January 2007

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    Broker or Joker?

    “A person I didn’t know came charging toward me on the dock. Her hand was outstretched, and her smile gleamed so brightly that it seemed made for a television toothpaste commercial. “You’re the writer who tells people about good brokers, right?” she asked. “I’m a great broker. I’m new, from Chicago. Can you tell people […]

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    Passion for Play

    “I want to show you a few photos from the sky lounge onboard Passion, a 173-foot motoryacht that’s part of the fleet at Fraser Yachts Worldwide: As you can see, this yacht has a beautiful, elegant decor full of rich woodwork and classic details–but the owner has turned this particular space on the boat into […]

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    When to Complain

    “I was chatting yesterday with a charter broker who specializes in the Virgin Islands market. She was telling me about a client who booked a charter through her, told her everything was fine when the charter was going on, and then got back home and complained that things went wrong–and that his money should be […]

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    The Safest Way to Cruise

    “This morning’s Miami Herald reports that yesterday’s security scare at the city’s cruise-ship port–the second scare in as many days–turned out to be unfounded. A box being loaded onto the Royal Caribbean ship Majesty of the Seas set off a security scanner, which indicated the box contained the explosive element C-4. Turned out it was […]

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    Dirty Laundry

    “I was writing my First Impression of the luxury crewed motoryacht KingFisher when I noticed an unusual line in my reporter’s notebook. I’d been talking with the yacht’s chief stewardess, Hazel Anderson, who was explaining to me that although the yacht can sleep 12 guests comfortably, they much prefer to have 10 guests instead–because 12 […]

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    “It’s There, but Not for You…”

    “I received an e-mail last night from management company International Yacht Collection, promoting the availability of the stunning 227-foot motoryacht Floridian in the Bahamas this winter. It was the kind of standard announcement I receive almost daily from various management companies around the world, right up until the point when I read the fine print: […]

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    Athwartships

    “There are a lot of terms in boating that you may not know, but that you should try to understand if you want to have the most comfortable vacation possible. One of these terms is athwartships, particularly as it refers to berths, or beds. Beds are typically positioned two different ways on yachts: on centerline, […]

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    If It Quacks Like a Duck…

    “My husband called me yesterday afternoon from his car. “There’s this commercial playing on the radio… Elegant Cruises.com… Have you heard of this outfit? They say they’re just like a small yacht.” So I went to the website and read all about these cruise ships that are smaller than regular ships–they have dozens instead of […]

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    Spreading Holiday Cheer–and the CharterWave Message

    “As I imagine is true of most of you out there, I attended a good number of holiday parties during the past weeks and heard more than a few people talking about cruise-ship vacations. Some people were happy with what they’d gotten for their money, while others griped with common complaints about forced feeding times, […]

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