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All-Inclusive Rate Sets Megayacht Apart in Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Market

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Aerial photograph of big white boat, Olga, underway. Headed toward the right side of photo

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!)

Photograph of massage therapist and client (who is on massage bed) on the back of a superyacht. There is another motoryacht anchored behind them, in the distance.

 

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.

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An Angel in the Indian Ocean

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Photograph of motoryacht SILVER ANGEL at dock beside a large yellow apartment complex. Yacht is facing the lower left side of the picture.

Silver Angel Benetti yacht charter boat

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!

Photograph of the deck of motoryacht Silver Angel. The photo shows a staircase leading up to the hot tub on deck.

Deck of Benetti superyacht SILVER ANGEL

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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Best Scuba Diving Spots in South Florida

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Photograph of a scuba diver in silhouette. The diver is rising to the surface of the ocean. The sunlight is on the top of the water.

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:

Photograph of a scuba diver swimming next to a dive site of a sunken ship called the Tugboat Jay Scutti in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

TUGBOAT JAY SCUTTI

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.

HAMMERHEAD REEF

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.

MIAMI BEACH WRECK TREK

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.

 

THE BELZONA TRIO

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.

 

BELCHER BARGE

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 CONTACT US WITH YOUR THOUGHTS

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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Family Fun: A Bahamas Vacation at 15% off

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Photograph of motoryacht Eagle's Nest underway. She is a solid white motoryacht with multiple windows. She is headed toward the right side of the photo.

IT’S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS

They say, It’s Better in the Bahamas, and MCP motor yacht Eagle’s Nest hopes to prove that saying true. 
 

CHARTERYACHT EAGLE’S NEST

Effectively immediately, the 98′ Bahama yacht charters vessel has a reduced weekly high season rate, from $45,000/wk to $38,000/wk – a savings of over 15%. Rates are plus running expenses (food, bar, fuel, etc.). 
 

WHY GO TO THE BAHAMAS?

Sure, a Mediterranean yacht charter vacation is fun, but what if you’re looking to stay closer to home this summer?   The Bahamas  are less than 50 miles away from Florida.  In the time it takes to commute to work, you and your family can be in the sun-drenched islands, far from the overcrowded anchorages of the Mediterranean. 
 

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

STATEROOM FEATURES

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.

 

EXTERIOR

Of course, motor yacht charters in the Bahamas are all about the sun and the sea, and yacht Eagle’s Nest is the perfect platform to explore the islands.  Her semi-shaded aft deck is ideal for al fresco dining with seating for 8-10 guests, as well as access to the cockpit, forward, and large swim platform, aft.  Moving up a level, the bridge deck is also semi-shaded and features a large Jacuzzi tub with sun pads, plus a barbeque BBQ and ice maker.  
 

TOP DECK

Need even more space to worship the sun?  A third top deck, the sun deck, offers semi-shade, an al fresco dining table, cushioned seating areas, and a wet bar.
 

WATERSPORTS TOYS

For active guests, Eagles Nest carries an assortment of aquasports equipment – from snorkeling gear to fishing poles and scuba gear (for certified divers only).

 

HOW TO BOOK A BAHAMAS YACHT CHARTER


Take advantage of this great deal HERE …and learn more about other special rates on summer yachting vacations, contact
  our destination specialists today!

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Off The Beaten Path: Great Spots For Virgin Island Yacht Charter SCUBA

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Q:  “I’ve heard catamaran charters in the BVI are good for divers.  Are there any dive sites there that are not ‘touristy?'”
A:  “Ahoy, E. – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are famous for their island beauty.  They are considered a top yacht charter destination in the world. However, few charterers are aware that the BVI are a fantastic diving destination, as well.”
bvi photograph underwater. Scuba diver swimming through a coral reef. Yellow and black striped angelfish swim on left side of picture. Pink fluffy coral hangs overhead. The diver has bubbles coming up from his scuba gear.

WRECKS TO DIVE

There are numerous wrecks, both old and new, in the BVI, with one of the most famous being the RMS Rhone, a royal mail ship that sank in a hurricane in 1867.  Movie fans are familiar with the Rhone as the location for most of the underwater scenes in the film, The Deep.”

 

REMOTE DIVE SITES

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.

HOW TO BOOK A SCUBA DIVE TRIP

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Reduced Rates Announced For Yacht Carpe Diem For Bahamas Yacht Charter Adventures

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Three adults jumping into the water off of the swim platform of yacht CARPE DIEM

SPECIAL RATE

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.

Motoryacht Carpe Diem underway - facing right

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.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES & AMENITIES

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.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Sundeck Jacuzzi with huge sunbed
  • Alfresco dining on main and skylounge aft decks
  • 6 staterooms including 3 full width king suites
  • Interior by Carol Williamson & Associates
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft)
  • 4 wet bars
  • Kaleidescape movie/music server, Xbox, iPod
  • Surround sound / 70″ HD TV in Skylounge

 

TENDERS & TOYS:

  • 32 foot / 9.75 meter Boston Whaler with 2 x 275 hp engines (Bahamas/Caribbean only)
  • 23 foot / 7 meter Novurania Chase tender with 220 hp diesel engine
  • 19 foot / 5.79 meter Zodiac Proluxe tender with 170 hp jet drive engine
  • 4 Waverunners
  • 2 SeaBobs
  • Jet Surfski
  • Flyboard
  • Waterskis
  • Wakeboard
  • Snorkel gear
  • 6 sets of SCUBA gear
  • SCUBA compressor
  • Custom Freestyle pool with jellyfish net
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft) includes: elliptical machine  fold-up treadmill, spin bike, pulley system, weight bench, free-weights, yoga mats

 

CONTACT US FOR MORE

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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