Luxury yacht charter is one of the safest ways to travel. Socially distanced vacation with a highly trained crew sounds like a smart thing to do. Here are the top 10 yacht charter destinations for 2021 recommended by Denison Yachting.
Chartering a yacht in the Florida Keys means cruising along the Atlantic coast to Key Largo, Islamorada, and Key West. This is one of the best spots for snorkeling, fishing, and diving in the continental United States. Key Largo is known for having the best scuba diving in Florida, so ask your captain about booking a dive excursion during your charter. In Key West, take advantage of snorkeling through colorful coral reefs, watching incredible sunsets, and learning about Florida’s history. The laidback lifestyle of the Florida Keys makes it one of the best charter destinations in 2021. Denison Yachting recommends the 34m Il Capo.
The Bahamas are open to US citizens. Before arriving, each traveler must submit a Travel Health Visa Application that requires a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test result. A yacht charter to the Bahamas is one of the safest and most private ways to travel through the Caribbean. Fill your days with snorkeling, laying on quiet beaches, and enjoying cocktails on the sundeck of a superyacht. Your charter itinerary may include visits to Norman’s Cay to snorkel around an airplane wreck, Compass Cay to swim with nurse sharks, and Big Majors Cay to feed the friendly wild pigs. The 45,7m yacht Excellence will be a nice choice.
British Virgin Islands
The travelers must obtain a BVI Gateway Travel Authorization Certificate prior to arrival and a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test. Once you arrive safe and sound, expect gorgeous weather and turquoise waters. Denison’s Virgin Islands yacht charter itinerary includes amazing beaches, snorkeling spots, uninhabited cays, hiking trails, shops, and restaurants to visit by yacht. One of the best spots to visit in the BVI is Jost Van Dyke, where you can walk along the powder sand beaches and stop by Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the original Painkiller. The 24.4m Sunreef’s Bundalong will complete the experience.
Eager to trade big cities for charming coastal towns? Escape to New England. Summertime in the Northeast United States is simply beautiful, making it one of the top yachting destinations of 2021. A New England yacht charter may include stops in Newport for incredible seafood, Block Island for timeless architecture, or Nantucket to visit the whaling museum. Get your fill of US history and quaint coastal towns packed into one yacht charter experience. Denison Yachting recommend Kefi, built by Sunseeker in 2004.
Visitors arriving to Mexico are subject to temperature checks upon arrival and those showing symptoms may be asked to quarantine voluntarily. Fly into Cabo San Lucas and head straight for a superyacht charter to enjoy a luxurious and exclusive Mexico experience. Swim with exotic fish, eat fresh food, and sink your feet into white sand beaches. You’re bound to come back from a Mexico charter destination with a golden glow and relaxed state of mind.
Croatia is open to foreign visitors. All travelers (regardless of citizenship) must complete an arrival form and present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival. US citizens are not required to quarantine. Croatia is one of the world’s best yachting playgrounds – the breathtaking coastline and blue-green colors of the Adriatic sea are hard to resist, especially when you explore it on board Katarina. Enjoy fine dining in Dubrovnik, swim in the crystal clear lakes of Mljet, and explore the fortresses of Hvar.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is comprised of more than 40 islands surrounded by brilliant blue water. The islands are relatively untouched thanks to a small population. A Turks & Caicos yacht charter is filled with tropical vegetation and nature, private land tours, whale watching, and dive adventures at The Wall. All visitors over 10 years old must show a negative test result taken in the past five days and apply for TCI travel authorization. Tourists must have insurance that covers COVID-19 related medical costs and fill out a travel authorization form prior to arrival by plane. Sun, smiles, and snorkeling for the next few days on board of the Sea Ray's MR.GV makes a perfect vacation.
An Alaskan yacht charter is a totally unique experience. The area is known for its diverse landscape of mountains and forests with abundant wildlife and small towns. On a yacht charter around Alaska, experience whale watching, hike through national parks, and relax in hot springs. There’s no better way to see Alaska than by luxury yacht charter, for example, Kayana. It’s an incredibly scenic, isolated, and memorable vacation destination.
A travel bubble is set among Caribbean countries (CARICOM) to include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia and the Grenadines. That means visitors traveling to one of those countries are not required to take COVID-19 tests or undergo quarantine to travel to countries within the Bubble. This makes it easy to island-hop. The Leeward Islands are located between Puerto Rico and Dominica on the northeastern rim of the Caribbean Sea. Among the islands is a range of destinations including Antigua and Barbuda, St. Barths, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
A true adventurer will be eager to charter a yacht in Central America, and Costa Rica is one of the best destinations. Visitors must complete an online Health Pass 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica. A negative PCR test is not required upon entry, but tourists must provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment. Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested country filled with ancient ruins, excellent surfing, and active volcanoes.
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The 60m Amels 200 Stella M has been cruising around Greece. The shipyard has shared the pictures of the yacht on its social media pages. Stella M is the first yacht to be delivered from the Amels 200 Limited Editions design. She features custom interiors by Reymond Langton. Her exterior is an evolution of the Amels 188 designed by Tim Heywood. He explains how the originality and ingenuity of her exterior allow her to stand out from other yachts of this size. Like her predecessor, the high volume (1,015 GT) Amels 200 features hybrid electrical power technology, a four-deck elevator and air-conditioned gym on the sun deck. Her additional length has allowed for a number of enhancements such as larger aft decks and swim platform and full-height windows in the owners suite.Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels. Credits: Amels Facebook / @breedmediacreative
October 19, 2021
SnowGhost, a 90′ Hatteras, was sold by Denison Yachting’s Peter Quintal who represented the seller. Raul Faget with Florida Yachts International introduced the buyer. The 27.95m SnowGhost is the next generation motor yacht from Hatteras Yachts.The yacht was launched in 2018. The M90 Panacera series is featured in several Yachting articles and even received 2018 "Best of the Best Award". She’s a stunning open concept yacht with a light-filled interior that strikes a perfect balance between form and function. SnowGhost fully loaded thanks to over $2 million in extra options and custom features, including a climate-controlled hardtop and outdoor, beach club-style spaces. This is a fully loaded yacht featuring a huge hard top with climate control. The outdoor beach club style spaces with sail shades on the upper aft deck and bow area are amazing for entertaining large groups. The CAT 360 joystick docking system makes her easy to maneuver around the docks and has GPS position hold. This M90 Pancera model incorporates a range of global design influences to create innovative use of living, dining, and entertaining areas. Large, frameless windows on the main deck bring in plenty of natural light to create a sense of spaciousness throughout the salon. The lower deck can accommodate up to eight guests in four cabins, each with ensuite bathrooms.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/7fkH-yj5Fkw title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>Her last known asking price was $8,499,000.Credits: Denison Yachting
October 19, 2021
The Italian-based shipyard Baglietto has shared the information about the sale of the third 52m T52 superyacht series. The second hull of the series was sold in July 2021. The new 52m exterior is made by Francesco Paszkowski Design and the interiors are penned by Studio Vafiadis.T52 is a displacement line of motor yachts just below 500 GT and can be characterized by significant design innovations both forward and aft. The third hull also will have a three level beach club on three different levels, a 24m sundeck and a sky lounge that opens on three sides, which is a typical characteristic of Baglietto, definitely a space above any yacht of similar size and volume.This is the seventh order for the shipyard this year with the 13 hulls currently under construction by the Italian shipyard. Baglietto Spa is an Italian boat builder based in La Spezia and specializes in the construction of new aluminum light alloy yachts ranging between 35m and 50m in length and steel and light aluminum alloy displacement mega-yachts starting 40m.Credits: Baglietto
October 19, 2021
After unveiling a new flagship model, the Silent 100 Explorer, at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, Austrian shipyard Silent-Yachts has sold the first unit with a scheduled delivery in 2023. “This new sale is coming after the sale of three of our 80-foot models in rapid succession and confirms the market’s interest in the superior comfort of catamarans and solar energy for propulsion needs, as well as all the household appliances on board,” says Silent-Yachts founder and CEO, Michael Köhler.Michael KöhlerThe yacht measures 31 metres overall (101.7ft) with a beam of 13,62 metres (44.7ft) and a spectacular height of 10,46 metres (34,3ft). Renewable electric energy comes from an array of solar panels in the hardtop that slides apart to reveal a sundeck that can also serve as a touch-and-go helipad. Compared to the previous flagship, the Silent 80, the new Silent 100 Explorer has an extra deck and much more space both outdoors and indoors. “The Silent 100 Explorer is a great challenge proving that the solar revolution of Silent-Yachts to the superyacht level,” said designer Marco Casali. “The kind of available spaces, fully customizable from the clients, will allow unique internal and external spaces not even achievable on much bigger superyachts like owner's quarters or large saloons. The Silent 100 Explorer will bring the experience of cruising to a next level becoming a world reference for a responsible yachting always connected to the respect of the environment.”Marco CasaliThe solar cells provide up to 40kWp (kWp stands for kilowatt 'peak' power output of a system) and clean solar electrical energy is stored in a battery bank with a capacity of up to 800 kWh. Coupled to twin 340kW (@700 rpm) electric motors, the Silent 100 Explorer has an economic speed of 6-8 knots, a cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed of 14-16 knots. Two or three diesel generators, depending on the specification requested, provide back-up auxiliary power. Because the solar energy is completely renewable, in theory the Silent 100 Explorer has unlimited range, similar to all other Silent models.“The sheer amount of family-friendly space aboard the Silent 100 Explorer has to be experienced to be believed,” says Michael Köhler. “It also means that clients are free to customise the arrangement according to personal preference. Do you want a gym or media room, a larger VIP suite or a country kitchen on main deck? No problem. The flexibility of the catamaran configuration means we can meet most requests.”Credits: Silent-Yachts
October 18, 2021
The Feadship welcomed back the 48m Gitana and the 74m Mogambo, which arrived at the Dutch yard facility in Makkum for a refit. In a huge milestone for the Refit & Services programme that Feadship officially began offering in 2018, ten yachts are arriving in the Netherlands for a winter season of refurbishments, upgrades and renovations at the four Feadship yards. Access to De Voogt’s engineering staff is also a great plus for owners wanting to implement new technology in order to modernise their yachts.The 58m Najiba and 44.6m Harle also returned to the shipyard for a Feadship refit. They were sailing in single file, until the split where Harle continued en route to the yard at Kaag and Najiba took the turn to the yard in Aalsmeer. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome back these two lovely Feadships and their amazing captains and crew. In these unprecedented times of travel restrictions and market capacity limitations, where better to spend the winter than back with the Feadship family?" says Pier Posthuma de Boer, Refit and Services Director at Feadship Facebook page.Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship Facebook
October 18, 2021