The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show Review

The Boatbookings Team have just returned from another successful Antigua Charter Yacht Show, where they viewed over 50 of the very best crewed yachts for your next vacation. Whether you are looking to explore the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean, majestic landscapes of the Mediterranean or remote islands in the South Pacific, we know the very best yachts to take you there.

The Boatbookings Best In Show: NAIANAIA

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Super Yacht of the Week: SIREN

At Boatbookings we’re huge fans of Nobiskrug yachts, as you’ll see from our previous post on the beautiful MOGAMBO we love their sporty lines, the stand-out grey hulls and the huge amount of light that floods their interiors. A winner for us this week is SIREN, a favourite of Brokers Allison and Ben at this year’s Antigua Yacht Show. Ben said that SIREN was “streets ahead of the competition,” and we can really see why.SirenCruisingProfile

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Super Yacht of the Week: ICON

Returning to the charter market after a 5 metre extension, ICON is the Boatbookings super yacht of the week. With her extra 5 metres ICON now offers a pool on the main deck for cooling off in ultimate style, as well as a voluminous beach club enjoying light from the pool’s sparkling glass floor panels. It’s in the name that this yacht will always be iconic, but she truly shows what a massive difference a little space makes. Having been lucky enough to visit ICON at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2013, one of the most talked about yachts on display, we were wowed by the huge volumes, open spaces but sense of privacy available.  Icon yachts launched ICON in 2010, with the critics wowed at her ability to offer world-class volumes whilst maintaining a sleek exterior. Following her re-fit and extension she now offers the same beautifully clean lines and a new beautifully contemporary interior.

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Gourmet and Yachting Perfection at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show!

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In just a little over 3 weeks Ben and Allison from the Boatbookings team will be heading to the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, from December 5-11, which showcases the world’s finest charter yachts. With 98 yachts already registered this will be a very rewarding and exciting and important show for us.  We look forward to reporting back to everyone after viewing all of these magnificent yachts and meeting the crews.

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Super Yacht of the Week: GRACE E

Given a brief to create a state-of-the-art, world class and spacious super yacht you can only imagine how delighted the Picchiotti shipyard were to build the truly gorgeous 73-metre GRACE E. Part of the esteemed Perini Navi Group, Picchiotti are one of very few yards that could offer both the reputation a build of this prestige required as well as a forward-thinking vision to create a super yacht to reset the world-class benchmark. GRACE E offers technological advancement never seen before as well as beautifully elegant space planning, relaxing interior, wellness deck, state-of-the-art tenders and toys and even an exercise pool. She is the pinnacle of what a super yacht can offer in terms of your vacation experience.

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DENIKI – Luxury Super Yacht of the Week

The vast portfolio of Luxury Super Yachts that are available for charter makes the choice of picking a weekly favourite extremely difficult. However, DENIKI is quite stunning in every regard so that is why she is this weeks choice! Currently on show at the 2012 Antigua Yacht Show, DENIKI is a 52.3m Amels Super Yacht, accommodating up to 10 guests in 5 luxurious cabins. She combines both sleek lines and contemporary styling with a bold use of colour, making her extremely striking.

Each of the cabins are decorated with a different colour scheme, and the master suite is decorated with an African theme, which is such a unique feature of the yacht and adds to DENIKI's character. She also has on board a steam room, gym and sauna, decorated beautifully with mosaics. The contemporary art décor is bright and colourful, and shows off the attention to detail in DENIKI's design.

An all-important factor of a charter is of course the food, and DENIKI's chefs Ben and Gareth produce super food throughout the day! When our Managing Director and Charter Director spent a day out on DENIKI, they dined on Kobe beef carpaccio with a truffle dressing and grilled mahi-mahi with sweet peppers. She has 11 crew who will attend to your every need to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Some of her best features are her water toys, including Tenders, Jet Skis, Water Skis, Wakeboards and towable toys – which are bound to keep both the adults and children entertained for hours. She also features a gym with all of the latest cardiovascular equipment and weights.

Deniki master cabinThe reason why she is this weeks favourite is due to her incredible outdoor space. She offers multiple sunbathing areas with large cushions to ensure maximum comfort. There are also beautiful areas to sip cocktails, such as their espresso martinis, whilst watching the sunset and outdoor al fresco dining areas, perfect for sampling the gastronomic treats from the chef.

She is available for charter in the Mediterranean in the summer, and the Caribbean during the winter season. You can also send your charter enquiries to charter@boatbookings.com, and our brokers will be delighted to provide you with more information.
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Charter a Luxury Yacht with Amazing Cupcakes!

With our Managing Director, Capucine de Vallée and Charter Director, Mimi Andain at the 2012 Antigua yacht show, inspecting the finest boats in the market, they told us about  LADY ALLIAURA, a Privilege 75 Catamaran which they ranked as one of their top 3 favourite catamarans from Day 1 of the show. They were very complimentary about the food that they were served on board, made by LADY ALLIAURA’s Italian chef; this included home-made bread and cupcakes, and the latter made us start thinking creatively…Boating Baking!

Cupcakes are fast becoming a great power in the culinary world; it makes sense that the luxury yachts are going to start serving them on board. If you’re looking to charter a yacht as part of a celebration, whether a birthday, anniversary or wedding, being able to serve mini celebration cakes on board is fantastic! So, to get the process started,
we have had a look around for nautical and yacht themed baking treats.

So, if you’re looking to charter a luxury yacht with us and want something to get you excited, here is a simple recipe to make cupcakes:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, line a cupcake tray with cases
  2. Cream the caster sugar and butter, until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl, then add gradually to sugar and butter, making sure they are mixed in well
  4. Fold in the flour
  5. Divide between the cupcake cases.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until they are springy to the touch

For the buttercream icing:

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 25ml milk
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  1. Mix together  the icing sugar and butter (carefully!)
  2. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla essence, here you can add food colouring if you want (preferably blue to match the nautical theme!)
  3. Ice your cakes!

If you would like to receive more information with regards to booking your luxury 2013 charter yacht, please enquire through our website, www.boatbookings.com, where one of our Charter Specialists will be happy to help you plan the experience of a lifetime. You can also send your charter enquiries to charter@boatbookings.com, and one of the team will get back to you shortly with some proposals.

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Antigua Yacht Show 2012 – 2nd December – 8th December

The Antigua Yacht Show is one of the most prestigious events in the yachting calendar. Every year, hundreds of charter brokers rain down on the beautiful shores of Antigua to inspect yachts available for the upcoming season.

This year, in the 51st annual show, the dates have been extended by a day. The dates of the show are:2nd December – 8th December.

The yachts will be available across Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour.

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Below we have a list of all the yachts available to see at the show, so if you’re interested in chartering any of them in particular, please do let us know at charter@boatbookings.com and we’ll be sure to stop by on your behalf and have a look around!

If you’re going to be in Antigua next week, please do let us know and we would love to meet you out there!

Yacht Length Type Dock
1 4YOU 180 M/Y Y
2 ABUELO 70 CAT F
3 AMARULA SUN 130 M/Y D
4 AMITIE 101 M/Y Y
5 ANDROMEDA LA DEA 154 S/Y D
6 ANJILIS 161 M/Y Y
7 ARCHANGEL 70 S/Y F
8 ARIANNA 164 M/Y Y
9 ARIOSO 130 M/Y D
10 AURELIUS 76 S/Y F
11 BAD GIRL 186 M/Y F
12 BAIURDO VI 112 S/Y D
13 BATON ROUGE 205 M/Y F
14 BERZINC 146 M/Y Y
15 CAPERCAILLIE 80 S/Y F
16 CARINAE IX 125 S/Y D
17 CLEVELANDER 82 S/Y D
18 CROCODILE DADDY 62 CAT D
19 DAMRAK II 70 CAT F
20 DARLINGS DANAMA 196 M/Y Y
21 DENIKI 172 M/Y F
22 DESTINY 70 S/Y F
23 DHARMA 96 S/Y D
24 ELYSIUM 62 CAT D
25 EWHALA 60 CAT F
26 FLOW 59 CAT F
27 FOUR WISHES 144 M/Y D
28 GO 95 M/Y Y
29 HARBOUR ISLAND 180 M/Y Y
30 HARLE 146 M/Y D
31 HELIOS 148 S/Y F
32 HEMISPHERE 145 CAT F
33 HURRICANE RUN 175 M/Y Y
34 IL SOLE 147 M/Y Y
35 IN THE WIND 58 CAT F
36 INUKSHUK 82 S/Y Y
37 IPHARRA 102 CAT F
38 ISLAND LADY 72 S/Y F
39 JUST ENOUGH 140 M/Y Y
40 KANGA 86 M/Y Y
41 KEALOHA 8 72 S/Y F
42 LADY ALLIAURA 75 CAT D
43 LADY B 147 S/Y D
44 LADY J 142 M/Y D
45 LADY LEILA 132 M/Y F
46 LADY LINDA 187 M/Y F
47 LADY S 225 M/Y
48 LAZY Z 168 M/Y Y
49 LUSKENTYRE 72 S/Y F
50 MAITAI 74 CAT D
51 MARY JEAN 167 M/Y Y
52 MATAU 75 CAT F
53 MATELOT 80 S/Y F
54 MATHILDA SOUND 82 S/Y F
55 MELINKA 80 S/Y F
56 MIA ELISE 164 M/Y Y
57 MILO 150 S/Y Y
58 MIMU 113 M/Y Y
59 MOJITO 64 S/Y F
60 MORE MAGIC 67 S/Y D
61 MUSE 70 CAT D
62 MUSTANG 83 S/Y Y
63 MY COLORS 130 M/Y Y
64 NASSIMA 161 M/Y F
65 NATITA 217 M/Y F
66 NATITA II 142 M/Y F
67 NORTHERN LIGHTS 132 M/Y D
68 OASIS 194 M/Y Y
69 PARTY GIRL 146 M/Y D
70 PLAN B 164 M/Y Y
71 PRIVATE LIVES 120 M/Y Y
72 RED DRAGON 167 S/Y Y
73 REE 112 M/S F
74 ROSE OF JERICHO 84 CAT D
75 ROSEHEARTY 184 S/Y D
76 SCHEHERAZADE 155 S/Y F
77 SEANNA 213 M/Y F
78 SEAS THE MOMENT 85 M/Y F
79 SEJAA 83 S/Y F
80 SHERAKHAN 229 M/Y Y
81 SILVER CLOUD 135 CAT Y
82 SKYLARK 73 CAT F
83 SLIPSTREAM 197 M/Y F
84 SOLEMAR 201 M/Y Y
85 SPIRIT 178 M/Y Y
86 STOP THE PRESS 106 M/Y Y
87 SYMPHONY II 112 M/Y Y
88 TALISMAN MAITON 178 M/Y F
89 TARANI 62 CAT D
90 TILLY MINT 67 S/Y F
91 TIVOLI 90 M/Y D
92 TROYANDA 165 M/Y Y
93 VICTORIA 142 S/Y F
94 VOO DOO 70 S/Y F
95 WATERSHED II 87 M/Y D
96 WORLDS END 65 S/Y F
97 Y NOT 80 S/Y D

Key:

F = Falmouth Harbour Marina

D = Nelson’s Dockyard

Y = Antigua Yacht Club Marina

If you’re interested in chartering a yacht, please go to www.boatbookings.com or email us at charter@boatbookings.com and one of our Charter Specialists will get back to you shortly.

Luxury Yacht Charters at the Antigua Yacht Show 2012

The prestigious Antigua Yacht Show 2012 commences this Sunday at the Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. This charter yacht show presents 98 vessels on show ranging from crewed sailboats and catamarans to super yachts, making this show the ideal opportunity for brokers to take a look at the very latest luxury yachts available for the upcoming charter season in the Caribbean. The show grew in popularity with the increase in  tourism, as Antigua became an accessible destination, which prides itself on its hospitality, the friendliness of the locals and the fact that part of the island has dedicated itself to the servicing of the yachting industry.

Past shows have proven successful, yet we believe the Antigua Boat Show 2012 is about to exceed all previous shows. Firstly, the yachts on show this year are the best that we have seen, with the latest Sunreef Crewed and Power Catamarans, prestigious Nautors Swan monohulls and luxury CRN super yachts. Attendee’s will also be able to see the worlds largest catamaran HEMISPHERE on show this year, which is definitely worth a visit after our great review of her at the Monaco Yacht Show 2011.

One of the boats that we are most looking forward to see is the luxury sailing yacht REE, a 115 Valdettaro, with accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 sumptuous cabins. She epitomises the style, elegance and quality of all of the yachts on show at the Antigua Boat Show. She offers all of the luxuries that you would expect to find on a 40m Motor Yacht after her $2.5m refit in 2011. Available for charter in the Caribbean in the winter, you should definitely make the most of her water toys and great can-do crew.

Alternatively, one of our favourite crewed luxury super yachts on show at this years show is SHERAKHAN. This Ververk 228 epitomises luxury and is the perfect yacht to entertain a large number of friends and family, with accommodation for up to 26 guests in 13 cabins. Each suite is extremely spacious, measuring from 30m up to 50m squared. She features a BBQ, Jacuzzi, Jetski’s and enough water toys to keep everyone entertained for hours. Available for charters in the Caribbean at Christmas and West Mediterranean in the Summer, SHERAKHAN is the perfect yacht for those who want to push the boat out!

If you would like to receive more information with regards to booking one of these yachts, please enquire through our website, where one of our senior brokers will be happy to help you plan the experience of a lifetime. You can also send your charter enquiries to charter@boatbookings.com where our broker in your desired region will contact you and send you some suitable proposals.

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The 2012 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

With many of the world’s biggest and most luxurious chartered yachts heading over to the Caribbean for the winter season, now seems like the appropriate time to write about chartering a yacht from the beautiful island of Antigua. Antigua is one of the most beautiful island getaways in the Caribbean, and a favorite sailing charter destination. It is particularly popular with those who wish to go snorkeling and scuba diving on the coral reefs.

The main Caribbean charter season runs from early November through to June/July, with the high season from around mid-December to March. This is the period in which those wishing to escape the cold temperatures of North America and Europe arrive in huge numbers. A large proportion of the islands revenue is made during this time through tourism.

Antigua

 

English Harbour (and the neighbouring port of Falmouth) has gained international recognition as one of the best yachting and sailing destinations in the Caribbean. Situated on the southern coast of the island, these ports are mostly sheltered from the violent storms and hurricanes which can hit the island between July and late October. The area gets its name from the harbour in which the Royal Navy established its base of operations during the eighteenth century. It is also home to the Nelson’s Dockyard cultural heritage site, named after Admiral Nelson (who lived in the Dockyard from 1784 to 1787).

 

One of the most important upcoming events is the 51st Antigua Charter Yacht Show, which will take place in the first week of December. The yachts on show at this event range in length from 46 feet to 245 feet and are berthed in the three marinas mentioned above. The basic premise of the show is to gather Yachts that have come to the Caribbean for the winter yachting season in order to allow charter agents to view exactly what is on offer. This includes meeting with captains and crews and sampling the delicacies provided by the many talented chefs. Many of the chefs will have the opportunity to participate in the 13th anual “Concours de Chef”. The theme for this years competition is the Healthy Dinner Challenge. Chefs must create a 3-course menu which promotes healthy eating with “great tasting local Caribbean cuisine and simplicity in preparation.”

The success of the island as a charter destination is hardly a surprise. The local yacht workers are known for being extremely and helpful, while there are many small businesses which cater to all yachting requirements.  The historical ambiance of the Dockyard and the friendly locals are also crucial factors.

CROCODILE DADDY

 

Among the boats on show is the luxury crewed sailing catamaran CROCODILE DADDY, which is designed for long distance cruising with luxury, comfort and speed.

This Lagoon 620 has large windows which allow for an extremely light and spacious modern interior with wenge woodwork and white leather sofas.

CROCODILE DADDY also has a large deck area, which is the perfect place to enjoy fine alfresco dining.

 

SELENE, Swan 80

Another boat that will be on show is the Swan 80 SELENE – a world class sailing yacht built by Nautor’s Swan and designed for comfort and performance.

Selene has both won and placed well in regattas around the world. With an open deck layout, top rate galley and luxurious interior, this sailing boat provides the ideal setting for a sunset dinner with an exotic backdrop.

If you would like any additional information on organizing a luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean, please have a look at the link provided or send an email to charter@boatbookings.com. We would be delighted to assist you in any way possible with your charter search.