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Big VAT Increase For Greece Yacht Charter Fleet Takes Effect

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A new, higher VAT (Value Added Tax) rate went into effect.  All charters that commenced after July 20, 2015 in Greek waters are subject to the tax.

Photograph of a private cove. There is a rocky mountain in the background, and turquoise water in the foreground. There is a sandy beach on the left side of the photo.  There is a white yacht at anchor in the water of the cove.

Greek yacht charter vessel at anchor



The new legislation raised the overall VAT from 13% to 23%. Specifically, lower rates apply to certain charters, based upon the duration of the hire.

There are two VAT categories for charters lasting 3 days or longer:

  • Category I – vessels licensed to perform international cruises: 9.2% (previously 5.2%).
  • Category II – vessels licensed to perform long range cruises within Greek waters: 11.5% (previously 6.5%).




For charters up to 48 hours, there are no discounted rates.  Full VAT of 23% is due (previously 13%).

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, points out the new VAT rates affect ALL charters taking place after July 20, 2015 – even if the charter agreements were signed in prior months.  “With the current economic crisis in Greece, we’ve been anticipating  some form of VAT austerity,” says Sheeder. “With each charter agreement we prepare, we add a clause indicating that the charterer is responsible for any increase in VAT – this way, there are no surprises.  The more details we cover with our clients, the smoother their Superyacht Experience will be.



How will the increase in VAT on private luxury yacht charter vacations in Greece effect the number of yacht charters? 

Will clients seek alternate destinations or, “grin and bear it” to enjoy a Greek yachting holiday?




Let us know your thoughts.  We will share your comments with our readers AND send you a free complimentary Eco-tote bag!  Email your comments (and your mailing address!) to

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Exercise to prepare you for Greece yacht charter

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You’ve decided to charter a motor yacht in Greece for a week. What an exciting idea!  You can’t decide whether you want to go on a Trinity Yacht Charter or a Feadship Yacht Charter, and you’re also thinking that sail boat charters are also a romantic way to vacation.


Planning the Trip

Thoughts go through your mind.

  • Do I need exercise to go yachting? 
  • How do I prepare for the vacation? 
  • Is a yacht charter physically difficult?

Regardless, all Greece yacht charters are fun, educational, and adventurous – no matter what kind of private yacht you enjoy.


If you haven’t exercised in a long time, you’ll want to prepare your body with some basic exercises before heading to the Aegean.

Since you’ll be hiking up rocky hills and exploring historic landmarks like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, do a series of ankle stretches, ankle rolls, and knee bends to prepare.

greece. Photograph of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Will I need to exercise before being able to walk around this huge location?



Since all megayachts have stairs that you’ll descend and ascend each day on your boat, practice climbing stairs with a stairmaster, walking manual stairwells in your area, or just simply walking an inclined area where you live.


Visiting landmarks is wonderful, but it does entail a lot of walking.  To maximize your cardio (heart) and overall fitness, just walk. Park your car far from a store when you grocery shop.  Walk around the block and enjoy nature. Take your dog for a long overdue walk. Hop on the treadmill and go for a stroll.



No worries.  The best thing is that you really don’t NEED exercise for your Mediterranean yacht charter event – it is just good for your heart, your mind, and your overall attitude!  Your crew will do the majority of the exercising during your yacht charter, but you will also be exercising for fun in your daily activities onboard!  The food on your yacht charter will be amazing, too, and it will be based on your desires!



Mega yacht charter vacations, whether on a sail boat charter or a superyacht, are a great way to travel – they are good for the mind as well as the body!



For more information and to book your Mediterranean yacht charter, call 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or email

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Genoa Yacht Charter Show Shines Spotlight on Mediterranean

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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.



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.



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.


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.




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 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.


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  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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Greece – Perfect Bareboat Destination

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Greece photo. Picture taken from the water. There is a beige mountain with a temple on top of it, and below and to the right, is a sailboat at anchor, on a bareboat vacation.

Greece.  The perfect vacation.  Ideal for yacht charter.  Although it is great to escape the cold weather for a few days with a Caribbean yacht charter, the exotic calls. For instance, you want to experience new and different locations.  But where?  Greece is the word.   (See what we did there?)

Just imagine.  Summer vacation.  School’s out.  The kids are home for several weeks.  The chance to bask in the sun for an extended stay is the epitome of total relaxation beckons.  You want to show the kids an exotic destination.  One with education combined with family time.  .

Nowhere is the idea of extended rest and relaxation more evident than in the Greek islands. Here, in the ancient land of the Gods, it sometimes seems as if time stands still.

A Greek yacht charter adventure features a wide array of itineraries with a heavy emphasis on the sheer pleasure of sailing in a locale so steeped in history and yet so amenable to the sailor looking for all the luxuries and convenience of the modern world.

The shimmering waters, superlative beaches, and intriguing towns and villages make Greece a must-visit summer destination.

If you are ready to enjoy the magical beauty of a charter in Greece and the Greek Isles, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Gulet to Offer Yacht Charter Seychelles Value

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Photograph of gulet Nikolas underway. All sails are deployed. There is a star design on one sail.


Normally, when you think of traditional gullets and motosailors, you envision Greece yacht charters and boating holidays along the coast of Turkey.



This winter, one gulet is leaving Mediterranean yacht charters far behind. It relocates to the exotic islands of the Seychelles.



Traditional gullet NIKOLAS is 73ft motorsailor built in 2006.  She is now available for hire in the Seychelles. Nikolas is 23 meters (73 feet) long. She has a 6.6 meter beam.  The yacht is spacious and stable, for instance, plenty of room for large groups of family or friends.



Inside, Turkish gullet NIKOLAS is beautifully-fitted and boasts large wrap-around windows, allowing guests to enjoy views out across the turquoise waters of the Seychelles – while relaxing in air conditioned comfort. The yacht’s salon offers a large U-shaped couch to starboard with a dining table and a fully stocked bar to port.



Motor sailor yacht NIKOLAS can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 double cabins, each with an ensuite bathroom.



The yacht offers spacious outdoor areas – her aft deck has oversized sun pads and a large table for al fresco dining. There are further sun pads located on the fore deck, providing ample sunning areas.



A choice of attractive rates is available:

  • €12,000 per week, plus all expenses for up to 10 passengers
  • €19,600 per week, all inclusive –  3 meals per day, 4 hours cruising fuel per day, and 24-hour generator use for air-conditioning.   A cash bar is available on board or alcohol can be bought locally, duty-free



Current Bookings:
7 – 21 Dec, 2011                             Mahe to Mahe
23 Dec, 2011 –   1 Jan, 2012        Mahe to Mahe
13 – 18 Feb, 2012                           Mahe to Mahe



Located in the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Seychelles are an idyllic paradise.  Here you will experience white-sand beaches lapped by aquamarine waters, bright blue skies, and year-round sunshine.  Other yachts now available in this tropical paradise include Benetti SILVER ANGEL, sail yacht PERLA DEL MARE, and motor yacht MOECCA.



In conclusion, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at to learn more about the Seychelles and yachting vacations in the Indian Ocean

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Iraklis L Gulet Greece Yacht Charters

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Iraklis L gulet yacht. Photo taken of profile.  Blue hull and multiple sails. Calm cove with an island in the background.


Motor sailor gulet yacht IRAKLIS L  was an instant success story when she entered charter.  She is the perfect platform for a luxury sailing charter holiday.

Within 2 months of entering charter, she secured 90 days of charter reservations!



Six spacious cabins accommodate up to 14 passengers.  Her master stateroom is on the main deck and has a double bed.  Her VIP cabin, located on the lower deck, also offers a double bed.  Two guest cabins have double beds and one single bed/sofa, making them perfect for children, a couple, or kids and a nanny.  There is one cabin with a double bed and the last guest cabin has two twin berths.



Designed by Lally Poulias, each cabin features en suite bathrooms. These bathrooms have hydro-jet showers and marble appointments. Some feature double sinks for added convenience.  All cabins offer flat screen TV with satellite programming, including DVD, CD, and MP3 players.



The salon and the dining area create a large open area.  The panoramic windows throughout offer breathtaking views. Rich red-tone woods exist throughout the vessel.  For musical fun, there is a Glavinova karaoke piano in the salon.




The deck includes a large, elevated area for sun-worshipers.  Forward of this, there is room for sitting and enjoying the views.



Zero speed stabilizers ensure total comfort in rough seas. This feature is rarely found on similar traditional Greek motor sailors and Turkish gulets.



The yacht carries a 5.5-meter tender with a 150 hp engine.  It has enough power to pull guests on waterskis.  There are watersports toys onboard, for instance, a three-seat 210 hp Yamaha waverunner, a windsurfer, snorkeling equipment, and fishing gear.  Iraklis L carries a full complement of SCUBA gear and an air compressor.




Here are her remaining available dates for charter:

May – available May 1 through 7 in Naples, Italy, Amalfi Coast
June – no available dates
July – available July 4 through  12 in Athens, Greece
August – available all month
September – available Sept 1 through 10, Athens, Greece



The yacht is priced at €49,000 per week, plus expenses.  Similar gullets available in both Greece and Turkey include G-FORCE and ESMA SULTAN.



To book your own Eastern Mediterranean holiday, click visit our site.

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Motoryacht ALLURE Expedition Superyacht

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Allure aerial photograph of expedition yacht with dark blue hull and white superstructure.  Helicopter hovering over the back of the yacht.


Presenting superyacht Allure.  She is a 67 meter (220 foot) luxury motor yacht available for those thinking of taking a Greece Yacht Charter vacation this year. You may choose to rent this private yacht and charter it to provide you with a mother ship with additional specialized water toys, as well as a helicopter deck.


She accommodates up to twelve guests comfortably in six (6) luxury cabins.  What makes them luxurious? For instance, these guest staterooms have ample space, and each comes with its own private balcony.



The yacht interior offers large large oval windows on the main and sky lounge decks through which to enjoy amazing ocean views.



In conclusion, chartering a yacht like her is an amazing experience. To charter Allure or a different superyacht, contact us at TODAY!

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PARIS A Motoryacht Discount for Greece

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Paris A yacht photo. Aerial picture of yacht underway.. Headed to the right side of the picture.


Considering an Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter vacation for the family this summer? If you are, the owner of motor yacht PARIS A will offer you a 25% discount to select his vessel for your trip.



Sleek, sporty, and oh-so-fast, the 35 meter Maiora can hit speeds in excess of 25 knots – perfect for exploring the dozens of small islands in Greece or Turkey.


Accommodations for 10 to 12 guests are offered in 5 roomy cabins.  Within sight are a full-width Master suite, 2 VIP cabins, and 2 twin cabins.  The yacht features a beautiful, stylish interior design and combines quality, comfort, and exquisite taste.

Onboard entertainment is provided via a state-of-the-art audio/visual system with BOSE surround-sound throughout the yacht, nearby are satellite TV, and iPod docking stations.
Active guests will appreciate the extensive watertoy inventory, specifically, 2 high-speed tenders, a 3-seat Yamaha wave runner, water skis, snorkeling and fishing equipment, and towable toys like a banana and tubes.

The charter-friendly crew is led by Captain Nikolas Exarchos.  Captain “Nik”  has more than 24 years’ experience. He cruises Greece and throughout the Mediterranean. Five additional crew members are onboard to serve the charter guests.

Before applying the 25% discount, the rental rate in high-season (July and August) is €91,000 per week, and €70,000 per week in low-season (June and September).  All expenses are extra.

The discount will save customers €17500 in low season and a whopping €22,750 in high season!

Come take advantage of this spectacular discount and spend a week exploring the magnificent ancient wonders of Greece.  Contact our destination specialists at 

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Yacht Charter Discount – Rare Hi-Season Deal on Greek Yacht Charter

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Profile of motoryacht Orient Star


While it is fairly common to see superyachts offer reduced rates for low-season private luxury yacht charters, it is rare when a 47 meter yacht announces reduced rates for the highly-sought summer dates of July and August.

Of course, when such an opportunity presents itself, we want our clients to be the very first to know!


The 154 foot motor yacht ORIENT STAR is offering a 15% discount for any July and August bookings reserved by March 10, 2017.  The discount applies to charters of one week or longer.   In terms of savings, a Greece yacht charter vacation onboard CMB Yachts ORIENT STAR will cost €153,000 per week, versus the published rate of €180,000 per week.  Running expenses, VAT, and optional gratuity are additional.



Read through this entire blog, then when you get to the bottom, you’ll discover a special bonus offer, just for Charterers who reserve this, or any other yacht, through 1-800 Yacht Charters!!!




Truly spectacular yacht, super yacht ORIENT STAR was built by CMB Yachts and radiates volume, comfort and style.  Greece is primarily available in the most popular summer charter destination.  Moreover, the yacht owner will also consider charter inquiries for neighboring Turkey.

Luxury accommodations for 10 guests include a master suite on the main deck, with a study (private office) area, walk-in wardrobe and a spacious en suite bathroom.  Below deck there are 2 twin cabins, as well as 2 double staterooms.

This amazing yacht and her professional crew will offer you an unparalleled superyacht experience, in the birthplace of civilization – Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.



  • 20 – 30 June / Bodrum – Mykonos
  • 3 – 10 August / Bodrum – Rhodes (option)




  • Builder: CMB Yachts
  • LOA: 47 meters (154 feet 2 inches)
  • Built: 2012
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Guest Cabins: 5
  • Crew: 9
  • Rate (July, and August): from €180,000 per week
  • Rate (June and September: from €145,000€ per week


  • Highly sophisticated and contemporary bespoke interior by Tara Bernerd & Partners
  • Modern exterior design with plenty of personality
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the upper saloon open onto balconies
  • Immaculate condition
  • Spectacular deck space
  • On-deck Jacuzzi spa tub
  • Zero speed stabilizers – keep yacht stable/comfortable while underway
  • Great assortment of water toys for active guests


For more information about this elegant yacht charter motoryacht, email  Or contact the 1-800 Yacht Charter team via our online contact form at



Korres shower gel and body milk superimposed over image of Santorini in Greece

In conclusion, confirm a Greece yacht charter reservation through 1-800 Yacht Charters, on or before March 10, 2017 aboard ORIENT STAR or any other yacht we represent and receive a €500 credit for KORRES beauty and skin care products.  With boutiques around the world, Korres’ Greek yoghurt-based products are all-natural and include fragrances, as well as bath, body and sun products.  Their wild rose vitamin active brightening oil, is a 2016 “Best of Beauty” award winner by Allure Magazine.

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