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Virgin Limited Edition Necker Belle Sailing Charter


Necker Belle Rendering

Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's brand for his "privately owned collection" of luxury resorts (read: a great way to write off an incredibly alluring lifestyle, but we won't blame him - and are only slightly jealous) a few months ago announced the upcoming launch of their 2-year refit of their 2003 Lady Barbaretta, pictured below) and concurrent renaming to Necker Belle.

Lady Barbaretta at Sail

Lady Barbaretta at Sail

Projected completion and sailing to the first port of call, Virgin's own Necker Island should be early November 2009. Once Necker Belle reaches the BVI's, the planned rotation for her will be winters in the Caribbean and summers in the Med.


  • Weekly Charter: $88,000 USD
  • Maximum Sailing Speed: 20 knots plus
  • Capacity: 8 guest in 4 double staterooms
  • Length: 105 feet
  • Beam: 45.9 feet
  • To Charter, call +0800-716-919 (toll free) or +44(0)208-600-0430

As with any Virgin brand experience, one can expect over the top service and amenities. While details are yet to be released fully, one would hazard a guess similar, yet more modern equipment and amenities as previously equipped, plus other additions yet to be disclosed.

For those desiring a more private and exclusive experience over small ship cruises, charters such as Necker Belle may be a significantly more appealing option.

For those interested in following the refit and other related information, you may do so at the Virgin Limited Edition Vlog


Small Ship Cruise Companies

Sail in STYLE and CLASS.

If you have acquired your sea legs, long for a cruise and prefer an intimate voyage in one of the gorgeous oceans of the world, a small luxurious yacht cruise is just for you.


For those who can afford it, you don't want to be on a huge cruise liner with families and children.  People with serious cash don't want to be herded like cattle mixed in with people who paid $499 for their bottom-deck cruise.  There are many small ship cruise companies that cater to the wealthy.

A small luxury cruise will provide a romantic get away for you and your honey, or provide a personal escape from the stresses of the rushed day to day life.  They provide highly trained staff, top of the line cuisines, and the best of everything you can imagine.  You will be treated as royalty.

It's also the perfect time of year to make that trip.  The most perfect yacht cruise is best done from the months of November to July.  Steer clear of the water during the summer months from July to October, as this is hurricane season.

So, where can you find some great companies to luxuriously sail you wherever your heart desires?

The Yachts of Seabourn provide some of the best!  Their cruise liners include the Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend or the new Seabourn Odyssey.  One of these will take you almost anywhere on the globe.

Luxury Yacht Charters can sail you to the Bahamas, Caribbean, France, Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, Alaska, or New England.  They take pride in customizing the trip to your interests, pleasures and tastes.  You can take a Catamaran Yacht, Monohull Yacht or Motor Yacht.

In the Wild is a Yacht Charter company that offers world wide sailing vacations and motor yacht cruise packages on crewed or bare boat yacht charters.  Their attention to detail will provide an amazing nautical vacation.

If you are looking for a more personalized and smaller voyage, consider a privately owned yacht company like Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd These are mush smaller and more personal.  You will have your own captain and chef as they provide expert advice and exceptional, friendly service.


Imagine propping up your feet on deck while in the middle of the sea.  Kick back and enjoy the motion of the ocean and refreshing ocean air on one of these luxurious yachts.


Space Tourism Companies

Has it been your dream to take a trip out of this world and look upon it from the heavens?  This is something people could have never imagined at the beginning of time.  In today's day and age, traveling to space isn't ONLY to be done by astronauts; anyone who has the health and wealth can make this amazing journey.


The flight of the world's first space tour took place in 2001.  This was done by the company known as Space Adventures.  They offer three types of space tours.  There mission is your space flight.  By joining the Space Adventures Lunar Mission you will contribute to the dawning of a new era in space exploration and enter the history books alongside the great explorers.  The cost is $100 million.  There have been six individuals to have already experienced this adventure of a lifetime.

The two most popular space tourism companies are Space Adventures and Virgin Galactic.  Virgin Galactic announced that Park Avenue Travel had been selected as one of only forty two travel agencies in North America to become an accredited space agency and there are seats left to fill.  These people can expect to be amongst the first 1,000 humans in space and to fly within Virgin Galactic’s first year of operation.  With them it costs $150,000 to be among seat numbers 200 to 299, $125,000 to be among seat numbers 300 to 399 and $100,000 to be among seat numbers 400 to 500. They are asking for a 10% deposit of $20,000 to secure a numbered seat reservation in this category and expect to start flying this group during the second year of operation.

More affordable suborbital space tourism is viewed as a money-making proposition by several other companies, including Starchaser, Blue Origin, Armadillo Aerospace, XCOR Aerospace, Rocketplane Limited, the European "Project Enterprise" and others.

Most are proposing vehicles that make suborbital flights peaking at an altitude of 100-160 kilometres.  Passengers would experience three to six minutes of weightlessness, a view of a twinkle-free starfield, and a vista of the curved Earth below.  Projected costs are expected to be about $200,000 per passenger.

If you want to see a time line of space exploration in general, click HERE.


Otherwise, if you are one of the few who can afford to experience such an adventure, enjoy the view up there as you make history!


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