Croatia accepting visitors this luxury yacht charter season, rest of Mediterranean to follow
As the Coronavirus pandemic has left us all longing for more freedom and a return to a somewhat normal life, the tourism industry is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel! With Europe preparing for the upcoming summer season, Croatia has announced that it is welcoming holidaymakers from the world over back to its shores this summer yacht charter season, with other EU countries, such as Italy following on.
To qualify visitors need to prove that they meet one of five criteria:
- A negative PCR or antigen test taken 48 hours before arrival at the border
- A vaccination certificate showing that the final dose was taken more than 14 days before the entry to Croatia
- Proof of recovery from Covid more than 11 days prior to arrival and not more than 180 days before
- Proof of recovery and the first dose of vaccination more than 11 days and less than 5 months before, or
- Quarantine for 10 days or pay for a test upon arrival, remaining in isolation until a negative result is confirmed
Visitors from outside the EU must also have accommodation waiting for the length of their stay, whether this is a hotel, campsite or luxury yacht. The rest of the EU is expected to announce similar plans ahead of the summer holiday season.
The Eastern Mediterranean is a favourite destination for luxury yacht charters, particularly those who want rich cultural sites, gastronomic delights and a thriving modern art scene coupled with incredible natural beauty. Furthermore, the warm weather extends into the shoulder seasons, making Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and other nearby charter grounds prime destinations in the less frenetic spring and autumn.
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2021 Yacht Charter Vacations: Italy to open borders from mid-May
Speaking remotely during the G20 summit, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has indicated that Italy will be open from mid-May to EU and non-EU residents without the need to quarantine upon arrival, ensuring that Italy luxury yacht charters and tourism, in general, can take place without hindrance.
A government source spoke to the British newspaper The Telegraph and said that the Italian health ministry would be announcing the lifting of the five-day quarantine rule for visitors that can prove that they are ‘negative, vaccinated or immune’, such as with a Digital Green Certificate from within the EU.
Travellers from countries outside the EU such as the UK and US are also welcome to enter with proof that they do not carry the virus.
Italy has long been a favourite destination for luxury yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean, where visitors can spend every day amongst a rich cultural heritage that shows itself in flavoursome culinary treats, high-end fashion, art and architecture. Picturesque escapes off the Italian Riviera or the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and the Aeolian Islands are excellent for privacy, water sports and relaxing on quiet beaches, while never being far away from a spectacular summer event. Plan your Western Mediterranean yacht charter and discover the wonders of Italy for yourself in safety and comfort.
287m Dock 10 and luxury yacht Project Opera arrive at Lürssen Bremen shipyard
Over the course of two days, the 287m/942ft long Dock 10 and the 146m/479ft luxury yacht PROJECT OPERA made the journey from Hamburg to the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen where both will be completed.
Dock 10 is the largest floating dock in Europe and is 53.5m/175.6ft wide and 51.5m/169ft high, with the capacity to hold a maximum load of 50,000t. She was supported by four tugs as she moved along the Weser to the Lürssen facilities.
Luxury yacht PROJECT OPERA is considered to be a replacement for the luxury yacht PROJECT SASSI, which was damaged in a fire at the shipyard in 2018. It is believed that the Owner specifically requested that the outfitting for M/Y PROJECT OPERA be completed at the Bremen facilities, and delivery is expected in 2022.
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Introducing the first Lürssen superyacht with ‘Project Pa-X-ell’ fuel cell technology
German shipyard Lürssen has announced the sale of its first-ever luxury yacht using ‘Project Pa-X-ell’ fuel cell technology.
At a recent live show, CEO Peter Lürssen described how the company has been involved with research projects since 2009 with the aim of using fuel cells on ships, and a modular fuel cell system using methanol has been in development since 2012. This latter project was given the name Pa-X-ell.
Freudenberg is the leading company in maritime methanol fuel cells, and Lürssen worked in collaboration to fuel cells that have very little maintenance and far greater efficiency than a diesel engine without creating any pollution: The fuel cells, which already meet the current specific maritime rules, can be connected to a methanol supply system, ventilation and electrical infrastructure, and in addition to the desired electricity, the by-product is only warm moist air.
Each cell consists of two bipolar plates and one membrane electrode assembly. The cells are built in between and hundreds of cells are stacked to create a fuel cell stack as part of a highly integrated fuel cell system.
A luxury yacht is currently under development which would have the fuel cell technology installed onboard. The only downside to the technology is a lower dynamic capability, creating a slightly reduced response time. To combat this, Lürssen intends to combine the fuel cells with a battery bank. The result will be more than 15 nights emission-free while at anchor, or 1,000 nautical miles of emission-free cruising at economical speed. This superyacht is expected to be only the first of many custom yachts to opt for this game-changing technology in the future.
Lürssen typically keeps the details of its builds strictly private, however, in this instance more updates on the project are expected as she progresses.
Luxury charter yacht MOCA (ex Waku) refitted and available in the Bahamas
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a charter holiday to the tropical Bahamas aboard recently refitted luxury charter yacht MOCA.
Sunshine, white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Is there a better way to spend a holiday?! Spend your summer on island time aboard luxury charter superyacht, 63m MOCA from renowned Italian shipyard Benetti. She’s available in the Bahamas now and is looking better than ever thanks to a recently completed refit. The refit included refurbishing of all exterior soft furnishings, new artwork throughout the yacht, and a thorough mechanical servicing.
The beautiful Bahamas are an incredible charter destination, with all sorts of sights and activities for guests to enjoy. Swim with docile nurse sharks, feed the swimming pigs, or explore the various caves throughout the chain of 365 islands that makes up the Exumas. The options are endless! And after exploring everything the islands have to offer, finish the night with an incredible al fresco meal – served on board under the breathtaking sunsets.
Superyacht MOCA has everything guests could possibly need for their Bahamas getaway. At 63m long, she offers plenty of space for guest to relax. Her main and upper decks boast lovely seating and dining areas, and her expansive sundeck comes complete with a large jacuzzi. Inside, her salons are light and airy, with plenty of natural light and beautiful artwork throughout. Accommodation is for 10 guests over 5 cabins, including a fabulous main deck Master suite. There are also 2 additional children’s cabins, both with 3 singles beds.
Find out more about luxury charter yacht MOCA and start planning your Bahamas itinerary now!
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Superyacht ALALYA available for charter in Croatia
Spend your summer relaxing in the Mediterranean aboard luxury superyacht ALALYA – now available for charter in Croatia.
Croatia is famous for its beautiful and dramatic landscapes, as well as beaches with crystal clear waters and sandy coves. With over 1200 islands, there is always something to explore in Croatia! A luxury charter on board 47.5m ALALYA is an excellent way to see the Eastern Mediterranean country with family and friends.
ALALYA, from Italian shipyard ISA, provides incredible outdoor areas, with an expansive sundeck complete with jacuzzi. On the main deck is a wonderful outdoor dining space, so that guests can enjoy al fresco meals together, prepared fresh by the experienced chef.
Inside, there is a spacious open plan salon with lounge and dining areas, as well as large windows providing plenty of natural light. Accommodation is for 10 guests over 5 cabins, which includes a fabulous Owner suite on the main deck. One cabin also features two additional Pullman berths, bringing the total accommodation to 12 and allowing for a variety of family and friend group sizes.
Find out more about 47.5m (155’84’) luxury yacht ALALYA and start planning your ultimate getaway itinerary in Croatia!
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30% Discount on May & June Charters with Motor Yacht SEDATIVE in West Med
Charter the 35m Sunseeker motor yacht SEDATIVE in May and June and get a whopping 30% discount on the weekly rate! Launched in 2012, she was commissioned entirely by Sunseeker can accommodate 11 guests, over 5 cabins, including an on-deck master, 2 double and 2 twins on the lower deck, one of which offers a Pullman berth. A total of 7 crew are on hand to ensure a seamless luxury cruising experience.
Her interior styling is contemporary and chic, featuring neutral fabrics, paired bespoke dark and light-toned finishes. The open plan salon offers formal dining, a comfortable lounge and cocktail bar, beautifully surrounded by panoramic windows, infusing the space with excellent natural light and showcasing the stunning views.
M/Y SEDATIVE has numerous outdoor lifestyle options, laid over 3 generous decks. The aft deck main boasts alfresco dining and shade, which also leads to the swim platform and water toys galore. Head forward to a further casual alfresco table and raised sunbeds. The Sunseeker yachts top deck is ideal for every occasion, offering dining, sunning, a jacuzzi, cocktail bar, outdoor lounge and optional shade.
- Beautifully finished light and airy interiors
- On deck master
- Great audio and visual entertainment
- 3 alfresco dining areas
- Water toys including a slide
- Speeds of up to 26 knots
- Zero speed stabilizers
Lusben completes refit of luxury explorer yacht AUDACE
Italian shipyard Lusben have announced the completion of the recent refit of luxury explorer yacht AUDACE. The custom yacht was first launched in 2019 by Cantiere delle Marche, after commission from the late Andrea Merloni, former president of Fineldo and Indesit. After spending a season onboard, the owner decided to upgrade the yacht to even better fit his needs and to be better suited to year-round living. After Mr. Merloni’s passing, his family along with the shipyard and designers, decided to complete the refit as a tribute to his memory.
The refit was designed by Andrea Pezzini, close collaborater of Merloni and CEO of Floating Life, and architect Mauro Sculli. The most major change to the custom yacht is an increase of length from 42m to 46.6m. The stern is now 2.4m longer, with the platform having undergone a total makeover with new teak decking. A robotic telescopic gangway has also been installed, which can extend 8m. Forward, the bow has been lengthened by 2.2m. With the new, more aerodynamic bow, as well as strengthening of generators, the yachts maximum speed has increased from 15.8 knots to 17 knots, with the added bonus of a 20% consumption reduction.
There have also been some substantial interior modifications, with two elevators installed to easily facilitate movements and service between decks. Electrical systems have also been upgraded, along with the owner deck and upper deck floors being overhauled and now able to be heated. The owner’s deck has also received all new furnishings and colour palette, now with a dark, sophisticated theme.
Accommodation is for 10 guests over 5 luxurious cabins. The Owner suite is located on the dedicated Owners deck, and boasts a private deck, jacuzzi and salon. The remaining accommodation is spread over the main deck and lower deck, and consists of 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins, allowing for a variety of family and friend group sizes aboard this beautiful yacht.
Successful floating of fully custom 78m AMELS luxury yacht announced
Dutch shipyard Amels has announced the floating of a 77.8m/255ft fully-custom luxury yacht during a private event at the Vlissingen yard last week.
In the presence of her Owner’s team, project designers and the Amels and Damen Yachting team, the vessel touched water for the first time since entering the shipyard back in January 2020: The dry dock pumps were activated and the keel submerged, floating the superyacht up off her dry dock.
The exterior styling and layout were created by Espen Øino and his team, whilst the interiors are the work of Zuretti Interior Design. Of note are the large open top deck, an aft swimming pool and oversized side decks which can be used at private balconies by guests.
By volume, the custom 78-metre superyacht will be the largest Amels vessel to date once delivered, coming in at 2,850 GT. The onboard accommodation sleeps up to 14 guests and 26 crew plus the Captain, and delivery is set for 2022.