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Nationality: South African
Andre and Alison Stroebel are from South Africa and have been married for 32 years. They love the sea and are either on it, in it or under it. They started sailing together even before they were married and raced Hobie Cats as a hobby. Soon they started sailing larger catamarans off the unpredictable east and west coasts of South Africa. In 2011 they left South Africa on the Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Yacht Race on their catamaran Rat Catcher, crossing the Atlantic and ending second in their class. Since then they have been cruising in the Caribbean and are excited to share their experiences with you. They are both qualified SSI Dive Masters.
Andre started his career as a helicopter pilot in the South African Air Force and after 25 years service started flying commercially doing offshore flights to the oil rigs off the Canadian east coast in Newfoundland. He has over 7000 flight hours. He also has over 25 000 sea miles accumulated off the South African coast, Atlantic crossing and sailing the Caribbean and east coast of Florida. He has a South African Sailing Yacht Master Offshore certificate with a 100 ton South African Maritime Safety Authority rating, STCW and First Aid.
Alison started sailing on Optimists in Zimbabwe and then crewed for her Dad on a Flying Dutchman. She knew she had found her true love when she discovered André also loved the sea and sailing. From when they first met they had a shared dream of sailing the world. Alison is a Registered Nurse and specialized in Neonatal premature babies and then in the Operating Room. She is qualified in Basic life Support, CPR and First Aid. She has her offshore Captains license and has over 20 000 sea miles having sailed the South African coast, crossed the Atlantic and sailed extensively in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the Florida coast. She loves being on, in or under the water and especially enjoys sharing her love of snorkeling and diving with new adventurers pointing out the amazing critters under water. Alison has a special affinity to children her best reference is the fact the little ones invariably climb in her lap and go to sleep. With their traveling Alison has incorporated a touch of different cultures in her menu. She loves creating dishes with a strong South African and African traditional food influence with a touch of Mediterranean. In true African tradition you won't go hungry at this table.
If you are interested in learning to sail a Catamaran Andre is always keen to show you the “ropes” and give you some sailing instruction.
With Andre and Alison’s experience of the islands, love for the sea, South African hospitality, with lots of outdoor BBQ’s (South African Braai’s), they are ready to make your Caribbean charter dream come true.
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This trip is something I personally had wanted to do for a long time and I'm so happy we picked Andre & Allison to share the Turquoise Turtle with us for 7 days. From the original planning they were helpful in navigating all of the Covid testing requirements and planning our food of course as well as activities and diving.
To start with, the food onboard the Turquoise Turtle is gourmet dining 3 meals a day. We only ate onshore a couple of times so Allison worked very hard and managed to keep our 2 teen boys full which is not easy to do. We apparently weren't the first ones to suggest she put out a cookbook with all of these wonderful menu items. It is such a variety with influences from South Africa, Brazil and of course the Caribbean.
For activities, they always had something for us and the two boys to keep entertained (or just relax when we wanted to). Andre even pulled one boy behind the dingy on the paddleboard - never seen it one before - think he just created a new watersport!
One thing about Andre and Allison is that they know a LOT about the sea and marine life and it was great to get to snorkel and scuba with them. The parents had not dove in a quite a while and they were patient and ensured everyone was comfortable and safe. Overall that is one thing I really came to appreciate about this crew and boat, I always felt safe no matter what we were doing or where we were.
I could go on forever as it was such a wonderful trip but one thing I would like to convey more than anything is that these 2 people are great at what they do, they work VERY hard to ensure you have a wonderful time. They are basically entertaining you in their home for a week and I immediately felt at home and as if we were just extended family members visiting for a holiday.
July 2021 - broker provided survey
Yacht: Turquoise Turtle with Andre & Alison Stroebel
Charter Dates: 07/12/2021 to 07/18/2021
Area Cruised: St. Martin - Leewards
Overall Rating: 5/5
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Andre and Allison were very accommodating made us feel as if it was our home
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Turquoise Turtle had a great trampoline with pads for laying out/sleeping and the bean bags were a big hit with everyone. The outdoor salon was a favorite area due to fresh air, space and comfort.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
We had nights where we used blankets even with 75+ degree (F) nights due to great circulation through the cabins.
4. Was the food good and well presented?
Allison is a great chef and we enjoyed the variety, flavor and presentation.
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
From St Martin to St Barths and back, we stayed at a different anchorage every night - thoroughly enjoyed all of it.
8. Additional comments on your charter?
Andre and Allison always have ideas but do a great job reading the cues of the guests - whether we just want to relax, or be more adventurous. When it comes to learning about the ocean and all it has to offer, I've never met 2 people as knowledgeable as Andre & Allison. My family of 4 enjoyed the scuba diving and snorkeling and have never had better dive masters.
Don’t think twice and go.
Me and my husband just got back from this dreamy vacation, celebrated our 14th and let me tell you I’m a Panicker and was very sacred to do this trip 🤣 I'm that person that’s scared of sharks, deep waters and getting sea sick. Boy I was wrong! I came back a changed person lol I enjoyed every bit of it. From waking up to beautiful ocean views to going to sleep outside watching the beautiful stars in the sky, cuddled up with my loved one and having him sleep in my arms under the moon. So romantic! There was so much to see and so much to do, never a dull moment. Alison and Andre are the sweetest people you will meet, they became like family, I left with tears because I got so attached to them ❤️ Btw, may I mention Alison is an amazing chef! Her food was delicious, and her smile was contagious. Andre was a great bar tender☺️ very helpful, dropped us off and picked us up from islands. Snorkeling was fun and island exploring was spectacular, the views are unforgettable. The beaches were beautiful and turquoise. If you want to try something different for a vacation this sail away thing is it! Don’t think twice and go. You won’t regret. Looking forward to going again with couples this time.
Safe and Stress Free Vacation
Safe and Stress Free Vacation
We loved our time on the Turquoise Turtle. We are so happy that we lucked into chartering with Alison and Andre. We traveled with 2 kids 9 and 7 and our parents. Andre makes it look so easy and Alison is busy making sure every need is met. We enjoyed snorkeling with them and they were great at pointing out wildlife and sharing information about the area... the kids (and adults) didn’t want to leave! As mom, it was so nice to wake up, enjoy coffee, meals, and cocktails without lifting a finger. Total luxury without being stuffy. Definitely my favorite vacation to date. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation look no further than chartering a boat in the Virgin Islands. If you enjoy going with the flow, eating great food and being with kind, down to earth people look no further than the Turquoise Turtle.
A truly remarkable trip
A truly remarkable trip with Andre and Alison! Snorkeling at multiple reefs each day with plenty of support spotting the remarkable reef life. Beautiful calm crossings and stays at multiple private coves each with their own story and numerous with beach bars and hiking trails. Plus spectacular meals on board! How Alison whipped up the variety she did remains a total mystery... she even cooked separate amazing vegan dishes (including a vegan birthday cake and cheesecake) for my daughter which kept everyone super happy.
A remarkably safe way to see the sites in these strange times. We all tested negative for COVID19. But did not have to be in contact with people outside the boat.
Our high complements to both the chef and to the captain for a magical visit and hands down our favorite part of our trip to the islands. If you are considering, I suggest you stop thinking and start booking immediately. The Turquoise Turtle will be our return stop every time we come to the islands and we will be recommending it to friends for years to come!
St Barts Magic
Just returned from a great New Year's week aboard the Turquoise Turtle with the most wonderful hosts: Captain Andre and First Mate/chef Alison! They met us in St. Maarten with big smiles and a warm hug and after our "briefing" off to St. Barths, we sailed. Our family of 5 enjoyed the week spent sailing around the northern Leewards, relaxing, diving (especially great dives in St. Eustatia and Saba), eating Alison's scrumptious meals, and enjoying all the top notch ammenities the Turquoise Turtle offers. Andre's pain killers, rum punch and special turquoise margarita got our evenings off to a great start, although dimmed our game playing abilities, which we think was a secret strategy. This was our third charter and hosts like Andre/Alison are top notch. They are warm, kind, patient, funny and easy to be around.We really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to sailing again soon aboard the Turquoise Turtle.
St Maarten Dream Honeymoon
There aren't enough words to describe how amazing our trip was on the Turquoise Turtle. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, new to crewed yacht charters, and didn't quite know what to expect but what we got was a trip of a lifetime. We were greeted at the pickup location by two of the most amazing people (Alison and André) I've ever had the pleasure to meet with big smiles and a hug. Taken to the yacht on their dinghy and given a rundown of the boat facilities and our room. Everything was spotless and beautifully arranged. We quickly became accustomed to the boat life for a week as Alison and André made us feel right at home. When sailing, André was amazing and first mate, Alison, was quick. They knew exactly what each other were looking for when anchoring and I never once felt uneasy about their capabilities. When diving, they made sure we both were comfortable and safe and their experience really shows. They could have jumped into a shark tank (although they wouldn't!) and I would have jumped right in behind them knowing that I was completely safe with them. They found things we never could have seen on our own and they recommended the most amazing onshore activities and restaurants. They let us chose where the boat went (within reason due to winds, Anchorage and legality) and gave my wife and I the freedom to go a lil crazy (cliff jump in St. Bart was so awesome). They found the perfect beaches to put back André's Painkiller and Rum Punch and they even got us a unexpected bottle of Champagne for our honeymoon. At meal times, André would set the table while Alison would manifest magic on a plate that kept us in awe and drooling the entire time. I highly recommend you don't skip the dessert or their amazing coffee. Overall, I could not replace this trip in any lifetime and felt I made great friends with the Captain and Chef. We would do a charter with them again in a heartbeat. Thank you André and Alison for the trip of a lifetime.
Broker provided questionnaire - March 2020
Was the yacht clean and ready to go upon your arrival?
Were all the advertised “toys” available?
Did everything work throughout your trip?
Did the crew live up to your expectations?
How would you describe the food and drinks?
The food and drinks were excellent—we never wanted for anything and we genuinely looked forward to ourmeals onboard. Alison did a great job of adapting to me being a vegetarian while my son is not.
Were you involved in planning the day’s itinerary?
Yes. This is our second charter and we understand that our first (last year) was the turtle’s first pure scuba charter. Alison and Andre are both Certified Dive Masters and they planned a great itinerary to visit dive sites around the BVI.
What did you like most about your charter?
The wreck of the RMS Rhone is one of the best wreck diving sites in the world—and it isn’t a bad snorkel either. But we really appreciated how Andre adapted each day’s itinerary to allow us to have great dives taking into account the local conditions.
Anything to improve this particular yacht?
On a scale using 1-10: How would you rate
Your overall satisfaction:
Would you charter this yacht again?
Would you charter in a different area or a different yacht again?
Would you recommend this yacht to your friends?
We have already recommended the Turquoise Turtle to friends at our dive shop.
Wonderful week with Family on Turquoise Turtle!
We (family of 4, 2 children ages 5 and 8) spent a week on board the Turquoise Turtle in February of 2020. Our goal was to have a relaxing, active week and an adventurous experience for the children. If you are trying to find the right charter boat to explore the BVI’s, this is the one.
Turquoise Turtle is Captained by Andre Stroebel and his wife Alison, who is Registered Nurse and excellent cook. Most importantly, both are excellent hosts and wonderful people. Andre has 30+ year’s experience as a helicopter pilot in South Africa. Andre is safety oriented and makes a great “Pain Killer” Drink! As a couple they have sailed the world and are very experienced yachtsmen.
Alison is a caring person who was wonderful with the children. She has a good knowledge of the sea life in and around the reefs and was always eager to share her knowledge with everyone.
Communication was simple and effective leading up to charter, during and after.
• Itinerary Flexibility - The 1st night we studied a map of the BVI’s, discussed how we wanted to spend the week (quiet nights, excellent snorkeling, sailing, etc.). They were able to deliver exactly what we wanted our experience to be.
• Pick-up and drop off – Much easier we anticipated!
• Safety – focus on safety was throughout the trip. Not in an unreasonable way but very practical.
• Food – Alison made some great meals for us and Andre was impressive on the grill as well. Thank you both for being flexible with 5 and 8 year old’s peculiar eating habits!
• Privacy wasn’t issue as Andre and Alison respect their customers space.
• Friends – We came as strangers and we left as friends.
I can’t really think of anything to say here.
You are living on a boat and there are always small challenges with that. We certainly didn’t miss any of the luxuries we have a home. We had a great bed, shower and slept comfortably each night. If you are a family with children, this is an excellent charter choice for you. If you’re a group of friends, this is a great charter choice. If you’re a couple, it’s a great choice. Just go…
Minimalist packing. You really, really don’t need to pack much. Follow the packing instructions they provide in the pre-charter PDF. Also note, they have all of the snorkeling equipment you need, no real need to bring yours.
The U.S and British Islands done Perfectly!
The trip was awesome! Andre and Allison were sea worthy very competent captains. They made us very comfortable in all that we did on the water! Food was fine food dining each meal! Andre’ and Allison were very friendly and accommodated our every request We sailed to a beautiful new beach each day. We went as 3 couples and had an absolutely delightful week full of fabulous adventures, incredible meals delicious cocktails, games, swimming snorkeling and diving, and scenery that cannot be duplicated. The only bad part of the trip was that it ended.
Alison was preparing another gourmet meal
As we were making our way home and discussing the trip, I heard the phrase " BEST TRIP EVER " repeated more than once! No doubt it requires a lot of planning, work, patience, seamanship, and people skills to accommodate a group such as ours for a week ...but Andre and Alison made it look easy. As people they are authentic, understanding, calm, gentle, and extremely competent. It seemed every time I turned around Alison was preparing another gourmet meal and Andre was answering sailing questions and mixing his famous "Painkillers". Andre and Alison are special people and do a fabulous job. You should have no hesitations in recommending them to any clients you may have. In all honesty, we passed their name along to other vacationers, 4 times ourselves, before we even got to the airport!
The vessel itself was clean, comfortable, and in tip top shape. The cabins were clean, roomy, well lit and airy. Clearly, their vessel is well cared for and perfectly organized for handling this type of activity. Scuba activities were handled in an orderly fashion and of course we saw innumerable fish species, octopus, squid, the Rhone wreck, etc, etc, etc, snorkeling as well was enjoyed by all. It was alot of fun!!
This was the 2nd charter we have taken in the last 5 years. I will guarantee you that if anyone I know expresses an interest in this type of vacation, I will be recommending Andre and Alison, no question, hands down, without a doubt!!
Again, Thank you and please feel free to share our thoughts as you wish.
Scott J., Wisconsin
The trip was awesome! Andre and Allison were sea worthy very competent captains. Made us very comfortable in all that we did on the water! Food was fine food dining each meal! Andre’ and Allison were very friendly and accommodated and facilitated our every request.
Thank you for your help in arranging our trip!
Vicki G., Wisconsin
It was the perfect way to vacation with great friends.
We just spent a fabulous week aboard the Turquoise Turtle with Andre and Allison owners/hosts. Both were skilled captains and scuba divers and sailing with them made us feel safe and comfortable. Allison prepared gourmet meals which we loved and Andre makes wonderful Painkillers. We vacationed with 2 other couples and we each had our own bedroom and bathroom. Each day we were able to explore, snorkel and scuba dive at a different beautiful beach location as we sailed the US and British Virgin Islands. It was the perfect way to vacation with great friends. We highly recommend vacationing on the Turquoise Turtle!
They are top notch on all the skills necessary
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you want to go on a sailboat charter, check these guys out. What an awesome week with Andre and Alison. We went as a family with 8 year old twins. They balanced all the varied interests with grace and were awesome with the kids. They are top notch on all the skills necessary for a great BVI cruise: sailing, local knowledge, cooking, bartending, scuba / snorkeling and all with a nice ship shape catamaran. The feline on board was a kind bonus. Go sailing with these guys, you will be glad you did.
It was one of the most memorable trips we’ve done
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My wife and I took our three kids with Andre and Allison on the Turquoise Turtle over Christmas for a week and it was one of the most memorable trips we’ve done as a family. Our kids 13, 11, and 9 had a blast. The beds were a lot bigger than I expected and views and being on the water was unbelievable. The stars at night were like I’ve never seen. Customs and check in was handled by the crew other than leaving which had to be done in person. The stops were all different and island hopping was so much fun; the time on board with long sails and playing games with our kids was just what we wanted. Allison is an amazing cook and we were never hungry. We only had one day of rough seas and Andre was able to minimize the swells. The Baths were unique and a lovely beach hike. The snorkeling was great and Andre and Allison both snorkeled with us to point out wildlife; we saw octopus, huge lobsters, rays, and innumerable tropical fish. I would highly recommend an underwater camera. Swimming around the boat and the underwater lights at night and watching fish and sting rays were beautiful. We had delicious meals on land as well; the Lobster Trap on Anegada was a great Christmas dinner. Beautiful beaches driving around Anegada- Andre arranged for a car and drove us himself. Coco Mayo was stunning at sunset and had great beach games. Soggy Dollar Bar and afternoon at the beach after swimming in from the boat will be one of my favorites. Painkillers there almost as good as Captain Andre’s. The lunch next door at Hendo’s had a delicious lobster sandwich with sweet potato fries that hit the spot. Most importantly, Andre and Allison were exceptionally skilled and safe sailors, patient and generous with our children, genuinely happy and kind, and made us feel like we were welcome in their home for the week.
Amazing BVI week
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thank you both so much for our amazing BVI week! You are such a talented, caring and professional couple- always going out of your way to please us and accommodate our various requests. The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. We would do it all again if we could and will always sing your praises!
We had truly fantastic trip
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a truly fantastic trip with Alison and Andre! They were wonderful hosts, guides, and company for the trip. The Turquoise Turtle is a beautiful and well-maintained boat. Alison is an amazing cook - every meal was delicious, extremely well planned and presented, and she took into account everything we asked for on our preference form. She even managed to find pumpkin on the islands and made us an unbelievable American Thanksgiving dinner! Andre is a knowledgeable captain and guide to the islands. He had a perfect itinerary based on what we said we wanted to do, yet was able to seamlessly adapt it to changing weather conditions as needed. It was awesome when he proposed a little wakeboarding behind the dingy once it was clear that there would be no wind for kiteboarding that week. It was a blast! We had five memorable guided dives - including the Rhone which was our first wreck dive. Both Andre and Alison were great to dive with.
Most importantly Andre and Alison made us feel extremely welcome on their boat and were great people to spend a week with. We would definitely recommend the trip to others and would like to do it again ourselves.
Bryan T., Massachusetts
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had an excellent week on board the Turquoise Turtle.Our family sailed from Bequia to Grenada for one week. Andre and Alison were awesome hosts and fun to be around. Their knowledge of the area was excellent, and the food and service throughout the trip was first class.
We strongly recommend this charter - guaranteed to be a great trip!
Amazing adventure aboard the TT.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Amazing adventure aboard the TT. Andrea, Alison and Lulu made us feel at home on the boat. Their knowledge of the BVI is outstanding. They lead us on the best snorkeling experiences that we have had in the BVI. They also provided wonderful food and drink during our 2 weeks on board. Do not miss Andre's Painkiller. They are the best in the BVI. Alison's bobotie for dinner is a showstopper. If you want to experience the best BVI has to offer book the boat for 2 weeks.
May 28, 2019
Andre and Alison's knowledge of the area is AMAZING, and the food.. yummmy!!! We spent 2 weeks aboard the Turquoise Turtle, that made it possible to go to stops that can't be visited in a week. Alison and Andre snorkeled with us and were able to point out the fish we would never had noticed on our own! Fantastic time!
The food on board is delicious
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We just had an amazing time with Andre and Alison aboard Turquoise Turtle ! Both are fantastic hosts, experienced sailors and wonderful people; The food on board is delicious; Alison does magic in the kitchen and is also very flexible catering to various preferences of a family of 5 with 3 teenagers. We did great snorkeling, swimming or just enjoying the sunset with a PainKiller, Andre's specialty cocktail. We visited many highlights of the USV and BVI but with a sense of having built on our trip. Kids also had a great time on the boat, either relaxing with their music, swimming, padel boarding or just taking the time to have time ! Andre and Alison feel you belong to the family; the atmosphere aboard is really relaxed and easy going. We can only recommend the Turquoise Turtle experience. We hope to be back ! Corine, Arnaud
Jun 10, 2019
Andre and Alison were great at accommodating our needs
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
John and Adam Quackenbush
We’ve been spending “spring break” on St. John in the USVI since my son was 15 months old. As he got older, we started looking for new adventures and two years ago, I convinced him to give scuba a try. At thirteen, he is a certified advanced open water diver, and the past few years, we’ve tried to work in as many dives as possible during our annual pilgrimage. Looking at the cost of renting a house, a jeep, booking trips (diving, fishing, excursions to the BVI), and meals, and comparing it to the cost of chartering the Turquoise Turtle, it was almost a wash. So we decided to give a half-board booking a go. We were not disappointed.
John and Adam Quackenbush
Andre and Alison were great at accommodating our needs. They let us change dates when my son had an unbreakable school commitment. They allowed me to bring my nephew when my wife couldn’t come. They planned a scuba vacation that allowed us to dive almost every day, taking us to some of the most beautiful sites in the BVI. They altered course to take us to great places to eat—including a special request from my son to visit the Willy T. They adjusted the menu to allow for me—the vegetarian. The food was excellent and Alison did a great job of adjusting the menu to handle the fact that I was a vegetarian while ensuring that everyone else was happy and ate well. They ensured that we had a great time during “down time.” And, since my son turned 13 during the trip, Alison baked a cake and they arranged for a little celebration for him.
And of course, Lulu, the ship’s cat, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome.
Overall, it was a great trip and we are looking forward to booking our next trip with the Turquoise Turtle.
Andre and Alison are now friends and I hope to do another holiday with them!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had an amazing trip with Andre and Alison! We spent a week aboard the Turquoise Turtle as a family, the best way to see the BVI’s, and everybody loved it. There were lots of fun outings with amazing snorkeling nearly every day, secluded beaches easiest to get to by boat, beach bars by dinghy, sounds better as the “rubba-duck” in South African speak. There also lots of activities aboard the boat when anchored in coves with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and floats. And most importantly if you’re going to spend a week aboard a boat, you want your hosts to be friendly and kind. Andre and Alison were always happy and treated us extremely well. My kids really bonded with them as well, Alison was my youngest sons private snorkel guide at times! The food was amazing, even my pickiest child was commenting Alison should be a full time chef. Cocktails and wine always offered or ready upon request. One night we went to Willy T and they even volunteered to supervise the kids watching a movie so we could go be part of the nightlife at Peter Island. They also shared their photography with us at the end of the trip to add to our phenomenal picture collection because there are never enough pictures to capture such an adventure. This was our second trip chartering a boat in the BVIs, and having a couple manage the boat. It is by far the best way to enjoy your Vacation instead of doing it yourself. If you’ve never done it, you won’t feel cramped on this boat. Andre and Alison are now friends and I hope to do another holiday with them!
It was a wonderful adventure and unforgettable experience!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Stuart and Amy Sullins and boys
Our first impression was how graciously we were welcomed by Alison and Andre!! We had spoken on the phone and communicated via email prior to our arrival, and we felt right at home immediately. The yacht was immaculate and bright. They provided us a thorough safety briefing and showed us how to maximize our enjoyment of all of the yacht’s features.
We are all tall (the shortest family member is 5’10” 12-year-old Spencer) and we found we all had plenty of space. The queen-sized beds were raised but easy to climb into. The bathroom was plenty roomy enough for a week’s stay. We spent very little time in our own cabins, preferring the shared spaces on the yacht.
Salon, cockpit, deck space were Very clean. The salon was cozy and the boys enjoyed a couple of movie nights. The deck space in the front of the yacht was my favorite—we loved the beanbags and the trampoline lounging area.
The boat was kept clean during our charter including our cabins, the bathrooms/heads, our towels, bedding, the cockpit and the galley.
Andre and Alison provided toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, snorkel gear and reusable water bottles; they tried to anticipate our every need!
We absolutely enjoyed “catamaran life” and embraced sailing or motoring each day to various destinations, hanging out on deck once we were moored, and lounging on the back with a “sundowner” prepared by Andre. With three teenaged boys our U.S. life is often hectic and filled with electronics, but our week on the Turquoise Turtle gave us the gift of each other, with every need taken care of by Alison and Andre!
I am going to speak about both Andre as Captain and Alison as co-captain and chef! We chose the TT as we admired Andre’s military background and appreciated Alison’s nursing credentials. We have one son who is accident-prone :-) and another son with an autoimmune disease, so it was important to us to have access to health care if we needed it (which we fortunately did not).
Alison and Andre were so open and communicative. We shared several meals all together, family style, and we just enjoyed getting to know them so much. Alison really did her best at keeping three perpetually hungry boys FULL!! Her meals were plentiful and hardy.
The first couple of days were very windy and rough and slowed our initial progress. Andre was so open about how we could “get back on track” with our itinerary and involved us in decision making with when we would depart, where we would go, etc.
Our itinerary was Great! We had planned most of it prior to our arrival and it was perfect! The weather did keep us from a couple of snorkel stops we would have enjoyed, but that was certainly not within anyone’s control.
We are all good eaters and enjoy trying some new foods, and Alison created filling and beautiful breakfasts every day and prepared a special grilled salmon meal and birthday cake for my husband’s birthday. Our lunches and dinners were so good also, and she incorporated some South African specialties into our meals.
We have three teenage boys, and Alison and Andre made sure to plan some “beach days” so they could play soccer, volleyball etc with other kids, Andre took them tubing behind the dinghy, and we had several delicious meals on land.
Would you sail with them again? Absolutely! It was a wonderful adventure and unforgettable experience!
One of my sons, Andy, and I are very allergic to cats. Lulu, Alison and Andre's 17-year-old precious cat, is hypoallergenic. She is bred to not have the undercoat that causes pet dander. She is a lovely laid-back cat who spends the vast majority of the day in their private cabin. Neither Andy nor I had any allergic reaction to Lulu.
Fun on Turquoise Turtle!
We all had such an AMAZING time with Andre and Alison!! Our children absolutely loved the boat, and Alison was amazing with the kids! The food was awesome, the water perfect, snorkeling was the best ... it was an amazing experience, and our whole family had an incredible time! ❤️
Our week on the Turquoise Turtle was truly the best thing we have EVER done!
The Turquoise Turtle is luxurious, comfortable and the owners (Alison and Andre) are the kindest, most accommodating people you will ever meet. The Catamaran is beautiful, spacious and has all the toys you could ever wish for. Alison’s cooking is incredible (we tried to recreate a few of her dishes when we returned home to keep the experience going!). Andre is a very VERY reliable captain. He knows what he’s doing and where he’s going. We felt very comfortable and it was obvious we were in good hands. This is something I hadn’t really considered when booking a charter. When we were out on the boat, it was obvious that some of the captains on other boats had very little experience. That would have made me very nervous. We didn’t have to worry with Captain Andre! There is a cute kitty on board, she keeps to herself and is reclusive.
The locations Alison and Andre suggested were unique and just stunning. We saw amazing sea creatures while snorkeling, Alison is an excellent guide and has a huge lung capacity! You should see her dive down and look under nooks and crannies for cool stuff – she’s a real life mermaid!!! They also took us to some incredible locations on land, I won’t give away ALL of their secret locations but I can tell you… they are definitely in the know!!
Our week on the Turquoise Turtle was truly the best thing we have EVER done, I am so happy we decided to book a charter and even more grateful that we had Alison and Andre as our Crew. I cried for HOURS after we got off the boat – even though we went directly to a stunning villa, I was walking around crying my head off, it was such an incredible experience. Everything was so easy on the TT: would you like a towel, can I get you a snack, would you like a drink… no thinking, just unplugging and RELAXING. One thing to remember when booking a charter, you are on a boat for a number of days, you need to be with nice people, Andre and Alison are the salt of the earth, the kindest, most generous pair, you can’t go wrong with them!
Its been a month that we got off the boat and as I write this I am crying a little bit! I want to go back!!!!!!!!!
Best Experience of My Life!!!
If you are considering sailing with Andre and Alison, stop considering and book it!
Their service is top notch, food was great, cocktails were plentiful and the boat is a beauty. The island hopping and snorkeling were out of this world. We felt very safe everywhere we went because of their experience and professionalism. I hope you spend some time getting to know them because they are amazing people.
I was a little worried about being on a boat for 5 days and Lulu. We had plenty of stops on land and lots of calm water to dock in. They assured me Lulu was a type of cat I didn't need to worry about(I have bad cat allergies) and they were right. Even though you don't see Lulu much I didn't have any problems with my allergies and even petted her quite a bit. Don't worry about anything and just book it. You will NOT regret it! I can't wait to go back.
Amazing Experience! One of our best trips ever! Andre and Alison are the best!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Andre and Alison were absolutely incredible! We will recommend them to all of our friends and can't wait to go back for our next trip. No one in our group had ever done an overnight catamaran trip, but everyone agreed the experience was incredible. Andre incorporated everything we wanted to do into the itinerary, but gave us complete flexibility if we wanted to alter it. Alison completely spoiled us and provided wonderful meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They were just good people and so genuine in wanting us all to have a great experience. By the end of the trip, it felt like we were part of their catamaran family. We enjoyed their company so much that we insisted they join us when we went ashore for a drink or dinner. Andre also provided Painkiller drinks that were just as good as the ones at Soggy Dollar, where the drink was supposedly invented. When we snorkeled, Andre and Alison were extremely knowledgeable of the marine life and would always point out anything unique.
We felt safe the entire trip and had no issues with anyone getting sea sick. We weren't sure if 5 nights would be too long on a boat, but we all agreed we could have easily done 7 or longer. They had bean bags and cushions on the front of the boat which made cruising to the various islands relaxing and comfortable. The beds were also very comfortable. The only issue we had was the rooms got a little warm when sleeping so Andre turned on the AC to fix that issue. You do have to be mentally prepared for tight quarters in the rooms so you do need to pack light.
This was definitely one of the best trips we have ever taken! We were all talking about how much we would like for our kids to experience it - one day. This trip is an absolute must and Andre and Alison are the best!
I had no clue what to expect of the ship or the islands as I had never even set foot on a catamaran and had never visited the BVI. This was the trip of a lifetime! It just could not have been better. The Turquoise Turtle is an amazing boat. It is just the perfect size. We were in love with the bean bags on the front of the ship which are just perfect for relaxing and watching the amazing scenery.
Andre and Alison are the most amazing people and make you feel so safe and at ease. They are also so fun to be around and we loved hanging out with them, having a few pain killers (Andre makes the best!) and playing fun card games. They guided our snorkeling tours as a few of us had not snorkeled before. That was so nice to have someone to show you the perfect places to snorkel and what we could expect to see. They have sailed all over the world and have so much knowledge to share!
Alison is an amazing cook and we loved every single thing she made us. It made the trip even more relaxing that we did not have to worry about meals.
I HIGHLY recommend sailing with Andre and Alison on the Turquoise Turtle. You will NOT be sorry!
Review from 24 year old vegan
WOW - let me tell you, Andre & Alison at Turqouise Turtle know how to give you the trip of a lifetime! My family and I (5 of us total) were lucky enough to spend 8 days with them sailing around the USVI and BVIs. It couldn't have been a more fun or relaxing experience.
Andre & Alison took care of absolutely every detail, while continuing to check in on how we were doing and what we were looking to experience on our trip. From the incredible meals that Allison made each day (I'm vegan and she STILL created the most impeccable menu for me!), to the fun activities that came with the boat (paddle boards, knee boarding, snorkel gear, kayaking), they truly thought of everything.
The boat & cabins are beautiful and impeccably clean & maintained. We never felt cramped with 7 of us on board together! But to top if all off, Andre & Allison know the areas like the back of their own hands. They brought us to all of the well-known sites to see, but even better -- they knew of amazing, secluded locations off the beaten path that we never would have found if we had sailed our own boat. The marine life, beaches, islands, and sunsets that we saw are all things I'll never forget in this lifetime. Do yourself a favor and book a trip with them ASAP -- it's wonderful for the soul.
Thank you both for the most magical trip!
Amazing Bucket List trip!!
Our Family had the most amazing "bucket list" trip with Allison and Andre! No small detail was spared. They took us to the most amazing places in the BVIs, they made us the most delicious and nutritious food (and my daughter is a vegan!), they snorkeled us through the best reefs, kayaked to the whitest sand beaches, led us through the coolest caves at the Baths, taught us hysterical games when the sun went down, and just when you think it can't possibly get any better, they hand you a cocktail!
Their mascot kitty, miss Lulu, will make you feel at home and occasionaly take the wheel;) I was relieved that my 2 kids who are highly allergic to cats had absolutely no reaction- must be some special breeed, so no worries there!
We all felt so spoiled, it really was a treat and we highly recommend this trip with Turqoise Turtle!
We WILL be BACK! xoxo
Had an amazing week with our family of five. Andre and Allison have great combination of local knowledge, sailing skill, amazing cooking capabilities and just fun personalities. Allison cooked some 5 Star meals for us - including our occasionally hard-to-please Vegan daughter. Salmon sandwiches, shrimp linguine, BBQd steak, banana pancakes, and lots of healthy salads. And excellent evening cocktails. They appropriately catered to our needs and desires, found amazing anchorages, and took us snorkeling in some very unique reefs. We used all the toys - such as SUPs, kayaks and knee boards. The boat was perfect for us - and very well maintained.
From the moment we boarded the Turquoise Turtle we knew we were in for the treat of our lives! Captain Andre and Alison are warm and welcoming hosts and crew. We felt immediately at ease with them and sensed that we were in very capable hands. Our time on The Turquoise Turtle was a dream come true. It’s a beautiful, well appointed boat. We loved all the attention to detail. Color coordinated from bow to stern...turquoise, of course! The berths are private air conditioned suites with their own port holes, hatches and heads and adequate space to store our personal goods. They even come with a sound system in case you need something more than the lapping water to lul you to sleep on the very comfortable queen sized bed. ;) Up on the bow, we discovered the perfect spot to sun bathe or just take a nap while suspended above the clear waters of the stunningly beautiful Caribbean Sea. The food provided made us feel like we were eating out of a 5-star gourmet galley! From their Signature Drink (A turquoise delight!) and the “Drunken Grapes” (an appetizer which preceeded one of our main courses), to the delicious finale, our dinners were accompanied by an ever-changing Caribbean sunset. The treat was to die for! Sailing, swimming and snorkeling in the amazing warm waters teaming with life (and yes, sea turtles!) was the experience of a life-time. We were given the option to participate in the sailing experience or just lay back and try to take it all in as the sails above billowed in the tropical breezes. All in all, for us, it was paradise found!
Dan and Marguarite
OMG I had the best time ever cruising with Andre and Alison on Turquoise Turtle. Fabulous!! The food was amazing, never better!! Sailing with them was a true pleasure and I will do it again ASAP. Beautiful People!
Warm easy-going hospitality with a South African twist
We have spent a lot of time with Andre and Alison on their former catamaran and to be sure, if you are looking for warm easy-going hospitality with a South African twist (that’s practically a tornado for the rest of the world) then you will find no better than these two and their new beauty the Turquoise Turtle. Come with an appetite for laughter and great food on the BBQ!
If you are looking for a great way to visit the Bahamas or other areas of the ocean check out the link below. They (Andre Stroebel and Alison Stroebel) are personal friends of ours and were our tour guide during our trip to the Exumas. Knowing all the hot spots. What a great time we had and a lot of our friends and family saw the pictures we posted. Check it out, contact them, you will have the best time! There is so much to see that a cruise ship to the Bahamas does not afford you to see and they can. Give it a look!
Great people, great catamaran and a definite adventure to add to the bucket list!
Up close and personal Experience
If you want an up close and personal experience in the Abacos or Exumas islands which are part of the Bahamas or even the Grenadines further south in the Caribbean you can not do better than hooking up with Andre and Alison Stroebel. Skipper Andre is an experienced pilot and sailor who will navigate you to small cays and towns that you would never otherwise reach. Islands where animals are the only inhabitants and beaches where there are more rays than you can count. Andre has a great sense of humor and loves to use his wit as he "shows you the ropes". You can participate in the sailing as much or as little as you want, in fact the whole experience is designed just for you from the moment you board until you have to drag your self away. Alison is the mate and makes you feel at home from the time she shows you your state room until you leave. She has stocked the ship with preferences from YOUR shopping list, she prepares nutritious meals and snacks along with preferred beverages!
So sit back and relax you can read all day if that is your pleasure, or you can hike a deserted beach, snorkel over a reef, swim with rays, kayak to a deserted island, or paddle board across a pink sunset. The captain and mate also know the best beach bars for rum punch and conch fritters.
This is an adventure vacation designed for you not a cruise designed for thousands you will come home having laughed and loved and with a head full of memories and you will vow to return, Andre, Alison and LouLou!
A THOUSAND star rating!
Personally, the best travel experience that is beyond words! We avoided heavy commercialized areas (at OUR request) and the outcome was surreal. Snorkelling over reefs that are hidden gems, hand feeding sting rays on a secluded island (that we basically had to ourselves to explore) kayaking the channels of a breathtaking mangrove, to name a few. Andre and Alison will overfeed you, lavish you with whatever beverage you request in advance, entertain you and provide the most indulgent of holidays. We loved Andre and Alison's desire to build your PERSONAL adventure! We were never on their schedule-the agenda is your wish list. Wow! We wanted "off the beaten path" and we visited restaurant/bars where everyone called us by name. But the icing on the cake is that we have made friends for life! (If you're lucky, you will meet Dani and John, but only if you're lucky). The trip started with a warm welcome and ended with treasured memories-and a tear (or two). We will be back! A THOUSAND star rating for the only holiday we have been on that was created for us! Andrea Mercer