BLACK TORTUGA

$17,700 - $21,000 / WEEK

This beautiful, award-winning luxury yacht comes equipped with 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. 3 Queen cabins and one bedroom contains 2 single bunks. Check out this description from SAIL magazine, where it just won Best Boat of 2018: The Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 catamaran is a space machine in the truest sense of the word. Like all sailboats, it can carry you through the water and across space and time using nothing but the power of the wind—thereby making it supremely quiet and smooth. Unlike most other sailboats, though, it manages to do this while providing a vast amount of living space as well—not to mention the fact it does so in a package that remains supremely pleasing to the eye. Approaching the Saona 47 from a distance, this emphasis on space is immediately apparent in the top deck, which measures nearly 100ft and is well equipped with sun lounges, not to mention a great view. Down a few steps is a large helm station with seating for two, and then down a few steps more you’ll find an immense afterdeck that flows into a wide cabin, a space that can entertain a dozen without any sense of crowding. Down again and you enter the boat’s private cabins, which are wider than those of many monohulls. In typical Fountaine Pajot fashion, everything is bright, open and contemporary, with neutral colors and clean-lined joinery that gives the boat the air of a fine urban apartment. The hulls are also fine below the waterline, but then flare rapidly to chines, which minimizes wetted surface for performance while maximizing interior space. Similarly, the long waterline translates into good average speed, while a high sail-area-to-displacement ratio means there’s plenty of power to drive the boat through the water. In other words, like the other models from this builder, the Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 is not only comfortable, but knows how to make tracks.

4 queen cabins with ensuite bathrooms.
Entire boat is fully air-conditioned.

BUILT/REFIT
YEAR
2018
YACHT
LENGTH
47 Ft
NUMBER OF
CABINS
4
NUMBER OF
GUESTS
8
TOTAL
CREW
2
CHARGES
FROM
$17,700
Accommodations
Cabins: 4
Queen: 4
Single Cabins: 1
Showers: 4
Electric Heads: -
Engine Details
-
Fuel Consumption: n/a
Cruising Speed: n/a
Max Speed: n/aUS Gall/Hr
Details
Type: Cat
Beam: 25.4 Feet
Draft: 4.4 Feet
Pax: 8
YearBuilt: 2018
Builder: FOUNTAINE PAJOT
JetSkis: No
Flag: USA
SatTv: No
RegNum: 1282276
Jacuzzi: No
A/C: Full
Locations
Winter Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Pick Up Locations
Pref. Pick-up: -
Other Pick-up: -


Amenities
Salon Tv/VCR: Yes
Salon Stereo: Yes
Sat Tv: -
Camcorder: No
Books: No
Board Games: Yes
Deck Shower: Yes
Water Maker: Yes
Special Diets: Yes
Kosher: Inq
BBQ: Yes
Minimum Age: Water safe
Inverter: Yes
Voltages: 110 V
Water Maker: Yes
Ice Maker: No
Sailing Instructions: No
Internet Access: Onboard WIFI
Hairdryers: No
Guests Smokes: Yes, only on sugar scoops
Crew Smokes: No
Pets Aboard: No
Hammock: Yes
Water Sports
Dinghy size: 12.6' Center Console
Dinghy hp: 30hp
Water Skis Adult: No
Water Skis Kids: No
Jet Skis: No
Kneeboard: No
Windsurfer: No
Snorkel Gear: Yes
Tube: Yes
Scurfer: No
Wake Board: No
Kayaks 1 Pax: No
Kayaks (2 Pax): No
Floating Mats: Yes
Swim Platform: Yes
Boarding Ladder (Loc/Type): Yes
Sailing Dinghy: No
Beach Games: Yes
Fishing Gear: No
Gear Type: Trolling
Rods: 2
General Diving Info
Diving is offered onboard.
Guests to rent their own equipment. Crew will help facilitate the rental and will make sure it is onboard in time for the charter.
Elena is a dive instructor

Coki Dive Center:
Contact: Peter
Cell #: (340) 998-4196



Diving Costs information
Diving Costs:
$50 per person per dive
$75 per person per night dive
Up to 2 dives per day
Open Water Certification, client must have completed course work prior to charter. Confined water dives - $150 per person. Open water dives - $299 per person
Discover Scuba - $125 per person, minimum age 10
Refresher course -$125
Open Water Advanced Dive Course- $300



Captain
Brian Christiansen - Professional Videographer
Nation: USA
Born: 1987
License: RYA Yacht Master
Languages: English, French, Russian and German
Chef/Mate - Scuba Instructor
Elena Gandillon
Nation: Swiss
Born: 1989
License: STCW, Dive Instructor
MEET THE CREW - 2019/20 SEASON
Captain - Brian Christiansen
Chef - Elena Gandillon

Share in the unique experiences of the Virgin Islands that Elena and Brian craft for you sailing aboard the spacious, wind-powered vessel, Black Tortuga.

With close to a decade of experience taking people “into the wild”, Brian shares his sense of adventure with guests. Raised in Utah and frequently found at sea, Brian is confronted with questions as to how he became an ocean-going captain. Most people forget there is a small ocean, the Great Salt Lake, in his desert home. His father taught him a love for all activities in and around water. Reading sea-faring novels from the golden-age of discovery inspired him to lust for the horizon and he eventually made his way aboard expedition ships plying all the planet's waters. Alongside working for National Geographic Expeditions, he operated specialty charters through the Lesser Antilles on his own sailing vessel. As a USCG 100ton rated captain, his attention to detail and professionalism are integral to safe operation of the vessel. As a fellow human with passions in outdoor pursuits, he is a perfect companion for fun activities if you want to try your hand at at anything from surfing and kiteboarding to freediving and kayaking. Holding a degree in film-making, working as a videographer and being a reward winning photographer; he can create, upon prior request, a media package of the events that make your trip remarkable.

Elena's spirit awakens in the open. After traveling to over thirty countries, her instinct draws her to beautiful and isolated places. Her love for nature led her from jagged mountain peaks of Switzerland into the deep blue of the Indo-Pacific. She became a PADI certified scuba instructor in Komodo so she can share her love of undersea life with others. Join her for some scuba diving or become certified while onboard and see what the hype is all about! Growing up in an international household, her culinary influences are mainly French and Swiss with added spice from her travels, specializing in creating heart-warming dishes from the simplest of ingredients. She aspires to cater her dishes toward individual diets and has perfected eco-friendly, plant-based menu selections. Placing great importance on the dining experience, speaking three languages, and versed in the art of conversation makes spending time with her a joy, no matter where you are from.

Elena and Brian met in Raja Ampat diving and sailing and are fully committed to spending every moment in each other’s company with their first love, the water. Blending luxurious yacht life and connecting with nature in easy grace, they ignite voyagers' passion for Caribbean beauty. Sailing in consistent winds on the azure waters of the Virgin Islands while visiting white sandy beaches with quaint hideaways is a perfect way to charter.
Come join them aboard Black Tortuga for the wind-powered charter of a lifetime. You will go home with more than memories - you will have inspiring stories of rewarding experiences.

With Elena and Brian, you are guaranteed an unforgettable week. As a team, they are perfectly matched to make your tropical getaway magical.


_____________________________________________

“Take home memories of your charter. Your captain, Brian, is an award winning photographer ready to capture all of the moments you want to remember forever. He is especially proficient at imaging underwater. Also being a videographer, those fast moving moments won’t be lost. All images taken during your voyage can be made available to you digitally with no copyright so you can do whatever you want with them, print the images huge for your living room or just post on social media. Whatever you decide to do with your imagery, you will never forget the Virgin Islands.”

Topside Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter above water): $750
Undersea Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter below water): $950
Complete Digital Package (everything): $1250
Individual Digital Topside Images: $75
Individual Digital Undersea Images: $95

“Please arrange beforehand if you are interested in any of these packages. Your final decision can wait until you see what your package looks like.”



MORNING SELECTIONS

Omelette

Omelette fried with mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, onion and zucchini

Scrambled egg wrap

Wrap filled with scrambled eggs, avocado, beans, spinach and a homemade sauce

Pancakes

Homemade fluffy pancakes (gluten free on demand) with topping of your choice

Smoothie bowl

Your choice of mixed fresh fruits, milk and topping with nuts, seeds and fruits

French toast

Homemade bread soaked in milk and sugar, fried in a pan, topped with fresh fruits and vibrant coulis

Breakfast sliders

Personal sandwiches with homemade bread, eggs, cheese, avocado and garlic aioli

Oatmeal

Fresh oatmeal served with fresh fruits, nuts, chia seeds and dry fruits

 

 

AFTERNOON SELECTIONS

Mexican mix

Guacamole, cashew sour cream, mashed beans, grilled vegetables and chicken served with tortillas

Captain's Gourmet Hamburger

Homemade bread, grilled burger, freshly homemade sauces, caramalized onions, avocado

 Caribbean style dal

Lentils drowned in curry, turmeric, spices, served with vegetables and rice

 Buddha bowl

Quinoa, avocado, sweet potato, spinach, fresh tomatoes, beans, fruit and chicken 

Mushroom Risotto

Traditional Italian risotto with mushrooms, white wine and parmesan

 Spanish salad

Rice salad with fresh vegetables, olives, shrimps and chorizo

 

HAPPY HOUR SELECTIONS

Deviled eggs

Boiled eggs, stuffed with mayonnaise, garlic and mustard

 Babaganoush and Hummus

Traditional dishes from north Africa, grilled eggplants or mashed chick peas mixed with olive oil, spices, tahini and yogurt, served with fresh veggies

 Fritters

Deep fried onions or other vegetables, served with a selection of sauces (homemade aioli, pomodoro, tartar etc...)

Mediterranean Mix

Tapenades (olive pastes), sun dried tomato paste, tzatziki, served with homemade foccacia

Vol-au-vent

Pastries filled with creamy mushrooms and fresh herbs

Financiers

Little salty cakes topped with sun dried tomatoes, parmesan and zucchini

 Verrines

Small glasses filled with flavorful layers of complimentary tastes and colors

 

EVENING SELECTIONS

Scallop Raviolis

Raviolis filled with grilled scallops and basil in it's own jus, served with a spinach salad and homemade garlic bread

Chicken Curry

Grilled chicken served in an opulent curry sauce, vegetables and rice

Pan Fried Fish Of The Day

Pan fried fish caught today with Meuniere sauce, vegetables and rice

 Pad Thai

Traditional Thai dish with rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and scramble egg

 Salmon en Papillotte

Salmon oven steamed in parchment with spices and fresh vegetables, served with garlic mashed potatoes

 Chicken with Mustard

Grilled chicken served with a smoked mustard sauce, vegetables and roasted potatoes

  Grilled Fish

Whole fish grilled in the oven with crust and spices, served with roasted vegetables and couscous

Herissons Chinois

Steamed meat and rice balls, served with shoyu and vegetables

 

DESSERTS

Chocolate Mousse

Light chocolate mousse with dark chocolate and aquafaba

Cheesecake

Cashew nut cheesecake, with Graham, fresh berry coulis/caramel/chocolate topping

Tiramisu

Traditional Italian tiramisu with sponge biscuit, mascarpone creme and coffee

 Berries Tarte

Traditional French pie crust with vanilla cream, fresh berries and whipped cream

 Chocolate Soufflé

Baked chocolate mousse

 Key Lime Pie

Pie crust with lime cream and coconut whipped cream

 Apple Crumble

Apples baked in the oven with sugar and cinnamon, topped with pie crumble, served with vanilla ice cream

 

COCKTAILS

Mojitos

Mint, lime jus, sugar cane, rum, sparkling water/soda

 Margarita

Tequila, Cointreau, lime jus

 Tutti Frutti

Mix of berries, vodka, lime jus and sugar

Pina Colada

Coconut milk, rum, pineapple jus, banana jus, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg

 Apple Martini

Vodka, Green apple schnapps, lime jus

Caipirinha

Lime, cachaça, sugar, soda/sparkling water (can be added fresh mixed fruits)

Any additional cokctails available on request

 

STANDARD SHIPS BAR

Soft drinks, sodas, water, beers and well drinks, cocktails are available  for your enjoyment.

 

Spirits

Vodka brands: Tito’s, Stoli, Smirnoff

Whiskey brands: Johnny Walker, Dewars, Jack Daniels

Tequila brands: Souza, Milagro

Rum brand: Cruzan

Gin brands: Gordans, Tanqueray  

Assortment of liqueurs.

 

Red and White Wines

Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Pinot Noir, Proseco

 

Beer

Bud, Coors, Corona, Miller, Caribe, Presidente

 

 

Please let your broker know your preferred brand.

If you require premium wines or spirits of your choice, please notify your broker and we will be happy to source it for you and have them onboard when you arrive.

These would be at an additional cost to you.

Friendly and Fun To Be Around
He is strong and healthy and very fit and an awesome Captain. I have watched him do amazing physically-demanding feats.... On top of all this, he is friendly, fun to be around, out-going, and has a well developed sense of humor. Brian has a real positive outlook on life and is always upbeat
Excellent with Guests
He was excellent with guests – helpful, friendly and fun; letting his natural personality shine through, but was always respectful and a professional Captain.
Everything we Expected and More
The experience offered in writing seemed too good to be true. In reality, the trip was everything we expected and more. My opinion is that Mr. Christiansen does excellent work under all conditions. Elena shares her passion for the ocean, diving and fine cuisine. She is incredibly patient and lots of fun to be around.
What an Epic Journey!
This was one of the best weeks of our entire life! From the magnificent food and insane feats that Elena pulled off meal after meal to the non-stop adventures Captain Brian engineered. We so appreciate all the love, laughter and adventure. Thank you for including us in one of the most magical moments of our lives. Witnessing your engagement and New Years Eve was legendary! Thanks for becoming friends! We wish you nothing but love and adventure and we cannot wait to return for another epic trip on the Black Tortuga. Happy Everything!
Indelible Memories!
the need to taste life is etched in our brains. It is on trips like these where the flavors come alive. We are all here to experience, to touch, to feel, to listen, to love. All of these sensations lead to feeling. We were all so lucky to feel and experience these these past 7 days - a paradise which has thankfully left indelible memories for the entire clan. We are grateful for your excellent guide services and stellar hospitality.
Will remember forever!
Thank you for being such wonderful tour guides and hosts on such a beautiful boat. it was a wonderful family trip that our family will remember forever. the snorkeling was amazing and the food was unbelievable - I may miss the food the most :) Thanks for the memories you helped me and my family have on a trip of a lifetime.
Amazing Trip!
I was amazing! The only complaint is it went way to fast! Food was amazing, company/sailing/stories....all made for the perfect get-a-way.
Trip of a Lifetime!
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime! I love your passion and knowledge of the sea. Having you two as company was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for being so patient and kind.
An Amazing Team
You are an amazing team. Thanks for all the fun laughter and creating the environment for our family to bond and spend quality time together. Thank you for your passion for the sea and these beautiful islands. I appreciate the extra care and effort in making what were already amazing meals, edible for me with all of my allergies. First trip ever that food was a highlight of the vacation and I felt included when it was time to eat. Casper and I enjoyed our trip immensely. Thank you! You guys are soooo AMAZING! this trip will forever be so memorable because you made it so great and so fun for me and my family! Brian you are so much fun and so cool teaching us new things and about the history of the islands was one of my favorites. We really enjoyed you hanging out with us and keeping us busy and filling up our days with fun. Elena, your cooking was incredible and so beautiful. I always looked forward to our meals and snacks :). I loved your passion for everything and the ocean and life itself! I love learning new things from you and everything you say sounds so amazing about places and things you have done! You both are incredible and I'm so thankful for this trip and getting to meet you. Dont' change anything. I loved it all.
Epic!!
Our time on Black Tortuga was AMAZING! Cruising around St. John and out to Flanagan Island was so beautiful. I will never forget the dives, snorkel, noodle floats, meals, fruity drinks, and sunsets. EPIC!!! Night dive watching the octopus feed was a bucket list moment. Every second was pure bliss.
Thanksgiving 2020
Brian & Elena, Thank you both for the most perfect vacation EVER! We seriously loved every second. We were so bummed when the trip got cancelled back in April due to covid, but this was so worth the wait! Elena, your cooking is incredible and it will be missed - your unbelievable birthday cake, pizza rolls, homemade bread, pasta carbonara, and all the rest.. Brian, we loved your ukulele playing, snorkel tours, "scurfing" skills, and everything you did! We are also so happy we got to learn "poo head" - so many laughs! Black Tortuga, you guys + this beautiful place will be so missed and remembered forever! Hopefully we'll be back! And if you ever need a sailing assistant, I'm sure John would step right up! Thank you for EVERYTHING! We love you guys!
Rates are All Inclusive
Season 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX 8 PAX
Winter 2020 to 2021 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Summer 2021 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Winter 2021 to 2022 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Summer 2022 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000

Unless otherwise specified-Caribbean Standard All-Inclusive Charters include the following:

  • Standard check-in/check-out of 12pm
  • Light daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast, lunch, canapés/afternoon tea, dinner and snacks
  • Standard ship’s bar: vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, triple sec, mixers, local beers, table wine and water/coffee/tea and soft drinks
  • Stereo with MP3/iPhone connection with indoor/outdoor speakers; 3G/4G Wi-Fi access point
  • Snorkeling equipment, fishing gear, kayaks, dingy tender with outboard motors
  • Water toys such as floating islands, and air mattresses
  • Separate bathroom and living quarters for crew
  • Reputable and licensed crew who have local knowledge of waters and are able to adjust menus based on guest’s preferences and dietary restrictions
  • Operating expenses including: air conditioning, fuel, water, sailing permits/taxes, local taxes and crew wages

What Is Not Included in Standard All-Inclusive Charters:

  • Gratuity for crew. Gratuity is at guest discretion and is typically between 15-20%
  • Meals and beverages at restaurants and bars
  • Rendezvous diving, ASA sailing certification courses and any other offshore excursions
  • Premium wines and spirits
<font color="b700b7"><B>GENERAL NOTES:
MINIMUM NIGHTS: 6, Inquire for less
For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights
BVI PORT FEE: Add $400 each end for BVI ports other than West End or Jost.</B></font color>

<B><u><big>$250 PER CABIN SLEEP ABOARD:</b></u></big> Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Boarding after 4PM, welcome cocktails, then dinner to be taken ashore at client expense. Includes breakfast the next morning. Valid for 6 night charter or longer. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year's weeks.

<B><u><big>HALF-BOARD OPTION:</b></u></big>
<B><big>7 nights ($150 off per person) - </b></big> Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners aboard - with all other meals to be taken ashore at client expense
2@$17,700 3@$18,050 4@$18,400 5@18,750 6@$19,100 7/$19,450 8/$19,800

<B><u><big>LOCAL-FARE OPTION:</b></u></big>
<B><big>7 nights ($75 off per person) - </b></big> Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 1 dinner ashore at client expense.
2@$17,850 3@$18,275 4@$18,700 5@$19,125 6@$19,550 7@$19,975 8@$20,400


<B><U><BIG>CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS:</big></u></b>
<B><big>CHRISTMAS: </b></big> 1-8 guests @$23,100, Christmas must end no later than 12/26
<B><big>NEW YEARS: </b></big> 1-8 guests @ $26,000 with 7 night minimum, may not start before 12/27


<B><U>PHOTOGRAPHY:</b></u>
Guests may take home memories of their charter. Our captain is an award winning photographer ready to capture all of the moments your guests would like to remember forever. He is especially proficient at imaging underwater. Also being a videographer, those fast moving moments won’t be lost. All images taken during the charter can be made available digitally (with no copyright) and guests may do whatever they would want with them, print the images huge for your living room or just post on social media. Whatever you decide to do with your imagery, you will never forget the Virgin Islands.
-->Topside Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter above water): $750
Undersea Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter below water): $950
-->Complete Digital Package (everything): $1250
-->Individual Digital Topside Images: $75
-->Individual Digital Undersea Images: $95
<i><b>Please arrange beforehand if you are interested in any of these packages. Your final decision can wait until you see what your package looks like.</i></b></font color>


<font color="#f30000"><BIG><B>***SPECIAL OFFERS ***</big></b>
None at this time.
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  • : Cat
  • : 25.4 Feet
  • : 4.4 Feet
  • : 8
  • : 2018
  • : FOUNTAINE PAJOT
  • : n/a
  • : n/a
  • : No
  • : No
  • : Onboard
  • : Brian Christiansen - Professional Videographer
  • : USA
  • : No
  • : 1282276
Accommodations
Cabins: 4
Queen: 4
Single Cabins: 1
Showers: 4
Wash Basins: 4
Heads: 4
Electric Heads: -
Engine Details
-
Fuel Consumption: n/a
Cruising Speed: n/a
Max Speed: n/aUS Gall/Hr
Details
Refit: -
Helipad: No
Jacuzzi: No
A/C: Full
Locations
Winter Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Pick Up Locations
Pref. Pick-up: -
Other Pick-up: -


Amenities
Salon Tv/VCR: Yes
Salon Stereo: Yes
Sat Tv: -
# of Videos: -
# DVDs/Movies: No
# CD's: No
Camcorder: No
Books: No
Board Games: Yes
Sun Awning: No
Deck Shower: Yes
Bimini: Yes
Water Maker: Yes
Special Diets: Yes
Kosher: Inq
BBQ: Yes
# Dine In: 8
Minimum Age: Water safe
Generator: Yes
Inverter: Yes
Voltages: 110 V
Water Maker: Yes
Water Cap: -
Ice Maker: No
Sailing Instructions: No
Internet Access: Onboard WIFI
Gay Charters: Yes
Nude: Inq
Hairdryers: No
# Port Hatches: Yes
Guests Smokes: Yes, only on sugar scoops
Crew Smokes: No
Pets Aboard: No
Pet Type: -
Guest Pets: No
Children Ok: Yes
Hammock: Yes
Windscoops: No
Water Sports
Dinghy size: 12.6' Center Console
Dinghy hp: 30hp
Dinghy # pax: 10
Water Skis Adult: No
Water Skis Kids: No
Jet Skis: No
Wave Runners: No
Kneeboard: No
Windsurfer: No
Snorkel Gear: Yes
Tube: Yes
Scurfer: No
Wake Board: No
Kayaks 1 Pax: No
Kayaks (2 Pax): No
Floating Mats: Yes
Swim Platform: Yes
Boarding Ladder (Loc/Type): Yes
Sailing Dinghy: No
Beach Games: Yes
Fishing Gear: No
Gear Type: Trolling
Rods: 2
General Diving Info
Diving is offered onboard.
Guests to rent their own equipment. Crew will help facilitate the rental and will make sure it is onboard in time for the charter.
Elena is a dive instructor

Coki Dive Center:
Contact: Peter
Cell #: (340) 998-4196



Diving Costs information
Diving Costs:
$50 per person per dive
$75 per person per night dive
Up to 2 dives per day
Open Water Certification, client must have completed course work prior to charter. Confined water dives - $150 per person. Open water dives - $299 per person
Discover Scuba - $125 per person, minimum age 10
Refresher course -$125
Open Water Advanced Dive Course- $300



Captain
Brian Christiansen - Professional Videographer
Nation: USA
Born: 1987
License: RYA Yacht Master
Languages: English, French, Russian and German
Chef/Mate - Scuba Instructor
Elena Gandillon
Nation: Swiss
Born: 1989
License: STCW, Dive Instructor
MEET THE CREW - 2019/20 SEASON
Captain - Brian Christiansen
Chef - Elena Gandillon

Share in the unique experiences of the Virgin Islands that Elena and Brian craft for you sailing aboard the spacious, wind-powered vessel, Black Tortuga.

With close to a decade of experience taking people “into the wild”, Brian shares his sense of adventure with guests. Raised in Utah and frequently found at sea, Brian is confronted with questions as to how he became an ocean-going captain. Most people forget there is a small ocean, the Great Salt Lake, in his desert home. His father taught him a love for all activities in and around water. Reading sea-faring novels from the golden-age of discovery inspired him to lust for the horizon and he eventually made his way aboard expedition ships plying all the planet's waters. Alongside working for National Geographic Expeditions, he operated specialty charters through the Lesser Antilles on his own sailing vessel. As a USCG 100ton rated captain, his attention to detail and professionalism are integral to safe operation of the vessel. As a fellow human with passions in outdoor pursuits, he is a perfect companion for fun activities if you want to try your hand at at anything from surfing and kiteboarding to freediving and kayaking. Holding a degree in film-making, working as a videographer and being a reward winning photographer; he can create, upon prior request, a media package of the events that make your trip remarkable.

Elena's spirit awakens in the open. After traveling to over thirty countries, her instinct draws her to beautiful and isolated places. Her love for nature led her from jagged mountain peaks of Switzerland into the deep blue of the Indo-Pacific. She became a PADI certified scuba instructor in Komodo so she can share her love of undersea life with others. Join her for some scuba diving or become certified while onboard and see what the hype is all about! Growing up in an international household, her culinary influences are mainly French and Swiss with added spice from her travels, specializing in creating heart-warming dishes from the simplest of ingredients. She aspires to cater her dishes toward individual diets and has perfected eco-friendly, plant-based menu selections. Placing great importance on the dining experience, speaking three languages, and versed in the art of conversation makes spending time with her a joy, no matter where you are from.

Elena and Brian met in Raja Ampat diving and sailing and are fully committed to spending every moment in each other’s company with their first love, the water. Blending luxurious yacht life and connecting with nature in easy grace, they ignite voyagers' passion for Caribbean beauty. Sailing in consistent winds on the azure waters of the Virgin Islands while visiting white sandy beaches with quaint hideaways is a perfect way to charter.
Come join them aboard Black Tortuga for the wind-powered charter of a lifetime. You will go home with more than memories - you will have inspiring stories of rewarding experiences.

With Elena and Brian, you are guaranteed an unforgettable week. As a team, they are perfectly matched to make your tropical getaway magical.


_____________________________________________

“Take home memories of your charter. Your captain, Brian, is an award winning photographer ready to capture all of the moments you want to remember forever. He is especially proficient at imaging underwater. Also being a videographer, those fast moving moments won’t be lost. All images taken during your voyage can be made available to you digitally with no copyright so you can do whatever you want with them, print the images huge for your living room or just post on social media. Whatever you decide to do with your imagery, you will never forget the Virgin Islands.”

Topside Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter above water): $750
Undersea Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter below water): $950
Complete Digital Package (everything): $1250
Individual Digital Topside Images: $75
Individual Digital Undersea Images: $95

“Please arrange beforehand if you are interested in any of these packages. Your final decision can wait until you see what your package looks like.”



MORNING SELECTIONS

Omelette

Omelette fried with mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, onion and zucchini

Scrambled egg wrap

Wrap filled with scrambled eggs, avocado, beans, spinach and a homemade sauce

Pancakes

Homemade fluffy pancakes (gluten free on demand) with topping of your choice

Smoothie bowl

Your choice of mixed fresh fruits, milk and topping with nuts, seeds and fruits

French toast

Homemade bread soaked in milk and sugar, fried in a pan, topped with fresh fruits and vibrant coulis

Breakfast sliders

Personal sandwiches with homemade bread, eggs, cheese, avocado and garlic aioli

Oatmeal

Fresh oatmeal served with fresh fruits, nuts, chia seeds and dry fruits

 

 

AFTERNOON SELECTIONS

Mexican mix

Guacamole, cashew sour cream, mashed beans, grilled vegetables and chicken served with tortillas

Captain's Gourmet Hamburger

Homemade bread, grilled burger, freshly homemade sauces, caramalized onions, avocado

 Caribbean style dal

Lentils drowned in curry, turmeric, spices, served with vegetables and rice

 Buddha bowl

Quinoa, avocado, sweet potato, spinach, fresh tomatoes, beans, fruit and chicken 

Mushroom Risotto

Traditional Italian risotto with mushrooms, white wine and parmesan

 Spanish salad

Rice salad with fresh vegetables, olives, shrimps and chorizo

 

HAPPY HOUR SELECTIONS

Deviled eggs

Boiled eggs, stuffed with mayonnaise, garlic and mustard

 Babaganoush and Hummus

Traditional dishes from north Africa, grilled eggplants or mashed chick peas mixed with olive oil, spices, tahini and yogurt, served with fresh veggies

 Fritters

Deep fried onions or other vegetables, served with a selection of sauces (homemade aioli, pomodoro, tartar etc...)

Mediterranean Mix

Tapenades (olive pastes), sun dried tomato paste, tzatziki, served with homemade foccacia

Vol-au-vent

Pastries filled with creamy mushrooms and fresh herbs

Financiers

Little salty cakes topped with sun dried tomatoes, parmesan and zucchini

 Verrines

Small glasses filled with flavorful layers of complimentary tastes and colors

 

EVENING SELECTIONS

Scallop Raviolis

Raviolis filled with grilled scallops and basil in it's own jus, served with a spinach salad and homemade garlic bread

Chicken Curry

Grilled chicken served in an opulent curry sauce, vegetables and rice

Pan Fried Fish Of The Day

Pan fried fish caught today with Meuniere sauce, vegetables and rice

 Pad Thai

Traditional Thai dish with rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and scramble egg

 Salmon en Papillotte

Salmon oven steamed in parchment with spices and fresh vegetables, served with garlic mashed potatoes

 Chicken with Mustard

Grilled chicken served with a smoked mustard sauce, vegetables and roasted potatoes

  Grilled Fish

Whole fish grilled in the oven with crust and spices, served with roasted vegetables and couscous

Herissons Chinois

Steamed meat and rice balls, served with shoyu and vegetables

 

DESSERTS

Chocolate Mousse

Light chocolate mousse with dark chocolate and aquafaba

Cheesecake

Cashew nut cheesecake, with Graham, fresh berry coulis/caramel/chocolate topping

Tiramisu

Traditional Italian tiramisu with sponge biscuit, mascarpone creme and coffee

 Berries Tarte

Traditional French pie crust with vanilla cream, fresh berries and whipped cream

 Chocolate Soufflé

Baked chocolate mousse

 Key Lime Pie

Pie crust with lime cream and coconut whipped cream

 Apple Crumble

Apples baked in the oven with sugar and cinnamon, topped with pie crumble, served with vanilla ice cream

 

COCKTAILS

Mojitos

Mint, lime jus, sugar cane, rum, sparkling water/soda

 Margarita

Tequila, Cointreau, lime jus

 Tutti Frutti

Mix of berries, vodka, lime jus and sugar

Pina Colada

Coconut milk, rum, pineapple jus, banana jus, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg

 Apple Martini

Vodka, Green apple schnapps, lime jus

Caipirinha

Lime, cachaça, sugar, soda/sparkling water (can be added fresh mixed fruits)

Any additional cokctails available on request

 

STANDARD SHIPS BAR

Soft drinks, sodas, water, beers and well drinks, cocktails are available  for your enjoyment.

 

Spirits

Vodka brands: Tito’s, Stoli, Smirnoff

Whiskey brands: Johnny Walker, Dewars, Jack Daniels

Tequila brands: Souza, Milagro

Rum brand: Cruzan

Gin brands: Gordans, Tanqueray  

Assortment of liqueurs.

 

Red and White Wines

Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Pinot Noir, Proseco

 

Beer

Bud, Coors, Corona, Miller, Caribe, Presidente

 

 

Please let your broker know your preferred brand.

If you require premium wines or spirits of your choice, please notify your broker and we will be happy to source it for you and have them onboard when you arrive.

These would be at an additional cost to you.

Friendly and Fun To Be Around
He is strong and healthy and very fit and an awesome Captain. I have watched him do amazing physically-demanding feats.... On top of all this, he is friendly, fun to be around, out-going, and has a well developed sense of humor. Brian has a real positive outlook on life and is always upbeat
Excellent with Guests
He was excellent with guests – helpful, friendly and fun; letting his natural personality shine through, but was always respectful and a professional Captain.
Everything we Expected and More
The experience offered in writing seemed too good to be true. In reality, the trip was everything we expected and more. My opinion is that Mr. Christiansen does excellent work under all conditions. Elena shares her passion for the ocean, diving and fine cuisine. She is incredibly patient and lots of fun to be around.
What an Epic Journey!
This was one of the best weeks of our entire life! From the magnificent food and insane feats that Elena pulled off meal after meal to the non-stop adventures Captain Brian engineered. We so appreciate all the love, laughter and adventure. Thank you for including us in one of the most magical moments of our lives. Witnessing your engagement and New Years Eve was legendary! Thanks for becoming friends! We wish you nothing but love and adventure and we cannot wait to return for another epic trip on the Black Tortuga. Happy Everything!
Indelible Memories!
the need to taste life is etched in our brains. It is on trips like these where the flavors come alive. We are all here to experience, to touch, to feel, to listen, to love. All of these sensations lead to feeling. We were all so lucky to feel and experience these these past 7 days - a paradise which has thankfully left indelible memories for the entire clan. We are grateful for your excellent guide services and stellar hospitality.
Will remember forever!
Thank you for being such wonderful tour guides and hosts on such a beautiful boat. it was a wonderful family trip that our family will remember forever. the snorkeling was amazing and the food was unbelievable - I may miss the food the most :) Thanks for the memories you helped me and my family have on a trip of a lifetime.
Amazing Trip!
I was amazing! The only complaint is it went way to fast! Food was amazing, company/sailing/stories....all made for the perfect get-a-way.
Trip of a Lifetime!
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime! I love your passion and knowledge of the sea. Having you two as company was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for being so patient and kind.
An Amazing Team
You are an amazing team. Thanks for all the fun laughter and creating the environment for our family to bond and spend quality time together. Thank you for your passion for the sea and these beautiful islands. I appreciate the extra care and effort in making what were already amazing meals, edible for me with all of my allergies. First trip ever that food was a highlight of the vacation and I felt included when it was time to eat. Casper and I enjoyed our trip immensely. Thank you! You guys are soooo AMAZING! this trip will forever be so memorable because you made it so great and so fun for me and my family! Brian you are so much fun and so cool teaching us new things and about the history of the islands was one of my favorites. We really enjoyed you hanging out with us and keeping us busy and filling up our days with fun. Elena, your cooking was incredible and so beautiful. I always looked forward to our meals and snacks :). I loved your passion for everything and the ocean and life itself! I love learning new things from you and everything you say sounds so amazing about places and things you have done! You both are incredible and I'm so thankful for this trip and getting to meet you. Dont' change anything. I loved it all.
Epic!!
Our time on Black Tortuga was AMAZING! Cruising around St. John and out to Flanagan Island was so beautiful. I will never forget the dives, snorkel, noodle floats, meals, fruity drinks, and sunsets. EPIC!!! Night dive watching the octopus feed was a bucket list moment. Every second was pure bliss.
Thanksgiving 2020
Brian & Elena, Thank you both for the most perfect vacation EVER! We seriously loved every second. We were so bummed when the trip got cancelled back in April due to covid, but this was so worth the wait! Elena, your cooking is incredible and it will be missed - your unbelievable birthday cake, pizza rolls, homemade bread, pasta carbonara, and all the rest.. Brian, we loved your ukulele playing, snorkel tours, "scurfing" skills, and everything you did! We are also so happy we got to learn "poo head" - so many laughs! Black Tortuga, you guys + this beautiful place will be so missed and remembered forever! Hopefully we'll be back! And if you ever need a sailing assistant, I'm sure John would step right up! Thank you for EVERYTHING! We love you guys!
Rates are All Inclusive
Season 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX 8 PAX
Winter 2020 to 2021 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Summer 2021 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Winter 2021 to 2022 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000
Summer 2022 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000 $20,500 $21,000

Unless otherwise specified-Caribbean Standard All-Inclusive Charters include the following:

  • Standard check-in/check-out of 12pm
  • Light daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast, lunch, canapés/afternoon tea, dinner and snacks
  • Standard ship’s bar: vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, triple sec, mixers, local beers, table wine and water/coffee/tea and soft drinks
  • Stereo with MP3/iPhone connection with indoor/outdoor speakers; 3G/4G Wi-Fi access point
  • Snorkeling equipment, fishing gear, kayaks, dingy tender with outboard motors
  • Water toys such as floating islands, and air mattresses
  • Separate bathroom and living quarters for crew
  • Reputable and licensed crew who have local knowledge of waters and are able to adjust menus based on guest’s preferences and dietary restrictions
  • Operating expenses including: air conditioning, fuel, water, sailing permits/taxes, local taxes and crew wages

What Is Not Included in Standard All-Inclusive Charters:

  • Gratuity for crew. Gratuity is at guest discretion and is typically between 15-20%
  • Meals and beverages at restaurants and bars
  • Rendezvous diving, ASA sailing certification courses and any other offshore excursions
  • Premium wines and spirits
<font color="b700b7"><B>GENERAL NOTES:
MINIMUM NIGHTS: 6, Inquire for less
For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights
BVI PORT FEE: Add $400 each end for BVI ports other than West End or Jost.</B></font color>

<B><u><big>$250 PER CABIN SLEEP ABOARD:</b></u></big> Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Boarding after 4PM, welcome cocktails, then dinner to be taken ashore at client expense. Includes breakfast the next morning. Valid for 6 night charter or longer. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year's weeks.

<B><u><big>HALF-BOARD OPTION:</b></u></big>
<B><big>7 nights ($150 off per person) - </b></big> Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners aboard - with all other meals to be taken ashore at client expense
2@$17,700 3@$18,050 4@$18,400 5@18,750 6@$19,100 7/$19,450 8/$19,800

<B><u><big>LOCAL-FARE OPTION:</b></u></big>
<B><big>7 nights ($75 off per person) - </b></big> Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 1 dinner ashore at client expense.
2@$17,850 3@$18,275 4@$18,700 5@$19,125 6@$19,550 7@$19,975 8@$20,400


<B><U><BIG>CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS:</big></u></b>
<B><big>CHRISTMAS: </b></big> 1-8 guests @$23,100, Christmas must end no later than 12/26
<B><big>NEW YEARS: </b></big> 1-8 guests @ $26,000 with 7 night minimum, may not start before 12/27


<B><U>PHOTOGRAPHY:</b></u>
Guests may take home memories of their charter. Our captain is an award winning photographer ready to capture all of the moments your guests would like to remember forever. He is especially proficient at imaging underwater. Also being a videographer, those fast moving moments won’t be lost. All images taken during the charter can be made available digitally (with no copyright) and guests may do whatever they would want with them, print the images huge for your living room or just post on social media. Whatever you decide to do with your imagery, you will never forget the Virgin Islands.
-->Topside Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter above water): $750
Undersea Digital Package (All images, photo or video, created during the charter below water): $950
-->Complete Digital Package (everything): $1250
-->Individual Digital Topside Images: $75
-->Individual Digital Undersea Images: $95
<i><b>Please arrange beforehand if you are interested in any of these packages. Your final decision can wait until you see what your package looks like.</i></b></font color>


<font color="#f30000"><BIG><B>***SPECIAL OFFERS ***</big></b>
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