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“Could not have been more pleased...”

Private Yacht Charter SXM
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Since 2006, Private Yacht Charter offers private day and term charters with our fleet of sail and power catamarans. We are located at the Great House Marina in Oyster Pond, Sint Maarten. On a day charter, you receive the boat of your choice with a skipper, along with complimentary drinks and snacks. On an overnight charter or week charter, you can choose from a captain only charter to an all-inclusive vacation with full catering and chef.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Could not have been more pleased...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We could not have been happier with Private Yacht Charters. Everything about the experience was phenomenal; the crew, the boat, the Business office- there were no weak points in their performance. Our cruise was the first part of May, immediately after high season ended, we sailed to St. Bartholomew for a one day jaunt. The weather was great although that we didn't have much wind for most of the first leg but the return trip was under sail all the way; and the sea state was always perfect.

We were four couples most of which had some sailing experience; my wife and I being the exception. One couple has spent many months sailing the Caribbean and were very impressed with the quality and skill of the crew as well as the maintenance and operation of the boat. Three of our party are marine engineers so they really knew what to look for and had nothing but accolades for the boat and the crew.

About our group; we are pretty energetic and adventurous group of professionals who share a love of travel and vacation, be it on the sea, in the city, or most often on a ski mountain. Perhaps because we were not the rowdy drunken kind of clientele the crew so often has to endure we got a little more special treatment; but I really don't think so. These guys are true professionals- they love what they do and it shows!

We chartered the Mojito, a 47 foot catamaran which was perfect for our trip and size of party. I am sure a smaller party could sail on it for days and be perfectly comfortable and happy. But the best part was the crew; Alex and Jeff. These guys were fun, attentive, they were obviously very competent and they were focused on us having the best experience possible. They knew the waters and they were great guides when we got to St. Bartholomew. Honestly we could go on and on about them but the bottom line is we could've been happier.

I think the total price we pay to include tips worked out to about $300 per couple. A bargain for the quality of experience we had.

So bottom line is if you're in St. Maarten and you're interested in a cruise be it for a day or week you can't go wrong with Private Yacht Charters.

To PYA, I apologize for taking so long to get this posted but the day after our trip we had a family tragedy that ended our vacation early and I'm just getting caught up. But that is how strongly we feel about the experience, I never forgot I needed to post a review for you.

Visited May 2014
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
“Nirvana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We had a great! Nice boat, nice crew, they really did a great job! Our 8 year old Ryan loved driving the dingy! We will make this an annual excursion and do an overnight next time! thanks again.

Cory P

Visited July 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
“What a great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Toni and Yo were awesome for our day on the Mojito. We couldn't have asked for a better day, boat and crew to St. Barths. The price was reasonable and they did a great job pointing out things we'd want to see and had great food and kept us well supplied in rum punch. Highly recommend. We'll be back to do it again.

Visited July 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
“Hire these great people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

We hired (I will probably spell their names incorrectly) Toni and Joran on July 2, 2014, and it was a wonderful day. There were nine of us, and we visited a couple places around St. Barth's. They were perfectly hospitable and funny and a privilege to have as captain and first mate. They had great food and a variety of drinks. Besides our safety and the safety of the boat, their main concern was that we enjoyed ourselves. When I return to SXM, I would love to hire these great people again.

Visited July 2014
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“MUST DO!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

We went with Private Yacht Charter July 4th. What an amazing day!! We went on the Nirvana with Pierre and he took us to a beautiful island, Tintamarre. Pierre made sure we were ok and brought us drinks. It was only 30 minutes before we got there and we could jump off the boat into the crystal blue water. Tintamarre is a very secluded island with just a few people there. We went for some snorkeling and we saw sea turtles and lots of fish! Pierre also brought us to a boat wreck under water, very cool! After that, we went to Pinel island for a delicious lunch and saw even more turtles over there. We snorkeled, swam, jumped off the boat and simply relaxed on board. We had a fantastic day! It's a MUST DO when you're going to visit St. Maarten!! Customer service is excellent! There is no other company that can do better than PYC!!

Visited July 2014
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