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Monthly Archives: June 2020

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!

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Dining Etiquette on Yachts | Zigzag Table Manners

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Photo taken from the back entrance of a yacht toward the back of the yacht. The yacht is facing away from a gorgeous Mediterranean cityscape. There is a table in the foreground that is elegantly set. It features blue, white, and beige. It is a large table on the deck of a yacht.

DINING ETIQUETTE ON YACHTS

We present educational and fun information. This blog is written by a superyacht Stew (stewardess).  Great tips on dining etiquette on yacht charter.

<< Stew Cues: The Continental divide at the dining table is drawn on a ‘zigzag’

by Alene Keenan (blog style edited by 1800yachtcharters)

 

STEW EXPERIENCE

When I have had the pleasure of having a meal with the crew while training on board a yacht, I often find non-U.S. crew staring at me while I eat. I understand that they are trying to figure out what I am doing. There are various styles of using cutlery. The European, or Continental, style and the American style are quite different.

 

CONTINENTAL DINING STYLE

In the Continental style, what is picked up with the left hand stays in the left hand, and what is picked up in the right hand stays in the right hand. Etiquette varies between countries as to where the hands go when cutlery is not in use.

 

AMERICAN DINING STYLE

In the American style, diners switch the fork from the left to the right hand after cutting, and the left hand rests in the lap. While each style is correct for the culture it belongs to, using your knife and fork in a certain way may innocently cause offense to other diners.

 

THE HISTORY OF DINING

The earliest method of eating was with the hands, of course. Knives came along as one of man’s earliest tools and were used more as weapons for hunting than implements for eating. Spoons probably came next, fashioned from shells, horns or carved wood, with a stick attached for a longer reach.

 

MIDDLE AGES DINING ETIQUETTE

In the Middle Ages, cutlery was not provided for dinner guests. Knives and spoons were part of a traveler’s kit that the wealthy used as much to impress as for practical reasons. Most common people still ate with their hands, using dried pieces of bread called “trenchers” to push their food. Some men ate with their personal knives, using two knives to stab and slice their food.

 

UTENSILS

Forks made from twigs were used to remove meat from boiling pots, but the fork as a utensil was not common. God had provided natural utensils – the hands – and it was seen as an insult to use a fork. In 1004, a Greek princess was married to the son of the Doge in Venice. She brought a case of golden forks with her and shocked the guests at the wedding when she used one. Her death from the plague soon after was considered by many to be God’s vengeance.

 

CATHERINE DE MEDICI

Catherine de Medici promoted them when she brought forks from Italy for her marriage to the future Henry II. Over time, forks became more common, but they had only two tines and didn’t work very well. Eventually they became more curved, and third and fourth tines were added for better functionality.

 

THE USE OF KNIVES

According to a familytreemagazine.com article by David A Fryxell on Dec. 22, 2010, it was a change in the knife that laid forks at every place setting, and forever divided how Europeans and Americans eat. Apparently, the French Cardinal Richelieu had visitors’ knives ground down because the habit of picking the teeth with a knife disgusted him. And in the court of King Louis XIV, pointed knives were banned from the table to prevent dinnertime fights (Game of Thrones, anyone?). Since rounded knives were useless for spearing food, forks replaced them in the left hand.

 

THE ZIGZAG

Fryxell goes on to say that forks were not readily available when these innovative new knives reached the American colonies, so Americans used upside-down spoons to steady food for cutting. Then they would switch the spoon to the right hand, where for most people it would be  easier to use it to scoop up food. This style continued to be used even after forks became everyday utensils, prompting Emily Post to name it the “zigzag” style in the 1920s. Voila! At last there is an explanation for this crazy American behavior that is considered uncouth by many Europeans.

 

TODAY’S ETIQUETTE

Nowadays forks are on every proper table, and there are many types of specialized forks. We have salad forks, oyster forks, fish forks, pasty forks, asparagus forks and even ice cream forks, to name a few.

 

SUMMARY

In conclusion, the Continental style is thought to be a more graceful way of dining, however, it is best to use whichever style is most comfortable. The golden rule is to be considerate of other diners, be consistent, and do not switch styles back and forth between courses.

Alene Keenan is former lead instructor of interior courses at Maritime Professional Training in Fort Lauderdale. She shares more than 20 years experience as a stew in her book, “The Yacht Guru’s Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht.” >>

The Superyacht Experience™ includes special educational items.  For instance, proper dining etiquette.  We even share delicious superyacht menus and foods for foodies.  What educational or fun tips about yachting do you want to learn?  Let us know in the comments.  We love the challenge!  Thank you!  And thank you, Alene Keenan, for an informative article!

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New England Yacht Charter – What To Do

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SEPTEMBER ROCKS! 

I like September. It is my birth month. College and pro football kick off (Go Miami Hurricanes!).  New episode of my favorite TV shows hit the airwaves. It’s also my favorite time to go boating.  Specifically, New England yacht charter vacations.

Late summer means slightly cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. In specific, at the beach, anchorages and marinas.

NEW ENGLAND

Nowhere is this more evident than New England (USA).  From Boston, to Martha’s Vineyard, to the Hamptons on Long Island, NY.  It is my favorite time to enjoy The Superyacht Experience™.

 

FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

Here’s a quick peek at two of my favorite late summer New England yacht charter destinations.  Specifically, Kennebunkport ME and Newport, RI.

[Click HERE to find a great New England Yacht Charter boat for a late summer escape!]

 

Kennebunkport, ME

Photograph of a marina in Kennebunkport, ME. There is 1 small boat anchored in the calm water. The water looks like glass. Perfect reflection. The marina is surrounded by cute little buildings. One has a big lobster painted on the side in red.

 

Why?  It has the best beaches in the state.  I am convinced God created the gorgeous rocky shoreline for one purpose.  In specific, for the express purpose of taking stunning photographs.

What To Do?  Anchor off Goose Rocks Beach.  Tender ashore. Walk the paved path along the cliffs of Marginal Way.

Where To Eat?  Onboard the yacht, of course!  Your chef prepares using some of the freshest seafood and late summer fruits available in New England.  If you like lobster, Maine is your Mecca.  Join the locals and indulge at the oh-so-casual Clam Shack (2 Western Ave). In addition, go to the Chowder House (79 Pier Road).

Where To Dock?  Try Chicks Marina on the Kennebunk River.  Expect top-notch service from the dockmaster to the dockhands.

 

Newport RI

Aerial photograph of the Newport Cliff Walk next to mansions on the coastline. The water laps at the cliffs on the left side of the photo.

 

Why?   Newport is the famous resort town for New England’s rich and famous.  Before The Hamptons, Newport was the summer escape. In specific, for the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and the captains of America’s industrial revolution.   The town has much to see.  For instance,  mansions, superyachts, and summertime music and art festivals.

What to do?  If you love yachts, visit the Newport Boat Show in September. Prefer shopping?  Check out the boutiques on Thames Street.  Take a tour at one of the famous mansions.  Stroll along the picturesque Cliff Walk.

Where To eat?  You can’t eat seafood every meal.  Okay.  Well, maybe you can.  Regardless, pleasant surprises await at the number of Mexican-themed restaurants. For example, Diego’s (Bowen’s Wharf) or Perro Salado.

Where To dock?  The premier facility in town is Bowen’s Wharf.  In addition, the renovated Newport Yachting Center.

 

 

In conclusion, New England is a great boating destination for any summer dates.  If you want to escape the heat and the crowds, this is it.  Plan your next yacht vacation in September in New England.  It is amazing!

 

Guest blog by Jim Araiza

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Yacht Charter in Italy – Where Do We Go?

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THE SUPERYACHT EXPERIENCE™ IN ITALIA

There are 2 primary highlights of cruising the Italian Riviera. They are Portofino and The Cinque Terre.  Everyone knows Portofino.  Cinque Terre is well-deserving of praise, as well. Yacht charter Italy as a destination is popular.

 

WHERE DO WE GO?

Tour the five little towns.  Specifically, Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. In addition, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Importantly, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. These narrow towns are linked by paths and old steps.  The stairs clamber up the Mediterranean marquis. This is among broom bushes. In addition, plants of butterbush, rare agaves flowers, and fragrant lemons exist.

 

ITINERARY FOR ITALIA

Here’s a sample itinerary. It includes two areas that clients specifically want to see.  They are Forte Dei Marmi and Florence.

 

Italian Riviera yacht charter itinerary

What awaits you?  Genuine warm hospitality.  As well as authentic regional cuisine awaits.  The prettiest, flower-filled stretch of the Italian coast.  It’s ‘Cinema Italiano.’  Especially lovely beautiful fishing villages. They resonate old world charm. Delectable Ligurian specialties are abundant.  For instance, pesto, tuna and anchovies.  These ignite your taste buds. It is a World Heritage site to the undeniably beautiful Portofino. The Italian Riviera is a coastline. It boasts a tantalizing selection of fish. This guarantees a foodie cruise in culinary heaven.

 

THE DAILY ROUTE

Photograph of Portofino, Italy from the marina. The water is turquoise, and there are boats in the marina. Yacht charter italy is popular here.

DAY 1   PORTOFINO TO CINQUE TERRE

This is on the Italian Riviera.  It is the little port town, Portofino. It is a genuine piece of earthly paradise. This peaceful haven is popular.  Specifically, with the international jet set. It offers breathtaking views over the Gulf of Genova. Numerous celebrities own luxurious estates here. What to do there? Walk over the summit past the Castello. Additionally, swim in the Captain’s Cove at the foot of high cliffs.  Enjoy the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula. Shop in the lovely fashion boutiques.  Portofino has a lot to offer for everyone. Without a doubt, lunch or supper in the Splendido Hotel is a must.

 

Photograph of Cinque Terre, Italy. This is a must see on yacht charter Italy.

DAY 2   CINQUE TERRE – PORTOVENERE

Consider spending a few days exploring the Cinque Terre.  In specific, you find fantastic hilltop towns here. In addition, spectacularly good restaurants as well. Some of the villages provide a dramatic coast line.  It is breathtaking to see when approaching by yacht tender.  Others can only be accessed on land.  They are all absolutely stunning.

 

Yacht charter italy itinerary photograph of Forte Dei Marmi, Italy

DAY 3   FORTE DEI MARMI

Undoubtedly one of the must see destinations on the Italian Coast, Forte dei Marmi.  It is well known for its wide sandy beaches. Especially due to Alpi Apuane as backdrop.  It should be noted, it is considered the East Hampton of Italy.  The city delights with nice restaurants and beautiful beach areas.

 

Photograph of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

DAY 4   PISA

The Captain will organize your transfer to Pisa by private car from Livorno (Approximately 40 min). Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city.

The center of town is full of vibrant cafes and bars, balancing an enviable portfolio of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life dominated by locals rather than tourists.

 

Aerial photograph of Florence, Italy

DAY 5   FLORENCE

The Captain will organize your transfer from Livorno to Florence by car (Approximately 1.5 hours).

Surprisingly small as it is, this riverside city looms large on the world’s ‘must-sees’ list. A cradle of the Renaissance and home to famous art, Florence is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance. One reason, the narrow streets evoke a thousand tales.  Its food and wine are wonderful. The tag ‘Fiorentina’ is an international label of quality assurance.

Fashion designers parade on Via de’ Tornabuoni. Gucci was born here, as was Roberto Cavalli, who, like many a smart Florentine these days, hangs out in wine-rich hills around Florence. After a while in this absorbing city, you might want to do the same.

 

Photograph of Giglio Montecristo Italy

DAY 6   GIGLIO/MONTECRISTO

Compared to a pearl in a shell, the small Giglio isle lies cradled by warm blue seas. It is located specifically in the Southern corner of the Tuscan Archipelago. Just 50 km south of Elba, and 15 km from the mainland. Giglio has a mild climate and unspoiled nature. Uniquely crystal clear, emerald colored waters offer unforgettable sceneries all year round.

 

Photograph of Argentario Italy. The water is turquoise, and there are homes built above a solid rock foundation

DAY 7   ARGENTARIO

A thickly wooded, 23-square-mile promontory is linked to the mainland by three causeways.  L’Argentario has long been a vacation spot for wealthy Romans. Its main town is Porto Santo Stefano.  This is a uniquely flashy harbor for yachts.  Next, the colorful Porto Ercole.  Baroque painter, Caravaggio, died of malaria here in 1610. Finally, there’s also the lively fishing port of Orbetello nearby, with its blue-tinged lagoon.

Photograph of Elba, Italy

DAY 8   ELBA

Elba is a lovely island with a large choice of small ports and anchorages and an inland very much worth visiting.
Though best known for the famous prisoner who called it home for a short time, Napoleon Bonaparte.  Absolutely, the scenery with its spectacular mountains and numerous beaches draw visitors here each year.

 

The Superyacht Experience™ includes selecting locations for your itinerary that make you happy. In addition, bring peace and wellness into your life.  Subsequently creating amazing memories. This is all about YOU.  You deserve it!

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