Come on board VIKING DREAM and truly have your DREAMVACATION OF A LIFETIME, on our immaculately maintained Catamaran.
Mark and Sally have a high and extensive Reputation for beena Fun Loving, Highly Knowledgeable, and some of the most experienced Crew inthe BVI!
This is demonstrated by the high number of repeat guests whocome back again and again, for more Relaxation, Pampering and Fun on VikingDream.
Please read our Guest Comments!
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
Captain: Mark Duncan (59)
Come on board VIKING DREAM and truly have your DREAM VACATION OF A LIFETIME, on our immaculately maintained Catamaran.
Mark and Sally have a high and extensive Reputation for been a Fun Loving, Highly Knowledgeable, and some of the most experienced Crew in the BVI!
This is demonstrated by the high number of repeat guests who come back again and again, for more Relaxation, Pampering and Fun on Viking Dream.
Please read our Guest Comments!
Mark - You’ll find me in the water as much as on it, and I love to lead guided snorkelling safaris. Pointing out the amazing richness and variety of fish and wildlife the Caribbean Islands have to offer. I also love to fish and delight in helping you tempt a nice Tuna or Mahi-Mahi to your lure, or a Bonefish to your fly. When at anchor you may like to take some tuition from me on learning to Windsurf. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to assist a total novice in getting up and sailing with a little guidance and encouragement.
Admiral! Chef: Sally-Ann Duncan (57)
Sally - Having sailed with my Father from before I could walk and having helped my Mother in the kitchen from an early age I’ve always had a passion for sailing and food. Graduating from University in Food Technology I have loved creating dinner parties and varied social events or taking part in competitive sailing. I aspire to ensure our guests are able to relax, enjoy good cuisine, and have fun experiencing The Caribbean on their dream vacation.
We have always gelled as a team. Guests enthuse about our Mark - You’ll find me in the water as much as on it, and I love to lead guided snorkelling safaris. Pointing out the amazing richness and variety of fish and wildlife the Caribbean Islands have to offer. I also love to fish and delight in helping you tempt a nice Tuna or Mahi-Mahi to your lure, or a Bonefish to your fly. When at anchor you may like to take some tuition from me on learning to Windsurf. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to assist a total novice in getting up and sailing with a little guidance and encouragement.
attention to detail, professionalism, hospitality, good humour and desire to live life to the full. We have many guests return again and again and refer us to their friends and family.
We are now in our 14th year of chartering and excel at creating very individual, personalised, unforgettable Holidays.
‘LIVE THE DREAM!’
VIKING DREAM Specifications
VIKING DREAM Testimonials
Friday January 20th 2017
Our second sail with Mark & Sally, and just as wonderfulas we remember. The BVI is Great, but would not be the same without them.Thanks for such Great Care; Gourmet Food; Custom Cocktails; & yourExpertise. It’s as if we are sailing with old friends. SO …. NOT GOODBYE, BUT ….“SEE YOU LATER!”
Jim and Marysue Wendt
As our children still define this sailing trip – BVI – BEST VACATIONEVER!
Thank you again for your hospitality, lovely wine andspirits, awesome food, and allowing us to come this week. (changing your owntravel plans!). You have a wonderful home on the sea, and have made it a VERYSPECIAL PLACE. Hope we can do this again.
Kelli & Eric (Rick) Rolfsmeyer
Friday January 20th 2017
ESBAUGH FAMILY NEW YEAR 2016.17
Please look at the following link which is a video of their charter on VIKING DREAM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR5Emgu7VLI
From the first day until the last minute spent with you(Mark and Sally), we enjoyed every minute & could not have imagined howmuch FUN we could have jam packed all in one week. The catamaran was alwayskept clean, the cabins were spacious and cosy, the food top notch gourmet; andSally & Mark you were THE MOST WONDERFUL HOSTS!
Some of our favouites….
Viking Games – Barb
Trivia of the Day – Rick
Drink of the Day – All!!
Mark’s Boat skills and getting us to the front of theline ALWAYS – All
Bar in the Water – All
Snorkeling – All
Gourmet Food – All
We truly THANK YOU for making everything so specialThe Esbaugh’s (Barb, Rick, Cassie, Nick, Meagan& Mitch – Swabby!)
"Just back from anothertremendous vacation on Viking Dream. The difference was this was ourfirst trip with other couples, sans children, making the Captian's poisonof the day even more enjoyable and the nights under the stars romantic(trampolines are fun). Mark and Sally's knowledge of bays meant that wenot only had a fabulous lunch at Deadman's Beach with a steel drum band oneday, a few nights later they found a secluded bay with just one other boat(during the peak of the charter season). We found so many different fish,coral, and fans, all with incredible colors, at the snorkeling spots theytook us too we spent cocktail hour going through the books and talking aboutwhat we'd seen. I've always loved Sally's cooking and it was particularlydelicous not having to limit for child's preferences. I love taking the helm ofViking Dream as we cruise down the channel, all enjoying the spectacular views. A truly enjoyable vacation."
- Andrew Z. Dec. 2016
Ditges and Duclos poem Nov 2017
There once was a yacht named Viking
In which Mark and Sally took a liking.
They escaped from the Swan to the Boat we are on.
One day we went sailing, when the winds were prevailing;
The spinnaker was raised, to all awe and praise!
At nine knots we were cruising, no one got a bruising, aswe were all boozing!
Captain Mark led us on snorkelling excursions, often inplaces with real Fat Virgins.
Saw lots of coral & pretty fish, however Turtles wereamiss.
On Saba Rock what a disgrace, when the Tarpon splashedLaura’s face.
Back to the boat we went,
Viking Vibrations were spent!
Our palates were teased with all meals we were pleased.
Captain’s poison by Mark, includes” stormy and dark”.
The Admiral in the galley, creating dishes by Sally.
The Dream’s been visited by Tom and Pete, and otherguests that often repeat.
Who all try not to spill wine on the seat.
The red all soaked in – not sure whether Cab or Zin,
But Tom and Pete’s napkins held it all in!:)
Pirate jokes were told – they never get old!
The Trivia flies, Captain Mark is so wise.
We remember not one, so when we are back for more fun,booze and sun,
Repeating questions will fool everyone!
Sally won twice at the game of dice.
Captain called foul, saying it wasn’t nice.
We were all the crew with nothing to do,
But to try hard to drink all of the brew.
All hail to the Queen,
This trip was a DREAM!
If you are reading this you know what we mean!!
An original poem by:
June, 2016, guests aboard VIKING DREAM said:
We had a great time on Viking Dream. The boat was immaculate at all times. Sally's meals were delicious and beautifully plated. Mark was great both in educating all of us with his daily trivia questions and mapping out our daily journey, as well as carting the kids around endlessly for water sports. My mom enjoyed every second of the trip.
Thank you for all your help, Laura
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 + 1||REFIT||2016|
|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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