Capt Wilson. Protector of Turtles (and other underwater critters)

A while back, Deja Blue had a Travel Writer on board who was visiting from our big neighbor to the North (That’s Canada not Tortola, Craig) She was writing a piece about the Virgin Islands and I just received a finished copy in the mail.

I thought I’d share it with you as it is very well written and mentions your captain in a favorable light. Actually I didn’t recognize myself as I read it. I have never pictured myself as a hard core environmentalist. Although I guess it’s possible I come off that way. That’s right. We don’t touch the turtles.

Here it is and many thanks to Jo. (Josephine Matyas, Freelance Writer – www.writerwithoutborders.com www.travelswithrigby.com)

Capt Wilson

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USVI for West of the City Nov. 2014

A Season in Review

Capt Wilson's Hat

Capt Wilson’s Hat

It’s time to break out a brand new hat. Tomorrow’s trip is officially the first of the 2014-2015 season. The beginning of a new chapter for IWE. And the closing of another.

Capt Wilson Reflecting

Capt Wilson Reflecting

I shall now take a few moments to reflect on whatever pops into my captain’s head regarding 13/14. If we could have a moment of silence while I concentrate. Thank you.

-13/14 Island Wilson Excursion’s second season was by far a success. Deja Blue has done another outstanding job of running smoothly and taking us to and from our destinations in comfort and style with only a few bumps in the road so to speak. As I head out into the Virgin Islands with guests and see the other boats doing day charters, I have yet to see a more perfect boat for doing what we are doing, none of the others even come close and I can not imagine driving anything else. Blue is fast, roomy, comfortable, stable, smooth, dry and great to snorkel from. Blue is the other half of IWE. (Someone pointed out once that I use a lot of ‘WE’s in my emails ‘We are glad you called,’ ‘We have availability,’ etc. Capt Wilson, if it’s just you doing the bookings, emails and captaining the trips, why all the ‘WE’s? Well, now you know.) (of course this usually leads into But Capt Wilson, you do realize your boat is an inanimate object. Nothing could be further from the truth.) 

-13/14 has set the record for Whale Encounters for IWE. A total of 20 sightings this season. By far better than any of the other years either IWE or BBE saw, where we never crossed out of single digits.

-13/14 has been a season of back to snorkeling. I am not really sure how this swing took place but we have seen far more snorkeling enthusiasts this year than ever before. It has been the greatest experience showing some of you the undersea world for the very first time. It is such a magical place and wonderful to see so many beginner and advanced snorkelers on board.

Capt Wilson & Deja Blue

Capt Wilson & Deja Blue

-Maybe we saw so many domestic snorkelers this year because of the BVIs fee hike. 13/14 witnessed the BVI departure tax rise by $15 and the US Port Authority rise by $5. Making it now $20 more expensive per person to visit the BVIs. As of this writing, customs and immigration fees for our trips into the British Virgin Islands are at $45 per person. Ouch!

-13/14 we sort of skidded into the habit of posting photos and just photos. That is the fault of our new Instagram account @islandwilsonexcursions. Seriously. They make it so easy to just toss up a photo and so hard to type on those tiny little keyboards. Especially in the bright sun. However we will attempt to toss up something with a little more substance now and then. But Blue doesn’t type, so . . .

-13/14 Brought some changes to the number of passengers we take out. It is very involved and a hot topic down here and I am going to gloss over a large portion of the details but here are the basics. Those of you who know us from way back (BBE) know that we started by taking out only 6 at a time. In 2013 the USCG said all charters could carry more than 6.  Right around the beginning of 2014 they started pulling boats carrying more than 6. We don’t want to get pulled during our trips so are back to 6 as our limit.

-13/14 We added the Secret Spot to some of your itineraries. Hope you enjoyed that. You are still sworn to secrecy. And some of you that have been with us a number of times actually went to the corners of the map this time as we showed you places a little bit harder to get to.

-And of course in 13/14 we saw you. Our guests. The most important thing of all because let’s face it, without you we are not Island Wilson Excursions. We are just Island Wilson Waiting at the Dock Sitting on Our Thumbs. So Thanks. 13/14 brought us a bunch of great people. We were reunited with past guests whom we’d lost touch with and met some new heroes. I know some of you couldn’t make it down this year and your absence was noticed. But we also had a good number of ‘Repeat Offenders’ which is really nice to see. Thanks for finding us. Thanks for choosing us. Thanks for staying with us. Thanks for being great. Just Thanks.

I'm working here

“I’m working here.”

So here is the recap for 2013-2014 season. In a nut shell: Awesome trips, awesome guests. Just an awesome season.

-Capt Wilson

P.S. Don’t forget, next Saturday – Wax Party at Blue. Bring your “Wax on Wax off” attitude.

 

 

Tank you very much !

Tanks on Jost Van Dyke

Tanks on Jost Van Dyke

For everyone who came out with us in 2012 / 2013 and made our first year back so enjoyable, just wanted to say tanks!

I was going to make a big long list here of everyone’s name who was on Deja Blue this past season as a way of saying thanks, but let’s face it, I’m just not that ambitious. Also it has come to my attention that some of you told your companies one thing while you skipped off to play hooky in the Virgin Islands. We know who you are. Others of you just don’t want to be associated with IWE. Ya, we get it.

Then I thought maybe a list of everyone’s initials, keep it semi-anonimous but still get some recognition. That idea was scrapped for the sheer ambiguity of the exercise. There were 56 people with the initials J.S. on Deja Blue this season. 56.

So, there are no lists. Whether you want to own up to it or not, you know who you are. Thanks. Thanks for booking. Thanks for showing up (most of you.) Thanks for being great guests. For those of you who took the time to write those fantastic reviews on TA, thanks so much for that contribution to our growth. Unfortunately, those reviews are very very important.

It was great seeing all of you repeat offenders again and catching up. Thanks for finding us. For all of you that went out with us for the first time this season, hope you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again on your next visit.

-Capt Wilson

Capt Wilson & Deja Blue

Capt Wilson & Deja Blue

Deja Blue Drive-By. (smooth)

I really like this video although it’s nothing special. I like it because it is something I rarely get to see (and I hope it remains rare) and that is Deja Blue speeding by.

“Would you like to set this clip up for us?”
“Well David, the clip we’re about to see takes place after a hard days work. The Capt (me) is returning home to St Thomas after dropping his guests on St John. Let’s take a look.”

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the movie is called Island Wilson Excursions. It’s already out and the reviews are incredible. Capt Wilson everybody. [applause] Don’t go away. We’ll be right back after these messages.”

Capt Wilson

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