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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?
Woman sitting on an empty baggage carrousel holding head - lost luggage

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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137 Foot Palmer Johnson Caribbean Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Free Days

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Profile photo of motoryacht SYRENKA.  She is facing the right side of the photo.

SYRENKA superyacht

 

BONUS TIME

Here’s an opportunity to stretch a week-long vacation into a 10 night escape without paying one extra penny.

 

PALMER JOHNSON YACHT

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.

 

RATE

The weekly rate is $85,000 plus running expenses.

 

LADY JENN

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.

 

INTERIOR

This extremely popular luxury yacht charter vessel is now appointed with a refreshingly comfortable new interior.  For instance, supple leathers, and Ralph Lauren soft furnishings in shades of blue, white, ivory, and brown.

 

ENHANCEMENTS

She has many other enhancements. Additionally, extra-wide passageways, an elevator, and wheelchair accessibility exist on three decks. A wheelchair is also available onboard.

 

DINING SALON

On the main deck, an inviting conversation area leads forward to the dining salon with seating for ten guests at an oval table.

 

SKYLOUNGE

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.

 

TOP DECK

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. 

 

SEATING AREA

The second seating area offers four lounge chairs, two large wicker chairs, a wet bar, and grill.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

MASTER

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.

DOUBLE CABIN

Adjacent to the master suite is a smaller cabin with a small double bed.

 

VIP AND OTHER STATEROOMS

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.

 

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

Ready for fun on your yacht charter?  Additional toys include a 17’ Novurania tender for transporting guests, and a golf cart for shoreside explorations.

 

CHARTER A YACHT AND GET SPECIAL RATE

In conclusion, 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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28 Passenger Superyacht To Make St. Martin Yacht Charter Debut This Winter

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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.

O'Mega superyacht underway

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).

Christina O Motoryacht underway

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 info@1800yachtcharters.com

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28m Yacht Whirlwind Offers Sailing in Caribbean

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Aerial photograph of sailboat WHIRLWIND in the Caribbean. The yacht has a dark blue hull with white superstructure. Her sails are full and solid white.

Whirlwind sailboat in the Caribbean


The 28 meter sailing yacht WHIRLWIND has joined the growing list of sailboats heading to the Caribbean for the winter and spring seasons, and is offering reduced rates to entice vacationers. 

 

Currently accepting reservations for Christmas and New Years, sailing yacht WHIRLWIND

is the ultimate Virgin Islands yacht charter sailboat for family of 6 to 8, with generous accommodations available in 3 guest staterooms. 

The sailing yacht offers three double cabins, two with a Pullman berth (thus the yacht can accommodate 6 adults + max 2 kids). One double cabin is located forward port side, and two identical cabins are positioned aft at either side of upper saloon stairway. Each cabin is equipped with its own en-suite bathroom and shower.

Onboard amenities include a Crestroncontrolled multi-media entertainment system, a PlayStation game station for the kids, and iPod docking stations throughout the yacht.

Launched in 1988 by the fabled Holland Jachtbouw shipyard, the yacht features the classic styling of interior designer Andrew Winch who oversaw a major interior refit this year (2011).

The yacht is available for the year-end holidays at a rate of  € 32,760 per week.  At the conclusion of the holidays, special winter and spring rates will take effect, with the price dropping to € 19,950 per week (regular winter/spring rate is € 26,600 per week). All rates are plus expenses.

For availability and further details, please contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters reservations department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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3 Hidden Yacht Charter Costs to Avoid

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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.

man on wooden boat talking on cellphone

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.

Crew member pours a drink for a woman seated at a table

 

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.

Want more money-saving yacht charter tips?  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 or via our 24 hour hotline at 305-720-7245.

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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58 Meter St Martin Yacht Charter Vessel Is A Standout

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We had a opportunity to chat with Captain Glynn Smith onboard the Trinity yacht charter vessel, motor yacht MI SUENO recently.  We organized a year-end Caribbean yacht charter for a repeat customer and needed to review itinerary ideas, etc.
It’s always a pleasure to work with a real “Can-Do” skipper – the type of professional who never says “No” to a client.  Glynn truly understands the value of top-notch customer service, and it shows in his enthusiasm.
Glynn’s positive attitude and professionalism deserve recognition.  Maybe it’s time we showed him our gratitude with a little extra promotion of his magnificent charter vessel, M/Y MI SUENO:
motor yacht MI SUENO Captain Glynn powerboat charter luxury motor yacht charter private iate yate boat
Built in the USA in 2010 by Trinity Yachts, the 190 foot luxury motor yacht MI SUENO is a standout superyacht in every respect.
Her amenities include WiFi and Kaleidescape central movie/music server throughout. She’s also equipped with a 2-person, wheelchair-accessible elevator (to 3 levels).
Conversation areas abound on all levels – both inside and on deck. The sophisticated, contemporary interior designed by Patrick Knowles is a tasteful mix of textures, fine art, and neutral colors in furniture, fabric, carpeting, and stonework. The formal dining area is nothing short of stunning – with a table that seats 14 comfortably.
yacht rental caribbean yacht charter greek islands MI SUENO powerboat corporate special eventA full-width split-level Master Suite with King bed is situated forward on the main deck and features a private study, lounge, and his/hers bathrooms. Five additional ensuite staterooms below include a full-width VIP King suite, 2 matching King staterooms, a wheelchair-accessible Queen stateroom, and a Twin stateroom (with additional Pullman berth).
 
Trinity yacht MI SUENO offers three exterior living areas – all spacious and inviting – with beautiful teak furniture on all levels. Active guests may head on up to the sundeck for a vigorous workout on the elliptical trainer. Sore muscles can be soothed in the ondeck Jacuzzi, followed by a dip in the splash pool.
 

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.

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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! 

For more information about luxury motoryacht MI SUENO, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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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

 

 

CHARTER A YACHT TO CELEBRATE THE BLUES

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!

 

SAILBOAT MAKAYABELLA

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

 

BEQUIA MOUNT GAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

 

MAIN STAGE – DE REEF

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.

Profile photograph of sailboat, Makayabella, underway. There is a wake underneath the sailboat. The sails are full. The boat is heading toward the right side of the photograph.

Sailing yacht, Makayabella



SAILBOAT ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

 

Photograph of John and Sue, the crew of sailboat, Makayabella. They are sitting in the living room on a sailboat. The walls are white and full of books and pictures with brown picture frames. They are both wearing dark blue polo shirts with sailboat logos on the left chests. They are wearing white shorts.

John and Sue of sailboat MAKAYABELLA

 

SAILBOAT CREW

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.”

 

FREE GIFT WITH CHARTER

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.

 

BOOK A SAILBOAT CHARTER FOR THE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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62-meter Superyacht Dazzles in the Caribbean

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Aerial photograph of motoryacht ICON. There is a swimming pool on the back deck.  Her hull is dark, and her superstructure is white. She is facing the top right corner of the photo.

Superyacht ICON

The 203 foot motor yacht ICON has announced plans to position for the winter and spring in the warm waters of the Caribbean. 

Built in 2010, motor yacht ICON offers accomodations for 12 guests in 6 staterooms and features a crew compliment of  16.

 

Aerial photograph of the yacht, Icon. Her beach club aft deck is pulled out and has 2 sun loungers on it, ready for people to lay in the sun.

Beach club

Designed for extensive world cruising, she is a high-volume megayacht yet appears sleek and elegant, with a contemporary design throughout. The yacht offers luxurious accommodations and an amazing “beach club” deck area with an adjacent fitness room, accessed directly from the lower guests cabins.

Huge decks spaces, state of the art entertainment systems and an exceptional crew make this a first class Caribbean yacht charter option.

Caribbean winter rates for all weeks, December through April are listed at $475,000 per week, plus running expenses. 

Other yachts for hire this winter and spring in the Caribbean and Bahamas inlcude 191ft motor yacht CARPE DIEM, 183ft sail yacht FIDELIS, and 180ft motor yacht HARBOUR ISLANDContact the 1-800 Yacht Charter desk at  https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more information.

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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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84th Largest Yacht RoMEA To Make Caribbean Yacht Charter Debut

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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.

ROMEA yacht profile

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.

Enjoy an amazing private luxury yacht charter by contacting 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

 

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