Yachting? Oh Captain! Croatia Cruising

Yachts rarely make the credits in a movie, but boats have held leading roles on the silver screen for eons. Our roster of superb charters have included Regina, a stunning sailing yacht featured in the James Bond ‘Skyfall’ film. Charter areas have migrated from Turkey and are now dotting the shores of  the most popular seas off of Croatia. Croatia is one of Europe’s most stunning sailing grounds with more than 1,200 islands off this part of the Adriatic coast. From a base in Dubrovnik, Trogir, Zaton and, new for 2018, Pula, you can explore the Kornati and Krka national parks with their waterfalls, lively ports, uninhabited islands and protected coves. One of Europe’s most fascinating countries, Croatia’s thriving cities, ancient monuments, stunning national parks and distinctive gastronomy are attracting increasing numbers of tourists to this incredible destination.

Aman Sveti Stefan Hotel

We would suggest arriving at Tivat and soaking in the luxury of the Aman Sveti Stefan Hotel for several days in Montenegro. Located south of Budva, this stunning Aman resort sits along Montenegro’s magnificent stretch of coastline and overlooks the Adriatic Sea. An atmospheric peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic Sea, Aman Sveti Stefan is a place of complete beauty and escape, set amid the natural splendor and historical riches of Montenegro. There isn’t a dock at the hotel, but we have the yacht anchor out off the hotel, and our crew will motor in and fetch you from a small tender dock at the hotel, begin the Journey in utter style and comfort!

Once you have boarded your luxury yacht, cruise for 5 – 7 days, enjoying the chic highlights of southern Croatia. Need more? Why not cap off your week with a quick flight to Venice where we will reserve the Dogaressa Suite at the Cipriani, a veritable oasis in the heart of Venice, as you benefit from the refreshing pool. It is a suite fit for a Queen, with a classic vista of the basin of San Marco, captured like a Canaletto painting and framed in floor-to-ceiling gothic windows. Or perhaps you yearn for a very special private palazzo in this ultra-chic city? We have many exceptional properties, many of which are not available to the less than discerning visitors. And did I mention the remarkable private touring options while in Venice?

With an Adriatic coastline of more than 1,750 km and 1,246 islands and islets, incorporating some truly breath-taking beachscapes, Croatia is a wonderful place to explore by luxury yacht.

Grad Hvar

The Dalmatian Islands in Croatia are among the most famous in the Mediterranean region. Wild, rugged, and mostly uninhabited, many are protected as national parkland and offer a varied and diverse cruising ground for an Agana yacht charter vacation. The cruising is splendid, encompassing long and short passages to charming anchorages amid rocky islets, ancient villages steeped in history, and translucent waters.

It might come as a surprise, but Croatia is a well-known destination for foodies –year after year, fresh seafood and excellent wines exceed the expectations of those who come to this little corner of the eastern Mediterranean. Our Captains have resourced the most exclusive shell farms for on the spot oyster tasting direct from the docks or reserve a table at a local restaurant near the best oyster farm bay, where the oysters are prized for intense flavor. Anchor out and pluck oysters from the shell over a sizzling grill over a wood fire and to accompany these tasty morsels, a refreshing Croatian white wine.

Dubrovnik

Oysters are considered one of the delicacies on offer and what is so special about the ones cultivated in Malostonski Bay is that they belong to an almost extinct species called the European oyster. Visitors are fascinated by the fact that it’s possible to eat them straight from the sea — the waters of the Adriatic are that clean! The Dalmatian coast has a very long tradition of mariculture. Written chronicles dating back to ancient Roman times mention oyster farming in the area, using a more primitive version of the way it is done today. Records from the 17th-century provide details about the collection and sale of oysters, while companies dedicated to oyster cultivation started developing at the beginning of the 19th-century.

An Agana yacht charter typically focuses on the more than 30 islands off the central Dalmatian Coast near the city of Split, including lovely Solta, Hvar, Vis, and Brac. The Kornati National Park lies to the north, with a mostly barren landscape. So many small and large islands are in the park it has been likened to a maze of unparalleled natural beauty. Pristine beaches, lively nightlife, fine cuisine, secluded coves, fascinating historic sites, and an unspoiled natural setting make an Agana yacht charter an unforgettable adventure on the water.

And of course, you can rely on our private guides in every port to share local history, provide a list of the hottest Hvar nightlife locations, and reserve loungers and dinner at the chic beach clubs – dance till dawn if inclined and welcome the sunrise!

An Agana yacht charter features a wonderful blend of the historic and the natural, with ancient cities and towns situated in beautiful harbors fronting islands with sandy beaches and lush vegetation. Serene anchorages far from the crowds or bustling towns with boutiques, restaurants, and bars are all attractions of the central Dalmatian Coast, where wildlife abounds, the snorkeling is excellent, and history is ever present. A Croatian luxury yacht Journey is a voyage into some of the prettiest offshore channels in the Mediterranean region, a sojourn to remember on the Adriatic Sea.

Ports of Call:
The main square in Dubrovnik Old Town is alive at night with many outdoor restaurants and cafes.  If weather allows, the yacht can anchor in the bay near Old Town and access all town activities by ship’s tender. Culture Club Revelin is a snazzy nightclub in the Old Town Fortress walls.  Banje Beach is outside Old Town, and usually has a tender dock to deliver the guests by ship’s tender. The Sky Bar next to Pile Gate, Cele, outdoors in the main square. Where can you find monarchs, Jedi, spies and dragons? Dubrovnik has hosted a captivating array of worlds recently from Sherwood Forest stand-ins to Game of Thrones filming locations. Its historical beauty, cobbled roads, and ancient buildings, the city is now Hollywood’s newest filming location of choice, let us help you visit the film locations during your cruise!

Social life on the island of Hvar centers on Hvar Town, and the Pakleni Islands bordering Hvar Town Harbor.  Hvar Town Harbor is a large protected harbor, with very calm water, and is a great location to be anchored for several days if desired. Social life in Hvar Town begins with sundowner cocktails at Hula Hula Bar, reachable from the yacht by ship’s tender, festivities continue in the main square, and at midnight, Carpe Diem nightclub opens on the harbor front. Carpe Diem beach in the Pakleni Islands is open from 10:00am to 5:00am and is a grand location at night. The ship’s tender can deliver guests right to Carpe Diem Beach, or the yacht can anchor during the day right off of Carpe Diem Beach. Nightlife is vibrant in Hvar Town with many popoular bars and restaurants.

Our experienced Captain and crew know the best spots and will assure you the best off yacht tables. Coupled with our on the ground luxury team for ports of call touring, why isn’t Croatia on your list this summer?

Four Seasons Maldives Yacht Explorer

On my recent visit to the Maldives I was thrilled to go aboard the beautiful Four Seasons Explorer Motor Yacht. Embark on the ultimate marine odyssey aboard the luxurious Four Seasons floating resort, the Explorer is an intimate yachting experience. A luxurious three deck catamaran that embarks on 3, 4 or 7-night cruises. Plus leisure, surf or manta ray charters into the undiscovered Maldives. It sails between the enchanting garden island of Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort and the pristine hideaway of Landaa Giraavaru in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Each August it plays host to surfing’s hottest invitation only event: The Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Championship Trophy.

For guests seeking a deluxe island cruise with a difference, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives offers wholly customizable luxury private charters on the country’s fastest and most luxurious livaboard. Book an all-inclusive private cruise for up to 22 guests for a minimum of three nights. Use the 128-foot yacht as a dedicated dive, surf or leisure vessel, to visit hideaway island villages and meet secluded communities, or to host breathtaking yacht parties in some of the most pristine and remote surroundings on earth.

The boat’s master chefs create custom menus for every meal, accented with your preferred selection of fine wines and spirits. Book the on-board spa therapist for relaxing therapies in tranquil island locations. Groups can also arrange exclusive snorkelling adventures in virgin waters guided by their very own marine biologist, while the boat’s expert dive team offers 12 specialty courses plus bespoke programs for anyone who wants to improve their skills — or just admire the supreme beauty of the Maldivian reefs. In addition, Tropicsurf guides can suggest a tailored surfing itinerary that takes in the secluded outer atolls, using sophisticated web forecasting to direct you to your perfect wave, for a piece of surfing nirvana.

The Cruise Director and his team organize daily programs—from island jaunts and fishing to water-skiing to wakeboarding. Savour a delectable beachside lunch or evening barbecue under a star-filled island sky. And if that’s not enough, cruising with Four Seasons Explorer also brings a wealth of once-in-a-lifetime adventures: bow-riding dolphins, spontaneous sunset snorkeling with majestic manta rays and elusive whale sharks in hidden hotspots known by the vessel’s knowledgeable team.

The Four Seasons Explorer offers ten well-appointed 215-square-foot  State Rooms, the luxurious 484-square-foot Explorer Suite, two bars, an air conditioned dining room, a lounge, a library and two sun decks, creating a level of luxury unrivaled in the Maldivian cruise industry. Services include twice-daily housekeeping, free wireless internet and same-day laundry.

Choose from 10 spacious State Rooms and the palatial Explorer Suite, all of which are bright and airy and include the luxury and style you expect from Four Seasons Explorer.

All cabins are air-conditioned, with an ensuite bathroom that features a bathtub/shower. Curl up on your sofa, select something from the refrigerated private bar or enjoy a movie on the flat screen LCD TV, all in the comfort of your State Room or Explorer Suite.

Explorer Suite – Enjoy spectacular scenery from the expansive panoramic windows of your elegant Explorer Suite. Showered in sunlight from expansive windows, the Explorer Suite boasts contemporary teak furnishings and cool, subdued fabrics. Enjoy your ensuite bathroom with a full bathtub, separate shower, WC and vanity. It is connected to a walk-in wardrobe.

State Rooms – Bright and airy, the intimate State Rooms provide picturesque views from large port windows. Unwind in the air-conditioned room with one king bed or two twin beds, a comfortable couch, a writing desk, a DVD/CD player, an MP3 cable connection, a refrigerated private bar, a telephone and an in-cabin safe.

On board, on land or in the water, Four Seasons Explorer offers a wealth of leisure activities, all supported by their signature service. From water sports and island excursions to relaxing spa treatments, the personalized cruises feature something for everyone.

WATER SPORTS Take to the waves with waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, fun tubes and kayaking. Smaller waves between January and March offer optimal conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing. All watersports are available on request, subject to currents and conditions.

SNORKELLING During daily snorkelling excursions, guests can venture out with our marine biologist, take the plunge off the back of the vessel or snorkel off the beach at any of our numerous island stop offs.

FISHING Venture out by dhoni for some bottom-line fishing, fish from the back of Four Seasons Explorer each night or indulge in handline fishing off the vessel at sunset. Trawling by tender is available on request.

EXCURSIONS Savour gourmet Four Seasons cuisine on uninhabited islands, embark on an adventure with our marine biologist, cast yourself away on a secluded sandbank or visit remote villages for cultural experiences and souvenir shopping – even enjoy a game of football or rugby on a sandy beach.

There are quite a few Specialized Journeys –

A Tropicsurf  Surfari aboard the uber-cool Four Seasons Explorer is undoubtedly the world’s premier surfing cruise: five-star service and style, expert guides, chasing the best wave conditions, catching secluded swells, riding remote breaks and experiencing the Maldives vast and ever-changing awe-inspiring seascapes.

SURF CRUISES Surfaris are 7 or 10 days – shared or private charters – during July and August when surf conditions are at their peak.  Setting sail from Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa, surfing enthusiasts will visit rarely surfed breaks in the Outer Atolls, accompanied by two expert Tropicsurf guides, enabling the group to split in two based on wave preferences and personal ability.  It’s a recreational surfer’s dream – diverse yet reliable waves give the option to challenge oneself, hone skills, or simply cruise and enjoy the ride.  No experience is necessary either: it’s the perfect opportunity to learn.

Travelling with a non-surfing partner? There are plenty of parallel activities to keep them busy and ‘blissed out’ too: snorkeling, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, deep-sea fishing, island sightseeing, beach barbecues and deserted island massages.

WAVES Sophisticated web forecasting allows the team to accurately determine swell and wind forecasts. The complex bathymetry of the atolls means there are often hidden gems that others simply do not know about.  The result: surfers get to visit remote regions, ride pure and uncrowded waves, and experience the spirit and true freedom of surfing at its sublime and soulful best.

Enjoy five-star service on the high seas, with a fully equipped, five-Star PADI Dive Centre with nitrox, a stargazing telescope, a massage by a resident spa therapist and laundry service

The Maldives is renowned for its abundance of fish life, warm pristine waters and close encounters with pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.

As the country’s fastest-cruising live aboard, Four Seasons Explorer gives divers access to a wide variety of secluded hotspots, including exciting channel dives with sharks and rays, vibrant thilas, cleaning stations, wrecks and coral overhangs.

“INSIDER ACCESS TO THE ULTIMATE ‘SURF TOUR’ EXPERIENCE.”

Every August, Four Seasons Explorer plays host to the world’s most luxurious surfing event: The Surfing Champions Trophy (SCT).  With day passes for guests to enjoy all the action onboard, it’s a rare opportunity to share an exclusive ‘surf tour’ experience with six of the sport’s biggest names.

Launched in 2011 in partnership with luxury surf pioneers, Tropicsurf, the weeklong champions-only event pits the world’s finest wave riders across three thrilling divisions – single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thrusters – in a unique showcase of skill and camaraderie. And with the World Surf League onboard in 2015, the SCT is now broadcast to a global world-tour audience, shining the spotlight on the Maldivian surf scene like never before.

The boutique, invitation-only event has seen the likes of Tom Curren, Taylor Knox, Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Martin Potter, Damien Hardman, Sunny Garcia, Taylor Jensen, Fabio Gouveia, Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, Taj Burrow, Bethany Hamilton, Travis Logie and many more enjoy the stunning Maldivian breaks and stylish surrounds of Kuda Huraa – host island to all the event’s competitors, judges and guests, resulting in a buzzing surf tour vibe.

A few VIP ticket-holders also have the opportunity to join the competitors on Four Seasons Explorer for all the ocean-sprayed, up-close-and-personal action as the contest unfolds.

DIVING COURSES Four Seasons Explorer is geared towards qualified divers. It is the ideal vessel on which to hone your dive skills, increase your underwater confidence and develop specialty skills in thrilling new areas.

DAILY DIVING SCHEDULE Divers can usually expect two dives in the morning and one in the afternoon, with the option of additional sunrise, night and wreck excursions. From May to November, the currents move large quantities of plankton through the atolls, attracting manta rays and whale sharks to the eastern side of the country. From December to April, the wind reverses, resulting in 100 to 130 feet of incredible visibility and consistent, near-perfect conditions.

Dive itineraries adapt to currents and conditions, seasonal marine visitors and the diving requirements of those on board. Every cruise aboard Four Seasons Explorer is unique.

SPA Four Seasons Explorer’s resident spa therapist offers natural therapies inspired by Asia’s ancient healing principles. Retreat to the private treatment area on the upper deck – curtained for privacy yet open to the refreshing sea air – or indulge in a massage at one of the secluded beaches visited during the cruise.

Treatment highlights include the restorative and deeply relaxing Indian herbal-oil massage and the hydrating and refreshing sun-soother wrap, with fresh aloe vera and toning lavender mist.

FACILITIES

Dining room

Bar and lounge

Alfresco dining deck with bar

Sundeck with massage area

Dive and water sports deck

Dive dhoni Azekara 2 – length: 17.3 metres (57 feet); width: 5.4 metres (17.8 feet); capacity: 14 divers and 3 crew members

DETAILED VESSEL STATISTICS

Decks: 3

Crew: 25

Capacity: 22 guests, 10 staterooms and 1 suite

Length:128 feet

Beam: 39 feet

Weight: 592 tonnes

Waterline length: 36.6 metres

Hull depth: 3.75 meters

Hull draft: 1.7 meters

 

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