Say Hello to Your Certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain & Crew
Making Your Luxury Excursion in the Virgin Islands an Experience to Remember for a Lifetime
Captain Dana Paradise – Certified U.S. Coast Guard Charter Boat Captain
Captain Dana holds a USCG Master 100 Ton Captains License and has a lifelong, family history of navigating and commanding vessels in the Caribbean seas. A U.S. Coast Guard Captains License is required for operating a passenger vessel carrying more than six passengers in U.S. territory waters.
Captain Dana and mates are certified in CPR, First Aid and other safety measures making guest well-being our number one priority including:
- CPR Certification by the American Red Cross
- First Aid Training
- STCW Training & Firefighting as per International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
- Crowd Control
- Crisis Management
- Leadership Training
Captain Dana - Expert, Local Guidance on What to Do & Where to Go in the Virgin Islands
Captain Dana was born and raised on Saint Thomas, USVI and knows everything there is to know about going to only the best “secret” places away from the cruise ship crowds. He can also answer questions about the culture and history of these eastern Caribbean islands and what it’s like living here.
Whether you want to relax and unwind, snorkel in crystal blue waters, explore your own deserted island or party the day away, Captain Dana and crew will make it happen as guests aboard one of their luxury yachts – Take It Easy and Take It Easy 2!
The crew of Take It Easy Custom Charters are among the best and most knowledgeable when it comes to upscale boat charters and destinations in the USVI and BVI. Our fun, easy-going team is highly trained in all aspects of hospitality and passenger motor yacht safety.
My friends and I came down to St Thomas to explore and relax for a week. It was recommended that we utilize the Take It Easy for a sunset cruise and we were not disappointed. The captain and crew were amazing and knowledgeable about the islands. The ship was top notch and the views we saw were breathtaking to say the least. This trip was worth every penny and I’ll for sure be back the next time I’m here.
Reviewed April 24, 2019
After doing a lot of research, we decided to charter with Take It Easy to take a bachelorette party of 11 girls to the BVI for a day trip, and we were not disappointed! We went all the way to the Baths and then back to Jost Van Dyke, all the while traveling in style. Kevin was our wonderful captain and helped us plan a great trip. And Brooke, our incredible first mate, was the star of the day! She always made sure we had her awesome rum punch in our hands, obliged our excessive picture requests, and even joined us for lunch at Hendo’s. We could not have had a more perfect trip — I could not recommend Take It Easy enough!
Reviewed April 1, 2019
“Experience the Virgin Island beauty...”
Experience the Virgin Island beauty you can only see from the water aboard the Take It Easy. Our travel group of 12 adults has spent 3 different vacation days aboard this vessel and they are some of our favorite days while staying on St John. We spent one day with Dana two years ago and loved it so much we opted for two days this year which we spent with with Alex and Brooke. ALL are first class captains, crew and hosts. We love the history and facts they share about the scenery as you weave in and out of the USVI and BVI’s. Whether going to snorkel around St John, bar hoping to Jost Van Dyke or Pirates Bight, having lunch at Willy T or taking in the natural beauty at the Virgin Gorda Baths you will have a day to remember. Don’t forget your passport if going to the BVI’s! You won’t regret your decision to spend your day aboard the Take It Easy.
February 24, 2019
The captain and first mate (Dana and Brooke) of Take It Easy are amazing and took excellent care of us for my 40th birthday celebration. We toured the islands, snorkeled, explored caverns, and grabbed a drink at the Soggy Dollar. The boat was beautiful. They had everything we needed for a magical day. I can't wait to do it again!
Reviewed February 12, 2019
“What a Day!”
I took 9 of my friends to Saint Thomas for my bachelorette party. We went out on the Sting Ray with Dana and Brooke for a full day. The boat itself was clean and had tons of space for lounging and storage. We felt like we were boating in style.
We told Dana a little about what we wanted to do (water activities and drinking) and based on that he planned an AMAZING day through both the US and BVIs! He took us snorkeling (and provided the gear), to the infamous bars, to the beach. He planned it so we had just the right amount of time everywhere we went. Brooke made us feel like queens. If our cup wasn't full or our hand empty, she made sure it was refilled.
The duo took care of our visas upon entering the BVIs. If we went to a bar, they made sure we got our food and had everything we need. They had tons of stories and info to share.
The day was our favorite of the vacation!
Reviewed January 29, 2019
“Capt. Dana created a great day for us that was suitable for the kids. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go out with Dana when we visit St Thomas next time.”
A. B., Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed January 2017
Take It Easy – My FAVORITE Boat Charter!
Reviewed December 2016
“I love Take It Easy! I have been on multiple boat trips with Captain Dana and the Take It Easy Crew to the USVI and BVI. Born and raised on St. Thomas, Captain Dana has great advice on what to do in the BVI, whether it’s the best spots to snorkel, float, party or eat. Captain Dana has always helped me customize my boat trip to perfection!”
– E. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Consistently the Best Charter in the BVI or USVI!
Reviewed December 2016
“I can't say enough good things about the captain, crew and boats in the Take It Easy family. I've booked multiple trips with Captain Dana, from local day trips with friends to couples only overnight trips to the BVI, and every time I am blown away by the experience. First mates Kahlia and Alesha know these waters like the back of their hands, and they'll make you feel at home right away. Without a doubt, you'll always remember a trip with this fantastic charter, and will probably be back for more!”
– B., St. Thomas, VI
4 Adults, 5 Kids are Still Talking about Take It Easy a Week Later!!!
Reviewed November 2016
“We were fortunate to have Captain Dana's dad and Kahlia on our trip. You book this company because they know how to avoid the cruise ship crowd and they are all locals. Kahlia snorkeled with the kids and pointed out marine life they would have missed. It was a really great day and made our family want to come back and spend more time with the Take It Easy family-owned business. They do as they say and will provide a trip that makes memories for a long time. What more could you ask for in a private charter?”
– B. M., Argyle, Texas
Your Virgin Islands Cruise Begins Minutes Away from the St. Thomas Ship Docks
Take It Easy Custom Charters is moored at Saga Haven Marina, 6117 Estate Frydenhoj, St Thomas USVI (map). You’re just a quick taxi ride away from the most beautiful powerboat tour of the US Virgin Islands or British Virgin Islands.
Take It Easy Custom Charters is an independent, family-owned charter cruise company that provides an unmatched customer experience. Call or text us at 340-677-1320 and we’ll help you get picked up quickly to begin your St. Thomas island cruise.