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Travel Insurance for Hurricane Season

Well, its that time of year again. When www.hurricanes.gov becomes my homepage and I wonder what letter of the alphabet we’ll get to this year. And I have to remind all of our passengers to please purchase trip insurance before coming aboard.

[image size=”one-half” align=”left” fancy=”true” shadow=”true”]https://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/debby-in-bimini.jpg[/image] Hurricanes can delay, interrupt, or completely disrupt travel in and around the Bahamas and Florida. As we cannot control the weather, we cannot issue refunds for something Mother Nature is throwing at us as well! If you are planning to travel on Juliet during hurricane season, make sure your vacation investment is protected.

For only a couple hundred dollars, the peace of mind is worth it!

Agencies that we recommend:

TravelEx Insurance (http://www.travelexinsurance.com/)

Divers Alert Network (https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/trip/)

DiveAssure (http://www.diveassure.com/new/usa/compareTravelPrograms.html)

As always, please contact us with any questions!

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The Future of Juliet: March 2014

Dear Friends of Juliet Sailing and Diving,

Juliet is on her way back to Miami after another successful winter season in the Turks and Caicos. We are looking forward to sailing the Bahamas again this spring and summer, but the anticipation is bittersweet. With a heavy heart I make this announcement. Juliet Sailing and Diving will not be conducting charters after March 4th, 2014. This will be our last year of operation.

The reasons behind this decision are personal. After 16 years in the dive charter business, it is time to move onto the next chapter of my life. It has been an exciting and rewarding career, but as you probably can imagine, the lifestyle requires sacrifices to be made in other aspects of life. Without being directly involved in the operation of Juliet, I can not guarantee the quality of service that you have come to expect from us. I take an immense amount of pride in the reputation that we have established and will not do anything to put that at risk by passing the company on to an outside party.

Along the lines of preserving quality, our team on Juliet should remain intact through the following year. I am very proud to have the individuals working on Juliet as crew members and as friends. They are professional, fun and genuinely care about providing you with a quality vacation. We plan to stay together as a team and family until the last charter has sailed. We will go out at the top of our game!

I also want to express my gratitude to you for your patronage over the years. Juliet Sailing and Diving could not have existed without our loyal and supportive family of customers. Those of you who know me best know that Juliet Sailing and Diving has never been about the money (though operating and maintaining a 104‘ sailboat does require a bit of money!). It has been about creating something special and sharing it with friends. I have always told my crew that we are not just in the dive business. We are in the happiness business. I hope that we have played a part in creating some happiness for you over the years. I would like to think that you came onboard Juliet as a customer and stepped onshore as a friend. It is the friendships that have formed and the smiles on your faces that have made this all worthwhile.

What will become of Juliet? After our last charter, my friends and family will embark on a 3-5 month trip to take Juliet from Miami to the San Francisco Bay, which is where I call home. Assuming that trip goes well, we will begin plans and preparations for a circumnavigation. If you wish to keep up with Juliet’s adventures, we will have something in place to facilitate that. I will provide details when the time approaches.

Thank you again for your support and friendship! We hope to see you aboard over the next year and that you will keep in touch afterwards.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Captain John Beltramo
President
Juliet Sailing and Diving

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Summer Liveaboard Diving

[image size=”two-third” title=”Bahamas Weather” alt=”Diving Bahamas” align=”left” fancy=”true” shadow=”true”]https://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/gun-cay-bahamas.jpg[/image] Summer is one of our favorite times of year in the Bahamas and it’s quite often that our summers book up a year in advance. That’s why we’re very excited to have 2 weeks come available in July 2013, all cabins are available and we’re going to the Bahamas!

Why is summer so special, you might ask? Isn’t it hot? Aren’t there hurricanes?

Yes, it’s quite hot – on land. But we’re out on a boat, catching the sea breeze, no humidity, no overheated insulation from terra firma. Sure the deck gets kinda hot, but just put some shoes on. And enjoy the shade provided by our custom made tarps as you sit on the deck and read, eat lunch, listen to presentations between dives. Oh right, and then there’s the diving. Water temps in the mid 80s – yep, that’s right, no wetsuit needed!

And the weather, well, yes it is hurricane season from June until December. But really, September and October are the big months for Florida and the Bahamas, when the water has been warm for a while. I’m not saying there absolutely won’t be a hurricane in July, but it’s less likely. I’d still recommend buying trip insurance but that’s true of any trip you take on Juliet, hurricane season or not!

Ask any Floridian when they plan to do their trips to the Bahamas by boat, and they’ll tell you absolutely in the summer. Summer time in the Bahamas is well-known to be calm winds, which allows for calmer crossings, and lets us to stray farther from the shelter of nearby islands and down to the pristine undove areas around the Santaren Channel, one of our favorite dive spots in the world!

So what are you waiting for! This won’t last forever, in fact it’s probably going to go quickly. Call to reserve your spot.

July 13-19 : Miami to Bahamas

July 20-26 : Miami to Bahamas

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Juliet is in Turks and Caicos for the Winter

Happy Holidays everyone, and I know the crew and passengers are excited to be celebrating Christmas on board Juliet this week in the Turks and Caicos. Juliet arrived with a full load of passengers in Providenciales earlier this month after a beautiful repositioning trip through the Bahamas. She’ll be happily diving around Provo, West Caicos, and French Cay mostly for the next few months to return to the Bahamas March 12.

No whales yet, but plenty of beautiful diving, endless visibility, dramatic walls, and fabulous night dives!

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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Foldspears – New on-board Juliet!

Earlier in September we were lucky enough to have the owners of Fishspearit, Inc. on board Juliet and they brought along some new fish toys for us to try out. Now for your spearing pleasure, we have Foldspears on board Juliet!

I don’t know about you, but I hate committing to having something in my hand the entire dive – be it a camera, a spear, whatever – it changes the whole feel of the dive for me. But with this crazy lionfish invasion, I do wish I could have a spear with me all the time in case I see one, I just don’t want to carry it around on every single dive! I want to be able to enjoy my dive and not be completely focused on spearing. These Foldspears are great, they fold up to about a foot long and a couple inches wide and strap to your leg, you barely even notice they’re there. But when you need it, there’s a 4′ or 6′ spear at the ready!

And just in time for our Lionfish Round-up in October!

We’re also trying out some new bags to add to our supplies. We’ve been using Armor bags Lionfish bags for about a year now and they seem to work great, even are able to hold Trevor’s record of 36 lionfish (he almost beat it last week with 34.5!). We’ve got another new model we’re trying out – so new we can’t even talk about it yet. Trevor is giving it the ol’ college try next week and will be back with a full report.

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Anniversary Cruise, November 3-9, 2012

Though she was built in 1974 in Australia, “Juliet” that we have come to know and love was really born ten years ago this fall. That is when John Beltramo bought her and started making his dream a reality.

Since then Juliet has traveled throughout the BahamasTurks and Caicos, US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys, and Dry Tortugas. She has sailed alongside divers, kiteboarders, Humpback whales, schools of dolphins, and has been called home for a week (and often longer!) by thousands of enthusiastic and supportive divers.

Congratulations John and Juliet! Come celebrate Juliet’s 10 year anniversary with us in November. John Beltramo will be Captaining the boat departing from Miami on November 3 and heading out to the Bahamas to dive the Bimini and Cat Cay chain. We will return to Miami on November 9, 2012. Come celebrate the dream with John along with our stellar crew of Trevor, Emily, Will, Hilary, and Jimmy. Call or email to reserve your spot today.

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Critters Galore in the Bahamas

We’ve had quite the critter sightings this summer, including a rogue Pigeon we affectionately named Fred who showed up while we were in the middle of nowhere to hitch a ride with us one week. He certainly made himself right at home (see our facebook page for photos)! The flat calm water has made it a cinch to spot all kinds of ocean surface dwellers, but even underwater we’ve been treated to some unique visits. Trevor made a new friend on Lost Pigeon Reef (ironically not named after Fred) in the form of a very personable Loggerhead Turtle who we think was trying to help him tie up to the mooring! She pushed right up underneath him almost as if helping him lift the heavy line, and then came back again later for some close encounters while on the dive.

June also brought us at least a half dozen Atlantic Spotted dolphin sightings and even a few lucky swims, and divers also saw a Hammerhead Shark on one of the dives down south. July has been no slouch either, just this week we got word from the boat that Trevor saw a whaleshark while the boat was mooring off of the West End of Grand Bahama, and then a Lemon shark later that day! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m diving with Trevor from now on.

A few impromptu trips to Grand Bahama (at the request of passengers) brought us Shark Week, Juliet style. Lemon sharks, whale sharks, Caribbean Reef sharks, you name it. Eleven on one dive even! Can’t wait to see the pictures.

 

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