Elegance was a wonderful experience. We were prepared to take another charter but it was full. Thankfully our Concierge at the Hilton told us to take Elegance. Elegance only takes a maximum of 14 people and offers top shelf drinks, catered lunch and a crew of three. It was sold as a 5 Star Cat Cruise and that is exactly what we enjoyed.
Pick up from the hotel was on time and the ride to Bridgetown went quick. The ride to the dock was in a bit of a dumpy taxi van but all was forgotten when we arrived at the dock where the crew were all there to welcome us aboard.
The Cat is VERY clean with two heads (bathrooms), good sized galley with seating area, aft seating area by the Captain (Callie) and a “trampoline” on the front between the two hulls. We hung with Callie on the way out who shared a lot of great stories. On the way back in we laid on the bow trampoline and enjoyed the sea spray while bouncing on the waves. We saw lots of flying fish and even a brief glance at a whale breeching.
Sarah is Callie’s wife and co-owner of the boat. Ashley is their only crewmember and is quick to serve up the wit as well as refreshments whether required or not. Through the cruise all 3 went above our expectations to ensure we were safe and had exactly what we needed.
Setting sail from the Careenage the boat will make two stops; 1) snorkel above a shallow water wreck and reef 2) swim with the turtles. Both stops make for fascinating visits with the underwater life. Perhaps a bit longer time could have been spent for the swims. Be careful at the wreck, the current can be a bit strong and weaker swimmers should wear a life jacket which the crew can provide. The boat also provides snorkels and flippers if you do not have your own.
We ate a tasty lunch, which consisted of salads, jerk chicken, flying fish, macaroni pie (yum!) potato salad and rice and peas. Sarah’s Mom also made some Banana Bread and Carrot Cake, which we munched on throughout the day.
We really enjoyed our day with Elegance and her crew. This is a very professional, safe, and friendly Cat company. We felt we received very good value for our day spent of Elegance. If you are looking for a good mellow, luxurious, and fun day with a small group of like-minded tourists this is the Cat to book. If you’re looking for a party, loud music, crazy time move along.
Thanks Sarah, Callie and Ashley! We really enjoyed our time on Elegance and will recommend to all friends heading to Barbados. Keep up the good work.
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