A Getaway in Mount Desert Island by Private Yacht Charter

2020-09-15T15:58:44-04:00

Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

Mount Desert Island is Maine’s largest island and home to Acadia National Park, one of the most treasured national parks in the United States. Take a week away from the busyness of everyday life to enjoy nature, freshly caught seafood, and luxury aboard a private yacht charter. There are a selection of quaint restaurants and pubs to choose from on Mount Desert Island if you want to try a meal or drink ashore, especially in Bar Harbor, as well as adorable shops, including wine shops where you can sample wines and gourmet cheeses.

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A Getaway in Mount Desert Island by Private Yacht Charter2020-09-15T15:58:44-04:00

Experience the Magic and Wonder of Santorini by Private Yacht Charter

2020-09-14T14:50:24-04:00

Written By Missy Johnston

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece is a beautiful place to visit during the summer especially on a Santorini private yacht charter. The views from Santorini are absolutely breathtaking—perhaps one of the main reasons to put Santorini on your bucket list. If you’re looking to visit Santorini privately with your friends or family, we highly recommend including Santorini on a Greek private yacht charter. Vacationers arriving by charter yacht can visit Santorini in the best manner possible, in luxury and privacy.  And there is nothing to compare to sailing into the Caldera on Santorini by private yacht surrounded by the extraordinary striated multicolored cliff sides. 

Sunsets are a main attraction and are easily viewed from aboard when on a Greek private yacht charter—but also from the small village of Oia, where sunset viewing is an art form. Enjoy a dinner of freshly caught seafood, delicious mezzes, and Greek olives and olive oil while sipping on a delectable glass of Greek wine, all with the Santorini sunset in the background at one of the many terrific tavernas. If you’d like to enjoy more wine—which is made the same way it was by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago—book a private wine tasting or stop by Boutari Winery on the island to sample some of Greece’s finest.  

Fira Santorini - Greek Islands landmark with white village cobbled paths greek orthodox blue church and sunset over caldera. Cyclades Greece.

Santorini, Greece at Sunset

Don’t miss the ongoing archeological dig in Akrotiri, uncovering the remains of a once wealthy Minoan trading city, whose inhabitants fled just before the infamous volcanic eruption in 1646 BC. Ash and debris covered the village, which was buried for centuries until discovered in the 1800’s. Today, visiting the site—which is said to be an excavation of only 5 percent of the actual buried trading city—is fascinating. Be sure to visit the museum in Fira, housing artifacts found in the excavations including fabulous wall murals. 

Some of the quieter parts of the island, such as Southern Santorini and the black beaches on the outside of the island, are excellent for getting away from it all. Enjoy the magic and wonder of Santorini while relaxing in luxury, peace, and quiet aboard your Greek private yacht charter.

Santorini Greece, the Caldera

Santorini Greece, the Caldera

Experience the Magic and Wonder of Santorini by Private Yacht Charter2020-09-14T14:50:24-04:00

Luxury Travel During COVID-19 on a Private Yacht Charter

2020-09-02T23:29:22-04:00

Luxury Yachts in Secluded Harbor

Vacationing has changed this year due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Luxury travel during COVID-19, however, is still possible by private yacht charter, where you decide who to vacation with and you decide on the itinerary. Whether you stay remote, spend time ashore, or a combination of both is up to your discretion. A yacht charter vacation is a terrific trip to take for privacy, luxury, and fun. While private yacht charters have adopted all of the changes needed for COVID-19 including cleaning and operating protocols, the crew can also usually be COVID-19 tested before any charter, if requested. One thing remains constant about private yacht charter vacations—the opportunity to vacation in whatever manner you would like, all designed around your choices within your comfort zone. 

A private yacht charter is the perfect vacation to remain socially distant. Enjoy new scenery daily, while onboard your own private floating full service “hotel and restaurant.” The private crew is there to help make each charter a special experience. Enjoy water fun, drinks, excellent cuisine, stateroom service, and anything else needed so you don’t have to lift a finger.  It is, after all, your vacation. Below we share three reasons why taking a private yacht charter vacation could just be the best way to vacation during the coronavirus.

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Luxury Travel During COVID-19 on a Private Yacht Charter2020-09-02T23:29:22-04:00

Why You Should Make Alaska Your Next Private Yacht Charter Destination

2020-09-02T23:21:45-04:00

Juneau, Alaska Entrance by Sea njcharters.com

Juneau, Alaska Entrance by Sea

The Alaskan Panhandle is an isolated part of the state, making it an excellent private getaway—and an even more private way to see it is via a private yacht charter. During the summer months, temperatures are milder than the frigid winter months, which makes it an optimal time to visit. It is best visited onboard a private yacht, in order to visit areas not easily accessible by the larger mega cruise ships. WiFi is very limited when sailing throughout the remote parts of Alaska, so this will give you a chance to truly disconnect from the world and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

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Why You Should Make Alaska Your Next Private Yacht Charter Destination2020-09-02T23:21:45-04:00

Best Things To Experience On Your Newport, Rhode Island Private Yacht Charter

2020-09-02T23:13:28-04:00
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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a magically nautical place to visit in the summer, with July and August being the peak of the season. Everything from the beaches, history and landmarks, mansions, seafood, and cultural life make it a wonderful destination to visit via a private yacht charter. 

Newport is relatively small in terms of geographical area—entirely walkable, in fact—but it certainly packs a punch. Some of America’s grandest houses—“summer cottages” of the Gilded Age—were built right by the spectacular New England coastline of Newport. It’s also not uncommon to see visitors dress up in the evening for an enchanting dinner by the sea. There’s a reason why people continue to make Newport their summer vacation destination—the charm, luxury, and scenery remain constant, making Newport Rhode Island a wonderful private yacht charter destination.

A brief history of Newport 

Newport Harbor Bannisters Wharf

Newport Harbor Bannisters Wharf Photo Credit Missy Johnston

Newport, known as a colonial harbor town, sprang up between the 17th and 18th centuries as an important trading city and one of the first sailing cities in the states. It was blockaded by the British during the American Revolutionary War in 1776, at which point life in Newport came to a screeching halt. But as always, the spirit of Newport was not diminished. 

Initially, Newport rivaled the likes of New York and Boston in colonial days. Because the British blockaded the harbor in 1776, today, Newport has the largest stand of colonial buildings in America, most of which are still in active use today. Just wandering the streets of Newport is a step back in time. The main graveyard is a fascinating glimpse into history, containing the graves of many important Newporters from the 1600’s on, including the grave of one of Rhode Island’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.  

Newport is also home to many  “firsts” in America, including the Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in America; the Old Colony House, one of the first state houses where dignitaries met together as local leaders; and the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest operating Artillery Company in the United States with cannons still used today that were cast in Paul Revere’s Foundry.

Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island

Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island

Today, Newport is known as one of the most important sailing harbor towns in the United States.  In Newport, the sailing museum, and soon the Sailing Hall of Fame, which is being moved to Newport, anchor the town as a sailing center. For decades, Newport was the scene of many America’s Cup Races between defenders and challengers, until in 1983, the Cup was lost to a challenge from Australia.  

Gilded Age

In addition to being home to many “firsts” in America, Newport is also home to many of the Gilded Age “cottages,” which can be found along Cliff Walk—a beautiful 3.5-mile walk along the coastline. Almost every afternoon from spring to fall, a cooling southwest thermal wind fills in Narragansett Bay, which made Newport a cool summer destination in the 19th and 20th centuries for the wealthy, and today makes Newport  a sailor’s paradise. Many noteworthy families such as the Vanderbilt’s, Astors, and Morgans made Newport their summer vacation destination, building their summer cottages here during the Gilded Age, a period from around the 1880’s to 1929.

America’s Cup

Newport Shoreline-Americas Cup Race Course

Newport Shoreline-Americas Cup Race Course

America’s cup is one of the oldest and best-known international yacht sailing competitions. Traditionally, the race is between the defending vessel and a challenging vessel, which are determined separately through a series of elimination races. Each vessel is built in the country it represents, and built to win. In 1983,  Australia II defeated the United States in a stunning victory which took place in Newport. This was the first time the United States was beaten and lost the America’s Cup after a consecutive 24 wins—1870 was the last time they were defeated. Since that defeat, the race has not returned to Newport, but many hope that one day Newport will host the America’s Cup races once again.

Experiencing Newport

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions

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Newport – The Breakers

One of the top attractions in Newport are the gorgeous 19th century Gilded Age mansions of Bellevue Avenue. These exquisitely designed “summer cottages” were built for the wealthy in order to “summer” in Newport to escape the season’s heat. The wealthy who summered here for six to eight weeks during July and August made Newport their playground. Yachting was an important gentleman’s sport, and many wealthy summer visitors brought their large luxury yachts to Newport. Sailing regattas were popular in Newport, given the constant thermal winds, which eventually helped Newport become the sailing capital of the world. 

Taking a private specialized tour with your very own private guide is an excellent way to see the mansions up close and personal. There are a variety of immaculate mansions to choose from, including The Breakers, perhaps the grandest of them all. This Italian Renaissance-inspired mansion is filled with 70 rooms and was built for the famous Cornelius Vanderbilt II. After a private tour, head over a few steps to the Cliff Walk for a stroll, with the Atlantic on one side and the mansions on the other. 

“Ten Mile Drive” 

Ocean Drive, Newport, RI

Ocean Drive, Newport, RI

Newport’s famous “Ten Mile Drive” is a fun way to experience Newport’s coastline. This scenic ocean drive is best spent in a convertible, allowing you to feel the cool, salty breeze of Newport’s seaside air with the wind in your hair while cruising by the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean and immaculate summer cottages of the Gilded Age. There are miles of beautiful Newport shoreline, so perhaps bring along a basket for a picnic of fresh seafood. 

“Ten Mile Drive” has four routes—Brenton Cove Shore, East Passage of Narragansett Bay, Ocean Drive, and Bellevue Avenue. Our recommendation is to start at Thames St. and make your way around to Bellevue Avenue. No matter which route you choose, it will be a relaxing drive full of scenery and adventure. 

Yacht Clubs in Newport

Newport is the “sailing capital of the world,” and as such, home to many wonderful yacht clubs. Newport Yacht Club is one of the top yachting facilities in New England, and is located in the northeast corner of Newport Harbor. However, the star of the show is The New York Yacht Club, which has a station in Newport at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court and has had a connection to Newport since 1844 when the founding members departed on a yachting cruise from New York Harbor to Newport. 

Dining

Clarke's Cook House, Newport, RI

Clarke’s Cook House, Newport, RI

Newport has a wonderful selection of restaurants available, ranging from those with laid-back atmospheres to those serving elegant suit-and-tie dinners. Enjoy a delicious casual lunch at Mission—a local comfort food burger joint. Their signature chile-cheese-dog is Instagram-worthy and a perfect bite to grab and go. For a delicious scoop of heaven, check out Sticks and Cones, possibly the best ice cream shop in town. Here, find an array of gelatos, soft serves, vegan ice cream, and warm waffles-on-a-stick to munch on. Flavors range from classic chocolate and vanilla to cotton candy, tiramisu, or s’mores. 

For dinner, stop by Black Pearl for their world famous creamy clam chowder—a classic staple and cultural dish in Newport. Black Pearl is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Newport, having been founded in the early 1920’s. Dinner can be served either in the nearly unchanged dining room or on the patio overlooking the gorgeous Newport Harbor. If a newer vibe interests you, check out Thames Street Kitchen’s Revolving Door. This elegant restaurant featuring guest top chefs is filled with inspiring dishes, one of the best cocktails in town, and was named the best new restaurant by Towne & Country. 

For a late night bite and cocktail, check out Clarke Cooke House—where the see-and-be-seen crowds gather on a Saturday night. Crowds are usually dressed to the nines, with men in blazers and women in eye-catching summer dresses. Guests can usually be found on the dance floor of the Sky Bar, in one of the other three floors of the restaurant, or down for disco in the Boom Boom Room. The cuisine here is world-renowned; Clarke Cooke House has a reputation as the heartbeat of Newport.

Shopping

Bowen's Wharf in Newport Rhode Island

Bowen’s Wharf

There are a plethora of quaint boutiques and shops in Newport to browse. Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf are known as the Anchors of the Newport Waterfront. They offer a wonderful selection of shopping, art galleries, and restaurants. Shops are filled with art, jewelry, hats, and accessories. There is also a handful of marine-themed shops, as well as classic clothing boutiques. More shops are sprinkled throughout Newport, including Lower Thames Street for interesting boutiques, Spring Street for antique-hunters, and Bellevue Avenue for high-end shopping. 

Newport is undoubtedly a wonderful ocean-side destination for a private yacht charter vacation. With its rich history, excellent sailing, wonderful eating, and shopping, you will, without a doubt, have a relaxing and unforgettable experience in Newport this summer. If staying away from the crowds sounds appealing, don’t forget, you can always stay aboard your private charter yacht for the duration of your trip, complete with your own personal chef and crew to make your vacation perfect and enjoy shoreside life from the decks of your private charter yacht. No matter the choice, Newport will be sure to “wow” you this summer on your private yacht charter.

Best Things To Experience On Your Newport, Rhode Island Private Yacht Charter2020-09-02T23:13:28-04:00

A Cultural Private Yacht Charter Vacation in Fiji

2020-08-10T18:02:22-04:00
Fiji, Malakati Village. Nacula Island

Malakati Village Nacula Island-Photo by Missy Johnston

Yachting in Fiji is much more than just beautiful views of tropical forests and crystal blue waters. In the Fijian out islands, most easily reached on a private yacht charter, experience the culture, heart, and soul of Fiji. Villages in the out islands each have a unique cultural structure embedded in traditions passed down for generations. In order for visiting yachts to anchor in a village harbor, a Sevu Sevu Ceremony is required and conducted by village elders around the kava bowl, while a Meke of various traditional dances might be performed as part of any village celebration. A private yacht charter vacation in Fiji is the perfect way to experience the unique culture of the Fijian Out Islands. 

Fiji Malakati Village Nacula Island Sevusevu

Malakati Village – Sevu Sevu Ceremony-Photo by Missy Johnston

While visiting villages is an excellent way to experience the culture of Fiji, a visit to the  Fiji Museum in Suva provides the colorful history of the country. The backdrop against which village culture evolved includes the grisly practice of cannibalism, which prevailed in the out islands as late as 1895. The final remains of Thomas Baker, a Christian Missionary in 1867, are on display in the museum, consisting of one very well-chewed, but ultimately inedible, shoe. Surrounding the museum are the Thurston Gardens, featuring various species of Fijian flora and fauna, all found when cruising through the out islands on a private yacht charter vacation in Fiji.

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Sevu Sevu Ceremony-Photo by Missy Johnston

A Cultural Private Yacht Charter Vacation in Fiji2020-08-10T18:02:22-04:00

Visiting Ponza: A Spectacular Private Yacht Charter Destination

2020-08-10T17:45:24-04:00
Port of Ponza, Italy

Port of Ponza, Italy

Ponza is a magical island off the western coast of Italy near Rome that must be explored by boat—making it a truly perfect yacht charter destination in Italy. The largest of the three Pontine Islands, Ponza is a sensational destination to visit during the summer months. Relaxation begins the moment you set afoot your private yacht charter to cruise around the island just as ancient Romans, who considered Ponza the perfect resort island. Walk through the ancient Roman tunnel from Ponza Town to emerge in dazzling Chiaia di Luna. Green landscapes, amazing rock formations, grottos, some hand cut by Romans, beach coves, an ancient Roman built tunnel and ancient Roman ruins all can be found on Ponza Island, a spectacular private yacht charter destination. 

Luna Bay Ponza Italy njcharters.com

Luna Bay Ponza Italy

The water is also truly something special—absolutely crystal clear and perfect for a dip anytime during the day. Explore the little town of Ponza, and talk a walk through the Roman hand dug tunnel from Ponza Town to Luna Bay while your charter yacht cruises around the island, and anchors in Luna Bay for an afternoon of water sports fun.  Further up the coast of Ponza Island are natural grottos and grottos hand dug by the Romans, perhaps for indoor swimming, or to hold live fish or eels for dinner.  End the day waning in a lovely sunset before a fabulous dinner on the top deck created by your own private onboard chef.

Visiting Ponza: A Spectacular Private Yacht Charter Destination2020-08-10T17:45:24-04:00

Three Recommendations to Eat, Shop, and Play on a Private Yacht Charter in Monte Carlo, Monaco

2020-08-10T17:33:45-04:00
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Monte Carlo

Located on the French Riviera, Monte Carlo, Monaco is well known for yachting, gambling, and wealth. This small, glamorous city is a luxurious destination that is home to many billionaires. Monaco is a playground for the wealthy and an excellent yachting destination. Many celebrities and billionaires are drawn to a handful of high-profile events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix. Below we share three recommendations to eat, shop, and play on your private yacht charter in Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco

Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco

The world’s most famous casino just so happens to be in Monte Carlo. Casino Monte Carlo is a fabulous destination to visit, even if you aren’t a gambler. The gorgeous architecture and interior are to die for, making it an absolute must see. For shopping, the Metropole Shopping Center is the place to be. Here, visitors will find both high-end and boutique-like shops to enjoy. For a bite to eat, check out Le Louis XV- Alain Ducasse. This is a fine dining restaurant that features delectable international cuisine. Be sure to have your yacht captain make reservations in advance. Two bonus hotspots to check out are Cafe de Paris, known to draw the rich and famous, and Nikki Beach, world-renowned and located at the Fairmont Hotel.  Visit all three when in port on a private yacht charter in Monte Carlo

Three Recommendations to Eat, Shop, and Play on a Private Yacht Charter in Monte Carlo, Monaco2020-08-10T17:33:45-04:00

Keeping Your Social Distance On A Remote Croatia Yacht Charter

2020-07-24T14:26:54-04:00

Dubrovnik. Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

What is the key to taking the perfect holiday? The Croatians, specifically the Dalmatians, would say it’s fjaka—which means a “deliciously lazy mood of utter contentment.” We’d have to agree. Croatia is an excellent private yacht charter destination for a relaxing summertime vacation. With clean fresh water, an abundance of islands (1000 to be exact), and TONS of remote anchorages, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a yacht charter vacation in Croatia. Below, we share a list of 13 of the best destinations in Croatia and ways to enjoy your vacation.

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Keeping Your Social Distance On A Remote Croatia Yacht Charter2020-07-24T14:26:54-04:00

FAQ: Things To Do on a New England Yacht Charter Vacation

2020-07-12T16:51:59-04:00

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI www.njcharters.com

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

While yacht charter destinations may be a bit more limited these days, a yacht charter vacation  in New England is hands-down an excellent, luxurious getaway this summer—especially if you’re looking for a trip that allows for social distancing. Creating a private yacht charter itinerary provides so much flexibility. It is all about tailoring the trip to your desires, including what you want to see and do, making sure that the on board cuisine created by your private chef satisfies your food tastes and having your favorite wines on board. 

Choose to stay aboard your private yacht for the entire charter—enjoying beautiful scenery and the crystal blue ocean, perfect for swimming and watersports fun or a swim to a deserted beach. Or, if you’re interested in seeing what New England has to offer ashore, disembark and head out. Visit museums and art galleries, try a little shopping for local favorites and take home a memory, or enjoy a terrific hike or bicycle ride. Or, perhaps a little beach time is in order. What are the best things to do on a New England private yacht charter vacation? Read below for our recommendations.

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FAQ: Things To Do on a New England Yacht Charter Vacation2020-07-12T16:51:59-04:00
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