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Iconic Superyacht Completes Refit in Time for France Yacht Charter Season

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When launched in 2000, the 95 meter (311 foot) motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESS ranked among the 20 largest yachts in the world. Sixteen years of wear and tear takes a toll on a superyacht, and after a record-setting refit, she has returned to her full glory – in time for the upcoming charter season in the South of France.

Mark Berryman Design was retained to revamp the interior and create a more contemporary atmosphere. The refit was completed by Turkey’s Turquoise Yachts – in a record time of 6 months, at a cost of €6.4 million.

Yacht Indian Empress at anchor

Originally built for a member of the royal Qatari family, yacht INDIAN EMPRESS was purchased by her current owner, Vijay Mallya in 2006, and ever since has enjoyed a stellar reputation as one of the largest yachts available for hire. She’s a fixture at celebrity-studded events such as the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jana Sheeder and her team at 1-800 Yacht Charters offer magnificent superyacht Indian Empress for hire for a maximum 12 guests, at a weekly rate of €750,000 plus running expenses (items such as food, alcohol, fuel, dockage, etc.).

Sheeder was impressed by the quick turnaround at Turquoise. “The owner’s extensive work brief required a very short turnaround time frame, and Mr. Karabeyoglu (the CEO of Turquoise) and his team are known for their speed and flexibility,” says Sheeder. “Being diligent in the design phase prior to the commencement of the refit allowed Turquoise to truly understand the owner’s desires and the instructions of the team at Mark Berryman.  Proper planning in advance helped Turquoise complete this major remodeling in record time.”

Listed among the new upgrades – a remodeled bridge deck (where a large lobby was re-designed into a corridor), a new office with new walls, and a new fire alarm and sprinkler system.

Indian Empress yacht charter motoryacht at dock

Looking like new, the 16 year old yacht INDIAN EMPRESS is currently the largest private yacht charter vessel in service in the Mediterranean.  She remains a unique yacht – with timeless design and an intriguing history…

For more information on chartering the Indian Empress or similar superyachts in the South of France, contact the yacht charter team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at or through our convenient online yacht charter inquiry form.

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New Sunseeker 155 Launches in Time for Cannes Film Festival Yacht Charter

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The brand new 2016 Sunseeker 155 model named motor yacht PRINCESS AVK has been launched and her experienced charter-friendly crew and owner are keen to secure a South of France yacht charter right out of the gate.

Princess AVK superyacht in water


Having great success with the owner’s first charter yacht, the 40 meter Sunseeker yacht Princess K, the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters could barely contain their excitement, awaiting the launch of  this newest “Princess.”

“Last summer, as the conclusion of a super-successful charter onboard Princess K, Captain Julian Sincock informed us that his boss was quietly building a brand new and larger Sunseeker, and was eager for us to promote her for charter upon her launch,” reports Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters“We immediately spread the word to our preferred clients and set up an online brochure.”

This Sunseeker 155 is the largest model built to date by the British shipbuilder.  “Mega yacht PRINCESS AVK is prepared to take her place next to her sister-ship, the Sunseeker yacht BLUSH as the two highest profile tri-deck charter yachts in the 45 to 50 meter size category,” says Sheeder“Their contemporary styling is rivaled by no other builder, with the possible exception of the Dutch-built Heesen yachts.”

—>…More Sunseeker models currently available for charter…

In the water for less than a month, the yacht has already secured bookings for 17-24 July (Cannes – Ibiza) and 01-21 August (Ibiza – Cannes).  Yes, you read that correctly – she CAN legally go to Spain for Balearic islands yacht charter – the yacht is fully-licensed for Spanish waters – and will be one of the largest yachts legally available for charter in Spain this summer.

Captain Sincock, however, is itching to get started sooner, and the yacht and his team are ready and in position in the South of France to accept a Monaco Historic Grand Prix charter or a Cannes Film Festival charter in May.

At 47.24 meters (154 feet 11 inches), the yacht offers accommodations for 12 guests in 6 cabins including an ample full beam master, two VIP double staterooms and three additional cabins that easily convert from twins to doubles offering greater flexibility during charter. The master and VIP cabins boast floor to ceiling windows, giving a new meaning to a “room with a view.”

The unmatched connection with the sea is evident with balconies unfurling from either side of the main deck saloon, and French doors in the skylounge open onto a fold-down terrace. The result is a soothing beach house vibe, where the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces are beautifully blurred.

The yacht is the ideal platform for a corporate event – like hosting a film festival party or watching the race cars scream by during the Grand Prix. The main aft deck features a relaxed seating area with coffee tables – perfect for relaxing at cocktail hour. A glamorous bar and dining area are tucked under the radar arch of the open-air sun deck, and a spa tub is forward, allowing for unparalleled views while moored stern-to along the quay in Cannes or Monaco.

Princess AVK aft cockpit seating area underway

Come enjoy the superyacht experience on what Sheeder calls, “The hottest superyacht on the Med charter market this summer!”


Rates from €225,000 per week.  For further information, contact the charter team at 1-800 Yacht Charters right away.  HURRY!  Her calendar will book up completely!

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You Won’t Believe What They Use to Make this Dish Soap Bottle!

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grey biodegradable dish and hand soap squirt bottle made from ocean plastic


Leave it to the folks at method®, the makers of biodegradable cleaning products to continue to use the power of  business to create positive social and environmental change.

As part of their mandate for sustainability, method® now packages their 2-in-1 dish + hand soap in bottles made with recovered ocean plastic.

Readers of our blog might recall our September 15, 2015 post detailing the alarming rate at which seabirds are eating plastic.  Studies indicate 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, polluting our environment and hurting our marine populations.

method® hopes to raise awareness of the importance of reusing plastic, by packaging their dish + hand soap in containers made from a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic.  And get this – all of the plastic used to make the bottles was collected by method® employees!

As providers of private yacht charter vacations, we know the importance of everyone doing their part – no matter how small that role might be. Our company President, Jana Sheeder, often reminds the 1-800 Yacht Charters team of the starfish parable:


– The Boy and the Starfish –

A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water.

Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.

As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water.

The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied, “I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. “But,” said the man, “You can’t possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference.”

The boy looked down, frowning for a moment; then bent down to pick up another starfish, smiling as he threw it back into the sea. He replied, “I made a huge difference to that one!” 

~Author Unknown~

starfish in the sand with sailboat anchored in the sea in the background


Book your luxury yacht charter vacation through 1-800 Yacht Charters and receive a complimentary Eco-tote handbag for each member of your yacht charter party!  For more information, contact 1-800-922-4824,, or fill in our convenient online inquiry form HERE.

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