St. Thomas, USVI
MHG - Guardian
BOAT SHOW AWARDS
Chef Amy Cann - 1st Place Best Cocktail - VIPCA YACHT SHOW 2021
Captain Nick Cann
Originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Nick got an early start sailing with his father on lake Coeur d’Alene. Once the sailing bug got him he was hooked and at the age of 19 turned his love for the water into a career accepting a summer job on the Yukon River. The following summer setting his sights on a larger cruising ground Nick accepted a position with Alaskan Dream Cruises aboard the Alaskan Dream. For nearly the next decade he enjoyed cruising through beautiful Southeast Alaska chasing whales, dodging icebergs and exploring all the unique towns and villages the Southeast has to offer. During his second winter off-season he purchased his first sailboat, an Ericson 27 and spent his free time exploring the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands with the occasional snow covered decks and dreams of warmer waters. After three years he sold his boat and started to save for a blue water boat to take him to warmer climates and white sand beaches . In 2018 he found his boat, a 39ft Camper Nicholson Ketch in Rockland Maine. He purchased the boat in October and began to hop down the east coast spending as much time as possible exploring but holding firm to the rule, when the dock lines freeze its time to keep moving south. He arrived in the Bahamas in early 2019 and spent the remainder of that cruising season and the next exploring the islands. When Covid hit in 2020 and temporarily put a hold on cruising both professional and recreationally Nick relocated to Tahoe where he captained day tour vessels and parasailing boats for two summers and enjoyed a winter of snowmaking, grooming and snowboarding at Heavenly Ski Resort.
Nick and Amy met in 2015 aboard the Alaskan Dream and hit it off immediately. In their first three years together when not cruising in Alaska they traveled to south and Central America, India, Thailand and rode motorcycles across Laos and Vietnam. When the time came to purchase their sailboat in 2018 Amy quickly took a liking to the cruising lifestyle but was also a firm believer in the heading south when the dock lines freeze policy. Once arriving in the islands, Amy truly embraced sailing life and took her skills as a world class bartender and amazing cook to create some amazing memories with friends both new and old. Often using locally sourced fruits and rums for her cocktails and the occasional fresh lobster pulled out of the sea she combined the techniques learned through her travels to make for some incredible dinner parties.
Chef Amy Cann
Chef Amy was born & raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes where she spent summers water skiing, wake boarding and fishing with her family. After spending 15 years in the Minneapolis restaurant scene Amy’s desire for adventure drew her to Alaska in 2015, where she quickly knew that boat life was perfect for her. While spending off-season backpacking around the world she never missed an opportunity to learn about the local flavors and cuisine, learning from chef’s in Peru, Thailand, Vietnam & India. You’ll find hints of these world flavors when dinning onboard with Chef Amy. After several years the idea of traveling by water had her very intrigued. She stepped onto a sailboat for the first time the day before her & Nick left on a 1,600 mile journey down the East Coast. Quickly learning the ins and outs of sailing in the cold October weather, some of her favorite parts of the journey was provisioning with locally sourced ingredients to create incredible dishes to keep them warm on their adventure. Once they arrived in The Bahamas the fun really started. Incorporating fresh island ingredients into onboard dishes and craft cocktails while exploring the crystal clear waters, Nick and Amy finally found their paradise. She never misses an opportunity to practice yoga on deck or find that perfect beach to lay out a mat with guests. Most of all, she is passionate about sharing her food and innovative cocktails while catering to guests personal tastes.
Thank you for creating a little idyllic fantasy of a week. You took such care of the girls and truly made them feel at home (well, better than home with bacon, mayo, pb n j's and cheerios and oatmeal). I know they will remember the boat trip for the rest of the childhood and for that I am incredible grateful. Black and I will have fond memories of the best old fashions and delicious cocktails and cottie. Thank you for keeping us all safe and happy. Hope to cross paths with you both again in the future.
Nick and Amy, what can I say about such a fabulous week with the 2 of you, and on such a fabulous boat. As you know, we've been on so many charter boats over the years, and this trip is the best ever. You both work so hard, and make it all look effortless. Amy, amazing chef, extraordinary hostess, Nick, captain, my captain, any thing that we wanted, you were there making it happen. You guys are the perfect boat crew I hope we will sail again. Happy sailing!
From the moment we stepped on and had a painkiller in our hand. We knew we were in for an incredible time. It is hard to put into works how meaningful this trip has been to our entire family. It is particularly difficult because the entire week was filled with over-the-top meals, creatively made cocktails, so many adventures, lots of laughter and most importantly, you delivered all of those things with a fun spirit. We have loved being with you both. You both gave us a week we wish would never end. We leave here with so many amazing memories, full hearts, and a few extra pounds. We hope our paths cross again soon. Until then, we will attempt to recreate the Heavenly vibe through your painkiller recipe, music playlists, and loving nicknames. Wishing you all the best.
Thank you for the most amazing week. You two are the best hosts who kept us happy and very well fed the whole time. We cant wait for our next adventure with you. Lots of love, Philip & Adele
Nick and Amy, It's been an incredible week – so much so that words just seem to fall short. Everything about our time aboard has been beyond our expectations. How do we say thank you for showing us never before sights, tasting new foods, and just overall showing such attention to detail. You have cared for us in a way we have never experienced, allowing us a level of relaxation not often achieved.
We all enjoyed your warm and accommodating personalities and loved your sense of humor. It felt like you fit right into our group from day 1.
We will never forget our time aboard and certainly not the two of you! Blessings to you!! Scott, Jen, Tyler, Samantha Breen.
Nick and Amy this has been an unforgettable week. You have made our first visit to the Virgin Islands something we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We had no idea what to expect, so it's hard to say that you exceeded expectations, but we can't think of anything that could have made our time with you anymore enjoyable. Words really cant express how grateful we are for all the big and little things you did for us. We have so many memories that we will carry with us. Thank you so much!
Nick and Amy, you provided us a fantastic vacation. You both are truly gifted! But along with being a very talented captain and extraordinary Chef you have amazing people skills! Thank you so much for all the fun. We are so blessed because of our time with you!
Thank you so much for a wonderful week! Our trip with you through the BVI's has totally been the best vacation yet. Nick – your expertise and navigations through the islands along with your patience and warm disposition made us feel so comfortable while having tons of fun! Amy – your culinary expertise and warm personality is truly a beautiful gift! May our paths cross again! Keira & Debbie
What a wonderful trip we had, you took special care in the details of the day's activities and it really showed. Loved snorkeling the cove, the indian, and seeing the turtles. You meals were delicious and something I typically wouldn't try – you have special skills! Your daily drink was well thought out and tasty – need your shrub! What a special couple you are – the love you have for each other and your jobs are evident in all you do!
This week aboard Heavenly was absolutely incredible!! The food, service, and amenities could not be beat. Your sweet and fun loving personalities blend perfectly to Heavenly. We will be planning another trip for sure but also want to host you at the Lake of the Ozarks! Please keep in touch!
Nick and Amy, Thank you so much for a wonderful trip, the food, hospitality, and sailing were all amazing. Please stay in touch! Casey & Sheila
What a wonderful week it has been! Our family was looking forward to coming to the BVI's & knew our experience on the boat would be amazing; however, Heavenly and it's crew exceeded all possible expectations! Nick was the best with his easy going nature and knowledge of all the best spots to go and see. Amy will continue to astound us with her ability to cook one amazing meal after another accompanied by a big smile and radiating positivity. We will be talking about this trip for years to come and we will be back because of it! We will miss the painkiller ever-flowing fountain, but the real highlight will continue to be the Heavenly crew who not only were our tour guides but our friends on our favorite family adventure! We look forward to staying in touch and see you in the near future! - The Ross family
Thank you for hosting us on this "Heavenly" boat which is true to it's name. This boat is "heavenly" due to it's amazing crew (of angels) :) Chef Amy you have super exceeded all our expectations as Chef and hostess. - Delicious, healthy and memorable. Presented as a 2-star Michelin restaurant. Local selections of food, herbs and beautiful flowers made every meal memorable. Captain Nick your calm navigation of the sea and the winds has kept us safe and comfortable. You managed to find the best locations and your timing was perfection. You healed our pains with your signature drink "The Painkiller". Thank you both for a wonderful and memorable 60th birthday. Cheers to many more!
Nick and Amy,
What an unbelievable week! This trip for exceeding our expectation, the food, the adventures, the new friends. Truly – you two outdid yourselves! As Big Daddy said, you really are the best at what you do. We feel so lucky to have been the recipients of your hospitality. I am quite sure we will be talking about the exquisite meals, the beautiful hikes, the many snorkels, the games, the dinghy rides, and the tandem adventures with Deep Blue for many years to come! Thank you for welcoming us into your home for the week. We are definitely leaving with new friends and for that we are thankful. Best of luck on Heavenly! Hope to see you both again soon! Anne and Jason Sorrells.
Dear Nick and Amy,
Thank you for the most amazing five days. We really enjoyed getting to know you two and exploring the islands. Thank you for the delicious food, but most importantly for accommodating my dad (who’s eyes widened and potentially even glistened) at seeing every meal. I swear he hasn’t eaten that well in years.
I think we were all fascinated at your way of life, and at the true happiness you two express towards your work. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors (bigger boat – woo hoo!) Thank you again for everything.
With love, the Kimble family.
Nick and Amy,
How does one say thank you for providing them with some of the most special moments of their lifetime? It's impossible. As everyone before me has mentioned, you are a skilled captain and a fabulous chef. More importantly, you are the curators of magical experiences and memories that we will appreciate forever.
I hope you both never forget the real value in what you do. You give families like mine the opportunity to fall in love with the ocean, and each other, over and over. Thank you for the kindness and patience you've shown my children and I. We wish you both endless love and happiness.
Sarah, Ruben, Max, Rex, and Rocco.
Captain Nick and chef Amelia Josephine, it has been both an honor and immense privilege to sail with you. You put meaning to the phrase fairwinds and following sails. I thanks you for the many adventures and the family fun we shared! The surprise of seeing Sy and Kara was icing on a sumptuous Amy-cooked cake. I wish you many blessings and much love and look forward to when we meet again.
Thank you for both an incredible week! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time and couldn’t be more grateful we found let’s play two and you both! We will miss wondering what amazing meal Amy cook up next and the ever flowing painkillers and dad jokes. Thank you for keeping dad busy so he didn’t drive me nuts, can’t wait to continue following your journey and see all the amazing places life takes you!
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Nick and Amy were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!
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AMY was PHENOMENAL!!! Every signal meal was EXCELLENT and thoughtful!!BRAVO Amy!!
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We plan on seeking out Nick and Amy or Sy and Cara next season!!Thanks for such a wonderful trip!
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I have terrible handwriting so please bear with me. I am trying to write slowly so you can read my note. You have been a blessing to my family. We love you guys and we wish you all the blessings God may give your family. The VI has become a second home on the water - peace on earth. We feel so blessed to share this small moment with you too. We love being in the first family to snorkel with you at night. I hope we were able to give you some smilesI hope weI hope we were able to give you!
Amy and Nick! Thank you so much for such an incredible week with the two of you! You both have been beyond kind and welcoming! I loved every minute of swimming, snorkeling, hiking, dancing and laughing of this trip. You both took extra time and consideration to make sure we were all enjoying the trip and that did not go unnoticed. I loved watching you both interact with each other and with each of us! This is clearly a passion for you all and that made the trip one to remember! Amy! OMG, please keep up the wonderful cooking! Nick, keep encouraging everyone to hop in and try new things! We won’t forget the experiences we have because of the two of you! Praying the rest of the season and the time on your next boat is filled with all the best adventures! Hope to sail with you guys again! With things and so much love, Jordan W.
Amy and Nick, it has truly been a pleasure to meet you both. You two are amazing. And I was delighted to experience the beautiful islands with you. This trip has definitely been one that I’ll remember for years to come. You both have such beautiful spirits and I can’t wait to see you again soon. I couldn’t have asked for a better family vacation, and it’s thanks to two of you. Wishing you both all the best in everything you do. Keep cooking, snorkeling, sailing, laughing, and loving! With all the love Katie Brooks
Dearest Amy Joe and Nick, what a delightful adventure this past week has been! We are incredibly fortunate to have met you, as our travel guides, chefs, Capt., and new friends. Thank you for your abundant enthusiasm and authenticity. I am amazed at how you were consistently so gracious with ours group. You have truly set the standard for what it means to have a Do you have truly luxurious, pampered vacation. From the moment that Nick cross the waters with Taylor to pick me up with my suitcase to Amy sharing her impeccable recipes on her bitter sweet last breakfast with the group, you both have put so much heart and compassion into making us feel welcome and valued. Thank you for the series of joyful challenges that helped us each get out of our own comfort zones and closer to our greatest, grandest potential‘s. I feel filled with gratitude I feel filled with gratitude when I reflect on our hike up Ramshead and night snorkel at Christmas Cove, among many other memorable moments. All of the little details, like color-coded water bottles, mint tart beverages, and waking up to a cup of Earl Grey, have made all the difference. Wishing you many more traditions with love laughter and light.
Amy and Nick, you are as sweet as you are patient. Thank you for that. On family vacation sometimes there can be friction amongst people who haven’t seen each other in a while and words that haven’t been exchanged which needed to be said. You have managed to call the crashing feelings of grace and poise that many dream to have. I wish you all the love I can give and states true to your nature always.
Dearest Capt. Nick and Chef Amy,
Thank you is not enough! This trip was needed more than you’ll know and your hospitality, a blessing to my soul. Thank you for the beautiful sailing, snorkeling, great drinks, food and comfortable accommodations. I wish you both a wonderful vacay for yourselves!
This was my first charter, booked my husband (Brandon), and family friends, it was truly amazing! The morning views with coffee/tea were relaxing down to the sunset dinners! I really have a new perspective for self. Amy the chef and captain Nick have helped me through conquering many firsts and the years that have come with it. Many thanks!
Tiffany and I had such an amazing experience this week. We learned so much about sailing and about the area. Thank for an amazing time. Nick, enjoyed so much being towed around on the sub wing, the night rain, the late night cigar conversation and of course the dad jokes! Amy, the service you provide is exceptional. Every meal seemed to out fo the previous meals. Thank you so much to both of you for showing our family such a great time. You have far exceeded expectations. This has been the best vacation! P.S. Spot it was a blast!
Nick and Amy – We appreciate all your effort in making this holiday a success! My favorite activity was the night snorkeling guided by Nick! Maybe you will see us again! Thank you for a lovely week!
Dear Nick and Amy,
Thank you so much for the fabulous week, you blew our expectations out of the water! The locations Nick chose were perfect; a great combo or land and water activities. And you were always ready to get all the toys in the water. Just as important is getting out when places were overrun with the cruise ship people.! Amy's meals were magnificent! Thanks again for everything!
Thank you for both for all the memories this week and for all your kindness and help. Don't forget to look us up when driving north from Florida. May God bless you both with many great adventures in your future! Beth and Jerry
Dear Nick & Amy,
I'm trying to think of a favorite moment on this trip to thank you for, but I can't! Every moment was better than the last! From spotting turtles, to matcha caramel desserts, night snorkeling to a competitive hand of spot it!, the whole week has been heavenly. Thank you so much for your care and thoughtfulness. The seat at your bow will be my happy place for many years. Fair winds, Liza.
Thank you for a great week! Everything was amazing! Hope to see you when you pass through the midwest! Amanda and Josh
Nick and Amy,
Thank you for such an unforgettable week and making us all feel at home! Loved every meal and every activity. Subwinging was awesome and turtle spotting was delightful. Both of your positive smiles and expert advice for making our trip the best experience possiblee were no doubt a big part of my family's experience on Lets Play Two! Thank you again for everything! - Kate
P.S. Ill be dreaming of that short rib meal!
My heart couldn’t be fuller! Not only did this time give us such a beautiful & adventure vacation together as a family but we were so lucky to have met you two amazing souls! Thank you for all the love & kindness you showed us! I so hope we stay in touch over the years! So much love! Sasha!
It was an awesome experience and you guys were super awesome. Thank you so much for being the best captain and check we could ask for. You guys spoiled us but I guess we will re-acclimate to the real world when we get home. Looking forward to a high of 26 Degrees. Love Carol
Nick and Amy just writing this makes me a bit sad because it means our wonderful trip is almost over thank you for a trip of a lifetime such fun with good friends and you two are friends now! Fantastic food like better than any restaurant fabulous service and funny stories we will spread the word to others that you both are special and unforgettable, so this is not goodbye but see you again for next adventure! Much thanks and love!
I'm bawling my eyes out! We love you both! We cannot thank you enough for being so amazing to us! Best week ever! You are both amazing and truly make this week so special. Thank you so much for being so accommodating - especially to my dearest mother. I wish you both lots of success and happiness in your newest journey! Gotta go grab the tissues now. Love - The Topaskis
I have traveled all over the world, multiple times a year. This had to have been my favorite trip. It was soooooo relaxing, soooo luxurious and soooooo nice!! Everything was perfection!! Nick & Amy exceeded my expectations from the time we woke up to the time we went to bed. The boat was so clean & so well maintained!! Loved everything!!!!!! We had toys for days. Paddle boards, (fell asleep on one without a paddle and nick reduced me) glass bottom kayak, floats, fishing, snorkeling gear, the whole package! AMY IS MY FAVORITE!! EVERY MEAL WAS PERFEEEECT!!! She puts her heart into what she cooks and it shows. She listened to us and knew exactly what we wanted to eat. I looked forward to EVERY meal. I don't regret eating every single thing on my plate even for a second!!! I was very impressed with the food. Everything was perfect I felt like a queen all week long!!! They are the best. This boat was so great it felt like home. I cried when I left!!! If you are considering a chartered boat - DO NOTTTTTT THINK TWICE!! BOOK IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!! DO IT!!
Amy and Nick we cannot thank you enough for all the kind attention and making us feel so comfortable in your home. Amy the food we will never be able to duplicate. Thank you again for making this trip of a lifetime.
Jim and I weren’t sure what adventure waited us when we agreed to go on this trip with friends and we can honestly say that from start to finish you absolutely blew us away! Top notch service, fantastic food and so many incredible experiences that we will never forget thank you for doing it all with class making each day so very memorable. We could not imagine doing this with anyone else so there’s a huge possibility that you have not seen the last of us! So until we meet again many thanks!
What a wonderful week! Nick and Amy showed us some of the wonders of the USVI. So much snorkeling, swimming, a few hikes, and of course, wonderful food. We were sad to not have the full family on this trip, thanks covid, but we will be sure to see Nick and Amy again with the entire family. This week has been wonderful and i'm so thankful that we have been able to spend time here.
We had an absolute wonderful time – the Caribbean sea, sunsets, and jungles were amazing! Highlights include delicious painkillers, swimming with sea turtles, and catching them eatinh a king mackerel. Hope to be back!
What an amazing week with Nick & Amy. They went above and beyond to make our trip special. From the food (every meal was restaurant quality & so fresh) to being so very attentive and helping us with all of the watersports. We really enjoyed the Pizza Pi experience. Definitely want to come back!
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing” - Hellen Keller
This past week has been an adventure - I cannot thank Nick & Amy enough for the thoughtful, kind attention to every detail. The 5-star service, the food, the fun was awesome. S/V Let’s Play Two is a great boat, I love the front “porch.” I will be back!
- Annette Harrison
Amy and Nick – Thank you! IMO the best compliment anyone can be given is the heartfelt acknowledgement that they are exemplary at what they do and I can whole heartedly say that here. The both of you are thoughtful, efficient, gracious and knowledgable and we are so grateful to have spent the last week with you. Please let us know if/when you pay a visit to Nashville and we look forward to hosting you in our home.
This week has been absolutely incredible! We saw beautiful coral reefs, interesting fish, sea turtles, and an octopus! Nick and Amy treated us like princesses. Truly an unforgettable experience.
Our weeklong Christmas Island getaway with Nick and Amy was absolute perfection from the first minute! The food and drinks prepared by Amy were out of this world! Nick and Amy were the best hosts and had everything we needed or could want even before we knew what to ask for! They were great with suggestions of what to do and go see onboard! They even let us win at disc golf :) Nick knew the best snorkel spots and has the run for a float at Lime Out down to a science!
We have loved this awesome week adventure!
Merry Christmas! - <3 The Rekitos
This trip was an adventure we had looked forward to for 15 years, as we met up with friends we met on our honeymoon in 2006.
This was not the original boat we planned , but boy did we score with Nick and Amy! From the moment we met them we loved them. They were so fun and sweet. They truly catered to our wants and needs even with a short notice of our arrival.
The boat was beautifully decorated with flowers and candles. Everything was so luxurious and we were very pleased.
We truly built friendships with Amy and Nick, one we hope to continue for years to come! We will definitely be joining our Captain and 1’st mate again for another adventure. The food was outstanding. Captain took us to all the great spots to snorkel and see new things!
Highly- highly recommend them and the key lime pie!
Thank you Nick and Amy for making this a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for the friendship, laughs, good food and fun times!
Come visit in Cali!
Jim and Christine culwell
Forever your biggest key lime pie fan.
Our adventures with Nick and Amy will never leave our memories. Spending a week on this beautiful boat was nothing short of luxury.
From the moment we stepped aboard we were showered with service. There were flowers, lattes, Turkish cotton towels, comfortable beds, top notch food and of course sailing to any spot we requested that allowed us to swim with turtles, rays, coral fish plus snorkeling, tubing and diving with the sub wing. Every day was full of fun but that still didn’t compare to the friendship we built with Nick and Amy.
If you come aboard (or are aboard) I recommend having a little fun with theme days, going to limeout for lunch, and swimming at Christmas cove.
Thank you so much Captain and 1’st mate! We will miss you / but we will be back.
Come see us in Colorado!
Jes and Chris Hartman