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12-Passenger Yacht Ice 5 To Offer Summer New England Yacht Charter Opportunities

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CLAM CHOWDER, ANYONE?

Not sure you want to traipse the kids and the in-laws all the way to the Med this summer for your annual Superyacht Experience?

Maybe an action-packed adventure closer to home is what you need — onboard the Proteksan Turquoise yacht ICE 5, in beautiful New England.  There is so much to see and do in this lovely area, not to mention all of the amazing amenities and activities onboard your private yacht!

 

Photo of boat with jetskis and 2 tenders running alongside

 

 

ROOM FOR 12

The 140ft yacht, built in 2002, completed a major refit several months ago, and she looks as good as the day she was launched.

Easily rivaling the volume of larger vessels, yacht ICE 5 boasts a spacious interior and has sprawling decks and outdoor spaces. Her roomy layout offers something for every charter guest, making her an ideal choice for large groups, families, even corporate events.

Accommodations are offered for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including a master suite and two VIP staterooms.

A large assortment of watertoys will keep you and the family busy for hours every day.

 

RATE

The New England yacht charter summer rate for motoryacht Ice 5 is $130,000 per week + running expenses.

 

SPECS

  • Length:  140′ (42.67 meters)
  • Beam:  27′ (8.23 meters)
  • Draft:  6′ (1.83 meters)
  • Year Built/Refit:  2002 / 2017
  • Builder:  Turquoise
  • Number of Cabins: 6
  • Total Guests: 12
  • Cabin Configuration: 2 Kings, 3 Queens, 2 Singles
  • Total Crew: 8

 

TENDERS & TOYS

–  2018 Aoxpar T-Top 37′ towed tender

–  (2) 3-seat 2017 Yamaha VRX Waverunners

–  2017 Yamaha Superjet Stand-Up Waverunner (SUW)

– Snorkel Gear (12 sets)

– Kneeboard

– Wakeboard

– WaterSki

– Inflatable water toys

– Motorized Surf Board

– Two Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s)

– Two Inflatable Paddleboards (SUPs)

– Fishing Equipment

– SCUBA Diving Equipment (certified divers only)

 

HOW TO BOOK

Come explore historic New England and The Superyacht Experience, as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can provide, this summer.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters secure prime dates for you, today.  Email info@1800yachtcharters, or call 1.800.922.4824 to check availability.  We stand by, at your service.

Photo of yacht anchored in a quiet harbor - aerial view

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40 Meter Greek #Yacht Charter Vessel Takes Advance Reservations Prior To Launch

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AQUA LIBRA white Sunseeker motoryacht profile

 


THE NEWS

She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.

The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.

“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,”  says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters“One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July.  It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”

 

THE REASON

While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity.  Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.

For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations –  dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds.   Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!

But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.

Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market.  As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts.  Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.

Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be!  They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture.  It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.

Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.

THE YACHT

That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed.  The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.

Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:

“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”

Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:

  • Master cabin – situated on the main deck, with king size bed, private dressing room, and his and hers bathrooms
  • Two VIP cabins – each with queen sized beds
  • Two twin cabins – convertible to double cabins with king size bed.  One cabin also features a Pullman berth.

As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.

For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services.  Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.

Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea.  To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:

  • 6.25 metre Williams tender
  • 4.5 meter RIB tender
  • 2 SeaDoo personal watercraft
  • SeaBob
  • Water skis for adults
  • Waterskis for children
  • Wakeboard
  • Towable Tubes
  • Towable Banana
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)
  • Inflatable 2-person kayak
  • Inflatable 3-person water sofa
  • Fishing equipment
  • Snorkel gear

 

AQUA LIBRA motoryacht aft deck with young mother speaking to little girl and young father reading to little boy

 

THE BRAND

There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean.  While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families.  There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker.  No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.

Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:

Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR

Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER

Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK

As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!

Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!

For more information, or to reserve your own Greek yacht charter odyssey, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by texting “OPA!” to 305-720-7245 or email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Electrolysis – Good for People…Bad for Yachts

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At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, we had the pleasure of taking a few of our best private luxury yacht charter clients (and dear friends) for a stroll along the docks.  The couple had recently completed the construction of another home on a lot overlooking the ocean, and they wanted to purchase a boat for weekend family outings.

We looked at the latest offerings from Germany’s Fjord Yachts, the innovative expandable-deck boats by Italy’s Evo Yachts, and the trendy Holland-designed boats of VanDutch.

However, the model that really caught the attention of our friends was a sleek, aluminum-hull day cruiser built by Vanquish Yachts – the Vanquish VQ54.  The boat is simply stunning – there’s no other way to describe it.

Vanquish54 yacht with white hull and red cushions

 

As we stood on the dock discussing the boat and the available color options, a passerby stopped and gazed at the boat.  “Beautiful,” he exclaimed. “Too bad it’s made out of aluminum – electrolysis is bad for boats.”   

As the man walked away, our friends seemed a bit confused.  “What’s wrong with electrolysis?” asked the wife.  “It’s a great way to remove unwanted hair!” 

“It’s a little different with boats,”  we said, and then we explained marine electrolysis, and the possible damage it can cause to a boat or yacht.

For humans, Medical Electrolysis is a clinical method of removing individual hairs from a person’s face or body. A device is used to destroy the growth center of hair with chemical or heat energy.

For boats, Marine Electrolysis is the result of potential current existing between two different objects. It is often caused by stray electrical current, and can be extremely destructive (causes corrosion) on boats made out of aluminum.

The results generated by medical electrolysis are all positive – people can remove unwanted hair, and it is a permanent fix.  With marine electrolysis, the results are not so good –  and if not caught quickly, the corrosive effects to an aluminum boat can cause great damage (holes, water leaking into the boat, etc.), and require expensive repairs.

corroded boat prop from marine electrolysys

Aluminum boats are also susceptible to another related culprit – Galvanic Corrosion.  This can occur when two dissimilar metals come into contact with an electrolyte and create a natural electrical current. Salt water can work as the perfect catalyst for galvanic corrosion.

Some examples of galvanic corrosion include:

  • Using dissimilar metals on the vessel that come into contact with the salt water, like steel bolts or copper-based bottom paint on an aluminum hull.
  • Mixing different types of bottom paint on the same vessel.
  • Mooring boats with incompatible hull construction next to each other, such as a steel vessel moored immediately next to aluminum vessel.

 

Our experienced clients and friends then asked, “If aluminum has so many problems, why are expensive private luxury yacht charter vessels like Feadship and Heesen yachts built out of aluminum?”

The answer is simple – aluminum is light, but strong (think of airplanes), and unlike yachts built from molds, aluminum yachts can be built to any size, allowing great flexibility and customization that can’t be as easily achieve with fiberglass and other composite materials.  As to the corrosion issues, manufacturers can take preventative steps to reduce and even eliminate the threats of marine electrolysis.  Yachts are fitted with monitoring systems which constantly check for stray electrical current, as well as anti-corrosion anodes to negate electrical issues below the waterline.

So, while someday you may want medical electrolysis to look and feel your best, you most definitely do not want marine electrolysis – ever…

Thinking about buying a yacht?  Consider our, “Try Before You Buy” program and rent the yacht for an extended “test drive” – on your own private luxury yacht charter vacation.  Up to 50% of the charter fee can be applied toward the purchase of the same yacht model.

For more information about private luxury yacht charters or purchasing a yacht through the 1-800 Yacht Charters’ Try Before You Buy Program, email 1-800 Yacht Charters at  info@1800yachtcharters.com or call us at 305-720-7245.

 

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Fifty Shades of…Sand?? Lürssen Yacht POLAR STAR Sports New Colors

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Don’t ask me to accurately describe the new exterior color scheme of super yacht POLAR STAR.  All I can tell you is, “I love it!”

 

THE PAST

 

POLAR STAR yacht with original dark blue hull

 

For the past 12 seasons, the 63 meter yacht has traveled around the Mediterranean each summer (and the Caribbean in the winter), instantly recognizable with her striking deep blue hull.  Now, after an extensive 6-month refit in Spain, including a 3 meter swim platform extension, the Lürssen private yacht charter vessel has turned her image on its head.

The blue color is no more…replaced with a shade of white…or is it grey…?

 

THE PRESENT

 

POLAR STAR yacht with white grey paint job

Immediately after the refit, Charl van Rooy, editor of Superyacht Times described the new exterior colors as, “…military light-grey.”  Fast-forward to this week, and van Rooy now says it’s a, “…light sand coloured paint scheme.”  In fairness to van Rooy, it’s not his fault – the colors are subtle and faint, and depending upon the sunlight, and refection of the water, it does appear to be different shades of off-white.

That, of course, is the point.  The owner was looking for something fresh – a new image for an iconic yacht that has visually dominated the Monaco yacht charter market for more than a decade.

If you’ll be in the South of France this summer, keep an eye open for Lürssen yacht POLAR STAR as she charts a new course and showcases her new colors!

 

COMING SOON – THE POLAR STAR YACHT REFIT STORY

We’ll revisit the yacht’s refit in another blog – coming soon.  Until then, if you are interested in your own Superyacht Experience in the Med on this or another Lürssen (or Benetti or Feadship or Abeking & Rasmussen or…) yacht charter vessel, visit our selection of Mediterranean yachts for charter at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/monaco-yacht-charters/ today!

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Miami Grand Prix Yacht Charter?  It May Happen!

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F1 RACING COMES TO MIAMI?

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines….and captains, prepare to cast off!

Formula One (FIA Formula One World Championship), the foremost auto racing league on the planet, is actively scouting Miami, Florida (USA) as a possible site for a new Grand Prix race.  If Miami is selected as a venue, expect to see dozens of luxury yacht charter vessels lining the course, with thousands of spectators crowding the decks for a bird’s eye view of the action.

Four race cars on a winding street beside the ocean. Lalique and Black Label banners behind the cars as they whiz by.

According to a report by the Miami Herald, F1 execs visited Miami in November, and met with the mayor and government officials to discuss potential racing circuits and logistics for an annual event in the downtown area, along Biscayne Bay.

Events director for the city of Miami, Vicente Betancourt, says the goal is to add Miami to the Formula 1 season in 2020. “It’s like the Super Bowl of auto racing,” said Betancourt. “Hopefully we can make it happen.”

Will the amazing Michael Buffer possibly be the announcer for a Miami Grand Prix Formula One race?

Wouldn’t you love to see professional race car drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, or Verstappen…and high tech Mercedes, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati racecars on the downtown streets of sunny Miami?

This would be a wonderful boost for the South Florida economy, and it would provide corporate sponsorships from such companies as Amazon (founder, Jeff Bezos, graduated high school in Miami, Florida), Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Hotel Intercontinental, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa, The Forge, The Biltmore, Britto, Norman Braman, and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

 

GROWING THE GLOBAL AUDIENCE

Each year, from April through November, the Formula One’s series is comprised of 20 races in cities around the globe (Singapore, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Monaco, et al).  Currently, there are 15 road courses and five courses laid out on city streets.

Formula 1 is under new ownership (Liberty Media) and is looking to expand its U.S. presence.  Like professional soccer, F1 has a massive fan base across the globe, but lags behind other sports in the United States, like football, basketball, and NASCAR.  Currently, its lone United States Grand Prix race is  in Austin, Texas. Chase Carey, Liberty Media’s CEO of the Formula 1 Group, has been saying he wants another American race to join the one already held at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin.  An event in Miami, or possibly Las Vegas or New York, has been publicly discussed.

Carey wants to see F1 grab a foothold in “destination cities” like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, or Las Vegas in order to create a week-long celebration capable of attracting people from all over the world.

 

WHY MIAMI?

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters believes Miami is a natural fit for a F1 event.

“Of all the races held annually by F1, the two premier events are staged in Monaco and Abu Dhabi,” says Sheeder.  “Both locations have courses along the waterfront, and thousands of spectators enjoy the race and the festivities from the decks of dozens of luxury yachts.  The Miami Grand Prix would duplicate that unique setting, as the course would pass through downtown Miami, along our beautiful waterfront area – and we have many superyachts that already make South Florida their home port.”

According to AutoGuide.com, Formula One filed on November 1st for a new trademark on a race event in Miami (as well as Las Vegas and New York). The next day, Sean Bratches, Formula One’s director of commercial operations, came to Miami, with his track engineers, and met with Mayor Francis Suarez and checked  out the city streets near the downtown area, along the waterfront. Betancourt, who has been in communications with F1 since May said nothing was finalized. “We’ve got to see if it works and what it would cost them to actually bring it out. I think the ball is pretty much in their court.”

Sheeder points out the idea of a major road race and spectator yachts is not new for the city. In the 1980’s, the Miami Grand Prix was a major annual event (but not affiliated with the F1 series).  “Private luxury yacht charter vessels would line up, stern-to the seawall in the area that is now the Bayside Marketplace, and spectators would watch the race from the deck of their superyachts. In the evening, many of the yachts would host private parties for the charterers, as well as the owners, drivers, and corporate sponsors of the racing teams.”


MOVE OVER, MONACO!

Sheeder is optimistic a new F1 week-long race event will become a marquee attraction for South Florida.  “Assuming the financing and logistics make sense for Formula One, a corporate hospitality Miami Grand Prix  yacht charter could easily rival the excitement of a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter or an Abu Dhabi yacht charter.  Yes, Monaco has the edge thanks to many decades of exposure, but Miami could make a big splash.  We have the best weather, and the largest inventory of luxury yacht charter vessels anywhere in the world.  Throw in the sexy appeal of nearby South Beach with world-famous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and celebrities, and Miami is a world-class big-event town.”

Where else can you go to an upscale event, wearing little more than sandals and a bathing suit, where the best “seat” in the house is in an on deck Jacuzzi on a private luxury yacht???

women in white bikini tops sipping champagne in the hot tub of a yacht

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Attending a Grand Prix event on a yacht is the ultimate in corporate hospitality.  Come experience the excitement and glamour of Formula 1 racing in 2018.  For more information about a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, or to rent a yacht for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or for any other F1 race, CLICK  https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-special-events/sporting-events/

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New Delta Motor Yacht Arianna Prepares to Enter Luxury Yacht Charter Market

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Motoryacht Arianna at anchor, facing right, with dry mountains in the background covered in snow on tips

Delta Marine, a US-based shipbuilder, has announced the launch of its latest custom superyacht, motor yacht ARIANNA.  Designed and engineered by the Delta Design Group, motor yacht ARIANNA is said to be the world’s largest all composite 50 meter full-displacement motoryacht.Launched in April 2012, M/Y ARIANNA, formerly Project 164041, has more than 780 gross tons ITC, a beam of nearly 34 feet, and over 7,500 square feet of living area, giving her more interior volume than any other yacht her length.

The Delta Design Group was commissioned by the yacht owner to create a Polynesian-inspired interior that is elegant, comfortable, and suitable for a family at home on the seas. The interior design is adorned with tropical hardwoods including Mascassar ebony, Wenge, and Koa. Balinese inspired touches such as a solid slab dining table and colorful blown glass lighting complete the design elements. Other unique details include inlaid silk carpets, organic fabrics, woven leather, and natural stone.

One design element worthy of mention is the large master stateroom on the upper deck.  This cabin features a lounge as well as a private outdoor deck and dining area.  Forward on the main deck, where the master stateroom is traditionally located, is a fully-equipped gym with a sauna, and a private office.

Per 1-800 Yacht Charters President, Jana Sheeder:

It is exciting to welcome another Mediterranean yacht charter vessel into our fleet. Her blown glass lighting, organic fabrics throughout, and sauna are special touches for a spectacular superyacht.

Roomy external seating areas are perfect for all’aperto dining or lounging in the sun. There is a large aft seating area on the main deck and the sun deck features a bathroom, hot tub, sun chairs, and a large island-style bar. Guests can escape the sun under a lightweight carbon fiber bimini cover.

An elevator provides access to all four decks.

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To charter luxury yacht Arianna or any other private luxury superyacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Reduced Rates Announced For Yacht Carpe Diem For Bahamas Yacht Charter Adventures

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Three adults jumping into the water off of the swim platform of yacht CARPE DIEM

SPECIAL RATE

Whoo hoo!  The yacht’s representative contacted us to announce newly reduced rates for the popular 191 foot motor yacht CARPE DIEM for  the remainder of the spring in the Bahamas.  Her weekly rate has been reduced from $395,000 per week to $375,000 per week.

Additionally, the yacht is now accepting advanced reservations for the summer in the Med.

Motoryacht Carpe Diem underway - facing right

The 191′ (58.23 meter) Trinity yacht CARPE DIEM is well known and instantly recognizable in the Bahamas.  Captain Ryan Butterwick and his crew of 11 have been offering Bahamas yacht charter vacations to affluent travelers for the past three seasons.  Most yachts of this size are based further south in the Caribbean during the winter – in St. Martin and St Barts.  Captain Butterwick and the yacht’s owner saw an opportunity to be one of the very few large private yacht charter vessels to choose the Bahamas as their home port for the winter and spring.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES & AMENITIES

The representative describes the yacht as,

“…an objet d’art all her own. Her signature interior by Carol Williamson and Associates simultaneously creates a sense of both drama and balance. There is a marvelous display of juxtaposition of design elements, joining opposing materials of Madagascar ebony wood with white onyx stone, varying textures of velvet, satin, and embossed Paltrona Frau leather. Showcased throughout the yacht are vintage fashion photographs, art deco antiques, and lavish furnishings.”

 

Offering accommodations for 12 guests, the acclaimed charter yacht was a finalist for 2012 World Superyacht Awards for Best Tri-Deck Semi-Displacement Yacht, and the 2012 Showboats Design Awards for Best Interior Design.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Sundeck Jacuzzi with huge sunbed
  • Alfresco dining on main and skylounge aft decks
  • 6 staterooms including 3 full width king suites
  • Interior by Carol Williamson & Associates
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft)
  • 4 wet bars
  • Kaleidescape movie/music server, Xbox, iPod
  • Surround sound / 70″ HD TV in Skylounge

 

TENDERS & TOYS:

  • 32 foot / 9.75 meter Boston Whaler with 2 x 275 hp engines (Bahamas/Caribbean only)
  • 23 foot / 7 meter Novurania Chase tender with 220 hp diesel engine
  • 19 foot / 5.79 meter Zodiac Proluxe tender with 170 hp jet drive engine
  • 4 Waverunners
  • 2 SeaBobs
  • Jet Surfski
  • Flyboard
  • Waterskis
  • Wakeboard
  • Snorkel gear
  • 6 sets of SCUBA gear
  • SCUBA compressor
  • Custom Freestyle pool with jellyfish net
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft) includes: elliptical machine  fold-up treadmill, spin bike, pulley system, weight bench, free-weights, yoga mats

 

CONTACT US FOR MORE

For active, well-traveled families seeking a warm-weather getaway this winter or spring, we highly recommend Trinity motor yacht CARPE DIEM.  We have personally inspected the yacht on several occasions and know Captain Butterwick and his team will Deliver The Superyacht Experience of a lifetime to you and your guests.  For further details and to check availability, please contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/explore-our-yachts/carpe-diem/book-now/

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Updated – Champagne Names – How to pronounce them?

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When Champagne gets transported into another country, it’s normal that the pronunciation is adapted to suit the language. However, if you’re curious how to pronounce Champagne names comme il faut (translated = properly)you’re in the right place.

Even if you’re quite confident with French, the names can sometimes be tricky as many originate from other countries such as Germany.

Tip: “on” and “om” sounds are usually nasal sounds in French, such as in Dom Pérignon.

  • Dom Pérignon  Dom Peh-ree-nyon (“g” isn’t pronounced) 
  • Veuve Clicquot – Verv Kli-koh (not voov)
  • Deutz – dirts (French pronunciation with a soft “r”)
  • Ruinart – Rwee-nar (not ruin-art)
  • Piper-Heidsieck – Pee-pay Ed-sick
  • Mumm – Moom / Mewm (with a long “u” — 000 — sound)
  • Pol Roger – Pol Roh-jeh (soft “j”)
  • Louis Roederer – Loo-wee Row-ed-er-ey
  • Bollinger – Bol-an-jey (soft “j”)
  • Moët et Chandon – Moh-et et Chan-dawn (not mo-way)
  • Taittinger — [ADDED BY Jana Sheeder of 1800yachtcharters] “TEH ton zhay”

The one that probably causes the most trip-ups is Moët et Chandon, which is pronounced moh-et eh chan-dawn – and not the commonly-said moh-way… oops.

Now you can confidently order a fancy bottle of Champagne (and impress the waiter) on your next holiday to France. >>

Remember.  The city of Cannes, France is simply pronounced “can” (not “con”).    The Cannes Film Festival is pronounced CAN, not cahn.

The next step?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or by filling out our convenient online contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/, and start planning your yacht charter vacation today!

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Which Champagne Is Best? The Ultimate Luxury Yacht Charter Bubbly

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three people sitting in a spa on the deck of a yacht - full champagne glasses in foreground of photo


WHY CHAMPAGNE?

Is there anything that speaks to the joy of “la bonne vie”  as perfectly as enjoying a glass of champagne while onboard a yacht at sea?

Time aboard a luxury yacht charter vessel is the perfect platform to reconnect with friends and family – and champagne is often the tonic of this celebratory time together.

As crews begin to prepare their superyachts for the upcoming New Year’s eve yacht parties in St Barts, our charter advisers at 1-800 Yacht Charters take a look at the 3 trendiest premium champagne choices for Caribbean yacht charter clients this winter:

 

 THE HOTTEST CHOICES

  • Dom Pérignon, Rosé “P2” – 1996

It’s hard to imagine a name a name more synonymous with premium champagne.  Go to just about any nightclub, and you’ll find a millennial trying to impress by ordering a bottle of “Dom.”

It’s a simple, balanced champagne with a pleasant aroma, and hints of a Cognac-like richness. A 2006 vintage 750ml bottle is priced at approximately $150.

However, when it comes to luxury yacht charter guests, the most sought after Dom is the 1996 Rosé “P2.”  The P2 moniker refers to the age of the vintage, which the wine makers at Dom refer to as “Plénitudes.” They describe the maturation process as, “…not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plénitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plénitude contributes to Dom Pérignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one Plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy.”

A 750ml bottle of the 1996 Rosé “P2” is priced at approximately $795.

A FUN SIDE NOTE:   Why do we call it a “toast?”  Thanks to Wikipedia, “According to other stories, the word toast became associated with the custom in the 17th century, based on a custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. The word originally referred to the lady in whose honor the drink was proposed, her name being seen as figuratively flavoring the drink.

  • Louis Roederer, Cristal – 2009

On a nearly equal plane in terms of popularity with Dom Pérignon, Cristal (pronounced “chrisTALL”) has been a favorite among yachting enthusiasts for many years. American wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr’s website gives this vintage a score of 94-96 and describes it as one that, “…literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.”

A 750ml bottle of the 2009 Louis Roederer, Cristal is priced at approximately $250.

 

multiple white bottles of Moet Ice Imperial champagne sitting on the back of a yacht with running waves in the background

 

  • Moët Ice Imperial

It seems every food and beverage preference sheet submitted by clients prior to their winter St. Barts yacht charter vacation has listed Moët Ice as a “must-have” item.

Launched in early 2016 as a summer indulgence, the popularity has not waned.  So what makes this champagne so unique?  The answer is “ICE.”   This champagne was designed to be served with ice, and that was a real innovation in the world of sommeliers. Ice has a rich fruity taste, perfect for warm weather winter charter destinations such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  Moet Ice Imperial champagne is a special blend consisting mainly of Pinot Noir (40-50%), Pinot Meunier (30-40%), and Chardonnay (10-20%). It is suggested to be served with three ice cubes in tall glasses of Cabernet, and can be mixed with other refreshing ingredients such as mint leaves, lemon peel, cucumber, or cardamom seeds – to enhance the intensity of flavor, and the icy freshness.  A perfect tropical indulgence.

A 750ml bottle of Moët Ice Imperial is priced at approximately $60

 

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

There IS no winner!  If you feel tricked, we’re sorry.  Before you throw your champagne flute in our direction, please let us explain:

One of the great benefits of The Superyacht Experience is the ability to customize every aspect of your luxury yacht charter vacation – from where you go, to what you do, for rest and recreation. Of course, this includes your preferences for foods and beverages as well.

So, while we are happy to share the popular brands and trends that we see selected by our clients, YOU have the ultimate say.  The Superyacht Experience is a bespoke vacation like no other!

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To plan your own custom-tailored yachting holiday, call us at 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS (1-800-922-4824) or fill out our convenient online contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.  HURRY – the best luxury yachts book quickly!

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