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“Having the Best Time…” on Motor Yacht ‘H – [Video]

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When your clients are accustomed to +70 meter superyachts for their private luxury yacht charter vacations, you should probably think twice about recommending a 40 meter yacht for their next getaway…

Unless that 40 meter vessel is motor yacht ‘H with Captain Phil Frost at the helm.

About three weeks ago, good friends of ours called.  They were taking a short trip from their home in the states to visit their daughter who is spending a college semester in France.  During the visit, they planned to catch the “On The Run II: Beyonce & Jay-Z” concert in Paris, then spend a few days exploring.  They asked, “Since we’re not taking the whole family, is there a smaller, contemporary-designed yacht that you would recommend for a quick getaway in France?”  Without hesitation, we said, “Yes, the best available option is the 42 meter Benetti motoryacht ‘H.”

Built in 2015, motor yacht ‘H is a shining example of the Italian builder’s Fast 140 series, with exterior styling by Stefano Righini, and interiors by HJH Studios.  The yacht has it all – a massive sundeck, an impressive skylounge, and a fantastic, young, energetic crew led by can-do skipper, Australian Phil Frost.  Phil’s motto is, “Say yes, then figure out how to make it happen!”

With just hours to prepare, Phil and his team provisioned and prepared for our clients’ arrival in Bonifacio.  Less than 2 hours after getting onboard, our clients sent us two, short, but telling texts.  First, the husband wrote, “Having the best time.”  Then, his wife wrote, “Oh man, this crew is awesome!”

Once back home, the family called us to say the yacht was beautiful and surprisingly comfortable for a 40 meter yacht, and the crew made everyone feel as if they were onboard a 70 meter vessel.

They were so impressed, plans are already underway for a repeat trip in September…

If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation in the Med in August or September (or the Caribbean this winter), it’s hard to overstate the value, luxury, and comfort you’ll find with Captain Phil Frost, onboard Benetti motor yacht ‘H…

[Side note – Beyonce and Jay-Z decided to do a little boating after the concert as well.  They loaded the family onboard motor yacht KISMET, before returning to the next leg of their world tour…]

Are you considering chartering a yacht for a vacation or special event?  Call or text us at 305-720-7245, and with our Best Price Guarantee in hand, you’ll be on your way to making memories in style!

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Which Champagne Is Best? The Ultimate Luxury Yacht Charter Bubbly

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three people sitting in a spa on the deck of a yacht - full champagne glasses in foreground of photo


WHY CHAMPAGNE?

Is there anything that speaks to the joy of “la bonne vie”  as perfectly as enjoying a glass of champagne while onboard a yacht at sea?

Time aboard a luxury yacht charter vessel is the perfect platform to reconnect with friends and family – and champagne is often the tonic of this celebratory time together.

As crews begin to prepare their superyachts for the upcoming New Year’s eve yacht parties in St Barts, our charter advisers at 1-800 Yacht Charters take a look at the 3 trendiest premium champagne choices for Caribbean yacht charter clients this winter:

 

 THE HOTTEST CHOICES

  • Dom Pérignon, Rosé “P2” – 1996

It’s hard to imagine a name a name more synonymous with premium champagne.  Go to just about any nightclub, and you’ll find a millennial trying to impress by ordering a bottle of “Dom.”

It’s a simple, balanced champagne with a pleasant aroma, and hints of a Cognac-like richness. A 2006 vintage 750ml bottle is priced at approximately $150.

However, when it comes to luxury yacht charter guests, the most sought after Dom is the 1996 Rosé “P2.”  The P2 moniker refers to the age of the vintage, which the wine makers at Dom refer to as “Plénitudes.” They describe the maturation process as, “…not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plénitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plénitude contributes to Dom Pérignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one Plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy.”

A 750ml bottle of the 1996 Rosé “P2” is priced at approximately $795.

A FUN SIDE NOTE:   Why do we call it a “toast?”  Thanks to Wikipedia, “According to other stories, the word toast became associated with the custom in the 17th century, based on a custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. The word originally referred to the lady in whose honor the drink was proposed, her name being seen as figuratively flavoring the drink.

  • Louis Roederer, Cristal – 2009

On a nearly equal plane in terms of popularity with Dom Pérignon, Cristal (pronounced “chrisTALL”) has been a favorite among yachting enthusiasts for many years. American wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr’s website gives this vintage a score of 94-96 and describes it as one that, “…literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.”

A 750ml bottle of the 2009 Louis Roederer, Cristal is priced at approximately $250.

 

multiple white bottles of Moet Ice Imperial champagne sitting on the back of a yacht with running waves in the background

 

  • Moët Ice Imperial

It seems every food and beverage preference sheet submitted by clients prior to their winter St. Barts yacht charter vacation has listed Moët Ice as a “must-have” item.

Launched in early 2016 as a summer indulgence, the popularity has not waned.  So what makes this champagne so unique?  The answer is “ICE.”   This champagne was designed to be served with ice, and that was a real innovation in the world of sommeliers. Ice has a rich fruity taste, perfect for warm weather winter charter destinations such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  Moet Ice Imperial champagne is a special blend consisting mainly of Pinot Noir (40-50%), Pinot Meunier (30-40%), and Chardonnay (10-20%). It is suggested to be served with three ice cubes in tall glasses of Cabernet, and can be mixed with other refreshing ingredients such as mint leaves, lemon peel, cucumber, or cardamom seeds – to enhance the intensity of flavor, and the icy freshness.  A perfect tropical indulgence.

A 750ml bottle of Moët Ice Imperial is priced at approximately $60

 

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

There IS no winner!  If you feel tricked, we’re sorry.  Before you throw your champagne flute in our direction, please let us explain:

One of the great benefits of The Superyacht Experience is the ability to customize every aspect of your luxury yacht charter vacation – from where you go, to what you do, for rest and recreation. Of course, this includes your preferences for foods and beverages as well.

So, while we are happy to share the popular brands and trends that we see selected by our clients, YOU have the ultimate say.  The Superyacht Experience is a bespoke vacation like no other!

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To plan your own custom-tailored yachting holiday, call us at 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS (1-800-922-4824) or fill out our convenient online contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.  HURRY – the best luxury yachts book quickly!

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