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Famous Roberto Cavalli Yacht Available for Charter

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Seen for years cruising the Med, the sleek black-hulled superyacht owned by Roberto Cavalli was only enjoyed by the Italian designer, his family, and a handful of his closest friends – until now.

Cavalli ended up selling her (originally named motor yacht RC) and after a two year major interior refit, the vessel has re-emerged as Baglietto motor yacht ABILITY.  The summer 2016 season will mark the first time the well-known yacht is available for private luxury yacht charter rental.

ABILITY Baglietto superyacht yacht charter vessel

The new owner pays homage to Cavalli with a signature refit by interior design artist Mary Georgiou. Known for exotic prints, the fashion designer’s former yacht now radiates modern Italian style. Décor borders on excess, with flamboyant textiles, gold leaf lamps, and African tribal and Grecian art.  A touch of abstract art here and there ties the scheme together as sophisticated and modern.  Rich wood floors and furniture, along with the abundant use of animal prints and faux fur offer warmth to the yacht’s sleek, angular lines.

Yacht charter vessel ABILITY

Accommodations for 10 guests are offered in 5 cabins, including a master stateroom on the main deck, and 4 guest cabins below deck.

Quickly zipping from port to port is a breeze on yacht ABILITY. How about breakfast in Genoa, and lunch at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia?  While itineraries like this are beyond the same-day reach of most superyachts,  powerful waterjet drive engines propel this bullet-looking yacht at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

If exotic couture is your thing, the Cavalli-inspired motor yacht ABILITY is the perfect vessel for your upcoming summer Italy yacht charter adventure.


With over 100 private luxury charteryachts available this summer, 1-800 Yacht Charters has an option for every budget.  To plan your Côte d’Azur getaway, contact us at 305-720-7245, email, or submit our online form here.

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Greece Increases VAT — Will Greek Yacht Charters Cost More?

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First the bad news – recent legislation in Greece has led to an increase in the country’s VAT rates.

Now for the good news – the increase is small, and depending upon the duration of your superyacht experience, the “effective rate” should have a minimal effect on most Greek yacht charters this summer.

A new VAT rate of 24% has been announced for Greece, and it will affect all yacht charters commencing on or after June 1st, 2016.  The old rate was 23% – making the maximum increase 1%.

Drawing of magnifying glass with Greek numerical characters and the word VAT underneath


While 24% VAT sounds sky-high, don’t fall out of your chair just yet:  there are significant built-in discounts that can reduce the effective VAT rate by up to 60% – depending upon the duration of your charter vacation.




Here’s the math:


I)  Charter duration of 3 days or more.

Luxury yacht charter vessels performing international cruises have a discount of 60%.  This makes the effective VAT rate 9.6% (up from 9.2%).

Charter vessels cruises within Greek waters will earn a discount of 50%, setting the effective VAT rate at 12% ( previously 11.5%).


II)  Charter duration up to 48 hours.

This is where you get hammered as a charterer for taking a day excursion or a trip shorter than 48 hours.  There is NO discount, regardless of where the vessel cruises.  A full VAT of 24% is due (instead of the previous 23%).


Picture of Rhodes Greece with a superyacht cruising by in front of the island






In summary – avoid short-term charters in Greece if you can.  As long as you can extend your charter beyond 48 hours, the impact of the effective change in VAT is less than 1%.  Mykonos and Santorini here we come – Opa!!!


For information about renting a luxury charter yacht in Greece, or anywhere else in the Mediterranean this summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at  +1.800.922.4824 (toll-free North America) or +1.305.253.7245 (international), use our online inquiry form here, or email

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Luxury Yacht Charter Special! Save 15,000 Euros – June – France

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Luxury yacht charter vessel motoryacht HANA is offering a special rate from now through the end of June 2016 for yacht charter FRANCE vacations.  Her special rate for the remainder of June for a France private luxury yacht charter is €120,000 per week.  Her rate WAS €135,000 — that’s a savings of €15,000.


HANA luxury yacht charter profile

Motor yacht HANA is a 43 meter CRN displacement yacht that can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins. She carries 9 crew members and navigates at a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots.

She has four decks and extensive open-air zones, such as the covered areas of the main deck and the upper deck, and she’s a true beauty.

HANA motoryacht charter sunlounges

Another distinctive characteristic of HANA’s is the terrace at the owner’s suite, designed as a balcony large enough to hold a table and chairs for breakfast looking out on the ocean.

If you’d like to take advantage of motoryacht HANA’s June special in the Med, please contact us IMMEDIATELY by phone at 1-800-922-4824) or +1-305-720-7245, or use our convenient 24-hour online contact form here.

HANA and beautiful models relaxing on yacht


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New Marina In Costa Rica Hopes To Attract Private Yacht Charter Vessels

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In less than a year, the demand for a marina to accommodate large private luxury yacht charter vessels in Costa Rica will become a reality.

Golfito Marina Village, a 40-acre development and marina currently under construction in the ocean-side town of Golfito, Costa Rica, is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Costa Rica Golfito superyacht marina next to a beach which will be used by yacht charter guests

“Our industry has been clamoring for a deep water marina for megayachts in Costa Rica,” states Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “The Golfrito marina will offer the largest superyacht berths on the entire West Coast of Central America, and expose the nature-oriented tourism of Costa Rica to a whole new demographic – HNWI (high net worth individuals) who prefer the privacy and security of yacht-based accommodations while on vacation.”

Much of the main pier has been installed in phase one of construction. In the coming weeks, 52 finger piers will be completed, with berths for yachts in the 13-46 meter range. An additional four 100 meter finger piers will be installed in phase two.

waterfall in Costa Rica where yacht charter guests will visit

“Soon, this facility will be able to accommodate two 100 meter yachts on the main pier and three or four 50 meter vessels on the finger piers,” says Sheeder. “Some of our popular vessels like (Lurssen yacht) SOLANDGE and (Abeking & Rasmussen yacht) AMARYLLIS will be able to offer eco-friendly yacht charters to our clients in the winter and spring. This will be a welcome departure from the repetitive trips many charterers take in the traditional cruising grounds of the Caribbean, like St. Martin and the Virgin Islands.”

For a great selection of yachts for your next vacation, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 , 305-253-7245, or use our online contact form here.

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Race-Inspired Heesen Yacht Charter Vessel Secures Spanish Charter License

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There’s nothing like a few days in the sunny, warm waters of Spain to get you jazzed and looking forward to the summer season.  At least that what we hear from the owner and crew onboard the 37 meter Heesen motor yacht AURELIA.  After making a week-long appearance earlier this month at the Palma Superyacht Show, the crew reports a shiny new sticker now appears on the yacht’s windshield – a Spanish charter license – the mandatory requirement of any yacht wishing to legally offer Balearic Island yacht charters.


A girl sliding down the inflatable slide from motoryacht Aurelia

The Formula 1 race inspired motoryacht is now fully-licensed and legal to begin and end charters in Spanish waters, affording the head-turning yacht a distinct advantage over other yachts for hire.  Like any “racing team,” the professional crew of 6 is motivated to show up the competition – to the delight of their onboard guests!

“Foreign flagged yachts can enter Spanish waters,” explains Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters (a boutique company specializing in luxury yachting vacations for HNWI), “but unless they are licensed in Spain, they cannot pick up their guests in Spanish waters, nor can they charter to Spanish residents.  Securing a Spanish charter license is a real plus for our clients who wish to spend their entire superyacht experience in Spain, especially in the most popular destination, the Balearic Islands.”

The 37-meter motor yacht AURELIA features a unique exterior paint scheme, more synonymous with Grand Prix racing cars than superyachts.  Her interior by Bannenberg and Rowell continues the Formula 1 theme, with décor and guest cabins colored to pay homage to famous racing designers like Pininfarina and Bertone.   Four staterooms offer accommodations for up to 8 guests.


Yacht charter AURELIA superyacht double stateroom

Looking for fun AND relaxation? Check out the yacht’s amazing collection of toys and amenities for both watersports and onshore recreation:



Towable toys

5.5m Castoldi jet tender

2 electric bicycles

Air chair

2-person SeaDoo (255 horsepower)

2 SeaBobs

1-person kayak

2-person kayak

Inflatable banana

3 sets of SCUBA DIVING gear (Rendezvous RDV diving only)

Large anti-jellyfish swimming pool

Diving board on flybridge

Fishing rods

Extra-wide waterskis

Normal waterskis

Training waterskis

Beach picnic furniture set

Beach parasols


We’re exhausted just scrolling through the list… Wow!!!

AURELIA superyacht watersports toys and tender

Summer rates for incredible superyacht AURELIA start at €105,000 per week.

Get ready to be seen this summer in the Balearics onboard this sleek, fast, famous, and resplendent Heesen superyacht.

For more information, call 305-720-7245, fill in our online inquiry form with your questions here, or email

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Rent a Private Luxury Yacht for Euro 2016

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Is your favorite team playing in Nice or Marseille in this month’s Euro 2016?

If you answered, “Yes,” you need to rent a France private luxury yacht charter vessel and experience the event in style!

Logo for UEFA Euro2016 Soccer Tournament


This year, the UEFA Euro 2016 returns to France with 24 teams playing 51 games in 10 stadiums, including the coastal towns of Nice and Marseille. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine the excitement of championship futbol with a memorable superyacht experience.

Why stay in a busy hotel and wait in line at crowded restaurants and clubs, when you can retreat to the privacy of your own luxury yacht?

Close your eyes and picture this:   Your private chef will prepare all your meals – and even make some gourmet snacks to take to the matches.  After your team wins on the pitch, you, your family, friends and business associates can return to your yacht to unwind and celebrate.

Doesn’t that sound like a great way to enjoy UEFA Euro 2016?


People on the swim platform of superyacht The Wellesley

On the days your team is not in action, you can go for a cruise, enjoy the sunshine, and use your yacht’s watertoys and the onboard amenities.  Soak in the hot tub…burn some calories in the gym…or catch match highlights on the giant screen in the yacht’s cinema room while being served cocktails by your private luxury yacht charter staff.

It’s all about comfort, privacy, and maximizing your Euro 2016 experience…

Peopled sitting in the hottub on superyacht The Wellesley


A handful of yachts remain available, and are in position in Marseille, as well as Nice and nearby Cannes and Monaco.

Available yachts include Motoryacht FORCE BLUE with accommodations for 12 overnight guests, and deck space for over 350 for corporate entertainment.  For more intimate gatherings, there are yachts suitable for 4 to 8 guests…

The teams for the UEFA EURO 2016 include France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland, Wales, Slovakia, England, Russia , Natsionálnaya sbórnaya Rossii po futbólu, Turkey, Croatia, Poland, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Spain, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland, Sweden Sveriges herrlandslag i fotboll, Belgium, Italy Nazionale di calcio dell’Italia, Austria, Hungary, Portugal Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol, and Iceland Íslenska karlalandsliðið í knattspyrnu.


For more information, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters TODAY.
Mobile / 24 hour hotline: +1.305.720.7245 (720-SAIL)
Toll-free in N. America: +1.800.922.4824 (800-YACHTCHARTERS)

International: +1.305.253.7245 (253-SAIL)


Use our online inquiry form HERE

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YACHT CHARTER | Last-Minute Luxury Yacht Savings!

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The summer is heating up and so are the special discounted rates available throughout the 1-800 Yacht Charters global charter fleet.

Whatever your destination and desire – from spending sunny days exploring St. Tropez and the French Riviera; enjoying lobster bakes in traditional New England fashion; or enjoying water sports in the beautiful Bahamas, it’s not too late to book your dream holiday!


MONACO Yacht Charter 

The Western Mediterranean is renowned as a summer playground for yacht enthusiasts, and the heart of the Côte d’Azur remains the tiny principality of Monaco.  From here, famous ports like Portofino, Cannes, and St Tropez are within a few hours by yacht. From its Michelin-star restaurants, hot clubs, and haute couture to the natural beauty of stunning coastlines and pristine beaches, the Western Mediterranean offers so much to explore.

Book the 197-foot (60.05 meter) Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht DREAM in the months of August and September and receive a 10% rate reduction for charters of two weeks or more (her August rate is €350,000 per week and the September rate is €330,000 per week). DREAM is available in both East and West Med. This chic and stylish superyacht offers a Zen-like atmosphere and a variety of tenders and water toys for guests to enjoy. [maximum 12 guests]

MONDANGO private luxury yacht charter sailboat underway

If sailing is your thing, the 185-foot (56.4 meter) Alloy Yachts luxury sail yacht MONDANGO 3 is offering exceptional pricing throughout the summer in both the Eastern and Western Med.  Reserve one week and receive a rate of €190,400 (a 15% discount on the charter rate); sail for two weeks and you’ll get a whopping 20%.  Better yet –make this the sailing odyssey of a lifetime and book for three weeks for an incredible 25% discount!  [max 10 guests]

Other Western Mediterranean Yacht Charter Specials:

  • 157-foot (48 meter) CRN motor yacht KANALOA for €125,000 per week during the month of June.  Regular rate: €140,000 per week.  Yacht KANALOA was fully-refit in 2015, she is in exceptional condition, and she boasts a young, motivated crew. [max 11 guests]


  • The 139-foot (43 meter) CRN luxury motor yacht HANA is discounted to €120,000 per week in June (regular rate €135,000 per week).  Yacht HANA offers spacious decks, including a sundeck with Jacuzzi spa, plasma screen TV, barbecue, and more [maximum 11 guests].


GREEK Yacht Charter 

The turquoise waters of the Adriatic are the perfect backdrop for a private yacht charter holiday in the Eastern Mediterranean. From the stunning scenery of Montenegro to the vibrant culture of Greece, you’ll be spoiled for choices when deciding on an itinerary.

Score a 15% discount on the impressive 139-foot (42.6 meter) CRN Ancona motor yacht EMOTION. Available in the Adriatic, EMOTION is well-suited for any type of guest. She features a variety of water toys, including Seabobs, wave runners, a jet board, and so many more.  She is offering a special rate of €112,000 per week for the remainder of June. [maximum 11 guests]


ALEXANDRA yacht charter Benetti superyacht

Explore the ancient wonders of Greece onboard the 163-foot (49.9m) Benetti luxury yacht ALEXANDRA at the special price of €150,000 per week for the month of June (regular rate €161,000 per week). This stylish motor yacht has a variety of impressive amenities and accommodations.  [maximum 12 guests]

The Adriatic can be your playground this June if you book a week on board the 147-foot (45 meter) Viudes Yachts motor yacht PRIDE at the special rate of €130,000 per week (regular rate €160,000 per week). Launched in 2013, PRIDE offers impressive interior volume and vast decks for alfresco living.


NEW ENGLAND Yacht Charter

Living in North America and thinking about staying a bit closer to home this summer?  We’ve got you covered!  Warm, salty breezes and beautiful sunny days are on the agenda during your New England summer escape. Cruise from the bustling metropolis of Boston, to the luxury haven of the Hamptons, to the natural sanctuary of Maine.  For a more traditional itinerary, kick off your adventure in Newport, Rhode Island and explore Martha’s Vineyard and the tiny fishing villages near Nantucket and Cape Cod.

The 157-foot (47.8 meter) luxury motor yacht COCKTAILS is available for $150,000 per week all summer (regular rate $185,000 per week). Built by Trinity Yachts, yacht COCKTAILS features an array of impressive amenities, including a nine-foot projection screen for al fresco movie nights, a karaoke machine in the skylounge, and a variety of water toys.  Her exceptional crew is ready to deliver a memorable New England adventure for you and your family. [maximum 11 guests]COCKTAILS superyacht charter vessel

Another Trinity Yacht offering a great summer rate is the fast and fun 161-foot (49.07 meter) super yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM.  She’s priced at an introductory charter rate of $165,000 per week (regular rate after the summer will be $180,000 per week).  Captain Mike Finnegan and his professional crew provide you with five-star service as you cruise the beautiful coastline of New England and enjoy all it has to offer. [maximum 10 guests]

The 150-foot (45.72m) Delta luxury superyacht KATYA is offering a discounted rate of $150,000 per week throughout the summer (regular rate $170,000 per week). Enjoy the cool breezes of the New England coast make good use of her expansive sundeck, featuring Jacuzzi tub and barbecue. An impressive onboard toy chest includes two tenders and a variety of water sports equipment. [maximum 12 guests]


BAHAMAS Yacht Charter

OK, you want to stay close to the USA, but you want to feel the vibe of an island escape.  For you, the best destination is the Bahamas – home to beautiful islands, atolls and cays, and some of the clearest ocean waters on earth.  Less than 1 hour by plane from South Florida, the islands of the Bahamas are not only easily accessible, but they also offer a unique and laid back island vibe, perfectly suited for a summer holiday.

If you hurry and book by July 31, you can experience the Bahamas onboard the 164-foot (49.99 meter) Trinity superyacht AMARULA SUN and save 15% (regular rate $230,000 per week, now on special for $195,000 per week).  This impressive superyacht offers five-star service and deluxe amenities – including a large swim platform, a sundeck with open-air Jacuzzi, a baby grand concert piano, and a cozy fireplace in the skylounge.

Looking for a more intimate yacht?  Book a week in the Bahamas onboard the 123-foot (37.49 meter) motor yacht TEMPTATION and enjoy a special rate of $60,000 per week through August 31 (regular rate $70,000 per week). Built by Palmer Johnson in 2005 and refit in 2015, she offers a fully-stocked toy chest, including 36-foot center console Yellowfin tender, a 15-foot wide-body Novurania RIB, two deluxe wave runners, paddleboards, wakeboard, water skis for children, and many more toys.

For more information on these sizzling summer deals, call 305-720-7245, email, or use our convenient online inquiry form here.

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