Comments below are from guests of John and Shirelle on their previous charter yacht:
9-16 April, 2017 ~ Special Beyond Belief!
John & Shirelle,Where to begin? What an amazing vacation you provided us with, special beyond belief! Every day your smiles and warmth were so genuine and we cannot thank you enough. Even having sailed the BVIs before, the two of you made it seem like our first time; amazing coves, food & laughs. Thank you for your kindness and love towards our kids they are leaving with incredible memories. You both are so amazing at your jobs and always doing it with a smile!! And thank you for coming along on our Michael Beans adventure 😊 You made it bearable! Thank you again so much for absolutely everything. We will miss you both so, so much!! Love, Jenny, Jax & Jeff
Dear John & Shirelle,What an incredible week!! We cant begin to thank you for another vacation of a lifetime. You two were the best hosts and showered us with amazing food, company, conversation, beautiful rooms, wonderful snorkeling and so many fun adventures. You made sure our families made a million new beautiful memories and we thank you so much for every detail that made our trip so special. We miss you and hope to see you on another voyage soon!With love and gratitude.
2-8 April, 2017 - Spectacular!!
Our group of four couples spent a week and it was nothing short of spectacular! The boat is amazing with plenty of space on board for eight guests.Captain John and First mate Shirelle made this trip over the top fantastic focusing on what was important to each of us individually and as a group. We surfed, snorkeled, fished, kayaked,paddle boarded, wake boarded and laid around in the rafts while sipping rum drinks. Captain John was very knowledgeable of the area and helped map out our explorations nightly after dinner for the next day with plenty of options to choose from. Shirelle is a culinary expert serving family style meals that blew us away daily.She was even gracious enough to share recipes with us as if we could recreate them :) Together they are a awesome team that we cant wait to join them again soon. Its been a week since we have been home and we all still talk about the wonderful trip daily. Thank you for making it an amazing vacation!
25 March - 2 April, 2017 ~ So Impressed!
We can't thank you enough for finding this yacht for us! Not just the boat which was wonderful, but the crew who were incredible! John and Shirelle did a fantastic job of keeping us entertained and getting to see and explore everything the BVI has to offer! Shirelle is a phenomenal chef and each meal was better than the last! We were so impressed with her food and her spectacular personality.We couldn't have asked for a better vacation.The boat space was great - loved having the flybridge for the view and the breeze!We are veterans of chartering and this one tops them all. Especially thank you for being interesting, engaging and curious people.
9 -16th March, 2017 ~ Perfect!!
John & Shirelle,
Thank you for an amazing week. You met the challenge of our arrival in the incredibly unusual weather with much appreciated enthusiasm, we certainly hope you never have to dig out the red raincoat again, ever!
We loved the boat, everything was perfect! Shirelle wowed us with one fantastic meal after another and was so kind to share her recipes with us! Hopefully we can recreate them, if not, well just have to come back! We enjoyed all the food sooooo much we couldn't fit in another bite by the end of the trip The birthday dinner was a huge success.
We loved the adventures on the rolling seas, beautiful beaches and of course the eternal fishing in hope of catching more than a snack!
The entire trip was perfect, everything was well thought out and executed perfectly. Our nightly briefings on the next days excursion was fun ~ even though none of us could remember exactly what the plan was in the morning. We loved, loved, loved this trip and will do it again!
Josh, Philippe, Charlie, Luc & Becca
Thank you so much!! Seeing the sting ray on the dive was incredible, thank you so much for taking me. Izzy
Thank you so much!! This week was so, so amazing!! Becca
Thanks for all the cocktails and good memories! Luc
Well done! Philippe
9-16 March, 2017 - John and Shirelle Were Fantastic!
Feedback to Broker:
What was your first impression of the yacht? = Beautiful. Clean.
Comfortable. The deck space on the stern is wonderful for catching up with
each other and lounging around. The girls spent all their time on the bow
lounging on the hammocks and the wonderful seating area.
Was advertised equipment onboard and in good condition? - The boat was in excellent condition.
Did the skipper/hostess make you feel welcome and comfortable onboard? - YES!! John and Shirelle were fantastic.
Please provide specific comments regarding your skipper and hostess. - John and Shirelle were welcoming and respectful of our space on the boat. Over the week we developed a very good relationship with them. They are both great at what they do and make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Were the meals and beverages as you expected? - The food was excellent. But there was far too much of it!! We literally ran out of room and hardly touched the last meals which we felt really bad about. :-)
If you made any special requests were they met? - Yes. We had a delicious birthday dinner our second night and Shirelle even made the cake I had sent the recipe for. They are still dreaming about that meal!!! And a few others!!!
Would you recommend this yacht for a charter vacation? - YES!!!! 100%
January 15-20, 2017 ~ Spectacular!!
Our family had the pleasure to spend four days with John and Shirelle. My mom, sister and I had so much fun! We went snorkeling off of several islands and saw some amazing reefs and unique fish. We went to a canopy tour on Tortola Island for the first time! It was a cool experience.
Each morning after breakfast our dear Captain John proposed several plans for the day and we chose what seemed the most interesting to us. Captain John is kind, funny and very helpful, even took us tubing. That was an adventure!
As we requested vegan and non-gluten meals, Chef Shirelle tackled the challenge with grace. She cooked delicious breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and of course dessert! Some of our favorite items: almond pilaf hummus, tuna (yes, we ate fish), quiche, endless tasty salads, key lime pie, so much! She is very sweet, kind and it was such a pleasure to have met her! The harmony on the catamaran was spectacular!
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Comments below are for the previous crew aboard Bamarandi, prior to mid July 2017
12 – 19 July 2017 - 43rd Wedding Anniversary!
One of the finest weeks of our lives spent with our children while celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard made it truly special! I cannot say enough about their hospitality,expertise and skills making this truly a family experience to remember forever. The food was sensational! A must to repeat….. soon! Thank you!
Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard. Thank you for a wonderful week! We have had a blast seeing all there is to see and do in the British Virgin Islands. Thanks for all the special attention towards my son. He will remember this trip forever. Also thanks for all the delicious food and all the chicken cooked all week J The ship was beautiful, but our experiences were made by the careful attention of the crew. Thanks for a wonderful vacation!
Thank you so much for the great week we had in the BVI. You are a fantastic captain, the food was amazing and the attention to detail by you and your crew was second to none. All of the activities you suggested were perfect for our family and our vacation.
T family (North Carolina, Pennsylvania - USA)
01 – 08 July 2017 ~ A Fabulous Vacation!
Captain Donald, Audrey and Richard. We can’t say enough about our past week! You guys went above and beyond to make our family trip unforgettable. If you are ever in the US, “It’s just a short trip to Alabama J” Cheers to you!
Thanks for bringing our family together for a fabulous vacation! We can’t imagine a better crew - ya’ll are the best! Everything has exceeded our expectations! The food, service and activities were over the top – we can’t wait to travel with ya’ll again!
Thank you for an amazing trip! I had so much fun! Maybe next time I’ll jump captain, more…. You and your crew, Audrey and Richard are an inspiration! “In a blink of an eye”!
A and P –families (Alabama - USA)
18 - 25 June 2017 - Incredible Memories!!
Donald, Audrey and Richard,
5 Charters in and everything keeps getting better. You are truly family to us, and we look forward to next year with you in the BVI. The conversation, food, service, sights, experiences (boom jumps,scooters, dives, lost maps, early bedtimes), laughs and indelible memories will be cherished forever. Till next time, be well, my friends. This is not a goodbye… it is till I see you again. Love you all!
Thank you for another fabulous holiday. I enjoyed all of your new creations, Audrey and all of the dives, Donald and wonderful cocktails, Richard. Thank you for all the new memories. Until next time.
Donald, thank you for the amazing experiences on this trip! You never seem to disappoint! (I am jealous of your drone). Audrey, thank you for all of the delicious food! I think that the Tropical Chicken Salad is still my favorite. Richard, if I ever decide to pop around to South Africa, I will be sure to message you. By the way, I will dominate you in any game of your choice!
Thank you for another amazing vacation. I had so much fun doing the dives, jumps and the scooters! I will miss you and can’t wait to see you again!
S family (Ohio, USA)
10 – 16 June 2017 ~ Outstanding!!
Donald and Audrey and Richard,
Our journey with you over the last week has been outstanding! The memories created will last a lifetime and leave us boarding the plane back to Maryland with a plan for the next trip! For me there is nothing better in life to watch my husband and boys laugh and smile together. You all certainly made that happen … 5 stars! The amazing creative food, never ending cocktails, scuba, snorkeling, map briefings and great jokes and tales along the way … As I’m sure you three sit back and observe “this” crew, we also did the same. Each of you is a key element to the success of this wonderful vacation. Donald –thank you for your vast knowledge of the sea and worldly wisdom and whit. Audrey – thank you for the amazing gift of planning and preparing excellent cuisine that met and far exceeded our expectations. Your attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Richard – you will go very far in life … your smile, drive to work hard and constant ability to make us all new libations … so fun! Enjoy your journey. So fair well for now – until we meet again! If ever near DC, please don’t hesitate to call and look us up. All our best.
Where to start? Thank you, thank you for one of the most wonderful vacations! Your care for us and your attention to detail was just perfect! Donald – all the adventures you planned for us were a blast. Your knowledge about the different dives and the Baths made the experience that much better. Taking us to Foxy’s (and meeting him!), Willy T’s (Diving and jumping off) and Soggy Dollar were perfect Hot Spots. Your smile,energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Audrey – every meal was perfectly planned and so very delicious. Thank you for taking such good care of us this week. You made us feel more like family than just guests on the Bamarandi. Please call us when you are in Florida so we can meet for drinks and a little reunion. And Richard – thank you for all you did to make our vacation perfect! Keeping us hydrated or “double parked”, you are the best! Until we meet again!
P family and friends (Maryland, Florida – USA)
27 May – 03 June 2017 ~ Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!
Donald, Audrey and Richard. Wow! What a vacation. How did we get so lucky to get you as our crew?? I have done the BVI vacation with another outfit. It was good – but you put them to shame. In a sentence … above and beyond. It is so clear to me that you all have worked to exceed our expectations. Thank you for that. While you didn’t get to see that side of it,you had a bunch of stressed out people on board. It melted away at minute one with the welcome aboard. Thank you for pulling off the ultimate Disney for adults. Richard, you are a lovely young man with a killer smile. You will go far in life. Ya’ll are welcome ANYTIME in Texas. I am confident we will see you again in the near future.
Wow, wow, wow!!!!!! Words cannot express how this venture has been and will be one of the most amazing, spectacular vacations of our lives … bucket-list for sure!! Donald – thanks for the adventures, stories and laughter. Audrey – thanks for your amazing food, every meal. Richard – best dark and stormy maker ever! We look forward to being one of your repeat clients!
Thank you for the best vacation EVER! We have never been so sad to leave a place. The diving, sailing, sling-shotting and sight-seeing were absolutely amazing, but they are nothing compared to the welcome, conversation and fun we shared with you all! Thank you, Donald for the patience, guidance and wisdom during our scuba training sessions; to Audrey for the incredible food and never letting us even THINK about being hungry; to Richard for the awesome drinks and the incredibly hard work you put into making us feel at home. We hope to see you all again sometime soon!
How to say thank you for one of the best weeks of our lives? We’re not quite sure. Thank you for the many meals, the many laughs, and the many memories; thank you for each of the times you looked out for us and noticed a want or need we had that we didn’t even realize. Donald – thank you for daring me to be bold. Audrey – thank you for all of the special meals you made for me, pescatarian special. Richard – thank you for making me feel totally welcome in a very new environment. Thanks for the best, best, best week!
P-family and friends (Texas - USA)