Fraser Yachts Worldwide has just issued a slew of discount announcements for late-summer yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Florida, and Bahamas--including one that gives you an entire week of charter for free.
Most noteworthy is the 111-foot Inace motoryacht Sudami, which takes 10 guests in Florida and the Bahamas. Since the end of March, Sudami has been offering a deal in which charter clients pay the regular weekly base rate of $68,500 for the first week, a 50-percent discounted rate of $34,250 for the second week, and a halved again base rate of $17,125 for the third week. Now, Fraser tells me that Sudami is offering one week at the regular base rate of $68,500, and the second week for free. Your first week must be used between now and October, and the second week can be taken until May 2011, excluding holidays.
Wow. I've seen a lot of significant discounts as we get deeper into August, but that's the first time I've seen an owner offer up an entire week for free.
Also from Fraser this week comes a discount offer aboard one of my all-time favorite Feadship motoryachts: the 197-foot Paraffin. Shown in the photograph at right, she is currently in the Western Mediterranean, where her weekly base rate for August is typically €330,000 for 12 guests. Now, that rate has been reduced to €290,000, a savings of more than 10 percent.
Also in the Western Mediterranean is the 164-foot Feadship motoryacht Inevitable, whose weekly base rate for 10 guests is typically $225,000. Inevitable is now being offered at a base rate of $190,000 for September charters, a 15-percent price break. Other options aboard Inevitable include 12 days for the price of 11 at a base rate $300,000, or 14 days at a base rate of $350,00, which is a more than 20-percent price break.
The 150-foot Trinity motoryacht Magic, whose chef Betsy McDonald I can recommend with great praise (ask for the pina colada pancakes!), is offering a discount in the Western Mediterranean as well as in Croatia. Magic is usually available at a weekly base rate of $165,000 for 10 guests. Now, you can get 10 days for the price of eight, for a total base rate of $188,570.
Yet another Western Mediterranean discount option is the 143-foot custom motoryacht Antinea. Her weekly base rate for 12 guests is usually €125,000, but she is now being offered with "flexibility options on the rate according to the length of the charter." It's fair to guess that the longer the length of your charter, the more you'll save percentage-wise.
In the Eastern Mediterranean, Fraser is promoting the 141-foot Feadship motoryacht Eclipse. Her weekly base rate for 12 guests is typically €150,000, but between now and September 15, you can book her at seven days for €120,000 (a 20-percent discount) or €220,000 for two weeks (a more than 25-percent discount).
Also in the Eastern Mediterranean cruising grounds of Croatia is the 78-foot Ferretti motoryacht Orlando L. Her weekly base rate for eight guests is usually €50,000, which includes the 10-percent Croatian cruising tax. Now, Orlando L is being offered at a base rate of €35,000, also including the tax. That's a discount of 30 percent.
Any reputable charter broker can help you book any of these yachts at the newly announced discount rates.