Simpson Yacht Charter Offering Special Packages Across Asia: ‘Charter Issue’ 2020
Simpson Yacht Charter has expanded the size and variety of its CA listings in its Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore bases, while its large Lagoon 620 sailing cats offer new destinations in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. And it’s a good time to book, as the company is offering special prices and packages in 2020.
Simpson Yacht Charter (SYC) has expanded its Central Agent (CA) listing of yachts to 16 following several exciting new additions over the past year to its fleets in both Phuket and also Hong Kong, where the company has been busier than ever in the last few months.
SYC offers access to a wider portfolio of over 250 yachts across the world, which represents about a 40 per cent growth from this time last year when Yacht Style published its 2019 Charter Issue.
There has been a similarly significant growth in the company’s CA listing in Asia, which features a wide range of Lagoon sailing catamarans plus motor yachts from Azimut, Beneteau, Sessa and a Sanlorenzo SL106’
that starts from HK$118,000 (US$12,500) for an eight-hour day charter.
Reanna Wang, SYC’s Group Charter Manager, says: “Following a lot of new additions over the past year, our CA yachts now cover an even wider range of sizes, types and destinations.”
EXPLORING SOUTHEAST ASIA
In Phuket, the Lagoon 40 Nauti Buoy delivered in March is a new addition to the CA fleet and joins another Lagoon 40 (K-35), two 42s (P&B, Cloud Dancer) and the popular 52F Blue Moon. Motor yacht options include the Azimut 55E After 8 and the Beneteau Flyer 8.8 Nauti One.
The four-cabin Lagoon 40s are at the other end of the price range to the 32m Sanlorenzo, starting from as low as US$600/day for a bareboat charter in Phuket’s low season from May to October.
However, the majority of SYC’s bookings in Southeast Asia are for overnight charters, although charter activity in Phuket only started to re-emerge in June after Covid-19 measures quelled yachting activity for the previous three months.
To celebrate a return to the water, SYC is offering special all-inclusive ‘weekend’ and ‘long weekend’ packages on its Lagoon 42 and 52 models, ranging from about US$3,200 (42) and US$4,700 (52) for two days/one night to US$4,600 (42) and US$6,300 (52) for three days/ two nights.
In addition, SYC is giving international clients a firm incentive to plan ahead by offering a 10 per cent discount in 2020 on all Southeast Asia charters booked for this year and next.
“Before borders completely reopen and air travel becomes common again, we expect more domestic clients seeking short-term city escapes, so we’re encouraging people living in Thailand to book short or long
weekend trips on our Lagoon cats,” Wang says.
“We’re advising international clients to book for later in 2020 and in 2021 with our special discounted rate. Many charter yachts in the Caribbean and the Med will be busy catching up with rescheduled bookings and might not be able to take many new orders, so we’re also expecting some clients to change their charter destination to Southeast Asia.”
Interestingly, SYC’s two Lagoon 620s, Jyohana and Primetime, are available for charter this summer around Tioman Island in southeast Malaysia – about 90nm north of Singapore – and Indonesia’s pristine Anambas Islands to the east.
The company plans to then charter Primetime even further east, in the Philippines, over the winter, while Jyohana heads to Thailand for the peak season, plying destinations between Phuket and Langkawi and beyond.
As an indication, Primetime’s weekly charter rate is about US$25,000-$28,000 depending on season, while Jyohana is slightly more expensive. And if you’re prepared to travel further afield and spend a little more, SYC also offers a Lagoon Seventy 7 – the French builder’s largest sailing cat – in remote French Polynesia.
HONG KONG, HELICOPTERS AND HOTELS
Amid the gloom of the Covid-19 era, Hong Kong has been a bright spark for SYC, with the city enjoying its biggest-ever charter boom in recent months. The company has also been in a position to capitalise on the population’s demand to escape the crowded city, which didn’t impose any official lockdown.
SYC’s local CA listings feature Lagoon 42 (2019 model), 440 and 450 sailing yachts, and three new motor yachts: Azimut 54, Sessa 68 and Sanlorenzo SL106’. Hong Kong is traditionally a day charter market, but there has been unprecedented demand for overnight trips.
“We’ve had a lot of special deals and promotions in Hong Kong, which is now a very busy market as people can’t travel but they can go out locally, so our day, weekend and longer overnight charters are in high demand,” Wang says. “We have so many overnight charter enquiries and even a few with short-term lease of weeks or months.”
SYC has been promoting special packages, with the four-cabin Lagoon 42 and 440 available for two-day/one-night charters for up to eight guests for HK$35,000 (US$4,500) and HK$25,000 (US$3,200) respectively, including a Captain but excluding fuel.
The ‘Yacht & Flight Package’ is available with any Hong Kong charter until September 30 and features an 18-minute helicopter ride over Victoria Harbour for an extra HK$2,000 (US$250) per person or HK$10,000 (US$1,300) for a group of six.
And throughout 2020, the ‘Yacht & Hotel Package’ offers a complimentary room for two at the St Regis Hong Kong with any day charter booking on the Lagoon 42 or Alice 90 motor yacht.
“We offer the widest price range and best-value charter products in our main destinations such as Phuket, Hong Kong and Singapore,” Wang says.
“Besides, we have over 250 yachts across the globe we can propose, so whatever clients are looking for, we can find them find suitable options.”
The original article first appeared in Yacht Style Issue 54 (Charter Issue 2020) – see below:
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