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Luxury Cruise Line Windstar Completes Renovation on First Ship

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Wind Star, one of the three sailing yachts of Windstar Cruises, is the first of the company’s ships to complete its renovation. The staterooms, owners’ suites, and public areas received new furnishings, upholstery, light, artwork, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings. "We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are in excellent condition," said Hans Birkholz, CEO and president of Windstar Cruises. "The vision for the renovation is a classic, stylish luxury that dramatizes the unique thrill of sailing and a private yacht experience." Windstar Cruises is in the midst of an $18-million fleet-wide upgrading project. The next phase will include the complete enhancemen... Read More

Top 5 Things to See & Do in Door County, Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial  |  3 Comments

May I introduce you to Door County? If "Where?" should be your response to this question, you are not in the minority. But should you overlook Door County, called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, you are making a mistake. First, let me tell you just where Door County is located. This region is the Wisconsin peninsula that juts into the water between Green Bay (to the west) and Lake Michigan (to the east).... Read More

Hemisphere | One of the World's Largest Luxury Catamarans

Jun 8, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

According to Boat International, Pendennis Shipyard Ltd. is responsible for building one of the world's largest sailing catamaran's, named Hemisphere. As having a keen love for diving, the owners of Hemisphere decided to create their own luxury catamaran after failing to find one that fit their specifications. The luxury yacht was originally conceived of being around 35 meters but once hiring architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP), the minds behind the Jules Verne record holder Groupama 3, Hemisphere grew to a staggering 44.2 meters (145.0 feet), which was as large as she could get without dealing with a whole new set of policies.... Read More

Megayacht to Offer Amenities Found in Luxury Resorts

Jun 6, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  4 Comments

Italian design studio, Pastrovich, proud maker of self-titled “sexy yachts,” has unveiled a stunning new luxury yacht concept, which according to the company, is "a combination of the nicest features of the world’s most luxurious resorts.” A multitude of innovative structures will be amassed to build this breathtaking ship which will include tropical beach elements, as well as guest “villas,” an underwater spa, and a cave-like lower level, housing a wine cellar and cigar lounge. The finished project hopes to liken the experience to a luxury resort in motion.... Read More

The Tartan 5300 Sails in a Class All Its Own

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Inside and out, the Tartan 5300 is a jewel among luxury yachts, showcasing improvements in the brands performance and handling. Designed for cruising, The Tartan 5300 boasts 46.5 feet of waterline and a displacement to length ratio of 165 feet.... Read More

Volvo Ocean Race Sets Out for 2012 Finish of the 'Everest of Sailing'

Jun 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

This month, the highly acclaimed Volvo Ocean Race, dubbed the “World’s Toughest and Longest Ocean Race” by the sailing community, and one of the top sporting events worldwide, made a stop in Miami, Florida. It is the only North American stopover for the prestigious around-the-world yacht race, which is held only once every three years.... Read More

Five Top Marinas in the Caribbean Islands

May 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Yachtsmen are out in full force cruising the waters of the Caribbean, with its seaworthy marinas and luxury yacht clubs on the tropical waters. Having an eye out for the best marinas is as important to a successful trip as having a dependable crew and a well-maintained ship. Here are a few full-service marinas and yacht clubs throughout the Caribbean Islands that have served yachts and crews for years.... Read More

Experience the Thrill of Sailing Aboard Elena Racing Schooner

May 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

One of the world's best luxury yachts, Elena was originally designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1910. However, unlike many yachts which were designed for cruising, Elena was originally built for racing. Herreshoff crafted her keel using a lower center of gravity—an innovation for the time. Her build won the vessel many awards including the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race. While Elena still races, she also plays host to those seeking the beautiful vacation destinations.... Read More

Dutch Yacht Brand Jongert Expanding Globally with VeKa Group

Apr 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

While Jongert is a renowned yacht builder with a history of more than 58 years that includes over 325 launches, the Dutch brand is stronger than ever since becoming part of the VeKa Group in 2009.... Read More

Super Yacht, Arianna Debuted by Delta Design Group

Apr 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

A beam of 34 feet, four, full decks, and 7,500 square feet of living area is just the beginning of the luxury yacht that was christened Arianna by the Delta Design Group. Her successful debut makes Arianna the largest all composite 50m, full-displacement motor yacht in the world.... Read More

Bavaria Yachts USA to Open Three U.S. Factory-Direct Locations in 2012

Jan 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Bavaria Yachts USA announced this week that it is launching three new factory-direct locations by the end of this year. The new sites in Newport, Rhode Island, Chicago, Illinois, and the Bay Area in Northern California will adhere to the business model of the firm’s flagship location in Annapolis, Maryland.... Read More

The World's 100 Largest Yachts

Jan 10, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Our friends over at SuperYachts.com have been keeping tabs on the top 100 largest yachts on the seas today, and we thought our readers would like a little tour of the biggest and most luxurious top five in the group.... Read More

Yachting Developments' Q5 Catamaran is a World Cruiser

Dec 30, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Q5 is a large volume, cruising catamaran being built by Yachting Developments that will launch in early 2012. The 100-foot sailing yacht, with a 48-foot beam, is made with an E glass/carbon mixture that utilizes foam-sandwich technology for its strength and lightness.... Read More

America's Cup Brings the Speed of Sailing to San Diego

Nov 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

For the first time ever, the America’s Cup sailing race is holding qualifiers that will lead up to the championship’s return to U.S. waters in 2013. The America’s Cup World Series has been traveling the globe since August of this year, kicking off the circuit in Cascais, Portugal before hitting the chilly waters of Plymouth, United Kingdom, and now sails into San Diego.

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Contest Yachts Builds Its First Motor Yacht with 52MC

Oct 4, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The Contest 52MC will be the first motor yacht ever built by a company renowned for its sailing yachts for more than 50 years. Contest Yachts has teamed with Vripack and Wetzels Brown to launch the Georg Nissen-designed 52 footer.... Read More

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