Operating in the Caribbean
Kristian is by all rights a master shipwright, having operated his own yacht repair and wood working shop for years, though his education led him to fine arts, especially in art weaving. Kristian also has a passion for water sports, especially diving, and he is happy to share the fascinating marine life of the Caribbean with guests. Marianne and Kristian look forward to making your cruise aboard Breanker the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation ever.
Marianne holds an International Yacht Master 3rd Degree license, and Kristian holds an International Yacht Master 1st degree license. Marianne also has a university degree in education, and is a master of the art of canvas work and upholstery, having owned her own canvas and sail loft for a number of years. Her father was a chef, and Marianne was brought up close at hand and instilled with a love of cooking and a keen interest in fine cuisine. Their extensive travels have only served to broaden Marianne’s culinary horizons and gourmet options, creating mouth-watering delights for the many guests she has welcomed aboard for the past many years.
BREANKER can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, bath/tub, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. BREANKER is fully air conditioned through out (there is a small additional fee for A/C all-night). Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.
Catamaran BREANKER - What the guests said, from an early February, 2020, charter group in the BVI
We had the most amazing time with you two on the Breanker! The food was DELICIOUS and the places we visited were beautiful! We loved the Scuba diving sites we visited and enjoyed all the swimming and relaxing. You two were a joy to spend the week with!
Love, Randy and Krissy
It was an amazing and super fun trip! We loved spending the week and sharing our life stories with both of you. You are beautiful happy people and it is a joy to get to know you! Thank you so much for your love and hospitality! Loved the diving and the sailing and the goats and the views and the swimming! Most of all we loved the food! Thank you so much and all our love,
Mark and Kim
We loved our week with you sailing the islands. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful food. It was such a treat to be catered too so nicely. We hope to see you again on a future adventure. Love, Tad and Kim
Five-time repeat guests aboard BREANKER in January, 2020, said of their return trip:
The Steppe family...
I look forward to seeing you all year! I can count on you both to guide our family to beautiful spots and let us relax worry free. We love you very much and look forward to coming down again.
As always the time I spend in BVI and USVI with you and on the Breanker is perfect. We have been with you 5 or 6 times already and I still want to come back and do more. Can’t wait to see you guys again!
I have been waiting and today saw my future room in Marianne and Kristian’s compound is one step to reality. I want my room to be sun filled and light color and purple. I am not concerned about food because Marianne is the best chef and very humble about it. At the meantime we travel on Breanker with our most favorite persons in the Caribbean. We just can’t have enough of them and have been back with them for 7 or 8 times – (I lost count) They know, observe and help my grandchildren going from middle school to today that one has his girlfriend added to the group. We love Marianne and Kristian and will be back anytime with them in this part of the world. They are seasoned, nice, considered and fun. They are the best! I have been chartering in the Caribbean for over 30 years and for the past 10 years we have not dared charter with anyone else and will be with them in the future. We always feel we are leaving our family when we head back. We just love them.
I have never been disappointed a single time on one of our charters and this time was no different. Your boat is a second home to my family and I and a nice breath of fresh air whenever we come down to the Virgin Islands on vacation. You both do an amazing job to make a welcoming, comfortable and secure environment for your passengers and I am privileged to have people like you in my life. Thank you for everything and I hope we get to spend more breaks with you in the future.
Very nice way to kick off the new decade! The warm, comfortable familiarity of Breanker meets expectations every time. All ages can have fun and explore the wonders of the Virgins. You guys are like the family that we have in the islands that we don’t visit enough. Every one in the crew loves to come and relax and have fun. We already can’t wait to come and see you guys again. So till then!!
Loveeee you guys too much. Please keep chartering a few more years and have us over for a house warming party on Water Island when you are all done. Super relaxed time and couldn’t have made the newest member of our crew happier J I wanna come to Møn!
This was the first time on the Breanker and I had a wonderful and fun time. The views and adventures we went on as well as the kindness, great food and hospitality was unforgettable. Marianne and Kristian are the sweetest and loving people I have meet and they made me feel safe and happy the entire time.
Thank you, x10000, Mar
New Years 2019-2020 guests aboard catamaran BREANKER wrote:
Dear Marianne and Kristian,
Everyone told me it was “the best trip ever” and sure enough, it exceeded my expectations! Thank you for your hospitality – around the clock – your patience and grace and for feeding us like kings and Queens. It takes special people to open their homes and hearts to strangers and we are deeply grateful we are some of the lucky ones to experience it and to witness the undeniable love and commitment you share with one another – a gift in and of itself. Your adopted home country is beautiful and we can’t wait to return! Thanks for letting us be part of your clan. It was fun ringing in the New Year – and decade – with you! All the best to you in the coming year. Cheers and love,
Dear Marianne and Kristian, Thank you for feeding us. For taking us to the most breath taking snorkeling spots. For pulling out our soaking wet carpets because we didn’t know how to properly close the portholes. Thank you for going behind the bar at Sidney’s Lobster to pour us dark and stormies. For taking the dinghy to pick up dad at the beach because he couldn’t swim to the boat like he thought he could (no dark and stormies involved – just an over calculation of swimming abilities on Dad’s part) Thank you for ringing bin the new decade with us. For sharing all the stories and understanding of this place that you’ve accumulated from decades past. Thank you for helping us make some new stories of our own, too.
Ralph, Nancy, Lucy, Mary Katherine and Sally
Dear Marianne and Kristian. I am not sure how to put into words our experience with you. Thank you for sharing your home, life experiences, knowledge and passion for the islands. The trip was so much more than I expected. Not only did you show us coves and beaches that because of your knowledge we would not have found on our own, and you showed us friendship! How lucky we are to have spend our 30thanniversary with two people who has been together “forever” and love each other so much as you do. I admire your passion for each other. So rare today and such an inspiration for us all.
Kelly and Tim
Kristian and Marianne, Thank you! Thank you for opening up your beautiful home to us for our seven (7) day weekend. You two are an amazing couple, which simply made our stay on the high seas better than imagined. My favorite moments were listening as you shared your lifetime of experiences and adventures with us. You have a beautiful history together and amazing stories to tell, from high school sweethearts to senior adults you have consistently taken small things in life and made them bigger. The VW Beetle is a perfect example- to the average person the bug wasn’t road worthy, however you two saw it differently. Working hand in hand with limited resources you made her worthy and traveled throughout Europe sporting her nine colors and even allowed hith hikers to share the experience. Thank you for sharing your passion for life and living. The past week has been nothing short of amazing.
Dear Kristian and Marianne,
Kyle describes how I feel about being on the boat with you for seven days. You treat us like family. We have been so comfortable on your boat. You gave us tips to where to go and what to see. We loved the quiet snorkeling spots. I loved that I didn’t have to lift a finger. A true vacation. I feel very spoiled. Thank you!
Thank you for an awesome vacation Marianne and Kristian. We have enjoyed our time with you and “the Islands”. The food was excellent! The drinks were excellent!
Marianne and Kristian. Thank you very much for a wonderful second trip on the Breanker. We loved our first trip with you in May 2010 and didn’t think that could ever be topped. But top it you did and exceeded our expectations bar far. We loved all the sailing time we had this week as the weather cooperated for sailing. We loved Marianne’s Denmark lesson. I know I learned a lot about an area I knew nothing about. But the thing we loved most was being able to spend time with you during our fabulous meals. You both have so much to share about your life stories. We loved hearing all about them. We feel like you have been part of our lives for a long time. Hopefully our paths will cross again some time! Thank you, Chris and Greg
Dear Marianne and Kristian
Don’t know how but our second trip was as spectacular as our first. Just a wonderful week and I am sorry to see it end and want to send all the same sentiments as Chris on the previous page. It is hard to find the words to express gratitude for your hospitality, food, - amazing – and most of all friendship! We feel very honored that you chose to spend time with us each night. We hope you have many more years sharing your gifts with others lucky enough to find you. Please know we consider you part of our family and I am sure our paths will cross yet again. Stay in touch, be safe, good luck building your new house. With much love and gratitude,
Scott and Marianne
Dear Marianne and Kristian. We have been looking forward to this trip since we booked it in 2017. We had a fabulous trip the first time in 2010 and hoped the second trip would be just as good. You did not disappoint us! We so both enjoyed the knowledge you shared about the islands we passed and visited. The devastation from the 2017 hurricanes became so real to us we did not realize how many people are still suffering. The food you served us was spectacular. We wanted doggie bags for next week! You made us feel welcome in your home away from your house in Denmark. Breanker is a beautiful place. May there always be a breeze to fill your sails!
Love, Gary and Susan
Guests aboard BREANKER in late March, 2019, wrote:
Such a wonderful, wonderful week for a couple of water novices. Beautiful part of the world and I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our time with Kristian and Marianne. We felt so comfortable with them sailing their “home” with us. Lovely, capable and easygoing couple. Food was fabulous. Can’t wait to do it again with the kids. Thanks so much.
Leslie and Dan.
Maryellen and I had a great time not water people in general, we learned about sailing and navigation. Never knew anything about a catamaran either. Food was outstanding, snorkeling, SUP boarding and shore trips were great. We went with three other couples and have had a lot of laughs. Kristian and Marianne were very hospitable and we were treated like family. Thank you for an experience of a lifetime.
Bill and Maryellen.
Kristian and Marianne, thank you, thank you, thank you for a trip of a lifetime.
Shane and I cannot thank you enough for such a great week on the water. You both are so warm and great travel storytellers. We will never forget this trip. Shane will tell stories of his time at the helm and I am sure the stories will grow as the years go by. I hope that our path will cross again someday – somewhere – we have grown to love you both.
Always, Shane and Gigi
Marianne and Kristian, Thank you for making us look like heroes – we planned this trip for us and three other couples – who have never cruised – and I know that a great trip was had by all. This is our fourth charter of the BVI’s and it was everything and even more than we expected! Itinerary was fabulous and we saw some new places – food was out of this world delicious and plentiful – and our hosts made us feel like family. Many laughs were shared and memories were made – as well as new and old friendships – thank you till we meet again
Guests aboard BREANKER in mid-March, 2019, wrote:
It is tough to imagine a better way to spend a week; unless of course you hate gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, beautiful islands, crystal clear Caribbean waters, terrific snorkeling and out of this world food! There is also the perfect sea breeze in the front of the boat, time to read in the sunshine and Kristian’s drinks to contend with…. Tough duty.
Thank you Marianne and Kristian for your delightful hosting and an absolutely perfect week
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! A week on Breanker with good friends was exactly what this Iowa group needed! Marianne and Kristian were the perfect hosts. The food was fabulous, the accommodations were excellent, and the daily experiences couldn’t be beaten. We promise to spread the word that Breanker is a bucket list trip!
Brad and Anne
Thanks you so much for a great trip! The islands were beautiful, the boat was delightful and Marianne and Kristian were amazing! Muskmelon cove, the Beeline bar and Foxy were amazing. Marianne’s cooking and Kristian’s bartending were superb. Hopefully we are back soon!
We are so honored to get to join this group of friends and crew on this sojourn around the islands of the Caribbean. Det bedste er “danks Mad” - (the best is Danish food)! Nothing better! We will have wonderful memories and pictures to remind us.
What a trip! Great food, great views, great booze and great hosts. The waking up to a delicious breakfast every day was always a delight. Great fun and would love a return trip!
Valentine's week, 2019, guests aboard catamaran BREANKER wrote:
WOW! What a wonderful trip! Such great hosts: The sights were perfect, the food and thoughtful service were perfect! Hate to leave – we will be back! Thank you so much Marianne and Kristian.
Paige and Rob
Thank you for sharing your wonderful boat with us! An idyllic way to experience the Islands we wont forget. See you again!
Thanks for making each day a wonderful combination of fun, excitement, relaxation and luxury!
Thank you for a fabulous trip! The waters always perfect and we always found the best harbors thanks to you!
What a fabulous week we’ve had cruising the BVI on Breanker with you, Kristian and Marianne! So many new beautiful new spots, exciting outings and always your relaxed and experience and guidance on what to do each day. We felt truly spoiled by the delicious and beautiful meals and service too! So great meeting you both – thank you!
Diana and Dave
Charter guests from the week before Christmas, 2018, wrote:
Well…what can I say… This trip has been absolutely amazing! The food, fantastic. This boat…. Amazing and the company have been incredible! Ask for a painkiller and you get the best we had on this trip! We can’t wait to come back. Thank you for everything! This trip has been more that we could have imagined!
Alex and Ginny
What a fabulous trip! A fantastic boat, crew, and the best food I have had in a long time and Kristian makes better painkillers than any bar in the BVI.
Becky and Curry
Your patience is matched only by your hospitality. Thank you for making us feel like more than family. We cannot possibly thank you enough.
David and Margaret
A wonderful trip all the way around. Marianne and Kristian are welcoming and helpful. The food is great and the anchorages are gorgeous. We will definitely be back with others.
November, 2018 - A 60th Birthday Celebration week aboard catamaran BREANKER
A week of pampering on Breanker with amazing friends, old and new.
Many thanks to Kristian and Marianne for new memories. Your attention to detail and our every need was seamless. Your hospitality is second to none.
The food – always made with an extra special touch of love – delicious and tasteful and beautifully presented. The expert guidance and knowledge of the area meant we experienced the common and uncommon.
The comfortable staterooms and appointments carefully attended with decretive ease. I understand how they are respected as seasoned charter hosts – experience matters!
Thank you till next time,
What an awesome week! You spoiled us! We had it all, wind, rain, sunshine and lots of fun and relaxation! The food was amazing and the drinks superb!
You do a fantastic job on Breanker! Thank you!
“Well behaved women rarely make history”
Many memories created aboard Breanker. Thank you for making my 60th Birthday a success.
Always paddle your own canoe!
For my first time in the Caribbean I am totally spoiled. This has been one of the best vacations I have ever had. Your hosting is awesome – the food – the staterooms – Breanker and all your wonderful stories have been delightful. I can only hope that I will be back again before too long.
Thank you for everything.
Late April, 2018, guests on catamaran BREANKER wrote:
Marianne and Kristian.
Thank you for a fabulous week. We enjoyed being with you both on your lovely boat, and loved the beautiful destinations you took us too. The food was spectacular, and thank you for attending to our every whim in such a gracious manner. We greatly appreciate the dolphin show you put on for us! We hope to see you again soon.
Mid-April, 2018, guests aboard BREANKER, wrote:
Marianne and Kristian,
Thank you for an amazing week with you! We loved every destination and experience, especially with your special insights! The only way to experience these islands! And thank you for making us all feel very much at home with you. Thank you for all the delicious meals – and new ones for the kids! LOVED THE SAILING! We loved our lesson on the Danish culture and our conversations on world travel! The destinations were fabulous – swimming with a 6’ nurse shark today was new for our family Jthank you for spoiling us in every way!!!
Kevin and Laura
Thank you for a great trip! I appreciate that you took us tubing frequently. The food was great (especially the pancakes). I had a lot of fun sailing and exploring the islands!
Nicolas, 15 years
Thank you for a great trip and thank you for taking us tubing. The food was great especially the pancakes, tuna, salmon and Key lime pie. I had a fun time sailing and exploring the island and water. Please visit us in NC.
Mange tak, Ana, 12 years
Easter week 2018 guests on BREANKER said:
Kristian and Marianne – What a delightful surprise to encounter the two of you! From day one, you welcomed us in to your life, treated us with the outmost care, tolerated all our fobies and idiosyncrasies with patience and kindness, and made us all feel like family.
You showed us how the islands have changed from the hurricanes and at the same time and at the same time showed us the human side of a natural disaster, as well as economic, botanical, geographical and oceanographic effects. What an education! More people needs to come down here, not to exploit, but to understand how we can all do our part as human beings helping human beings.
All I can say about the food is YUM!! The garlic dipping sauce, pancakes the size of your head, beautiful salads and mysterious smoothies – WOW! Every meal was a treat! Most of all you feel like family to me, and I thank you so much for that.
Much love and we will all be seeing you soon.
Tusind tak! Calli
This trip was amazing I loved everything about it. I loved seeing the sea turtles and dolphins. I especially want to thank Kristian and Marianne for making this trip what it is. Without you I would not know what to do. You brought this trip to life.
Tusind tak, Gage 12 years old.
AHH this trip was nothing short of AMAZING! Yup and I meant it. Fucking amazing! And it feels good to say the “A” word! Thank you both for being you! So genuine, so sweet, so real so comfortable and easy to love. You made this trip feel like home…But better, HA! I know we will keep in touch, Marianne, I will be in contact on Face Book with pictures and smiley faces! You guys are such special people. I won’t forget you and hold a very special spot in my heart and memory. (Kristian, you make fantastic drinks!)
Xoxo! I will miss you. Hope to see you in person again!
Love Ya! Leslie
Kristian and Marianne, Thank you for allowing us in to your home. What an incredible trip with the best hosts. I loved all the stops and the islands in between lively and remote – it was so much fun to spend the week with such seasoned professionals. I really appreciated the food, thank you for preparing such melting delicious meals. I hope we can cross paths again someday.
Much love Amy
Marianne and Kristian – I knew that spending time island hopping would be an incredible experience. But I did not even consider what a difference the crew would make. I had planned surrendering myself to the rhythm of the water, the tempo and the island life, but you two made the experience of fully letting go transformational. Because you know the area so well and are tapped into the energy, every place you took us and every time we arrived, were perfect. I absolutely trusted having your directions and guidance. You have the ocean, the wind and boat in your bones and that makes you the perfect hosts – not just of your home but also of the entire experience. I was truly taken to another place – I can’t thank you enough for inviting us in and taking us there.
Your good friend, Neil
March, 2018 guests on catamaran BREANKER, 4 time repeats, said:
Well…Another voyage another great time with family and our extended Danish family. So difficult to express all the reasons that we come back, just happy that we do!
Be well with favorable seas till we cast off again.
Thank you so much for another vacation on the Breanker. As always the sites were beautiful, the food was delicious and the hosts were wonderful. Life on the Breanker is always perfect.
Thank you again,
Another time and still the same charm. Can’t wait to hear how Kia likes Copenhagen and Møn. Always a pleasure talking to you and Kristian.
#4 but we have so much fun each time it seams like#50 J Our time with you guys is always incredible – we will keep coming back year after year! And hopefully we will see you in Denmark too!!
I could not figure these guys and had to come back to check them out. Well; they are nice, hospitable, caring and in summery as good as mama’s milk. Full enlightment came after fourth trip. Don’t miss an exceptional time in paradise with angels Marianne and Kristian.
We love you both and the Breanker! Always thankful for you kindness and attention. Always in our best memories.
I love talking to and spending time with both of you and you always know the best places to go. You guys make every trip special, thank you!
A February, 2018, family group aboard BREANKER said:
Mid-February, 2018, guests aboard BREANKER said:
Early February, 2018, charterers on BREANKER said:
Late January, 2018, charterers aboard BREANKER, said:
Wow! Is that a record? 25-times (!!!) charter guests on catamaran BREANKER with Kristian and Marianne in January, 2018, said:
Marianne and Kristian.
Thank you for such a beautiful week. To be with you on Mart and Jodie’s 25th trip with you was special. As I look back on the week a few things come to mind…. There is a way to know someone by simply watching what they do. In this past week it has been a work of art to watch you both. You are amazing craftsmen in all the parts in your work and service: Economy of motion and grace with the boat, exquisite dishes on the table, attentiveness to the smallest of details in every way. That kind of pride in your craft is beautiful to see and a real part of the joy in the trip. But then there is the ease of friendship and laughter with you that makes the trip unforgettable!
Thank you so much for letting us into the stories of your life on boats and the glimpses into your home in Denmark. We have rarely felt more “at home” with people we just met. But thank you for a beautiful week. Breanker is a beautiful boat and you both are a grace to the islands.
Keith and Page
25 times on charter with Kristian and Marianne - This calls for champagne!