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St. John and The USVI FAQ’s

St. John Sailing

Here are a few helpful tips when planning your 7 night all-inclusive St. John sailing vacation:

Where do you board the boat in St. John?

Although St. John is a part of the USVI, you will board the boat at 5pm on Tortola, BVI. We are located at Hodges Creek Marina.

Does the St. John itinerary require a passport?

Yes, because this itinerary offers popular stops in the British Virgin Islands and boarding the yacht takes place in Tortola, a passport is required.

Are there any additional fees?

There is a cruising permit fee of $59.00 that will be added to your charter price at the time of reservation.

Why do cruising permit fees cost more than the BVI itinerary?

Because our St. John itinerary offers popular island stops in the BVI as well as the USVI. There are two separate cruising permit fees. We have added them together for your convenience.

Which Lagoon yacht can I charter?

We offer the Lagoon 440 for the St. John itinerary. This particular yacht holds 6 guests. If you are interested in the ...(continued)

Need help packing for your sailing vacation?


FlipFlopsWhen packing, keep in mind that storage space is limited. Please keep in mind many of the items on the following list are suggestions. There are standard electrical outlets on board for your chargers, laptops, e-readers, and music players.  There are also connections for you music players.  We suggest bringing a standard 1/8 in. audio cable as well to connect your player.  We request that you avoid bringing items such as hair dryers or irons as they will not be needed.  If you are planning on diving, you will also want to make sure that you bring your certification card.  Don’t forget those passports!


2. Soft-sided luggage

3. Swimsuits

4. Sunscreen– please bring lotion. Spray sunscreen can make the boat deck slippery.

5. Sundresses/shorts/t-shirts for dinners ashore

6. Water proof bag

7. Any personal medications

8. Personal toiletries – Keep in mind airport rules and regulations as far as carry on luggage and liquids

9. Wash cloths or loofas – Bath and beach towels are provided on boat

10. Wide-brimmed hats or sailing caps (optional)

11. ...(continued)

What is the difference between the Lagoon 440 and Lagoon 450?

Recently Festiva Sailing Vacations attended the Annapolis Boat Show and a question we heard often from those getting ready to tour the new Lagoon 450 was, “What’s the difference?”  Well folks, I am hear to tell you, you would be amazed!

Let’s begin by discussing the deck.  The cockpit is substantially larger allowing more of a comfortable seating for guests and the cockpit table also fits in the saloon.  The designated areas flow well into one another, so the feeling inside and outside feels similiar, as the fresh air flows through the vessel openly.

For those of us who need our sunbathing space, there is a large reclining lounge and sundecks in front of the helm where you could easily nap or dream the day away and the open airspace allows for everyone to enjoy the breeze, sun and fresh air as they sail to their destination.

As far as accomodations, there is plenty of counter space, a built in dish drainer in the cabinet, plenty of stowage in self-latching drawers, and a second fridge that can also be a ...(continued)

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