Guest Comments

The Hughes Family Dec 20-27

Michelle’s cooking is amazing. We snorkeled at three spots in one day and loved it. The pace of the day was perfect. The front of the boat is so fun for sunning, relaxing, sleeping, hula hooping, sunsets and laughter! Captain Bill is the BEST captain ever! He arranged an agenda for us that was perfect. The games on board were a blast, the kids played lots of RUMMIKUB. As my 15 year old son said “this trip exceeded my expectations”, we all agree. Bill and Michelle are a great team and we can’t wait to tell our family and friends to come and sail with them. Like me your children will be asking you to get the recipes for the delicious dishes Michelle prepared. I have my work cut out for me when I get home. Thanks Thanks Thanks...the Hughes Family.

Anita Jupp and Bill Winton Jan 11-18

Michelle and Bill were excellent hosts, a lot of fun and made us all fell welcome. We snorkeled, swam, sailed and visited many beautiful coves and islands. Meals were wonderful. It was a relaxing week, they even laughed at a few of my crazy moments.

We were very confident with Captain Bill. We will tell our friends that want a different, fun experience to join Michelle and Bill on Steppin Up. Bill and I wish you continued success with your charter business. I sincerely hope we see you again one day on Steppin Up. Thank you very much. Anita and Bill Stoney Creek Ontario, Canada

Pat and Jeff Bowman Jan 11-18

Michelle and Bill, Jeff and I had a wonderful holiday on Steppin Up with you. You are very special people and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Michelle: You made us feel so very welcome from the start. You are very patient and kind and a terrific chef. We enjoyed all your meals

Bill: You are a great Captain, fulfill everyones wishes. We will recommend you to all our friends.

We wish you both success in the future. I’m sure someday we’ll charter with you again.

Your Friends, Pat and Jeff Bowman Owen Sound, Ontario

The Kiesner Family Dec 27-Jan 4

What a great time we had! Bill and Michelle could not be more accommodating. Great hosts at every turn. Capt’n Bill was so nice to ferry just from beach to beach any where at any time. Michelle’s food was always delicious and plentiful. Thank you guys you made the trip fun. relaxing and exciting, everything we could have hoped for. We all thank you form the bottom of our hearts for being so great. It so makes the trip when the people who are with you are fun.

Diana Lambeth February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina

Even though I had been to the Virgin Islands several times before this trip was extra special because;

Bill and Michelle are extra special! They make you feel “at home” the minute you come aboard. Bill’s a great Captain and knows the waters well~ Michelle always has a smile to share and is a fabulous cook! We visited new places that I’ve never been to before and had a lot of fun. In the evening we played QWERKLE and SCRABBLE~ Lot’s of laughter! All in all, it was an awesome trip! Fun, full of new experiences, great food and sharing each day with friends.

Thank you Bill and Michelle. I will definitely charter with you again!!

Dave and Trina Groening February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina

We had been looking forward to returning to the Virgin Islands for several years. having Bill and Michelle as host’s made it even better than we’d envisioned. We revisited some of our old favorite spots and they showed us many new places to ad to our list. We had great sailing an excellent snorkeling. Bill knew the islands well and Michelle somehow managed to assist with operating the boat while simultaneously preparing tasty and varied cuisine three times a day. Thanks to you both for a wonderful time and we look forward to sailing together again soon.

Pam Sinclair February 2-9, 2013 North Carolina and Boston

I’ve done bareboat chartering in the Virgin Islands many time. This was my first experience with a captained charter. It was FABULOUS! Bill and Michelle provided me with the most wonderful vacation, starting with the two of them; caring, interesting, and fun. We went to several anchorages that I had never stopped in - super snorkeling, and also new sights (Bubbly Pool and Rum Plantation) Needless to say the food was wonderful - great variety prepared in delicious ways. The sailing was excellent and Bill graciously shared the helm. All in all a wonderful week that I would recommend to everyone. Thanks Bill and Michelle. I hope to do it again.

McAvoy and MacManus Families March 21-24, 2013 Villanova, Pennsylvania

What a fabulous experience!! Loved our floating home away from home. Capt’n Bill and Michelle waited on us and and foot. Anything we wanted magically appeared. Delicious meals, and very tasty Pain Killers. So happy to return to the Bubbly Pool. Great snorkeling at Marina Cay, Monkey Point and Waterlemon Cay. First time trying the paddle boards.So comfortable on the boat. Love the navy cushions all around with the complimentary pillows. Could relax on the bow all day (and did!) So sad to leave Steppin Up. Hopefully this is the first of many sailing trips we’ll take with you in the upcoming years.

Thank you so much Bill and Michelle! XO Cathy, Norman, and Callie McAvoy and Cindy, Leslie, and Brady MacManus

Haddad Family March 17-19, 2013 New York, New York

Thanks Bill and Michelle for a wonderful time at sea. Michelle’s cooking is great, wish you had delivery to NYC. Bill thanks for tubing, snorkeling, sailing, hiking and sightseeing. We really got to see so much of the islands on a short charter. Hope to repeat soon! Jim Haddad, Shereen Beydoun, Saleem and Jinanne

Martin Family March 30- April 6, 2013 St Louis MO and Syracuse New York

We are sad to leave the relaxed and papered life aboard Steppin Up. Bill and Michelle made us feel at home immediately. They are both easy to know and go-with-the-flow fun people who were very accommodating to our needs and wishes. Our daughter and her husband were on their honeymoon and we were making a return trip to the BVI’s after 15 years. Service was superb as Michelle cooked delicious and healthy meals including all of our restrictions and requests.Skipper Bill had to contend with a lot of swells, rain and high winds at first, but when the sun was shining he had us under sail as much as possible - something we had hoped for. He was always accommodating with dinghy rides to shore or the beaches and a hand on and off loading. Thanks to their teamwork he and Michelle managed safe moorings every night.  We got in a lot of snorkeling and hiking, and early morning runs for one of our group. Fish and coral were beautiful as well as an occasional turtle and dolphin. We will miss the nightly fish dinners and home baked muffins, breads and desserts!!! Will also miss Michelle’s smile through it all. Thanks for a great vacation!

Allison and Chris Luhrs, Janice and David Martin

4th of July in New York Harbor 2013

Our Australian family of 5 spent July 4th with Captain Bill and Michelle aboard their beautiful catamaran "Steppin Up". Bill was a wonderful skipper and navigated the busy waters with ease and confidence and we felt completely comfortable in his hands. We were also celebrating my husbands birthday and Michelle cooked up a delicious gourmet meal - as well as a birthday cake! Bill and Michelle kept in close contact with me for months before we left Australia to make sure that we had everything available to us to make this a memorable part of our USA holiday. This couple provide quality hosting all the way and their attention to detail exceeded our expectations. They even flew our national flag! Thank you Bill and Michelle for everything. We hope to come back (without kids) to maybe join you on one of your St Thomas adventures!!

Hargrave Family

The Tata Family December 2013, Virginia Beach VA

I don’t know how to begin to express our love and appreciation for one of the most amazing adventures the Tata family has ever taken. From the minute our plane landed and Thomas drove us to the marina where Steppin Up was. Captain Bill met us within minutes and then we met the sweetest, kindest and cutest First Mate, Michelle, who truly has a twinkle in her eye. Our family was overwhelmed with all the activities, plus relaxing and sunning and the meals. Every detail was considered and it is clear Bill and Michelle are here to accommodate every need. They are a lovely team complimenting each others skills and expertise. It was if God handpicked this couple to bless our family. We love you guys and are excited to call you friends.

The Painter Family December 2013 Boston MA

Michelle and Bill - You two are the very best. Special thanks for providing the Painters with an incredible gift. The time we spent together on your boat with your wonderful hospitality will be something we will always remember. This was our families VERY BEST vacation.

We loved the balance of relaxing on the boat along with the active excursions you provided throughout each day. The snorkeling was incredible, the hikes amazing, the various watering hours so much fun. All of the Painters appreciate the work effort the two of you brought each and every day. You bust your tails. Michelle’s food was outstanding and the variety was terrific. It was great to watch Bill in action, a Mr Fix It and Mike Nelson in one. Together you are a great team. Thanks again and we look forward to our next trip on Steppin Up.

The Wells Family January 2014

Michelle and Bill, what an amazing week! Our family vacation couldn’t have been better and it was completely your fault. From the first moment we arrived you thought of our every need before we did. The level of attentiveness you provide makes me speechless. Most importantly to the experience was your warm friendly manner. Our trip felt like we were visiting old friends. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you.

Thank You

Chuck, Pat, Rob, Trisha and Marc

Akers, Buies and Jones Guests February 2014 VA

One of my most enjoyable trips to the BVI’s. You both really connected with all of us & our family on other boats. You guys are awesome, thanks again for making my time fabulous. Marcia Buie

This has been a wonderful trip. Bill and Michelle have done everything possible to make us comfortable and make the trip fun. Michelle has gone to so much work to cook for our individual tastes. I would sail with them anytime. Barbara Jones

Thurman and Cox Charter February 2014 OK and KS

WOW! What an amazing experience. Above and beyond all expectations with boat, meals, daily excursions etc...Still can’t believe we could do so much and relax all the way. Hope to see you again very soon.

Darrin & Tina Cox

Thank you for making our RV-ing on the water such an amazing trip. We love the BVI’s and now know this is the only way to see it all. Great people and we will be back.

Greg & Cheryl Thurman

Becht and Anderson March 2014

This has been one of the most relaxing, fun, beautiful and enjoyable weeks we ever experienced. You two made us feel so welcome and comfortable aboard Steppin Up. You both went above and beyond what we expected to make this week so special and fun. Michelle did an amazing job preparing such delicious and plentiful meals. Michelle and Bill made us feel right at home. The entire week was so

wonderfully perfect that we can’t wait to return.

Deb & Jim Becht, Joann & Dave Anderson

Duggan Family March 2014 MS

Thanks for a wonderful trip. The food, the water adventures and the fellowship with you both has made for an unforgettable family vacation. Hope to return to Steppin Up in the future.

Melissa and Fred Duggan

This was the best Spring Break EVER! Thank ya'll for everything Ms Michelle, your food is so good and I like food! Capt'n Bill thank you for taking me snorkeling 2x and finding so many shells. If we do this again and I hope we will I hope we do it with ya'll.

With a lot of love, Brady Duggan

Schoener, Hill and Brussow March 2014

Bill and Michelle,

This was an adventure to remember! Scott and I loved every day and appreciate all your hard work to make our vacation special. The food was amazing abd the water sports fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better Captain and 1st Mate!

We will always remember the two of you and our time together on Steppin Up!!

Your friends, Jeni and Scott Schoenher

Bill and Michelle,

Thank you! This trip truly exceeded our expectations. Every day was a new adventure that we enjoyed. The sun, delicious meals, water fun...everything was SUPER. We every much appreciate becoming part of the Steppin Up family.

Sincerely, Julie and Tim Brussow

Dear Captain Bill and Michelle,

What an amazing week on the water. Each day was better than the previous day. Michelle’s cooking was amazing and both Bill and Michelle were extremely accommodating. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat and cannot wait to recommend to all our friends!

Sincerely, Jeff and Rochelle Hill

Semmlers, Seipelts and Grand’jeans April 2014 OH

Dear Bill and Michelle,

Thanks so much for sharing your passion for the sun and sea with us. This was the perfect antidote for the worst Ohio winter ever.

You seemed to anticipate our every need before we knew we needed anything.

The food was exquisite and although we know you were working very hard you always made it seem easy.

We enjoyed every stop and your travel plan was perfect.

Thank you very much for a wonderful week.

The canvass CAN do miracles.

Best from the Semmlers, Seipelts and Grand’jeans

Thank you for exceeding every expectation! April 2014

GELBMAN FAMILY April 2014 Brooklyn NY

Dear Bill and Michelle,

Thank you fro showing us an amazing week and making this an unforgettable vacation adventure. Most of all, I want to thank you for going above abd beyond what was required; buying water toys for the kids, baby sitting so we could have an adult dinner and oh yeah, PREPARING A SEDER at sea!!! What other boat would have tried that one. I am so happy to say that sailing with 3 young kids is possible and wonderful. Looking forward to future adventures together. Joy and Brian Gelbman Brooklyn NY

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had an awesome trip. Asher age 5

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had a lot of fun on this trip. Thank you for having fun things to do, delicious food to eat and a cozy place to sleep. Also, thank you for taking me to really cool places. I wish I could stay longer. Sincerely Zara age 7

Dear Bill and Michelle, I had a very comfortable trip visiting the Virgin Islands. Thanks for making our stay better. All the stuff that happened was so fun. I wish I could do it even longer. Thanks so much. Shay age 9

Megan and Ryan ! 2012

Barton July 2015

No words can express the experiences we have had this past week. I didn’t know what to expect and what awaited us was pure paradise. While every stop was beyond glorious we didn't; want to stop staring at the scenery. The details that you both tended to absolutely made this voyage first class abd five stars!

You somehow managed to anticipate our needs and desires with all your special touches. Every single meal and snack was divine ad truly better than we could have gotten at a restaurant. You make everything seem so effortless and with both of you it’s always service with a smile.

From the variety of frozen beverages to gourmet huge breakfasts to the spot on snacks to the lavish and filling inches to the over the top fabulous dinners with scrumptious desserts to follow…this adventure tops any cruise! Your personal touches and adoring personalities make this what it is.

Thank you for hosting our dream trip of a lifetime. I truly hope ad part we get to sail with you again. I’m telling the world about Steppin Up.

With such affection and gratitude,


Altice June 2015 California

Bill and Michelle,

Thank you so much for the wonderful week.

We are back home now and missing all of our adventures that you coordinated for us.

We had a wonderful time in St. Thomas reliving the entire week by talking about all of our favorites things. 

The snorkeling was fabulous.  We loved doing that. We feel like we would have never had the opportunities to see all that we saw without you as our fabulous guides.  Bill and Michelle,

Thank you so much for the wonderful week.

We are back home now and missing all of our adventures that you coordinated for us.

We had a wonderful time in St. Thomas reliving the entire week by talking about all of our favorites things. 

The snorkeling was fabulous.  We loved doing that. We feel like we would have never had the opportunities to see all that we saw without you as our fabulous guides.  

The paddle boarding and trying out the sub-wing... Was so fun.  Obviously, Rachel (and all of us) will always remember when Kellen "dropped by" and gave her a ride.  We are so glad we all have it on video.  What a memory!

The Baths were incredible.  I can't imagine being able to see them and be there every week like you both do.  

We all loved the deserted island ( I don't remember if it had a name) and boy we timed that right in between the crowds.  

The food was so so very good. We all loved it.  The girls said the rice arancini dinner was their favorite ( mine too) and the other favorite was crepes for breakfast.  It will be hard to come back home and have frozen waffles now. ;)) And thanks Michelle for accommodating all our requests for frozen fruit drinks... Sometimes a couple of times a day !!

Rich loved White beach and the Soggy Dollar. How do you not love that beach?

The only thing we would have changed was the dog-goned wind.  It would have been nice to have been able to truly sail a little bit more.  

The whole itinerary was fabulous.  It was such a truly relaxing vacation - busy without the work!!! We all decided on our way home yesterday that it was our best vacation ever.  

Thanks so much for everything. 

The paddle boarding and trying out the sub-wing... Was so fun.  Obviously, Rachel (and all of us) will always remember when Kellen "dropped by" and gave her a ride.  We are so glad we all have it on video.  What a memory!

The Baths were incredible.  I can't imagine being able to see them and be there every week like you both do.  

We all loved the deserted island ( I don't remember if it had a name) and boy we timed that right in between the crowds.  

The food was so so very good. We all loved it.  The girls said the rice arancini dinner was their favorite ( mine too) and the other favorite was crepes for breakfast.  It will be hard to come back home and have frozen waffles now. ;)) And thanks Michelle for accommodating all our requests for frozen fruit drinks... Sometimes a couple of times a day !!

Rich loved White beach and the Soggy Dollar. How do you not love that beach?

The only thing we would have changed was the dog-goned wind.  It would have been nice to have been able to truly sail a little bit more.  

The whole itinerary was fabulous.  It was such a truly relaxing vacation - busy without the work!!! We all decided on our way home yesterday that it was our best vacation ever.  

Thanks so much for everything. 

Enjoy your sail to Puerto Rico.

We will keep in touch. The Altice Family

Bagley June 2015

Eat, drink and be Married! We spent our honeymoon with Bill and Michelle and we couldn't have imagined a more perfect experience. The food was awesome!! We loved the paddle boards and waking up on the water. It was fun, adventurous, romantic and a trip of a lifetime.

Thank you so much Bill and Michelle

Amy abd Ryan Bagley

Shreveport ,LA

Nielsen June 2015

Thank you ever so much for your amazingly generous hospitality and smiles throughout our family cruise. It has been absolutely brilliant to safer your home her in paradise. We’ve been spoiled rotten by Michelle’s delicious cooking abd baking. Captain Bill lovingly and patiently cared to our eight and ten year old girlies with all their Diva needs and requests! Thank you for taking care of their snorkeling needs so patiently. The girls has an awesome time. The grown-ups loved Michelle’s painkillers at sunset and I had two beautiful dives with Bill. We wish we could have extend our stay on your floating home for a few more days, instead of heading to the resort on dry land. We will definitely spread the word to our friends and families back in Texas, Australia, Denmark and the UK.

Gracias, tak, thank you ever so much!

Patti, Chuck, Jenny, Portia and Presley

Baltazar June 2015

We came to the USVI, St John to start our family trip. We had a blast on shore but the whole time I had Steppin Up on my mind. Beaches, swimming, snorkeling, Oh My! Food, drinks, games were endless. My dreams and fantasy did not compare to the real deal. Bill abd Michelle far exceeded our expectations. Captain Bill was thoughtful, kind, informative, and patient with our questions and our children. After the first day my son thanks you for the “best trip ever!” He also said I want my own boat and that was his way of saying he wanted to be just like you.

Michelle, homemade form scratch food for DAYS! How could we refuse such deliciousness? So sweet and caring my Mama bear on the sea. I felt safe the moment you looked at my children and giggled at their mischievousness. A trip of a lifetime has now got to be a regular family excursion. Thank you for allowing us to keep a relaxed pace.

Baltazar Family, Dominic, Danielle, Quinn and Willow

Morgan May 2015

Many thanks, for a fantastic week. We wish we had another! Loved all the places we visited, the snorkeling, water toys, etc. and of course the meals! Hope we can come back again one day.

Thanks you for the wonderful week in paradise. We absolutely loved all the amazing places, the swimming, the snorkeling, paddle boarding, tubing, subbing! It was GREAT for our family to be on the water again. We loved sailing and motoring around the islands ad cays. Movie night and cards were a great way to end a perfect day. You both were hosts with the most, thinking of every detail to make our time on Steppin Up special. The meals were spectacular. We will be dreaming about that chocolate cake for weeks to come.

All the best,

Tracy, Gareth, Alex and Katie Morgan

Hickle April 2015

Bill and Michelle,

WOW, what an amazing week it has been. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful world with us. The sailing, snorkeling, food and just general R&R were top notch. Your hospitality went above and beyond our expectations; we would be happy to vacation with you again in the future and send our friends and family your way. We know they would have as much fun as we did.

Bruce loved the subbing. Kelli loved night snorkeling, as did Cheyenne. Moms favorite part was the food, especially the desserts. James loved exploring the abandoned building in Little Harbor. Dad loved sailing and speding time with his family.

You guys are awesome. Feel free to contact us in the future if you ever need a blacksmith, marketing manager, golfer, or plastic surgeon :)


Mike and Donna

James and Kelli

Bruce and Cheyenne

PS Thanks for making sure no one fell overboard following a night at Willy T’s

PSS Dad want to sail to Europe.

Bryant April 2015

What an amazing way to enjoy this truly beautiful place with its crystal clear turquoise water, tropical breezes, friendly people, breathtaking underwater scenery- with you both aboard Steppin Up! From the very start every detail was exactly in sync with us- the itinerary the food, the pace of each day.

To say we lucked out is an understatement! This crew is experienced, capable, knowledgeable-people yo want to put your trust in - at every step you got an idea of our expectations and then went about exceeding them every day.  We all got plenty of time to do what we wanted. Colby, fishing, games, lounging in the trampoline. Dylan, snorkeling, SubWing, hiking. Mom, Sailing, sunbathing, swimming. Dad, nap, relax, beachcomb. 

I don’t even know where to begin with Michelle’s cooking…you are amazing. I don’t know how you get all of those challenging gourmet dishes out of your cozy galley. Always ready with a yummy snack or frosty drink, providing us with one fantastic meal after another without a hint of exertion or exhaustion and making Colby food with his GF and DF restrictions.

You both go about everything so effortlessly which is such a gift to your guests. We can really relax and feel on vacation. Never any stress, you never seek attention, thanks, or praise. You are truly such smart, gracious, generous hosts and we loved getting to know you and spend our week with you.

Vacation of a lifetime for sure!


Kary, Andrew, Dillon, and Colby

Ratledge April 2015

Sir William and Michelle, 

You may not know this about me but…(we’ll save that story for our next sail with you!!)

What an AMAZING adventure! Thanks for sharing your paradise with us. It will definitely be the best trip ever. We couldn’t have asked for more! Little did we know that we would meet such great people. Favorite trip with our favorite people!

Love you!!

Ryan and Trea Ratledge

This has been such an amazing trip! Your hospitality made us feel so welcome aboard Steppin Up. I’m glad we got to spend a week in paradise with the best crew ever. Thank you for showing us a good time! This trip will for sure be repeated in the future.

Scott and Jamie Burnside

Captain Bill and Michelle

Where to begin…before we began our journey we knew this would be the trip of a lifetime. You outlived all expectations. Thank you for laughing with us, at us, and making us laugh! Your experiences and stories will be with us forever as well as my 760 pictures! I’d say our crew landed with you for a reason - meant to be!

Thank you for making every minute an experience will will remember forever. My water rat memories have been raised to a new level. We can’t wait to share this experience with you again.

Truly amazing!!!

Lots of Love Jennie and Bob Bell

Walton March 2015

Dear Bill and Michelle,

Congratulations on being PERSONALLY responsible for one of the top Walton family vacations ever. We certainly had the best jaunt in the Caribbean. We can’t say how much fun our week with you has been, and we can’t wait for the next time. May the wind always be in your sails and the sun at your backs. See you soon!

Sincerely, Ross, Camille and Christine

Murat March 2015

Thank you for making our vacation exceptional in every way.

You guys are awesome; we felt at home immediately and you made sure we were comfortable and had fun!

The yacht was comfortable, clean and so well equipped, we lacked for nothing.

Michelle’s cooking was amazing; every meal was a treat. We ate more than what we should have because it was so good! Oh well, we can diet when we get home.

Bill you are an excellent Captain and host. Thanks for your excellent advice on the best snorkel spots and beaches and fro arranging SCUBA dives for us. It really made the trip superb and stress free.

We’re already looking forward to returning! Thanks for an unforgettable experience!

Larry, Lorraine, Vicky and Angela

Flynn March 2015

Thank you for being a very good host Charlotte Flynn

PS You look to young to be in your 50’s!

What a great adventure- Thank you so much!!

We didn’t know what to expect when we first booked our adventure with you…Steppin Up went above and beyond our expectations! You took us to the most beautiful places and you found treasure or Charlotte all along the way! 

Your hospitality really made us feel right at home. Thank you for such a fun yet relaxing vacation, we are taking home lots of great memories and shells!

Until next time!

Jenn, Phil and Lotte Flynn

Thurman Cox February 2015

Second trip was as great as the first, even with the four hour roller coaster! LOL 

Love the snorkeling, paddleboarding, knee boarding to name a few. Thank you for going along with our spontaneous ideas! Enjoying the fancy yacht club with mimosas and pool.

Hope to see you again soon.

Darrin and Tina Cox

Yes, another amazing trip. We loved seeing so many new things on the second trip. You showed us a lot of new places. Loved all the beautiful beaches. We will be back!

Thanks again, 

Greg and Cheryl Thurman

Henley February 2015

Thank you both for an amazing week aboard Steppin Up! You both made us feel comfortable and very welcome. We all marveled at what Michelle did with the food, delicious! Can believe we had fresh baked bread, cake and pie!

We loved just going from place to beautiful place- loved that we could snorkel in so many places.  Capt’n Bill impressed us with his sailing ability. He was so knowledgeable about the islands.  What a wonderful week - starts were gorgeous- and even raindrops made for a memorable vacation for all of us.

Thanks you very much,

Ann and Bob Henley

Steve and Bobbie Sorenson

David Henley and Brenda Gregory

Iacobelli February 2015

Dear Bill and Michelle,

Thank you both so much for the wonderful vacation. We throughly enjoyed our time spent on Steppin Up and your company.You mae a perfect couple, complimenting each other with great teamwork!

We had lots of laughs all week. Saw rainbows almost every day. Ate until we almost exploded with Michelle’s excellent cooking.

Bill and Michelle treated us like family, caring for our every wish and desire. Bill is the ultimate Captain. Very calm and reassuring. We were taken to the best snorkeling spots and at the right time to avoid the crowds.

The week flew by abd here we are getting ready to go back to NJ and PA and the frigid weather.

Thanks again for a great vacation.

Stephanie, Frank, John Gina, Linda and Sheagh

Michelle:  Charm AND talent WOW!


PS: We rescued 4 snorkelers in trouble, who were VERY thankful; YEAH BILL!

Kathy and Mike January 2015

Dear Bill and Michelle,

Thanks so much for a great 12 days filled with sunshine, food and lots of snorkeling.

We especially appreciated the “customer service” attitude (which has not always been present on other charters)

Kathy and Mike

Beeden December 2014

Thank you for the brilliant week on the water, for accommodating our unique family quirks and making us feel like part of the Steppin Up family.

We saw the BVI’s in a completely new light. We saw virtually everything on the wildlife front we could have hoped for (even a few things the girls would have preferred not to see).

The pace of life onboard suited us to a “T”. Thank you for adapting the itinerary to accommodate our ups and downs on the week. Our first snorkel wad amazing ad were al the rest. Thank you for coordinating the dolphins on our sail to Anegada, BRILLIANT! Sandy Cay was like a picture postcard, beautiful. Swimming form the back of the boat was fun and refreshing. Being at the Baths before the crowd was the best thing ever! I could go on and on ad everything we did was fun, enjoyable, beautiful, relaxing, interesting. The perfect holiday.

Capt’n Bill thank you for keeping us safe and sharing you knowledge of the BVI’s. Capt’n Joh enjoyed sailing with you.

Michelle, The food, there was so much! Not sure we will be able to eat anything else for a few weeks. We loved it all however we had a few favorites. Turkey abd cranberry, yum yum. Stiffed pasta shells, yum,yum, the frozen lemonade delicious. No complaints with any of the food. You worked hard everyday and the variety was great.

Michelle and Bill, you were both such great hosts. Thank you for making our trip so special. I’m trying to work out how to hijack Steppin Up so I don’t have to leave. I could write a book on what a great time we had but need to get one last snorkel in.

Last byt not least we think you should rename the boat “Barracuda”! looking forward to ur next trip together.

PS Christmas Day snorkeling AMAZING!

PSSS Please let us know if anyone beats Libby’s 17 sec conch shell call! WHAT FUN!

Burnham Novemeber 2014

Where do we begin? What an awesome time with our new friends! You are so good at what you do and we are so thankful for you! Looking forward to February 2016!

Don and Annie Burnham

Upon our very first charter in 2012 our guests have signed this book.  Their kind remarks mean the world to us and are full of wonderful memories of fun times with so many new friends. We’ve decided to take pictures of these pages to share with you. Enjoy this page as we update with pictures and be sure to scroll all the way down to see comments from years gone by.


Diedrich June 27 2014

Capt’n Bill aka “Uncle Bill” and Michelle

Thank you for EVERYTHING!

Thank you for laughing hard with us. Our family is very close to each other and the two of you fit right in! We are so grateful that we were able to experience the islands with the two of you as our guides and now friends. Capt’n Bill, thank you for putting up with our shananigens and taking us to all the best snorkeling spots- at the perfect time too! Michelle you have the best night snorkel vision! Thank you for showing iua all the creatures below. Also, every single meal we polished off was incredible! We think we dii pretty well on the no leftover rule. As we begin to grow older and start our own families and loves these trips become more difficult to plan. Thank you for making this trip a memorable one, wee loved every minute of it.

Ali Diedrich and Sean LeBlanc, Shannon, Theresa, Dave and Maureen Deidreich

Wolf Family July 7 2014

Capt’n Bill aka “Dad” and Michelle

WOW! What a week!

This was our families second trip to the BVI and we were thrilled to see all new spots! The snorkeling was amazing abd the last bight snorkel was the icing on the cake, seeing an eel, octopus, huge puffer fish, huge parrot fish, eagle rays etc. one snorkel spot was better than the next!

Michelle your food was delicious abd you did a fantastic job catering to our gluten free needs. You made cooking from scratch effortless abd I hope you put some of your recipes online.

We will never play SKIPBO again without thinking of our week award Steppin Up.

Thak you for your incredible hospitality…you two make a great team. We have made family memories that will last a lifetime.

Amy, Tim, Megan, Meredith, and Caroline Wolf

Barton July 16 2014

I’m glad the Fates guided us to the Steppin Up.

I appreciate how you both went out of your way to show us the many beautiful things we saw and experience of the past nine days! The food was five star and Michelle, with grill assistance form Bill, you worked your butt off to give us the best food, it far exceeded any expectations.

This trip was really a big deal for me, as you know. I might not have the opportunity to do this again. You both maddest special and most importantly the memories form this trip will live long past me in my daughter Meg, and her friend Corrine, and my friends, Dave and Dawn

Any Barton

Shtern May 2014

Thank you very much for a wonderful vacation on your lovely and very comfortable boat. Although we enjoyed all the site that you took us to, it was really your hospitality the made all the difference in the world. Thanks you for accommodating all our wishes and making our vacation in paradise even more magical. We enjoyed your company and look forward to sailing with you again.

Angela Shtern, Viatly Litvis, Faina and Steve Aleselrod, Anna Burgensky and Edward

Brumfield June 2014

This spontaneous trip has more than met our expectations. Your kindness, attentiveness, stories, support (WillyT’s), and overall likability have made this the best trip we have ever taken! We so enjoyed getting to know both of you. Thank you so much! We wouldn’t change a thing.

Suggestions: Matt says you need a T-Shirt Idea board, a bull, and a microphone for singing.

Things we learned: I will not touch the turtles, clothes are always a good idea to keep on, new menu ideas, northerners CAN be cool, always check before skinny dipping that everyone is doing the same

We hope to bring our babies back for more fun in two years, See you then!

Amy and Matt Rouse Baton Rouge LA

WOW! Thank you! The trip and the sites were beyond our ideas of what we thought we would see. The food was fantastic! The snorkel was beautiful! The days will always be remembered. We hope when the littl one is older we can bring her for this expreience. Thank Y’all for a fantastic vacation that will alwya be remembered. AHOY SAILOR!!

Billy and Melissa Wall

Our only expectation on this trip were some fun and relaxation. You two blew our expectations out of the water! We had such a good time spending a week with you aboard Steppin Up. Can’ thank you enough for your hospitality and warmth. We felt so fortunate to be on your boat and Bill taking his time to give us personal tours. You two are an exceptional team abd it was an absolute pleasure getting to both of you and we can’t wait to see you again.

Jason and Bonnie Brumfield

Rehl FAMILY May 2014

This trip was a dream come true and exceeded all our expectations.It was a joy to be so cared for; from the personalized snorkeling expeditions to the imaginative food. What fun it was to moor in quiet coves away from the maddening crowds and lie down and look at the stars in the evenings. We shall treasure this time forever. Fran and Ted Rehl

Such a joy and poriveledge it has been to share your spectacular home and environs this week. It has been so perfectly comfortable and relaxing. Thank you for the fun, delicious and varied food an drink and attending to all manner of preferences and requests, needs and desires. Thanks you Bill for all the fantastic snorkeling opportunities, beautiful quiet spots and nighttime in the water was great! You are a lovely and solid team - perfect compliments. I really enjoy and appreciate how you work so well together. Becky Rehl

Thank you so much for a wonderful week. You were so very accommodating to our desires and kind hearted. We chose your boat more out of chance than anything else but I am sure glad we ended up on your boat. I can’t imagine being abroad another vessel. Excellent food, snorkeling, and impressive knowledge of the snorkeling hot spots. Your respectfulness on the reefs and area is also appreciated. Arron WernerRehl

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