. At all our destinations you are welcome to check in during the day, drop off your luggage and then relax at a nearby café/bar or go and sightsee in the local area. Boarding is at 5 pm on Saturday evening (at 5 pm on Sunday evening in Lefkas, Greece). The following Saturday morning, after a delicious breakfast you are invited to disembark at 9 am. If you have an early flight out then this can be accommodated, as your yacht will be back in port on Friday night.
Will my cell phone work?
Please contact your provider to find out if you need to make upgrades for the region where you are sailing in order to be connected. We recommend that you ‘unplug’ for your week's sailing experience.
Will the bugs/mosquitos be a problem?
No, one of the beauties of sailing is that you don’t get the bugs out on the water. When going ashore for the two evenings out you may want to use some repellent to fend off possible bugs, but it's not usually a problem.
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