Meet Liza Shaller
Experience That Counts
Liza Shaller, based in St. Croix, USVI, joins The Epic Yacht Charters team after several years as an independent Charter Yacht Broker with Solstice Yacht Charters. She is thrilled to work alongside with Michelle in order to serve all of our valued clients with a seamless and secure booking process. Liza draws upon her 15 years as the Owner of the successful Charter Catamaran, Solstice, in The Exumas, Bahamas, completing hundreds of charters as onboard crew. She has also organized and crewed Sailing and Scuba Charters throughout The Virgin Islands and The Grenadines, along with working as a professional underwater photographer. Having owned and crewed private and charter Yachts gives Liza a unique perspective to help clients choose and plan the best Yacht Vacation.
Liza is a longtime Master Scuba Diver, sailor, chef, yoga & fitness devotee, and animal lover. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she is an Alumna of Vassar College. For many years, Manhattan served as a home base for her worldwide travels while working in the Entertainment & Cruise Line Industries. She has sailed The Caribbean, The Bahamas, Coastal Northeast U.S. & Canada, the Pacific Northwest & Alaska, Bermuda, Central America, Asia, The South Pacific, and The Mexican Riviera. Liza later attended The Institute for Culinary Education, and holds a Certificate in Chartering from The Lloyd’s of London Maritime Academy. She has been a proud member of VIPCA (Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association) since it’s inception, and has completed the Charter Yacht Brokers Association’s Charter Certification. Living in The USVI, Liza is connected to the pulse of the Charter Industry and can assist you in working closely with the yacht crews to ensure your preferences and expectations are fulfilled.
Prior to her successful yachting career, a chance meeting on a Bahamian beach changed Liza’s course significantly. After many years of long distance romance, countless adventures, and working together around the globe, Liza & her now husband, Cliff, purchased their Catamaran, Solstice and moved back to the Bahamas, where they met almost a decade prior.
Cliff started his yachting career at Texas Maritime Academy, and has worked as a professional Yacht Captain, Scuba Instructor, Sailing Instructor, Dive Captain as well as owning private and charter Yachts and Scuba Diving & Underwater Photography businesses around the world. With numerous Atlantic crossings and deliveries around the globe under his belt, Cliff has a calm and ease when at the helm. From a small adventure cruise ship in Alaska, to a Liveaboard Dive Yacht for Peter Hughes Diving in Belize, to his own successful Sailing and diving catamaran, Solstice, in the Exuma Cays, Cliff has a wealth of knowledge in prime charter destinations, and Liza is lucky to be able to tap into his expertise when needed. Cliff also co-created a successful Youth Sailing and Diving summer program and the BVI’s and Liza assisted as crew, in additions to organizing and crewing fun Adult Sailing & Diving Charter Flotillas in The Grenadines. Cliff is also a longtime pilot and has a major passion for seaplanes and aerobatic flying. He is a great resource for private flight charters to get guests to their destinations in style and in their own schedule.
After their successful yacht charter career, Liza & Cliff decided to make the leap back to the U.S., and relocated on the island of St. Croix, USVI. They traded their beloved Catamaran Solstice, who will always remain in their hearts, along with their home in The Bahamas for a mountaintop home and a small airplane on St. Croix, where they live with their three dogs, Tyson, Cowboy, and Pippa. They continue to stay connected to the marine community and frequently fly to nearby islands to check out Yachts & Crews, along with their constant search for the best beach!
A Passion for Travel
Liza succeeds at assisting her clients from all over the world plan a fantastic yacht vacation because she has a true passion for travel, and it is a core value in her life. She recognizes the unique opportunity a yacht charter provides for a family to bond and relax together, along with the fabulous platform a charter gives to a group of friends wanting to experience a luxury experience together, in privacy, with no set itinerary! Liza is always happy to swap travel stories, as her happiest memories are adventures around the globe with friends and family, and she is great at suggesting new and exciting locations for her clients to explore in safety and comfort. Along with over 30 years of Watersport and Ocean adventures with her Husband, Cliff, some of Liza’s other favorite adventures include a solo biking and ‘glamping’ trip throughout Utah, exploring the beautiful Temples and Mount Fuji in Japan, hiking through remote Alaska (and then luxuriating at a fabulous lodge to ease the “stress”of that hike!), and Scuba Diving The Great Barrier Reef along with trekking The Great Wall of China. Liza truly believes that travel is the only thing you can buy that actually makes you richer, and is always up for an adventure!
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