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Monthly Archives: October 2016

3 to Watch: Luxury Yacht Charter Maven Shares Hottest Yacht Construction Trends for 2017 & Beyond

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WHAT TO WATCH IN YACHT CHARTER INDUSTRY

With her repeat clients pushing for the newest yachts with unique amenities, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, understands the need to keep her finger on the pulse of the latest yachting design trends.

 

JANA SHEEDER, PRESIDENT, 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS ANALYSIS

Sheeder shares with us three over-the-top design trends she has noticed on upcoming new builds and recently-launched superyachts.

 

BALCONIES

 

OKTO superyacht balcony terrace

 

Balconies are features of upscale villas and resort suites.  The use of balconies (or “terraces”) is the ideal way to integrate interior  and exterior areas.  This amenity has now caught a foothold in superyacht design.  Builders are adding balconies adjacent to interior dining rooms, beach clubs, and most impressively, off of master cabins. 66m ISA motor yacht OKTO, for example, incorporates a private balcony in her full beam master suite.  The hydraulic balcony is  controlled by the guests. Specifically, simply push a button. This is a distinct advantage over earlier generation balconies on older yachts.  They require the assistance of the crew to open and close. The balcony comes with an air curtain to keep the interior spaces cool, while having the balcony open to the ocean.

 

POOLS

OKTO aerial running shot showing pool and decks

No, not Jacuzzi-style spa tubs – they are still an important superyacht amenity as well.  We’re talking about cool, fresh water pools, large enough to frolic with the kids on a warm summer day (or swim in place with the aid of current-generating waterjets).

When you’re anchored in a cove near Ibiza on a hot July afternoon, a dip in cool freshwater is a pleasant alternative to the salty, warm ocean.  Great examples of Balearic island yacht charter vessels with pools are 67.5m motor yacht ICON, and 108m Pride Mega Yachts 2018 motor yacht TOMORROW.

 

 

WELLNESS AREAS

 

Wellness massage room on yacht SOLANDGE

The interest in wellness yacht charter vacations continues to grow, with more and more clients requesting yachts that offer amenities for mind, body, and soul.  Saunas, steam rooms, gymnasiums, quiet yoga areas, as well as onboard nutritionists, beauticians, and massage therapists are a big draw.  Sheeder believes yachts that cater to mindfulness and overall wellness will be in great demand in 2017 and beyond.  Examples are the 85m Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE and  Tankoa yacht SUERTE (69m).

 

In conclusion, it is time to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters deliver The Superyacht Experience™ to you, your family and friends. Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ now. 

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84th Largest Yacht RoMEA To Make Caribbean Yacht Charter Debut

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SUPERYACHT DEAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Another superyacht owner makes an annoucement.  RoMEA relocates to the Caribbean for the upcoming winter/spring season, and he offers a special charter rate.

WHO IS RoMEA?

Abeking and Rasmussen motoryacht RoMEA arrives in the Caribbean in early December.  She is 270 feet 35 inches, and she’s gorgeous.  She plans to participate in the winter 2016/spring 2017 St. Martin yacht charter season.

ROMEA yacht profile

 

A 2015 yacht, moreover her first year in charter service in the Mediterranean. She now joins a growing list of superyachts relocating to the Caribbean in December. For instance, 58 meter Benetti yacht ILLUSION V.

WHERE DOES SHE RANK?

RoMEA is ranked 84th on the list of the world’s largest yachts.  Yacht RoMEA accommodates 12 charter guests in six staterooms.

 

 

 

 

 

WELLNESS YACHT

She is part of a growing fleet of wellness yacht charter vessels.  These yachts are “floating spas.”  Onboard amenities include many wellness experiences.  For example, massage services, indoor and outdoor cinemas, and a beach club with steam room.  Guests use the yacht’s extensive watersports inventory. For instance, underwater sleds, windsurfers, and stand up paddleboards SUP’s.  In addition, scuba gear (for certified divers), kayaks, and water skis are available.

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE YACHT COST?

The published charter rate for ROMEA is €875,000 per week, plus running expenses.

 

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

Enjoy an amazing private luxury yacht charter by contacting 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.

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Amels Brews Magical Elixir 4You…Yacht Charters Will Never Be the Same

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AMELS YACHT CHARTER DISCOUNTS

Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht?  If you are, we have great news.

LIMITED EDITION 180’s

Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.

 

ELIXIR and 4YOU

Amels motor yachts ELIXIR and 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models are available this December. Specifically, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations. Furthermore, they avail south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts, as well.

4you-yacht-charter-superyacht-motoryacht-profile

 

Amels yacht 4YOU, a 2012 build, features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior.  She sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins.  Newer yacht ELIXIR offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins.  She also boasts a Laura Sessa interior. In addition, she is a bit more eclectic than 4YOU.

ELIXIR superyacht

The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series by naval architect Tim Heywood is ever-evolving.  Specifically, it is one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite has folding balcony. There are also two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.

The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long. It has a luxury space of 155 square meters.  This is quite possibly the largest sun deck you encounter on any 55 meter charter vessel.

The yachts’ rates begin at €275,000 per week.  Further, they are up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates.

To plan your own yacht charter vacation on 4You, Elixir, or any other yacht, contact yacht charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Construction Underway on Motor Yacht Project Barracuda, Turquoise Yachts

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PROTEKSAN TURQUOISE YACHTS

Turkey’s Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc and London-based H2 Yacht Design join together.   The team that produced the popular Miami yacht charter vessel, SEQUEL P, and the award-winning motor yacht VICKY, are joining forces once again.

 

THE BARRACUDA

The new build currently named Turquoise Yachts Project Barracuda splashes down in 2019.

Project Barracuda at anchor with underwater lights

 

Turquoise Yachts and H2 again reprise their collaboration.  They specialize in practicality and spaciousness.  The proven 70-meter platform gains international notice.  In 2013 at the Showboats Design Awards, where Proteksan Turquoise charter yacht VICKY won multiple awards for “Best Interior Layout” and “Best Recreational Area for Guest Use.”  

YACHT INTERIORS

Interior spaces will again be designed by H2’s Ken Freivokh.  Freivokh’s clean conception will include his signature triple-deck high atrium amidships.  The natural light flows throughout the superyacht’s interior.

Charter guest accommodations will include a large master suite, two VIP staterooms and four additional guest cabins.  A full beam sky lounge and beach club with spa features adorn the yacht.  It accommodates wellness yacht charter clients.In addition, it has an onboard cinema.

 

Project Barracuda artist rendering Turquoise Yachts and H2 Yacht Design project

The Turkish yard and London designers also collaborated on the 70 meter motor yacht TALISMAN C, and the 54 meter motor yacht TURQUOISE, both launched in 2011.

In conclusion, charter a yacht like Project Barracuda. It is perfect for the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, Southeast Asia, or New England travels.  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters via our convenient booking form today.

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Don’t Eat It – Ride It!  Luxury Yacht Charter Watertoys With Tasty Names

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WATERSPORTS TOYS

The myriad of recreational toys offered by private yacht charter vessels continues to grow each year, as more and more yachts continue to battle for the same handful of HNWI for whom yachting is a lifestyle, not a once in a lifetime adventure.

 

WISH LISTED ITEMS

Gone are the days when a yacht only carried a windsurfer and some snorkel gear. Today, the onboard watertoy inventory sheet on most superyachts reads like a wish list from the Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog.   Jetlev hover boards, giant waterslides, even mini submarines are now the norm.

While most of the toys have straightforward names that define their intended use (for example, stand up paddleboards, water skis, etc.), some have downright funny names, associated with foods that come to mind when looking at the toys.

 

FAVORITE TASTY TOYS

Here are our favorite food-inspired charter toys, found on many Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels:

DONUT – There are actually several types of donut watertoys. The most common ones look like giant tire inner tubes, hence the term, “donut.”  A totally new “spin” on the water donut is the BBQ Donut, where several people can sit inside a floating donut-shaped vessel, complete with sun awning and bbq grill.

BBQ Donut towable watertoy

 

 

BANANA – This colorful towable toy is pulled along by the charter yacht’s tender.  It’s all about a fast, bumpy ride. Bananas aren’t typically “fast food,” but this banana fits the bill!  Depending upon the size of the banana, some carry 2 riders, and some six or more.  Hang on tight – falling off at high speed can sting a bit when you splash into the water!

Banana towable watersports toy

 

HOT DOG – Take a towable banana, paint it red, and add a couple “buns” to the sides and voila, you’ve got a towable hot dog watertoy.  The inflatable buns actually perform a purpose – by adding extra stability to the toy.  In other words, you don’t fall off as much as you do on the banana…but hey, falling off is part of the fun!

hot dog towable watersports yacht toy

 

BROWNIES THIRD LUNG – ok, so you don’t really “ride” this one.  Work with me, here – it’s a watertoy, and its name sounds like food!  This is basically an air compressor situated in a floating donut.  (If you’d like, we can refer to it as YET ANOTHER TYPE OF DONUT WATERTOY!)  The compressor pumps air into long tubes that tie into a snorkel mask.  Swimmers wear the mask and breathe fresh air, allowing them to do very shallow dives, while safely tethered to the floating compressor. It’s a great way for novices to experience the sensation of SCUBA diving while snorkeling in shallow water.

Brownies Third Lung yacht toy

 

South Florida is a great winter destination. Let us create The Superyacht Experience™ for you!  Take a look at some of the yachts offered in South Florida and the nearby Bahamas by 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-florida/  #thesuperyachtexperience

 

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Gulp – Private Luxury Yacht Charter Builder Swallows In-Country Rival

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INDUSTRY CHANGE

Topping a fatherland rival by building the world’s largest yacht wasn’t good enough.  Lürssen Yachts gobbles up their leading competitor.  The German company takes over the entire operation.

 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

At this time, Bremen-based Lürssen Yachts announces the acquisition of Hamburg’s superyacht builder, Blohm+Voss.

 

COMPANY QUOTE

According to Peter Luerssen, Managing Partner, “With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss we are taking over a shipyard with a strategically advantageous location and versatile production facilities. We want to use these facilities to complement our existing refit and repair activities and also to offer our customers an ever better service.”

Lurssen shipyard with yacht Azzam in water

 

WORLD’S LARGEST YACHT

With the 2013 launch of the world’s largest yacht, the 180 meter motor yacht AZZAM, “The big L” wrestled the top spot away from the Roman Abramovich-owned motor yacht ECLIPSE, a 162.50 meter Blohm & Voss GmbH vessel launched in 2010.

 

KINGPIN OF BIG BOATS

Of the 10 largest yachts in service today, Lürssen has built 5 of them, including 3 of the top 5.

 

Many Lürssen charter vessels are among, the largest yachts offered for hire. Specificially, 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II and 70 meter (230ft) Lurssen motor yacht Martha Ann.

 

In conclusion, The Superyacht Experience™ awaits your presence. Whether you choose to buy or rent, 1-800 Yacht Charters is here for you.  Contact us today at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to get started on your superyacht journey.

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It’s A Grand ILLUSION V: Benetti Yacht Charter Vessel Relocates To Caribbean For Winter  

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ILLUSION V

The owner of motor yacht ILLUSION V announces her repositioning.  ILLUSION V is a 58 meter Benetti who charters the Caribbean and the Bahamas for winter 2016, and spring 2017.

illusion v benetti yacht charter vessel

 

WHO IS ILLUSION V?

She is elegant, contemporary and offers unparalleled luxury.  Benetti  ILLUSION V yacht is a masterpiece from celebrated design duo Green and Mingarelli.  She has an abundance of dining, entertainment and relaxation areas. In addition, a full bar and beach area on her lower deck enhance the yacht.  Other areas abound. Specifically, a toy garage bursting with the latest toys exists.  Her toys include a Jetovator, flyboard and Inflatable slide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built in 2014, she features accommodations for up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.

Key FEATURES and AMENITIES:

  • The perfect sundeck layout with large Jacuzzi, sunpads, shaded dining, full bar and BBQ
  • Several dining options indoors and al fresco
  • 6 full bars on 4 decks
  • Luxurious beach club set-up
  • Cinema and media room on the bridge deck (converts into 7th stateroom)
  • Impressive inventory of watersports equipment and recreational gear
  • A blazing-quick 31’ tender
  • Wine cellar & humidor

Rates for Caribbean yacht charter start at $350,000 per week (higher for holiday dates).

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

To check available dates for superyacht ILLUSION V, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters. Fill in our convenient online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/

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Italian Super Yacht ULYSSES says YES to Chartering in Cuba this Winter

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After a successful Italy yacht charter season this summer, the owner of Benetti motor yacht ULYSSES has announced his interest to relocate his 56 meter yacht this winter to the warm waters of the Caribbean, and in particular, the new cruising destination Cuba.

The idea of a Cuba yacht charter vacation is now more popular than ever, in large part thanks to the easing of travel restrictions between the United States government and the government of Cuba.  The result of minimal tourism in Cuba for the past 5 decades means much of the country remains as pristine as it did a half-century ago.

Back of superyacht Ulysses with toys in the water

Small islets and miles of unspoiled beaches along the southern coast of the island nation are ideal for a warm weather yachting vacation.  Additionally, the opportunity to interact with the residents and their unique Latin culture rounds out the total (The) Superyacht Experience™.

Offering great value to potential customers is nothing new for the owner of Italian-built motor yacht ULYSSES, a Benetti 184 foot superyacht.  In fact, the yacht still has a late summer discount in place for charters in the Mediterranean, along the Italian coast.  Although no discounts have been announced yet for Cuba and the Caribbean, we feel it’s only a matter of time before the yacht’s owner dangles a tantalizing offer in front of our noses!

Check back with us during the fall, and we’ll let you know all of the great winter deals available for enjoying a Cuba yacht charter vacation, or any other special deal throughout the Caribbean…

Visit our Caribbean page here for a small sample of yachts available this winter in Cuba, St. Martin, St Barts, and throughout the islands.    

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James Bond Boat, Sailing Yacht Regina, Offers Reduced Rate in December

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GULET YACHT CHARTER SPECIAL

The 56 meter Turkish gulet yacht REGINA makes an announcement.  In specific, she offers a special rate for select dates this December.

 

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS DEAL?

She offers full-week Caribbean yacht charter vacations between December 11 and December 25.  Her weekly base rate is reduced to $80,000.  Specifically, that is a savings of $10,000.

 

Daniel Craig as James Bond on sailing yacht Regina also known as Chimera on movie Skyfall sailing yacht regina underway

BOND, JAMES BOND

007 movie enthusiasts remember the 183 foot Pruva sailing yacht REGINA.   She stars in an appearance in the James Bond 007 thriller, “Skyfall.”  In the film, she is “Chimera.”

The modern Turkish sailing yacht accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms.

In conclusion, looking for a great deal on your next yacht charter vacation?  Check out our current money-saving private luxury yacht charter specials!!!

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

You decide to take a yacht to an amazing destination. We are your Team.  Moreover, fill out our convenient online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We stand ready to plan The Superyacht Experience™ for you!

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Just Chillin’ –  Expedition Yacht LEGEND Sets Antarctica Yacht Charter Schedule for 2017

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WHO OWNS MOTORYACHT LEGEND?

Jan Verkerk owns the 253-foot Icon motor yacht LEGEND.  She is accepting reservations in Antarctica for the season.  Specifically, from January 17 through February 18.

ALL ABOUT LEGEND

This incredible yacht is from 1973.   Icon expedition yacht LEGEND underwent a complete rebuild in 2015.   She is the only luxury yacht charter ice-breaker vessel in the world.

Legend motoryacht night lighting

 

RESTORATION PROJECTS

This is Verkerk’s second superyacht restoration project.  His other is highly popular 228 foot motor yacht SHERAKHAN.  She is a star in the Mediterranean charter market.

Active charterers will delight in the opportunities for adventure offered on M/Y LEGEND.  With accommodations for 26 guests, and space to carry a helicopter and a submarine, the possibilities for cold-weather adventure are endless. Of course, Verkerk made certain to include the mandatory superyacht amenities as well: gymnasium, Balinese spa, sauna, beauty salon, movie theater and swimming pool.   There’s even a medical suite, for any emergencies.

After spending a few weeks in Antarctica, the yacht will head to Greenland for the summer charter season.

If you’re intrigued to step away from your traditional Caribbean charter vacation this summer, let us deliver the superyacht experience to you, your family, and friends in the last great frontier on earth – Antarctica…

 

HOW TO BOOK YACHT LEGEND

In conclusion, for yacht charter pricing information and availability for motoryacht LEGEND or any other superyacht, contact us today.  The 1-800 Yacht Charters team stands ready for your inquiry. 

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