Over 30 years ago Cindy and Matthew Ress came to St. Thomas for their anniversary and fell in love with the islands, discovering the beauty both on land and the crystal clear sea. Originally from New York, they vacationed all over the Caribbean but always came back to St. John year after year, first owning multiple timeshares at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas and finally moving here permanently in 2010. For years they had taken daysails, chartered sailboats and bareboat rentals of powerboats, touring the islands and remembering what they loved about each trip.
Drawing from those memories they bought the historic Lawrence E. Rockefeller’s yacht, M/Y Cinnamon Bay, and launched their charter business “Wish Upon a Star Charters.” They knew that the yacht with its history, excellent condition and charm would be the perfect venue for the kinds of charters they wanted to offer–a homey, comfortable, sturdy place from which to experience all the pleasures of a day on the water. They wanted to show each guest the best of what had brought them here year after year; quality service and individual attention with lots of fun. Sharing favorite beaches and snorkel spots, adding water slides, banana boat and inner tube rides for kids of all ages, and making sure the guests got to swim with the turtles with snorkel guides were just a few of the features they knew they had to include.
Professional chef Cindy, and water sports expert Matt, who loves sharing the fun, have made their dream come true; offering the best day on the water, complete with Continental Breakfast, Open Bar with snacks all day and a full bevy of water sports.
Wish Upon A Star Charters