We have just returned from a 3 week vacation in Barbados, and without doubt, our "Elegance Cruises" (we initially booked the daytime, and then subsequently the sunset cruise) were the highlights of our visit. If you are looking for that special cruise with a small group of people, and the personal attention that you would normally only get on a private charter, then look no further. Elegance is a beautiful, good size catamaran (41ft) with all the luxuries required (seperate mens/ladies toilets etc), and the service was brilliant. We sailed with 10, and 14 people and we had room to roam the boat as we liked.
We were collected punctually from our hotel in a modern clean minibus. On arrival at the harbour, the 3 crew (Capt Cally, Sarah, and Ashley) looked after everyones needs the moment we stepped aboard, serving coffee on arrival, cake/snacks during the trip, and of course a range of drinks (all main brands) and the best Rum Punch we tasted on the island. The Bajan lunch served was wonderful, as was the wine which accompanied it, and it was made even better that the Captain managed to find us a beautiful spot to anchor with no other boats around. The large cheese board and fruit served on our 2nd sunset cruise late afternoon was also very enjoyable.
The snorkelling on both trips was excellent, and was pleased that we visited different places to swim each time. The crew were so helpful to the less experienced on board helping with life jackets and giving snorkelling instructions. Ashley who swims with you is a great guide of the reefs and we managed to get so close to several turtles, and saw so many fish on each swim.
We sailed a long way down the West Coast on both trips which is very beautiful looking from the sea (pleased that the Captain used his sails most of the trip), during which time we were given information by the crew of the various famous properties/places of interest on the way.
Elegance was a wonderful experience, and one we will definately enjoy again next time we visit Barbados.
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