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July 20, 2018

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Kate Giebink

Kate is a Minnesota girl and yes that is a long proud ohhhh. She loves singing, dragons and moonlit runs in the woods with the fireflies. Well everyone likes fireflies and they are much softer than the hot lights of the stage she rocked in the Minneapolis music scene. Over the years she has written and performed with her band, Razonu, and sang with several tribute bands including The Fleetwood Mac Attack and Steeling Dan. Island jams sound pretty sweet and she is hoping to find some new pals to strum with in the sun. She was honored to be the first woman to accomplish the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open, a 100 mile trek via foot and packraft fashioned after the Alaskan Wilderness Classic. She had a fear of heights but Cyrus broke her of that fear and now she can’t get enough time hanging from ropes in the beautiful canyons of Utah. With a love for all sports on the water, a good paddle in the backcountry is high on her list and she can’t wait to upgrade her wind surf to a kite board. Hit with the travel bug at a wee age she has explored the globe on many adventures but she is most at home on the water and wind. Kate always knew it was her destiny to live on the ocean. Surprise, here she is.

Cyrus Dietz

Cyrus was born in beautiful Wisconsin where they raise all good Khaki scouts. He also got to summer with his pops in Cape May, New Jersey, which made for some fun by the seaside. Random side fact on the water fun, Wisconsin may have had Cape May beat, boasting 800 miles of coastline along the Great lakes, 200 miles of Mississipi shoreline and that’s not counting all the lakes and rivers in between. The guy is prepared for every adventure with the perfect gear and food. Let’s just say we would eat like kings in the finest of shelters should the end come upon us (let’s hope that does not happen folks). He used to rock the guitar in a band and likes to work with wood and gadgets. Having been a cabinet builder for years, he can whittle just about anything into beauty and then make it tick with his background in engineering. You will often find him on deep wilderness treks and paddling raging streams. The guy loves getting away from it all and completed the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open two years in a row, that’s one more time than Kate…but who’s counting. He loves a good challenge and has jugged up many a rope to save Kate from her fear of heights. He delights in a well executed plan and planning major group treks on land, water and below is next on his list. Baking up delicious homemade treats and mixing unique cocktails makes him the life of the party and his favorite breakfast is pumpkin pie. He hates it when I brag about him so I will just stop here.

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Snorkeling, swimming and great food!
If you enjoy boating and water activities you should consider chartering a custom cruise with Kate and Cyrus @ They designed an itinerary specific to our group's interests and abilities. We relaxed as we sailed to tropical islands, swam snorkeled and kayaked in crystal clear aquamarine waters and visited unique island destinations.
Their catamaran was a beautiful new vessel with comfortable living spaces skillfully sailed by its owners.
Kate and Cyrus were wonderful hosts catering to our every need. Kate was constantly chopping fresh ingredients to make each meal an event. Cyrus wowed us nightly with his desserts.
We highly recommend chartering with CruiseNautic. It will be a vacation you will never forget!

Lorraine P. | Trip Advisor & Facebook ReviewHarrisville, Rhode Island

I had a great time sailing with Kate and Cyrus ? also really enjoyed the steak and the microbrew. Thanks you guys! Looking forward to more fun times like that in the future with you both.

Bob G. | Direct ReviewPrinceton, MN

CruiseNautic is a Trip of a Lifetime!
If our family could give Kate and Cyrus (your CruiseNautic crew) a 6 out of 5 we would! Our family of 6 spent an incredible week with Kate and Cyrus and their puppy Coco over winter break cruising the BVIs.

Their Boat. It's an absolutely gorgeous brand new 42 foot catamaran with plenty of places to relax, soak up the sun, read a book and enjoy mealtime with the family.

The Food. Amazing! Kate and Cyrus provide 3 creative and delicious meals a day including Cyrus's special baked goods (breads, cookies, pies, muffins and more!).

The Service. Kate and Cyrus are so incredibly accommodating and never stopped asking if we needed or wanted anything. They make the Fours Seasons staff seem almost average.

The Trip. It was all expertly planned out and we felt so at ease with how professional and safe Kate and Cyrus are with the boat. They took us to such great spots where we could use the paddle boards, kayak and snorkel gear right from the boat.

If you've ever considered doing this type of trip, reach out to CruiseNautic, you won't be regret it.

Brian U. | Trip Advisor ReviewNorthbrook, Illinois

Sailing with Kate and Cyrus was an incredibly memorable experience. Every night we enjoyed another bay to snorkel- kayak and enjoy an wonderful sunset, eating wholesome, freshly made delicious dinners.
Everything was fabulous and therefore there are no complaints.
You do want to be comfortable on the water, during our day excursions we had fun but at times we bounced around.
Would I do this again - absolutely- would I recommend to friends- I have many times already. We will defiantly catch up with Kate and Cyrus in a different location.

Rhonda K | Trip Advisor ReviewOakville, Ontario

Thanks again Kate and Cyrus for an amazing week cruising in the BVI we’ll never forget. Can’t recommend highly enough for families looking for a luxury holiday ‘out of the ordinary’. From jumping off the Willy T to swimming with turtles, every day was an adventure! Hopefully we’ll get to return soon.

Mike R. | Facebook ReviewEngland

If you plan on sailing the British Virgin Islands and you DO NOT sail then CruiseNautic is the absolute best way to go!! Kate, Cyrus and their cutie dog Cocoa are a fabulous trio!!! They provided a fun, relaxing and safe itinerary for the 6 of us. My husband and I along with our 4 kids (17,17,15,14 yrs) had the most magnificent vacation. They were able to tailor the trip to our needs by providing a variety of activities (snorkeling, tubing, SUPing, kayaking, movie night and so much more). Both Kate and Cyrus are captains and chefs...there was never a lack of drinks nor food that’s for sure!! Wow can they cook!!!! This vacation has surpassed our expectations and we can’t wait to sail with CruiseNautic again!!!! I believe I forgot to mention they have a brand new luxurious catamaran!!! Extremely comfortable accommodations!!! We miss them already!! Definitely doing this again. ❤️

Melissa U. | Facebook ReviewNorthbrook, Illinois

Their experience and expertise put my mind at so much ease and I had the most amazing time on their boat, being that I've never been on this kind of boat before. When it comes to hospitality and meals they are an A+ plus plus. The food was was amazing and I feel like I have lifelong friends now. I would definitely recommend them to all of my family and friends.

Jennell G. | Direct ReviewElk River, MN
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