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Reviewed By Art – San Francisco, CA | Traveled to

Dan helped put together an awesome vacation package a few weeks prior to a total eclipse through Tropical Sails. Exotic islands, Proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and an Eclipse all packaged together into a well organized schedule. He really went out of his way to help put this together at the last minute for me and my brother and he was very knowledgeable and responsive, keeping me informed of all possibilities. If I could give more stars than 5 I would. I highly recommend Dan.

 

 

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Hi Dan,

Rich & I were on the Rexburg Eclipse Tour. It was great & I’m looking to book the Chile Tour for 2019. I called & left messages a few times, but haven’t heard from you….when I printed out the Tour on 8/25/17, the price was $3095 ($990 single supplement). I had to wait until 9/5 to ask my principal if I could get off to go on the tour. He said yes & then the price was $3995 ($1290). Is there any way I can get it for the 8/25 price? I will probably be going alone, and the newer price is just too much with airfare on top of that? I am ready to give you my deposit. I hope this can be worked out. After such a positive experience with your company for the Rexburg Tour, I have confidence that Chile will be just as much fun.

Thanks,

Leslie Maynard

Reviewed By GlenL – Ft. Collins, CO | Traveled to

My wife and I toured Turkey in 1999 on Tropical Sails’ Eclipse Cruise. It was our best vacation ever! We got to explore Greek ruins, enjoy local food and culture, and see a total solar eclipse all while living on one of two 80 foot “gulets” (sailboats.) Our twenty or so fellow travelers made a good-sized group, and our ship’s crew was professional, friendly and the crewmen were also good cooks! All of Dan’s arrangements for the ships, our knowledgeable tour guides, shore transportation along to historic sites on the Aegean coast, in Istanbul, Gallipoli, and on the Black Sea were smooth and problem free. Experiencing the total solar eclipse from our gullet (boat) while on the Black Sea was simply awesome! We look forward to traveling with Tropical Sails again!

 

Reviewed By Hooked on Cruises Now – Peoria, AZ | Traveled to

My husband and I booked our MSC cruise to the Caribbean through Dan. He was great. He suggested the cruise line as he was looking for best options all around, including price. It was perfect for us and we had a great time. Dan presented the material and was encouraging but was not pushy and I really appreciated that. He also followed up with a reminder and well wishes and a few things for us to be sure to pack and that was helpful and showed me that he didn’t just book us and forget us. We will definitely work through Dan on another excursion.

 I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

 

Reviewed By ‘Astro-Dave’ Reneke – Sydney, Australia | Traveled to USA

I’m proud to be associated with Daniel Oppliger and his world renowned travel company Tropical Sails Corp. Dan recently invited me and fellow astronomer Cliff Watson to host one of his sold out tours in August this year as astronomy guide for the much heralded ‘Great American Eclipse!

All places stated were visited, nothing was any trouble for the organisers and we enjoyed a fabulous coach drive throughout the tour with detailed and friendly commentary highlighting landmarks and other important points of scenic interest. 

We Started from Salt lake City, traveled into Utah, and Wyoming against the backdrop of the Grand Tetons, onward into Yellowstone National Park. I had the pleasure of lecturing to and guiding a fantastic group of passengers throughout the eclipse experience. I’ll always remember the camaraderie we shared.

I’ve traveled extensively with many tour companies but never felt more comfortable or confident as I have with Dan and Shirley’s company, Tropical Sails. R

 

Daniel:

The trip was FANTASTIC!!  The ship is beautiful, spacious. It sails beautifully. In had a wonderful vacation and plan to return, maybe next year,

the crew was great, very helpful. The food was “mediocre” and could be better. My cabin was clean and more than adequate ( a little cramped).

I found the boarding place in St Maarten OK, and met other sailers before boarding.

Thank you for your help.

Morris

Reviewed By Chuck Kansas – Dallas, Texas | Traveled to Turkey ~ Europe

I spent a lot of time researching a Biblical Tour in Turkey. I found that the Tropical Sails company quote was 40-50% cheaper than other companies for the same itinerary… and this caused concern why so cheap??? I called up Daniel and talked with him. He was very kind and knowledgeable… and had personally been on the Turkey trip before. I decided to use him.

The trip in several ways was one on my favorites. The tour guide and driver were so kind, timely, and professional… more than I was expecting. The quality of the hotels and the food were once again more than I was expecting. A couple times I had a balcony facing the Ocean. The itinerary was just as advertised. It seems the people are working to get return customers and good reviews. I am not used to getting more than I expected.

I really think Daniel’s company is doing the research to find the best deals. I found that Daniel is an honest person. I plan to check with Daniel again to ask him what good deals he has co

Kingsley A.

Kingsley A.
Santa Rosa, CA
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4.0 star rating 3/24/2013
From Allen and Marcia King
We enjoyed sailing on the the Mandalay immensely, as we have the other times we have we sailed her.  The crew was superb, and the food was wonderful, and the ship was everthing we remembered. We would like to see her Sail for a two week voyage, as it sailed before. One week is not enough!

Lee B.
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Forest Lake, MN
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4.0 star rating 12/18/2012
I had spent at least a couple hours surfing and not having any luck finding a cruise that would arrange to be in the path of totality for the November 14, 2012 total eclipse off the coast of Australia. But then I found Dan Oppliger of Tropical Sails Corp. He specializes in eclipse cruises, gave us lots of advice and then booked us. For airline reservations, I had not been able to find tickets to Sydney (from MN) without having to stop overnight in L.A. or in the middle of the Pacific somewhere but Dan found us air that went all the way to Sydney from Minneapolis with only a short layover at LAX. That (plus a few sleeping pills) made the transportation there comfortable and hassle free. I was not looking forward to the time and expense of a round trip to some expensive hotel near LAX or wherever. Dan also made arrangements for two social events aboard the ship before and after the eclipse. The first was a get-acquainted occasion and the 2nd allowed us all to share stories about the experience and show each other our treasures (photos of the eclipse itself). He even arranged some tours ashore using public and private transportation at a much cheaper rate than the cruise line charged. In short, my wife and I were very satisfied.

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Melissa — Feb 20, 2009 10:28 am
Sailing the Turkish coast in ’99 was my first major trip outside of the US and Mexico. I’ve since visited about 25 countries and have lived in Europe and Africa. To date, sailing on a Turkish gullet has been my favorite adventure. The crew was wonderful, the food was fabulous and the destination intriguing,

I went back in 06 and sailed a different route (south of Bodrum). The ruins were just as fascinating and the water perfectly clear.

I’m dying to go again!
Read more: http://www.realadventures.com/reviews/1020099_Turkey-Sailing-Blue-Voyages-Blue-Cruises#ixzz2sr4smxci

Dear Dan,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip – I’m sure you’ve already heard that we lucked out on the weather! And our captains and crews did a fantastic job getting us to the centerline on time. It was great to meet, and sail with, Melissa, who really worked hard to iron out all the little snags. She certainly knows how to smooth the rumples that come along with all the people thrown together for the first time – and especially considering that the “excuse” for their meeting would last only 3.5 minutes and depended upon the weather! Gail and I thoroughly enjoyed her company and her leadership. As well, we enjoyed meeting the eclipse chasers and astronomy buffs on our boat and on the others (including, of course, Peter Midnight). Many of us enjoyed multiple evenings of star gazing from the bow. You did a great job, I thought, in assigning people to boats. We were all glad we weren’t on the party boat, as I’m sure they were all glad to be on it together and not on ours. I know you thought it unfortunate that the two children were not together, but it worked out very well. They each took advantage of their time together when they got it. It was nice to have them hail one another from the boats when were at close range, and to watch them play together on shore. Due to the circumstances, I only got one chance to get out the telescope, and was really pleased to show a few of the night sky wonders to the captains and crew, and to the passengers as they returned from dinner. It turned out that the captain of the Randa was our captain two years ago on our second week, and he still remembered seeing Jupiter and its moons from a dark beach one night. He was enthusiastic in gathering the crews together to see Saturn’s rings, and the moon and Pleiades at low power. Gail and I were very pleased to see him again, too.

Thanks very much for inviting us – I hope I fulfilled your expectations. Steve Goldberg was very helpful as was his friend Steve from Cornwall and Victor from MN. I look forward to seeing them all again. Indeed, Gail and I feel once more that we have made many new and dear friends.

Don’t yet know if any of my eclipse photos show anything more than a blur. But if there is a shot you might like, and can use in the future, I will be sure to send it to you.

We’re finally home and finished traveling for the moment, so I wanted to give you a little report on the trip to Turkey. In a word, it was great. There were a few surprises, but it all worked
out very well.

The Tussock yacht was beautiful and the crew couldn’t have been better. There was a traditional Turkish dish served at each meal, all very well prepared and delicious, and the wine and drinks were abundant. (Well, a few of the passengers griped when they ran out of gin, but vodka and tonic seemed an acceptable substitute to me.)

The man surprise was that none of the European passengers or anyone in the crew knew anything about the Venus transit. It was booked as a astronomy, nature and archeology cruise, so when we and the Marwines showed up planning on Venus being the highlight of the trip, everyone was a bit confused.

Fortunately, the captain was flexible and made sure Alan had a good spot to place his telescope, the Europeans were interested in the event as well as the other aspects of the trip, and we Americans enjoyed the nature and archeology (as well as the transit, which was brilliant–my husband took the attached photo through the telescope).

Some people signed on for more than one week of cruising, while we went sightseeing on land. The coast is truly beautiful, so either choice would have been good. And Turkey was extremely hospitable to Americans, of whom there were relatively few, at least in the places we went to.

We left the boat in Marmaris and went to Rhodes, then back to the coast and on up to Ephesus and Bodrum. Fascinating and worth the trip, even though we had too little time to see much of Rhodes, so we stayed in the old city, which is incredibly tourist-oriented. But prices were still reasonable, and it was fun to imagine where the Colossus must have stood.

One of the best things about the trip was the good people we met. You know Alan Marwine and Gail Bass, and we couldn’t have asked for nicer travel companions. We’ve been in touch by email since, and Alan tells us you are going into pharmacy. Does that mean you’ll no longer be organizing trips? I hope not, since you seem to have a feel for the kind of travel we like best.

Whatever you do, I wish you great success. And we thank you for launching us on another fine holiday.

Janet

Windjammer Solar Eclipse Flotilla Organized by Tropical Sails Corp.

Joe Orman’s review of Tropical Sails Corp 1998 Solar Eclipse.

The solar eclipse was the highlight of a Windjammer Barefoot Cruise that my wife and I took though the French West Indies, on the four-masted schooner Polynesia. Four Windjammer ships (Polynesia, Legacy, Fantome and Mandalay) formed a loose flotilla during the week; all were at the island of Guadeloupe on eclipse day, either offshore or on the centerline.

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Dear Dan,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip – I’m sure you’ve already heard that we lucked out on the weather! And our captains and crews did a fantastic job getting us to the centerline on time. It was great to meet, and sail with, Melissa, who really worked hard to iron out all the little snags. She certainly knows how to smooth the rumples that come along with all the people thrown together for the first time – and especially considering that the “excuse” for their meeting would last only 3.5 minutes and depended upon the weather! Gail and I thoroughly enjoyed her company and her leadership. As well, we enjoyed meeting the eclipse chasers and astronomy buffs on our boat and on the others (including, of course, Peter Midnight). Many of us enjoyed multiple evenings of star gazing from the bow. You did a great job, I thought, in assigning people to boats. We were all glad we weren’t on the party boat, as I’m sure they were all glad to be on it together and not on ours. I know you thought it unfortunate that the two children were not together, but it worked out very well. They each took advantage of their time together when they got it. It was nice to have them hail one another from the boats when were at close range, and to watch them play together on shore. Due to the circumstances, I only got one chance to get out the telescope, and was really pleased to show a few of the night sky wonders to the captains and crew, and to the passengers as they returned from dinner. It turned out that the captain of the Randa was our captain two years ago on our second week, and he still remembered seeing Jupiter and its moons from a dark beach one night. He was enthusiastic in gathering the crews together to see Saturn’s rings, and the moon and Pleiades at low power. Gail and I were very pleased to see him again, too.

Thanks very much for inviting us – I hope I fulfilled your expectations. Steve Goldberg was very helpful as was his friend Steve from Cornwall and Victor from MN. I look forward to seeing them all again. Indeed, Gail and I feel once more that we have made many new and dear friends.

Don’t yet know if any of my eclipse photos show anything more than a blur. But if there is a shot you might like, and can use in the future, I will be sure to send it to you.
Alan Marwine

We’re finally home and finished traveling for the moment, so I wanted to give you a little report on the trip to Turkey. In a
word, it was great. There were a few surprises, but it all worked out very well.

The Tussock yacht was beautiful and the crew couldn’t have been better. There was a traditional Turkish dish served at each meal, all very well prepared and delicious, and the wine and drinks were abundant. (Well, a few of the passengers griped when they ran out of gin, but vodka and tonic seemed an acceptable substitute to me.)

The captain was flexible and made sure Alan had a good spot to place his telescope, the Europeans were interested in the event as well as the other aspects of the trip, and we Americans enjoyed the nature and archaeology (as well as the transit, which was brilliant–my husband took the attached photo through the telescope).

Some people signed on for more than one week of cruising, while we went sightseeing on land. The coast is truly beautiful, so either choice would have been good. And Turkey was extremely hospitable to Americans, of whom there were relatively few, at least in the places we went to.

We left the boat in Marmaris and went to Rhodes, then back to the coast and on up to Ephesus and Bodrum. Fascinating and worth the trip, even though we had too little time to see much of Rhodes, so we stayed in the old city, which is incredibly tourist-oriented. But prices were still reasonable,
and it was fun to imagine where the Colossus must have stood.

One of the best things about the trip was the good people we met. You know Alan Marwine and Gail Bass, and we couldn’t have asked for nicer travel companions. We’ve been in touch by email since, and Alan tells us you are going into pharmacy. Does that mean you’ll no longer be organizing trips? I hope not, since you seem to have a feel for the kind of travel we like best.

Whatever you do, I wish you great success. And we thank you for launching us on another fine holiday.

Janet

 

Hi Dan.

 

I’m sorry that I did not get a chance to write sooner. Still trying to catch up from the trip.

All went well. The group was an interesting bunch and a good time was had by all.  Singapore is an exciting place, but way too hot and muggy to properly enjoy. We took advantage of several excursions and they all paid off well.

The eclipse was perfect. Sailed to a clear spot and got a nice place on deck to watch the whole thing.

The Sky & Telescope crowd had many events — all private. Several special guests — Bob Naeye, Dr. Krupp, and Fred Espanack.
We didn’t even hear about what they were doing.

Accommodations prety good, but not as nice as the Dawn Princess. Food on ship good. Food on land a bit spotty but recognizable.
I want to thank you for arranging the drink packages for me and Cathy. They worked out well for both of us.

With the high temperatures, we drank a lot of water.

That’s all for now.

I have not yet organized my photos, but I’m working on it. It took me 2 days to adjust to solid and firm ground and over a week to readjust to the time zones.
Those flights are so long and the planes more uncomfortable than ever.

Once again, thanks for everything.

Another successful trip!

Bob

Review from John Gruver

My experience with Tropical Sails Corp is 100% great!

Our friends MaryAnn & Larry recommend we all go on the 1999 Solar Eclipse Gulet Sail trip (mostly motored, as the winds were not in the required direction at that time of year) from Tropical Sails. We did, and we all had the best time! Turkey was an eye-opening, positive experience.

We were on the Sultan, which was (is?) a wonderful gulet (yacht) with an expert crew (the cook was fantastic!). The location on azure seas, great food & drink, fun and enlightening shore excursions, and Dan (Tropical Sails) ensured we all enjoyed our entire trip. The itinerary was well thought out, and somewhat flexible… We didn’t go on one shore excursion but stayed on the yacht and swam in the indescribably turquoise blue Mediterranean… During the walking tour of Ephesus I walked off to explore several alleyways on my own… Fantastic!

For the eclipse we sailed to the center line and had perfectly clear view!

One of the highlights of the trip was on the return to Istanbul on a stormy night (a-rockin’ & a-rollin’) when the Sultan slowed down and stopped (we’re all wondering wtf) when a couple guys in a swan-shaped paddle boat heave alongside to toss several bags of bread on board… fresh bread is mandatory for dinner 😉 That was a particularly fine dining experience!

I fully credit Dan (Tropical Sails Corp) for setting up the cruise and trip, and making it one of the most unforgettably wonderful experiences of my life.

p.s., We stayed in Istanbul a few days after the cruise and experienced the great (!) 1999 earthquake in our ~1000- year old hotel…

p.p.s., check out these websites for detailed itinerary of the entire trip:

http://tropicalsails.com/turkey-gulet-sailing-solar-eclipse-trip-1999/

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