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Archipelago Starts High Latitude Charter

Archipelago Yachts, the new British builder, won’t launch its first 47 Power Cat until the Southampton Boat Show in September, but it just announced that it’s starting a new charter business for the northern latitudes next spring. Archipelago Charters will launch its maiden offshore voyage, called “Cruise North – 47 to 64” in April, when it’s still cold in northern Europe. The plan is to start in Southampton and then cruise to Germany, Denmark, Norway, Shetland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, returning via the Western Isles and Ireland. The charter is scheduled to return to Southampton in early June. You…

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New, Relaxed Protocols for Caribbean, Bahamas

It’s now easier to travel to the Caribbean and the Bahamas, and to charter a boat there, since many countries have relaxed their Covid-related protocols. The Moorings, the worldwide charter powerhouse, has put together a list of the new protocols, spelling out what you need to do to enter, and enjoy, a charter there. Here’s a sample:  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: First, it’s important to note that cruising between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands is prohibited, although there is daily ferry service between the two island countries. All travelers over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status, will have…

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Aquila Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Aquila power catamarans are marking a major milestone by celebrating their tenth anniversary this summer. The boats, ranging from 28 to 70 feet, are made by Sino Eagle in China and are sold around the world to private owners. They also are put into the charter trade, primarily by MarineMax Vacations, where they have enjoyed a remarkable success and growth. MarineMax Vacations, of course, is part of MarineMax, the retail giant with headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, and 90 locations in 22 countries around the world; it’s the exclusive global distributor for Aquila. In the past ten years, Aquila says it…

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Moorings Offers New Flagship 534 for Charter

The Moorings has just announced that its flagship 534 Power Cat is available for charter in the British Virgin Islands (pictured above), St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Abacos in the Bahamas. The new 534 is built by Robertson & Caine in South Africa, and has accommodations for eight people in four staterooms, all with en suite heads, making it particularly appealing for a large family or group of friends. The cat also is air conditioned, so everyone can be comfortable on board during the day or night. The cabins are built for the easy living. The…

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Charter a Luxury Yacht for Just a Day

Here’s a different kind of charter for this summer. You don’t need to charter the yacht for a long time, just a day or so. Or even for a sunset cruise or special event, a birthday, say, or an anniversary. Luxury Day Charters, based in Miami, has specialized in creating charters for seven days or less for more than 17 years;  their motto is “be a yacht owner for a day or longer.” And they have yachts from South Florida and the Bahamas to Newport and Nantucket. They’ll customize a charter for you for anything from single-day events to yacht…

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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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