We chartered “Reflections” from 4th – 14th November 2012. We had such an awesome time and have decided that if someone was to go up to the Whitsundays, why would you do it any other way? We got to see all the top “tourist” spots and then all the spots that you wouldn’t get to see if you were staying on an island. In addition, you got to stay for as long as you want and not have to get back onto the boat to go back to your resort. We stopped over at Daydream Island half way through the trip, and honestly, we were unanimous that we couldn’t wait to get back on the boat again.
There were 8 adults in our party, and Reflections was easily big enough for all of us. We each got a nice sized little cabin and ensuite. The central area was really good sized and was unique in that it had both an outdoors and indoors area that was essentially one room as the door opened up completely. We never actually closed that door. By the end of the charter we were all commenting on the fact that out of all the catamarans that we had seen (and there are a few out there), we were glad that we were on Reflections as the entertaining area was the best by some margin. In addition, with the 2 fridges and freezers and a nice little pantry, we were able to get the food for 8 adults for 10 nights all on board and stowed. The large water tanks also meant that we didn’t have to watch our water usage quite as carefully as we would have otherwise.
The whole experience was extremely positive. The booking procedure and organising everything was so easy. The ladies in the office always got back to my emails quickly and were very helpful (thanks in particular to Lisa who put up with everything). Even when we stopped in to say hi they were the same. Our briefing and debriefing was very thorough and helpful and Peter was very friendly and just helped make it a good start and end to our holiday. The catamaran was extremely well fitted out. We were actually really surprised about how nice everything was and obviously a lot of care and attention is put in to keeping the boat in good condition and well maintained. We did not want for a single thing. Everything from the games on the boat, to the cutlery and crockery to the condition of the sails / ropes and everything else was top notch.
All in all it really made it one of the best holidays we have had, and my wife and I are definitely going to be doing it again once our boys grow up and we can do it with them. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Charter Yachts Australia for an awesome time.