Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht? If you are, we have great news.
LIMITED EDITION 180’s
Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.
ELIXIR and 4YOU
Amels motor yachts ELIXIR and 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models are available this December. Specifically, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations. Furthermore, they avail south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts, as well.
Amels yacht 4YOU, a 2012 build, features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior. She sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins. Newer yacht ELIXIR offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins. She also boasts a Laura Sessa interior. In addition, she is a bit more eclectic than 4YOU.
The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series by naval architect Tim Heywood is ever-evolving. Specifically, it is one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite has folding balcony. There are also two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.
The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long. It has a luxury space of 155 square meters. This is quite possibly the largest sun deck you encounter on any 55 meter charter vessel.
The yachts’ rates begin at €275,000 per week. Further, they are up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates.
Are you a Trinity, Benetti, or Feadship enthusiast? Other builders, maybe? For instance, Abeking & Rasmussen, Amels, or Heesen? FLIBS 2009 cites a record number of luxury yacht charter superyachts attending. FLIBS stands for Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Andrew Doole of Show Management reports that this year’s FLIBS Golden Anniversary attracts an amazing 149 superyachts over 30m to be displayed. Thousands of people attend the show, and the internet buzzes with uploaded photos of one gorgeous yacht after another.
WHAT IS A SUPERYACHT?
The standard definition of a superyacht is a luxury yacht over 24 meters long. The FLIBS show attendance increases from 149 to 209 yachts to celebrate the anniversary.
WHICH SPECIFIC YACHTS WILL ATTEND THE SHOW?
Among many others, the list is headed by Feadship’s mighty 65m TRIDENT. Another is the 62m FORTUNATO. Finally, Trinity’s 54m KATHERINE and Heesen’s 50m MAN OF STEEL are also in attendance.
There is a Prime Time preview on Thursday, October 29th from 10 am EST to 7 pm EST, and the show is open to the general public at the same times from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st. The show closes at 5 pm EST on Monday, November 2nd, with all superyachts bidding farewell with the blowing of their horns. It reverberates in the air!
We’ve all seen the images. For instance, a silhouette of a sailing yacht, lying at anchor near a secluded beach, the sun setting in the background, or the massive superyachts docked side-by-side in a marina along the Côte d’Azur. It’s not hard to imagine you and your family inserted in those yachting images, enjoying la belle vie.
Think you can afford a holiday at sea on a private yacht?
THE REAL QUESTION
Let’s start with understanding exactly what a yacht charter is all about…
WHAT Is A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
If you’ve ever stayed at a resort, you’ve already experienced the premise of a yachting vacation on a crewed yacht. From accommodations, to meals, activities and amenities.. Everything you and your family need are available in one location. The biggest difference is that your location “moves” when you charter a yacht!
For example, a Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel. Other travelers stay ashore and see the same view from their hotel window. For you, on the other hand, each day you can wake up and experience a new location. Your yacht cruises from island to island. Forget a virtual online slideshow. This is the real deal!
WHAT HAPPENS ONBOARD?
While onboard, you’ll be pampered by a crew of trained professionals. From a captain to navigate, to a host/hostess to serve you, and a chef to prepare your meals. The actual number of crew depends on the size of yacht you charter. It also depends on the level of service you request. There are often be more crew members than charter guests!
Just like the resort, the yacht offers accommodations, areas to relax and socialize, and a wide variety of recreational toys to enjoy. For example, snorkel gear and sandup paddleboards. The larger yachts offer a wider variety of toys and amenities. For instance, waverunners, cinema rooms, exercise equipment, and even ondeck Jacuzzi wellness spas.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YACHT AND RESORT
There is one more distinguishing difference when compared to a resort – it’s completely private – only you and your family and friends and your crew are onboard – no one else! Your confidentiality is assured with 1-800 Yacht Charters.
WHERE Are Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations Offered?
Again, the comparison to seaside resorts best illustrates the locations available for enjoying a yachting holiday – if it’s on the ocean, chances are there are yachts in the area available for hire!
Here’s a partial list of the most popular destinations for chartering a crewed yacht:
Caribbean – the islands of the Caribbean are popular in the winter and spring months, with sailing yachts heavily congregating in the breezy Virgin Islands, and larger motoryachts based in the celebrity-popular uber cosmopolitan areas like St. Martin and St Barts.
Mediterranean – the summer playground for Europeans, charter yachts can be found throughout the Greek islands, as well as along the Italian and French Riviera. In recent years, new cruising grounds in the Med have become increasingly popular, such as the Spanish Balearic Islands and Croatia.
Florida and the Bahamas – unlike Europeans who often take long, multi-week vacations, Americans take shorter holidays, often for no more than a long weekend. Staying closer to home becomes important when travel days are limited, so the idea of a Florida yacht charter escape is very popular, with the nearby Bahamas a strong option, as well.
HOW Can I Afford A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
If you guessed that we would once again go back and look at a resort for the answer – you’re right!
The price options for enjoying a crewed yacht directly compare to the prices of staying at a resort. Basic resorts in popular destinations can be very affordable for a family vacation, and so too can be the cost of a private yacht charter. Conversely, ultra exclusive resorts in posh settings charge premium rates – as do the most luxurious private yachts.
To put this into realistic perspective, here’s a sample of yachts and their prices:
SAILBOAT – sail yacht MORE MAGIC is a 68 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel with accommodations for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms. Her all-inclusive charter rates start at $18,000/week
MOTORYACHT – the 80 foot motor yacht JODI LEE offers both Bahamas and Florida yacht charter vacations for up to 6 passengers. Here base rate is $26,000/week plus a little extra to cover food, fuel, and dockage.
SUPERYACHT – up to 12 affluent travelers can explore the Mediterranean onboard the 2017 Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN, a 272 foot yacht with a crew of 25. Weekly rate is Euro €1,200,000 with additional fees for food, fuel, and dockage.
WHO Do I Call To Plan A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
The owners of charter yachts rely on a network of professional yacht charter brokers to serve as the go-between for owners and anyone interested in securing a yacht for hire. 1-800 Yacht Charters has been delivering The Superyacht Experience to their clients for over 30 years, and maintains a database of more than 500 crewed charter yachts around the world.
Only 1-800 Yacht Charters offers a Best Price Guarantee and makes a donation to a recognized charity in your name when you make your reservation.
We first introduced our readers to the Dan Snyder– owned Amels motor yacht LADY S back in October, after the NFL Washington Redskins head honcho purchased the 70 meter megayacht.
Word now comes that motor yacht LADY S is offering a special deal in the month of January: Enjoy a Caribbean yacht charter with your family and friends for 9 nights, but pay for only 7.
This special deal shaves $142,000 off the charter rate.
A superyacht with great ambiance and onboard facilities, special features include vast shaded outdoor space, a Jacuzzi pool with swim jets, and ample sunbathing areas. There is also a fully-equipped gym, massage area, and Hammam (Turkish sauna), as well as an elevator serving all levels. Zero speed stabilizers keep the yacht from rocking in any rough weather.
Here’s a complete list of the yacht’s key features and amenities:
The interior has undergone a complete makeover including new salon parquet flooring and soft furnishings/furniture and curtains in Hermes fabrics throughout.
A huge double Owner’s suite incorporates a library / office and twin his & hers shower and Jacuzzi bath
5 guest staterooms: A VIP cabin, 3 double guests, and 1 cabin with 2 single berths and a Pullman.
A 7th cabin for staff with 2 singles and ensuite shower
Brand new Hermes and Puiforcat fine china, Baccarat glassware, and Ercuis flatware
Linley accessories such as vases and cocktail trays
State-of-the-art New Pizza Oven
New Teppanyaki Grill
Bang & Olufsen (new) televisions with movie-theater surround sound throughout
JVC 4K high definition projector in the main salon – New
Heated Jacuzzi dip pool with swim jets and in-water exercise bar
Brand new Summit deck furniture and all new deck cushions
Turkish Sauna/shower room
Well-equipped gym including two brand new Woodway treadmills, Techno Multi Cross training platform, a Synchro Excite and stationary bicycle
Tender to superyacht LADY S
Based in Antigua, her weekly winter charter rate is $497,000 plus running expenses.
European luxury yacht charter customers tend to request superyachts built in Italy, Holland, and France. Their counterparts in America prefer a Trinity yacht charter vessel.
TRINITY – BENETTI – FEADSHIP – LURSSEN
The Trinity yacht charter fleet stands toe-to-toe with the Benetti yacht charter vessels. It also rivals Lurssen yacht charter and Feadship yacht charter fleets. It’s all about luxury amenities and interiors.
Trinity Yachts earns its place as one of the world’s elite builders of custom superyachts. It has an emphasis on European quality, and steel and aluminum constructions. Trinity’s goal is to build a truly custom yacht that fulfills all of your unique cruising desires.
TYPICAL SUPERYACHT CONSTRUCTION
Most superyacht construction is a semi-production basis. Trinity Yachts creates the largest yachts available for mega yacht charters. Vessels up to 400 feet (123 meters) prevail in the industry. They work with many of the world’s most renowned naval architects and interior designers.
YACHT CHARTER PLANNING ON A TRINITY
Now planning a Caribbean yacht charter or Mediterranean yacht charter holiday on one of these magnificent yachts has never been easier. Currently, there are 17 rent private yacht Trinity-built models available.
Motoryacht REBORN accomplished a major multi-million dollar refit in late 2010. She then entered the Mediterranean yacht charter fleet. She was built by Amels, and she accommodates many. For instance, she has space for 12 overight guests plus 2 supernumeraries in 8 cabins. Regular assistants include bodyguards and nannies.
Vast deck space onboard motor yacht REBORN leads into interiors with immense volume and every possible amenity, from cinema and theater, to a spa and beach club. There’s even a doctor’s cabin and medical treatment room.
In the impressive main salon, a huge double-height atrium and gallery features a ceiling height of over five meters. Adding emphasis to this large space are floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire length of the salon.
In the enormous full-beam master suite, a silk printed headboard frames a California king-sized bed, with the space defined by full-height windows and an adjacent full-beam private terrace. Additional guest cabins include the VIP suite located on the main deck, and six large suites on the lower deck, all with marble bathrooms, handmade Italian leather and raw silk.
All decks of the gigayacht are accessible by elevator.
The ultimate corporate entertainment yacht this season in the Western Mediterranean, deck space is more than ample for relaxation and cocktail parties. For al fresco meals, the aft deckoffers not one, but two, ten-person dining tables. Additionally, there are extensive dining and sunbathing areas, as well as a six meter, resistance-flow pool on the sun deck.
Guests can come and go via one of four transportation tenders, or by aircraft via the aft deck’s touch and go helipad. The Vikal Limousine Covered Tenderis perfect for transporting guests wearing evening gowns and cocktail attire, while the Vikal Explorer Glass Bottom Tender is capable of shallow water beach landings.
Did we forget to mention the beach club and spa on the lower deck, and the upper deck with live garden plants???
The unending list of aquasport equipment makes this yacht the kingpin of watersports activity in the Med. The toy inventory includes two Sea-Doo waverunners, three Windsurfers (for all skill levels, including children), a Laser sailing dinghy, towable wakeboards and inflatables, SCUBA gear for certified divers, and on and on and on…
For beach fun, there are shallow water inflatable armchairs, beach sun beds, children’s beach toys, and a gazebo.
HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER
Bring your family and friends, and come be “Reborn” this summer. Weekly rental rates begin at €570,000 per week plus expenses. For more information, contact our specialists HERE.
Valentine’s Day. Specifically, the yearly opportunity to profess our love to that special someone in our lives. For many of us, we turn to traditional gifts like chocolate, flowers, or a romantic dinner to express our affection.
UPSCALE GIFT GIVERS
Ah, but the uber-wealthy are different. Even gifts of jewelry pale in comparison to the grandiose gestures some HNWI’s (high net-worth individuals) bestow on their significant others and loved ones.
Yep, when it comes to over-the-top, what says “je t’aime mon tresor” more than a gift of a private superyacht???
THE ULTIMATE GIFT
Of course, the ultimate enhancement to the ultimate gift – naming your yacht to honor the one you love…
TOP 5 LOVING NAMES OF YACHTS
In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2016, we share our favorite 5 private yacht charter vessels with names inspired by love. Some names are whimsical and cute, others haughty. Our favorite name, # 1, is simple and oh-so-perfect — boasting the two most famous words uttered by almost every man who understands (and appreciates) who’s really the boss!
5. 4YOU – Imagine the surprise when this owner turned to his wife and handed her the keys to a 180 foot megayacht, aptly named, 4YOU. Launched in 2012, this spectacular yacht from the Amels Limited Edition 180 series was designed by Tim Heywood, and features a stunning modern-chic interior by Laura Sessa Romboli. Up to 12 guests can enjoy a Greek yacht charter vacation, from €280,000 per week
4. DREAM PRINCESS – Sure, lots of guys call their lady a, “Princess.” But a DREAM PRINCESS? That’s ramping it up another notch. A popular yacht for special events (e.g. Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, MIPIM yacht charter, etc.), this Princess 64 motor yacht is a vessel with a real sense of occasion. She offers exceptional performance and boasts a sleek, sporty profile hiding a spacious three-cabin charter layout. Her interior is light, with elegant details. Rates from €18,000 per week
3. HONEY BEAR – Every once in a while, we find a yacht named by a woman for the man in her life. The 28 meter Sunseeker 90 yacht HONEY BEAR is a fast, fun yacht for sophisticated yet informal Monaco yacht charter holidays. Her modern yet warm interior offers plenty of space for relaxation, and her open deck areas are perfect for enjoying the sunshine. She provides accommodations for 8 guests in 4 staterooms and is priced from €45,000 per week
2. LADY BRIT – there are lots of “Ladies” in the charter fleet, Lady Sheila, Lady Victoria, and more. Still, one stands out for her simple, elegant name – the epitome of European class: LADY BRIT. Surprisingly, the yacht was not named for the owner’s wife, but rather, in honor of his mother. The 207 foot Feadship yacht LADY BRIT offers the ideal platform for a resort-style St Barts Yacht Charter in the Caribbean, as she features a wellness spa, gymnasium with panoramic views, outdoor cinema, and an authentic Finnish sauna with private access to the water. Weekly rates start at $445,000 per week
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