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2 Epic Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations for Spring 2016

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With industry experts predicting the continued growth of the yacht charter market in 2016, retail charter brokers are anxious to identify new and exciting destinations and opportunities for their clients. With the help of yacht maven Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, we take a look at two unique 2016 yachting vacations that could be spring’s most epic getaways.

 

HELI-SKIING YACHT CHARTER GREENLAND

At first glance, the idea of snow skiing and yachting seem mutually exclusive.  Typically, if you want to go boating in the winter or spring, you jet off for the warm waters of the Caribbean. Conversely, a ski vacation normally occurs far away from any yachting destinations, in a mountainous area like Vail or Kitzbühel

All the more reason a combination ski trip and yachting holiday is about as unique as it gets, as one of the world’s largest yachts for hire will be offering heli-skiing charters along the coast of the world’s largest island!

The 254 foot ice-breaking Icon motor yacht LEGEND is offering adventure charters in Greenland, from April through June, 2016.  She features guest accommodations for 26 passengers – perfect for private groups and large families.

Glaciers and icebergs make Greenland a unique destination. The alpine ranges south of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland are known for coastal heli-skiing on peaks up to 6500 feet (2,000 meters) and skiers can glide almost to the edge where the glaciers meet the sea.

Expedition yacht LEGEND profile

 

As Jana Sheeder explains, the adventure goes far beyond the slopes.  “Motor yacht LEGEND has been specifically outfitted with a wide array of watersports equipment and toys for exploration.  The yacht carries a small submarine for exploring under the ice pack, as well as kayaks, and snowmobiles.  If you’re into adventure and exploration, this yacht has tremendous appeal.” 

Onboard amenities include a cinema room, Balinese-style spa, gymnasium, and on-deck Jacuzzi large enough for 16 people.

Rates begin at €75900 per day with a 5 day minimum reservation required.

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE YACHT CHARTER SOUTHEAST ASIA

If skiing and polar exploration is not your thing, an exotic warm-weather escape might be more appealing, especially when you throw in one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles.

The world’s largest wooden sailing yacht is offering a rare opportunity to witness a celestial event in an environmentally vibrant, and culturally rich corner of our world.

Sail yacht LAMIMA is offering a 10-day adventure cruising the waters of Raja Ampat, Indonesia where on March 9, 2016 at 8:58am all onboard will witness a full solar eclipse.

Scientists have said one of the optimal viewing points on the earth to see the full effect of the eclipse is in the area of Raja Ampat,” says Sheeder.  “We often encourage our clients to plan their private yacht charter vacations around the full moon, but experiencing a solar eclipse from an ocean vantage point is truly unique.”

Lamima sailboat profile

Indonesia offers diverse wildlife and world’s best snorkeling and diving sites. Sailing yacht LAMIMA has an extensive watersports inventory including  kayaks, paddleboard, and a full inventory of SCUBA gear for both Padi and Nitrox certified divers.  The crew includes a spa therapist and a local tour guide.
The ALL-INCLUSIVE 10-night charter rate for the solar eclipse excursion is $200,000 for up to 14 guests.  If you can’t make it for the big celestial event, the regular weekly rate is $140,000 and can be pro-rated for trips as short as 5 days.

picture of solar eclipse

 

 

Sheeder hopes to organize more unique yachting excursions throughout 2016. “We want to deliver the total Superyacht Experience to our clients.  We understand our clients want to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events.  Skiing in Greenland and witnessing a solar eclipse in Indonesia are perfect opportunities to experience an epic eco-friendly adventure.  What a great way to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit!”

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Which destination would you consider for an epic yacht charter? Comment below, and we’ll send you an Eco-Tote to help you save the earth with us!

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5 Amazing Caribbean Yacht Charter Cocktails To Try Right Now

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“I’m looking forward to my first St. Martin yacht charter vacation, and my travel companions and I are having a Caribbean themed party to get super psyched about our trip.  Any suggestions for traditional island cocktails to put us in the proper frame of mind?”

Angel A., Miami

 

Now that’s the spirit, Angel!  What a fantastic idea to get pumped about your Caribbean escape.

We’re not too embarrassed to admit enjoying a libation or two (or three) during our own yachting excursions in the islands. Local specialties can be found throughout the Caribbean, but we’ve narrowed down the choices to our fav five (in no particular order).

As you sip these drinks, keep in mind you can heighten your experience by throwing on a pair of flip-flops, hiding behind a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and swaying to a little “Havana Daydreamin” with Jimmy Buffet.

Smooth sailing, Angel…

 

Photo of Mojito cocktail on a picnic table


Mojito – Cuba yacht charter

Some things are quintessential Cuban – hand-made cigars, guayabera linen shirts, and minty Mojitos. The history of Cuba’s signature drink dates back to the 16th century, when Sir Francis Drake and his comrades drank a mixture of crushed mint leaves, lime and unrefined rum. Locals say Hemingway drank them at Le Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, and James Bond enjoyed one in 2002’s Die Another Day.

 

 

Left side photo is a frozen painkiller drink with straw and right hand photo is sailboat anchored with british virgin islands written on it


Painkiller – British Virgin Islands yacht charter

Made with Pusser’s Rum, The Painkiller cocktail originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke island in the BVIs.  The drink was once made with a secret rum recipe by Daphne Henderson, the owner of the Soggy Dollar.  Charles Tobias, the founder of the Pusser’s rum distillery, persuaded Henderson to share her recipe. We’re glad she did, as Painkiller cocktails are now readily available throughout the Caribbean.

 

Picture of a Ti Punch cocktail on a wooden table

Ti Punch – Martinique yacht charter

More an aperitif than cocktail, this simple mix of white rum, cane sugar and lime is usually served straight and is popular in all of the French Caribbean islands – Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the French side of St. Martin. Easy to make, it’s usually  served “to taste” – drinkers are presented with a glass of rum, a lime, and some syrup to make it up as they wish.

 

 

 

We know what you’re thinking – we promised five killer cocktails but only named three.  You caught us!

Submit our contact form (here) requesting the other 2 great drinks, and we’ll send you the names AND the recipes to make all 5 of our favorite island-themed Caribbean yacht charter cocktails.  Look forward to hearing from you and sharing some cocktails!

What’s your favorite tropical cocktail to drink while on your yacht charter?  Leave a comment below!

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Add Moonlight to your Private Yacht Charter Vacation in 2016

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Planning a yachting holiday this year?  If you haven’t selected your specific dates yet, here’s a great idea to add a little extra, “Pizzazz” to your superyacht experience:  Select your charter dates to coincide with the cycle of the full moon!

full moon over the water

 

There’s just something extra special about being anchored in a protected cove with a sea of stars above, when suddenly, a rust-colored orb begins to appear on the distant horizon, pushing slowly into the air.  As it rises, the color changes from rust to white, growing brighter and brighter by the minute.  Finally, the bright full moon ascends to its lofty place among the stars above, casting lunar light across your yacht’s deck.  You sit with your family and friends, mesmerized by the natural beauty of the night – grateful to be at sea enjoying this special experience together.

BEWARE HIDDEN YACHT CHARTER COSTS – AVOID THESE THREE PITFALLS

To help you plan a moonlit yacht charter holiday, here is the full moon calendar for 2106.  Keep in mind that you’ll have nights both before and after the full moon that will add plenty of moonlight to your adventure.

24 January

22 February

23 March

22 April

21 May (Blue Moon)

20 June

20 July

18 August

16 September

16 October

14 November

To maximize the opportunity for clear skies and great weather, match your full moon dates with a seasonal destination.  For example, if you are considering a Florida yacht charter vacation, March and April offer warm (but not hot) weather, and minimal chances for rain.  The same idea holds true for a Greek yacht charter in summertime, as August and September usually offer clear skies, fewer winds, and smooth sailing…

Which full moon date from our calendar would you most like to experience this year? Please leave a comment below!

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Let a yacht charter specialist help you organize a true superyacht experience – from choosing the right destination, to selecting the right wine for dinner!  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters today.  Call 305-253-7245 (Florida and international) or 1-800 922-4824 (toll free North America).

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BEWARE Hidden Yacht Charter Costs – Avoid these 3 Pitfalls

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For the nouveau riche, the idea of taking a private yacht charter vacation is both casual and routine: “Honey, should we go to the chalet in the Alps this weekend, or spend a few days boating around St Barts?”

For the rest of us working-class types, a boating holiday (be it a crewed yacht in the islands of the Caribbean, or a do-it-yourself Florida Keys bareboat charter) is something we plan far in advance – including squirreling away our pennies to pay for this special experience.

When affordability and value matter, it’s important to lock in a great charter price and not get blindsided by unexpected cash outlays.

Here are three pitfalls that can put a crimp on your charter budget – along with some helpful advice from Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  Avoid or mitigate these expenses, and it will be smooth sailing:

 

COMMUNICATION FEES – The idea of an “all-inclusive” charter rate is a bit of a misnomer.  Many Caribbean-based charter yachts offer all–inclusive rates, but carefully read the small print on your charter agreement.  One item that is rarely included is the cost associated with using the yacht’s onboard communications system.  This includes cellular phones and internet connectivity.

man on wooden boat talking on cellphone

Unlike back home, cellular and internet service is very expensive in the Caribbean – often $1 or more per minute.  With the whole family logging on to check emails, staying in touch with the office, friends, and family adds up quickly – you can easily incur communication fees of $500 or more in a week’s time.

Jana’s Tip“Limit everyone’s online time to a few minutes a day. Better yet, turn off the cellphones, laptops, and get ‘un-connected.’  The whole point of a yachting vacation is to spend quality time with one another and to become immersed in the local culture and nature.  Take a break from technology and enjoy your vacation!” 

SPECIAL ALCOHOL REQUESTS – Many all-inclusive yachts offer a “ship’s bar” in the cost of the charter.  This means the yacht will provide beer, house-quality wine, and some hard alcohol.  But beware – if you request certain top-shelf brands or vintage wines and champagnes, you could be in for a rude awaking when your skipper hands you an invoice for, “special requests” at the conclusion of your charter.  While some islands offer duty-free alcohol, this is not for local consumption, and premium brands in the islands are often 3 to 4 times as expensive as the same brands back home.

Crew member pours a drink for a woman seated at a table

 

Jana’s Tip“Unless you absolutely must have your hand-brewed artisan ale, or a special single malt whiskey from some remote bog in Scotland, enjoy the house brands for a few days – especially the local island concoctions like Rum Runners and Pina Coladas.”

 

DELIVERY FEES – one of the great joys of a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation is the flexibility – you can come and go as you please, when you please – all at your own pace.  Sometimes, charterers decide to conclude their charter in a different place than where they started.  Your trip might commence in St. Thomas, USVI, for example, but you’ve looked at a map and feel an adventurous cruise concluding in St. Martin sounds like fun.  It is YOUR yacht for the charter – everything’s up to you!

Most yacht owners and crews are more than happy to accommodate your wishes for everything – after all, this is your fully-customized vacation.  However, there could be a hefty cost to end in a port other than where you began your odyssey, and if you’re not careful, you could be left footing a “delivery” bill.

The technical term is “re-positioning” – the cost of fuel and crew salary to return the yacht, after the charter has concluded, back to its home port.  Depending upon how many days it takes the crew to return the yacht to its homeport, you could be looking at a fee as low as $500 to as high as $1000 for a sailboat, and double that for a motoryacht.

Jana’s Tip – ask your charter broker before signing your charter agreement if there will be any delivery fees if you end in a port other than where you began your trip.  If there is a fee, ask your broker to approach the yacht owner and see if the fee can be reduced, or even waived.  Oftentimes, owners will absorb the cost of re-positioning, in order to secure your business.

Avoiding these budget-blowing pitfalls can save hundreds of dollars and keep your trip as it should be – a memorable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

Want more money-saving yacht charter tips?  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 pr pm pir 24 hour hotline at 305-720-7245.

What questions do you have about the costs of yacht charter vacations?  We’d also love to hear about your experiences when chartering!  Please feel free to comment below…

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Deadline Soon for Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter Berth Applications

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While plenty of vessels remain available for the Grand Prix as well as Cannes Film Festival yacht charter, the window to secure prime dockage is rapidly closing.

Each spring, the dock masters in both Cannes and Monaco set deadlines for acquiring a slip due to heavy demand for the best berths.  In Cannes, that means along the quay in the Port de Cannes, directly adjacent to the entrance to the film festival.  In Monaco, the ideal berths are stern-to along the quay that borders the street track at Port Hercule de Monaco.

 

Monaco Grand Prix  F1 Formula One Race

Monaco Grand Prix Superyacht Charter Venue and F1 Race Track

“First-time special event charterers often don’t realize that Port Hercule blocks the coming and going of Superyachts during the multiple days of the Monaco Grand Prix,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “We let our clients know it is more important to secure dockage early than it is to select a yacht.  Renting a yacht and being forced to anchor in the bay and use the tenders to get ashore to watch the race or attend the film festival is time-consuming and hampers the true superyacht experience of being right next to the action.”   

Berth application deadlines for 2016 include:

  • Monaco Grand Prix: deadline for filing a berth application – 29 February, 2016.
  • Cannes Film Festival:deadline for berth applications – 4 March, 2016.

If you’re considering a special event Côte d’Azur yacht charter this spring, 1-800 Yacht Charters offers complimentary paperwork processing of all berth filings and applications. It’s a complicated process and best left to yachting experts.  For more information, contact your 1-800 Yacht Charter team at specialevents@1800yachtcharters.com 

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Debunked – 3 Common Myths About Hiring A Private Yacht Charter Broker

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While direct booking of a self-drive bareboat is common and the norm, the same cannot be said for renting a crewed yacht. Organizing vacations on crewed yachts, especially ultra-expensive superyacht charter vessels, requires the assistance of an intermediary since few owners have the time, patience, or interest in dealing directly with prospective charter customers.  After all, few yacht owners became billionaires by chatting with strangers on the phone!

It’s hard to dispute the important role retail brokers play in arranging crewed private yacht charter vacations. Most have an extensive understanding of the industry, including the first-hand experience of inspecting charter yachts, interviewing the crews, and preparing charter agreements.  A good broker is key to a successful and unforgettable superyacht experience.

Using a retail yacht charter broker, however, is not a guarantee of a great yachting vacation.  There are many misconceptions – some promulgated by the brokers themselves.  Exposing these fallacies can save headaches and money.et’s look at, and debunk, three common myths associated with the services of a retail charter broker:


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MYTH #1:  Every Broker will get you the Same Exact Price.

This is the most common misconception, and many brokers will quickly use this line to encourage a prospective client not to call other competitors. While it’s true there is a published “rack” rate available to all retail brokers, just like upscale resorts, villas, and jets, sometimes there are multiple pricing options.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters explains: “In situations where we have delivered multiple charters to a particular yacht owner, we are in a unique position to secure ‘best column pricing’ for our preferred clients – prices that other retails brokers cannot obtain.

Jana Sheeder photo

Sheeder goes on to explain how relationships and reputations also play a role in securing preferred pricing.  “If you’re honest and respectful, over the years, you build relationships with captains and yacht managers.  I can’t tell you how many times we have reached out to a captain to ask for a professional courtesy discount for one of our clients.  The captains have the ear of the owner and often can encourage an owner who would normally not offer any discounts, to give our client a special rate.”

The bottom line  – the best brokers can, on occasion, secure rates not available to other brokers.  When considering the hiring of your charter broker, directly ask the broker if all brokers gets the same prices.  If he or she says “Yes,” move on and find another broker!

 

MYTH #2:  The Charter Broker’s Commission is Paid by the Yacht Owner, and not by the Charterer.

While it serves as a great marketing phrase for many brokers, saying “My advice to you is free,” it’s simply not true.  Yes, the commission check received by the broker comes from the yacht owner’s account, but just as in real estate, the list prices have been adjusted to account for the fees earned by brokers.

Sheeder bristles at the notion of free advice. “Many brokers are quick to state their services are free, and you’ll see this marketing slogan prominently displayed on their websites.  We have greater respect for our clients.  While there is great value in the services we offer – nothing is free, and an educated consumer is aware that the prices offered by a yacht owner include the cost of the retail charter broker’s services.” 


This is even more evident when booking a bareboat yacht charter, as bareboat companies take in direct reservations and will often give customers discounts of 10 to 15%  – the amount they save if no charter broker is involved.

Sheeder feels complete transparency is the best course of action.  “We tell our clients exactly how much our services cost in terms of a commission.  We don’t apologize for what we earn, and we bend over backwards to deliver killer customer service.  I believe our clients appreciate our confidence and our candor.”

Sample luxury yacht charter competitors’ promises to you:

“Our advice is free…”
“…provide you with free advice…”
“…THAT GIVES YOU FREE INDEPENDENT CHARTER ADVICE”


The bottom line
– don’t fall for flashy marketing terms and buzzwords.  Nothing is for free, and you, the buyer, are paying the cost of the charter reservation services rendered to you.

 

two hands, palms up, holding a green post-it not that reads, ADVICE

 

 

MYTH #3:  Charter Brokers Offer Unbiased Advice.

Many brokers are employees of large yacht management companies.  These companies, sometimes called “Central Agents,” handle crew placement, yacht sales, and charter management.

Sheeder explains how this multi-service model can lead to bias on the part of a retail broker:  “A retail broker who is employed by a central agency is in a position to present a potential charterer with yachts that are managed in-house.  Not only is a commission generated when an in-house managed yacht is booked for a charter, but an additional ‘management’ fee is earned by the central agency.” 

In other words, a central agency makes more money when their own retail brokers book yachts in their own fleet. Those yachts are not necessarily the best choice for your customized charter.

 

The bottom line – To minimize bias, Sheeder recommends retaining an independent retail yacht charter broker.  Similar to hiring an independent insurance agent who represents multiple product lines, an independent charter broker is more likely to present prospective clients with yacht selections from a multitude of Central Agency fleets.

 

Understanding the myths and misconceptions of the role of a retail yacht charter broker is fundamental to any successful yachting vacation.  Having a full-time industry expert to offer objective, transparent advice can be invaluable in creating your ultimate superyacht experience.

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Thinking about a private charter vacation?  Speak to the industry team with more than 30 years’ experience.  Call 1-800 Yacht Charters today at 1-800-922-4824 or 305-253-7245, or fill out our convenient online contact form here.

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Early Bird Gets Worm and BIG Discount on Turkey Yacht Charter Vacation

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The owner of 39m sailing yacht LE PIETRE has just introduced a special offer for spring/summer charter reservations confirmed before February 15, 2016, and Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, will sweeten the deal to further entice you to enjoy a Bodrum yacht charter vacation in 2016.

For all charters confirmed before February 15, 2016, yacht LE PIETRE will give a 5% price discount.  Make your reservation with 1-800 Yacht Charters and the discount doubles to 10% – for a savings as much as €4100 off the regular published rates!

Sailboat Le Pietre yacht charter Turkey Bodrum

Built in Turkey, sail yacht LE PIETRE is one of the most beautiful and elegant all-wood sailing yachts for hire in the Eastern Mediterranean.  Launched in 2009 by ADA Turizm – Özgür Deli, she offers accommodations for a maximum eight guests in four lovely staterooms.   Amenities include a modern chic interior of pale oak panels, dark wood floors and earthy toned soft furnishings, creating a welcoming elegant ambiance.

Her aft deck boasts shade, a large inviting seating area and alfresco dining options. A professional and friendly crew of six will attend to your every need and desire – from operating the yacht, to preparing and serving meals, to pointing out places to go and things to see along the way (TIP:  consider a Kusadasi yacht charter itinerary, starting in Kusadasi and concluding in Fethiye – beautiful anchorages and unique historical sites along the route).

Rate Details (with 10% Discount):

  • May / October  €30,600 per week (save €3,400)
  • June / September €33,750 per week (save €3,750)
  • July / August  €36,900 per week (save €4,100)

 

BOOKED: 6 – 18 June / Kusadasi to Fethiye

BOOKED: 17 – 27 July / Bodrum to Bodrum

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S/Y LE PIETRE is based in Bodrum, Turkey, and available for Greek yacht charter as well as exploring the coast of Turkey.  For further information email 1-800 Yacht Charters at info@1800yachtcharters.com or fill out our convenient online inquiry form here with your yacht charter questions

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Excitement and Generosity Drive Private Yacht Charter Maven into 2016

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Happy New Year 1800yachtcharters logo
About a year ago, we rebranded our business with a new focus, driven by our motto, “What if we built our business for Generosity?”

As leaders in arranging Mediterranean yacht charter vacations, along with private yacht holidays throughout Greece and the Caribbean, we recognized an opportunity, and an obligation, to grow our business for the  greater social good.

Realizing you can rent a yacht from a number of qualified charter brokers around the world, we came up with a simple reason to book your yacht with us:   “Charter a Yacht and Change the World.”

Wow – what a year 2015 turned out to be!

We are so proud of our clients – both repeat charterers and new customers.  They embraced our commitment to sustainability and generosity.

With enthusiasm, they chose our reusable water bottles in lieu of disposable plastic bottles (to help reduce plastic pollution in our oceans). When we told them a portion of their charter cost would be donated to charity in their name, and that we wanted their input in selecting the charity, they were quick to direct multiple donations to their favorite causes.

Jana Sheeder poses with Guy Harvey representative - both holding mooring reef buoys

Thanks to our clients, among MANY other things, we were able to:

  • Install multiple mooring buoys in Biscayne Bay, the hub of the Florida yacht charter marketplace, to protect coral reefs from damage from boat anchors, as well as to educate the public about the plight of coral reefs and historical underwater wrecks.
  • Purchase a medical autoclave to sterilize surgical instruments for an international group that provides low-cost spay and neutering services for dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals, enabling the medical team to alter many more pets and rescued animals each day.
  • Help cover the cost of private luxury Virgin Islands yacht charter vacations on a 155 foot superyacht for veteran wounded soldiers and their spouses.

Looking back, 2015 was a fantastic year.

We enter 2016 with a number of new yachts and new destinations to offer our clients.  We have the brand new expedition yacht LEGEND, available for experiencing Greenland and Norway’s Fjords; and  the world’s largest sailing yacht for charter made of wood, the yacht LAMIMA, available in the exotic islands of Thailand and Burma.

Our team is energized to share these yachts and destinations with our clients – for each charter vacation will give our clients a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

Together, we will make a difference.  When you choose to live a generous life, you start to change…and so does the world around you!!!

Happy New Year,

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters poses with garbage bag during bay cleanup

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, cleaning plastic and debris from coastline near her home in South Florida

 

Jana
jsheeder@1800yachtcharters.com

 

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Fun Fact for British Virgin Island Yacht Charter – A Snorkeling Paradise

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Did you know the British Virgin Islands (BVI or BVI’s) are home to the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest ocean reef on earth?

The BVI reef stretches 18 miles from the island of Anegada to Virgin Gorda, and is considered by experts to offer some of the best snorkeling spots in the world!

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Adding to the allure of snorkeling and diving during your Virgin Islands crewed catamaran yacht charter – it is widely rumored that there is still Spanish gold buried in the sand on the reef that is yet to be found!  Many Spanish galleons, laden with gold and riches from the new world, sank to their watery graves at the hands of pirates and hurricanes in the 1700’s…

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Here’s a sampling of beautiful catamarans available for charter in the Caribbean

Do you have a favorite snorkeling site in the Caribbean?  Share your favorite spot with us, and we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag to carry your towels and snorkel gear.  Leave a comment in the section below, and we’ll contact you for your address!

 

 

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Genoa Yacht Charter Show Puts Spotlight on Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessels

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May 8 marked the conclusion of the 21st Annual Genoa mega yacht charter yacht show.  The industry-only event that draws the top luxury charter brokers and charter journalists from around the world. Held at Marina Molo Vecchio, the Genoa boat show showcased 65 mega yacht Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, although it attracted 100 fewer brokers than last year, most likely due to the economy.

The number of megayacht and superyacht vessels that are actually in the show is based on the number that can fit at the available dockage. As is the case each year, several mega yacht owners were disappointed, as a few superyachts were left on the waiting list.

Organized by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), many yachting-related vendors set up booths along the docks and represented diverse products, from yacht insurance to hotel and tourism destinations. The most common yachts desired for Mediterranean yachting vacations are motoryachts, in contrast with the private sailing yachts that dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace.  Supporting this distinction, the majority of yachts in the Genoa show were motoryachts, with the largest being the 70+ meter superyacht models, Boadicea and Haida G.

Genoa Yacht Charter Show 2009 1800yachtcharters.com

There were also a number of new yachts with new crew at the show, which bodes well for an industry aching to expand beyond the economic downturn.  New private luxury charter yachts include LEO FUN, BIG CITY, PAOLYRE, SALU, SLIPSTREAM, and many more.

While the 2008 season was sluggish due to the global economic meltdown, many brokers in attendance cite an uptick in the number of inquiries for a summertime charter.  Indeed, brokers, owners, and crew are all optimistic for a rebound in luxury mega yacht charter vacations this summer.

The buzz on the docks this year seemed to be the increased interest by both yacht owners and charter customers to explore more areas outside of the standard cote d’azur yacht charter locale.  As potential charter customers inquire about Croatia yacht charter vacations and Greece yacht charter outings, the word begins to filter back to the yacht owners via the charter brokers.  As more clients express interest in a region, more owners are then willing to relocate their megayachts to non-traditional destinations such as Turkey, Greece, and Croatia, for a portion, if not the entire summer charter season.

To learn more, contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS.  Prime high season dates remain available on many of the newest yachts and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations.

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