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The Three Best Celebrity Owned Mega Yacht Charter Vessels

Steven Spielberg and his yacht, SEVEN SEAS

Whether as an effort to diversify investments, ego or challenge – many international celebrities have spent millions of dollars for the opportunity to own a superyacht.  Unlike athletes who splash their names on a restaurant and cover the walls in memorabilia as a shrine to their athletic glory, celebrity yacht owners rarely view their vessels as a tool for self-promotion. Instead, these yachts serve as a private oasis, a retreat from the constant pressures of the high-profile world of business and entertainment.

 
American Idol and X Factor's Simon Cowell and his charter yacht, SLIPSTREAM

When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.


While a celebrity’s name might pique your interest in considering his or her yacht, it’s the onboard amenities, professional crew, and overall design of the vessel that ultimately lead a client to rent a specific private yacht.  
 
Still, for many people (especially the charterer’s children), it’s fun to say, "We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!"
 
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our three favorite celebrity-owned yachts for hire:
 
1. VAJOLIROJA

Johnny Depp and his yacht, VAJOLIROJA
 
Sailing the high seas as the lead character in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might explain why actor Johnny Depp has a passion for fine yachts.

Motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first
few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156′  Mediterranean yacht charter vessel of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s.  

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout). Available for hire in the Mediterranean for € 98,000 per week in July and August, and € 84,000 per week the other months.

 
2. VA BENE

Eric Clapton and his yacht, VA BENE

According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton ("Layla," "Tears in Heaven," "Cocaine") chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.

The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases. 

Motor Yacht Va Bene is available for Caribbean yacht charter hire in the winter and spring at a rate of  $189,000 per week.  In the summer, the yacht is based in the Mediterranean and is priced at $210,000 per week in July and August, and $189,000 per week all other months.

3.  SEVEN SEAS

Steven Spielberg and his yacht, SEVEN SEAS

After her launch in 2010, speculation swirled around Steven Spielberg’s motor yacht SEVEN SEAS as to whether or not she would enter the charter market.  At first – she did.  Recently, however, Spielberg withdrew the yacht from charter for extended personal use.  Hopeful that the superyacht will one day return to charter, we have selected her
for our list of the best celebrity-owned (charter) yachts.  

At 86 meters in length, her size, shape, and style ensure that motor yacht Seven Seas is one of the most impressive yachts in the world.  Built by Oceanco, the megayacht features an infinity swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see the return of Seven Seas to the rental marketplace!

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Do you know any other celebrity-owned yachts worthy of mention?  Help us expand our list and see if we can come up with the top ten celebrity-owned yacht, even if they are not for hire.  Contact us with your nominations HERE

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