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Moorings To Reopen Tortola Charter Base on Dec. 1

Here’s some very good news. The Moorings just announced that its Tortola marina is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 1. Click here to read the State Department’s information about covid-related restrictions there. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/BritishVirginIslands.html In normal times, The British Virgin Islands are one of the best, and most popular, cruising and charter destinations in the world. Here’s what The Moorings has to say about it: Stretching throughout the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are a kaleidoscope of aquamarine waters, sun-soaked harbors, and white-sand beaches. Distinct ports of call can be found among the more than 25 pristine islands that make up…

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Now’s the Time To Plan Your Spring Charter in Corfu

Here’s some good news from The Moorings: Their charter operation is reopening in Corfu on Oct. 1. But now is really the time to plan for a special charter there next spring, when we hope that traveling will be easier. The prices are right. A seven night charter for two people on a Moorings 434 power cat with four cabins starting on April 10 costs $2,944. Here’s what The Moorings has to say: We are happy to announce that our Corfu marina is scheduled to reopen October 1, 2020*. Please be aware that additional entry requirements and restrictions may still…

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New 51-Foot Cat for Charter in Bora Bora Lagoon

Want to drift through the drop-dead gorgeous turquoise waters of Bora Bora, without having to go through all the trouble of actually cruising there? Here’s the solution: Charter a 51-foot, four-cabin, solar-powered catamaran that’s already there, and sit back and enjoy. Built by ELYT Charter Tahiti, the new cat will be ready to charter in the Bora Bora Lagoon by the end of the year. It sleeps eight in the four cabins, and it has two heads and a large central living room and kitchenette on the main deck. The upper deck is basically a rooftop with 360-degree views, a…

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New Discounts on Luxury Barge Cruises in Scottish Highlands

Here’s a way to get away from it all: Charter a luxury hotel barge for a cruise through the Scottish Highlands. European Waterways, the largest hotel barging company in Europe, can help you with that. It runs two vessels, the Scottish Highlander (pictured above), which holds eight passengers, and the Spirit of Scotland, which holds 12. They both cruise through Scotland’s iconic Caledonian Canal and other areas of the Highlands with stops along the way for everything from golf to touring medieval castles to tastings at a whisky distillery. Because of the pandemic and people’s changing travel plans, European Waterways…

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The Moorings Opens Charter Fleet in St. Pete, Florida

What better way to get away from the trials of the pandemic, than to charter a boat and then take a week’s vacation with your family, spending time relaxing together, cruising over calm waters and swimming off some of the longest and most beautiful beaches in the world? Well, The Moorings, the charter powerhouse, has just opened up sail and power charters out of St. Petersburg, Florida, to help you do all that. St. Pete is a great destination in its own right, easily accessible from the Tampa international airport, and home to some great museums, art galleries, cafes, restaurants…

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Seattle’s Popular New AirBnB for Boats

Here’s a fun story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about how GetMyBoat, the new boat rental app, has taken off there: By Christina Ausley, SeattlePI This past Fourth of July, it seemed many a Seattleites were hunting down a boat rental for the weekend alongside their lakeside cabins. Nonetheless, a massive boat rental app has launched across the Seattle area, and it seems to be … the AirBnB of boats? GetMyBoat, the world’s top boat rental website and app, divvies out boat rentals to more than 130,000 vessels in 184 countries. From powerboat rentals, sailboat charters and fishing charters, to jet-ski…

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Aquila Making New 54 Power Cat for Comfortable Cruising

Aquila just announced that it’s building a new 54-foot cruiser for its large, worldwide catamaran fleet, and it is designed for maximum comfort inside and out. The full-beam master stateroom is forward, for example, with panoramic views from hull side windows; it takes advantage of the cat’s more than 25-foot beam to make it a special place underway or at an anchorage. The 54 will debut later this year, and we’ll have more details later on as well. But what we know now is that the boat will have three-, four- or even five-cabin configurations, plus a possible skipper’s quarters…

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The Moorings Reopens Charter Base in the Bahamas

Here’s some good news. It’s now possible to start planning, and even start taking, some great charter vacations again. Indeed, The Moorings just reopened its Bahamas charter base in Nassau, serving the gorgeous Out Island Exumas chain, on July 7. You have to meet the current requirements for traveling to the Bahamas, but with a little paperwork that’s easy to do, and then you can take a week’s charter there just the same as you could in the pre-COVID days. With its 50 years of experience, The Moorings is trying to make today’s charters as easy as possible, and to insure…

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How To See Amsterdam by Boat This Summer

This isn’t exactly blue-water cruising, but it sure looks like fun, for a whole lot of reasons. First, Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world, which isn’t surprising given my Dutch-derived last name and the fact that a great-great-grandfather was a Dutch sea captain (or so the story goes). But Amsterdam is so full of history, art, and fascinating architecture that wandering along its ever-present canals is a pleasure, no matter what your family heritage. Here’s a great story from Dutch News about how to see the city by water, even for a short visit: There is,…

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Aquila Launches 100th Hull of 44 Power Cat

Aquila just built the 100th hull of its 44 power cat, attesting to the popularity of the spacious cruiser in both the private market and charter fleets around the world. Aquila 44s are now in more than 20 countries, and are used in Dream Yacht Charter fleets in France, Belgium and Greece, and by MarineMax Vacations in the British Virgin Islands. The 100th hull is going to a private buyer in Hong Kong. You can buy the Aquila 44 with either three or four cabins; the three-cabin version is more popular with private buyers; the four-cabin in charter fleets. The…

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