Construction of the schooner by the Alu Marine shipyard in Saint-Brévin-les-Pins in Loire-Atlantique on behalf of SNC Charmer whose goal of the partners is to carry out 5 sister-ships for exploitation in the West Indies.
The exploitation of Lady of the Tropics began in the West Indies in 1991 in Martinique, at Pointe-du-Bout in front of the hotel Bakoua.
The “Dame des tropiques” is then the largest commercial sailing vessel flying the French flag in the West Indies.
These are the great years of Bakoua hotel where rich families, celebrities and politicians spend their holidays. On the Guestbook of “Dame des tropiques” appear the names of members of the Rothschild family, ministers and a future President of the French Republic.
In 1998, SNC Charmer and the schooner were bought by Guy Lefevre who first met the schooner as a customer, then became her proud owner.
For 10 years, the schooner will share her activity between her activities in Martinique and cruises throughout the West Indies.
The schooner leaves the West Indies to join metropolitan France for a complete refit.
During one year, important work is done to develop the schooner to the standards of luxury charter.
In October 2008, the tropical storm “Omar” destroyed the nautical facilities of Pointe-du-Bout in Martinique. “Dame des tropiques” can no longer be stationed and operate at the pontoon of the Bakoua Hotel.
The exploitation turns during the summer towards the Mediterranean while returning at the mercy of the trade winds every winter in the Antilles. Based at the port of Marin, the schooner travels the Caribbean. In the South: The Grenadines, in the North: Guadeloupe, St Martin and the British Virgin Islands.
Since then, the wintering “Dame des tropiques” happens in Tunisia with seasons exclusively realized in the Mediterranean with for Port of attachment: Ajaccio.
The schooner travels the Mediterranean from north to south: Marseille, St Tropez, Nice, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Palermo and the Aeolian Islands.
“Dame des tropiques” changes direction and turns to the “Monaco of the North” to spend the winter in Granville which becomes her new home port.
The schooner offers services at the dock (work sessions, receptions and accommodation) and cruises mainly to the archipelago of Chausey and the Channel Islands.
The exploitation of “la Dame” is taken over by Seanergies Océanes, shipowner since 1993, former operator of Fétia Ura and Spirit of Viking two sister-ship schooners of 33 m. “La Dame” returns to the Mediterranean, to the delight of her lovers. The Var coast, Corsica, the Sardinian and Italian Islands, the Pontine Islands, Capri, Sicily, as well as the Balearic Islands are new accessible to her passengers.
She’s also ideally placed to receive on board work teams, for onboard seminars, reward trips, or receptions at sea or at the dock.