Monday, July 14, 2008
Our family was so very impressed with our week aboard the Tiputa in June. We were met at the airport by our Captain, Jean-Marc. He took us under his wing, and took excellent care of us for the remainder of our trip. I might mention that our cousin, William Lee, is a disabled Navy veteran and has much difficulty walking. When Jean-Marc parked at the airport with the view of assisting our cousin, he was given a parking ticket because he did not have a handicapped license. In the interest of fairness, I hope Jean-Marc is relieved (or at least reimbursed) for this parking ticket - he should not have to be penalized for helping a disabled person.
Upon arrival at the marina, we were taken on-board the Tiputa - our home away from home for a full week - we were thrilled! The boat is so spacious and beautiful, and everything was "ship-shape" and sparkling. Emanuelle, the crew member, welcomed us on board and both she and Jean-Marc made us feel welcome. They both understood the special reasons for our trip and helped us to plan an itinary that would accomodate our plans.
Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners were looked forward to with great anticipation - Emanuelle is creative and an excellent chef. She prepared wonderful meals, serving a variety of special treats. We were constantly amazed at the meals that she was able to prepare in the boat galley.
By the end of our trip, we wanted to bring Jean-Marc and Emanuelle back home with us! They were excellent hosts in every aspect and we look forward to sailing with them again in the future. To sum up, everything was professional and first class all the way. The Tiputa, with Jean-Marc at the helm and Emanuelle as the crew, are highly recommended. Please pass on our comments and appreciation to the boat owners.