Cruising Area of Illusion
3 cabins with ensuite toilet and shower, all with ipod dock and electric fans.
2 beds 6´6´ (L) x 5´10´ (W) (nearly King size)
1 bed 6´6´ (L) x 5´ (W) (queen)
Cinema screen in the cockpit with a projector for films and TV programs (Molotov)
Illusion Crew Profile
Captain Bruno Franceschi
Bruno has four wonderful children and has had a long distinguished career as a journalist with French newspapers. He recently retired as the CEO of the second-largest French newspaper, Sud Ouest. After spending 30 years in the world of the Press he decided to return to his first passion of yachting and sailing.
Bruno has been at one with the sea for as long as he can remember. At the age of 10, he joined the Marine Scouts in his hometown of Marseille. He was an avid member of the Scouts for nine years. Following Scouts membership, he joined local yacht clubs and was well known for his superb skills in many sailing regattas. Naturally, he was thrilled to own his first boat. He has owned, sailed, and thoroughly enjoyed seven more boats prior to purchasing ILLUSION. On all of his boats, he labors diligently to prepare all equipment and rigging for speed, safety, and the utmost in comfortable cruising.
Bruno graduated with his Captain 200-ton license, and STCW 95 French qualification. He is intimately familiar with the Leeward and Windward Islands of the Caribbean, where he lived and worked for many years as the CEO of the French newspaper France Antilles. Bruno has sailed extensively in France and throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. He has sailed from Grenada through to Puerto Rico and is especially fond and familiar with the French West Indies. He loves nothing greater than showing his charter guests the beauty of the different islands aboard sailing catamaran ILLUSION.
Chef/Mate Chrystelle Larroque
Chrystelle is originally from Metz, France. Her father worked for an oil services company, so Chrystelle was able to live an international life in her youth. Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Scotland are some of her homes plus other French cities such as Nice and Marseille.
As a student, she pursued many sports such as cross country, horseback riding, and swimming. On board, she enjoys helping guests discover underwater and nature around the boat. Chrystelle is an avid snorkeler, paddleboarder, and reader.
Chrystelle studied at Ecole Hôtelière in Toulouse; Pierre Gagnaire Paris and with Michel Guerrard at Eugeny les bains/Les près d´Eugeny. She also attended Lenôtre (a culinary school in Paris), and worked with Bruno Delorme (Terre de Truffes). She learned the Michelin way of service in those 3 macaroon (star) places. After her interesting education, and before joining up with Bruno on Illusion in 2020, Chrystelle worked for 6 years as director of a luxury senior´s house, complete with a lovely in-house restaurant.
With such a background, Chrystelle´s foremost cuisine is admittedly French. A favorite among guests is her fresh fish cooked ´Al Forno´ in a tasty Mediterranean style. Chrystelle is quietly available and her discreet style of service works well with Captain Bruno´s friendly and entertaining presence. Her friends describe her as honest, kind, and dynamic and her motto is to always Enjoy Life!
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Illusion Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|May 06, 2023||Jun 25, 2023||Unavailable: Martinique, West Indies* to Martinique, West Indies*|
|Jul 08, 2023||Jul 15, 2023||Booked: Guadelope, FWI to Guadelope, FWI|
|Jan 22, 2024||Jan 29, 2024||Booked: Guadelope, FWI to Guadelope, FWI|
|Feb 17, 2024||Feb 24, 2024||Booked: Martinique, West Indies* to Grenadines, West Indies*|
|Mar 15, 2024||Mar 25, 2024||Booked: Martinique, West Indies* to Grenadines, West Indies*|
Illusion Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $14,000
High price: $17,850
|Season||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax|
Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS
For charters in the French Islands of Guadeloupe or Martinique please add 8.5% VAT to the charter rate
The VAT is payable only in French waters. If Illusion starts from Guadeloupe or Martinique and then heads to another island, such as Antigua VAT only applies for the time spent in French waters - and if only one day this will be complimentary.
For charters out of Martinique:
Boat base is Le Marin.. Clients can organize a transfer From Lamentin Airport at Fort de France to Marina du Marin. (about 29km)
Christmas Week: $19,800
New Years week: $20,700
Cruising Taxes are included in the charter rate for 2 islands.
i.e. SXM and ST Barths will be included. Or Antigua and then St Kitts/Nevis.
Any additional islands will be at the Charterer´s expense.
SUMMER DELIVERY FEES FROM MARTINIQUE
Delivery fees - one way
Martinique to SXM - $1500
Martinique to Antigua - $1,000
Martinique to Grenada - $1,000
Martinique to St Lucia - $500
Martinique to St Vincent - $500
SXM to Antigua - $1,000
SXM to BVI - $1,500
SXM to Grenadines - $2,500
St Vincent / Union to St Lucia - $250
Grenada to St Vincent / Union - $500
Grenada to St Lucia - $750
Grenada to Martinique - $1,000
(The boat is more likely to be starting from Martinique)
Please inquire about delivery fees to other islands
Illusion Guest Reviews
April 2023 in Guadeloupe
We had a great week on this catamaran. Bruno´s sailing skill put is all at ease even in rough seas, and will all miss Chrystelle´s cooking, which was varied and delicious, made with fresh ingredients including catch of the day!
April 2023 in Guadeloupe
Excellent catamaran. Great comfort! Quality of equipment and accessories. Very professional, welcome and handling. I recommend Chrystelle & Bruno without hesitation. Experience to renew with or without skipper.
21-28 March 2023 in the Grenadines
Retired client, was owner of a big travel agency in Pitzburg. He said yesterday, ´We travel a lot for 40 years, we never find a service like you provide on this boat with Chrystelle´.
We had a wonderful time! Bruno & Chrystelle were very attentive and took great care of us. Good food & fun!
Debby & Jeff
Chrystelle is an amazing chef, always something special at all the meals.
I can only imagine the 1,000 details Bruno and Chrystelle handled so well to make such a pleasurable trip!! Amazing week with amazing host & hostess!! We were waited on like we were royalty!
11-18 March, 2023 in the French West Indies
Thank you Bruno and Chrystelle for this wonderful week. What beautiful discoveries all in safety and excellent meals. 5 Stars!!
Again, a big thank you!
Thanks Bruno. We were very satisfied with our stay aboard a superb catamaran, well looked after, and you are a very professional skipper listening to everyone’s needs. Christelle, a charming hostess, prepared excellent meals for us throughout our 10-day cruise. We enjoyed the atmosphere and friendliness. We unreservedly recommend the charter of this catamaran with Bruno and Christelle for a great vacation.
We were a group of 5 friends and had a wonderful time exploring Guadeloupe with Bruno and Chrystelle. The food was excellent, and they were very thoughtful amount maximizing our time and experiences, in addition to being fun! Thanks for the warm welcome!
Bruno is an excellent skipper. We were able to discover Guadeloupe from all angles. Bruno was extremely responsive, accommodating and reassuring in all our exchanges. We were 5 adults on board the Nautitech 46 where everything was perfect. The boat is extremely well maintained by Bruno – everything is top quality!! I can only recommend you to go with Bruno.
2 couples and a 6 month old baby, we spent 5 perfect days around the islands of Guadeloupe. A Professional captain, who maintained a quality boat. Everything you need to spend those wonderful moments.
Comments from Capt. Bruno´s previous charter yacht Harmony
July 15-22, 2017 St Vincent-St Vincent charter – Spectacular!
We are a family of 4, 2 daughters and we sailed with Bruno and Jessica (his lovely daughter) for a week.
Nothing can measure their open hearts and the homey feeling we had throughout our entire stay.
Their knowledge of Caribbean Sea is not short of spectacular, and so was our trip!
Bruno is like a dad, a friend and great captain to anyone coming aboard and your comfort will be his top priority.
Not only will I recommend Bruno and his boats, but his lovely daughter Jessica as well, whom spoiled us with delicious food every day, baked for my kids and made fresh dishes always.
Thank you for an awesome trip in Paradise Islands.
Bella & Robert