What sold them was the blend of vacation... a little bit of everything. Sailing, water activities, beach bars and some very nice restaurants and activities ashore. Perfect for blend newbies who aren't big sailors.
I couldn't imagine mooring at BEYC or even Saba by then. Or dining upstairs at Leverick by that time. Rather I see this trip next year more along the lines of sailing in the Grenadines in terms of development ashore. I find that appealing, but I know this group wont.
I certainly wouldn't take this particular group South - not their kind of trip. The BVIs were perfect for them.
For the record, we have traveled with them before and know their expectations.