Compass Rose Yacht Charters

Compass Rose Yacht Charters

Compass Rose Yacht Charters
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6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
Compass Rose Yacht Charters, LLC, is the closest thing to having your own private yacht. Founded by Captain Gig Michaud, a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain (Master), and Retired Navy Captain, who desires to share his passion for the Ocean with his clients. Family Vacationers and Small Corporate Groups will experience the Natural Beauty on the Ocean, from Picturesque Harbors and Rivers, to cruising along the North Shore Coastline. Our reputation has been built on honest and ethical business practices mixed with passionate knowledge of yachting hospitality and tourism. When you step aboard our magnificent 35’ Tiara Yacht “GIA”, you will leave behind all your cares and begin experiencing the seafaring excitement of yachting at its finest. You will personally observe the Majestic Beauty of a Sun soaked Ocean, shimmering like diamonds across the horizon, with its warm gentle breezes. When you depart from the dock, and begin your journey, you will see, up close and personal, life on the water.
Newburyport, Massachusetts

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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Janet
Yorktown, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My family and I recently went on a Compass Rose Yacht Charter, and had a wonderful, private day out on the ocean! The boat was spotlessly clean and Captain Gig was so knowledgeable about the area. He's so pleasant and professional too. He made us feel safe, totally at ease, and able to truly relax on what felt like our own private yacht for the day. We cruised along the gorgeous Massachusetts' coastline, enjoyed a feast, and had a great time swimming off the boat. Even my teenagers were thrilled with the experience (which is rare for them!). We 100% recommend Compass Rose Yacht Charters!
Written July 20, 2020
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Jason
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My wife, two children (5 and 6 1/2) and I had amazing day aboard the GIA with Captain Gig. For starters, this boat is immaculate (a great first impression). We took a short jaunt up river where Gig actually let both kids drive the boat. This was reminiscent of our Duck Boat trip to Boston. Great photo opp with each kid at the helm. Gig was a fantastic tour guide as well, sprinkling in history along the river back to the 1700s as we made our way up river. We had the option to play our own music, but Gig's selections were actually right in our wheel house with hits from the 60's all the way through today. From there we went down past Plum Island and out to Salisbury Beach. This was a perfect Sunday afternoon with the kids, and the three hours was a perfect trip length. We cannot recommend Compass Rose Yacht Charters enough to our friends and family looking for a day out on the water. Thank you Captain Gig.
Written August 24, 2020
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Kelly P.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
My company, "Insperity" enjoys thanking those who refer business to us so as a thank you to some friends/colleagues who support me, I booked a 3 hour cruise. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing! Gig, the captain is not only personable, funny & nice but he is also extremely accommodating. He recommended catering places so we could enjoy lunch while out on the ocean, he met us in the Boat Basin parking lot (where he immediately had us all laughing), loaded all of our things into a valet carrier so we wouldn't have to carry a thing, offered to take pictures for us, was a fantastic tour guide (very knowledgeable), hooked us up to his Bluetooth speakers and let us listen to our music and made us feel comfortable to just relax, have fun and do whatever made us happy.
The yacht was absolutely immaculate with plenty of comfortable seating for all of us. I will definitely be booking with Gig and Compass Rose Yacht Charters again. The only thing I might do differently is book a few more hours as time flies when you're having fun!
Thanks for making our day so wonderful!
Written September 18, 2020
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Kate M
Amesbury, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Have you ever had the most perfect day that you wished would never end?

That was our experience on the yacht, GIA. My husband turned 40 this year and I wanted to celebrate him in a special way. Knowing that if I got invited to one more car parade birthday party, I’d be tempted to drive to the Cape and jump in white shark infested waters, I decided something more intimate was in order. My search for covid safe fun that didn’t require a blow horn and streamers lead me to Captain Gig. From the first minute of talking to Captain Gig, I knew chartering his yacht was going to be the best time. Not only is his resume impressive (Captain Gig was in the NAVY – thank you for your service, sir) but his personality immediately made me wish we were best friends. He is FUNNY.

Walking up to GIA was exciting! She is docked on the prestigious end slip and WOW; what a beautiful boat! So clean and so much room for the six of us, plus the captain and his first mate, the lovely Gia (Captain Gig’s awesome wife who the boat is named after). Both Gia and Gig know so much about the Merrimack River and the area. We laughed, ate, drank, played music, learned some history. To my surprise, not one of us fell off the boat! (I was pretty sure after a few glass from my box o’ wine, I was going to be the first to go for a swim).

There really was no better way to celebrate my husband turning 40. This year has been tough for all of us and our whole group collectively said that for one perfect day, we forgot about covid and any stressors and were all just happy. It was as simple as that. Thank you so much Captain Gig and Gia. We all thought you were amazing and we will be back next season!
Written October 21, 2020
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silverandbluedog
New York City, NY72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Yesterday Captain Gig took two close friends, my wife and me on a lovely half-day voyage aboard the Gia, a beautiful, clean and impressive boat Gig named after his wife. Gig is a pro, and he entertained us with his deep knowledge of all things nautical as he took us by water from Newburyport to Gloucester, where we stopped for a wonderful lunch on the outdoor deck of a first-class hotel. The weather was perfect as Gig navigated the waters he knows so well, educated us on all that we could see, and answered our many questions.

The best part of the experience was Gig himself, a guy who loves what he does and is so positive that we didn’t want to have to say goodbye. As we walked away from the dock and returned to our car, we each wished that everybody in the world was as positive and pleasant as Gig.
Written September 29, 2023
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Donna C
Lexington, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We cannot recommend this experience enough! My husband and I, along with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren took a 3 hour cruise this week. From the minute that Captain Gig met us on the dock he was super nice and friendly and we knew we were in for a great afternoon. The yacht is absolutely immaculate. Captain Gig has been boating all his life so we were all totally comfortable. This will definitely be a yearly tradition for our family. What a great way to end the summer before school starts!
Written September 18, 2020
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Kate
Boston, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
I cannot recommend this boat cruise enough! I wish that we had booked a longer boat tour, but we will definitely be back to do a full day trip. This week all of my siblings were back in New England, so we decided to book a boat cruise with our parents. Gig was phenomenal, funny, and a great story teller! He gave us a tour of the underneath of the boat and told us all about his wife and his shared passion for being out on the water. We got tons of wonderful photos and most importantly got to enjoy beautiful views. Thank you Gig for a lovely evening!!!
Written August 4, 2022
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Lisa M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We contacted Capt Gig for a memorial at sea. From the very first conversation he was kind, caring, and compassionate. The day before our trip, we spoke by phone and Capt Gig was reassuring and went out of his way to let me know he would be right there. The day came to ' let Mom go' and I was a wreck. We met Gig at the dock and it was as if I knew him for a long time. He was genuine and oh so caring. Once on the boat which was beautiful., clean,& comfortable, he shared facts with my daughter and I about the water, boat, landmarks, etc.. We got out to the spot to let Mom go and he went out of his way to accommodate us. He was genuinely empathic, supportive, and yet, allowed us our time. Gig listened to Mom's favorite songs with us. It was hard yet, it was beautiful. Capt Gig admitted he even shed a tear of two.....shhh :). He then wrote down exactly where Mom was and had chosen a special poem for me. It was so thoughtful! I cannot express in words how much Capt Gig made this day special, and how he was there when my Dad could not be due to unexpected health reasons. Capt Gig is in a class all of his own! What a guy with a truly wonderful heart. Even given the reason we were on the ROSE, we enjoyed Gig a lot and could have spent the whole day with him on the water. I will certainly be booking a trip with him for' happy reasons' in the future. I give Capt Gig my highest recommendation ! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you and making the day beautiful for not only us but for Mom. So very grateful!
Written June 28, 2021
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Dlynch83
Melrose, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My wife booked a private charter with Capt. Gig to surprise me for my 40th bday and it was fantastic! The boat is beautiful and captain gig is a gracious host. He is personable, friendly, knowledgeable and provides a first class experience. He balanced perfectly giving us history and knowledge of the local landscape and waterways and also letting us have some privacy to carry on our own conversations. The boat is very comfortable with ample seating options for all. We lounged on the front of the boat and enjoyed a cocktail (or three) and captain Gig cruised the moth shore. Highly recommend for all those looking for a day on the water without the crowds of the larger tour boats. We will be back to enjoy another day on the compass rose!
Written August 17, 2023
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GH S
Winter Park10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
What a complete delight! Capt. Gig not only entertained our family of 6 with lively conversation, humor, and complete confidence in our water tour but did it with "New England charm". I think if we could have we'd have adopted the Capt. in our family! The boat was clean and Capt. Gig made sure all were safety smark before setting sail. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks, captain for ending our week-long family history tour with your gracious guidance!
Written September 18, 2023
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