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Call it, “Life imitating art.” They were under siege by a great white shark in the 1975 film, JAWS. Actor Roy Scheider’s character exclaimed, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.’
Obviously the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, took that sentiment to heart. His 282 foot superyacht is up for sale. It will be replaced with an even larger vessel.
Oceanco 2010 Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS lived up to its name. The famous director, his wife Kate Capshaw, and their seven children made it happen. They took the yacht on a 30,000-mile round-the-world cruise.
Over the years, many famous Hollywood celebrities have been guests onboard the yacht. For instance, Gyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio. The UK’s Daily News wrote an article. A friend of the director said, “Steven didn’t realize how much he’d enjoy cruising the ocean. Now he’d like to spend more time exploring the seas, and bring a few friends along for the ride. So he’s upgrading to a bigger yacht.”
The yacht is sometimes available for hire. This season’s charter rate in the Mediterranean is $1.2 million per week.
“She has always been a favorite charter yacht,” says Jana Sheeder, President and yacht charter Maven of 1-800 Yacht Charters.
If you’re considering renting the yacht this summer, you might have to wait until September, as the legendary director and his family have spent a considerable portion of their summer vacation onboard, and were recently spotted taking in the sites of Portofino, Italy. Even the family dog is along for the ride.
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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.
When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.
“We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!“
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.
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
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!
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.
Poor Leo. After being snubbed by the Oscar voters, the “Django Unchained” star was hard at work, toiling away like the rest of us 9 to 5 lunch-pailers.
Well…maybe “toiling” is not the right word.
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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow joins Steven Spielberg for a day of boating that ends up costing him. The Hollywood Director received a small fine from the Italian Coast Guard, as his yacht came too close to the coast and angered beachgoing sunbathers in Sardinia.
According to the Daily Mail, Spielberg’s 280 foot motor yacht, SEVEN SEAS, breached maritime regulations. Beachgoers were quick to call police and the Coast Guard, who slapped the director of “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn“ with a 172 Euro fine.
As to the incident, Merchant Marine’s Vincenzo Petrella stated,
“We arrived at the scene, and there was a bearded gentleman signing autographs for people on the beach. Holidaymakers called us because the tender was so close to the shore. I recognized him instantly and he came up to me and said ‘I’m Steven Spielberg. How can I help?’ I told him that regulations forbid tenders coming within 300 meters of the shore. I said that I had no other option but to fine him.”
Per Petrella, the “very apologetic” director offered to pay there, on the spot. “I explained it had to be paid via a post office account. He took the paperwork and the next day a fax arrived at our office confirming that the fine had been paid” to the merchant navy.
Originally available as a Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, Spielberg yacht Seven Seas has been used exclusively this season by her famous owner, and numerous celebrity guests, like Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted onboard.
Although Seven Seas is not a green yacht, learn more about carbon neutral yachts in our blog post, Ultra Green Yacht to be First Self-Sufficient Zero Carbon Vessel.
Many luxury yacht charter vessels are offering deep discounts to fill their remaining available dates in August. Take advantage of savings of 25% or more this month. Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today!
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Sardinia has been on everyone’s radar for the past few weeks. First, we heard how Steven Spielberg, with Gwyneth Paltrow in tow, ran afoul of the local authorities as the tender to his superyacht, motoryacht SEVEN SEAS cruised too close to island beachgoers.
Then, we reported on the Perini Navi yacht charter fleet preparing for early September’s sailing regatta against the beautiful backdrop of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
So exactly where is Sardinia and what is the allure that draws so many sailors and visitors?
Sardinia is Italy’s second largest island as well as the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is famed for its beautiful beaches and fascinating history. The nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the French island of Corsica, the Spanish Balearic Islands, and the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, and Tunisia.
For Atlas lovers, the island of Sardinia is situated between 38° 51′ and 41° 15′ latitude north and 8° 8′ and 9° 50′ east longitude. To the west of Sardinia is the Balearic Sea; to Sardinia’s east is the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Over many centuries the island has survived countless invasions by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Arabs. Local festivals on the island still reflect the long-lasting impact of those cultures.
Numerous castles, villages, temples and tombs cover the countryside, and with its perfect summer weather, tourists arrive in droves, some via Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, but many more via ferry service from the Italian mainland.
Have you been to Sardinia? Please tell us about your experiences!
For a sample yachting itinerary of the Italian Riviera, including Sardinia, contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .
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Why rent a private yacht to attend the world’s preeminent film festival when you can stay onboard your own superyacht?
That’s exactly what Steven Spielberg did – opting to stay aboard his 282′ luxury yacht charter vessel, motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival, which took place in Cannes, France.
The legendary film producer and director spent most nights onboard the Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, along with wife, Kate Capshaw.
Spielberg served as the President of the film jury for the main competition.
When asked about his role as head of the jury, Spielberg replied, “It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”
While other A-list celebs were forced to navigate the crowded streets of Cannes and the endless sea of paparazzi, Spielberg and his guests escaped each evening to the privacy of a, “floating villa.” Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS offers accommodations for 12 guests and is loaded with amenities.
The infinity swimming pool on her aft deck can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad, or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool, itself.
Some of our readers may remember first reading about yacht SEVEN SEAS in June, 2011, while Leo DiCaprio and then-steady Blake Lively were onboard. Later that same summer, the Mediterranean yacht charter vessel was again in the news when the Steven Spielberg yacht ran afoul of the Italian Coast Guard while guest Gwyneth Paltrow was visiting.
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Internet rumor mill ignored. Actress Blake Lively happily spends quality time with new beau, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Websites circulated photos showing the “Gossip Girl” actress posing naked. Blake and Leo were unphased. They were seen relaxing and laughing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS. They enjoyed Spielberg’s multi-million dollar superyacht during the Cannes Film Festival.
Lively’s spokeswoman issued a statement saying the photos aren’t real.
“The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites … are 100 percent FAKE,” the spokeswoman said. “Blake has never taken nude photos of herself.“
The Internet was abuzz last week. Five photos of the naked, busty blond taking iPhone bathroom selfies appeared on celebrity websites. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote,
“Blake Lively won’t be happy about this,” while site Zap2It, suggested the pictures were old.
Lively will take legal action. She will go against any outlets that publish the photos.
Earlier this year, she was hired as the face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag ad campaign.
The actress had a chance to take a break from the hustle of the film fest and relax at sea with Leo and his good friend Lukas Haas onboard Steven Spielberg’s 282 foot vessel. At one point, Lively was seen enjoying a big laugh with Di Caprio before getting a warm hug from the Hollywood leading man.The former Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, motor yacht SEVEN SEAS was originally put into charter after her launch in late 2010. At the time, she was on of the largest yachts available for hire. Since then, her famous owner had a change of heart and decided to keep the yacht for private use only…at least for now.
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The deckhand approaches the charter of guests. He says, “would anyone care to ride the banana?“
Surprisingly, not an eyebrow was raised nor a snicker made by any of the guests at the funny name. These were repeat charterers, and they knew. A”banana” is one of the reasons that they chose to charter this Feadship yacht.
A banana is one of many popular watertoys available on most Caribbean yacht charter vessels. It is a towable toy that is a giant, yellow, floating cylindrical tube, with room for 3 or more fun-loving adventurists.
Charter skippers add more new toys to their onboard inventory every season. Yachts used to only carry a couple of fishing poles, snorkel gear, and a windsurfer. Now, you find waverunners, underwater scooters, and multiple towable toys onboard the typical vessel for hire.
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, maven of an international private yacht charter agency, comments.
“When it comes to toys on today’s charter vessels, the rule of thumb is simple – go extreme,” says Sheeder. “We now see yachts carrying high performance waverunners, segway scooters for playing ashore, and even small submarines for exploring reefs.“
The onboard toy inventory of Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS reads like a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. The yacht carries multiple watertoys. Just a few, for instance, are 3 tenders, 4 waverunners, windsurfers, paddleboards, kiteboard, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkel gear, and multiple Aqua Slides.
The 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR keeps pace with yacht SEVEN SEAS by including among her toys: 2 Laser sailing dinghies, 4 Kayaks, SCUBA gear (certified divers only), and 4 BladeFish underwater scooters.
Sheeder is grateful her yacht owners continue their pursuit of bigger, faster, more unique toys.
“In the end, it’s the charter customers who benefit from the childlike enthusiasm of yacht owners willing to spend whatever it takes to have the newest toys and techno-gadgets onboard their luxury yachts.“
Are you ready to charter a mega yacht with onboard toys like the banana, Bladefish underwater scooters, segways, and submarines? Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE to book your vacation now!
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Her celebrity owner used the yacht all summer. On-again/off-again Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht SEVEN SEAS heads to the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. The show is September 21 through 24.
The spectacular 86 meter (280 ft) Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS has been in the news throughout the summer. Steven Speilberg owned yacht hosted family and celebrity friends, for instance, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Contemporary styling and modern lines define this elegant yacht. To illustrate, she boasts extraordinary interior volume. Her beam is 14.20 meters. Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS features accommodations for twelve guests. Accommodations include four large guest suites and two luxurious VIP suites.
Oceanco’s signature infinity swimming pool is on the aft deck. It can be conveniently transformed into a helipad. A favorite innovative highlight of 1-800 Yacht Charters’ President, Jana Sheeder on Seven Seas, is a projector. This throws an image up onto the aft glass wall of the pool. It allows guests to watch movies while swimming or on the quay.
The owner has an iconic role in American cinema. He highlights in through his yacht. For example, the main salon has a professional projection system and a 5 x 2 meter screen. These are coupled with two rows of raked seating. The seating can transform into a screening theater. Next to the main salon is a 250m² area. To illustrate, it can host everything from casual al fresco dining to a black-tie Cannes Film Festival gala.
The yacht has an extensive list of amenities. For instance, a custom enclosed 10.5 meter limo tender and custom 9.2 meter open sport boat are watertoys.
Oceanco is proud to present this magnificent yacht. Her presence at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show is welcome. Her berth number is slip R01. Above all, visits on board will be by invitation only.
Want to attend the Monaco yacht show? Please contact our destination specialists HERE.
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