DECK & SYSTEMS
BYZANCE Crew Profile
Captain Roger "Bagga" has been a professional captain for over 20 years offering clients memorable sailing experiences. A professional skipper, excellent cook, delightful host and very passionate about his homeland - St Vincent & the Grenadines - a combination of qualities that guarantees you a premier sailing holiday. Come and experience the best of the Grenadines.
Hostess Kay - affectionately known by her guests as Kay Kay is simply a Caribbean delight! From her glowing personality, excellent service and tantalizing Caribbean influenced cuisine - you will leave your charter knowing that you experienced the best of what the Caribbean has to offer!
October 2012 - Bequia to Union
The trip was excellent. The boat is very nice and comfortable and the crew is really knowledgeable, able to adjust to our needs/wishes. Simply, great.
In our case it would even accelerated by the fact how Kiki adjusted to my wife diet. She really took care of us "tastefully" :).
This was really likely the best holiday we have ever had and very likely during our time here we would like to repeat it, maybe sailing different places.
Have a nice day and thank you once more for a great vacation.
March 2012 - Union to Union
BYZANCE was just fine and accomodations as well. Captaina nd crew were skilled, attentive and personable. Meals were great and Kay Kay is a wonderful cook and exceptionally nice lady (you know she is Bagga’s eldest daughter?)
The crew were very attentive and even hints of our desires were picked up (by both Bagga and Kay Kay) and addressed … Bagga always out front of us with his local connections to set us up with what we wanted upon arrival in various island stops. He knew everybody everywhere it seemed and got us to best places, knew what we would like and just placed us in the right setting time after time.
We would spend another vacation with this yacht and crew - I believe they know their business and territory or operations extremely well!
February 2012 - Bequia to Union
Leaving for the airport in a bit, and just wanted to thank you for all the help in organising a superb holiday for us. Everything went extremely smoothly and you were so right to encourage me to choose Byzance and Captain Bagga/ Keke - the boat is incredibly well designed (felt more spacious than a Lagoon 55 we had a couple of years back) and Bagga is unique ! I imagine everyone wants to take Keke home with them.
Thanks again and we will (a) definitely be recommending you to others and (b) hopefully speaking about another trip before too long.
January 2012 - St Vincent to Union
We are slowly coming back down to earth! Everyone totally enjoyed the week. And above all we just can't say enough positive things about Bagga and KayKay. Of course, as a crew pair they are nothing but fantastic.
The food was better even than we hoped for.The wind blew all week, but with the advantages of the Cat and Bagga's impeccable knowledge of how to handle the boat, it somehow didn't make any difference.
Willa and Allister and their friends from Germany
November 2011 - St Vincent to Union
Nicoas, We hadn't received this and were only saying the other day how guilty we felt that we hadn't respond to an earlier email asking whether everything had been satisfactory, needless to say it was, we had a fabulous cruise and enjoyed every minute on your beautiful yacht.
We would recommend the Byzance and your company to anyone who is lucky enough to be looking for a cruise through the Islands.
Roger's knowledge of the Islands and his skippering left us in little doubt he is the master of his and this craft.
The food cooked by Kay Kay was a wonder and we often burst into spontaneous applause at how she could produce such wonderful food from a galley the size of a pocket handkerchief.
On board the accommodation was sumptuous and the fresh caught lobster brought to the boat by local fishermen and barbecued on a deserted Tabago Keys island was a highlight of an already wonderful voyage.
And last but not least, your organisation of the whole event worked like a Swiss watch movement, I would recommend your company to the most discerning customer.
We hope we sail with you again at sometime in the future.
Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for an amazing voyage.
October 2011 - Mustique to Mustique
The real simple answer is if we had to do it all over again would we do the same and the answer is categorically YES. We definitely plan on going back and requesting his boat and the same captain and crew. All expectations were exceeded.
The entire honeymoon was indescribably picture perfect. We could not have asked for a better experience and better staff. We gathered many great memories and charming friends. Everyone treated us like royalty and cared for us every minute of the day. They brought beauty and comfort to us every moment of every day. Sailing around the islands, too numerous to mention, was incredible, private and simply calming.
The charter was a dream come true and the crew was exceptionally fabulous. Bagga and Kay Kay made us feel right at home. Bagga was the ideal captain, taking us places we never would have imagined. When I asked for turtles, he gave me turtles. When we asked for iguanas he gave me plenty. He even gave us rainbows when we asked for clear skies. The snorkeling was awesome and he skillfully navigated around rain. The weather for the most part was perfect. His local knowledge and connections was extremely advantageous. Everywhere we went people knew him. You should have seen the kids come up to him. He is a very large man and it was simply amazing watching the kids gather around this man. He arranged a tour of Petite St. Vincent which was incredible. We were in total comfort the entire time. They are the perfect team running the boat. We laughed a lot, ate great food and every day was a new experience. Being the off season we felt all alone and our privacy was always guaranteed. Bagga assured us of all of that and then some.
We are still coming off the dream. If Paradise was lost, we found it with its big brother Heaven. Bagga and Kay Kay are special and in our hearts and fondest memories. We shall be seeing them again soon some day.
We enjoy the wedded life but quite frankly a bit empty now that all is behind us. Now we just need to work hard so we can do it all over again. We want to go back to Mustique and charter with Bagga again!
Thank you for the best wishes and congratulations. Most importantly, thank you for arranging this incredible experience and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Joe & Paula
July 2011 - St Vincent to Union
We had an amazing time with Captain Roger and Kay - they were fabulous and looked after us extremely well. We disappeared up to the Mystique restaurant one night and rang to say we had decided to stay for dinner and he just said no problems. We went 1 day to Tobago Cays and then as it was sunny the next day wanted to go back and again no problems. We would definately go again ourselves and would happily recommend others to go. Thank you for all your help it went extremely smoothly operationally and was just a beautiful place to be.
Thank you again Tracey
May 2011 - Bequia to Union
We enjoyed our cruising vacation immensely, could not have been better! Our crew were excellent and the highlight of our charter! Captain Roger was very knowledgeable of the islands - historically and politically - which was extremely interesting. Their service was first class! They were very flexible and on a number of occasions when our plans changed, it didn’t appear to create any problems at all and Captain Roger made arrangements for people to show us around on a couple of occasions.
Another highlight was our meals. The table was always well presented and the quality of food was splendid. Kay Kay always managed to produce lovely meals.
BYZANCE was very comfortable and well appointed - better than anticipated! The space available was a luxury for 4 people. Can't think of a negative comment, everything met or exceeded our expectations.
Although I wouldn't play 'Uno' again with Captain Roger.....as he always somehow managed to win :-)
The total holiday was a runaway success, thank you :-)
Stephens & Smith Party (UK & Canada)
April 2011 - Bequia to Union
We loved our charter and it was the highlight of our trip to the Caribbean! The Captain was courteous, helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable. Kay Kay was magical, hard working and thoughtful whilst looking out for the children!
The cuisine was far better than expected! Very good quality, presentation and variety.
The yacht was very clean and comfortable with a great cockpit!
April 2011 - Union to Union
We had a lovely charter! Lovely boat, great itinerary and we saw an awful lot. Roger and Kay Kay were brilliant, they were so friendly and helptul and it was nice that being local - they knew so many people on the islands also knew the best places to go! Please pass our thanks to them. Should we do it again, we will definately go with BYZANCE!
The Gough family
Feb. 2011 - St. Vincent to Union Island
David and I had a wonderful time! I loved KK and Bagga was of course so delightful. He really did his best to please everyone. He knows those seas and David and I had a wonderful wonderful time. We really want to come in March of 2012. The girls would love Tobago Cays and Morpion. It would be a fabulous adventure for them. So Tell me what you think some time or if you have any better ideas of adventure! We may even talk our friends into getting another boat and sailing with us. I have some wonderful, wonderful pictures I am getting. I am making a couple for KK and one of KK an Bagga would be awesome for your website! So friendly. I will send them to you as soon as I get them. It was great meeting you. Best to you and Thank you so much!
Jan 2011 - St. Vincent to Union
Please be advised the charter aboard the vessel Byzance which we started on 24 January 2011 from St. Vincent to Union Island was outstanding. We were very impressed with Capt. Roger Bagga, and his assistant Kay. Roger exhibited the highest level of professionalism in navigation and vessel management and Kay's ability to create exquisite high quality Caribbean cuisine was unmatched. Barbara and I found the vessel to be in very good order and well maintained. The itinerary you proposed was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the islands we visited.
We would highly recommend this vessel and crew to any perspective charterers and please feel free to use me as a reference.
J.F BRENNAN CQ, INC,
820 BAINBRIDGE • BOX 2 5 5 7 • LA CROSSE, Wl 54602-2557
|LENGTH||49ft (14.9m)||BEAM||25ft (7.6m)||DRAFT||4ft 3in (1.3m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2005||BUILDER||Alliaura Marine||DESIGNER||Cabinet Marc LOMBARD|
|GUESTS||7||CREW||Captain Roger Bibby & Chef Kay Young||REFIT|
|SPEED||4kts / 6kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||France|
|ENGINES||2 x 55HP|
Explore the true Caribbean on board this luxurious catamaran, complimented by a superb local crew who are keen to show you the best of their home! Enjoy everything from lobster BBQs on deserted islands, to invigorating sailing or learning to kite surf!
Welcome to a world of exception where your comfort and happiness is our goal! Powerful and elegant, the Privilege 495's design, performance and amenities make her a unique luxury catamaran. From the stunning panoramic views provided by the round-shaped windshields, or the unrivalled volume of the cabins - a memorable experience awaits.
BYZANCE can accommodate 7 guests in 3 spacious double cabins and one single berth. Each cabin is equipped with large beds, convenient storage space and ensuite bathroom as detailed below. The Master cabin has a queen size bed (6ft 8in in length and 6ft 5in in width), shower and toilet (wet head). The aft starboard Guest cabin has a double bed (6ft 6in in length and 5ft 4in in width), shower and toilet (wet head). The forward portside guest cabin has a queen size bed (6ft 8in in length and 6ft 5in in width), shower and toilet (wet head). Note all beds are made up of two mattresses. The starboard hull's additional single berth is 6ft 5 in in length and 2ft 6 in in width. BYZANCE is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate cabin, head and shower.
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