Our week of sailing aboard PRIDE in the USVI and BVI was a marvelous adventure! PRIDE's owners, who are a highly professional crew and wonderful hosts, designed our itinerary to suit our wish for an active, but stress-free, vacation on and in the water. Best of all, we didn't have to do anything other than to come aboard, and enjoy.
PRIDE is a meticulously maintained and surprisingly comfortable home on the water. PRIDE offers plenty of space - indoors and out - to stretch out or to move around. The bimini cover, which protects the deck area from sun and elements, has been raised allowing plenty of headroom even for very tall people. Detatchable side shades allowed us to enjoy being on deck even in angled sun or occasional windy rain. Among PRIDE's many "simple" luxuries, we especially appreciated the abundant hot and cold running water (thanks to PRIDE's onboard desalination system) and the powerful electronic flush toilets. I particularly enjoyed showering with the hand-held showers on sugarscoops just as I came out of water from snorkeling, and using the provided bar soap, Tresemme shampoo and conditioner, and cushy towels.
Sailing on PRIDE was exhilarating, with days of sustained wind and with Pride's owner/captain (three times around the world solo!) at the helm. When not sailing, we snorkeled from the boat, dinghied to remote beaches, and occasionally hiked from shore to interesting sites on land. We saw dolphins (including a mom and baby who swam around the boat for several minutes), sea turtles, rays, and barracudas close up from the boat, as well as the many wonderful creatures we saw under the sea while snorkeling.
After our activities, we loved coming "home" to PRIDE and to excellent meals - healthy, appropriately portioned, invariably delicious, and designed to suit our tastes and preferences. When moored each night in a different location, we were awed by the brilliance of the stars and clarity of constellations - diminished only by the astonishing full moon reflecting on the water. We slept soundly on PRIDE's comfortable beds, with memory foam toppers and high-end bed linens, while excellent AC in the cabins, as well as fans, insured fresh cool night air even in tropical humidity.
I highly recommend sailing on PRIDE, both for the comforts of PRIDE herself and for the expertise and congeniality of her outstanding owners/crew!