A trip on Aravilla is a must to truly experience the islands. Captains Derek and Cindy made our vacation memorable for everyone! Our group of 6 stayed aboard Aravilla for 7 nights and enjoyed a completely self-directed itinerary. Derek and Cindy were so attentive to everyone’s desires, making sure each person left St. Maarten with their own hopes fulfilled. They provided options at every port and prearranged activities like scuba diving for the group. They cared for us like family and made safety a priority on the water.
Our group had mixed experience levels with sailing and general time spent on the water so Derek and Cindy took this into account allowing us to participate as we felt comfortable. After a little time, we established our sea legs and felt completely at home on Aravilla. The sleeping cabins are extremely comfortable and I got a little too accustomed to being rocked gently to sleep on the water.
The food provided was truly amazing! Great variety of options for breakfasts and smoothies that I miss tremendously. We never went hungry! It was also really nice to have the option of eating on shore too. Lots of memorable dinghy trips tendering to the docks at sunset for delicious local fare.
Being able to build your own itinerary was amazing! As a former cruiser, I can say that you certainly have more freedom to explore places in depth or make a quick stop. There’s so much more to St. Maarten than what you see from a cruise ship. Some of the best places to port don’t see any cruise ship passengers at all!
Derek and Cindy work as a team to provide a vacation you won’t forget. They are partners in business, in life, and getting to experience a week in their lifestyle was really something awesome. I can’t say enough good things about our trip. The laughs were endless and the memories will stick with me always. Thank you Derek and Cindy for hosting us on such an amazing adventure aboard Aravilla!Renata R, Canada