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“December Winds”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bilinda Charters

Bilinda Charters
Ranked #3 of 27 Tours in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Private Sailing Adventures for up to six passengers! Prepare yourself for an exhilarating day on the Caribbean Sea in the East End Marine Park Sanctuary. Our 36 ft. Sailing sloop has a large shaded cockpit, a clean marine bathroom, and a well-outfitted galley. There's also a custom-built swim platform with a deep ladder so that you can easily get in and out of the water. Sail as much or as little as you like, and even take the helm yourself or just relax and unwind. We'll swim with sting rays and snorkel the barrier reef where we'll guide you to the very best coral reef habitats. This sailing excursion is perfect for couples, families, a group of friends, or small company outings. You'll love the experience of chartering a sailboat and it will undoubtedly be the best part of your vacation on St. Croix! Book us for special occasions!!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Edenton, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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“December Winds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Loved the "december Winds". Captain Dee made us feel safe and have a great day sail.nice lunch,Christmas Island music and snorkling with mate Eliot pointing out fish and sealife near the reef. She came into green key marina,to make easier access for my mobility impared husband. Would come back on our next visit for sure!

Visited December 2012
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Dee O, Owner at Bilinda Charters, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Many thanks for finding us Trip Advisor and taking your time during the busy Holiday Season to
write a review! Yes we experienced the famous Caribbean Christmas Winds during your sail with us! This is why the Caribbean is the worls
d's number one sailing destination..Great Wind.. Warm weather = a winning sailing combination. We had fun with you exchanging sailing stories and hearing about your down island sailing adventures. What a wonderful vacation for your friends that you brought along..
A very Happy Holiday and New Year..Come join us again!!
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“Full Day of Sailing Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Had a great day being on the water with Captain Dee and mate, Eliot. She was responsive from the get-go, provided good advice of things to see while in St. Croix, and adjusted the sailing day's itinerary based upon weather and what our party had already seen.

We sailed right from the harbor--a good sign--and had a nice trip down to "her spot" on the reef, where she anchored up and set us afloat. She and Eliot provided equipment and expertise for those in need and let those who wanted to take off snorkeling on their own just jump in. It was great to have several abilities and interests catered to, making it more enjoyable for everyone--and even the non-swimmers got to see some colorful fish with Eliot's patient assistance! It was a great spot--several different habitats to swim around, shallow enough to see things from the surface, but nooks and crannies to explore as well. A few in our party happen to be marine scientists, and we were impressed with what we saw in this area--eagle rays to eels, and a lot in between.

Lunch was great (after a good swim, who isn't starving?) and the rum punches on the way home were a nice finish to the day. And we sailed home! We had perfect weather and calm seas, making the day very enjoyable. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again, as I suspect Dee would find something new to show us and have more stories to tell.

Visited November 2012
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Dee O, Owner at Bilinda Charters, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Thanks very much for writing such a lovely detailed review of our sailing and snorkeling day
together. I will let Eliot know that you were happy with his expertise as a top notch snorkeling guide. We did have a picture perfect sailing day with extremely favorable conditions.
Nice to have your take on the snorkeling spot we took you to see. It is not everyday that we get marine scientist's aboard. I could see you were really enjoying yourselves as yo are both "part fish" Nice having such a nautical family aboard. We hope to see you here again as you can experience the great diving and snorkeling that St. Croix has to offer. Happy Holiday's to your whole family!
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Houston, Tx
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“Great sailboat trip with Captain Dee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

We did a half day sailboat tour with Captain Dee and I would highly recommend it. We had an awesome time sailing, swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing. Captain Dee is very friendly, fun and loves what she does. It was obvious that it was very important to her that we have a great sail. We did! This is a small group tour, 6 of us plus Captain Dee and her great assistant, Mason. We had a nice lunch on board and good rum punch, beer, water and sodas. Perfect day in St. Croix. I would love to do this again. Thanks Captain Dee and Mason.

Visited November 2012
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Dee O, Owner at Bilinda Charters, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
We are so grateful for your Trip Advisor review. I can not wait to share this with Mason as he is new to living on St. Croix and working in the tourist industry. He just "get's it" as do all the young crew menber's aboard ZULU. I hope to see all of you back with us next year. You all made me think I want to take a cruise ship one day. What a great way to meet friends from around the world. Please let us know if there is anyway we can improve on our trips. We are always looking for better ways to serve our guests. Thank you for taking your time to review your trip.
Happy holidays from St.Croix and the crew of ZULU.
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“Don't miss this tour with Captain Dee!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

St. Croix was the first stop on our 7-day cruise, and our sail with Captain Dee was amazing. We chose a 1/2 day sail, but she arranges full day sails as well. We met her in Christiansted and she took us out for a wonderful sail along the island. We were fortunate enough to sail with her during a St. Croix regata, so we got some amazing pictures. Dee and Mason took us out to a small island where we swam and snorkeled. The Caribbean watters were pretty choppy, but it was still a lot of fun. After the swim and snorkel, we headed back to Christiansted. Captain Dee prepared a wonderful European-style snack and we drank rum punch.

Before we got back to Christiansted, Captain Dee told the group about the tarpon swimming outside of one of the restaurants at the dock. We ended up ordering 20 chicken wings so we could feed the tarpon chicken bones.

Our pictures of the island, the tour, the regata, and the tarpon were all amazing. The shopping back in Christiansted was also great. This is a wonderful sail and I highly recommend it whether you are staying on the island or cruising. Don't miss this one!!

Visited November 2012
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Dee O, Owner at Bilinda Charters, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Thank was a blast getting in the mix of the sailboats that were leading the pack in the StCroix International Regatta. I did call my friend Lew and he said we were not in his way and he eventually made it back to the finish line as the over all winner in the multihull class. I would love to see some of the pictures you took on our Sunday sail. Thank you for being our first cruise ship passengers of the season. Your advance booking helped me to prepare for our day on ZULU.
Looking forward to seeing you in the deep end of the pool again:) Happy Holidays and thanks for thinking enough about our trip to write a great review!
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Incredible Sunset Sail...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Easily St Croix's most enjoyable sunset sail adventure thanks to Captain Dee and first mate Mason...beautiful views of Christiansted and Green Cay. Sailing along the northern coast of St Croix (engines off) was an incredible experience. We sailed out by Green Cay then headed back to Christiansted Harbor...2-1/2 hours of quiet and serenity!!!

Mason proved an accomplished bartender with his special Passion Fruit Rum punch...yum! AND the huge platter of cheese, meats and local tropical fruit was a very nice treat...we devoured everything!

I highly recommend Bilinda Charters for your sailing adventure. Private and personal...a more enjoyable and intimate sailing experience cannot be found on St Croix! Thanks again, Capt Dee!

Visited October 2012
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Dee O, Owner at Bilinda Charters, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
The new season is just getting underway and we are so thankful for the repsonses on Trip Advisor. I did let Mason know you enjoyed his expertise a first mate and chief rum
punch -oligist:) We have perfected the ZULU punch..hoping next time you can rent a villa and enjoy the many wonderful art galleries, music venues beaches and restaurants St. Croix has to offer our visitors. We had a wonderful time with you and we look forward to your return. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday season..till we meet again..
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