Being able to own a yacht is great. The problem is most people who do, don’t have the time use it as much as they’d like. So, when these opulent seafaring vessels aren’t in use, owners take the opportunity to rent them out. If you’ve always wanted to place your derrier where Beyonce places hers, and head out to the open ocean, all you have to do is be prepared to shell like Jay Z– usually a few grand per week.
1. Sail like the high seas like Jack Black: The VaJoLiRoJa: a motor yacht owned by Johnny Depp, is a 156′ Mediterranean yacht inspired by the classic gentleman’s boat of the 1930’s. It’s an Old world style done in new-school modern Art Deco elegance. The boat is currently for sale, but while in the process you too can enjoy it as Depp and his family did. It’s available for hire at about $98K per week, July-August, and a mere $84K for the rest of the year.
2. Travel the Galapagos islands on Grace Kelly’s iconic honeymoon yacht M/Y Grace. The charming 18 passenger Camper & Nicholsons yacht has traversed the waters of this world under many names, but has been rechristened with a name that takes her back into her history; to the very best of her times.
Named after her late owner, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. Given to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco as a wedding present from shipping mogul Aristotle Onassis in the 1950’s, with the royal couple spending their honeymoon sailing it along the stunning Italian coast. Today the iconic boat has been refitted with nine luxury staterooms and a top deck hot tub.
Guests can enjoy fine dining as they meander past Ecuador’s remarkable islands teeming with unusual wildlife such as giant tortoises and marine iguanas. A week in the master suite will set you back $6,600.
3. Charter Va Bene and cruise through the Caribbean. According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine”) chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.
The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases.
Va Bene is available for hire in the winter and spring at a rate of $189K per week or in the Mediterranean for $210K per week in July and August, and $189K per week all other months.