Off the Beaten Path!

Why not try a charter vacation in one of these parts of the world?

Off the Beaten Path!

We all love the soft sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean in winter and the incredible cruising options of the Mediterranean in summer. But there are charters available that can take you to places you’ve only dreamed about.

The 101-foot Sultans Way 007 is available in the Maldives. This 2007 Azimut makes a great base for eight guests who want to explore the stunning waters and islands of the Indian Ocean cruising grounds. She is available for roughly $113,000 per week. Read more about her in "A Taste for Luxury," at www.yachtingmagazine.com/article/A-Taste-for-Luxury.

How about a trip to New Zealand? The 184-foot Galaxy is available for you and 11 other friends to charter in New Zealand waters. Book before March 13, 2011 at the approximate rate of $345,000. www.camperandnicholsons.com

The 134-foot power catamaran Silver Cloud will be in the Baltic this summer. She will head to northern Norway and be available from mid-July for charters through Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. Silver Cloud has a rate of approximately $217,000 per week. www.camperandnicholsons.com

Another option for trying new destinations is Voyage Yacht Share. While their Yacht Share Membership Program lets you cruise the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Mediterranean, or the Caribbean — all fairly well worn paths for yachtsmen, though there's a reason for that! — membership gives you access to a yacht for a 1-year period, with 28 days aboard. And that means you can mix and match a number of vacations in various locales, just to keep it fresh. www.voyageyachtshare.com