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RUMBA GUESTS COMMENTS
Karen and Brendan,
What a trip of a lifetime! Thank you both for taking such a great care of us and sailing us to the most beautiful places in the USVI. The snorkeling on this trip has been the best I have ever experienced and your knowledge of the coves to find it was magical. The food was outstanding throughout the week and your cheerful presentation made every meal an experience. Finally, thank you for joining our group as though you were part of our friendship group. You guys are wonderful and meeting you was a blessing. You are forever our friends and I wish you both the best life has to offer in the future. Thank you for an amazing week on these beautiful waters! With love!
Karen and Brendan,
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us this week. You made this a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for putting up with us – and mr Olson! We can tell you love your jobs and you are great at it! We are hoping one day we can make it back for another trip with you guys. We wish rich blessings on you and hope you get to find new adventures. With gratitude!
Karen and Brendan,
I had the most wonderful trip – once in a lifetime. It was so much fun and you forced me to eat way too much! So very delicious. You two are beyond amazing and I cannot thank you enough for everything I will treasure the memories made. Wishing you all the best this world has to offer to you two! Thank you for everything!!
Thanks for the food, the laughter and the care and especially the wonderful drinks of the day. I cant tell you how much I especially appreciated how Brendan always told me “good job” as I gracefully (not!) entered and entered the dinghy. This week was full of memories we will never forget and hopefully we can do it again in the future. Karen makes the best desserts!
We have totally enjoyed being with friends and especially the crew! There are so many memories that were made this week! You guys are and make a fantastic team. I do hope we will stay in touch. Oh and the knowledge we captured will definitely be remembered and shared. I wish you both best wishes. You made us feel as if we were part of your family. Love you guys!
Darla and Jerry Kitchen.
Karen and Brendan,
It was worth the 2 year wait! We had planned this trip years ago and we were nervous we would miss the opportunity for our families. This trip blew our wildest expectations. Brendan was an incredible captain and host, always patient and catering to our desires to spend as much time as possible in the water. You could tell how much he genuinely enjoyed our knuckleheads playing in the water. The snorkeling spots were incredible! Our kids had a ton of fun being towed by the dinghy.
Karen was an amazing chef and more importantly, incredibly thoughtful about our food restrictions. The meals were delicious and you could tell that she took great investment in our happiness!
The week went by way too fast! We cannot wait until our paths cross again! xoxo
Thanks for a luxurious week of sunsets, cocktails, snorkeling and water sports. Brendan refused to let our families lift a finger taking care of everything and Karen not only was a phenomenal cook but she went out of her way to make sure we had everything we desired! The amazing views of the Virgin Islands will never be forgotten. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. Thank you so much for helping our family make the most amazing memories – Karen, your cooking was spectacular and Brendan you catered to our children and made sure they were having fun (safely) which was such a task since we have daredevils at time. Endless thanks to you both. You were amazing! Love you guys and wish you the best! Miss you already!
We had a great time. Rumba was in very good shape. The layout of the boat was perfect for our group. We took advantage of the roomy flybridge. The lounge area on the bow was nicely cushioned. The staterooms were comfortable and the AC and plumbing all worked perfectly.
Captain Brendan was terrific. He was very quick to understand our interests and come up with an itinerary that met them. Prior to the charter we expressed interest in getting us all out on kayaks and they came equipped with three inflatable kayaks that we enjoyed in several anchorages. Brendan gave us lots of opportunity to take the helm and sail Rumba, which we enjoy doing. He took us to several pretty snorkeling spots. He anticipated our every need and interest.
Chef Karen was terrific as well. All of the meals were excellent. I was amazed at how we had fresh baked muffins every morning. In our preference sheet we expressed interest in fresh local sea food and Karen served us delicious local lobster tails, buttery sea bass and other terrific meals. All of our food and beverage preferences were met. The boat was fully stocked with the beverages we asked for. Brendan's drink-of-the-day was highly anticipated and enjoyed at cocktail hour each afternoon.
Brendan and Karen were delightful and fun to spend the week with. We highly recommend them and Rumba. Should we return to the Virgin Islands next season which is a distinct possibility, we will want to be with them and on Rumba again. Thanks for another great boat and crew selection for us.
Karen and Brendan,
Where do I begin? We have been so looking forward to this trip. We knew I would be awesome. We already knew we loved the USVI's but never did I imagine how amazing this trip would be with the two of you. I cannot imagine doing another charter without the two of you. Not only did you give us top notch service, but watching the two of you as a team was beautiful. You are a perfect match and work beautifully together. Can I say the 'two of you' one more time lol :).
Thank you for making this trip one that we will be talking about for years to come. The trip of a lifetime. We are already looking forward to rebooking with you in 2 years. Whatever boat you are on, we will be there.
And I hope you’ll agree that we are leaving with you as not just captain and chef, + Chris and Mandy, but as friends. Next we see you in Michigan. There...I've asked like 5 times, not you much come visit. Forever grateful – Chris and Mandy.
Karen and Brendan,
What an amazing adventure we had sailing with you! This was our first sailing trip in the VI and will not be our last. Karen – your creativity and excellence made every meal an adventure. We feel like we were eating at a 5-star restaurant every day and night! Your easy going nature and partnership with Brendan kept us sailing along! Brendan – we all so appreciated your knowledge of the islands, you sailing experience and your dedication to customer service. Your cocktail of the day was always an enjoyable event to look forward to each evening! We appreciate how personal you also take safety and keeping all passengers happy and content. Not an easy task with two diverse groups of boaters.
The trip brought us all closer together as friends and would not have happened without your desire to make this an exceptional vacation! We are very grateful! All my best and hope to see you again!
Karen and Brendan,
This was a trip of a lifetime with the best boat and crew in the USVI. We had a week full of fun, sun, swimming, snorkeling, laughs and fantastic food and service. We made many great memories from our week on Rumba! Thank you Karen and Brendan for such a great trip!
Karen and Brendan,
Fantastic trip! You all treated us like family. I will forever be grateful.
We couldn't have had a better week Brendan and Karen are enthusiastic and gracious hosts. They worked incredibly hard to ensure our great time with great success. They quickly read their guests and create the perfect environment. Their recommendations were perfect. They create a fabulous atmosphere with their loving interactions with each other. Karen went above and beyond in creating meals, baking desserts, making snacks, insuring everyone was always well fed and accommodated. Brendans drink of the day was always delish and a daily highlight. His captain skills made us feel safe and secure with a light touch and a great sense of humor. Everyday he gave us great advice and choices for the itinerary.
Our group has chartered together before and we would happy to be on their boat again. 5 stars!
They anticipated every desire and need!
You two made this trip so amazing. So you have not seen the last of us! We will follow you guys whatever but you’re on! So many special memories were made this week! Much love and thanks!
Captain Brendan and Karen, I believe the two of you have found something special here, it shows And all the hard work and effort you put in dealing with you both were together as a team is beautiful thing to see. The outcome of all that work is an amazing experience for your guests. Truly one of a kind on top of all that you are great people. You love what you do and it shows, you know your craft well. Amazing trip, amazing food, amazing hostility. U2 are the best. Thank you for so much for an unforgettable trip. You checked all the boxes.
Thank you both so much for making every day delicious and special. You were in the right place and shows in the way you do all that you do! Relax and smile always you are you were perfect host to share this special time together. Thank you for showing all of it with us. We will never forget this trip!
Karen and Brendan thank you for giving us a beautiful and wonderful experience and Rumba. So many special memories have been geared for Paul and myself. You both are truly an amazing team. We feel blessed to have had this time with you very special people. We are deeply grateful for all of what you do and sharing so much of yourselves with us. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful this trip has been and we look forward to continuing this joyous friendship as we walk life‘s path, you both are keepers! Love!
Karen and Brendan,
You filled our belly and her hearts. The food was gourmet every night and the adventures in ports were age better than the last. He spoiled us with laughter, knowledge, sun and fun! We will never forget this trip thank you is not enough. We are in all of all you do each day. Hopefully we can host you one day in the Berkshires.
Karen and Brendan, thank you for an incredible family vacation! The food was fantastic as you fed an entire football team! We made memories for a lifetime which was our goal. We hope to see you again!
Thank you Karen and Brendan for a wonderful week that went way too fast. The entire boat trip was perfect. The fabulous drink of the day to the abundance of delicious food - and that you managed to feed 4 teenage boys their endless food - quite the feat! Brendan and Karen, there was never a point on this trip that you didn’t go above and beyond - the trip was perfect and you guys were amazing! Thank you!
Unsure where to being with the amazing time we had! Brendan and Karen were unbelievable!! Already booking a trip with them for next year!
Thank you Karen and Brendan for being the funniest and most fun people Ive ever met! I truly mean it! I had a really awesome adventure along the way. I wish the week went by slower. Thanks for all the time times like the “barracuda” and turtles. Hopefully next time we visit you two will be our cook and bartender. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much Branden and Karen for making this best family vacation. After two years of COVID it was great to have a wonderful family time. We feel so special after one week aboard, perhaps you could come home with me and have my office ready at 6 every morning. Thank you for being the best hosts ever. We will always treasure our time with you!
Wow! it could not have been more perfect! Thank you for making our wedding special! The extra touches were great! We truly enjoyed every moment. Thanks for taking care of us, cant wait to see you next year!
BEST VACATION EVER!! This was our first trip as a new family and it could not have been more special. Cant wait to see Rumba, Karen & Brendan (and Timmy the Turtle) again next year! Thanks for making it an amazing week! It definitely did not suck!
Thank you to the best chef and bartender in the Caribbean. We had a fabulous vacation and trip and that was all thanks to Karen and Brendan. We cant wait to do this again next year!
Best vacation ever! Thank you so much we had the best chef and bartender in the world! I will always remember the zucchini bread and coconut mojito in the world! Let’s do this again next year with more DP shooters!
Chef Karen & Captain Brendan,
We can never thank you enough for the trip of a lifetime and its because of you that it was over the top! You guys are the best people and we cant wait to see you again! Hopefully on another charter :)
Lots of love!
To the best crew EVER (Karen & Brendan) !!
Thank you so much for the delicious food and drinks…we were happy and safe for an amazing vaca!
Dear John & Jess,
Thank you for this wonderful time! We all are so fortunate to have been able to be in such a beautiful place to enjoy our family and time off from this crazy life back home. The new places and adventures you showed us are now a new story on our long life of Caribbean trips we have been on. We wish you both a great year ahead and who knows, we may cross paths again!
Arthur & Maurice
Josh, Megan, Chase & Gwen
Thank you Captain Bubbles for this out of world experience. From the first joke on the first day, to the one's about Sean... You have made this trip so much more meaningful and beautiful! You have made us realize not only how much fun we can have together as a group, but also showed us how beautiful the small interactions we have are. You went so far beyond anything you had to do and made a personal connections with all of us, and made sure we were enjoying ourselves and were happy! We truly can't thank you enough for everything you have done! This trip was bound to be fantastic and you took it to a whole other level for all of us!
Leon, Rachel, Sean, Lydia, Frank, Sadie and Ami
What an absolutely AMAZING trip!!! Thank you so so much Captain John & Chef Jessica! From snorkeling and diving with turtles, sharks, stingrays, the most beautiful corals & fans, to paddle boarding, wake boarding, seeing donkeys at the beach, the most delicious food & drinks, floating taco bar, unbelievable sunsets.....I could go on and on...and these photos don't do justice to the stunning US Virgin Islands!
Blew away expectations. Captain John & Jody were awesome. Food was fantastic. Best vacation ever!
"Meghan made our vacation! She fed our soul!" - Julia
"We truly enjoyed not only the breakfast eggrolls (amazing!) but our overall time with Meghan. She offered great recommendations around the islands and fun adventures like chasing sea turtles, searching for tarantulas and pirate history!" - Stephanie
I think about our adventures daily and get lost in daydreaming about the sensory overload! The beautiful surroundings, the gorgeous sunsets, the fabulous accommodations, the laughter with great friends and YOU! From the time we set sail to the end of the trip, you made our trip special and most fondly memorable.
You worked tirelessly to make sure that all of our meals were five star quality. You made preparing meals for ten people look easy and each one was made with attention to detail. Not only did they all taste delicious, they were presented beautifully! My favorite evening on the boat was the murder mystery!! It was so fun and you worked so hard to make it even more memorable with all of the different courses you prepared! Through the entire trip you were so pleasant and accommodating to our every need. You made us feel comfortable, pampered and just easy to be around. Your knowledge about sailing and all of our destinations added even more to our fabulous holiday! Many thanks for everything you did to make our Sea Esta sail one of the best vacations we have ever had! Hopefully, we will have the great privilege to see you, again!
Karen & Brian
We recently spent 8 days aboard a catamaran in the BVI's with Elise as our chef. Her food was wonderful and a big part of our successful vacation. We were all so happy to come back from our morning snorkel to find breakfast ready, or a beautiful fruit and cheese plate (and chilled wine!) after our afternoon adventures. I especially enjoyed her salmon, pineapple "stuffing", and pineapple/oreo bars. In addition to making delicious food, Elise was very personable and an enjoyable member of the group! We still miss her!
Hi Elise, I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated all you did for us on the boat. The meals were absolutely delicious! We’ve been inspired by you to cook more for our boys. My husband just went to the grocery store a few minutes ago and doing a version of your chicken. You worked tirelessly each day and it didn’t go unnoticed. I hope you’ve gotten some rest today. Thank you again for everything!
The trip was great. We loved John and Heather. They were very knowledgeable and fun. We felt very safe in their hands. One of the highlights was getting to sail to St. Croix. They put up the sails and turned off the motor and the wind took over. It was amazing! Buck Island over there was awesome, too. Beautiful water and sand. We had the beach all to ourselves.
Really, nothing to complain about besides me ruining my phone and Mark, not my Mark, but the other Mark with us, stepped on a black sea urchin and got all the needles in his foot and toes. We had to call an ambulance. We were at Oppenheimer Beach. They didn’t treat him though. Said they would dissolve on their own, and they did.
We snorkeled several times and saw lots of sea turtles and stingrays and got to hold a sea urchin and huge starfish. Lots of yummy food and drinks....I could go on and on. Will post more pics on my Facebook page in a day or two when I have time to go through them all.
I’m ready to go back next summer! Thanks again for helping me with this trip!!
Yacht: RUMBA with John Mikulkac and Heather Monroe
Charter Dates: 2020-02-03 16:00 to 2020-02-10 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
Absolutely! It was amazing in taste and presentation!
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
6. Additional comments on your charter?
We had an amazing trip with Capt John & Heather! They went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. They even toured us around Anegada in a jeep/truck for the entire day when they could have had the time to themselves! The food was amazing! Who thought you could prepare gourmet meals in a TINY kitchen with no stove! And the portions were perfect. Not too heavy. Best of all, they are both experienced sailors so we had many beautiful sails with them! We were pleasantly surprised at how well they knew the USVI and BVI islands, as they are somewhat new to the area, but you would never know by the knowledge of snorkel spots, restaurants, island history, etc that they shared with us. We would definitely sail again with them!
We had a great week of island hopping aboard the Rumba – we did seven different islands in our seven days. The boat’s accommodations were very nice and we had plenty of fresh water for showers and such. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us all of the time, providing some high winds and multiple squalls. The good news was that the boat could sail really fast and we got to see multiple rainbows. I will give Captain John a lot of credit for always finding us a really calm harbor to sleep in. The crew made a lot of really good recommendations for where to visit, and then which bars or restaurants to go to once we got there. They also found us a bunch of really interesting places to snorkel. First Mate Heather did a really nice job with food prep on the boat – I especially recommend the ginger scones and the Mexican street corn. I would also like to thank Heather for her infinite patience while answering all of my questions regarding how to sail. Overall a great trip – I highly recommend the Rumba and its crew.
This was my first trip like this. I had always wanted to take a cruise on a catamaran and island hop. Thought it would be an amazing experience and this trip was.
Heather and John are true professionals. From the moment we met them the hat two main focuses, safety and comfort.
Both of them took time to make sure all were having a good time and were quick to inform us of how to safely enjoy all aspects of the boat and the islands we visited.
Multiple times we had to take a dingy to the islands, here is were their experiences dealing with guests who are not proficient with getting in and out of a dingy was very evident. Never once did I feel unsafe or nervous.
Heather is an amazing chief. Breakfast and lunch was served on the boat and each one was better than the next. Always request her chorizo tacos omg they were good...
I can’t imaging not requesting this dynamic, professional and extremely fun team for my next trip...
John and Heather were fantastic! They are not only professional and accomplished sailors, but are friendly, thorough and accommodating. First class service all the way around. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on Rumba, and are already planning another trip with them.
My husband and I had the best time with our daughter and son-in-law sailing on the Appledore! What an amazing way to spend an afternoon. Captain John and crew Sydney and Jack were engaging and entertaining. We laughed, enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine, drinks and each other's company. John shared the history of both the boat and the Camden community. We would do this again in a heartbeat!
The sail was excellent, saw a variety of excellent views, it was very smooth going. My favorite part of the sail was the crew. Captain John is very knowledgeable and has a terrific sense of humor.
We've been sailing on the Appledore every summer for 20 years, and the crew never disappoints. Particularly Capt John and his crew, they are excellent and made it a fun trip. Even learned things about the area we never knew.
Fortunate to have picked a beautiful day to sail. The Captain and crew were awesome and engaging. They paid attention to detail and guests. Captain was very informative and genuinely cared about what he does. Worth the price of admission!! Two thumbs up!!!!
I took my students of the Appledore for our class field trip. Everyone was so amazing and kind. Captain John taught them about sailing and answered all their questions. Truly a great experience for my students. Everyone was professional, but still knew have to have fun.
Captain John warmly welcomed us on the dock and introduced us to Gino the first mate and Phil the deckhand. Captain John was very informative on the history of the schooner we were on among others in the water around us. We had a long true sail due to the great breeze this time of year. The crew handled her like champs and everyone around had a fantastic time!
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