During the bleak months of winter, clients call Neptune Group Yachting with great enthusiasm to secure their summer yacht charter bookings. Looking out the window of an office and seeing gray skies and snow makes it very easy to prepare months in advance for a vacation in the sun. We listen to tales of clients going weeks without seeing the sun and temperatures never climbing above freezing.
Even in the coldest months of the year, the average daily high in Fort Lauderdale, the “Yachting Capital of the World”, is 75 degrees. We happily go about our lives during winter, oblivious to the rest of the country’s weather woes. Sometimes, it’s hard even to tell when the seasons are changing. Floridians recognize the start of summer when the humidity returns and we have to close our windows and crank up the AC.
That is why we suggest not waiting for the snow to fall or the temperatures to drop again to book your winter holiday yacht vacation. Get started early, so once those winter blues come back, you already have the cure!
Beat the “heat”…. The best yachts book up early for Christmas and New Year’s. It’s the busiest time of year for many charter yachts. For some clients, finding the perfect holiday yacht and keeping it “theirs” can mean booking a year in advance, directly after they disembark from the previous charter!
Private yacht vacations are personalized because everyone has different tastes and requirements. No two yacht charters are alike. We never want our clients to have to sacrifice anything on their checklists, but the longer they wait to secure a holiday yacht charter, the smaller the pool of vessels from which they can choose becomes. Avoid disappointment and book now!
If you work with us well in advance, you won’t miss out. We are standing by to secure your holiday charter now!
~Compliments of Charter Agent, Ali Kaufmann
ASTERIA is the ideal combination of a rugged, go-anywhere expedition yacht with the interior services and staff of a world-class luxury superyacht. Her spacious living quarters have been completely redesigned, providing guests with all the comfort and amenities of a 5-star hotel. From the sundeck offering unobstructed 360-degree views to the outdoor Jacuzzi and lounge complete with a fully equipped bar, ASTERIA offers total comfort even in the most remote corners of the world.
Originally converted from an oceangoing salvage tug to an expedition yacht in 2002, ASTERIA’s strong hull is complimented by a set of “zero speed” stabilizers that minimize motion both at anchor and underway. The dedicated helideck will easily accommodate medium-sized helicopters.
ASTERIA’S six luxury cabins (one King and four Queen that may be configured as single or double staterooms), located on the main deck and the tender deck, allow her to comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests, each with en suite bathroom. Elsewhere, the vessel also has 11 twin crew cabins to accommodate the 11 permanent crew as well as any local guides, scientists, expedition leaders or even masseuses that may be taking part in your expedition.
ASTERIA carries a wide range of functional and fun tenders and toys suitable for most forms of coastal and inland exploration. These include a Nautica RIB with landing-craft bow, ideal for beach landings, diving, or a gliding silently along rivers and creeks. Two Laser Pico sailing dinghies, kayaks, paddle skis, water skis and a wakeboard also are available. ASTERIA carries a Bauer dive compressor and has Nitrox diving capabilities. Iridium and Inmarsat satellite telephones, Iridium and VSAT satellite data, Internet (Wi-Fi), and GMDSS ensure that guests can keep in touch with civilization, and of course, no expedition would be complete without being able to explore the skies with a telescope.
ASTERIA also has an optional helicopter, the ultimate exploration tool.
On board ASTERIA, charter guests will be looked after by her professional, multinational crew. This talented team includes a world class chef, who will provide meals from a menu specifically designed to match the charter party’s personal tastes and requirements, incorporating local produce and dishes whenever possible.
ASTERIA charters for USD 165,000/wk, plus expenses. For more information, please see her Online Brochure: http://www.charterbrochure.com/neptunegroupyachting/alikaufmann/asteria.
At the time this blog was posted, ASTERIA’S schedule was as follows:
December 24, 2013 – January 1, 2013: Embark at King George Island, Antarctica; explore the Antarctic Peninsula and return to King George Island.
February 16, 2014 – March 7, 2014: Stanley, Falkland Islands to King George Island, Antarctica.
Contact Neptune Group Yachting now at
to book your adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica!
Exciting news! You may remember the promotions for yacht charter vacations in the Baltic region last year. Now, several of those yachts’ owners are planning to return to this amazing area for the summer of 2013. This unusual yacht charter opportunity in the Land of the Midnight Sun is available, as you might guess, for a limited time only.
Among the yachts cruising in the Baltic this summer will be the popular 168-foot Schweers Motoryacht LEGEND. Comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms, LEGEND is well equipped for these beautiful northern waters. She offers a full complement of amenities, zero-speed stabilizers, and a wide selection of toys including a 23-foot tender.
Charter itineraries are always flexible and can include exciting options such as breathtaking visits to dramatic fjords. Possible ports of call include Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gdansk, Poland; Gotland and Stockholm, Sweden; the Aland archipelago between Sweden and Finland; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia – home to the world-famous Hermitage Museum.
LEGEND’s weekly summer rate is €185,000 plus expenses for the Baltic region. For more information, please contact Neptune Group Yachting at 954.524.7978 or email
So, you are planning your perfect charter yacht vacation and you want “Sparky” to come along and join the fun. That’s not an uncommon request. Most dog owners feel as though their pets are part of the family and leaving them behind just doesn’t feel right.
The good news is: It’s not impossible! While many charter yachts do not allow animals, there are “pet-friendly” boats in the fleet. With the right preparation, taking your beloved pooch along can be relatively hassle-free.
First, let your charter agent know you want to bring “Sparky” with you, so he or she can help you find the right yacht and ascertain whether a pet deposit is required.
If you haven’t already done so, obtain an ID tag for your pet with your contact information, and have a microchip inserted in the scruff of his or her neck. This microchip is a tiny capsule the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique national registry number identifying and linking you to your pet.
Next, locate your state’s USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinary office by visiting www.aphis.usda.gov, or ask your pet’s vet for help. The APHIS office will inform you about the entry and exit documents required by the countries you will be visiting during your charter trip – kind of a “pet passport” – as well as any vaccinations your pet may need. Start the process at least seven months before departure, since some vaccinations must be done six months prior to travel.
With a bit of research and planning, “Sparky” can stay by your side!
The question of the day is “What ‘trends’ do you see or foresee in the yacht charter business?” Like spring, I believe a buzz is in the air, judging from the sales reports we’ve heard from recent boat shows. New sales offices are sprouting in Fort Lauderdale and in other yachting capitals around the world. On the consumer front, new cars have been spotted, often a litmus test of prosperity. The stock market is soaring like weeds and reports of yacht sales are popping up everywhere. The launch of the world’s largest superyacht, the 180-meter Lürssen AZZAM, shows that “conspicuous consumption” also is alive and well.
I am pleased to see so many U.S. charter agents from various companies already registered and heading to Genoa for our next international gathering at the 25th MYBA Charter Show on April 29-May 3. Sixty-six yachts are on the list to appear at this show, most of which will be available for charter in the Med this summer. We are looking forward to touring them and sampling their chefs’ delicacies with you in mind.
Another ‘trend’ we are seeing is the increased number of yachts headed to the South Pacific. Is the VAT a driving factor?
Not long after the Genoa show, many of us will head to the Newport Charter Yacht Show in Rhode Island on June 17-20. Planning for this event already is well underway and the organizers promise it will be an even better show than last year. Summer in New England, long a favorite charter destination, holds great promise again this year as numerous yachts already are committing to this fun part of the world.
Why so much travel to destinations far and wide? To ensure your yacht is as fresh as its marketing promises, your agents frequently travel to inspect yachts and visit with crews on your behalf. We know our yachts!
Photo by Klaus Jordan courtesy of Lurssen Yachts