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.
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?
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Here’s an opportunity to stretch a week-long vacation into a 10 night escape without paying one extra penny.
The 137′ Palmer Johnson motor yacht SYRENKA is offering 10 days for the price of 7, from now through the end of April, 2012 in the Caribbean.
The weekly rate is $85,000 plus running expenses.
Launched as motor yacht LADY JENN in 1984, the yacht’s new owner just completed a major refit and the four-deck, 137-foot Palmer Johnson, now named motor yacht SYRENKA looks better than new.
This extremely popular luxury yacht charter vessel is now appointed with a refreshingly comfortable new interior featuring supple leathers and Ralph Lauren soft furnishings in shades of blue, white, ivory, and brown. Other enhancements include extra-wide passageways, an elevator, and wheelchair accessibility on three decks. A wheelchair is also available onboard.
On the main deck, an inviting conversation area leads forward to the dining salon with seating for ten guests at an oval table. One deck up, the spacious sky lounge serves as the yacht’s central gathering spot. The 50” flat panel TV in the lounge is surrounded by a large, circular settee with seating for 10, with additional seating in the aft ringed by oversized viewing windows. Sliding glass doors open to the guest deck with shaded settees and another large table for all’aperto (outdoor) dining.
On top level serves as the sun deck, and comprises two large areas, both of which can be shaded by a rollout awning. One area is fitted with a semicircular settee and table – perfect for cocktails or breakfast. The second seating area offers four lounge chairs, two large wicker chairs, a wet bar, and grill.
The full-beam master suite, located on the main deck, is tastefully appointed in a medley of fine woods and natural fabrics and includes an oversized ensuite bathroom. Adjacent to the master suite is a smaller cabin with a small double bed. Four additional ensuite staterooms are located on the lower deck: a VIP suite with queen bed, two additional queen staterooms, and one twin-bedded stateroom.
Onboard recreational equipment includes a 17’ Novurania tender for transporting guests, and a golf cart for shoreside explorations.
Take advantage of this or many other special offers this winter and spring in the Caribbean. Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for information on yacht charters in the Caribbean.
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The 82.50 meter motor yacht O’MEGA, one of the very few private luxury yacht charter vessels in the world with the capacity for over 12 guests, is heading to the Caribbean for the very first time this winter.
Re-launched in 2004 after a complete remodel from a near-bare hull, super yacht O’MEGA underwent a major refit in 2009, and has had continuous upgrades every year since. With an excellent crew-to-guest ratio, there are 30 crewmembers onboard to attend to 28 guests in 14 guest staterooms.
While in the Caribbean from early December, 2016 through April 2017, her weekly charter rate is €525,000 + running expenses. There is a two week minimum fee for charters during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The only other +12 passenger superyacht considering relocation to the Caribbean for the winter is the 36 passenger motor yacht CHRISTINA O, as her owner has expressed interest in the emerging Cuba yacht charter marketplace (now that travel restrictions between the governments of the United States and Cuba have been eased).
With so few large-capacity yachts in the Caribbean this winter, we expect strong demand for both of these vessels in the area of St. Martin, particularly for St Barts yacht charter clients who invade the small island to celebrate the New Year.
1-800 Yacht Charters has dozens of luxury yachts available in the Caribbean this winter. Let us Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family and friends this winter. For more information on yacht charter vessels and destinations, email the yacht charter professionals at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For the nouveau riche, the idea of taking a private yacht charter vacation is both casual and routine: “Honey, should we go to the chalet in the Alps this weekend, or spend a few days boating around St Barts?”
For the rest of us working-class types, a boating holiday (be it a crewed yacht in the islands of the Caribbean, or a do-it-yourself Florida Keys bareboat charter) is something we plan far in advance – including squirreling away our pennies to pay for this special experience.
When affordability and value matter, it’s important to lock in a great charter price and not get blindsided by unexpected cash outlays.
Here are three pitfalls that can put a crimp on your charter budget – along with some helpful advice from Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Avoid or mitigate these expenses, and it will be smooth sailing:
COMMUNICATION FEES – The idea of an “all-inclusive” charter rate is a bit of a misnomer. Many Caribbean-based charter yachts offer all–inclusive rates, but carefully read the small print on your charter agreement. One item that is rarely included is the cost associated with using the yacht’s onboard communications system. This includes cellular phones and internet connectivity.
Unlike back home, cellular and internet service is very expensive in the Caribbean – often $1 or more per minute. With the whole family logging on to check emails, staying in touch with the office, friends, and family adds up quickly – you can easily incur communication fees of $500 or more in a week’s time.
Jana’s Tip – “Limit everyone’s online time to a few minutes a day. Better yet, turn off the cellphones, laptops, and get ‘un-connected.’ The whole point of a yachting vacation is to spend quality time with one another and to become immersed in the local culture and nature. Take a break from technology and enjoy your vacation!”
SPECIAL ALCOHOL REQUESTS – Many all-inclusive yachts offer a “ship’s bar” in the cost of the charter. This means the yacht will provide beer, house-quality wine, and some hard alcohol. But beware – if you request certain top-shelf brands or vintage wines and champagnes, you could be in for a rude awakening when your skipper hands you an invoice for, “special requests” at the conclusion of your charter. While some islands offer duty-free alcohol, this is not for local consumption, and premium brands in the islands are often 3 to 4 times as expensive as the same brands back home.
Jana’s Tip – “Unless you absolutely must have your hand-brewed artisan ale, or a special single malt whiskey from some remote bog in Scotland, enjoy the house brands for a few days – especially the local island concoctions like Rum Runners and Pina Coladas.”
DELIVERY FEES – one of the great joys of a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation is the flexibility – you can come and go as you please, when you please – all at your own pace. Sometimes, charterers decide to conclude their charter in a different place than where they started. Your trip might commence in St. Thomas, USVI, for example, but you’ve looked at a map and feel an adventurous cruise concluding in St. Martin sounds like fun. It is YOUR yacht for the charter – everything’s up to you!
Most yacht owners and crews are more than happy to accommodate your wishes for everything – after all, this is your fully-customized vacation. However, there could be a hefty cost to end in a port other than where you began your odyssey, and if you’re not careful, you could be left footing a “delivery” bill.
The technical term is “re-positioning” – the cost of fuel and crew salary to return the yacht, after the charter has concluded, back to its home port. Depending upon how many days it takes the crew to return the yacht to its homeport, you could be looking at a fee as low as $500 to as high as $1000 for a sailboat, and double that for a motoryacht.
Jana’s Tip – ask your charter broker before signing your charter agreement if there will be any delivery fees if you end in a port other than where you began your trip. If there is a fee, ask your broker to approach the yacht owner and see if the fee can be reduced, or even waived. Oftentimes, owners will absorb the cost of re-positioning, in order to secure your business.
Avoiding these budget-blowing pitfalls can save hundreds of dollars and keep your trip as it should be – a memorable experience to cherish for a lifetime.
What questions do you have about the costs of yacht charter vacations? We’d also love to hear about your experiences when chartering! Please comment below!
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As the sun sets, who wouldn’t enjoy cocktails and al fresco dining on the aft deck of the Skylounge??
For in-water fun in the sun, yacht MI SUENO is also jam-packed with an extensive inventory of watertoys.
MI SUENO’s charter rates begin at €280,000 EUROS per week. We would love to charter her to you for the vacation of a lifetime! Give us a call or email!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.“
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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Another superyacht owner has announced intentions to relocate his yacht to the Caribbean for the upcoming winter/spring season.
The 82.4 meter (270’35”) Abeking and Rasmussen motoryacht RoMEA is scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean in early December, in time to participate in the winter 2016/spring 2017 St. Martin yacht charter season.
Built in 2015, the yacht spent her first year in charter service in the Mediterranean, and now joins a growing list of superyachts relocating to the Caribbean in December, including the 58 meter Benetti yacht ILLUSION V.
Currently ranked 84th on the list of the world’s largest yachts, yacht RoMEA offers accommodations for 12 charter guests in six staterooms.
Part of a growing fleet of wellness yacht charter vessels that are best described as, “floating spas,” her onboard amenities include massage services, indoor and outdoor cinemas, and a beach club with steam room. Guests are encouraged to also use the yacht’s extensive watersports inventory including underwater sleds, windsurfers, stand up paddleboards, scuba gear (for certified divers), kayaks, and water skis.
The published charter rate for ROMEA is €875,000 per week, plus running expenses.
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The Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) has announced the 2017 winners of the “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign, and the crew onboard superyacht NERO have been recognized in the “Designer Water” contest. The contest recognizes the crews of private luxury yacht charter vessels for their “yacht-made” water, as an effort to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles on yachts.
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, and a CYBA member, explains the program – and the urgency of the underlying message.
“The campaign is designed to encourage yacht owners and crews to reduce, and eventually forego, the use of plastic water bottles by both the crews and the onboard luxury yacht charter guests. The goal is to raise awareness as to the massive volume of water bottles that are consumed during charters, and the impact disposable plastic has in our landfills and more importantly, our oceans.”
The “Designer Water” contest is held annually at the opening of the Caribbean yacht charter winter/spring season. The season, which has just concluded for 2017, saw more than one dozen private yacht charter vessels and their crews showcase their “flavored” waters, all generated from onboard watermakers that convert seawater into clean, safe drinking water.
This year’s winners are:
Now in its fifth year, the CYBA “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign has a dual-fold strategy. By encouraging yacht owners and crews to offer eco-friendly options, private yacht charter guests can participate in this sustainable initiative. Hopefully, the guests return home with a clearer understanding of the impact of plastic pollution, as well as how they can incorporate simple changes in their daily lives that can make a difference in safeguarding our environment for future generations.
“The ‘Going Green’ campaign highlights the numerous opportunities and options available to our private yacht charter clients, yacht owners, and crews – from avoiding plastic water bottles, to using green cleaning products, reef-friendly sunscreens, and solar panels for energy,” says Sheeder. “We congratulate motor yacht NERO and her owner and crew and all of the other Caribbean yacht charter teams for their commitment to the long-term health of our oceans and the marine environment.”
If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation, turn to 1-800 Yacht Charters, the company with the industry-leading Best Price Guarantee, and a fleet of Eco-friendly yachts around the world. Call us toll-free in North America at +1.800.922.4824 or local and international at +1.305.253.7245 to plan your yachting vacation.
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While crewed sail boat charters and bareboat charter vacations normally last 5 to 7 nights, not everyone has the time for a multi-night term luxury yacht charter. In this economy, saving up for a special bareboat charter or luxury yacht charter holiday might mean postponing until 2010.
Now for the good news – sailboat charters can be as short as one day and are the perfect compliment to a land-based Caribbean island vacation.
Let’s take a look at a single-day luxury yacht charter escape in the British Virgin Islands (also known as the BVI or BVI’s):
There are four major inhabited islands in the BVI, as well as dozens of (nearly 60) smaller islands, cays, and rocks scattered throughout the archipelago. Of course, the fun way to see these sights is by boat on a luxury sailing charter.
You can rent a small Caribbean yacht charter sailboat or a fast powerboat for the day in Road Town, Nanny Cay, West End, or several other locations. Some experience driving a powerboat or basic chart-reading skills are important to ensure you have a pleasurable day.
A great trip could start from Road Town, Tortola and head south across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island. You can tie up to the dock in Sprat Bay, or anchor off the beach in Deadman’s Bay and swim ashore (remember to wear your water socks). Visitors are welcome in the public areas, the boutique, and the beach grill.
From Peter Island, it’s a short boat ride to Norman Island. This is author Robert Louis Stevenson’s legendary Treasure Island, and the source of countless tales of pirates and buried chests of gold. Today, the island is uninhabited except for a small restaurant on the beach in the Bight. Anchored in the bay is the old ship, William Thornton, affectionately known by bareboat charter lovers and the locals as the “Willy T,” a trading vessel converted to a bar and restaurant. It’s a great stop for a little “pirate” ambiance. Be warned – on holiday weekends, the Willy T is not appropriate for kids as it takes on a bawdy “adults only” atmosphere.
Just outside the bay are the Caves. These are more like grottoes and are a true snorkeler’s delight. You can tie up your boat to one of the National Park moorings and swim in. Don’t be surprised if a school of tropical fish swim alongside you, looking for a handout. The locals ask that you resist the temptation to feed the little critters, however. Human food is not healthy for the fish and may do them great harm in the long run.
After snorkeling at the Caves, it is a short boat ride to The Indians. These rock outcroppings are the size of houses and full of nesting seabirds in the summer. The waters around the rocks are teeming with fish of every shape and color. One local describes a swim here as a magical experience: “Floating among the fish, corals and sea fans will make you feel like Peter Pan flying through an enchanted forest.”
If the sun is still high in the sky, and you still feel fresh for more adventure, zip over to Salt Island. You can tie up to the dock and walk around the abandoned houses to the salt pond where workers harvest and sell sea salt. If you still have any get-up-and-go in your tank, hop back on your boat and cruise around the corner to the wreck of the HMS Rhone, the BVI’s first underwater park. Snorkel over the wreck and try to imagine what it looked like before it sank in 1867!
By now, you realize you are on “island time.” There’s little reason to hurry back to Tortola, unless you have an early dinner reservation at your hotel or resort. Assuming you are in the island groove, we suggest a cruise east to Cooper Island. Accessible only by boat, this island has a few rental homes and a tiny resort that’s looks like a vacation postcard from the water – palm trees and long, white sand beach. By now, you must be hungry from a morning/afternoon of exploring. Drop in a local restaurant for a late lunch. With a full belly and a big smile, it’s just a short sail or cruise back to Tortola.
There are many other itineraries for a day trip by boat. Your hotel concierge can recommend the best local boat rental operators and give you some ideas as to where to go and what to see there. You can go fast on a powerboat or slower on a sailboat – the choice is yours. Either way, a day boat trip around the British Virgin Islands will be the highlight of your land-based island holiday!
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