I've done several charters over the years, mainly in the BVI but also in Greece
. I've never chartered with Sunsail before and this will be our group's (4 couples) first charter
. I've looked at the provisioning
options (in the past we have always self-provisioned) offered by Sunsail and I'm aware there is at least one good market within walking distance of the Sunsail base. I'm curious about three general areas of consideration:
1) Other charters' experiences self-provisioning near the Sunsail base. We arrive a couple of days before our charter
begins; therefore, we should not be rushed if we decided to self-provision. Is the nearby market(s) adequate or would we have to go other places to find decent quality. My group is easy to feed and water
, no special needs or unusual tastes, but good quality is important. Everyone has traveled extensively so although we are all from the USA, we have experience with foods in all corners of the world.
2) Sunsail's provisioning
plans do not seem to be too expensive and there seems to be a fair variety. I wonder about quality; although, it probably comes from the nearby markets. I know we can save some $$ by self-provisioning, do those with experience doing full provisioning feel the convenience is worth the extra cost?
3) Split-provisioning (maybe the 4-day "dine afloat" plan - breakfast, lunch, snacks for all 8 people for 4 days; dinner and dessert for all 8 people for 2 days at $240 per couple, so $960 total) and then we do significantly less self-provisioning for our other needs. We will dine ashore a few times and we will certainly do our own shopping
for most fruits and produce, soft drinks, alcohol and dry goods so we can supplement the split-provisioning as we see fit. Several members of the group think split-provisioning will make the shopping
excursion simpler and more fun. We don't mind spending a little more $$ to make things easier. The group has chartered together 3 times before and even with lots of prior planning, organization and delegation, the provisioning has always been time consuming and for those assigned the task a tiny bit stressful. All that to ask: what experience has anyone had with split-provisioning, is it a good compromise?
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
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