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56 meter Yacht Panthalassa Nominated for Award

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The buzz continues to build around the nominees for the 2011 World Superyacht Awards, an annual ceremony that fêtes many of the Newest and Largest Yachts.

Hosted by the editors of Boat International Media, the awards honor the finest new vessels delivered to their owners in the past twelve months.
Considered the “Oscars” of the megayacht industry – the ceremony scheduled for May 7, 2011 will be attended by an elite guest list of  owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the business of boats.

Over  the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at a few of the 62 finalists  in contention to receive a coveted Neptune Trophy:

Luxury yacht PANTHALASSA under sail

While it sometimes seems sail boat charters take a back seat to their motor yacht rivals, a privileged few will be fortunate enough to experience sail yacht PANTHALASSA under sail.

The 56 meter megayacht is nominated for Best Sailing Yacht in 45 meter and up category.

The vessel presents a fusion of contemporary living and the finest nautical heritage. Her interior is luxurious and features a rich contemporary decor, delightful to the eye and soothing to the soul. Sail mega yacht PANTHALASSA reflects an outstanding creative synthesis between Perini Navi and Foster & Partners. 

Natural daylight suffuses the interior of the superyacht, through the unique skylights that channel light from the sundeck and oversized portholes. The clean lines and uncluttered style of her interior offer contemporary living at its best. Central to the luxury yacht charter vessel, the gracefully flowing stairwell is wrapped in a translucent acrylic enclosure allowing light to flow through the main saloon.

A tactile and warm ambiance is created through the use of warm, natural organic tones and the combination of teak flooring with saddle leather wall paneling and granite surfaces.  Flexible multifunctional spaces offer a host of well conceived opportunities for social interaction or intimate gatherings. the dining table can become a coffee table , the library is positioned with views over open water for a feeling of deep relaxation and enhancing contemplation. The boardroom with its video conferencing facilities is also a perfect dining area and the sweeping sofa in the saloon becomes a bar.

The ability to conduct business while onboard makes this superyacht the perfect special event charter vessel, and an ideal candidate for MIPIM, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Monaco Grand Prix.  Electric glazed screens allow the entire main saloon , dining area, and wheelhouse to be divided or unified into a one large living space.


Contact our vacation specialists to reserve sail yacht PANTHALASSA or any other in our inventory.

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Award Ceremony Celebrates Newest and Largest Yachts

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The finalists for the 2011 World Superyacht Awards have been selected, and many of the newest and largest yachts available for crewed yacht charter have been nominated.

World Superyacht Awards SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants

Hosted by the editors of Boat International Media, the awards honor the finest new vessels delivered to their owners in the past twelve months.
Considered the “Oscars” of the megayacht industry – the ceremony scheduled for May 7, 2011 will be attended by an elite guest list of  owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the business of boats.

Over  the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at a few of the 62 finalists  in contention to receive a coveted Neptune Trophy:

Motor yacht MARY JEAN II for charter by SailAway


Surely to be a star of the 2011 Croatia yacht charter season, the 60 meter ISA
MARY JEAN II  is nominated for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT (approximately 50m – 59m).

Launched in May 2011, the vessel was built by International Shipyard Ancona (ISA) which was also responsible for her design, naval architecture and engineering.  Accommodating up to 12 guests in 7 cabins and working with a crew of 14, MARY-JEAN II makes excellent use of the very latest technology and design to create a light-filled and spacious yacht that maneuvers exceptionally well and delivers on all levels in terms of comfort, interior & on-deck entertainment, toys and tenders, and overall efficiency.

The vessel sports a striking Aristo blue hull and Oyster white superstructure.  She utilizes the latest technology, design, and Italian craftsmanship, boasting elegant lines with an impressive stern.  With a beam of 12 meters, M/Y Mary-Jean II offers generous interior volume and comfortable living spaces.

Her contemporary interior was designed by Mark Berryman and features split bamboo paneling and rustic limestone mosaics. She also features classical elements onboard, including a teak backdrop and contrasting wenge wood.  Neutral fabrics are contrasted by more vibrant colors in the owner’s artwork and in colored scatter cushions.

Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, motor yacht Mary-Jean II can reach a top speed of 16 knots and cruises comfortably at 15 knots.
Contact our reservation team to secure prime summer holiday dates on this yacht or any other in our inventory.

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British Designers Takes Megayacht Interiors to New Heights of Fashion

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It’s been said the goal of interior design is to produce a harmonious whole in which the architecture, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified, pleasing to mind and body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there.

In the superyacht industry, the creative team at Redman Whiteley Dixon has hit this goal time and time again. 

Started in 1993, the UK-based designers first worked on sailing yacht interiors.  As more and more naval architects and yacht owners took notice; the company was able to expand its portfolio to include motor yachts as well. 

Some of the world’s most prestigious, newest and largest yachts now display interiors designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD). 

Of particular note are several luxury mega yacht charter vessels launched in the past 2 years, such as 62 meter BATON ROUGE, 62 meter ICON, 60 metre ANDREAS L, and 57 meter TWIZZLE

One vessel in the 1-800 Yacht Charters fleet, 58 meter KOKOMO, was recently selected as the 2010 Best Sailing Yacht over 40 meters by the International Superyacht Society.

The studio is proud of its “open door, open plan” style.  Designers work in a relaxed yet focused environment, unrestricted by a single, set house style.

RWD handles all aspects of interior and exterior yacht design – from 10 meter tenders to 160 meter yachts.


Rent a private yacht with a luxurious, inspirational Redman Whiteley Dixon interior by clicking HERE.

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Charter Yachts Steal the Stage at Design Awards Show

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Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels Win Superyacht Design Awards

The clean, simple, chiseled elegance of CMN Yacht CLOUD 9 wasn’t the only luxury yacht charter vessel to catch the attention of the judges at the recent ShowBoats Design Awards.

Of the 10 winning private yacht entries, 6 are currently available for either Caribbean or Mediterranean yacht charter.  The caliber of the newest and largest yachts in the rental marketplace continues to improve year after year, as owners push the design envelope to new heights.  Sponsored by ShowBoats International, the inaugural awards ceremony took place in October at the exclusive Mar A Lago Club, Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. Following a two-day Superyacht Design Symposium, 350 guests gathered for an evening of cocktails, a gala dinner and Awards ceremony honoring the industry’s creative talents: the architects, designers, stylists, craftsmen, and innovators in yacht technologies.

ShowBoats Design Awards evolved from design-focused awards previously a part of the Boat International Media World Superyacht Awards, and introduced a number of new categories. The jury compromised four superyacht owners (specifically chosen for their interest in design issues), plus two naval architects, a senior yacht captain, an experienced yacht chef, and six design professionals with no links to the industry. With more than 200 nominations, it was an incredibly tough task for the experienced panel.

Joining the 60-meter superyacht Cloud 9 on the winner’s stage were:

HURRICANE RUN – Best Interior Design: Displacement Motor Yacht
SLIPSTREAM –  along with sistership CLOUD 9 – Best Exterior Design & Styling: Motor Yacht
Mega yacht HURRICANE RUN motor yacht charter

LIARA – Best Naval Architecture: Sailing Yacht

SYCARA IV – Best Naval Architecture: Motor Yacht
SALPERTON IV – Best Exterior Design & Styling: Sailing Yacht

UP next on the yacht award calendar is the 2011 World Superyacht Awards.  Hosted by the editors of Boat International Media, the awards honor the finest new vessels delivered to their owners in the past twelve months.
Considered the “Oscars” of the megayacht industry – the ceremony scheduled for May 7, 2011 will be attended by an elite guest list of  owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the business of boats.

62 finalists are in contention to receive a coveted Neptune Trophy, including the 56-meter Panthalassa and the 60-meter MARY JEAN II.

To rent a private yacht of your own, contact SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants here. 

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Design Awards Recognize Charter Yacht Cloud 9

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Motor yacht CLOUD 9 super yacht for charter

We are pleased to announce CMN Yacht CLOUD 9 received two awards during the recent ShowBoats Design Awards.

The 60-meter superyacht and her designer Andrew Winch took the award for Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yachts, as well as Best Interior Recreational Area.

Sponsored by ShowBoats International, the inaugural awards ceremony took place in October at the exclusive Mar A Lago Club, Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. Following a two-day Superyacht Design Symposium, 350 guests gathered for an evening of cocktails, a gala dinner and Awards ceremony honoring the industry’s creative talents: the architects, designers, stylists, craftsmen, and innovators in yacht technologies.

In just her second Mediterranean yacht charter season, Cloud 9 caught the attention of the judges for her clean, simple, chiseled elegance.  They remarked upon the well laid-out decks, which facilitate ease of movement, and the seamless windows, port and starboard, that reflect sky and sea.

Her aft bridge deck encompasses a generous salon/cinema, informal indoor/outdoor dining area, and aft deck. The judges remarked upon the ingenious solution for the 11 foot cinema screen, which rolls into the back of the daybed when not in use, and noted that the open-plan style nevertheless allows for more intimate groupings around the games table, sofa, daybed, or on the aft deck.

CLOUD 9 is currently available for charter in the Indian Ocean at Euro  €315,000 per week, plus all expenses. 

To reserve motor yacht CLOUD 9 for your vacation, click here.  

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Enjoy a Summer Charter in the Midst of Winter

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Yacht charter Galaxy through SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants

As much of the USA digs out from winter blizzards, thoughts
turn to the summer and the warm appeal of a Mediterranean yacht charter.   Alas, summer is still a long, 6 months away…

Or is it?

Would you jump at the chance to enjoy a summertime Benetti yacht charter in the middle of the winter????

Well now you can – in warm, sunny New Zealand.

New Zealand is just coming into full summer, and one of the largest yachts in charter is available to explore this exotic destination.

Warm waters , warm days and cool nights are the hallmark of the area.  Winter in the USA is an ideal time to discover this unique cruising ground. From the Bay of Plenty to the Bay of Islands , the region offers pristine beaches, volcanoes, mountains and stunning scenery (as seen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

The 56 meter (183ft 8in) Benetti motor yacht GALAXY will call this area home for the next 4 months.  The superyacht boasts room for 12 guests.

The owner’s suite is on the main deck, with a panoramic saloon in its forward part.  The VIP cabin is located on the upper deck, while four more guest cabins are on the lower deck, in the form of two doubles and two twins.

The interior decorator has specified a variety of exotic woods for this yacht such as eucalyptus, sycamore, plane tree, maple, platanier.

Motor yacht GALAXY has an elevator running the lower deck guest from lobby all the way up to the sun deck. The lift carries four people at a time, and the shaft being in glass, tends to act as an atrium, carrying light through the heart of the yacht. The lift to the sundeck is built into the gymnasium.

This floating villa is in Bristol condition and led by a seasoned skipper, Captain Dughall MacLachlainn and a crew of 14.

Her weekly rate is €255,000 plus expenses and NZ tax.

Click here to BOOK GALAXY NOW.

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Executive catamaran sailboat charter

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EXECUTIVE catamaran charter yacht

If you are dreaming of taking a crewed catamaran charter vacation soon, look no further than the Executive.

It is the ideal charterboat, as it stands at an impressive 73 feet and comes with tastefully-designed interiors of marble and teak. The fittings used on the Executive 73 are superior and complement the skilled craftsmanship used in the handcrafts. There is an abundance of space on the Executive 73, not to mention the first class service of its three man crew. If you love speed, you will love this catamaran, as she can reach speeds of up to 18 knots for an exhilarating sailing experience on the Mediterranean!

Click now to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation aboard catamaran Executive or any other charter yacht.

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For Some, the Yacht, Not the Charter Location, IS the Destination

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Christina O famous superyacht

There’s nothing more important than selecting a memorable destination for your first luxury yacht charter.  It sets the tone for dreaming about future adventures in exotic locales.  “Will it be a St. Lucia yacht charter this spring, or should we wait till summer and plan a Greece yacht charter vacation?”

But what about your fifth charter – or your sixth?  You’ve “been there…done that…got the t-shirt.”

At that point, the focus shifts from destinations to accommodations – and the opportunity to experience the creature comforts of the newest and largest yachts in the world.

The preferred “brand” of superyacht now comes into play, and multi-repeat charterers find themselves daydreaming about a week “anywhere” on, perhaps, a brand new Perini Navi yacht charter.

At this point, selecting the right vessel for an odyssey at sea becomes a matter of personal tastes and expectations.  But with dozens of yachts seeking rental business, how does a person choose?

Enter the professional charter broker.

More than a destination specialist, the charter broker knows the yachts and the crews that operate them.  A good broker will work to identify a yacht and crew most compatible to a client’s lifestyle.

To do this, brokers attempt to delve into the customer’s personality and background by asking key questions:  Where do you live?   What are your hobbies?  Do you like to entertain at home?

The answers to these type of queries helps the broker understand the overall lifestyle of the charterer.   From this point, the broker can glean his or her records to identify yachts and crews that might be compatible with the charterer and his or her guests.

Sleek fast motoryacht Zeus

Jana Sheeder, the President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, explains the strategy.  “If a client lives in a world of white-glove service and refined style, the broker must identify a crew that can deliver that same level of service.”  She continues, “Crew, however, is only part of the equation, as the vessel’s decor and amenities must also be reflective of the client’s tastes.

Many American clients prefer the style of a US-built ship, such as a Trinity or a Westport.  European customers often prefer the old world elegance of a Feadship or Benetti.

For many multi-repeat customers, destination remains secondary to the pedigree of the yacht and the subsequent talents of the crew. Says Sheeder, “The key to success is understanding the client’s lifestyle before you begin to promote one yacht over another.”  Sheeder concludes, “You don’t promote a yacht with an onboard spa and a masseuse to a client who doesn’t get manicures.”


To arrange a private getaway at sea, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 or click!


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Glorious Greece – The Perfect Summer Cruising Destination

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As a destination, Greece is a sensory celebration. It’s a dance with history and ancient gods, and a courtship between natural beauty and modern luxuries. It’s also an invitation to indulge in a slower pace and simpler pleasures, like savoring a taverna meal complemented by a fantastic local wine you’ve most likely never heard of.

Of course, the ideal way to explore the myriad of small Greek islands is to rent a private yacht.    

For travelers with experience at the helm, a bareboat charter is the most affordable option for exploration.  Similar to renting a car, you do the “driving” by serving as your own skipper.  Yes, you and your travel companions must also do the cooking and cleaning, but when it comes to saving money, it is hard to top the appeal of a bareboat charter, especially sail boat charters as compared to power boats.

If you are not qualified to operate your own boat, or simply desire a hire level of comfort and amenities, some of the largest yachts in the world can be rented in the land of the gods.  

The famous yacht CHRISTINA O calls Greece home.  The private vessel of the late Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, this yacht offers huge deck spaces and the indulgence of an original mosaic-tiled swimming pool. In addition to the Jacuzzi, there are three public lounges, a gym, and a game room – and the famous bar where Sir Winston Churchill first met Jackie Kennedy.

Motor yacht CHRISTINA O Greece yacht charters

When to go to Greece?  Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters recommends visiting Greece between May and  October. “We prefer the so-called “shoulder season” (May and September/October), since the weather is generally good, and you’ll enjoy more elbow room and often better prices in restaurants and gift shops.”

When to book a yacht charter in Greece?   NOW is the time to make your 2011 Greece yacht charter reservations.

For help in identifying the right yacht for your style and budget, call our specialists, toll-free at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800-922-4824), visit our website at, or CLICK HERE.

Opa (Get down and party, or Dance)!

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Lady Michelle Trinity Yacht Charter

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Motoryacht LADY MICHELLE profile - facing right - yacht has blue hull and white superstructure



Lady Michelle, one of the largest Trinity yachts in the international yacht charter fleet, is now available for an unforgettable vacationing experience.

Reaching speeds of up to 19 knots, Lady Michelle can comfortably accommodate up to ten yacht charter guests in her five luxurious staterooms. With a crew of nine, you are guaranteed first class service throughout your cruise aboard Lady Michelle.

Some of the highlights of this luxury yacht include the panoramic sky lounge which opens to a covered exterior deck aft on the pilothouse level, and al fresco dining for twelve.

Everything about Lady Michelle speaks of elegance and is sure to make your cruising vacation truly unforgettable.

Come yachting with us!

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, contact us at 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS, today

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