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Luxury Barges Cruise To Britain’s Castles

If you’ve been watching Downton Abbey, The Crown, Bridgerton, or a lot of other British dramas on Britbox or elsewhere, then European Waterways has a cruise for you. With the largest fleet of luxury hotel barges in Europe, European Waterway has designed a Thames River cruise that visits many of those locations on its eight-passenger Magna Carta barge, pictured above. The Magna Carta will cruise to many of the South of England’s most picturesque sites, including royal palaces, aristocratic estates, and centuries-old riverside villages. One highlight is a tour of Highclere Castle, scene of Downton Abbey’s Crawley family, and the…

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Now: Charter Paul Allen’s Octopus for Antarctica

It’s never too soon to start planning for your holiday cruise next winter, so you may want to take a good look at Paul Allen’s Octopus for a charter in Antarctica. The eight-deck, 414-foot superyacht, one of the largest and most luxurious yachts in the world, is now available for charter there for Christmas or New Year’s, starting at $2.2 million a week. Launched by Lürssen, the German yard, in 2003 for world exploration, Octopus has an Ice Class A-rated steel hull, so that cruising in the Antarctic should be safe. Allen, one of the richest people in the world,…

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Top 10 Charter Destinations This Year

Here’s a list of this year’s top ten charter destinations, from the people at Denison Yachting (Sardinia and Corsica are pictured above). Start making your plans now: Is it just us, or does 2022 already feel different? After two years of a global pandemic, countries are adapting to international tourism and implementing ways to safely welcome visitors. Yet one of the safest ways to travel is by luxury yacht charter. Denison’s charter division experienced higher demand for larger and more expensive yachts than ever before — a 65% increase in the total number of weeks booked throughout 2021. Ready to…

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Yanmar Invests in GetMyBoat Rental Business

Yanmar just announced that has bought a majority stake in GetMyBoat, which it says is the world’s largest boat rental marketplace. All told, Yanmar America, a subsidiary of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd, invested $21 million in GetMyBoat. The money will be used to expand GetMyBoat and accelerate its  international growth as travel markets reopen after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yanmar, with headquarters in Osaka, Japan, has been working with GetMyBoat since an initial investment in 2018. Despite the pandemic, Yanmar says GetMyBoat has exceeded a 10 times growth in revenue since 2019. Launched in San Francisco in 2013,…

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Australia Opens Border to Vaccinated Travelers

Australia opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers earlier this week, meaning you now can charter a boat and head for the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays or Ningaloo Reef, some of the most beautiful cruising and diving destinations in the world. Or, you can stay in Sydney, charter a day boat to tour the harbor, enjoy the  city’s culture, and head for Bondi beach. (I’ve done that – before flying to Perth, across the continent – and it’s fun.) For the past two years, “Fortress Australia” had some of the most strict border controls to combat the spread of…

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Le Boat Starts Owners’ Program in Canada

Now you can own a luxury Le Boat canal cruiser in Canada, as well as in Europe. Le Boat already has the largest fleet of self-driving river and canal boats for charter in Europe and Canada. It recently expanded its Boat Ownership Program to American and Canadian clients who want to have their own vessel to cruise on the historic Rideau Canal in Canada, or on any of Le Boat’s eight destinations in Europe, including the Canal du Midi in France, the Thames in England, and Venice in Italy. “Expanding into North America gives the dream of boat ownership to…

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La Datcha, Explorer Yacht, in Antarctica

At more than 252 feet, the explorer yacht La Datcha, pictured above recently in Antarctica, is a bit larger than the boats we usually cover. But I think it’s interesting in terms of seeing what’s possible in the charter and expedition yacht areas today. La Datcha was built in the Damen yard in The Netherlands and launched in 2020 as the company’s SeaExplorer flagship, designed by Azure Yacht for cruising the world’s most remote destinations. The hull is steel and the superstructure is aluminum, and it’s built to be IMO Polar Code compliant. It also can run 40 days without…

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Tour Lefkada Island in Greece on a RIB Charter

Here’s a different kind of charter in a different kind of place. Infinity RIB Cruises offers charters on its RIBs in the gorgeous waters around Lefkada Island on the Ionian Sea off the west coast of Greece. The RIBs can take you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Med, with dazzling white sand and dramatic cliffs, or you can enjoy picnics and water sports on the turquoise waters surrounding the island. Infinity will be more than happy to customize your RIB cruise, all offered with an experienced captain, so you can enjoy your time on board, on…

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MarineMax 545 Cat Ready for BVI Charter

Here’s some good news. MarineMax Vacations just announced that they still have some charter time available before the end of the year on their flagship 545 power catamaran in the British Virgin Islands. There are few places that are more appealing at any time of the year for a charter than the BVI, but a holiday there, among some of the best cruising grounds in the world, would be a holiday to remember. Starting a new  year there wouldn’t be too shabby either. The MarineMax Vacations fleet is at Nanny Cay on the south side of Tortola. On the 545,…

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Phuket Opens Again for Cruising, Charters

Phuket, the largest island in Thailand and one of the world’s most exotic cruising and charter destinations, is open again. And the Moorings charter base there also is open, with sail and power charters available. With a heavy reliance on tourism, Thailand’s economy took a big hit during the worst of the pandemic, and the country was off-limits to a lot of foreign travelers. There are still protocols (see the Thai embassy link below), but the Thai government adopted a separate plan called the Phuket Sandbox that has allowed vaccinated international travelers to visit the island. It’s easy to get…

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