Greek Company Offers Crewed Charters

"Chartering" from our February 2007 issue

Olympic Yacht Charters, which specializes in luxury crewed as well as bareboat charters in Greece, is showcasing some of the fleet available for trips in the 2007 season.

The company, which started a booking office in New York in 2001, has operated out of Athens, Greece, since 1995. Its bareboat monohull fleet features Bavarias and Beneteaus from 30 to 50 feet; the bareboat cat fleet includes Lagoons from 38 to 47 feet.

The two locations provide charter clients with continuous support before and during stays in Greece, according to Alex Mazarakis, an owner. "The quality and maintenance of our yachts is unmatched in the industry," he says. "We own our yachts, and we've carefully selected a fleet of boats for Greece equipped to the highest possible standards and specifications. Our goal is to provide a unique concept of chartering on a uniquely modern fleet."

Besides its luxury crewed offerings in Greece, which include Ana Nefeli, the first 75-foot Swan with a raised saloon; Lely, a schooner with tanbark sails that was built in 1935; and Apollo, a Lagoon 440 catamaran, Olympic is introducing the Tayana 64 Best Buddies, available for charter in the Caribbean through April 2007. For more details, contact the company (877-247-3323, www.olympicyachtcharters.com and info@olympic
yachtcharters.com
).

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Visit Many Ports with Windstar
Windstar Cruises' 148-guest Wind Spirit and 308-guest Wind Surf set sail in the Caribbean through March 2007 on 41 voyages featuring six different itineraries.

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