Eros Charter: The “Un-Resort”
A different kind of vacation—one that pairs adventure with the comforts of luxury travel…one that enables you to unplug and connect with family and friends…and one where you need not battle crowds for a well-positioned lounge chair, snorkeling time or dinner reservation.
The son of sailors, South Bay resident Cameron Riddell grew up on boats, spending much of his youth sailing the Greek isles and European waterways as well as San Francisco Bay. So it seemed a serendipitous opportunity when he was offered the chance to purchase a 115-foot teak sailing schooner from friends he’d met in Greece 40 years ago.
Eros, a yacht of fascinating provenance that had just completed a massive museum-quality restoration, has a colorful history. Built in 1939 in England, she was commandeered for the historical evacuation at Dunkirk—only later to become the private yacht of Greek billionaire Stavros Niarchos. The king and queen of Spain honeymooned aboard Eros in 1962. Cameron and his wife, Elizabeth, now offer Eros for charter to a global clientele looking for an unforgettable vacation experience.
Appreciating how Eros’ history, beauty and first-rate crew set her apart from other schooners, the Riddells knew she would appeal to travelers looking for a different kind of vacation—one that pairs adventure with the comforts of luxury travel…one that enables you to unplug and connect with family and friends…and one where you need not battle crowds for a well-positioned lounge chair, snorkeling time or dinner reservation.
With fully customizable itineraries throughout the Caribbean and New England, a private charter aboard Eros provides an alternative to resort and hotel vacations, answering the call of those looking to break the mold of hackneyed travel experiences and create incomparable memories. Guests can hoist sails, grind winches and take the wheel, or sit back and watch the crew at their positions—all once-in-a-lifetime experi- ences. Seasoned sailors can charter Eros for one of the many classic yacht regattas she participates in.
A day in the life
A day aboard Eros might begin by waking up anchored in a secluded Caribbean bay in one of four handsome staterooms, with breakfast to order prepared by the award-winning master chef. As the day unfolds, guests find activities suited to all ages and interests. Snorkeling, paddle-boarding, wake-boarding and fishing are just some of the ways to enjoy all the toys stocked aboard Eros. Guests might request an impromptu sailing lesson with the crew or just choose to devour a good book on a lounge chair with 360o views of sparkling azure water.
In the afternoon, one might venture ashore for some sightseeing, a horseback ride or zip-line adventure—all of which can be arranged by the crew. Eros herself is a magnificent sailing experience, as guests will discover. In the evening, guests enjoy sunset cocktails and dinner prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Kids take over the interior living saloon for movie or game night while the adults linger over moonlit dinner. At day’s end, everyone falls into their luxurious bed having tucked away a new trove of experiences.
Perfect for two families or three couples, Eros comfortably sleeps eight. A dedicated five-person crew balances first-class service with the intuition to know when to fade into the background. Absent hotel crowds or the drudgery of stocking a vacation rental, Eros guests relish how effortless and personal their vacation can be. Says one recent charter guest, “We never even thought about what to do next. Everything was there at our fingertips. The days just unfold. Our kids didn’t look at their phones once.”
Tailor-made itineraries focused on comfort, service, culinary excellence and fun for all aboard make a charter vacation aboard Eros an unparalleled travel choice. Where will you go?
For more information, visit sy-eros.com.
Custom 5-10 day itineraries through:
MARCH – JUNE 2017
British Virgin Islands | US Virgin Islands | Antigua & Barbuda | Nevis & St. Kitts | Saint Martin | Guadeloupe & Dominica | Martinique
JULY – SEPTEMBER 2017
Maine Coast | Cape Cod | Martha’s Vineyard | Nantucket Newport | Boston | New York City
Special Charter Opportunities
Charter Eros to coincide with one of many exciting events:
35th America’s Cup, Bermuda
Newport Jazz Festival | Corinthian Classic | Yacht Regatta | Nantucket Race Week | Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Regatta | Newport Classic Yacht Regatta | Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
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