Village Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI
The front cockpit has a removable sunshade
Main saloon with 55” retractable home cinema screen
HiFi sound system throughout, with 32” TV screens (40” in owner’s suite)
Williams 505 diesel jet tender
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Water Skis Adult:
Swim platform lowers to water
Water Skis Kids:
Nationality: South African
CAPTAIN/ENGINEER JASON HOLT
Jason is no stranger to the charter industry or the water. He holds a Master of Yachts, a Fly Boarding Instructor, Dive Instructor, Commercial Diver, and Engineering and Diesel Training. He is a keen Fisherman who loves water sports and kite surfing. He hails from South Africa but has made the British Virgin Islands his home for many years. Jason has extensive experience on Motor Yachts, both private and charter, with a long stint on the Charter Motor Yacht Unbridled. We feel privileged to have Jason on our team with his wide breadth of skills from Engineering to White Yacht Service.
SCUBA INSTRUCTOR/FIRST MATE SIMEON KORFANTY
Simeon hails from Scotland and has been part of the yachting and SCUBA community for over two decades. Beginning his service as a Deckhand, he now holds an IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited certificate. With over 4700 dives, he is just as comfortable under the surface as he is sailing on top.
He completed a solo voyage sailing around the Caribbean, covering 4000 km (2500 miles) on board an 8,23 m (27’) Albin Vega, where he indulged some of his other maritime interests, such as spearfishing and freediving. Having worked on a variety of yachts (private and charter) up to 119 meters (390’5”) in length, covering the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, and Iceland, he is returning to his sailing roots in the British Virgin Islands charter world, ready to share everything the islands have to offer.
In his spare time, Simeon likes to exercise (kettlebells are his favored discipline) and holds certificates in various forms of personal training.
CHEF KIM STOKLASA
Before turning her passion to yachting, Kim worked in the finance, entertainment, luxury event management, television, and music industries in several diverse roles, including performing as a professional singer. Kim’s other passions include playing guitar, training dogs, living the RV life when not on charter, exploring the underwater world through SCUBA, swimming, snorkeling, and participating in other water sports. Growing up in Switzerland, she loves the mountains and has been skiing since childhood. As a keen photographer, painter, and nature enthusiast, Kim enjoys hiking with friends and observing wildlife, documenting this on film, and putting the rod out to catch some lunch.
Kim is no stranger to yacht charters or the British Virgin Islands. She has served gorgeous food for the last eight years and is a sought-after chef. Kim is one of those unique people who makes difficult tasks look easy. She is a delight to work with, very organized, and pragmatic. Most
importantly, Kim is a team player who ensures everyone around her feels at ease. She is a true people person who takes the time to get to know each guest personally.
CHEF ERIN KALAFSKI
With over ten years of experience in the Virgin Islands, Erin is experienced and adept at creating luxurious meals onboard. From rustic sailboats to large mega yachts, Erin has created exceptional menus to please the most discerning guests.
Before her career in yachting, Erin lived a corporate life in New York, working in healthcare and software. She enjoyed it so much that she gave it up to learn to teach SCUBA and has never looked back. She loves the Virgin Islands and the waters that surround them. And most of all, she loves sharing her adopted home with guests onboard and making memories together.
STEWARDESS LUCIE LE LANN
Lucie hails from Brittany on the west coast of France with a background in corporate and information systems in Africa and Guadeloupe. She took a leap of faith and moved to Guadeloupe approximately five years ago, where she was self-employed, creating decorative objects with collected driftwood, sea shells, jewelry, and accessories. She has always wanted to work on a sailing yacht and recently completed her STCW, ENG 1, mixology, and superyacht stewardess courses to prepare for Mariah Princess this season. In her spare time, she likes Surfing, Windsurfing, Running, Hiking, Cooking, and Crafts.
Robert was born on Tortola and raised on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and is a fully certified EMT. ( Emergency Medical Technician). Robert is certified as a Rescue Diver and Master Diver and working toward getting his DiveMaster Certification.
Recently having completed his STCW and ENG 1, he is excited to be working his first yachting position. Robert loves SCUBA diving and motorcycles and is currently learning surfing and free diving.
We are very proud of the team we have put together, and they are all enthusiastic professionals looking forward to showing you the best vacation possible!
****CREW IS FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****
January 19th 2023
To the lovely crew of MPIII
What a wonderful group of people you are! You have made our time onboard so very special. We are leaving with full bellies and many fantastic memories.
A trip of a lifetime! Thank you for the delicious food, hospitality and safety. We will be back.
New Years 2022
Simeon, Jason, Kim, Lucie, Robert
Thank you. Thank you for an incredible journey on the Mariah Princess III!
Not only did we ring in the New Year with all of you, but we also celebrated a birthday in style ( It’s wonderful. It’s wonderful!”) Also, thanks for introducing our kids to life on a sailboat in the BVIs! Lots of new adventures will be fond memories going forward.
And Kim! Thank you , thank you, thank you for the delicious meals ( all of them) that rival any Michelin top starred restaurants! Not to mention the special attention to the many food allergies we brought with us. Your amazing talent enabled us to satisfy the “foodie” in us safely and without incident. We love you!
While the boat is special you 5 made this trip amazing. Robert chaperone and drone skills, Simeon’s soft-spoken leadership & quick wit, Kim’s beautiful heart and amazing culinary skills, Jason’s uncanny ability to fix anything and talent at getting all of us to engage with new water activities and Lucie’s precious heart, intent to learn and communicate with us in English, talented bartender and decorator for all our festivities!
You are a special crew! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime. Much Love and Happy New Years
Mike, Mary Dee, Cameron, Madison, Redmond, Chip, Lyn
Dear Mariah Princess III Xmas
Thank you all for an amazing birthday trip around the BVI’s! A first but hopefully not a last experience of catamaran sailing! Your hospitality, food and drink all offered with kindness and professionalism much appreciated
Thank you for extra consideration for Laura, so good to know we were in safe hands at all times ( Loved the snorkeling- thank you to Simeon for your thoughtfulness making if especially safe for Laura and I with your company. Thank you Kim for all the meals which were scrumptious and catered for Maddie so well too. Thank you for Lucie, Jason and Robert for all the background, many chores especially bed making and keeping our cabins.
You are so calm and professional and nothing was ever too much. Our holiday with you all as the crew was what made it so good. Here’s to 2023 and all it holds for you all. Much hugs and huge thanks, Charlotte, Aerwyn, Atticus, Scout, boo and Maudie
Late November 2022
Simeon, Jason, Kim, Robert, Lucie
Thank you so much for making Buck's 60th birthday celebration so special. The service, and hospitality were 2nd to none.
All of the meals and drinks were amazing!
Thanks to the whole crew for putting up with all of the overserved late night partiers.
Kyle will be sure to pay Jason for his "spot on" diagnosis of his "3 stages of Kyle"
Thanks for everything, it was unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Cheers
Mo and Buck, Lauren and Christina, Lexi and Ben, Jill & Kyle
And to the broker:
How was your overall experience?
We had a great time.
Did the crew live up to your expectations?
Yes we really enjoyed all of them. They were very accommodating and fun!
How would you describe the food and drinks?
Excellent excellent excellent! A lot of food for sure. We aren’t 3 big meals a day. Everything was great and Kim and Lucy were so interesting to talk with. We still want some of the recipes from Kim!
Were you involved in planning the itinerary?
I think the weather pretty much determined where we could go.
What did you like most about your charter?
Easiness of each day, not having a plan of go, go, go. Just very relaxing.
Can you give me any hints as to how I can provide my clients with an even better experience?
Hmmm it was pretty perfect!
Is there anything in particular you wish you had known in advance?
We definitely could have packed less! I brought 3 pairs of sandals and really only needed 1!
August 6th, 2022
Kevin, Nicole, Zara, Scottie
First-all killed it!! Great adventure Captain, food was over the top, just the way we like it. Zara was always ready to fill out cocktail glasses and Felix always eager to help. It was the best time a day could ever spend with his 3 daughters. Thank you for that! And to have and share this with my amazing girlfriend and two best friends, well, it just doesn’t get any better! Thanks again, and I hope for calm seas and the wind is always blowing in your direction. Roger and the Girls
Wow, Wow, Wow, this trip was amazing. Cheers to the crew for making such great memories for us. Dianna Grace
I can’t put unto words how amazing this trip has been and it’s all thanks to you. We couldn’t have been given a better group of people to join us on this journey. You’ll be very missed, but we certainly remember you and this trip for a lifetime. Wishing you all the very best. Chantal.
Thank you so much for such an unforgettable experience! Our first time in the BVI will be hard to beat. Thank you for the amazing food, laughs, memories, and smiles. We wish y’all the best on the many adventures to come! Ginger
This has been the best trip I have ever been on! I have eaten the best food sailed with the best crew and made the best memories. Wish Y’all the best. Spencer
June 19th, 2022
Our family can’t thank you enough for our wonderful trip around the BVI’s. This was our first catamaran trip and you have exceeded all expectations. Kevin- you’ve made us feel safe the entire time, and you have been the perfect tour guide. Even on an abbreviated trip, I feel like you did a perfect job of directing us to the highlights. Nicole, we have you to thank for the extra 5 lbs we are going home with! Your food has been amazing-no need for finding restaurants off the boat-your cooking was far better. And Diane, I can’t say enough to thank you for all our chats! I’ve loved getting to know you. And your bartender skills are on point! You made us feel immediately at home. The MARIAH PRINCESS is lucky to have this crew. We hope to sail with you again.
Scott, Jeni, Anna, Beth & Mary Katherine , Bay, Miller
June 5th- Virgin Islands
Captain Kevin, Chef Nicole and Stewardess Jennifer
Thanks for an amazing trip to the USVI. It was fantastic in no small part due to your efforts, from great recommendations to planning the exceptional food. It was always top-notch. Best of luck with your next long sail and new team member, and wherever life takes you both.
You are formidable hosts, and you created a fun environment well enjoyed. Thanks for all the extras, the food, and the relaxing atmosphere. Everything was top-notch! Good luck, and we hope our paths cross again. And of course, thank you for celebrating our anniversary in such an amazing way. And, of course, we didn’t mind explaining all the jokes to Kevin!
Thank you all so much for an incredible week! We all had an amazing and relaxing time and are so grateful for your kindness and all of your help in planning this trip. The food, atmosphere, and activities were all incredible! And thank you for helping to celebrate my birthday and parents' anniversary in such a special way. Good luck with your next trips, and hope to meet again.
Thank you very much for taking very good care of us, it was above and beyond our expectations. We learned a lot about cocktails, the food was amazing, and the service was great. We loved the sailing part and will next forget this. Thank you!
Ronald, Jeanette, Lizzy, Bart, Abby, Leon
Captain Kevin, Nicole and Bia,
How blessed we are to be able to experience an occurrence, an event, or a moment in time that changes our lives dramatically forever.
This is the case with an excursion on the Mariah Princess III. And no doubt the crew gave everything they had to ensure our with them and will be the creation of memories that will be with us forever!
We couldn’t ask for anything more…and certainly moire than we expected.
Wishing the crew Smooth Sailing , Anthony and Wendy
This was our first boat trip. We had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, the three of you made this a trip of a lifetime. The quality that jumps out at me in your gracious and generous spirit. Each of you are warm, caring, and loving. It comes through in what you say and how you treat others. So thankful for this experience.
Thank you so much for an amazing trip around the BVI’s. As our first time on a boat trip, this trip highly exceeded our expectations. Your attention to detail and selfless service was over the top. The food was Michelin Star worthy!! We will never forget you guys and this amazing trip! Thank you Kevin, Nicole and Bea. Miss you already!
Great People and great food called for an incredible experience. Thank Y’all so much for making this trip spectacular. Going to miss “big Cap Kev”, Nicole AKA female “Bobby Flay” and of course my Portuguese friend BEA- Juanito
Thank y’all for making this trip for our family a trip of a lifetime. Everything exceeded our expectations. Be Blessed
Sorry, we took up 3 pages, but we just wanted to thank you for such an amazing trip. Y’all are such wonderful people, this trip was so special because of you guys: Kevin, Nicole, and Bea. Thank you for such a memorable trip. We will miss you dearly. Have a blessed Safe Year, Hope to see y’all soon.
Wow, where to start with Mariah Princess!! We had an incredible trip. The boat itself is beautiful. The master bedroom cabin was very spacious and offered Mike and I double sinks and a walk-in closet…pretty spectacular for boat living.
The other bedrooms were perfectly sized for our kids and nephew. We loved hanging out on the back of the boat. Aside from socializing around the great teak dining table, there were numerous cozy sofas and loungers back there to enjoy the sun. The boat had a fantastic flybridge area too which was a great spot to take in the views as we sailed. It also had an awesome hot tub! The tender was a fabulous boat too.
But the best part about Mariah Princess was definitely the crew!!! They went above and beyond to make sure our trip was memorable. Capt Kevin made sure to communicate our plans each evening and was very approachable and informative. He was always willing to help and accommodate our desires on the trip. He even took my son out on the tender for boat driving lessons (Peyton has his boating license). His first mate, Julio, was the nicest guy! He was the first to jump up and agree to take my kid's wakeboarding, snorkeling, or tubing. He also did a hike with Mike and me in St Thomas. Simply an awesome guy!
Our chef, Nicole, made dish after dish of amazing food, with a smile!! We ate so much and loved it all. She was super accommodating to my daughter too, who can be really picky.
And finally, Cat….our stew. She was sincerely the best we could have asked for! She was kind, wonderful with my kids, knowledgeable, helpful, funny, and made everything about this trip better. She, along, with Julio, taught my kids how to wakeboard. Their patience and encouragement pushed my kids to success out there. It was awesome.
She also did a one-hour morning yoga session for the girls one day which was out of this world. My daughter cried as we left the boat and mainly to be leaving Cat!
As you can tell, we loved it! The change in boats was meant to be. If we had to make any recommendations for improvement, there aren’t many….and these suggestions are very minor. Maybe have some round noodles on board and possibly a large inflatable for more than one person to chill out on. (These are coming! note by crew)
Cheers to the Mariah Princess Team for putting together our gorgeous sailing adventure in the USVI... in less than one week!
When you are ready to Sail... Go! Go! Go! .. especially during this difficult time of Covid and travel restrictions, The Mariah Princess was absolutely pristine
about protocol and we joyfully and safely met the superb Mariah Crew in St. Thomas. Captain Kevin Gentles and his Crew, immediately set the tone for fun with their high spirited enthusiasm, professionalism and character! Their work ethic shining brightly anticipating our every need!!!
The boat is absolutely gorgeous... even more beautiful than the photographs. What a Lady she is.
I and my friends have sailed a lot in our lifetime and the Mariah did not disappoint. Captain Kevin took us on many a great sail! He and 1st Mate Nick,
found the most delightful places to swim, snorkel, kayak. Nick had us hiking, paddle boarding... always watching over us to make sure we were safe and having a great time.
Our Marvelous Steward; CAT.... was always there with a towel, a drink, and her very witty personality. We adored her! Her table settings were highly creative and elegant. She was highly professional and a joy to be around.
Chef KATE.... fed us with the most sumptuous meals. Many of us have dietary issues, which didn't faze her one bit. We were all completely well fed and happy!! Her cheerful personality and love of cooking was gratefully appreciated.
The only disappointment was the hot tub was not working. In all fairness, because I chartered her so quickly, there wasn't enough time to get it fixed.
Everything else was perfection.
I look forward to chartering her again and again.
Thank you Mariah Team for a terrific vacation!
All pictures © Janie Joseland Bennett