Jake the boat dog sits at the helm
We were trying to figure out a retirement plan, and then it became what does retirement look like, overall?” said Vince Price ’99 aboard his catamaran, Chaos Interrupted. He, his wife Judy and their dog Jake—the crew of Chaos Interrupted charter cruises—are currently anchored in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. “We want to go diving and we want to travel. We started piecing it together and figured we needed to be closer to the water, because we lived in Atlanta at the time.”
Owning and operating their own charter cruise business in a tropical setting became the plan for retirement—then it became the plan for the immediate future. Vince, a building science graduate, worked for a large construction company. Judy graduated from Emory University and worked for real estate and law firms in client development and marketing roles.
Already adept at planning their own charter trips with friends, they moved to Miami after years of preparation. Vince obtained his captain’s license, they bought a catamaran and both became PADI dive instructors. They made the most of working from home during the pandemic, preparing the boat—and themselves—for their new full-time careers.
Chaos Interrupted set sail in 2021, averaging 15 trips in a season that stretches from mid-November to late June. They can accommodate up to six guests for a minimum of five nights around the Virgin Islands.
From interest-based itineraries to custom menus, Judy likens Chaos Interrupted to a “floating boutique hotel.” Vince serves as captain, engineer and chief cocktail crafter, while Judy, an Ashburton School of Cookery-certified chef, creates dishes inspired by local flavors and manages Chaos Interrupted’s brand and promotional arms. Jake the Boat Dog serves as Chaos Interrupted’s mascot and security detail. He even has his own Instagram page, @jake_the_boat_dog.
“It’s all custom. It’s all inclusive,” said Judy. “We send out preference sheets in advance to learn what [activities] our guests are looking for, then we’ll create the itinerary. I’ll create a custom menu and we’ll have it ready to go. We take our guests to all these different places and then if, for some reason, we end up somewhere they really enjoy, we can stay longer. It’s not a cruise ship where you must follow a set itinerary.”
Vince and Judy Share Their Favorite Getaways
St. Croix, USVI
Perfect for land excursions and scuba diving, with excellent hiking paths, distilleries, breweries and two picture-perfect beaches in Buck Island & Sandy Point.
More than two-thirds of St. John is a protected national park full of pristine tropical wilderness, miles of hiking trails and historical tours that date back to Danish rule.
Salt Pond Bay, St. John
A small cove tucked away on the southeast side of St. John, perfect for swimming with turtles, a day of relaxation and viewing sunsets from the Ram Head hiking trail.
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
No stop in the BVI is complete without a visit to Soggy Dollar Bar & Foxy’s Yot Klub.
Channel Islands, British Virgin Islands
Diving the Wreck of the Rhone off Salt Island and snorkeling off “the Indians” rock formation off Norman Island.
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