Holding the Ultimate Retirement Party – A Chartered Cruise

Retirement is something that comes around once in a lifetime and you should definitely enjoy it. The best way to say adios to your career is to put on the celebration of a lifetime and what better way to do this than hold your retirement party on a chartered cruise?

Chartered cruises are usually far more affordable than most people think and they provide the ability to enjoy amazing scenery and luxury settings while celebrating. It’s a good idea to check with various chartered cruise companies in your area to find the best one, with a price you can afford and a boat of the appropriate size for your guests.

Bring on the Food

The retirement dinner is a definite must-have. Some cruises include a meal, but for true luxury, you’ll want to bring your own chef or caterer aboard and hand-pick the menu. Seafood is always a good option for a chartered cruise and is appropriately elegant for your retirement send off.

Find chefs by looking at the different caterers available in your area. Most of them will be more than willing to cook aboard, they will just need time to load their ingredients and equipment on the boat before your guests arrive. Make sure you schedule everything so that the catering crew and anyone else, including servers, can board early enough that they won’t be loading stuff on the boat as your guests are arriving.

You will want to make sure that there is adequate space for dining on your chartered cruise. Depending on the cruise ship, there could be anything from a cozy dining room to a proper banquet hall. Choose the chartered cruise option that fits the number of people you will be inviting. There’s no point in trying to cram 100 guests onto a cruise meant for 50. Most cruise lines will also limit the number of guests according to the size of the vessel.

Decoration of the Chartered Cruise

What would a retirement party be without a few decorations? There’s no need to be cheesy, with paper signs and such. You can request silver and gold streamers, decorated tables, etc. to suit the theme and still be elegant. It’s often nice to include a little favor for each guest at their place on the table.

Find out ahead of time if decorating is included and if you will need to bring your own table linens etc. Most cruise lines will have their own table settings, but if you aren’t happy with them, you should be able to rent something more appropriate, or speak to the caterer about the possibility of having the tables done to your specifications.

Choosing the Chartered Cruise

Not all cruises are the same. There are a variety of sizes available, from intimate dinners for a dozen all the way up to ships that can accommodate hundreds of guests. It’s completely up to you as to how many people you want.

Some cruise lines require that you use their particular caterer. While this is often fine, it could mean extra cost to you, so make sure you double check prices and find out if there is an option to bring in your own caterer and serving staff, which could save you money in the long run.

A retirement dinner aboard a Toronto Harbour cruise is the perfect way to say goodbye to a lifetime of loyal work. It can be a lot of fun to kick off your retirement with a party on a boat and is a good sign of the fun times yet to come.

Crewed Yacht Charter in the Society Islands, South Pacific

The Society Islands, in the South Pacific, are a dream destination for cruising. Charter in this area and you will feel like you have arrived at the center of Polynesian culture; for it is true: everyone does wear a flower behind their ear, dugout canoes with outriggers are often seen, a long wrap of stenciled fabric is acceptable wear for both men and women, and singing and playing the ukulele is a daily pastime. Top that with the fresh fish salad made with coconut milk called Poisson Cru, and you will feel you have arrived in the heart of heaven.

Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine are part of the Windward Society Islands. To reach this area, fly into Papeete, Tahiti. From Papeete, there are constant domestic air flights throughout the area, to begin your idyllic crewed yacht charter. Cruising is between lovely atolls, with peaked volcanic land masses piercing through the clouds, surrounded by crystal clear water in lagoons filled with coral and marine life.

Bora Bora

Mystical, mythical Bora Bora is renowned for its spectacular scenery, romance and a brilliant blue lagoon and reef that James Michener hailed the most beautiful in the world. The island is an extinct volcano that formed two towering black peaks of land. Many visitors are drawn to the central lagoon, famed as a great dive site with a variety of sharks, rays, and tropical fish. Those seeking expansive beaches will be thrilled as while there are relatively few beaches on the main island; there are miles of sandy cays along the reef line, with secluded beach areas, home only to sand crabs and palm trees that are ideal for a picnic and shelling in complete privacy. However, it is the stunning lagoon, a treasured feature that draws visitors to swim, snorkel, dive, and windsurf. Surrounding the island with shallow waters, that warm easily in the sun, this lagoon area is filled with coral and marine life.

Other activities include a visit to Tiki Village, where tourists can see traditional life in an authentically recreated village. Visitors will see the making of the crowns of flowers called lei as well as tattooing, carving and paraeo painting. The village also showcases a spectacular Polynesian dance and an island feast. For a once in a lifetime thrill, view shark feeding close up on the outer reef. Using a snorkel and flippers visitors enter the water while Tahitian divers hand feed black-tip sharks. Helicopter sightseeing tours are available to view the multi hued lagoon and lushly forested interior, and this is a wonderful opportunity to closely look at Mount Otemanu.

Visit the Bora Bora Lagoonarium where you will be given a mask and fins to swim in shallow waters alongside a wide variety of tropical fish, rays and sand sharks. Trained guides are there to help with any questions and bread is available to feed the hungry underwater life that will swim right to your side for a meal.

On shore are various resorts offering cocktails or meals and numerous spas for a relaxing treatment using local herbs and spices. In fact Bora Bora probably has more resorts, all in a wide price range, than any other island. Many have an area of shops, which are also found along the roadside, a large number of which feature Black Pearls.

The famous restaurant Bloody Mary’s is located along the shore road, to dine sitting on coconut stumps set on a sand floor. Bloody Mary’s always features the local fresh caught “fish of the day”, and of course, their signature drink, The Bloody Mary.

Raiatea

Raiatea is known throughout the Society Islands as the “Sacred Island” and cultural heart of this group. Uturoa is the largest city on Raiatea and home of the daily market, which is very colorful and well worth visiting. This bustling market place along the harbor starts at sunrise with the fresh fish of the day, homemade foods, fruits, pastries and local arts and crafts. Wednesday and Fridays are the busiest as this is when vendors from the nearby island of Tahaa come to the market to sell their wares. This is a good location for purchasing products locally made featuring vanilla, coconut, and the Tiare flower.

Many believe Raiatea to have been the cultural and religious center of the ancient Polynesian civilization. Known then as Havai’i, this island is thought to be from where Polynesians left to settle Hawaii, given the same name as ancient Raiatea. There are many archaeological remains suggesting that this island was the most important in ancient times, which include one of largest and most well preserved ruins, the Taputapuetea Marea, an ancient religious center. Wander the area yourself, or have a guided tour for full explanation of culture and history.

Every October Raiatea is part of a 3 day canoeing event called the Hawaiki Nui Va, with over 100 outrigger canoe teams racing between Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. As you travel through the islands, you may see locals out practicing for the new found sport of outrigger canoe racing that has been resurrected from ancient times.

Tahaa

The authentic flavor of Polynesia is truly found in the reef enclosed Tahaa. With no airport, this round island with fjord-like inlets is accessible only by boat. It is often called the Vanilla Island as it produces 80 percent of all vanilla in French Polynesia and its sweet scent perfumes the island breezes. The 42-mile coastal road weaves through small villages and into the hills, providing sweeping views of the indented bays. Visitors enjoy the beautiful beaches, coral gardens and small, sandy deserted motus.

Try to make time for a tour of a Vanilla Plantation, to see how this rich spice grows and is harvested. Vanilla is derived from the bean pod grown from the vanilla orchid. To grow the bean pod, each orchid must be pollinated by hand; a laborious but very interesting process to create what is often called the “Black Gold” of the islands. Many local products are made with the vanilla pod, so you can bring home your own bit of Black Gold.

Tahaa has the only navigable river in French Polynesia, the Faaroa River, which cuts up through a gorge in the island. River tours are available via motorized canoes to see the natural wildlife, flora and fauna, alongside this river and in the interior of the island.

Open since 2002, Le Tahaa Resort and Spa strives to be the best resort in French Polynesia. Stop by for a cocktail, meal or even a spa treatment. Or begin or end or charter there with your private yacht charter.

A sea turtle reserve is located in the Tahaa Lagoon, where many species of sea turtles can be seen in their natural habitat. And as always, look for the Black Pearl Farms that always welcome visitors.

Huahine

Picturesque Huahine has many titles: “the secret island”, “the rebel island” and “the garden island” and each tell visitors what they’ll encounter when they set foot on this wild, interesting gem known for its past, fierce warriors, and its current resistance to change and relaxing ambiance. Huahine is off the tourist track and still reflective of traditional Polynesian life.

Essentially, Huahine is an old volcano whose sunken center was filled by the sea. Like Tahiti, the island consists of two mountainous masses: the large Huahine Nui and the small Huahini Iti. The bays of Maroe and Bourayne separate the two lands. The geographically diverse terrain includes long white sand beaches, fruit and vegetable groves, indented bays and lush tropical foliage creating a jungle-like ambiance. Huahine also boasts the Maeva marae, a well preserved archaeological site at the foot of Mount Mouatapu and along the shores of Lake Fauna Nui. In the narrow areas of the Lake you can see “V” shaped stone fishing traps believed to have been made centuries ago, however still in use by the locals today for fresh fish for dinner.

Huahine does have one main town, named Fare, with a grocery store, main quay, several shops and restaurants. In the evening, outdoor mobile restaurants magically appear on the quay with little cooking kitchens and folding tables and chairs, each serving local foods. If you happen to be near Fare on days when the local supply vessel arrives, the harbor area will be filled with bustling colorful activity.

A road circumnavigates both Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti. While sometimes paved, sometimes dirt, it is worth a drive around to see the island. Huahine is a very fertile island, perhaps because the name Huahine means “pregnant woman”, which refers to the shape of the island as seen from afar. However most likely the fertility of the soil is due to the volcanic origins of the island. Huahine is home to plantations of taro, coffee, vanilla and melons. In fact many of the cays along the surrounding barrier reef have fields of watermelon and cantaloupe.

While passing alongside the river, stop to see the Sacred Blue Eels, part of Polynesian mythology. The eels, found only on Tahiti and Huahine, are from 3 – 6 feet long and have eyes of a cold blue translucent color. Swimming in a shallow area of the river, these eels are accustomed to visitors and swim near for any tasty food tidbits.

And as always, Huahine is home to a Black Pearl Farm, where visitors and shoppers are welcomed with tours and information on the Black Pearl Farming process, and cases with loose Black Pearls and Black Pearl jewelry are for sale.

After boarding in Bora Bora and cruising through Raiatea and Tahaa, and visiting Huahine, disembark in Huahine for a return flight to Papeete. There are frequent return domestic air flights available from Huahine, to Papeete, Tahiti, for an international air flight home.

Boat Charter – Perth to the Abrolhos Islands

It is that time of the year when the Western Australian government allow boat charter operators to take passengers into the beautiful to catch fish, go diving and surfing offshore. Many Perth boat charter operators make the journey to the Abrolhos Islands whilst others are locally based and operate within their specific area.

For those planning to take these once in a lifetime trips to the beautiful Western Australian coastline, you should be aware that the state government regulates boat charter operators to ensure that they comply with the rules and regulations of the fisheries act and also to ensure that the passengers are properly cared for and that every passenger has a life jacket, the boats have a tracking device in case of misfortune and that they have the best sonar and navigation aids that technology permits.

An Abrolhos Island Charter is a true joy for the water lovers amongst you. The fishing, diving surfing or cruising charters are seasonal due to government regulations protecting the environment. The sensational Abrolhos Islands are located nearly 40 nautical miles west of Geraldton. Geraldton is located about 6 hours north of Perth. They are known as the Houtman Abrolhos Archipelagos and consist of 122 islands in total, divided into four main groups; Wallabies group, Easter group, North Island group and Southern/Pelseart group. It is a real pleasure to look out on the beautiful aqua blue waters and just wonder in amazement at the pristine environment. It is truly one of the world’s best kept secrets.

The warm current means this area provides some of the best coral in the world! This location is idyllic and is ideal for deep-sea fishing, diving, surfing, snorkelling, or simply cruising between the many island groups. View the local species of seals and the majestic dolphins that play alongside the boat.

Many people come just to watch the dolphins ride the waves and join in with the Ă¢human folk onboard. I personally love the snorkelling and the fishing, although my friend is a mad keen surfer. Many do not realise that the offshore waves attract a committed surfing crowd who go in search of the best waves to be had in and around the offshore environment. Add to all this a jet boat that allows overnight stays on the balmy evenings and you could find nothing closer to paradise.

On an historical note, the Batavia Shipwreck is also a local attraction inside the Wallabies Group where it ran aground with 300 people on board on 5 June 1629 . A lot of interesting history relates to the crew and passengers on this ill-fated ship. The maritime museum in Fremantle has much of the information about the crew and passengers as well as part of the ship, rebuilt partly by volunteers and boating buffs.

Shark Bay near Denham is also a beautiful piece of the Western Australian tourism landscape. Well known for its tourist interactions with dolphins, a charter cruise is an ideal place to get away from it all and experience natural unspoilt beauty.

Private Yacht Charter or Cruise Ship – Which to Choose?

The summer cruise season is once again upon us. Time for cruise lovers everywhere to choose their yearly cruise vacation. Or, for you cruise first-timers, to decide to finally take the plunge and go on your first cruise.

For first-timers and seasoned pros alike, most people assume that in order to sail the world’s oceans and rivers you have to sign up with one of the major cruise lines. While cruising with one of the majors is the most common way to sail, there are other options available, such as chartering a private yacht.

Before the money alarm bells start going off in your head, it might help to know that in some cases a privately-chartered yacht might make financial sense, particularly if you have a larger group of people who will split the cost of the charter. And, charters vary widely in price. For example, you can charter a yacht cruising Florida and the Bahamas in the winter and New England in the summer from $15,500 per week for 6 people. That comes out to just over $2,500 per person. Of course, there are pricier yachts you can charter for $385,000 per week for 12 guests and a crew of 13. A yacht like that comes equipped with fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, water skis, 3 waverunners, kneeboards, 2 kayaks, gym and a Jacuzzi. Again, prices vary widely. You may be amazed at what you’d find in your price range. Some private yacht charters also offer cheaper deals if you agree to cook your own food rather than have a chef onboard.

Benefits of Private Yacht Charter over Major Cruise Line

Privacy:

On a major cruise you have lots of company. Over 2,000 passengers on many cruises. With a private yacht charter it can be just you and under a dozen other people, often times just your friends and family. Besides you and the other passengers, the only other individuals onboard would be the yacht crew or staff. This might not only include a captain and other onboard hands, but it may also include a maid or a private chef.

Perfect for Small Gatherings:

Private yachts are ideal for small business parties, casual business meetings, romantic getaways, honeymoons, weddings, and even family vacations. It’s hard to hold a business meeting on a large cruise ship with all the noise and activity going on around you. And, a private yacht charter allows you the opportunity to get closer to your loved ones without other people getting in the way.

Activities:

You may be able to go swimming, scuba diving or snorkeling right off the yacht. Jumping off the ship and into the ocean is not something that’s encouraged on a major cruise ship. Neither is fishing. But, on your own private chartered yacht, that is also an activity you, your family and friends can enjoy.

Health Considerations:

Every year it seems there’s news of some outbreak of something on a major cruise ship. With all the people aboard, it’s much easier for infections to be spread around, no matter how hard the crew tries to keep everything clean and disinfected. With the small number of people on a private chartered yacht, you have less chance of coming in contact with pathogens.

Benefits of a Major Cruise Line over a Private Chartered Yacht

Cost:

While you can find a private yacht charter that won’t break the bank, a vacation with a major cruise line is still probably cheaper, even for an ocean-view balcony room. And, if you book early enough, you’re often offered an upgrade when your cruise date nears.

Activities:

A major cruise ship offers an incredible amount of activities, such as movies, dancing, yoga, exercise classes. Many have onboard casinos and numerous swimming pools. If you’re bored reading or watching the scenery, there’s always an activity scheduled.

Escape:

While taking a vacation on a yacht with 8 other people sounds nice, you may not be able to escape these same people during the day on a private yacht. On a major cruise there are so many activities that people can go off and do their own thing without always bumping into each other.

When deciding between a major cruise ship and private chartered yacht it helps to sort out what you really want on your vacation. Do you want the opportunity to see beautiful scenery at a minimal cost, or are privacy and being catered to an important consideration for you?

Should you decide to look into chartering a private yacht, you might wish to go through a yacht charter agent who has knowledge of the different companies offering chartered yachts. Choose an agent who is a member of one of the yacht broker’s associations, such as the AYCA, the American Yacht Charter Association, or CYBA, the Charter Yacht Brokers Association.

Cruises – Taking Time Off on Water

Travel nowadays has become common pastime and tourism is a booming business. There was a time when taking a cruise was something like a lifetime accomplishment and those who had the travel bug and did not have the money skimped and saved and took a cruise. Travel cruises can be taken in two different ways. Conducted Cruises or Charter Cruises and in these there are Ocean Cruises and River Cruises

Conducted Cruises
In conducted cruises you have to mingle with a lot of strangers and follow the itinerary that the tour operator has already scheduled for you and your co-passengers. Timings are rigid and you have to adhere to them. The places you get to see are also decided ahead by the tour operator and it is usual for the tour operator to hurry you through a few places of interest and them pack you off home. You do not have the freedom to roam the backstreets on your own.

Charter Cruises
At times it may turn out that a few of your friends or relatives might get together and decide to go on a cruise, a travel cruise where you want to have a flexible travel plan, decide on the type, duration and the accommodation that you and your company wishes, that is, enjoy your holiday the way you want to. For such a kind of holiday it is better that you hire a yacht or a small cruiser and go on a Charter Cruise. You can, of course, charter a boat for the express purpose of conducting a very private wedding with just your family (and close acquaintances) present.

Ocean Cruises
With comfortable accommodation to relax in, from majestic suites to shared accommodation, you will never feel that you are on travel unless you go out to the deck to get a sun tan or to take pleasure in the panorama as it glides past. Alternatively if your group of either friends or relatives just want to spend quality time just among yourself for a long time with nothing to distract you and are content to visit just a few places then a charter ocean cruise would be ideal.

Charter cruises, per see, do not come with much discounts and free offers from the operator who is hiring out the cruiser or the yacht. The charter rates are normally fixed for certain periods of time such as daily, weekends or throughout the week and also on the basis of off season and during season cruising. Almost always there is no scope for getting bargains. The best offers you can get are when you do overnight stays on shore in hotels where you are most likely to get free on-the-house breakfast, discount on lunch and dinner coupons to name a few.

River Cruises
Ocean cruises traverses the oceans to any particular destination or destinations depending on the kind that you have taken, whereas river or canal cruises necessarily take you on a travel to a number of destinations dotted along the rivers/canal course. River cruising offers you a relaxed and comfortable holiday through some of the world’s most charming rivers and canals.

If it has been your dream to go on extended a holiday, embark on a cruise ship and see the world’s most beautiful cities, glide gently along the river through the countryside enjoying the scenery and the fresh air, visit local art galleries, castles, restaurants, theatres, markets etc, – in comfort, then a river cruise is just the right one for you. With comfortable accommodation to relax in you will never feel that you are on travel unless you go out to the sun deck to take pleasure in the panorama as it moves past.

Cruises are available to suit all tastes and budgets. Excellent choices are available for an individual or for a family. Special deals and discounts are given for groups and typically at times for well advanced bookings. Couples who have just celebrated their weddings come in for special treatment. Wedding suites are largely available on most river cruises.

River cruises operate from a large variety of popular tourist destinations and in many countries such as Australia, China, Europe, England and USA, to name a few.

Tour operators present a variety of packages that come bundled with discounts and sometimes with free offers that are inclusive of accommodation in worthwhile hotel deals. Free offers come in the form of on-the-house breakfast, welcome drink etc. Lunch and dinner coupons are, at times, available on discount offers. Most of the free and discount offers depends on the season. Free accommodation is almost always given for children below the age of 12 years.

Finding the right type of cruise is fairly easy as the Internet is always there to help you. Some websites offer a wide variety of choices for online booking. So if the travel bug has bitten you and you have a yearning to be surrounded with water most of the time, get yourself a cruise, ocean or river; or get a group of friends or relatives, charter a cruise and thoroughly enjoy yourself.

Enjoying Your Yacht Charter Whitsunday Vacation Via Boats For Hire

Cruising to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands via boats for hire provides you the perfect setting to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing getaway close to nature. In fact, a yacht charter Whitsunday vacation is what tourists really want if they really love to go sightseeing on The Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism at Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands, known for its crystal clear waters, brilliant white sand beaches, spectacular coral reefs and majestic bush lands, is a group of 74 unspoiled tropical islands off the coast of central Queensland in Australia. These islands are the perfect destination for travellers, both local and foreign, who want to experience what paradise is all about. About 700,000 tourists visit the islands from March 2008 to March 2009 alone, according to Andrew Bain in his November 2009 article “The Alternative Whitsunday” on the Brisbane Times. Many of these tourists visit the islands to experience the beauty of The Great Barrier Reef.

Ideally, boats for hire are the best form of transportation because of a flexible itinerary allows you to visit the best tourist spots in the various islands in the area. Going for yacht charter in Whitsunday lets you enjoy the fine white sands of Whitehaven Beach, the picturesque landscape of Hook Island and the stunning clear waters of Manta Ray Bay.

Getting Boats for Hire

Depending upon their itinerary and planned activities, there are many types of boats for hire (yachts, sailboats and catamarans) that allow tourists to visit the Whitsunday Islands. Luxury yacht charters are for a limited period and restricted to a specific area. On the other hand, people want to go to wild and remote locations such as pristine white beaches and awesome rocky cliffs without taking for granted the comfort and convenience of a five-star luxury accommodation.

A professional crew, including an on-board chef, masseuse or therapist, operates yacht charters that will make your yacht cruise Whitsunday vacation a truly memorable one. Imagine yourself on-board a luxury chartered yacht venturing into the deep blue waters, marvelling at the palm trees and amazing beaches all around you. Sip champagne from the deck while watching the scenic colours of the sun setting behind an island paradise.

Going for a Yacht Charter Whitsunday Vacation

Vacation getaway on a chartered yacht is what tourists, casual sightseers and nature lovers want since it offers the luxury comforts of a hotel suite and the travel itinerary to the most exotic tourist destinations. The Whitsunday Islands offer a unique opportunity for overnight cruising, day charters or an entertainment venue in an amazing setting. The good thing is that you can do your hobbies and passions in a yacht cruise Whitsunday vacation.

For those adventurous and thrill seekers, visiting the numerous beaches and other exotic locales can be a memorable experience. On the other hand, people who want a peaceful and serene vacation may find their solace in a private charter. Whatever the people’s interests are, there is always a reason why hopping onboard boats for hire is worth doing.

Crewed Yacht Charter – Cruise the Islands of Southern New England

Newport, Rhode Island hosts the largest group of private yachts available for charter in New England the summer season. Newport is a perfect spot to begin a private crewed charter, for out of Newport, on a one week cruise, you can easily visit all of the islands in southern New England, including Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. While both of these are lovely, resplendent in quaint New England ambiance and architecture, complete with cobblestone roads, there are other islands to visit close by, such as Block Island, Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands. Try a one week charter out of Newport, Rhode Island to explore the islands of southern New England.

Newport, Rhode Island is one of the largest deep water harbors on the east coast of the United States, with a large amount of available dockage, making this a natural summer New England home for visiting yachts. As the heat builds on land, escape to sea with the cooling thermal winds.

When cruising out of Newport, a perfect first stop is Block Island. Unlike the other islands in the area that are part of Massachusetts, Block Island is part of Rhode Island, and a mere 22 nautical miles away.
One unique aspect of Block Island is the large interior bay or the Salt Pond, as it is referred to locally. This is the perfect anchorage for visiting yachts with well protected waters. In the Salt Pond, there is plenty of space to anchor and several marinas, if docking is your preference. Block Island has few year around residents, but the population swells in the summer with visitors. Downtown, where the ferries dock, is a bustling few blocks, anchored by several large summer hotels that used to cater to the turn of the century summer visitors. Drop by and you will still find rocking chairs on the long front porches of these old hotels, a great place to sit and take in the ocean views. There are several blocks of stores and little shops to visit. Rent a bicycle and ride around the rest of the island, which is still fairly uninhabited, and covered with wild roses.

Not far from Block Island is Cuttyhunk. This island is much smaller than Block Island and is one of the smallest of this group. There is a central interior harbor, with a small dock. Take care on the size of the yacht that enters this harbor, as there may not be room to turn around. A very small settled area exists on the one road running away from the main dock. Explore the area, or have a picnic on one of the beaches. There are mooring balls available, depending the size of your yacht, just outside of the main harbor.
Nearby are the Elizabeth Islands. While privately owned there are several anchorages, including Tarpaulin Cove, a good spot to anchor for lunch, depending on which direction the wind might be blowing. As the islands are privately owned, one can anchor in the anchorage, but visiting ashore is not encouraged.
Just east of Cuttyhunk is Martha’s Vineyard. This island has several harbors and anchorages, however probably the most well known is the harbor for the town of Edgartown. Accessing the harbor of Edgartown requires cruising in through a cut, with a rather swift current. Once inside, the anchorage offers many mooring balls, but only up to a certain size yacht. If the yacht is on the larger end, anchoring outside of the harbor is a better bet. Edgartown surrounds the harbor and is a lovely New England town full of clapboard and shingle sided houses, with rose covered trellises, secret gardens and cobblestone streets. Edgartown is well know in certain circles for upper level shops and restaurants and is a hideaway for any number of well known people worldwide.

Only 22 nautical miles from Edgartown is the island of Nantucket. There is only one main town on Nantucket, which surrounds the one harbor. Enter into this harbor by a well marked channel leading right into the anchorage. Here is and area of overnight anchoring, serviced by the local water taxi service, however there are also a number of docks available, although as this island is a very popular summer destination; dockage reservations should be made in advance. Around this harbor are the typical New England shingle and clapboard houses, many built in the last few centuries, when Nantucket was a thriving whaling port. Look to the roof tops for the many Widow’s Walks where seafaring Captain’s wives looked for the return of their sailor from sea. Cobblestone roads still lead out of the harbor, but the streets and quaint buildings in the center of town are now home to a wide variety of upscale shops catering to the many visitors. There are various beaches around the edges of the island and plenty of wide open spaces to ride bicycles or explore. This is another island, well known for restaurants, and you should stop by the Club Car, a bar and restaurant along the edge of the harbor, which is an unmistakable downtown fixture. This restaurant is housed in one of the train cars used at the turn of the century in Nantucket to travel from one side of the island to the other. When the train service was discontinued, the coach car, sitting at the train terminal, where is it still sitting now, was turned into a restaurant.

Nantucket is 68 nautical miles from Newport. Begin to cruise back in the direction of Newport, but stop for the night in Hadley’s Harbor on the north end of the Elizabeth Islands. A lovely quiet harbor, tucked away from it all, Hadley’s Harbor is a great place for a final quiet night on anchor. Next stop is back in Newport, about 35 nautical miles. If time was not spent in Newport before the charter, time should definitely be spent in Newport at the end of the charter.

This charter itinerary is a comfortable cruise, by power or sailing yacht, with numerous islands within a reasonable proximity of one another. There are plenty of anchorages, and all awaits just a short cruise away from Newport.

Caribbean Charter Travels and Stops

If you want a more intimate cruise where your stops are not rushed, you might want a Caribbean charter that is not crowed or overflowing with people everywhere. The charter yacht cruises are for one to ten people depending on what type of cruise yacht you book. You can take you time to enjoy each stop along the way. You will have the luxury of a cruise, without the rush at every stop you make. If you want an intimate cruise, you want a charter yacht.

Scheduled Stops

When you use a Caribbean charter, you still have scheduled stops where you can get off the yacht and browse around. You can take your time and know that the yacht is not going to leave without you. You can take you time to dock and try some of the cuisine from the places you stop. You are not rushed to get off or get back on the yacht. You can take your time and see the sights without being rushed. You can always relax when your day is over when you set sail again on the open waters.

Private Cruises with the Family

If you want to enjoy a cruise with your family, but you just do not want to share any of your trip with other people, you may enjoy a private Caribbean charter. You will have the time to spend with the family and no one else will be around, but you are still going to enjoy the benefits of a cruise. You can spend the day seeing the sights or relaxing in the sun. You can talk and have fun without anyone but the crew around.

Honeymoon Cruises

Sometimes when you take your honeymoon, you would love to take a cruise, but you do not want to be around all those people. You want something more private. The Caribbean charter is as private as you can get and still enjoy a cruise around the Caribbean. You will have the yacht all to yourselves and the crew can help you with meals or maybe even a bottle of champagne on the deck as you laze around in the warm sun.

When you want a cruise vacation, but the idea of crowds is something that you really would like to avoid, you can take your own private Caribbean charter cruise by yourself or with the family and enjoy every day.

Luxury Mediterranean Yacht Charters, Mediterranean Business Building By Sailing

Luxury Mediterranean yacht charters are one of the best values for business sailing vacations. With luxury Mediterranean yacht charters, the business world has discovered a return profit that can be attain a true value. With the alluring deep blue sea all around, plus clear skies and beautiful cities to harbor at, the Mediterranean ports provide peace and relaxation beyond compare. More frequently multinational companies worldwide are opting for luxury Mediterranean yacht charters for building the morale, commitment, and loyalty of their employees.

To build higher team spirits among motivated employees, team building and shared inspiration is obtained by interaction of the selected workers aboard. On a luxury Mediterranean yacht charter cruise, their will also be a natural bonding among employees. These personal connections will strengthen cooperation among the workforce to meet the company goals of business building.

Usually, yacht sailing parties could be considered very expensive. Yet a business doesn’t measure exclusiveness, but ROI, return on investment. By this measurement, luxury Mediterranean yacht charters cost less than a similar party in a five star hotel. With a sailing cruise, general meetings, appreciation dinners, and connecting members as a team is far easier. Control of the environment, amenities, and group activities are easily planned in advance.

Increasingly, companies reward good employee performance by giving out a paid ticket to paradise. These are Mediterranean yacht charter cruises to the best employees and their partners. Many a times these tickets are awarded as part of an intra-company promotional event. This could be the monthly best employee awards or recognition for various new levels of achievement. These trips will go a long way in making an employee feel individually special and cared for. The ending result is automatic, the employee suddenly desires on their won to be more productive.

Companies realize the value of using a Mediterranean cruise to reward a team unit. for completing a good project, as a sign of encouragement and reward for a job done well. These teams return to work refreshed, motivated, and freshly charged up for greater challenges. Giving such tickets to luxury Mediterranean yacht charter cruises as incentives to employees by a company is a win-win both for the company and the employees.

One of the best places to go for a cruise is the Mediterranean region. Surrounded on three sides, are three continents. In Africa, Asia and Europe, are located a lot of interesting cities to include on a cruise route provided by luxury Mediterranean yacht charter cruises. The entire region is prepared and somewhat dependent on providing the best for tourists. Western Mediterranean has the cities of Monaco and Cannes, two of the most popular destinations for business building events and promotions.

To make your corporate cruise a success, you can even hire musicians, dancers, and different types of artists to entertain your employees. All luxury Mediterranean yacht charters, provide the company ingredients to motivate employee to working together, happily building morale. This injects the extra dosage where all want the highest company success possible.

Yacht Charter in Alaska – An Up Close View of Glaciers!

How can you really see glaciers in Alaska? On a private crewed yacht charter! Other than very remote worldwide locations, Alaska is one of the few places where glaciers can actually be seen up close. We think the most exciting way to see and experience glaciers in Alaska is by water, cruising right up to the very face of the glacier.

Sawyer Glacier, located south of Juneau, sits at the head of a fjord named Tracy Arm. This glacier is called the Twin Sawyer Glaciers as there are two faces to be seen at the head of Tracy Arm, which are designated Sawyer Glacier and South Sawyer Glacier. The Twin Sawyer Glaciers are a tidewater glacier, which means that the front faces of the glaciers are met by and calve into the sea.

Glaciers are constantly moving and as a tidewater glacier moves, chunks of ice along the face of the glacier break off, or calve, and fall into the salt water below. Salt water, such as in Tracy Arm, rarely freezes, as salt water requires a lower freezing temperature than the fresh water frozen into glacier ice.

In private crewed yacht charter cruise right up to the faces of the Twin Sawyer Glaciers and sit right next to the glacier while the calving action occurs; a fantastic sight to see. Be alerted to the calving action as it is directly preceded by a loud cracking sound, which is the sound of the ice breaking off of the face of the glacier. A large chunk of ice will then drop into the salt water below, with a huge splash creating a large radiating wave. The ice chunk becomes an ice flow, which, while partially floating on top of the water, begins a journey to the mouth of Tracy Arm.

Tracy Arm is 26 miles long, with the cliff sides rising steeply up from the waters of the fjord to heights of as much at 7000 feet. Reaching the Twin Sawyer Glaciers requires a cruise up the fjord to the head. While cruising up, the ice floes will drift by, calved from the glacier faces will drift by.

The cruise up Tracy Arm is quite an adventure in its own right, as often there are waterfalls spilling off of the sheer mountain sides into the fjord, and mountain goats, deer, moose, and many different birds, including Bald Eagles can be seen alongside while cruising. When cruising closer to the glacier faces, harbor seals can be seen basking in the sun on the ice floes from the calving glaciers. The Twin Sawyer Glaciers are considered very active glaciers with calving action happening on either face at least once an hour.

Sit right under one face of the glacier and wait for the loud crack to sound and watch a huge chunk of ice fall into the fjord below with a resounding splash, and radiating wave. The harbor seals take it all in stride, as the radiating waves bounce their sunbathing pads, the neighboring ice floes.

Cruise away from the face of the glaciers, but still within sight, and try sea kayaking around the ice floes. It is hard to get too close to a harbor seal, as they will vacate any ice floe within close proximity, however you will see them as they swim away. And by sea kayak or ships tender, you can get close enough to an ice flow to chip off pieces of ice for your evening cocktails. This ice is centuries old and so compacted, that there is a bluish tinge, and it feels soft to the touch. Due to how compacted glacier ice is, making it slow to melt, it will cool your cocktail much longer than freezer ice.

Cruise ships are generally too large to cruise up Tracy Arm to the Twin Sawyer Glaciers. Private Crewed Yacht Charter is just the thing, and can take you right up and into the action, sitting right next to the calving glacier faces, surrounded by ice floes and harbor seals. Charter a private crewed yacht for this once in a lifetime experience, not to ever be forgotten.