Q: Do I need a passport?
A: All guests traveling to any of the Islands or Mexico other than US territories are required to have a passport.
Q: What form of currency is used in the islands?
A: The U.S. Dollar is used in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Credit cards are widely accepted but frequently have a minimum that must be charged. ATM machines will provide local currency down Island and in Mexico
Q: Will I get sea sick?
A: There is always the possibility of getting sea sick on a boat; however, as a general rule the waters in the Virgin Islands and the Sea of Coetez are relatively calm. If you are concerned, bring over-the-counter medication such as Bonine or Dramamine. Sea Bands also work well for many people. If you know you are prone to sea sickness, get a prescription for the patch from your doctor.
Q: Is there internet on the boat?
A: Stargazer is equipped with Wi-Fi onboard for both the US Virgin Islands and some areas in the BVI's. Sat phone is available any where for extra fee by the min.
Q: Does the boat offer air conditioning?
A: Stargazer does have air conditioning in all the cabins and the main salon @ $5.00 per hour extra charge.
Q: What is the bathroom/shower situation on board?
A: All the guest cabins on Stargazer have their own en suite, private head (bathroom) and shower. We also provide an outdoor fresh water shower on the swim platform.
Q: Is there access to a washer and dryer?
A: Stargazer does not have laundry facilities on board.
Q: Do we need to bring our own snorkel/dive gear?
A: All snorkel and dive gear is provided. However, you may want to bring your personal snorkel gear if you would feel more comfortable – as we cannot always guarantee a perfect fit. We request shoe sizes in advance so we are sure to have fins to fit everyone in your group.
Q: Is scuba diving included?
A: You will need to bring your dive certification card with you. If you are not certified, a Discover Scuba Diving class (“resort course”) or other instructional classes are available on a rendezvous basis at shore side diving facilities. These courses vary in price and time. If you are interested, we will be happy to assist you.
Q: Is fishing available on board?
A: Yes! A fishing license is required for all persons 18 and over that wish to fish in the BVIs. The British Virgin Islands are extremely strict regarding these licenses. Other Islands and Mexico do not have these restrictions.
Q: Is there a set itinerary?
A: This is your vacation and we do our best to personalize each trip to your likes and needs.
Q: Is there a standard daily menu on board?
A: Meals are served family style. We have a preference sheet for you to fill out and return to us. It is very important that you make us aware of every persons dietary needs. A menu will be created specifically for your group, taking into account any food allergies, needs and/or likes and dislikes. Remember, we are in the Islands and certain requested items may not be available to us.
Q: Do I need to bring sheets/towels?
A: We provide all your bed linens, bath towels and beach towels.
Q: What types of shoes will I need?
A: While on board, you will usually be barefoot, but you will need to bring beach shoes (flip flops). If you are planning to hike, you should bring the necessary shoes. Some hikes can be done in flip flops but some require sturdy shoes like Tevas, Keens, or sneakers. Some hikes will get your feet wet. Heels or dress shoes are not necessary. Remember, you will be getting in and out of a tender to get to shore, so practical shoes are a must.
Q: What kind of electrical outlets are on board?
A: Stargazer utilizes standard 110 volt/60 cycle U.S.-style outlets on board. These are available in all guest cabins and heads.
Q: Can I use my mobile phone to call home?
A: While in the USVI’s your cell phone will work (AT&T is the most prominent U.S. provider). In the BVI’s your phone will work, but may cost you $4.00 a minute per call and 50 cents per text. Sometimes a U.S. signal can be found in BVI waters if a US cell tower is in sight. Check with your service provider to see if they offer an international plan if you plan to use your phone often. Again, Wi-Fi is available on board at no extra cost in the US Virgin Islands. Our satellite phone is available for both voice and data at extra cost per min.
Q: Is there a way for my family to reach me in case of an emergency?
A: Yes, Stargazer’s boat phone number is 530-318-3707 or 530-318-6934, good in the Virgin Islands. We also have a satellite phone that is good anywhere. # 881632596998
Q: Is there a gratuity included in the charter fee? How much should I plan on?
A: Crew gratuities are not included in your charter fee and are very much appreciated. These are always left to the charter guests’ discretion but are generally 15-20% of your charter fee, based on excellent service. Gratuities may be paid with cash or check.
Q: What airport should I fly in/out of?
A: We will advise you of the best air service based on your Charter area.
Packing ListThe following packing list is provided to assist you in planning your trip:
- SOFT LUGGAGE! Storage on a yacht is always at a premium. Duffel bags and collapsible bags are perfect and strongly requested for traveling on a yacht.
- Passport with 6 months validity.
- A bathing suit.
- Bathing suit cover up.
- T-shirts, tank tops
- Light weight jacket or long sleeved T-shirt
- Pants are usually not necessary unless you are planning to dine out at one of the more formal restaurants.
- Flip Flops or water shoes
- Hiking shoes (if you plan on hiking): Tevas, Keens, or similar, sneakers, etc.
- Sun screen (high SPF; the sun is quite strong and please NO spray on oils or lotions.)
- Personal items (toiletries, prescription medications, sea-sickness medication, etc.)
- Cash (U.S. currency) and/or credit card
- Maybe a book or iPod (there is an iPod docking station on board Stargazer)
- Camera/video camera
If you forget anything, there are opportunities to purchase items prior to boarding the yacht.
Activities to assist us in providing our guests the vacation of a lifetime, Stargazer has been equipped with many water toys, games, books, movies and music. During your stay with us you will have the following items available for your use:
(2) Epoxy 11 ft Stand-up paddle boards
- Kayaks 12ft to a two man)
- Snorkel gear
- Scuba gear ( 4 sets of gear and 4 tanks)
- Floatation noodle
- Wake board
- Fishing gear
- Board games (i.e. – scrabble, backgammon, monopoly, baby boomer trivial pursuit, etc.)
- Island tours
- Restaurants/Beach Bars/Happy Hours
- Live Music
- Day Spa services
- Water sport rentals (i.e. – Hobie Cats, Sail-boards)
- Beautiful beaches
- National Park explorations
- Full moon parties
- Picnic on private beach