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3 Best Celebrity Owned Yachts

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photograph of yacht Seven Seas and owner Steven Spielberg. Photo collage of Spielberg and the yacht areas like hot tub, salon, and aft deck.

Whether as an effort to diversify investments, ego or challenge – many international celebrities have spent millions of dollars for the opportunity to own a superyacht.  Unlike athletes who splash their names on a restaurant and cover the walls in memorabilia as a shrine to their athletic glory, celebrity yacht owners rarely view their vessels as a tool for self-promotion. Instead, these yachts serve as a private oasis, a retreat from the constant pressures of the high-profile world of business and entertainment.

 Aerial photograph from bow of yacht, SlipStream. Boat is heading into the photograph, towards the bottom. Superstructure is silver. Hull is black.

 

When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.


While a celebrity’s name might pique your interest in considering his or her yacht, it’s the onboard amenities, professional crew, and overall design of the vessel that ultimately lead a client to rent a specific private yacht.  
 
Still, for many people (especially the charterer’s children), it’s fun to say,
We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!
 
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our three favorite celebrity-owned yachts for hire:
 
1. VAJOLIROJA
private yacht charter owner Johnny Depp charters luxury yachts
 
Sailing the high seas as the lead character in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might explain why actor Johnny Depp has a passion for fine yachts.

Motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156′  Mediterranean yacht charter vessel of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s.

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout). Available for hire in the Mediterranean for € 98,000 per week in July and August, and € 84,000 per week the other months.

 
2. VA BENE


Photograph of yacht VA BENE profile. There's a mountain in the background.

According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine“) chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.

The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases. 

Motor Yacht Va Bene is available for Caribbean yacht charter hire in the winter and spring at a rate of  $189,000 per week.  In the summer, the yacht is based in the Mediterranean and is priced at $210,000 per week in July and August, and $189,000 per week all other months.

3.  SEVEN SEAS

Aerial view of motoryacht with blue hull and white superstructure underway

After her launch in 2010, speculation swirled around Steven Spielberg’s motor yacht SEVEN SEAS as to whether or not she would enter the charter market.  At first – she did.  Recently, however, Spielberg withdrew the yacht from charter for extended personal use.  Hopeful that the superyacht will one day return to charter, we have selected her for our list of the best celebrity-owned (charter) yachts.  

At 86 meters in length, her size, shape, and style ensure that motor yacht Seven Seas is one of the most impressive yachts in the world.  Built by Oceanco, the megayacht features an infinity swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see the return of Seven Seas to the rental marketplace!

HOW TO BOOK A CELEBRITY-OWNED YACHT CHARTER

Do you know any other celebrity-owned yachts worthy of mention?  Help us expand our list and see if we can come up with the top ten celebrity-owned yacht, even if they are not for hire.  Contact us with your nominations HERE

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Destination Caribbean: Where is St Barts?

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Photograph of Jay Z and Beyonce on a boat ride.  JayZ is wearing a blue and white horizontally striped short sleeved shirt and white pants.  Beyonce is wearing a white tank top and her long hair is down. Jay-Z is waving to the camera. Beyonce is smiling.

Pop superstars Beyonce and Jay Z enjoy a boat ride

Want to experience a Caribbean yacht charter like a celebrity?  Then look no further than the exclusive island of Saint Barthélemy, better known as St Barts.

Aerial view of the island of St Barts in the Caribbean. There are many sailboats and motoryachts at anchor and in the marina.

Aerial view of beautiful St Barts in the Caribbean


Always sunny with very little rain, the tiny island has become famous for celebrity sightings, especially during the year-end holidays where all-night New Year’s Eve yacht hops and parties capture the attention of the global newswires.  

 

Photograph of Gwen Stefani talking on the telephone while standing at the back of a yacht. She is wearing a long flowing skirt and a bikini top. Her blonde hair is up on top of her head, and she is wearing white sunglasses

Singer Gwen Stefani talks on telephone at the back of yacht


A playground for billionaire superyacht owners and pop culture icons, the scene in St Barts between Christmas and New Years is unlike anywhere else in the world.  From Mariah Carey and Sean “P Diddy” Combs, to Beyonce , Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore – all have spent time lounging on the sundeck of a multi-million dollar luxury mega yacht charter vessel dockside in the island’s Gustavia marina.

 

Photograph of motoryacht A from the back.  Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are leaving the yacht to go to St. Barts

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore seen leaving motor yacht A, to go ashore in St Barts

 

 

So just where is St Barts, the island paradise dubbed, “Hollywood South?”

St. Barts is a tiny island situated in the French West Indies.  Located 17°55’ north and 62°50’ west, just below the Tropic of Cancer, and north of the chain of the Lesser Antilles.  Puerto Rico is 240 km (about 160 miles) to the west. 

Map of the Caribbean. Drawing.

St. Barts – Caribbean map

St. Barts lies 35 km southeast of Saint Martin, separated by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. It lies northeast of Saba and St Eustatius, and north of St Kitts. Some small satellite islets belong to St. Barts including Île Chevreau, Île Frégate, Île Toc Vers, and Île Tortue. A much bigger islet, Île Fourchue, lies to the north of the island, in the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. Other nearby islets include Coco, the Roques (or little Turtle rocks), and Sugarloaf.  

Seven thousand kilometers separate St Barts from Paris, but it is just 2500 from New York (about a 4 hour flight).

Why not rent a private yacht and join your favorite celebrities this winter for a week in a tropical paradise?  Contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters destination professionals at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more information.

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iPad App Touts Builder’s Mega Yacht Charter Vessels

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Galactica Super Nova profile by 1-800 Yacht Charters

HEESEN YACHTS

Dutch builder Heesen Yachts is an innovator.  Heesen is the first Dutch shipyard to use aluminum alloy for the construction of yacht hulls.  It is a global-leader in the design, engineering and build of high performance, all-aluminum motor yachts.

iPAD SUPERYACHT APP

Heesen launched an iPad superyacht app.  First, users browse an extensive gallery of Heesen’s latest launches.  These yachts range from 37 to 65 meters.  Second, the app includes basic specifications and features of every yacht in the Heesen fleet. Finally, it includes a selection of movies and images of very latest Heesen projects.

 

COMPARE 4 YACHTS AT A TIME

In conclusion, the Heesen iPad yacht app gives info about the builder and its yachts. Users can compare up to four images at a time, and can email individual images to their friends and contacts.

 

SUPERYACHT SAMPLES

Largest yachts for charter can be accessed by the app, for example, the 2011 55-meter motor yacht QUITE ESSENTIAL.  Additionally, the 47 meter motor yacht RAASTA, and the star of the Croatia yacht charter summer season, the 47.70-meter Heesen motor yacht LET IT BE.

Look for more builders to take Heeson’s lead and introduce their own superyacht apps in the near future…

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER THAT USES iPADS

Charter the yacht that can be piloted directly from an iPad device.  P Diddy (Puff Daddy – Sean John – Sean Combs) rented the iPad-controlled motor yacht SOLEMATES, and so can you!    Contact our, “Yacht Geek Squadron” at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more details on chartering your own private luxury yacht.

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Maraya Luxury Motoryacht Charter

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Maraya photograph. Superyacht underway. Headed toward bottom right side of screen. Solid white boat.

 

MARAYA MOTORYACHT

This lady is a breathtaking 54.20m (177’ 9”) luxury motor yacht available for your Virgin Islands Yacht Charter winter vacation this year.

Because she has every luxurious amenity you can dream of,  you are sure to find all you need aboard this superyacht!  If she doesn’t have it, let us know, and we will source it for you!Maraya yacht photograph.  Puff Daddy, rap celebrity, in white bathrobe, standing at the front of the yacht, with arms up on each side of the walkway. He's looking toward the left side of the picture, into the sunrise  We are all about providing you the best and most incredible Superyacht Experience.


ACCOMMODATIONS

She can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests in her six luxurious staterooms.

Her master cabin on the main deck has an emperor-sized bed.

Her VIP cabin is on the upper deck, and the remaining cabins are below decks.

Maraya has two spacious VIP doubles on the lower deck.  She also has a twin cabin with additional pullman berths, as well as another twin cabin with a small double and a single bed on opposite sides of the yacht.

 

MARAYA MASTER STATEROOM STANDOUT FEATURE

One of yacht Maraya’s highlights is the master stateroom balcony terrace which can be lowered when she is anchored.  This terrace, therefore, provides a very private outdoor relaxation area for guests.

 

WHICH CELEBRITIES HAVE BEEN SEEN ONBOARD?

You don’t have to been seen onboard, when you are THE OWNER!   Multiple celebrities have chartered this yacht; for instance, Puff Daddy (also known as Sean Diddy Combs, P-Diddy, Sean Combs), who enjoyed yachti chartering so much that he purchased Maraya as his own.  

 

HOW TO BOOK A CARIBBEAN YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, a favorite vacation of celebrities, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters now at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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