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10 Reasons for Luxury Yacht Charter Customers to Purchase Travel Insurance

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Anyone who has booked a Benetti yacht charter or a Feadship yacht charter vacation knows that charter agents heavily promote trip cancellation insurance.For mega yacht charter agents, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point.  Commissions of 20% of the insurance cost for selling this product for a Feadship yacht charter or a Benetti yacht charter are common.

Charter brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean yacht charter customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances.   Mediterranean yacht charter customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights.

Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a luxury yacht charter customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option.  Whether you rent a private yacht, a megayacht, or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, or whether you plan crewed catamaran charters or sail boat charters – the facts remain the same: you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment!

There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early, or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.  What if you booked a MIPIM yacht or a Monaco Grand Prix yacht for the yearly event in Cannes and Monte Carlo, and suddenly you could not attend?

To demonstrate the importance of purchasing travel insurance, and emergency travel services, here are 10 common examples of what could go wrong.

  1. CANCELED FLIGHTS — It’s 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights to get everyone home?
  2. INSULIN IN LOST LUGGAGE — Your bag is lost with your insulin inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?
  3. PASSPORT AND WALLET STOLEN — It’s your first visit to Europe, and your passport and wallet are stolen before you board your Monaco Grand Prix yacht. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?
  4. MEDICAL EVACUATION NEEDED — You’re involved in an accident during your Benetti yacht charter, and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?
  5. ILL CHARTER PARTY MEMBERS — Your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your MIPIM yacht trip. What happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?
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6.  LOST LUGGAGE — You arrive for your Feadship yacht charter in Jamaica, and your luggage doesn’t. If it’s lost, who will help you find it? If it’s delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it’s stolen, who will pay to replace it?
Woman sitting on an empty baggage carrousel holding head - lost luggage

7.  BANKRUPTCY OF TOUR OPERATOR — Your luxury sailing charter tour operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?

8.  MEDICAL HELP NEEDED — You’re walking down a street in Rio and twist your ankle. Who can help you find an English-speaking physician?

9.  TERRORISM — Three weeks before your scheduled arrival for your Croatia yacht charter, a terrorist incident occurs in the city that you are planning to visit. Who will pay if you want to cancel your trip?
10. HURRICANE — You are at a beach resort in the Florida Keys during your luxury sailing charter vacation, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation investment?
There are so many circumstances where your vacation may be interrupted.  It’s important to understand your options to safeguard your holiday investment.  Remember travel insurance is optional and should be analyzed before each vacation begins.

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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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Destination Italy: Where is Sardinia?

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Sardinia beach boulders nude naked sunbathing charter a luxury yacht

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.

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.

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

Sardinia map Italian Riviera Mediterranean Sea luxury yacht charters

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.

Women of Sardinia parade

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.

Sardinia temples tombs landscaping Mediterranean yacht charters Italian Riviera
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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Have you been to Sardinia?  Please tell us about your experiences!

For a sample yachting itinerary of the Italian Riviera, including Sardinia, contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .

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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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Fifty Shades of…Sand?? Lürssen Yacht POLAR STAR Sports New Colors

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Don’t ask me to accurately describe the new exterior color scheme of super yacht POLAR STAR.  All I can tell you is, “I love it!”

 

THE PAST

 

POLAR STAR yacht with original dark blue hull

 

For the past 12 seasons, the 63 meter yacht has traveled around the Mediterranean each summer (and the Caribbean in the winter), instantly recognizable with her striking deep blue hull.  Now, after an extensive 6-month refit in Spain, including a 3 meter swim platform extension, the Lürssen private yacht charter vessel has turned her image on its head.

The blue color is no more…replaced with a shade of white…or is it grey…?

 

THE PRESENT

 

POLAR STAR yacht with white grey paint job

Immediately after the refit, Charl van Rooy, editor of Superyacht Times described the new exterior colors as, “…military light-grey.”  Fast-forward to this week, and van Rooy now says it’s a, “…light sand coloured paint scheme.”  In fairness to van Rooy, it’s not his fault – the colors are subtle and faint, and depending upon the sunlight, and refection of the water, it does appear to be different shades of off-white.

That, of course, is the point.  The owner was looking for something fresh – a new image for an iconic yacht that has visually dominated the Monaco yacht charter market for more than a decade.

If you’ll be in the South of France this summer, keep an eye open for Lürssen yacht POLAR STAR as she charts a new course and showcases her new colors!

 

COMING SOON – THE POLAR STAR YACHT REFIT STORY

We’ll revisit the yacht’s refit in another blog – coming soon.  Until then, if you are interested in your own Superyacht Experience in the Med on this or another Lürssen (or Benetti or Feadship or Abeking & Rasmussen or…) yacht charter vessel, visit our selection of Mediterranean yachts for charter at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/monaco-yacht-charters/ today!

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Malta Eases Restrictions On Private Yachts That Carry Over 12 Passengers

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Yacht marina in Malta with superyacht in foreground and Maltese flag flying above marina

 

 

One of the biggest hurdles for large families and groups seeking to enjoy a private yacht charter vacation has been partially lifted by the yachting registration authorities in Malta.

 

In late December, 2016, Transport Malta, the administrative authority that oversees regulations for yachts flying the flag of Malta, introduced new guidelines for private yachts that carry more than 12 guests.

Long a stumbling block to the charter industry, most private charter vessels, no matter the size, were restricted to carrying no more than 12 passengers, even if enough cabins were available to accommodate more than 12 guests.  Yacht owners who wanted to bypass this restriction were forced to build their vessels to standards established for commercial ships and cruise liners – adding enormous costs to the project.  Most yacht owners elected to avoid the extra costs and burdensome regulations – and built luxury charter vessels for 12 or fewer guests.

Maltese authorities saw an opportunity to reduce restrictions on private yachts built to high safety standards, and to allow these safe, well-built and professionally-operated vessels to carry more than 12 passengers.  Ivan Sammut, registrar general for the Maltese flag, explain how Malta saw a gap in the market. “You have to evolve to stay relevant in this marketplace,” states Sammut. “Malta hopes to be more than just a European flagging alternative; we have a holistic view of the superyacht market and want to become a turnkey destination for private and commercial superyachts alike.”

The new certification, summarized in the “Guidelines for Pleasure Yachts Carriage Capacities,” is part of an ongoing Maltese initiative to introduce contemporary standards in the area of private yachting.  To qualify, a superyacht seeking to register in Malta and fly the Maltese flag:

  • Must be over 24 meters.
  • Not navigate beyond 150nm (nautical miles) from safe haven.
  • Be in class and in possession of the necessary stability booklet.
  • Comply with the Maltese Commercial Yacht Code.
  • Comply with all applicable international conventions.
  • Carry requisite safety equipment based on the number of persons on board.
  • Maintain a crew compliment in line with the commercial yacht code.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, views the new regulations as long overdue. “It’s discouraging to turn away a large, extended families of 13 or more from their dream of enjoying the superyacht experience together on one yacht.  We anticipate many superyacht owners with vessels that feature cabins and capacity for more than 12 guests to register their yachts in Malta.  This is one more contemporary component in the growth of our private luxury yacht charter industry, and we hope other flagging authorities will follow Malta’s lead.”

Interested in a luxury yachting experience for your large family?  Text “MORE THAN 12” to 305-720-7245 for more information or fill out our convenient online booking form, and our team will be in touch with you right away.

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New Benetti Veloce 140 Yacht DREW Available For Bahamas Yacht Charter

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Every once in a while, we find a hidden “gem” at a boat show that we can’t wait to share with our clients.  Motor yacht DREW is that type of yacht.

Benetti Veloce 140 DREW side profile

 

Launched in 2016, she is just the second hull in the new Benetti Veloce 140 series.  She made her charter debut at the 29th edition of  Yachts Miami Beach, the show that highlights private luxury yacht charter megayachts, and runs concurrently with the Miami Boat Show, now named Miami Yacht Show.  Yacht manager, Stacy Moss of Northrop and Johnson invited our company President, Jana Sheeder, onboard for a private viewing and an opportunity to meet the crew. After our inspection, Stacy was kind enough to put together an overview for our readers:

 

THE YACHT

Benetti’s 140-foot (42.6m) luxury motor yacht DREW was launched in 2016. This sexy, chic yacht is ideal for charter thanks to her impressively voluminous and stylish interior, her exceptional on-deck spaces and her fully stocked toy box with a variety of exciting water sports, tenders and more.

Five staterooms cater to up to 10 guests on board (yacht) DREW. The main-deck 900-square-foot master is located forward and offers a walk-around king-size bed, an 80-inch flat screen, massive windows that provide astonishing views and an en-suite his-and-hers master math with a large European rain shower. The four additional guest staterooms are located on the lower deck. All offer queen-size beds and en-suite bathrooms, among other amenities.

The main salon is a perfect place to entertain. A variety of seating options, a game table and a flat screen TV all are on offer. Just aft, an alfresco dining table for 10 is the perfect spot for breakfast. This space leads to the beach club, which houses all the yacht’s water toys and is a great place to relax, catch some rays or pop in the water.

Motor yacht DREW’s skylounge is equipped with a full bar, day head, incredible views from massive windows and a large wrap-around couch situated in front of an 80-inch flat screen, and dive into a movie. The skylounge aft offers alfresco dining for 10 and incredible views. DREW’s sundeck is divided into two sections, forward and aft. The aft deck has four large chaise lounges, two large removable umbrellas; forward is a large bar with seating for five, a dining table for 10 and a flat screen TV. The Portuguese deck, an extension of the sundeck, is outfitted with U-shaped settee seating for 10, a table,  four large sun pads and a Jacuzzi.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 43m/ 140 ft

Beam: 8m/ 27.10 ft

Draft: 2.43m/ 8 ft

Year: 2016

Guests: 10

Cabins: 5

Crew: 8

 

 

THE BAHAMAS

The owner of the yacht has decided the Bahamas is the perfect destination for his new yacht, and we couldn’t agree more.  Our biggest challenge when arranging a Bahamas yacht charter for a client is the difficulty to find a yacht that can accommodate a large family or multiple couples in the shallow waters of the Bahamas. You see, much of the Bahamian islands reside in shallow, sandy waters.  Large megayachts that can accommodate 8 to 10 passengers usually have deep drafts  meaning they sit deeply in the water – too deep to navigate in shallow coves.   Even though Drew has accommodations for 10 guests, she is only 140ft in overall length, and her draft is just 8 feet.  Hence, this Benetti Veloce 140 is the perfect platform for a superyacht experience in the Bahamas!

 

MAIN FEATURES

  • “Zen-like” interior
  • Five stylish staterooms accommodate up to 10 guests
  • Exquisitely modern interior style
  • Lounge seating provides ultimate comfort
  • Spacious, innovative forward covered-seating area with Jacuzzi – brings Portuguese-bow concept to another level
  • Beach club at water level
  • Contemporary full-beam master stateroom on main deck
  • Chic photography and unique artwork throughout
  • Toy-free decks
  • Zero Speed Stabilization system

 

TENDERS/TOYS

Towed tender

18.5’ (5.6m) Williams tender

Sensational waterslide

2 Seabobs

2 Inflatable paddleboards

Inflatable kayak

Snorkeling gear

Wakeboards

Towable toys

Assorted fishing gear – fully rigged

Drone

“Beach set up” tables and chairs

Exercise bike (connects to Wi-Fi for online workouts)

Rowing machine

TRX workout equipment

Medicine ball, core strengthening devices, yoga mats

Weights

 

CHARTER RATE

Based in the Bahamas for the summer, and most likely the Caribbean for the winter, her weekly charter rate is $160,000/wk plus running expenses, with no price change between low and high seasons or for holidays.

 

MOTORYACHT DREW WAS JUST SOLD.  WE ARE HOPING THAT SHE WILL REENTER THE LUXURY YACHT CHARTER MARKET.

 

Please check our inventory for another superyacht to fulfill your Superyacht Experience, or contact us right away at 305-720-7245 or via our 24 hour online booking form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Sleek Sail Catamaran Yacht ALLURES – Speed And Comfort In Same Package

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IN TEN SECONDS: 

Sail yacht ALLURES

30m catamaran – one of the largest and fastest, all-carbon cats in the world

Eco-friendly

Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins

Available for South of France or Monaco yacht charter

€50,000/wk (June/Sept) and €60,000/wk (July/Aug).

 

Catamaran allures - black hull and white superstructure with white sails

 


THE STORY

We had just secured a private luxury yacht charter reservation on the 37m motor yacht ELENA NUEVE this week – a yacht managed by Nicolas Fry at Camper & Nicholsons International.  No sooner had we turned in the charter contract, then Nicolas sent us an email touting a big, beautiful catamaran in his fleet – the sailing yacht ALLURES.  I guess Nicolas hopes we’ll put more emphasis on booking SAILING yachts in the Med!

 

Nicolas writes:

“Dear Jim,

 ALLURES is getting ready for a successful charter season in the West Med. Based in the South of France, she is still available in April, May, June and September 2017.

 Luxurious charter yacht with impressive deck space and comfort, ALLURES is one of the largest and fastest, all carbon-sail catamaran in the world. She provides a high level of comfort and safety with access to shallow waters.

 

Bookings 2017:

-24 June to 1 July, Naples/Catania,

-9 to 16 July, Naples/Palermo,

-20 July to 14 August, Bonifacio/Bonifacio,

-16 to 30 August, Bonifacio/Saint-Tropez.

 

I look forward to receiving your enquiries.

 

Nicolas FRY”

 

 

WHAT WE LIKE

Nicolas knows many of our clients prefer motoryachts for the luxury yacht charter vacations, but we are certainly excited to promote high-quality sailing yachts whenever the chance arises.  Sail yacht ALLURES is certainly at the top end of sailing yachts in the charter market.  Built by Composite Works in France, this is a performance yacht that really, “gets up and goes” when the wind is blowing.  If you’re wondering if that means a bumpy ride – put your worries to bed.  Catamarans have two hulls which gives them an enormous beam (width).  The wider the yacht the more stable the vessel, especially when at anchor.

Of course, at 100ft, this is indeed a superyacht, and her overall design reflects this pedigree.  Her chic Italian interior is brimming with beautiful wood and leather furnishings.  She accommodates eight guests in four impressive staterooms. Every stateroom with a direct view to the sea.

Our favorite onboard features are the two convertible staterooms. These double cabins can easily become twins (each with single berths). This unique (and oh-so-flexible) layout ensures the yacht can comfortably accommodate charter parties of families, friends and/or couples.

 

yacht charter sailboat allures double to twin convertible stateroom

 

KEY FEATURE SUMMARY

  • Performance sailing catamaran
  • Experienced and friendly crew
  • Sleek lines with the latest sailing equipment
  • Chic Italian interiors with wood and leather
  • Access to very shallow anchorages
  • The ultimate in safety and performance
  • Two convertible staterooms
  • Multiple water toys

 

THE RATE

For the summer 2017 cruising season, the yacht is offered at €60,000/wk plus running expenses – for high (July/August) and €50,000/wk for low (June/September) season

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To reserve catamaran superyacht ALLURES for your favorite dates, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/explore-our-yachts/allures/book-now/

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