Our friends at Trip Advisor recently sent us an email with some stunning images of 20 awe-inspiring places you must see. The locations were selected by their members.
Several of the spots were accessible by yacht or could easily be accessed by land during a luxury yacht charter vacation.
From the locations submitted by the members, we’ve selected our favorite three for you to see:
1. PULPIT ROCK – Ryfylke, Norway.
The Pulpit Rock (“Preikestolen” in Norwegian) soars 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, was most likely carved and formed from melting ice over 10,000 years ago.
Her yacht charter rates start at $140,000 per week, plus expenses.
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She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.
The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.
“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,” says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July. It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”
While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity. Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.
For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations – dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds. Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!
But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.
Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market. As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts. Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.
Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be! They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture. It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.
Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.
That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed. The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.
Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:
“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”
Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:
As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.
For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services. Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.
Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea. To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:
There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean. While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families. There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker. No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.
Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:
Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR
Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER
Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK
As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!
Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!
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The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design with their latest offering – Sunrise Yachts motor yacht IRIMARI.
Delivered to her owner in July, the 63 meter yacht is currently cruising in the Greek islands. So far there is no word if the vessel will be entering the Greek yacht charter fleet.
Sunrise 63 yacht IRIMARI is scheduled to make her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show this month.
Per our friends at Boat International, one exciting “superfeature” to be expected inside motoryacht Irimari is “…a video wall spanning two decks!”
Based in Monaco, Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels, especially in the category of Superyachts. Their portfolio includes Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, and the world’s largest yacht available for charter, Fincantieri yacht SERENE.
The launch of yacht IRIMARI marks the first of the Sunrise 63 series to splash down for the Turkish builder. The Espen Oeino designed yacht features interiors by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Built with a high tensile steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles, and a top speed of 17 knots.
[After her owner spends some time onboard, our fingers are crossed in the hopes we will see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace]
Interested in chartering a yacht like this one? Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.
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Planning a yachting holiday this year? If you haven’t selected your specific dates yet, here’s a great idea to add a little extra, “Pizzazz” to your superyacht experience: Select your charter dates to coincide with the cycle of the full moon!
There’s just something extra special about being anchored in a protected cove with a sea of stars above, when suddenly, a rust-colored orb begins to appear on the distant horizon, pushing slowly into the air. As it rises, the color changes from rust to white, growing brighter and brighter by the minute. Finally, the bright full moon ascends to its lofty place among the stars above, casting lunar light across your yacht’s deck. You sit with your family and friends, mesmerized by the natural beauty of the night – grateful to be at sea enjoying this special experience together.
To help you plan a moonlit yacht charter holiday, here is the full moon calendar for 2106. Keep in mind that you’ll have nights both before and after the full moon that will add plenty of moonlight to your adventure.
21 May (Blue Moon)
To maximize the opportunity for clear skies and great weather, match your full moon dates with a seasonal destination. For example, if you are considering a Florida yacht charter vacation, March and April offer warm (but not hot) weather, and minimal chances for rain. The same idea holds true for a Greek yacht charter in summertime, as August and September usually offer clear skies, fewer winds, and smooth sailing…
Which full moon date from our calendar would you most like to experience this year? Please leave a comment below!
Let a yacht charter specialist help you organize a true superyacht experience – from choosing the right destination, to selecting the right wine for dinner! Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters today. Call 305-253-7245 (Florida and international) or 1-800 922-4824 (toll free North America).
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First the bad news – recent legislation in Greece has led to an increase in the country’s VAT rates.
Now for the good news – the increase is small, and depending upon the duration of your superyacht experience, the “effective rate” should have a minimal effect on most Greek yacht charters this summer.
A new VAT rate of 24% has been announced for Greece, and it will affect all yacht charters commencing on or after June 1st, 2016. The old rate was 23% – making the maximum increase 1%.
While 24% VAT sounds sky-high, don’t fall out of your chair just yet: there are significant built-in discounts that can reduce the effective VAT rate by up to 60% – depending upon the duration of your charter vacation.
Here’s the math:
I) Charter duration of 3 days or more.
Luxury yacht charter vessels performing international cruises have a discount of 60%. This makes the effective VAT rate 9.6% (up from 9.2%).
Charter vessels cruises within Greek waters will earn a discount of 50%, setting the effective VAT rate at 12% ( previously 11.5%).
II) Charter duration up to 48 hours.
This is where you get hammered as a charterer for taking a day excursion or a trip shorter than 48 hours. There is NO discount, regardless of where the vessel cruises. A full VAT of 24% is due (instead of the previous 23%).
In summary – avoid short-term charters in Greece if you can. As long as you can extend your charter beyond 48 hours, the impact of the effective change in VAT is less than 1%. Mykonos and Santorini here we come – Opa!!!
For information about renting a luxury charter yacht in Greece, or anywhere else in the Mediterranean this summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at +1.800.922.4824 (toll-free North America) or +1.305.253.7245 (international), use our online inquiry form here, or email email@example.com
Last February, we reported on the sinking of motor yacht YOGI, a 62 meter Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, that sank off the coast of Greece.
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While it is fairly common to see superyachts offer reduced rates for low-season private luxury yacht charters, it is rare when a 47 meter yacht announces reduced rates for the highly-sought summer dates of July and August.
Of course, when such an opportunity presents itself, we want our clients to be the very first to know!
The 154 foot motor yacht ORIENT STAR is offering a 15% discount for any July and August bookings reserved by March 10, 2017. The discount applies to charters of one week or longer. In terms of savings, a Greece yacht charter vacation onboard CMB Yachts ORIENT STAR will cost €153,000 per week, versus the published rate of €180,000 per week. Running expenses, VAT, and optional gratuity are additional.
Read through this entire blog, then when you get to the bottom, you’ll discover a special bonus offer, just for Charterers who reserve this, or any other yacht, through 1-800 Yacht Charters!!!
Truly spectacular yacht, super yacht ORIENT STAR was built by CMB Yachts and radiates volume, comfort and style. Primarily available in the most popular summer charter destination – Greece, the yacht owner will also consider charter inquiries for neighboring Turkey.
Luxury accommodations for 10 guests include a master suite on the main deck, with a study (private office) area, walk-in wardrobe and a spacious en suite bathroom. Below deck there are 2 twin cabins, as well as 2 double staterooms.
This amazing yacht and her professional crew will offer you an unparalleled superyacht experience, in the birthplace of civilization – Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.
For more information about this elegant yacht charter motoryacht, text ORIENT STAR to 3057207245, email Jim Araiza at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the 1-800 Yacht Charter team via our online contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
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Valentine’s Day – that yearly opportunity to profess our love to that special someone in our lives. For many of us, we turn to traditional gifts like chocolate, flowers, or a romantic dinner to express our affection.
Ah, but the super-rich are different. Even gifts of jewelry pale in comparison to the grandiose gestures some HNWI’s (high net-worth individuals) bestow on their significant others and loved ones.
Yep, when it comes to over-the-top, what says “je t’aime mon tresor” more than a gift of a private superyacht???
Of course, the ultimate enhancement to the ultimate gift – naming your yacht to honor the one you love…
In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2016, we share our favorite 5 private yacht charter vessels with names inspired by love. Some names are whimsical and cute, others haughty. Our favorite name, # 1, is simple and oh-so-perfect — boasting the two most famous words uttered by almost every man who understands (and appreciates) who’s really the boss!
5. 4YOU – Imagine the surprise when this owner turned to his wife and handed her the keys to a 180 foot megayacht, aptly named, 4YOU. Launched in 2012, this spectacular yacht from the Amels Limited Edition 180 series was designed by Tim Heywood, and features a stunning modern-chic interior by Laura Sessa Romboli. Up to 12 guests can enjoy a Greek yacht charter vacation, from €280,000 per week
4. DREAM PRINCESS – Sure, lots of guys call their lady a, “Princess.” But a DREAM PRINCESS? That’s ramping it up another notch. A popular yacht for special events (e.g. Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, MIPIM yacht charter, etc.), this Princess 64 motor yacht is a vessel with a real sense of occasion. She offers exceptional performance and boasts a sleek, sporty profile hiding a spacious three-cabin charter layout. Her interior is light, with elegant details. Rates from €18,000 per week
3. HONEY BEAR – Every once in a while, we find a yacht named by a woman for the man in her life. The 28 meter Sunseeker 90 yacht HONEY BEAR is a fast, fun yacht for sophisticated yet informal Monaco yacht charter holidays. Her modern yet warm interior offers plenty of space for relaxation, and her open deck areas are perfect for enjoying the sunshine. She provides accommodations for 8 guests in 4 staterooms and is priced from €45,000 per week
2. LADY BRIT – there are lots of “Ladies” in the charter fleet, Lady Sheila, Lady Victoria, and more. Still, one stands out for her simple, elegant name – the epitome of European class: LADY BRIT. Surprisingly, the yacht was not named for the owner’s wife, but rather, in honor of his mother. The 207 foot Feadship yacht LADY BRIT offers the ideal platform for a resort-style St Barts Yacht Charter in the Caribbean, as she features a wellness spa, gymnasium with panoramic views, outdoor cinema, and an authentic Finnish sauna with private access to the water. Weekly rates start at $445,000 per week
1. YES DEAR – what man hasn’t uttered those two words to his special someone??? A Voyage 580 Virgin Islands catamaran charter vessel, sail yacht YES DEAR is 58 feet long and 31 feet wide – the perfect design for maximum comfort and stability. She features 5 cabins for up to 10 guests, and her weekly rates start at $24,000. Funny side note – her dinghy is named, “No Dear.”
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The summer is heating up and so are the special discounted rates available throughout the 1-800 Yacht Charters global charter fleet.
Whatever your destination and desire – from spending sunny days exploring St. Tropez and the French Riviera; enjoying lobster bakes in traditional New England fashion; or enjoying water sports in the beautiful Bahamas, it’s not too late to book your dream holiday!
MONACO Yacht Charter
The Western Mediterranean is renowned as a summer playground for yacht enthusiasts, and the heart of the Côte d’Azur remains the tiny principality of Monaco. From here, famous ports like Portofino, Cannes, and St Tropez are within a few hours by yacht. From its Michelin-star restaurants, hot clubs, and haute couture to the natural beauty of stunning coastlines and pristine beaches, the Western Mediterranean offers so much to explore.
Book the 197-foot (60.05 meter) Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht DREAM in the months of August and September and receive a 10% rate reduction for charters of two weeks or more (her August rate is €350,000 per week and the September rate is €330,000 per week). DREAM is available in both East and West Med. This chic and stylish superyacht offers a Zen-like atmosphere and a variety of tenders and water toys for guests to enjoy. [maximum 12 guests]
If sailing is your thing, the 185-foot (56.4 meter) Alloy Yachts luxury sail yacht MONDANGO 3 is offering exceptional pricing throughout the summer in both the Eastern and Western Med. Reserve one week and receive a rate of €190,400 (a 15% discount on the charter rate); sail for two weeks and you’ll get a whopping 20%. Better yet –make this the sailing odyssey of a lifetime and book for three weeks for an incredible 25% discount! [max 10 guests]
Other Western Mediterranean Yacht Charter Specials:
GREEK Yacht Charter
The turquoise waters of the Adriatic are the perfect backdrop for a private yacht charter holiday in the Eastern Mediterranean. From the stunning scenery of Montenegro to the vibrant culture of Greece, you’ll be spoiled for choices when deciding on an itinerary.
Score a 15% discount on the impressive 139-foot (42.6 meter) CRN Ancona motor yacht EMOTION. Available in the Adriatic, EMOTION is well-suited for any type of guest. She features a variety of water toys, including Seabobs, wave runners, a jet board, and so many more. She is offering a special rate of €112,000 per week for the remainder of June. [maximum 11 guests]
Explore the ancient wonders of Greece onboard the 163-foot (49.9m) Benetti luxury yacht ALEXANDRA at the special price of €150,000 per week for the month of June (regular rate €161,000 per week). This stylish motor yacht has a variety of impressive amenities and accommodations. [maximum 12 guests]
The Adriatic can be your playground this June if you book a week on board the 147-foot (45 meter) Viudes Yachts motor yacht PRIDE at the special rate of €130,000 per week (regular rate €160,000 per week). Launched in 2013, PRIDE offers impressive interior volume and vast decks for alfresco living.
NEW ENGLAND Yacht Charter
Living in North America and thinking about staying a bit closer to home this summer? We’ve got you covered! Warm, salty breezes and beautiful sunny days are on the agenda during your New England summer escape. Cruise from the bustling metropolis of Boston, to the luxury haven of the Hamptons, to the natural sanctuary of Maine. For a more traditional itinerary, kick off your adventure in Newport, Rhode Island and explore Martha’s Vineyard and the tiny fishing villages near Nantucket and Cape Cod.
The 157-foot (47.8 meter) luxury motor yacht COCKTAILS is available for $150,000 per week all summer (regular rate $185,000 per week). Built by Trinity Yachts, yacht COCKTAILS features an array of impressive amenities, including a nine-foot projection screen for al fresco movie nights, a karaoke machine in the skylounge, and a variety of water toys. Her exceptional crew is ready to deliver a memorable New England adventure for you and your family. [maximum 11 guests]
Another Trinity Yacht offering a great summer rate is the fast and fun 161-foot (49.07 meter) super yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. She’s priced at an introductory charter rate of $165,000 per week (regular rate after the summer will be $180,000 per week). Captain Mike Finnegan and his professional crew provide you with five-star service as you cruise the beautiful coastline of New England and enjoy all it has to offer. [maximum 10 guests]
The 150-foot (45.72m) Delta luxury superyacht KATYA is offering a discounted rate of $150,000 per week throughout the summer (regular rate $170,000 per week). Enjoy the cool breezes of the New England coast make good use of her expansive sundeck, featuring Jacuzzi tub and barbecue. An impressive onboard toy chest includes two tenders and a variety of water sports equipment. [maximum 12 guests]
BAHAMAS Yacht Charter
OK, you want to stay close to the USA, but you want to feel the vibe of an island escape. For you, the best destination is the Bahamas – home to beautiful islands, atolls and cays, and some of the clearest ocean waters on earth. Less than 1 hour by plane from South Florida, the islands of the Bahamas are not only easily accessible, but they also offer a unique and laid back island vibe, perfectly suited for a summer holiday.
If you hurry and book by July 31, you can experience the Bahamas onboard the 164-foot (49.99 meter) Trinity superyacht AMARULA SUN and save 15% (regular rate $230,000 per week, now on special for $195,000 per week). This impressive superyacht offers five-star service and deluxe amenities – including a large swim platform, a sundeck with open-air Jacuzzi, a baby grand concert piano, and a cozy fireplace in the skylounge.
Looking for a more intimate yacht? Book a week in the Bahamas onboard the 123-foot (37.49 meter) motor yacht TEMPTATION and enjoy a special rate of $60,000 per week through August 31 (regular rate $70,000 per week). Built by Palmer Johnson in 2005 and refit in 2015, she offers a fully-stocked toy chest, including 36-foot center console Yellowfin tender, a 15-foot wide-body Novurania RIB, two deluxe wave runners, paddleboards, wakeboard, water skis for children, and many more toys.
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