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COVID-19 UPDATE RE ITALY YACHT CHARTER VAT

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RECENT NEWS

COVID 19 update from 1-800 Yacht Charters.  In specific, Italian tax authorities have postponed new laws designed to increase VAT on Italian yacht charter vacations. The postponement appears to be in response to the effect of Covid-19 on tourism.

Fortunately, private yacht charter vacations remain exempt from the tax increase until November. Accordingly, 1-800 Yacht Charters will continue to Deliver the Superyacht Experience™ to their clients at a lower-than-expected tax rate.

Profile photograph of a white yacht anchored in a marina.  She is the largest yacht in the marina. There are many small boats behind her.  There are mountains in the background.  The sun is setting in front of the yacht, so she is bathed in golden light.

 

 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Tax increases were first announced in December 2019. The conversion of Law Decree n. 124/2019 (by Law n.157/2019) and the 2020 Italian Budget Law (Law n. 160/2019) enact new value-added tax (VAT) measures. The law set the VAT rate at 22% for Italian luxury yacht charter vacations. That law is postponed until November 1, 2020. The old rates will remain in place. VAT is set at 6.6% for yachts over 24 meters. VAT is set at 8.8% for yachts under 24 meters.

 

IN SUMMARY

In other words, private yacht charter vessels and crews can still welcome-aboard guests in Italy at a favorable VAT rate below 10%. The Superyacht Experience™ will continue this summer. Tourism in Italy suffers from Covid-19 shortfalls. Italian authorities are hopeful favorable VAT rates will stimulate tourism. New (higher) VAT regulations will be in effect after November 1st, 2020. 

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Italian VAT applies to all charters embarking in Italy. Special limitations apply to yachts registered in Italy. Government fiscal agents require an appropriate amount of cruising to qualify for the reduced VAT. For example, at least one crossing from Corsica or Sardinia to mainland France or Italy qualify for the reduced rate.

Italian-flagged yachts are not subject to this limitation.  Specifically, no long-distance crossing requirements exist.

 

Profile photograph of a yacht at anchor in a quiet harbor.  There are mountains covered in mist in the background. The yacht is facing the right side of the photograph.  There is a jetski zipping around in the water at the back of the yacht.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS 

In conclusion, certain Covid-19 protocols remain in place.  Requirements include masks in public areas.  In addition, no Covid-19 test requirement exists, although quarantine requirements may exist for some origins.  For example, public transportation is operating, and restaurants are open.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Our team stays on top of all Covid-19 updated information. For instance, we provide a list of available yachts and “summer saver discounts.”  Call our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 for immediate response.

Important to note, travelers from the USA face possible travel restrictions to Italy. Don’t let this stop you. You can still enjoy The Superyacht Experience™.  Stay safe, and remain closer to home this summer.  We’d love to plan a yacht charter vacation for you like this one!

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Destination Italy | Where Is Positano?

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Photograph of Positano in Italy. Photo taken from up on the hill.  The mountain to the left is covered in multicolored houses that are on a slant overlooking the ocean.  The bay is filled with sailboats and motoryachts at anchor. There is a pink cloud in the background, as if the photo was taken at sunset.

Amalfi Coast – Positano – Yacht Charter Italy

Caribbean yacht charter vacations are popular to American tourists.  However, the Italian coastline draws far more visitors annually. This is for both land and sea holidays.

The most famous stretch of coastline in Italy is the Amalfi Coast. It stretches south from the peninsula of Sorrento.  Here you will find multiple features. For instance, quaint fishing villages along a ragged-mountain cliffline, bordered by the clear, azure sea.

Amalfi Coast yacht charters take place along the northern end of the Bay of Naples.  They often encompass the volcanic island of Ischia. Even more often, they include nearby Capri.

A popular destination while enjoying an Italy yacht charter is the town of Positano.   Many flock here. For example, artists, rock stars, actors, and novelists have visited for decades. Here, you can climb the fabled narrow streets to visit one of the local designer showrooms and elegant boutiques, where clothes and sandals are made to order.

The city of Positano, Italy is located in the province of Salerno, and the region of Campania.  The location coordinates on a map are:  40° 38?N 14°29?E Positano is 17km (10 miles) west of Amalfi; 51km (101 miles) west of Salerno; and 56km (35 miles) southeast of Naples.

The closest airport, suitable for private jets and regional commercial carriers is the Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport (IATA: QSR, ICAO: LIRI), located in the municipality of Pontecagnano Faiano.

 Many spectacular yachts will be cruising the Amalfi Coast. One impressive and elegant example is motoryacht CHECKMATE, a Benetti luxury yacht in the charter market.

HOW TO RENT A YACHT IN ITALY

Considering a getaway to Italy and the Amalfi Coast this summer?  The most beautiful views are gained by sea – from the deck of your own private charter yacht.  Here, you can relax far away from the tourists and the traffic and marvel as the pastel colors of the buildings dance in the setting sun… 

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Destination Italy: Where is Sardinia?

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Photograph of Cala Soraja Island of Spargi Sardinia Italy


SO WHERE IS SARDINIA?  

Sardinia has been on everyone’s radar for the past few weeks.  First, we heard how Steven Spielberg, with Gwyneth Paltrow in tow, ran afoul of the local authorities as the tender to his superyacht, motoryacht SEVEN SEAS cruised too close to island beachgoers.

 

PERINI NAVI YACHT CHARTER FLEET

Then, we reported on the Perini Navi yacht charter fleet preparing for early September’s sailing regatta against the beautiful backdrop of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

 

WANT TO SEE IT ON A MAP?

So exactly where is Sardinia and what is the allure that draws so many sailors and visitors?

Map of Sardinia. Colored drawing.

Sardinia is Italy’s second-largest island as well as the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and fascinating history. The nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the French island of Corsica, the Spanish Balearic Islands, and the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, and Tunisia.

For Atlas lovers, the island of Sardinia is situated between 38° 51′ and 41° 15′ latitude north and 8° 8′ and 9° 50′ east longitude. To the west of Sardinia is the Balearic Sea; to Sardinia’s east is the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Over many centuries the island has survived countless invasions by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Arabs.  Local festivals on the island still reflect the long-lasting impact of those cultures.

Numerous castles, villages, temples and tombs cover the countryside, and with its perfect summer weather, tourists arrive in droves, some via Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, but many more via ferry service from the Italian mainland. In conclusion, where is Sardinia? It is a beautiful superyacht charter destination in the Mediterranean.  It is perfect for The Superyacht Experience(tm) by 1800yachtcharters. 

 

Have you been to Sardinia?  

For a sample yachting itinerary of the Italian Riviera, including Sardinia, contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .

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Italian Builder – New Fast Displacement Megayacht

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SUPERYACHT WITH SPEED AND DISPLACEMENT

The words, “fast” and “displacement” rarely appear in sentences about yachts.   In the first place, displacement yachts tend to be built heavier and wider.  This is to achieve maximum comfort.  Trade-off for this stability at sea is traditionally speed.  However, one builder continues to throw convention to the wind.

Aerial view of a motoryacht underway.

 

BENETTI YACHTS

Italy’s Benetti Yachts, unveils a third generation of fast yachts.  This rounds out an extensive range of vessels.  For instance, class range semi-custom displacement vessels from 93′ to 145′ and custom-built megayachts starting at 45 meters.

WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL?

This new fast displacement line of composite vessels includes two models.  Not only Benetti F-140 (2012), but also brand new Benetti F-125.  As with other models, the new line Benetti F-125 is designed to be truly versatile.  In addition, it offers speed when needed, but also offers fuel efficiency and comfort.

 

 

BENETTI CEO COMMENTS

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.”

 

EUROPEAN STYLING

Comfortable luxurious European styling make Benetti yachts popular.  Equally important, yacht charter customers often request Benetti yachts by name.

 

BENETTI YACHTS IN OUR FLEET

There are many popular Benetti motoryacht charter vessels.  For example, SILVER ANGEL,  CHECKMATE, and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.  Diamonds Are Forever is the latest James Bond boat to honor the film franchise. Silver Angel is designed specifically for long-range cruising.  Checkmate is a 2013 addition to the #Monaco yacht charter marketplace.

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

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Italian Super Yacht ULYSSES says YES to Chartering in Cuba this Winter

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After a successful Italy yacht charter season this summer, the owner of Benetti motor yacht ULYSSES has announced his interest to relocate his 56 meter yacht this winter to the warm waters of the Caribbean, and in particular, the new cruising destination Cuba.

The idea of a Cuba yacht charter vacation is now more popular than ever, in large part thanks to the easing of travel restrictions between the United States government and the government of Cuba.  The result of minimal tourism in Cuba for the past 5 decades means much of the country remains as pristine as it did a half-century ago.

Back of superyacht Ulysses with toys in the water

Small islets and miles of unspoiled beaches along the southern coast of the island nation are ideal for a warm weather yachting vacation.  Additionally, the opportunity to interact with the residents and their unique Latin culture rounds out the total (The) Superyacht Experience™.

Offering great value to potential customers is nothing new for the owner of Italian-built motor yacht ULYSSES, a Benetti 184 foot superyacht.  In fact, the yacht still has a late summer discount in place for charters in the Mediterranean, along the Italian coast.  Although no discounts have been announced yet for Cuba and the Caribbean, we feel it’s only a matter of time before the yacht’s owner dangles a tantalizing offer in front of our noses!

Check back with us during the fall, and we’ll let you know all of the great winter deals available for enjoying a Cuba yacht charter vacation, or any other special deal throughout the Caribbean…

Visit our Caribbean page here for a small sample of yachts available this winter in Cuba, St. Martin, St Barts, and throughout the islands.    

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Livin’ Large With Queen B On Yacht Kismet in Italy

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WHERE ARE QUEEN B AND JAY Z?

We love to share some guest comments and vid with you.  This time, it’s for motor yacht ‘H.  We mention that our clients were enjoying a luxury yacht charter after catching  Bey and Jay-Z’s “On The Run II” concert in Paris.  A day after the show, Beyonce and family also grabbed a superyacht and headed to sea to enjoy a few days cruising the Italian coastline.

 

POWER COUPLE IN CAPRI

It seems a few of you saw photos of the power couple as they walked the streets in Capri, but that wasn’t good enough – you wanted to see their yacht!

Photograph of Beyonce and Jay-Z waiting for person to tie ropes to the boat from the dock. Captain of boat is pictured behind the couple.

 

Now you know we can’t show you private photos of the Carters on the yacht (not cool), but – we’re glad to show you a video of the yacht!

So here you go fans –  click here to enjoy some amazing images onboard motoryacht KISMET – and use your imagination to picture Queen B and the fam, living it up!

[BTW – if you’re still dying to see the family on yacht Kismet, there are a couple photos posted on Beyonce’s Instagram page]

In conclusion, to view Motoryacht KISMET and her online brochure at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/explore-our-yachts/kismet

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Marina for Yacht Charter Croatia

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Aerial photograph of the Mandalina Marina and Yacht Club in Sibenik, Croatia

NEW MARINA IN CROATIA

Croatia yacht charter holiday tourists are pleased to learn a new megayacht marina has opened.  In specific, the Mandalina Marina and Yacht Club.  It is located in the coastal town of Sibenik.  The Mandalina Marina and Yacht Club is the area’s first megayacht facility.  Special introductory rates for dockage are available for early reservations (see below).

 

MANDALINA MARINA AND YACHT CLUB

Croatia is the Mediterranean’s next great megayacht destination.  Interest in the region has spiked.  The new Marina Yacht Club sits at the crossroads of central and eastern Europe.  Specifically, along the Dalmatian Coast.  This is long a haven for bareboat sailboat charter vacations.   Croatia is “the world’s number one sailing destination,” per National Geographic magazine.  The site is noted for its proximity to Kornati Islands National Park. In addition, to Krka National Park.  These are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

ALL ABOUT SIBENIK

Sibenik is one of the oldest native Croatian towns.  It is a center of culture and art.  The superyacht facility has the Spilt International Airport nearby.  Sibinek is the region’s premier gateway for luxury yacht charter and bareboat charter vessels.  It offers convenient access to over 300 scenic islands on the Adriatic, as well as an outstanding hub from which to cruise the Eastern coast of Italy.

 

CONVENIENCES AVAILABLE

The new marina and yacht club features a wide range of on-site conveniences for yacht crews and luxury yacht charter tourists.

Twenty-four hour security and a full-time marina staff  will protect and maintain the 350 in-water slips with space for superyacht vessels up to 280 feet.

The yacht charter consultants at 1-800 Yacht Charters accept many inquiries for Croatia.  Multiple newest and largest yachts have announced plans to offer their services in the Adriatic.  Some of the available yachts to charter in Croatia include SIREN, MARTHA ANN, CLOUD NINE, SALUTE, RED DRAGON, ALEXANDAR V, and ANASSA.

 

SUMMARY

In conclusion, plan your bareboat yacht vacation or luxury crewed yacht charter now.  Take advantage of a special summer season dockage discount.  Bonuses include early reservation discounts.  Reserve your berth before April 15, 2009 and save 10% on your berth charges.  Pre-pay for your berth and you’ll receive an additional 5% discount.  Offer valid for stays May 1, 2009 through October 31, 2009.  Conditions and restrictions apply – based on space availability.

 

BAREBOAT CROATIA OR CREWED YACHT CHARTER

Contact our charter specialists at 1-800-BAREBOAT for bareboat berth information, and 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS for crewed yacht charter information.  #bareboat

 

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Seventh Heaven Yacht Club Opens for Megayachts on Island of Ischia

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MEDITERRANEAN YACHT CHARTER

You are planning a luxury mega yacht charter this summer on a Mediterranean yacht.  The Luise Group, leaders in maritime agency services to the superyacht industry, makes an announcement.  They took over management of the Ponente Quay (Molo di Ponente) of Lacco Ameno on the Island of Ischia.

NEW MARINA NAME

The marina known previously as Heaven’s Quay.  Further, it is renamed The Seventh Heaven Yacht Club.

 

WHERE IS ISCHIA?

It is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  In specific, about 30 kilometers from Naples, Italy, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples.  It is a frequent destination for sail boat charters and mega yacht charters.

Ischia Island superyacht marina

IS IT A LARGE MARINA?

The Seventh Heaven Yacht Club, located on the northern part of island of Ischia, can accommodate twelve mega yachts, and the marina covers an area close to 16,000 square metres. The pier, which is 140 metres in length, offers all essential necessities including water, electricity, and mooring posts.

The renamed facility will now figure prominently among the most prestigious ports and marinas that are currently managed by the Luise Group.

Luise Associates is the branch of Luise Group with an exclusive dedication. In specific, to maritime agency services for mega yachts. They work with over 600 yachts cruising. Further, in the Gulf of Naples each year.

 

LUISE GROUP COMMENTS

Francesco Luise, Managing Partner of Luise Group commented, “We are very proud to be able to take under our management the main dock in Lacco Ameno, Ischia. Although the area of Lacco Ameno is one of the smallest counties on the Island of Ischia, it is a prestigious and visually beautiful location for superyachts to berth. The Seventh Heaven Yacht Club will permit us to have a permanent presence in the area while continuing to provide the best in maritime agency services to our clients.”

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER IN ITALY

Are you ready to plan your yacht charter in Italy?  Contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/, and we will get it started for you!

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Top 3 Must-See Yacht Favorite Islands

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Dreaming of a blissful getaway?  Here are three breathtaking islands you’ll want to visit in your lifetime, preferably from the comfort of a your own private luxury chartered yacht.

1.  James Bond Island (Ko Phi Phi Don), Thailand

Photograph of Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand, as seen from the land. Huge boulders in the water. Clean, clear green water. White sand beach. Palm tree.

Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand

2.  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – South America
Photograph of marine iguana standing on a rock in the foreground.  Blue footed booby bird feet can be seen in the background. There is a small shrub at the left side of the picture.

Galapagos Islands yacht charter wildlife

 3.  Ischia, Italy – Mediterranean 
Photograph of the island of Ischia, Italy. There is a large island with green trees at the top, homes at the bottom along the coastline,. Boats in the harbour. Blue sky with fluffy clouds. The island is on the left side of the photograph.  The ocean is on the right side of the photograph.

Ischia, Italy yacht charter

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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Yacht SEA FORCE ONE at Venice Biennale

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Photograph of motoryacht SEA FORCE ONE underway

 

THE EVENT

In June, design meets art as award-winning motoryacht SEA FORCE ONE arrives. She is available for a luxury mega yacht charter at the opening of the 54th Venice Biennale Art Exposition.

 

AWARD-WINNING YACHT

Voted the BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT at the 2009 World Superyacht Awards, 54 meter yacht SEA FORCE ONE makes announcement.  She has a secured a first class berth at the Punta de la Salute!  The venue has a fantastic view of the historic Piazza San Marco.

 

Venice photograph of Piazza del San Marco in Italy

Beginning June 4, the Venice Biennale 2011 is the 54th International Art Exhibition held in this historic city. With the title of ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations, the 54th International Art Exhibition lays in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and in the Arsenale.  This display forms a single itinerary, featuring 82 artists from all over the world.

La Biennale is one of the world’s most important forums for the information about international art. The exhibit focuses on insight and thought, fostered by art and its ability to sharpen the viewer’s perception.

More than 40 collateral events are arranged by international organizations, which set up their exhibitions in various locations throughout the city during the Biennale.

From her berth at Punta della Salute Venice,SEA FORCE ONE is the perfect platform for both accommodations and social gatherings.   Up to 10 overnight guests can enjoy the comfort of five unique cabins. The yacht can seat up to 30 for formal dinners.  She can also take up to 80 guests for cocktail parties and receptions.


Sea Force One motoryacht photo at dock. The photo shows her from the back of the yacht so that you can read her name, if you are standing on the dock. She has a dark blue hull and grey superstructure, and she is docked between two large white motoryachts.

Superyacht Sea Force One has features including:

  • zero speed stabilizers
  • state-of-the-art audio-visual systems
  • cinema
  • watertoys
  • gymnasium

The megayacht perfectly combines elegant and modern design with smooth and efficient operation.

 The weekly charter rate in June is €280,000, plus expenses. 

HOW TO BOOK A CHARTER ON SEA FORCE ONE

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