Celebrating 20 Years
Poseidon Charters celebrates 20 years of business in the Mediterranean with discounts and incentives for visiting Greece in 2012. The company offers 10-percent to 30-percent discounts on bareboats, flotilla rates, and savings on charters booked by the cabin. For details, contact Poseidon (www.poseidoncharters.com).
Crewed Cat Offers Dive Discount
The crewed scuba-dive catamaran Mimbaw, a Caribbean-based liveaboard Lagoon 410 with three guest cabins, offers free PADI certification for new bookings through August 2012. Clients must complete theory and pool dives close to home. The boat continues to offer resort courses, also known as the PADI discover-scuba diving experience, free of charge. For details, log on to the boat’s website (www.charterbrochure.com/mimbaw).
Florida School and Instructor Honored
The American Sailing Association has named Florida Sailing & Cruising School, a branch of Southwest Florida Yachts (www.swfyachts.com), a 2011 outstanding school, saluting it as one of its 20 best sailing-instruction programs in North America.
The ASA, whose courses of instruction certify students in levels from basic sailing and chartering to advanced passagemaking, also named the school’s Captain Christopher Day as one of its 30 top instructors of the year.
Both awards were based on the number of excellent evaluations from students who attended ASA-certified sailing courses at the school. Florida Sailing & Cruising School has been ASA-accredited since shortly after it was founded in 1984. For details, contact the school (www.flsailandcruiseschool.com).
MarineMax Vacations Adds European Waterway Trips
MarineMax Vacations, which offers bareboat power and sail charters, has added inland-waterway vacations in Europe with its new partner, Locaboat Holidays.
Destinations include France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and Poland. The trips are conducted aboard Pénichettes, canal boats modeled after the original commercial barges once common on the waterways of Europe. The fleet is equipped with bow thrusters, electric toilets, refrigeration, and other amenities. The yachts sleep between four and 12 people.
MarineMax Vacations already operates a charter fleet of new Dufour 41s and 43s in the British Virgin Islands. MarineMax Vacations recently added new MarineMax 382 power catamarans in the B.V.I. It will offer the new MarineMax 464 power catamarans for charter in January 2013. For details, log on to the company’s website (www.marinemaxvacations.com).
Destination Trips Offered by Womanship
Womanship offers Sail and See Adventures in addition to a full curriculum of instruction, including introductory, passagemaking, and custom courses, for individuals, families, couples, children, and women. Destinations include the British Virgin Islands, Belize, Greece, Turkey, and, recently added, New Zealand. Visit www.womanship.com for more details.