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Island Hopping with Chef Bonacini

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Prepare for a remarkable culinary adventure that will delight your senses, leave a mark on your palate and create unforgettable memories as you witness Chef Michael Bonacini’s culinary magic firsthand. From an intimate welcome cocktail reception hosted by the chef, live cooking demonstration, featured dishes at a special dinner on board to exclusive dining experiences, savour the chance to taste his delectable creations, meticulously crafted with passion and expertise.

About Chef Bonacini
Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is an award-winning culinary icon, and the esteemed co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality. With locations across Canada, their portfolio includes innovative restaurants, event spaces, and catering services. 
Born and raised in Wales, Bonacini’s culinary journey began in his family’s hotel business, where he developed a deep-rooted passion for hospitality. After training under Chef Anton Mosimann in London, he partnered with Peter Oliver in 1993, launching their first restaurant, Jump. With his dedication to showcasing regional Canadian cuisine, Bonacini’s notable restaurants, such as Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, and Lena, have become culinary destinations nationwide. Beyond his culinary ventures, Bonacini’s television career has propelled him into the homes of viewers across the nation. As a host, he has shared his culinary expertise on shows like Cook Like a Chef, as recurring guest chef on The Marilyn Dennis Show and since 2014 has served as a prestigious judge on CTV’s Master Chef Canada.

What better way to see the beauty of the Caribbean than island-hopping from one tropical island to the next in modern luxury, aboard an intimate yacht carrying just 100 guests. Delight in an open-air infinity pool surrounded by lounge chairs and day beds ideal for relaxing and enjoying your book or a favourite cocktail. Focus on your health goals on the yacht’s wellness deck complete with spa, infrared sauna and a gym. Take advantage of the marina platform and its many water toys available for your enjoyment, when the ship is at anchor and the platform is deployed. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel equipment, SEABOBS as well as a giant trampoline will make those hot Caribbean days that much more refreshing.

West Indies Island Hopping aboard Emerald Sakara
8-days San Juan Roundtrip
March 30, 2024

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Your luxurious yacht cruise begins in San Juan, where you’ll be transferred to your Emerald Cruises luxury yacht and embark on your discovery of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St. Barts.

Culebra, Culebra Islands, Puerto Rico
Culebra is widely known for its white-sand beaches and active reef and is one of the major islands in Puerto Rico’s archipelago. There are more than 20 cays bustling with diverse marine life, making it an absolute paradise for underwater adventurers and casual beachgoers alike. There will also be the opportunity to spend the day swimming off the yacht and enjoying all the ship’s marina toys.

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
The quaint coastal town of Esperanza has a lovely waterfront with gorgeous beaches and a bustling strip of restaurants, bars, and guesthouses. One can walk along the boulevard and visit the various establishments for a glimpse into the local culture and activities on offer. Enjoy spending the afternoon at Sun Bay, the main urban beach located in the town’s eastern outskirts.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda is the third largest and second-most populous of the British Virgin Islands. Somehow uncrowded, Gorda Sound itself has recently blossomed into a busy place surrounded with resorts and vacation villas. 

Marigot Bay, Saint Martin
Marigot is a lovely town and the administrative centre of French Saint Martin. Both French and Caribbean cultures can be seen throughout the island, creating that unique blend of French Caribbean. Some of the most spectacular sights include Fort Louis overlooking the town and reminding locals and visitors alike of its significant past. The open-air market is open every day for those seeking to discover the island’s local vibe and flavours. Artisans here sell anything from fresh fruits and spices to artwork and even rum. The market is a delight to the senses, and while you are there, don’t forget to try Mauby, a local beverage flavoured with bark which tastes like root beer.

Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy
Named for Sweden’s King Gustav III, Gustavia is the charming capital and main seaport of the island of Saint Barthélemy, also known as St. Barts. It is often considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and a tropical paradise with French flair. You will enjoy the beauty of its idyllic beaches, plus the charm and refinement of its old wooden houses.

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of all four main islands comprising the British Virgin Islands, approximately eight square kilometres. Known as ‘The Last Virgin Island’, White Bay Beach is one of the best beaches to relax on, with plenty of room for visitors to lay down and enjoy splendid Caribbean views. You will enjoy a barbeque lunch accompanied by a live band ashore together with your new found friends. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Your time aboard your luxury yacht comes to an end in San Juan. After bidding farewell to the crew and fellow guests, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in San Juan and enjoy Puerto Rico’s sandy beaches, vibrant culture and colourful Spanish Colonial buildings and historical landmarks. A 2-night stay at San Juan Caribe Hilton starts at CA$448 person and includes breakfast and transfers.

Your Cruise Includes:
•    7 nights on board a luxury yacht Emerald Sakara
•    Economy flights from 11 Canadian gateways
•    Airport transfers to and from the ship
•    The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Managers
•    Platinum Drinks Package with all-inclusive drinks
•    Welcome and Farewell Receptions on board
•    BBQ lunch on a beach with live band
•    On board Wi-Fi
•    Port taxes and charges
•    All gratuities on board

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