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121 foot Yacht Charter Vessel Beckons For St. Lucia Jazz Festival Booking

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Word arrived today that the owner and crew of Crescent motor yacht OLGA are keen to secure a Caribbean yacht charter reservation during the upcoming St. Lucia Jazz Festival, April 30 – May 12.

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The popular mega yacht charter vessel is waiving all delivery fees to be in position in the islands of the Grenadines to accept bookings between April 26 and May 25.Take advantage of this opportunity to discover St. Lucia and the Grenadines. Caribbean activities include scuba diving, hiking, zip-lining, biking, and horseback riding.  Then, for a touch of tranquility, take advantage of the amenities in place at several world renowned spas, resorts, and wellness centers in the Grenadines.Editor’s note – come to think of it, there’s little reason to spend extra money visiting a spa, since Crescent yacht OLGA, ex BARONESS, has a warm Jacuzzi tub on her deck and a licensed massage therapist in the crew!!!
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It’s amazing to see a 121′  yacht carry the number of watertoys commonly found on much larger superyacht vessels.   Motoryacht OLGA’s toy list includes: 

  • 22’6″ Novurania with 150 hp Yamaha outboard engine
  • Yamaha 3-person waverunner
  • Dive compressor and SCUBA gear for certified divers
  • Snorkel equipment
  • 13′ Hobie Wave Catamaran
  • 2 x 2-person kayaks
  • 2 paddle boards
  • Towable toys including water skis, knee board, tube, molecule tube
  • Surf boards
  • Fishing rods and gear
Motor Vessel MV OLGA, ex BARONESS offers accommodations for 8 guests in 5 staterooms.
The multilingual (English, French, Spanish, and Thai) and multi-talented crew includes Captain Bernard Calot, Chef Philippe Le Scelleur, Mate David McCoy, Chief Stewardess/Masseuse Sarah Herrera, Stewardess/Masseuse Jiwan Kongtup, and Deckhand Patricio Ramirez. 
Oops – we almost forgot to mention the St. Lucia Jazz Festival!!!
Considered the Caribbean’s premier cultural event, the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival will attract thousands to St Lucia. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers, and music aficionados will be wooed by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 13-day festival, which runs from April 30 to May 12, 2013.
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The weekly charter rate for M/Y OLGA is $59,000 plus running expenses (items such as food, fuel, dockage, bar, etc.)

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5 Cabin Megayacht Offers French Yacht Charter Discount

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On the heels of securing a prized Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter for late May, the owner of the 43 meter motor yacht HANA hopes to race into summer with solid discount for June bookings.

Effective immediately, CRN yacht HANA has lowered her low season rate from €135,000 per week to €115,000 per week for all Western Mediterranean yacht charter vacations.

Photograph of motoryacht HANA underway. Photo taken from quarter bow profile, so you see the massive and sharp nose of the boat

Yacht Specifications:

43 meters (139 feet 9 inches) • Built by CRN • 2008 • 11 Guests • 5 Cabins • 9 Crew
Motoryacht HANA is a highly spacious yacht which makes her the perfect yacht for special event yacht charters as well as private family vacations.   With a light and modern interior designed by Claude Missir, she boasts a full-beam Owner’s Cabin on the main deck, featuring an Owner’s Study and private balcony. 

Yachts docked in the marina next to the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack. At least 100 yachts in the photo

She also offers three double and one twin staterooms, all with ensuite baths, two spacious salons, a dining room, and a large gym.

Her huge sundeck is equipped with a plasma screen TV, Jacuzzi tub, sun lounges, bar, and barbecue.  

Current Bookings:
22 – 27 May 2013 – Monaco Grand Prix

Surprise your spouse with the Grand Prix Espresso Veloce Machine as a teaser to your booking for the Monaco Grand Prix!


Do not miss the opportunity to charter this stunning superyacht at €115,000 per week plus running expenses during June 2013!!

To charter superyacht HANA, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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60 meter Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Sublime Luxury

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UPDATE:    LYANA is now named SWAN.  (Click to access her profile and to book this gorgeous Benetti!)


Entering her third season in the Mediterranean, motor yacht LYANA looks as fresh and inviting as the day she launched. 

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The Benetti yacht charter vessel is the epitome of elegance, and someone has effectively blended contemporary style with classic touches.  The 60 meter Benetti yacht LYANA and her crew are now seasoned veterans, ready to deliver a highly satisfying summer charter.  Capable of cruising at 14 knots,  Western Mediterranean destinations, such as the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Monaco, St Tropez and the Côte d’Azur are within easy reach.Let’s take a closer look at M/Y LYANA – Her interior was designed by Paris-based Pierre-Yves Rochon and offers classic shapes, set in a color scheme of beige and crème for furnishing and upholstery, all framed by dark lacquered wood for cabinets and joinery. A collection of fine artwork by Botero, Dali, and others is spread about the interior.

Starting on the main aft deck, a large U-shaped sofa offers a comfortable welcome, effortlessly seating 12.  A set of white upholstered wooden armchairs and two additional semicircular sofas give the aft deck ample seating.  This is the perfect setting for entertainment.
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From the aft deck, you enter the main salon through large sliding glass doors.  Warm and welcoming, the saloon highlights the yacht’s sublime delivery of  classic design couples with modern shapes.  One charter guest described this area as, “Tasteful, with an overall calm and hospitable feel.”Forward of the main salon is the formal dining area.  Again, classic elegance has been embellished with a contemporary color palette. What a perfect location for a sophisticated dinner party.

rainforest shower aboard luxury motoryacht lyana

A central spiral staircase connects all interior decks.  Adjacent to this central area is the owner’s office which serves as the entrypoint to the master suite.  Lavishly spacious, this room has the look and feel of a fully-equipped spa.   The massive bathroom features a rainforest shower area with hydro-therapy jets. The stateroom itself is bathed in natural light via a circular central skylight, and a semicircular array of windows that turn this room into a luxurious private observation lounge with panoramic views beyond the yacht’s bow.Motor yacht LYANA can accommodate up to twelve guests, with additional staterooms found on the upper and lower decks. Located on the lower deck, two doubles and two twins can be found, all adjacent to the central staircase. Each cabin has sumptuous ensuite bathrooms.

On the upper deck, a VIP suite doubles as both an extra stateroom as well as a massage and wellness area. A licensed  masseuse is onboard and at the guests’ disposal.

The aft section of the upper deck features an open-air saloon where a bar, games table, and multiple seating arrangements can be found.  The large space allows for both intimate dinner parties as well as elegant cocktail parties.

Upper deck of superyacht LYANA with jacuzzi hot tub, sun beds, bar, and guest seating

Last but not least is the sumptuously-sized sun deck.  Primary features include the Jacuzzi area, with tub, big sun pads, and an extended lounging sofa. The central section offers shade from the sun under a hard top and an area to use the onboard gym equipment (including rowing, running and Pilates machines and a trainer bicycle). For guests preferring to get their exercise in the water, there’s a large beach club deck, located at the yacht’s stern.Simply put, this is an amazing yacht and her collection of amenities, combined with her sense of style, make her a perfect choice for any charter.


Charter rates from €320,000 per week.

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Luxury Sailing Yacht Builder In A Class Of Its Own

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Was it really ten months ago that nearly two dozen of the largest luxury sailing charter vessels gathered in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the most popular yachting events in the Mediterranean, the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta?

This past week, 28 superyacht vessels converged at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda base in Virgin Gorda for the third “Caribbean” edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, sponsored by luxury Italian brand Loro Piana.

If there is one yacht builder that stands out among all others at these events, it has to be Perini Navi.  Since the early eighties, Perini Navi has built luxury sailing charter vessels in a class of their own. To date, the company has built 52 yachts, measuring up to 88 meters in length.

Maltese Falcon Perini Navi sailboat racing seen from back of yacht - sails up - boat leaning left

Flagship of the fleet is the Perini Navi yacht MALTESE FALCON, delivered in 2006. A masterpiece of technology and design, the 88 meter yacht MALTESE FALCON is without equal.  At the 2013 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, Perini Navi will be represented by 38m cruiser/racer sail yacht P2, as well as the sleek and stylish 54m yacht PARSIFAL III

Other Perini Navi yacht charter vessels often available in the Caribbean include 56 meter yacht SALUTE, and the 50 meter yacht BARACUDA.


To charter a luxury sailing yacht in the Caribbean this spring, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Luxury Yacht Charter Emergen-Sea: Ways To Protect Your Caribbean Yacht Charter Odyssey

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With one of the highest safety records in the travel industry, luxury sailing yacht charter vacations in the Caribbean continue to grow in popularity.  While no one goes on a yachting vacation expecting misfortune, it is still wise to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. Here are several tips on how to protect yourself and your property:
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Liability Insurance
Before you sign your charter agreement, ask your broker about the level of insurance built into the rental contract. Find out if the yacht’s insurance policy covers guests for third party liability (e.g. injury to a swimmer by a charter guest operating one of the yacht’s waverunners),as well as coverage for lost possessions and personal accidents. If such coverage is not offered, you might wish to consult with your own insurance advisor regarding coverage options.
Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance
People get sick…Flights get cancelled…Stuff “happens.”  Many companies like Travel Assure and Travel Guard International offer cancellation and curtailment coverage at a cost of approximately 2.5 per cent of the charter fee to cover a possible loss of the charter fee if the holiday has to be cancelled for unforeseen reasons. 
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Medical Air Service
While Virgin Islands yacht charter vacations continue to be the most popular for Americans, more and more charterers are seeking remote sailing vacations in exotic island habitats.  If you are planning on cruising in Third World waters, realize local medical services may be well below those standards of your own country, and serious life-threatening injuries or illness might require expensive aero-medical (Medivac) evacuation.  For a low cost annual membership,  the US-based Medical Air Services Association will provide immediate access to an air ambulance for repatriation in lifesaving circumstances.

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Luxury Yacht Charter: Yacht, Crew, and Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Dazzle’s Family

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"I wanted to…share some additional details of our experience on the Freedom motor yacht. From start to finish, Captain George, his crew and the Freedom yacht offered us a first class experience.

While we expected the boat to be very impressive, we were delighted with how spacious it was; how private the bedrooms felt; the music and satellite TV system that ran throughout the boat (and its ease of use); and how customized the temperature systems were by bedroom.

The design of the entire boat is quite exceptional. There are ample spaces to do just about anything throughout the course of the trip: tan, read, be in shade, be in air conditioning, relax in a hot tub, sit at a bar, watch a movie, fish, play board games, etc. It truly is a floating hotel.

While we expected to food to be good, we did not anticipate 3 gourmet, 5-star dining-experience meals per day. Joseph (chef) was simply outstanding and created meals that were memorable, healthy, and just the right amount of food. The children and adults alike loved each and every meal and appreciated the honoring of our requests while far exceeding our expectations.

While we expected to have play toys, we did not anticipate having Matt at our service, 24/7 to help us on and off of kayaks, paddle boards, willing to take the kids out wake boarding and tubing, etc. Matt had the perfect temperament for adults and children alike– and was an incredible enabler to all of our fun trips snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. He was a real gift and asset for the entire time.

While we expected to have good service, we did not anticipate Sarah's artful setting of the tables for every meal— that made us feel as though we were eating in a different restaurant each day, even though we were at the same table as the prior meal and prior day. We would run down after breakfast to get something in our rooms, only to find the beds had already been made; the bathrooms straightened/cleaned. She was the person who made everything beautiful and easy. She was a real joy to have and get to know.

And while we expected a highly seasoned and competent captain, we felt honored to be under the care of Captain George Custer for a week. He was entirely willing to customize our plans and routes to meet our needs—- always with a plan, and always willing to change the plan as individual desires or weathers changed. He is a delightful person with rich life experiences that our entire group enjoyed. I would highly recommend him to any type or size of group. He seems to have seen and done it all— and knows how to read people and groups well. He is a gem and we felt safe in his care. It was hard to say good-bye!

The toys on the boat were key to our enjoyment as two active families. The paddle boards and kayaks were in constant use, as were the sea bobs when we were in waters where they were permitted. We used the smaller boats to take us snorkeling in many interesting places and enjoyed those side trips immensely.

All in all, as you suggested it would be, it really was the vacation of a lifetime for our families. It was hard to end— and we hope to do something like it again in the future.

I would strongly encourage you to steer future groups to Broward motor yacht Freedom. It has it all; it felt new and fresh; was immaculately clean and cared for— and had a crew second to none.

Warm regards-
Leslie B


Editor's note –

WOW! We truly expect every Caribbean yacht charter customer to have a great vacation, but it is so gratifying to hear every aspect of Leslie's vacation was a home run!

Broward motor yacht Freedom is a 120' mega yacht charter vessel based in St. Thomas, USVI. She offers accomodatons for 8 to 9 guests in a 4-stateroom layout.

As you can tell from Leslie's feedback, the yacht is perfect for a family adventure – comfortable amenities, great watertoys, fine dining, and a top-level crew.

The weekly rate for a family of 8 is $64,500 USD and is ALL-INCLUSIVE (yacht, crew, all meals and ship's bar, fuel, and local taxes).


To charter this yacht or any of our other motoryachts, or luxury sailing charter vessels, contact SailAway at

Name: Leslie B

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Luxury Yachts: Catamaran Offers Mediterranean Yacht Charter At Half Price

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Hoping to fill her last available slot for a crewed catamaran charter this summer, the owner of the Sunreef 62 sail catamaran ANASSA is offering an astonishing discount of 50% on a leisurely cruise from Reggio, Italy to Kos, Greece. 
Normally € 22,000 EUROS per week + expenses, the special reduced rate for the week is € 11,000 EUROS plus expenses (VAT included).
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Sailing catamaran ANASSA, a Sunreef 62 model, is open the week of September 13th-20th and is available to take her guests from the sun-kissed shores of the Italian Riviera to the delightfully warm and picturesque Greek Islands with their traditional hillside, whitewashed villages.
Launched in 2008, this crewed catamaran has been a popular fixture in the Greece yacht charter market for 4 years. This sailing cat is well-equipped and offers a very nice interior style as well as teak decks right up to the bow. Accommodations for 8 to 10 guests are provided in 5 staterooms

Captain Andreadis Prodromos has prepared a sample itinerary for this special cruise:

â–  Sept 13th: Boarding at 5pm in Reggio and overnight sail to Cephalonia. Arrive in Cephalonia in the afternoon the next day.

â–  Sept 14th: Overnight stay in Cephalonia

â–  Sept 15th: Depart early in the morning for Trizonia, where you will spend the night.

â–  Sept 16th: Early departure for the Corinth Canal and passage to Aegina. Overnight stay in Aegina

â–  Sept 17th: Aegina to Syros

â–  Sept 18th: Syros to Amorgos

â–  Sept 19th: Amorgos to Kos

â–  Sept 20th: Disembarkation in Kos at 5pm

September is a perfect time to cruise in the Mediterranean.  The waters are still warm, and most of the summer tourists have departed for home, leaving the anchorages uncrowded and serene.


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Perfect Espresso Machine For Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter Fans

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OK, it's time for all of our gearhead buddies to come clean. We know the only reason you call us each year to book a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix –  your wives have zero interest in sitting in the stands with hundreds of strangers, watching F1 racers zip by. 
We get it – a yacht docked along the quay with amenities like ondeck hot tub and luxurious sun lounges gives the ladies what they want, and the unobstructed views of the street track gives the guys what they want.     
It's that spirit of "compromise" when it comes to racing that caught our attention with this new item:

Our editor walked in this morning with a photo of the Espresso Veloce Machine an espresso machine billed as a tribute to the 1990's Grand Prix race car engines which powered racing legends like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
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The Espresso Veloce Machine is built with race-world alloys such as magnesium, titanium, and aluminum.  About half the size of a real-life 3-liter racing engine,  the Espresso Veloce comes in both a V10 and V12 configuration.   The oil-filler doubles as a grappa reservoir, and coffee is served via the exhaust tubes.
Even the mugs are designed to complement the overall theme!
We understand production will be limited to just 500 numbered units worldwide, and no word yet on the price or anticipated shipping dates.
Now the real trick – getting your wife to toss the LaVazza and replace it on the kitchen counter with this bad boy!!!  😉


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Power Catamaran Offering Middle East Yacht Charters

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Looking for a new cruising destination? 

Sunreef 70 power catamaran DAMRAK II is heading to the mystifying Middle East this summer – a compelling option for charterers seeking an indulgent retreat filled with unparalleled luxury and intrigue.
Guests onboard catamaran DAMRAK II will delight in the beauty beheld cruising along the dazzling Persian Gulf shores.
A wondrous oasis set amidst mystical red deserts, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and glorious emerald seas, these ancient lands are truly spectacular. From the rugged peaks and whitewashed villages fragrantly perfumed by frankincense in Oman, to the glistening modern skyline anchored by the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to the to the serene seafront of the Doha Corniche in Qatar.

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An exceptional charter yacht befitting this idyllic Arabian paradise, luxury catamaran DAMRAK II, a 2011 Sunreef 70 model, is certain to exceed expectations of the most discriminating charterers. This yacht is designed with the elegance and speed of a motor yacht, yet offers the shallow-draft advantage of a sail catamaran, allowing guests to cruise right up to the edge of a sandy beach. 
Stunning both inside and out, the crewed catamaran charters vessel boasts of an open-air layout and is decorated with sophisticated modern furnishings and boasts roomy deck areas perfect for outdoor entertaining or lounging in the sun.
Tastefully chic and spacious accommodations offer divine comfort for up to 8 guests in one full-beam master, one king, one queen, and one double deluxe cabin. 

The published weekly rate is €39 000 EUROS, plus all running expenses.


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Ruling Spells End of France Yacht Charter VAT Exemption

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Back in February, we speculated the cost to rent a private yacht in the fabled south of France was about to go up, due to a ruling by the European Union the VAT exemption on chartering yachts in France was not compliant with EU VAT rules.  Now, France’s efforts to seek a VAT exemption have failed, as the European Court of Justice has ruled the French tax exemption for commercial vessels is illegal.

What does the ruling mean?

 With the majority of Mediterranean yacht charter vessels in France registered as commercial vessels, the VAT exemption these yachts have enjoyed for years will end.  Luxury yacht charter customers will now find the yachts they rent subject to VAT, and this expense will almost certainly be passed on by the yacht owners to the charterers.   

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On March 21, the European Court of Justice (in European Commission v. France; C-197/12) held that French legislation providing a VAT exemption for some commercial vessels used for navigation on the high seas that carry passengers for remuneration or are used for commercial activities, “…does not comply with Directive 2006/112/EC (the VAT directive), specifically with article 148(a), (c), and (d).

 With the approach of the summer charter season at hand, yacht managers and owners are scrambling to make sure all paperwork is in compliance with the ECJ’s ruling.”

 Consequences for non-compliance may go from large penalties to even seizing the yacht. For more background and detailed analysis of the ruling, click on

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