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Books are now open for Crystal Cruises' 16th annual, 110-day 2011 World Cruise. I have been on Crystal Serenity and other ships three times and I can assure you for the best crusie experience. Fares for the "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity are now available online, along with Full World Cruise and segment itinerary details, and attractive promotional and savings information including: 2-for-1 World Cruise Fares if booked by April 30, 2010; Free Air on all segments; Up to $10,000 per couple 'All-Inclusive. As You Wish' spending credits; Price Guarantee, assuring guests will receive the best applicable fare, lowest minimum deposits and a flexible cancellation policy, no matter when they book; Up to $20,000 savings per couple for Crystal Society members; up to $8,000 savings per couple for new-to-Crystal guests; and Additional 2.5% saving... (more)

From Cat Cay to Ft Lauderdale With Water Tornadoes in the Sky

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali (July 7, 2009 - 10:37 AM) - This morning after making myself a feta cheese and eggs breakfast, I feed the turkeys in the back yard ... (July 7, 2009 - 10:44 AM)  ... and the chicken family. (July 7, 2009 - 04:06 PM) - Arrive at the landing strip on a most beautiful June afternoon in the Bahamas, and take this picture with my blackberry. (July 7, 2009 - 04:07 PM) - I take another picture as I wait for my customs clearence. (July 7, 2009 - 04:19 PM) - And one more shot in front of the tail of the plane (July 7, 2009 - 04:21 PM) - We are ready to take off (July 7, 2009 - 04:23 PM) - We take off exactly at 4 23 PM (July 7, 2009 - 04:25 PM) - Circle over South Cat Cay (July 7, 2009 - 04:26 PM) - Say good bye to our home, chickens and the turkeys (July 7, 2009 - 04:46 PM) - 20 minutes into our flight we can see the sky over Ft Lauderdale ... ... (more)

Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey   To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home. Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July 27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last until she reaches the age of 3. Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)

Matching Client to Yacht

Merle Wood and Peter Croke, of Merle Wood & Associates, specialize in yachts in excess of 120 feet. With cumulative sales in excess of $4 billion, the company is internationally recognized as the premier yacht brokerage firm in the world. They deal exclusively in the construction, sale, purchase, and charter of large motoryachts. Advertisements for Merle Wood & Associates read "Paradise Is Only a Charter Away," a promise they aim to fulfill for every client, whether they're looking for a week-long charter in the Bahamas or a trial run on a 200ft megayacht they plan to buy and take across the Atlantic. While charter vacations can vary anywhere from $40,000-420,000 per week for the base fee (expenses and gratuities usually run an additional third), the company continues to see a steady increase in clients. And not only are people chartering more often, but the yachts ... (more)

The Best-Kept Vacation Secret. You, Too, Can Charter a Yacht!

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Sailing yacht or motoryacht? Bareboat or crewed? Once you're familiar with all the different types of charters available, you can select one to suit your vacation budget. Do you remember the last time you were sitting by a beautiful coastline and saw a sleek yacht steaming offshore to some romantic destination? You pictured yourself on board living the life of luxury, eating five-star cuisine, sipping exotic drinks, and watching a glorious sunset. Then you awoke from your daydream and realized that it was never going to happen. You thought a vacation like that was only for the rich and famous. Well think again! Believe it or not, it is possible to live that dream although most people don't realize it. A yachting vacation is one of the best-kept vacation secrets and is less expensive than you think. In fa... (more)

Fly to Your Yacht Vacation on a Private Jet!

Welcome to the second issue of YV&C. With this issue, we are excited to introduce our Private Jet Charters & Travel supplement (www.JetChartersMagazine.com), which we hope you will find both interesting and informative. When we published our "Air Charter" column in our premier issue, we could not predict how popular the private air travel topic would be. We received feedback from many of our readers and requests for a wider coverage of the new "jet card" phenomenon. Having worked closely with the leaders of this emerging industry, we are now pleased to present you with our first supplement, a detailed look at private air travel, including some of the programs yacht and jet charter firms have recently started to offer. The responses we received from you on our premier issue were very encouraging as well. Since YV&C's debut three months ago, we already see that the m... (more)

Team Spirit

  Members of The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals work together to give clients the benefit of all their experience. Their clients include members of the Forbes 400 and 500 lists, heads of state, famous celebrities, CEOs of large companies, and families. Their diverse backgrounds range from staffing a yacht to staffing the White House. Whatever their individual experiences have been, they now have one common goal: to find their customers the perfect charter yacht.  The all-female charter team at The Sacks Group (TSG) Yachting Professionals operates under the guiding principle of "service, service, service," says Jennifer M. Saia, president and charter specialist. Along with three charter agents and two charter assistants, Saia says "they aim to exceed expectations with professional service in the world of luxury yachting," and have a high rate of repeat customers... (more)

Obsession with the Sea

Once a favorite haunt of pirates, and the setting for Treasure Island, the riches in this area of the West Indies now lie in abundant coral reefs and unpopulated islands accessible only by boat. The crisp, crackling underwater sound I heard was unfamiliar to me. I tried to pinpoint it while caught up in the mesmerizing world of slowly waving purple sea fans, magenta-colored coral, and schools of fish ranging from electric blue to vibrant yellow. When I was able to tear myself away long enough to return to the tender of the 85ft Hatteras, Obsession, I removed my snorkel and asked Captain Gene Costa about the source of the noise. He told me it was the sound of the vividly colored, multistriped parrotfish chewing on the coral. In fact, he said, their teeth are designed for just that purpose. I resumed my drifting, facedown in the 86-degree turquoise sea, this time focuse... (more)

Mia Elise - The Elegant Pride of American Megayachts in Charter Yacht Fleets

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: The Mia Elise. She is 180 feet of sheerest ocean-going poetry. Imagining that your charter aboard her is an Elizabethan sonnet; the first quatrain is her classic opulence, the second her state-of-the-art outfitting and the third the impeccable professionalism of her crew. The closing couplet is comprised of the perfect, indelible memories you will savor of an absolutely unsurpassable yachting experience, rhyming beauteously into your future. Built by Trinity Yachts, Mia Elise launched in February of 2005 at the New Orleans shipyard. Seventy years had passed since a yacht of such dimensions and capacities launched in the United States. Trinity Chairman Felix S. Sabates, Jr. has said: “It was an exciting and proud moment for the Trinity personnel, ushering in a new era of American yacht building. Yacht... (more)

Jewel of the Arabian Sea

It wasn’t long ago that Dubai barely registered a blip on the radar of American jetsetters looking for the next “it” destination. They parked their yachts in the standard favorites of South of France, Monaco and Sardinia – the more adventurous stopped at the Italian island of Pantelleria. But all of a sudden, Americans discovered what Europeans had known for years – that with its year round sunshine, ideal location on the Arabian Sea, and luxurious hotels beyond compare, Dubai is an exciting travel destination for those looking for a truly luxe experience. For its part, the city of Dubai has kept pace with the tourist demand and initiated an incomparable year round schedule of special events to entertain the travelers who venture to the port from around the world. A cosmopolitan city, Dubai attracts business travelers from throughout Asia... (more)

Prime Minister Ingraham Arrives in Cat Cay

New Media on Ulitzer The Right Honorable Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas arrived in Cat Cay on Saturday, February 13, 2010 to begin the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Cat Cay. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Hon. O.A.T. Tommy Turnquest MP and Mrs. Turnquest, Minister of National Security. ... (more)