Jun 192017
 
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Newport Shipyard will host once again a successful kick off to the summer charter season. Newport is the heart of American sailing.

Newport is also the key port for us to arrange vacations beginning in this vibrant city known for the America’s Cup, classic sailing regattas and “yacht central” on the New England coast.  Click here for more itinerary ideas: Chartering in New England 

We will be joined by other charter professionals from far away as France and San Diego, to view outstanding charter yachts that will be plying the waters from Sag Harbor to Bar Harbor.

Cruising out of Newport you will put Cuttyhunk on your itinerary for sure!

Beautiful New England

Why would a charterer like you care?  Not only do we gather for inspecting beds and heads, we come together with our industry partners.  Being in the know is our key to gaining your trust in planning and executing a marvelous summer vacation.  We know there are many choices for families, friends and even corporate incentives.

Yacht chartering is a unique vacation choice.  So, we are dedicated to learning the latest in travel trends by having our educational seminars at every yacht charter show.

Read about the June 22nd – 8:30 AM Breakfast and educational AYCA SEMINAR from 9:00AM-12Noon.  It will include pertinent information trends on social media, travel itineraries from Newport to Patagonia and health news information to make sure our crew and guests are knowledgeable.

Newport Yacht Charter Show and what to expect!  We welcome our Travel Agents to attend our seminar as well.  Travel Agents Register Here

Not in the travel business and interested in attending for the day?  Call us first and we can register you in!

Here are some scenes from last year 2016.

MEDITERRANEAN YACHT SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

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May 102017
 
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Mediterranean Yacht Show Highlights the Very Best Charter Yachts for this Coming Season

Mediterranean Charter Show Greece

Greece is a treasure for anyone interested in super yacht luxury. It is bejeweled with gorgeous and historic islands. The sea is a blue bird color set against the unique architecture and landscapes of Ancient Greece.

The entire Mediterranean Sea and the countries that encompass it are of myth and legend, laden with beaches, harbors and islands. The luxury yacht cruise in the “Med” (as it is universally called), offers a season full of adventure, enhanced by the European style and mastery of the art of fine living.

Carol Kent has just returned from Greece where she attended the 4th Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS), one of the most prestigious for-charter-only events, set in the heart of the medieval seaport of Nafplion. 

Organized by the Greek Yachting Association (GYA), this globally-renowned show for yacht brokers showcases luxury yacht travel. On the opening day, the President of the GYA, Mr. Michael Skoulikidis, greeted guests with Greek enthusiasm prior to a welcome reception in the historic Palamidi Fortress.  

Then Carol went to work! With her discerning eye and palate – and 31 years of experience – Carol inspected the yachts, tasted the cuisine and talked with each captain and crew over the course of the event.

Carol’s findings: Charter clients have more variety to choose from than ever before. Boats and budgets vary widely, offering endless options for families, couples and special gatherings.

Perini Navi Sail Yacht Baracuda Valletta

“This year, I visited a number of yachts including one of the top modern 50m/164ft Perini Navi sailing yacht ‘BARACUDA VALLETTA,” Carol said. “She is like no other in her class. Minimalist interior with sailing being the main reason to charter her.  Nine crew take care of ten guests in five unique cabins.  She is fully-booked this summer season, so consider her for the Caribbean and next summer in the Mediterranean.”

Motor Yacht OURANOS

Carol also visited the brand new motor Yacht “OURANOUS” which includes a spectacular top deck dining fully air-conditioned or not (your choice) dining room.  “A Jacuzzi offers the best views – cocktails at sunset provide relaxation and time to reflect on the day and anticipate your dinner time,” Carol says with admiration.  

“The trend in the newest and updated motor yachts is that they are clean, simple and minimalist. There are no carpets!  This encourages casual beach attire and keeps the vessel in tune with the aura of relaxation, open space and the simple feeling of a gorgeous deck under one’s feet.”

Carol notes that her charter clients are looking for a varied experience and run the gamut from fast motor yachts, sail catamarans to classic motor sailors and she adds that “sometimes its really the crew who make your charter which is why we vet every yacht and help you choose accordingly.”

“Additional highpoints of the tour,” Carol continues, “included a fantastic breakfast on board the 28m/92ft Sunseeker M/Y ‘AQUA LIBRA’, which has a top deck that offers a sleek area for dining and lounging.  She is a 2012 delivery from UK yard, and is a beauty.”

Motor Yacht Barents SeaThe 42m/137ft M/Y ‘BARENTS SEA‘ was also a favorite “with its complete refit that felt more like a new build,” said Carol. The vessel has all teak-flooring interior, mood lighting in the master cabin, and all six staterooms having red and blue water fall sinks. With a projector on the top deck for movie viewing under the stars and a karaoke for all singers and ages, it is great family yacht, Carol notes. “The crew are totally together to make wishes come true,” she adds.

Perfectly-priced for families wanting to see many of the Greek islands, the 21m/68ftRiva M/Y ‘SPACE’ was also high on Carol’s list. With three cabins for six guests, the crew is dedicated to service.  (Please see our interview with Ioanna your chef and photos of the yacht SPACE)

Also, the 17m/55ft S/Y Catamaran ‘HIGHJINKS’ II debuted as a first charter yacht this season.  Once for private use only, the crew has come together with great backgrounds making for interesting conversations.  Captain Miltos Skouras is a reputable artist in the off season (his acrylic artwork is displayed onboard).  His crewmate, Eugene, is an archeologist and schooled chef in Mediterranean-style cooking.

“This is another great family charter yacht complete with four equal cabins plus a children’s cabin,” Carol says.

The 23m/75ft M/Sailor ‘ALTHEA’ is beautifully maintained and had been in private use for 10 years by her 82-year old owner. This high quality vessel was built in 1993, but she had a major refit and is annually taken care of.  It’s an easy yacht to move about, and has great aft deck sun pads. She sails with three crew and accommodates 10 guests in five cabins.

The yacht show is also an important time to showcase premier global yacht charter companies such as Camper & Nicholson, Edmiston & Company, Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, Northrop & Johnson and more.

Now in its fourth year, the MEDYS was previously held on the island of Poros, another lovely port just two hours by ferry or chartered yacht (of course).  Due to the rapid increase in professionally-staffed Greek and international flagged vessels, the show was moved to Nafplion, providing much-needed marina berths for motor, sail, motor sailors and catamarans.

Carol Kent is a member of the worldwide yachting associations as well as the PR Chairperson for the AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association). Please contact Carol Kent Yacht Charters for more information.

Apr 262017
 
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Hola from Barcelona!

BowShotBarcelonaFor the first time in 27 years, One Ocean Port Vell Marina in Barcelona will host the most prestigious yachts, charter brokers, press and vendors from around the world at the renowned Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA).

This important European show had been located in Genoa and San Remo, Italy. Now in 2017, this premiere event in the superyacht calendar changed locations to beautiful Barcelona, a world-class city, legendary for its history and culture.

The Balearics are only a 45 minute flight to ideal island-hopping. Many of the yachts now have their Spanish Cruising Flags to charter in this “new hot destination” in the Mediterranean. This means Carol Kent Yacht Charters is pounding the pavement – well, the decks – to stay current with yacht trends.

Renowned as a key showcase of super yachts and ancillary services for the yachting industry, the MYBA Charter Show is a “trade-only” event (for brokers and charter agencies only).

The event offers yacht brokers like Carol Kent a chance to familiarize herself with captains and crews, and get beyond the brochures of the luxury yachts on display. Such an informative experience is invaluable when it comes to advising clients on the kinds of luxury yachts and ever-expanding services and toys that will be ideal for their next yacht charter vacation.

Uniting captains of industry with the very best superyachts available for private charter vacations, the show is, in many ways, a celebration of the beauty and opportunities for cruising in the Mediterranean.

The largest charter yet attending the MYBA Charter Show 2017 is the 90m/312ft motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESS from Oceanco. Having enjoyed an extensive refit less than two years ago, she is now an ultra-modern super yacht.

Another icon currently berthed in Barcelona ahead of the show is the 90m/296ft luxury yacht NERO. Designed by Neil Taylor, both the classic interior and exterior of the superyacht have dazzled onlookers ever since her delivery from Corsair Yachts in 2007.

The award-winning 70m/230ft luxury yacht JOY also generates much intrigue in the marina, with her Bannenberg & Rowell-styled exterior enjoying an abundance of praise in the press following her delivery from Feadship last year.

As our magnifico time in Barcelona winds down we will have had an exclusive look at nearly 100 of the world’s most luxurious superyachts. Carol Kent can answer all of your charter yacht needs and she will be on-site and available via email to answer any of your questions.

vacation@carolkent.com

 

Charter Yachts for Virgin Islands

 Posted by on January 27, 2017  Boat Shows, CK News
Jan 272017
 
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BVI Charter Show 2016Top charter yachts in the Virgin Islands deemed worthy of our Top Yacht picks this season are listed below in categories to help you choose your next vacation!

Attending the yacht charter shows every season in desirable locations provide us the first hand knowledge of the yacht you will be living on board for one week or more; the Captain who will be your guide in the Virgin Islands and the talented Chef preparing your customized meals.  Whether you choose an active vacation with diving options or a more laid back vacation experience, we are here to offer  complimentary planning services.

Here are Sue’s Top Yacht Pick List from the last 2 yacht charter shows she attended in the US & British Virgin Islands. There are lots of excellent options still available for the school weeks, in February and April.  Here are some of her favorites!

BEST NEW YACHTS TO FLEET 2016-2017 Charter Season

61′ Catamaran LUAR
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 King(s) | Details

58′ Catamaran THE ANNEX
Sleeps 10 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Single(s) | Details

Culinary Competition for Top Yacht Chefs50′ Catamaran NEVERLAND
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Single(s) | Details

EXCELLENT VALUE & GREAT FOR FAMILIES

62′ Catamaran CATSY
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s) | Details

57′ Catamaran RAVEN
Sleeps 8 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE: Details

45′ Catamaran LOVEBOAT
Sleeps 7 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Single(s) | Details

Good Vibrations Catamaran44′ Catamaran KATLYN
Sleeps 6 Guests in 2 Queen(s), 1 Double(s) | Details

50′ Catamaran WHITE HOUSE
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

BEST HIGH END CATS & GREAT FOR TANDEMS/FLOTILLAS

62′ Catamaran LADY KATLO
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

60′ Catamaran AMARA
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s) | Details

Yoga On Deck aboard FLIP FLOP Catamaran65′ Catamaran ALTESSE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran AMAZING LADY
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran PLAYTIME
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran AZULIA II
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Pullman | Details

TOP DIVE YACHTS

Fishing in the Caribbean59′ Catamaran ALIVE
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s) | Details   SCUBA DIVE:  Details

58′ Catamaran PORT TO VINO
Sleeps 8 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:   Details

50′ Catamaran SEA ANEMONE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

47′ Catamaran PISCES
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

British Virgin Islands Itineray on your yacht vacation - Click to enlarge!

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45′ Catamaran HAPPY TIME
Sleeps 6 Guests in 1 King(s), 2 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

FOODIE AWARDS

67′ Catamaran BAMARANDI
Sleeps 10 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

60′ Catamaran OTTERSIDE
Sleeps 12 Guests in 2 King(s), 2 Queen(s), 2 Double(s) | Details

50′ Catamaran XENIA
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

BEST SAIL MONOHULL
56′ Sail MOJEKA
Sleeps 6 Guests in 1 King(s), 2 Double(s) | Details

BEST POWERCAT
51′ Power Cat WILDCAT TOO
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 attached Single(s) | Details

BEST MOTOR YACHT
68′ M/Y SERENE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 2 Double(s), 1 Single(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 2016

 Posted by on December 7, 2016  Boat Shows, CK News
Dec 072016
 
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We’re off again!  On December 4-9, Sue and I visit Antigua for the annual inspection of the region’s yacht fleet.  Antigua will be visited this week by over 90 Super Yachts of all sizes and designs hailing from Europe, the Caribbean and America.  The three Host marinas include Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, historically significant as a former British Navy Base and now a cultural heritage site; Falmouth Harbour Marina; and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina; the latter two are both located in Falmouth Harbour.

Most major yacht charter shows take place in November and December annually.  These shows help us gain insights and updates on new and improved yachts, crews, itinerary ideas, maritime law and contractual updates, and industry trends, all for the benefit of you, our clients, who rely on us to make yachting a unique, pleasurable vacation experience.   Follow our Facebook postings as we undertake this daunting task.  We’ll be posting videos and photos, doing our best to capture and highlight the most stunning features – spas, pools, toys, food, and more. Join us on Facebook!

Charter brokers, media and press will be filling the docks both day and night.  This is an ideal time to strengthen relationships in the industry while experiencing this British Island jewel nestled among the Leeward Islands.

Culinary Competition for Top Yacht ChefsTop Yacht Chefs Compete

The yachts we select for our clients often feature skilled chefs known for their ability at masterful menu creations amid the unique challenges of a galley kitchen. The Chef Competition is one we look forward to every year.  Captain Jan Robinson, the organizer, does an incredible job of managing schedules and judging.  She also happens to be my roommate for the last 4 years – what fun!

Now, the yachts 

Of course, our Yacht Search feature enables you to find one suitable for your needs, large or small, but we thought it would be fun to think big – in case you are, too.

289' Sail Yacht MALTESE FALCONThe largest yacht to visit the Antigua show this year is Sailing Yacht 289′ MALTESE FALCON . A Perini Navi design, she accommodates 12 guests with 19 Crew, and operates in both the Caribbean and the Eastern Mediterranean.  Use our clickable World Destinations Map to scout for itinerary ideas.  This is an option worth considering for a group getaway, family reunion, or corporate reward program.

 

238' Motor Yacht Coral OceanThe largest Motor Yacht 238′ CORAL OCEAN accommodates 12 Guests in 6 Cabins with 21 Crew.  Click her link above to get a glimpse of her luxurious staterooms and accommodations.   Plenty of sundeck space, water toys, and indoor and outdoor mingling environments ensure a comfortable, exhilarating experience for your group.  If you want to visit a world sporting event, seal an important deal, or just bond with your tribe, M/Y CORAL OCEAN  will easily meet your needs.  She generally operates in the Eastern Mediterranean, so if you are thinking  about Croatia, Greek Easter, Turkey, and the Agean Isles, we can help you select from a variety of itinerary options – or tailor one that suits your plans and ideas.

 

296 Motor Sail Yacht NERO

m/y Nero
Bluewater Yachting Antibes, France

The largest Motor Sail Yacht, 296′ M/Y NERO accommodates up to 12 Guests with 20 Crew, and can be chartered for either the Caribbean or Western Mediterranean.  Whether you prefer the warm tropical Caribbean vibe, or seek the vibrant cultural immersion of the Western Med, such as Spain, France or Italy and their sunny, temperate climes,  M/Y NERO can be the focal point of that singular experience for your group.

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