My husband and I were visiting USVI for the first time and wanted to go on a sailing outing from St. Thomas, but the initial charter I contacted wasn't taking reservations; the captain gave me Matthias' information for the Antillean and told me to reach out to him for a day sail. He had nothing but good things to say about Matthias and Antillean charters, and when I contacted Matthias, he was so accommodating in customizing our 6-hour day sail- timing it perfectly for ending the day with a beautiful sunset- was really responsive to my questions and ideas, and made booking with him incredibly easy. Since we had never been to the islands before, we told him what kind of outing we were looking for and let him pick the locations and manage the schedule, and he didn't disappoint!
When the day came to go aboard their monohull, everything was absolutely seamless. Matthias gave me instructions on where to meet him for pickup at the docks and pickup was a breeze. He had contacted me ahead of time about what kind of drinks, alcohol, and snacks we would like and everything was already aboard the ship. The sailboat was absolutely beautiful, modern, well-appointed, and comfortable. Matthias' sister, Cassandra, was first mate for the day and was absolutely amazing as well; both of them were really knowledgeable and incredibly kind, and we ended up getting along so well, we just sat and talked on the boat for a while. We wanted to go snorkeling so Matthias and Cassandra showed up some really cool snorkel spots and pointing things out to us in the water as we swam. Matthias is also a free diver and a spear fishermen, and it was amazing watching him swim through rock structures and even catch lobsters! I had never used traditional snorkel gear before, and they both went out of their way to show me how to use the mask and snorkel, and checked on me frequently to see how I was holding up.
Overall, I cannot recommend Matthias and the Antillean enough! We had the absolute perfect day out on the water and I can confidently say it was because of Captain Matthias, his over-the-top hospitality and customer service, and the thoughtful touches for our trip throughout the day. It was my husband and I's favorite part of our entire trip; we cannot wait to sail with Matthias again in the future!