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Caribbean/USA

San Francisco
New England
The Florida Keys (Miami)
The Exuma Islands
The Abacos and Eleuthera (Marsh Harbor - Abaco, the Bahamas)
Spanish Virgin Islands (San Juan - Puerto Rico)
USA/British Virgin Islands (St. Thomas - BVI)
The Leeward Islands (St. Barts - St. Martin)
The Windward Islands (St. Vincent - Guadeloupe)


San Francisco


Day 1

Board your yacht in San Francisco Bay's Marina District. A harbor cocktail cruise is just the thing to get you oriented to this huge bay and its districts.

Day 2

Guided tours or explore on you own. Suggestions include The Exploratoriaum, (a museum of science, art and human perception), the Pacific Heritage Museum, the Ansel Adams Museum, or the Cable Car Museum up Nob Hill. Enter Chinatown through the famed Dragon's Gate for a dim sum lunch.

Day 3

After a personal tour of Alcatraz, it's on to Sausolito for lunch.

Day 4

From Sausolito, a day trip to Napa or Sonoma Valley wine country is in order.

Day 5

Return to San Francisco where we tie-up next to the new Giants Baseball Park so you take in a game or explore Ghiradelli Square and The Embarcadero. From San Francisco, you stay can be extended with a cruise up the Sacramento River to California's delta or a cruise down the coast to Monterey .


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New England


Day 1

Set the tone for your cruise with a visit to the South Street Seaport Museum, a 12-square-block historic district in lower Manhattan that provides a glimpse of maritime life in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the evening, camp it up at Mario Batali's Babbo or be oh-so-chic at Daniel.

Day 2

Leave New York's North Cove behind as your cruise east along Long Island Sound to Old Lyme. Explore Watch Rock Nature Preserve, which has served as an inspiration to painters and photographers alike. In fact, Old Lyme is the center of American Impressionism and the Florence Griswold Museum displays many important works.

Day 3

Cruise to Mystic, where your can visit historic Mystic Seaport Village or the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, which houses some of Bob Ballard's underwater archeological finds. Foxwoods Casino is nearby if you want to try your luck or enjoy live entertainment at B.B. King's Dance & Night Clubs. If you'd prefer a quiet evening, ask the captain to anchor off nearby Fisher's Island.

Day 4

Arriving in Newport before lunch, you'll want to call in at The Breakers. This beautifully preserved 70-room palazzo is the emblem of Newport's Gilded Age. Like photography? Like jazz? Then check out Blink Gallery on Thames Street. The Blink has a fabulous photo collection of jazz greats.

Day 5

Slip back out into the Atlantic for a dash to Martha's Vineyard. Stroll around Vineyard Haven or work up an appetite biking along the shore as your crew prepares a clambake on the beach -- a true Vineyard tradition.

Day 6

It's off to Nantucket, the ultimate New England island. If you like history, this is the place. If you like antiquing, this is the place. If you like seafood dressed up or down, this is the place! Have a signature cocktail and a tuna martini appetizer at Pearl. End up at Sfoglia, a trattoria-style restaurant where the sumptuous menu changes constantly.


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The Florida Keys (Miami)


Day 1

Board the yacht at Fisher Island in Miami. The nighttime skyline is beautiful from here and night owls will enjoy the South Beach club and celebrity scene.

Day 2

It's such a short cruise to Ocean Reef that you will have plenty of time for water sports or beaching it. If you love flats fishing for bonefish or tarpon, this is the place to get a backcountry guide.

Day 3

Next stop: Faro Blanco Resort at Marathon, the halfway point in the Keys. The bay here is great for water skiing and divers will enjoy nearby Sombrero Reef or Looe Key.

Day 4

Little Palm Island has quickly become one of the state's top resorts. The only way in is by boat and the amenities and accommodations are first-class. This is a great lunch in the French/Continental-style restaurant or even over nightspot before pushing on to Key West.

Day 5

Key West is the end of the road on the U. S. East Coast. Street theater rivals the best professional entertainment, especially at sunset in Mallory Square. The Hemingway and Audubon Houses are open for tours. Fishing and diving are the biggest attractions. want to Make a day trip to Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas some 60-miles offshore. The Dry Tortugas is a diver's paradise, especially around East Key.


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The Exuma Islands

There are more than 700 islands in The Bahamas, enough for dozens of charter holidays. One of the most popular routes explores the 120-mile-long Exuma chain.


Day 1

Hundreds of small cays make the Exumas a prime cruising ground. The waters here are legendary for deserted islands, coves, bays and harbors begging to be explored by boat. Fly into Georgetown on Great Exuma and board your yacht at lovely Elizabeth Harbor. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres on the comfortable aft deck while sipping "welcome aboard" cocktails.

Day 2

Cruise north to Staniel Cay to dive the exotic Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This 176-square mile site can't be left off your itinerary if divers are onboard who appreciate impressive reefs, drop-offs, blue holes with freshwater springs, caves and marine life unspoiled by commercial development. Thunderball Grotto, featured in the famous James Bond movie, is also located on Staniel Cay.

Day 3

Spend a lesiurely morning sunning on deck before having lunch at Sampson Cay Club Marina. Anchor off High-bourne Cay for an exquisite alfresco dining experience after and evening of soak and stargazing from your fly bridge Jacuzzi.

Day 4

Lee Stocking Island, home to the Caribbean Marine Research Center, provides a protected anchorage. Visit the labs where scientists conduct numerous undersea marine experiments and collect data from surrounding waters, which are full of fascinating marine life.

Day 5

The seven-by-12-mile island of San Salvador provides isolation, great diving and history dating back to Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. In fact, San Salvador claims to be the explorer's first landfall in the New World. Among the many monuments and ruins that warrant a visit are the Columbus Monument on Crab Cay and Farquharson Plantation, known by locals as "Blackbeard's Castle." A few miles south of Graham's Harbor on San Salbador, you can climb 160 feet to the top of Dixon Hill Lighthouse to enjoy a 19-mile view. Built in 1887, it is one of the last hand-operated, kerosene-lit light-houses still in existence in the world.


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The Abacos and Eleuthera (Marsh Harbor - Abaco, the Bahamas)


Day 1

Fly into Marsh Harbor and meet your yacht at the Abaco Beach Resort. While sipping a rum punch and adjusting to island time, cruise to Elbow Cay. Sunset illuminates the famous red-and-white striped lighthouse marking Hopetown. Anchor off White Sound.

Day 2

Tender ashore early for Lobster Benedict at the Abaco Inn, where your meal is served with views of both the ocean and sound. Tour Hopetown by golf cart before heading on to Guana Cay to snorkel the reefs or swim in the crystal-clear waters surrounding nearby Sandy Cay. Dine aboard that evening while moored at Orchid Bay Marina.

Day 3

Walk the strip of white sand along Treasure Cay, considered one of the top beaches in the Bahamas. Choose handmade souvenirs from the charming shops at Green Turtle Cay. Take the Wave Runners for a late afternoon spin before dining on tropical cuisine perfected by your private chef.

Day 4

Cruise the Sea of Abaco south to the Out Island of Eleuthera. Sink your toes into the pink sand of Harbor Island, often called the Nantucket of the Caribbean. Its pastel houses sit among white picket fences, quaint shops and tropical flowers. Dine at the Romora Bay Club, which boasts the only French chef in the Bahamas.

Day 5

Visit the waterfront settlement of Tarpum Bay, stopping into Flanders Art Studio to view the owner's watercolors of local scenes. Feed the fish at nearby Ocean Hole, a large saltwater lake connected to the sea by subterranean tunnels.

Day 6

Every seaside town has a Front Street, and Rock Sound is no exception. A stroll here brings you to St. Luke's Anglican Church, it's white-wash beautifully contrasting with the deep blue and green houses nearby, each with colorful gardens of pointsettia, hibiscus, and marigolds.


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Spanish Virgin Islands (San Juan - Puerto Rico)


Day 1

After arriving in San Juan get into the island spirit immediately with the short passage to the crystal-clear waters of Culebrita to swim and snorkel among hawksbill turtles.

Day 2

After exploring the town of Dewey on Culebra, cruise to Vieques and its welcoming turquoise waters. Just before moon rise, board the tenders and head for the astounding phosphorescence of Mosquito Bay.

Day 3

Majestic Ponce, on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, is a beautifully preserved 19th century city. Here we tour its world-class art museum.

Day 4

Traveling after dinner, we wake up at La Parguera on Puerto Rico's southwest corner. Spectacular reefs blooming with corals in every hue and myriad tropical fish make morning dives unforgettable.

Day 5

We cruise into Mayaguez on the island's west coast. This ancient city's cobbled streets are crowded with plazas, fountains, sculptures, quaint shops, restaurants and bars. Return to San Juan via helicopter.


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USA/British Virgin Islands (St. Thomas - BVI)


Day 1

From the St Thomas airport, it's a short ride to the capitol city, Charlotte Amalie. Wander the shops and galleries or escape to world-famous Megan's Bay Beach.

Day 2

Cruise to the turquoise water of St. John's famous Caneel Bay to explore this island's white sand beaches or tour the velvety green hills by jeep. Later, cruise to a peaceful bay on Norman Island, Robert Lewis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," just in time to dine alfresco and toast the spectacular sunset.

Day 3

Today it's on to Peter Island for a private beach picnic and the inevitable nap. Later, dive for sand dollars and visit White Bay to spot endangered sea turtles feeding on the sea grass. For that shopping, explore the boutique at the exclusive Peter Island Resort.

Day 4

On tiny unspoiled Cooper Island you can swim among turtle grass spotting live conch. Crossing Sir Francis Drake's Channel our destination is the famous Baths at Virgin Gorda.

Day 5

Rendezvous-diving the wreck of the Rhone is an experience not to miss. Later, cruise to the north tip of Virgin Gorda and the exclusive Bitter End Yacht Club, where you can shop, learn to windsurf, dance to the local steel pan music or just simply stretch out and relax.

Day 6

The quaint village streets of Roadtown offer the experience to learn more about the colorful West Indian culture. Cruising the north shore of Tortola you hear the distinct beat of Reggae beckoning you to join the nightlife at Cane Garden Bay.


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The Leeward Islands (St. Barts - St. Martin)


Day 1

The flavor and fashion of France combine with the Caribbean lifestyle to make St. Barts a fabulous place to begin your five-star vacation. You will understand why many celebrities retreat to this tiny, eight-square-mile island when you see the port of Gustavia.

Day 2

View rustic fishing boats and red-roofed bungalows while breakfast is served on deck. Head ashore to shop for the latest apparel then hit the secluded beach at Anse du Gouveneur that faces St. Kitts, Saba and St. Eustatius. That evening, dine at famous Carl Gustaf's while enjoying views of the harbor where your yacht completes the picture.

Day 3

The southwestern side of mountainous St. Kitts, the first English settlement in the Leeward Islands, offers spectacular dive sites. Sandy Point Reef has been designated a National Marine Park with 90-foot, swim-through canyons. On land, explore a lush rainforest complete with waterfalls.

Day 4

Cruise to Nevis for a round of golf at the Four Seasons, which offers "R-and-R" for the non-golfer as well. Your chef prepares a picnic lunch for your party to enjoy ashore as you view tropical and subtropical species at the Botanical Garden. Enjoy a candlelight dinner on the veranda at historic Montpelier Plantation Inn.

Day 5

It's no longer a secret that Shoal Bay on Anguilla's southeast coast is one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean. For windsurfing, try Barnes Bay. After an exhilarating day of fun in the sun, enjoy an alfresco dinner while anchored off Sandy Ground watching a glorious sunset.

Day 6

Grand Case on the French side of Dutch-French St. Martin may be the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Often compared to the Cote d'Azur, many restaurants, boutiques and art galleries make time ashore delightful. Kontiki's serves a dichotomy of excellent prime rib and fresh sushi on the beach at Orient Bay.


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The Windward Islands (St. Vincent - Guadeloupe)


Day 1

Fly into St. Vincent in the Southern Grenadines. Board your yacht and enjoy beautiful views of the island and neighboring yachts. An afternoon swim is a perfect way to unwind after traveling.

Day 2

Diving the remote reefs off nearby Carriacou works up an appetite for your chef's dishes prepared using spices indigenous to Grenada -- nicknamed the Isle of Spice. Start off with pumpkin and callaloo soup, but save room for the local flavored ice cream.

Day 3

Like a tropical suburb of Paris, the 425-square-mile island of Martinique has a definite sense of style. View the staggering coastline between Fort-de-France and St. Pierre, the town once destroyed by Mont Pelee's eruption, enroute south to Le Marin.

Day 4

Take a trip inland to shop the boutiques in Fort-de-France, or visit the Casino Trois-Ilets. Join the scene at the circular bar near the infinity pool at Soitel Bakoua Coraliaic. Attend a performance of Les Grands Ballets de Martinique, one of the finest folkloric dance troupes in the Caribbean.

Day 5

Savor a leathal rum punch while lounging in a hot mineral bath in the Papillote Wilderness Retreat on Dominica. Don scuba gear and dive the world-renowned waters of Soufriere Scottshead Marine Reserve, site of a submerged volcano.

Day 6

The two largest islands in the Guadeloupe archipelago, Basse-Terre and Garnde-Terre, have richly varied topography thanks to the four-mile Riviere Salee that flows between them. Hike the excellent trails through the jungle highlands or bask on the white-sand beaches.

Day 7

Spot whales off the lunch west coast of Grande-Terre before heading ashore to Plage Caravelle just southwest of Ste. Anne, where the snorkeling is premium. Fly out of the St. Francois Airport.


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