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!
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
It’s hard to believe the 2012 London Olympic Games are less than one year from now. As the games draws closer, it’s expected more than a dozen luxury mega yacht charter vessels will be available for hire along the fabled Thames river.
One of the first yachts to commit to the London games is the 75 meter motor yacht LEANDER. The massive superyacht will be available from the evening of the 27th July.
Yacht Leander accommodates twelve guests. She has ten luxurious staterooms, including two master suites on the main deck. In addition, accommodations exist for up to four staff members (nannies, bodyguards, etc.). White glove service is provided. In specific, by the yacht’s highly-trained crew of 25. Captain Julian Cope leads the crew.
LEANDER G DETAILS
She has multiple roomy saloons. In addition, spacious deck areas throughout. An assortment of amenities are available. For instance, a fully-equipped gym. Additionally, a swimming pool with counter current and Jacuzzi-style jets. A 2003 launch, Leander G maintenance is to highest standards. Her equipment is updated.
Leander’s weekly rate during the London Olympics is €455,000 plus all expenses.
Motor yacht SILVER ANGEL has announced plans to relocate to the Indian Ocean this winter. The 64 meter superyacht will be available for Benetti yacht charter vacations in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Madagascar.
Built by Benetti and launched in 2009, the 211 foot yacht offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms. A crew of 21 are onboard to attend to the guests.
The Indian Ocean is an idyllic paradise. Here you will experience white-sand beaches lapped by aquamarine waters, bright blue skies, and year-round sunshine.
Opportunities for diving and snorkeling abound in this pristine eco-tourism region.
Memories of your time aboard Benetti yacht SILVER ANGEL in the Indian Ocean will stay with you long after your tan fades!
Deck of Benetti superyacht SILVER ANGEL
The winter rate is set at USD $450,000 per week, plus all expenses (items such as food, fuel, and dockage).
APOGEE is a stunning 62 meter Italian built and designed motor yacht. She is ready to jump-start the 2011 Mediterranean yacht charter season with an exciting new rate!
Her rate for luxury vacation in the summer is $460,000 per week. Now thorough April 15, 2011, save $65,000 by reserving her for the rate of $395,000 per week.
ABOUT THE YACHT
APOGEE is a Italian-crafted Codecasa yacht. For instance, she boasts a classically rich mahogany interior. She has four large luxurious decks for interior and outdoor pleasure.
A superyacht by any definition, this Italian masterpiece is impressively grand at over 62 meters in length and 11 meters in beam. Accordingly, she offers a vast array of amenities and entertaining areas through out and an elevator connects the levels. With her size she also offers superior cruising and comfort as well as stability when anchored with her zero speed stabilizers. The megayacht has a magnificent sun deck where there is an air-conditioned gymnasium. A highly-trained, professional captain and crew of 16 will create the ultimate yacht charter vacation aboard the finest super yacht built by Codecasa.
Apogee’s classic interior of dark mahogany and exotic marbles offset by sumptuous pale soft furnishings convey a sophisticated style, yet the yacht has the sea going capabilities of a world cruiser.
Motor yacht APOGEE is in super condition and has a highly professional, top notch crew, led by Captain John Fleckenstein.
This special offer is the best deal in the Mediterranean right now on any 60 meter vessel.
Time aboard a luxury yacht charter vessel is the perfect platform to reconnect with friends and family – and champagne is often the tonic of this celebratory time together.
As crews begin to prepare their superyachts for the upcoming New Year’s eve yacht parties in St Barts, our charter advisers at 1-800 Yacht Charters take a look at the 3 trendiest premium champagne choices for Caribbean yacht charter clients this winter:
THE HOTTEST CHOICES
Dom Pérignon, Rosé “P2” – 1996
It’s hard to imagine a name a name more synonymous with premium champagne. Go to just about any nightclub, and you’ll find a millennial trying to impress by ordering a bottle of “Dom.”
It is a simple, balanced champagne with a pleasant aroma. Hints of a Cognac-like richness abound. A 2006 vintage 750ml bottle is approximately $150.
However, when it comes to luxury yacht charter guests, the most sought after Dom is the 1996 Rosé “P2.” The P2 moniker refers to the age of the vintage, which the wine makers at Dom refer to as “Plénitudes.” They describe the maturation process as, “…not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plénitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plénitude contributes to Dom Pérignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one Plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy.”
A 750ml bottle of the 1996 Rosé “P2” is approximately $795.
A BIT OF TRIVIA
A FUN SIDE NOTE: Why do we call it a “toast?” Thanks to Wikipedia, “According to other stories, the word toast became associated with the custom in the 17th century, based on a custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. The word originally referred to the lady in whose honor the drink was proposed, her name being seen as figuratively flavoring the drink.
Louis Roederer, Cristal – 2009
On a nearly equal plane in terms of popularity with Dom Pérignon, Cristal (pronounced “chrisTALL”) has been a favorite among yachting enthusiasts for many years. American wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr’s website gives this vintage a score of 94-96 and describes it as one that, “…literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.”
A 750ml bottle of the 2009 Louis Roederer, Cristal is approximately $250.
Moët Ice Imperial
It seems every food and beverage preference sheet submitted by clients prior to their winter St. Barts yacht charter vacation has listed Moët Ice as a “must-have” item.
Launched in early 2016 as a summer indulgence, the popularity has not waned. So what makes this champagne so unique? The answer is “ICE.” This champagne was designed to be served with ice, and that was a real innovation in the world of sommeliers. Ice has a rich fruity taste, perfect for warm weather winter charter destinations such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Moet Ice Imperial champagne is a special blend consisting mainly of Pinot Noir (40-50%), Pinot Meunier (30-40%), and Chardonnay (10-20%). It is suggested to be served with three ice cubes in tall glasses of Cabernet, and can be mixed with other refreshing ingredients such as mint leaves, lemon peel, cucumber, or cardamom seeds – to enhance the intensity of flavor, and the icy freshness. A perfect tropical indulgence.
A 750ml bottle of Moët Ice Imperial is approximately $60
AND THE WINNER IS…
There IS no winner! If you feel tricked, we’re sorry. Before you throw your champagne flute in our direction, please let us explain:
One of the great benefits of The Superyacht Experience is the ability to customize every aspect of your luxury yacht charter vacation. For instance, where you go, to what you do for rest and recreation. Of course, this includes your preferences for foods and beverages as well.
So, while we are happy to share the popular brands and trends that we see selected by our clients, YOU have the ultimate say. The Superyacht Experience is a bespoke vacation like no other!
Motor yacht JO, the 164-foot Benetti yacht charter vessel makes announcement. She plans to spend the winter season in the Caribbean.
Voted “Best Family Charter Yacht 2011“ by Superyacht World magazine. The 2004 Benetti motoryacht JO accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms.
Captain Ian Robertson reflects on this yacht. She is unique in the industry. For instance, the combination of a tranquil environment, and modern amenities.
“There is an atmosphere that radiates calmness, and you feel it from the moment you step aboard,” says Robertson. “The yacht as a whole is meticulously maintained, participating in two yard (maintenance) periods per year. Our owner understands the importance of updating tenders, watersports equipment, and the onboard entertainment equipment on a regular basis.”
COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS
“There are plenty of watertoys both for children and adults,” says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters. “The 12 crew members onboard motor yacht JO are among the best family-friendly professionals in the industry.”
Foodies appreciate the talents of chef David Beltran. He cooks with both passion and flare. His signature dish is “Veal Zurich.” At mealtime, Beltran explains his menus to the guests. To make it fun, he speaks in rhyming couplets. He often interjects a few words in Italian, Spanish, German, and French!
SIMILAR SUPERYACHTS FOR RENT
There are similar yachts available for hire in the Caribbean. For example, 50 meter motor yacht WHEELS and 58 meter yacht SKYFALL. In addition, 45 meter motor yacht ILLUSION.
Rates for motor yacht JO range. They vary from $175,000 per week for non-premium periods to $225,000 per week for year-end holidays. Running expenses are extra.
Destinations of yacht charters is a popular and often requested topic.
Our professionals at 1-800 Yacht Charters reviewed 2010’s “hot spots” and checked with various mega yacht owners with yachts in transit to enticing locations around the globe.
The team compiled a list of the top 4 desirable yacht charter destinations for 2011 and the ultimate yachts to rent for the experience. Yesterday, we shared 2 of the 4 top destinations for 2011 with our readers:
2. Australia and New Zealand, onboard super yacht GALAXY.
DESTINATION – BAHAMAS
Today, we present the other two hot spots for the new year!
3. It’s Better in the Bahamas, on BIG ZIP.
Don’t have time to travel half around the world for a luxury mega yacht charter? No worries! The Bahamas offers pristine water and uncrowded beaches, and they are located just an hour away from South Florida.
ABOUT BIG ZIP
There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas. Trinity yacht BIG ZIP is the ideal platform for a week of discovery and exploration there. The vessel features 5 staterooms for a perfect superyacht experience in exclusive surroundings. The yacht’s interior was designed by Evan Marshall. The yacht’s watertoys include a 32 foot Intrepid towed tender, a 21 foot Novurania RIB tender, a 3-person waverunner, and snorkel gear and towable toys. Pricing begins at $190,000 per week.
The 789-mile coast of Croatia is indented with countless coves and inlets, creating one of the finest places to sail on earth. The most famous cruising grounds are in the Dalmatian Islands, which stretch from Dubrovnik northwest to Zadar. Sail boat charters can unveil the charming anchorages, ancient villages, and translucent waters of the islands.
DESTINATION – CROATIA
The sail yacht KOKOMO will spend the summer cruising the coast of Croatia. This sailboat is sleek and elegant, with superlative sailing characteristics without compromise for comfort. Flexible accommodation arrangements allow for up to 12 guests in five staterooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Her prices begin at € 230,000 per week.
Charters offer the exclusivity of yacht ownership, without its costs and responsibility.
There are more yachts available for hire than ever before, and great deals abound – from discounted prices to extra free days.
Take advantage of one of these great destinations and offers:
Bahamas 140′ motor yacht NEVER ENOUGH(12 passengers) – save over $42,000 and enjoy 10 days for the price of 7. Available all spring. $100,000 per week, plus expenses.
147′ motor vessel ARIA(32 passengers) – $10,000 savings on all 2011 charters. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth’s mightiest river – the Amazon. Reduced rate is $161,280 per week, plus some expenses.
98′ motor yacht SALU(8 passengers) – Save 21% for charters in May, June, and September 2011. Was €70,000 per week, plus expenses – now €55,000 per week, plus expenses.
1-800 Yacht Charters offers discounts on CATAMARANS! Now through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters. Any boat…any dates.
65′ catamaran WORLDS END(2011 model; 10 passengers) – €23,400 per week, plus expenses.
62′ catamaran IN THE WIND(2011 model; 8 passengers) – $27,000 per week, plus expenses.
There are MANY more yacht charter specials available at destinations around the globe. Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists HERE with your desired dates and destination to check for last minute savings. We’ve got you covered!
Couples plan Caribbean yacht charter vacations together. Traveling with other couples often produces an all-too-common hurdle. Do we select a large, expensive yacht with equal cabins? Or do we choose a smaller, more affordable boat and draw straws to see which couple gets the cabin with two single beds?
EQUAL DOUBLE CABINS ON MOTORYACHT
Welcome motoryacht TOUCH. She has come to the rescue of couples everywhere by offering equal cabins and affordable rates.
Guest double stateroom of motoryacht TOUCH
The 120 foot motor yacht TOUCH offers accommodations for 4 couples in 4 equal staterooms – each featuring a king size bed and ensuite bathroom.
While similar-sized yachts are charging rates in excess of $75,000 plus expenses, per week, M/Y TOUCH has kept her prices reasonable – charging $65,000 per week, plus expenses, for 8 guests, during the 2012 Caribbean charter season.
Launched in 2004, the yacht underwent a $1.5 million refit in 2011. The yacht was painted top-to-bottom, the entertainment system was upgraded with new flat screen TV’s, audio speakers and components, and new fabrics and coverings on most of the yacht’s indoor and outdoor furniture.
Aerial photo of motoryacht TOUCH
Based in St Thomas, USVI, the yacht and her crew keep guests busy with an amazing assortment of watertoys. For instance, high-speed 29′ sportfish tender, sea kayaks, snorkel gear, and an assortment of towable toys. After a day of playing, a large ondeck Jacuzzi tub offers couples the chance to relax sore muscles and enjoy a cocktail under the stars.
In conclusion, filling this special niche for couples should keep motor yacht TOUCH busy for years to come…
Janet Winters is the author of The Barn Goddess Chronicles, a blog celebrating the equestrian lifestyle. Winters refers to the lifestyle as, “…a journey of adventure, discovery and community…We never know what any particular ride will be like.”
That spirit of adventure bonds the equestrian and yachting lifestyles together. Indeed, each time we “climb aboard” – whether it’s a steed or a luxury yacht – we have the chance to immerse ourselves in adventure. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.
It’s hard to imagine a luxury yacht charter destination that beckons to equestrian travelers more than the Mediterranean. The Eastern “Med” includes Greece and the Aegean Sea. The Western Med covers the French Riviera and Italy’s western coast, as well as the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. The scenery is breathtaking. In fact, everywhere you turn, you see hills and mountains that look down on uncrowded beaches and turquoise-green waters.
Remember the classic film, The Black Stallion? (Oh, who could forget!!??) The young, shipwrecked boy and his newfound equine friend are inseparable. It is a magnificent friendship. They spend much of the first part of the film exploring an uninhabited beach and frolicking in the sea.
Those mesmerizing scenes take place on the beautiful island of Sardinia.
Just look at the color of the water!!!!
GO, GO, GO – FEI MONACO
Are you familiar with the places to see and the things to do during a yacht charter in the Med? Please don’t worry if your answer is “no.” Our team will create a bespoke itinerary for you. It will be based on the activities you enjoy.
For example, we created a Equestrian-Friendly yacht charter itinerary that kicks off in Monaco at the annual FEI Monte Carlo, Port Hercules Standard Show (June 25-25).
Day 1: Monaco
The FEI show jumping arena is set up right in front of the marina! Your superyacht will serve as your floating hotel while you attend the event.
Try to envision the sequence of your day.
First, you wake up and enjoy an open-air breakfast, on deck. Everywhere you look you see beautiful yachts, docked side by side. Second, you take the short walk to the FEI arena for an exciting day of world-class show jumping. When you need a break, your crew is standing by – ready to serve you a freshly-prepared lunch. No one but you and your family and friends are onboard. Third, when the jumping is over for the day, you and your guests return to your luxury yacht. After all, it’s time for an impromptu and oh-so-casual cocktail hour!
Without a doubt, it’s hard to imagine a more convenient vacation arrangement for watching the FEI show… This is the Equestrian Lifestyle at its best…
Now, its time to explore Monaco and then set off for adventure. Let’s look at the rest of your 7-night itinerary:
Day 2: Monaco
Monaco is the second smallest state in Europe. The only city, Monte-Carlo, is synonymous with all things luxury – casinos, resorts, superyachts, exclusive parties, and exotic cars. You and your family and guests can enjoy activities such as:
-Helicopter rides over the city
-A test drive in a F1 race car
-Lunch at Le Vistamar, at Hotel Hermitage*
-Dancing the night away at the exclusive nightclub, Jimmy’z.
*Additionally, other beautiful lunch options include Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Au Grand Inquisteur
Finally, the dining experience at 3-Michelin star restaurant, Louis XV is not to be missed. This fine establishment features the unique food interpretation of international renowned executive-chef Alain Ducasse.
Day 3: Pampelonne Beach, St.Tropez
Pampelonne Beach is the sandy locale that fuels St Tropez’s fame. Over 20,000 people a day visit this beach in the peak of the summer (July/August). Even so, you’ll never feel overwhelmed as your private superyacht is at anchor, just a few yards from the beach. You decide how much interaction, if any, you want with the local community and tourists. The top beach clubs/restaurants worthy of a visit are Nikki Beach, Bagatelle, Cap 21, Les Murenes, and Le Club 55.
WHAT AWAITS YOU…
Day 4: ????
Are you wondering, “What’s in store for day four?” Just what is on the horizon for the rest of the week?
Adventure awaits, and it all starts with a click of your computer mouse.
In other words, we need to hear from you!
Please CLICK HERE and send us an email. We will send you the complete 7-night sample itinerary.
Our sample itinerary begins your charter in Monaco and ends in picturesque Portofino. That is along the Italian Riviera. Use the comment box below to simply request our “Sample Mediterranean itinerary for Equestrians on Vacation.”
HOW TO BOOK YOUR EQUESTRIAN YACHT CHARTER
In conclusion, we paraphrase fellow blogger Janet Winters. “Let your equestrian lifestyle lead you to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Here, a journey of adventure and discovery awaits.” Indeed it does – onboard your own private charter. Enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ by 1-800 Yacht Charters
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