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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Keys to Hybrid Sports Car

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Collage of 3 photographs of Leonardo diCaprio. Left photo is of Leo in a grey suit and standing in front of a white banner at a special event. Top right is a silver sportscar. Bottom right is Leo standing next to a silver sportscar in a showroom

Ah, life is good for film star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Dating “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, we first caught a glimpse of Leo relaxing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS, Steven Spielberg‘s multi-million dollar superyacht, during the recent Cannes Film Festival 2011.

Now we hear di Caprio is about to take delivery of a 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid luxury sports sedan.  And not just any Fisker Karma – the very first one ever built.

The actor is known for leading the green enviro movement in Hollywood, and his latest toy, like his Toyota Prius is built with sustainability in mind. The Karma is designed by Henrik Fisker, formerly of Aston Martin, and has been developed around an aluminium chassis. 

The plug-in Karma is driven by a a pair of electric motors totaling 403hp, powered by a 22 kWh lithium ion battery, or a 175kW generator turned by a 2.2L gas engine.

Even with its eco-friendly background, the Karma features a 125 mph top speed and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Also waiting in line for his own hybrid is Al “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore.

Just imagine the buzz if Leo were to invest in a hybrid mega yacht charter vessel?!

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to learn more about the newest generation of green superyachts and to charter your own eco-friendly yacht for vacation.

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Air Wars – Will Seaplanes Replace Helicopters on Superyachts?

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Amphibious seaplane - Icon A5 - will seaplanes replace helicopters on charteryachts?

Back in June, we took a look at the new Mercedes Benz-style helicopter, the EC145, and its potential use as an air tender on mega yacht charter vessels. 

Several readers contacted us to say the air tender of the future might be a plane and not a helicopter.  We found the concept too intriguing not to investigate further.

As we stated in June, “In the rarified air of multimillion dollar superyachts and gigayachts, helipads on luxury mega yacht charter vessels like motor yacht AIR and motor yacht MOONLIGHT II  commonplace…” 


Helicopter on superyacht - will this be replaced by a amphibious seaplane?

That being said, there are four compelling reasons why seaplanes might give helicopters a run for their money: acquisition cost, maintenance cost, payload, and range.

Simply put – it is often more affordable to acquire and maintain a seaplane when compared to a helicopter; and while we found payload comparisons vary depending upon the type of airship, the seaplanes far exceed the range of the typical helicopters.

Seaplanes, including a new amphibian model, could be taking the place of onboard helicopters on charter megayachts

What might further tip the scales in the favor of seaplanes is the new generation of planes known as
Special Light Sport Aircraft.   

Light sport aircraft are relatively new to general aviation. In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new category for sport aircraft.

In general, sports aircraft are cheaper to build than most helicopters.   With fewer training hours required, it is also easier and less expensive for people to get a sport pilot license as compared to a traditional pilot’s license.
 
As a tender to a luxury yacht charter vessel, the most interesting new sports plane is the Icon A5, slated for full production later this year.  The A5 is a 2-seat composite amphibian. Weighing just 1000 pounds, the plane features folding wings, allowing the aircraft to be stored onboard a yacht in a space no larger than 28 by 9 feet. 
 
With a price of just $135,000, the Icon A5 could prove to be the low cost air tender of the future.

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Builder’s Spotlight – Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards

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Feadship motoryacht - spotlight on Feadship brand and builders

A friend, unfamiliar with yachting, once asked me, "What makes a Feadship so special?"  I only had to think for a moment or two before answering with an analogy I knew he would immediately understand.  I simply said, "Feadship is the Rolls Royce of the yachting world."

Like aficionados of premium brand jewelry, cigars, furniture, and automobiles, Feadship yacht charter enthusiasts are drawn to the brand by a pedigree and reputation of excellence that dates back to 1949.

Feadship yachts are synonymous with quality craftsmanship and the finest building materials.  Ironically, with a reputation for old-world craftsmanship and traditional designs, the builder has embraced state-of-the-art construction technology and is now renown for modern superyacht designs and naval architecture. 

Here is a partial listing of the newest yachts built by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyard and available for super yacht charters throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean:

81 meter 2011 motor yacht AIR:  
Feadship motor yacht AIR

63 meter 2011 motor yacht LADY BRITT:  
Feadship motor yacht LADY BRITT for yacht charter

62 meter 2008 motor yacht SECRET:
Feadship motor yacht SECRET superyacht charter


53 meter 2009 motor yacht HURRICANE RUN:
Feadship motor yacht HURRICANE RUN yacht charter

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For a complete listing of available Feadship yachts for hire around the world or to book your own private luxury yacht charter aboard a magnificent Feadship superyacht, contact our destination specialists HERE.

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Family Fun: A Bahamas Vacation at 15% off

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Motor yacht Eagles Nest discounting rates for family yacht charters in the Bahamas

 
They say, It’s Better in the Bahamas, and MCP motor yacht Eagle’s Nest hopes to prove that saying true. 
 
Effectively immediately, the 98′ Bahama yacht charters vessel has a reduced weekly high season rate, from $45,000/wk to $38,000/wk – a savings of over 15%. Rates are plus running expenses (food, bar, fuel, etc.). 
 
Sure, a Mediterranean yacht charter vacation is fun, but what if you’re looking to stay closer to home this summer?   The Bahamas  are less than 50 miles away from Florida.  In the time it takes to commute to work, you and your family can be in the sun-drenched islands, far from the overcrowded anchorages of the Mediterranean. 

 
Built in 2007, motor yacht Eagle’s Nest can accommodate 6 to 10 guests in 4 cabins, making her ideal for a family vacation. 

Her master stateroom, located on the main deck, features a walkaround queen bed, satellite TV, and ensuite bath. Below deck, two guest staterooms offer walkaround queen beds, while a third cabin features twin beds plus two built-in bunks – a perfect room for 4 children.

Each stateroom has a Crestron audio entertainment system with surround sound, and reading lights next to the beds, complete blackout blinds, hairdryers, and port holes allowing plenty of natural light.

 
Of course, motor yacht charters in the Bahamas are all about the sun and the sea, and yacht Eagle’s Nest is the perfect platform to explore the islands.  Her semi-shaded aft deck is ideal for al fresco dining with seating for 8-10 guests, as well as access to the cockpit, forward, and large swim platform, aft.  Moving up a level, the bridge deck is also semi-shaded and features a large Jacuzzi tub with sun pads, plus a barbeque BBQ and ice maker.  
 
Need even more space to worship the sun?  A third top deck, the sun deck, offers semi-shade, an al fresco dining table, cushioned seating areas, and a wet bar.
 
For active guests, Eagles Nest carries an assortment of aquasports equipment – from snorkeling gear to fishing poles and scuba gear (for certified divers only).

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Take advantage of this great deal HERE …or to learn more about other special rates on summer yachting vacations, contact
  our destination specialists HERE today! 
 
  
 

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Floating Office – Working Vacations a Breeze on World’s Largest Yachts

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Working vacation - executive with laptop, talking on cellphone on a raft

The working vacation: one report estimates that 30% of employees do office work while on vacation.

Sure, you can call it an oxymoron, but in reality, many corporate executives mix business with pleasure when spending time away from the office.

Increasingly, the largest yachts available for luxury mega yacht charter are being designed with the  business traveler in mind – whether it’s via a small desk to check emails, or a complete media room for meetings and conferences.

The most common design is an area adjacent to the master cabin, which can serve as both an office or a sitting room.     

The least common, but starting to appear in more and more superyachts is the dedicated meeting center.  Normally not part of the master suite, these dedicated media spaces are often on a separate deck, with room for conducting business and holding meetings or small conferences. 

Whether formal or casual in design, most office spaces onboard yachts feature built-in internet connections, video screens, storage space, and most importantly – privacy.

Let’s look at some modern onboard office areas:

Motoryacht MI SUENO –  the study is part of the owner’s suite and features comfort, privacy, and the latest in technology.

Motoryacht MI SUENO private office study

Motoryacht SIREN –  situated forward on the yacht’s main deck is the master suite. Attached is a private office which can be converted into a nanny’s stateroom with a double Pullman berth.

Motor yacht SIREN office onboard

Motoryacht TURQUOISE – connected to the owner’s cabin, the office seems small in comparison to other yachts.  What makes the room with desk so charming is the upright piano.

Piano in owner suite office aboard private luxury yacht

Concept Feadship motoryacht BREATHE – still on the drawing board, Feadship yacht charter enthusiasts eagerly await the most radical desinged yacht by the esteemed builder.   In lieu of a small owner’s office, the main dining room on the main deck can easily be converted into a conference room. (Thanks to a reader for the edit!)

Feadship Breathe Yacht Concept main dining room convertible conference room

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Plan your next corporate retreat on a private yacht.  Contact  our executive meeting specialists HERE today.

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Know B4UGo – Rules for Using Waverunners During a Crewed Yacht Charter Vacation

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Waverunners require licensed drivers on yacht charter vacations


Kayaks, skis, and towable wakeboards and bananas are great
toys to have on a mega yacht charter.  However, the most requested aquasport equipment remains the personal watercraft (PWC).  Jet-skis and waverunners are considered de rigueur on yachts for hire, particularly the newest yachts available for charter.

Unfortunately, charter clients can end up frustrated and disappointed if they are not aware of the rules regarding the use of PWC’s in certain cruising grounds. Not only are waverunners not allowed in certain protected bays and coves, some governments require the operator of the PWC to have a license – and please note: an automobile driver’s license is NOT sufficient.

So, before you sign your rental yacht agreement, look for a very standard clause similar to this:

“Use of personal Water Craft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations.  Any liability arising from noncompliance is entirely at the operator’s risk.”

Simply put, just because your yacht carries waverunners onboard does not mean you can legally use them.

One way to obtain a PWC license is via one of many online boating safety courses.  Courses may vary from state to state and from country to country.  Fortunately, many PWC licenses are recognized and accepted in major charter destinations like the Western Med.

 
Here are two well-known online safety courses –
  1. PWC Safety School
  2. Boat U.S. Foundation 

    For students who prefer hands-on training, there are many accredited boating safety training centers and schools around the world, such as:

    Guardian Marine (UK)  

    Riviera Sea School (France)

    International Yacht Training (Worldwide)

    Once you obtain your PWC license, be sure to discuss with your crew your desire to use the yacht’s personal watercraft.  You might be surprised to find your cruising ground does not permit the use of PWC’s – license or not!  

    This is especially true in areas with sensitive eco systems.  British Virgin Islands yacht charters, for example, are not allowed to use PWC’s anywhere in the island chain.

    Knowing the rules for operating personal watercraft before your charter will help make your vacation safer and memorable for all the right reasons!  

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    From waverunners to mini submarines, click HERE and let our experts help you select the perfect yacht with watertoys for you and your family.

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Motoryacht of the Year Exuma Offers Discount for French Polynesia Cruise

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Yacht charter on coral reefs and scuba dive skin dive in Tahiti French Polynesia South Pacific

When we first profiled motor yacht EXUMA back in March, we were a bit skeptical a builder known for launching luxury sailing charter vessels, such as MELEK and PANTHALASSA would tackle a project to build a 50 meter motor yacht.  
 
Once the project was completed, all doubts were erased, as motor yacht EXUMA was selected the 
Motoryacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards 2011.  Built by the Perini Navi Group, the 50 meter yacht was also named Best Displacement Motoryacht under 500 gross tons.

With accommodations for 8 to 9 guests, the yacht is currently in Tahiti and is available for charter until early August. After some use by her owner, she will again be available from mid September to late October in Fiji.

With a very low draft, the yacht is designed to access anchorages to shallow for most large yachts.  This shallow draft makes her the ideal vessel to explore the reefs of French Polynesia.  

Unique onboard toys include a Hovercraft, underwater Seabob scooter, an electric moped, and Amphibian jeep.

Hovercraft tender of motor yacht EXUMA in Tahiti
    
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Are you looking for an unforgettable experience in a unique destination this summer?  Come explore French Polynesia. The owner of motoryacht EXUMA is willing to negotiate a discounted rate to secure last minute bookings!  Contact our reservations team HERE for more details.

 

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Nude No More – Airport Body Scanners Do Away With Naked Images

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Naked images in airport scanning to be a thing of the past

While questions may remain as to whether or not airport scanners pose a health risk to travelers, there’s good news for airline passengers uncomfortable with screeners viewing their naked image. 

New software for screening passengers at U.S. airports will do away with naked images, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

After hundreds of complaints from travelers, the TSA began testing software for uses a generic body outline and highlights the area where any anomaly is detected during a full body scan. Now, as you prepare to board your flight, your body image will not appear in this new scanning software.

We often hear our clients express their concerns about the body scanning process,”  says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  “While we appreciate the importance of airport security, we are hopeful the new software will effectively address the privacy issues of our luxury yacht charter customers.”

Made by L-3 Communications, scanners at the 40 domestic airports that currently use the equipment will be upgraded over the next several months, the TSA said.

This software upgrade enables us to continue providing a high level of security through advanced imaging technology screening, while improving the passenger experience at checkpoints,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

The agency also plans to test similar software later this year for the 247 backscatter scanners that are in 38 airports and made by OSI Systems Inc’s Rapiscan Systems unit.

Later this year, the TSA will unveil a pilot program that will allow some frequent fliers at four hub U.S. airports to go through expedited screening.

Now if we can just get airline food and service to be half as good as the meals and crew service found onboard mega yacht charter vessels…  

Winking smiley face yacht charter blog tsa screening

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Want to save time at the airport?  Read our quicktips for hassle-free airport screening HERE.

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Ship Shape – Mega Yacht Charters Focus on Health-Conscious Travel

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Sauna massage yoga meditation wellness on your yacht charter vacation

The age of wellness is upon us.  Everywhere you turn, people seek to boost their wellness and make healthy living a priority in both daily life and travel.
 
Taking a queue from this growing trend, the newest and largest yachts for charter are being designed and outfitted to accommodate adventurous, wellness-oriented travelers. 
 

From the latest gym equipment – to fully-staffed mini-spas – to healthier menu options, the yachts and the overall charter experience are moving beyond the traditional yachting vacations of the past.

Yachts are dedicating more onboard space to fitness areas as well as private deck space for meditation and private retreat. Galleys are being stocked with fresh, all-natural foods, and chefs are drafting more heart-healthy menus.

“The market has redefined the charter experience,” says Jana Sheeder, President of superyacht rental syndicate SailAway Yacht Charters.  “We’re witnessing a renaissance – a shift from the traditional cruise mentality to a sea-based adventure that nurtures the body and feeds the soul.”  

 
For years, the typical Caribbean yacht charter vacation focused on extremes, if not downright decadence.  Yachts would burn fuel at dizzying rates to motor from one tropical island to the next, and guests would feast on lavish meals and exotic fare. 
 
Now, the modern charter guest seeks to balance a respect for eco-sensitive travel with a desire to focus on wellness and health.
 

Sheeder is keenly aware of the shift in priorities.  “The opportunity to truly relax and focus on mind, body, and soul is paramount to the modern charter customer,” she says.

Onboard the superyachts, chefs have revised their cooking styles and their menus. They now incorporate more organic foods, along with reduced sodium and lower sugar alternatives, to cater to the growing demand by charter guests for health-conscious meals.

The nature of onboard entertainment is evolving as well.  Crews report guests spend less time watching TV and movies, and more time pursuing wellness activities.  Charter brokers report more customers now inquire about the availability of exercise equipment and spa services.


New yachts are now built with large gymnasiums, as well as spa amenities and on some  vessels, beauty salons.  Older yachts are converting some cabins from sleeping quarters into workout areas or meditation rooms.
 
A shining example of this new commitment to wellness is the brand new Feadship yacht charter motor yacht LADY BRITT.  With accommodations for 12 guests, the 208 foot vessel exudes the luxury, style, and sophistication commonplace on modern yachts.  What stands out, however, is the onboard equipment and amenities dedicated to wellness.
 

Gym equipment and wellness spa on yacht charter vacation

 
The yacht features a wellness spa (offering Elemis massage, beauty and hair treatments), a fully-equipped gymnasium (with Technogym equipment), an outdoor cinema, and an authentic Finnish sauna with a private meditation deck and access to the water.

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Enjoy a wellness cruise in the Caribbean or Mediterranean onboard motor yacht Lady Britt for €445,000 per week, plus expenses.  Click HERE for more information about superyacht Lady Britt

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Spend a Week Yachting with a Princess

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Princess motoryacht Western Mediterranean yacht charter fast sleek megayacht

When we think of a “Princess,” we often envision a beautiful young lady with charm, grace, and the finest heritage.  The same holds true in the world of yachting. 

UK-based Princess Yachts has become synonymous with that which is the finest in design of luxury yacht charter vessels.

Through dedication to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship, the British builder has become one of the most respected names in the marine industry.  With flybridge models from 42 to 90 feet, and mega yacht charter vessels from  32 to 40 meters, the dynamic profiles of Princess yachts are recognized in ports around the globe.    

The Regal lady of the 2011 Mediterranean summer cruising season is the new Princess 72 motor yacht.  Spacious and luxurious,  she promises a breathtaking cruising experience whether enjoying a day out on the water along the Côte d’Azur, or during a multi-night Croatia yacht charter odyssey.

The 72 model displays every characteristic that defines a Princess: clean flowing lines, elegant styling, and effortless power swelling to a cruising speed of 34 knots.

The Princess 72 Motor Yacht perfectly combines the comfort and elegance of a motor yacht with the performance of a sports cruiser, making her a most desirable yacht for hire.

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Come spend a week on a Princess. The 2011 motor yacht FLOREVA 2 has just launched and is available in Rosas, Spain.  The yacht accommodates 8 guests and is priced at €36,000 per week, plus expenses.  Contact our consultants HERE for reservation details.

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