The other day, a client texted his post-charter comments after returning from a 10 night luxury sailing charter vacation. We responded and asked if everything went well. Being his third Perini Navi yacht charter in the islands, we also asked if anything out of the ordinary occurred.
"Gr8 charter…all wnt well." he replied. "Nothing unusual but the skiing."
We texted, "A lot of peeps on H2O-skis?" His reply nearly knocked us out of our chairs, "LOL – No…SNOW skis!"
It turns out, the most unusual ski adventure of the winter season wasn’t taking place in Vail, Deer Valley, or Steamboat. The unlikeliest of winter ski destinations this season is the Caribbean Sea, where dressing in layers of warm clothing will not be required, but sunscreen will be a must.
It’s all taking place aboard a custom-built cruise ship that boasts a tall slope and lift at its stern, a rental chalet, and après-ski bar.
Not to be outdone by the megayacht charter vessels known for their onboard amenities, the specialty cruise liner also boasts saunas and hot tubs.
White powder skiing purists may cringe at the fact the snow is not real and there is no wintry crispness to the air. But consider the bright side: deep blue skies, balmy temperatures every day, and a placid sea Caribbean sea with islands on the horizon.
Iglucruise, is the company offering this first-ever Caribbean ski excursion. A British-based travel company, the eight-day voyage departs from Barbados and includes stops at Tobago, Isla Margarita, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent.
The ski slope is almost 500 feet long, built atop the upper deck to afford fantastic views of the tropics. The slope is covered with a Perma-Snow carpet, said to almost feel like real snow.
The company’s website states they are, "proud to announce the launch of their first cruiseship, a ground-breaking new ship to combine the passions of their loyal customers; skiing and cruising."
Expect for long lines at the lift, as the ship can carry 1,129 passengers.
News of this crazy adventure is spreading fast, and from comments by bloggers, the ski community isn’t quite sure how to react. One post read in part:
"I think it’s a stretch to actually call it skiing, then again, speaking to the uniqueness of this idea, what a trip it’s going to be for people to be linking turns on a cruise ship sailing across the famed waters of the Caribbean Sea. This is not a ski trip most of us would ever consider, then again name another time you’ve heard of such a trip being offered."
Prices for the cruise start as low as $1,240/pp.
While a luxury yacht charter vacation cannot offer snow-type skiing, the typical yacht does have a large assortment of aquasport toys and onboard amenities. For a great winter deal on a private yacht vacation, contact the SailAway charter department at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html today.
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