British Virgin Islands
It’s no secret our boss Sir Richard Branson loves the Virgin British Islands and we’ll let you know a few of his favourite spots to sail. If you want to hire Necker Belle, she is available for seven day charters from $80,000. Rates don’t include APA and this is equivalent to approximately 25% of the weekly charter rate.
Fancy taking Necker Belle for a daily cruise? She’s available to charter for the day for $12,500.
• Your accommodation (please contact us for pro rata rates for shorter or longer charters)
• Laundry facilities (excluding dry cleaning)
• A fabulous crew
• Wakeboard with a speed boat capable of 40 knots
• High adrenaline game fishing
• Plunge into the sea from our 6ft diving board on the aft deck
• Snorkel and scuba with vibrant marine life
• Sunbathe on the forward beam trampoline
• Watch movies on the aft deck with our open air cinema
• Relax in the saloon complete with books, DVDs and iPod music selection
1st January – 30th April 2015 & 1st November – 21st December 2015
For charters in the Caribbean sailing season the weekly rate is US $110,000, plus the advanced provisioning allowance (APA).
1st May – 31st October 2015
For charters during the above period the weekly rate is US $80,000, plus the APA.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can cruise onboard Necker Belle exclusively for seven or more nights. The weekly rate is $110,000, the daily rate is $12,500
To secure a booking, a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee is required. The remaining 50% plus advanced provisioning allowance (APA - please see FAQ below), together with any taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is payable by bank transfer one month before the charter commences. Necker Belle abides by the standard industry charter agreement, MYBA.
How many can she sleep?
We're glad you asked! In total, she can sleep up to 12 people. Necker Belle has four spacious cabins accommodating up to 8 people. At night, the saloon area can be converted into a double bed with a privacy screen for a comfy night's sleep. The remaining 2 people have the adventure of sleeping outdoors under the stars on the comfy relaxation area located on the upper deck - who wouldn't want to take advantage of the cool Caribbean sea breezes?!
7 nights' accommodation, a 24-hour driver service at each port, laundry service and a fabulous crew of seven!
An advance provisioning allowance (APA) covers the operating expenses of the charter such as fuel, food, port fees, harbour dues, customs, water and electricity, personal laundry, all provisions, wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and consumables for your cruise. An APA equivalent to approximately 25% of the weekly rate is payable in addition to the weekly rate one month prior to your charter.
You're welcome to view the APA tally onboard at any time and when your cruise comes to an end, the captain will work out if you owe us, or we owe you!
Can I bring my kids?
Sir Richard Branson designed Necker Belle to be his extended family's catamaran, so it's no surprise that children are positively welcome! We have plenty of things for the children to do: we can teach them to fish, snorkel and waterski, plus we have a variety of children's DVDs, toys, books and games onboard. And young tastebuds aren't a problem - our chef can whip up tasty kids meals and snacks at any time. You're welcome to bring your own diapers and formula, or let us know in advance what you need and we'll make sure we have it onboard prior to your arrival.
Can I go SCUBA diving?
If you'd like to use the scuba diving equipment onboard, then we'll need you to have the appropriate certification. But never fear if you don't have this, as our qualified watersports expert will be on hand to give you a half day introductory diving course, allowing you to dive down to a maximum of 12 metres. Or perhaps you'd like to dive a little deeper - our instructor can also assist with obtaining your PADI open water dive license, taking 2-4 days. And as a precaution, anyone who wishes to scuba dive needs to have basic swimming skills, be in good general health and 10 years of age or older.