When the 80 meter (262 foot) Oceanco super yacht AMEVI first entered the Mediterranean yacht charter marketplace in 2008, she looked like most of the other megayachts available for hire – big and white. Not any more…
Recently spotted off the coast of Mallorca, motor yacht AMEVIis sporting a new, deep blue paint job. WOW. She looks SO sharp!
Built byOceanco with exterior design byNuvolari & Lenardand an interior by Alberto Pinto, charter rates for M/Y Amevi begin at €700,000 per week, plus expenses for a maximum 12 passengers.
Motor yacht SEALYON first launched in 2009 . Her name at the time was yacht CANDYSCAPE II. We remember saying, “This yacht has, ‘it.“ IT refers to that exceptional fusion of glamour, design, and quality. For instance, we are not alone in our praise of the Espen Øino-designed superyacht. She is built by Italy’s Viareggio Super Yachts. The yacht scored a 2010 World Superyacht Award as the Best Displacement Motor Yacht, 500GT-1,299GT.
Interior Design As Sweet As Candy
Award-winning recognition followed in 2011 with a win at the International Yacht Awards. It was in the category of “Power Yachts over 60 metres.” She won for her outstanding interior design by Candy & Candy of London. With this in mind, one judge comments on her interior.
“An eclectic collection of detailed decoration using veneers, fabrics, leathers, metals and stones to create a truly unique floating wonder.”
Every Picture Tells A Story
Fast-forward to 2018. The 202 fot super yacht SEALYON is still as impressive as on day one. T. Debuse, charter manager for the owner comments.
“SEALYON is undoubtedly a yacht that has fulfilled its mission statement with the highest build quality and superbly comfortable, beautifully decorated and detailed interior.” DeBuse also thinks the yacht’s new video captures the splendor of the yacht. “They say a picture paints a 1000 words. The video of Sealyon paints a picture indeed!”
A Week Your Family Will Never Forget…
In conclusion, the 61.8 meter superyacht offer accommodations for up to 12 guests, and is available for France yacht charter vacations along the Côte d’Azur in the summer, and St. Barts yacht charter holidays in the Caribbean in the winter and spring. Rates start at €325,000 per week for low season dates.
The world of luxury yacht charter has finally arrived in the Seychelles. Motor yacht SEA STREAM, a 76 foot Ferretti with room for 8 guests, is now available for Caribbean yacht charter enthusiasts looking for a new destination.
Ferretti yacht SEA STREAM is now available as the only high quality, luxury crewed motor yacht available in the Seychelles, year round.
Built in 2006 yacht SEA STREAM is a Ferretti 761 with accommodations for 8 guests in 4 cabins. Designed with speed and comfort in mind, her interior is light, clean and comfortable. Cabins are spacious and the layout is functional – everything you could want on a yachting holiday in the Seychelles.
In addition to usual luxury yacht charter amenities, the vessel has also been extensively retrofit with the latest state-of-the-art game fishing equipment such as forward-facing sonar, fish finder, fighting chair, bait rigging station, and outriggers. A comprehensive range of rods, reels, and lures are onboard, rivaling any professional big game fishing collection internationally.
SEA STREAM is based in Mahe, and the crew looks forward to welcoming you on board.
Her standard charter rate is € 29,000 per week plus tax and all expenses (items such as food, fuel, and bar).
Introductory special: 25% discount on any charters (except Christmas/New Year dates) booked prior to July 31st, 2009. That is a savings of over € 7,200 for a private luxury mega yacht charter!
For availability and to reserve SEA STREAM for your Seychelles yacht charter vacation, please contact the team at 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
We’ve all seen the images – a silhouette of a sailing yacht, lying at anchor near a secluded beach, the sun setting in the background; or the massive superyachts docked side-by-side in a marina along the Côte d’Azur. It’s not hard to imagine you and your family inserted in those yachting images, enjoying la belle vie.
Is it realistic to think you can afford a holiday at sea on a private yacht?
To answer that question, let’s start with understanding exactly what a yacht charter is all about…
WHAT Is A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
If you’ve ever stayed at a resort, you’ve already experienced the premise of a yachting vacation on a crewed yacht. From accommodations, to meals, activities and amenities, everything you and your family need are available in one location. The biggest difference – your location “moves” when you charter a yacht!
Take for example a Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel. While other travelers stay ashore and see the same view from their hotel window, each day you can wake up and experience a new location, as your yacht cruises from island to island. Forget a virtual online slideshow – this is the real deal!
While onboard, you’ll be pampered by a crew of trained professionals – from a captain to navigate, to a host/hostess to serve you, and a chef to prepare your meals. The actual number of crew depends on the size of yacht you charter and the level of service you request.
Just like the resort, the yacht offers accommodations, areas to relax and socialize, and a wide variety of recreational toys to enjoy – like snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddleboards. The larger yachts offer a wider variety of toys and amenities, including waverunners, cinema rooms, exercise equipment – even ondeck Jacuzzi spas.
There is one more distinguishing difference when compared to a resort – it’s completely private – only you and your family and friends and your crew are onboard – no one else!
WHERE Are Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations Offered?
Again, the comparison to seaside resorts best illustrates the locations available for enjoying a yachting holiday – if it’s on the ocean, chances are there are yachts in the area available for hire!
Here’s a partial list of the most popular destinations for chartering a crewed yacht:
Caribbean – the islands of the Caribbean are popular in the winter and spring months, with sailing yachts heavily congregates in the breezy Virgin islands, and larger motoryachts based in the celebrity-popular cosmopolitan areas like St. Martin and St Barths.
Mediterranean – the summer playground for Europeans, charter yachts can be found throughout the Greek islands, as well as along the Italian and French Riviera. In recent years, new cruising grounds in the Med have become increasingly popular, such as the Spanish Balearic Islands and Croatia.
Florida and the Bahamas – unlike Europeans who often take long, multi-week vacations, Americans take shorter holidays, often for no more than a long weekend. Staying closer to home becomes important when travel days are limited, so the idea of a Florida yacht charter escape is very popular, with the nearby Bahamas a strong option as well.
HOW Can I Afford A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
If you guessed that we would once again go back and look at a resort for the answer – you’re right!
The price options for enjoying a crewed yacht directly compare to the prices of staying at a resort. Basic resorts in popular destinations can be very affordable for a family vacation, and so too can be the cost of a private yacht charter. Conversely, ultra exclusive resorts in posh settings charge premium rates – as do the most luxurious private yachts.
To put this into realistic perspective, here’s a sample of yachts and their prices:
SAILBOAT – sail yacht MORE MAGIC is a 68 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel with accommodations for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms. Her all-inclusive charter rates start at $18,000 per week
MOTORYACHT – the 80 foot motor yacht JODI LEE offers both Bahamas and Florida yacht charter vacations for up to 6 passengers. Here base rate is $26,000 per week, plus a little extra to cover food, fuel, and dockage.
SUPERYACHT – up to 12 affluent travelers can explore the Mediterranean onboard the 2017 Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN, a 272 foot yacht with a crew of 25. Her weekly rate is Euro €1,200,000 with additional fees for food, fuel, and dockage.
WHO Do I Call To Plan A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?
The owners of charter yachts rely on a network of professional yacht charter brokers to serve as the go-between for owners and anyone interested in securing a yacht for hire. 1-800 Yacht Charters has been delivering The Superyacht Experience to their clients for over 30 years, has been recognized by Forbes as “Best Private Cruise,” and maintains a database of more than 500 crewed charter yachts around the world.
ONLY 1-800 Yacht Charters offers an industry first, Best Price Guarantee and makes a donation to your preferred charity, in your name, when you make your reservation. We also promote reusable water bottles and eco-tote bags for your use after you return home so that you can help to protect the oceans and the environment.
Word recently came in that one of the largest private luxury yacht charter vessels in the market was just sold.
The 85 meter (279 foot) spectacular Lurssen motor yacht SOLANDGE has been sold. The deal closed on March 22, and the new owner has already taken delivery. The buyer was represented by Moran Yacht and Ship, and terms of the sale have not been released. She was listed for sale by Moran at an asking price of €155,000,000 (yes, boys and girls, that IS 6 zeros!)
The massive yacht was scheduled to participate in the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23 -26, 2017. Needless to say, the new owner saw no need to put the yacht on display, instead choosing to enjoy his new watertoy.
Launched in 2013, Solandge Lurssen motor yacht features the sleek exterior styling of naval architect Espen Øino, with a rich, rather eclectic interior design by Aileen Rodriguez.
“She is an amazing luxury yacht charter vessel,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “Imagine a floating resort with a gym, spa, saunas, and cinema. There’s even a DJ booth on the party deck, and a 5.5 meter swimming pool on the aft. Best of all, this floating spa is private – only you and your family and friends are onboard!”
Yachtsmen and -women the world over want to know — will we be waving goodbye to Lurssen yacht Solandge…or will she remain in the charter fleet??? Is it Adios – or just Hasta luego? Is it Tchau – or just Ate mais, beijo? Is it Ciao — or Addio?
Often, a new owner will remove the yacht from the private yacht charter marketplace, so he and his family and friends can enjoy her for extended cruising.
“For now, she remains listed for hire, but that could change,” says Sheeder. “Of course, for the benefit of our clients, we certainly hope she remains in the marketplace. Only a handful of the world’s largest yachts are available for hire, and motoryacht Solandge stands at or near the top of that elite list.”
Solandge accommodates 12 guests in a 7 elegant stateroom configuration. Her weekly rate is published at €1,000,000 plus running expenses. Her current schedule has her available for hire in the Caribbean through Spring, then in the Mediterranean for the summer.
She represents one of the major challenges in yacht design, for instance, creating a look that is distinctive but not outlandish. Trinity yacht MINE GAMES, a trideck superyacht, has just the right balance. Her deck house side windows nest in elongated ovals to create a sleeker superstructure. Her prominent bow and raised bulwarks make her look much larger.
At last news of a $1.5 million price reduction for the 49.9m superyacht. St. Martin yacht charter enthusiasts need not worry – MINE GAMES remains available for luxury yacht charter. She is available in both the Bahamas and the Virgin and Leeward islands of the Caribbean.
MINE GAMES is a 2007 build – conforming to ABS class and MCA compliance. She accommodates up to 12 guests. Her accommodations include a master, three doubles, and a twin. Her twin includes a Pullman berth. The yacht cruises at a swift 18 knots.
EXTERIOR AND TOYS
Mine Games is helicopter-capable, and she has a very large swim platform/beach deck. To sweeten the deal, a Triton two-person submarine (a favorite toy for yacht charter guests) is included in the new asking price of $31.45 million.
COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENT
Jana Sheeder, President and Co-owner of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants says of the yacht,
“MINE GAMES has always been a favorite in the yacht charter marketplace. Her submarine, in particular, has made her a standout, and it has been a huge draw for people interested in a new experience during their vacations. Unique toy + gorgeous yacht = winning combination.”
There is an old idiom. “You can’t keep a good man down.” This applies to a 45 meter superyacht with a penchant for adventure. Just 15 months after her launch, motor yacht BIG FISH is now on her second trans-Atlantic crossing and nearing 50,000 nautical miles on her own bottom. On her maiden voyage she crossed the Pacific Ocean, transited the Panama Canal twice, chartered inAntarctica, and cruised extensively inJapan, Tahiti, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, Sweden, Norway, and theCaribbean.
In the process, mega yachtBIG FISHhas booked more than $2,500,000 inluxury yacht charterrevenue.
This 45-meter ocean explorer was built in 2010 for an owner who wanted a yacht that could to travel to remote parts of the world, but which also had a contemporary, open style with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Greg Marshall and built at the McMullen & Wing yard in Auckland, New Zealand, this modern-day explorer is loaded with enough aquasports gear to turn the head of any action adventurer.
BIG FISH carries SCUBA and fishing gear. She also carries lots of water toys. For instance,
26 foot custom-built tender with a 200 mile range
Sailing dinghies – 2
2 wake boards
Ocean kayaks – 2
kite board sets – 2
5 paddle boards (SUP’s…stand up paddleboards)
For “drier” exercise options, she has a full onboard gymnasium. For example, she offers a spin bike, free weights, rowing machine, yoga mats, and more.
At 49 meters (161 feet), Mustang Sally (ex-Destination Fox Harb’r Too) is designed using innovative naval construction. For instance, she is both sleek and elegant, and when first built, she ran so smoothly that she had a giant onboard aquarium. This sophisticated lady turns heads wherever she goes.
She can comfortably accommodate up to eleven yacht charter guests.
Her main saloon has a full wet bar and lounge area. In addition, it also has a 42 inch flat screen TV with DVD, individual satellite receiver, and surround sound.
Mustang Sally also has an adjacent ondeck Jacuzzi hot tub which accommodates up to eight guests. It is surrounded by large sunning pads and chaise lounges for sunbathing or sun worshipping.
A new Italian yacht tax will assess a fee for each day a yacht is in service in Italian waters.
Signed into law on December 22, 2011, the new tax will go into effect on May 1, 2012.
The new tax as outlined in the decree is as follows:
5 Euro per day for vessels from 10.01 to 12 meters
8 Euro per day for vessels from 12.01 to 14 meters
10 Euro per day for vessels from 14.01 to 17 meters
30 Euro per day for vessels from 17.01 to 24 meters
90 Euro per day for vessels from 24.01 to 34 meters
207 Euro per day for vessels from 34.01 to 44 meters
372 Euro per day for vessels from 44.01 to 54 meters
521 Euro per day for vessels from 54.1 to 64 meters
703 Euro per day for vessels over 64 meters
The new law lists several exceptions:
First, vessels in dry dock or hauled out of the water are exempt from the daily fee.
Second, for vessels older than 5, 10 or 15 years, the tax is reduced by 15%, 30% and 45% respectively.
Third, all fees for sailing yachts are reduced by 50%.
Thus, if you reserve the 60 meter Lursen yacht charter motor yacht ARKLEY for a week, you will incur a fee of € 3,647. Conversely, if you select a sail yacht for your holiday, such as 57 meter Royal Huisman’s sailing yacht TWIZZLE, you’ll pay € 1,824.
“We fully support the efforts of the Italian government to bolster their sagging economy,” says Sheeder. “What we have not seen, however, is a detailed analysis of the economic impact that the new tax will have on the Mediterranean yacht charter industry, and the impact on ancillary industries which support yachting such as marinas, fuel brokers, repair specialists, provisioning companies, and travel and tourism offices.”
Continue to monitor this blog for additional details as they unfold…