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28 Passenger Superyacht To Make St. Martin Yacht Charter Debut This Winter

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The 82.50 meter motor yacht O’MEGA, one of the very few private luxury yacht charter vessels in the world with the capacity for over 12  guests, is heading to the Caribbean for the very first time this winter.

Re-launched in 2004 after a complete remodel from a near-bare hull, super yacht O’MEGA underwent a major refit in 2009, and has had continuous upgrades every year since.  With an excellent crew-to-guest ratio, there are 30 crewmembers onboard to attend to 28 guests in 14 guest staterooms.

O'Mega superyacht underway

While in the Caribbean from early December, 2016 through April 2017, her weekly charter rate is  €525,000 + running expenses.  There is a two week minimum fee for charters during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The only other +12 passenger superyacht considering relocation to the Caribbean for the winter is the 36 passenger motor yacht CHRISTINA O, as her owner has expressed interest in the emerging Cuba yacht charter marketplace (now that travel restrictions between the governments of the United States and Cuba have been eased).

Christina O Motoryacht underway

With so few large-capacity yachts in the Caribbean this winter, we expect strong demand for both of these vessels in the area of St. Martin, particularly for St Barts yacht charter clients who invade the small island to celebrate the New Year.

1-800 Yacht Charters has dozens of luxury yachts available in the Caribbean this winter.  Let us Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family and friends this winter.  For more information on yacht charter vessels and destinations, email the yacht charter professionals at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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70 Meter Motor Yacht Martha Ann to Cruise Adriatic

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To the delight of Lurssen yacht charter fans everywhere, the owner of motor yacht MARTHA ANN has agreed to position the 70 meter superyacht in the Adriatic as of 1 June 2013.   At this writing, the yacht will return to the Western Mediterranean for a booking in mid-July.

Martha Ann superyacht underway

Rarely do the world’s largest yachts venture from the standard and uber-popular Western Med cruising grounds such as the Amalfi Coast and the south of France.

Lürssen yacht MARTHA ANN is maintained to a high standard inside and out.  Many recent upgrades include the purchase of 2 new SeaDoo GTX 260’s and the addition of a 44 foot / 13.41 meter Nautica towed tender.

According to Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants, she is a special superyacht. 

“With her massive beam of nearly 13 meters, she boasts extraordinary volumes for a yacht of this length. With 7 wet bars and a beautiful glass elevator that services all 5 decks, this is the ideal entertainment yacht for a Mediterranean yacht charter in the summer or a Caribbean yacht charter in St. Barts to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Motoryacht MARTHA ANN offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms.  Her weekly rate is Euro 600,000 per week, plus running expenses.  For more information or to reserve your charter aboard motor yacht MARTHA ANN, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Amels Brews Magical Elixir 4You…Yacht Charters Will Never Be the Same

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Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht?  If you are, we have great news.

Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.

Amels motor yacht ELIXIR and yacht 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models will be available this December, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations, or further south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts.

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Built in 2012, Amels yacht 4YOU features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior and sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins.  The newer yacht ELIXIR, Amels 180 offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins, and also boats a Laura Sessa interior with a bit more eclectic look than 4YOU.

ELIXIR superyacht

The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series is designed by naval architect Tim Heywood.  Ever-evolving, it is considered one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite is fitted with a folding balcony, with two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.  The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long with a luxury space of 155 square meters – quite possible the largest sun deck you’ll find on any 55 meter charter vessel this winter and spring in the Caribbean…

Rates begin at €275,000 per week — up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates…

To plan your own yacht charter vacation on 4You, Elixir, or any other yacht, contact yacht charter specialist Jim at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Award-Winning Interior Design Captured In Yacht SEALYON Video

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Award-Winning Style

Motor yacht SEALYON first launched in 2009 . Her name at the time was yacht CANDYSCAPE II.  We remember saying, “This yacht has, ‘it.  IT refers to that exceptional fusion of glamour, design, and quality.  For instance, we are not alone in our praise of the Espen Øino-designed superyacht.  She is built by Italy’s Viareggio Super Yachts.  The yacht scored a 2010 World Superyacht Award as the Best Displacement Motor Yacht, 500GT-1,299GT.

Aerial photo of motoryacht SEALYON underway

 

 

Interior Design As Sweet As Candy

Award-winning recognition followed in 2011 with a win at the International Yacht Awards.  It was in the category of “Power Yachts over 60 metres.”  She won for her outstanding interior design by Candy & Candy of London.  With this in mind, one judge comments on her interior.

“An eclectic collection of detailed decoration using veneers, fabrics, leathers, metals and stones to create a truly unique floating wonder.”  

 

Every Picture Tells A Story

Fast-forward to 2018.  The 202 fot super yacht SEALYON is still as impressive as on day one. T. Debuse, charter manager for the owner comments.

“SEALYON is undoubtedly a yacht that has fulfilled its mission statement with the highest build quality and superbly comfortable, beautifully decorated and detailed interior.” DeBuse also thinks the yacht’s new video captures the splendor of the yacht.  “They say a picture paints a 1000 words.  The video of  Sealyon paints a picture indeed!”

 

A Week Your Family Will Never Forget…

In conclusion, the 61.8 meter superyacht offer accommodations for up to 12 guests, and is available for France yacht charter vacations along the Côte d’Azur in the summer, and St. Barts yacht charter holidays in the Caribbean in the winter and spring.  Rates start at €325,000 per week for low season dates.

 

BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For reservation requests, click HERE.

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Benz-inspired Luxury Helicopter on Superyachts

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Photograph of a silver and black Mercedes Benz EC145 Eurocopter helicopter parked in front of a building with glass walls. Rotors are black with orange tips.

HELIPADS AND HELICOPTERS

Helipads on luxury yachts are commonplace.  Ondeck helipads no longer turn heads at the quay in Monaco.  The type of helicopter on the pad still garners envious gazes, however.

EBASE

Eurocopter premiered the first finished aircraft at this month’s EBACE 2011.  Only one year after unveiling the EC145 Benz concept airship, they did it again.  Last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was in Geneva.
 

WHAT IS THE EC145

Mercedes new helicopter is inspired by R-class high-end vehicles.  The twin-engine Mercedes Benz-style helicopter features a versatile interior. For instance, it is enabled by a modular approach . This allows it to be tailored to suit a range of travel needs for the well-heeled.  For example, taking the family for a weekend getaway in the Alps.  Other options might be taking celebrity clients to a St Barts yacht for New Year’s.
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LUXURY MATERIALS AND FEATURES

The EC145 interior showcases Mercedes’ knowledge of luxury materials. It also showcases lighting for both luxury ambiance and German practicality.  This magic is created by Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.
 

INTERIOR

Cockpit and cabin upholstery is available in a range. For instance, the usual top-shelf Benz materials and colors.  It is also offered in elegant woods for flooring and ceiling paneling. Ambient lighting is also available in various colors.  Mercedes uses this technologies in E and S-Class cars.

The EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style aircraft is not just about luxury but the effective and flexible use of space. It is the only he-lo in its class that can seat up to eight passengers. For the cabin layout, all seats are mounted on rails and can be quickly and easily reconfigured/removed for additional room for luggage. There are also multi-function boxes with features such as a mini-frig, cup holder and table, and 15-inch TV monitor and DVD player.

The aft-cabin features a high-capacity luggage compartment with room for baggage, golf clubs, even bicycles.

Like the R-Class models that inspired it, the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style is the most versatile and spacious helicopter in its class.  Available 2011, this model will surely be onboard Virgin Island yacht charter vessels right away.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER

Rugby World Cup 2011 New Zealand starts this September.  In conclusion, contact our destination experts HERE to charter a yacht for this special event.

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Escape Winter’s Chill On SnowbirD Superyacht

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Photograph of SnowBird, a big white yacht, underway. It is running toward the lower right side of the photograph.

Hakvoort superyacht SnowbirD

Since her coming-out party at the Cannes Film Festival 2011, motor yacht SnowbirD has continued to turn heads along the Côte d’Azur.  Now, the spectacular 39 meter luxury ocean-going superyacht is heading across the pond to the warm waters of the Caribbean.  Offering fabulous accommodation for up to 10 guests, motor yacht SnowbirD will be the ideal St Barts yacht charter vessel for the winter and spring.

Built in Holland, Hakvoort motor yacht SnowbirD features an interior both traditional and modern in style. The full-beam owner’s suite includes a study, plus a stateroom with a king-size bed and a large walk-in closet.  There are four guest cabins on the lower deck, two double VIP staterooms, and two twin-bed guest rooms. All feature ensuite bathrooms.

The entertainment areas onboard the yacht are equally impressive, and boasts an open plan main lounge/dining area arrangement. The bridge deck sky lounge opens onto a charming aft area with built-in seating and a teak dining table.

The sun deck features plenty of open area for sunbathing as well as two large sofas and teak tables. A large Jacuzzi whirlpool tub accommodates up to six people, with an adjacent granite-topped wet bar.

Similar yachts available this winter in the Caribbean include Feadship motor yacht GO, Moonen motor yacht NORTHLANDER, and Sunseeker motor yacht BLACK and WHITE

To book a winter escape of your own, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination professionals at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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How Do You Get To St Barts?

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Aerial photograph of the island of St. Barths in the Caribbean. Large island surrounded by blue water.

Where is Caribbean yacht charter island, St. Barts?

CLIENT QUESTION

“Dear SailAway – I love reading the blogs about the big yachts and all of the celebrities that hang out in St Barts during the holidays. I will be in St Martin for a hotel-based vacation, and while I can’t afford a luxury yacht charter, I would love to see St Barts. What’s the best way to get there?

 

EDITOR RESPONSE

Thanks, Terry. You have several options:

BY AIR

There are daily flights from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) located in St Maarten (Netherlands, Antilles). It’s a short 10-12 minute flight to St Barth’s Gustave III Airport, located on the island’s north coast. The descent is a real nail biter for the fainthearted, necessitating a pass through a narrow break in a hilltop and a landing on the 280 meter runway that ends on St Jean beach.
Call +590 590 276541 for flight info.

BY FERRY

If you would rather avoid the short flight, several inter-island high-speed ferry services operate regularly between St Maarten and St Bart’s. It’s a 45 minute ride.

Voyager Ferry (daily travel between St Martin, St Barts and Saba)

+590 590 275410
www.voyager-st-barths.com

Master Ski Pilou (private water taxi transfer from St Barth’s to St Maarten Juliana Airport and Anguilla)

+590 590 279 179
www.masterski-pilou.com

 

 

Photograph of a catamaran sailboat at anchor, while charter guests sit with feet in the water or dive off and swim from the boat.

Rent a sailboat catamaran with crew

 

RENT A SAILBOAT

As to not being able to afford a yacht charter, Terry, you might be surprised. Megayachts are certainly very expensive, but many travelers prefer smaller, more intimate crewed catamaran charters for their yachting vacations.

 

RATE

A family or group of 8 passengers can rent a crewed catamaran for under $15,000 per week, inclusive of all meals, alcohol, crew, and LOTS of onboard watersports toys like bananas, wakeboards, snorkel gear, underwater scooters, SCUBA diving, etc.

 

TRAVEL TO ST. BARTS IN STYLE

For pricing, specials, and more general information to rent private yacht, contact the SailAway Caribbean experts at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Large Family Enjoys Mediterranean Yacht Charter On 228 foot Luxury Yacht

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Profile of yacht SHERAKHAN with blue hull and white superstructure

“We want to thank you and your amazing Crew for a trip of a lifetime. Our 8 days aboard motor yacht SHERAKHAN will forever be remembered and revered as beyond exceptional.

 

We decided to charter SHERAKHAN because of the ship’s ability to sleep more than twenty guests and the crew was to be amazing. I would like to confirm that the ship is beyond beautiful and the crew is beyond anything I have ever experienced.  Chefs Mark and Michael were incredible, we never wanted to eat a meal off the boat the food was so delicious! Every morning we looked forward to seeing the incredible fruit and vegetable sculptures at the buffet table. We played water sports until we couldn’t stand, had amazing massages, and played in the glass-bottom Jacuzzi. We sang Karaoke until we couldn’t sing and danced the night away under the moon and the stars.

I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to each and every member of the crew – some I only saw once or twice – others all day every day. Thank you all so much for your hard work and all of the love you put into making sure we had a trip of a lifetime.

-John B”
email withheld

 

Photograph of the huge spa pool that seats 18 on motoryacht SHERAKHAN

Glass-bottomed hot tub spa that seats 18

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Editor’s note:

Motoryacht SHERAKHAN and her amazing sundeck and hot tub, first caught attention on our blog in November 2011, when we rated the top 5 on-deck tubs on charter vessels.

The 228 foot motor yacht SHERAKHAN is extremely popular with large extended families, as she is one of a select few vessels with the capacity to accommodate 20 to 26 guests.

This spacious yacht is now in the shipyard and finishing her winter maintenance work before relocating to the islands for the start of the Caribbean yacht charter season. Improvements include all new deck furniture and new carpets throughout. Watertoys are all either being replaced or serviced to as-new condition. The Bimini cover above the on-deck hot tub is being adapted to give more shade options and large modern shade parasols are being installed on the sun deck.

Yacht SHERAKHAN is available from mid-November in the Caribbean, including Thanksgiving and the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays.

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to arrange your own memorable vacation aboard superyacht SHERAKHAN.

 

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Lively DiCaprio Aboard Spielberg Yacht

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Luxury yacht charter guests Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively join Steven SpielbergBLAKE LIVELY REVEALED

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.

 

 

FAKES?

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.

 

PEREZ HILTON COMMENTS

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.  

 

LEGAL ACTION

Lively will take legal action. She will go against any outlets that publish the photos. 

 

CURRENT LIVELY STATUS

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.

BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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Luxury Yacht Charter Maven Reflects on Industry in 2013

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With many of her clients still onboard their yachts enjoying their 2013 year-end St Barts yacht charter vacations, Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters, takes a few minutes to reflect on the year that was (and offers us a glimpse of what’s to come in 2014).

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters standing with yacht Vertige female crewmember on dock in front of boat. Jana wearing halter long dress and gold name badge, and crewmember wearing short black skirt and white short-sleeved shirt.

Q:  The charter industry still seems to be recovering from the global economic downturn of the past couple years.  Did 2013 represent an uptick in the volume of charter business?

Sheeder:  “Our research indicates 2013 showed significant improvement in charter revenues when compared to both 2011 and 2012.  Many newly-built yachts entered the  charter marketplace in 2013.  These are builds that had stalled while under construction during the height of the downturn.  As the global economy began to pick up, delayed construction projects commenced.

The result is a beautiful new fleet of superyacht charter vessels that hit the seas in time for the 2013 summer Mediterranean charter season.”

 

Q:  Did the year end on an uptick?

Sheeder:  “We haven’t seen any industry data yet, so we can’t speak for our competitors.  We can tell you in terms of the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace,  SailAway (1-800 Yacht Charters) had its strongest December in over 3 years. While the inquiries for smaller vessels did not grow, our bookings of superyachts – some of the largest yachts in the world –  increased significantly.

Presently, we have the two largest charter vessels currently docked in St Barts for 9 night charters – motor yacht LAUREL (240 feet, $525,000 per week) and the Lurssen yacht charter motoryacht MARTHA ANN (230 feet, 600,000 EUROS per week).”

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Q:  What was the biggest change you witnessed in 2013 in the charter industry?

Sheeder:  “I would have to say the ending of VAT exempt charters in France. For many years, our clients enjoyed St. Tropez yacht charters and summer vacations along the Cote d’Azur, free of the burden of VAT.  That all changed in the summer of 2013 when the French yacht charter VAT went into effect.   As of July 15, 2013, charterers can expect to pay an additional 9.8% for their Côte d’Azur yacht charter.”

Q:  Are you optimistic as you look ahead to 2014?

Sheeder:  “Our team is extremely optimistic as we focus on incremental growth in 2014. During the economic downturn, while many of our competitors hunkered down to ride out the storm, we took a contrarian approach.  We focused our efforts on increased marketing. Our strategy was simple – stay in touch with existing clients and prospects. We wanted to be “easy to find” once the economy turned around.

Internally, we call it our “Tip of the Tongue” project.  Clients had tightened their belts during the downturn, and we were committed to be the brand they remembered (always on the tip of the tongue) when they were ready to loosen their discretionary income belts again!

Now that 2014 is here, we are excited to announce that:

  • Our newly-designed website is nearing completion
  • We are launching a new subsidiary to provide luxury yacht tenders to megayacht owners
  • We are opening additional satellite offices
  • We are focused on charitable causes — helping others, helping marine life, and helping the environment — Paying it Forward and Making a Difference for all that’s been given to us! 

The sky’s the limit!  It will be an exciting, challenging, and awe-inspiring year!”

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