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62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:30
62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID The 62.5m Codecasa-built superyacht Apogee has been docked in the Dania Canal in Fort Lauderdale for the past seven months. As her Captain of 17 years John Fleck tells us, this is the first time since being delivered in 2003 that the seminal charter yacht has not enjoyed a European summer season. The luxury yacht and her crew are now looking forward to making up for lost time this New Year charter season in the Bahamas and Caribbean as restrictions are eased. We caught up with Captain John to learn more about the luxurious experience guests can expect from a New Year’s charter onboard Apogee, including the heightened measures of safety the crew will be taking to ensure utter peace of mind at sea.

Apogee is the ultimate charter yacht. Attended by some 17 crew members, Apogee’s onboard experience is defined by rich and decadent interiors, a fully equipped gym and even her own private night club. And the yacht’s crew have not been resting on their laurels these past seven months either, Captain John tells us:

‘The upkeep of the vessel is of the highest interest to the owner. He simply loves and adores the boat - we have actually just had a new 70-inch AK television installed up in the bridge bar while being docked here.’

Despite her high levels of maintenance though (Apogee underwent an extensive refit in 2019), the unique appeal of this superyacht lies in her progressive in-built volume - remarkable even for a yacht of 62.5m, Captain John tells us. ‘She was a little ahead of her time - main aft decks were shortened on Northern European boats, and when we bought the boat we opted out of an enclosed main aft deck. Which left us with a large area which easily accommodates all the guests in comfort under cover in open air.’

With three outdoor decks available to guests, there is certainly no shortage of socialising or entertainment space on this purpose-built charter yacht.

'She boasts four cabins down below, two of which have king sized beds. ‘The volume is also obvious in the lower guest cabins, that it would be very difficult for anybody to go back to a 50m boat after experiencing that feeling of space.’

So difficult in fact that very often, guests will not charter any other boat.

Apogee enjoys a number of repeat clients, which John tells us is testament as much to the appeal of the boat as it is to the success of her crew - a number of whom have served between 10 and 15 years onboard. 

‘Clients have that full experience when chartering Apogee, which is something of an Apogee signature. The owner is very personally concerned about the experience of the guests, he always aims to ensure he has the right crew front of house to take care of them.’  

To illustrate the advantage of Apogee’s extensive and doting crew, Captain John told us of one party of repeat clients with a very particular request. ‘They wanted to swim in a new location every morning at 9am - the challenge being that we had to travel overnight every night. But that wasn’t an issue for us with 17 crew onboard; we can very easily run the boat and provide 24/7 service to our guests.’ 

When Apogee’s Christmas and New Year charter season gets underway, she will return to the Bahamas and Caribbean to catch some winter sun. We asked Captain John about the revamped measures of safety guests could expect during this time. 

‘We’ve had plenty of practice while we’ve been here in Fort Lauderdale! We’ve adopted measures you will see in the commercial industry with safety, health and operations onboard. For example, where our boarding ladder is, we have an upright hand gel dispenser for all guests. Products wise, everything will undergo a strict sanitation process as we bring items onboard.’ 

Apogee’s crew will also be assigning two deputies - another luxury afforded a crew as sizable and experienced as this. ‘That way there will be watchful eyes throughout guiding the safety protocols.’

However, Captain John and his doting crew have been going the extra mile for some time now. John tells us that Apogee’s crew has a forward-looking practice of sending out advance teams to guests’ locations of choice, to ensure standards and requirements are met ahead of the guests’ arrival. 

‘This affords us the added advantage of understanding the safety and wellbeing of our guests - the crew are playing an active part onboard as well as off the boat.

Apogee comes perfectly maintained, well equipped and ready to make up for lost time this New Year charter season. We would like to wish her and her committed crew a very smooth and successful season. 

Apogee is available for charter with TWW Yachts, to book a luxury charter onboard this vessel please contact yachts@twwyachts.com.

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Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 19:30
Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video The launch of 107m Lana caused quite a splash in the industry when she hit the water to widespread acclaim last year. This giga yacht, one of the largest in Italian builder Benetti’s portfolio, is at once gigantic in proportions and exceptionally elegant in aesthetic. Listed for charter with Imperial Yachts, the broker has just released new video showcasing Lana’s exceptional good looks to the world. Video copyrights go to Imperial and Jeff Brown of Breed Media.

Benetti’s in-house design team curated Lana’s external and interior spaces, and the collaborative success of this impeccably curated aesthetic is apparent. It is a difficult feat to achieve an air of streamlined grace and feminine sophistication on a superyacht of this size, but one Benetti is well versed in. Contemporary meets timeless in Lana’s clean curvature, extensive deck space and large, tranquil beach club, while her interior spaces are airy and befitted with specially curated works of art to add flair. 

In the video, two custom tenders can be seen cruising alongside the giant superyacht, shedding light on the proportions of her size as well as the water sport adventures which await up to 12 charter guests. This is assisted by a fantastic array of water toys and tenders - of course, for those preferring to enjoy her onboard comforts, Lana is well equipped with a spa, an on-deck infinity pool, and any number of spacious al fresco dining and socialising areas. A doting crew of 34 awaits to attend each guests’ every need, truly setting Lana apart from the competitive charter market.  

Julia Stewart, Imperial Director, commented at her delivery, ‘Lana is bold, unique, sleek and aggressive, boasting high ceilings up to 1.7m in height and mixing perfect experience at sea and unforgettable charter moments.’

More than just her good looks though, and equally demonstrative of Benetti’s commitment to sustainability, is Lana’s futureproof onboard systems and diesel electric propulsion. A momentous move for a superyacht of this size, chartering to some of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled destinations, Lana’s delivery marks the huge strides Benetti is making in the collective effort to make yachting greener.

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Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 11:00
Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research Luxury superyachts have joined the Great Reef Census as part of a world-first citizen science project. The Census will provide a unique opportunity for superyachts to experience the majestic colours of the Great Barrier Reef as part of an important scientific study, contributing to future conservation of this Natural Wonder of the World.

Encompassing over 3,000 individual reefs that stretches for 2,300 kilometres along Queensland’s golden coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a haven for yachting activity. Maintaining the Reef is vital for both the health of our oceans and for the enjoyment of a remarkable charter destination.

The sheer volume of the Reef is staggering, and up to 40% has never been surveyed before. The Great Reef Census is a project spearheaded by Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, with the aim of providing the most comprehensive snapshot of the Reef ever taken.

For 11 weeks, a wide range of boats will be mobilised to achieve Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s 2020 goal of a survey of 100 priority reefs. Among those vessels will be the important contribution of some of the region’s major superyachts.

A new partnership between Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and leading Australian yacht agent Ocean Alliance has led to the involvement of superyachts Beluga and Settlement. Beluga is set to take part in the first survey of the Census, departing south from Lizard Island this weekend.

Andy Ridley, CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, expressed his delights at having superyachts involved in the Census. “Superyachts are in a unique position to operate in remote areas of the Great Barrier Reef and utilise their resources, crew, tenders and communications to vastly improve the reach and outcomes of the project,” explained Ridley.

For superyachts, embracing a pioneering spirit across the Great Barrier Reef is a rich reward for taking part in the Census. “Yachts who sign up to join the Great Reef Census have the opportunity to explore one of the most extraordinary places on the planet and reefs rarely visited by boats,” continued Ridley. “These remote reefs are an oasis of marine life, coral, and places which still hold many mysteries.”

Regional Superyacht cluster Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef has played a key role in facilitating the collaboration between superyachts and researchers. The Group’s manager, Joanne Drake, highlighted that superyacht owners and crew have always had a great affinity with the earth’s biosphere.

“In the past, many vessels have been proactive in the important conservation and development efforts of its global ecosystems,” said Joanne Drake. “We are delighted that visiting yachts to our region are now deeply committed to this project, surveying our incomparable Great Barrier Reef to result in some truly tangible outcomes for future reef management and preservation efforts.”

The 2020 goal of 100 reefs is a step towards a full-scale Great Census in 2021. The Census provides a special opportunity for owners and charterers to experience the reef in a unique and exclusive way, engaging with researchers and scientists to gain a comprehensive understanding of this natural wonder.

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New Images: 33m Penelope Ready for Charter

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:00
New Images: 33m Penelope Ready for Charter The brand-new 33m Ferretti superyacht Penelope has undergone a photo shoot as she prepares for a summer season of charter in 2021.

Launched in 2020, Penelope offers a clever blend of performance and sophistication. The 33m superyacht boasts a lavish exterior profile and opulent interiors designed by Ferretti Group, with chic essential lines covered by warm tones matching with light blue shades.

Penelope is available for charter through Napoli-based agency Flying Charter, and can accommodate up to 10 guests in five luxurious suites, comprising of one full beam master stateroom, one VIP suite, two doubles and one twin. All suites come with en suite facilities, and have been furnished with polished details and artworks which includes portraits of icons such as Audrey Hepburn. The interior décor is consistent throughout the yacht, with colourful paintings a key component as guests are treated to a sophisticated and artistic ambience.

Guests will be warmly greeted onboard by Captain Alessandro Abbate and a professional crew of 6, which includes the talented Chef Giuseppe Luca. Wherever their charter may take them, guests will be well and truly pampered in this exquisite superyacht, with plenty of luxurious amenities to make use of.

Penelope is blessed with fantastic guest spaces both on the interior and exterior decks. Her expansive outdoor areas allow guests to make the most of the surrounding environment and soak up the sun. There are a wide range of gathering areas which include a large al fresco lounge area aft, and further al fresco dining on the upper deck. A well-equipped sundeck is complete with advanced gym equipment, an enticing Jacuzzi and a generous solarium. There is also an array of exciting tenders and toys for those who wish to add some thrills to their charter. The tender garage is filled with everything from Stand-Up Paddleboards to Seascooters and a Water Ski.

Penelope is certainly an exciting new addition to the charter market, and is well-prepared to provide unforgettable experiences on the water. For those looking for a superyacht adventure that combines luxury, sophistication, and outright fun, Penelope promises all of those in abundance.

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New Video of TWW's Stylish CA 43m Silver Wind

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 16:30
New Video of TWW's Stylish CA 43m Silver Wind TWW has released thrilling new footage and imagery of its sporty and stylish CA 43m Silver Wind. The effortlessly cool superyacht, listed for charter in the Mediterranean, can be seen dazzling off the coast of La Spezia just earlier this season.

The head-turning superyacht is sure to catch eyes in any port or harbour. Launched in 2014, she sports a timeless Nuvolari Lenard design including a statement silver hull and superstructure hinting at her high-performance abilities. 

Silver Wind’s open flybridge affords a glimpse into clean and contemporary deck spaces, complete with jacuzzi and lounging areas. 

But Silver Wind was not only built for relaxation. At top speeds of up to 38 knots, the ISA superyacht is ready to take the last of the sunshine months by storm. Sleek, clean lines and an understated appearance gives Silver Wind an easily streamlined profile, and the superyacht comes complete with an array of toys, a tender and two jetskis for days of adrenaline on the water. 

The contemporary feel is very much continued inside, where Silver Wind’s interior spaces have been curated meticulously to give a minimalist, airy feel. Soft rich materials have been punctuated with bright artwork or statement features to give a sense of luxury and calm onboard. 

Silver Wind will be cruising in the Mediterranean for the remainder of summer and beginning of winter season. Alternatively she is also available for sale; get in touch with TWW Yachts for more information.

 

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New Images of 107m Lana: Listed for Charter with Imperial

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 17:10
New Images of 107m Lana: Listed for Charter with Imperial Departing Benetti’s Livorno shed earlier this year, 107m Lana is the second 100m+ superyacht delivered by the Italian superyacht builders. Representing everything that is unique about the Benetti brand, Lana is predictably bold, sleek and stylish. The latest images released of the Top100 giant showcase a labyrinth of staterooms and salons, each space arrayed with carefully curated artwork and intricate furnishings. Now available exclusively with Imperial Yachts, Lana is nothing short of an unmissable opportunity on the charter market today.

Aficionados of the lavish and niche sphere that is the 100m+ superyacht market will be no stranger to the decadent features which have come to define these floating mansions. Lana’s onboard gym, spa, certified helipad and spacious beach club are almost standard for a superyacht of her size, not to mention the exceptional socialising spaces spread across her numerous decks. 

But it is the meticulous attention to detail onboard this superyacht, remotely sourced materials and painstaking colour palettes, which set Lana apart from the competitive crowd. Although Benetti set the bar ominously high with 107m Luminosity, launched in 2019, Lana more than lives up to her predecessor’s impeccable standard. 

Each of Lana’s luxurious staterooms benefits from its own colour scheme and character, offering a unique and individual experience for each guest. Her high ceilings, some up to 1.7m high, grace her living spaces with a palatial feel, while sculptural elements throughout resonate the fluidity and tranquility of the sea.  

Project managed and available for charter with Imperial, Director Julia Stewart commented on her delivery, “Being linked to the second 100m+ superyacht ever delivered in Italy by the private shipyard Benetti is a pride that we share with the builder. It was a pleasure to collaborate once again with their professional teams and their dynamic behaviour in a proactive atmosphere."

Lana reaches a top speed of up to 18.5 knots and cruises at a speed of 16 knots. She is fitted with a dynamic propulsion to ensure fuel saving, and can carry up to 31 crew members to guarantee a seamless charter experience onboard. Exclusively available for charter with Imperial, Lana will be cruising in the Spring between the Mediterranean seas and the Indian Ocean. 

 

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Bond Magic: Elegant 007 Available to Charter with Hill Robinson

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 18:00
Bond Magic: Elegant 007 Available to Charter with Hill Robinson The 72-metre charter charmer Elegant 007, is now available to charter with Hill Robinson and comes with an array of stylish features, perfect for taking on the Mediterranean season by storm.

Built by Lamda Shipyard  in 2005/2017, this 72-metre superyacht offers a portal of exploration perfect for those seeking a summer escape into Mediterranean bliss. 

The interior, designed by Lally Poulias accommodates a remarkable 30 guests in 15 luxurious staterooms. A master suite on the bridge deck, a VIP suite, eight staterooms on the main deck and five further staterooms on the lower deck, all with a wide and wonderful range of entertainment facilities for a sumptuous stay on the water.

Guest rooms include an art deco-styled dining room, a main saloon that opens aft to an 88m² deck, and a second saloon on the bridge deck. Not to mention, an invitation for guests to enjoy a state-of-the-art gymnasium topped with a beauty salon, a massage room and a sauna. Offering a blissful escape into sumptuous Mediterranean shores, her stylish silhouette is a breathtaking vision across melting Mediterranean sunsets. 

Aside from Elegant 007's bond-style aesthetic, her plethora of water toys ensure a high-octane escape for all the family. Toys include everything from kayaks and waterski's to Seadoo's and wake boards, not to forget snorkeling gear for underwater exploration across the Technicolor reefs of the East and Western Mediterranean. 

Charter guests can take to the on-deck Jacuzzi, 12 person spa pool, perfect for friends and family to enjoy, and not to mention a home theatre, idyllic for further entertaining after a day of activity on the water. 

Luxury and comfort are the truest ways to describe Elegant 007.The vessel's stabilisers at anchor, and underway, ensures a seamless journey onboard that is much like being onboard, an almost unfelt floating mansion. 

Elegant 007 is available with Hill Robinson for charter across the West & East Mediterranean across the Summer and Winter seasons. 

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Fiji Opens to Private Jet & Superyacht Travel

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:00
Fiji Opens to Private Jet & Superyacht Travel Superyacht owners, guests and charterers have been presented with an opportunity to escape to the paradisiacal archipelago of Fiji. The country has opened up to private jet travel and created ‘Blue Lanes’ which will allow groups to fly in and meet a yacht, before spending their quarantine period cruising the magnificent surrounding area.

With many owners and charterers looking for a safe location to enjoy their next adventure, there are few destinations as promising as the South Pacific. The region has managed the virus with great comparative success, and now some of the world’s most exquisite cruising grounds are reopening to superyacht traffic.

Over the weekend, Fiji has finalised details of a framework which will facilitate superyacht migration to the country. This comes after three private jets carrying UHNW tourists have already been granted access to Fiji in recent weeks.

First launched in June 2020, the Blue Lanes are a government-driven initiative aimed at stimulating yacht and pleasure craft migration into Fiji while adapting to stringent security measures. Allowing the passage of superyachts into the region will not only delight owners, but provide an economic impetus for the economy of Fiji without any risk. It is the strength of the superyacht industry during this time to boost tourism economies while restrictions for high-volume travel are still in place.

“This is great news for Fiji and our region,” said Cynthia Rasch, CEO of Port Denarau Marina where superyachts will first arrive in Fiji. “Once again Fiji has demonstrated the sort of creative initiative that has made Fiji the Hub for superyachts in our region.”

Superyacht Arrival

The entry of international superyachts is still being granted on a case-by-case basis, though the process is relatively simple. Negative Covid-19 tests are required for both passengers and crew no more than 48 hours before departure, and all conditions of the Blue Lane Initiative must be adhered to.

One advantage is that the quarantine period begins from the last port of call, so any uninterrupted days of sailing will be subtracted from the 14 days. Uninterrupted sailing days are days when no persons have embarked on the yacht or disembarked the yacht, and during quarantine the crew must only have contact with those considered within the superyacht ‘bubble’.

Arrival of Owners and Guests

Similarly, owners and guests must produce a negative Covid-19 test inside 48 hours of departure. Temperature and symptom checks are then carried out upon arrival at the airport, before guests are transferred to Port Denarau Marina to meet their superyacht. A planned itinerary should also be provided before boarding the superyacht, so visiting parties are advised to contact a local Fijian yacht agent    

A Perfect Escape

It is hard to imagine a better way to spend quarantine than onboard a superyacht cruising the crystal-clear waters of Fiji.

For superyachts, Fiji offers the ultimate destination for true island seclusion and luxury. The stunning archipelago encompasses a sprawling chain of over 300 rugged islands covered in a haze of deepest emerald that leads down to sugary white sand beaches and cerulean waters teeming with diverse marine life. Superyacht visitation is made seamless by world-class facilities and excellence service at the world-renowned Port Denarau Marina.

The Blue Lanes have made sure that owners and guests can still enjoy their superyacht to the full during quarantine. The conditions state that: “During the quarantine period, the Superyacht will be allowed to undertake watersports such as surfing, kiteboarding, diving and snorkelling to name a few within approved areas.”

Quarantine will be completed under the supervision of members of the Fijian military or navy, who will follow in a shadow vessel. This will ensure that the agreed itinerary and procedures are followed in the interests of both visitors and the local population. 

Interest from superyachts in visiting Fiji has been very high during the lockdown period, and many will be seriously considered taking advantage of this opportunity. Three superyachts were known to be applying for entry into the country before this latest update was confirmed, with a renowned Top100 yacht due to arrive in August.

There is plenty of reason to stay in the South Pacific region through this year and beyond, with the opening of countries such as Tahiti boosting prospects for travel. The America’s Cup will still be held in New Zealand in March 2021, an event which has always attracted high-profile superyachts. For now, though, superyachts will be thrilled to see opportunities for travel to exotic locations open up again.

Summary of conditions for superyacht quarantine in Fiji:

  • Engage with a Fiji Yacht agent
  • Provide a negative RT-PCR test <48hrs from departure. This has to be a laboratory test on a letterhead.
  • Provide details on where they intend to cruise, itinerary
  • Bear cost of a shadow boat containing military/navy personnel during their quarantine cruising period
  • Adhere to all conditions as per the Blue Lane initiative under the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework. 
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St. Lucian Escapes: Marigot Bay Re-Opens for Visitors

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 16:30
St. Lucian Escapes: Marigot Bay Re-Opens for Visitors Nestled in the heart of St. Lucia, intimate beaches and turquoise seas make Marigot Bay Marina & Resort easily one of the most breathtaking spots to berth in the world. Today, the 5-star luxury marina has re-opened its doors to foreign travellers, offering a safe haven for yachts and superyachts as worldwide travel restrictions are eased.

Reclaiming its official status as port of entry into St. Lucia, Customs will be resuming operations at Marigot Bay as of this week. Those looking to dock at Marigot Bay can expect to see ramped up safety and hygiene measures in keeping with guidelines, but otherwise largely a return to ‘business as usual’. 

And what exactly does business as usual look like at Marigot Bay? Picture intimate bayside dining spots, serving fresh deep-sea fish and locally sourced ingredients. Picture observation decks looking out at vast expanses of unspoilt landscape, pristinely maintained suites and spa facilities, infinity pools. This should give visitors an idea of the slice of paradise they can expect upon berthing at Marigot Bay Marina & Resort. To add to this idyllic appeal, the marina offers berthing capacity for up to 42 yachts, 20 mooring locations anchored in the surrounding bay and world-class maintenance and repair facilities.  

As part of the resumption of operations, Marigot Bay will also see a new port health office established as well as a nursing station in the Marina Village according to the requirements laid out by the Ministry of Health. Visiting yachts fall into one of two categories; those within the ‘Travel Bubble’ and those outside of it. Yachts outside of the bubble will be required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival and obtain a negative result from a PCR Test within 7 days in line with careful precautions at Marigot Bay. 

The ‘Travel Bubble’ has been defined to include Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monsterrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

Troy Blanchard, Marigot Marina Manager, comments, “Providing a safe and clean environment for our boaters and Marina Staff has always been a top priority for Marigot Bay Marina. Now more than ever, we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness and want you to feel at ease when you berth with us.”

He goes on, “As we look forward to the future of yachting and cruising, we have implemented full-scale enhancements to our already stringent quality controls and health and safety measures.  We have embarked on our newly activated CASE programme (Clean and Sanitize Everything) which provides ongoing, real-time guidance on the safety and well-being of associates and guests in the evolving COVID-19 world and beyond.”

Although the local supermarket and restaurants remain closed for now, the upper swimming pool is open to marina guests, and the marina plans to have ‘In-Boat’ call out food service for boats wishing to make an advance order.

 

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