“Meals – WOW!!! Carla was an amazing cook. She also remembered Jo Ann’s aversions (any meat but pork, runny eggs, etc.) and sometimes had something different for her or made sure there were substantial sides if we had something like chicken or beef. We ate like kings and queens. B (Beatrice? We were told to call her B so not sure of her full name) was awesome as first mate and server. Super nice, always trying to make sure we had what we wanted. I think we only ate one or two meals off the yacht. Other than that we had three amazing meals every day. And I have an extra 5lb to prove it, which I rarely gain on regular cruises.
I know they couldn’t get everything we requested as far as alcohol, but they had great options and took care of us.
The yacht was beautiful and Alex (and Carla and B) were constantly cleaning and making sure it was clean and in great shape. Sometimes on boats things get a little moldy or whatever but I never saw that. They did have rules they wanted us to follow about where we could sit when we were wet and where was off limits, so I’m sure that helps keep it nicer. And no red wine inside – great rule on their part! They had lots of fun toys, but we mostly lazed around and floated. They got one of those power surfboards the day we left, so more fun toys. Alex was great about explaining how to use them, getting it set up, cleaning it up. It was a lot of work for him! The first day he taught us how to use the nemo thing he told us we couldn’t drink before, which was understandable. B cleaned our rooms once a day and made the beds etc.
Crew – amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Alex was super knowledgeable about the islands and who lived where and would explain it all to us as we cruised around. It was kind of weird being in such close quarters for that long with people we really didn’t know but by the end of the week we had fallen into our routine and were comfortable talking/not talking, whatever. I think that feeling was on our end because this was new for us and we weren’t sure how much to say hi when we walked by them if they were working, etc.
The BVI was beautiful, but we were surprised how uncrowded pretty much everything was except for Jost Van Dyke. I asked if that was covid and Alex said it was the hurricane in 2017 and then covid. Everything is still recovering. We did find a couple fun places to dance and party where there were other people, but it was a pretty chill trip (except for Willy T Sunday night escapade lol). I wasn’t too impressed with the snorkeling but maybe that’s because I’m used to diving in areas better known for diving. The rest of the group seemed to really enjoy the snorkeling. I think if we went again I would probably line up diving and also find some more resorts that had some nightlife if we could.
Expectations? That’s so hard because none of us really knew what to expect. We loved the laziness of the days and the ease of having everything right at our fingertips for food and drink. They had a lot of great toys and the crew, again, was fantastic. I personally missed more action like nightlife, but that’s probably because my expectations weren’t realistic and had nothing to do with the boat/crew. If I did it again I would pack even less than I did for sure. We bought quite a few t-shirts and outside of swimsuits that’s basically what I wore every night.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Bagheera and its crew. Fair Winds.