Friday, December 13, 2013

YACHT CHARTERS & HOTEL BARGES NEWS BLOG: December 2013 Paradise Connections

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December 2013 - Paradise Connections Yacht Charters
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Best wishes to all of you for the new year - Paradise Connections.

Wow... 2013 is almost over. That was quick. Only a few days to go before New Years 2014 will be ringing in.  Looking forward to the coming year and what it will bring.

It's astounding, time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll... 
- The Time Warp 

If you're feeling a bit rushed and need a break, what about a quick getaway and warm up in the islands? A bit too soon for a vacation, perhaps? Then take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and turn your mind to something extremely enjoyable... Start planning your next sailing vacation or perhaps a barge trip.

Don't you deserve a break :)   Tell us about it!

Christmas 2013 & New Years 2014 Availability

Here is a selection of yachts available for the holidays as of December 1st. If you can get flights, let us know and we'll see what we can do to have a Happy Holidays sailing vacation in the Caribbean. MORE INFO...

Updated : December 1, 2013

Special Offers / Discounts: Crewed Yachts

Here is a selection of current special offers on crewed Caribbean charter yachts. The special offers / discounts  include time-specific and other discounts... Check it out! MORE INFO...

Updated : December 1, 2013

Special Offers / Discounts: Spring 2014 Hotel Barges

We have some fantastic special offers lined up for 2014 aboard luxury, crewed hotel barges in France (Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Gascony), Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy. We hope you can take advantage of these special barging cruise dates.   MORE INFO... 

Posted: December 5, 2013

Charter Yacht Pacific Wave : Jan 2014 Special Offer

Summer in January! Charter yacht PACIFIC WAVE is offering summer rates for new bookings taking place in January 2014. Save $1500 off standard winter rates. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 27, 2013

Charter Yacht Trimaran Promenade

Special thanks to Captain Chad, Felix, and Chris of the charter yacht PROMENADE (one of our favorites). This post has info about the yacht plus details about their "Book a Cabin" week.   MORE INFO...

Posted: December 3, 2013

Hotel Barge Magna Carta: Chelsea Flower Show Garden Cruise, May 2014

The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta which cruises the Royal River Thames still has space available for their Chelsey Flower Show Garden Cruise.  MORE INFO...

Posted: December 15, 2013

Burgundy Guided Walking Tour Cruise: Barge La Belle Epoque

There are still cabins available for this highly popular barge cruise & guided walking tour aboard the French Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque in Burgundy, France.  MORE INFO...

Posted: December 12, 2013

Charter Yacht Verna Breeze now offers dive instruction

The charter yacht VERNA BREEZE, a 54-foot Lazzara ketch, is now offering SCUBA Diving instruction.  MORE INFO...

Posted: December 10, 2013

Visit Downton Abbey with English Hotel Barge Magna Carta

The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta has added a visit to Highclere Castle, the setting for the renowned period drama series, "Downton Abbey" for the week of May 4, 2014. We now have 3 confirmed cruises which include this fascinating tour. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 11, 2013

Charter Yacht Sea Witch: Rest in Peace Tulang, Ship's Cat

It is with great sadness that we share this bit of news from the charter yacht SEA WITCH. We have been fortunate to meet Tulang and we offer Susan and John our sincere condolences. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 11, 2013

French Hotel Barge Prosperite: Cabin Weeks & Value Weeks

The French Hotel Barge PROSPERITE has opened 2 weeks of their busy 2014 calendar for individual cabin bookings. They have a few weeks open for private charter, including values season weeks where you can save up to $10,000. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 26, 2013

Charter Yacht Bel Ami - Guest post

Today we have a guest post from Captain David Goodman, M.D., owner of the charter yacht Bel Ami, a 53-foot Amel Supermaramu. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 6, 2013

Burgundy: Single Travellers Save in April on La Belle Epoque

The luxury hotel barge La Belle Epoque has waived the single supplement fee for their Burgundy cruises in April 2014.  This means that solo passengers can pay the straight "per person" rate for a cabin..  MORE INFO...

Posted: December 10, 2013

Dutch Tulilp Cruises: Solo Travellers Save in April

The luxury hotel barge PANACHE has waived the single supplement fee for their Dutch Tulip cruises in April 2014.  This means that solo passengers can pay the straight "per person" rate for a cabin.. MORE INFO...

Posted: December 9, 2013

Charter Yacht Promenade: Feb 2014 Cabin Cruise Week

The Sail Dive charter yacht Promenade has scheduled a cabin cruise week in February 2014 (your choice of 7 or 10 nights). This is the only charter-by-the-cabin week that Promenade has scheduled for 2014.  They are very popular so don't delay... MORE INFO...

Posted: September 18, 2013

News from French Hotel Barge Enchanté

Enchante has extended their canal du midi route, plus they now have an additional crew member bringing the number of crew up to five.  MORE INFO...

Posted: November 26, 2013

Charter Yacht Zephyrus: Charter Comments, Florida Keys

This summer we had a family of four aboard Zephyrus, a 50-foot Beneteau Oceanis, which is based in Key Largo, Florida. Zephyrus has very reasonable rates and will charter in the Florida Keys, and also out of Miami for SE Florida itineraries. Plus, they do the Bahamas, too.  MORE INFO...

Posted: September 1, 2013

Catamaran Two Much Fun, Virgin Islands

The catamaran Two Much Fun, a 40-foot Manta catamaran, is the perfect choice for two people wishing to charter a catamaran in the Virgin Islands. MORE INFO...

Posted: August 18, 2013

Trimaran Promenade: Charter Comments

This summer we had an inquiry for a last-minute, family yacht charter. We were very happy that the charter yacht Promenade, a 65-foot trimaran, was available as they fit the bill perfectly. MORE INFO...

Posted: August 31, 2013

A Taste of La Bella Vita

We have after-cruise comments from a couple who were aboard the Italian Barge LA BELLA VITA last June cruising between Mantua and Venice, Italy. They have many interesting comments about the food & wine associated with their barge trip, along with their week's menu..  MORE INFO...

Posted: August 22, 2013

Guest post: Pilgrimage Santiago di Compostela

We have another interesting and informative guest post from Alasdaire, owner-operator of the French Hotel Barge Saint Louis. This time it's about the pilgrimage which passes through their cruising ground of southwest France.  MORE INFO...

Posted: July 27, 2013

Catamaran Imagination: Down Island Yacht Charters

The charter yacht IMAGINATION, a 46-foot Fontaine-Pajot catamaran, is based year round in St Vincent and the Grenadines. hawn and Ally know all the secret spots for perfect snorkeling, diving, fishing and sightseeing. MORE INFO...

Posted: August 15, 2013

Schooner Jambalaya: Yacht Charters in the Grenadines

The charter yacht Jambalaya, a 73-foot wooden schooner, wrote to announce that they will begin their 2013-14 charter season in the Grenadines on November 11, 2013. They also sent us a new sample menu.  MORE INFO...

Posted: August 5, 2013

Charter Yacht McGregor's Excellent French Toast Recipe

Thinking about brunch? Here's a tasty idea from the motoryacht McGregor: Grand Marnier French Toast with an Orange Butter Sauce. MORE INFO...

Posted: July 21, 2013

Charter Yacht Antillean: Comments from Honeymooners

After-charter comments from a honeymoon couple that we had aboard Antillean this past Spring (April 2013). Antillean is a 50-foot Beneteau sloop and is one of our favorite charter yachts in the Virgin Islands..  MORE INFO...

Posted: June 2, 2013

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