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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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Where to Cruise in 2016 – Three Amazing Off-the-Beaten-Path Yacht Charter Destinations

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The most common “complaint” we hear from our repeat North American clients, is not really a complaint, but rather a pleading for, “More, more, more!”  “We love the superyacht experience they say, “and we want MORE…find us more unique places to see, closer to home, and more things to do…”

So, for all you private yacht charter aficionados seeking new places to cruise and explore in 2016, our charter department mates have selected their 3 favorite “Under-the radar” cruising grounds in the western hemisphere:

Aerial view of Brewster Island

 

Boston, Massachusetts – bet you didn’t know there are 34 islands off of Boston that are open for exploring?  Yep, Beantown is a great stopover for anyone planning a New England yacht charter vacation.  The Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina is world-class and a great place for megayachts to dock.  If you have kids in your group, take them to the Boston Children’s Museum (kids love this place – lots of interactive exhibits).  Adults will enjoy cocktails at ultra-upscale Strega Waterfront’s dockside bar, overlooking Boston Harbor on Fan Pier in the beautiful Seaport district (try the Silviano, made with Stoli and muddled blueberries – but make sure a crewmember drives your tender back to your yacht).

 

Photograph of Bute Inlet in British Columbia

Bute Inlet, British Columbia – sure, just about any island or inlet north of Seattle is mesmerizing, but we like the isolation of this rugged fjord on the Canadian side of the border.  This place is all about mountains, wilderness and nature.  Take note-  this is not a destination for small boats.  Strong winds can swirl down from the mountains into the inlet. Large yachts with stabilizers (think expedition yacht charter destination) are a must in our opinion.  Putting up with the wind is well worth the natural beauty of this locale.

 

Photograph of white sandy beach in Cuba with a yacht anchored in the distant ocean

Cuba – don’t even to try to say, “Been there, done that” ‘cause we know you’re probably fibbing!  A decades-old embargo between the USA and Cuban governments virtually shut off this island destination from the yacht charter marketplace.  The proud, resilient Cuban people are eager to meet North Americans and share their beautiful country, artwork, and crafts. As travel regulations continue to loosen up, we anticipate that more and more charterers will want to be among the first yachtsmen and women to explore the many bays and protected anchorages this island nation offers.  It’s important to note a well-stocked and provisioned megayacht is essential – the island’s marine infrastructure is nonexistent, and the country’s economy, quite sadly, is a trainwreck.

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What’s your favorite hidden gem dream yacht charter destination for a vacation in the western hemisphere?  Share your favorite spot with us in the comment section below, and we’ll send you a complimentary eco–friendly tote bag – courtesy of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  Email your contact information to us at info@1800yachtcharters.com for your tote bag!

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Would You Charter a Yacht in the Devil’s Triangle?

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Photograph of a beautiful sunset in the background with a UFO in the foreground of the photo. The craft is on the right side of the photo. Close up.

 

CURIOUS?

It’s funny how superstitions and “tales of the unknown” tend to quietly creep into our lives and psyches.

You are going along just fine, oblivious to things that others consider eerie or supernatural.  Suddenly, somebody (or something) plants a seed in your mind, and whammo – you are throwing salt over your shoulder for good luck, or giving a wide berth to the neighbors’ black cat sitting in your driveway!

 

DEVIL’S TRIANGLE

Case in Point – planning a Bahama yacht charter vacation, or as I now refer to it: chartering a yacht in the Devil’s Triangle.  Queue the creepy music and fog…

I was recently assisting a client in organizing a Lurssen yacht charter on motoryacht SOLEMATES. The gentleman wanted to take his family for a week-long adventure in the Bahamas.  We were chatting on the phone when I heard his teenage son in the background say,

Dude, I’m not down with a week in the Devil’s Triangle.  Boats go there and people get abducted by aliens and disappear forever!

The boys’ father said,  “Jeremy, you’re watching too much cable TV.  A little less Ghost Hunters and a little more studying…”  

 

CREDENCE TO SUPERSTITIONS?

I remember chuckling to myself, but when I hung up the phone, I began to wonder… is there any credence to this kid’s apprehension?

 

WHERE IS THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE

The Devil’s Triangle is also known as the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and a point between Miami and Melbourne, Florida, in which numerous vessels and aircraft are said to have mysteriously disappeared.

Map of the Bermuda Triangle

 

FAMOUS DISAPPEARANCES

The most famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle include the USS Cyclops ship lost in March, 1918. In addition, a U.S. Navy aircraft squadron, Flight 19,  is said to have vanished in a green fog in December, 1945.

 

BOOKS

Scores of books have been written about the mystery of the triangle, and dozens of websites offer conjecture on who or what is responsible.  Theories abound – from the occult to extraterrestrials. 

 

WEBSITE ACCOUNTS

Some sites offer a detailed list of planes, ships, and yachts that have vanished.  It does make you wonder – how could so many boats and planes simply disappear? 

 

DEBUNKED MYSTERIES

Of course, many other books and websites detail how scientists and researchers have debunked the mysteries over the years.  It seems simple explanations, like tropical storms and pilot error, are the probable culprits for the disappearances. 

 

US NAVY and LLOYD’S OF LONDON

With science on their side, the U.S. Navy and the yachting industry pay little heed to the myths and legends. Lloyd’s of London, for example, the world’s leading market for specialized insurance, does not charge higher premiums for luxury mega yacht charter vessels transiting this heavily traveled area.

 

MAKES ME THINK

Still, I can’t get the silly notion of aliens in the Bahamas out of my head.  Not Cuban rafters, but little green aliens with antennas on their heads and ray guns in their hands. 

I’m with Jeremy, dude – I’m not “down” with the Devil’s Triangle.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER IN SAFETY


Avoid the Bermuda triangle and spend a week in paradise on a Virgin Islands yacht charter.  Contact our mythbusters, aka charter agents, HERE for more details
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