I wanted to provide some feedback for you on our recent trip on the Zingara. We had a fabulous time, and it was an exceptional vacation for us all.
We were very worried after our last trip with Captain Lee and Cami, we would never be able to replace the experience. However, Captain Hugh is so young and energetic. He is light-hearted, but very serious when it comes to the safe operations of the boat therefore you feel a ton of confidence in his capability. Perhaps since he is only 24 and recent to the charter business there is no burn out. As you know so well charter clients can be so demanding, and I am sure after a period of years the lifestyle would wear on most anyone. I think this Captain is really excited to make a career of this, and I sensed his ambition and desire to create a great experience for us. The day trips planned were wonderful, and we found the suggestions of things to do very helpful. The logistics of our day trips were well coordinated, and we had a fabulous and diverse experience. The kids of course also loved the water sports, spontaneous snorkeling, and random treasure hunting hikes along various rock formations.
Maxime the chef is one of the more talented I have encountered in terms of both presentation and food quality. I have been on a yacht called the Victoria Del Mar several times (170 feet I think), and I would match Max’s food with that experience. Every meal was different and all home made and fresh ranging from fresh pasta and homemade bread all the way to elegant seafood dishes and beautiful salads. She is also a total delight to be around, and did things like made cookies with my kids in the afternoon. She was very detailed and sure to have everything on the provisions list.
Gabi and her are quite the pair. Gabi never hesitated to get us anything we needed, and she always took the time to check on us wherever we may be on the boat. She has an incredibly warm personality. Her table settings for all three meals of the day were gorgeous, and she spent umpteen amounts of time teaching my daughter how to fold napkins and set the table. She also spent a lot of time making seashell necklaces with Elizabeth.
Kyle assisted us around the boat and off the boat. He was always there lifting and helping us move my 84 year old Dad in and out of the tender. He is a very quiet professional, and makes anyone feel well cared for on the Zingara.
This is an exceptional crew. They cooperate and work together beautifully, and it is evident in the joy and positive energy they have each day. My kids are still sending videos and crying about missing them so much.