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Best Airport for Caribbean Catamaran Yacht Charter

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“We live in the USA.  I’ve been told crewed catamaran charters are the best way to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands.  Do you have any suggestions as to the most convenient, best airports?     Jenny S.



Hi Jenny.  We are thrilled to hear about your plans – a travel writer once described a Caribbean sailing yacht charter as, “One of the top five vacations in the world!”

If you wish to explore the US Virgin Islands (USVI), then the Cyril E. King International Airport (airport code:  STT), in St.Thomas  is your best bet. 

Photo of the Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas, USVI.. The photo is taken from the parking lot toward the main building. There is a beautiful green mountain in the background.


Note:  There is also an airport in St. Croix, the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix (STX). However, very few catamaran and sailboat rental companies operate from St. Croix, as there are very few calm anchorage areas.
So who flies into STT (St. Thomas)?  As to major airlines flying from the United States to Saint Thomas, Delta has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King, American Airlines has flights to STT Cyril E King, and US Airways has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King International Airport.  You’ll find both direct flights as well as connecting flights through San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Spanish Virgin Islands.


Now that you know HOW to get there, here are three crewed catamaran sailing yachts available for charter in the Virgin Islands.Sunreef 70 catamaran MUSE 

Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran WORLD’S END 

Lagoon 62 luxury yacht charter catamaran GO FREE 


To charter your own private luxury yacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Charter Chef Passionate about Cooking and Travel

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Photograph of chef in kitchen of catamaran sailboat. She is wearing dark t-shirt. She is very pretty, has dark hair and dark eyes. You can see that the sailboat is in a marina, as there are other boats seen out the windows behind her.


While affordable catamaran sailing yachts under 50 feet still dominate the charter industry, advances in shipbuilding technology have lead to a dramatic increase of ultra-luxury catamarans larger than 60 feet in length.  Indeed, yachts like the 62′ catamaran IN THE WIND, and the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 model catamaran WORLD’S END have helped redefine multihull luxury and comfort.


Yet with so much emphasis placed on the size and amenities of the newest and largest yachts, it’s easy to overlook a key component to successful crewed catamaran charters – the crew!



Without the talents of an experienced skipper and a well-trained chef, a catamaran vacation, no matter how new and large the boat, would be nothing more than a predictable, ho-hum affair.



In an appreciative nod to the talents of these fine crews, we shine a spotlight today on Caro Uy, the culinary lioness aboard sail catamaran MUSE.

Caro grew up in a family where the pleasures of the table were a habit. She has more than ten years of experience in the catering and gastronomic food industry.  Originally a graphic designer, Caro now prefers to express her creative energy in the preparation of meals with seasonally fresh products.



Caro’s true gift is the ability to adapt her menus to suit any special dietary requirements of her onboard guests.

While her cooking is based on classic techniques, the variations of flavors are a reflection of her travels throughout the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iran) ) as well as Mexico and Southeast Asia (Thailand and Vietnam).



Having grown up along Australia’s coast, Caro has always loved the sea and the romance of sailing.   She is also intrigued by what lies below the sea’s surface and is a PADI Open Water Dive Instructor, as well as a TDI Extended Range Diver.  Her ocean adventures have taken her to diverse ports of call such as the Canary Islands, Costa Brava, and the British Virgin Islands.



Her recent industry recognition includes top culinary honors at the November 2010 British Virgin Islands Boat Show where she won:

– 1st prize – Entrée Division
– 1st prize – Dessert Division
– 2nd prize – Salad/Appetizer Division
– 2nd prize – Coffee course

Congratulations, Caro! Your talents and passion are at the very heart of the joys of a memorable yachting vacation.



Come spend a week with Caro aboard MUSE this winter in the Caribbean.  Rates begin at $37,000 per week for 10 passengers.  Contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters team
 today, to reserve your favorite travel dates.

HURRY!  Holiday vacation dates fill up quickly – don’t miss out on your Caribbean yacht charter vacation this year! 

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Couple Charter Yacht to Discover Meaning Of Life

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Profile photograph of a catamaran sailboat at anchor. The sails are down and wrapped in beige sail coverings on the mast. The sailboat is white with thick black font writing garbled at front of yacht. The yacht is facing the left side of the picture

Catamaran yacht charter sailboat, The Meaning of Life…

“Dear Captain Terry,

Apologies for not replying before. A big work backlog on my return. Just to say that we absolutely loved the holiday. We would recommend 42…THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING to anyone and would hope to go again ourselves. John and Kath were completely brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were fantastic hosts working I have to say extraordinarily hard. The sailing, the food and all the other features on the boat were so good. And John even got me diving for the first time which I loved. The whole experience was just amazing. So thanks to you for suggesting “42.” I am quite sure we could have done no better.

Best wishes,
David P.”


Editor’s note: Launched in 2006, crewed catamaran sailing yacht 42 THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING certainly has the longest name of all vessels offering crewed catamaran charters.  Affectionately called 42 for short, this Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel offers accommodations for 6 guests in 3 cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

Onboard watertoys include towable toys such as a wakeboard, kneeboard, and a ski-tube, and fishing and snorkel gear.

Available for Caribbean yacht charters, the yacht is based in the British Virgin Islands but will go south to St Martin, St Barts, Antigua and even into the Grenadines and St Lucia. Her published rate is $12,000 per week for 2 passengers, $14,000 per week for 4 passengers, and $16,000 per week for 6 guests. Rates are inclusive of meals and ship’s bar.

Similar yachts available in the Caribbean include the 56′ catamaran sail yacht BACCHUS
(€ 20,000 per week all inclusive), the 62′ catamaran sail yacht AVALON  ($26,000 per week, all inclusive), and the 65′ sail catamaran WORLD’S END (€ 23,400 per week, plus expenses).

For more information about any of these yachts or yacht charter cruises in the Caribbean or the nearby Bahamas, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters desk at

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Discounts Galore on Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations

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Photo of girls lying on the back of a motoryacht. They are raising peace signs in the air.What are you planning for your next vacation?

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:

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.

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.

1-800 Yacht Charters 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.


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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Popular Crewed Catamaran Charters Vessel Slashes Rates

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Photograph of sailboat catamaran from the front. Anchored on a calm ocean.


An award-winning chef and his catamaran make announcement.  They present a special, reduced rate for early spring in the Caribbean.


The spectacular luxury sailboat catamaran WORLD’S END has slashed her price.  Her rate plunged from from $36500 per week to $24000 per week, plus all expenses.  The special applies to charters commencing in either February or March, 2012.



At 20 meters, the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 model catamaran WORLD’S END is the largest cruising vessel ever built by this manufacturer.   She marks a new flagship for sail boat charters in the Caribbean.    


Readers may recall our December 17 profile of chef Renee Kappetein as he bested over a dozen talented luxury yacht charter chefs in the 50th annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show culinary competition. Renee, the live-aboard chef on the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran took first prize in the division for yachts under 100 feet.


An outstanding creation from architects Berret Racoupeau and Coste Design, the Fountaine Pajot catamaran sail boat WORLD’S END has been carefully designed with all of the safety, performance, and comfort elements to satisfy the most discerning guests.  Safe and exhilarating sailing performance is generated from its mastered displacement, powerful sail plan and expanded waterline length.



The generous cockpit of the Galathea 65 is fully protected from the elements and features a deck lounge and sun-bridge for relaxing. The extraordinarily spacious interior features a panoramic saloon, dining room and gourmet galley.



The Master Cabin sets new standards in decadence and style with a study area, lounge and large bathroom with dual vanity sinks. Each guest cabin features an ensuite bathroom, king size beds, large portholes and a style that rivals the world’s top luxury hotels.



The yacht has numerous special features.  For instance, an office, library, dressing rooms, and laundry.



Plan a family escape to the Caribbean this spring. 

To that end, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at for a list of special offers!

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Top 3 Med Yacht Charter Discounts

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Aerial photograph of a catamaran sailboat underway.  The sails are full.  The yacht is white, and the deck is light wood. The yacht is headed toward the lower left side of the photograph.

World’s End catamaran

With a glut of yachts available for hire in the Med this summer, owners are keen to secure last minute reservations, even if it means offering a significant discount.

Here are this week’s three HOTTEST luxury yacht charter specials:

43 meter motor yacht HANA   –   for charter taking place between July 26 and August 9, the rate will drop from € 150,000 per week to € 135,000 per week.  Charters must commence in the Naples, Corsica area and can conclude in the South of France. Accommodations for 10 to 11 guests.

50 meter LADY ANN MAGEE – rate reduction from € 200,000 per week to € 160,000 per week for any charters taking place in July or August.  Book for 10 nights and receive an instant rebate of €10,000.

20 meter luxury sailboat catamaran WORLD’S END – 15% rate reduction during the following dates:   August 8-19; August 27 – September 14.  Was € 24,000/wk, now € 20,400/wk

All rates are plus running expenses – items such as food, fuel, bar, and dockage.


For additional summer specials, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Yacht Chef Wins Cooking Competition

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Photograph of Chef Rene Kappetein award-winning superyacht cook smiling in the galley of a yacht. He's wearing a teal t-shirt, khaki pants, and a khaki baseball cap.


Yacht Chef Rene Kappetein, aboard sail catamaran WORLD’S END, bested over a dozen talented luxury yacht charter chefs in the 50th annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show culinary competition.

Rene, the liveaboard yacht chef on the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran took first prize
in the division for yachts under 100 feet. 


Second place was awarded to Adrian Martinon aboard catamaran LADY ALLIAURA



yacht charter chef caro uy poses in the galley of a yacht. On the counter in front of her are 4 rippled white plates of textured items, unknown what they are

Third place honors went to catamaran chef Caro Uy onboard Sunreef 70 catamaran MUSE.  Readers might remember Caro from her profile in September outlining her passion for cooking and her love of travel..

Other winners included second place to Heather Kaniuk aboard motor yacht NUMPTIA in the superyacht division for boats 160 feet and larger;  and chef Melinda Heinze onboard the world’s largest luxury sailing catamaran HEMISPHERE in the 100 to 159-foot category.



Kappetein’s victory earned him a profile story in an upcoming edition of Showboats International magazine, a silver-framed certificate, a magnum of Piper champagne, a Liat airline ticket to anywhere in the Caribbean, a Williams-Sonoma gift certificate, and a stay at the 5-star Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort.


Come spend a week with family and friends aboard the Fountaine Pajot 65 catamaran WORLD’S END.  Your crew will escort you to the most beautiful anchorages in the Caribbean.  Discover magnificent islands, nature and warm and friendly new cultures. The itinerary, activities and the menu will be based on your preferences, to guarantee you and your guests a unique experience to cherish for a lifetime. 

Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination team today to book your luxury yacht charter vacation.

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