March 3-10, 2018
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be sailing back to some of their favorite beaches of Caribbean to the British Virgin Islands- Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island and more. Beautiful white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and world famous beach bars will highlight the band's fifth Caribbean cruise. Along with a visit to Shoal Bay on Anguilla and a day of jet-setter action on St. Barts, BHTM fans will experience some of the best the Caribbean has to offer. Our custom charter itinerary allows for extended time in ports, including late night and overnight stays, which will allow passengers to fully experience the local establishments and Caribbean lifestyle. The ideal size of the Star Flyer allows us to anchor in smaller bays and coves alongside smaller yachts. Passengers travel ashore on the ship's tenders landing directly on the beach or to small docks unlike larger cruise ships which must put into large, crowded ports and transfer passengers to their final destinations.
Below is a sample of destinations which we will be visiting during the week. The final itinerary will be developed towards the end of 2017 after we work with Star Clippers and locals to develop our custom itinerary. The ship embarkation/disembarkation dates and times listed are accurate.
We will board the Star Flyer beginning at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the cruise ship dock in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. This is to the south on the Dutch side of the island and approximately 45-60 minutes from the Princess Julianna International Airport. The Tropical Bar will be open and the place to enjoy a cold beverage and mix with fellow BHTM fans old and new. All passengers must be onboard by 6:30pm for a mandatory safety muster followed by dinner service. At 10:00pm the Flyer will cast-off her lines, raise sails, and begin our Caribbean adventure.
North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Located on the northern end of the island of Virgin Gorda, this popular anchorage for private and charter yachts is the perfect location for exploration. The beach on nearby Prickly Pear Island, where the ship's sports crew will have the water toys setup for the day, also makes an ideal place to relax, read a book, and enjoy a tropical drink or two from the bar. Passengers will also be offered an optional excursion to the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda. These must-see-once-in-your-life boulders the size of houses are set in an unusual formation that stretches from land into the ocean forming sunlit grottos and swim-thrus (more excursion info to come). The ship will be anchored through the night.
Norman Island, BVI
As legend has it, pirate treasure is buried in the caves not a few hundred yards from our anchorage in the Bight at Norman Island. Along with the occasional gold doubloon, some of the best snorkeling in the region is found here with schools of colorful reef fish gather in in and around the shallow caves and coral. A small beach alongside the Pirate's Bight bar and restaurant make a relaxing place to relax, swim, snorkel, and enjoy water toys for the day.
A late afternoon arrival will bring us to the West End of the main island in the BVI's- Tortola. To the south side of the bay is Soper's Hole Marina with colorful shops and Pusser's Landing. Pusser's is home to the original rum of Great Britain's Royal Navy which is used to make a mean local drink- the Painkiller. We will all gather across the bay in the evening at our friends Heather and Ewan at the Fish 'n Lime- a favorite stop on our 2015 cruise where we celebrated St. Patrick's Day. Good food, drink and local music will be on tap. One of the only nights the band has off work and a chance to let their hair down.
Note- Dinner service will be provided onboard the ship as usual but passengers will also have the opportunity to dine ashore at Fish 'n Lime if they wish. FNL is known locally as one of the best places in the islands for fresh caught fish. Reservations will be required. Local Knowledge will provide more info and reservation sign-up closer to the cruise dates. No reservations required for passengers wishing only to hangout and enjoy.
Jost Van Dyke, BVI
One of the most beautiful beaches and a favorite of the BHTM bass player. We will be anchored off of White Bay during the day with tender service running directly onto the beach (wet landing). Perfect white sand and clear blue water make for some of the best beach time you can find. The sports crew will have all of the water toys setup for passengers to enjoy some paddle boarding or kayaking. Some of the Caribbean's most famous beach bars can be found here including The Soggy Dollar Bar and Ivan's Stress Free bar. Have fun, swim, relax and everything else until late afternoon when the Star Flyer raises anchor and moves over to the adjacent bay- Great Harbour.
Early evening brings us just around the corner to the next bay- Great Harbour. Location of the famous Foxy's bar and our favorite- Corsair's beach bar with our friend Vinny. Enjoy the local atmosphere ashore as we are anchored through the evening.
From the quiet, beautiful beaches on the south side to the super-chic Nikki Beach in Baie de St. Jean on the north, the picturesque french island of St. Barts has something for everyone. The Flyer will be anchored off of the main town of Gustavia. Passengers can stroll the streets, shop at high-end designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Cartier, or grab a table outside at the casual local favorite Le Select for a beer and what is probably the real home of Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger in Paradise. We will remain until 10:00pm or later for those who wish to experience some fine French cuisine ashore (reservations recommended).
While this island is known among biologist as a wonderful habitat for the Cuban Tree Frog and the Red-footed Tortoise, it is probably more well known for it's beautiful beaches and relaxing pace. The Star Flyer will be anchoring in Road Bay. Passengers can relax here on the beach at Sandy Ground and enjoy the ship's water toys or travel up to the north end of the island to what some say is the nicest beach in the Caribbean- Shoal Bay.
We return to the cruise port in Philipsburg, St. Maarten early morning on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The ship should clear with authorities by 8:00am. All passengers must disembark the ship by 10:00am. We do not suggest booking a flight on this day which departs before 11:00am. Travel time to Princess Julianna International Airport (SXM) is approximately 45-60 minutes from the port depending on traffic which can be very busy. Security can take some time at this airport as well. More information on ground transfers to the airport and city center forthcoming.
Ship to Shore Transfer Note
The only location which the ship will be alongside a dock will be in St. Maarten on the days of embarkation and disembarkation. At all other destinations the ship will be anchored off shore and passengers will need to take the ships tenders to and from shore. There is a fairly steep gangway which passengers must use to access the tenders as well as a step down/up into and out of the tenders which at times can be somewhat unstable. While many locations will have a small dock ashore which the tenders will use, at some locations the tenders may land directly onto the beach and may necessitate passengers having to step into water as high as the waist when loading and unloading (wet landing).