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Float on a Cloud – Croatia Yacht Charter Vessel Offers 100,000 Discount

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Looking for a last minute European getaway before the kids head back to school?  If you are, one of the most popular Mediterranean yacht charter vessels is offering a deep discount to woo your interest.

From August 15th, motor yacht CLOUD 9 is offering 14 days for the price of 12 – a savings of over €100,000.  To further entice you, the yacht will waive all delivery fees for a cruise in Croatia and/or Greece.

Stylish and exceptionally comfortable with 5-star cuisine, CMN line 60 yacht CLOUD 9 boasts a huge Owner’s suite, a VIP stateroom with a balcony, as well as a gymnasium and plenty of watertoys. 

Oh – we almost forgot, the yacht just installed a brand new waterslide!
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Scottish-born Captain, Colin Boyle, has created a special, scenic sample itinerary for a charter commencing in Split and concluding 14 nights later in Zante!  Take a look at the first three days of this Eastern Mediterranean adventure:

DAY 1 – SPLIT
Join CLOUD 9 in Split – a 20 minute drive from the international airport.  Immediate departure for a nearby anchorage to swim and relax. Remain at anchor overnight.

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DAY 2 – HVAR
Hvar – truly one of the highlights of Croatia. The city has an extraordinary history and a great social atmosphere. The tiny harbor fills quickly with anchored yachts and we must arrive at noon. We’ll dinghy our guests ashore where they will find vineyards, lavender fields, walks and clean beaches. For the evening, Hvar offers great cafes and restaurants – and the best in Croatian wine.  The bars and cafes remain open late into the night.
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DAY 3 – KORCULA
Depart Hvar for a passage to Korcula, the home of Marco Polo. Once at anchor, the protected bay is the perfect place for a day of watersports and swimming.  After dinner, we’ll dinghy ashore to walk the ancient streets to window shop and listen to the street musicians.
 
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DAY 4 – MLJET NATIONAL PARK

An early morning passage brings us to the Mljet National park, a peaceful, and beautiful anchorage.  Here, we’ll find steep, rocky slopes covered with dense pine forests that hide a 12th century monastery built on a small island in the middle of a lake.  That’s right, an island on an island! The lake is generally 4 degrees warmer than the sea, and a good place to swim. Hiking, guided tours and bike rentals are also available.
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All that in the first 4 days – imagine what adventures might be in store for the next 10 days???!

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Would you like to charter this gorgeous lady?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ right away!

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Under the Sea: Top 3 Snorkel Spots in Florida

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Ask anyone who has enjoyed a yachting vacation what activity they enjoyed the most, and chances are they will tell you, “the snorkeling.”  Indeed, there is something magical about donning a pair of fins, strapping on a mask and snorkel, and exploring the world below the waves.

It is this opportunity to explore first-hand the undersea world that draws so many travelers to South Florida, to enjoy a Florida yacht charter vacation, and spend part of the time off the boat – and in the water.

With so many areas easily accessible and filled with interesting sights, we asked our charter department to put their heads together and come up with their favorite snorkeling spots in South Florida.  In no particular order, here are their top 3:

 

1.  PEANUT ISLAND (Rivera Beach)

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Above the waterline, it’s hardly a remote, tropical oasis. This unique eighty acre public park is a man-made island situated in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Lake Worth Inlet in close proximity to the City of Riviera Beach, and the Port of Palm Beach. Locals take small boats, kayaks and rafts and float out to the park for picnics – and it can be super crowded on weekends.  The real reason to visit this destination during a private yacht charter is the opportunity to snorkel around the island and the see the sea life. The list of creatures you can encounter is a long one – squid, rays, octopus, and thousands of brilliantly-colored tropical fish. If you’re lucky, you might even see a Florida manatee!

Tip:  The best time for snorkeling is around high tide. The waters here are a bath-like 85 degrees well into September.

 

2. KEY LARGO

The further south you head in Florida, the warmer the water gets, even in winter.  It’s the warmth, both air and sea that draws boaters to the Florida Keys.  Many charter yacht vacations begin in Miami. Key Largo, about a 2-3 hour cruise from Miami, is often the first night’s destination.   This island is a snorkeler’s dream – shallow coral reefs, tropical sea life, and oh yeah – really warm water!!!  In the summer, the water temp can climb to nearly 90 degrees – ahhhh…

Tip:  A snorkel outing to John Pennekamp Coral Reef (underwater) State Park is a must.

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3.  DRY TORTUGAS (Key West)

At the southernmost tip of the chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys, is the island of Key West. 70 miles to the west lies Dry Tortugas National Park. 100-square miles of mostly open water with seven small islands makes this a great snorkeling destination.  Rarely crowded, its accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of the Civil War’s Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, and abundant coral reefs and marine life.

Tip:  After snorkeling, take a tour of the old fort, hosted by National Park Rangers.

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Did we overlook your favorite snorkel site???  Tell us where you like to snorkel in South Florida, and what makes it special.  As a thank you, we’ll send you an Eco-tote bag that you can use to carry your towels and your snorkel gear.   Leave us a comment below, fill out our convenient online form, or email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

We’ll see you below the waves…

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