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3 LUXURY YACHTS TO CHARTER AND BUY

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HOW MUCH DOES SHE COST? 

Surprisingly, this question often comes up when our clients return from a memorable luxury yacht charter vacation.

Charter clients seem mesmerized by The Superyacht Experience. We’re thrilled!  : )   Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any other vacation on par with yachting.  It’s an experience where the superyacht serves as a platform for an eco-friendly adventure. Most of all, it’s a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

 

A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

But is it a “bridge too far” to transition from luxury yacht charter guest to superyacht owner?  Actually, it’s fairly common for charterers to become superyacht owners.

Some people purchase a specific automobile make and model after renting one for a long trip.  They like how the car looks and handles.  Of course, they celebrate how the vehicle whisked them to a new destination, in style and comfort.

Similarly, charterers become enthralled with the creature comforts of a yacht.  Certainly, the idea of arriving in an exotic destination on a floating villa is pretty darn appealing.

From there, the intrigue and hunger continue to grow.  After all, why limit your family’s enjoyment of cruising to just one or two weeks a year?

The yachting lifestyle is addicting!

 

IMPORTANT INFO!

GREAT NEWS!

WE AT 1-800 YACHTCHARTERS CAN HELP YOU CHARTER OR PURCHASE A YACHT!  You win with us because a portion of everything that we earn goes to the charity of your choice!  We know the yachts.  In addition, we know management.  We charter these yachts.  Our company knows Captains and professional crew.  Most important, we know clients!  YOU are important to us.  We LOVE our job.  1-800 Yacht Charters cares about the ocean.  We care about YOU.  Our company works to make a difference every day.  We give back.  We’d love to be on your team!

 

THREE SUPERYACHTS FOR SALE AND CHARTER

Let’s take a look at three, popular superyacht charter vessels currently available for hire, and also available for purchase.

 

QUANTUM OF WHA???

We never quite understood the meaning of Quantum of Solace as the title of the James Bond film.  It doesn’t matter – naming superyachts in homage to Bond films is very popular.  There are many James Bond boats as we like to call them. For instance, Octopussy, Skyfall, Casino Royale, and others.

There is even a superyacht named after the 2008 Bond film, Motoryacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE.  The 72.6m superyacht was built in 2012 and refit in 2017.  Here’s our description of the yacht on our charter website.

“Award-winning Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE is noteworthy for a few reasons. Specifically, her spectacular lines and enormous volume.  Charterers enjoy many entertainment and relaxation areas.  For instance, her salons, bars, decks, and terraces.  She is a Turkish build.  The yacht features both interior and exterior design by H2 Yacht Design.  QUANTUM OF SOLACE accommodates up to 12 guests in seven beautiful cabins.”

 

Aerial photograph of motoryacht Quantum of Solace. She is headed toward the lower left side of the screen. She is a solid white motoryacht

 

Her weekly charter rate is €560,000.

Her listed purchase price is $58,000,000.

 

  

A MASTER NUMBER

Finally, a yacht with a name we can understand!  Well…not really.  We cheated and looked up the meaning.  In numerology, the number 11 is considered a master number, and it signifies enlightenment.  If you pair the number with itself, 11.11, it represents a message from the universe to become aware.

Cosmically, we’ve got a ways to go. However, even we’re aware that Benetti yacht 11.11 is stunning.  Here’s a little history from our website on how this yacht came to be.

Benetti yacht 11.11 is a winner from the 2016 World Superyacht Awards.  She is only the second plumb-bowed boat built by the fabled Italian yard.  This beautiful lady was originally commissioned to look like a Russian Czar’s palace.  Her first owner walked away when the yacht was just 40% complete.  A new owner stepped in to transform the yacht into an award-winning monochromatic masterpiece.  What a fortunate owner!  The current trend is to build yachts with hard, minimalistic edges.  This yacht’s main living areas onboard yacht 11.11 offer suppleness and comfort.”

 

Here is a link to our video by company President, Jana Sheeder, for superyacht 11-11.  Enjoy!

 

Motoryacht 11-11 at anchor at sunset

The weekly charter rate is €650,000.

The listed purchase price is €59,500,000.

 

 

NINTH ROCK FROM THE SUN

Back in grade school, we were taught Pluto is the ninth planet in the solar system. Now, it’s referred to as a dwarf planet.  It’s ok, Pluto – we‘ll still call you the ninth planet!

Avoiding the naming controversy is the 73.2-meter superyacht PLANET NINE.  Forget outer space – there’s plenty to explore on earth.  This yacht is built for ocean adventure.  Our website notes describe this superyacht as a

“…Long-range high-quality luxury explorer yacht with serious go anywhere sea keeping characteristics, heavy build specification and suitable for sailing in ice conditions in accordance with its class notation. Dynamic positioning and suitability for global cruising. Commercially approved helideck suitable for an Augusta Grande dimensionally or larger helicopter in weight, up to 8 tons, with enclosed below-deck hangar.”

 

 

Profile photograph of a motoryacht underway. She has a grey hull and a white superstructure. There is a small ribbed dinghy traveling at her side. The yacht and dinghy are facing the right side of the photograph. There is a helicopter coming in for a landing on the back of the yacht

 

The weekly charter rate is €650,000.

The listed purchase price is €85,000,000.

 

Are you ready to charter or purchase a yacht?  Please count on us.  Let’s make a difference together. We created to term and the concept, The Superyacht Experience(tm), so we KNOW yachts, and we KNOW what you want to experience!  Call, text, WhatsApp, snail mail, or email us today!  Put us to work on your behalf!  We stand ready.  

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3 Ways To Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Yacht Charter

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Whether on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or the web, just about everyone has seen ads for luxury yacht charter vacations.  Gourmet meals, white glove service, and Ri¢hie Ri¢h toys are the benchmark of these lavish floating resorts. The essence of The Superyacht Experience™ is a passion for discovery, and a longing to reconnect with family and friends – fueled by a generous budget.  We bring you three ways to avoid being ripped off on your yacht charter.

Four children jumping off of a diving board at the back of a superyacht while parents look on from the back of the boat

How do you know the rate quoted for a superyacht holiday is legitimate.  In specific, not an arbitrary, marked-up price. Further, designed to take advantage of your affluence?  Beyond the accuracy of the price, how do you know if it’s a good deal as well?

We have outlined three steps to take to guarantee your charter rate is accurate, fair – and a great value for the money invested.  Following these steps will help you avoid price gouging and rip-offs  by unscrupulous merchants.

Note:  We’ve also included helpful advice from our company President, Jana Sheeder (1-800 Yacht Charters).

FIRST STEP

First, UNDERSTAND  who sets the rate for a yacht for hire.

The first step to ensure you are quoted a legitimate price for your yacht charter adventure is to understand who determines the price.  In the world of ultra-luxury yachts available for hire, the charter rate is set by the yacht OWNER.   Luxury charter yacht owners typically hire a company referred to as a “Central Agent”  to serve as their representative. The central agent (CA) maintains the yacht’s charter calendar, administers the charter paperwork, and collects the charter funds.  Many CA’s will offer guidance to an owner to help establish a fair price for charter (often based on comparisons to similar yachts), but ultimately it is the owner who sets the rate, and the CA publishes that rate.

 

SECOND STEP

Secondly, CONFIRM the rate quoted is the rate set by the yacht owner.

Luxury yacht owners rarely make themselves or their CA available to the public – preferring to leave the business of chartering in the hands of professional Charter Brokers.  These brokers perform much the same role as real estate agents – serving as the go-between for the Buyer (Charterer) and the Seller (Owner).  Charter brokers have access to the CA’s and are responsible to confirm rates and date availability with the CA’s.

Once you have narrowed down your options to a specific yacht, ask your charter broker to provide a written cost proposal from the CA – ensuring the rate quoted is the rate established and set by the yacht owner.

JANA SHEEDER ADVICE

“Some charter brokers will balk at the request of a written cost proposal from the CA, fearing the client will attempt to contact the CA directly to secure a better deal.  If you sense hesitation on the part of your broker, tell your broker to ‘register’ your name and inquiry with the CA.  To do this, send your charter broker a short, written note (via email) naming your broker as your authorized charter representative for the purpose of securing the charter of the specific yacht for specific dates.  Your broker then shares that note with the CA and registers you as their client.   Now the broker will feel protected and will be more inclined to seek written confirmation from the CA as to authenticity of the rate quoted.”

THIRD STEP

Thirdly, MAKE an offer!

Once your broker has communicated the published rate to you, and you have verified the rate is accurate, consider making an offer below the published rate.  Again, think in terms of the real estate marketplace.  Sometimes (but not all of the time), a property owner will accept an offer to purchase his or her real estate for an amount below the published selling price.

Unless you feel the published rate is fantastic, we can’t think of any reason not to ask for a discount!  Think the owner is gouging a bit in high season?  Ask for a discount.   The owner may accept your offer, make a counter-offer, or simply say no.  The point is – it’s your money, and you just might end up keeping more of it in your pocket!

MORE ADVICE FROM JANA SHEEDER

“Before you make an offer, ask your broker if they have ever secured a discount from this owner in the past, and how much (%).  The answer might surprise you.  At the very least, it will help you formulate an offer based on the owner’s prior willingness (or lack thereof) to negotiate below the published rate.”

 

SUMMARY

In conclusion, by following these three steps, you are safer.  You ensure the charter rate quoted is not only accurate and fair, but also the best deal available.  The Superyacht Experience™ includes honest, ethical advice from a yacht charter company serving discriminating clientele since 1976.

 

WE OFFER A BEST PRICE GUARANTEE

Take the promise of a great rate to a whole new level – only 1-800 Yacht Charters offers a “Best Price Guarantee.”  

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

When you are ready to book your yacht charter, we are here for you. Simply click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to fill out a convenient online inquiry form.

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Bahamas COVID Travel Guidelines For The Holidays

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FATIGUE FROM BEING HOUSEBOUND?

Looking for a change of scenery?  We get it.  “Pandemic fatigue” is starting to set in for most of us.  Indeed, the idea of escaping the “Covid blues” sounds better and better every day. Covid travel restrictions are important to know.

 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES BELOW

For many affluent travelers, a holiday luxury yacht charter is very appealing.   After all, if you have to practice social-distancing, why not set up camp on a private yacht?

 

MUCH OF CARIBBEAN HAS TOUGH RESTRICTIONS

Unfortunately, much of the Caribbean is still imposing harsh restrictions on tourism.  For example, mandatory tourist quarantines are in place in the British Virgin Islands. It is the most popular yacht charter destination in the world.   We anticipate these restrictions will still be in effect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

 

BAHAMAS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Thankfully, there is one tropical destination open for business. That is the Bahamas.

Photograph of a family enjoying a charter on a catamaran sailboat at anchor. They are playing in the water and sunbathing on the deck. The water is clear and turquoise. There is an island in the background. The sailboat is all white. There are 6 people on the boat. The boat is facing the upper right side of the photograph

Travel restrictions in the Bahamas have relaxed significantly compared to the start of the year.  Still, there are strict guidelines for Bahamas yacht charter guests.

 

THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR THE BAHAMAS

Below are guidelines in effect as of November 20, 2020, for the holiday season.

 

GET TESTED BEFORE ARRIVAL

These rules apply to every guest over 10 years old.  Each passenger on your yacht must get an RT PCR nasal swab Covid-19 test 5 days or less before arrival.  Test results from any other type of COVID-19 test are unacceptable.  Passengers under the age of 10 do not need to be tested.   All tests must be negative for entering the Bahamas.

 

SUBMIT A HEALTH VISA

Each guest must complete a travel health visa, along with submitting a negative Covid-19 test,.  The application is available online.  First, go to www.travel.gov.bs.  Second, select “International,” and create an account.  Fill out your visa information, upload your negative test results, and submit your application.  Allow up to 72 hours to receive an approval confirmation.  IMPORTANT TO NOTE, you need to print the approval document and bring it with you.  You must present the document to Bahamian officials when entering the country.

 

5 Little Known Facts About The Bahamas

 

PURCHASE COVID-19 HEALTH INSURANCE

You must opt-in for health insurance when you complete your health visa application.  Specifically, you will be covered for any Covid-19 health issues during your time in the Bahamas.  For example, the cost of a mandatory rapid antigen test (required on day 5 of your visit) will be covered.  You’ll also be covered if you require quarantine (up to $7000) or medical evacuation (up to $50,000).  Charter guests staying 4 days or less pay $40 for coverage. Visitors staying more than four days pay $60.

 

TAKE A RAPID ANTIGEN TEST ON DAY 5

You are required to take this test if you stay in the Bahamas for 5 or more days.   You must quarantine aboard your charter yacht while you await the results of the test.  Don’t worry, results are typically texted or emailed within 60 minutes. IMPORTANT NOTE, a rapid antigen test is not required if you have no plans to go ashore during your charter.

 

SUBMIT A DAILY ONLINE HEALTH SURVEY

Charter guests are required to answer an online health questionnaire each day. This survey is used to identify potential Covid-19 symptoms. Any guests who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms during their charter will be required to take a rapid antigen test. Any positive results will require a Covid-19 RT-PCR swab test.

 

FOLLOW ONSHORE SAFETY PROTOCOLS

There are rules and requirements to follow when onshore.  For example, wearing a face mask is mandatory in public places, except on the beaches.  Additionally, social distancing is expected wherever possible in public areas. Finally, be aware that some of the individual islands have evening curfews.

 

IT’S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS, RIGHT?

It’s nice to know we can escape to the Bahamas during the holidays.  Specifically, since so many restrictions are still in place in our hometowns.  As they say, “It’s Better in the Bahamas.”  Test it out!  Everyone can enjoy a Bahamas yacht charter vacation IF we follow the guidelines listed above.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, stands on superyacht deck at yacht show

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

Jana Sheeder, President and Co-owner of 1-800 Yacht Charters says,

This has been an unsettling year for everyone. You owe it to yourself,  friends, and loved ones to appreciate and enjoy the holidays.  Relax and reflect upon all that we have, and do.  Take time to smell the roses and to express gratitude.  Show yourself some love and plan a well-earned vacation.  Push away the stress,k and leave the fatigue behind.  Welcome mindfulness and wellness.  Make memories and celebrate another year of togetherness.  Please stay safe, follow the rules, and take Covid-19 prevention seriously.  Regardless, please have a WONDERFUL holiday.  Love, Jana

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Bali Yacht Charter Chef Makes Foodie Tiramasu

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MAN IN MOTION

Travel is a way of life for Chef Jorge Valderrama. He holds culinary diplomas from schools in Santiago and Lima, Peru.  His career is punctuated by working and training in diverse destinations. For instance,

 

  • South America
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

 

However, he never forgets he is from Peru.  Jorge has a great interest in Peruvian and Latin American cuisine.

“I feel very identified with Latin American cuisines, and always enjoy sharing the flavors and memories of my past.”                                                                                                                                                                            Jorge Valderrama

 


THE BALINESE YACHT

Now, Jorge is the chef onboard Bali yacht charter vessel DUNIA BARU. This is a wooden 51 meter motor-sailor built in 2014.  It is designed in the traditional Indonesian Phinisi style.  Accordingly, Phinisi yachts are wide and stable for cruising in comfort.  This wooden superyacht accommodates 14 guests in 7 spacious and well-appointed staterooms.

 

Photograph of a chef on a wooden sailboat. He is in the galley. He is standing over a frying pan, and is is smiling. He is wearing a beige short-sleeved t-shirt.

Jorge is proud to incorporate locally-sourced Balinese foods into his menus.

“When cooking I always prioritize using the best and freshest product available.  This enables me to create a diverse and creative menu while catering towards guests’ preferences.”

 

TIME FOR DESSERT!

We present his recipe for Bali-inspired Tiramisu, as an illustration of Jorge’s talents.

“This is a simple tiramisu recipe which I’ve modified using some local ingredients from Bali’s markets. The use of palm sugar adds a toffee like flavor which blends very well with the coffee and creamy cheese mix.”

 

 

Ingredients

200 gram package lady finger biscuits

2 tbsp. bitter cocoa powder

 

  • SOAK:

2 cups strong brewed balinese coffee (Balikopi)

Two tablespoons coconut arak

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

 

  • FILLING:

1 cup mascarpone cheese

¾ cup cream cheese

½ cup palm sugar, shaved and dissolved in ½ cup of boiling water until thick.

 

  • ASSEMBLY:

Whisk together mascarpone and cream cheese. Keep whisking and slowly add the thick palm sugar syrup until the mix is smooth. Keep mix in the fridge.

 

THIS LOOKS AMAZING…

Mix all soak ingredients and keep aside.

 

Lay down lady fingers on a baking tray until creating an even layer.

 

Spoon the soak mix on the lady fingers until evenly soaked but not too much to avoid breaking.

 

Add:

A thick layer of the filling

Another layer of lady fingers and repeat the soaking process

The rest of the filling on top

 

Sprinkle cocao powder on top and keep in the fridge for 3 hours before serving.

 

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Plate and ENJOY!!!

 

 

The Superyacht Experience™ (created by 1-800 Yacht Charters) includes wonderful meals, prepared by talented chefs, using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible…

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BELOW DECK cancelled? TV Show Cancellations

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Profile photograph of the pointed front of a motoryacht, with a woman sitting on it. She has blonde pulled back hair. The Below Deck Mediterranean bravo TV series logo is over the top of the photo. There are colorful homes in the background, as if a seaside village.

 

HEADS UP! TV IS CHANGING

The list of television shows canceled has been released by the networks.  Are Below Deck Mediterranean and Below Deck Sailing Yacht on that list?

 

MANY SHOWS CANCELED

No one knows the exact reasons for the cancellation of particular shows.  In specific, decreased viewership, lack of political correctness, unpopular storylines?

 

NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS

Per TV Insider, in no particular order, some shows did not fare well.  For example, gone are ABC’s, The Baker and the Beauty, and CBS’s, Criminal Minds and God Friended Me.  In addition, Cinemax’s Strike Back, The CW’s, Arrow, and Facebook Watch’s, Sorry for Your Loss.  Further, Fox’s Almost Family, Freeform’s Party of 5, the History Channel’s, Vikings, and POP TV’s, Schitt’s Creek.

BUT WHAT ABOUT BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN?

Good news, viewers.  The Below Deck shows are not on the chopping block this season.

 

WHAT A YEAR THUS FAR…

In conclusion, this year has been a series of challenges.  For instance, the Coronavirus Pandemic, protests about police brutality and racism (think George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, etc), and decisions to wear or not to wear masks (and thoughts of political motivations behind health choices).  In addition, the Australian bushfire, the deaths of Kobe Bryant plus 8 passengers in helicopter crash, flooding in Indonesia, the phases of the moon and planets, business closures, you name it.

 

SO WHAT TO DO NOW

Life is returning to normal.  Yes, it is a “new normal,” but nonetheless, MORE normal than in the past few months.  Yachtsmen and women are renting yachts and going on vacation again.  SO WHY NOT JOIN THEM?  Many ports and countries have reopened to travelers and yachts, so contact us for information as to which destinations you may now enjoy!

Which 2020 changes and activities have affected you the most?  PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

You and yours deserve The Superyacht Expeience™, as 1-800 Yacht Charters originated and provides.  Contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today!

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BEWARE – Illegal Air Charters Are On The Rise

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WHERE IS MY PLANE?

Many luxury yacht charter guests arrive at their yachting destination via private air charter.   Now, imagine showing up at your local FBO to board your plane. Consequently, only to find there is no crew or jet waiting for you.  Sadly, fraudulent air charter scams are on the rise.  Fortunately, there is now a free resource to help you avoid what could be a miserable start to your Superyacht Experience™.

 

AVIATION INDUSTRY

The business aviation industry has just published a free online guide.  Without a doubt, it helps protect travelers new to air charter. The General Aviation Dry Leasing Guide outlines the laws and regulations related to the leasing of private aircraft.  Moreover, this guide keeps unsuspecting charterers from scams by illegal charter operators.

 

Photograph of a private jet with a red ferrari next to it. The jet is on the tarmac. The jet door is open, and the stairs are deployed. 2 men are walking up to the jet.

 

BEWARE OF SCAMS

Ryan Waguespack is Senior Vice President. Specifically, of the National Air Transportation Association.  Importantly, he addressed the problem in a recent interview with Robb Report. He said,

“As the holidays approach, travelers are turning to private aviation for its enhanced cleaning protocols and limited exposure to unknowns. It’s vital that these newcomers aren’t placing themselves or their assets at risk from illegal charter activity.”

 

ORIGINATION

Many of the scams seem to emanate from Europe.  Scam artists create websites that advertise aircraft available for rent.  Further, with legitimate tail numbers. Unfortunately, after the clients have paid, the websites disappear.  Clients have no flight – and no money.  Obviously, to make matters worse, there is no hope of a refund.

 

10 Reasons to Purchase Travel Insurance

 

 

FAA CERTIFICATION

Subsequently, similar scams are taking place here in the USA.  Some charter operators are using aircraft with no FAA Part 135 certification.  What is the certification?  The FAA requires certification to demonstrate that the aircraft and the crew have met stringent safety standards.  Furthermore, legitimate charter operators must have higher levels of insurance coverage.  According to Waguespack. “Operators chartering aircraft illegally may have insurance policies that are not sufficient to cover commercial activities. In the event of an accident, passengers may find their own corporate and estate assets at risk.”

 

TRUST THE GUIDE

The guide is by trusted air industry associations.  Specifically, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). In addition, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).  Obviously, both contributed to the guide.

 

WANT MORE INFO?

To sum up, let our team help you navigate. In specific, the intricacies of selecting the right size and type of aircraft to whisk you to your yacht.  Handling the little details before your luxury yacht charter is what we do best.   Without a doubt, we take care of YOU.  It’s how we Deliver The Superyacht Experience™ to our clients.  Put our team to work for you!  Call 305-720-7245, email info@1800yachtcharters.com, or contact us through our online information form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.

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Caribbean Closes Ports To Yachts Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Thinking of sheltering in place?  First, in a remote destination?  Second, in private?  Third, on a luxury yacht charter vessel?   Great thought, but STOP.  Before you get your hopes up, we have a report.  Getting on a yacht may be a BIG problem right now. This is a result of more islands closing their borders to yachts. It is particularly difficult for all.

 

BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS

Traditionally, spring is the most popular season for Caribbean yacht charters.  We have fully-crewed superyachts in position. They are ready to accept guests. For example, from the Bahamas to Bonaire.

Unfortunately, the unexpected outbreak of a global viral pandemic has affected the industry.  It brings the idea of a charter in the Caribbean to a screeching halt.

 

ADVISORIES AND CURFEWS

This started as travel advisories and then curfews.  It morphed into full closures of most island nations in the Caribbean.  This affects both air and sea access.

 

GUESTS OR NOT

In some cases, charter guests already onboard may stay onboard.  However, as of March 30, most charter vessels are restricted.  Therefore, they cannot accept new guests in almost every inhabited island in the Caribbean.  For instance, the British Virgin Islands and St. Marten.

 

CLOSED (no re-opening dates announced)

  • TRINIDAD … not only
  • ST LUCIA
  • ARUBA … but also
  • BONAIRE
  • CURAÇAO
  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)
  • MARIE-GALANTE and THE SAINTS
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (DR)
  • DOMINICA … in addition,
  • GRENADA
  • ST. MAARTEN (ST. MARTIN)
  • MARTINIQUE
  • GUADELOUPE
  • ANTIGUA and BARBUDA … lastly,
  • ST KITTS & NEVIS

RESTRICTIONS

Restrictions exist.  For instance,

  • MONTSERRAT.  Mandatory 14 day quarantine
  • USVI (U.S. Virgin Islands).  Closed to all visitors for 30 days.  Charter vessels, hotels, guest houses, etc. are restricted. They may not accept new guests. Guests who have already checked in are advised to return home. They cam remain, if they choose, however.  Airport and Seaports are open.  All non-essential businesses are closed.  Residents are asked to stay at home. All bars across the Territory are closed.  In-house dining is not allowed at restaurants.  Take-out services are permissible. Additionally,
  • ANGUILLA.  Both sea and air ports are closed to all passengers. This applies for an initial 14-day period, from 20 March.
  • BAHAMAS.  Incoming passenger flights are banned.  Significantly, seaports remain open for cargo and supply vessels only.  Moreover, All inter-island sailing and cruising is prohibited.
  • BARBADOS.  Airports and marinas are open.  Whether by yacht or plane, all visitors arriving from the UK, Europe, and the United States will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. Anyone arriving with a travel history from China, Iran, and South Korea are also subject to a 14-day quarantine. Further,
  • DOMINICA.  Airports and seaports closed.  There is an exception for planes and ships bringing vitally-needed cargo and medical relief supplies.
  • ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES.  Mandatory 14 day quarantine for any passengers arriving from China and other countries.  For instance, the European Union, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

 

 STAY INFORMED / DISCLAIMER

In conclusion, this is not a complete list of all restrictions in the Caribbean.  Border and marina/port closures change rapidly.  Moreover, air traffic suspensions change, too.  In the meantime, 1-800 Yacht Charters will keep this information updated as much as possible. We encourage our blog readers to check official country websites and local news sources for the latest travel advisories and closures/restrictions. For specific luxury yacht charter questions, please email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Celebrity NFL Owners’ Superyachts

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KEEPING IT LIGHT

From time to time, we like to take a light-hearted look at the world of yachting.  Yacht names inspired by love is always a hoot.  We still chuckle at the comments we get about our salmon skin blog [Yes, some luxury yacht charter vessels DO use salmon skin for upholstery.  NO, it doesn’t smell fishy!!!].

 

GAME ON!

Let’s have some fun and play a game about well-known NFL owners and their personal superyachts.   For every correct answer give yourself 1 to 5 points, depending upon the degree of difficulty.   At the end of the blog, we’ll tell you what you win based on your total points.  Let’s get started!!!

 

Photograph of a white yacht. It is facing the right side of the photograph. There is a large headshot photo of the yacht owner superimposed over the top portion of the photo and resting on the yacht

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner and his superyacht

 

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION

This is a multiple choice question (3 points):

In January, 2020, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren takes aim and calls out an NFL owner and his purchase of a superyacht. On Twitter she says,

“This billionaire NFL owner just paid $100M for a ‘superyacht’ with its own iMax theater. I’m pretty sure he can pay my new #UltraMillionaireTax to help the millions of yacht-less Americans struggling with student loan debt.”

Is the owner:

  1. Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins #miamidolphins
  2. Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins #washingtonredskins
  3. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams
  4. Patrick Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos

 

The answer is…

 

 

 

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  1. Daniel Snyder is the target of Warren’s ire. Warren wants to impose a 2% surcharge on personal fortunes of $50 million or more, and a 3% fee at $1 billion.  Mr. Snyder is probably happy to know Ms. Warren is no longer a candidate for president of the United States!

 

 

TRUE OR FALSE QUESTION

True or False (2 points)

 

Arthur Blank the owner of the Atlanta Falcons built two tenders to shuttle passengers to and from his superyacht.  True of False?  Blank named the tenders, “Molly” and “Max,” the names of his parents?

 

The answer is…

 

 

 

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TRUE

 

Blank actually built three tenders for his superyacht.  Here is his explanation as to the names he selected for his tenders:

“I personally, carefully chose the names of our three beautiful custom Compass tenders. ‘Soul Purpose’ reflects how being at sea stirs the soul to dream of peace and happiness and a higher purpose in life. The other two tenders, ‘Max’ and ‘Molly’ were named in honor of my parents, which is my way of revering their memory and keeping them forever close to me wherever I travel. They both loved the ocean. I am sure they would have gotten a kick out of knowing I lent their names to such worthy recipients.”

 

 

QUESTION

Match Game (4 points)

 

This game is fairly straightforward, but easy to get incorrect.  Match the name of the yacht owner with the name of the yacht he owns:

 

Name of Owner                      Name of Yacht

 

Daniel Snyder                        Kismet

 

Shad Khan                              Bravo Eugenia

 

Arthur Blank                         DreAMBoat

 

Jerry Jones                            Lady S

 

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Daniel Snyder owns motor yacht LADY S

Shad Khan owns motor yacht KISMET

Arthur Blank owns motor yacht  DreAMBoat

Jerry Jones owns motor yacht BRAVO EUGENIA

 

 

THE CLUB

Now, let’s take a look at the NFL Owners Superyacht Club.

 

  • YACHT LADY S.  Daniel Snyder is the owner of the Washington Redskins.  He now takes a seat at the table in the NFL superyacht clubhouse as the owner of the 305 foot Feadship yacht LADY S.  The luxury yacht charter vessel is a 2019 model and is built by Feadship.  The striking exterior is a Michael Leach design and the interior is crafted by Reymond Langton.  Amenities include a one-of-a-kind IMAX theater, fully-certified helipad, and four VIP suites with 8k TVs.

 

  • YACHT KISMET.  This is the 312 foot yacht of Shad Khan. Khan is the owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.   Lurssen Shipyard in Germany is the builder of the yacht.  Espen Øeino International is the exterior designer and Reymond Langton Design is responsible for the interior. Notable features include not one but two helicopter pads, a private observation platform with an outdoor bed created for stargazing.

 

THE CLUB CONTINUES

 

  • YACHT DreAMBoat.  This is another yacht in the 90 meter range.  The 295 foot yacht is a 2019 model, built by Oceanco in the Netherlands.  Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, built this yacht for his family’s personal use. Espen Oeino is the exterior designer, and Terence Disdale is the designer of the interior.  Note the middle letters in the yacht’s name spell, “AMB” – the initials of the owner, Arthur M Blank.  The owner has a large family of children and grandchildren, and this yacht has accommodations for up to 23 passengers.

 

  • YACHT BRAVO EUGENIA.  The final member of the 90 meter NFL Owner’s Superyacht Club is this 357 foot yacht.  Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys owns this 2018 yacht.  Oceanco is the builder, and Nuvolari & Lenard is the designer of the exterior.  Reymond Langton Design is responsible for the interior.  There are two helicopter landing pads.  Specifically, one is on the foredeck, and another on the main deck aft. There is also a wellness center with sauna, as well as a steam room and plunge pool.

 

 

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!

 

Did you answer all three questions correctly?  If yes, you have 9 points and clearly know way too much trivial information about yachts and NFL yacht owners!!!!  Just kidding!  At 1-800 Yacht Charters, EVERYONE is a winner!  Send an email to us at info@1800yachtcharters.com, and we’ll send you a Eco-Hero tote bag and a luxurious champagne-colored computer stylus pen.  Thanks for playing!!!

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, it is time to plan your family or friends yacht charter.  No time like the present to get started and plan for wonderful things in the future. Please contact us today at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.  We are standing by.

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COVID 19 UPDATE: Bahamas Closes Borders to Most US Tourists

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COVID 19 update from 1-800 Yacht Charters.  The Bahamas have again closed their borders to most USA travelers.  The closure is in response to the spike in Covid-19 cases.

Fortunately, private yacht charter vacations are exempt. Accordingly, 1-800 Yacht Charters will continue to Deliver the Superyacht Experience™ to their clients.

 

Three adults jumping into the water off of the swim platform of yacht CARPE DIEM

 

PRIME MINISTER COMMENTS

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis addressed the nation on Sunday.  He announced the closing of all airports and seaports to tourists from the United States.  The ban takes effect Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Both private flights and private yachts are specifically exempt for the new ban.

 

IN SUMMARY

In other words, our private yacht charter vessels and crews can still welcome-aboard guests in the Bahamas.  The Superyacht Experience™ will continue.  The yachts will provide guests with a platform for adventure and discovery.  Every charter will reman an opportunity to reconnect with family, and embrace diverse cultures.

 

HOW TO PLAN FLIGHTS?

Private flights to the Bahamas are easy to arrange. The flight from Miami to Nassau is as short as 40 minutes.  Our charter specialists will handle all logistics. from the time you leave your home, until you step aboard your yacht.

 

COVID PROTOCOL

Obviously, certain Covid-19 protocols remain in place.  Requirements include proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test. The test must come from an accredited laboratory.  It also must be taken within 10 days of arrival. In addition, an electronic health visa is a must.  Applications may be submitted at http://www.travel.gov.bsHelpful tip: applications can take up to 72 hours to process.  Make sure to leave adequate lead time!

 

NOW WHAT?

We stay on top of all Covid 19 update information. For a list of available yachts and “summer saver discounts,” call our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at at 305-720-7245 for immediate response. We’d love to plan a yacht charter vacation for you like this one!

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COVID-19 UPDATE RE ITALY YACHT CHARTER VAT

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COVID 19 update from 1-800 Yacht Charters.  In specific, Italian tax authorities have postponed new laws designed to increase VAT on Italian yacht charter vacations. The postponement appears to be in response to the effect of Covid-19 on tourism.

Fortunately, private yacht charter vacations remain exempt from the tax increase until November. Accordingly, 1-800 Yacht Charters will continue to Deliver the Superyacht Experience™ to their clients at a lower-than-expected tax rate.

Profile photograph of a white yacht anchored in a marina.  She is the largest yacht in the marina. There are many small boats behind her.  There are mountains in the background.  The sun is setting in front of the yacht, so she is bathed in golden light.

 

 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Tax increases were first announced in December 2019. The conversion of Law Decree n. 124/2019 (by Law n.157/2019) and the 2020 Italian Budget Law (Law n. 160/2019) enact new value-added tax (VAT) measures. The law set the VAT rate at 22% for Italian luxury yacht charter vacations. That law is postponed until November 1, 2020. The old rates will remain in place. VAT is set at 6.6% for yachts over 24 meters. VAT is set at 8.8% for yachts under 24 meters.

 

IN SUMMARY

In other words, private yacht charter vessels and crews can still welcome-aboard guests in Italy at a favorable VAT rate below 10%. The Superyacht Experience™ will continue this summer. Tourism in Italy suffers from Covid-19 shortfalls. Italian authorities are hopeful favorable VAT rates will stimulate tourism. New (higher) VAT regulations will be in effect after November 1st, 2020. 

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Italian VAT applies to all charters embarking in Italy. Special limitations apply to yachts registered in Italy. Government fiscal agents require an appropriate amount of cruising to qualify for the reduced VAT. For example, at least one crossing from Corsica or Sardinia to mainland France or Italy qualify for the reduced rate.

Italian-flagged yachts are not subject to this limitation.  Specifically, no long-distance crossing requirements exist.

 

Profile photograph of a yacht at anchor in a quiet harbor.  There are mountains covered in mist in the background. The yacht is facing the right side of the photograph.  There is a jetski zipping around in the water at the back of the yacht.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS 

In conclusion, certain Covid-19 protocols remain in place.  Requirements include masks in public areas.  In addition, no Covid-19 test requirement exists, although quarantine requirements may exist for some origins.  For example, public transportation is operating, and restaurants are open.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Our team stays on top of all Covid-19 updated information. For instance, we provide a list of available yachts and “summer saver discounts.”  Call our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 for immediate response.

Important to note, travelers from the USA face possible travel restrictions to Italy. Don’t let this stop you. You can still enjoy The Superyacht Experience™.  Stay safe, and remain closer to home this summer.  We’d love to plan a yacht charter vacation for you like this one!

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