42 Ft. Sail Boat, in quiet protected marina.
- english, italian
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A nice change from a hotel room!
We stayed 5 nights on the Northern Cross. It was a great experience never having stayed on a boat before! It looks just as the pictures show & was extremely clean. It was plenty of room for the 4 of us; the beds were comfy, our 2 teenage boys liked having their own space, & we loved sitting outside in the "cockpit" enjoying the marina. We saw manatees cruise through on a couple of different days. We didn't swim in the marina, but people from other boats did. The marina itself was quiet & the restrooms were very clean. Never had to wait to use the marina toilets or showers. Laundry facilities right on the property. Captain Paul was very helpful getting us acquainted with the boat & was available at any time to answer questions. We really appreciated having Rick check in on us during our stay. The communication prior to arrival was the best we've ever experienced. Highly recommend the Northern Cross; it was really fun & different than a normal hotel room.
Peaceful & cozy
The boat was clean and wonderful as was the marina we were swimming off the back of the boat when a manatee came over to us and stayed with us for a half an hour WOW !!!
Unique way to stay and relax in the Keys
Great home base for adventures in the Keys. So relaxing on the water. The marina offers ample parking, friendly neighbors and pristine shower, toilet and laundry facilities. Sunrise and evening on the deck are extra soothing. The deep harbor gave us the opportunity to watch the snook and tarpon play, snorkel under the boat and around the dock to spy on the snapper, sergeant majors and even a fearsome stone crab. One morning, we saw the manatee swim with in 10 feet of the boat. The John Pennekamp coral reef state park is local and offers plenty to do. Although the boat can be intimidating, Owners Rick and Tony provided ample guidance and Capt Paul oriented us and was available to answer questions and concerns promptly and kindly (even at 10 PM!)
Lucky Enough to Live on Blue Waters
From the moment we found the Northern Cross rental on Homeaway New Year’s Day, to the communications leading up to and during our stay, to the very last minute we were leaving the parking lot to return home … everything we imagined came true and then some! The “live aboard” experience was exactly as advertised. And, having Captain Paul as our “tour guide” was beyond our wildest dreams … Fishing, Snorkeling, Sunset Sailing, Exploring the Mangroves, and Feeding the Tarpon at Robbie’s. We had great seafood meals and entertainment at Snapper’s, Lorelei, Lazy Days, Wahoo’s, and Hog Heaven, all at Captain Paul’s recommendation. The location was perfect to charter for a day of Deep Sea fishing out of Islamorada. And, we made it into Key West for a Jet Ski tour, History lessons, Tropical drinks, “Half Shells” and Hot Dogs at “Island Dogs”.
We were “Lucky Enough” to experience a lifetime of memories in our week spent on the Northern Cross “Living on Blue Waters”. Thank you Rick, Tony, and Captain Paul for sharing your boats and love of the Florida Keys with this Father, Son, Uncle and Aunt.
Thanks for your great review. Living on our boat is more than just a place to stay. It is also an experience including all the on-the-water opportunities you listed. Captain Paul loves taking people out and sharing his enthusiasm for the “Keys way of life”. Beyond that are world class restaurants many of which boast spectacular sunsets. Still looking for more, the Keys are waiting!
Fun adventure in the Fl keys
Enjoyed our stay on Northern Cross - owner and Molly communicated well, comfortable accommodations w three adults, friendly marina owner and neighbors. Ate mostly at restaurants not on board, liked Moka cafe and Lorelei nearby. Saw baby dolphin at marina - saw manatees and tarpon at Key West, nice Harry Harris park nearby for bike riding, beaching, beautiful Bahia state park past Marathon. Would have given five stars but significant urine odor on boat, opened hatches to air out but seemed to linger. Owner was very understanding and said he would resolve the issue.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in the Keys. Thanks for letting us know about the odor you noticed. The problem arose from a fuse that blew and prevented the electric-powered toilet from flushing properly. It has now been corrected and our two managers tell us there is no longer a problem. Your feedback allowed us to correct this issue promptly. By the way, we take many steps to avoid odors on the boat including 1) a weekly pump out of the holding tank, 2) providing holding tank deodorizer for our guests, and 3) doing a "shock" deodorizer treatment of the holding tank 4 times a year instead of the recommended once a year treatment. We take pride in the condition of our boat!
Vacation in Key Largo`
Our stay on the Northern Cross was fantastic! The boat was spotless, and the beautiful interior was very comfortable. Captain Paul, the property manager, was very helpful and I had a great day fishing with him. He put me on three huge Tarpon on the flats, but even with his great poling and my best casting, we couldn't get a hook up. We even rescued a boater who fell off his boat in the mangrove swamps! The marina folks were very nice and friendly...they even invited us for happy hour. One of the live-aboards, Captain Mickey, invited me to fish with him and some other boaters just 15 minutes after meeting him. We caught a lot of fish and cooked up our catch for everyone. Owners Rick and Tony were in touch with my wife and I to assure that everything was okay with the boat. Just remember...it's a sailboat and space is at a premium, so don't overpack. This is a five star rental.