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If you’re lucky enough to live on Lake Norman — or any body of water — you can certainly confirm its power to calm, relax, and rejuvenate the mind. Nothing soothes the soul like a few hours on the water, with best friends close by and a favorite beverage in hand!
Island Vibes Charter is ready to take your personal journey to total relaxation one step further — with the ultimate adventure aboard one of their amazing charters. Operating from the Lake Norman Landing Marina, there are sunset charters available, beginning at only $59 per person!
Owner Dustin Keith is well-versed in lake life, and knows just what keeps customers returning — he owns the popular restaurant, The Landing, a longtime local favorite, and has owned and operated the Aquaventure boat club and rental boats for 15 years. But his ultimate dream was running a charter business that would allow people to forget all their worries, kick back, relax and enjoy the company of their friends and family — while his crew takes care of everything else.
He’s also confident that your first cruise experience with Island Vibes Charter definitely won’t be your last!
The only stressful choice you’ll make along the way is selecting between the always elegant “Le Bon Vie” (yes, that literally means The Good Life!) or the super fun and always festive, 400-square-foot tiki barge, “Island Girl.” Good times are guaranteed aboard both — and your ultimate choice only depends on your occasion and your mood. The Island Vibes Charter crew is fully focused on quality and comfort — no matter which vessel you choose.
Le Bon Vie is an elegant 40′ Azimut Atlantis Italian sport yacht with seating for up to 12 guests to enjoy a luxurious two-hour cruise, and you’ll always be in good hands with an Island Vibes US Coast Guard licensed captain in charge of your journey. Grab your favorite drink from the fully stocked tiki bar on the property, and prepare to enjoy delicious snacks and an incredible sound system as you sail away all your worries — and make a few new wonderful memories! Le Bon Vie is ideal for romantic getaways (including engagements!), anniversaries, birthday parties, and even company functions. Some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see are waiting just around the bend!
Aboard the light-hearted Island Girl, sit back and relax with a two-hour public sunset cruise, including light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, or bring along your favorite tropical drink from their tiki bar, right there on the property. A private charter aboard Island Girl will also be available for up to 18 guests, for four-hour or eight-hour adventures, complete with a captain, light snacks, and non alcoholic beverages. Prices for the private charter will vary by season and day of the week. Island Girl offers Adirondack chairs for some much-needed sun time, a Bluetooth sound system for your party tunes, and yes, onboard bathroom facilities! This slightly more unconventional cruise option is ideal for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, reunions, or just a supremely relaxing sunset cruise with friends.
There’s also the option to book one of the popular adults-only Wednesday Wine Cruises, perfect for up to 12 passengers.
With both charters, you can select between a totally private charter — which allows you to rent the entire boat, with a basket of snacks and complimentary ice chest full of water and soft drinks — or a public charter, which gives you the opportunity to make some new friends on the lake! With both, you’re allowed to bring your own beverages or purchase them at the tiki bar before you board — including beer, wine, and champagne. You can also arrange for the Island Vibes Charter’s professional steward, Robin, to be onboard for your adventure. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, she can be available to serve meals or assist with beverages for an additional fee, and she is both CPR and AED trained, for any medical emergencies.
We know you’re already thinking ahead of a list of special occasions you can celebrate with Island Vibes Charter, so call 704-310-7186 or reserve your charter online at islandvibescharter.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @island_vibes_charter_lkn, or stop by Island Vibes Charter, located at 4491 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford, NC. They offer a 5% discount for all police and active or retired military, and a 10% discount for guests staying at The Landing Hotel.