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September 22, 2014

September’s Sensational Yacht Shows in the French Riviera

September is always a strange month on the Cote d’Azur. The weather is still glorious and the sea particularly warm, but there is a feeling that summer is almost over and that winter is not far away.

boats at the cannes yacht show

So, to beat any premature winter blues which might be lurking around in your head, there are two fantastic local yacht shows which take place this month. The Cannes Yachting Festival kicked off the season when it opened at three sites in Cannes on Tuesday September 9th. Meanwhile, the much-anticipated Monaco Yacht Show – seen as one of the most important events in the world for the yacht charter industry – launches this week, on Wednesday September 24th.

There is no better medicine for a blast of post- holiday blues than to plan your next luxury yacht hire and both events give ample opportunity to take a look at some of the new mega yachts available for charter as well as discover new destinations, the latest ‘toys’ and lots more.

The 36th Cannes Yachting Festival was the first of the seasons post-summer yachting exhibitions. More than 550 boats were showcased in three central Cannes locations – the Vieux Port, Port Pierre Canto and the Palais des Festivals – making the event the largest leading in-water boat exhibition in Europe.

Of the hundreds of boats on show during the six day event, more than one third were making their debut on the international yachting scene. Many of these boats were for sale, while others will be available for the first time ever for a French Riviera yacht charter next season.

The Cannes Yachting Festival is unique in the fact that it even allowed potential buyers to trial the boats on the open sea before parting with any money.

If you haven’t found what you are looking for at Cannes, then why not head to Monaco this week for what is being billed as the best ever yacht show held in the Principality?

The show, taking place in and around Port Hercules from September 24th to 27th 2014, will showcase 115 of the world’s most stunning superyachts available for charter or for sale.

This is an increase of 15 yachts compared to previous years, with additional berths having been added to cope with an unprecedented interest in the event from both superyacht brokers and potential buyers.

For more information on the Cannes Yachting Festival go here. For the Monaco Yacht Show follow this link.


August 6, 2014

Important Questions to Consider Before Booking a Yacht Charter

At AquaCruise, leading providers of Mediterranean yacht charters, we know how important it is that you embark on the right vessel in exactly the right area to make your holiday a once in a lifetime experience.

If you are booking a mega yacht charter for the first time, it can appear to be a slightly daunting task. Here are ten important questions that you can ask yourself before you get in touch with us to discuss your ideal yacht charter holiday. We suggest you run through the list so you know exactly what you are after.

a yacht charter cruising the Mediterranean

1. Where would you like to go on yacht charter? Do you fancy cruising the azure blue waters of the French Riviera or Corsica on a Mediterranean yachter charter, or are you after something a bit off the beaten track, such as the beautifully rugged coast of Croatia?

2. When is your ideal time to go? If you are looking for that dream two week holiday during the school summer holidays, the Mediterranean is the ideal destination. If you would like to charter a yacht in December, the Caribbean is your best bet.

3. What type of yacht do you dream of sailing – a motor yacht or a more traditional sailing boat? Both are available for hire through AquaCruise, in numerous destinations.

4. Once you have decided what sort of boat you desire, the next question to answer is how big should the yacht be? Are you looking for a yacht large enough for family, friends, and hangers-on, or a smaller vessel for an intimate group? This question is also important in helping you decide how many cabins you require the craft to have.

5. Does the yacht have to be suitable for children/the elderly/ the disabled? Do you require the yacht to be child-friendly with a hydraulic platform to help everyone board easily, whether they are in a pushchair, wheelchair or unsteady on their feet?

6. Are you hoping to bring a much-loved family pet on board your charter?

7. Do you want a crew of some kind, and if so, of what kind? Yacht charters can be equipped with a minimal crew of two to a full crew of up to 30-plus.

8. What is your budget? It is important to set yourself a budget before you start planning the trip, to know more or less what you are willing to pay.

9. What extra costs are there? While on the subject of money, remember, that on the majority of yacht charters it is customary to pay tips. As a general guide, it is typical to tip around ten percent of the cost of the charter to the captain, who then distributes this to the crew. It is therefore important to factor this cost into your budget.

10. Finally, what yacht toys would you like to have with your vessel? For example, are you interested in cruising through the water on a sea bob or a jet ski during your holiday, or would you prefer a more leisurely pastime such as snorkelling?

Once you have answered these questions, the next step is to contact one of the AquaCruise brokers who will help you find the perfect charter to fulfil all of your requirements. We can also run through some of the more specific aspects of a yacht charter including how the contract works, where to find insurance and how payment is made.


July 15, 2014

Five Fantastic Beaches to Discover in Sardinia

Undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for luxury yacht charter at this time of year is the island of Sardinia, situated in the Mediterranean Sea just below Corsica, from which many of our yacht charters begin.

luxury yacht charter cruising through the water in Sardinia

And whilst this island is Italian, it is actually closer to the African continent in terms of distance, which perhaps goes some way to explain its scorching temperatures and mile upon mile of beautiful white beaches more akin to the Seychelles than the Mediterranean.
With more than 2,000 kilometres of coastline, the island offers those who are sailing in Sardinia endless opportunities to find a pristine beach away from the madding crowds.

However to ensure you really discover the best of the best, why not take a look at our list of top 5 favourite beaches on this delightful island?

1. Spiaggia Rena Bianca is a particularly picturesque beach on the northern tip of Sardinia, near the town of Santa Teresa di Gallura. The beaches here are renowned for the transparent turquoise water and the plethora of underwater life which makes for perfect conditions for those looking to do some snorkeling or scuba diving.

2. One of our favourite beaches for those sailing in northern Sardinia is La Pelosa Beach, characterized by shallow turquoise waters and whiter than white sand. The area is again hugely popular with those who like to scuba dive and can be busy in the height of summer, but once you get a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery, it’s easy to see why. This beach is a short sail away from the renowned Porto Cervo and Cala di Volpe in the north-east of the island.

3. Another on the list which should not be missed when on a yacht charter in Sardinia is Spiaggia Rias, or Pink Beach in the La Maddalena Archipelago, a group of seven islands in the Strait of Bonifacio, between the equally stunning island of Corsica and north-eastern Sardinia. The Pink beach is situated on the island of Budellli and takes its name from the very distinct pink coral colour of the sand which is among the most beautiful sights you can see on any Mediterranean yacht charter. However, visitors to the island will have to be content with admiring the beautiful beach from afar as tourists are not permitted there due to the fact that sand kept disappearing from the shore.

4. Whilst many of our yacht charters stay in the north of the country, in the south, Punta Molentis was recently named as one of the best secret beaches in the world. Situated near the charming village of Villasimius on the south easterly tip of the island, the beach is surrounded by cliffs and its sheltered waters. The beach also has the advantage of being located not too far away from the city of Cagliari.

5. Last in the list is a little further away, but Arutas beach in the Oristano region of west Sardinia is certainly worth checking out if you can make it over to the area. It is made up of small grains of what looks like colourful rice. Of course, it is not rice, but small segments of quartz in different shades from pink, green and white. The overall effect with the crystal clear see is quite spectacular.

Photo of Cala di Volpe is courtesy of expert superyacht photographer Mark OConnell.


June 19, 2014

Five Incredible Yacht Toys for a Mediterranean Yacht Charter

We all love spending time in the water, not least of all under the heat of the Mediterranean sun on a long summer day. So for our clients heading on a yacht charter in the Mediterranean this summer, we thought we would help you out with your research and show you which crazy water toys are available to buy or rent.

Mediterranean Yacht Charters Floating on the Beautiful Turquoise Water

Take a look at the following list, and if one of the amazing inventions takes your fancy, why not ask you’re your charter broker if one can be found for your yacht charter this year.

1. WOKART: This incredible machine is similar to being on a go kart on water and is the first patented designer watercraft in the world with a mid-mounted outboard engine. It’s fast, agile and loads of fun for all the family on a mega yacht charter. http://wokart.com/

2. JETSURF: A powered surfboard designed by Formula 1 and Moto Grand Prix engineers, this is now an international sport and having one of these on board will be hugely popular with the dare devils amongst you. The Jetsurf allows you to reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour and the boards are fantastic on the calm Mediterranean waters.

3. JETLEV FLYER: If you fancy soaring across the water at more than 20 mph more than 30 metres in the air, this water toy is for you. Looking somewhat like an invention from a James Bond film, the Jetlev Flyer uses a water repulsion marine engine to propel you into the air for the ultimate holiday snap. http://www.jetlev-flyer.com/

4. SEABOB: This water diving scooter is a cross between a jet ski and a body board which uses an electric impeller jet motor to whizz you across the surface of the water at various speeds. The Seabob allows you to glide along the surface or dive under the water depending on whatever crazy action you fancy. http://www.seabob.com/en/

5. WAKEBOARDING: Ending with a classic, the wakeboard remains a highly popular yacht toy on many of our charters. Always one for those with a need for speed, the wakeboard is a real test of your skill and balance, especially when you reach speeds of over 20 miles per hour.

You can discover which toys come with our yachts by clicking on ‘Equipment and Toys’ under each individual yacht on the AquaCruise website. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information about the toys and equipment on board any of our yacht charters.


May 21, 2014

Choosing Between a Yacht Rental in France and Italy

It is fair to say that when heading off on luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean, many visitors opt for turning starboard along the French Riviera missing out on the Italian coastline altogether.

Yet those who do venture in the other direction, choosing to experience a yacht charter in Italy over the more conventional French counterpart, are always blown away by what they discover in this beautiful part of the world.

Yacht rentals in front of the beautiful South France landscape

The French Riviera and the Italian Amalfi Coast rank as two of the most stunning superyacht destinations in the world, but despite being neighbours there are a number of subtle differences between the two.

At AquaCruise, one of Europe’s leading yacht rental experts, we offer bespoke yacht charters in both directions and have noted below four differences which might help those unable to choose between the two decide on their favourite.

1.THINGS TO DO: If you are a fan of art, the French Rivera has the highest density of museums of this type in the world, with famous painters from Matisse to Renoir having settled in the region. The Amalfi Coast offers more energetic pastimes such as discovering schools of fish whilst snorkelling, or waterskiing in calm waters off Ischia.

2. The LANDSCAPE on the Amalfi Coast is on the whole less developed than the countryside on the Cote d’Azur. Take Stromboli for example, where there is an active volcano which still erupts today. Here, and in other places such as Amalfi itself, you will find entire villages clinging to the dramatically rugged coastline lapped by an azure blue sea. Over on the French Riviera, the coastline is spectacular, but much more built up with world renowned destinations such as St Tropez, Antibes and Cannes.

3. EVENTS: As one of the world’s busiest coastlines, there is plenty to do and numerous events to attend in the French Riviera, including the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. The Amalfi Coast tends to have a lower key nightlife, although we are sure that places such as Capri would dispute this and it does remain one of the places to be seen during the Mediterranean summer season.

4. FOOD: Italy is famous for its excellent homemade cuisine, with Naples staking its claim as the home of pizza, whereas food in the South of France can tend to be more sophisticated. This is of course a very broad statement, with holidaymakers to both destinations now being able to find whatever they fancy, but it is clear that with over 3,500 restaurants to choose from, the stretch of coastline between St Tropez and the Italian border offers some of the most exclusive dining opportunities in the world.


April 18, 2014

The Best Place to Watch the Monaco F1: a Luxury Charter Yacht

There are just six weeks to go until arguably the most popular race on the Formula 1 Circuit takes place in the heart of Monaco and in view of some of our most luxurious yachts for charter.

There will be four days of racing, beginning on the 22nd May, but the main event, the electrifying Monaco Grand Prix will be held in the heart of the picturesque principality, nestled between France and the Mediterranean Sea, on May 25th.

Port Hercules - the perfect place to charter a yacht

For many Formula 1 fans the Monaco Grand Prix is the most exciting to watch as it is played out on the narrow roads which wind round the world’s second smallest country. The circuit also takes drivers tantalizingly close to the port of Monaco, where many of our available yachts for charter are berthed at this busy time of year.

Over the next month Monaco will be transformed into a daring race track with stands currently being erected for thousands of spectators who come to Monaco annually to watch the race live. Meanwhile, tens of millions more will be preparing to catch the start of the race on television sets across the globe.

Yet undoubtedly the best place from which to watch the 260 kilometre long race is from the deck of a luxury yacht in the glamorous Port Hercules, where you would be in the shadow of the majestic Rock where the Prince’s Palace grandly sits.

With a glass of champagne in hand and ear muffs firmly in place (though perhaps not so necessary this season), it is a once in a lifetime experience to witness the drivers tear around the track a total of 78 times from the teak deck and supreme comfort of a superyacht.

To find out more about the Monaco Grand Prix click here, or to view the luxury yacht you could charter for this unique experience, follow this link.


March 14, 2014

Why Investing in a Corporate Yacht Charter Makes Perfect Sense

As tens of hundreds of people flood into Cannes this week to attend MIPIM, the world’s most important luxury real estate exhibition, hotel reservations will be at their highest for 2014. The upmarket seaside resort is spoiled choice in terms of hotels and rental accommodation with something for every budget, taste and style.

Yet not everyone will have chosen to stay in a luxury suite or rented villa, having decided instead to take advantage of Cannes’ coastal location on the Cote d’Azur….and instead charter a private yacht! The Palais des Festivals where MIPIM is held is just a stone’s throw from the port; where the majority of yacht charters are berthed, and renting a crewed vessel for an event such as this is a welcome alternative.

The big advantage of a yacht at MIPIM is for receptions. A yacht moored directly opposite the Palais de Festival is an ideal base to invite clients back to for a private meeting that is really going to make an impression. The dock is only yards from the Palais, and guests will immediately be greeted by uniformed yacht crew with a glass of golden Champagne on a silver try, with selections of canapés; and invited up to the sundeck. You can’t get a much better platform to attempt to close a multi-million pound property deal!

MIPIM corporate yacht charter

These are the top 5 reasons why a corporate yacht charter makes sense for these events, including the F1 Monaco Grand Prix or the Cannes Film Festival:

1. The cost of hiring a luxury yacht charter is highly competitive and not too dissimilar (per head) to what you might expect to pay for putting staff up in a hotel of a comparable standard.
2. All our boats available for corporate yacht charter are furnished to the highest standards and have a full crew on hand to tend to your every wish. They are also highly private, secure and discrete.
3. Luxury yacht charters are often deceptively large, with the upper decks providing the perfect venue for  entertaining or boat parties during an event.
4. All of our yachts are hired with a professional crew on board, including first rate chefs and experienced stewardesses. The level of service and catering is akin to any first class hotel.
5. A corporate yacht charter can be just the ticket to incentivise staff, with a short cruise used at the end of the business event to repay your employees for their excellent work!


February 27, 2014

Top 3 Mediterranean Yacht Events to Attend in 2014

Antibes Yacht ShowWith the Mediterranean summer season just around the corner and as the end of the European winter is now in sight, it is time once again, to turn our attention away from the Caribbean and back to Europe, where there are several months of yachting events to look forward to. Here are three of the most important events this summer.

Antibes Yacht Show:
Whilst 2014 kicked off with the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January, the Mediterranean season really gets going in April, with the one of the most important yacht shows of the year taking place in the French Riviera port town of Antibes. This four day show is perfectly timed just before the beginning of high season, allowing guests to browse options for their summer yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

– This year, the show will kick off on April 23rd 2014
– Exhibitor’s cocktail Friday 25th April, a fantastic opportunity to meet the exhibitors and make contacts.
– More information can be found at www.antibesyachtshow.com/en/show/events/.

Palma Superyacht Cup 2014:
As the longest running regatta in Europe, the Palma Superyacht Cup remains an important competition and still attracts huge numbers of superyacht charters. Competitors participate against one another in what is a highly competitive atmosphere. For those looking for a more leisurely time, the Balearic event has plenty of opportunities to attend glamorous events in the evenings.

– The event lasts four days with the first race on the 18th June 2014.
– The event takes place in the old port of Palma de Mallorca – just 10 minutes from the airport.
– The prizes will be awarded on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Monaco Yacht Show:
During July and August, the luxury yacht charter season is in full swing on the Mediterranean – this busy period means there are not many shows or events taking place. However, come September, yachting enthusiasts from around the globe descend on glamorous Monte Carlo for perhaps the most anticipated show of the year – the Monaco Yacht Show.

– The show begins on Wednesday 24th September 2014.
– The event is spread out over 4 days and has over 80 events.
– View over 500 different exhibitors and 100 superyachts over the course of the event.
– Tickets are priced at €80 for a day pass follow this link for more information

The Monaco Yacht Show is by far the most prestigious event in the Mediterranean and is not to be missed for yacht brokers and yacht service providers alike.

2014 promises to be another great year for yachting, and if you would like any further details about these events or about chartering a yacht this year, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at www.aquacruise.com/contact-us/.


January 12, 2014

Largest luxury yachts for charter

Biggest luxury yachts for charter

In a recent post “Luxury Yachts to Charter on a Budget” we showcased a number of our own luxury yachts to charter on a reasonable budget, with similar costs to that of a 5 star luxury resort.

But for those where money is no object then consider the world’s most expensive luxury yachts on the market for 2014! There is the 215ft mega yacht IMAGINE, where guests will be surrounded by fine art, refined hand crafted interiors of the highest quality; and first class highly trained crew are on hand. Or there is the 250ft floating palace AMARYLLIS – accommodating 12 guests in 6 staterooms, including an entire private deck with terrace dedicated to the owner’s suite. There is even a beach club with gym and spa, whilst the sun deck features a 20ft swimming pool. Read the full article “The world’s most expensive luxury yachts for hire


January 6, 2014

New 30m Sunseeker Yacht for private charter Mediterranean

Sunseeker Yacht for private charter Mediterranean

Introducing TUPPENCE, 30m Sunseeker Yacht which is now available for private charter in the Mediterranean for summer 2014! Styled on the acclaimed 34 Metre Yacht – spacious, elegant and practical, the interior is superbly attractive and benefits from exquisite craftsmanship and cutting-edge design.

This luxurious motoryacht offers perfectly proportioned accommodation making it equally suited to families or groups of friends, and boasts a truly capacious master stateroom, complete with private sitting area.

Contact Us now to discuss your 2014 dates, and book your charter today to avoid disappointment!