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YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and, of course, indulgence. And when it comes to Hollywood's biggest stars, you can count on them to take it up a notch by spending time in exotic locales, on some of the world's most luxurious yachts. Christina O Since the '50s, Christina O has attracted a primarily European clientele, but has also hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Recent charters have been enjoyed by Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tommy Hilfiger, and Oliver Stone. The famed megayacht charters for $600,000 a week. As morning's light broke over the horizon, Russell Crowe stood at the bow of the ship, gazing out to sea. Another day of mystery and adventure lay ahead for Crowe and the crew... . If this sounds like a scene from Crowe's latest film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," it's not.... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

Golden Yachts of Paris Dragnis Offer Luxury Yachts in Turkish Riviera

Golden Yachts was established in 1997 by Capt. Paris Dragnis, a successful businessman highly involved in the commercial shipping sector. Out of his long passion for yachts of unrivalled quality and style, and being a yacht owner himself for many years, he was the ideal person to have the knowledge of the demands of the exclusive clientele on a luxury yacht vacation. The company began offering its yachting services with the 42m M/Y O’Pari that was then the first luxury motor yacht of such high standards to charter in the East/West Mediterranean. The yacht was built in Intermarine Spa, a shipyard well known for its reliable, fast, and technologically advanced building of military patrol vessels. At the time it was not involved in luxury yacht building and thus a bet between Capt. Dragnis and the shipyard was established. Considering that many luxury yachts were built a... (more)

From Athens to OOPA! Seven Days in Turkey & Greece

Graduate student Laura Albers decided last year to spend her summer this year traveling Europe and she made it her personal mission to convince her sister and two best friends to join her on the journey. Lucky for Laura, they didn’t take too much convincing. They met up on the other side of the globe for a holiday in Greece. This is their story…   Day 1: Arrival in Athens My friend Katie and I land in Athens in the early afternoon and wait for the arrival of our two co-voyagers – which takes nearly the entire day, but by the end of it we’re together, the four of us, and are finally ready to begin our adventure.  We make our way to the hotel, wash away the travel dust, and go for a nice dinner in the Plaka – a beautiful area of Athens with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. The food is delicious – souvlaki (think meat on a stick), tzatziki (an amazing white sauce... (more)

Chartering Enables Yacht Owners to Upgrade Their Boats

The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders. Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly? John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine group in 1988, with 22 shipyards around the country building mostly commercial and military boats. Bill Smith, who was doing sales and marketing for the company, foresaw the rise of the yacht business and the two decided to diversify.   Their first yacht commission was fortuitous. It was designed by the leading Ge... (more)

Priene, the Ancient Holy City of Ionia

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine The city of Priene, an Ionian settlement, was laid out on Mount Mycale (Samsun) and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. The original location of the city has never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. The ruins are from the new city built in the 4th century BC. It is a small city with 4 or 5 thousand inhabitants and not of great political significance even if it shared the same history with the other Ionian cities. The city is mainly organized in four districts, the political (bouleuterion and prytaneion),  the cultural (Theatre), commercial (a gora) and most importantly religious (Athena Temple) In addition to the Athena Temple, the people of Priene erected sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus, Demeter and Egyptian gods. The city was a member of the Ionian League, and has been bui... (more)

The Ancient City of Perge

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Perge, originally, a Hellenistic settlement, later developed into a thriving Roman city, is a historicist's delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylia plain, Perge has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable. However, even if you are wondering how an archaeologically fertile site could ever interest you, you should never miss a chance of visiting it. For Perge has much to offer for the vacationer as well, it has a unique blend of the exotic and the ancient. The ancient city of Perge was the capital of the Pamphylia region, now the province of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It... (more)

Croatia Yacht Charter Presents Magnum Nautica

Magnum Nautica, the first luxury yacht charter Croatia company has announced that it has added a new luxury charter yacht to its existing fleet of 10 other luxury and charter yachts. This foremost Croatia yacht charter company has added Sunseeker Manhattan 60 to its fleet, making it an ideal choice as a luxury charter yacht for family vacations in the Adriatic waters. Announcing the addition of this mid-sized luxury yacht to the fleet of Magnum Nautica, its spokesperson, Dragica Gadzo, said, “The Sunseeker Manhattan 60, named Rej, is a luxury charter yacht in these areas which comes with three fully furnished luxury cabins.” Adding further, she said, “The yacht can carry a guest load of six people who will be accommodated in three double cabins. The master stateroom offers wardrobes and a generous en suite with a large shower.” The other two equally luxurious cabin... (more)

Mayor of Bodrum Mehmet Kocadon Should Just Hang Himself

Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Coast Magazine Every year gulet (wooden yachts)  owners and Bodrum's "blue voyage" tourism industry bring tens of thousands of tourists to Aquarium and other local spots by boat. And every year tourists enjoy the same garbage and litter mountains which were left behind by animals (I can't call them human beings) on the shore. Here are my questions:  1) Where is the mayor of Bodrum, and what is he doing? http://www.bodrum.bel.tr. The mayor's name apparently is Mehmet Kocadon. Well he is directly responsible from this embarrassing picture. 2) What is the gulet owners association doing? I understand they are broke and barely pay their bills but they are part of the big picture here. 3) Is there a tourism organization in town? What are they doing? In short this picture shows how primitive the concept of "tourism" is in Turkey and a hot de... (more)

Rhodes Island Excursion Programme

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine   I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in Sept 2007 when I visited the island.  The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.  Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion. In the evening stro... (more)

June 30th Deadline For Mayor Mehmet Kocadon To Clean Up Bodrum

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine This week I posted two blog entries about the much needed clean up in tourist destinations of Bodrum and its surroundings. My blog posts must have touched a nerve among the residents and business owners of Bodrum, some supporting and others criticizing my comments. Please note, I added my  answers inline. Mr. Salvatore Genovese Founder, Publisher & CEO International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine http://www.yachtchartersmagazine.com Mr. Genovese, Thank you for informing the local authorities of Bodrum with your deadline  of June 30,  2009 in order to clean up the aquarium region of the town via your blog post. You are quite welcome! Did you have a chance to inform the municipality or the other associations directly about your problem and your threatening style? 1) My blog posts were my notification to all responsible pa... (more)