Dream Yacht CharterThis company offers both skippered monohulls and catamarans, and crewed yacht charters, to more than 60 destinations.
Island WindjammersIsland Windjammers offers two fully crewed Caribbean vessels; the classic clipper Vela hosting 26 guests, and 10-passenger schooner Diamant. Take your smaller travel bubble to board the 101-foot Diamant schooner, sailing the stunning windward Caribbean isles. This charmer sails to Bequia and Tobago Cays, among picturesque destinations. Expect a casual laidback sail, with music playing on deck, and guests gathering nightly for stargazing and dancing. The impromptu aquarium, courtesy of underwater lights attracting marine life, serves as a showstopper.Book the Diamant, too, for a destination wedding, which the captain officiates. Among the crew of five, the chef highlights the region's splendid produce and seafood, and can even prepare vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine. Passengers are encouraged to pack light as the well-outfitted cabins sport limited storage space. But really, what might you need besides swimsuits, tees, shorts, and sunscreen? Snorkel gear is complimentary.Note that Island Windjammers has suspended operations until islands open up and vaccines are widespread. Then their normal high standards of cleanliness will apply and their crew must be vaccinated as a condition of employment. It's highly possible that inbound tourists must be vaccinated, as well.
Maine Windjammer Association
Turn to Maine Windjammer Association for a New England destination wedding bubble at-sea, or at ports ashore. All boat captains belonging to this association are licensed to perform the ceremony. Plan a themed wedding -- pirates, anyone? -- or just find the right windjammer, say, with a honeymoon suite.Among the association's numerous standouts, note Windjammer Angelique, a 95-footer with seven crew members, offering 15 cabins for up to 30 passengers. Built in 1980, the charming New England vessel was modeled after those of the late 19th century, including a deckhouse saloon and cabins with bunk or double beds. Work with Captain Dennis (his wife, Candace, runs the Camden, Maine office) to set the itinerary, and plan menus with the chef to create the cuisine you crave. Multi-gen families are welcome; just think, if the kids get noisy, no outsiders are around to complain. (Note that all passengers must be able to climb ladders and step up and down a rise of 11 inches.) As you cruise along the Maine coast, learn to furl a sail or take the helm. Chill on deck, reading books, birdwatching, or simply gazing at the ever-changing shoreline. Jump off the rail for a swim, standup paddleboard, or take Angelique's rowboat out for a spin. Ashore, explore quiet coast villages.The Maine Windjammer Association operates under both the Coast Guard and Maine governor's "Keep Maine Healthy" requirements. Commitment to guests' safety includes pre-screening and testing, enhanced cabin sanitation between trips, multiple hand sanitization stations, providing PPE, and daily multiple disinfections in below deck common areas. Charters, sailing six-nights roundtrip Camden, Maine, begin at $25,000.