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.
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?
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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
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
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
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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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!”
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…?
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!
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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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:
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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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.
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:
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.
Length: 43m/ 140 ft
Beam: 8m/ 27.10 ft
Draft: 2.43m/ 8 ft
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!
18.5’ (5.6m) Williams tender
2 Inflatable paddleboards
Assorted fishing gear – fully rigged
“Beach set up” tables and chairs
Exercise bike (connects to Wi-Fi for online workouts)
TRX workout equipment
Medicine ball, core strengthening devices, yoga mats
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/
Sail yacht ALLURES
30m catamaran – one of the largest and fastest, all-carbon cats in the world
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).
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!
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.
-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 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.
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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