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282 Foot Spielberg Yacht SEVEN SEAS For Sale

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Call it, “Life imitating art.”  When 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.’

It seems the film’s director Steven Spielberg has taken that sentiment to heart, as his 282 foot superyacht is up for sale, and it is scheduled to be replaced with an even larger vessel.

The Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS, built in 2010 by Dutch yard Oceanco, has lived up to its name. In 2013, the famous director, his wife Kate Capshaw, and their seven children took the yacht on a 30,000-mile round-the-world cruise.

Profile of Spielberg yacht Seven Seas from the bow

Over the years, many famous Hollywood celebrities have been guests onboard the yacht, including Gwyneth Paltrow, and Leonardo DiCaprio.  According to the UK’s Daily News, 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.”

When not in use by Spielberg and his family, the Monaco yacht charter vessel is 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.

steven spielberg, his dog, and family members onboard dinghy during yacht charter

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.

Lucky pooch!

https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/For information on chartering Oceanco yacht SEVEN SEAS or a similar vessel, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at info@1800yachtcharters.com or https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

 

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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!

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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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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Keys to Hybrid Sports Car

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Collage of 3 photographs of Leonardo diCaprio. Left photo is of Leo in a grey suit and standing in front of a white banner at a special event. Top right is a silver sportscar. Bottom right is Leo standing next to a silver sportscar in a showroom

Ah, life is good for film star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Dating “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, we first caught a glimpse of Leo relaxing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS, Steven Spielberg‘s multi-million dollar superyacht, during the recent Cannes Film Festival 2011.

Now we hear di Caprio is about to take delivery of a 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid luxury sports sedan.  And not just any Fisker Karma – the very first one ever built.

The actor is known for leading the green enviro movement in Hollywood, and his latest toy, like his Toyota Prius is built with sustainability in mind. The Karma is designed by Henrik Fisker, formerly of Aston Martin, and has been developed around an aluminium chassis. 

The plug-in Karma is driven by a a pair of electric motors totaling 403hp, powered by a 22 kWh lithium ion battery, or a 175kW generator turned by a 2.2L gas engine.

Even with its eco-friendly background, the Karma features a 125 mph top speed and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Also waiting in line for his own hybrid is Al “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore.

Just imagine the buzz if Leo were to invest in a hybrid mega yacht charter vessel?!

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Celebrity Yacht Charter | DiCaprio On Yacht With Bikini-Clad Women

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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. 

DiCaprio, who skipped the Academy Awards ceremony, was seen lounging on a docked yacht in southern California on Monday, surrounded by bikini-clad women. 
The actor went without a nomination for his work in Django, but co-star Christoph Waltz picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while director Quentin Tarantino snared an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. 
Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio on the deck of a yacht with 5 bikini-clad young women on deck with him
DiCaprio is no stranger to yachting, beautiful women on superyachts, or our blog.   He has been known to enjoy luxury sailing charter vacations to remote locales such as Cuba, and is often seen onboard Mediterranean yacht charter vessels such as the Steven Spielberg yacht, SEVEN SEASRemember Leo’s spending time with friend Blake Lively onboard motor yacht Seven Seas in 2011??
Leo was onboard, reshooting scenes for his upcoming movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”  Sporting white linen pants, sunglasses, and a slicked-back 80’s hairstyle, the 38 year-old actor portrays real-life stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, in the Martin Scorsese film about Belfort and his role in the Wall Street fraud case in the 1980’s.
Five women in bathing suits joined Leo on the yacht for the re-shoot, including co-star Margot Robbie, dressed in an eye-catching gold one-piece bathing suit with a plunging neckline.  Robbie plays Belfort’s wife, Nadine.  

 

At one point, Leo was spotted kissing Margot for the cameras. Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio on the deck of a yacht, surrounded by girls in bikinis. He is kissing a blond in a gold bikini.

 

 

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Coast Guard Fines Steven Spielberg Yacht With Gwyneth Paltrow Aboard

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Photograph of Steven Spielberg standing next to Gwyneth Paltrow. He is wearing a black suit with white shirt and black tie. She is wearing a black dress with a silver broach on the left side. They are both smiling. Photo taken before they received Coast Guard fine for yacht coming to close to shore

THE SCENE

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.

DAILY MAIL REPORT

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.

 

COAST GUARD REPORT

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.

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Destination Italy: Where is Sardinia?

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Photograph of Cala Soraja Island of Spargi Sardinia Italy


SARDINIA AS DESTINATION

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.

 

PERINI NAVI YACHT CHARTER FLEET

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.

 

WHERE IS SARDINIA?

So exactly where is Sardinia and what is the allure that draws so many sailors and visitors?

Map of Sardinia. Colored drawing.

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.

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Hollywood Icon Takes Own Luxury Yacht to Cannes Film Festival

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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.”

Aerial view of motoryacht with blue hull and white superstructure underwayWhile 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.

After the film festival concluded, the yacht and her owner planned to spend several weeks privately cruising the Mediterranean before heading back to the United States.
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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.

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WHO KNEW?  Spielberg Rejected Twice to Direct James Bond Movies

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Recently, we told our readers that Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg had put his spectacular Monaco yacht charter vessel up for sale.  The Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS is scheduled to be replaced with an even larger vessel.

In a, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” kind of way, we thought it would be fun to look at an interesting tie-in between Spielberg and the James Bond movie franchise. After all, it is obvious Spielberg loves yachts, and most of us are familiar with the correlation of James Bond and fast, luxurious yachts.  In fact, there are several yachts named in honor of Bond films and currently available for private yacht charter  – yachts like OCTOPUSSY and CASINO ROYALE.

James Bond 007 movie The Living Daylights scene on yacht deck - Timothy Dalton - Belle Avery Kell Tyler in black bikini

So, back to the tie-in between Spielberg and Bond:

Did you know that Steven Spielberg Was Twice Rejected to Direct a James Bond Film??!!!

Yep, it’s true.

Spielberg has made no secret of his affinity for the Bond film franchise, and his desire to direct a Bond movie.

It turns out that he had two opportunities to pitch longtime Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.  On both occasions, Broccoli said NO.

According to Broccoli’s daughter, Barbara (who took over the production reigns after her father’s death), a young, relatively unknown Spielberg made his first directorial pitch to her father early in his career.  Broccoli was impressed by the young director’s passion, but felt he lack the experience to helm a major title like Bond.

Barbara said her father told Spielberg, “Kid, ya gotta get some more films under your belt.

After Spielberg released one of his best-reviewed films, ‘Schindler’s List,’ he sent a letter to Broccoli asking again if he could direct a Bond movie. Barbara says her father once again turned down Spielberg, this time saying, “Now I can’t afford you!

steven spielberg standing behind a podium in front of Schindler's List writing on wall

It’s safe to say things turned out ok for Mr. Spielberg.  He’s directed over a dozen blockbuster films, and  when not in use by Academy Award-winning director and his family, his yacht SEVEN SEAS is available for hire in the Mediterranean at a price of $1.2 million per week…

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