Rendezvous diving only
Scuba On Board:
Yacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Onboard WiFi, limited. No streaming please
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Water Skis Adult:
S/S off scoop steps
Water Skis Kids:
Fishing Gear Type:
Trolling and spinning
Capt. Brendan Ronan
Brendan fell in love with sailing watching the 1983 America’s Cup in Newport (still jokes that he is upset that we lost that one) and fantasized of a life aboard a boat ever since. Growing up in New Hampshire, he spent as much time as possible either in or on the frigid water at his families summers house in Maine, learning and enjoying every moment away from dry land. Then he went off to college in Florida, chasing the warm weather and adventure he always dreamed of. He has always had a love for travel and scoured the travel magazines looking at the exotic lands and places he wanted to see and experience. As they say, life gets in the way sometimes and until a few years ago he would say “my international travel experience was pretty much limited to EPCOT!” Ha Ha. After a career in NYC mixing sound for Television and Film and then reconnecting with with his High School dream girl Karen (she was the super hot athletic girl, he was the dorkish A/V squad type) he decided there was no time like the present to make the most of life and make the move to Florida and then into the yachting world so he could show people the natural beauty and experiences of the Virgin Islands! Brendan loves meeting and entertaining new friends each charter and his Captain's drinks of the day are something to look forward to! He loves making drinks for his guests as it is a great time of the day to relax and enjoy friends and family while watching the sunset! Whether sailing or motoring to the next adventure, you will always find Brendan incredibly happy with a smile on his face. Brendan enjoys every minute of every day, living the life he dreamed of for so long, and truly appreciates even the smallest things that life has to offer. There is no doubt you will enjoy spending time with Brendan as he is so incredibly helpful and fun and makes people around him feel happy and special too.
Chef Karen Rogers
Karen grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Florida for college, following her love of athletics but mainly following her love of the warm weather. Her true passion for traveling blossomed in graduate school when her fellow students (who were from Europe) invited her over, and off she went living the backpack life! Eventually, her new career as a commercial real estate broker finally pulled her back home but it didn’t take her long to figure out that she could work and travel too! Whatever rainbow or fun adventure she was chasing, she always went back to Florida to work a little and spend time with her wonderful family. For years she lived and loved her extensive travels all over the world, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures and foods, so when the opportunity to work on a yacht came up in a conversation on a plane to Hungary, she was all in! She then found another perfect blend of what she loved in life…travel, food, adventures, and people! So, Karen started her career in yachting in Croatia where she began cooking for guests on their magical vacations. She creates delicious meals, snacks, and treats for her guests that make their spirits and their tummies happy! She has been honing her skills in the Virgin Islands for the past few years where she loves preparing delicious food for her guests and making sure they eat to their heart's content! After all of her travels around this amazing world, it is incredible that she reconnected with her high school friend, Brendan (who was almost literally the boy next door) and they started the next chapter of their lives together! You may never find another person like Karen in this amazing world, the combination of her magnetic smile and infectious laugh, incredible personality and love for people, animals, and nature will put a smile on your face for a long long time, even after you return from your vacation in paradise.
Karen and Brendan, thank you for an incredible family vacation! The food was fantastic as you fed an entire football team! We made memories for a lifetime which was our goal. We hope to see you again!
Thank you Karen and Brendan for a wonderful week that went way too fast. The entire boat trip was perfect. The fabulous drink of the day to the abundance of delicious food - and that you managed to feed 4 teenage boys their endless food - quite the feat! Brendan and Karen, there was never a point on this trip that you didn’t go above and beyond - the trip was perfect and you guys were amazing! Thank you!
Unsure where to being with the amazing time we had! Brendan and Karen were unbelievable!! Already booking a trip with them for next year!
Thank you Karen and Brendan for being the funniest and most fun people Ive ever met! I truly mean it! I had a really awesome adventure along the way. I wish the week went by slower. Thanks for all the time times like the “barracuda” and turtles. Hopefully next time we visit you two will be our cook and bartender. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much Branden and Karen for making this best family vacation. After two years of COVID it was great to have a wonderful family time. We feel so special after one week aboard, perhaps you could come home with me and have my office ready at 6 every morning. Thank you for being the best hosts ever. We will always treasure our time with you!
Wow! it could not have been more perfect! Thank you for making our wedding special! The extra touches were great! We truly enjoyed every moment. Thanks for taking care of us, cant wait to see you next year!
BEST VACATION EVER!! This was our first trip as a new family and it could not have been more special. Cant wait to see Rumba, Karen & Brendan (and Timmy the Turtle) again next year! Thanks for making it an amazing week! It definitely did not suck!
Thank you to the best chef and bartender in the Caribbean. We had a fabulous vacation and trip and that was all thanks to Karen and Brendan. We cant wait to do this again next year!
Best vacation ever! Thank you so much we had the best chef and bartender in the world! I will always remember the zucchini bread and coconut mojito in the world! Let’s do this again next year with more DP shooters!
Chef Karen & Captain Brendan,
We can never thank you enough for the trip of a lifetime and its because of you that it was over the top! You guys are the best people and we cant wait to see you again! Hopefully on another charter :)
Lots of love!
To the best crew EVER (Karen & Brendan) !!
Thank you so much for the delicious food and drinks…we were happy and safe for an amazing vaca!
Dear John & Jess,
Thank you for this wonderful time! We all are so fortunate to have been able to be in such a beautiful place to enjoy our family and time off from this crazy life back home. The new places and adventures you showed us are now a new story on our long life of Caribbean trips we have been on. We wish you both a great year ahead and who knows, we may cross paths again!
Arthur & Maurice
Josh, Megan, Chase & Gwen
Thank you Captain Bubbles for this out of world experience. From the first joke on the first day, to the one's about Sean... You have made this trip so much more meaningful and beautiful! You have made us realize not only how much fun we can have together as a group, but also showed us how beautiful the small interactions we have are. You went so far beyond anything you had to do and made a personal connections with all of us, and made sure we were enjoying ourselves and were happy! We truly can't thank you enough for everything you have done! This trip was bound to be fantastic and you took it to a whole other level for all of us!
Leon, Rachel, Sean, Lydia, Frank, Sadie and Ami
What an absolutely AMAZING trip!!! Thank you so so much Captain John & Chef Jessica! From snorkeling and diving with turtles, sharks, stingrays, the most beautiful corals & fans, to paddle boarding, wake boarding, seeing donkeys at the beach, the most delicious food & drinks, floating taco bar, unbelievable sunsets.....I could go on and on...and these photos don't do justice to the stunning US Virgin Islands!
Blew away expectations. Captain John & Jody were awesome. Food was fantastic. Best vacation ever!
"Meghan made our vacation! She fed our soul!" - Julia
"We truly enjoyed not only the breakfast eggrolls (amazing!) but our overall time with Meghan. She offered great recommendations around the islands and fun adventures like chasing sea turtles, searching for tarantulas and pirate history!" - Stephanie
I think about our adventures daily and get lost in daydreaming about the sensory overload! The beautiful surroundings, the gorgeous sunsets, the fabulous accommodations, the laughter with great friends and YOU! From the time we set sail to the end of the trip, you made our trip special and most fondly memorable.
You worked tirelessly to make sure that all of our meals were five star quality. You made preparing meals for ten people look easy and each one was made with attention to detail. Not only did they all taste delicious, they were presented beautifully! My favorite evening on the boat was the murder mystery!! It was so fun and you worked so hard to make it even more memorable with all of the different courses you prepared! Through the entire trip you were so pleasant and accommodating to our every need. You made us feel comfortable, pampered and just easy to be around. Your knowledge about sailing and all of our destinations added even more to our fabulous holiday! Many thanks for everything you did to make our Sea Esta sail one of the best vacations we have ever had! Hopefully, we will have the great privilege to see you, again!
Karen & Brian
We recently spent 8 days aboard a catamaran in the BVI's with Elise as our chef. Her food was wonderful and a big part of our successful vacation. We were all so happy to come back from our morning snorkel to find breakfast ready, or a beautiful fruit and cheese plate (and chilled wine!) after our afternoon adventures. I especially enjoyed her salmon, pineapple "stuffing", and pineapple/oreo bars. In addition to making delicious food, Elise was very personable and an enjoyable member of the group! We still miss her!
Hi Elise, I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated all you did for us on the boat. The meals were absolutely delicious! We’ve been inspired by you to cook more for our boys. My husband just went to the grocery store a few minutes ago and doing a version of your chicken. You worked tirelessly each day and it didn’t go unnoticed. I hope you’ve gotten some rest today. Thank you again for everything!
The trip was great. We loved John and Heather. They were very knowledgeable and fun. We felt very safe in their hands. One of the highlights was getting to sail to St. Croix. They put up the sails and turned off the motor and the wind took over. It was amazing! Buck Island over there was awesome, too. Beautiful water and sand. We had the beach all to ourselves.
Really, nothing to complain about besides me ruining my phone and Mark, not my Mark, but the other Mark with us, stepped on a black sea urchin and got all the needles in his foot and toes. We had to call an ambulance. We were at Oppenheimer Beach. They didn’t treat him though. Said they would dissolve on their own, and they did.
We snorkeled several times and saw lots of sea turtles and stingrays and got to hold a sea urchin and huge starfish. Lots of yummy food and drinks....I could go on and on. Will post more pics on my Facebook page in a day or two when I have time to go through them all.
I’m ready to go back next summer! Thanks again for helping me with this trip!!
Yacht: RUMBA with John Mikulkac and Heather Monroe
Charter Dates: 2020-02-03 16:00 to 2020-02-10 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
Absolutely! It was amazing in taste and presentation!
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
6. Additional comments on your charter?
We had an amazing trip with Capt John & Heather! They went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. They even toured us around Anegada in a jeep/truck for the entire day when they could have had the time to themselves! The food was amazing! Who thought you could prepare gourmet meals in a TINY kitchen with no stove! And the portions were perfect. Not too heavy. Best of all, they are both experienced sailors so we had many beautiful sails with them! We were pleasantly surprised at how well they knew the USVI and BVI islands, as they are somewhat new to the area, but you would never know by the knowledge of snorkel spots, restaurants, island history, etc that they shared with us. We would definitely sail again with them!
We had a great week of island hopping aboard the Rumba – we did seven different islands in our seven days. The boat’s accommodations were very nice and we had plenty of fresh water for showers and such. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us all of the time, providing some high winds and multiple squalls. The good news was that the boat could sail really fast and we got to see multiple rainbows. I will give Captain John a lot of credit for always finding us a really calm harbor to sleep in. The crew made a lot of really good recommendations for where to visit, and then which bars or restaurants to go to once we got there. They also found us a bunch of really interesting places to snorkel. First Mate Heather did a really nice job with food prep on the boat – I especially recommend the ginger scones and the Mexican street corn. I would also like to thank Heather for her infinite patience while answering all of my questions regarding how to sail. Overall a great trip – I highly recommend the Rumba and its crew.
This was my first trip like this. I had always wanted to take a cruise on a catamaran and island hop. Thought it would be an amazing experience and this trip was.
Heather and John are true professionals. From the moment we met them the hat two main focuses, safety and comfort.
Both of them took time to make sure all were having a good time and were quick to inform us of how to safely enjoy all aspects of the boat and the islands we visited.
Multiple times we had to take a dingy to the islands, here is were their experiences dealing with guests who are not proficient with getting in and out of a dingy was very evident. Never once did I feel unsafe or nervous.
Heather is an amazing chief. Breakfast and lunch was served on the boat and each one was better than the next. Always request her chorizo tacos omg they were good...
I can’t imaging not requesting this dynamic, professional and extremely fun team for my next trip...
John and Heather were fantastic! They are not only professional and accomplished sailors, but are friendly, thorough and accommodating. First class service all the way around. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on Rumba, and are already planning another trip with them.
My husband and I had the best time with our daughter and son-in-law sailing on the Appledore! What an amazing way to spend an afternoon. Captain John and crew Sydney and Jack were engaging and entertaining. We laughed, enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine, drinks and each other's company. John shared the history of both the boat and the Camden community. We would do this again in a heartbeat!
The sail was excellent, saw a variety of excellent views, it was very smooth going. My favorite part of the sail was the crew. Captain John is very knowledgeable and has a terrific sense of humor.
We've been sailing on the Appledore every summer for 20 years, and the crew never disappoints. Particularly Capt John and his crew, they are excellent and made it a fun trip. Even learned things about the area we never knew.
Fortunate to have picked a beautiful day to sail. The Captain and crew were awesome and engaging. They paid attention to detail and guests. Captain was very informative and genuinely cared about what he does. Worth the price of admission!! Two thumbs up!!!!
I took my students of the Appledore for our class field trip. Everyone was so amazing and kind. Captain John taught them about sailing and answered all their questions. Truly a great experience for my students. Everyone was professional, but still knew have to have fun.
Captain John warmly welcomed us on the dock and introduced us to Gino the first mate and Phil the deckhand. Captain John was very informative on the history of the schooner we were on among others in the water around us. We had a long true sail due to the great breeze this time of year. The crew handled her like champs and everyone around had a fantastic time!