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“Not really a Sail”
Review of Daysail Fantasy

Daysail Fantasy
Ranked #22 of 30 Tours in East End
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Owner description: VOTED THE NO.#1 Daysail in the Virgin Islands for several years in a row, join Capt. Pam, her crew, and a maximum of just SIX special guests on her modern Pearson sloop, Fantasy. Sail the protected waters between St. Thomas and St. John to the beautiful St. John National Park and surrounding cays for some amazing snorkeling, beach combing and swimming. And with a fishing pole included, you might even catch lunch! Snorkel gear, special floats, and Pam's easy lessons make snorkeling a breeze for all ages and abilities. Or simply relax on board in the shade with a good book and the sounds of Jimmy Buffet on the stereo. An open bar and a delicious hot lunch are served in the shaded cockpit, then, time permitting, a second snorkel stop to look for the sea turtles, followed by a gentle downwind sail to complete the day. All for just $140 per person.
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Capitola, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not really a Sail”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

More like a short boat ride across the channel to St. John to snorkel on a beach where the snorkeling is no better than on St. Thomas. We thought we were going to see St John which is why we did not take the ferry over to see it. But all we did is go to the closest beaches on St. John with St. Thomas still in sight. Big deal! Over all sail time was maybe two hours. There and back. Although the wind was not really blowing hard Pam seamed to me an overly conservative sailor. On the way back it was a combination motor and jib. I guess she didn't want to bother putting the main up because it was too short a sail back to Red Hook. Pam seemed to me like she was doing a 9 to 5; not really into it. The lunch was a plate of rice and salad with a very few shrimp thrown in and bread. The advertised "open bar" turned out to be weak rum punch. After one you really didn't want another. I have sailed before so yes I may be jaded, but I think it is deceptive to advertise a "day sail" with snorkeling and turn it into more of a "park the boat and snorkel trip" with a short sail. All of those people leaving five star reviews maybe never sailed nor snorkeled. Upon docking and paying, Pam encouraged us to leave a review (regretting that now no doubt), saying that she is being hammered with competition. Everyone has competition. You need to be better than your competition and in these hard economic times try lowering your prices. We definitely did not feel we got our moneys worth. I leave great reviews and not so great reviews where warranted. Automatic glowing reviews are worthless.

Visited May 2013
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pamheath, Owner at Daysail Fantasy, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear Tom and Connie,
We really appreciate your feedback and that you took the time to write your opinions. As i remember the day you sailed with us, there was very little wind and it was necessary to use the motor to get back and forth to St. John. We took you to two lovely snorkel spots with gorgeous white beaches at both in the beautiful St. John National park and our other guests were very impressed with the locations. As time is limited with the two snorkel stops and lunch also taking a good amount of time, there is a limited amount of time that we have to get everything in within the time allotted. If you let us know up front that sailing is a priority for you, then we can do our best to accommodate your wishes. None of the day boats put the main sails up on the way back to St. Thomas as it is usually a down wind sail and having the boom way out can easily jibe and injure the guests. Our hot lunch is usually a big hit with at least 8 large shrimp in the vegetable stir fry on Basmati rice with the large garden salad, fresh french bread and dessert. The rum punches are not strong as we do our best to not have anyone over do the alcohol intake as it is not always easy to walk around on a moving boat, much less over intoxicated. The $140 for a beautiful sailboat with no more than six guests for sailing, with fishing gear, snorkeling gear and instruction, lunch and open bar for a full day of fun in our beautiful islands is a great deal in these times and we love to meet new guests every day from all different parts of the world. Again we appreciate your feedback and we do our best to strive to have the best experience for all of our guests.
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English first
Southbury, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Day Sail”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Great day sail Monday this week. Captain Pam and first mate Genevieve were wonderful, informative, taking care of us and making a good day of it despite my physical limitations. Frequent stops for swimming and snorkeling. Caneel Bay, Cinnamon Bay were great. Snorkeling was wonderful, coral, turtles and fish to see were plentiful, our fellow day sailors were fun to be with. Food and drinks were good. What more to say. Any day sailing is far better than any day at work. Be forewarned however. You should be able to get up and down ladders to access the boat.

Visited May 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Great sail trip!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a great sail trip on the fantasy last week. Pam was very knowledgable and informative of the whole sail. We stopped twice to snorkel, had lunch and had a very relaxing time on the boat.
Jenivive the first mate was very fun too. The sailing was something my husband always wanted to do, we took the opportunity to do so and I am glad we went. What a great time. Thanks ladies! You Rock... Kendra & Marc Dolman

Visited May 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“What a great day!”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The crew took great care of us. Sailing was such fun. The sailing and service were fantastic! We enjoyed the narrative of the islands, history, and points of interest. They took great care of my mom who is SO afraid of the water and even talked her into a bit of snorkeling. So proud of mom and so thankful for them. We saw sting rays, turtles, urchins, fish, and many shells as we snorkeled. Captain Pam cooked a great lunch and knew just what to do when I needed minor first aid. We would do this again and would highly recommend it to others. You will not be disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
“Excellent sailing....great Capt and crew”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had a great sailing experience. Water was pretty choppy at times but Capt Pam found two excellent spots for us to snorkel and see turtles, manta rays, starfish, and lots of varieties of fish. Very good lunch and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Visited April 2013
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