I worked with Austen to plan a six day charter on the Vicarious, through New England as a birthday present for my wife, which included a surprise meet up with friends on the water in Rhode Island. Austen could not have been any more accommodating through the planning process. He made it all very easy by being extremely flexible and responsive. We worked with Philomena, who is the first mate and chef, on a shopping list and menu that accommodated everyone, including the kids.
There were 4 adults and 2 kids total, and we all had had an amazing time sailing with Austen and Philomena. It felt like we were sailing with family. They were always considerate of our well being and went out of their way to ensure we were having fun. The two of them are a great team and they both prioritize their guests which made it really nice. Austen is an experienced sailor and as a result, we always felt safe and taken care of. He would get up early in the morning to start sailing to our next destination to ensure that we could maximize our time there. They provided amazing water toys that accommodated all ages. Our 19 month old loved the wading pool, while the 6 year old loved the water slide, paddle boards, and towable flamingo. They even took time out to paddle board and swim with the kids.
Philomena had well planned menus and made delicious meals. We loved waking up to fresh brewed coffee and tasty breakfasts, such as Norwegian pancakes, Eggs Benedict and smoothies. There were always amazing snacks when we came back on the boat from our afternoon adventures, whether it was exploring on land or swimming by the boat. She even prepared a delicious birthday cake that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
The accommodations on the Vicarious were super clean and comfortable, and each bedroom had a private bathroom. There was ample room on the boat,and the kids loved congregating in the salon to watch kids’ movies. We had such a great time and we hope to book a trip with them again soon!