ALIVE GUESTS COMMENTS
Incredible memories and with our family even closer [together]
We've chartered yachts at least 9 other times and truly this has been the most perfect week for us! It's not easy to get all 10 of our family away at one time! So to make this happen is a gift and a treasure! [Noam and Dalit] You packed as much in a week that was possible. The food was delicious and Noam, you were an outstanding tour guide! Thank you for the afternoon and trip to Anegada and the Baths private tour. We will go home with incredible memories and with our family even closer.
60th B\'day... \"Professional, Warm, filled with immense Talent, Vast skills and Loving care and respect - Noam and Dalit\"
Last week I and my husband and eight friends partook of a weeklong sailing trip along with our hosts, Noam and Dalit aboard the Alive catamaran. We cannot say enough good things about those two and their professionalism, warmth, immense talent, their concern for each of us, the food!, their vast knowledge and skills, the beautiful boat that they lovingly care for and invite each of us to do the same, their knowledge of local history and trivia, their loving care and respect for the ocean and islands, their humor and incredible patience, and how they sought to accommodate all of our needs and strengths. We all fell in love with them and they made sure we had a wonderful time and partook of all the available activities. What an experience we won't soon forget. What a beautiful part of the planet. The whole package - boat, captain and co-captain, food and location made for the perfect, fantastic vacation. Thank you so much!!! Warmly, T R
60th Birthday continuation...\"Every meal was a masterpiece in presentation and taste all the while enjoying scuba diving, sailing, tubing, snorkeling, hiking ...\"
More feedback from other guests in the same group. I just want to let you know that the cruise was incredible. Noam and Dalit made it my best vacation ever. Noam anticipated our every need/desire and was always at hand to help every passenger. I have never seen anyone be as patient as a Dive Master. He not only recognized each diver's needs, but was able to make them feel safe and explore all that was at hand. He made sure each passenger was having fun, was able to do what was within their capacity and succeed (sailing, tubing, snorkeling, hiking...) as well as be safe in the process.
Noam and Dalit were so much fun too! They work seamlessly together, without getting in the way and making it feel like they are working all the time.
I feel like we have made 2 new life-long friends.
Dalit is an incredible chef. Wow, every meal was a masterpiece in presentation and taste.
I would highly recommend them to anyone!
I wish I had the $ to do this every year.
60th Birthday Party Celebration with Friends (read the friends comments too!)
The charter was an amazing experience. The perfect celebration for a 60th B-day. Naom and Dalit were fantastic. I don't think it would be possible for them to provide a better experience. They were kind, patient, engaging, fun, concerned, thorough, accommodating, I'm running out of superlatives! The food was great, the itinerary was great, the yacht was great, and even the weather cooperated to a certain extent. I asked the group on the last day if they would have changed anything, and they said no. I can only give you positives about the cruise, because there really were no negatives. We are already talking about a return visit, and would definitely plan the cruise around Naom and Dalit's availability and their yacht..
Terrific and Precious Crew - Noam and Dalit
From a group of friends traveling together:
Our trip was fabulous! The crew was terrific!! Noam and Dalit are a precious couple.
The food was scrumptious! Noam was a great boat captain taking us to places that were more beautiful than words can express. Dalits cuisine was delicious every single meal. We got to experience Necker Island, which not many people get that opportunity, so that was great too!
We made some wonderful memories and would highly recommend this type of vacation to any of our friends.
from another lady in the party:
All I have to say is that the whole experience EXCEEDED my expectations!!!! The Yacht was awesome, clean, new!!! Noam and Dalit were so fantastic at everything they did. I felt so at ease with Noam being the captain, he was knowledgeable about sailing and the sea. Dalit was such a delight, and such a great cook. The food really blew our minds!! We had gourmet meals for every meal!!! Everything we ate was taken to a different level, just wonderful. I feel that Noam and Dalit made every effort to make us have a wonderful time. This was by far the best vacation I have ever taken!! We really would love to come back and bring our family! Hope to be back in the BVI soon!! Thanks for a great trip!
Upon returning from our recent trip all I can say is WOW!
The boat was beautiful but what made the boat special was Noam and Dalit. Their attention to detail and their fun loving spirit made our experience amazing. Also, the service and food were second to none.
Versatility and Flexibility! Simply Exceptional!
Our crew was extraordinary! They were an integral part of our trip and made the difference between an experience that went from good to exceptional. They were intuitive about how to engage with us, always available but never obtrusive.
Noams versatility and flexibility allowed him to tailor our experiences from extreme sports for a few of us, to scuba diving, snorkeling or just lounging for the rest.
Dalit was exceptional, her meals were on time, excellent, innovative and healthy (which is exactly what we had asked for in our request sheet). She also did little things that we wouldnt have thought of (like pack us snacks while we were on the beach) or just make sure that we had plenty of champagne when were away from the boat. She got an ovation at every meal! We were always sated, but never stuffed. Our food was fresh, healthy and delicious.
My survey responses do not adequately reflect how much of an impact Noam and Dalit had on our cruise. There were so many ways and so many times that Noam and Dalit went above and beyond the call of duty that it would take several pages to enumerate everything that they did.
Alive was beyond comfortable! Before the cruise, I was concerned that we would be on top of each other, but my fears were assuaged as soon as we got on the boat. There was ample storage, amenities I certainly didnt expect, and plenty of room to spread out on your own. My favorite aspect of the ship was spending time with Noam and Dalit sailing the boat. They were generous with their extensive knowledge and patient with my novice skills. I spent hours at the helm and loved every minute of it!
I loved the fact that we were off the beaten path. We would pull into a deserted bay that was breathtaking, drop anchor and spend the night. It was just incredible! Noams experience in area and ability to consider our preferences and the changing weather also made a huge difference.
Bonfire and 2 Families with young kids
Our first impression of the yacht ALIVE was stunning. Its Big, modern, clean. It completely exceeded our expectations!
Noam and Dalit were absolutely amazing. They were the perfect blend of service and hospitality oriented professionals, who also were relaxed and flexible enough to deal with the chaos of having 5 kids aged 8-11 on board. I have nothing but overwhelmingly positive things to say. Noam in the water was also really great. He helped my youngest son overcome his fears of water, and by the end of the week he was often first in the ocean. All equipment onboard, as advertised were in great condition. - Noam and Dalit were very welcoming and helped us throughout the week on all levels. They also suggested and facilitated many great activities to do, based on what we had described as our interests. If we did a charter again, we would insist on sailing with Noam and Dalit. It was our first visit to BVI but I am sure not our last.
Dalit is an excellent chef and really made the experience a high end one. Noam got a wide array of Rum's and gave us the opportunity to sample many different flavors
We specifically asked for a separate meal each evening for our kids and have the adults eat later. Dalit and Noam accommodated this beautifully. Everyone was happy! Oh yes, we also asked for a bonfire on the beach, and we had a magical last night with a bonfire on an [approved] beach area in the BVI.
Captain Noam and Chef Dalit on Alive
Noam and Dalit were a wonderful crew. We absolutely loved our charter experience and would love to sail with them again. Noam is a great captain and took us to some amazing areas for great scuba, snorkeling, and fun beach adventures! Chef Dalit is an incredible cook, she prepared the most delicious meals and was a joy to be around! There were 10 of us and we all truly enjoyed our vacation and can't wait to do it again!
February Treasure Hunt charter Noam and Dalit on ALIVE
comfort onboard Alive: EXCELLENT
condition of ALIVE: EXCELLENT
cleanliness of Alive: EXCELLENT
congeniality of the Captain and crew: Above expectations. Could not have been better. They were so compatible with everyone in our group. They were eager to engage with us and we learned a great deal from them about sailing and the BVI. We enjoyed getting to know them and learning about what their lives are like sailing around the islands.
service of the Captain and crew: Always available for our every need. They anticipated well what our group needed for an outstanding trip. They were accommodating to our needs and gave us assistance whenever and wherever it was needed.
fun aspect of the Captain and crew: Every day was fun. They showed us places we would never have found on our own. The treasure chest expedition was above and beyond the call of duty. It worked out just as we had hoped even better than we had hoped!
expertise of the Captain and crew: Safety and knowledge of the boat could not have been better. We always felt safe and there was never any cause for alarm. This proved to be a very important aspect of the trip.
quality of your meals: EXCELLENT! Dalit handled our special needs without complaint and with great sensitivity. She went out of her way to make sure we had what we wanted. She never seemed to mind all the time she spent in the kitchen.
presentation of your meals: EXCELLENT!
January 2016 Noam and Dalit on ALIVE
My husband and I planned a chartered trip in the BVIs with three of our couple friends. As we were selecting Alive, a beautiful 59 catamaran which can sleep ten guests, one of the couples decided they would take their family on a separate yacht. The remaining six of us still wanted to stay with our selection of Alive, so my husband ran the idea by our friends of having our daughter and son-in-law join us on this fantastic trip. Thus we finalized our diverse group of eight ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s, and living in Louisiana, Arizona, Utah, and New York.
Our group planned to meet in St. Thomas and ride the ferry over to West End together to begin our charter on board Alive! Unfortunately the couple coming from Arizona ran into airline delays and was unable to get into St. Thomas until the night after charter start. They were in communication with the broker who arranged with Captain Noam to have them join us on our sail in the BVIs without delaying the rest of the group. Seeing how calmly and efficiently [our broker] worked through this unpredicted delay reconfirmed for us how wise we were to book through this [CYA affiliated Broker]!
The selection of our crewed yacht charter was also perfect! We all were so comfortable on board this beautiful catamaran and Captain Noam and Chef Dalit truly were a match made in Paradise for our diverse group. We varied from a certified scuba diver, to recreational snorkelers, to a non-swimmer, but Noam made sure to encourage the level of activity or water sports that was comfortable for each person and kept us all engaged and treasuring many moments from our special vacation! We likewise were a diverse dietary group as one of our members was a vegetarian and another was gluten intolerant. This did not seem to be a challenge at all though as Dalit prepared and served the most delicious gourmet meals for everyone simply modifying the two plates that needed special requirements. She did this in such a seamless manner though, that no one hardly even noticed!
After the initial six of our group went through Customs & Immigration in Tortola, we met Noam and Dalit and rode on their dinghy over to Alive. We were given a briefing on the yacht and selected our state rooms and then began our fun week with a traditional champagne toast! We then changed into our swim suits and set sail for Norman Island. It did not take long at all to settle into this idyllic lifestyle as we comfortably spread out on the spacious deck areas of Alive with fresh cocktails in hand. After mooring at The Bight for our first night, Noam set up a relaxing hammock for us to lounge in on the bow in addition to the dolphin chairs, two large trampoline nets, and several bean bag chairs which we had already been enjoying.
The next morning our group of six sailed around Norman Island to Treasure Point where we snorkeled in the caves and the two younger (and more adventurous members of our group!) joined Noam in hiking up the rocky ledges to jump off into the water below. We all enjoyed this beautiful area while waiting for our friends from Arizona to join us. They soon arrived by a water taxi, so we toasted with more champagne and then enjoyed a superb lunch together dining in the back of our boat. With our group all united, we set sail for Peter Island where we anchored in Deadmans Bay. That afternoon we all had fun enjoying cocktails in our lovely infinity pool Later we went ashore and Noam led some of our party on a hike up the road to watch the sunset from a vantage point while other members of the group relaxed back on the beach below.
The following morning we all enjoyed a perfect day of sailing and anchored at a lovely beach area in Trunk Bay on the south end of Virgin Gorda Island. ) After exploring the beach a little on our own, Noam suggested some fun water activities and we had a ball doing traditional paddle boarding. Later that afternoon we all went and explored the Baths. Some of our group wanted to swim over to that area; thus, Noam led them in the water and arranged a taxi ride for those who preferred to go by land. We all explored the Baths together under Noams cheerful guidance and ever helpful hands as we maneuvered up, over and around the huge rock boulders.
Today we sailed around Virgin Gorda Island stopping in Long Bay for some wonderful snorkeling and diving before continuing on to Leverick Bay. That evening Noam arranged for a front table for our group (he coordinated with the captain of our friends on the other yacht to join us as well!) to enjoy Michael Beans Pirate show. Before heading to shore, Noam even pulled some pirate props out for members of our group to wear which added to the fun!
We sailed to Anegada Island where we went ashore and rented scooters for the day. We rode around the island and visited Anegada Beach Club and Cow Wreck beach bars. Later that night after enjoying another gorgeous sunset we all went out to eat a delicious lobster dinner on the beach at the Wonky Dog restaurant. This was the only dinner we chose to eat off the boat (our food onboard was so awesome, why spend money elsewhere?!) and we were thrilled to have Noam and Dalit join us as our friends!
Oh how I loved the view from my room! We started the day sailing from Anegada to Marina Cay where we stopped to snorkel and dive, seeing great underwater coral and fish! Then we sailed on to Jost Van Dyke Island with various members of our group taking turns at the wheel under Noams guiding instructions. We anchored in Diamond Cay and Noam once again coordinated with our friends captain on the other boat so they could come over and join us for the evening on board Alive!
This morning Noam took us hiking on Jost Van Dyke island where we proceeded to my personal favorite part of the weekthe Bubbly Pools! We had a blast playing in the water and loved the way the waves came crashing over the rocks and then submerged us in white foam! After that we sailed on to another part of Jost Van Dyke Island where we stopped in White Bay for painkillers at the Soggy Dollar Bar, and then on to Foxys in Great Harbour.
This was the last day of our trip and we sailed back to West End where we had to say good bye to all of our friends. Before we departed our yacht though, we gathered for a final champagne toast and raised our glasses to meeting in the BVIs again! We all agreed we had shared such an amazing week and indeed the end of the rainbow may be found by sailing in the BVIs!
Wedding Week December 2015
It is hard to find words to express our thanks to you both for making a wedding week so perfect. Thank you Dalit for the excellent cuisine, made with love and attention to detail. Thank you Noam for the sailing lessons, you are a great teacher! We had the time of our lives! Unforgettable.
Family with Teenagers
Dear Noam and Dalit,
It isnt often that a vacation turns out to be both energizing and relaxing - we had a great dose of both this past week. Big gratitude to you for sharing so much joy with us.
We are looking forward to our paths crossing again some day soon. Until then, all good things,
Mike and Lisa
Thank you so much for an incredible week! This was hands down the best trip I have EVER been on. You both are the kindest and sweetest people I have met and I really hope our paths do cross again. Wish you the best in all you do.
Bryar (age 19)
This week was awesome!! I love traveling and this trip was by far one f the best places weve been on. Dalit - the cooking was world class, never had I eaten such great food and the dancing was superb. Noam - I cant say how grateful I am that you taught me how to surf, also it means a lot that you shared and expanded my music library! I wish the best to your future travels and plans.
Justin (Age 17)
We cannot express our gratitude enough in how special you made this trip for us. We especially appreciate how wonderful you were with a group of teenagers which can be challenging at times. We were truly blessed with the weather, rainbows and especially the once in a lifetime moonbow. The day of surfing was a definite highlight. May you continue to be blessed on your journeys.
Kirk and Tia
Felt like you packed 2 weeks of FUN into one!
Thank you for the best birthday ever! This was a fantastic trip! We are so glad you were able to accommodate Robs [longing to] return to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda. You did such a great job with the itinerary, it felt like you packed 2 weeks of fun into one.
Your warmth and enthusiasm are truly special. We will always remember this vacation. You two are the quintessential crew.
Overwhelmed with gratitude to a Class Act Crew!
Such a fantastic week! You both have a special gift of hospitality and of course sailing skills. If we dont have you as our crew on our next voyage there will surely be a void.
Noam, thank you for taking me underwater and sharing the joy of breathing while taking in beauty. Dalit, thank you for sharing your special place in the sail! So beautiful, relaxing, quiet, peaceful and special.
You are a Class Act Crew!
Overwhelmed with gratitude.
Wing, May 2015
Incredible vacation with Noam and Dalit!
Thank you so much for an amazing week! We appreciate that you went above and beyond to accommodate our diving. Your never ending energy and desire to make our vacation incredible was noted everyday!
We look forward to the day we meet again.
Salmon, May 2015
Thank you for an amazing week. The trip was wonderful and you are wonderful people. You made your job seem so great. Thanks for getting me back in the water for a dive, you made it so easy. The whales were amazing. The food was amazing and looked and tasted great.
Kost, May 2015
Not even Shakespeare could find the words to describe this wonderful week of pure joy, good food and great company. The skipper and skipperess were perfect hosts/cooks/scuba/safety marshals/guides etc, etc. Who could wish for better? Bravo! 11 out of 10
Mason, April 2015
Its hard to imagine having more fun in one week. We have enjoyed everything.
We understand that your jobs require tremendous responsibility for everyone on board. We have been very impressed with how youve handled this with poise, patience and expertise. Your breadth of knowledge is amazing! Your confidence in your jobs is infectious and makes everyone feel secure.
Youre loads of fun!
Eyre, April 2015
Family Vacation - Thank you!
From the moment we stepped on the boat its been pure fun! This boat added so much to our annual family vacation. Thank you for introducing my children to sailing in the Caribbean waters, Never saw them laugh so hard by the pure innocence of rolling over waves.
Captain Noam and his fearless wife Dalit What can I say, fantastic music aboard, great chef, adventurous team. And very nurturing to children. Thank you, thank you!
You have been great hosts.
Montelone, February 2014
Lifetime of memories in just one week!
Thank you so much for making this trip very special, memorable and uplifting. You two are a beautiful, life-giving couple. Your love of life brings joy to all who meet you. Your encouragement and support helped me especially to go above and beyond my expectations.
The food was different and great. Noam was very helpful and patient. Thank you so much for making this time so special for Linda. We got a lifetime of memories in just one week.
Noam and Dalit! Just Amazing!
You are just amazing!! The cutest couple weve ever met, you are the most special people in the planet, no doubt!
You make sailing fun and we have learned so much from you.
Dalit, Ill always remember your smile and sweetness but most of all, you surprising me with empanadas. That was so thoughtful and kind of you.
Noam, you got me back diving again. You are so confident and patient with me, I had no problem with my ears. I truly appreciate it, and especially my hubby, so I can be his buddy again.
Youre the hostess with the mostess. Professional, yet warm like family. Well miss you, and always remember you, for ever.
Wilkinsons, July 2013
This was by far the best week!
This was by far the best week we had! Dalit you are amazing with everything! From sailing to your wonderful cooking! Thanks for all the yummy food and for taking care of me and making sure I always had my belly full!! Noam, you are an amazing guy, smart and funny. You guys are the cutest couple we have met. We wish you both the very best on your jurney and thank you both so very much for making this week the best week for us.
Ralph and Chen, July 2013
Family charter with Noam and Dalit!
I hope we will be as memorable to you as you have been to us! We celebrated a 50th birthday + a special time for us to reconnect. Your awesome company and caring and compassionate spirit has sent us home content and happy and ready to face the future whatever that may be. I will forever remember being carried to the surface, only because I didnt want my diving to end!
Your smiles and good humour are contagious. Your safety and professionalism unquestionable. Thank you.
I could go on, but suffice to say you have created a hoard of memories to treasure.
Family, May 2013
Thank you for our much needed trip in paradise! You two are a perfect couple, and made the experience one we wont forget. The food was exceptionally delicious and was served with such a flare! Thanks also for the sailing experience. Come see us one day so we can return the hospitality.
The Cookes, April 2013
Thank you for all your sharing and caring!
After having enjoyed multiple sailing trips you have [now] raised the bar for how nice, attentive, and fun a crew can be. Thank you for all your sharing and caring. I would sail, boat, hike, drive, climb or crawl with you two any time, anywhere. May you be blessed with each others love for the rest of this life and into the next.
Dalit and Noams Zest for life and adventure is so refreshing and contagious!
What an amazing week of boundless energy, great food, delicious cocktails by two truly special people, Dalit and Noam. Your zest for life and adventure is so refreshing and contagious.
Sharing great stories and meeting wonderful new friends, this vacation will be tough to top!
Haucks, March 2013