When I thought about chartering a yacht and then looked at the various sites it became a bit overwhelming; however, Marin and Maria made the process go smoothly. They provided a boat that was perfect for the size of our party and that had an incredible crew that ensured that all of our needs were met. Vasili - our captain made sure that our cruise was safe and enjoyable. He regularly checked in with us and provided suggestions on activities in port, answered any questions we had and helped with service. Our initial itinerary was changed because of rough seas the choice was ours and it was based on the expert advice of our captian. Marlon - the first mate made sure that the boat was secured properly, water toys were ready for our use, our state rooms were kept clean and tidy and he provided excellent service - drinks and food etc. Katia- our chef for the week...Wow!!! The foodt she was able to produce out of the kitchen rivaled anything we ate at the restaurants. She checked with us to make sure we ate like Kings and Queens during our week together. For one week we became like a family, laughing, telling stories and getting to know each other. All of the crew worked together as a cohesive unit and genuinely cared about us. My wife's 50th birthday was an amazing and unforgettable experience because of; Vasili, Marlon and Katia. Maria and Vasili even rescued shoes I had left behind and got them back to me. Thank to all of you for the great experince, everyone enjoyed themselves to the max and we are already talking about doing another charter next year.
We rented the boat for 9 people + skipper for a week of sailing in Greece in the mid of August.
The booking process was smooth, we received all the info (timing, marina location, supermarket location, etc) in advance.
We arrived at the marina a bit in advance, but the boat was almost ready and the staff was very welcoming to receive us, even though they were still busy. The boat was in great shape, clean and modern, much better than what we had a year ago on another trip. AC, chiller, freezer, proper Bose speakers, generator (means you burn fuel but also have AC and can plug your gadgets to charge), RO watermaker, automatic toilet pump, microwave, stove, - we couldn't ask for more. Nice touch, we found captain hats on our pillows! So sweet :) We also kept an inflatable peacock left from the previous crew, so many wonderful memories!
The skipper was taking care of the routing and sailing, so nothing much to say. Although maybe one thing. We fantasized about going all the way from Athens to Mykonos and back in 1 week, and our dreams were destroyed at the first briefing with the skipper. Apparently, it's not the same as counting km in the Google maps! You gotta take the wind & other important stuff into the account. So be flexible and relaxed. We had an awesome time checking out other islands (and avoided rough sea).
The boat is comfortable enough for 4 couples + 1 person, makes it 9 pax. 4 couples sleep in DBL rooms, the single person can take the bunk beds - I wouldn't recommend sharing the twin bunk bedroom! Not much space there. The skipper has a separate cabin somewhere on the nose of the boat. Oh, each cabin has a plug, quite handy.
Also good to know that there are 3 toilets, all equipped with a shower. But! 2 out of 3 are en-suite toilets in the 2 DBL rooms in the nose. So this made them pretty much private. The 3rd bathroom was shared by 5 people. We didn't have any problem with it, and the front 2 toilets were open for anyone but just saying.
The trip was awesome, one of the best vacations of my life. Thanks, Marin and the Glode Sailor!
Very good skipper.
The boat is in excellent condition, she sails really fast!