Throughout our many years together, our passion for sailing, travel, nature and outdoor pursuits have been the hub of our relationship. In 2001 we embarked on an invigorating world tour for 12 months. We travelled extensively through America, Canada, Alaska, Peru, Australia & New Zealand, returning over Asia and Europe. Our yachting experience includes cruising in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, the Whitsundays, Malaysia and Thailand. Not to mention UK waters and a Transatlantic crossing! On returning from travelling, we decided to turn a leisure activity we love into a lifestyle.
Many of our guests, who return again and again, comment on our love, knowledge, and respect for each other, our environment and for these beautiful Islands. They are also pleasantly surprised to say they arrived on ?Viking Dream? to two strangers, but left two good friends. Especially enjoying our humour and love of life, as well as our attention to detail and seamless teamwork. There are many remarks about how they have ?not felt so relaxed in years?, and have ?never laughed so much?! Please read our ?Guest Comments? page!
Cruising the islands and seeking out that idyllic palm fringed bay, where the sea, the sky and the sand invoke that feeling of total tranquillity, and being at one with nature, is what we love to share with our guests.
If you?d like to learn about sailing we?re both qualified instructors and love to impart our knowledge, but are equally happy to pass you a cushion and bring you an iced drink while we sail the yacht!
DECK & SYSTEMS
VIKING DREAM Crew Profile
We excel at being ?Great Hosts? and creating personalised, ?Unforgettable Vacations?.
VIKING DREAM Specifications
VIKING DREAM Testimonials
Yacht: S/V Viking Dream
Date: December 29, 2012-January 5, 2013
Obviously since this is my second time, I have nothing but praise for Mark and Sally. Everything was better the second time around. To help express this, I had one of our other guests fill out the form. I have read though it and completely agree with everything she said.
Comment on the comfort onboard Viking Dream:
Even though this was my second trip aboard the Viking Dream, it still surprises me how much room there is in each of the cabins. My husband and I are very tall (6’4 and 5’10) and we slept comfortably in our cabin and had no issues with moving around in our cabin and anywhere else on board the yacht. We never lacked for space to put our belongings, even though we over packed again – granted, we packed as recommended in soft duffle bags. Outside of the cabin was my favorite place to be and there was no shortage of comfortable places to get some sun or take a nap. I loved the sun awning that Mark put up for us over the nets when we got to our moorings/anchors for the evening.
Comment on the condition of Viking Dream:
It is obvious that Mark and Sally love their home and take pride in its condition. The Viking Dream is in phenomenal condition for being exposed to the elements all day, every day. There was never something missing or lacking aboard the Viking Dream and everything was in perfect working order.
Comment on the cleanliness of Viking Dream:
Mark and Sally keep the Viking Dream spotless. It’s amazing to me how quickly they clean our cabins (during breakfast) and where they find the place to store our fresh linens (full change out mid-week). Everything is cleaned, locked down and put away before we sail and it’s simply amazing to watch Mark and Sally’s efficient teamwork.
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew:
You would be hard-pressed to meet two people that are more congenial than Mark and Sally. They welcome you like family the minute you meet them at the dock and are always happy to talk with you about the locals, the food, the snorkeling, the Viking Dream…really anything you ask a question about, Mark and Sally are ready and excited to talk. Any company in the service industry would love to have people like Mark and Sally make their guests/customers feel welcome.
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew:
Mark and Sally are the best of the best when it comes to service. From having food or drinks ready whenever you want to catering the charter to the many activities six people can come up with, they go above and beyond. One thing I want to point out is that when we booked our charter for New Year’s Eve, Mark and Sally reached out to us immediately to see if we wanted to spend the holiday at Foxy’s. Our group decided to give it a go and Mark and Sally made sure they had a dock spot reserved in advance. Talk about quick service and planning ahead. They knew what the holiday would be like and made sure it was as easy and fun for us to enjoy as possible.
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew:
Mark and Sally are so much fun to be around. Some of our favorite parts of the charter are happy hour when they sit down and share their life stories. These two have some amazing experiences that contribute to their ability to make sure everyone they come into contact with has fun. We loved the new Viking Olympic Games…and the old classics. The fact that they come up with new games keeps us veterans from learning the tricks and winning all the time. The Viking Dream also has an extensive array of water toys. The hot dog was new to us this time and had all of us laughing throughout the afternoon. We loved it and can’t wait to see what else they come up with.
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew:
Being on the Viking Dream during “Yacht Week”, it became apparent just how experienced Mark and Sally are. We heard about runaway tenders and saw sailboats flailing about without full sails. Mark was always happy to answer my questions about where we were anchoring and why. Oh, and one day Sally did some fantastic maneuvering to get us into a tight mooring. These two are highly skilled and very cautious when it comes to safety and sailing.
Nevertheless, their expertise extends beyond sailing to the locals, the food Sally cooks, and the wonderful sea life we saw on our snorkel tours (to name a few). You can tell Mark and Sally are respected in the community when other charters stop by to say hello, when the dock attendants make sure they (and us) are happy, etc. Additionally, Sally was always happy to teach me a trick or two in the kitchen (thank you) and Mark has eagle eyes…I swear. We saw so many sea creatures on our snorkeling adventures one would think we were diving. It was great to be able to vaguely describe some fish I saw and Mark could pull out a book and point it out for me.
Comment on the quality of your meals:
I still haven’t lost the 10 pounds I put on from the last time I was on the Viking Dream. We love Sally’s cooking. She accommodated us by providing our favorites and surprised us with some new “favorites”. It is such a tough decision whether to tell her what we love or let her surprise us. Sally is a world-class chef. One thing I want to point out is that she accommodated two of our “pickier” eaters with no onions or mushrooms, while the rest of us could enjoy them.
Comment on the presentation of your meals:
In a past life, Sally was DaVinci – especially with desserts!
Would you charter this yacht again? (Circle one) YES NO
Absolutely! This is a “once in a lifetime” vacation that should not be taken only once in a lifetime. This vacation was more relaxing, enjoyable, and fun than my honeymoon two months prior.
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Most definitely. We could not have asked for anyone better able to take care of 3 very different couples.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Immaculate yet comfortable. We felt very confident that the quality would surpass our expectations for the duration of the trip.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
We had a fairly constant breeze so there was very good ventilation. I would expect that this would be the case even without the winds we experienced.
4. Was the food good and well presented?
The food was exceptional and several people in our group gave the quality and presentation a 5 star rating.
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Mark and Sally took no time at all to discover our preferences and brought us to places that fulfilled our wishes, ie. snorkelling, shopping, dinners on shore, etc.
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
The service and attention we received was second to none and other than carry our luggage I cannot think of another thing they could have done for us on this trip.
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
This is the first time the six of us have travelled as a group and the first time 3 of the group had been on a sailing trip such as this. Everyone, with no exception, raved about the whole trip and are anxious to go again. We thank you for suggesting Mark and Sally and we especially thank Mark and Sally for making this experience something all of us will remember for a very long time. All the best and happy sailing to all of you. Judy
Name: Mike & Melissa
Yacht: S/V Viking Dream
Date: December 27, 2010-January 3, 2011
Comment on the comfort onboard Viking Dream:
It was extremely comfortable! We were all thrilled to have bathrooms in all of our cabins, too!
Comment on the condition of Viking Dream: Extremely clean, cozy and perfect!
Comment on the cleanliness of Viking Dream: A++ It’s obvious Mark and Sally are passionate about their boat, and it shows how much they love and care for it.
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew: Perfect! They made us feel as if we were their family.
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew: Beyond our expectations…the level of service was incredibly awesome!
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew: Mike, and I and our 2 children, Christina and Dillon all agreed that it was our most FUN and BEST family vacation, ever! The Viking Olympics were a blast!
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew: We always felt safe and in great hands. We were so impressed how Mark and Sally worked so well together helping each other drive the boat, raise sails, etc…..and they never argued about it…ha!
Comment on the quality of your meals: Perfect! We were blown away at the fact that all meals everyday were of 5-star quality….unbelievable considering the small area they have to prepare meals. They were all delicious!
Comment on the presentation of your meals: Beautiful presentations! We were so impressed with all of the different place settings each meal and the adorable-shaped napkins!
Would you charter this yacht again? (Circle one) YES NO YES!!! Most Certainly! We have told many, many people about our incredible vacation and highly recommend the Viking Dream/Mark and Sally!
VIKING DREAM Specifications
|LENGTH||47ft (14.3m)||BEAM||24ft (7.3m)||DRAFT||4ft 5in (1.3m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2001||BUILDER||Robertson & Caine||DESIGNER|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain Mark Duncan & Chef Sally Duncan||REFIT||2007|
|SPEED||10kts / 10kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||Virgin Islands (British)|
VIKING DREAM Accommodations
VIKING DREAM can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. VIKING DREAM is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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