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Morro Bay Dinner Cruises Aboard The Luxury Yacht Papagallo II!


The yacht worked brilliantly for my client appreciation evening. Food and presentation were truly a class act and everyone felt they had been acknowledged in a unique way. Kent H. – Bakersfield

The food was to die for. I’ve been all over the world and on many similar cruises…this was the best yet. Great crew, great people, wonderful experience. Thank you so much again…truly a lovely experience…..and a perfect night. – Carol C. Travel Consultant, Seattle

We had no idea that the harbor was so beautiful from the water (or maybe it was just the incredible meal and surroundings that did it). Thank you for making my husband’s birthday one he’ll always remember. Barbara M. – Templeton

….. kept hearing our friends say “magical”. We’re already looking forward to the next time we can be on the Papagallo. Next time it will be a sunset cruise. Jim and Sandi L. – San Luis Obispo

The perfect venue for the fundraiser – I know a good part of our success was the ambience your vessel created. Thanks for your flexibility and support. Robert E. – San Jose

Our second experience aboard Papagallo was just as impressive as the first. Really looking forward to the Parade of Lights later in the year. Ready for another great time! Don and Sheri M. – Bakersfield

The exquisite service, the delightful dinner, the beautiful yacht along with the outstanding weather all “conspired” to make for one memorable evening. The guests, particularly our retirees, commented on how much fun they had and will surely hold fond memories of their Morro Bay cruise. Many thanks for your dedication and efforts to make this a very special occasion.  Daniel T.- Dynegy, Inc.

On behalf of the students from the Culinary Institute of America that visited the Papagallo II on January 21, 2010, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for hosting us.  As I am sure you are aware, we had a great time listening to you and picking your brain about your years of culinary experience. Your passion for cooking is inspirational and all of the students felt honored to breath in that passion. We wish you and your wife the best and hope to have an opportunity to see you again –  The Culinary Institute of America Students – Hyde Park, N.Y.

Thank you so much for the wonderful Harbor Cruise and venture out into the ocean for the Coastal Commission onboard the Papagallo.  Everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed the food, boat, harbor, otters, etc.  My assistant Vicki, spoke highly about you both and mentioned how easy it was to work with you. We especially appreciate your willingness to be flexible as we went through the ups and downs of arranging for the cruise. Thank you again for your hospitality. I look forward to cruising with you again sometime in the future – “Katcho”
Achadjian, Supervisor District Four

The team very much enjoyed our meeting on the Papagallo last week. The yacht, the scenery, the weather and especially the hospitality and food were exceptional!!  If you ever need an endorsement for another corporate customer, I’d be pleased to provide it – Bill Reed, Regional Manager, Emerson Process Management

Thank you so much for making our day truly special.  It was absolutely perfect, and everything we could ask for. The Papagallo II is so unique and wonderful….we loved it!  Having the day turn warm and sunny was a beautiful surprise, add the seals and otters frolicking alongside the ship…icing on the cake!  Deidra & Ken Bausano

We just wanted to let you know what an honor it was to work with you during the Valentine’s Day harbor cruise. You made this a wonderful experience for all parties involved. On behalf of all the staff at Sextant, thank you!
Elyse Goodwin

Dear Leonard & Midge–On behalf of the entire family of Paulina Nieuwenhuijs, I would like to express our deepest & heartfelt gratitude to you. Through our joint efforts, we together created a magical send-off for our matriarch and a sweet remembrance and moment of honor for our papa as well. Everything was PERFECT. The time we shared together on the Papagallo will forever be, like our parents…”Unforgettable.”
Margie Linder
Paul Nieuwenhuijs
Marjolijn Fry

(Children of Johan & Paulina Nieuwenhuijs)

Hi Chef Len, I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for an outstanding cruise. The boat was immaculate and your staff very friendly. This was my second time using the Papagallo II to entertain my distributors and it was a smashing success once again. The lobster was great but the bananas foster was the real hit of the evening. The presentation of dessert was an event by itself. I think it’s quite a statement when a supplier flies distributors clear across the country to visit our vineyards and we seem to always finish our trip with a dinner cruise aboard the Papagallo II. Thanks for all of your help and I look forward to coming back out there next year.
Michael Mentor, Field Sales Manager Southern VA
Constellation Brands

What can I say? What an incredible evening you and Len put on! Kate said that she will be sending you a thank you so be looking for that. Everyone was so impressed with everything from the boat, food, your hospitality, etc. Thanks again and hope to see you two soon.
Steve McCann

To the whole crew: Thank you for a lovely time on the cruise. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Perfect weather, too. It was a perfect ending to our wedding week end.
Margaret Blakely

Dear Len & Midge…..We would like to thank you for the very nice backdrop in which to have our fiftieth anniversary celebration. The cruise was lovely., the food outstanding and the weather perfect (thank you for bribing the weatherman). Your help in assuring a pleasurable experience for the group is greaatly appreciated. Everyone had a great time at this out-of-the-ordinary event.  We would certainly recommend a Papagallo II experience to our friends and acquaintances.
Sincerely, Jean & Ken Lehrbaum

Everyone had a wonderful time, Midge.  You, Len and your crew did a fantastic job! I couldn’t be happier.  I would definitely recommend your services to anyone looking for a unique and special experience.
Ken Willow

This is definitely one of the most beautiful & inviting venues for a dinner cruise. My husband & I just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary & the Papagallo, along with the excellent chef/owners Leonard & Midge Gentieu, provided us with a truly outstanding menu & the perfect place to celebrate. We can’t imagine how it could have gone any better. Leonard’s food was delicious, the scenery awe inspiring and EVERYONE had a wonderful time. Try it! You’ll LOVE it!I

Cannot believe that I’ve been so remiss, not getting this review posted sooner. My husband and I were married onboard the Papagallo II 25 years ago in San Francisco Bay; it was amazing!! Our guests STILL talk about our wedding, so as our anniversary approached, we decided to see if we could relive that incredible day by renewing our vows onboard. I googled the Papagallo II and found it had been sold, and was now operating out of Morro Bay via Onboard Nautical Events. When I called and spoke to Midge with my myriad of questions, she was absolutely amazing. She was so helpful and on top of things, and I really needed her to be, as I had to coordinate our anniversary from our new home in Houston, TX.  From the get go, Midge and Leonard were as excited about us revisiting the Papagallo II as we were. They took care of everything and our anniversary party, like our wedding was absolutely amazing!! Even better! I was concerned, –there is after all, only one San Francisco Bay, but Morro Bay was charming. And the food, -Good Lord!! The food was to die for, -incredible. Our wedding spread was your basic buffet, but what Leonard created for our anniversary was truly a masterpiece. The ship herself will forever hold a special place in my heart, but Leonard and Midge were simply amazing hosts. I love how they have researched, preserved, and share the beautiful vessels’ history. I could never recommend highly enough that you enjoy time and a meal onboard under their care. By all rights, their pictures should be listed  in the dictionary under ‘hospitality’. Again, my apologies for posting these comments so late (our celebration was in April, 2014) -I thought I’d already posted my review, but when I went to show it to someone, couldn’t find it. Lucky for us and our guests, -Midge and Leonard proved far more responsible and competent than I

This review comes from an organizer of an event aboard the Papagallo 2 and simultaneously as a guest.
When planning the event, I got in contact with Midge and she was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Throughout our planning process we bounced around a bit on how many people were going to be aboard and she was very accommodating. We added people last minute and asked for special food restrictions for some guests. We provided the wines and Chef created a remarkable menu pairing with his food.
As a guest, I could not imagine more beautiful experiences. Of the 28 guests aboard the cruise, everyone was all smiles. The portions were good sized as we all left very full. Chef greeted each of our guests and even came out to explain the menu.
I can’t wait to be aboard the Papagallo 2 again!

Many thank yous to Len and Midge Gentieu for providing a wonderful closing for the family of David Miner on April 29, 2018. Our experience was heartwarming and beautiful. All aspects of the event were performed in a professional and dignified manner from the accommodations to the delicious gourmet lunch and including the ceremonial effect for the scattering of our loved ones ashes. We highly recommend chartering the Papagallo for any small party event whether it be a somber occasion like ours or a festive one such as a birthday or reception of any kind. Thank you, Len and Midge. You provide a wonderful service to the Central California Coast.
Iantha Miller and family

I was so pleased with the accommodations and the service on Saturday for my husband and parents. Leonard and Midge are wonderful hosts and the Captain did a great job of keeping us safe and showing us the beautiful views of the area. The scattering itself was respectful, beautiful (we did the baskets), and brought us peace.  Angela Dunn





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