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Vol 4, No 29
Hot Charter Yachts For Your Winter Vacation
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Insider previews of top suites and villas at hotels and resorts across the USA, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brasil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, plus on the high seas aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Seaboard Encore, Crystal Esprit, Crystal Mozart, Crystal Symphony and Norwegian Breakaway

Hot Superyacht Charters For The Winter

What better way to get away from the cold weather than to cruise the Caribbean on a super yacht. To find out which ones are the top picks for the winter, we reached out to Northrop & Johnson which is the largest yacht broker in North America. In case you are new to yachting, superyacht refers to boats 75 feet in length or longer. 

If you are interesting in chartering a super yacht a good place to start is going to a boat show. Many veteran charter customers visit Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show which runs Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 as an opportunity to get a first hand look at yachts on display they may want to charter or buy. If you haven’t been it’s worth a visit, even if you just fly in for the day as many do. Several of the yachts featured in this newsletter will be on display. The best suggestion is to arrange an appointment in advance via a broker if you want to actually get on boats, otherwise you can walk the floating docks via general admission.

All the best,

Doug Gollan

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Table of Contents 

A.   Private Aviation Headlines
Hot Superyachts To Charter This Winter
1.   Party Girl
2.   Victoria Del Mar
3.   Usher
4.   Rebel
5.   At Last
6.   King Baby
7.   ‘H
8.   VIP Contacts
9.   Executive Security Reports
10. Jet Card Insider Reports
11. Best Of DG Amazing Experiences Library

A.  Private Aviation Headlines

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Hot Superyachts To Charter This Winter

We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this winter, and below are seven picks arranged by pricing, high to low. For each super yacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as list of toys. 

1. Party Girl 

Length: 205’ (62.5m); Builder: Icon; Launched: 2013; 12 Guests; 8 Cabins; Rate High: $505,000 / Rate Low: $490,000 - 10 night minimum Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: John Drugach

Featuring crisp, classic exterior lines, courtesy of Redman Whiteley Dixon, and an elegant interior style designed by Christiano Gatto, Party Girl is one of the top charter yachts in her class. Ideally suited for chartering, Party Girl’s layout ensures privacy and comfort. Twelve guests can enjoy a five-star holiday in one of eight staterooms. She offers two owner suites or one large owner penthouse with spectacular 180-degree views and a private balcony. Two additional queen guest rooms also are located on the upper deck. The four additional staterooms are all located on the lower deck. Two are doubles with queen-size beds and en-suite baths and two are twins, capable of conversion to doubles, with en-suite baths. All staterooms have been outfitted with the highest quality materials.

The interior of the yacht offers art deco vibes with Oriental touches in a contemporary style. The atmosphere is Zen-like, akin to a spa and ideally suited for relaxation. Gatto utilized indigenous woods, such as walnut Canaletto, ebony, rosewood, mahogany, leather and natural stone, including black meteorite marble, travertine, to create the magnificent spaces. One of the highlights is a 17-meter main salon.

On deck, this superyacht does not disappoint. Enjoy her gym located on her exceptionally large beach club. The main and bridge deck aft both feature alfresco dining and lounge areas. The yacht also features a Jacuzzi, and an outdoor lounge area.

This ocean-going luxury charter yacht carries up to 18 professional crew. The five-star onboard chef is available to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences during your holiday.

Toys include:

Waterslide from Upper Deck
4 Yamaha FB 1800A-P FX Cruiser waverunners
1 Seabobs 
8 Stand-up 'Coreban' paddle boards
Water skis
Floating carpet 
Floating bars with canopy
Floating large raft
Snorkel Gear
Beach set-up
Inflatable towable toys:
Towable aqua glide
Towable 3 seat "warbird"
Towable aqua glide saucer
Towable megabowl

2. Victoria Del Mar

Length: 164’ (50m); Builder: Delta; Launched: 2006; Renovated: 2014; 12 Guests; 7 Cabins; 11 Crew Rate; High: $265,000 / Rate Low: $235,000; Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: Gary Young

Launched in 2006, Victoria Del Mar underwent an extensive interior and exterior refit in 2014, complete with a fully upgraded AV system making her like new. She is an exceptionally spacious yacht with all of the modern amenities you expect. Her clean and minimalist interior was styled by Claudette Bonville Associates, who worked closely with the yacht’s owners to produce a fresh and comfortable onboard atmosphere. She is home to original artwork by Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly and Joan Miro. Her main deck offers an open layout, as her inviting main salon with beautiful woodwork and décor flows into a formal dining area, which is able to seat 12 guests under a blown-glass chandelier.

Victoria Del Mar is able to accommodate up to 12 guests in seven staterooms. Her master stateroom is located on the bridge deck aft and boasts a semi-private, full-beam air conditioned aft deck space, with removable windows, and direct access to the sundeck and main aft deck. Two VIP staterooms with queen-size beds are located on the main deck forward and, below deck, she offers two queen staterooms and two twin staterooms. A full gym located on the main deck can be converted to a massage or spa room. A main staircase of anger and zebra wood offers access to all four decks, as does an elevator.

The sky lounge is an exceptional space to relax. Sit back in the comfortable couches in front of the large-screen TV or enjoy cocktails at the bar and make use of the game table. The sky lounge is flanked by private balconies, well suited for sightseeing or reading.

The superyacht’s sundeck offers a large Jacuzzi, sundaes and alfresco dining for up to 18 guests. A bar, day head and shower make this space a favorite for guests by day and by night, when the space is converted to an outdoor theater with a 100-inch screen.

Toys include: 

2 x Seadoo Rxp-x Waverunners
2 x Sea Bobs
2 sets of kite gear: 2 twin tip kite boards, 2 Core Free (Wave, Freestyle, Freeride) kites; 9m & 12 m with 2 bars Pump & 2 harnesses
DJI Phantom 2 Vision GPS Drone
2 x Inflatable Kayaks
2 x Inflatable Paddle Boards
2 x water skis
Inflatables - banana, tubes
Inflatable Climbing Wall / Jungle Gym
Fiesta Private Island (Inflatable)
4 person Rocket/Teeter Totter (Inflatable)
Island Hopper Water Bouncer / Trampoline

3. Usher

Length: 154’ (46.9m); Builder: Delta; Launched: 2007; Renovated: 2014/2017; 12 Guests; 5 Cabins; 10 Crew: Rate High: $225,000 / Rate Low: $179,000 - 10 night minimum Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: David Nathan

Charter yacht Usher has a proven track record. Remarkable speed and agility combined with sophisticated style make this high-performance semi-displacement motor yacht the obvious choice. Her interior invokes a sense of leisure, relaxation and adventure.

Open, light and airy, many of the rooms on board motor yacht Usher function as works of art themselves. Five spacious tech-savvy cabins, complete with iPads, sleep 12 guests; she has an additional third Pullman berth well suited for a child. An elevator services all interior decks.

Zero Speed stabilizers, an array of water toys and iPad-controlled A/V systems in each room are just a few reasons to charter M/Y Usher — she's at the top of the game. The hand-carved floral inlay carpet and fine upholstery evidence the fun, colorful essence of this vessel and her bamboo, woven wood, leather hides and textured fabric showcase her transcendent, simplistic nature. A hallmark of this super yacht is her elegant woodwork, which spans the interior and includes African walnut flooring and Bubinga ceiling beams.

After an extensive refit in June 2014, which included a full paint job, the addition of Savant Sound A/V equipment, new flat screen televisions throughout the vessel, including an 80-inch TV, a new, quiet A/C system, a top-of-line Talalay natural latex/Energex bounce memory foam mattress in the master stateroom, and cutting edge galley equipment, M/Y Usher is refreshed, improved and ready to fulfill charter wishes. Superyachts Usher carries 12 crewmembers, including a video and photo pro to help create lasting memories of your charter.

Toys include:
2 x Seabobs
2 x Sea Doo waverunners
Water skis
2 x kayaks
2 x paddleboards
Three-person towable couch
Snorkeling gear
On-deck Jacuzzi
500-gallon Live Well Bait tank
Scuba diving – dive gear, Nitrox
Fishing gear
Yoga Mats
Tension Bands

4. Rebel

Length: 157’ (48m); Builder: Trinity; Launched: 2005; Renovated: 2015; 10 Guests; 5 Cabins; 9 Crew Rate High: $215,000 / Rate Low: $165,000; Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: Craig Coker

Rebel accommodates 10 guests in five sophisticated staterooms. The yacht’s contemporary full-beam master stateroom is a tranquil haven complete with large windows that provide stunning views of your destination and a spacious his-hers en-suite bath with a central steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. Led by a spectacular sculpted stairwell, the yacht’s below deck guest staterooms include three kings and a twin — each stateroom is complete with luxurious amenities and its own en-suite bath with Hermes bath products.

Boasting exceptional outdoor living areas, Rebel’s amenities are expansive for charter guest enjoyment. Take in views as you cruise on the yacht’s massive sunpads whilst sipping a delectable cocktail on the foredeck, socialize on the sundeck and relish time on the water with the yacht’s immense array of tenders and toys. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delectable meal as you dine alfresco.

Rebel is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilization system, providing a smooth enjoyable cruising experience and a crew of nine to attend to your every desire. 

Toys include:

2 x Seadoo RXP waverunners
1 x Seadoo RXP X 300 waverunner 
1 x Yamaha Super-Jet stand up jet-ski
3 x Seadoo underwater dive scooters, 3 x F5 Seabobs
2 x sea kayaks 16 ft / 4.87 m (spray skirts and rudders/ocean kayak style)
wakeboards, water skis, array of towed inflatable toys
3 x stand-up paddle boards, ample snorkel gear
Additional equipment: 2 x mountain bikes
programmable cycle trainer
Bowflex reclining workout bench
55 Ibs Bowflex adjustable dumbbells
1 x 25 lb plate
ladies' dumbbell sets: 10 lb, 5 Ib, 2 Ib
15 lb medicine ball, skipping ropes
2 x inflatable exercise balls
various resistance bands, TRX band
boxing bag, various sized boxing gloves/pads
speed ball, multi-grip pull up bar

5. At Last

Length: 145’ (44.2m); Builder: Heesen; Launched:1990; Renovated: 2017; 11 Guests; 5 Cabins; 8 Crew Rate High: $165,000 / Rate Low: $135,000; Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: Bill Sturgeon

On board charter yacht At Last there are a plethora of ways to spend your days. Enjoy the alfresco lifestyle on the oversized sunpads, soaking in the Jacuzzi and sipping a cocktail on the sundeck or enjoying a five-star meal with an incredible backdrop. This luxury yacht boasts a vast array of toys for fun on the water. She has a 39-foot (11.8m) Seabee tender for exploring, snorkeling and fishing as well as a waterslide, trampoline, flyboard, and SeaBobs, to name a few.

Stepping indoors, her inside spaces were designed by the renowned Tui Prancich. Elegant and chic with a bright ambiance, the interior on board At Last evokes a sense of relaxation.

Accommodating 11 charter guests, super yacht At Last features five large staterooms. Her full-beam master stateroom is exceptionally private and offers panoramic views of your destination from the king-size bed. The suite is complete with an en-suite bath with rain shower and Jacuzzi tub. At Last’s additional guest accommodation make her ideal for charters with family or friends, featuring a king-bed stateroom, two queen staterooms and a twin-bed stateroom with a Pullman.

In 2015, At Last was named the world’s top charter yacht by Boat International magazine. She continues to be a shining star on the charter market and is the ideal yacht on which to enjoy your next holiday.

Toys include:

(4) 2015 Yamaha GP 1800R WaveRunners
36' (10.9m) Waterslide from sundeck to water level
2-person sea kayak
(2) donuts
(2) SeaBobs
Slalom ski
Junior water ski set
Water trampoline
Standup paddleboards
Snorkeling equipment
Assorted fishing gear

6. King Baby

Length: 140’ (42.7m); Builder: IAG; Launched: 2016; 10 Guests; 5 Cabins; 9 Crew; Rate High: $175,000 / Rate Low: $160,000 - 10 night minimum; Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: Peter Spinelli

Both the exterior and interior of King Baby were designed by the renowned Evan K. Marshall, who used the aesthetic themes to create a contemporary luxury yacht. The yacht is both tall and beamy with a four-fin “At Rest” stabilizer system making King Baby extremely stable at anchor and underway. Her exterior spaces are expansive and well suited for entertaining and socializing. The main deck aft has a covered dining area; as does the upper deck, with a variety of seating spaces. This area is air conditioned as well. Forward on the upper deck is built-in seating and sunpads. The sundeck has a Jacuzzi with a three-tier cascading waterfall and swim-up bar, a variety of seating areas, three TVs and a large onyx bar.

The sexy rock ‘n’ roll-inspired interior is unlike that on any other yacht. From Keith Richards’ doors to custom coffee tables to vintage hood ornaments, guitars used as art and other impressive decorative pieces, there is so much to behold. The alluring indoor spaces are comfortable, with an edge of modern seduction. The owners spent months curating classic rock photography, which is showcased throughout the yacht. The ideal charter yacht for groups of friends ready to let the good times roll, this yacht has both sass and style.

King Baby has five large staterooms. The main deck is home to the large full-beam master with a steamy his-and-hers en-suite bathroom with both a bathtub and shower. Three large king staterooms below deck all have en-suite bathrooms. There is also a spacious twin cabin below deck.

King Baby is both inviting and provoking. Thanks to her stellar onboard atmosphere, you may walk on the yacht, but you’ll strut when you leave… always wanting more.

Toys include:

2 Yamaha WaveRunners (2016)
Sensational waterslide from Sun deck
2 SeaBobs
4 Paddleboards
2 Inflatable kayaks
Water skis
Towable tube
Snorkeling gear (masks and fins)
Light fishing gear
Spearfishing gear
Various beach toys

7. `H 

Length: 139’ (42.6m); Builder: Benetti; Launched: 2015; 10 Guests; 5 Cabins; 8 Crew Rate High: $175,000 / Rate Low: $150,000 - 10 night minimum Cruising Locations: Bahamas, Caribbean; Captain: Phil Frost

Days aboard superyacht `H can be spent relishing her spectacular outdoor amenities. Charter guests can savor delectable five-star meals while dining alfresco, relax in her Jacuzzi while taking in sensational views or soak in the sun while lounging on the sunpads. Boasting an exquisite multipurpose beach club, charter guests also can enjoy fun on water with the yacht’s plethora of water toys including a waterslide or just unwind in lounge chairs at the water’s edge.

Showcasing a rejuvenating Zen-like interior, 'H’s modern-style lounge seating provides ultimate comfort. After a day on the water, enjoy a movie in the main salon’s oversized cinema chairs or relish formal dining in the skylounge.
`H accommodates 10 guests in five chic staterooms, providing each charter guest with luxurious havens to rest their heads. At 900 square feet, the main deck master stateroom is expansive. 

Showcasing large windows, guests can relax in the king-size bed while taking in the spectacular views that surround. The master stateroom is complete with a meditation room with an oversized lounge bed and lavish his-and-hers en-suite bath. Located below deck, the superyacht’s guest staterooms are positioned at water level to provide tranquil views. The guest staterooms include two king-bed staterooms and two twin-bed staterooms — each is complete with its own private en-suite bath. Unique to ‘H is the connection of the king-bed staterooms to the twin staterooms, offering two capacious, lavish suites.

For those wishing to work out while aboard, `H offers a private gym with Techno treadmill, Techno stationary recumbent bike, workout bench and a selection of free weights.

Toys include:

2 Waterskis
2 Wakeboards & tows
2 Inflatable standup paddle boards
Snorkeling Gear
Fishing Gear
Gym equipment
Beach Games: volleyball, badminton set, bocce ball, soccer ball

8. VIP Contact

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach

Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.

The Ritz-Carlton offers residences with full kitchens up to four bedrooms making it a good option for families or friends who want the best of Hawaii. Read more...

Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a super yacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more

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They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but at the end they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…
The Peninsula Shanghai 

If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. 

The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
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Laucala Island Fiji
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Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Those who have been are unanimous this is a “must visit” if you like islands, beaches and unique getaways with lots of activities and soft adventure. Read more…
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