|Length:||52 ft Lagoon|
|Cabins:||5 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s)|
|Number of Guests:||1-12|
Ventana is a beautiful new Lagoon 520 catamaran offering crewed charters. They have four large double berths each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. A fifth cabin is available offering upper and lower berths and this cabin also has a private ensuite bath with electric head, vanity and separate shower.
The salon will seat up to 8 guests in comfort for lounging or dining. Ventana’s exterior offers alfresco dining on the aft deck for up to 8 guests. There is top deck seating and a lounge area in front of the helm. Plus more seating on the forward lower deck lounge area behind trampolines. With numerous lounging areas, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding a private place for one or two to relax.
Cabins and boat offer wonderful natural lighting and great ventilation. The boat is fully air-conditioned, and each cabin can adjust the air-conditioning individually for optimal guest comfort. All heads are fresh water flush. The Salon offers lounge and formal dining area in addition to aft deck alfresco dining. Top fly-bridge offers seating and lounge area with 360 degree view. There is also a lounge area forward behind the large trampolines. Five guest queen cabins each with private en-suite electric head, vanity and separate shower. Crew have separate twin bunk cabin and private head. Entire yacht is full air-conditioned for client comfort.
Yacht Rates in USD
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All inclusive rates are based on a 7 night charter (1 week) with food, beverages and standard bar, cruising permits and licenses are paid by boat
Taxes, relocation fees may be extra. This rates does not include the BVI cruising fees, please allow approximately $150 per person per week.
Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter.
BVI PORT FEE: Add $400 each end for BVI ports other than West End or Jost
SLEEP ABOARD Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Available for $200 per cabin per night, with a 3 cabin minimum. Includes snacks, welcome cocktails & continental breakfast. Dinner is to be taken ashore at client expense. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year’s weeks.
HALF-BOARD OPTION: Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Other meals ashore at client expense.
2@$23,700 3@$24,050 4@$24,400 5@$24,750 6@$25,100 7@$25,450 8@$25,800 9@$256650 10@$27,500
LOCAL FARE OPTION: Includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Other meals ashore at client expense.
2@$23,850 3@$24,275 4@$24,700 5@$25,125 6@$25,550 7@$25,975 8@$26,400 9@$27,325 10@$28,250
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: 7 night minimum, VIRGIN ISLANDS
CHRISTMAS: 1-10 pax $40,000 end by 12/27
NEW YEARS: 1-10 pax $40,000 12/28 start or later
Scuba Yacht offers Rendezvous diving only
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- Salon Tv/Stero
- Wide projection screen for movies
- Playstation 4 for kids of all ages
- iPod/Device Hookups
- Deck Shower
- Special Diets
- Lots of Port Hatches
- Guests Smokes on aft scoop steps only
- Children are Welcome
- Ice Maker
- Sailing Instructions
- Internet Access - Onboard WIFI limited no streaming please
- Green Initiatives - Make purified drinking water
- Re-usable water bottles
- Use Eco-friendly cleaning products
- Limited use of paper products
- Chef purchased organic/locally grown products when available
- 12ft Dinghy size with 40hp engine
- Snorkel Gear
- 1 x Scurfer
- Wake Board
- Floating Mats
- Swim Platform with Boarding Ladder
- Beach Games
- 2 x SU Paddle Boards
- U/Water Camera & video
- Fishing Gear
- Fishing Permit USVI only
- Sub Wing
- surf board
- Big floating mat
- Pref. Pick-up Red Hook STT
- Other Pick-up STT & West End
- Summer Ports Grenadines or Virgin Islands
- Winter Ports Virgin Islands
- Summer Operations Caribbean Virgin Islands Leewards & Windwards
- Winter Operations Caribbean Virgin Islands
Captain Richard Darling and Chef Christina Astuto are from USA
Captain Richard hails from a small town in upstate New York near the Lake Ontario shoreline where he learned absolutely nothing about sailing! That is until he spent some college years in Daytona, then went back to NY and was fortunate enough to enter the racing scene where he purchased his own sailboat and hasn’t stopped sailing since.
In 2003, Richard moved to the Virgin Islands and acquired his USCG Master’s License. Since then, he has worked in the charter industry as Captain or Engineer on various sailing and motor yachts up to 160 feet. Calling St. Thomas home for more than 15 years. Richard has sailed thousands of miles through the islands and beyond, and he loves sharing some of the best kept secret anchorages and dive locations along the way along with his knowledge of the stars under the beautiful Caribbean night skies.
A true New Yorker born and raised in Staten Island from two parents who grew up in Brooklyn, Christina prides herself on her personality and respectful family values. She believes this is what has shaped her personality which has been the foundation for her life. As an Italian American, food has always been an important part of her life. She believes there is no better way to spread love than with a home cooked meal, some great wine, and really good company.
After graduating with a Masters Degree in Special Education, Christina worked as a preschool teacher in the greater New York area for over 5 years. It wasn’t until she took a trip to South Africa to teach English did she realize that her passion for travel, culture, and exploration exceeded her expectations. It was then that she realized she was settling for a comfortable life which she was good at, but ultimately it did not feed her soul.
Unexpected events, call it serendipitous or not, have brought her to the sea and she could not have been more grateful. She has worked two seasons as a chef in destinations such as Greece, Croatia, and Montenegro. She has worked on a variety of different sailboats which allowed her to really grow her passion for sailing.
As a chef Christina likes to keep her meals as healthy and tasty as possible. To her, flavor is most important and shouldn’t be compromised. Christina likes to cook with the best ingredients she can find, and believes freshness is key. Her cuisine is very exploratory in that she likes to use a variety of flavors, spices, and herbs rather than stick to one specifically. Christina believes people should have a cultural culinary experience when they are eating. She wants you to remember your sailing experience from that moment you see the breathtaking morning sunrise over the horizon to the smell of roasted chicken coming fresh out of the boat’s oven. She truly believes that sailing is an experience for your senses and she’s fully on board to give the best experience she possibly can.
VENTANA SAMPLE MENU
Maple rum french toast served with fresh berries
English breakfast includes scrambled eggs and bacon served with a side of toast and fresh fruit
Yogurt oat bowls served with choice of almond or peanut butter, fresh fruit, banana, chia, flax, and hemp seeds and drizzled with local honey
Lemon ricotta pancakes served with side of smoked bacon
Chorizo breakfast tacos served with home fries
Avocado toast served with side of creme-bruleed grapefruit
Mediterranean frittata served with smoked mozzarella, spinach, onions and kalamata olives topped with fresh arugula
Smoked salmon tartine with fresh dill, red onion, and capers served with a yogurt parfait
Canadian bacon breakfast sandwiches served with side of fresh fruit
Fish tacos served with a cilantro lime cabbage slaw, avocado, and a mango salsa. Served with side of black beans & wild rice
Quinoa salad served with arugula, red onion, roasted walnuts, and cranberries, drizzled with a balsamic glazed and evoo (choice of grilled chicken or eggplant)
Korean beef quesadillas served with side of guacamole, and lime infused sour cream.
Fig and brie burger served on a whole grain bun with a side of rosemary sweet potato wedges
Warm spinach salad served with crispy pancetta, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers drizzled with honey-lemon olive oil
Bow-tie pasta with cherry tomatoes, red onion, rustic black olives, fresh basil, and mozzarella tossed in a pesto sauce
Italian sausage and peppers served as a hero or plated accompanied with a side slaw salad
Moroccan chickpea salad served with a cilantro mint dressing accompanied with side of grilled naan bread
Seared Tuna Poke bowls served over coconut rice
Grilled Chicken pitas served with homemade tzatziki sauce and side of hummus
Tuna Nicoise salad drizzled with a balsamic reduction
Prosciutto, fig, fresh basil and burrata drizzled with honey served on crostini
Buffalo chicken dip served with chips, celery, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli
Banh Mi bites with cucumber, cilantro, mayonnaise, carrot, pancetta, hoisin sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds
Mini crab cakes with garlic and chive sauce
Maple and walnut crusted brie served with multigrain bread
Charcuterie board served with rustic Italian bread
Fresh made guacamole and served with corn tortillas
Homemade Italian sauce with choice of gnocchi or spaghetti served with a side of Italian garlic bread and caprese salad
Grilled Vegetables served over balsamic farro served with a side salad and garlic pesto baguette
Roasted beer chicken served over saffron rice with a side salad
Caribbean swordfish served over southwestern quinoa and side of grilled Mexican street corn
Grilled herbed Filet served over horseradish mashed potatoes and a side of roasted cauliflower
Roasted pork tenderloin served over a bed of string beans and squash
Citrus glazed salmon with roasted fennel served over wild rice and a side of parmesan roasted asparagus
Grilled Shrimp served over creamy polenta served with side of honey-butter biscuits
Grilled Chicken on the BBQ served with side of rustic baked potatoes
Individual key lime pies served with fresh lime whipped cream
Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies
Fresh strawberry frozen yogurt pie
Spiced apple crumble
Homemade cookie crumble served over ice cream (flavors vary)
Grilled pineapple served with a coconut whipped cream
Chocolate pudding pie
Strawberry s’mores bites served with chocolate fudge drizzle
VENTANA GUESTS COMMENTS
New Years 2019
The most perfect place to start the new year.
From the moment we arrived (and even before) Darrin and Juila were the perfect “boat couple”.
Darrin is warm, confident and accomplished. Hes a great captain and leader.
Julia bent over backwards to make sure everyone was very well fed -2 Simi koser, a Gfree, two kids and the rest of us , everyone was happy and full.
All of us enjoyed every moment of the week .
We hope to return soon and spend more time on the beautiful, comfortable, and friendly boat with the fabulous crew.
February 2018 (previous yacht Mimzy)
Charter start date: Feb 2-8, 2018
Upon arrival the boat was clean: Yes
The boat was tastefully presented and decorated: Yes
The boat was ready to board at the agreed time: Yes
Was the boat kept clean during the charter? Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? Yes
Comments about equipment on boat:
Any toys particularly enjoyed: Paddle boards
Comments-was the boat comfortable: Yes
The captain was outgoing: Yes
The captain was professional: Yes
The captain was friendly: Yes
Comments-captain: Darren was awesome
Did you feel free to choose each day’s activities? Yes
Please describe the meals: Julia prepared fantastic meals.
Were specifically requested drinks on board? Yes
Did the meals reflect your requested preferences? Yes
The cook was outgoing: Yes
The cook was professional: Yes
The cook was friendly: Yes
May we use you as a reference for this yacht? Yes
WOW – AWESOME! (previous yacht Mimzy)
WOW Awesome This was the trip we waited years for and it not only met but exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Darrin and the Chef performed as experienced and seasoned (pun intended) veterans of the sea. The Mimzy comfortably accommodated the three couples with each having our own attractively appointed cabins with queen beds and private head and shower. Our days were fun filled with all of the activities we requested plus those Darrin knew would add to the adventure. Darrin has a remarkably extensive knowledge of sailing; the region and its history and folklore. On one occasion the moorings where we intended to go were unavailable and with barely a pause Darrin found another cove nearby that was equally as exciting. The Chef prepared delicious meals all individually plated; served with a beautiful presentation and frequently included homemade desserts. She was most attentive to all of our needs and preferences. The crew set the tone with their warm and engaging manner. We appreciate their vigilance for our safety; maintaining the Mimzy ; and making our home on the sea clean; comfortable and welcoming. Most of all the crews warmth and attention to all things us and the running of the Mimzy made this a wonderful experience. We thank them for showing us their part of the world and enabling us to make incredible memories.
Sharon and Len
The Noodle Gang
April 2017 (previous yacht Mimzy)
Yacht: MIMZY with Darrin Jackson and Chef
Charter Dates: 4/29/2017 04:00pm to 05/06/2017 12:00pm
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes. They were fantastic.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes. Beautiful vessel and comfortable.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes. Loved sleeping with the hatches open.
4. Was the food good and well presented? The food was amazing. If there is a better chef in the Virgin Islands I would be amazed. I sincerely hope I get to have some of her cooking again in my life. Every member of our charter would say the same.
5. Did you like the area you sailed? The British Virgin Islands sell themselves. We loved it. And St. John is a treasure for the US. Cannot wait to go back.
6. May we post this review on our website? Yes
8. Additional comments on your charter?
This was truly a vacation of a lifetime and yet one we hope to replicate again. We would love to do so aboard Mimzy and particularly with Darrin & the Chef as our crew. Every moment of this vacation was a treasure and we cannot thank them enough for making that happen. One of the reasons that we picked Mimzy was the description of the food the crew provided, including using locally sourced and organic produce. On our charter of four we had one vegetarian and others that had other likes & dislikes & allergies. Desire put together a truly wonderful dining experience and handled these challenges effortlessly. We loved every morsel and enjoyed talking with her about the preparations (and amazing presentations) of the food. If you are a foodie book with Mimzy today. I should also give a strong recommendation to Darrin as well. He is a fantastic captain and worked tirelessly to make sure our charter went off without a hitch. He defers to the Chef in all things cooking but he knows the islands and he will make sure you are always doing exactly what you want to do. It is a great crew.
April 2017 (previous yacht Mimzy)
I am writing to let you know how fantastic my vacation was. I spent last week on Mimzy with Darrin and the Chef. I have been to the Caribbean a few times, but have never had such an amazing time. Darrin is a terrific tour guide. He happily shared his knowledge and entertained our group with his stories. He was completely accommodating to our activity demands and made sure each of us had fun, stayed safe and had the best experience. The chef is awesome and a lovely hostess. We had major dietary restrictions (one vegetarian, one dairy free pescatarian and two enthusiastic foodies) and she made it look easy to accommodate and please each of us. They added to our fun, they made us comfortable 100% of the time. The boat was beautiful, spacious and comfortable. The itinerary and activities were interesting and exciting. We got to see and do enough and had plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the Caribbean. The crew made our trip unforgettable. I could not recommend them enough.
January 2017 (previous yacht Mimzy)
“Thank you so much for such an amazing trip. You are a great team and we appreciate all your hard work and the wonderful food. This was our first charter and a voyage we will never forget! We wish you both smooth sailing in 2017. If you are ever in D.C or want to come to Delaware let us know!
All the best
Diane and John
P.s. can you adopt us ? 🙂 ”
” thank you so much for am amazing week! We had so much fun exploring around the islands, and I loved relaxing on board as well ( I will miss that hammock!) Thanks again !
“Thanks for taking us around the Virgin Islands for a week! It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Since this was the first time I’ve been on a charter, I thought the limited space would be an issue. However, I loved how you always kept us active with activity a after activity. Also the food was amazing!! Thanks again!
“Thank you so much for all the work you have put into making this week unforgettable. These memories will last a lifetime!
January 2017 (previous yacht Mimzy)
Thank you so much for an making trip !!
You make the absolute BEST means that rival any 4-star chef!! You have a natural talent for cooking and creating great meals!
Darrin, your knowledge of the islands and the ocean added so much to our experience! I hope that everyone who travels with you has a chance to snorkel with you!
From sleeping under the stars to hiking to the top of Norman island, this is an experience we will never forget and will be back to see both of you again!
December 2016 (previous yacht Mimzy)
We had a great week on Mimzy, this was the first charter for most of us and the experience was great. Captain Darrin was very knowledgeable of the area and the chef cooked some wonderful meals for us.
We visited many of the BVI’S and the US Virgin Islands. The area is beautiful.
The crew were very accommodating. Drinks and snacks were always available. and again the food was great!! We never left the table hungry.
Robert and Sherry H.
Had a great week on the Mimzy! For a first time sailor, I learned to trust the captain- erythromycin capable and knowledgeable of all the waters and things to do.
What a wonderful chef and willing to meet your dietary needs- just let her know.
They are two of the sweetest people out there.
Thanks for your care and consideration!
December 2016 (previous yacht Mimzy)
What a wonderful way to start out 2017! We had a fantastic week aboard the Mimzy. It was the first time ever for the 6 of us living on a boat.
Besides the natural beauty of the BVI’S, Darrin and the chef made the trip! Thanks to both of you! You are a great team and very capable in your means of expertise. We all felt safe, comfortable, and well cared for. Wishing you success aboard the Mimzy! Bonus voyage
Thank you for such and incredible trip – you two know what you’re doing and make a great Team (pretty cute couple too 🙂 ) thank you for taking such great care of us and I really appreciate your adjusting the meals given my situation. Please do keep in touch and if you ever find yourself in NYC you’ve got a place to call home.
November 2016 (previous yacht Mimzy)
Just wanted you and Kim to know how much I enjoyed the charter on Mimzy. Having never been on a charter and never to the Virgin Islands, this trip was fantastic. The boat was so much more than I could have expected. I had heard the both of you talking about the charter’s you have been on in the Virgin Islands, but this was something that I was not expecting. From the moment that we met the crew, I felt comfortable and knew it was going to be an enjoyable week. With Darrin’s knowledge of the islands and sailing, and the food that the chef prepared (every meal was “Unbelievable”),
I was ready to stay longer. I have to say that the crew of the S/V Mimzy, and the sailboat itself, make the charter experience one that I am expecting to happen again soon.
January 2016 (previous yacht Safari)
The Captain & Julia are extremely knowledgeable – very, very accommodating – they sat down with us and listened to our requests, thoughts, etc. to make a plan for the week – and then each day the schedule was addressed and our requests were foremost in their decisions as to what to do. We felt like they had all the knowledge of what we’d like to do and when, and they put together great itineraries.
Safari exceeded our expectations – plenty of room, lots of area to gather, or to be alone. Beds were really comfortable, and everything was so clean.
The food was beyond our expectations! Julia is an amazing cook – delicious and gorgeous presentation! She customized to us – only complaints are that she fed us too much and that we had to come home without her!
We felt like we did the perfect option with the half board – the benefit of Julia’s amazing cooking, and also being able to sample some of the local flavor at dinners and lunch.
We had an incredible time – exceeded our expectations in every way! Thanks to you too for coordinating for us – made everything run very smoothly. We really appreciated the advice regarding packing – we did a pretty good job with that. Pre-planning and prep was great and easy. Will definitely recommend to others! And we’ll be back, too!
August 2015 (previous yacht Safari)
The Captain & Julia were top notch. We enjoyed not only their professionalism and great ideas about where to go and what to see, but also their stories and meeting good friends of theirs along the way. They really made the trip memorable and relaxing. It was clear from the minute we stepped on Safari that we had chosen a great crew, but by the end of the week we had also made new friends.
The food was great. Julia made lots of different dishes and we enjoyed them all. We didn’t have a lot of specific preferences and were very happy with all of her cooking. Come hungry as there’s always lots to eat and drink.
We loved the itinerary sailing the Virgin Islands. We liked the route and all the moorages but what really made the trip special was the captain & Julia’s local knowledge. They showed us a handful of small beach towns and the local vibe of each place. We met a number of their friends and really enjoyed seeing some of the spots off the beaten path.
April 2015 (previous yacht Safari)
The Captain and Julia were wonderful. They took care of our every need. They accommodated every request. They were most friendly and a real joy.
The food was unbelievably delicious and visually fantastic. The itinerary was perfect. Safari was absolutely comfortable.
April 2015 (previous yacht Safari)
We had a great time the Captain was first rate and Julia was a great chef and first mate. They made us feel at home and very relaxed. I would definitely recommend the Safari and crew to anyone.