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Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of six books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.

Lady Zelda Offers Second West Med Discount

charter yacht Lady ZeldaThese past few weeks, I’ve been writing incessantly about newly announced deals and discounts for charter yachts in every last one of the world’s major summer cruising regions. Today marks a new twist on yacht owners trying to buck the global recession and drum up business: A yacht that already is offering one type of discount now offering another.

Management company Northrop and Johnson sends word that the owner of the 130-foot Christensen motoryacht Lady Zelda is offering yet another incentive to secure a few more weeks of charter in the Western Mediterranean before the end of the summer season.

As I told you in mid-June, Lady Zelda is currently offering a deal for anyone who books two weeks of charter before September 15. The first week is charged at Lady Zelda‘s regular base rate of $125,000, and the second week is charged at half that rate. So for a two-week charter, the total base rate would be $187,500 versus the regular $250,000, an overall savings of 25 percent.

Now, Lady Zelda is also offering a straight $25,000 discount on the regular weekly base rate. You only have to book one week, and you get a $100,000 base rate instead of being asked to pay $125,000.

This new offer is noteworthy to me because plenty of yacht owners have been attempting to maintain their regular charter rates even as business remains soft in the sputtering global economy. Lady Zelda‘s owner was among a good number who have offered multi-week discounts that preserve the first week’s base rate as a statement of the yacht’s “true charter value,” as opposed to offering straight discounts on a single week of charter. This new offer is a turnaround from that stance. It could be a smart incentive that is limited to this one yacht at this particular time, or it could be just the latest among many yachts if the continuing recession ends up forcing a permanent market correction from the base rates of years past.

Either way, yacht charter rates are really getting interesting out there. Stay tuned.

 

Editor’s Note: Northrop and Johnson is a sponsor of CharterWave, where this blog originates.

€19,000 Discount on Tandem Charter

charter yacht Wally BBCR Yachts sends word of an interesting discount that will become available beginning August 20 in the Western Mediterranean.

The 108-foot Wally sailing yacht Wally B (shown in the photograph at right) is being offered for tandem charters alongside the 103-foot Benetti motoryacht Happy Hour at a combined weekly base rate of €79,000. That price, according to BCR, represents a savings of €19,000 (some 25 percent) compared with the separate charter of each yacht.

BCR says the tandem deal is “perfect for larger parties of up to 14 guests wishing to combine both sporty and classic tastes. Clients can enjoy day sailing on the Wally and evening partying on the tastefully restored Benetti.”

I enjoyed a similar experience in December during a day of tandem charter aboard the 136-foot sailing yacht Ranger and the 150-foot Trinity motoryacht Vita. It was, indeed, the best of both worlds to be able to experience world-class sailing as well as spacious entertaining and dining, a combination that can be challenging to find aboard any single yacht available for charter worldwide.

Here’s my vidcast from that experience on Ranger and Vita, to give you a taste of a typical afternoon on this type of tandem charter:

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Wally B, Happy Hour, and the deal that will soon become available to charter them both at a discount through BCR Yachts.

Coming This Winter: Sunreef’s Biggest Cat Yet

charter yacht CheSunreef Yachts, which just last month completed the 102-foot Ipharra as its new flagship for charter in the Mediterranean, now sends word that the biggest catamaran the company has ever built–the 114-foot Che–is in the water and on schedule to complete construction in time to enter the charter market this winter in the Caribbean.

Che will take no more than seven guests with four to five crew. I’ve been aboard catamarans half her size that take as many guests, which tells me that the level of spaciousness aboard Che should be downright outstanding.

A top speed of 20 knots is predicted, making her one of the fastest cats on the charter market, as well.

Any reputable charter broker can help you keep tabs on Che as construction is completed, or help you become one of the first clients to book a charter onboard this winter in the Caribbean.

Save €16,000 on Greece Yacht Charter

charter yacht RaminaAnother day, another discount offer for a summer charter booking in the Mediterranean.

Today’s deal is from Athens Yachts in Greece. They tell me that the 108-foot Maiora motoryacht Ramina is dropping its weekly base rate by more than €16,000, from €80,500 to €64,400, for charters between July 30 and August 19.

That is a savings of about 20 percent, one of the biggest discount offers I’ve seen publicly announced this summer for a charter yacht in Greece. It’s not quite as big as the discount that Athens Yachts offered aboard the 100-foot Falcon motoryacht AK to fill a specific week in June after a previous booking fell through, but the new discount applies to some of the most popular charter dates of the year, when yachts typically charge premiums as opposed to offering discounts in the Greek Isles.

Ramina is a 2009 build that takes eight or nine guests in four cabins, with a crew of five.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Ramina or help you book the designated weeks at the newly announced discount rate.

Save €16,000 on Greece Yacht Charter

charter yacht RaminaAnother day, another discount offer for a summer charter booking in the Mediterranean.

Today’s deal is from Athens Yachts in Greece. They tell me that the 108-foot Maiora motoryacht Ramina is dropping its weekly base rate by more than €16,000, from €80,500 to €64,400, for charters between July 30 and August 19.

That is a savings of about 20 percent, one of the biggest discount offers I’ve seen publicly announced this summer for a charter yacht in Greece. It’s not quite as big as the discount that Athens Yachts offered aboard the 100-foot Falcon motoryacht AK to fill a specific week in June after a previous booking fell through, but the new discount applies to some of the most popular charter dates of the year, when yachts typically charge premiums as opposed to offering discounts in the Greek Isles.

Ramina is a 2009 build that takes eight or nine guests in four cabins, with a crew of five.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Ramina or help you book the designated weeks at the newly announced discount rate.

Three More Mediterranean Charter Discounts

charter yacht This Is UsNot to be outdone by Edmiston and Company, which announced discounts last week aboard three of its charter yachts for remaining summer weeks in the Mediterranean, Ocean Independence now sends word that three of its yachts are offering special deals in the Mediterranean, as well.

First is for the 63-foot Ferretti motoryacht Agel. She typically has a weekly base rate of €24,000 during July and August in Greek Isles but is now being offered at the low-season rate of €21,000. A 5.5 percent Greece VAT will be charged in addition to that base rate, as with all charters aboard yachts of this size in Greece.

Second from Ocean Independence this week is a discount offer for the 82-foot Sunseeker motoryacht Blue Quest. Her weekly base rate for August in the Western Mediterranean is €38,000, but the owner is offering a 15-percent discount on any seven-day charters. In addition, if you book a 14-day charter, you can receive a 20-percent discount. Blue Quest is based in Antibes.

Last this week is news that the 141-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht This Is Us (shown in the photograph above) is dropping its weekly base rate of €58,000 by 25 percent from August 15 through September 15 in the Western Mediterranean. In addition to the discount, the owner is willing to waive all delivery charges for bookings during those same dates.

Any reputable charter broker can help you book these three yachts at the newly announced discount rates before the summer season ends in the Mediterranean.

 

Amazon Charter Owner Adding Second Boat

aria-cabinNearly two years ago, I told you about Aqua, a 130-foot “river expedition vessel” that Edmiston and Company had just added to its charter fleet. Aqua is a boat unlike any other I’ve seen from the world’s leading management companies, offering charters on the Peruvian Amazon for as many as 24 guests with 15 crew. That’s one of the guest cabins in the photograph at right, shown with a view of the Amazon scenery through the large picture window.

Aqua was, at the time, a bold experiment. Aqua had previously offered cruise ship-style, by-the-cabin bookings and was trying to enter the proper charter market by taking whole-boat bookings instead. Now comes news from Edmiston that the experiment has apparently worked–so much so that the owner is building an even larger, more luxurious river expedition vessel to add to the Peruvian Amazon program.

Aria, as the new boat will be called, is scheduled to launch in April 2011, just before the dry season that typically runs from June through November. Edmiston says Aria will have even more cabins to accommodate a total of 32 guests, plus a crew of 24, four naturalist guides, a hot tub, a gymnasium, and larger guests salons than Aqua offers.

“Anyone frustrated with Aqua being booked should consider this boat for the same clients,” Edmiston is telling international charter brokers. Aqua and Aria will follow similar itineraries but arrive in destinations on opposite days, to preserve the remote feeling of an Amazon charter experience.

Base rates to charter Aria beginning in 2011 are $73,500 for three nights, $98,000 for four nights, and $171,000 for seven nights.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you become one of the first clients aboard this interesting new charter boat.

 

 

Motoryacht Shogun Has Alaska Availability

charter yacht ShogunNorthrop and Johnson sends word this week that the 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun still has availability for charter bookings this summer in Alaska.

Shogun is already booked for the rest of July and most of August, but has a window of availability from August 11 through 17, and then is available again after September 1.

For the open week in August, the preferred charter itinerary would begin in Juneau and end in either Petersburg or Ketchikan.

Shogun is a rare charter yacht in her size range because her four guest cabins each contain a king-size bed. That makes her ideal as a charter option for four couples who want to travel together as a group, with nobody being stuck in a “kiddie cabin.”

The weekly base rate is $69,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Shogun or help you book the remaining dates available this summer in Alaska.

 

Editor’s Note: Northrop and Johnson is a sponsor of CharterWave, where this blog originates.

Three Motoryachts offer Discounts in Med

charter yacht outEdmiston and Company continues to announce price breaks for its yachts chartering in the Western Mediterranean this summer. I have received three announcements in the past week alone, all for significant motoryachts based in the Mediterranean.

First is the 124-foot Heesen motoryacht Calaf, which is offering a 20-percent discount for charters during the rest of July and all of August. The regular weekly base rate during these months is €85,000, and the discounted rate is €68,000–even lower than than Calaf‘s advertised “low season” base rate of €70,000.

Next is the 144-foot Feadship motoryacht Kingfisher, which will be available from the South of France beginning July 30. Typically, Kingfisher has a base rate of $180,000 for seven days at this time of year. The newly announced base rate is $145,000 for eight days.

Third this week from Edmiston is the 154-foot Amtec motoryacht Out, which is shown in the photograph above. She has a gap in her calendar beginning this week and ending July 30. To fill it, the owner is offering a 15-percent discount off the regular rate–and the owner “will consider more” of a discount for clients who are ready to book immediately, according to Edmiston. The lowest advertised weekly base rate for Out is currently €165,000.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Calaf, Kingfisher, and Out, or help you book a week aboard at the newly announced discount rates.

Save $10,500 on Bahamas Yacht Charter

charter yacht TrilogyManagement company Robert J. Cury and Associates tells me that the 103-foot Broward motoryacht Trilogy is offering a summer special for Bahamas charters through the end of September.

Usually, Trilogy charges a weekly base rate of $33,000 for six guests with four crew. That rate has been dropped to $22,500 for charters with itineraries round-trip from Nassau. It’s a discount of about 30 percent.

Trilogy is a 1988 build that has been refit. She offers three guest cabins, one with a king-size bed and two with queen-size beds. That makes this yacht a good option for three couples who want to charter as a group.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Trilogy or help you book a week onboard at the newly announced discount rate. Be sure you mention that you are calling about the 103-footer in the RJC Yachts fleet, as there is also a 90-foot Stephens motoryacht called Trilogy that is available for charter as part of the Churchill Yacht Partners fleet.

 

Editor’s Note: RJC Yachts is a sponsor of CharterWave, where this blog originates.