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Celebrities Are Borrowing Yachts This Summer Aug 19

The Yachting bug is sweeping the celebrity crowds this summer but what if you don’t want to splash out a few million for some summer fun. Well more and more celebrities are now choosing to charter or even borrow a yacht from some of their celebrity friends. This is presumably so they can save their pennies and splash out on a new car with some equally expensive car accessories.

Angelina Jolie

Johnny Depp private yacht Vajoliroja

Probably one the most if not the most famous couples in the world Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made use of a yacht owned by the equally well known Johnny Depp. The beautiful yacht is 156 feet long and can be chartered for a mere $129,000 per week.

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Heidi Klum and Seal on a Vacation on Indian Empress Superyacht Aug 11

The thirty-seven year old supermodel and host of popular reality television show Project Runway set sail on a fabulous, luxury yacht with her family of four children and superstar, singer husband Seal.  The family boarded the impressively sized yacht in the South of France and cruised in style down the coast of Italy.

The yacht, dubbed Indian Empress, is listed as being one of the world’s largest motor super-yachts and is owned by Indian-born billionaire Vijay Mallya.  Mallya is a liquor baron and is son of the industrialist Vittal Mallya.  Vijay Mallya is the Chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines, boasting an almost inconceivable net worth of over one billion dollars.

Indian Empress yacht or superyacht

heidi klum seal greetings from their yacht

Heidi Klum Seal on yacht friends jumping off


Heidi Clum, friends victorias secret supermodels

Mallya’s famed Indian Empress measures an amazing three hundred and eleven feet and can hold up to thirty-two guests accompanied by forty-two crew members.  Inside the phenom-of-a-yacht hangs original masterpieces by the lauded Renoir and Chagall.  The boat even sports a garage, which parked inside are two lovely Mercedes-Benz.

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Politics in Yachting: John Kerry Causes a Row Aug 10

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s love of taxation is fairly robust, even for a Democrat.  He has often expounded upon the virtues of allowing the government to take a larger bite of every private citizen’s paycheck in order to stimulate the economy of our great nation (since individuals cannot be trusted to invest in America or make spending decisions that are in step with government agendas).  And while he has diligently upheld taxation in his own state, he has recently come under attack for dodging the very taxes he supports again and again, in particular, one that centers on yacht ownership.

John Kerry yacht Isabel


That’s right: Senator John Kerry owns a yacht.  “Isabel” is a 76-foot pleasure craft that apparently set Kerry back a whopping $7 million dollars.  Somehow it just doesn’t seem fair that public servants can afford such luxury, but it appears that marrying up and financing a campaign with the assets of a big-brand heiress can get just about anyone elected.  In any case, people are allowed to live as they please, hopefully within their means, and Kerry clearly has the means to purchase a yacht, so more power to him.  And yet, there is a catch.

John Kerrys yacht

John Kerrys yacht


John Kerry after winning votes

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Celebrity Yacht Vacations This Summer Aug 05

The hottest trend this year in celebrity summer vacays seems to be leading our favorite entertainment, music, and sports stars out to the high seas.  Rather than jet setting to the most exotic or tropical summer locale, celebrities this summer are enjoying the bounty of the sea and the beauty of the world’s coastlines vis a vis renting out luxury yachts.  In true celebrity fashion, not only do they get to cruise around the world’s oceans, but they get to ride in style aboard these super and mega yachts, steaming in the sauna or swimming in the pool as they pull into port.

The Beckham’s, famed soccer star David and lauded singer Victoria “Posh,” have caught the yachting bug.  The couple borrowed designer Roberto Cavalli’s self-named one hundred and thirty-three foot yacht to enjoy their summer, family vacation.  The yacht is estimated to be worth about thirty two million dollars and has also been rented out to other more than familiar faces like Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, and Mariah Carey.  And like the ship’s owner, the ship itself stands out amongst the crowd – painted in iridescent shades of purple, gold, and green.  And the inside matches the outside, furniture decorated in conflicting animal prints and covered with the designer’s monogram.

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