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Wonderful trip, very nice people

My wife and adult children spent 3 nights on the Arcadia with Franco and Paula and had a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2019
oui4
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Seattle
Wonderful experience with Franco

Franco is a very professional Captain, and I completely respect all that he did for us.... First... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
DouglasK825
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Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

There were 7 of us on the 60' catamaran for 4 nights. The accommodations were nice, clean and fairly spacious. The Captain and his Mate were friendly though spoke about as much English as my Spanish which needless to say it was very difficult to communicate. Our room was a descent size as we had one of the king beds. The advertisements claim it sleeps 8 but two of the bedrooms have smaller than a double bed in them. Since we were traveling with my parents I thought we should bring a few movies so we could have a little quiet time to ourselves BUT even though they said every room had a TV and DVD player; they didn't. In actuality there were quite a few things that were advertised as true but weren't. It isn't a 3 person crew it is 2. They didn't have run even though they said they would. There were no DVD players. We put a lot of effort into communicating food allergies ahead of time so it wouldn't be a problem. It was a problem. They bought one bag of gluten free pretzels for 4 people for the 5 days. A much bigger problem was how they planned for someone who doesn't eat fish. They didn't. They fed my 220lb husband soup with less than 2 oz of chicken in it for dinner! When I told them that wouldn't cut it they explained to me that they will stop at an island tomorrow and HOPE that they can buy some chickens. HOPE???? Luckily I brought a loaf of bread and pbj. I made him 2 that night to get him through. The next morning I was pleasantly surprised to see nice GF bread on the table with the eggs (they cooked about 6 eggs for us and I didn't get any because I was late to the table) BUT then I found out they took it upon themselves to toast MY loaf of bread that was the safety incase they didn't make enough food. That was the worst experience as far as food goes. We spent over $16,000 for this trip and we expected to be fed a lot better. Lobster is great but not 1/2 cooked and not every night!
The vacation itself was every bit relaxing. The waters were rough all the time so we couldn't do much for snorkeling which I was bummed about. We did a whole lot of nothing, reading and drinking (we brought our own booze). For a sailing trip we sailed an average of 20 minutes each day except the last which was 2 hrs. Again, I expected to be sailing a lot more. The people on the islands are very nice and just want to sell you something but they aren't pushy at all.
Oh one more thing I was extremely upset over: One or both of them were smoking all the time. They thought they were getting away from us when they did it but apparently don't know anything about down-wind. One morning I woke to ashes all over the deck and table. GROSS! It never occurred to me to ask if the crew smoked.
I will definitely not go with this company again and I know important questions to ask if there is a next time. Hope this helped.

Date of experience: January 2017
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catamaran e, Propietario at Catamaran Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Hello

I think what you write is not about our catamaran . We have a Lagoon 400S2 not a 60ft boat and also the photos what you attached is not from our catamaran . Please take a look and change the message .

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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We are three friends who love to travel together and seek out unique experiences in exotic places. Our 6 day sailing trip in the San Blas Islands with Captain Franco Alpini and his partner Paula certainly met our requirements and exceeded our expectations.
The 40' Arcadia was spacious and sparkling clean. Each of us ladies had our own cabin and bathroom (complete with shower). Paula was not only a gourmet cook but a great fisher-woman. Fresh fish and lobster and tropical fruit were the staples & a fabulous seafood paella was one of the special treats. Franco was an expert skipper and encouraged us to join him at the wheel. We snorkeled and kayaked every day and even had a SUP to share. Visiting Kuna families and learning about their culture & shopping for their colourful Molas was a highlight of the trip.
The only sour note of the trip was being deceived by the charter company "Yacht Latina" with unnecessary charges for equipment that was already on the catamaran. Chartering directly with Catamaran owner would have been a more reliable way to go.

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 8 January 2016

What a truly amazing day out with the Catamaran Experience. Beautiful catamaran with small group of people so they are able to give a very personal touch. The drinks flow, the food is excellent, and the care from the very attentive owners .

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 25 April 2017
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Date of experience: March 2017
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