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60 meter Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Sublime Luxury

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UPDATE NAME CHANGE

LYANA is now named SWAN.  (Click to access her profile and to book this gorgeous Benetti!)

 

THIRD SEASON IS A CHARM

Entering her third season in the Mediterranean, motor yacht SWAN looks as fresh and inviting as the day she launched. 

Profile photograph of motoryacht Swan by Benetti. She is facing the center left side of the photo. There is a large rock mountain in the background. The yacht hull is dark, and the superstructure is white.

SWAN luxury Benetti superyacht

 

ABOUT THE YACHT

The Benetti yacht charter vessel is the epitome of elegance.  Someone effectively blended contemporary style with classic touches. 

 

DESTINATIONS

Sixty meter SWAN and her crew are now seasoned veterans.  They are ready to deliver a highly satisfying summer charter.  This yacht is capable of cruising at 14 knots.  She shares Western Mediterranean. Her itinerary includes destinations such as the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Monaco, St Tropez and the Côte d’Azur. 

CLOSER LOOK

Let’s take a closer look at M/Y SWAN.  Interior by Paris-based Pierre-Yves Rochon design.  It offers classic shapes, set in a color scheme of beige and crème for furnishing and upholstery.  Everything is framed by dark lacquered wood for cabinets and joinery. Uniquely, a collection of fine artwork by Botero, Dali, and others spreads throughout the interior.

MAIN DECK

Starting on the main aft deck, a large U-shaped sofa offers a comfortable welcome, effortlessly seating 12.  A set of white upholstered wooden armchairs and two additional semicircular sofas give the aft deck ample seating.  This is the perfect setting for entertainment.

MAIN SALON

First, from the aft deck, you enter the main salon through large sliding glass doors.  Warm and welcoming, the saloon highlights the yacht’s sublime delivery of  classic design couples with modern shapes. 
One charter guest described this area as, “Tasteful, with an overall calm and hospitable feel.”
Second, forward of the main salon is the formal dining area.  Again, classic elegance has been embellished with a contemporary color palette. What a perfect location for a sophisticated dinner party.

 

SPIRAL STAIRCASE

A central spiral staircase connects all interior decks.  Adjacent to this central area is the owner’s office which serves as the entrypoint to the master suite.  Lavishly spacious, this room has the look and feel of a fully-equipped spa.   The massive bathroom features a rainforest shower area with hydro-therapy jets. The stateroom itself is bathed in natural light via a circular central skylight, and a semicircular array of windows that turn this room into a luxurious private observation lounge with panoramic views beyond the yacht’s bow.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Motor yacht SWAN can accommodate up to twelve guests, with additional staterooms found on the upper and lower decks. Located on the lower deck, two doubles and two twins can be found, all adjacent to the central staircase. Each cabin has sumptuous ensuite bathrooms.

UPPER DECK

On the upper deck, a VIP suite doubles as both an extra stateroom as well as a massage and wellness area. A licensed  masseuse is onboard and at the guests’ disposal.

 

AFT

The aft section of the upper deck features an open-air saloon where a bar, games table, and multiple seating arrangements can be found.  Although this may be true, the large space allows for both intimate dinner parties as well as elegant cocktail parties.

SUN DECK

Last but not least, the sumptuously-sized sun deck.  Primary features include the Jacuzzi area, with tub, big sun pads, and an extended lounging sofa. The central section offers shade from the sun under a hard top and an area to use the onboard gym equipment (including rowing, running and Pilates machines and a trainer bicycle). For guests preferring to get their exercise in the water, there’s a large beach club deck, located at the yacht’s stern.

SUMMARY

Simply put, this is an amazing yacht and her collection of amenities, combined with her sense of style, make her a perfect choice for any charter.

RATE

Charter rates from €320,000 per week.

 

HOW TO CHARTER A YACHT

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Bear Market Has New Meaning To Yacht Charters

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Aerial photograph of motoryacht BEAR MARKET underway.

BEAR MARKET motoryacht

STOCK MARKET

The Bulls may be running the past week or so on Wallstreet. In Europe, it’s a BEAR MARKET that’s catching attention in the yachting community.

 

MANGUSTA

Motor yacht BEAR MARKET is a Mangusta 92. She is a high-performance luxury sport yacht.  This yacht brims with Italian style and explosive speed.  It is the perfect combination for a fast-paced Mediterranean yacht charter odyssey.

 

SPECIAL RATE

To entice A-personality adventure buffs, the Mangusta 92 motoryacht BEAR MARKET has announced a special offer for the month of May — 33% off all charters. 

Pay just €30,000 per week plus running expenses for an all-out speedfest along the Côte d’Azur   

 

INTERIOR

Built in 2003 by Italian shipyard Mangusta (Overmarine), this open-style superyacht has a sleek exterior complemented by a warm and inviting interior décor.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The 28 meter Mangusta motor yacht Bear Market accommodates eight to nine guests in four cabins.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

In conclusion, to reserve yacht BEAR MARKET, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Famous Roberto Cavalli Yacht Available for Charter

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Seen for years cruising the Med, the sleek black-hulled superyacht owned by Roberto Cavalli was only enjoyed by the Italian designer, his family, and a handful of his closest friends – until now.

Cavalli ended up selling her (originally named motor yacht RC) and after a two year major interior refit, the vessel has re-emerged as Baglietto motor yacht ABILITY.  The summer 2016 season will mark the first time the well-known yacht is available for private luxury yacht charter rental.

ABILITY Baglietto superyacht yacht charter vessel

The new owner pays homage to Cavalli with a signature refit by interior design artist Mary Georgiou. Known for exotic prints, the fashion designer’s former yacht now radiates modern Italian style. Décor borders on excess, with flamboyant textiles, gold leaf lamps, and African tribal and Grecian art.  A touch of abstract art here and there ties the scheme together as sophisticated and modern.  Rich wood floors and furniture, along with the abundant use of animal prints and faux fur offer warmth to the yacht’s sleek, angular lines.

Yacht charter vessel ABILITY

Accommodations for 10 guests are offered in 5 cabins, including a master stateroom on the main deck, and 4 guest cabins below deck.

Quickly zipping from port to port is a breeze on yacht ABILITY. How about breakfast in Genoa, and lunch at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia?  While itineraries like this are beyond the same-day reach of most superyachts,  powerful waterjet drive engines propel this bullet-looking yacht at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

If exotic couture is your thing, the Cavalli-inspired motor yacht ABILITY is the perfect vessel for your upcoming summer Italy yacht charter adventure.

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With over 100 private luxury charteryachts available this summer, 1-800 Yacht Charters has an option for every budget.  To plan your Côte d’Azur getaway, contact us at 305-720-7245, email info@1800yachtcharters.com, or submit our online form here.

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French Yacht Charter VAT Now In Effect

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France’s efforts to seek an exemption from VAT on yacht rentals has failed, and starting July 15, 2013, charterers can expect to pay an additional 9.8% for their Côte d’Azur yacht charter.

For years, the majority of Mediterranean yacht charter vessels based in France were registered as commercial vessels, a strategy that allowed their owners to sidestep VAT on the purchase of fuel and on the prices charged for charters.  The European Union prevailed in court to force France to follow EU VAT guidelines, and beginning July 15, charters will be subject to the nearly 10% fee.

french yacht charter megayacht tax extra costs additional fees mediterranean yacht charter vacation
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants, Inc. is working closely with her preferred clients to explain the new fees and to explore alternative destinations where the VAT fees are lower or even not applicable.  Sheeder says,
“We are investigating other countries in the European Union as alternative Mediterranean yacht charter destinations.  Gibraltar, for example,  has no import duty for yachts over 18 meters – and no VAT.”
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Genoa Yacht Charter Show Shines Spotlight on Mediterranean

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GENOA YACHT CHARTER SHOW CONCLUDES

May 8 marks the conclusion of the 21st Annual Genoa mega yacht charter yacht show.  The industry-only event draws the top luxury charter brokers and charter journalists from around the world.

 

AT WHICH MARINA IS THE SHOW?

It is held at Marina Molo Vecchio.  The Genoa boat show showcases 65 mega yacht Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, although it attracted 100 fewer brokers than last year, most likely due to the economy.

 

SUPERYACHTS AT THE SHOW

The number of megayacht and superyacht vessels that are actually in the show bases on the number that can fit at the available dockage.  Several mega yacht owners get disappointed, as a few superyachts are always left on the waiting list.

WHO ORGANIZES THE GENOA YACHT SHOW?

The show is organized by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA).  Yachting-related vendors set up booths along the docks.  They represent diverse products, from yacht insurance to hotel and tourism destinations. The most common yachts desired for Mediterranean yachting vacations are motoryachts.  Private sailing yachts dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace. 

The majority of yachts in the Genoa show are motoryachts, with the largest being the 70+ meter superyacht models, Boadicea and Haida G this year.

 

SUPERYACHTS IN ATTENDANCE

 

Motoryacht OCTOPUSSY at dock - before 2015 refit - sternto (back of boat at dock)

 

New yachts with new crew attend the show. This benefits an industry aching to expand beyond the economic downturn.  New private luxury charter yachts include LEO FUN, BIG CITY, PAOLYRE, SALU, SLIPSTREAM, and many more.

 

 

THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN

The 2008 season was sluggish due to the global economic meltdown.  Many brokers at the Genoa show cite an uptick in the number of inquiries for a summertime charter.  Brokers, owners, and crew are all optimistic for a rebound in luxury mega yacht charter vacations this summer.

DOCK BUZZ

The buzz on the docks this year shows interest by both yacht owners and charter customers. Exploration of areas outside of the standard cote d’azur yacht charter locale is buzzing.  Potential charter customers inquire about Croatia yacht charter vacations and Greece yacht charter outings.  Yacht owners notice the buzz from charter brokers.  As more clients express interest in a region, more owners are then willing to relocate their megayachts to non-traditional destinations. Some of these places include Turkey, Greece, and Croatia.

To learn more, contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS at t https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.  Prime high season dates remain available for yacht charters. Many new yachts and large yachts in the world’s best destinations await your call.

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Is a Private Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Right for You?

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We’ve all seen the images – 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.

Is it realistic to think you can afford a holiday at sea on a private yacht?

To answer that question, let’s start with understanding exactly what a yacht charter is all about…

 Sunset in background with catamaran sailboat and bird flying overhead

 

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 –  your location “moves” when you charter a yacht!

Take for example a Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel.  While other travelers stay ashore and see the same view from their hotel window, each day you can wake up and experience a new location, as your yacht cruises from island to island.  Forget a virtual online slideshow – this is the real deal!

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 and the level of service you request, so there will 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 – like snorkel gear and paddleboards.  The larger yachts offer a wider variety of toys and amenities, including waverunners, cinema rooms, exercise equipment – even ondeck Jacuzzi wellness spas.

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.

 

luxury yacht charter boat at anchor with inflatable slide from top deck to water, and guests on watertoys surrounding the yacht

 

 

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 are ready to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation for you right now. Please call us toll-free in North America (at +1.800.922.4824) or locally and internationally (at +1.305.253.7245) or fill out our online booking form at email us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Most Anticipated Private Yacht Charter Sunseeker To Make Debut at Cannes Yacht Show

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Get ready for the next generation of sport yachts from Britain’s most famous builder – Sunseeker.

The brand new Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR will make her world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 6-11, 2016), highlighting the Brit yard’s bold, muscular vision of the future of mid-size megayachts built for the Côte d’Azur yacht charter marketplace.

FLEUR sunseeker yacht charter motoryacht profile

Forged from the hull of the popular 115 Sport Yacht, Sunseeker yacht FLEUR is full of eye-catching angles, held in check by a few soft curves.  A reconfigured main deck is both spacious and bright – thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon, a raised center ceiling, and an open floor plan.

Fleur Sunseeker main salon interior grey blue beige

Careful not to let her relaxed elegance fool you.  Sunseeker 116 models like motoryacht FLEUR can hit a top speed of 26 knots, placing ports far south of Cannes within easy reach.

Dinner in Porto Cervo tonight, anyone???

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Be the very FIRST to charter this 2016 luxury yacht.  For more information, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters team here.

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St. Tropez Toughest Reservation For Yachts

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Aerial photograph of the superyacht marina in St. Tropez.  There is a line of large white yachts at dock in front of orange buildings. There is a mountain in the background.

St. Tropez

VELVET ROPE

Anyone who has waited in queue behind the red velvet rope to get into a trendy nightclub or restaurant knows the importance of reservations.  Many social outings come to a screeching halt without the requisite personal connections or well-planned reservations made far in advance. 

DO YOU HAVE DOCKAGE?

The same holds true in the mega yacht charter industry.  As more and larger yachts clamor for dockage, vessels without advanced reservations are often forced to anchor at sea and tender their clients ashore.  

 

THE SEASON

Nowhere is this more evident than in Saint-Tropez, France.  The jewel of the Côte d’Azur, when “The Season” arrives, the odds of securing a slip in the fabled town’s small marina are next to impossible – no matter who you are or who you know…

SECURED DOCKAGE IN SAINT-TROPEZ

If you’re considering a French Riviera yacht charter this summer, here are three yachts who have planned ahead and secured berths in Saint-Tropez:

  • NATALIA the Palmer Johnson 120 motor yacht NATALIA offers accommodations for 8 guests and is priced at  88,000 per week plus running expenses.  The superyacht has secured berths in Saint-Tropez for the following dates:
    23/07 – 25/07
    06/08 – 08/08
    09/08 – 21/08

  • BEST MOUNTAIN – the Leopard 24 motor yacht BEST MOUNTAIN  can accommodate 6 to 7 guests and is priced at 31,200 per week plus expenses.  Secured dates in Saint-Tropez areâ–¬ 12/07 – 13/07
    01/08 – 03/08
    10/08 – 13/08
    17/08 – 22/08
    27/08 – 29/08
  • RUFF ONE – the 24 meter Sunseeker yacht RUFF ONE is superbly comfortable for 4 to 6 guests and is available for 34,000 per week plus expenses.  The yacht has a confirmed berth in St Tropez for the 14th and 15th of July.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the Bastille Day fireworks.

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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