Often overlooked as people plan year-end Caribbean yacht charter vacations, an island escape for the Thanksgiving holidays is a great way to enjoy great weather and uncrowded anchorages.
Officially the winter charter season kicks off in December, as crews return from their own vacations, and the yachts re-emerge from the shipyards after their annual summer maintenance. Almost a secret, few charterers realize that 80% of the Caribbean fleet is already in place and ready to go by Thanksgiving!
Let’s look at a handful of Caribbean-based yachts available in late November:
NAEJ – leading the value parade is sail catamaran NAEJ, a 49′ yacht with room for 7 guests. Built by Alliaura Marina in 2006, her all-inclusive weekly rate of $13,500 per week equates to just $275 per person per night.
SORANA – the 68′ motor yacht SORANA was built in 2006 and features accommodations for 6 guests. Her homeport is Saint Martin in the French West Indies, just a short cruise from St Barts, a favorite winter enclave for celebrities. Weekly rate is $20,000 plus all running expenses, such as food, bar and dockage.
MOTU – the 61′ Privilège 615 catamaran MOTU was built in 2006 and features 4 double cabins for 8 passengers. She returns from a summer of Bahama yacht charters in time to take a Thanksgiving booking from her winter base in Pointe-à-Pitre on the island of Guadeloupe. Weekly rate is $23,000 – ALL-INCLUSIVE.
MAEVIE – built in 2009 by CNB Bordeaux, sail catamaran MAEVIE is one of the stars in the crewed catamaran charters market. The Lagoon 620 catamaran offers accommodations for 6 guests in 3 double cabins. Her weekly rate is $23,500 including all meals, and she is available in the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and over fifty other smaller islands and cays).
This winter, spend your holiday vacation onboard a private yacht with your family and friends. For a list of yachts offering special holiday rates, contact our SailAway destination experts at www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html.
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