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The Best! Hands Down!
I just wanted to send out a MASSIVE thank you for allowing us to have such a fantastic holiday. I’m sitting here in Tortola at Sebastian’s on the Beach drinking a Painkiller while looking out at Jost Van Dyke while the sun is setting and thinking about how great of an experience it all was.
I’ve come to the Virgin Islands five times now, but this is my first time being on a crewed charter as a guest, and the crew completely blew it out the water. They were incredibly attentive and just lovely to be around. The Best! Hands down! Fabrizio's attitude, understanding of the boat and guest dynamics, ability as a captain made the entire trip. I would recommend everyone ask for Fabrizio as I know I will. I have never grown to appreciate someone and what they bring into our lives as much as he did. 10/10 is too low, truly. Life is better with Fabrizio as a part of it. Wouldn’t do it without him.
We hiked, snorkeled A TON, relaxed, sailed, and really showed off the islands to my friends who have never been here.
Dani was lovely - and an incredible cook. The girls couldn’t stop talking about her food and we even gave her a list of recipes that we want so we can recreate some of her dishes. The food always seemed very appropriate for the activities done and mood of the day. Highlights were the poke bowl, scratch blueberry muffins, peanut butter pie, and pan fried grouper - but honestly it was all fantastic.
As I mentioned earlier, my friends had never done a holiday like this before, and were a little apprehensive at first, but they all had such a wonderful time and didn’t want to leave. Rachel practically tied herself to the trampoline this morning and had to be dragged off! We’re already thinking about our next trip back in the future.
a heart felt THANK YOU goes out to Kevin and Donna for an experience never to be forgotten
On November 6, 2021, six guests embarked on a fantastic seven day cruise around the USVI. We boarded the 46 foot Cat “Champagne” and were greeted by our hosts Captain Kevin Dawson and his able 1st mate ( and wife ) Donna. I know that I speak for all of us that we had just entered into one of the most memorable, enjoyable, relaxing and educational experiences ever.
First, the boat was absolutely gorgeous, seaworthy and most important, comfortable with all the needed amenities. The staterooms were modern, roomy and first class. She most definitely was designed to give her passengers whatever they would want or need. Plenty of sun and viewing areas, along with places to avoid the sun if needed, but still offer great viewing and comfort. The solon, cockpit and gallery were all superbly designed for comfort and functionality. She came loaded with numerous water toys for exercise, exploring or just floating with that special cocktail.
The best and most important experience we all agreed that made the trip so memorable was our “first class” crew. Captain Kevin and Mate Donna never ceased to amaze. From the sunrise coffee, to full out and delicious breakfasts, tasty and healthy lunches, afternoon appys and the Captain’s “drink of the day”, leading up to dinners that would challenge any 4 and 5 star restaurants in the world. And if you still had room, a night cap in the serene silence listening to the water lap against the side of the boat. Pure heaven !! This crew knows how to please. They always made us feel at home and like “family”. You cannot practice this, and they make it look so easy, but we all saw how much they worked to make us all feel special.
On top of their entertaining and culinary skills, they are both experts in seamanship. Both were always in total control of their vessel, performing their tasks properly, efficiently and most importantly had safety as their highest priority. They are true professionals and a credit to their craft. The Ocean Yacht Club folks have hit a homerun with Kevin and Donna on board.
So a heart felt THANK YOU goes out to Kevin and Donna for an experience never to be forgotten. Hopefully someday our paths will cross, and we will again have the opportunity to be with our “extended” family. Until then, stay safe and healthy and our wishes for calm seas, favorable winds and smooth sailing.
The most wonderful 10 year anniversary!
Thank you, Kevin and Donna, for the most wonderful 10 year anniversary trip. We could not have asked for a better Captain and Chef! You were so very patient with my young children and made them feel special with all the snack and boat toys. Our anniversary day was extra special - we love the decorations and celebration. Food was excellent and dessert was superb every night! my sons favorite thing was steering the boat and snorkeling. My Daughter loved the beach and paddle boarding. Thank you!
It Truly Meant A Lot
Thank you so much for making this trip so wonderful!
From the activities, to exploration, to the meals, there was never a dull moment. The diving was so cool too! I do have to say, Donna you are an amazing chef and every meal was so delicious that it is impossible to pick a favorite.
My favorite part was helping sail the boat and experiencing the tack and jibe of a big boat. Another activity I really enjoyed was the subwing. Finally, thank you for sharing your knowledge of the land and water with me. It truly meant a lot and I couldn't be more thankful.
The food, cocktails and snacks were exceptional...
We feel like we hit the jackpot having you and Donna as our hosts! The food, cocktails and snacks were exceptional. We appreciated you sharing your knowledge of the area and introducing us to some amazing coves around St. John and St. Thomas. If we decide to tour the islands again in the future, we’ll be sure to look you up!
We all knew how hard you both worked to make it perfect and unforgettable!
Kevin and Donna, I don't know how we can ever thank you enough for everything you did for us. It was always extraordinary and top shelf and even though you always made it look effortless. We all knew how hard you both worked to make it perfect and unforgettable! You both are so talented and knowledgable and your insights, educational and nautical experience will last forever. If we ever are able or lucky enough to do this again, hopefully you will welcome us back. We loved having you guys join in the "craziness" when possible. It was seven days of pure fun! As it should be. Hopefully you will consider a trip to our place. Please stay safe, healthy and just keep doing what you do so perfect. Hugs and love to you both
Our cruise was amazing! We will never forget you all!
Kevin the diving was terrific because you took the time to ensure we all were comfortable and safe. Donna your meals were AWESOME! Best breakfast ever. Both of you made sure we all felt cared for. Thank you for your patience and fun!
When We Count Our Blessings, We will Count You And This Trip Twice
Words cannot fully capture our gratitude and appreciation for your warmth and hospitality aboard Champagne and into your lives. Our entire family had the trip of a lifetime with you.
Zach (17) relished his experience learning from and sailing with Kevin.....that tack was so memorable.
Josh (14) deeply appreciated the extra miles and effort enabling him to track down his school buddy. Bryce (12) most enjoyed all of the fun facts and stories shared... and of course Donna's care and attention when the jellyfish left it's mark! Emily (6) I'm not quite sure where to begin - the morning captain briefings, "cooking lessons" from Donna, ringing the bell, setting the table!!
The adventures and the food were equally exquisite and pair perfectly together!
Both of you went way above and beyond to care for us in the most genuine thoughtful and loving way. You instantly made us feel like family and so welcomed in your beautiful home and lives.
Thank you for each and every effort and attention to fine details and especially the food particularly, it was beautiful as it was delicious. Donna, you are so lovely and talented too,. A pure joy to be with!
Kevin, the memories you made for our family we will carry with us for a lifetime. Between the dailing, turtles, snorkel adventures, zup boarding, hiking, th subwing..... I'm not sure we could have dreamed of anything more wonderful!
Happy Thanksgiving 2022 .... thanks for such a wonderful week together. When we count our blessings, we will count you and this trip, twice