RELENTLESS 60 GUESTS COMMENTS
Yacht: NEVERLAND with Marcus McClain & Sara Nelson
Charter Dates: June 15-22, 2019
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Marcus and Sara were the perfect crew. They were very attentive to our needs and made us feel very special. Marcus was knowledgeable about hot spots in the BVI’s and set a wonderful itinerary for us, reviewing the plans with us and changing them on the fly if necessary. Sara’s meals were creative and delicious. She catered to our dietary needs,effortlessly. We truly looked forward to each and every meal.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
It was both beautiful and clean. One of the things we particularly liked was the spaciousness of the deck space with ample seating areas to find a quiet spot if needed. We loved the top deck and it’s 360 degree view.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes there was always a spot to find a cool breeze and the air conditioning in the cabins at night was wonderful
4. Was the food good and well presented?
Sara’s food was like a top quality restaurant. she catered to 2 of our gluten free guests and vegetarian also. The dishes were both delicious and beautifully presented.
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
The BVI’s are amazing! You’re never too far from land and the water and weather were sublime. We especially loved the times that we sailed including our 2 hour sail to the remote island Anegada. The snorkeling was amazing and Marcus brought us to places that allowed to see sea life we had never before seen.
6. Additional comments on your charter?
I would also highly recommend taking a charter with Marcus McClain and Sara Nelson. They were fun and attentive to our needs and we felt very comfortable being in their company for a week.
When you arrived,your first impression of the yacht was:
Very excited and impressed. It was clean, well organized, contemporary design, and large.
What did you think about your accommodation?
Cabins, beds, bathrooms:
All were great. We stayed in the master suite, so we were spoiled.
Salon, cockpit, deck space:
Great. Only feedback during the week would be it would have been great to have a bit more shade in the skybridge area.
Was the boat kept clean during your charter?
Very-Marcus and Sara were wonderful, attentive hosts.
Did you miss anything on board?
What did you enjoy most on board?
The space...we have a party of 8, plus the captain and chef, but we never felt crowded.
Please describe your Captain:
Marcus was incredible. Very knowledgeable, very professional, but also very approachable with a great sense of humor. We asked a million questions, and he was always helpful, informative and insightful.
What do you think about your itinerary, the places and bays you visited and the activities you have done?
It was all perfect. Marcus approached us each morning with a plan or idea, and it always worked out great. He knew the right sports for private snorkeling, sunsets, etc.
Please describe your chef:
Sara made the trip. Her food was incredible, perfect portions, very creative, fresh and tasty. We had one person on the trip that preferred some different items, and she went out of her way to customize his menu. Plus she was fund and energetic and a joy to be around.
Please describe you meals:
Top notch. Something you'd get in a high quality restaurant. Very precise presentation details. I have no idea how she does that in such a small galley.
Do you feel the meals and drinks reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?
The best vacation ever! Thank you two for making it magical! We had a blast! Ya'll come to Alabama - ya hear?
Exceeded all expectations! We loved every minute - THANK YOU!!!
-Greg & Melissa
Unbeatable trip. Best hosts ever. We will be back.
-Grant aka Granty K
Love our crew!
You two are awesome! Thank your for taking such great care of us! We feel like we made 2 new friends. We look forward to seeing you on Grand Lake soon.
Best vacation ever! Loved Sara & Marcus - come to Alabama -- surfs up!
-Kristie & Charlie
Thank you both for a wonderful trip to the BVI. Great food - just amazing meals Sara.. even for our kind of vegan friend!
It was so relaxing and just what the doctor ordered for our group. Lots of laughs!
Sara you have quite a talent in the culinary world! Thank you for extra accommodating the herbivore and Marcus, your sailing skills kept us on the those waves was a highlight for sure. Thank you both!
The Cape Cod Crew
You are both wonderful! Thank you for an amazing week! I am leaving heavier from all the AMAZING food. Hope to see you both on another charter.
Jill & Mark
I really enjoyed going to all the islands!
I like going to soggy dollar and I LOVED all the food and of course the desserts!
Thank you for letting us travel to the islands and letting us eat all your amazing food. I really enjoyed the week we spent together, it was really fun!
Sara & Marcus,
We so enjoyed our voyage on Neverland! Great food, great service, beautiful waters, and great companionship! You two made it unforgettable and so much fun! We hope to see you again in the future! And don't forget our 'turtle circle of trust'! Wishing you the best with the new boat!
Shasi & Ryan
Casey & Tony
Heath & Roxanne
I was actually going to send you an email to thank you for arranging this trip for us. We LOVED it, truly!
First, your assurances about the crew were spot on, they were just great. Marcus is such an experienced sailor and extremely competent, really excellent. Both of them have a very mature way of seeing things and are committed to having the guests have what they want and have a good time. in addition they were gracious hosts, really beyond their years (offering drinks, refilling coffee, attending to details...)
Jonathan and I are both cooks, Jonathan a gourmet cook. We loved Sara's cooking, she did an amazing job. Three full meals per day, attending to freshness, color, texture, taste, in addition she was creative. I took photos of many of the meals because they were so aesthetically pleasing. She clearly had been guided by our preferences, and cooked to them. She baked outrageous desserts as well, OMG!
The boat was in excellent shape. It was clean, the bathrooms cleaned daily, beds made for us (!), the beds were comfortable. There was adequate space so that the 3 couples could all be separate to read or talk, and the space comfortable for the 6 of us to eat.
The itinerary was built by Marcus on the basis of what we wanted to do . We made the plan the night before mostly, in a group discussion. We found great places to snorkel and paddle board, really nice sailing legs where we could enjoy the wind and the sea. The pace was perfect because Marcus paced it to our wishes. Both he and Sara really paid attention to what we were saying and did their best to accommodate our wishes...
I would absolutely recommend this crew without reservation, and the boat as well.
Dear Sara & Marcus!
Thank you for an unforgettable first trip to the BVI - all I can think about is when/how we can come back. Thank you for being kind and patient with me while I got comfortable snorkeling and while Jesse fell off the paddleboard 500 times "because of the board" I'm sure you hear this all time time, but this trip was life changing in so many ways. We certainly consider you friends and really hope you will come visit us in UT. I'll get on Jess to finish the basement.
Again, thank you so much, I'm sad to go..
Be safe and have fun in all your future adventures.
Nicole & Jesse
Marcus and Sara,
Wow! What a remarkable adventure. Scott and I enjoyed every moment aboard the lovely Neverland. You two made it extra special. Snorkeling - a first for Scott - and front row parking everywhere we went. Sailing was a blast. The ship immaculate. Your attention to detail is very much appreciated. I felt safe and comfortable for the entire trip. Sara's culinary skills wowed So very tasty - and healthy. Marcus was an excellent guide.
We really enjoyed ourselves and had a great time. Now, from 81 degrees to 7 degrees and a coming snowstorm in Utah!
-Q & B
Marcus & Sara,
We cannot say enough about this trip of a lifetime! The only downside is that this trip had to come to an end! Sara, your meals were magnificent and Marcus, we know we were in skilled safe hands with you at the helm.
How will we ever top this trip!?
Thank you for making our BVI trip FANTASTIC!
Kelly & Jason
Brian & Nicole
2019 - CHILD COMMENTS
I had a great time, the food was awesome, The trips were fun and I learned how to wake board. All in all it was a great experience.
I had fun, me and my brothers went tubing. It was my favorite vacation.
I had a great time. Thank you Sara and Marcus for making it the best vacation ever!
I had an amazing time doing everything! Thank you so much for making this trip super fun. The food was amazing and so fun. The food was amazing and so was the water. I loved the jumping off the top of the boat. I loved this vacation!
Sara & Marcus!
What a beautiful & magical trip! Thank you for all the effort to make everyone happy and well pampered! Great adventures!! Hope to make more memories!
-Ken & Jan
Marcus & Sara,
Thank you so much for a wonderful week! Sara, I cant't express how much I appreciate your efforts to make me incredible vegan food. Seriously, every meal you knocked out of the park! And thank you Marcus for restoring my love of diving! You both made me feel so much more comfortable & safe. This BVI trip is going to be hard to beat. Hope to see you both again soon.
Marcus and Sara,
Thank you for the special Christmas week! Your effort and experience made this a week to remember for our family. The best boat captain and chef a family could have hoped to adopt!
The DXXX Family
P.S. Caitlin promises to remember you!
We had the pleasure of sailing with Sara for a week in the spring of 2018. Our party included 2 families with a total of 4 kids between the ages of 8 - 13. We all enjoy authentic, flavorful food, and Sara did not disappoint. From tuna poke to eggs diablo to pork belly tacos, the food was varied, delicious, and beautiful! She accommodated a food allergy and our kids when they had special requests (which were rare because they loved her food too) and she even put them to work, prepping ingredients and setting the table. She did all this with an effervescent joy despite struggling with a boat kitchen that was less than ideal. Sara turned a good week of sailing into an exceptional vacation that will be difficult to repeat in our lifetime.
Our week long trip on the Templar was amazing and it had a lot to do with our lovely crew! Sara's cooking was not only delicious but also very creative given that we were on a boat! She managed to present the meals so beautifully too. I am not sure how she did it but she is magical. Sara was also incredibly kind to our kids. The little ones loved "helping" Chef Sara during meals and whether they helped or not, Sara was more than willing to include them. We definitely hope to do this again and will request our amazing crew when we are ready to go!
We had the most amazing adventure. When I have time I will certainly give you more details of what was the best of the best. But in a nutshell, everyone should sail with Marcus on Neverland once in their life. You made life and the planning so easy thanks for everything!
We had an amazing time under your stewardship. THANK YOU for getting the sails out on the travel days & finding the perfect anchor points. Our only regret was that we requested any meals on land! The food was imaginative and far surpassed expectations. We hope to set sail with you again and you are both welcome in Denver anytime. Lordy, I'm 40!!!
Brian, Shea V.
Thank you for sharing your incredible home with us. It was a dream trip, made even more memorable by the two of you. We've never felt more relaxed, at ease & present. I can't thank you enough for giving my mode of operating planner-self a pause. We can't wait to see you two in Denver & hope our adventurous paths can cross again elsewhere.
Love, Megan & Ben
I enjoyed this trip a lot. The great meals, the music, Dukie (until it died), the sailing, the snorkeling, swimming, shopping and sitting and enjoying the beauty around us. Mattias even learned to fish and we had a great time. I saw pelicans, sting rays, sea turtles, tropical fish and Tarpons. I have never seen any of that cool stuff before and it was fun seeing them. Thank you so much for this awesome trip!
The SXXXX family
Thank you for following your hearts and doing what you love because of your love of sailing, service & cooking - we have been blessed.
Our bucket list vacation was everything we prayed for without knowing how amazing it would be.
You catered to us with experience that brought us unbelievable beauty with snorkeling, beaches and more. Marcus, thank you for getting this old lady out of her comfort zone! I am forever grateful.
John and I will always remember this vacation with such joy and happiness and love. You are both amazing people and we will pray for your continued properity in all you do.
The 'K" party
What an incredible week! You both made the trip special for our entire family. So many great memories - incredible meals, beautiful spots, fun sails, snorkeling, great cocktails and service with a smile 24-7. You truly made the trip one or family will always remember & cherish. We will have a reunion on Sea Force One.
Fondly, the HXXXX Family
Today I am sad, I'm writing in this book because it's the last day of our charter with you both and Neverland Cruises. You have been wonderful and you're family now! Marcus your experience on the water shows. I trust your every move and felt safe every step of the way.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We'll miss you and the bluye waters of the BVI. Stay Safe!
xoxo Lisa and Greg B
It was great to experience two people who love what thy do, are masters of their craft and are attentive to their guests and easy to change to make their experience unique and spectacular.
You have made Denise and my first charter much more than we could have every expected. Great service, balanced music, safe travels, exquisite food, flying fish, pesky Baracudas, spectacular snorkeling, nautical alphabet challenges, scenic sailing, selfless service, competent & courageous captain... the list goes on.
You have made our experience most memorable. We will definitely recommend you to friends, family and others.
Thank you so much for making this such a great trip for all of us! The food especially was exceptional. We wish we never had to leave! Thanks so much for making this such a great trip! Ella
It couldn't have been better!
From minute one to the last minute of our trip, Marcus made us feel at home on board with an easy going, friendly charm. Right away he showed us around the yacht, which in itself is amazing: plenty of space to move about, seek privacy, lounge comfortably, sleep like a baby, and even take a refreshing shower. Marcus exceeded our expectations as the captain of our vacation and Karizma!
Marcus patiently and graciously showed us the ropes and gave us the opportunity to pitch in with sailing as we desired. We hold him in high regard and find ourselves missing his company now that the trip has come to an end.
Our days felt easy, revolving around what we wanted to do, with no rushing or pressure. Captain Marcus gave us solid advice and told many a story about the BVIs both from natural and historical perspectives as well as the real truth about living there. He enabled us to get a genuine feel for the life many of us only dream of. Marcus personally led us on hikes, and took us to amazing spots we likely wouldn't find on our own. From Tarpon feeding on Saba Rock, extraordinary banana daiquiris, a tour of Anegada by truck complete with a picnic on a beautiful secluded beach and many more.
We left the yacht feeling we had a satisfying mix of pleasure, relaxation and adventure. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and not one of us wanted to wake up from our dream vacation. We will be back!