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While it is common for small to mid-sized luxury sailing charter yachts to offer all-inclusive charter packages in the Virgin Islands, their larger megayacht counterparts have been hesitant to do the same. Opting for ala carte pricing, most megayachts simply charge customers for each and every expense incurred (i.e., food, alcohol, dockage, etc) – as an additional expense to the actual rental of the yacht.
This summer, Captain Bernard Calot and his exceptional crew of 5 will buck that trend and offer all-inclusive mega yacht charter vacations in the Virgin Islands onboard the 121′ motor yacht OLGA!
From May 15 through September 1, 2011, an all-inclusive rate of $69,900 per week will be offered, as well as a price of $55,000 per week for 5 day odysseys aboard the luxury yacht.
Rates are valid for up to 8 persons and include fuel, food, soft drinks and ship’s bar, and selective dockage. Specialty items such as vintage wines and premium spirits are still available, but are at extra cost.
This special rate even includes spa treatments and manicures from the yacht’s onboard certified massage therapist! (What a perfect wedding anniversary vacation!)
Launched in 2003, Crescent motor yacht OLGA is an incredibly clean and well-maintained yacht. Designed by Jack Sarin, she features a beautiful hard wood interior of Sapele and Pomele Mahogany, complimented by tasteful, upscale furnishings.
The yacht’s full-time chef, Claire, is Cordon Bleu-trained. Captain Bernard, Mate Clem, and deckhand Rafael can help you burn off the extra calories with a multitude of water activities including Scuba diving from the yacht for certified divers. In addition to SCUBA, this well-equipped yacht is set up for fun on the water and carries an extensive inventory of toys including snorkel gear, kayaks, a Hobie Wave catamaran, waterskis, towable toys, fishing equipment, and a 22’ highspeed tender.
Motor yacht SILVER ANGEL has announced plans to relocate to the Indian Ocean this winter. The 64 meter superyacht will be available for Benetti yacht charter vacations in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Madagascar.
Built by Benetti and launched in 2009, the 211 foot yacht offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms. A crew of 21 are onboard to attend to the guests.
The Indian Ocean is an idyllic paradise. Here you will experience white-sand beaches lapped by aquamarine waters, bright blue skies, and year-round sunshine.
Opportunities for diving and snorkeling abound in this pristine eco-tourism region.
Memories of your time aboard Benetti yacht SILVER ANGEL in the Indian Ocean will stay with you long after your tan fades!
The winter rate is set at USD $450,000 per week, plus all expenses (items such as food, fuel, and dockage).
Several other luxury yachts will depart the Mediterranean and re-locate to the Indian Ocean this winter, including motor yacht MOECCA and sail yacht PERLA DEL MARE. For more information on this exotic locale, contact our 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.
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With the tight economy forcing American boaters to reconsider expensive trips abroad, the appeal of Florida yacht charters has increased dramatically in the past two years. Perhaps not on par with a Virgin Islands yacht charter, there are still plenty of points of interest while cruising along the South Florida coast, especially for charterers who also enjoy scuba diving.
While the Florida Keys may be known for their fishing and scuba diving locations, both Broward and Miami-Dade counties have some of the best spots to scuba dive in the nation. From natural reefs to sunken ships, it’s amazing what can be found off the shores of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Many of the reefs and wrecks can be found in 60 to 80 feet of water, making South Florida a great choice for both novice and advanced divers.
Here are some of our top picks:
First, Tugboat Jay Scutti (off Ft. Lauderdale)
Sunk in Sept. 1986, this 95 foot tug was seized by the government in a drug smuggling operation. It was bought at auction by a man who renamed it the “Jay Scutti,” after his son. The wreck lies in 70 feet of water and is centered between a 45 foot wreck named “Moonshot” and another named “Pride,” a 95 foot sailboat. All three wrecks are tethered together by a cable. Divers can usually explore two of the wrecks in one dive. Lots of fish inhabit the Jay Scutti, and it’s possible to enter the wreck through various openings.
Second, Hammerhead Reef (off Ft. Lauderdale)
Located just south of Port Everglades and running to the Dania Pier, this two and a half mile reef is famous for its sharks, rays, and large grouper. The front portion of the reef is in 60 feet of water, while the back side plunges to 80 feet. In some spots, the reef rises to nearly 20 feet. Tons of marine life call this reef home and make it a great spot for reef diving.
Third, Miami Beach Wreck Trek (off Miami Beach)
It’s pretty impressive how artificial reefs have been created by linking multiple wrecks together via a guide cable. The Miami Beach Wreck Trek is a shallow dive, about 50 to 60 feet of water. It begins with a pair of army tanks on the southern end. As they swim north, divers encounter several tons of limestone boulders and more wrecks like the “Rio Miami,” a 105 foot tug which sits upright in about 65 feet of water.
Fourth, also off the Miami Beach coast is a trio of sunken tug boats. The “Belzona Ona,” lies in 85 feet of water. About 75 feet away is the second tug, “Belzona Two,” in 60 feet of water. The deepest of the trio, “Belzona Three,” is a 100 foot tug at a depth of 85 feet.
Finally, not far away is the “Belcher Barge #27,” a 195 foot steel barge that was sunk in 1985. The barge flipped on its way to the bottom, but experienced divers can penetrate it and swim the ship’s entire length.
Please comment to let us know about your experiences diving these awesome Florida dive sites!
In addition to cruising in south Florida, Bahama yacht charters are great options for closer-to-home getaways. Contact our local charter guides for more details in Miami, the Florida Keys and nearby Bimini, Bahamas.
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Built in 2007, motor yacht Eagle’s Nest can accommodate 6 to 10 guests in 4 cabins, making her ideal for a family vacation.
Her master stateroom, located on the main deck, features a walkaround queen bed, satellite TV, and ensuite bath. Below deck, two guest staterooms offer walkaround queen beds, while a third cabin features twin beds plus two built-in bunks – a perfect room for 4 children.
Each stateroom has many features. For example, a Crestron audio entertainment system with surround sound, reading lights next to the beds, complete blackout blinds, hairdryers, and port holes allowing plenty of natural light.
For active guests, Eagles Nest carries an assortment of aquasports equipment – from snorkeling gear to fishing poles and scuba gear (for certified divers only).
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When it comes to more remote dive sites, dives around the more exposed Cooper Island and Carvel Rock are rarer and more challenging. These can only be done by experienced divers. They are also only good if weather conditions are very calm. When the conditions are right, divers taking the plunge from the east side of Cooper Island at Dry Rocks East will be rewarded! They will see scores of marine life, including Horse-eye Jacks, African Pompano, Spadefish, Cobia, and Nurse sharks. If you’re lucky, Hawksbill turtles will also be there. In the same area the Devil’s Kitchen is a shelf. This shelf becomes more undercut with a rock structure. The structure forms a unique lattice with numerous hideouts for reef fish, turtles, and lobsters.
With dozens of charter boats based in the BVI, it is simple and affordable to rent your own private yacht. For more information, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
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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.
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.
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.
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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