PROGRESS UPDATE: As the islands continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, we would like to take moment to focus on not her devastation but the rebuilding process. All update moving forward will be about the strength of the island community and the reopening of all of your island favorites.

For our St. Maarten destination, rebuilding is also well underway. We are happy to report the airport on the French side has opened and we are following Princess Juliana Airport closely with updates soon to come. In addition, the community has been working to clean up the streets, power has almost been restored across the islands and local bars are now beginning to open. We are also pleased to report that although one of our yachts did suffer damages, it is currently being repaired. Actions have been taken to replace the second yacht to which will be ready for charters over the next few weeks.

In the British Virgin Islands, Foxy's, the Willy T, Soggy Dollar and more, are scheduled to open soon. In addition, local stores, including grocery stores and other Caribbean shops have already opened! Closer to our home, The Catamaran Company, has reported that our office at Hodges Creek Marina is scheduled to open on October 5th! Our base manager has also said that most beaches remain beautiful with the blue water we all love. The locals are also anxiously waiting for the tourism industry to return so they can continue to welcome you with their Caribbean cuisine, delicious cocktails and more. With many more positive updates to come, we want to remind you that rebuilding is a process but we are ready to get back to the water!

 

Need help packing for a Festiva Sailing Vacation?

When packing, keep in mind that storage space is limited. Please keep in mind many of the items on the following list are suggestions. There are standard electrical outlets on board for your chargers, laptops, e-readers, and music players.  There are also connections for you music players.  We suggest bringing a standard 1/8 in. audio cable as well to connect your player.  We request that you avoid bringing items such as hair dryers or irons as they will not be needed.  If you are planning on diving, you will also want to make sure that you bring your certification card.  Don’t forget those passports!

1. PASSPORTS!

2. Soft-sided luggage

3. Swimsuits

4. Sunscreen-please bring lotion. Spray sunscreen can make the boat deck slippery.

5. Sundresses/shorts/t-shirts for dinners ashore

6. Water proof bag

7. Any personal medications

8. Personal toiletries-keep in mind airport rules and regulations as far as carry on luggage and liquids. We strongly suggest if you bring a hair dryer, bring a low wattage dryer (ie. travel size). Curling and flat irons are not allowed onboard.

9. Wash cloths or loofas-bath and beach towels are provided on boat

10. Wide-brimmed hats or sailing caps (optional)

11. Sandals or flip-flops for ashore

12. St. Maarten itinerary-please bring a copy of your flight information/itinerary for the crew

13. Sunglasses

14. It's also recommended to have your arrival letter on hand. You should receive this letter approximately one month prior to your departure date. This letter contains addresses as well as emergency contact phone numbers to our base.

 

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