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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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3 Jaw Dropping Yachts At the Monaco Yacht Show

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From September 28 through October 1, some of the most expensive and largest yachts for charter will come together at Port Hercules, Monaco for the 2016 installment of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Three of the largest private yacht charter vessels offered for hire by 1-800 Yacht Charters will be in attendance.  Here’s a quick glimpse (please try not to drool):

Tankoa motor yacht SUERTE

 

SUERTE superyacht underway

Imagine any over-the-top amenity, and chances are this 227 foot superyacht has it.  The penthouse master stateroom offers 180 degree views, a private study, and private deck with a hot tub (of course).  Other guests who wish to soak shouldn’t feel snubbed – there’s another hot tub with a waterfall located on the aft sundeck.   [Rates from €525,000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

International Shipyard Ancona yacht OKTO

OKTO superyacht aerial running shot showing swimming pool on back deck

At nearly 218 feet, this vessel is more luxury day spa than yacht.  Built for wellness yacht charters, she features a massage/beauty/therapy room (a beautician and massage therapist are part of the crew), guest elevator, indoor cinema room, and a 20ft swimming pool (salt or/ fresh water, heated or cooled, with contra flow current). [Rates from $400,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN

MARTHA ANN superyacht

Make sure your feet are clean when you walk across the interior carpets – they’re silk and valued at $17 million dollars. This 230 foot yacht offers 7 guest cabins, and a classical-style interior by famous designer Francois  Zuretti. A large Jacuzzi “Swim Spa” on the upper aft deck double as a lap pool, with an adjacent wet bar with 11 stools – 4 of which are underwater in the spa. [Rates from €600,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

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For further information on these or any other yachts listed for rental by 1-800 Yacht Charters, please email Jim at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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60 meter Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Sublime Luxury

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UPDATE:    LYANA is now named SWAN.  (Click to access her profile and to book this gorgeous Benetti!)

 

Entering her third season in the Mediterranean, motor yacht LYANA looks as fresh and inviting as the day she launched. 

LYANA motor yacht charter luxury superyacht mediterranean
The Benetti yacht charter vessel is the epitome of elegance, and someone has effectively blended contemporary style with classic touches.  The 60 meter Benetti yacht LYANA and her crew are now seasoned veterans, ready to deliver a highly satisfying summer charter.  Capable of cruising at 14 knots,  Western Mediterranean destinations, such as the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Monaco, St Tropez and the Côte d’Azur are within easy reach.Let’s take a closer look at M/Y LYANA – Her interior was designed by Paris-based Pierre-Yves Rochon and offers classic shapes, set in a color scheme of beige and crème for furnishing and upholstery, all framed by dark lacquered wood for cabinets and joinery. A collection of fine artwork by Botero, Dali, and others is spread about the interior.

Starting on the main aft deck, a large U-shaped sofa offers a comfortable welcome, effortlessly seating 12.  A set of white upholstered wooden armchairs and two additional semicircular sofas give the aft deck ample seating.  This is the perfect setting for entertainment.
couch on luxury yacht corporate special event med yacht charter
From the aft deck, you enter the main salon through large sliding glass doors.  Warm and welcoming, the saloon highlights the yacht’s sublime delivery of  classic design couples with modern shapes.  One charter guest described this area as, “Tasteful, with an overall calm and hospitable feel.”Forward of the main salon is the formal dining area.  Again, classic elegance has been embellished with a contemporary color palette. What a perfect location for a sophisticated dinner party.

rainforest shower aboard luxury motoryacht lyana

A central spiral staircase connects all interior decks.  Adjacent to this central area is the owner’s office which serves as the entrypoint to the master suite.  Lavishly spacious, this room has the look and feel of a fully-equipped spa.   The massive bathroom features a rainforest shower area with hydro-therapy jets. The stateroom itself is bathed in natural light via a circular central skylight, and a semicircular array of windows that turn this room into a luxurious private observation lounge with panoramic views beyond the yacht’s bow.Motor yacht LYANA can accommodate up to twelve guests, with additional staterooms found on the upper and lower decks. Located on the lower deck, two doubles and two twins can be found, all adjacent to the central staircase. Each cabin has sumptuous ensuite bathrooms.

On the upper deck, a VIP suite doubles as both an extra stateroom as well as a massage and wellness area. A licensed  masseuse is onboard and at the guests’ disposal.

The aft section of the upper deck features an open-air saloon where a bar, games table, and multiple seating arrangements can be found.  The large space allows for both intimate dinner parties as well as elegant cocktail parties.

Upper deck of superyacht LYANA with jacuzzi hot tub, sun beds, bar, and guest seating

Last but not least is the sumptuously-sized sun deck.  Primary features include the Jacuzzi area, with tub, big sun pads, and an extended lounging sofa. The central section offers shade from the sun under a hard top and an area to use the onboard gym equipment (including rowing, running and Pilates machines and a trainer bicycle). For guests preferring to get their exercise in the water, there’s a large beach club deck, located at the yacht’s stern.Simply put, this is an amazing yacht and her collection of amenities, combined with her sense of style, make her a perfect choice for any charter.

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Charter rates from €320,000 per week.

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A Year in the Life of a Superyacht

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The yachting industry has long held to the belief that a successful luxury yacht charter vessel can expect 12 weeks of charter business a year.  This expectation included both Caribbean yacht charter and Mediterranean yacht charter business.

Excluding the small sail boat charters that dominate the Caribbean market, in the world of megayacht and superyacht vessels, there are about 830 yachts 80 feet and larger available for a luxury yacht charter worldwide.  What might be surprising to many is this fact: some 600 of these vessels do no more than 3 or 4 weeks of chartering each year.

superyachts in a row - showing size perspectives

Thus, the upcoming Mediterranean yacht charter summer season has a lot riding on it for boat owners and captains who have — perhaps ill-fatedly from the start — factored 12 weeks of megayacht charter business into their calculations.

So what does a 52 week year in the life of a superyacht look like?  A recent industry survey breaks it down like this:
*Owner’s personal use – 6 weeks.
*Yard time (for repair and maintenance) and crossing time to reposition (Caribbean to the Mediterranean, etc.) – 26 weeks.
*Undesirable charter dates – 14 weeks
*Actual Possible Charter Time:  14 weeks.

With these facts in mind, charter fleet managers now believe a realistic goal for a luxury mega yacht charter vessel is no more than 8 weeks per year…

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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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Debunked – 3 Common Myths About Hiring A Private Yacht Charter Broker

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While direct booking of a self-drive bareboat is common and the norm, the same cannot be said for renting a crewed yacht. Organizing vacations on crewed yachts, especially ultra-expensive superyacht charter vessels, requires the assistance of an intermediary since few owners have the time, patience, or interest in dealing directly with prospective charter customers.  After all, few yacht owners became billionaires by chatting with strangers on the phone!

It’s hard to dispute the important role retail brokers play in arranging crewed private yacht charter vacations. Most have an extensive understanding of the industry, including the first-hand experience of inspecting charter yachts, interviewing the crews, and preparing charter agreements.  A good broker is key to a successful and unforgettable superyacht experience.

Using a retail yacht charter broker, however, is not a guarantee of a great yachting vacation.  There are many misconceptions – some promulgated by the brokers themselves.  Exposing these fallacies can save headaches and money.et’s look at, and debunk, three common myths associated with the services of a retail charter broker:


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MYTH #1:  Every Broker will get you the Same Exact Price.

This is the most common misconception, and many brokers will quickly use this line to encourage a prospective client not to call other competitors. While it’s true there is a published “rack” rate available to all retail brokers, just like upscale resorts, villas, and jets, sometimes there are multiple pricing options.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters explains: “In situations where we have delivered multiple charters to a particular yacht owner, we are in a unique position to secure ‘best column pricing’ for our preferred clients – prices that other retails brokers cannot obtain.

Jana Sheeder photo

Sheeder goes on to explain how relationships and reputations also play a role in securing preferred pricing.  “If you’re honest and respectful, over the years, you build relationships with captains and yacht managers.  I can’t tell you how many times we have reached out to a captain to ask for a professional courtesy discount for one of our clients.  The captains have the ear of the owner and often can encourage an owner who would normally not offer any discounts, to give our client a special rate.”

The bottom line  – the best brokers can, on occasion, secure rates not available to other brokers.  When considering the hiring of your charter broker, directly ask the broker if all brokers gets the same prices.  If he or she says “Yes,” move on and find another broker!

 

MYTH #2:  The Charter Broker’s Commission is Paid by the Yacht Owner, and not by the Charterer.

While it serves as a great marketing phrase for many brokers, saying “My advice to you is free,” it’s simply not true.  Yes, the commission check received by the broker comes from the yacht owner’s account, but just as in real estate, the list prices have been adjusted to account for the fees earned by brokers.

Sheeder bristles at the notion of free advice. “Many brokers are quick to state their services are free, and you’ll see this marketing slogan prominently displayed on their websites.  We have greater respect for our clients.  While there is great value in the services we offer – nothing is free, and an educated consumer is aware that the prices offered by a yacht owner include the cost of the retail charter broker’s services.” 


This is even more evident when booking a bareboat yacht charter, as bareboat companies take in direct reservations and will often give customers discounts of 10 to 15%  – the amount they save if no charter broker is involved.

Sheeder feels complete transparency is the best course of action.  “We tell our clients exactly how much our services cost in terms of a commission.  We don’t apologize for what we earn, and we bend over backwards to deliver killer customer service.  I believe our clients appreciate our confidence and our candor.”

Sample luxury yacht charter competitors’ promises to you:

“Our advice is free…”
“…provide you with free advice…”
“…THAT GIVES YOU FREE INDEPENDENT CHARTER ADVICE”


The bottom line
– don’t fall for flashy marketing terms and buzzwords.  Nothing is for free, and you, the buyer, are paying the cost of the charter reservation services rendered to you.

 

two hands, palms up, holding a green post-it not that reads, ADVICE

 

 

MYTH #3:  Charter Brokers Offer Unbiased Advice.

Many brokers are employees of large yacht management companies.  These companies, sometimes called “Central Agents,” handle crew placement, yacht sales, and charter management.

Sheeder explains how this multi-service model can lead to bias on the part of a retail broker:  “A retail broker who is employed by a central agency is in a position to present a potential charterer with yachts that are managed in-house.  Not only is a commission generated when an in-house managed yacht is booked for a charter, but an additional ‘management’ fee is earned by the central agency.” 

In other words, a central agency makes more money when their own retail brokers book yachts in their own fleet. Those yachts are not necessarily the best choice for your customized charter.

 

The bottom line – To minimize bias, Sheeder recommends retaining an independent retail yacht charter broker.  Similar to hiring an independent insurance agent who represents multiple product lines, an independent charter broker is more likely to present prospective clients with yacht selections from a multitude of Central Agency fleets.

 

Understanding the myths and misconceptions of the role of a retail yacht charter broker is fundamental to any successful yachting vacation.  Having a full-time industry expert to offer objective, transparent advice can be invaluable in creating your ultimate superyacht experience.

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Thinking about a private charter vacation?  Speak to the industry team with more than 30 years’ experience.  Call 1-800 Yacht Charters today at 1-800-922-4824 or 305-253-7245, or fill out our convenient online contact form here.

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Discounts Galore on Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations

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What are you planning for your next vacation?

Luxury yacht charter vacation discounts available

A survey by USA Today found most people rank spending time with friends and family at the top of their wish list, followed by the urge to see new places, and the desire to kick back and relax.

There’s a great vacation option that gives you the chance to do all these things – a crewed luxury mega yacht charter.

Charters offer the exclusivity of yacht ownership, without its costs and responsibility.

There are more yachts available for hire than ever before, and great deals abound – from discounted prices to extra free days.

Take advantage of one of these great destinations and offers:

Bahamas
140′ motor yacht NEVER ENOUGH (12 passengers) – save over $42,000 and enjoy 10 days for the price of 7.  Available all spring.  $100,000 per week, plus expenses.

Amazon River
147′ motor vessel   ARIA  (32 passengers) – $10,000 savings on all 2011 charters. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth’s mightiest river – the Amazon.  Reduced rate is $161,280 per week, plus some expenses.

Mediterranean
98′  motor yacht SALU
(8 passengers) – Save 21% for charters in May, June, and September 2011. Was €70,000 per week, plus expenses – now €55,000 per week, plus expenses.

Caribbean
SailAway offers discounts on CATAMARANSNow through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters.  Any boat…any dates.

Suggested boats:

65′ catamaran WORLDS END (2011 model; 10 passengers) –  €23,400 per week, plus expenses.

62′  catamaran IN THE WIND (2011 model; 8 passengers) –  $27,000 per week, plus expenses.

50′ catamaran NUTMEG (2008 model; 8 passengers) – $13,000 per week, ALL-INCLUSIVE.

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There are MANY more yacht charter specials available at destinations around the globe.  Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists 
HERE with your desired dates and destination to check for last minute savings.  We’ve got you covered!

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Gulp – Private Luxury Yacht Charter Builder Swallows In-Country Rival

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It appears topping their fatherland rival by building the world’s largest yacht wasn’t good enough for Lürssen Yachts. With that title in hand, the German superyacht builder commenced to gobble up their leading competitor, and take over their entire operation.

Bremen-based Lürssen Yachts has announced the acquisition of Hamburg’s superyacht builder, Blohm+Voss.

According to Peter Luerssen, Managing Partner, “With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss we are taking over a shipyard with a strategically advantageous location and versatile production facilities. We want to use these facilities to complement our existing refit and repair activities and also to offer our customers an ever better service.”

Lurssen shipyard with yacht Azzam in water

With the 2013 launch of the world’s largest yacht, the 180 meter motor yacht AZZAM, Lürssen wrestled the top spot away from the Roman Abramovich-owned motor yacht ECLIPSE, a 162.50 meter Blohm & Voss GmbH vessel launched in 2010.

Of the 10 largest yachts in service today, Lürssen has built 5 of them, including 3 of the top 5.

In the charter industry, many Lürssen Yacht charter vessels are among, the largest yachts offered for hire, including the 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II and the 70 meter (230ft) Lurssen motor yacht Martha Ann.

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Is a Private Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Right for You?

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We’ve all seen the images – a silhouette of a sailing yacht, lying at anchor near a secluded beach, the sun setting in the background; or the massive superyachts docked side-by-side in a marina along the Côte d’Azur.  It’s not hard to imagine you and your family inserted in those yachting images, enjoying la belle vie.

Is it realistic to think you can afford a holiday at sea on a private yacht?

To answer that question, let’s start with understanding exactly what a yacht charter is all about…

silhouette of catamaran sailboat at anchor with a beautiful orange sunset behind it. The silhouette of a bird flies in from the right side of the photo

 

WHAT Is A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

If you’ve ever stayed at a resort, you’ve already experienced the premise of a yachting vacation on a crewed yacht.  From accommodations, to meals, activities and amenities, everything you and your family need are available in one location.  The biggest difference –  your location “moves” when you charter a yacht!

Take for example a Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel.  While other travelers stay ashore and see the same view from their hotel window, each day you can wake up and experience a new location, as your yacht cruises from island to island.  Forget a virtual online slideshow – this is the real deal!

While onboard, you’ll be pampered by a crew of trained professionals – from a captain to navigate, to a host/hostess to serve you, and a chef to prepare your meals.  The actual number of crew depends on the size of yacht you charter and the level of service you request.

Just like the resort, the yacht offers accommodations, areas to relax and socialize, and a wide variety of recreational toys to enjoy – like snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddleboards.  The larger yachts offer a wider variety of toys and amenities, including waverunners, cinema rooms, exercise equipment – even ondeck Jacuzzi spas.

There is one more distinguishing difference when compared to a resort – it’s completely private – only you and your family and friends and your crew are onboard – no one else!

 

WHERE Are Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations Offered?

Again, the comparison to seaside resorts best illustrates the locations available for enjoying a yachting holiday –  if it’s on the ocean, chances are there are yachts in the area available for hire!

 

Here’s a partial list of the most popular destinations for chartering a crewed yacht:

  • Caribbean – the islands of the Caribbean are popular in the winter and spring months, with sailing yachts heavily congregates in the breezy Virgin islands, and larger motoryachts based in the celebrity-popular cosmopolitan areas like St. Martin and St Barths.
  • Mediterranean – the summer playground for Europeans, charter yachts can be found throughout the Greek islands, as well as along the Italian and French Riviera.  In recent years, new cruising grounds in the Med have become increasingly popular, such as the Spanish Balearic Islands and Croatia.
  • Florida and the Bahamas – unlike Europeans who often take long, multi-week vacations, Americans take shorter holidays, often for no more than a long weekend.  Staying closer to home becomes important when travel days are limited, so the idea of a Florida yacht charter escape is very popular, with the nearby Bahamas a strong option as well.

 

 

HOW Can I Afford A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

If you guessed that we would once again go back and look at a resort for the answer – you’re right!

The price options for enjoying a crewed yacht directly compare to the prices of staying at a resort.   Basic resorts in popular destinations can be very affordable for a family vacation, and so too can be the cost of a private yacht charter.  Conversely, ultra exclusive resorts in posh settings charge premium rates – as do the most luxurious private yachts.

To put this into realistic perspective, here’s a sample of yachts and their prices:

  • SAILBOAT – sail yacht MORE MAGIC is a 68 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel with accommodations for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms. Her all-inclusive charter rates start at $18,000 per week
  • MOTORYACHT – the 80 foot motor yacht JODI LEE offers both Bahamas and Florida yacht charter vacations for up to 6 passengers.  Here base rate is $26,000 per week, plus a little extra to cover food, fuel, and dockage.
  • SUPERYACHT – up to 12 affluent travelers can explore the Mediterranean onboard the 2017 Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN, a 272 foot yacht with a crew of 25.  Her weekly rate is Euro €1,200,000 with additional fees for food, fuel, and dockage.

 

Aerial photo of yacht at anchor with an inflatable slide coming down from the top deck. Multiple jetskis and tenders are racing around in the water around the boat. The water is clear and turquoise.

 

 


WHO
Do I Call To Plan A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

The owners of charter yachts rely on a network of professional yacht charter brokers to serve as the go-between for owners and anyone interested in securing a yacht for hire.  1-800 Yacht Charters has been delivering  The Superyacht Experience to their clients for over 30 years, has been recognized by Forbes as “Best Private Cruise,” and maintains a database of more than 500 crewed charter yachts around the world.

ONLY 1-800 Yacht Charters offers an industry first, Best Price Guarantee and makes a donation to your preferred charity, in your name, when you make your reservation.  We also promote reusable water bottles and eco-tote bags for your use after you return home so that you can help to protect the oceans and the environment.

We would be honored to arrange your luxury yacht charter vacation for you.  Please call us toll-free in North America (+1.800.922.4824) or locally and internationally (+1.305.253.7245)

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Lady Sheila Virgin Islands Yacht Charter

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LADY SHEILA ultraluxury motoryacht

For those who wish to take a Virgin Islands Yacht Charter vacation this year, Lady Sheila may just be the yacht for you.

Lady Sheila is one of the newest luxury motor yachts in the renowned Benetti yacht charter fleet.  She is 44.20 meters (145’) in length and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 yacht charter guests in her five luxurious staterooms.

Lady Sheila’s main saloon has a uniquely chic wooden floor finish with both light and dark wooden strips laid out from port to starboard.  The soft furnishings of Lady Sheila’s large lounge suites include orange cushions which give life to the elegant white interiors.

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation aboard Lady Sheila or any other superyacht in the worldwide fleet! 

 

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