Have a Whale of a Time With Necker Belle’s new Whale Watching Charters

June 23, 2011

LONDON, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

In February and March 2012, Necker Belle [http://www.neckerbelle.virgin.com ]
will be introducing whale watching charters in the Silver Bank situated
approximately 100km north of the town of Puerto Plata in the Dominican
Republic and 138km southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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During the winter months the North Atlantic Humpback whale starts a long
annual migration from north to south. The exact route they take can vary,
but one area they’re sure to visit is the Silver Bank, now famous as a
breeding and calving zone for the whales, attracting more humpback whales
per year than anywhere else on earth with 5-7,000 each season.

With it being their mating season, guests will undoubtedly get to see
some amazing action while they’re performing elaborate courtship rituals.
Humpback whales spend a lot of time on the surface, often as a group of
males strutting their stuff as they try to impress the females. This
behaviour often turns to aggression as the whales ram and flop over each
other to get the best position.

In collaboration with Aquatic Adventures led by expert Tom Conlin, from
the 16th February – 25th March 2012, Necker Belle will be offering guests
the opportunity to spend 2.5 days of their weekly charter watching the
whales. However, they don’t just get to watch from the deck of Necker Belle
as they’ll have the opportunity to get into the water – known as a soft
in-water encounter – to get even closer to these magnificent creatures. The
contact will be passive floating in snorkelling gear allowing the whales to
develop an interest and approach as they feel comfortable.

In preparation for this fascinating and rare opportunity, guests will be
provided with a presentation and video footage of whales in action
highlighting whale behaviour and anatomy.

Sir Richard Branson commented: “I am so excited that we’re able to offer
this unique experience to guests chartering Necker Belle. These
world-renowned whales are truly fascinating creatures and I have already put
my name down to experience this amazing opportunity!”

The weekly charter rate for these unique whale watching itineraries is
US$130,000* plus APA, which includes accommodation onboard Necker Belle, a
dedicated crew and whale watching.

Necker Belle is a magnificent 32 metre catamaran sailing tailor-made
itineraries year round. With spacious common areas and beautifully appointed
cabins with en-suites, Necker Belle is perfectly designed for fun and

Notes to Editors:

        - An advance provisioning allowance (APA) equivalent to
          approximately 25% of the weekly rate will be charged in addition to the
          weekly rate to cover the operating expenses of the charter such as fuel,
          food, port fees, harbour dues, customs, water and electricity, personal
          laundry, all provisions, wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and
          consumables for your party. You're welcome to view the APA tally onboard
          at any time and when your cruise comes to an end, the captain will work
          out if you owe us, or we owe you!
        - This offer is subject to availability and set arrival and
          departure dates will apply
        - All our normal terms and conditions apply

Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique
retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings;
each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service.
The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands,
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon
Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier,
Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran and Necker Nymph, a three man aero

Virgin Limited Edition aims to make a credible contribution towards
creating a sustainable economy and to meet or exceed the expectations of our
customers and stakeholders.

For bookings please call 0800-716-919 (toll free) or +44(0)208-600-0430,
alternatively visit http://www.virginlimitededition.com for more details.

Aquatic Adventures:

Tom Conlin
[http://www.aquaticadventures.com/silver_bank/your_cetacean/tom_conlin.htm ],
founder of Aquatic Adventures, was the first operator to run a “Whales of
the Silver Bank” [http://www.aquaticadventures.com/silver_bank/index.htm ]
expedition. He has 21 years experience over a 216-week time frame working
whales on the Silver Bank. Coupled within these 21 years of understanding
behaviours and movement of the “Whales of the Silver Bank”
[http://www.aquaticadventures.com/silver_bank/index.htm ] comes experience,
knowledge and interaction with dozens of various marine mammals in different
locations around the world. With 83 additional weeks working with dolphins,
sperm whales, sharks and 25 various cetaceans throughout his 21 years; his
experiences and knowledge base combined, makes the Aquatic Adventures Team
[http://www.aquaticadventures.com/silver_bank/your_cetacean.htm ] leaders in
the field of interacting with humpback whales on the Silver Bank.





SOURCE Virgin Limited Edition

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