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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.


September 27, 2013

The 2013 Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco Yacht Show 2013The Monaco Yacht Show 2013 is now in full swing (25th – 28th September) although there is still one more day of viewings to go! Wealthy clients and yachting professionals alike consider the Monaco Yacht Show to be the world’s major event in luxury super yachts and mega yachts. With over 100 of the world’s most spectacular super and megayachts afloat exhibited guarantees the highest quality exhibition, with over 80 events hosted aboard the yachts or in the palaces of Monte Carlo.

GIORGIA, a beautiful Benetti Classic, will be available to view at the Monaco Yacht show from 25th to 28th September 2013, located on the Quai de L’Hirondelle, berth N21. Please contact us to view the yacht and meet the crew – we look forward to welcoming you on board! Or come and visit the 50m superyacht NASSIMA, which is available for charter for 2014 summer season in the Mediterranean. Otherwise join us for drinks and canapés aboard luxury sailing yacht PARSIFAL, Perini Navi sailing yacht available to charter in the Caribbean this winter.

 


July 2, 2013

VAT / TVA on Luxury Charter Yachts in France

Book your luxury yacht charter in the south of France NOW to avoid VAT / TVA tax! All charter contracts signed before 15th July 2013 will be exempt so it is essential to book your luxury yacht charter now.

The long wait is over. After many months of deliberation, the French Authorities have finally announced to the yachting industry how they intend to comply with EU rulings. Their decision means that all luxury yacht charters commencing in the south of France (including Monaco) where the charter contracts are signed after 15 July 2013 will be subject to TVA at 9.8%.  It is believed that the standard rate of TVA will soon increase to 20%, resulting in a tax rate of 10% on charters commencing in French waters.

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April 24, 2013

Superyacht SURPRISE sold

KOIDavid Legrand at Fraser Yachts confirms that he’s sold his central listing, the 35.05m explorer motor yacht Surprise, with Daniel Barber of Aquacruise representing the buyer. Surprise was asking €9 million. More details on the sale of M/Y SURPRISE…

Built by McMullen & Wing in 2001 and refitted in 2011, this superyacht’s sturdy exterior belies an interior of superyacht luxury sleeping nine guests in four staterooms. She is a modern exhilarating, adventurous yet luxurious true ocean explorer yacht boasting interior and deck space normally only found on 40m vessels. Surprise has always been maintained to highest standard, and now relaunched as M/Y KOI she is pristine condition today.

M/Y KOI is now based in the Mediterranean and is available for private charter in the south of France, Italy, Croatia, and Greece for both the 2013 and 2014 summer seasons.


April 22, 2013

New website launch

Featuring a range of brand new motor yachts and sailing yachts for charter in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, our new website makes it even easier to find your dream yacht charter!

Developed by Oyster Marketing UK, our new bespoke website is optimized for use with the latest mobile devices, and also features live updates and feeds, giving you access to the latest and best charter yachts across the Mediterranean and Caribbean.