Ever wonder what it would be like to go on a yacht trip? That’s exactly what one of our ADL members thought before deciding to purchase the $390 deal! No doubt, it was the most expensive deal he has ever purchased, but was it worth it in the end? Let’s hear about the experience he had.
>>> Deal – $390 for DEAL’s First Chartered Yacht Package (4Hrs) + Captain + Skipper + BBQ & Fishing Equipment + Island Hopping + Free Flow Non-Alcoholic Drinks @ Summit Marine System <<<
* Please note that the URL link to the deal was not provided above as it has been taken down
When I first saw this deal, I did the math and found it to be extremely worth it. As the deal was valid for up to 10 people on board, each person only had to pay $39! I went on to check out the rates for yacht charter on other websites and found them to be much more expensive. The cheapest that I managed to find was slightly above $500, but it didn’t include all these additional perks. There were many other yachts for charter that exceeded $1000. After I managed to pull a few friends along, I decided to purchase the deal as it was really affordable in my opinion.
I’ll definitely give a rating of 5 out of 5 stars for this.
Well, for the location wise, we had to embark and disembark at ONE*15 Marina Club, which is in Sentosa Cove. Thankfully, I have friends who drove us in so it wasn’t so inconvenient. However, if you plan on taking the public transport, it will be quite a hassle. You’ll still need to enter via Sentosa first before making your way there. I’m not even sure if any of the shuttles can get you there. Hence, I would recommend you to take a taxi from Harbourfront instead. Upon reaching there, the skipper picked us up from 7-11 and led us to the berth area, which was relatively nearby.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to give 2 stars for this as it doesn’t seem very accessible by public transport.
Terms & Conditions
I actually purchased this on 18th September 2011, but only redeemed it on 29th January 2012. That’s approximately 3.5 months away and it wasn’t because that my friends and I were busy. I actually contacted the merchant around November to make arrangements for Decembers. However, according to them, the weekends were fully packed till 29th January 2012. I was aware that there were many people who purchased the deal, but I’m not exactly sure if they were telling the truth for this matter. Either way, I didn’t have much of a choice.
Once I heard the date, I didn’t hesitate further as I knew I might miss having the trip on the weekend if I were to delay further. Immediately, I confirmed the slot and provided the merchant with my voucher number. I even received a confirmation SMS from them. On the same week of my trip, I even emailed them to confirm the slot and they told me it was confirmed. So I was pretty shocked on the day when I called and was told that my voucher number wasn’t verified. Although they did manage to verify it after that, I still felt that it was extremely unprofessional.
The other thing that shocked me was regards to the BBQ. They actually told me that they had a BBQ package for 10pax that cost $150. We knew that we wanted to BBQ, but we didn’t find their package very attractive. So I asked them if it was possible to buy and bring our food to BBQ. I was told that I had to pay an additional $75 if I wanted to bring my own food in to BBQ. I ended up having a debate with the guy over the phone as this wasn’t stated in their terms and conditions. Eventually, he said that he “mistook” what I said. He thought I wanted to purchase a package from a different BBQ wholesaler. He mentioned that the BBQ wholesaler that they partnered with is very strict with regards to this and enforced the $75 for other wholesalers. When I told him that I was going to purchase the food from the supermarket for the BBQ, he finally told me that it’s alright and that I didn’t state that properly at first. I honestly do not understand how he mistook me.
Based on these issues, I’m rather disappointed, so 2 stars for this.
I went in feeling rather disappointed already and I pretty much expected to be disappointed further. Thankfully, this was what saved them! Although the yacht wasn’t as luxurious as some of the others around, the trip was something I would consider as a once in a lifetime experience.
Firstly, I would like to give a shout out to Captain Kim Seng and his skipper (Sorry, I didn’t get your name). They were extremely friendly and helpful throughout the entire trip. They brought us around Kusu Island and St. John’s Island.
As we selected the evening trip from 6pm to 10pm, we didn’t have time to island hop. Still, we stopped somewhere near St. John’s Island to soak our feet in the water, do some fishing and BBQ. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring extra clothes as we could have actually swum there! Hence, for those people who intend to go for a yacht trip in future, do bring extra clothes so that you can take a dip in the water! However, we did manage to catch a fish! It was my friend’s first time fishing and he managed to get it. The captain and skipper were extremely helpful. They taught and showed us how to use the fishing rods, helped to gut and prepare the fish, assisted us in starting the fire and even helped us to BBQ the food. Furthermore, all the BBQ stuffs were provided for. This included the charcoal, the grill, the utensils, the tongs and the plates. There was also an ample supply of drinks for everyone.
I honestly felt that this was one of my most enjoyable trips ever and it’s something that I definitely intend to do again in future!
No doubt, 5 stars for this aspect!
Some other pictures I took…
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