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3 Yacht Charter Must See Destinations | Luxury yacht charter

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Our friends at Trip Advisor recently sent us an email with some stunning images of 20 awe-inspiring places you must see.  The locations were selected by their members.

Several of the spots were accessible by yacht or could easily be accessed by land during a luxury yacht charter vacation.

From the locations submitted by the members, we’ve selected our favorite three for you to see:

1.  PULPIT ROCK – Ryfylke, Norway.
The Pulpit Rock (“Preikestolen” in Norwegian) soars 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, was most likely carved and formed from melting ice over 10,000 years ago. 

 

Aerial photo of Pulpit Rock in Norway. Multiple people sitting on top of the giant rock that overlooks water far below
Fjord yacht charters in the summertime remain a popular choice, especially among European customers from neighboring Soviet countries. 
The Schooner sail yacht MONTIGNE  often offers Norway yacht charter vacations in the summertime. Built by Aegean Yachts, the 2009 super yacht MONTIGNE is a 57 meter (187 foot) three-masted staysail schooner with accommodations for 12 guests.

Her yacht charter rates start at $140,000 per week, plus expenses.

2.  PLITVICE LAKES – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Founded in 1949, Plitvice is the largest national park in Croatia, drawing more than 1,200,000 visitors annually.  Situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, the national park connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region – a highly popular yachting destination.
The interest in Croatia yacht charters continues to grow each summer, as clients look for alternatives to the crowded anchorages and overpriced marinas in France and Italy.Aerial photograph of mountains, green trees, turquoise water, and waterfalls flowing from the lakes
Motor yacht AIR, Benetti yacht charter vessel MINE GAMES, and James Bond inspired boat, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, have all spent time recently cruising the calm waters of the Adriatic yacht charter coastline.
3.  SANTORINI – Cyclades, Greece.
If you’ve ever seen a photograph of blinding-white buildings with blue roofs, juxtaposed against a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, chances are you saw a photo of Santorini.  The views of the sea from the terraces of the ancient towns along the cliffs are mesmerizing.
Arguably the most famous island in Greece, Santorini is easily reachable by yacht – just 120 miles southeast from Greece’s mainland.

Photograph of the Greek island of Santorini, showing a row of white homes with rounded blue roofs, a boat moving along in the harbor below, and a mountain in the distance

Popular Greek yacht charter vessels include motor yacht LADY BRITT  and super yacht EXCELLENCE V.
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Benetti Vision 145 Selects Bahamas Yacht Charter Arena for Winter – luxury yacht charter

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Newly built Benetti motor yacht CHECKMATE, fresh from her inaugural stint in the summer 2013 Mediterranean yacht charter market, has arrived in Fort Lauderdale, in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Unlike similar-sized yachts that relocate to the Caribbean to offer Virgin Island yacht charter vacations, M/Y CHECKMATE will be based in Nassau and seek Bahamas yacht charter bookings through May, 2014. Profile of yacht CHECKMATE, facing left. Yacht has black hull with white superstructure
Launched earlier this year in Italy, she is the 15th vessel built in the fabled shipyard’s Vision series of semi-custom yachts.  The Benetti Vision 145 yacht CHECKMATE  now joins the many Benetti yacht charter vessels currently in service, such as motor yacht MINE GAMES, and James Bond yacht, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER .

Five guest staterooms are available onboard, including a master cabin on the main deck, featuring a King bed, and ensuite baths featuring his and hers bathrooms. Below deck are four spacious cabins with accommodations for 8 additional passengers, plus two Pullman berths, suitable for small children.

The 45 meter yacht made her public American debut at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with newly-appointed Captain Phillip Nash onboard for the winter season.  At the conclusion of the show, the Italian superyacht repositioned to the Bahamas.  

Her owner then plans to send her north, next summer, to participate in the New England Martha’s Vineyard yacht charter market.   

Weekly rates begin at $200,000 per week, plus all expenses.
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Italian Builder – New Fast Displacement Megayacht

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When it comes to yachting, the words, “Fast” and “Displacement” are rarely uttered in the same sentence.  In part, displacement yachts tend to be built heavier and wider, to achieve maximum comfort.  The tradeoff for this stability at sea has traditionally been speed.

However, one builder continues to throw convention to the wind.

Aerial view of a motoryacht underway.

Italy’s Benetti Yachts, has unveiled a third generation of fast yachts, rounding out an extensive range of vessels which currently includes class range semi-custom displacement vessels from 93′ to 145′, and custom-built megayachts starting at 45 meters.

The new Fast Displacement line of composite vessels built by Benetti in Viareggio, Italy includes two models — the Benetti F-140, first introduced in 2012, and the brand new Benetti F-125.  The new line Benetti F-125 is designed to be truly versatile, offering speed when needed, but at the same time fuel efficiency and comfort.

In a recent press release, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio touted the new line: 

“Many of our clients have requested faster, more versatile, and efficient boats, while maintaining the same level of comfort and customization found in our existing yachts. The new Fast Displacement line is designed precisely in response to these requests, and it rounds out our current offering in the Class Range. We haven’t just created a new series; we have invested time and resources – combining the Benetti’s 140-years of experience in super yachts with the technological know-how of Azimut Benetti Group – to create a new way of heading out to sea.”

Comfort and luxurious European styling make Benetti yachts popular rental vessels.  Italian yacht charter customers often request Benetti yachts by name.

Some of the popular Benetti yacht charter vessels include:

Motor yacht SILVER ANGEL – designed specifically for extensive long-range cruising

 Motor yacht CHECKMATE  – a 2013 addition to the #Monaco yacht charter marketplace
 
Motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER – the latest James Bond boat to honor the heralded film franchise
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Italian Style Defines Benetti Yacht Charter Fleet

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White hulled Benetti yacht charter boat underway

Benetti Yachts  – For Hire (The Newest and Largest Yachts) 

*  64.50 meter Benetti motor yacht SILVER ANGEL (2009)
*  63.00 meter Benetti motor yacht 11-11 (2015)
*  62.00 meter Benetti motor yacht MINE GAMES (2010)
*  60.95 meter Benetti motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (2011)
*  60.00 meter Benetti motor yacht SWAN (2011)


Benetti Yachts
– The Story

In the international luxury auto industry, one country is synonymous with trendsetting fashion and style:  Italy.  Ferrari…Maserati…Lamborghini…  The mere mention of these names evokes images of automobiles designed with sleek exteriors and sophisticated interiors.

The same Italian tradition of excellence and sophistication rings true in the world of yachting: Benetti Yachts. 

The Benetti Shipyard is one of the oldest yacht building yards in the world. Founded by Lorenzo Benetti in 1873 the was directed after his death by his sons Gino and Emilio.  They renamed the yard Fratelli Benetti and soon gained recognition outside the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

In the early 1980’s Azimut SpA took over the yard’s management under the name, Azimut Benetti Group.  For the past six years, Benetti Yachts has been the largest shipyard in the world in terms of production.

Today, Benetti builds elegant, stylistic yachts from three shipyards in Italy –  Viareggio, Fano and Leghorn.  Composite motor yachts are offered from 93? to 164? while fully custom steel and aluminum motor yachts start at 47 meters.

There have been dozens of high-quality Benetti yachts produced over the years and accordingly there are a large number of Benetti yacht charter vessels available for hire.

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Experience the finest in Italian luxury and style on a Mediterranean yacht odyssey.  To book your Mediterranean luxury yacht charter, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Megayachts – Cyprus to Open First Superyacht Marina in March

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Hoping to take advantage of the growing popularity of non-traditional cruising grounds for Mediterranean yacht charters, the €350 million Euro Limassol Marina is nearing completion and will be fully-operational in the first half of 2014.

Aerial photograph of Limassol Marina in Cyprus

 

The first yachts are planned to arrive in March and the commercial area will open its doors to the public in June, 2014.

Jana Sheeder, President and Owner of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters is eager to offer a new port of call to her repeat clients. 

 

“This is the first superyacht marina in Cyprus, a country located at the crossroads of three continents,” says  Sheeder.  “Limassol is a city with international panache, and the marina is located in the heart of this community.  The berths are directly attached to adjacent villas, making this an ideal location for a shore-and-sea holiday.”

The marina will have 650 berths for vessels up to 115 meters (377 feet) in length.

“We hope to see some of our more popular Eastern Mediterranean yachts now pass through Cyprus,” says Sheeder.  Yachts often seen in this region include 2011 Benetti yacht charter vessel motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, and 2010 sail yacht KOKOMO.

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Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean, off the southern coast of Turkey.  For information about Turkey or Greek yacht charters, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Top Three Hottest Gadgets for 2012 useful on luxury yacht charter vacations

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Anyone who follows our daily nautical blogs knows we love two things  – the world’s largest yachts…and gadgets (especially gadgets that can be utilized and enjoyed during a luxury yacht charter).

With the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show underway in Las Vegas, it’s time to pick our favorite new gadgets for 2012.  Here are our top three new gadgets of CES 2012:

Griffin Twenty streaming audio through iphone ipad or computer luxury yacht charter gadgets

GRIFFIN TWENTY
Megayachts like Feadship yacht charter vessel LADY BRITT
and the themed James Bond boat Benetti motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER feature iPod docking stations integrated into a ship-wide audio system.   For yachts without a centralized audio system, the Griffin Twenty should prove to be a popular addition to onboard entertainment options. 

The Griffin Twenty streaming audio device turns any Apple AirPort Express into a full stereo system.

The device has a simple, elegant design, just a plug for the AirPort Express and a large dial for volume. As its name implies, the Twenty has an internal 20-watt amp and outputs for left and right stereo speakers, plus a kickin’ subwoofer. The concept is simple – the dial controls the volume, while the rest of the interface is taken care of through your iPhone, iPad or computer.

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ROKU STREAMING STICK
Many Caribbean yacht charter vessels offer satellite TV as well as WiFi while dockside.  What’s often missing is the charter guests favorite online content. 

Using the new HDMI MHL standard, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs into a port on newer TVs. The stick instantly gives any compatible set access to all of Roku’s online content, from providers such as MLB, Netflix, and Pandora. The stick requires no dedicated power, features built-in WiFi, and is set to  launch in 2012 for under $100.

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GO PRO Wi-Fi BACPAC
Whether enjoying a bareboat charter or a vacation on a fully-crewed yacht, waterproof cameras are a must.  YouTube is saturated with amateur vids of adrenaline junkies riding waverunners, bananas
, and zipping along with underwater scooters.

The Go Pro name has become synonymous with adventure/sports photography, and the Wi-Fi BacPac and remote combo kit will users even more control over their favorite cameras.  Just snap the BacPac onto an HD Hero2 and you can control the camera from a durable, waterproof wrist-ready remote.  Using the Go Pro app, you can also control the camera from a smartphone, tablet, or computer via a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection. 

The BacPac also lets you stream a live view from the camera to your mobile devices, making sure you’re getting just the right shot.

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Seen any great new must-have gadgets?  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters tech geeks athttps://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
with your favorite new gadgets and apps, and we’ll share your comments with our readers.

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