If you manage to sneak on the boat and slip off again before they cast off, do you truly qualify as a castaway? It’s easy to entertain these romantic notions after a quick poke around The M.V. Elizabeth. I had the privilege of checking out Consort Cruises’ latest vessel as she was being prepped for one of her private cruises. Decked out with a bountiful buffet counter, games table, sound system and full bar (with bartender) she was the definition of a “pleasure cruise.” With a gleaming coat of white paint and freshly lacquered wood, it’s the perfect blank canvas to accommodate any and every need.

“Anyone who’s been on this boat can’t believe it’s the same boat!” the crew tells me. The boat was completely restored by the team. They refitted the entire boat internally and externally, including all new lumber. “It was a shell. When we got it, it was together, but gutted it. The top deck is all new.” In fact, below decks is just as fresh. The full-sized, his-and-hers bathrooms are luxurious, featuring Corian countertops, wood paneled floors and, above all things, air-conditioning. “It’s basically a house on the water,” they continue.

This is her first season in the water – Elizabeth was christened in May – and she is strictly an upscale corporate charter boat or party boat. With a maximum capacity of 200 she can easily entertain a buzzing dance party or an intimate jaunt of 40 revelers.

Contact Consort Cruises Ltd. to charter any one of their 7-boat fleet, including Coral Sea, Coral Princess, Jolly Roger, Aristocat, Reefcomber and Banana Split. www.consotrcruises.com

Alternatively, bookings can be made through the Island Tour Centre at [email protected]