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2012 Luxury Yacht Charter Top Trend – Wellness Vacations

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Photograph of two calendars showing the year number only. One says 2011, and the other says 2012.  They are white spiral bound, with black font.

2011 to 2012



Last week, we reported on an increase of newly-built superyachts entering the market, in combination with fewer weeks of yachting vacations being sold.



In the category of yachts from 30 to 50 meters (about 100 to 165 feet), there was a 28 per cent increase in the number of yachts on the charter market in 2010. At the same time, the same market segment saw a reduction of 10.7 per cent in weekly base rates.



A decrease in the number of charter weeks sold worldwide (down 9 percent in 2010, from 2009) and increased competition due to a growing number of new yachts, means owners must look for new ways to attract potential customers.



So what is emerging as the newest marketing trend in 2012 to lure new and repeat clients?



Photo of a massage bed in middle of room with calming photos on the wall

Spa on a superyacht


The largest yachts in the world have accepted the challenge to compete with the world’s best land-based spas. Exercise equipment, once a novelty on yachts and relegated to a small area on deck, has given way to fully-equipped onboard fitness centers and workout rooms. 


Photograph of motoryacht LADY S at anchor. She is a big white boat. She is facing the left side of the photo.

Amels yacht, LADY S


NFL Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, for example, recently purchased the Amels motor yacht LADY S.  Spa type upgrades on the 70 meter yacht include a heated Jacuzzi dip pool with swim jets and in-water exercise bar, Summit-brand deck furniture, a Turkish sauna, and full gym with Woodway treadmills, Techno Multi Cross training platform, a Synchro Excite, and stationary bicycle.

Profile photograph of yacht HIGH POWER III underway. Calm sea, waves lapping underneath yacht as it moves. Rock mountain in the back left side of photo.


The recently-launched 70 meter motor yacht HIGH POWER III provides an entire deck for wellness.  The existence of an true “Spa Deck” shows how unique this Italian-built yacht really is.

A sauna, steam room, and fully-equipped gym are complimented by a private outdoor area with comfortable sunbeds. Adjacent massage and beauty rooms serve as suitable options for total relaxation. Breakfast, light lunches, even barbecues can be enjoyed outside on the spa deck as well, for the outside forward area has been set up with a bar and barbecue.



Look for 2012 to be the year onboard masseuses and wellness crew members offering aromatherapy, meditation, and yoga classes becoming commonplace on many of the world’s newest yachts.



Rent private yacht – Ease your mind and body with a wellness vacation.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charter specialists at today.

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As Euro Slides Versus Dollar, Look For Luxury Yacht Charter Value

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Money from different countries

Reuters is following a downgrade in credit ratings of nine euro zone countries.  They report the euro as likely to post further losses in the coming week.  It dropped on Friday the 13th to its lowest against the U.S. dollar in nearly 17 months. 



With euro sliding, value prices on Caribbean yacht charter vacations will flourish, says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

“Many of the yachts we represent for mega yacht charters are owned by European investors.  They set their rates in Euros.  It is a currency that is being battered by the downgraded credit ratings of euro zone countries like France, Spain, and Italy,” says Sheeder.



American travelers look to secure rental vacations on European-owned superyachts. They see their US dollar stretch further than in the past two charter seasons. 

“US-based travelers were on the short end of the stick for quite some time,” says Sheeder.  “As their dollars strengthen, they can upgrade to larger yachts without paying more money. The foreign currency pendulum is definitely swinging in their direction.”



The inventory of luxury vessels for hire is growing.  Couple this with low demand due to the global recession.  These changes put pressure on charter rates.  Charterers rejoice. “The shrinking euro plus excess inventory and low demand is creating tremendous value for United States residents looking to charter in the Caribbean this winter and even in the Mediterranean this summer,” explains Sheeder.

Profile photograph of yacht HIGH POWER III underway. Calm sea, waves lapping underneath yacht as it moves. Rock mountain in the back left side of photo.

High Power III

The 70-meter motor yacht HIGH POWER III (ex-NUMPTIA), for example, recently announced a euro rate reduction, combined with extra free charter days for the remainder of the Caribbean season.  

Sheeder and her advisors believe the tumble is not over. 

The breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditor banks means Greece is on the verge of collapse. This could continue the downtrend in the euro,” states Sheeder. 

Some currency strategists see the euro possibly hitting $1.25 by the end of next week, with a target of between $1.21-$1.22.   The euro plunged to a low of $1.26240, its weakest level since late August 2010, on the EBS trading platform. On Friday the 13th, it last traded at $1.26830, down 1.1 percent on the day. The euro, down slightly on the week, posted its third straight weekly loss, based on EBS data.

“On the bright side,” says Sheeder, the tumbling euro will provide a significant incentive for  Americans to book European-owned yachts at a deeply-discounted price for many months to come.”



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Builder of Catamarans Undeterred by Shipyard Fire

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Aerial photograph of a catamaran sailboat next to a shipyard.

Sunreef Yachts shipyard in Poland



At any rate, fire halted production. This happened at the shipyard of a builder of luxury catamarans.  The company President says it’s business as usual just 5 days later.



The fire on January 19 did not stop production for long.  The catamaran manufacturer started rebuilding lost units within 5 short days. Some yachts under construction were destroyed.  Key molds were saved, however, and the shipyard adapted another production hall right away.  Above all, the molds moved to the new site, and business resumed.

Production was recommenced on January 23rd, and Francis Lapp, President of Sunreef Yachts, is,

“…confident any delays in delivery due to the fire will not exceed 3 months.”

Photograph of a building on fire and two firemen spraying water from separate hoses on it

Fire at Sunreef Yachts shipyard



Interest in crewed catamaran charters has increased dramatically in the past 5 years, thanks in part to the roominess and stability of these multi-hull vessels, as compared to their monohull counterparts. 

Sunreef Yachts is a leading designer and builder of luxury sailing and power catamarans in the 60 to 80 foot range. The company is known for its commitment to building yachts with luxurious accommodations, expansive living spaces, and  innovative designs.



Currently in service as Caribbean yacht charter vessels are Sunreef 62 sailing catamaran CATSY, Sunreef 70 power catamaran DAMRAK II, and Sunreef 70 sail catamaran SEAZEN II.



In conclusion, enjoy the comfort and space of a wide-body catamaran for your next Spring or Easter yacht rental.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters catamaran specialists at for list of available cats in the Caribbean.

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Celebrity’s Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel Might Need New Name

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Photograph of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis at a formal event. He is in a tuxedo. She is wearing a black dress and neck scarf. The photograph of of them from the chest up. They are looking at the camera.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis



Should we believe the reports?  If so, there’s trouble in Paradis for Captain Jack Sparrow.     



People Magazine reports Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp is in hot water. He and his love of 14 years, singer Vanessa Paradis, are calling it quits.  According to People, Depp, 48, and the Chanel model, 39, have not been in public together for more than a year.



To the movie-going public, Depp is a star.  He is best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. The pirate is the central protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.  In the yachting industry, the actor is more familiar.  For instance, he is the celebrity owner of a charteryacht often cruising the Bahamas.

This week’s office water-cooler question: will the split lead Depp to rename his Bahama yacht charters motor yacht, VaJoLiRoJa?

Photograph of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis on a yacht. Johnny is at the left of the picture. He is taking a photo. Vanessa is standing next to him, on the right, watching what he is doing. They are casually dressed. He is wearing green shorts, a light blue sleeveless t-shirt that shows his arm tattoo, and a bandana on his head. She is wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt, and her hair is pulled back in a ponytail. The yacht is white with brown shiny wood interior.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradise on yacht VaJoLiRoJa


The boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack. 



If Johnny drops Vanessa, can we assume the multi-syllabic boat name will shed its current first syllable – leaving us with JoLiRoJa?  We kind of like that – if you say it fast enough it sounds like, “Jolly Roger”  — a perfect name for this 156 foot yacht of distinctive character.



But wait, what if it’s Vanessa forcing Johnny to, “Walk the plank?”  If she keeps custody of the yacht, the new name could be VaJoLiRoJa.   Has a nice sound to it – kinda rolls off the tongue…



Perhaps the best name for the yacht is RANSOM, as in Depp’s reported $300 gross profit sharing booty from Disney’s Pirates movie franchise.  



View our favorite celebrity-owned mega yacht charter vessels, then contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at to plan your own adventure at sea.

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Charter Market Welcomes Superyacht VAVA II

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Profile photograph of solid white superyacht VAVA II. She is facing the left side of the photograph. There is a hill and green grassy area behind her. Looks like New England.

Superyacht VAVA II



This superyacht arrives September 2011.  Important to realize, her proud owner and charter market eagerly await her arrival.  Presenting 2012 motoryacht VAVA II.  She is a product of Pendennis Plus (formerly Devonport Yachts).  The lady is 96 meters in length.  She is one of the largest built in the UK.



To begin with, her name was Devonport Project-55.  She features a Redman Whitely Dixon exterior. Her interiors are Remi Tessier designs.



Sea trials are complete. The yacht soon joins the global charter market.   She has a SOLAS-36 passenger ship regulation build.  The yacht sets a new standard in the charter market. 



Another large-capacity yacht for rent is 36-passenger motor yacht CHRISTINA O (has yacht video).  Additionally, 40-passenger motor yacht LAUREN L can be chartered. Lastly, 26-passenger motor yacht SHERAKHAN is a favorite of large families. 


In conclusion, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at for more info or to rent a yacht TODAY.

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Compact Crewed Catamaran Charters Powercat To Launch in 2012

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Photograph of a red power catamaran underway. Boat has red hull and white superstructure (top). Calm water and a wake trailing behind the boat

Sunreef 60 Powercat


Let’s travel from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.  Wonderful yachting destinations.  Catamarans built by Sunreef Yachts are dominating the charter industry.  Vessels such as Sunreef 70 sail catamaran BLUE GURU and Sunreef 70 power catamaran DAMRAK II  redefine luxury at sea.



Now, word comes of a new entry into the marketplace by Sunreef.  In particular, the Sunreef 60 power catamaran.  It is a result of a growing demand for compact,  impressive multihull motoryachts.  This yacht has all the features of the popular 70 Sunreef Power.  However,  it has a 27.8 foot (8.5 meter) beam.  This beam width makes her more convenient for crowded marinas.  This is a popular concept for Mediterranean dockage. 

Aerial photograph of a power catamaran with a red hull and a white superstructure. She is headed toward the lower left side of the photo. Her wake behind her is in a u-shape, as if she has driven around

Sunreef 60 Powercat


The first unit of the 60 Sunreef Power has been commissioned by a European owner. To enumerate, it has two double cabins in the forward section, two double cabins in the starboard hull, and one double, one bunk-bed cabin in the port hull. All cabins will have private bathrooms and plenty of storage space.  



Mediterranean yacht charter guests will find the interior of the main deck will feature the galley and a dining area, while a mezzanine floor located in the midship will feature the internal helm station and lounge, providing access to the forward guest cabins and the flybridge.



A spacious sun deck comprises an external helm station, wet bar, dining area and a roomy sun pad, ideal for outdoor lounging in the sun.  Charter models will have an option to include a Jacuzzi on the flybridge.



She features many beautiful modern and minimalistic touches. For instance, wenge and oak wood contrasts, and cream and white upholstery that has brushed stainless steel details.

The Sunreef 60 mould (mold USA) is already completed and the first unit is due for launch in late May 2012.



When it comes to luxury sailing charter vacations, why rock the boat?  Charter a wide and stable catamaran for your next island holiday.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters catamaran experts at for more details and special catamaran discounts. 


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Equal Cabins Makes Yacht Best Choice for Couples

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Profile photograph of a motoryacht that is facing toward the right side of the photo. Yacht name on side of boat is TOUCH. There are individual people in 2 yellow kayaks in the water next to the boat.

Touch motoryacht


Couples plan Caribbean yacht charter vacations together.  Traveling with other couples often produces an all-too-common hurdle.  Do we select a large, expensive yacht with equal cabins?  Or do we choose a smaller, more affordable boat and draw straws to see which couple gets the cabin with two single beds?



Welcome motoryacht TOUCH.  She has come to the rescue of couples everywhere by offering equal cabins and affordable rates.

Photograph of a guest double stateroom on yacht, Touch. It is a large bed with silky grey bedding. The room is surrounded by windows on 3 sides.

Guest double stateroom of motoryacht TOUCH


The 120 foot motor yacht TOUCH offers accommodations for 4 couples in 4 equal staterooms – each featuring a king size bed and ensuite bathroom. 



While similar-sized yachts are charging rates in excess of $75,000 plus expenses, per week, M/Y TOUCH has kept her prices reasonable – charging $65,000 per week, plus expenses, for 8 guests, during the 2012 Caribbean charter season.



Launched in 2004, the yacht underwent a $1.5 million refit in 2011.  The yacht was painted top-to-bottom, the entertainment system was upgraded with new flat screen TV’s, audio speakers and components, and new fabrics and coverings on most of the yacht’s indoor and outdoor furniture.

Aerial photograph of motoryacht TOUCH. Photo shows the multiple decks of the yacht.

Aerial photo of motoryacht TOUCH


Based in St Thomas, USVI, the yacht and her crew keep guests busy with an amazing assortment of watertoys. For instance, high-speed 29′ sportfish tender, sea kayaks, snorkel gear, and an assortment of towable toys.  After a day of playing, a large ondeck Jacuzzi tub offers couples the chance to relax sore muscles and enjoy a cocktail under the stars.



In conclusion, filling this special niche for couples should keep motor yacht TOUCH busy for years to come…


Planning an all-couples vacation in the Caribbean?  Let our destination experts show you the various options for both sailing yachts and motoryachts.  Contact SailAway Yacht Charters at 
today for more details. 

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Family Enjoys Christmas Superyacht Charter

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Profile photograph of motoryacht LADY BEE. She is a solid white powerboat. The water is turquoise. She is facing the center of the left side of the picture.

LADY BEE Motoryacht


Client testimonials are critical for the industry. Superyachts cater to an exclusive clientele, so any feedback that we receive is important to pass along to other clients. We also rate yachts for their feasibility to particular groups and what they expect. For instance, if a crew is bothering the guests, we comment to the crew about remaining invisible.


“Great trip. Motor yacht LADY BEE is a great boat – spacious rooms, great entertainment lounge for kids…

Food/chef was superb – service and tableware was very impressive.

Crew was very helpful, well dressed, polite, however considering this was a 9-person crew, there were times we had to look/find someone for service.

Little disappointed, when no safety instructions, muster points, first aid/fire information was given. We were told to read the manual provided…not really that efficient for children.

Yacht was well equipped with toys, movies, life jackets, lots of good quality towels, great dinnerware/settings – all very impressive.

Very clean, well organized, plenty of snacks, and no shortage of any provisions.

As I am considering another Med/Adriatic sea cruise in Aug 2013, I would certainly charter this boat, if it were in the area!”




Motoryacht Lady Bee is a 142′ Caribbean yacht charter vessel. She accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins.  This review was not our charter, but sharing the review is important to us. Lady Bee spends time in the winter in the lower Caribbean. After that, she heads to the Bahamas with a home port of Nassau. In other words, Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, here we come!


Weekly charter rate is $110,000, plus all running expenses.



In conclusion, for more details about motoryacht LADY BEE, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Incentives – 70 Meter Superyacht Makes Offers to Spur Charters

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Profile photograph of yacht HIGH POWER III underway. Calm sea, waves lapping underneath yacht as it moves. Rock mountain in the back left side of photo.



More news from High Power III.  She has been continually in the news since her late 2011 launch.  She now offers yacht charter incentives.  The yacht has gained notice for her award-winning chef, Heather Kaniuk.  In addition, her unique and elegant wellness spa deck received notice.



Now comes word the Caribbean yacht charter vessel hopes to lure more US-dollar business, by combining a rate reduction with complimentary extra charter days.

Effective immediately – for each week of charter booked, the customer will receive an additional 2 FREE DAYS OF CHARTER.  Thus, charterers can pay for 7 days and receive two more complimentary days onboard Rossi Navi luxury motor yacht HIGH POWER III (ex-Numptia).



In addition to the free days, the yacht has has another special.  She converted her rates. In specific, from 490,000 EUROS per week to 490,000 US DOLLARS per week.  The effect of the foreign currency conversion results in a real dollar savings of $144,000 per week.   This is the equivalent of a 23% price break.   All rates are plus running expenses.



“This foreign currency conversion will have a special appeal to our US-based clients who have seen the value of the dollar pale in comparison to the Euro for the past 8 years,”  says yacht maven Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters. “Not only does this mitigate the loss of purchasing power of the foreign currency translation, but it provides a significant incentive to book this yacht at a deeply-discounted price.”



The Italian-built superyacht accommodates 12 guests. Onboard amenities include an elevator between all decks, fireplace, super inflatable slide, and a massive 3D big screen TV.   High Power III’s unique spa deck offers a fully-equipped gym, steam room, sauna, beauty salon, and massage room, plus forward exterior bar & dining areas on the spa deck to create the ultimate at-sea oasis.  



Come enjoy a wellness vacation aboard motor yacht HIGH POWER III. 
For reservations, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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India’s Affluent Turning To Yacht Ownership

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Profile photo of multiple solid white powerboats at anchor. They are staggered, with the one at the bottom of the photograph being furthest to the left of the photo, and the one at the center of the photo being furthest to the right side of the picture. There is a bright blue sky and calm dark blue water

Yachting in India


Recent reports in the Indian press indicate changes.  Specifically, a new yachting culture has hit Indian shores. Globe-trotting Indians are starting to flaunt express cruisers and speedboats. These are the new symbols of wealth.  In addition, families are renting large yachts for vacations together.


According to Malav Shroff of Mumbai-based Mahindra Ocean Group, “After you have luxury cars, upmarket living spaces, high-end accessories and farm houses, where would you spend your money? Yachts are becoming elements of aspiration for many.”   



Anju Dutta, a sales broker for Marine Solutions says sports cruisers are hot picks. “We have sold 45 Sea Ray sports boats and cruisers in the last year…in places like Goa, Cochin and Kolkata,” she says. Marine Solutions also gets demand for premium Italian models like the Ferretti 570 motor yacht. More commonly seen in the Mediterranean yacht charter market, such as the Ferretti motor yacht NUMBER OF COWES, interest in both buying and chartering mid-range Ferretti models in India is on the rise.



Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters has been monitoring the increased demand for yachts in India. 

Mumbai is the country’s yacht capital, says Sheeder. “The number of motoryachts in the city has increased form 100 to over 200 in the past three years. The city has over 700km of waterfront exposure and the Maharashtra government has plans to develop multiple marinas.  This is truly an emerging yachting market.”  



While many Indian-owned yachts are used exclusively by the owners, others are now available for charter both in India and in ports around the world.  Vijay Mallya owns the 95-meter motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESS which Sheeder and her company offer for hire at a weekly rate of €600,000 plus expenses. 



Rent Private Yacht Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at  today to join in the fun, and discover the joys of luxury yacht charter vacations

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