Cruise Club opens in St. Maarten

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Cruise Club opens at Bobby's Marina

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten has a new vacation experience with the opening of Cruise Club, located at Bobby's Marina.

Cruise Club offers a week-long catamaran cruise, complete with a captain and private chef, to anyone willing to pay US $8,000 to $20,000 for the package, Carla Daly told The Daily Herald at the opening at Le Blue Peter restaurant on Friday.

St. Maarten was chosen as one of the bases for this unique vacation option because "Cruise Club considers St. Maarten the heart of the Caribbean."

"It is not timeshare. Many people, when they hear about this vacation package, think it is timeshare. Cruise Club is geared towards the local population and to visitors interested in chartering the boat for the week," she explained.

The charter, including food, beverage, water skiing and snorkelling equipment, is a one-time-deal purchase, with the buyer having the option of chartering the vessel again. Once a charter is purchased, the buyer automatically receives a lifetime pass to use any of the RCI resorts for just the payment of a maintenance fee and without owning timeshare weeks.

Another plus of chartering the four-cabin vessel is that with one charter, the buyer will be entitled to a lifetime pass aboard selected cruise lines for the cost of food and beverage.

A lot of people are interested in the novel chartering package already, Daly said. People interested range from tourists and residents to boat owners.

Currently the boat Empathy docked at Bobby's Marina is a model of the vessel that will be used for the charters. Twenty catamarans are being built in France at present and will be used at bases in St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Bahamas, the Grenadines and St. Thomas. The operation in Tortola, BVI, has already started.

For more information about Cruise Club, call 551-3361 or visit the office at the marina.


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