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“Beware Blue Reef Charters and Blair, the owner/operator”
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Blue Reef Charter
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Owner description: We are an innovated Charter company providing exceptional boat cruises and activities on the island of St. Maarten. Our motto is "If you ask for the Stars, we give you the Universe." We Specialize in Private Yacht Charters, Catamaran Cruises and Fishing Trips. Blue Reef Charters also offer party boat trips for the day to Saba, Anguilla St. Barth's and around St. Maarten. We offer Airport, Hotel and Cruise ship Pick Up Services. Island Tours by Bus or Boat, Underwater Adventures and different packages with Water Activities. Our Fleet ranges from Luxury Mega Yachts, Fishing Boats, Catamaran and Monohull Sail Boats, Power Yachts and Jet Speed Boats to Party or Relax on. For your next St Maarten excursion do not forget to contact us for a true island experience.
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We booked a Blue Reef SAILING trip to Anguilla for Monday, August 5th, with the expectation of a trip on a sailboat, a day of relaxing on a beach with beach chairs, umbrellas and the opportunity to go into a town for some shopping. Blair Webb, the owner/operator booked this trip for us with these expectations that I just mentioned. The cost was $109 per person and we would have a light breakfast, lunch, and all refreshments all day. Here is what we got:
A trip to Anguilla on a party boat (NOT a sailboat) with blaring rap music playing in our ears, NO toilet paper in the single bathroom all day, wet carpet in the kitchen/bedroom area, NO water or soft drinks…only liquor, beer, wine, some juice and mixers all day.(none of our group drinks alcoholic drinks). Blair, the owner/operator began the trip by declaring that it was “his holiday” and started drinking liquor immediately. During the 1 hour trip to Anguilla, Blair downed 5 drinks and danced around in his “party mood”. There were no “noodles” for floating…no accessible ladder to get on and off the boat so Blair or someone had to pull you up and out of the water if you couldn’t climb. The bay at Anguilla was so crowded with boats that we couldn’t get close enough to get off the boat and walk in to shore as we had been told we would and one of our group could not swim. Worst of all, at the island of Anguilla, there was no relaxation on the beach because it was “August Monday”, a Caribbean holiday festival so there was a massive crowd, deafeningly loud rap music, no ability to do any shopping and NO umbrellas or beach chairs. We spent the day in the water only because there was nothing else to do and even there, it was so crowded that I actually felt claustrophobic with all the swimmers around me. 3 of our group were stung by jellyfish as a bonus. I guess the festival wasn’t really the worst thing of all – that was the return trip during which Blair was making out with another guest in the back of the boat, one of the two engines failed so we had to travel with one engine, and then because it was slower that way, we didn’t make the 5 pm deadline to get through the single access bridge to the bay from where we departed. We had to tie up on the other side of the bridge and wait while Blair rounded up some cars and drivers to come get the boat guests. We also found out on the trip back that the boat had NO life preservers at all…not too comforting.
It was interesting that the night before this trip, even though we had been told that we could individually charge the cost of the trip, Blair called and asked us to immediately bring all cash to his office so he could get the supplies for the day. That should have tipped us off as the first broken promise. The actual trip was a fiasco of epic proportion. We were told by someone else, more reputable and long-standing in the business there, that Blue Reef and Blair have a shady reputation. I would warn anyone to stay far, far away regardless of how many positive reviews may show up….there is a sneaking suspicion that there may be some review “padding” going on because this business is rather new to St. Maarten and to have a top ten position on Trip Advisor reviews in such a short time is a little unusual.

11  Thank Ceilia7
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Altogether there were 14 on the cat for the day. We met some wonderful folks from Florida. Captain Lilly and her first mate(I can never remember her name) were fantastic. Our shuttle picked us up 10 minutes later than he was suppose to becasue of traffic. No big deal teh boat wasn't going to leave without us. We continued to another hotel and picked up the rest of the families that would be joining us. luckily for us there were only 2 small children on board ages approximately 7 and 9...thier mom kepted them entertained all day.
when we arrived to the boat...captain Lilly informed everyone that teh dingey had been stolen or borrowed during the night, everyone that wanted to go on teh beach would have to swim. No big deal for us...however the family with the young kids had issues.
We sailed ...non-motored over to Prickely Pear Island for our first stop for snorkeling. The water was warm, clear and plentiful of rainbowed colored fish. This was a long journey by sail. the two children that I mentioned above were getting very bored...I would not recommend this trip for small kids.
lunch was prepared for all us while we snokeled...chicken, fish, pasta salad, potato salad, fried plantains, rice with black beans and lots of rum punch.
Our second stop was teh beaches of Anguilla....the sand felt like flour....
First Mate????? I feel bad for not remembering her name...was fantastic. She held onto our cameras and took photos for us all day long.
We would recommend this tour to everyone. Have a great time.

Thank daycareprovider
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Blue Reef Charters -Fantastic Cruise, Professional top luxurious Cruises , I only can recommend it.
From Private charters to ferries to neighbour islands its a must to do list.

From Business trips to casual parties, always first class food and hospitality.

Thank you very much.

1  Thank Gina B
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

I found Blue Reef Charter on tripadvisor while planning a cruise ship excursion in St. Maarten. Let me tell you, everything the owner, Blair, promised was delivered and then some. We had an awesome day on the Holly Cat!!!
19 of us (all family and close friends ages less than 1 year to 70-somethings) chartered the catamaran. Blair personally came to the port to meet us and drove our older members to the marina. The rest of us were driven in a van to the marina.
Chef JoJo welcomed us on the boat with coffee, fruit and pastries. We were originally making 3 stops to snorkel, but ended up only going to Pinel Island as the water was very rough and would have made it difficult to get anchored. No one minded at all. Pinel was beautiful! Captain, Lee Lee, did an outstanding job navigating the rough waters and got us to the calm waters at Pinel Island, where we hooked up to a buoy just off the beach. Captain LeeLee then tendered some of us in to the island to do some shopping in a small boutique and to enjoy the beach. Others of us snorkeled from the boat. Chef JoJo made us a fabulous lunch of ribs, brocolli salad, and potato salad along with any drink we could want. The rum punch was absolutely yummy!
After several hours and a lot of tanning/burning later, we were tendered to land to catch our rides back to the cruise ship. Again, Blair personally drove our older ladies as close to the ship as allowed.
We were all truly impressed with the professionalism of Blair and his staff. JoJo and LeeLee were so very informative about the area. JoJo pointed out landmarks to us during our journey and LeeLee was truly an amazing captain. They were so very friendly and made our day that much more enjoyable.
I would recommend this excursion to anyone looking to have a fantastic day on the waters of St. Maarten! The price was very reasonable and comparable, if not less, than what you'd pay for an excursion purchased through the cruiselines.
Thank you so much Blair, LeeLee and JoJo for a day we will never forget!!!

Thank dmh760
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

MAZING DAY! I have been traveling to St. Maarten for over 7 years and this experience goes down in the books as the best day I have ever had in St. Maarten! It was absolutely amazing. We went to creole Rock TIntamere and Pinel Island. ON board we were served a yummy breakfast cocktails and exciting music. The weather was beutiful and when we went snokling we were able to see sea turles and sting rays directly below our feet! On Pinel Island we had an amazing lunch and got to experience a little bit of shopping and PINA COLADAS! Once we returned to the boat we danced our way back to creole rock for some more snorkling! It was the best day ever! Thank you BLAIR and Lee lee for an AWESOME EXPERIENCE! i HIGHLY RECCOMENT THIS TRIP TO ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING TO HAVE A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE ON THE ISLAND !
:) i <3 sxm CHRISTINA

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