Cruising Area of Respite At Sea

Pref. Pick-upWest End, Tortola
Other Pick-upInquire
Summer PortVirgin Islands, Grenadines
Winter PortVirgin Islands


Wash Basins3
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
RESPITE AT SEA features 3 guest suites, 3 with queen berths, all with full A/C and ensuite toilet and shower. Starboard forward cabin is reserved for crew.

Respite At Sea Specification

Length56 Feet
Beam31 Feet
Draft5 Feet
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
Bimini TopYes
Num HatchYes
Guest SmokeTransoms only pls
Children AllowedYes
Inverter5000 W
Voltages110v & 220v
Water MakerYes 75 gal
Water Capacity260 gals
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Generator17.5 Kw
Max Speed10
Cruising Speed8
Turnaround48hr preferred
Wifi is available in USVI waters and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds in the USA.

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)15 ft
Dinghy Hp50
Dinghy Pax8
Sea BobsYes
Snorkel GearYes
Wake BoardYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderYes
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Fishing PermitFishing USVI only
Under Water CamYes
Under Water VideoYes
Other Toys
2 Sea Bobs
Flybridge dinning table
Adult and child water skis available upon request

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

Air CompressorOnboard
Num Divers6
Diving Info
Captain Rubrio is a PADI Dive Master
Dive Costs
3 dives per week included for certified divers - charters 6 nights or more.

Additional dives $50 per dive per person.


Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
Board GamesYes
Other Entertainment
Stream2Sea Products Including-
Body Wash
Leave-In Conditioner
Body Lotion
Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen


Special DietsInq

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes
Other Green Initiatives
Reusable straws, eco friendly cleaning products, eco friendly soaps

Respite At Sea Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
CaptainRubrio Joao Fernandes Basilio
SpeaksEnglish Dutch Spanish Portuguese
LicenseRYA MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, PADI Dive Master
Chef & First Mate
Chef & First MateLiza Marieke Ter Meer
LicenseASA Certifications, STCW

Rubrio was fortunate to have grown up in the beautiful island of Madeira, surrounded by both sea and mountains. He was raised on sailing boats and developed a passion for everything both above and below the ocean’s surface, at a young age.
As a water sports enthusiast, he explored all aspects of sailing from professional racing to cruising slowly around the world. He then went on to motor yachts and ran vessels ranging from small power boats and monohulls to large super yachts. Rubrio now has over 25 years of professional captain and commercial charter experience. He is dynamic, sporty, a lover of animals, is easy going and always enters the room with a smile and leaves charter guests with an experience to last a lifetime.

Liza’s love for sailing started at a young age, spending summers on her parents’ sailboat in the Netherlands where she was born and raised. With her two brothers, she spent much of her free time doing adventure sports, either on the water or mountain climbing. Throughout her student years in Amsterdam and Greece, she worked in various hospitality jobs. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she started a 10-year corporate career as a Customer Experience Manager, consulting multinationals on how to create memorable experiences for their customers. After working as a chef on several owner charters in the Mediterranean and working as a crew chef on an Atlantic Crossing, Liza not only fell in love with the Virgin Islands but she also learned how much she loves creating memorable experiences through her food. She is a true believer that the way to people’s hearts is through their stomachs. After working as a sous-chef in the 2024 summer season in the Mediterranean and her Yacht Chef culinary training in London, she is excited to start the next charter season in the Caribbean.

Captain Rubrio Joao Fernandes Basilio


STCW 10 | May ‘24
Marine Engineering Systems course | Lloyd’s Maritime Institute | Feb ‘22
ASA Sailing Instructor 205 | April ‘17
GMDSS License A1, A2 | Nov ’16
Singapore Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL) | June ‘15
Rescue Diver (PADI) | July ‘14
Divemaster (PADI) | July ’14
Coach Certificate | European, Portuguese Sailing Federation | May ‘13
Emergency First Response, First Aid (PADI) | Oct ‘10
Patrão de Alto Mar | Portuguese license Ocean Sailing, 24m, unlimited distance | Dec ’09
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (commercially endorsed) | Dec ‘09
RYA/MCA Short Range Certificate | Dec ’09
Enriched Air Diver Nitroc (PADI) | Dec ’08

Chef Liza Marieke Ter Meer


Level 2 Food & Hygiene| Yachtie Careers | May ’24
ENG Medical 1| April ’24
ASA 101 - Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification | American Sailing Association | January ‘24
ASA 103 - Basic Coastal Cruising Certification | American Sailing Association | January ‘24
ASA 104 - Bareboat Cruising Course Certification | American Sailing Association | January ‘24

Booked Courses for Spring Summer 2024

Yacht chef course | Ashburton Chef’s Academy | August ’24
Culinary RX Cooking & Nutrition | Rouxbe| July ‘24
Seafood Literacy | Rouxbe| July ‘24
STCW 10 | May ‘24

<b>Crew fully vaccinated<b/>

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Respite At Sea Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Jul 23, 2024Jul 30, 2024Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Aug 12, 2024Aug 22, 2024Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Aug 23, 2024Oct 31, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Nov 10, 2024Nov 16, 2024Boat Show: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay
Nov 22, 2024Dec 01, 2024Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Dec 27, 2024Jan 03, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Feb 08, 2025Feb 15, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
May 01, 2025May 08, 2025Hold: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
May 25, 2025May 29, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, Trellis Bay, BVI

Respite At Sea Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $33,000
(normal rate)
High price: $35,000
(normal rate)

Respite At Sea Special Offer!
Discount: 20%!
Offer: Respite At Sea offers 20% off all charters run through July 2024. BVI ports only. No additional discounts apply.
Old price: $33,000 - $35,000 / week
New price: $26,400 - $28,000 / week (Save: $6,600 - $7,000 / week)
Minimum nights: 6
Travel before: Jul/31/2024

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2024 Summer$33,000$33,500$34,000$34,500$35,000
2024/25 Winter$33,000$33,500$34,000$34,500$35,000
2025 Summer$33,000$33,500$34,000$34,500$35,000

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.

Respite At Sea Special Offer 2!
Discount: 10%!
Offer: Respite At Sea is offering 10% discounts for charters run in Nov. and Dec. 2024! BVI ports only and excludes Christmas and NYE.
Minimum nights: 6
Travel between: Nov/01/2024 - Dec/16/2024


BVI Customs fees and cruising permits are included in the rate.

*Short Charters Available*
24hr turns available. Please Inquire.

Christmas Flat Rate $38,000.
New Years Flat Rate 42,000 inquire for pick up and drop off. 7 night minimum.

HALF-BOARD RATES: Discount Applied First
(7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person
3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense

(Rate / 6 X #Nights)
Rate divided by 6N X number of nights. For 6 nights divide rate by 7 X 6N.

CHILD DISCOUNTS: Discount Applied First
Children 15 and under $500 discount
Must be 15 or under at the time of charter.

$2,500 Sleep aboard the night before the charter departs
Guests arrive to the yacht at 5pm. Snacks and welcome drink served, this is not an open bar. Dinner is ashore on clients expense. Continental breakfast provided next morning. Vessel departs at noon.

Exclusive Water Taxi available!
The Caribe Express provides private transportation to and from your charter yacht on a comfortable Aquila 36.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails while our professional crew handles Customs and Immigration
Please inquire for pricing.

Respite At Sea Guest Reviews

May 2024 BVI Charter

Sam and Zina were simply the best!!! We have vacationed many places but truly nothing compares to the friendship, care, expertise, food and love that we received from them. Zinas cooking was absolutely 5 star.!!! Sam was a guide, a friend, a bartender- a man of all trades!!! If you are even considering this wonderful trip - just do it!!! They are the best! We will return and won’t want one thing different!! Well.. except perhaps an extended stay.

This boat is magnificent!!. It is so clear that the owner only chooses the best of everything. Sam and Zina lovingly care for the boat and for the passengers. The owner shared his wonderful wine. Everything was absolute perfection!!

- Stacey

April 2024 BVI Charter

Not enough stars to give to our crew. Sam and Zina were the BEST!
One of the best vacations we have had; enjoyed every minute.
Every meal planned by Zina was too good to miss; she took amazing care of us.
Sam kept us laughing and entertained, and his attention to details kept us feeling safe.
Hope to come back soon and will definitely look for Sam and Zina´s charter.

- Kathy

Every aspect of this trip exceeded expectations! The Respite at Sea was beautiful and spacious - it was immaculately clean and organized at all times. The most amazing aspect of the trip was our hosts/captain/chef/first mate, Sam and Zina! They were both gracious, kind, knowledgeable, attentive, FUN hosts! They were both patient and accommodating with all our needs and requests – from things we wanted to do, places we wanted to go, what we wanted to drink, what we wanted to eat. They planned and executed everything and anything that we asked! The food Zina prepared was beautiful AND delicious - every meal was a special event! We LOVED everything about our experience, and we can’t wait to go on another adventure with Sam and Zina!

- Karen

A trip of a Lifetime and Sam and Zina made sure we were treated to a First Class Boat, First Class Captaincy and First Class Food. I would recommend Respite At Sea but only with Sam and Zina as Captain and Crew. We were allowed to sit back and relax while Sam and Zina did ALL the work and at the same time waited on us hand and foot. What a team.

- Billy

Sam and Zina were AMAZING! In addition to being great and fun people, they are wonderful at what they do. Zina is a great cook. The meals and presentation were always a highlight of the day. We knew we were always in good shape with Sam. He knew exactly what he was doing, And- he always had a smile on his face and had everything under control. Sam and Zina looked after the Respite at Sea meticulously! An incredible trip. I give Sam and Zina and Respite at Sea the highest recommendation possible!

- Daniel Clayton

March 2024 BVI Charter

We could not have asked for a better week or a better crew. The boat was very comfortable and Zina’s food was amazing! Captain Sam is not only a great captain but managed to keep two teenage boys highly entertained!

What an incredible family trip and I can’t thank you enough for being so wonderful with the boys. We will have memories to last a lifetime! Hope to see you two again. Perhaps a charter to St Martin and St Barts if we could sway you to leave the BVI’s.

Take care!

Suzy, KD, Frank & Sam

February 2024 BVI Charter

I had an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip with Sam as captain and diving instructor, and Zina as chef extraordinaire. The food was absolutely amazing. Every meal blew me away in presentation, taste, and variety. Each day was filled with new and fun adventures. I never imagined I would learn to scuba, but Sam made the experience feel safe and doable. I’m excited to continue more diving in the future. I highly recommend Sam and Zina, your every need will be taken care of before you even know you need it.


Our trip on the Respite at Sea could not have been better. There are so many wonderful things to say about it that I could go on for pages. The boat was beautiful. We enjoyed every inch of it. Everyone in our group absolutely loved the Seabobs as well as the paddle boards and snorkeling equipment. Our itinerary took us to gorgeous, incredible places where we explored beaches, restaurants and little towns. But the best part of our trip was definitely Sam and Zina. Sam made everything fun and each experience felt unique. He was the preeminent guide, captain and bartender. Both he and Zina were kind and funny and were attuned to our every want and need. The meals that Zina made for us were unbelievably delicious. It is not an exaggeration to say that she could be a chef in a fine restaurant. The only thing that I would change about our trip would be to make it longer!

February 2024 BVI Charter

Our trip on Respite at Sea was literally the trip of a lifetime. Captain (and bartender) Sam and Chef Zina were phenomenal. They took such attentive and amazing care of us and the itinerary was everything we could have hoped for and more. Zina´s food can’t be described….better than anything you could get at the restaurants. Still dreaming of her chicken curry. They went out of their way to make it unforgettable!
Thank you!
-The Stimsons

February 2024 BVI Charter

My husband and I recently spent 5 nights on Respite at Sea with another couple. It was fabulous! Sam and Zina are wonderful and clearly take great pride in their careers! Zina´s food was fantastic as were Sam´s drinks! We were able to try scuba diving with Sam and absolutely loved it. We hope to be back with our kids in the future. Thank you for such a memorable adventure!!

Maggie & Aaoron

February 2024 BVI Charter

Sam & Zina were absolutely wonderful hosts! It was our first-time charting for a week and could not have picked a crew who fit us better. Sam is a focused and safe Captain who clearly knows his boat (and, how to make fantastic cocktails). Zina is an amazing Chef whose food combinations will blow your mind. Both Sam and Zina made us all feel at home right away, we were comfortable upon first setting our bare feet on their boat. There are many boats and many crews, but only one Sam and Zina...Champions!
-The Myers

January 2024 BVI Charter

Can’t imagine a week in the BVIs being any better. The Respite at Sea was a perfect vessel for 3 couples to explore in. It’s a relatively new boat with all the “bells and whistles “. It has 3 nice bedrooms, each with bathrooms. The crew, Sam and Zina, are exceptionally accommodating and take care of every detail. Doesn’t hurt that Zina is also a world class chef. Most importantly, these two are great people who are lot of fun to be around for a week at sea!

January 2024 BVI Charter

Outstanding experience! Respite at Sea was ideal from the layout to the very comfortable seating areas and beds. The sailing was the highlight and very stable even in higher winds and some swells.
Sam and Zina deliver an amazing level of service and Sam brings good fun and humor all day long and Zina´s cuisine was absolutely delicious. We highly recommend Respite at Sea and Sam/Zina.

-Rob and Chrissy

January 2024 BVI Charter

Sam and Zina made our first experience living on the water truly amazing. From Sea bobbing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, wake boarding and water skiing to exploring beautiful places and lively establishments. Sam kept us as busy as we wanted to be. He introduced his love of scuba diving to our son who now can’t wait to become certified this summer. Everything was top notch! Sam and Zina’s welcoming personalities and knowledge of sailing made us feel right at home from the second we stepped on board.
Zina took the time to prepare delicious meals that we couldn’t get enough of. My husband is Pescatarian and she thoughtfully prepared all his meals including special vegan desserts just for him. Respite at Sea was the perfect home away from home with so many areas to spread out and enjoy family time. Having traveled extensively, this was one our most memorable vacations thus far. We’re looking forward to doing it again with Sam and Zina on Respite at Sea!

Sam and Zina Past Charter Review

Our family of four took a seven day Christmas Grenadines islands cruise on the JimJams catamaran with Captain Sam and crew Zina. It was a truly wonderful experience!

While the boat is very luxurious and well appointed, the real treat is the service provided by Sam and Zina. First the food: prior to our cruise we were asked about our food and beverage preferences, which we provided by email. Every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner, contained scrumptious, healthy variety, all personally prepared by Zina, with Sam’s assistance. Fresh fish, meats prepared on the outdoor grill, and the bread and pasta were always made from scratch. Interesting and delicious appetizers, specialty drinks, and combinations of food that we had never experienced before. We HAD to ask them for their interesting and delicious meatball recipe.

Next, the service: Sam and Zina brought a youthful exuberance and energy to the sometimes difficult and challenging tasks during the Christmas winds, that was fun and inspiring to watch. Our every request was greeted with a “can do”attitude, and our expectations were usually exceeded. Sam is quite an accomplished sailor, and Zina is the perfect crew. We must also mention that the boat was kept incredibly clean and fresh.

We cannot more highly recommend an excursion with Captain Sam and Zina. We greatly look forward to our next opportunity to sail with them.
-The Strumillos

We had the privilege of sailing with Sam and Zina in SVG and they were amazing. Zina sure can cook and we loved when Sam would yell “Captains Cocktails”. We ended up buying into the Trade Winds Club just because of them. If we could request Sam and Zina every sail we would!
-The Gallaghers

These two are an awesome couple and a fantastic crew. Our family had an amazing week, Zina is a sweetheart and great chef and Sam is an excellent captain with the perfect balance of confidence and chill.

Amazing couple and even better crew. Totally in tune to our vacation and what we wanted. They’re passionate about serving the passengers and even more passionate about their jobs!!!

July 2023 BVI Charter

Ross and Dee
thank you both so so much for making this charter one for the Smith family history books - Roman’s first sail, first snorkel, first sea scooter, first jelly fish sting. Julian and Lawsons first dives. Lawson’s first slalom and wakeboarding. Julian’s first water skiing. Mine and Debbie’s first sailing charter with all 3 of our boys. Everything was amazing, from the dives to the treasure hunt to every DEE-licious meal. You two are such special people who make an even better team. You will forever be in our memories, hearts and family love. Thank you a thousand times over and I hope we meet again whether on land or at sea.
-the Sevilla Family

June 2023 BVI Charter

Ross and Dee
what an amazing trip in the BVI. Our first charter and hopefully not our last! Amazing food, sights, activities, sailing. Best trip ever! No words really, but thank you!

Ross and Dee
thank you so much for everything. My 40th was made unforgettable and so appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you, you guys really are the best!
Ross and Dee you two are wonderful! We could not have asked for a better week on board. You made every meal, drink, experience absolutely perfect!

Ross and Dee,
we can’t thank you enough for your patience and caring in helping with our mobility and difficulties. We were quickly comfortable and able to explore - and celebrate in style. Our meals were spectacular and your company was fun and appreciated. Dee I am thankful to have pictures of your creations to “up my hospitality game” at the beach house. We would love for you to visit us.

Captain Ross and Chef Dee made this week a trip to remember! We can’t thank you both enough for all the warm hospitality and adventures! The food was absolutely delicious in every way. I was amazing getting to know you both and share lots of laughs. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming charters. Thank you again.

May 2023 BVI Charter

Ross and Dee - travel has always been about the people you meet along the way. So thankful to you both for being part of the journey. Memories for a lifetime and beyond, love you both.

Dee - coming back to the boat with your cooking and energy is like coming home. Your food is love. Thank you for the best banana desert of our lives.
Ross - the excitement with which you approach our adventuring on Respite reminds us to live in the moment.

Thank you both for curating experiences that allow us to experience pure joy and happiness. We are so thankful we get to be members of the repeat guests club. These are some of the happiest days of our lives! Can’t wait for future adventures.
-the Velemirovich Family

April 2023 BVI Charter

There are not enough accolades for Ross and Dee, the very BEST time! The stay on the boat was full of laughs, great food, adventures, kindness and overall good times. Dee and Ross are examples of the best people you could ever meet. Dee is the girl you want your son to bring home, Ross is the guy you want to have your daughter show up with!!!! All the best to both of you, thank you for a wonderful trip.

WOW! I have to admit I was a bit reluctant to take this trip. A boat for 7 days?!! Well, it was an amazing week. Ross and Dee were absolutely the best hosts ever! Beautiful food, awesome snorkeling, sailing, cocktails and so much more.
-the Ehrenbergers

January 2023 BVI Charter

Thank you for an epic week aboard Respite At Sea. Tom and Hannah were amazing and welcoming. Food was excellent and enjoyed all of the islands.
Wishing you the best in life!
-Adam and Gina

Amazing Time!
Thank you for all your hardwork making our trip perfect. Thank you Tom and Hannah. See you again!
-Ron and Tina

Tom and Hannah
Thank you for an amazing charter! It´s our fourth time on charter and you rank the top.
-Ron and Jeanne

New Year´s 2022 BVI Charter

Tom and Hannah exemplified eveything wonderful about the BVIs- warmth, happiness, fun... The made this family trip one of the best family trips we have had anywhere in the world. It was perfect! We enjoyed so many things - the food, the sunsets, the diving and snorkeling, paddle boarding, the sea bobbing, and the relaxing!
Tom and Hannah went to all lengths to make sure we all had a perfect trip. Hannah accommodated everyone´s food likes and dislikes and made some amazing meals we all loved! Tom took care of all of us on our excursions and together with Hannah planned seven memorable days for us all! We can´t thank them enough.

Christmas 2022 BVI Charter

I´ don´t know where to start... to get to return to our beloved BVIs with the greatest Captain (Tom) and the most spectacular First Mate (Hannah) is a Christmas wish come true. From waking up to an ever changing breakfast to Scuba and Snorkeling and swimming with the biggest turtle to paddle boarding and oh my how about the sea bob! Our hearts swell with love for both of you and we look forward to a future adventure. You both inspire us to keep a smile on our faces and always look for the next adventure.

March 2022 BVI Charter

This crew is top of their game. So fun. So professional. Dee’s cooking rivals any high end restaurant we’ve ever eaten in and she delivered that level every. single. meal! Truly amazing. Ross made amazing cocktails and took us to secluded anchorages we have never seen and we loved every one. We had great sailing and we felt comfortable, pampered, safe and happy every minute we were on board. We would sail with these two anytime, anywhere. Respite herself is a beautiful and very comfortable boat. Not one complaint.

February 2022 BVI Charter

Chef Dee and Captain Ross,
This was our first catamaran charter sail and it was wonderful! The snorkeling, swimming, and sailboat are all amazing! First rate and top notch! However, what stands out the most were the impeccable meals, stellar service, and non stop attention to detail from both of you!! I cannot imagine a finer duo anywhere on the seas. I cannot sing your praises loud enough or long enough. You´re both so sweet, accommodating and perfectionists in every way. Thank you both so much for a magnificent time and memory. Your futures are bright as you´re both amazing together. We love you guys!
-Daryl and Arnie

February 2022 BVI Charter

Dee and Ross,
We can´t truly express the extent of our regard for the amazing our amazing vacation and more specifically for the two of you. We feel like you guys are part of our family. Your professionalism and expertise were astounding, only exceeded by your charm and warmth! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We can see how much pride you take in your enterprise here on Respite at Sea. I hope the owners realize how good they have it with you as their champions! We will seek you out when we seek another trip to your paradise. In Texas we bid adieu to those we are leaving with the phrase ´Happy trails to you!´ Til we see you again, we can ´happy waves.´
With great admiration and fondness
-Skip and Suzette

January 2022 BVI Charter

My wife and I along with two other couples just got off the boat after one of our best trips ever due to the incredible experience that Dee and Ross provided.

Being in the service business I greatly appreciate the attention to detail, planning and hospitality. What we all knew was going to be one of our best trips ever was far exceeded with this past weeks amazing experience.

You have two of the most unbelievable hosts attending to every detail all while making you feel so special throughout each day.

Dee’s menu and cooking was nothing less than 5 plus Stars on every meal! Each surpassing the next.

Both their passion for what they do so well and their attentiveness to their guests is unequaled. It might be your boat, but they act as if it is theirs.

I am sure you are aware but wanted you to know. I could go on and on about our trip of a lifetime all while knowing each of us having traveled throughout the world to amazing places and exceptional service.

They are the absolute best in every way, and we look forward to hopefully being able to experience their amazing hospitality again sometime soon.

December 2021 BVI Charter

The week on The Respite was absolutely PERFECT.
Let´s talk about the crew, our new lifelong friends Ross and Dee... I am really struggling to find words to capture how great these two individuals are and how much we value the experience Ross and Dee provided us. Let me do my best...

The love and passion that Dee put into each meal resulted in some of the best food we have ever had anywhere much less from a confined galley. Each meal blew our minds and was better than any restaurant we dined at during the trip and frankly most of the top restaurants anywhere in the world. I realize this sounds fabricated, but ´Dee-licious´ as we called her, could not be more talented or passionate about ensuring the group had top notch meals and service. Simply out of this world and we have pictures of each dish to remind us of how good we had it during our week onboard. Thank you Dee, you spoiled us for the week and we are forever grateful! Having the boat decorated for Kristina´s actual Bday was incredibly thoughtful and speaks to your character as genuine and caring....

Onto Captain Ross... There is something special about someone who has a deep pride in his craft which is exactly how I would describe Ross. He ensured we saw all the key spots the BVI has to offer and made our experience magical. Ross is meticulous in all he does to ensure the experience each day beats expectations. He is very knowledgeable of the area and some of our favorite memories are sitting on the fly bridge with a Carib in hand listening to the history of the area. The passion Ross has for the boat and ensuring it´s upkeep makes you believe he is the owner! Each drink poured and each dish cleared was met with a smile and a ´Pleasure´ from Ross that we will never forget. We will forever remember our morning map sessions with Ross where he outlined where we had been the previous day and where we were headed that day. Thank you Ross, we cannot have imagined a better Captain and now friend.

I think in summary there are a few thoughts... I considered Ross and Dee part of our crew by day 2. Seriously... we enjoyed having them part of the group and it was a treat to have them join in on all we did throughout the week. We all agreed that when Ross gets the chops to ask for Dee´s hand in marriage our group will be there wherever/whenever in the world it goes down! (Sorry buddy, I had to get that in there!). The final testament to how special of a week we had was the tears my wife shed during our goodbyes...

I did my best, but I still don´t think I did justice to our experience... The only other item is the Respite itself which was perfectly appointed and provisioned. We did not want for anything and were completely comfortable in the spacious rooms!

July 2021 Charter

Good morning! It is hard to put into words how wonderful our vacation was. Ross and Dee are over the top! They work so well together and are so attentive. The food was incredible, and the presentation was so beautiful. Ross has some mad napkin folding skills! They were so respectful of the catamaran. You would have thought it was their personal property. The diving and snorkeling was fantastic. From the time we arrived until we reluctantly had to be dropped off they made us feel so welcome. We would definitely recommend them to friends or book another trip with them. Thank you so much for booking us with them!

Thank you for taking such great care of our family.

Dee and Ross,
Thank you for taking such great care of our family. This trip will forever more be remembered as our “favourite vacation” of all time. There wasn’t a detail missed and we noticed all of them. We can’t wait to see you again, this will not be our last. We appreciate you more than you know, Mr Greminger.

Dee and Ross,
The cure for anything is salt water.... OR a superb meal from chef Daniella OR a perfectly chartered cruise to the most beautiful bay by Captain Ross. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. You are now friends and mates, until next time. Bon voyage, Mrs Greminger.

This experience exceeded very high expectations!

Dee and Ross,
My favourite moment was arriving on this gorgeous boat to such a warm welcome full of so much promise. Your hard work, attention to detail, easy laughter and clear knowledge were all very much appreciated. You won’t be rid of us so easily - we will be back. Thank you for a week full of incredible memories, new family games and a relaxed husband! With Gratitude, Mrs Miller.

To our new friends, Dee and Ross,
This experience exceeded very high expectations! Thank you for the celebrating my 50th with me and introducing sailing to my children. Your hard work and good cheer is exemplary, as is your patience, attention to detail and fine cuisine! I am so confident we will meet again soon, with immense gratitude, Mr Miller.

We loved every minute of our week from morning to night.

Dee & Ross, what an amazing week! Thank you so much for a great 50th birthday celebration - it was perfect. It was really hard to pick a “rose” and even think of a “thorn” for the week, everything was unforgettable. Captain Ross, thanks for finding all the wildlife, starting our Instagram careers and boating lessons. Dee, always with a beautiful, warm smile and delicious meals. If only we had a “defuse card” to stop the exploding kitten/end of the vacation. We loved every minute of our week from morning to night. We wish you all the best and hope to sail with you again some day!

Respite at Sea is a wonderful craft and we look forward to more equally splendid excursions aboard her.

Respite at Sea is a wonderful craft and we look forward to more equally splendid excursions aboard her. But only the crew could of Respite could actually overshadow the boat itself.

Captain Rosco and Dee were just simply the best hosts that we could have possibly imagined and Tyler as first mate – he typically being a captain himself, only made the situation even more incredible! Rosco made us all feel at ease immediately with his affable nature but we knew when it came to on-board safety and sailing particulars he was serious and in total control and there would be nothing for us to concern. At the same time Dee was just nothing but wonderful in spirit and magnificent at preparing the trip’s meals! Meals, snacks, drinks, coffee, teas – everything was phenomenal! And Tyler was just an all-around everything whether assisting in sailing, food preparation, handling bags and gear, diving – he was right on point and a pleasure to be around. The entire trip was there immediately if we needed them and seemingly invisible if we didn’t.

Wherever and whenever we sail in the future we will hope that this crew is available on Respite at Sea!

We had an amazing vacation!

We had an amazing vacation!

Dee and Ross could not have done one more thing for us to make it any more amazing. It was simply perfect! We all feel as though we made friends for a lifetime. They are fabulous and we loved them.

The boat is beautiful and spacious. Clean as can be. You could eat off the floors and you can tell they put so much effort into taking care of it.

The food was incredible. Dee made Gourmet meals every minute. JP (my 18 year old) actually tried new things every day and ate everything. He usually eats like a 10 year old!

Ross made delicious new cocktails every night like you get at a trendy bar.

We spent 99% of our time on the boat. We went to lovango. It was fine. We had a nice day and it was pretty, but I’m not sure it was worth the price to go and I dont think I would go back. Especially when you love the boat and crew as much as we did, you just want to spend every minute on the boat. We also went to lime out. The floating taco place. That was great. We all loved it. And the final place we went was dinghys. Fun cool beach bar. I guess they are trying to compete with soggy dollar type of bar. That was fun too. We just went for a short time for drinks.

They catered to us on every level, From meals, drinks, appetizers, water sports,(water skiing, seabobs wakeboarding, snorkeling), not to mention relaxing... my kids loved them as well. We didn’t sit still much...we actually cried when we said goodbye to our new friends. For us...the boat is important...but, the crew makes the trip. They certainly did not disappoint. We had a blast on every level.


August 2020

My name is Jennifer Blotti and I live with my family in Switzerland. I enjoy traveling a lot and I work as a family travel blogger since many years. After several sailing vacation experiences, in August 2019 we were lucky to meet Daniella and Ross who took us on a catamaran to the Cyclades Islands in Greece. We did not hesitate to contact them again this year for our trip to Croatia because they are able to give us wonderful vacations. Daniella is not only an excellent cook, she is extremely careful to make everything perfect.
Her skills in the kitchen are incredible, she can transform everything into excellent dishes, from presentation to the variety of what she offers. She is very attentive to the preferences and needs of the customer. She has delighted us with always different dishes, she has managed to enhance the local raw materials, she has always satisfied our requests.
In addition, she always knows how to involve children (our 10 year old twins) in fun activities. It´s nice to see her always with a smile. We have always felt very safe in skipper Ross´ hands, even in the most difficult weather situations. Ross is very precise, responsible and skilful in finding solutions to every problem in order to make the customer feel at ease and will not let you miss anything. The unique places he has made us discover have been chosen with care, he informs about everything and these are the best qualities that a skipper can have. Ross has always organised fun activities for us, so as to involve the whole family. Ross is also a sunny person who always welcomed us with a smile. Last but not least, he knows how to prepare excellent cocktails!
I believe that Daniella and Ross are a winning couple, of the highest level, able to turn your holiday into a dream. And we hope to spend our holidays with them next year too.

August 2020

We have just returned from our wonderful sailing holiday through the Cyclades Islands in Greece with our Family. Our holidays were unforgettable also thanks to the fact that the crew on board was exceptional. For this reason we would like to inform you that both the hostess Daniella Cox and the captain Ross Matthews, both assigned by your agency, have worked with extreme professionalism and enthusiasm, taking care to fulfill all our requests. Daniella has a particular talent for cooking, her dishes have proved beyond our expectations, always presented and served with care and love. Ross has always been careful not only to drive the boat but to make children participate and active, always demonstrating excellent professionalism and availability. Thank you very much.

July 2020

I wished I could put 11/10 for these two. Dee and Ross went beyond expectations. Dee always had a beautiful smile on her face and cooked amazing food. She was always paying attention to details and was really caring with us. Rosco did a fantastic job at making sure we were always comfortable and informed on what was going on. From the moment we stepped foot on the yacht he made us feel comfortable and at ease. He has a super friendly and relaxed manner and really made the week for us.

July 2020

I’ve had the pleasure of having some outstanding Captains and First Mates in the past, but Ross and Dee completely step changed any experience we ever had. Ross was phenomenal, from being an excellent, hospitable host to his ability to park his yacht in the smallest of spaces! He was a fantastic captain, always in control and always had a smile on his face. Nothing was too much trouble and Ross would jump at the opportunity to please the guests! Dee impressed us all, her breakfast spreads were outstanding, her lunches even more impressive and her dinners absolutely delicious. I have no idea how she made such elaborate feasts and so many items (all perfectly hot) in such a small kitchen. Her skill is truly impressive! Dee also ensured that each person’s tastes were met, tailoring our portions to our personal preferences. She also kept the yacht communal areas immaculate and provided great advice for each of the ports. These two did an outstanding job and we will be requesting them again next year without a doubt.

July 2020

What a week, these two make an incredible team and I can’t thank them enough. Let’s start with Dee. She is an adorable bundle of energy with an uncanny ability to make her whole crew feel better about themselves just by bouncing around the yacht. A “Michelin-starred chef” projected to have more insta followers than Kylie Jenner by 2021, this girl could whip a King´s banquet using only a billycan and a bunsen burner. I am already so jealous of her future children´s lunch boxes. Now Rosco, what an absolute 11/10 legend- great banter, made everyone feel at ease on the boat very quickly, ensured everyone had a turn at helping out- whether it was tying fenders or lowering the anchor, whilst making everyone feel at ease doing so. Super chill guy with positive energy over absolutely everything. Would recommend Rosco and Dee to friends for any future trips and would 100% request them on any future trips of mine.

June 2020

Rosco the salty sea dog was an absolute legend! Great wind awareness and sailing skills, he took the time to teach us a lot throughout the week. We had so much fun with him and Dee, both always smiling with an amazing ability to make you all feel like one big family. They make an awesome couple and a great team on the boat. Daniella went over and above with her hosting and made an incredible variety of fresh and delicious food - I was very impressed by the quality and variety and felt very lucky to have our own chef onboard, could not recommend them both enough.