Our family of 8 just spent a wonderful week in the Virgin Islands on the Shangri La with Daniela, Bernd and Kim.
And we’re already talking about sailing with them again!
The crew is Austrian, and their English is excellent.
First, the boat. It is modern, comfortable and immaculate, with multiple outdoor lounging spots, some shaded, and an assortment of water toys. The Shangri La is owner operated, it is not treated like a rental. Daniela and Bernd keep everything in top shape. Guests are expected to follow some rules to keep the boat nice, no wet suits, sand or salt in the boat, there’s a towel system. Nothing too onerous, as long as you have multiple swim suits it’s fine.
Next food and drinks, they are plentiful! Our group did not have any dietary restrictions, though I’m sure we would have been accommodated if we did. Daniela is an accomplished chef, and her kitchen was well stocked. We enjoyed varied, creative and plentiful meals that were beautifully presented. Don’t expect to lose weight on this trip, she doesn’t like left overs! Bernd is generous bartender, and definitely likes to get the party going!
As a fairly active group, we were looking for some good snorkeling and hiking spots, but we were not at all familiar with the area. Bernd and Daniela are very knowledgeable hosts, and after talking to us and understanding what activities we would enjoy, they planned out a perfect itinerary for us. They knew how to avoid the crowds, even though it was the height of the season, we sometimes felt we had the islands to our selves.
Our trip included new years eve. We were not interested in the bar scene, so Bernd and Daniela created an Austrian new years ball for us on board, complete with masks, fans, and of course the Austrian waltz.
We couldn’t have asked for a more attentive crew, more beautiful boat, or a better Virgin Islands vacation.
We hope to be back!