For Luisa and other readers:
We had the best day of entire trip onboard Disney Magic when we got off and booked Jester Sailing Adventures for my family from St. Thomas to St. John. The captain, Jim, could not be more accommodating. He has coast guard certification and is originall from California. He is very laid back, but completely anticipates your every need. He is family friendly and whipped up a wonderful lunch, and at my request all the special foods my 4 1/2 year old likes was onboard from olives to Trix yogurt! He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the original response I received from him (the most personal of all the day charters we contacted). Please if you go there send my regards from Sharon in CT! You will love this!!! When you look at the cost remember how much he includes and that shore excursions can cost that much, especially for a family of 4, 5 or 6. We went for the entire day over to Honeymoon Cove, and it was fine for our young daughter. He event let her feed the fishies and watched her while we snorkeled. HAVE FUN!
EMAIL FROM CAPTAIN JIM:
Thanks so much for your interest in Jester Sailing Adventures!
My name is Capt'n Jim, and I would love the opportunity to take you and your family sailing during your birthday voyage and show you the very best of the Virgins! I am still available for Wed. 7/30 and I promise you a daysail on Jester would absolutely be one of the highlights of your vacation! I do often sail with guests visiting off the cruise ships and PP (Point Pleasant Resort) is really only about an easy 20 min. cab ride from the cruise ship dock.
One thing you should not miss while visiting the islands is a day trip over to the island of St. John to visit the Virgin Islands National Park. It is a fun and easy sail through the protected crystal blue waters of Pillsbury Sound and the beautiful surrounding cays. We will anchor off of a breathtaking white sand beach and a colorful reef with loads of tropical fish and some great snorkeling! Usually after lunch we can make a second snorkel stop at one of my favorite spots near one of the secluded outer cays before a relaxing downwind sail back to St. Thomas.
Aboard Jester you can either, get involved and learn to sail or just kick back, relax and enjoy being pampered. Jesterís open bar is always fully stocked with a variety of ice-cold beverages and specialty libations (you'll love my famous "Jester Juice"!). On your trip to St. John I offer breakfast bars and muffins in the morning and also serve a very tasty, freshly prepared BBQ lunch consisting of Voodoo Chicken, Rasta Pasta, Caribbean Corn on the Cob, and also a homemade Island Salsa and chips. I used to have a "real job" in the restaurant business, so guests are always impressed with lunch and its presentation. I can also always accommodate any special diets or specific provision requests.
I sail with a maximum of just six guests, so you will never feel crowded. A full day trip is $100 per person (all inclusive, just bring your beach towel and camera!) and runs from 9am to 3pm. You can also book the boat exclusively for just yourselves for $450. If you would feel more comfortable with a half-day, I can do that too. It would run about 4 hours, the cost would be $350 exclusively and you can choose the times. Although the day goes by fast, there is plenty of time to comb the beach, swim and relax! For a half-day I would not serve a full lunch, but all the drinks and some light snacks would be provided.
Jester is a very safe and comfortable vessel that is also fast and easy to sail. There is a roomy shaded cockpit with lots of pillows as well as a large cushion on the foredeck for relaxing and soaking up some sun and scenery. The boat is also very spacious below deck with a full galley, private head, and comfortable sleeping quarters for six. Jester is also equipped with an easy to board swim ladder, a fresh water shower, top quality snorkel gear with safety vests, float mats, fishing gear and always some great music! There is also a sturdy dingy for exploring and getting to shore.
I am a Coast Guard licensed Master Captain and have been living in the islands since 1985. I have extensively sailed throughout the Virgin Islands and know much about the islandís history and folklore and all of the very best spots to visit as well as the places to avoid. Iím very easy-going and keep a flexible schedule and itinerary and will gladly organize and tailor any sort of daysail you desire.
I do accept all major credit cards and of course travelers checks and cash. To reserve a trip I would take a credit card number, but would not charge the card until the day of the trip. In the unlikely event of bad weather or some unforeseen circumstances that would prevent us from sailing, nothing would be charged.
If I can provide any more information or assist in any way with planning your visit to the islands please feel free to call me personally at (340) 513-2459. You can also re-visit my website at www.sailjester.com
where you will find some fun photos and a chart of the islands.
I hope to hear from you again soon!
All the Best!