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    We are Marco and Paola, the crew for your upcoming charter in the British Virgin Islands. We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

    As you count down the final days until your vacation begins, here are some friendly reminders and helpful tips to keep in mind while packing and planning for departure...

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    CASH REQUIREMENTS/CREDIT CARDS
    The British Virgin Islands operates in US dollars. While the major credit cards are accepted on most of the larger islands, we advise you to bring sufficient cash and/or traveller’s checks to handle anticipated expenses. Some of these expenses that will require “cash only” can include airport/ferry dock transfers, taxes, and service charges on hotel accommodations, costs of additional meals, customs, duties, airport departure tax, personal incidentals, and crew gratuity. Although credit cards are accepted at many businesses throughout our cruising areas, some locations conduct business on a “cash only” basis, and very limited establishments accept Amex.
    WHAT AND HOW TO PACK

    Hard-sided suitcases are difficult to stow on board a yacht. Therefore, The Moorings suggests collapsible duffels or nylon bags when packing for sailing. Shorts and shirts are normal attire. For the ladies, a sundress or skirt/shorts and blouse are suitable for most dinners ashore. For shore activities, non-skid rubber soled shoes are recommended. These, plus bathing suits, cover-ups, toiletries, hats, sunglasses, and suntan lotion are suggested. Also consider packing a change of clothes, prescriptions and other basics in an under-the-seat type bag, preferably a soft duffel, and hand carry it with you. Lost luggage can be a problem, and you will lose precious vacation time if you have to wait for luggage to begin your vacation. This way, if your luggage is misrouted or delayed, you need not be seriously inconvenienced. 

     WHAT AND HOW TO PACK

    Hard-sided suitcases are difficult to stow on board a yacht. Therefore, The Moorings suggests collapsible duffels or nylon bags when packing for sailing. Shorts and shirts are normal attire. For the ladies, a sundress or skirt/shorts and blouse are suitable for most dinners ashore. For shore activities, non-skid rubber soled shoes are recommended. These, plus bathing suits, cover-ups, toiletries, hats, sunglasses, and suntan lotion are suggested. Also consider packing a change of clothes, prescriptions and other basics in an under-the-seat type bag, preferably a soft duffel, and hand carry it with you.

    Lost luggage can be a problem, and you will lose precious vacation time if you have to wait for luggage to begin your vacation. This way, if your luggage is misrouted or delayed, you need not be seriously inconvenienced.

    DINING
    This is an all-inclusive vacation including all meals and beverages, apart from high end liquor which you may be asked to pay extra for. The food aboard our yachts is delicious, and to help accommodate your wishes a preference form should have been filled in by the full party prior to charter. However, if you want to try dinner at one or more of the interesting island restaurants, food and drinks ashore are your responsibility. Your crew will be more than happy to help make reservations. It is also solely at your discretion whether or not you invite the crew to dine ashore with you.
    CREW GRATUITIES

    Often our charter guests ask what gratuity would be appropriate to leave for the captain and crew. The Moorings recommends that the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. However as a guideline, we suggest 15% - 20% of the charter price. You may prefer to carry a personal check rather than large amounts of cash to assist with this.

    Accepted:

    Cash

    Check

    PayPal

    SNORKELLING
    You can enjoy a range of water activities on your vacation and if you are planning on snorkeling we provide masks and fins on board (up to US size 12).  If you have your own special gear for snorkeling, please feel free to bring it with you. Along with our selection of snorkel gear we also have a selection of flotation devices, however we recommend that for children under 3 years old you bring along their own life jackets and masks to ensure a snug fit and more enjoyment.
    DIVING
    If you are a PADI certified diver and would like to do a rendezvous dive while in the BVI then you can book directly with Sail Caribbean Divers; please let your crew know if this is the case so they can tailor the itinerary to suit the preferred dive spots. The dive company’s boat will come directly to your boat with all the required equipment on board. You must bring your certification card. If you have never dived before and would like to try this for the first time this can also be arranged.  DIVING If you are a PADI certified diver and would like to do a rendezvous dive while in the BVI then you can book directly with Sail Caribbean Divers; please let your crew know if this is the case so they can tailor the itinerary to suit the preferred dive spots. The dive company’s boat will come directly to your boat with all the required equipment on board. You must bring your certification card. If you have never dived before and would like to try this for the first time this can also be arranged.
    FISHING
    If you would like to fish we have a trolling rod and a spinning rod for your use.  Here in Tortola a fishing permit is required and must be arranged prior to your arrival.  Every person over 18 years of age wishing to fish in BVI waters requires a Government issued permit. These can be obtained online from Sail Caribbean Divers by emailing info@sailcaribbeandivers.com. Permits must be submitted at least two weeks prior to departure. Please note that you may not fish in the National Parks and fish should not be eaten due to Ciguatera poisoning.
    MEDICATION/DRUGS

    If you do take any medication then we suggest that an adequate supply for your entire charter should be carried since refills are unlikely to be available even in the largest towns. There are hospital and medical facilities available in the cruising grounds, and your crew will be aware of the locations. MEDICATION/DRUGS If you do take any medication then we suggest that an adequate supply for your entire charter should be carried since refills are unlikely to be available even in the largest towns. There are hospital and medical facilities available in the cruising grounds, and your crew will be aware of the locations. 

     The Moorings has a “zero tolerance” policy in regard to illegal drugs. Possession of drugs, including marijuana, is strongly condemned by all authorities in our cruising areas. Penalties can be severe.

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