Readers ask for more information on superyacht Air – the largest Feadship offered for rent – so we deliver! In the past, we profiled the launch of motor yacht AIR, which prompted discussion.
Superyacht AIR surpassed all expectations during her sea trials and her owner is scheduled to take delivery in just under two weeks. Shortly after, she will depart Holland and head straight to Monte Carlo to undertake her July Mediterranean yacht charter booking commitments.
WHERE IS SHE LOCATED?
Joining a fleet of the largest yachts for hire, the gigayacht still has open charter dates in the months of August and September. At the conclusion of the summer season, the yacht will re-position across the Atlantic and join the St. Martin yacht charter fleet.
WHAT MAKES AIR SPECIAL
Feadship yacht AIR is helmed by co-captains Stephen Warren and Mark Finch and boasts a young and enthusiastic crew, including an excellent young British chef, new to the industry. They are all looking forward to a spectacular season.
The yacht features a sleek, elegant exterior with a unique matte black steel hull. The minimalist interior, created by Remi Tessier, is stunning. Amenities include an 8 meter-long pool located on the main deck forward, and a sun deck with full gym and Jacuzzi. Other features include an elevator to all decks, massage and steam rooms, and a fully-certified commercial helicopter pad (helipad).
Helipads on luxury yachts are commonplace. Ondeck helipads no longer turn heads at the quay in Monaco. The type of helicopter on the pad still garners envious gazes, however.
Eurocopter premiered the first finished aircraft at this month’s EBACE 2011. Only one year after unveiling the EC145 Benz concept airship, they did it again. Last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was in Geneva.
WHAT IS THE EC145
Mercedes new helicopter is inspired by R-class high-end vehicles. The twin-engine Mercedes Benz-style helicopter features a versatile interior. For instance, it is enabled by a modular approach . This allows it to be tailored to suit a range of travel needs for the well-heeled. For example, taking the family for a weekend getaway in the Alps. Other options might be taking celebrity clients to a St Barts yacht for New Year’s.
LUXURY MATERIALS AND FEATURES
The EC145 interior showcases Mercedes’ knowledge of luxury materials. It also showcases lighting for both luxury ambiance and German practicality. This magic is created by Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.
Cockpit and cabin upholstery is available in a range. For instance, the usual top-shelf Benz materials and colors. It is also offered in elegant woods for flooring and ceiling paneling. Ambient lighting is also available in various colors. Mercedes uses this technologies in E and S-Class cars.
The EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style aircraft is not just about luxury but the effective and flexible use of space. It is the only he-lo in its class that can seat up to eight passengers. For the cabin layout, all seats are mounted on rails and can be quickly and easily reconfigured/removed for additional room for luggage. There are also multi-function boxes with features such as a mini-frig, cup holder and table, and 15-inch TV monitor and DVD player.
The aft-cabin features a high-capacity luggage compartment with room for baggage, golf clubs, even bicycles.
Like the R-Class models that inspired it, the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style is the most versatile and spacious helicopter in its class. Available 2011, this model will surely be onboard Virgin Island yacht charter vessels right away.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER
Rugby World Cup 2011New Zealandstarts this September. In conclusion, contact our destination experts HEREto charter a yacht for this special event.
Presenting the brand new classic schooner sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA. As they say, “everything old is new again.” The 47 meter Italian-built yacht is the latest sail-powered superyacht.
WHO IS GERMANIA?
The Germania NOVA (“new”) design makes this new yacht unusual and spectacular. She is a replica of a classic 1908 yacht named Germania. The original vessel had a storied history before sinking off the coast of Florida in a hurricane.
Her builder was Krupp-Germania-Wurft in Kiel, Germany. The company constructs submarines. More importantly, known as U-boats.
The original Germania sailed a 47 mile course around Britain’s Isle of Wight in record time in 1908.
In 1914, the yacht visited Southhampton, England where she was seized as a prize of war. She then changed hands several times.
MORE GERMANIA DETAILS
Germania had two names. First, Exen. Second, Half Moon. Finally,The yacht as a floating restaurant and dance hall in Miami, Florida. She sank near Key Biscayne. In specific, a small island near Miami in 1930.
“The unfortunately wreck created a reef, and yachtsmen and women regularly visit to snorkel and enjoy the underwater magic that the yacht created. We are so happy to provide a way for yachts to tie to protect the fragile reef below.”
GERMANIA NOVA (REPLICA) DETAIL
Technological advances and comforts aboard the replica are awe-inspiring. For instance, the sailing yacht features satellite television. She has flat screen panel tvs in the main saloon, master stateroom, and all guest cabins. Cinema-quality 5.1 Dolby surround sound DVD service is available in the main saloon and master stateroom. Guest cabins have radios with CD and MP3 players. iPod connections are present throughout the yacht. She is a charter build with many features all amenities.
GERMANIA NOVA RATES
The classic GERMANIA NOVA is available in the western Mediterranean. With a crew of 13, her rate is €80,000 per week, plus expenses in July and August. Her rate drops to €70,000 per week, plus expenses, for low season dates. At the end of the season, the yacht will relocate to the Caribbean for the winter.
Feadship yacht charter enthusiasts can breath a collective sigh of relief as the newly launched motor yacht TANGO escaped disaster in the Netherlands last week.
Launched on the 8th of May, 2011, the 77 meter Feadship yacht TANGO was enroutefrom the yard on Kaag Island to Rotterdam for her sea trials, when the two tugs that were assisting her had to stop and wait for the bridge in Waddinxveen to open.
THE BRIDGE COLLAPSE
Moments before the superyacht was to pass underneath the bridge, part of the bridge collapsed, and debris rained down into the water from 30 meters above.
The vertical bridge was built in 1935 and stands 34 meters in height when drawn fully open. At the tine of the incident, the bridge was operating on emergency power after a power outage hit the city of Waddinxveen.
Local authorities say it is unclear why the bridge fell down.
CAUSE OF BRIDGE COLLAPSE
Hmmmm….maybe the fact that the bridge is SEVENTY-SIX years old might have something to do with it!!!
Let’s hope the channel can be cleared and Feadship motor yacht TANGO can continue her journey. For now, the hopefully future Caribbean yacht charter vessel is stuck on the wrong side of the bridge…
BOOK A YACHT CHARTER
Enjoy a vacation onboard what one charterer called the “Rolls Royce” of yachts – a Feadship. The newest model open for charter is motor yacht AIR, available this summer in the Mediterranean.
Muscovites eager to enjoy a Mediterranean yacht charter vacation rejoiced! They now have two opportunities each week to fly. For instance, direct flights to Spain’s yachting capital – the Balearic islands.
S7 Airlines added twice-weekly direct flights between Moscow and Palma de Mallorca.
S7 Airlines offers the only scheduled direct service between Palma de Mallorca and Moscow. These flights take just four hours. This proves popular among Russians, because they have an alternative to traditional yacht charters in the Med.
ONEWORLD GLOBAL AVIATION ALLIANCE OGAA
S7 Airlines claims to operate one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the Russian air transportation industry. Additionally, they are a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance. For example, the Moscow-Palma flights can carry 128 passengers and will run twice a week. These fly on Thursdays and Sundays, on Airbus A319 aircraft.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that only commercial yachts with a Spanish license can legally offer crewed charters that begin and end in Spanish waters?
BOOK A YACHT CHARTER
In conclusion, for your next yachting holiday, turn to the experts who understand the rules for a safe and memorable vacation. Contact the destination experts at 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE.
Internet rumor mill ignored. Actress Blake Lively happily spends quality time with new beau, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Websites circulated photos showing the “Gossip Girl” actress posing naked. Blake and Leo were unphased. They were seen relaxing and laughing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS. They enjoyed Spielberg’s multi-million dollar superyacht during the Cannes Film Festival.
Lively’s spokeswoman issued a statement saying the photos aren’t real.
“The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites … are 100 percent FAKE,” the spokeswoman said. “Blake has never taken nude photos of herself.“
PEREZ HILTON COMMENTS
The Internet was abuzz last week. Five photos of the naked, busty blond taking iPhone bathroom selfies appeared on celebrity websites. Celebrity blogger Perez Hiltonwrote,
“Blake Lively won’t be happy about this,” while site Zap2It, suggested the pictures were old.
Lively will take legal action. She will go against any outlets that publish the photos.
CURRENT LIVELY STATUS
Earlier this year, she was hired as the face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag ad campaign.
The actress had a chance to take a break from the hustle of the film fest and relax at sea with Leo and his good friend Lukas Haas onboard Steven Spielberg’s 282 foot vessel. At one point, Lively was seen enjoying a big laugh with Di Caprio before getting a warm hug from the Hollywood leading man.The former Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, motor yacht SEVEN SEAS was originally put into charter after her launch in late 2010. At the time, she was on of the largest yachts available for hire. Since then, her famous owner had a change of heart and decided to keep the yacht for private use only…at least for now.
The latest Lürssen shipyard launch is motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V. She is previously known as Project Coco. This yacht is the fifth in a line of boats of the same name. Motoryacht LADY KATHRYN V succeeds a 164′ Wesport.
The yacht is steel with an aluminium superstructure. LADY KATHRYN V is an evolution of the Linda Lou series. That group of yachts began in 2006. She is 61 meters in overall length. She is slightly longer than her predecessors. There is no full-beam section to this deck. The yacht then has a sleek and classic appearance. She has a unique crow’s nest above the sundeck. The crows nest affords a panoramic view of the sea.
The Adam Lay interior accommodates 12 charter guests. The master suite is situated on the main deck. There is a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, and below that are four double cabins on the lower deck.
OTHER LURSSEN YACHTS
Other Lurssen yachts include motoryacht KISMET, superyacht SOLEMATES, luxury yacht TV, and power yacht MARTHA ANN.
In conclusion, the owner takes delivery this Summer. Lady Kathryn V will then be available for hire in the Mediterranean. After her first winter season, she moves to the Caribbean.
The yacht performed an extensive Caribbean yacht charter cruise. Then superyacht ANDREAS L pulled into Barcelona for a little “cosmetic surgery.”
She is amazing, for example, she is one of the largest yachts for hire in the world. Andreas checked into a Spanish shipyard for something similar to Restylane® beauty treatments. Her touch-up cost a half-million Euros. The star of the luxury yacht charter fleet is now ready for the summer charter season. New anti-fouling paint has her looking sharp. It also makes her slide smoothly and efficiently through the Aegean.
Captain Mauro (formerly the master onboard the 90 meter motor yacht,Lauren L) is at the helm this season. He brings his extensive local knowledge and experience of the Med to charter. A new Italian chef and a new chief stewardess have been added to the crew. They are filled with energy and ready to welcome charter guests.
The yacht was formerly named AMNESIA.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FEATURES
The 196 foot Benetti motoryacht ANDREAS L accommodates 12. There are six elegant staterooms within sight. The yacht features top audio-visual entertainment and communications systems.
Lucky charter guests are pampered in the massage room and hair salon. Joanne, a full-time masseuse/therapist/stylist, takes great care of guests.
A well-equipped gymnasium awaits heath buffs. This special gymnasium has a unique ocean vantage point. Afterwards, sore muscles can then be soothed in the large Jacuzzi tub on the sun deck.
The yacht’s watersports inventory includes a SeaDoo Bombardier jet boat, four Polaris waverunners, scuba gear, and towable toys. Towables include Tubesters, Thrashers, and Bananas. Other items, for instance, flyfishing equipment, windsurfers, and waterboards, are included.
ONE MORE ITEM
Oh…we almost forgot. In addition to great watertoys — who could miss the helipad! The perfect easy access, away from watchful eye of the paparazzi!
BOOK A YACHT CHARTER IN THE MED
Priced from 315,000 EUROS per week plus all expenses. Click HEREto book your summer escape onboard this amazing yacht. Above all, make any offer! We will submit it to her owner on your behalf.
For most of us, the last thing we pack in our duffel bag before a Virgin Islands yacht charter is sunscreen. At this point, we’ve all heard the warnings about skin cancer and the need to lather on the protection.
BUT WHAT SPF?
What remains less clear is the amount of protection we need. The confusing jumble of sun protection numbers, symbols, and claims on the sunscreen bottles can be daunting.
Soon, simplified labeling standards will help consumers cut through the confusion. Starting next summer, consumers can look for SPF 15 sunscreens with the words, “broad spectrum” on the label, and feel confident they’re being protected from an increased risk of cancer.
WHAT ARE SUNSCREEN STANDARDS?
Currently, protection standards only to ultraviolet B rays, which cause sunburn. Under the new rules outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, sunscreens will also have to protect against ultraviolet A rays, often associated with skin cancer.
The new guidelines are designed to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens and make them easier to use.
LESS THAN 15 SPF
Sunscreens with less than an SPF of 15 or that aren’t “broad spectrum” will have to carry a warning label that reads, “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters, says the clarification is good news.
“Whether on a luxury sailing charter in the Caribbean, or sitting in port watching the action at the Monaco Grand Prix, it seems every client wants the same thing – a suntan,” says Sheeder. “Until now, most people judged sunscreen by one factor – the SPF number. Avoiding sunburn is important; thereby reducing cancer risk is critical.”(NOTE: Did you know that you can get melanoma – skin cancer – in your eyes? Make sure to always wear polarized sunglasses to protect yourself against cataracts and melanoma!)
“These changes to sunscreen labels are an important part of helping consumers have the information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s drug division.
Under the new rules:
• Sunscreen marketing claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof,” will be prohibited. The FDA says such claims are “exaggerations of performance.”
• The FDA seeks to cap the highest SPF value at 50. Unless companies can provide results of further testing that support a higher number.
• A four-star system currently used by some companies to rate UVA protection must be phased out. The FDA decided the star system was too confusing to consumers. Instead, protection against UVA should be proportional to protection against UVB, which is already measured using SPF.
WHICH SPF TO BRING?
The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure necessary to cause sunburn on skin protected by sunscreen, as compared with unprotected skin. For example, SPF rating of 30 means it takes a person 30 times longer to burn. Subsequently, wearing that sunscreen than with no sunscreen at all.
The new guidelines do not take effect until next summer. Many companies already adopted some of the labeling outlined by the FDA. Both Coppertone and Neutrogena sunscreens already boast “broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.”
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
The National Cancer Institute reports. Last year 6,800 people in the U.S. received melanoma diagnoses. It is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. An estimated 8,700 died from the disease. Almost $2 billion spend each year treating the disease.
Life in the oceans is at “imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing.” It goes on to say, “We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation.”
“No matter how you are involved in the ocean, you need to take responsibility. For instance, if you are a yacht rental agent. In addition, the owner of a mega yacht charter vessel. Or subsequently, the crew onboard a superyacht. You have a stake in what is happening to our oceans, “ says Sheeder.
“Part of what appeals to people who rent a private yacht is the chance to interact with nature. To swim among the creatures of the sea and to witness the rainbow of colors of a living coral reef. When you see a report like this, you realize just how at-risk our reefs really are.”
CONSEQUENCES OF INACTION
Sadly, the report paints a grim picture. “Unless action is taken now. [snip] The consequences of our activities are at a high risk. [snip] Of causing, through the combined effects of climate change. [snip] Over-exploitation, pollution and habitat loss. The next globally significant extinction event in the ocean,” it said.
The scientists list five mass extinctions over a 600 million year period. The extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago is the most recent.
The findings may be shocking. However some solutions can be implemented almost immediately. Over-fishing,for example, is the easiest for governments to reverse. “Over-fishing is now estimated to account for over 60 percent of the known local and global extinction of marine fishes,” according to William Cheung of the University of East Anglia. “Unlike climate change, it can be directly, immediately and effectively tackled by policy change.”
Sheeder worries about the financial repercussions of an ailing ocean. “Everyone in our industry must accept our responsibility as stewardsof the seas, or we risk the end of our industry and our livelihoods.”
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