‘Tis The Season for Thailand!

Around this time each year, as high season in Thailand kicks into action, a selection of superyachts from the Med and Indonesia head to Phuket to cruise the stunning sailing grounds of Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, the Similan and Phi Phi Islands, and to visit the Andaman Sea destinations of Langkawi, Myanmar and the Andaman Islands.This year is no exception, and in this article we highlight a few of these amazing luxury yachts that are available for a Phuket boat rental in the coming months.

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Ahoy There Phuket High Season!

The east coast of Phuket offers all year round sailing, with the stunning scenery of Phang Nga Bay being protected by land masses on both sides. May to October is southwest monsoon winds so the waters west of Phuket, exposed to the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and with no protected anchorages, are off limits during that time. From the 1st November, the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar are officially open for business.

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Super Yacht of the Week: POLAR STAR

We’re going wild over Monaco this weekend, and with Hamilton taking poll position at yesterday’s Grand Prix qualifier we’re waiting with baited breath to see whether he can hold onto the win. Lewis Hamilton, who hasn’t won in Monaco for seven years, has kept his cool during interview because he knows as well as anyone that the narrow track with its lethal twists and turns is unforgiving even for the greatest drivers. With 78 laps to go until we see today’s winner, all eyes are on iconic Monte Carlo.

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Super Yacht of the Week: TRIPLE DEUCE?

The world of yachting has been reeling over the past couple of weeks, with the news of the commission of a 222-metre super yacht to be named TRIPLE DEUCE. Originating in Florida, the news has spread like wildfire throughout the mainstream press, across all of our desks here at Boatbookings.com and has left everyone including us wondering if the rumours are true. This week’s super yacht of the week blog will look at the details of the claim and what the chances are of this mesmerising record-breaking creation coming to fruition.

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QUATTROELLE – The Latest Example of the Finest German Engineering

All over the Mediterranean things are starting to hot up for summer and what better way to enjoy the sun than on a brand new super yacht. German shipbuilder Lurssen have decided to kick the fun off early this year with the release of their new 88m yacht Quattroelle. The Germans don’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to having fun but, if this stunning new release is anything to go by, they’re certainly good at giving others the opportunity to have the time of their lives.

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From all angles QUATTROELLE is a beautiful boat. The helicopter pad on the front perfectly sums up the level of indulgent wealth that you can expect to find onboard and, the beautifully laid out stern will ensure that she turns the heads of envious onlookers at port.

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The outdoor spaces are superb. 3 upper decks at the the stern all have spacious seating areas in both sun and shade. Whether you are sitting back with a cocktail, dining al fresco or cooling off in the stunning pool, you will not fail to be impressed.

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The luxuries continue inside in the salons. Plush carpeting and quintessentially elegant furniture which wouldn’t look out of place in a country estate is all lit beautifully by large windows which offer stunning panoramic views in turn.

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The cabins are similarly well appointed and refined. Large, inviting beds stand in light and airy staterooms which are spacious and refined with a contemporary feel.

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QUATROELLE is just one example of the outstanding luxury available on the charter market. To find out about what else is available or for information about chartering a yacht please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Boatbookings team.

The 5 Most Expensive Super Yachts in the World

When you have the ability to buy almost anything you want, within or occasionally without reason, the world of super yachts is generally quite attractive. The billionaires of today’s society look to the seas to demonstrate just how wealthy they are, and where both compromise and budget are not in the dictionary you end up with some marvellous creations.

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A recent internet rumour suggested that there might be a completely bizarre yacht out there, known as HISTORY SUPREME. This has a rumoured cost of $4.8 billion, that’s $4,800,000,000.00 just to put the figure into perspective. It was rumoured to have a gold and platinum hull, and furnished with rare meteorites, precious gems and dinosaur bones. We can now confirm that this was in fact just a rumour, and unfortunately (or fortunately) no such yacht exists just yet! So here is the top 5 in the real world…

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5. AL SAID. Build cost of $300 million. A Lürssen creation, this yacht stands at 155 metres and currently boasts the record of being the world’s highest displacement super yacht. She had the rather humble code name of “Project Sunflower” during her build in 2006 and 2007 and upon delivery in 2008 was the world’s second longest super yacht. She’s rather charismatically named after her owner, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman.

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4. A. Build cost of $323 million. Commissioned by Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko, A is one of the world’s largest super yachts that constantly divides opinion. She stands at 119 metres, one metre larger than originally planned at the renowned Blohm + Voss shipyard where she was ordered in 2004 and delivered 4 years later! Critics compare it to submarines or stealth warships, whilst others commend the inverted bow design. We’re not sure here at Boatbookings, but she’s certainly a head turner!

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3. DUBAI. Build Cost of $350 million. This yacht comes with quite a story! Originally commissioned in 1996 by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, a joint project between Lürssen and Blohm + Voss the Prince cancelled its build due to insufficient funds. 5 years on in 2001 Shiek Mohammd bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE took over and finally completed her at Platinum Yachts. She stands at 162 metres.

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2. AZZAM. Build Cost (to date) of $605 million. You’ve seen it, read about it and heard the gossip. AZZAM has knocked Abramovich off the top spot in super yacht building with quite a magnificent creation. Managing to come cheaper, quicker, longer and faster AZZAM translates as “dedication” and this is dedication in its highest form. Mystery surrounds this yacht’s interior, currently being executed by Christophe Leoni, which is why we are currently unable to confirm her final cost.

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1. ECLIPSE. Build Cost of $800 million. Blohm + Voss’ trophy creation for Roman Abramovich still claims the number 1 trophy at this stage. Everything is staggering on board ECLIPSE, most surprising is perhaps its defence system which is made up of intruder detection, camera detector to keep prying eyes away and an anti-paparazzi laser shield. You couldn’t make it up, but you will regularly see ECLIPSE anchored off the Cap d’Antibes or Marina del Rey, Los Angeles depending on the season.

For more information on super yachts, motor yachts, sailing yachts or even bareboat charters contact the Boatbookings team today!

TITANIA – Perfect for your Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation

One of our favourite yachts for charter is TITANIA, a 72m Lurssen. We just have to take this chance to share her with you! If you want some fun in the Mediterranean this summer, while cruising the French Riviera, or you’re looking for the ultimate winter getaway in the Seychelles to escape the cold, TITANIA is your boat. Perfect for you, your friends, and your family.

Starting at 550,000 € per week, TITANIA is the perfect choice for an unforgettable charter. She can accommodate up to 12 guests in 2 master staterooms and 5 guest cabins. Decorated with a classic style, she is beautifully furnished and comfortable. There is plenty to keep you entertained on TITANIA and her crew of 20 will make sure you are well looked after the moment you step on board. Whether you want a trip to the spa for a massage, a visit to the beach club and sauna or a workout in the gym with your very own fitness instructor, you may struggle to decide which you want first!

With a large jacuzzi on the upper deck, cool off and relax with a cocktail in your hand, served from the jacuzzi-side bar.

However, if you’re more interested in making a splash, TITANIA has a fantastic range of water toys, including jet skis, kayaks and an inflatable water park (complete with floating trampoline!). Once you’ve run out of energy, dry off in the sun on the extremely spacious decks, there is more than enough room for sunbathing, and also give you the chance to indulge in a spot of alfresco dining.

Are you interested in chartering a luxury yacht for yourself? At www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality.We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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Luxury Lürssen Super Yacht OCTOPUS comes to the rescue, again!

Lürssen 126.2m OCTOPUS has come to the rescue yet again for a second time in 2012, with its crew helping a stricken sailor who had come into danger after damaging its sails.  They came across the 11.6m sailing yacht, Sequel, whose crew had activated a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) 645 miles south-west of San Diego, California. Octopus’ crew had earlier in the year conducted a search for a missing plane, whilst cruising in the Pacific Ocean. Lürssen yachts are normally associated with cutting edge design, luxury and elegance and not sea rescue!

S/Y Sequel was on its way to Catalina when its sails were damaged, rendering it helpless and prompting the US Coast Guard to request Octopus to assist the damaged yacht, as an Amver participating vessel. Amver is a US Coast Guard-sponsored ship reporting system for the assistance of vessels in distress. According to the Amver blog, Octopus arrived on the scene within three hours. The blog continued:

Octopus’ embarked a 37 year old passenger from the sailboat and transferred 80 litres of fuel, food, and water to the skipper of the ‘Sequel’ who was refusing to abandon his sailboat. The sailboat was only making four knots but the skipper insisted he could make the voyage to California.??The passenger embarked on 'Octopus' was complaining of stomach pains and was treated by nursing staff on-board the megayacht. ‘Octopus' disembarked the survivor in Honolulu.

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Brand New Lürssen Super Yacht Project ‘GLOBAL’

Luxury yacht manufacturer Lürssen has had an extremely busy and successful 2012, launching five super yachts over 85m. They are a brand that maintains a 135-year tradition of impeccable craftsmanship and unparalleled performance to ensure the ultimate charter experience. The latest of these is GLOBAL,  a 93m super yacht which will encompass the same aura of sophistication and elegance as the previous four models to be released. (NIKI, QUATTROELLE, ACE and TOPAZ)

She is one amongst 13 other projects underway by Lürssen, making it a very exciting time for the luxury yacht manufacturer. As you can see from the latest images, she is quite a way from being complete, yet it is easy to imagine her grandeur and opulence.

We recently featured QUATTROELLE,the smaller version of GLOBAL This stunning 6 deck super yacht is a great example of the engineering and styling that we are likely to see with GLOBAL. One of our favourite Lürssen super yachts that is available to charter this winter is CAPRI in the Indian Ocean. She combines the very best accommodation for 12 guests, water toys and outdoor areas for your charter in the Maldives or the Seychelles.

Watch this space for the latest news releases, yachting trends and gossip. For more information on how to charter a yacht, please enquire via the link above to our website. We look forward to helping you organise an experience of a lifetime.