Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark from resentment at his second billing and Lewis from a lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive adventure with today’s Groupon: for $2,999, you get a seven-day catamaran vacation for two exploring the islands of Cancun and the coast of the Yucatan or the British Virgin Islands from Festiva Sailing Vacations (up to a $5,495 value). This Groupon is valid until February 29, 2012. Customers who opt for the Cancun tour depart from Marina Hacienda del Mar in Cancun. Customers who opt for the British Virgin Islands tour depart from the Gardens Marina in Tortola. This Groupon does not cover airfare or transportation to the marina. This package includes:
- Seven nights
- Air-conditioned stateroom for two on a Lagoon 440 sailing catamaran
- Gourmet meals of five dinners, six lunches, seven breakfasts, appetizers, and snacks
- Open bar throughout the trip
- Snorkeling gear, sea kayak, and swim floats
- Fuel and water
Helmed by a knowledgeable two-person crew, Festiva’s fleet of Lagoon 440 catamarans glide across the Caribbean Sea, docking at diverse ports where vacationers can soak up the region’s diverse ecology, culture, and cuisine. Catamarans ensconce seafarers in one of four air-conditioned cabins, each equipped with an en suite bathroom. Up to eight guests may share the catamaran, ensuring ample opportunities to make new friends and assemble human pyramids. En route to the British Virgin Islands, sailing duos can greet the horizon with a dive off the back deck and a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. Catamarans may then sail to The Baths, a national park boasting batholithic granite caves. After a day of exploring, guests clamber onto Virgin Gorda Island and enjoy dinner ashore, chewing in syncopation to a raucous steel-drum band.
Alternatively, those who opt for a Cancun vacation can spend a sun-soaked day tracing the steps of Spanish explorers en route to the ruins of a 16th-century Spanish church. Sojourners skip over mangrove roots while flashing their opposable thumbs at envious spider monkeys on the way to the colonial ruins. Back aboard the catamaran, a relaxing dinner of Caribbean-inspired dishes such as smoked fish or pan-fried shrimp awaits.
Festiva’s genial crew strives to cater to every desire, doling out snorkeling gear, light-fishing tackle, and tutus for performing underwater ballets. Further, the catamarans’ on-deck trampolines and bench seats ensure ample space for lapping up sunbeams.