December 2009

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  • charter broker Kathleen Mullen

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    With the global recession lingering, what booking trends are you seeing so far for the summer 2010 Mediterranean charter season?

    Kathleen Mullen, Regency Yacht VacationsThis winter in the Caribbean, I am seeing a lot of bookings being made at the last minute. The popular charter boats are being booked in advance by repeat clients, but the rest of the yachts are having to book their charters very close to the actual charter dates.    I think […]

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    The Year in Yacht Charter

    It’s December 31, and we’re on the cusp of a new decade. The date makes it an appropriate time to look back at the year that will end in about 14 hours. Here’s 2009 in crewed yacht charter, as seen through the lens of nine blog posts that turned out to be key points on […]

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    Yacht Charter Dominica; Hunting the Mountain Chicken

    Visit the Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charter Website Dominica Mountain Chicken Photo: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust In Dominica, an island located near the French Antilles, to hunt the Mountain Chicken is to hunt a dining delicacy for locals and visitors alike. Officially known as the Commonwealth of Dominica, this island is just south of Guadeloupe […]

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    If You Care Primarily about Looks…

    On December 30, Asia’s Luxury Insider posted this article about yachts it deems most stylish for Mediterranean yacht charter. The second page of the article offers some good information about hot spots that are potential stops during a charter itinerary.

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    You Can Still Book for New Year’s

    That was the headline on an e-mail I received just a few hours ago (yes, I know today’s date is December 30) from Nicholson Yachts. The management company, which is one of my sponsors, still has four charter yachts willing to negotiate last-minute bookings for New Year’s charters beginning tomorrow in the Caribbean. For many […]

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    New 154-foot Heesen to Charter

    On December 29, MegayachtNews posted this review of the newly delivered, 154-foot Heesen motoryacht 4You, which is expected to charter in the Caribbean this winter through Moran Yacht & Ship.

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    Charter Predictions from Sales Brokers

    On December 29, the BrokerageNews blog posted this year-end report about the yacht sales market. Predictions for 2010 include some interesting comments about charter, including one from a Camper & Nicholsons International sales broker who says he is expecting a “rush of yachts filling their charter calendars towards April and May.”

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  • Dream Cruises book

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    ‘Dream Cruises’ Now on Kindle

    I am among the thousands of people who helped make the Kindle the best-selling holiday product ever at Amazon.com. I am also among the thousands of people who helped to make Christmas Day the first time the company ever sold more e-books than physical books. I love this electronic book reader. It’s not even January […]

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  • charter yacht Islander original design

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    Islander, Once with Sails, Now a Motoryacht

    I just posted a new “10 Best” list, this one of charter yachts that have undergone recent refits. One of the boats really jumped out as something I haven’t seen before in the charter industry: a motorsailer turned completely into a motoryacht. Her name is Islander, and she was built in 1991 as the boat […]

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