The annual crewed charter yacht shows in the BVI and USVI provide us with the opportunity to inspect the yachts, get to know the crews, plus continue to refine our list of key yacht and crew recommendations for our charter clients.
During the shows, an anonymous panel of judges vote for various "Best in Show" winners and these coveted awards are then presented to crews during the final evening of each show. You'll find a list of some of the key "Best in Show" winners from the November 2022 shows below for the BVI as well as the USVI . In addition, we also maintain our own expanded list of yacht and crew favorites at every price point, from our affordable picks to our high-end suggestions. Review the 2022 award winners below or Contact Us directly to get you pointed towards the winning combination of yacht and crew for you.
WHY DO WE ATTEND CREWED CHARTER YACHT SHOWS?
- Key Priority as Crewed Yacht Charter Professionals: As professional yacht charter brokers, one of our top priorities is having an in-depth knowledge about the yachts, crews and destinations that we're recommending for our clients. Attendance at various shows each year is also a requirement for our membership in some professional industry associations.
- Best Avenue to Get to Know the Yachts & Crews: These annual shows provide us with our best opportunity to inspect the yachts, meet new crews, plus catch up with our favorite, veteran crews. These shows also allow our Team to further refine our list of key yacht and crew recommendations based on these on-board yacht inspections, crew interviews, on-board lunches and dinners during the show, plus evening social events that allow brokers and crews to mingle in a more relaxed setting.
- Opportunity to Revisit our Key Destinations: The two critical Caribbean crewed charter yacht shows include the British Virgin Island Show (BVI show), as well as the US Virgin Islands Show, (USVI show) held annually each November. Our attendance at these shows allows our Team to stay intimately familiar with these key destinations as well as maintain a working knowledge of the actual experience of "getting there" year after year.
- Because It's All About the Crew: While we pay close attention to the yachts, we make it a priority to focus on the crews and get to know them on a more personal level. As our long list of repeat clients would agree, the yacht needs to be well suited to start with, but the success of a charter always relies on having the right crew aboard.
- Ideal Networking Opportunity: The shows serve as a unique opportunity to reconnect with our key managers and industry partners. It also provides us with an avenue to get to know any incoming managers or new charter companies in the fleet. Finally, the shows serve as an ideal venue to catch up with and compare notes with other Brokers in the industry while attending on-board lunches and dinners, or during key association meetings or noteworthy industry seminars.
A group of couples that we booked aboard Award Winning 67' Power Catamaran C'est La Vie in March 2023 said:
Truth be told, I am at a loss for words with thoughts on our C'est La Vie experience.
When people have inquired, I've simply said "THE
TRIP OF A LIFETIME."" First, thank you so much for your
professionalism and first class assistance with preparation for the
trip. Your accessibility, response time and guidance was so appreciated.
I have already recommended Carefree Charters to two other
parties who are strongly considering a BVI Yacht trip. This vacation
was simply PERFECT and we are tremendously grateful for you and the
crew making it so special. We look forward to the next time aboard
C'est La Vie!
Ken and Tammy L., Texas
Our Experience & Expertise Are Priceless
Our Experience Makes Us Unique: The Carefree Team's tenure includes 16 years in business as professional Yacht Charter Brokers, including owner-dedicated service from start to finish on each and every charter. Our Team also offers our clients 25 years of experience as professional Crew on various highly successful yachts in the BVI, USVI & Caribbean. Members of our Team have also been selected to serve as a Best in Show Judge on numerous occasions at various crewed charter yacht shows over time. When combined, Your Carefree Team is uniquely qualified to seamlessly handle your trip of a lifetime.
Expertise Sets Us Apart: Lynne Campbell, Founder, Managing Director, and Broker, has over 25 years of key industry experience, including 16 years in business as the owner & lead broker of Carefree Yacht Charters. With a majority of those years as a top broker within the industry, Lynne has navigated it all, including countless blue sky charter days, but also through hurricanes and the covid pandemic. Repeat clients have come to rely on Lynne's expertise to guide them during mainly smooth sailing, but also through any unforeseen stormy weather that might be just beyond the horizon.
Contact us Today
Call us in our South Florida office at 954-980-9281 or complete our Quick Request Form. We'll quickly match you with a charter that fits your budget, style and interests. Or, get started by viewing a sampling of our popular BVI catamaran charters, grouped by affordable, mid-range and high-end price points.
USVI Best in Show (61 Feet & Over)
80' Catamaran Seaclusion: One of our high-end, exclusive suggestions, this 2020, 80' Sunreef catamaran features a crew of 4, high-end luxuries throughout, an award-winning Chef, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 1 King Master Suite plus 3 Queen cabins (2 of the Queens can be split into Twins). Her weekly rates range from $84,000 to $100,000 plus tip.
We experienced an over-the-top tasting men u during our lunch aboard during the BVI charter yacht show and in addition, we've had nothing but excellent feedback for this Captain & Chef on previous charters.
USVI Best in Show (51 to 60 Feet)
56' Catamaran Altesse: One of our affordable picks, this 2013, 56' Lagoon catamaran features a crew of 2, comfortable luxury, an award-winning Chef, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 1 Queen Master Suite plus 3 Queen cabins. Her all-inclusive weekly rates range from $28,500 to $33,500 plus tip.
Chef Stephanie treated us to yet another delicious lunch aboard at the USVI crewed charter yacht show and we've had nothing but fabulous feedback for her cuisine over time and across numerous charters.
USVI Best in Show (50 Feet & Under)
50' Catamaran Ether: One of our affordable picks, this 2022, 50' Lagoon catamaran features a crew of 2, an amazing use of space, on-board diving for certified guests with 2 on-board Divemasters, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 3 Queen cabins plus a Double cabin that shares a nearby guest bath. Her all-inclusive weekly rates range from $27,000 to $32,000 plus tip.
We've had excellent reviews for this crew in the past and are thrilled that they've taken the helm of this popular catamaran for the 2022/2023 season.
USVI Best Crew in Show Overall
67' Power Catamaran C'est La Vie: One of our high-end, exclusive suggestions, this 2022 Lagoon power catamaran features a crew of 3, designer touches throughout, fabulous interior and exterior lounging areas the Lagoons have become known for, on-board scuba and instruction, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 1 Queen Master Suite plus 3 Queen cabins. Her all-inclusive rates range from $57,000 to $67,000 plus tip. If the 4th Queen is used by the guests, an additional fee applies.
We enjoyed a delightful brunch aboard at the St. Thomas charter yacht show and have always been impressed with this crew. As we posted about after we stepped a board initially in Ft Lauderdale last winter, this crew of 3 had us at hello!
USVI Culinary Winner
Chef Neen on 74' Catamaran Ocean Vibes: One of our high-end, exclusive suggestions, this 2020, 74' catamaran features a crew of 3, lovely interior and exterior amenities, a top-notch and creative Chef, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 4 well-appointed Queen cabins. Her all-inclusive rates range from $69,000 to $75,000 plus tip.
We enjoyed a unique as well as impressive dinner aboard during the USVI crewed charter yacht show. We were additionally intrigued by Chef Neen's pursuit of farm to table local ingredients for our dinner aboard as well as for her hand tailored menus throughout the season.
BVI Best in Show
80' Catamaran Seaclusion: This yacht and her crew won "Best in Show" in both the USVI and BVI shows! In addition, Chef Jess walked away with 2nd Place for "Best Appetizer" in the BVI culinary competition. This 80’ Sunreef catamaran falls in our high-end, exclusive category and features a crew of 4 including Captain, Chef, First Mate and Stewardess. She accommodates up to 8 guests in 1 King Master Suite plus 3 Queen cabins (2 of the Queens can be split into Twins). Her award-winning Chef plus luxurious accommodations throughout made her a standout within the crowd. Her weekly rates range from $84,000 to $100,000 plus tip.
Our multi-course tasting menu that Chef Jess served us for lunch during the BVI charter yacht show was an experience for both the eyes as well as the taste buds. In addition, clients that we’ve booked aboard with Ricky & Jess in the past have had nothing but positive feedback regarding their charters.
BVI Best in Show, 2nd Place
60' Catamaran Amaya: One of our high-end, exclusive suggestions, this 2019 Sunreef catamaran features one of our favorite Captain & Chef teams, a full toy locker with all the goodies you'd expect aboard a yacht of this caliber, plus accommodations for up to 8 guests in 4 Queen cabins. Her weekly rates range from $48,000 to $54,000 plus tip.
Captain Tommy & Chef Emma are joined by a 3rd crew member and based on history with this crew team, they excel at providing clients with the perfect balance of fun, professionalism and top-notch cuisine.
BVI Culinary Winner
Chef Audrey of 52' Catamaran Mystic Soul: One of our affordable picks, this 2018, 52' Horizon power catamaran features a engaging and polished crew of 2, the perfect layout for 1 couple or a small family, plus accommodations for up to 4 guests in 1 Master Queen Suite plus 1 Queen cabin. Her all-inclusive rates range from $24,500 to $24,900.
Chef Audrey won two of three categories in the BVI Culinary Competition including "Best Appetizer" as well as "Best Lunch"! Captain Philip additionally won the "Cocktail Contest" so clients can look forward to the quality of the cocktails served aboard standing up to Audrey's cuisine. This yacht additionally offers a $500 wine upgrade package for any interested clients.
We enjoyed a fabulous lunch aboard during the BVI show with each course and wine pairing being absolutely delicious in taste as well as exceptional in presentation. This crew is a delight to work with and they continue to impress the lucky clients that we book aboard.