You deserve to join the fun! Charter a sailboat and partake of the Florida Keys festivities!
WHAT IS FANTASY FEST?
Key West has parades, street parties, and thousands of adult revelers in zany costumes at Fantasy Fest. It happens for one week in October. This year’s event is October 21 through 30, 2011.
Sail catamaran SURPRISE is offering a unique Florida yacht charter opportunity to sail to Key West from Miami, Florida. Guests also enjoy the Fantasy Fest festivities from the comfort of this 48′ luxury sailing charter catamaran.
AQUATIC AFOLIC THEME
Similar to the Mardi Gras-themed events in New Orleans, Fantasy Fest is an adult-oriented Halloween festival. This year’s theme is “Aquatic Afrolic” and offers a sea of opportunities to create a one-of-a-kind costume extravaganza, ranging from marvelous mermaids to outlandish ocean-faring sea creatures.
While full nudity is not permitted, many scantily-clad party goers wear outrageous, brightly-colored costumes, or simply opt for strategically drawn body paint and glitter in lieu of shirts and bikini tops.
PRETENDERS IN PARADISE COSTUME PARTY
There are parades and costume contest each evening, the largest being the “Pretenders in Paradise” Costume Party hosted by the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa. Major event sponsors include Captain Morgan Rum and the Florida Keys Tourism Association.Sailing yacht SURPRISE is a 48′ catamaran with accommodations for 2 couples. Her crew of two, Corky and Sue Clark have sailed for years throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. During Fantasy Fest, charter guests can spend the days sailing and exploring the beaches and shallow reefs of the lower Florida Keys, and at night hit the streets for the endless parties and festivities.
CATAMARAN CHARTER RATES
Standard charter rates apply: $8,500/wk for 2 passengers and $9,950/wk for 4 guests. Rates are all-inclusive (include meals and ship’s bar). Local taxes apply.
The recipient of many favorable cruise-in-review client letters, crewmembers Iza and Geoff are asking,
“Why have turkey at home when you can have LOBSTER in paradise for Thanksgiving?”
Iza and Geoff and their 47’ Leopard catamaran DREAMING ON, awarded runner up at last week’s BVI Boat Show as “Best Catamaran under 50 feet,” are offering two specials for the Thanksgiving holidays.
Any 3 or 4 night charter with no surcharge
7 nights for the price of 6
Special bonus. In specific, guests may opt for Lobster on Thanksgiving or traditional turkey.
Launched in 2003 and immaculately maintained, crewed catamaran sailing yacht DREAMING ON is one of the most popular vessels offering crewed charters. This Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel offers accommodations for 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with ensuite bathrooms.
The yacht’s watertoy inventory includes towable toys such as a wakeboard, kneeboard, and a ski-tube, along with fishing and snorkel gear.
Doing her part for the yachting industry’s ongoing GREEN initiative, the catamaran is equipped with wind scoops to limit the need for air-conditioning. Solar panels have also been installed to provide clean electricity. The crew also purchases earth-friendly paper products, biodegradable cleaning products, and local organic produce when available.
When not on charter, Geoff and Iza are often seen helping with reef and beach clean-up projects.
Available for Caribbean yacht charters, the yacht is based in the British Virgin Islands. Her published rate is $11,000 per week for 2 guests, $12,250 per week for 4 guests, and $13,250 per week for 6 passengers. Rates are inclusive of meals and the ship’s bar.
Catamaran Rafoly presents an exciting and fun yacht charter vacation option. The Blubay 92 catamaran will cruise the waters of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Mallorca has some of Europe’s finest championship golf courses. Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
The yacht’s own golf pro helps guests select courses and make all arrangements during the 6 night charter, and the package includes 3 complimentary green fees.
In addition to the golf component of the trip, the package also includes airport transfers, all food and beverages (including ship’s bar), and use of the yachts onboard watersports inventory.
“Most golf-oriented vacations focus primarily on the golfer,” says Sheeder. “By adding a golf element to a yachting vacation, the non-golfers can have just as much fun as the golfers. We envision a group of 3 or 4 heading to the links, while others in the charter party go for an afternoon sail, or stop and anchor for a swim.”
Sheeder emphasizes that the location is what makes this package special. “The Balearics are to Spain what the Côte d’Azur is to France. There are numerous cafes, upscale boutiques, and nightclubs, and plenty of small coves where you can anchor and be away from the crowds.”
CATAMARAN RAFOLY OFFERS MULTIPLE COURSES
Golfers can hone their skills on any of 7 courses:
Launched in 2008, RAFOLY is a 92-foot luxury yacht charter catamaran, with accommodations for up to 8 passengers in 4 staterooms. She is a high class sail mega yacht, elegant and refined, and made for cruising with one’s friends and family on a vacation of a lifetime.
While affordable catamaran sailing yachts under 50 feet still dominate the charter industry, advances in shipbuilding technology have lead to a dramatic increase of ultra-luxury catamarans larger than 60 feet in length. Indeed, yachts like the 62′ catamaran IN THE WIND, and the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 model catamaran WORLD’S END have helped redefine multihull luxury and comfort.
Without the talents of an experienced skipper and a well-trained chef, a catamaran vacation, no matter how new and large the boat, would be nothing more than a predictable, ho-hum affair.
SPOTLIGHT ON CHEF, CARO UY
In an appreciative nod to the talents of these fine crews, we shine a spotlight today on Caro Uy, the culinary lioness aboard sail catamaran MUSE.
Caro grew up in a family where the pleasures of the table were a habit. She has more than ten years of experience in the catering and gastronomic food industry. Originally a graphic designer, Caro now prefers to express her creative energy in the preparation of meals with seasonally fresh products.
Caro’s true gift is the ability to adapt her menus to suit any special dietary requirements of her onboard guests.
While her cooking is based on classic techniques, the variations of flavors are a reflection of her travels throughout the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iran) ) as well as Mexico and Southeast Asia (Thailand and Vietnam).
Having grown up along Australia’s coast, Caro has always loved the sea and the romance of sailing. She is also intrigued by what lies below the sea’s surface and is a PADI Open Water Dive Instructor, as well as a TDI Extended Range Diver. Her ocean adventures have taken her to diverse ports of call such as the Canary Islands, Costa Brava, and the British Virgin Islands.
Her recent industry recognition includes top culinary honors at the November 2010 British Virgin Islands Boat Show where she won:
With the global economy in disarray, planning an affordable family vacation is a real challenge. Child friendly vacations are now available. Fortunately, two yachts have just made sail boat charters a great option for a winter or spring break adventure.
THE CHILD FRIENDLY SAILBOATS
Sail yacht BLUE PASSION and sail catamaranNEXUS have announced special family charter rates. Subject to certain age restrictions, kids can travel FREE this winter and spring on either of these two Caribbean yacht charter vessels.
S/Y BLUE PASSION:
The 58-foot sail yacht BLUE PASSION was built in 2010. She features 4 double cabins with an option for one aft cabin to convert to a twin cabin. All cabins are ensuite with separate showers and electric toilets. Her saloon is incredibly spacious and able to seat 12 people comfortably. On deck she offers a double sized sunbathing mattress to relax on. In her huge cockpit 12 people can sit around and enjoy her sailing performance.
On her stern you will find a spacious aft deck perfect for landing fish, preparing to go diving and access for swimming.
All inclusive rates start from $15,500 per week for 2 guests to $17,000 per week for 8 passengers with children 5 and under free through April 30, 2012.
Launched in 2009, sail catamaran NEXUS features two king and one queen cabins. The king cabins can convert to twins, and one has an additional single berth. All offer ensuite bathrooms. The very spacious saloon is ideal for indoor relaxation and entertainment.
The exterior cockpit features drop-down blinds for both privacy and protection for outdoor dining and lounging in all weather conditions.
All inclusive rates start from $15,000 per week for 2 guests to $19,250 per week for 8 passengers. Children 10 and under are FREE through April 30, 2012. Enjoy The Superyacht Experience™, created by 1-800 Yacht Charters, for YOUR family.
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!
Finding the best prices for crewed catamaran charters and super yacht charters has never been easier. Travelers looking for exceptional value at sea can turn to a new webpage offered by 1-800 Yacht Charters.
WHO IS 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS
1-800 Yacht Charters, known for offering the newest and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations, has created a web page featuring seasonal last minute specials, free days onboard, and exclusive deep discounts. Specials are available for select catamarans, sailboats, and motor yachts…RIGHT NOW!
“The dynamics of our global economy are evolving,” says Sheeder. “We continue to see the weakening of the value of the dollar against the euro. This means travel to Europe continues to become more expensive for Americans.“
“Many of our yachts transact in Euros. By focusing on value, we can offer savvy travelers an opportunity to mitigate the effects of a surging euro. Offering deep discounts and free, extra days onboard helps offset the gap between our US currency and that of the European Union.“
The new web page displays a dozen or so yachts, both in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, offering significant savings for rentals; for example, at 311 feet 8 inches (95 meters) in length, motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESSis one of the largest yachts in the world. Her weekly rental rate is €600,000. Sheeder is offering a rate reduction of €200,000 per week for summer 2011 bookings.
“Saving almost 25% helps offset the nearly 35% currency premium between the dollar and the euro,” states Sheeder.
YACHT CHARTER DISCOUNTS
The discounts also apply to more affordable yachts as well. The 60′ catamaran NIRVANAis currently based in the Caribbean and can accommodate a group of 8 to 10 family and friends. Her regular rate is €13,300 per week, but for remaining available dates in February and March, the rental rate is slashed by 15%.
Are you ready to escape with the family on a luxury sailing charter?
Easter is fast approaching but if you act fast, you can still plan a fun-filled family getaway.
We’ve rounded up some affordable last-minute Virgin Islands yacht charter vacations for you and your clan. Rates start at just $161 per night, and include special custom menus, watersports and more!
CREWED CATAMARAN CHARTERS
Crewed catamaran charters offer the hottest vacation options in the islands. Kids love the built-in trampolines and water toys, while parents like the stable ride and roomy comfort of these ultra-wide yachts. Unlike traditional sailboats that “heel” to the side when under sail, cats stay level and flat when underway.
SPECIAL – 8 days for 7
NEMO (2009 model; 47′) – the Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO leads the way this Easter with an offer of 8 days for the price of 7. With room for a family of 10, this special offer equates to a price of $161/pp per night.
Guests can board the 47-foot yacht on Saturday, April 23rd, in Tortola, BVI at 5 pm. The charter will conclude in Tortola on Sunday, May 1st in the morning. The price includes the Skipper, Hostess/Cook, all meals, beverages and ship’s bar, and an assortment of water toys (e.g. snorkeling equipment, kayak, fishing rods, wakeboard, etc.).
SPECIAL – 10% Discounts
We’ve gathered our newest model cats in the Caribbean and have tagged them with a one-time, 10% DISCOUNT for Easter and Spring Break! Take a look at these great yachts and rates:
IPHARRA (2010 model; 102′) – a luxury mega yacht charter vessel beyond compare. The Sunreef 102 sail catamaran IPHARRAis one of the largest cruising catamarans of the world. Regualr rate is $68,000/wk with room for 10 adults and 2 children. Enjoy a $6800 discount for March, April and Easter.
KING’s RANSOM (2008 model; 76′) – Built by Matrix Yachts, the futuristic Silhouette 760 catamaran KING’S RANSOMsailboat catamaran charter vessel, offers unrivaled luxury. Regular price is $43,800/wk with accomodations for 10 guests. Take a $4300 discount in March, April and Easter.
ADDITIONAL MULTIHULL SPECIALS
NIRVANA (2009 model; 60′) – the Fountaine Pajot Eleuthera 60 catamaran NIRVANAoffers a level of comfort, spacious accommodation and quality of finish more commonly found in custom-designed motor yachts. Her regualr rate for 8 to 10 passengers is €13,300 per week, plus food, bar and running expenses. Save €1,330 for April and Easter bookings. EXTRA SPECIAL – charter in March and the discount increases to 15%!
If you are dreaming of taking a crewed catamaran charter vacation soon, look no further than the this Lidgard multihull.
She is the ideal charterboat, as she stands at an impressive 73 feet. She comes with tastefully-designed interiors of marble and teak. The fittings used on this sailboat are superior and complement the skilled craftsmanship used in the handcrafts.
There is an abundance of space on the Executive 73, not to mention the first class service of its three man crew. If you love speed, you will love this catamaran, as she can reach speeds of up to 18 knots for an exhilarating sailing experience on the Mediterranean!
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR CATAMARAN YACHT CHARTER VACATION
Did you know? The British Virgin Islands (BVI or BVI’s) are home to reefs. Specifically, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean? Moreover, the fourth largest ocean reef on earth?
The BVI reef stretches 18 miles from the island of Anegada to Virgin Gorda. It is considered by experts to offer some of the best snorkeling spots in the world!
Add to the allure of snorkeling and diving during your Virgin Islands crewed catamaran yacht charter. It is widely rumored that there is still Spanish gold buried in the sand on the reef. In addition, the gold is yet to be found! Many Spanish galleons, laden with gold and riches from the new world, traveled here. Further, they sank to their watery graves at the hands of pirates and hurricanes in the 1700’s.
Do you have a favorite snorkeling site in the Caribbean? Share your favorite spot with us, and we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag to carry your towels and snorkel gear. Leave a comment in the section below, and we’ll contact you for your address!
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