Charmed by a Sunset Cruise

The sunset never fails to bring out the poet, philosopher, or the hopeless romantic in us. Wherever we are in the world, the sight of the setting sun always evokes a feeling of nostalgia that is astonishing and heartwarming. This is true especially when we experience this glorious sight on board a quiet and soothing…

The sunset never fails to bring out the poet, philosopher, or the hopeless romantic in us. Wherever we are in the world, the sight of the setting sun always evokes a feeling of nostalgia that is astonishing and heartwarming.

This is true especially when we experience this glorious sight on board a quiet and soothing yacht cruise. As the yacht gracefully glides out to the sea, you can feel yourself gently being prepared for a one-of-a-kind experience that only the sunset in the distant horizon can bring.

A special yacht charter in Dubai can take you on a relaxing sunset cruise. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the frantic city life. You can savor the soothing sound of the waves and the cool wind rustling through your hair. With your friends, family, or your special someone, you can delight in this intimate moment with the sunset together.

Starting at around dusk from the picturesque Dubai Marina, a sunset cruise takes you out to witness the day's buzz transform into the vibrant Dubai nightlife. The Cayan Tower, in its swirling-shaped glory, and all the other stunning skyscrapers start lighting up as your yacht glides past them.

From the marina, you will then ride out to the coast of Dubai where you can see a stretch of pristine white sand beach glittering in the waning light of the sun. From this view, the iconic Burj Al Arab looks even more majestic and awe-inspiring amidst the skies that are slowly turning into warm hues of deep orange and purple.

As the yacht takes a cruise around the Palm Jumeirah, you can freshen up with some light drinks on board and wait until the golden sun bids its goodbye for the day. This riveting moment creates the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt wedding proposal or even a passionate wedding kiss.

As your yacht charter cruises by Atlantis The Palm, you can feel the enchantment in the air. Gaze at this landmark resort that is boldly facing the Arabian gulf. Feel it oozing with the mythical aura of its namesake, the Lost City of Atlantis, and the elegance of its Arabian character. Add the charming sunset into that image and you're in for a magical visual feast.

Obviously, you can not let the moment pass you by. Capture its beauty and preserve it for all time. Sunset photography famously yields the most breathtaking pictures. This one is no exception if you have a top-of-the-line DSLR camera or a handy smartphone.

As the day fully turns into night, your yacht cruises back home to the marina and you find yourself sitting there awestruck at the unique pleasure that you have just experienced. As the sun makes way for a charming Arabian night, you can not help but feel blessed to have witnessed such a wonder that only Dubai can offer.

The Development of the Nautical Tourism in Croatia

The country of 1000 islands, the total revenue of the tourism in the whole of the world amounts to 100 billion euros. Nowadays Croatia gets 6% slice of the tourism cake. Before the war, tourism in Croatia was the main economic drive which was filling in the coffers of the National Bank of ex-Yugoslavia. The…

The country of 1000 islands, the total revenue of the tourism in the whole of the world amounts to 100 billion euros. Nowadays Croatia gets 6% slice of the tourism cake. Before the war, tourism in Croatia was the main economic drive which was filling in the coffers of the National Bank of ex-Yugoslavia. The war has put Croatia as destination on hold but now this beautiful country is in again and everyone is buzzing about Croatia as the top European destination.

Croatia has a great potential in this economic branch. However as in every business the key is in the strategy. To revert back to the first sentence of this article, “the country of 1000 islands”, it looks to me that the answer to question regarding the strategy is self explanatory. Croatia needs to follow the example of Montenegro and it needs to create positive investment climate for the construction of mega yacht marinas. We have asked Sr '' Portolan, a member of Adriatic Yacht Services management bord his perspective. Sr '' has told us that we should follow the model employed by France. Portolan was the part of the Adriatic Yacht Services incentive trip which took place in Cap d'Antibe in March 2013. Sr '' told us that he was amazed by the scale of marinas and especially those reserved for megayachts. Sr '' also explained to us that the quality of the infrastructure services was second to none. Sr '' Portolan stressed that this French model is what Croatia lacks.

Here in Croatia, Dubrovnik if we are to examine only two of these factors, we have failed the exam. Naturally we have to follow the example of our neighbors, Montenegrins. Porto Montenegro in Tivat, a luxury marina complex, an Anglo-Russian investment project is a success story to the point that oil stuck Azeri investors are investing a serious money for the development of a new luxury marina in Kumbor. Having been to Porto Montenegro I was amazed at the scale of infrastructure, restaurants, luxury shops, luxury travel agencies, yacht dealership representative offices, car dealership representative offices which to me only highlighted the seriousness of the whole story.

At the end of the day, the conclusion one can draw is a simple one, Dubrovnik as Croatia's top destination must find asap a solution for the construction of a marina for mega yachts before is too late. So if you get on your yacht in Porto Montenegro in Tivat and it is logical that your next stop is Dubrovnik. However if you do not have marina for megayachts let alone accompanying infrastructure and services, it is highly unlikely that you as a country read destination, are to raise this slice in the cake to let us say 8% and speed up your economic recovery.

Dock Walking – Getting a Job on a Super Yacht

What is dock walking? Dock walking is the process of walking along a dock, going up to a yacht, speaking with the crew on-board with the aim of trying to secure any of the following; day work, permanent work or to leave them with one of your CV's. For me this proved to be one…

What is dock walking?

Dock walking is the process of walking along a dock, going up to a yacht, speaking with the crew on-board with the aim of trying to secure any of the following; day work, permanent work or to leave them with one of your CV's.

For me this proved to be one of the most nerve wracking processes about finding a job on a super yacht …

Monday morning 0630, I wake early in anticipation of the morning ahead. I am living in a crew house with numerous other 'wannabe' super yacht crew, all eagerly trying to secure a job on a super yacht, all competing for the same work on a limited number of yachts. I get up early, I want to be the first in the shower (before people start to queue for the shower) and to have a shave for my first day walking the docks of Antibes. Presentation is important in this industry and my clothes are ironed and laid out the night before. I shower, shave and eat breakfast, my appetite is low as my nerves fill my stomach with a certain unease. I pack my bag with the essentials, sun cream and water, before leaving the crew house armed with a selection of recently printed CV's and references in a neat plastic folder. I want to be the first out of the crew house and onto the dock in case I can catch any early crew out on deck.

It is a beautiful fresh morning, the salty smell of the sea lingers in the calm air that surrounds the small cobbled streets in Antibes. The sun is about to rise, the sky is clear with white aeroplane trails scarring the blue background, there is a coolness in the air indicating the ever approaching autumn. Leaving the cobbled streets behind I am greeted with a vast selection of yachts moored, all overlooked by a beautiful golden fort that looks down on the harbor of Antibes, the rising sun accentuates the golden color of the fort. As I walk along the dock side a scavenging sea scurries into a hedge dragging some left over pizza from a torn bin bag. The water is calm and the town empty, it is 0730 and the port is quiet.

I walk toward the International Dock, the main dock home to some of the largest super yachts in the world, past the more modest yachts, which by standards at home are still very impressively sized yachts. My anxiety is growing as I approach the entrance to the main dock, my heart races faster and my fears of rejection grow with ever step closer. I pass the security barrier through an open gate looking like a school boy about to embark on his first day at school, rucksack on, clean ironed clothes and carrying my folder of CV's; I certainly look like a novice. As I enter the International Dock I am greeted by a large yacht with the large letters spelling 'DILBAR' written down the side in gleaming silver, the reflection of the water ripples glistening off the yachts hull and the front of the yacht extending way off into the distance; my heart beat increases further and I almost try to convince myself that it is not a good day to dock walk and I will try tomorrow, as it will be easier then … I know I must continue.

Sitting on the dock it is 0735, there is no-one around bar the security guard and he looks wholly uninterested in my intentions here this morning. I sit by a flower bed that overlooks the vast stretch of yachts before me, all moored stern to (the back of the yacht facing the dock), I struggle to comprehend the change in worlds I am experiencing in just two days. Two days ago I was working in an office watching the rain falling outside on a busy road … now I sit, unemployed, admiring these incredible yachts, with the blue sea and sky around with the back drop of that old golden fort.

Slowly more dock walkers appear, some look highly seasoned dock walkers, walking with a certain confidence and heir of knowing, some I talk with politely and briefly, some people are focused purely on the yachts and walk past without so much as an acknowledgment.

It is 0745 and I decide to walk to the opposite end of the dock and begin my dock walk from the far end forward, hoping to catch crews before they are disturbed by the other dock walkers. The larger yachts are at the beginning, I anticipate these will draw the most dock-walkers attentions so I opt first for the smaller yachts (still over 60 meters in length!). As I walk to the end of the dock, the yachts start coming alive, deck crew appearing from side doors on yacht, walking down the sides of the yacht to the stern (back). I see the crews coming out, a moment I have long been anticipating, and my anxiety steps up another notch. My heart beats now to a level where I can feel the beating and the pulsing of blood around my body, a feeling I have not had since standing up to do a best man's speech the month previously. My mouth dries and I feel sweat building below my armpits, I go to approach the first yacht, the crew member looks at me, I think I have his mind attention, I smile, before he looks down and heads up to the second deck to raise the flag at the back of the yacht, I am sure he noticed me, but my polite English dispositions stops me disturbing him and I convince myself they must be fully crewed and therefore I should look elsewhere. As I walk away, I realize I have failed at the first hurdle in my search for work on a yacht.

With my disappointment building but my heart rate easing a little, I continue along the dock, determined to not succumb to fear on the next yacht, I vow this will be the only yacht I do not approach, a new beginning …

The third yacht along, someone is also putting out the flag at the back of the yacht, I approach, again the heart rate increases, but with grit and determination I call up to the chap, “are you looking for crew?” The chap looks down, smiles and informs that they are fully staffed. Although a rejection I feel an intense sense of achievement, I have overcome my fear of asking for work on one of these yachts and feel a little more equipped to start on my journey to find work on a super yacht.

That morning I managed to talk to crew on five different yachts that morning. Walking back to the crew house I feel more confident than I did on the walk out this morning and pleased I have managed to give out some CV's. I have completed my first mornings dock walking, the start of many more docks walks now lay ahead.

My dock walking skills improved with practice, it took about a week for me to feel confident doing this and for the feelings of anxiety to disappear. The process improved with time, I became slicker at asking if they need day work or new crew, I also managed to leave more CV's and references with yachts, even if they were not looking for crew at that time. I always tried to have a polite conversation with crews before leaving, hoping to develop some form of polite rapport, which I hoped would help me stand out from the crowd. I was surprised to find crews surprisingly helpful and welcoming to me as dock-walker. The reality is most crews on-board will have at some point endured the process of dock walking and understand it is a necessary part of finding work on a yacht, empathising with you and helping you where they can.

My dock-walking took me too many docks, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, Nice, St Tropez, among a couple of other ones. The best I found were Antibes and Monaco though. I spent many hours walking miles of docks, handing out many CV's and speaking politically to many crew members. At times it did become disheartening, as no leads appeared to come from my hard work. I always tried to keep positive and keep moving forward, although it was difficult at times and I knew the clock was quickly ticking, drawing a close to the end of another season; the yachts would soon leave the Mediterranean for the Caribbean.

However, the hard work, persistence and patience historically paid off. I got day work on a couple of yachts which built my experience on my CV, making me much me more employable.

Without realizing it my dock walking days were coming to an end as I approached one yacht not long after it had docked one late afternoon. The normal routine of asking for work followed with polite pleasantries, I handed the crew member my CV, He requested about my qualifications and seemed disappointed I did not have my yacht masters qualification, he goes on to inform me the Captain only employees deck crew that have this qualification. I left with disappointment as the yacht had an interesting itinerary and the crew looked really friendly on-board. The following morning walking the dock I passed the same yacht that I had handed my CV to the afternoon before, the crew member called me over and offered me some day work. This progressed from one days 'worth of work, to a weeks' worth of work, which lead onto a trial period, which lead onto permanent work and all this from that one fateful day of speaking and handing that one CV to that person.

It is such an incredible feeling, achieving a job a super yacht, completely off your own back from the hours of dock walking. Working on that yacht as I Moved all possessions on-board, as I went from dock walker to full time crew member was a day that filled me with great pride. Coming from an office job some two months earlier and now stepping on-board to start a new life working on one of the top charter super yachts in the world was a lovely moment in my life.

Looking back, the dock walking was the most nerve wracking part of the job finding process. But it did get notably easier with time and practice, you just have to overcome that fear of asking that first yacht.

As humans I feel we need to get more comfortable at embracing fear and uncertainty, for it is often the things that make us feel uncomfortable, fearful or nervous that can lead to some of the most exciting changes and opportunities in your life …

… you never know, that one decision you make, that one conversation or person you meet could change the direction of your life or career and take your life on a whole new exciting adventure.

A River Nile Cruise in Egypt

Sometimes life gets so hectic that everyone needs a breath. Go on a trip. Explore the world. Discover new places. See the ancient wonder of the world in Egypt. Egypt is a stunning country in the Middle East filled with ancient history and rich heritage. From the royal Pyramids, to the massive tombs and necropolis,…

Sometimes life gets so hectic that everyone needs a breath. Go on a trip. Explore the world. Discover new places. See the ancient wonder of the world in Egypt. Egypt is a stunning country in the Middle East filled with ancient history and rich heritage. From the royal Pyramids, to the massive tombs and necropolis, to the majestic River Nile flowing through Egypt, to the austere Sahara Desert, to the perfect shores of the Red Sea, Egypt is a place not to be missed.

The River Nile is the heart of Egypt; it brave life to the Egyptians in the past as well as in the modern world. The River Nile has been a constant source of transport and communication as well as major source of fertility and licenses. It is a fact that without its ancient history, Egypt would now be as fascinating as it is.

To relive Egypt's history, follow the course of the River Nile by going on a cruise in Egypt from Luxor to Aswan. The cruise is a highly enjoyable and memorable experience which is filled with stunning views backed by abundant history at every angle.

The cruise can be from a day to up to fourteen to fifteen days, depending on which places and spots you want to cover. All the important magnificent monuments are located around the River Nile because through history Nile was the main source of everything for Egyptians. It is like a green heaven cutting through the barren browns of the Sahara.

It is up to you whether you want to just sit back and relax in your suite and enjoy the breathtaking views, or wherever you want to bathe in the sun on the deck and enjoy a cocktail as well as the pleasant Cairo atmosphere. Or you can go spend a large amount of time on land, hiking to the temples and tombs, getting a workout instead. The cruises are of different kinds and variety suitable to the desires of every person. There is a 32 cabin cruise boat with a relaxed and modern environment with high class food and luxury of sorts. The rooms have large windows so that not a view will be missed. It is a blend of the 21st century as well as the ancient side of tour Egypt. Another type of cruise has only 4 cabins each of which are tailor to your needs; it is a personal getaway in its prime state.

If you've had enough of sightseeing and want to just relax for a while then just head to the swimming pool or Jacuzzi in the cruise. You can also get a massage and let the masseuse do the magic and release all that trekking off you. You can also just lounge on the sun deck and soak in the beautiful sunshine. There is also a gym if you want to stay fit and refreshed. If you're the sporty kind then there is also table tennis and a pool table. One should not miss a chance to travel to Egypt. Have the perfect getaway from the daily routine and do not think twice about treating yourself to an unforgettable experience.

Charter A Private Yacht in Greece – Why Choose Greece?

The exotic sunny Greek islands are ideal for a Private Yacht Charter in Greece! The whole country looks like a large beautiful “Resort” for total relaxation and looks like the perfect place for a Yacht Charter in the Greek islands! The Eastern part of Greece has the following group of islands to visit: The Cyclades…

The exotic sunny Greek islands are ideal for a Private Yacht Charter in Greece! The whole country looks like a large beautiful “Resort” for total relaxation and looks like the perfect place for a Yacht Charter in the Greek islands! The Eastern part of Greece has the following group of islands to visit: The Cyclades group of Islands, the Sporades group of Islands, the Dodecanese group of Islands. In the west part of Greece, you can cruise aboard your own Private Yacht Charter along the amazing Ionian group of Islands. In the south of the mainland, you can sail along the coast of Peloponnese and even further south along the famous island of Crete! We should not omit to mention the popular area of ​​Halkidiki in Northern Greece, with some of the best Holiday Resorts in Eastern Europe! As a result, Greece from West to East, from North to South is a huge sunny holiday place with beautiful beaches and places to see!

Some other reasons why you should pick Greece for your next Private Yacht Charter are:

Culture: In ancient times Greece was the birthplace of the western culture and democracy. The Greek philosophers and scientists pioneered in many sciences: medicine, mathematics, biology, philosophy, chemistry, astronomy, physics and others. They also introduced populations to the art of acting through the Greek tragedy and the Greek comedy. Greece has a long history of culture from the ancient times, through the Byzantine times up to our days. Everywhere you go in Greece you see an important monument from the glorious past of ancient Greece!

Natural beauty: If you love nature, you will admire Greece, especially the magical Greek islands! The surroundings invite you to visit the Greek islands year after year and discover something new every single time! White small villages, clear azure waters, golden beaches, pine forests near the beaches that make the waters turquoise in some areas, deep blue waters somewhere else … Every island is different and has its own magnificent beauty! The island's “stars” are Mykonos and Santorini. But there are some others like Milos, Siros, Paros, Kea, and Naxos which are worth seeing! Do not leave them aside … they will reward you once decide to visit!

Sightseeing: Cruise to the island of Delos with your own private yacht charter or by the local water taxi. Visit Ekatontapiliani in Paros, the industrial museum in Siros, the Milos mining museums, the Marble craft museum in Tinos and the museum of Arhaeological and Venetian art on the island of Naxos. The above are just a few museums in the Cyclades group of islands. There are many more scattered around on the rest of the Greek islands in the Aegean Archipelago. No need to say it is suggested to visit all the archaeological sights in Athens before you start your Greece Boat Charter!

Climate: Greece celebrates summer from the month of May through October! The summer is usually very hot but dry. Clear skies, it almost never rains. Just a perfect spot for your holidays! In the Cyclades, you can meet some winds in the summer, the famous “Meltemi” winds. These are strong winds that blow somewhere between July and August. During this time of the year, yachting becomes a bit difficult, but not impossible except in extreme situations. The Captain of your private yacht charter studies the weather conditions constantly and knows exactly when to sail, when not to sail, what to avoid. He is there to make a customized itinerary for you, based on the weather conditions, based on your likes and preferences! Temperatures in July and August are high, they can go over 40 degrees Celsius. In the islands, though, you do not feel high temperatures as much because of the microclimate each island has, the landscape, the open sea, etc. High temperatures are more noticeable in Athens and in other large cities. Generally speaking, the best months to have your Greece Boat Charter are in June, in early July, in September and at the beginning of October!

Hospitality: Greens are well known for their hospitality. It is common that a Greek will go out his / her way to help a tourist, to give directions, give suggestions, and immediately assist when someone is lost etc. Greek mentality and hospitality will blow you away! Everywhere you go, you will meet locals who are eager to make you feel welcome! Greens will make your holidays feel very special!

Culinary experiences: Greece is famous for its cuisine. Every Greek island has its own recipes. The most famous cuisine in Greece is the one of Crete! All islands have their own flora depending on their own microclimate, so their own herbs, vegetables, fruits, cheese, wines, olive oil, fresh fish and seafood. Due to the perfect climate fruits and vegetables have a superb, distinguished flavor that will overwhelm you! Taste local traditional dishes like moussaka, pastitsio, souvlaki, the Greek local feta cheese, olives, calamari, octopus prepared by locals! The dishes in Greece do not taste the same as you try them in a Greek restaurant in your own town. Ingredients are different, the way of cooking is also different. Especially, if you go to Crete … you will never forget the Cretan dishes, guaranteed!

Greek Beaches: When you think of a hot sunny holiday you picture yourself on a Greek beach, like one of those pictures you see on the magazines … Visit the scenic seaside villas and spend your day at the beach. Do not stay put if you want, but enjoy the water sports such skiing, playing beach volley with locales, go snorkeling, fishing or rent a wave runner … The barman at the beach bar will keep you refreshed and hydrated so you can have fun from the morning till the sun goes down! These are the holidays you need! Or take your Greece Boat Charter and visit a new beach every day! Do some Greek island hopping! Explore all the Greek islands! Does it sound like fun? If you decide to have a private yacht charter in Greece , plan ahead of time!

Other reasons to visit the Greece by your own private yacht charter are: total relaxation, interesting night- life, it is a family safe and ideal getaway and also a very romantic place for honeymooners!

Greece awaits for you and the Greek summer welcomes you!