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“Aristocat Charters was the highlight of our cruise!” 5 of 5 stars
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Aristocat Charters
Sopers Hole, Road Town Vg1110, Tortola
1-284-499-1249
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Owner description: ARISTOCAT CHARTERS is listed on 'TRIP ADVISOR' as the NUMBER 1 day charter company in Tortola,why don't you come and find out why! The friendliest and best day sail trip in the BVI, offering a FULL DAY sail, 9.30am-5.00pm, (or timings to match your cruise ship schedule)on 48ft sailing catamarans to beautiful Jost van Dyke or to the Norman Island area to enjoy some of the best snorkelling the islands have to offer. On all our day sails we make a MINIMUM of 3 stops at different locations to swim and snorkel on some great reefs, in the clearest water in the Caribbean. Help yourself to the open bar and enjoy the extensive buffet lunch, freshly prepared and served on board. Now you are here, check out the comments below . . . . .
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Aristocat Charters was the highlight of our cruise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our day on the water with the Aristocat and her crew was, without a doubt, definitely the highlight of our recent Caribbean cruise. The boat was skippered by Gilbo and Emily and their experience, gracious hospitality and friendly demeanor definitely helped to make the experience a memorable one.

We were on a somewhat limited schedule as our cruise ship docked at 8 AM and was departing at 3:30 PM so we had to make the best of our time. The Aristocat and crew picked us promptly at the tender dock at 9 AM and we headed out with 17 passengers. Captain Wooster likes to limit his trips to around 20 folks for a relaxed and uncrowded experience, exactly what I was looking for.

The first snorkel site was at "The Indians" close to Norman Island. What an incredible and amazing snorkeling experience! Aristocat provides you with the snorkel, mask and fins you'll need, plus flotation "noodles" and a sea kayak if you should so desire to use them. The gear was in relatively good condition. After we finished the first snorkel site we moved a bit closer to Norman Island and moored aways off from "The Caves" for the second snorkel. Not three minutes into it we spotted a 4 foot sea turtle swimming about 10 feet below us - wow! Amazing.

After the snorkel we returned to the Aristocat where Gilbo and Emily had their legendary buffet lunch and rum punch ready for us. Chicken dogs, bean salad, potato salad, fresh fruit, curried devil eggs, cold cuts, breads, cole slaw, etc. All freshly prepared aboard the boat while we snorkeled and built up our appetite. Of note, many charters or tours hold off on letting you drink alcoholic beverages until the tour is over and you're returning to the home site. Not so with Aristocat where you are treated like a responsible adult - beer, along with sodas and water, was available from the start and no one abused it.

We had hoped to hit a third snorkel site after lunch but due to our time constraint and a long lunch we had to return to Road Town in order to board our cruise ship. No matter, the day was incredible as it was. Everyone aboard agreed that the Aristocat charter had been an awesome and fun filled day and one of the best Caribbean excursions they had ever done. We will definitely do this again on our next visit.

What I liked best: the casual and very friendly atmosphere. Limited passenger capacity (tops out at twenty) to provide an uncrowded and relaxing atmosphere as an alternative to many other charters where they're packing in 40+ people on a loud party atmosphere boat. Great food and limitless cold beverages.

What I liked least: that we had to return for our 3:30 PM cruise ship departure.

Bring: cameras (underwater), sun block, sunglasses, hat and your sense of adventure and fun. Cash or check only. No credit/debit cards.

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When we began planning our October 2013 visit to Tortola back in April of 2013, I knew that I wanted to do something incredibly fun on the water, preferably having to do with sailing and snorkeling and without a lot of people making noise. I began researching the options and Aristocats kept appearing as one of the best options. I contacted Captain Steve Wooster via email and told him that myself and two friends would be arriving in October and wanted to book. Steve informed me that we needed a minimum of ten to sail and suggested that I post an ad on CruiseCritic and on Facebook (cruise specific group) I did so and within one week we had the maximum twenty people. Several months later Steve offered up his second boat, The Lionheart, as we had received several more inquiries about sailing. Long story / short, I worked with Captain Wooster over the seven months prior to our cruise to arrange two groups of approximately 18 passengers, all from our Carnival Breeze ship. It was a real pleasure working with him on this.

Visited October 2013
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caribbeansteve-11, Owner at Aristocat Charters, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
I would like to thank all of our guests who take the time to make a posting on this site. Aristocat Charters is a small company, just two catamarans, and we do make the maximum effort to ensure that all our passengers have a great day on the water (and in it) and it is always very gratifying to know that our efforts are appreciated . The feedback that we receive, is very valuable to me to ensure that we maintain the high standards for which we have built our reputation as the No.1 day charter company in the area.
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“Don't miss this one.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I had the priviledge to book this charter with some friends last week. One of my friends had done some research and saw that this charter had some really good reviews. They were right. This was probably the highlight of our cruise. (We did not book any shore excursions from the Carnival website). The captain, Gilbo and his first mate, Emily couldn't not have been nicer. They are also a couple and look to be perfect for each other. The whole day was filled with the most beautiful waters and great snorkling.. The food that Emily provided was delicious. All that I spoke to onboard agreed that this was one of the best excursions that they have taken. Don't miss it.

Visited October 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“wonderful day sail, friendly people!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The crew were entertaining and very hospitable, the sailing was wonderful, and it came with lunch, all you could drink soda, beer, and rum punch(but of course water if you need a break from booze), and since we were the first sail at the end of the low season, it was only a 4 person outing and man, it was great.

You make 3 stops at beautiful snorkeling sites, and Jost Van Dyke is incredibly fun, head to the soggy dollar bar while you are there!

Payment is in cash only, and even though they provide a dry bag, you all have to share it, so please bring a waterproof bag for your phones and cameras if you want to take those to shore on jost van dyke or the spit for pictures!

Visited October 2013
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“Simply the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Having visited Tortola on a number of occasions I always enjoy getting out on a days sail boat. And having tried other boats in the past this year I returned to take another trip with Aristocat Charters. I was not disappointed, it simply blew the opposition away, great food, great boat, fantastic crew simply could not have been a better day on the water. Don't waste your time looking at other Companies, simply book with Aristocat Charters you will not be disappointed!

Visited August 2013
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Mississauga, Canada
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“A day sail on the Aristocat is a MUST!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed on Tortola for 10 days and a couple of days into our trip, we had booked a sailing trip with the Aristocat. We haven't read any reviews but have heard some great things from our hotel staff that Aristocat is a lot of fun. Once we had boarded the boat, it turned out to be an incredible day. Gilbert and Emily (captain and first mate) are extremely knowledgeable and made everyone feel very comfortable. There were 18 people on the boat when we went and not once did it feel crowded. Aside from the amazing sites that we stopped to snorkel at, Emily and Gilbert really helped make the trip memorable. I have to mention the delicious lunch they made as well. Everyone should experience the day sail on the Aristocat!!!

Visited August 2013
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