February 2016 guests aboard Avalon
Mac and I wanted to send you a quick note thanking you again for a fabulous week touring the BVI with you and your awesome crew. It was the vacation of a lifetime and one we will always treasure. I am a veteran cruiser and was very apprehensive about a catamaran trip, but it was PERFECTION! Just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the adventure and that we are looking forward to going again – sooner than later.
The Avalon is spectacular! She is beautifully decorated and so spacious. It was wonderful having such abundant outside space to enjoy the glorious views. It is obvious that Avalon is well taken care of and very loved. Each time we came into a cove, others were in awe. Not only were we the largest catamaran, but definitely the most beautiful. What an unbelievable boat!
Captain Alex, you made everyone feel at home from the moment we stepped on-board. Your knowledge and expertise in your job was apparent in every aspect of our trip. Your gentle smile put each one of us at ease and made sure that we were having fun. Your ability to share information, both fun and historical, made island hopping so much fun. It was fascinating that we always found “a front row spot,” no matter where we went. You made certain that we were comfortable and were entertained, both on and off the boat. You encouraged us to stretch our comfort levels and enjoy the amenities – and that was a stretch for me. I will never forget being pulled at “slow”speed (your words) round and round the cove and later flying up in the sky onthe rope swing. Wow! So much fun! And, you make a mean painkiller!
Carla, you are an amazing talent! Not only are you lovely, but you are extraordinary in the galley. Our meals and wine choices were delicious and the food presentation was incredible. Your attention to every detail - whether it was our food allergies or just our own personal preferences – was so appreciated. You made each meal – and cocktail hour- an event that we looked forward to each day. You know how much we loved your cookies and your willingness to share your scrumptious recipes was so kind. You are such an asset to your family and to the Avalon.
Bea, you made meal time so much fun. Your sweet smile and willingness to always please made each meal extra special. I will never forget your offering me “orange juice” each morning and how you remembered our specific likes and dislikes. Your personality and ability to joke along with us made dining such a pleasure. We also appreciate how clean and organized you kept our rooms. That was quite the undertaking! Thank you for being so kind and helpful.
Again, we appreciate your many acts of kindness and for putting up with our craziness during our week on the Avalon. Thank you for making this week a special celebration and for giving us a lasting memory of “I’m on the boat!”
Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you again. Until then……..
Susan and Mac
Guests aboard the Lagoon 62 cat AVALON in Mid June, 2015, said:
As much as we loved our first trip to the BVI, this was by far several levels above that, we could not have made a better choice than Alex and Carla.
Absolutely the best crew in the BVI, Carla’s meals were amazing and Alex is just a crazy SOB, perfect for our group. The thing that was evident from the start is how attentive they both are to making sure you have a great time, which we did in spades.
We loved their approach to making our trip memorable, the itinerary was perfect, spent days at beautiful beaches and then Alex would run the girls to shore for shopping expeditions then come back and entertain the boys with watersports or fishing. They worked their butts off, constantly making us cocktails and spoiling us.
Avalon was very well maintained and we had no problems whatsoever, as we sailed to different locations; Alex provided commentary on the islands and points of interest, he’s awesome.
They both made us feel like family, and I know I came away with a deeper respect for how much work is involved in taking care of 8 guests for a week. If you can’t tell by now, we had an amazing trip with these two and only way I would come back is with Alex and Carla.
I very much appreciate all you did to simplify the process. Hope to see ya’ll again in the near future. Thanks again for a great trip.
From Guests aboard AVALON in April, 2015
Thanks for your help in setting up this trip. I really can’t recommend the Avalon and Alex & Carla enough.
Here is a brief review: Our family, including 2 grandparents and 2 grandchildren ages 7 and 9, enjoyed a week on the Avalon in April 2015. If you are considering booking, don’t hesitate. The yacht, the crew, the dining, and the itinerary were all top notch.
The Avalon is luxurious and well-maintained. Our family has done charters in the past, but this was a whole new level. The living area, the cabins, the bathrooms, etc are all incredibly nice and everything looks pristine and new. It’s like a floating Four Seasons, which is really an achievement considering the constant maintenance required to keep a yacht that size in top shape.
Alex and Carla are an outstanding crew. They catered to our every need, and they can be very interactive or they can give you more privacy depending on the style of service you prefer. They designed the perfect itinerary based on what we wanted to experience in the BVI. Alex is an experienced sailor, and he knows just about everything there is to know about every island in the BVI. He’s great with kids, and he helped us play a hilarious April Fool’s day prank on our boys. Alex also makes the best Pina Coladas ever, so don’t miss out on that.
Carla is an amazing chef, and she really went above and beyond catering to a group containing several picky eaters. My parents are gluten free and dairy free, and my children extremely picky about what they eat. To make things more complicated, my wife and I are adventuresome eaters. Somehow Carla managed to make everyone happy, which would normally require going to 3 different restaurants. And the meals were exceptional —including artistic presentation and delicious deserts. Carla also made awesome snacks, which were perfect after a swim, snorkel, hike, or paddle.
In summary, the yacht, the crew, and the experience were all outstanding. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a cruise in the BVI or anywhere else Alex and Carla will take you.
From Guests aboard AVALON in March, 2015
Well, we’ve been home for a week and we’re still riding high on our happiness from that fabulous with you guys. Thank you, thank you for that you did to make that very special week more than we ever could have hope for or imagined. Believe me, our expectations were high (and I was a little worried about that going in) but you made it so that it surpassed anything we dreamed of. We will treasure the memories forever and be ever grateful that we were fortunate enough to spend the time with you on the beautiful Avalon. Thank you so very much.
Terri & Larry
From Guests aboard AVALON on March 21, 2015
Thank you both for a wonderful family vacation. The food at every meal was incredible. Especially the evening with our birthday celebration& light show! Your patience & hospitality are unparalleled. The whole family enjoyed the snorkeling and private coves you found us daily. Although we are too much - I couldn't imagine more lovely meals.
All the best,
Paula, Eric, Alex, Peter, & Tanya - San Francisco, CA
From Guests aboard AVALON on March 8, 2015
Where do we begin ... From the moment we arrived on Avalon our expectations have been exceeded well beyond our imagination. The exceptional services the spectacular views from every angle, the absolutely amazing meals, artistically-designed & exquisite tastes.
Thank you both Alex & Carla for accommodating our every wish - and for doing so with such style &elegance. Avalon, and on & on ...
Mark, Diane, Michelle, Laurie, Nat, Bob, & Stephanie
From Guests aboard AVALON on February 6, 2015
Thank you for an incredible week of sailing the BVIs!
Your knowledge, passion, talents and attention to every detail made this adventure an experience of a lifetime!
We will forever cherish our Caribbean memories aboard Avalon with you ... Sunsets, painkillers, freshly ground nutmeg, snorkeling, fishing, dinghy rides, the gorgeous beaches you helped us smoothly navigate and discover, paddle-boarding, kayaking, tubing, relaxing on the 'starship painkiller' as well as nooks and crannies all over the ship shape Avalon!
The cards, the disco lighting, the perfectly executed romantic celebration and, of course, every wonderful Carla-creation ... It was all so magical!
All our love and appreciation,
Carolyn, Steve, Sarah, Dan, Mike, Amy, Ed & Courtney
From Guests aboard AVALON on January 25, 2015
I cannot personally thank Carla for being a beautiful person and fabulous chef. Bea ... Is a kind soul with a fantastic memory for all we needed. Alex is a Master Captain, ever attentive, making sure we were all safe and well. I shall miss you all.
From Guests aboard AVALON on January 17, 2015
What a place to spend 11 days celebrating a 60th birthday. Great food, amazing yacht, professional service, blue skies & turquoise waters. All this plus those light shows! Thank you Alex for sailing us to the best spots & taking is through the plethora of water sports on board! Thank you Carla & Bea for serving such lovely meals & being so generous with the recipes!! Amazing food, Carla!!!
Lexi, Judi, Fern, John, & Sean - Shropshire, England
P.S. Plus a great fighting Tarpon!
From Guests aboard AVALON on January 2, 2015
Thank you so much for hosting us on board Avalon.
It has been such a unique
& fantastic experience.
We wouldn't want to jet-set around the British Virgin Islands with anybody else.
Thank you again.
Bryan & Lindsey
Thank you for such an amazing week on the ocean! We enjoyed every day and can't wait to come back! You three are simply the best, down to the very last detail. Seriously -keep up the good work. We will see you again for sure. Wonderful!
Alex & Julie
We loved our time with you! Thank you so much for showing us the most amazing sports here in the BVI. We had the best week while we were here. Heaven, Heaven, Heaven ... does exist on earth ... and it is here on Avalon. Thank you for a glimpse into life on the islands that we will never forget.
Kate & Peter
From Guests aboard AVALON on December 4, 2014
Thank you so much for such an incredible week.
The sailing, water sports,
& food were beyond amazing. You are both total champions.
Thank you so much for the fabulous trip. Everything was wonderful - I'm sad to leave ... Hopefully, I'll be back and we can do it again.
All our love,
Tess & Peter & Courtney
From Guests aboard AVALON on November 14, 2014
AMAZING TRIP!!! Awesome boat, even better staff! We are definitely going to miss it all and we know you will never forget who is the #1 team in the nation! Thank you, thank you,thank you. Both of you did a fabulous job to make this the best trip. Ever. We are going to try our best to make it an annual trip. We hopefully will see you again next year! Wishing you lots of love.
Gibson & Elizabeth, April & Xan - Greenville, MS
From Guests aboard AVALON on July 31, 2014
Thank you so much, we had the best trip ... better than we imagined. We are thankful for your hospitality and all marvelous trip. We hope to see you again soon! If you come to Texas - look us up!
Tom, Susanne, Amy, Taylor, Dylan, Tyler, Roger, & Courtney - Houston, TX
From Repeat Guests aboard AVALON on July 13, 2014
Wow! Another great trip! 3 times in 14 months must say how much we love you guys! The food was great and we enjoyed meeting Molly.
Until next time,
Rob, Christy, & Ashley - Huntsville, AL
From Guests aboard AVALON on July 3, 2014
Thank you for taking us on all these amazing adventures.
I loved all the snorkeling and the bigboulders.
Thank you for teaching me how to water-ski.
I had so much fun this week and I don't want to leave.
I had so much fun, all I can say is THANK YOU so much.
This trip would be boring without you!
Lucy (age 10) - West Vancouver, BC
I had high expectations but they were all exceeded! The boat was outstanding but what truly made it remarkable was the experience. The selection of sites was perfect but mostly the crew was so great, I have made some new friends. Hopefully our paths will cross again!
David - West Vancouver, BC
From Guests aboard AVALON on June 20, 2014
Dear Alex, Carla, and Molly,
You haven't provided enough space here to sufficiently reflect our gratitude. Yours is a wonderful team of extraordinary fun and attentive people. We hope this wasn't just another week on the water for you because, for us, it was utterly unforgettable! Many, many thanks for a truly impeccable trip and insiders tour of these stunning islands. We will never forget you.
Berit, Alyce, Kevin, Michael, Joel, Willie, and The Garlicks
From Guests aboard AVALON in June & early July, 2014
We had such a terrific time. They are amazing hosts. Carla is a fantastic cook and really went out of her way to make certain she was cooking food we all would enjoy. Alex is a great host and certainly knew when to hit each spot when the crowds were about to disperse. He really knows his stuff!We can't say enough about the quality of the trip and the attention to detail. We have so many wonderful memories and photos too. I think Alex is going to use some of the shots for their facebook page. Our kids caught two big fish one day and we managed to capture the haul on camera!! That shot alone is enough to entice any family with young children. We'd love to do another trip with them on the Avalon.
Warmly (and with sun tan lines galore).
The LePoidevin Family
From Guests aboard AVALON on May 31, 2014
Thank you so much for such a great week.
It was the best trip ever!
you are such awonderful chef, we could not wait for the next meal.
Alex, thank you for taking us to such great places tosnorkel, paddle-board, and dive.
Foxy's & the Willy T. were awesome.
Molly, thanks for the great service and for laughing at our silly jokes and stories!
We can'twait to come back again.
David, Jamie, John, Natasha, Dave & Sue
From Guests aboard AVALON in June & early July, 2014We had such a terrific time. They are amazing hosts. Carla is a fantastic cook and really went out of her way to make certain she was cooking food we all would enjoy. Alex is a great host and certainly knew when to hit each spot when the crowds were about to disperse. He really knows his stuff!We can't say enough about the quality of the trip and the attention to detail. We have so many wonderful memories and photos too. I think Alex is going to use some of the shots for their facebook page. Our kids caught two big fish one day and we managed to capture the haul on camera!! That shot alone is enough to entice any family with young children.We'd love to do another trip with them on the Avalon. Warmly (and with sun tan lines galore)-
The LePoidevin Family
From Guests aboard AVALON in late April, 2014
Our family of five recently spent a week on Avalon in April 2014. What a wonderful time we had! Alex and Carla were lovely and made us feel at home right away. As far as the boat is concerned, it is fantastic! We love spending as much time outside as we can and Avalon had so much outdoor space. There’s nothing better than sitting up front on the beanbags and trampolines while sailing to our next island, especially when Carla is whipping up some frozen drinks and delicious afternoon snacks! We loved sitting up top with our morning coffee overlooking the beautiful harbors Alex anchored us in and eating our meals at the outside table. Speaking of meals, Carla is an amazing cook! There were so many fantastic dishes that we all had a hard time picking a favorite. Our kids went through banana smoothie “withdrawals” after returning home! The boat was amazing but it was Alex and Carla who made our vacation so memorable. From the countless times Alex took the kids tubing and water skiing to all of the beautiful snorkeling adventures we took, our kids (ages 14,13 and 11) and us were always busy. There was also paddle boarding and kayaking and hanging out on the giant float “Fred” whenever we wanted. I think we took almost 1,000 photos during the week (I couldn’t stop snapping pictures!), which we viewed in a slide show every night after dinner. We also looked forward to every meal knowing that Carla would amaze us with something new and delicious. She even had our son eating fish (and fried it especially for him!). Even though Carla was busy making us incredible food, she also found the time to make sure we had everything we needed and that our rooms were always clean and tidy. Alex and Carla make a wonderful team. We already miss them but know we plan on coming back again soon!
The Ruland Family