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10 Reasons for Luxury Yacht Charter Customers to Purchase Travel Insurance

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Anyone who has booked a Benetti yacht charter or a Feadship yacht charter vacation knows that charter agents heavily promote trip cancellation insurance.For mega yacht charter agents, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point.  Commissions of 20% of the insurance cost for selling this product for a Feadship yacht charter or a Benetti yacht charter are common.

Charter brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean yacht charter customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances.   Mediterranean yacht charter customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights.

Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a luxury yacht charter customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option.  Whether you rent a private yacht, a megayacht, or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, or whether you plan crewed catamaran charters or sail boat charters – the facts remain the same: you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment!

There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early, or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.  What if you booked a MIPIM yacht or a Monaco Grand Prix yacht for the yearly event in Cannes and Monte Carlo, and suddenly you could not attend?

To demonstrate the importance of purchasing travel insurance, and emergency travel services, here are 10 common examples of what could go wrong.

  1. CANCELED FLIGHTS — It’s 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights to get everyone home?
  2. INSULIN IN LOST LUGGAGE — Your bag is lost with your insulin inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?
  3. PASSPORT AND WALLET STOLEN — It’s your first visit to Europe, and your passport and wallet are stolen before you board your Monaco Grand Prix yacht. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?
  4. MEDICAL EVACUATION NEEDED — You’re involved in an accident during your Benetti yacht charter, and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?
  5. ILL CHARTER PARTY MEMBERS — Your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your MIPIM yacht trip. What happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?
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6.  LOST LUGGAGE — You arrive for your Feadship yacht charter in Jamaica, and your luggage doesn’t. If it’s lost, who will help you find it? If it’s delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it’s stolen, who will pay to replace it?
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7.  BANKRUPTCY OF TOUR OPERATOR — Your luxury sailing charter tour operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?

8.  MEDICAL HELP NEEDED — You’re walking down a street in Rio and twist your ankle. Who can help you find an English-speaking physician?

9.  TERRORISM — Three weeks before your scheduled arrival for your Croatia yacht charter, a terrorist incident occurs in the city that you are planning to visit. Who will pay if you want to cancel your trip?
10. HURRICANE — You are at a beach resort in the Florida Keys during your luxury sailing charter vacation, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation investment?
There are so many circumstances where your vacation may be interrupted.  It’s important to understand your options to safeguard your holiday investment.  Remember travel insurance is optional and should be analyzed before each vacation begins.

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121 foot Yacht Charter Vessel Beckons For St. Lucia Jazz Festival Booking

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Word arrived today that the owner and crew of Crescent motor yacht OLGA are keen to secure a Caribbean yacht charter reservation during the upcoming St. Lucia Jazz Festival, April 30 – May 12.

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The popular mega yacht charter vessel is waiving all delivery fees to be in position in the islands of the Grenadines to accept bookings between April 26 and May 25.Take advantage of this opportunity to discover St. Lucia and the Grenadines. Caribbean activities include scuba diving, hiking, zip-lining, biking, and horseback riding.  Then, for a touch of tranquility, take advantage of the amenities in place at several world renowned spas, resorts, and wellness centers in the Grenadines.Editor’s note – come to think of it, there’s little reason to spend extra money visiting a spa, since Crescent yacht OLGA, ex BARONESS, has a warm Jacuzzi tub on her deck and a licensed massage therapist in the crew!!!
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It’s amazing to see a 121′  yacht carry the number of watertoys commonly found on much larger superyacht vessels.   Motoryacht OLGA’s toy list includes: 

  • 22’6″ Novurania with 150 hp Yamaha outboard engine
  • Yamaha 3-person waverunner
  • Dive compressor and SCUBA gear for certified divers
  • Snorkel equipment
  • 13′ Hobie Wave Catamaran
  • 2 x 2-person kayaks
  • 2 paddle boards
  • Towable toys including water skis, knee board, tube, molecule tube
  • Surf boards
  • Fishing rods and gear
Motor Vessel MV OLGA, ex BARONESS offers accommodations for 8 guests in 5 staterooms.
The multilingual (English, French, Spanish, and Thai) and multi-talented crew includes Captain Bernard Calot, Chef Philippe Le Scelleur, Mate David McCoy, Chief Stewardess/Masseuse Sarah Herrera, Stewardess/Masseuse Jiwan Kongtup, and Deckhand Patricio Ramirez. 
Oops – we almost forgot to mention the St. Lucia Jazz Festival!!!
Considered the Caribbean’s premier cultural event, the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival will attract thousands to St Lucia. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers, and music aficionados will be wooed by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 13-day festival, which runs from April 30 to May 12, 2013.
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The weekly charter rate for M/Y OLGA is $59,000 plus running expenses (items such as food, fuel, dockage, bar, etc.)
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3 Jaw Dropping Yachts At the Monaco Yacht Show

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From September 28 through October 1, some of the most expensive and largest yachts for charter will come together at Port Hercules, Monaco for the 2016 installment of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Three of the largest private yacht charter vessels offered for hire by 1-800 Yacht Charters will be in attendance.  Here’s a quick glimpse (please try not to drool):

Tankoa motor yacht SUERTE

 

SUERTE superyacht underway

Imagine any over-the-top amenity, and chances are this 227 foot superyacht has it.  The penthouse master stateroom offers 180 degree views, a private study, and private deck with a hot tub (of course).  Other guests who wish to soak shouldn’t feel snubbed – there’s another hot tub with a waterfall located on the aft sundeck.   [Rates from €525,000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

International Shipyard Ancona yacht OKTO

OKTO superyacht aerial running shot showing swimming pool on back deck

At nearly 218 feet, this vessel is more luxury day spa than yacht.  Built for wellness yacht charters, she features a massage/beauty/therapy room (a beautician and massage therapist are part of the crew), guest elevator, indoor cinema room, and a 20ft swimming pool (salt or/ fresh water, heated or cooled, with contra flow current). [Rates from $400,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN

MARTHA ANN superyacht

Make sure your feet are clean when you walk across the interior carpets – they’re silk and valued at $17 million dollars. This 230 foot yacht offers 7 guest cabins, and a classical-style interior by famous designer Francois  Zuretti. A large Jacuzzi “Swim Spa” on the upper aft deck double as a lap pool, with an adjacent wet bar with 11 stools – 4 of which are underwater in the spa. [Rates from €600,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

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For further information on these or any other yachts listed for rental by 1-800 Yacht Charters, please email Jim at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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43 Meter Charter Sailboat to Circle the Globe

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The odyssey of a lifetime is about to unfold, and luxury sailing charter clients are invited along for the ride.

The 43 meter sail yacht CLEAR EYES is ready to embark upon a 19-month journey, and sail around the world.  Charter reservations are being accepted for all legs of the journey, from 7 night traditional Virgin Islands yacht charter holidays, to multi-week open ocean passages.

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Starting and ending in Bodrum, Turkey, the voyage will take passengers and crew to the Canary Islands, Curacao, Aruba, San Blas, Panama, Galapagos, Gambier, Tahiti, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Darwin, Bali, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension Island, Cabo Verde and Malta. See beautiful islands, experience vibrant local culture and interact with people from around the world in their own environment.

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Launched in 2010, sail yacht CLEAR EYES offers a spacious interior, and comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins.  Rates from €65,000 per week, plus all expenses.

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Looking for a greener vacation?  Learn 3 simple ways to enjoy a earth-friendly sailboat vacation at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/half-board-option-makes-crewed-catamaran-charters-more-affordable/.

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62 foot Luxury Yacht Charter Sailboat Offers Free Tix to Blues Festival

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Bequia Music Fest logo, sponsored by Mount Gay Rum

It’s been said a Caribbean yacht charter vacation is a great way to kick the blues.  Now, a popular sailing charter yacht wants to help you sing the blues!

Book sail yacht MAKAYABELLA during the Bequia Mount Gay Music Festival (January 26th – 29th, 2012) and the yacht’s crew, John and Sue, will provide the guests with complimentary tickets to both the Friday and Saturday night performances.


Outstanding performances by local, regional and international artists has made this music festival one of the “must see” fixtures on the Caribbean season’s calendar.  The event kicks off with Dana Gillespie and her London Blues Band’s performance on Friday night and lasts for four days.  The festival has received rave reviews since its inception and precedes the 14-day Mustique Blues Festival.

The main venue and stage is located at De Reef, right on the beach in Lower Bay, Bequia, with the big performances on Friday and Saturday night – followed by lazy Sunday afternoon “limin’” music to close out the weekend.

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The cozy sailboat MAKAYABELLA can accommodate 6 guests in 4 cabins.  The Master cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a twin bed, shower and toilet.  A Guest cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet. All cabins are ensuite.  On warm evenings, the yacht offers air conditioning in the saloon.

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John and Sue have taken guests to this event for the last few years and they report everyone has a great time. “We feel it’s a great event,” says John, and very much worth promoting as a focal point of a charter here in the Grenadines.”

If you’re a music lover and looking for a unique charter experience, plan a yachting holiday onboard sail yacht MAKAYABELLA around the festival’s dates, and John and Sue will throw in the tickets – free of charge.

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To book a special event yachting vacation, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination team at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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70 Meter Motor Yacht Martha Ann to Cruise Adriatic

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To the delight of Lurssen yacht charter fans everywhere, the owner of motor yacht MARTHA ANN has agreed to position the 70 meter superyacht in the Adriatic as of 1 June 2013.   At this writing, the yacht will return to the Western Mediterranean for a booking in mid-July.

Martha Ann superyacht underway

Rarely do the world’s largest yachts venture from the standard and uber-popular Western Med cruising grounds such as the Amalfi Coast and the south of France.

Lürssen yacht MARTHA ANN is maintained to a high standard inside and out.  Many recent upgrades include the purchase of 2 new SeaDoo GTX 260’s and the addition of a 44 foot / 13.41 meter Nautica towed tender.

According to Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants, she is a special superyacht. 

“With her massive beam of nearly 13 meters, she boasts extraordinary volumes for a yacht of this length. With 7 wet bars and a beautiful glass elevator that services all 5 decks, this is the ideal entertainment yacht for a Mediterranean yacht charter in the summer or a Caribbean yacht charter in St. Barts to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Motoryacht MARTHA ANN offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms.  Her weekly rate is Euro 600,000 per week, plus running expenses.  For more information or to reserve your charter aboard motor yacht MARTHA ANN, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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74m Motor Yacht MOGAMBO Available for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yacht Charter, Nov 25-27, 2016

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Yas Island Marina at Abu Dhabi

The excitement of Formula 1 racing comes to Abu Dhabi this month, and the best seat in the house is undoubtedly onboard the private luxury yacht MOGAMBO.

Now moored at Yas Marina, directly adjacent to the race course, the 74m Nobiskrug yacht MOGAMBO is available for an Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yacht Charter.  Her weekly rental rate is $650,000, plus running expenses.  A 5-night minimum reservation is required, spanning the actual race dates of November 25-27.

Built in 2012, super yacht MOGAMBO looks better than ever, having undergone a partial refit.  She’s been fully repainted, and he now has a 7th cabin for added flexibility for charter guests and/or occasional workers.  The sundeck Jacuzzi has been significantly enlarged, and the gym has been redesigned.

Bow of yacht Mogambo

 

The yacht’s key features include:

  • Master suite on main deck including office and balcony ensuite
  • Exterior cinema viewing and indoor gym on sun deck
  • Elevator from lower deck to bridge deck
  • Large deck and interior spaces
  • Special amenities; such as hair/beauty salon and massage room
  • Large floor to ceiling windows
  • 7th cabin for occasional workers

The 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event and the only twilight race on the F1® calendar.  The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is just one of two Formula 1 circuit races that directly encompass a marina where guests can enjoy the action from the deck of a superyacht.  The other is Monaco.  Grand Prix yacht charter vacations in Monaco are famous for their celebrity parties and many racing sponsors hire yachts to serve as private, secure viewing platforms. Much of the course in the Abu Dhabi race hugs the Yas Marina Circuit and viewing the action from a yacht is unobstructed by bleachers or buildings.

Fireworks overhead at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Circuit

The post-race fireworks extravaganza is truly amazing as well!!!

Catch all the action from the deck of your own private yacht charter vessel, from 1-800 Yacht Charters. Text GRAND PRIX YACHT CHARTER to 305-720-7245 for more information.  See you on the Circuit!

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Adult Fun Awaits on Fantasy Fest Yacht Charter

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You deserve to join the fun!  Charter a sailboat and partake of the festivities! 

For one wild week each October, Key West plays host to parades, street parties, and thousands of adult revelers in zany costumes during the city’s annual Fantasy Fest.  This year’s event takes place October 21 through 30, 2011.

Ready to join the celebration, Sail catamaran SURPRISE  is offering a unique Florida yacht charter opportunity to sail to Key West from Miami, and enjoy the Fantasy Fest festivities from the comfort of a 48′ luxury sailing charter catamaran.

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Similar to the Mardi Gras-themed events in New Orleans, Fantasy Fest  is an adult-oriented Halloween festival. This year’s theme is “Aquatic Afrolic” and offers a sea of opportunities to create a one-of-a-kind costume extravaganza, ranging from marvelous mermaids to outlandish ocean-faring sea creatures.

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While full nudity is not permitted, many scantily-clad party goers wear outrageous, brightly-colored costumes, or simply opt for strategically drawn body paint and glitter in lieu of shirts and bikini tops.
 
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There are parades and costume contest each evening, the largest being the “Pretenders in Paradise” Costume Party hosted by the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.  Major event sponsors include Captain Morgan Rum and the Florida Keys Tourism Association.

Sailing yacht SURPRISE  is a 48′ catamaran with accommodations for 2 couples.  Her crew of two, Corky and Sue Clark have sailed for years throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.  During Fantasy Fest, charter guests can spend the days sailing and exploring the beaches and shallow reefs of the lower Florida Keys, and at night hit the streets for the endless parties and festivities.

Standard charter rates apply:  $8,500/wk for 2 passengers and $9,950/wk for 4 guests.  Rates are all-inclusive (include meals and ship’s bar).  Local taxes apply.


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APACHE II Yacht At Cannes Film Festival Charter

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Photograph of motoryacht APACHE II running in front of a rocky island.
Presenting APACHE II.  She is another Mediterranean yacht charter vessel to reposition in Cannes, France, to attend the Cannes Film Festival 2011.

WHO IS APACHE II

The 44 meter motor yacht APACHE II will probably draw as much attention along the Côte d’Azur as the celebrities on her decks.

Baglietto yacht APACHE II is luxurious comfort and speed.  She proves the extensive technical experience of the yard.  The yacht hull and superstructure are whisper gray colored, and it is dynamic and looks futuristic.
Apache II extendable main deck terraces for multiple special event guests

APACHE II INTERIOR

The vessel’s sleek interior provides a calm and spacious environment, with spaces for pleasure, relaxation, and cocktail-parties. She has a unique elegant formal dining room with two extendable terraces.  These terraces are on the left and right, opposite sides of the boat. With terraces extended, the width of the dining area is doubled.  She provides an excellent layout for buffet dinners at special events.
 

ON DECK SEATING FOR THE RACE

Her large sun deck offers 360-degree views.  Guests have the best “seats” for spectator events, like Formula 1 Grand Prix races.  The yacht’s lounging area features sun pads, lounge chairs, and a wet bar.


 

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Award Ceremony Celebrates Superyachts

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WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS

The finalists for the 2011 World Superyacht Awards have been selected, and many of the newest and largest yachts available for crewed yacht charter have been nominated.

 

WHO HOSTS THE CEREMONY?

The awards honor the finest new vessels delivered to their owners in the past twelve months.   They are hosted by the editors of Boat International Media.

 

WHAT ARE THE WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS?

The awards are considered the “Oscars” of the megayacht industry.  The ceremony is attended by an elite guest list.  For example, attendees include owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the business of boats.

 

SAMPLE AWARD NOMINEE

 

Photograph of superyacht MARY JEAN II

MARY JEAN II


Sixty meter ISA
MARY JEAN II  is nominated for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT (approximately 50m – 59m).  She is sure to be a star of the 2011 Croatia yacht charter season. 

 

WHO IS YACHT MARY JEAN II?

The vessel was built, designed, and engineered by International Shipyard Ancona (ISA).  She accommodates up to 12 guests in 7 cabins.  This yacht works with a crew of 14.  MARY-JEAN II features the latest technology and design.  She has a light and spacious interior, and she maneuvers well.  MJ II excels in comfort, interior, and on-deck entertainment. Not only that, but she excels in toys and tenders, and finally, overall efficiency.

 

WHAT DOES SHE LOOK LIKE?

The vessel sports a striking Aristo blue hull and Oyster white superstructure.  She utilizes the latest technology, design, and Italian craftsmanship, boasting elegant lines with an impressive stern.  With a beam of 12 meters, M/Y Mary-Jean II offers generous interior volume and comfortable living spaces.

 

THE INTERIOR OF MARY JEAN II

Her contemporary interior was designed by Mark Berryman and features split bamboo paneling and rustic limestone mosaics. She also features classical elements onboard, notwithstanding, a teak backdrop and contrasting wenge wood.  Neutral fabrics are contrasted by more vibrant colors in the owner’s artwork and in colored scatter cushions.

 

HOW IS SHE POWERED?

Subsequently powered by twin Caterpillar engines, motor yacht Mary-Jean II can reach a top speed of 16 knots and cruises comfortably at 15 knots.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Contact our 1-800 Yacht Charters reservation team at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to secure prime summer holiday dates on this yacht or any other in our inventory.

 

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