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“I’m looking forward to my first St. Martin yacht charter vacation, and my travel companions and I are having a Caribbean themed party to get super psyched about our trip. Any suggestions for traditional island cocktails to put us in the proper frame of mind?”
Angel A., Miami
Now that’s the spirit, Angel! What a fantastic idea to get pumped about your Caribbean escape.
We’re not too embarrassed to admit enjoying a libation or two (or three) during our own yachting excursions in the islands. Local specialties can be found throughout the Caribbean, but we’ve narrowed down the choices to our fav five (in no particular order).
As you sip these drinks, keep in mind you can heighten your experience by throwing on a pair of flip-flops, hiding behind a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and swaying to a little “Havana Daydreamin” with Jimmy Buffet.
Smooth sailing, Angel…
Mojito – Cuba yacht charter
Some things are quintessential Cuban – hand-made cigars, guayabera linen shirts, and minty Mojitos. The history of Cuba’s signature drink dates back to the 16th century, when Sir Francis Drake and his comrades drank a mixture of crushed mint leaves, lime and unrefined rum. Locals say Hemingway drank them at Le Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, and James Bond enjoyed one in 2002’s Die Another Day.
Painkiller – British Virgin Islands yacht charter
Made with Pusser’s Rum, The Painkiller cocktail originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke island in the BVIs. The drink was once made with a secret rum recipe by Daphne Henderson, the owner of the Soggy Dollar. Charles Tobias, the founder of the Pusser’s rum distillery, persuaded Henderson to share her recipe. We’re glad she did, as Painkiller cocktails are now readily available throughout the Caribbean.
Ti Punch – Martinique yacht charter
More an aperitif than cocktail, this simple mix of white rum, cane sugar and lime is usually served straight and is popular in all of the French Caribbean islands – Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the French side of St. Martin. Easy to make, it’s usually served “to taste” – drinkers are presented with a glass of rum, a lime, and some syrup to make it up as they wish.
We know what you’re thinking – we promised five killer cocktails but only named three. You caught us!
Submit our contact form (here) requesting the other 2 great drinks, and we’ll send you the names AND the recipes to make all 5 of our favorite island-themed Caribbean yacht charter cocktails. Look forward to hearing from you and sharing some cocktails!
What’s your favorite tropical cocktail to drink while on your yacht charter? Leave a comment below!
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Recently, we reported on a mishap in New England where the 85-foot yacht, Cocktails, ran aground in Woods Hole, Mass. Unfortunately, the yacht hit a rock. Per the Coast Guard, quick actions of the skipper saved that yacht. He ground the vessel, which prevented it from sinking. There were no luxury yacht charter guests onboard at the time of the incident.
The yacht is currently in the boat yard. She is undergoing repairs in preparations for the upcoming winter Florida yacht charter season.
Finally, here’s an upbeat comment from a recent, highly-satisfied charter guest:
“It gives me great pleasure to recommend the fabulous crew and motoryacht Cocktails for your consideration. We booked a week’s New England yacht charter for my precious mom’s 80th birthday celebration…and the cruise far exceeded our expectations. The ship easily accommodated seven family members with several lounging spaces such that we never felt as if we were “on top of each other.” I loved the open-air upper deck with bar and jacuzzi!
What’s best of all, however, is the crew! Captain Todd was anxious to ensure the itinerary was exactly to our liking, and he was very receptive to any requests. Brandon, our Cordon Bleu trained chef, provided appetizers and meals that were so delicious that we always preferred to dine on board. My only complaint is that I probably gained five or more pounds on this trip! It was all too good to pass up (and I usually say no to desserts!). Mary, our sweet and attractive steward/bartender, took good care of us and worked non-stop to ensure our rooms were clean and fresh (she also mixes the best martinis ever).
In short, all of the Cocktails’ crew members were kind, considerate, and helpful. They made our experience great fun — a trip of a lifetime, which I hope you have the opportunity to experience as well!”
Name: Kathi R
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When we first chartered this beautiful 100ft Hargrave motoryacht, she was named motor yacht KATINA, and owned by a former NFL All-Pro linebacker (and a runner-up contestant on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars). Though the football star no longer owns her, motor yacht DA BUBBA as she is now named, is as beautiful as the day she was launched.
This 100 ft Hargrave yacht calls South Florida its home port, and her talented crew of 4 are eager to offer Florida Keys as well as Bahamas yacht charter vacations throughout 2013.Hargrave yacht DA BUBBA can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms.
Captain Brandon Washington and his professional crew of 3 look forward to having you onboard to experience the vacation of a lifetime!
Built for comfort, Hargrave yachts are popular with small to medium sized families looking to escape to the Bahamas for a long weekend. M/Y DA BUBBA will fill a void recently created by the departure of two other same-sized Hargrave yachts leaving the charter market – motor yacht SEAFARER and Hargrave yacht COCKTAILS.
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How do you take your cocktails – straight…or on the rocks?
The owner of motoryacht Cocktails, a Miami-based mega yacht charter vessel, ordered rocks. For example, it was the “rocks” that left his multi-million dollar baby a bit tipsy.
Friday, the 85-foot motoryacht, Cocktails, ran aground near Nobska Beach in Woods Hole, Mass. This happened after hitting a rock about 100 yards offshore. The Coast Guard specifically said that the skipper grounded the vessel to keep it afloat.
No luxury yacht charter guests were onboard at the time of the incident. Only the skipper and one crew member sailed.
No fuel was spilled, and after dewatering the motoryacht, tugs towed the vessel to Fairhaven for repairs. In New England for the summer, it is expected Cocktails will be fixed in time to return to Miami for the winter Florida yacht charter season.
There were no reports of any injuries…except to the skipper’s pride…
Coming to South Florida this winter? Spend a few days exploring the Florida Keys or the nearby islands of the Bahamas from the comfort of a motoryacht. Contact our destination experts HERE today!
The summer is heating up and so are the special discounted rates available throughout the 1-800 Yacht Charters global charter fleet.
Whatever your destination and desire – from spending sunny days exploring St. Tropez and the French Riviera; enjoying lobster bakes in traditional New England fashion; or enjoying water sports in the beautiful Bahamas, it’s not too late to book your dream holiday!
MONACO Yacht Charter
The Western Mediterranean is renowned as a summer playground for yacht enthusiasts, and the heart of the Côte d’Azur remains the tiny principality of Monaco. From here, famous ports like Portofino, Cannes, and St Tropez are within a few hours by yacht. From its Michelin-star restaurants, hot clubs, and haute couture to the natural beauty of stunning coastlines and pristine beaches, the Western Mediterranean offers so much to explore.
Book the 197-foot (60.05 meter) Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht DREAM in the months of August and September and receive a 10% rate reduction for charters of two weeks or more (her August rate is €350,000 per week and the September rate is €330,000 per week). DREAM is available in both East and West Med. This chic and stylish superyacht offers a Zen-like atmosphere and a variety of tenders and water toys for guests to enjoy. [maximum 12 guests]
If sailing is your thing, the 185-foot (56.4 meter) Alloy Yachts luxury sail yacht MONDANGO 3 is offering exceptional pricing throughout the summer in both the Eastern and Western Med. Reserve one week and receive a rate of €190,400 (a 15% discount on the charter rate); sail for two weeks and you’ll get a whopping 20%. Better yet –make this the sailing odyssey of a lifetime and book for three weeks for an incredible 25% discount! [max 10 guests]
Other Western Mediterranean Yacht Charter Specials:
GREEK Yacht Charter
The turquoise waters of the Adriatic are the perfect backdrop for a private yacht charter holiday in the Eastern Mediterranean. From the stunning scenery of Montenegro to the vibrant culture of Greece, you’ll be spoiled for choices when deciding on an itinerary.
Score a 15% discount on the impressive 139-foot (42.6 meter) CRN Ancona motor yacht EMOTION. Available in the Adriatic, EMOTION is well-suited for any type of guest. She features a variety of water toys, including Seabobs, wave runners, a jet board, and so many more. She is offering a special rate of €112,000 per week for the remainder of June. [maximum 11 guests]
Explore the ancient wonders of Greece onboard the 163-foot (49.9m) Benetti luxury yacht ALEXANDRA at the special price of €150,000 per week for the month of June (regular rate €161,000 per week). This stylish motor yacht has a variety of impressive amenities and accommodations. [maximum 12 guests]
The Adriatic can be your playground this June if you book a week on board the 147-foot (45 meter) Viudes Yachts motor yacht PRIDE at the special rate of €130,000 per week (regular rate €160,000 per week). Launched in 2013, PRIDE offers impressive interior volume and vast decks for alfresco living.
NEW ENGLAND Yacht Charter
Living in North America and thinking about staying a bit closer to home this summer? We’ve got you covered! Warm, salty breezes and beautiful sunny days are on the agenda during your New England summer escape. Cruise from the bustling metropolis of Boston, to the luxury haven of the Hamptons, to the natural sanctuary of Maine. For a more traditional itinerary, kick off your adventure in Newport, Rhode Island and explore Martha’s Vineyard and the tiny fishing villages near Nantucket and Cape Cod.
The 157-foot (47.8 meter) luxury motor yacht COCKTAILS is available for $150,000 per week all summer (regular rate $185,000 per week). Built by Trinity Yachts, yacht COCKTAILS features an array of impressive amenities, including a nine-foot projection screen for al fresco movie nights, a karaoke machine in the skylounge, and a variety of water toys. Her exceptional crew is ready to deliver a memorable New England adventure for you and your family. [maximum 11 guests]
Another Trinity Yacht offering a great summer rate is the fast and fun 161-foot (49.07 meter) super yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. She’s priced at an introductory charter rate of $165,000 per week (regular rate after the summer will be $180,000 per week). Captain Mike Finnegan and his professional crew provide you with five-star service as you cruise the beautiful coastline of New England and enjoy all it has to offer. [maximum 10 guests]
The 150-foot (45.72m) Delta luxury superyacht KATYA is offering a discounted rate of $150,000 per week throughout the summer (regular rate $170,000 per week). Enjoy the cool breezes of the New England coast make good use of her expansive sundeck, featuring Jacuzzi tub and barbecue. An impressive onboard toy chest includes two tenders and a variety of water sports equipment. [maximum 12 guests]
BAHAMAS Yacht Charter
OK, you want to stay close to the USA, but you want to feel the vibe of an island escape. For you, the best destination is the Bahamas – home to beautiful islands, atolls and cays, and some of the clearest ocean waters on earth. Less than 1 hour by plane from South Florida, the islands of the Bahamas are not only easily accessible, but they also offer a unique and laid back island vibe, perfectly suited for a summer holiday.
If you hurry and book by July 31, you can experience the Bahamas onboard the 164-foot (49.99 meter) Trinity superyacht AMARULA SUN and save 15% (regular rate $230,000 per week, now on special for $195,000 per week). This impressive superyacht offers five-star service and deluxe amenities – including a large swim platform, a sundeck with open-air Jacuzzi, a baby grand concert piano, and a cozy fireplace in the skylounge.
Looking for a more intimate yacht? Book a week in the Bahamas onboard the 123-foot (37.49 meter) motor yacht TEMPTATION and enjoy a special rate of $60,000 per week through August 31 (regular rate $70,000 per week). Built by Palmer Johnson in 2005 and refit in 2015, she offers a fully-stocked toy chest, including 36-foot center console Yellowfin tender, a 15-foot wide-body Novurania RIB, two deluxe wave runners, paddleboards, wakeboard, water skis for children, and many more toys.
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