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Caribbean Closes Ports To Yachts Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Thinking of sheltering in place?  First, in a remote destination?  Second, in private?  Third, on a luxury yacht charter vessel?   Great thought, but STOP.  Before you get your hopes up, we have a report.  Getting on a yacht may be a BIG problem right now. This is a result of more islands closing their borders to yachts. It is particularly difficult for all.

 

BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS

Traditionally, spring is the most popular season for Caribbean yacht charters.  We have fully-crewed superyachts in position. They are ready to accept guests. For example, from the Bahamas to Bonaire.

Unfortunately, the unexpected outbreak of a global viral pandemic has affected the industry.  It brings the idea of a charter in the Caribbean to a screeching halt.

 

ADVISORIES AND CURFEWS

This started as travel advisories and then curfews.  It morphed into full closures of most island nations in the Caribbean.  This affects both air and sea access.

 

GUESTS OR NOT

In some cases, charter guests already onboard may stay onboard.  However, as of March 30, most charter vessels are restricted.  Therefore, they cannot accept new guests in almost every inhabited island in the Caribbean.  For instance, the British Virgin Islands and St. Marten.

 

CLOSED (no re-opening dates announced)

  • TRINIDAD … not only
  • ST LUCIA
  • ARUBA … but also
  • BONAIRE
  • CURAÇAO
  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)
  • MARIE-GALANTE and THE SAINTS
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (DR)
  • DOMINICA … in addition,
  • GRENADA
  • ST. MAARTEN (ST. MARTIN)
  • MARTINIQUE
  • GUADELOUPE
  • ANTIGUA and BARBUDA … lastly,
  • ST KITTS & NEVIS

RESTRICTIONS

Restrictions exist.  For instance,

  • MONTSERRAT.  Mandatory 14 day quarantine
  • USVI (U.S. Virgin Islands).  Closed to all visitors for 30 days.  Charter vessels, hotels, guest houses, etc. are restricted. They may not accept new guests. Guests who have already checked in are advised to return home. They cam remain, if they choose, however.  Airport and Seaports are open.  All non-essential businesses are closed.  Residents are asked to stay at home. All bars across the Territory are closed.  In-house dining is not allowed at restaurants.  Take-out services are permissible. Additionally,
  • ANGUILLA.  Both sea and air ports are closed to all passengers. This applies for an initial 14-day period, from 20 March.
  • BAHAMAS.  Incoming passenger flights are banned.  Significantly, seaports remain open for cargo and supply vessels only.  Moreover, All inter-island sailing and cruising is prohibited.
  • BARBADOS.  Airports and marinas are open.  Whether by yacht or plane, all visitors arriving from the UK, Europe, and the United States will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. Anyone arriving with a travel history from China, Iran, and South Korea are also subject to a 14-day quarantine. Further,
  • DOMINICA.  Airports and seaports closed.  There is an exception for planes and ships bringing vitally-needed cargo and medical relief supplies.
  • ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES.  Mandatory 14 day quarantine for any passengers arriving from China and other countries.  For instance, the European Union, Iran, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

 

 STAY INFORMED / DISCLAIMER

In conclusion, this is not a complete list of all restrictions in the Caribbean.  Border and marina/port closures change rapidly.  Moreover, air traffic suspensions change, too.  In the meantime, 1-800 Yacht Charters will keep this information updated as much as possible. We encourage our blog readers to check official country websites and local news sources for the latest travel advisories and closures/restrictions. For specific luxury yacht charter questions, please email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Covid-19 UPDATE. Yacht Charter Maven Policy

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QUESTION

“When these difficult times return to normal, our family is interested in booking a yacht charter for late summer in Greece.

We’re worried if unforeseen coronna (sp) virus issues could arise we might be forced to cancel, and we don’t want to lose our deposits.

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves?”

-Vanessa A, East Fallowfield, PA

 

Photograph of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

ANSWER

“Hi, Vanessa.  The short and simple answer is:

‘YES.  There are things 1-800 Yacht Charters can do to protect you should you need to cancel your charter due to Covid-19 issues.’  

There are insurance products available for trip cancellations, but they are not uniform in their coverage options.  I have developed and implemented a 2-part strategy to protect our clients.

 1.  FREE Cancellation Policy (penalty-free Covid-19 refund policy) 

2.  Modified Charter Contracts with a Covid-19 protection addendum    

 You can stop reading here, and know we’ve got your back.  Please read on, if you want a more in-depth explanation…”

Jana L Sheeder, President, 1-800 Yacht Charters

 

 

CHARTER CANCELLATIONS – THE PROBLEM

As a general rule, yacht charter contracts are written to protect the yacht owner and his/her asset (the yacht). This is in the event of damages or cancellations.  The rationale is simple. Specifically, the client may be paying thousands of dollars to enjoy a vacation on a yacht.  However, the owner’s exposure is far greater.  Moreover, many yachts are worth millions of dollars. Owners wisely use a well-crafted, legal charter agreement to protect themselves.

One example of how owners protect themselves is known as the “Force majeure provision.”  This clause is inserted into most luxury yacht charter agreements.  It gives the owner the right to cancel a charter due to “Acts of God.”  These are acts/events that prohibit the yacht and crew from proceeding with the charter.

Understanding Force Majeure in Yacht Charter Agreements

 

 

HOW DOES FORCE MAJEURE PROVISION WORK?

This relates to the Covid-19 virus situation.  Under the force majeure provision, a yacht owner has to return the charter money to the customer. This is if the yacht cannot perform due to marina closures, virus-infected crew members etc.    That’s good news for the charter customer. However…

 

IF THE CHARTERER CANCELS

IF the charterer is the one who cancels, things work differently.  Even due to Covid-19 issues (for instance, due to a quarantine or flight cancellation), the Owner has the right to claim ALL of the installments paid and due  from the Charterer.  In other words, the Charterer forfeits any and all monies paid to date for the charter!  The owner is not obligated to reschedule or to give the funds back.

 

OUR OPINION

We believe that the force majure provision is the main reason potential charterers withdrew their inquiries for spring and early summer. Some clients willingly canceled their trips. They know they would lose their initial deposits.  They wanted to stop the bleeding now.  Stop it before second and third deposits were due as the charter dates draw closer.

 

CHARTER CANCELLATIONS – THE SOLUTION

1-800 Yacht Charters now offers a penalty-free Covid-19 refund policy* on a large selection of luxury charter yachts.   To insure the yacht owners comply, we prepare an addendum to the standard charter agreement.  This addendum clearly states the owner of the yacht agrees to a full refund. This is if the charterer is forced to cancel due to Covid-19 issues.

Now charterers can protect their deposits in 2 ways.  They can either reschedule their trip(s) to a future date or receive a complete refund.

 

WANT MORE INFO?

Would you like to review the Covid-19 charter addendum? Send an email request to info@1800yachtcharters.com today.  Please include your full name and phone number in your email. In conclusion, we have your back. Our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters values your business and vacations. We protect you.

 

 

TO WHAT DOES THE * (ABOVE) APPLY?

*This new policy does not apply to all yachts.  It also may depend upon the charter destination and charter dates.  Certain restrictions apply.  Please check with your yacht charter consultant before proceeding with your reservation. More importantly, clarify this before making any deposits or payments.

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Equestrian Lifestyle Meets The Sea

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Photograph of a rider on horseback. The horse is jumping toward the right side of the photograph. The horse is brown with a black mane (hair on its neck). The rider is dressed in professional riding clothing and helmet. There is a company name and mission statement below the horse that reads, 1-800 Yacht Charters Where Equestrians Go To Unwind

THE LIFESTYLE

Janet Winters is the author of The Barn Goddess Chronicles, a blog celebrating the equestrian lifestyle.  Winters refers to the lifestyle as, “…a journey of adventure, discovery and community…We never know what any particular ride will be like.

That spirit of adventure bonds the equestrian and yachting lifestyles together. Indeed, each time we “climb aboard” – whether it’s a steed or a luxury yacht – we have the chance to immerse ourselves in adventure. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

THE DESTINATION

It’s hard to imagine a luxury yacht charter destination that beckons to equestrian travelers more than the Mediterranean. The Eastern “Med” includes Greece and the Aegean Sea. The Western Med covers the French Riviera and Italy’s western coast, as well as the islands of Corsica and Sardinia.  The scenery is breathtaking.  In fact, everywhere you turn, you see hills and mountains that look down on uncrowded beaches and turquoise-green waters.

Remember the classic film, The Black Stallion? (Oh, who could forget!!??)  The young, shipwrecked boy and his newfound equine friend are inseparable.  It is a magnificent friendship. They spend much of the first part of the film exploring an uninhabited beach and frolicking in the sea.

Those mesmerizing scenes take place on the beautiful island of Sardinia.

Silhouette photograph of a boy on the right side of the picture, bending down to feed his horse (left side and center of picure). They are on a beach. The ocean is behind them. The sun reflects off of the ocean. There is a cliff to the left side of them. Very picturesque. From the movie, The Black Stallion

 

Just look at the color of the water!!!!
Photograph of a black horse running on the beach. The horse is in the foreground, on sand. It is running toward the left side of the photo. The ocean is in the background and ranges from light blue to turquoise to dark blue water

GO, GO, GO – FEI MONACO

Are you familiar with the places to see and the things to do during a yacht charter in the Med?  Please don’t worry if your answer is “no.”  Our team will create a bespoke itinerary for you. It will be based on the activities you enjoy.

For example, we created a Equestrian-Friendly yacht charter itinerary that kicks off in Monaco at the annual FEI Monte Carlo, Port Hercules Standard Show (June 25-25).

Day 1: Monaco

The FEI show jumping arena is set up right in front of the marina!  Your superyacht will serve as your floating hotel while you attend the event.

Try to envision the sequence of your day.

First, you wake up and enjoy an open-air breakfast, on deck. Everywhere you look you see beautiful yachts, docked side by side. Second, you take the short walk to the FEI arena for an exciting day of world-class show jumping. When you need a break, your crew is standing by – ready to serve you a freshly-prepared lunch. No one but you and your family and friends are onboard. Third, when the jumping is over for the day, you and your guests return to your luxury yacht. After all, it’s time for an impromptu and oh-so-casual cocktail hour!

Without a doubt, it’s hard to imagine a more convenient vacation arrangement for watching the FEI show…  This is the Equestrian Lifestyle at its best…

Now, its time to explore Monaco and then set off for adventure. Let’s look at the rest of your 7-night itinerary:

Day 2: Monaco

Monaco is the second smallest state in Europe. The only city, Monte-Carlo, is synonymous with all things luxury – casinos, resorts, superyachts, exclusive parties, and exotic cars. You and your family and guests can enjoy activities such as:

-Helicopter rides over the city
-A test drive in a F1 race car
-Lunch at Le Vistamar, at Hotel Hermitage*
-Dancing the night away at the exclusive nightclub, Jimmy’z.

*Additionally, other beautiful lunch options include Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Au Grand Inquisteur

Finally, the dining experience at 3-Michelin star restaurant, Louis XV is not to be missed. This fine establishment features the unique food interpretation of international renowned executive-chef Alain Ducasse.

Day 3: Pampelonne Beach, St.Tropez

Pampelonne Beach is the sandy locale that fuels St Tropez’s fame.  Over 20,000 people a day visit this beach in the peak of the summer (July/August). Even so, you’ll never feel overwhelmed as your private superyacht is at anchor, just a few yards from the beach. You decide how much interaction, if any, you want with the local community and tourists. The top beach clubs/restaurants worthy of a visit are Nikki Beach, Bagatelle, Cap 21, Les Murenes, and Le Club 55.

 

WHAT AWAITS YOU…

Day 4: ????

Are you wondering, “What’s in store for day four?” Just what is on the horizon for the rest of the week?

Adventure awaits, and it all starts with a click of your computer mouse.

In other words, we need to hear from you!

Please CLICK HERE and send us an email.  We will send you the complete 7-night sample itinerary.

Our sample itinerary begins your charter in Monaco and ends in picturesque Portofino.   That is along the Italian Riviera.  Use the comment box below to simply request our “Sample Mediterranean itinerary for Equestrians on Vacation.”

 

HOW TO BOOK YOUR EQUESTRIAN YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, we paraphrase fellow blogger Janet Winters.  “Let your equestrian lifestyle lead you to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Here, a journey of adventure and discovery awaits.”  Indeed it does – onboard your own private charter.  Enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ by 1-800 Yacht Charters

Please click here to fill out our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We will research details for you, monitor the Covid-19 situation, and look for specials for you and anything new in the industry — for whenever you are ready.

#superyacht.  #yachtcharter #equestrianlife

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Yacht Kismet Owner Donates $1M – Covid-19

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YACHT OWNER DONATION ANNOUNCEMENT

The owner of super yacht KISMET, Floridian Shad Khan, announces a donation of $1 million dollars to help Covid-19 relief efforts.

As a result, the funds will be given to several northeast Florida organizations.

 

WHO IS YACHT KISMET OWNER?

Khan is an avid yachtsman and owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

WHO RECEIVES COVID-19 DONATION MONEY?

The gifts will be distributed to multiple groups, such as

  • Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund – $400,000
  • Feeding Northeast Florida – $75,000
  • Clara White Mission supporting the homeless in Jacksonville – $75,000
  • Jacksonville Public Education Fund – $50,000
  • American Red Cross / Jacksonville chapter – $50,000

 

STATEMENT ON JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SITE

The Jaguars released a statement by Khan on the team’s website to announce the gift.  It reads, in part:

“I want to say thank you to every group or individual who is personally stepping up for the people of Jacksonville during these uncertain times”

Obviously an incredibly generous person. We are so proud to charter his beautiful yacht and to be in the same industry.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STATEMENT FROM KHAN

 

YACHT KISMET DETAILS

Again, Khan owns the 312 foot superyacht KISMET.   She is a 2014 Lurssen.  Specifically, she accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.  The yacht employs a crew of 28 attend to the charter guests. The crew members also handle the daily operation of the yacht.   In fact, yacht operations include food and beverage service, and all onshore logistics.   Common logistics involve tours and event reservations, vehicle transportation, and airport transfers.

 

 

The yacht charters for €1,200,000 per week.  Her rate includes the yacht, crew, and use of onboard amenities. Also included in rate is use of watertoys.  Any local VAT and all running expenses (for instance, food, fuel, bar and dockage) are additional.   Eastern and Western Mediterranean are available ports of call for summer 2020.

 

WHAT IS SUMMER 2020 DESTINATION?

Multiple islands in the Eastern and Western Med.  For example,

  • Albania
  • Balearic Islands
  • Canary Islands
  • Catalonia
  • Corsica
  • Costa del Sol
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • French Riviera & Monaco … in addition,
  • Greece – Aegean/Cyclades Sea, Ionian Sea
  • Italy – North (mainland), Sardinia, Sicily, South (mainland)
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • Portugal … lastly,
  • Provence Coast & Marseille
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Venice

 

 

Livin’ Large With Queen B On Yacht Kismet in Italy

 

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS AVAILABLE

It should be noted that Khan plans to make additional contributions as needed.  What a generous hero!   He is ready to help his fellow Floridians combat the Coronavirus.  As of March 30, the state of Florida reports 5705 cases and 77 deaths.

For additional information or to charter superyacht KISMET, please CLICK HERE today.

#covid-19 #donations #yachtcharter #coronavirus

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Yachtsman Uses Medical Background To Help Hospital Workers

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ANCHORS AWEIGH

Avid yachtsman Gregory Kutsen is the owner of Mantus Marine.  His company manufactures and sells nautical items.  For instance, boat anchors, boat lights, SCUBA gear, and other products. Mantus Marine products are found on many luxury yacht charter vessels.

Kutsen’s goal is to make everyone’s boating experience more enjoyable and safer.

“We constantly look at new ways of solving existing problems.”                               Gregory Kutsen

 

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

Apparently, Kutsen’s company mission goes beyond the marine industry.  Greg Kutsen, nautical business owner, is also Dr. Greg Kutsen, MD.  Kutsen is an emergency room physician in Houston Texas.  There’s a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in his community.  As a result, Kutsen and Mantus Marine are shifting from building anchors.  Now, they convert snorkel masks into PPE medical devices to address the shortage!

Kutsen sees firsthand the importance of medical equipment to protect the hospital workers in Texas.

“I work as an ER Doctor so the shortage and the need for PPE was very clear (amid the COVID-19 pandemic).”  

 

ADDRESSING A NEED

Mantus Marine has several innovative solutions to address the needs of health care professionals and hospitals.  They use 3D printers to convert snorkel masks into BiPAP ventilator masks. They also design and produce acrylic intubation shields.

 

Photo of a chinese man standing in a hospital corridor. He is looking at the camera. He is wearing blue scrubs. He is wearing a light blue snorkel mask that has been retrofitted as a mask and ventilator to use by first responders for the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The masks and shields are donated to local emergency rooms and ICUs in the Houston area.

Simultaneously, the anchor manufacturer addresses the immediate shortages of PPE in health care systems. A recent media article states

“…(using their connections with) international supply chains…Mantus Marine purchased over 1.5 million surgical masks, 100,000 *KN95 masks, and 70,000 face shields to help supply hospitals across the state, including the Memorial Hermann and Methodist Hospital systems in Houston and regional hospitals and clinics in the Dallas area.”

 

N95 VS. KN95 Masks

Yes, you read it* correctly in the quote.  Masks donated were KN95 (not N95) masks.  KN95 masks are made in China and have a different fit than N95 masks, among a few other differences.  Both are authorized for use during the Covid-19 pandemic.  For more information about the differences in KN95 and N95, click here.

 

WE SALUTE OUR HEROES

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and her team are proud to acknowledge Dr. Gregory Kutsen and Mantus Marine.   These heroes solve problems and make a difference.  Both on sea and on land.  APPLAUSE AND GRATITUDE.

#yachtcharter #thesuperyachtexperience #coronavirus #facemasks

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