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2 Epic Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations for Spring 2016

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With industry experts predicting the continued growth of the yacht charter market in 2016, retail charter brokers are anxious to identify new and exciting destinations and opportunities for their clients. With the help of yacht maven Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, we take a look at two unique 2016 yachting vacations that could be spring’s most epic getaways.

 

HELI-SKIING YACHT CHARTER GREENLAND

At first glance, the idea of snow skiing and yachting seem mutually exclusive.  Typically, if you want to go boating in the winter or spring, you jet off for the warm waters of the Caribbean. Conversely, a ski vacation normally occurs far away from any yachting destinations, in a mountainous area like Vail or Kitzbühel

All the more reason a combination ski trip and yachting holiday is about as unique as it gets, as one of the world’s largest yachts for hire will be offering heli-skiing charters along the coast of the world’s largest island!

The 254 foot ice-breaking Icon motor yacht LEGEND is offering adventure charters in Greenland, from April through June, 2016.  She features guest accommodations for 26 passengers – perfect for private groups and large families.

Glaciers and icebergs make Greenland a unique destination. The alpine ranges south of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland are known for coastal heli-skiing on peaks up to 6500 feet (2,000 meters) and skiers can glide almost to the edge where the glaciers meet the sea.

Expedition yacht LEGEND profile

 

As Jana Sheeder explains, the adventure goes far beyond the slopes.  “Motor yacht LEGEND has been specifically outfitted with a wide array of watersports equipment and toys for exploration.  The yacht carries a small submarine for exploring under the ice pack, as well as kayaks, and snowmobiles.  If you’re into adventure and exploration, this yacht has tremendous appeal.” 

Onboard amenities include a cinema room, Balinese-style spa, gymnasium, and on-deck Jacuzzi large enough for 16 people.

Rates begin at €75900 per day with a 5 day minimum reservation required.

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE YACHT CHARTER SOUTHEAST ASIA

If skiing and polar exploration is not your thing, an exotic warm-weather escape might be more appealing, especially when you throw in one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles.

The world’s largest wooden sailing yacht is offering a rare opportunity to witness a celestial event in an environmentally vibrant, and culturally rich corner of our world.

Sail yacht LAMIMA is offering a 10-day adventure cruising the waters of Raja Ampat, Indonesia where on March 9, 2016 at 8:58am all onboard will witness a full solar eclipse.

Scientists have said one of the optimal viewing points on the earth to see the full effect of the eclipse is in the area of Raja Ampat,” says Sheeder.  “We often encourage our clients to plan their private yacht charter vacations around the full moon, but experiencing a solar eclipse from an ocean vantage point is truly unique.”

Lamima sailboat profile

Indonesia offers diverse wildlife and world’s best snorkeling and diving sites. Sailing yacht LAMIMA has an extensive watersports inventory including  kayaks, paddleboard, and a full inventory of SCUBA gear for both Padi and Nitrox certified divers.  The crew includes a spa therapist and a local tour guide.
The ALL-INCLUSIVE 10-night charter rate for the solar eclipse excursion is $200,000 for up to 14 guests.  If you can’t make it for the big celestial event, the regular weekly rate is $140,000 and can be pro-rated for trips as short as 5 days.

picture of solar eclipse

 

 

Sheeder hopes to organize more unique yachting excursions throughout 2016. “We want to deliver the total Superyacht Experience to our clients.  We understand our clients want to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events.  Skiing in Greenland and witnessing a solar eclipse in Indonesia are perfect opportunities to experience an epic eco-friendly adventure.  What a great way to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit!”

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Which destination would you consider for an epic yacht charter? Comment below, and we’ll send you an Eco-Tote to help you save the earth with us!

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Cancellation Frees 77m Expedition Yacht LEGEND for Antarctica Adventure In January

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LEGEND expedition ice breaker yacht seen through the hole in an iceberg

 

NEWLY OPENED DATES FOR ANTARCTICA YACHT CHARTER ESCAPE

Due to a last-minute cancellation, 1-800 Yacht Charters is pleased to announce a special opportunity to discover Antarctica this January on the world’s largest ice-breaking yacht, the 77 meter (254 ft) motor yacht LEGEND.

 

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY EXPEDITION

We first introduced our readers to expedition yacht charter vessel LEGEND and her upcoming schedule for Antarctica in a blog in October, when owner Jan Verkerk gave the green light to accept reservations in Antarctica through mid February, 2017.  The ship was built as a commercial vessel in 1973, then purchased by Verkek and outfitted in 2015-2016 as the ultimate luxury ice-breaker (enabling charter clients the unique opportunity to explore one of the last great frontiers on the planet earth, from the comfort of a luxury yacht charter vessel).

 

ABOUT CHARTER YACHT LEGEND

The yacht is packed full of features – from a helicopter to a 3-man submarine. Super yacht LEGEND allows her guests to explore this rare, frozen world from an entirely new angle (think of the early explorers who trekked across the frozen tundra in snowshoes and slept in tents…brrrrr…!!!

Intimate gatherings and relaxation can be found in the cinema, the Balinese-themed spa, or bubbling away on deck in the heated Jacuzzi.  There’s even a real fireplace in the saloon where you can cozy up and enjoy a good book.

Active guests can get their hearts pumping with a workout in the gym, exploring the ice packs on snow scooters, or hiking and coming face-to-face with the wildlife.

 

YACHT KEY FEATURES

  • Commercially-certified helipad
  • 3-man submarine
  • Ice-breaking hull
  • Snow scooters
  • Balinese spa
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • 26 guests in 13 staterooms

 

THE PRICE AND WHAT’S INCLUDED ON YOUR YACHT CHARTER

The weekly rate for up to 26 guests is $460,000 plus running expenses – items such as food, fuel, dockage, bar, etc. (+ Commercial Passenger Ship local taxes only when applicable). The charter fee includes personal laundry, normal communication costs, hotel supplies and basic internet (248/512 internet speed). Higher internet speed is possible, but not included in the charter fee.

Further details of seasonal rates:

  • WEEKLY: € 460,000 per week
  • DAILY:  € 76,667 per day – minimum 5 days
  • Delivery and re-delivery fees:
    -Winter, Port of departure in the South, Falkland Islands
    – Summer, Port of departure in the North, Bergen (Norway)
    First 3 days at €20,000 per day; Extra days at €15,000 per day
    These prices are plus fuel (450 liters/hr main engine + 70 ltr/hr per generator)
    Delivery and re-delivery prices are fixed prices and don’t include fuel. Delivery fees are nonrefundable.
  •  Helicopter (optional)Helicopter details: 4-5 Guests + 1 pilot / €260,400 per week including pilot insurance.
    This is an estimated price, depending on the type of required helicopter and destination.
  • Submarine (optional)
    Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €85,000 per week, including pilot, and insurance.Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €55,000 for 3 days, including pilot, insurance.
  • Discounts:
    10% discount – 2 week charter
    15% discount – 3 week charter
    20% discount – 4 week charter


LEGEND BOOKINGS AND YACHT CHARTER CRUISING SCHEDULE

After spending time in Antarctica, the yacht will head to South America and the Caribbean, then on to the Mediterranean for the summer.  Here are her current, confirmed expedition yacht charter vacations, and her schedule:

 

Bookings

  • 21st December 2016 – 1st January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 2nd – 9th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 10th – 17th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 12th – 19th February 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 18th – 28th March 2017 / Antigua to St Maarten
  • 10th -17th June 2017 / Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bugt , Greenland
  • 8th-15th July 2017 / Nice to Portofino
  • 23rd – 30th July 2017 / Athens to Corfu (Option)

 

Cruising Schedule

  • December 2016 to February 2017: Antarctica & Patagonia (based in Falkland Islands)
  • March and April 2017: Patagonia & South America (based in Falkland Islands)
  • May to mid-June 2017: Greenland and Norway (based in Bergen)
  • July, August & September: Mediterranean

 

HOW TO BOOK SUPER YACHT LEGEND

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient online booking form to enjoy the ultimate superyacht experience onboard motor yacht yacht LEGEND.

LEGEND ice breaker yacht underway

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Excitement and Generosity Drive Private Yacht Charter Maven into 2016

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Happy New Year 1800yachtcharters logo
About a year ago, we rebranded our business with a new focus, driven by our motto, “What if we built our business for Generosity?”

As leaders in arranging Mediterranean yacht charter vacations, along with private yacht holidays throughout Greece and the Caribbean, we recognized an opportunity, and an obligation, to grow our business for the  greater social good.

Realizing you can rent a yacht from a number of qualified charter brokers around the world, we came up with a simple reason to book your yacht with us:   “Charter a Yacht and Change the World.”

Wow – what a year 2015 turned out to be!

We are so proud of our clients – both repeat charterers and new customers.  They embraced our commitment to sustainability and generosity.

With enthusiasm, they chose our reusable water bottles in lieu of disposable plastic bottles (to help reduce plastic pollution in our oceans). When we told them a portion of their charter cost would be donated to charity in their name, and that we wanted their input in selecting the charity, they were quick to direct multiple donations to their favorite causes.

Jana Sheeder poses with Guy Harvey representative - both holding mooring reef buoys

Thanks to our clients, among MANY other things, we were able to:

  • Install multiple mooring buoys in Biscayne Bay, the hub of the Florida yacht charter marketplace, to protect coral reefs from damage from boat anchors, as well as to educate the public about the plight of coral reefs and historical underwater wrecks.
  • Purchase a medical autoclave to sterilize surgical instruments for an international group that provides low-cost spay and neutering services for dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals, enabling the medical team to alter many more pets and rescued animals each day.
  • Help cover the cost of private luxury Virgin Islands yacht charter vacations on a 155 foot superyacht for veteran wounded soldiers and their spouses.

Looking back, 2015 was a fantastic year.

We enter 2016 with a number of new yachts and new destinations to offer our clients.  We have the brand new expedition yacht LEGEND, available for experiencing Greenland and Norway’s Fjords; and  the world’s largest sailing yacht for charter made of wood, the yacht LAMIMA, available in the exotic islands of Thailand and Burma.

Our team is energized to share these yachts and destinations with our clients – for each charter vacation will give our clients a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

Together, we will make a difference.  When you choose to live a generous life, you start to change…and so does the world around you!!!

Happy New Year,

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters poses with garbage bag during bay cleanup

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, cleaning plastic and debris from coastline near her home in South Florida

 

Jana
jsheeder@1800yachtcharters.com

 

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Experience Rugged Greenland & Beyond Onboard Yacht LEGEND

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ADVENTURE & LUXURY – HAND IN HAND

The hottest trend in yachting will continue this summer, as motor yacht LEGEND joins a growing  fleet of luxury yacht charter vessels forgoing the Mediterranean for extreme Arctic and Northern Europe adventures.

Woman in white bikini and arms raised in air standing on snow in front of motoryacht LEGEND

 

 

On the heels of a winter expedition to Antarctica, the 77 meter Icon yacht LEGEND will relocate to northern Europe for the summer, with a spring pitstop in the frozen tundra of Greenland.  Charters have already been secured by action-seeking travelers in both May and June.

READY FOR ADVENTURE?

Activities offered aboard this yacht charter boat include whale watching, heliskiing (heli-skiing), and rides via dog sleds and snow scooters…

With the advent of ultra-luxury expedition yachts entering the charter market, the decades-old adventure travel movement has finally reached the luxury sector of the market. Once the realm of budget-conscious travelers, willingly “roughing it” in hostels and tents,  expedition yachts allow affluent charterers the opportunity to experience an adventure travel vacation without compromising creature comforts.

The growing list of yachts offering activity-oriented charters in the Arctic and northern Europe include 229 foot superyacht SHERAKHAN,  205 foot Icon yacht BATON ROUGE (in Norway in June), and the 238 foot Abeking and Rasmussen motoryacht CLOUDBREAK (scheduled for May 2019 in Greenland).

A closer look at yacht LEGEND demonstrates the appeal of these modern expedition yachts:

KEY FEATURES

  • Commercially certified helipad
  • 3-man submarine
  • Ice-breaking hull
  • Snow scooters (snowmobiles)
  • Balinese spa
  • Cinema
  • Aft-deck heated pool
  • Gym
  • 26 guests in 13 staterooms

Yes, indeed –this luxury yacht charter vessel is packed full of features.  From the helicopter to the 3-person submarine, this yacht allows her guest to explore this cold-weather destinations from entirely new angles. Relaxation can be found watching movies in the cinema, getting a massage in the Balinese-themed spa below deck, enjoying cocktails on deck in the ultra-heated Jacuzzi, or just cuddling up by the fireplace with a good book. More action can be found in the gymnasium, or exploring on the snow scooters, or just coming face to face with the wildlife on land. Perfect photo opportunities for a memorable vacation of a lifetime.

 

HEADCOUNT

A big “plus” of many expedition yachts is the ability to accommodate large families and groups of friends.  Whereas most luxury charter yachts are capped at a maximum headcount of 12 passengers, yachts like LEGEND and SHERAKHAN can both legally and comfortably accommodate 26 guests.

 

Photo of small boat and 4 people with cameras watching a whale tail coming up from the water. Huge snow-covered mountains behind them

 

 

BOOKINGS

  • 22nd December to 6th January 2019 / King George Island to King George Island (Antarctica)
  • 6th to 13th January 2019 / King George Island to King George Island (Antarctica)
  • 11th to 18th May 2019 / Ilulissat to Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • 8th to 15th June 2019 / Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat (Greenland)

 

CRUISING SCHEDULE

  • March 2018: Transit
  • April 2018: Mediterranean
  • May 2018: Mediterranean
  • May to September 2018: Norway, Sweden, Baltic, Arctic
  • October 2018: Transit
  • December 2018 to March 2019: Antarctica & Patagonia

 

RATE

460,000€ per week – includes yacht, crew, and use of all onboard amenities and recreational toys.  Running expenses such as food, fuel, bar, and dockage are additional.  Depending upon the destination, local VAT may be incurred.  A crew gratuity is optional and at the charter’s discretion.

 

MORE INFO

To make a reservation, or for more information on this or any luxury yacht charter vessel, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters (toll-free North America +1.800.922.4824  / local and international +1.305.253.7245).

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Just Chillin’ –  Expedition Yacht LEGEND Sets Antarctica Yacht Charter Schedule for 2017

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Jan Verkerk, owner of the 253-foot Icon motor yacht LEGEND, has given us the green light to accept reservations  in Antarctica for the upcoming season, from January 17 through February 18.

Originally built in 1973, Icon expedition yacht LEGEND underwent a complete rebuild and restoration in 2015.  Now complete, she is the only luxury yacht charter ice-breaker vessel in the world.

Legend motoryacht night lighting

For Verkerk, this is his second superyacht restoration project – the other being the highly popular 228 foot motor yacht SHERAKHAN – a fixture in the Mediterranean charter market for the past 5 seasons.

Active charterers will delight in the opportunities for adventure offered on M/Y LEGEND.  With accommodations for 26 guests, and space to carry a helicopter and a submarine, the possibilities for cold-weather adventure are endless. Of course, Verkerk made certain to include the mandatory superyacht amenities as well: gymnasium, Balinese spa, sauna, beauty salon, movie theater and swimming pool.   There’s even a medical suite, for any emergencies.

After spending a few weeks in Antarctica, the yacht will head to Greenland for the summer charter season.

If you’re intrigued to step away from your traditional Caribbean charter vacation this summer, let us deliver the superyacht experience to you, your family, and friends in the last great frontier on earth – Antarctica…

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For yacht charter pricing information and availability for motoryacht LEGEND or any other superyacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters team member Jim Araiza, 24/7, at 305-720-7245 or email info@1800yachtcharters.com.

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Kiwi Superyacht Reborn for Inaugural Launch

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In the hands of a new owner after a devastating onboard fire during her build, a McMullen & Wing 50 meter Diamond-class expedition yacht splashed down in Auckland, New Zealand in January, ready for outfitting and sea trials.

Light blue hulled motoryacht in water next to dock of onlookers

 

The largest yacht to date built by New Zealand’s McMullen and Wing, the yacht known as superyacht Y/N 1016 continues the distinctive muscular and purposeful appearance as the first yacht in the Diamond Series, the 45 meter South Pacific and Tahiti yacht charter vessel, motor yacht BIG FISH.

Originally to be named motor yacht StarFish, she was commissioned by Richard Beattie, chairman of Aquos Yachts, and the owner of Big Fish.  In August 2012, an early-morning blaze in the shed where StarFish was being built caused significant damage to the nearly 75% completed yacht.  Beattie cut his losses and put the yacht up for sale.  A new owner stepped forward in 2014 to complete the project.

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Only 18 months behind her original planned launch, project 1016 (ex Project StarFish) will accommodate 10 to 12 guests in five luxurious cabins.  Interior decoration is made up of natural materials, creating a relaxed, modern ambiance. The impressive owner’s suite is located on the bridge deck aft and opens onto a private aft deck, providing exclusive privacy and spectacular views.

Throughout her interior, light, airy spaces will flow onto large external decks on all levels. Bulwark balconies will fold out from her hull, offering the ultimate sunbathing locations suspended over the water. The lowered aft cockpit is a protected area designed for both deep-sea fishing and lounging. In anticipation of future private yacht charter use, an extensive fleet of tenders and toys will also be stored onboard.

motoryacht on water at sunset

 

After taking delivery in early 2016, the owner will start a global circumnavigation in Auckland before moving on to the South Pacific and the rest of the world.

Saved from the ashes, and with any luck at all, we should see this beautiful phoenix available for charter in 2017…

Expedition yachts allow guests to explore amazing, remote destinations. 1-800 Yacht Charters offers the superyacht experience in exotic destinations around the globe.  Click here to plan your heli-skiing Antarctic yacht charter or exotic adventure in the South Pacific and beyond.

 

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