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Ferretti Yacht SEA STREAM brings Luxury Charter to Seychelles

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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. 

Motoryacht SEA STREAM underway

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!

To view the yacht’s online brochure, visit

For availability and to reserve SEA STREAM for your Seychelles yacht charter vacation, please contact Jim Araiza at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or email

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Is a Private Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Right for You?

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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…

silhouette of catamaran sailboat at anchor with a beautiful orange sunset behind it. The silhouette of a bird flies in from the right side of the photo


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.


Aerial photo of yacht at anchor with an inflatable slide coming down from the top deck. Multiple jetskis and tenders are racing around in the water around the boat. The water is clear and turquoise.



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.

We would be honored to arrange your luxury yacht charter vacation for you.  Please call us toll-free in North America (+1.800.922.4824) or locally and internationally (+1.305.253.7245)

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Is It “So Long” to 85m Motor Yacht Solandge?

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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!)

profile of motoryacht solandge



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.


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Rare Hi-Season Discount On Yacht Orient Star For Greece Yacht Charter Vacations

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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.  Primarily available in the most popular summer charter destination – Greece, 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, text ORIENT STAR to 3057207245, email Jim Araiza at, 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

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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WHO owns Super Yacht SERENE, (former) Largest Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel in the World?

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“Hey, 1-800 Yacht Charters. I saw ‘Serene’ while i (sic) was on vacation in France last summer. Beautiful yacht!  Can you tell me who owns her?”

Bob C. Atlanta, GA


Thanks for asking, Bob.  There’s an old saying, “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you!”  LOL

All kidding aside, one of the alluring benefits of luxury yacht charters is the element of privacy.  We carefully guard the identity of our charter clients and their guests – both for reasons of safety and discretion.

The same discipline applies to the owners of the yachts we offer for charter, as most prefer to remain anonymous.

That being said, certain details were recently released to the public, so now we CAN share that information with you:

In an article on October 15th, 2016, the New York Times ran a story entitled, “Rise of Saudi Prince Shatters Decades of Royal Tradition.” The story disclosed last year, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, “…saw a yacht he couldn’t resist.”

That yacht is the 440 foot motor yacht SERENE

SERENE yacht underway


The article reads, “While vacationing in the south of France, Prince bin Salman spotted a 440-foot yacht floating off the coast. He dispatched an aide to buy the ship, the Serene, which was owned by Yuri Shefler, a Russian vodka tycoon. The deal was done within hours, at a price of approximately 500 million euros (roughly $550 million today), according to an associate of Mr. Shefler and a Saudi close to the royal family. The Russian moved off the yacht the same day.”

Built in 2011, Fincantieri yacht SERENE is the largest yacht ever launched in Italy and features more than 4,000 square meters of interior space spread across seven decks, plus two helipads and a hangar. At the time of her launch, she was the 9th largest yacht in the world and the largest yacht available for charter.

Each year, the newest yachts get bigger and bigger.  As of mid-2016, the yacht had “dropped” to #13 on the list world’s largest yachts.

So there you have it, Bob – now you know the names of BOTH the former and current owner of superyacht SERENE!

See the world’s newest yachts for charter, offered by 1-800 Yacht Charters.

Contact us at 305-720-7245 or fill out our convenient online book now form at to plan your own private luxury yacht charter on a yacht like Serene.


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