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Summer is Wedding Season 

 Summer is here, and while for most people, that means cocktails and days at the beach, for others, it means something so much more: It’s wedding season. Peak wedding season is typically from May to October, with the summer months, like June, being some of the most popular. The warm weather and time off from work and school make this season perfect for gathering family and friends for a once-in-a-lifetime special event.

 

While the summer has always been a popular time to tie the knot, this summer could be even more popular. With a COVID-19 vaccine accessible and readily available, people are beginning to come out of their COVID hibernation. Weddings that were canceled or shelved because of the virus are now back in the works, and people are anxious to share special moments with one another again.

 

Whether you are looking for a little luxury or just want to find the perfect intimate setting for close family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a luxury yacht from Anita Dee Yacht Charters is the perfect venue for you. Take your wedding onto the water with a little help from us. Anita Dee Yacht Charters is Chicago’s premier luxury yacht rental group. Not convinced a yacht is the right venue for you? Check out the pros of getting married on a yacht this summer:

 

COVID Concerns 

 

Yes, the COVID-19 crisis is improving, but for people still worried or those that are at high risk, a yacht wedding may be the solution you have been looking for. A yacht is a self-contained little world out on the water. You have control over the guest list and can create an intimate affair with only your closest family and friends present. No strangers will wander through a giant hotel or banquet hall where you’re having your celebration, and random people aren’t coming and going. It’s just you, your guests, and our staff. Our yachts even have a complimentary bridal suite where the bride and her attendants can get ready in peace and luxury. A yacht could be your own private sanctuary away from the rest of the world.

 

One Venue is All You Need

 

With a yacht, there is no need to waste money on multiple venues. This is the perfect moving location for your wedding and reception. In addition, there aren’t the added worries of transporting people back and forth between locations. You could be married on the deck overlooking the sparkling water as the sun sets behind clouds painted red and gold. Maybe you’d like a cocktail hour on a separate part of the deck, overlooking a different scene. Then perhaps a reception and dancing on another part of the ship. The choices are yours, and you don’t have to feel limited because you are confined to one location. The entire lake and Chicago skyline is your location.

 

It Can Be All Inclusive 

 

Before you turn into a bridezilla running around trying to secure food, drinks, a location, the photographer, and everything else that comes with planning a wedding, stop and consider an inclusive yacht package. Not only does a yacht provide you with exclusivity and luxury, but it can also take the weight of thousands of decisions off your shoulders.

 

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we have hand-selected the finest Chicago catering, entertainment, and photography options to help you plan the perfect wedding. We’ve done the leg work for you. Just share your ideas with us, and we can help you plan the perfect occasion, minus the stress. From the food to the fun and even a champagne toast, we have you covered so you can focus your attention on more important things, like finding the perfect dress and starting your new life with the one you love.

 

Big or Small, a Yacht Can Fit Them All 

 

A yacht is no sailboat. Sometimes people are worried that the water vessel just won’t be big enough to accommodate the wedding of their dreams. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we have multiple luxury vessels that can accommodate the smallest and most intimate gathering or larger, tour-de-force sized parties.

 

The Anita Dee I is the perfect choice for smaller gatherings looking for sophisticated luxury and a more intimate setting. We say “smaller,” but the Anita Dee I is still a 90-foot vessel that can accommodate 120 passengers.

 

The Anita Dee II is a 400-foot, 400 passenger floating behemoth that boasts an elegant piano lounge, formal dining area, open observation deck, and even a helicopter pad. Your imagination is the only thing that can limit you. These vessels are equipped to handle wedding parties, large or small, and you won’t have to limit your guest list (unless you really want to).

 

Your wedding is a one-of-a-kind event, and you’ve waited a long time to make it special. While celebrating this moment with family and friends is all that matters, here at Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we think you deserve something not only memorable but monumental. That’s why we go out of our way to ensure your special day is just that. Special. Something that you will remember and cherish forever: the people, the faces, and the love.

 

Stop running yourself ragged trying to pin down all the details on your own. Turn to someone who can do it for you and allow you the peace and tranquility to just enjoy your day.

 

For more information on turning your summer wedding into a magical and luxurious affair, contact Anita Dee Yacht Charters today. We want to hear about your plans for the big day and help you turn the vision in your head into a real-life fairytale. Whether you know it or not, the Chicago yacht wedding of your dreams is at your fingertips. It is time to take action and make this year the year you tie the knot in style. Call (312) 379-3191 now to get started.


Set Sail with Man’s Best Friend 

Taking to the waters is a fun and relaxing way to get away from it all, but for many people, there is one thing that is missing: their best friend. Today, our pets are more than just four-legged friends. They are integral family members. They bring us unending love, joy, and entertainment.

 

Yet, when it comes time to embark on a sailing adventure, many people worry that they will have to leave their best buddy behind. This can be heartbreaking for both the animal and its pet parent. Thankfully, you can bring your fur baby with you when you go yachting, but this type of excursion isn’t the same as a road trip to grandma’s house.

 

If you are ready to take your dog or cat with you out on open water, take some of these tips to heart. They can help make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your four-legged friend.

 

Start Planning Now 

 

Where are you going? How long will you be away? These are the first questions any well-seasoned traveler contemplates before going traveling. However, these questions are more significant when you are thinking about bringing a pet along for the ride. Planning is the key to a safe and worry-free yachting experience with your pet. Start planning early.

 

Where are you planning to go? This is crucial because when taking a pet along, there can be extra considerations to make. Will it need a visa or pet passport? What vaccinations will it need, and do those vaccinations need to be updated? Do you need to bring medication? Is your pet updated on tick and heartworm prevention? Have they been microchipped? These are serious questions, and your answers to them may depend on where you are going and what regulations are in place at your destination.

 

Start by planning your trip and then researching the pet policies in those locations. Then gather your veterinary paperwork and make sure your pet is up to date on everything required. Keep copies of these documents with you when you travel. If your animal needs a pet passport, apply for one as early as possible to avoid the stress of rushing through the process and waiting on documents. Thorough and early planning on your part will make this trip more enjoyable for everyone involved.

 

Give Animals a Safe Space 

 

Depending on your travel arrangements, make sure that the yacht has a safe space for your friend. It could be in your room or another secure area where the animal can go to feel safe. A bed, soft cushions, a familiar blanket, or favorite toy: make sure they have what they need to curl up and hunker down. You may want to consider bringing a cage, crate, box, or another type of enclosure your pet can crawl into to settle down. Everyone needs a secure area of their own where they can feel safe and snug, no matter what the conditions.

 

Let Them Get Their Sea Legs

 

Yes, animals can get seasick. This malady is not exclusive to humans. Even on a yacht, it can take both pets and people a little time to get used to the motion of the waves and gliding through the water. Be patient and plan ahead. Before leaving dry land, talk with your vet about options that may help your fur baby cope with potential sickness.

 

Sometimes medication may be recommended, either for motion sickness or anti-anxiety. Fill all prescriptions beforehand, and make sure you have enough medication on hand to get you through the duration of your trip. Keep plenty of fresh water on hand, and make sure they stay cool and comfortable. Heat can make nausea worse and lead to vomiting.

 

Safety Comes First

 

In addition to medications, make sure that you think about sun protection for your loved one. Pets need shade and sun protection just like people do. Give them access to shady spaces or make sure they have animal-safe sunscreen. Also, make sure they always have a supply of fresh, cool water that they have easy access to. If the deck gets hot, shoes that protect their paw pads can be helpful.

 

Some owners also have dog and cat lifejackets on hand if the pet likes to explore the deck. Just always make sure that you keep an eye on them. If you are unsure how they may respond to being on deck, keep them leashed. Compiling a little doggie or kitty first aid kit is also a good idea. Keep bandages, anti-bacterial cream, and all your pets’ medications in one handy kit.

 

Potty Patrol 

 

Waste happens. Some yachts are equipped with faux grass patches where dogs can go about their business. You can also purchase AstroTurf-like pads that are specially designed for animal waste. Be patient. It may feel like you are potty training all over again because, essentially, you are. It may take some time and training for your pet to get used to the situation and start using a specific space as their new toilet. Cats can be a little easier to acclimate. Make sure they have access to a fresh and clean litter box or two and that they know where the litter boxes are located.  

 

Yachting with pets can be a rich and rewarding experience. Not only are you traveling in the lap of luxury, but you are also sharing the adventure with someone you love, someone who will give you unconditional affection the entire journey. You don’t have to be afraid of yachting with your fur baby, as long as you plan ahead and take the necessary precautions to make sure your furry friend stays safe.

 

Have we enticed you to head out into open water? That luxury can be yours, and Anita Dee Yacht Charters can provide it. We are Chicago’s premier yacht rental company, and we offer you a taste of the extravagant for your next wedding, corporate event, or social engagement. You tell us what you are looking for, and we deliver spectacular results, taking the pressure off you so you can enjoy the day and make lasting memories with those closest to you.

 

For more information about how Anita Dee Yacht Charters can take your next event from boring to elevated, call us at (312) 379-3191 or contact us today. Even Fluffy would approve!


The Future of Eco-Yachting 

Recently, there has been a renewed push towards becoming more environmentally friendly and reducing our carbon footprint. From biodegradable straws to electric cars, the future is looking green. While there is no plan to return to the days of wooden ships, plant-based ropes, and canvas sails, the yachting industry is taking the eco-movement seriously. Sustainable material options and advances in new technology are making the transition to more environmentally friendly yachts a reality.

That green future is looking brighter and more exciting than ever. Here are some of the eco-friendly advancements that have us at Anita Dee Yacht Charters bristling for more.

New Power for a New Day

Many of today’s yachts are powered by large diesel engines that, of course, consume diesel fuel. While the diesel engines of today are far cleaner and more efficient than those of decades past, they are still powered by fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource. However, the rise in new technology is giving birth to a wide variety of superyachts that are taking advantage of new and more sustainable sources of power.

Yachts utilizing solar panels are already sailing the high seas. These yachts may be eco-friendly and harness the power of the sun, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on luxury. One solar-powered yacht boasts a salon, six staterooms, and unlimited cruising potential. What’s more, because the yacht doesn’t have to house a massive diesel engine, it has more living space available, and there is no engine vibration.

Solar isn’t the only way to go green, though. Engineers are also busy dreaming up ways to use hydrogen to power the superyachts of tomorrow. Advances in technology are making hydrogen fuel cells a more feasible option than they once were. Hydrogen power works through chemical reactions. Pressurized hydrogen interacts with oxygen and creates electricity, although the storage capacity needed for hydrogen can be enormous. One Dutch design studio circumvented this problem by using liquid hydrogen in its design. Although hydrogen-powered yachts are only in the planning and prototype phases, continued advancements in technology are making these ships a more realistic option every day.

Battery-powered superyachts are also on the horizon. Although still in the concept phase, the Ultra2 is billed as a battery-powered, luxury eco-yacht. Again, “eco” doesn’t mean skimping on extravagance. The ship will have space for 14 passengers and 26 crew members, has two pools, an Imax theatre, and room for a helicopter and rescue boat.

While we wait for some of these exciting new technologies to manifest, some yachts are going the way of the car and turning hybrid. These hybrids use both electrical and diesel systems working together to sail the world. The sheer size of a yacht and the power it takes to propel one means that achieving this feat was not easy. There is a delicate balance to uphold, but combining the two systems is showing people that yachts can evolve and that progress is possible.

Sustainable Upgrades

While the power source is a major concern, there are other components of yachts that are getting an eco-friendly upgrade. Take, for example, decking material. Teak has been a popular wood for yacht decks because, while beautiful, it is also extremely durable, water-resistant, pest-resistant, and even rot resistant. However, many species of teak are becoming endangered. The plant is slow to grow, and over-harvesting is threatening teak’s continued survival. This means it’s not a sustainable option.

Lignia is an engineered radiata pine softwood that both appears and functions like a hardwood. Although it looks like teak, it is a much more sustainable option that can handle the rigors of sea life. Switching out an endangered wood for a more environmentally friendly option is just one of the ways that yachts are getting an eco-friendly makeover.

Another way that yachts are getting the green treatment is through the installation of drinking water filtration systems. Sure, plastic water bottles are convenient and easy to carry, but compact water filtration units that can filter out bacteria, pesticides, metals, and microplastics are a much more environmentally friendly option. This gives guests clean and fresh tasting water while limiting the amount of plastic waste on the ship. One way to make this idea fun is to customize reusable water bottles, glasses, or tumblers for the yacht. Everyone can have their own little piece of sustainable luxury.

Upgrades don’t always have to be expensive or extravagant. Even small upgrades and changes in the way yachts collect and dump waste or take advantage of local, sustainable products while in port can make a significant difference. The yacht of tomorrow may be on the horizon, but how we use products and treat the environment today paves the way for those bold innovations.

Looking to the Future

Anita Dee Yacht Charters may be the premier private yacht charter company of Chicago, but we are always interested in what the future of yachting holds. Technological advancements in the industry may start with the superyachts, but eventually, these advancements trickle down the line, and it makes watching progress in the industry fascinating. We are always interested in how these green advancements may help bolster the experiences that we may eventually pass along to our Chicago guests.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, giving people exceptional experiences is what we do best. From weddings to corporate events, if you want to make an impression, Anita Dee Yacht Charters is the way to do it. We help you create an unforgettable experience on the water while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights. If you are ready to make memories that you’ll never forget, put your trust in the team that has over 31 years of experience. Trust Anita Dee Yacht Charters.

Want to start planning your luxury excursion? Contact us online or call (312) 379-3191 today, and let’s talk about your event and how we can help you make it memorable. Enchant your guests with a little help from Anita Dee Yacht Charters.

 


How to Have a Safe Yacht Gathering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has made for a difficult summer in 2020. It can be hard to envision and execute plans with friends, companies, or other groups while maintaining safe distancing and sanitization standards. From restaurants and bars to close friend’s living rooms, many social spaces have become temporarily off-limits.

On the other hand, the pandemic has inspired many people to explore new social spaces. In particular, the great outdoors has served as a popular site for small get-togethers. In the open air and at a safe distance, we can connect with each other in person rather than over the phone or on a screen.

Yachts provide an extraordinary space for such an outdoor gathering. Out on the water, the fresh air is limitless. Plus, there’s no risk of encountering an unexpected crowd of people while aboard a yacht.

Unfortunately, even the best yacht can’t whisk its passengers away from COVID-19. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we’ve instituted a few reasonable precautions that can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

You can also minimize the risk during the planning stage. Here are some recommendations to help keep your yachting guests safe, comfortable, and having fun.

Fine-Tune Your Guest List

As the host of a yacht gathering during the pandemic, your first step towards safety is having a firm grasp on the number of guests you expect. The way you go about this depends on your personal preference.

You might only invite a small circle of friends, or request RSVPs by a certain date prior to the gathering. Either way, make sure to know who’s coming so you can accommodate social distancing.

Of course, even a carefully planned event can face unforeseen circumstances. Maybe your dear friend wants to bring a new significant other, or a cherished employee RSVPs a day late. Do you have to turn these guests away in the name of safety?

Not necessarily. Instead, you could plan for contingencies by building a cushion into your guest list. For example, if your yacht has the capacity for 15 socially-distanced guests, you could start by inviting 10. If it has the space for 30, you could start with 20, and so on.

Tell Your Guests What to Expect

COVID-19 safety is often just a matter of clear communication. If your guests know what to expect upon boarding your yacht, they’re likely to follow your safety requests happily.

Prior to your event, consider sending out an email describing all of the safety guidelines you’ll have in place: masks, social distancing plans, sanitization stations, and any others you feel are important. Not only will this communication alleviate your personal stress at the event, but it will also make guests feel more comfortable about the event.

Luckily, Anita Dee Yacht Charters has a robust list of COVID safety policies to keep our guests safe and comfortable. Read on to discover how choosing one of our yachts can lift some of the weight of safety-planning off of your shoulders.

Arrange Safe Seating

One of the surest ways to promote social distancing at your gathering is to eliminate the choice to be close. By arranging appropriately spaced seating before the event, you can be reasonably confident that guests will remain socially distance even while they kick up their feet.

As per CDC guidelines, you should place any movable seats at least 6 feet from each other. If households or couples are attending, you might choose to arrange some seating in closer pods.

It might be a good idea to hang signage designating social distancing pods for households. Clear signs and intentionally distanced chairs will help remind guests to respect the distance between parties, even when they aren’t sitting.

Encourage Responsible Drinking

When we hit the high seas—or the lake—on a luxurious yacht, many of us like to indulge in a cocktail or two. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, more drinks might spell danger. Our inhibitions lower with the alcohol we consume, so we become more inclined to forget about or shrug off the importance of distancing.

That’s not to say that cocktails, wine, and other drinks need to be off-limits at your gathering. Instead, if you choose to offer alcoholic beverages on your yacht, remind your friends to watch their consumption. We’ll do our best to serve your guests appropriately.

If this sounds uncomfortable, there are alternative strategies you could use to preempt the need to monitor. For instance, you could bring only enough alcohol on board for all 21+ guests to have one to two drinks.

You could also opt for a drink-ticket system. In this scenario, you would give each guest a limited number of tickets to redeem for drinks. This way, guests can enjoy beverages as they please without you having to stress about it.

Choose Anita Dee Yacht Charters

If you choose Anita Dee Yacht Charters for your yacht gathering on Lake Michigan, you can rest assured that your event will proceed in the safest way possible.

We have developed a robust safety protocol to ensure that all guests aboard our yachts can feel secure and relaxed.

This protocol, which is in full accordance with the City of Chicago guidance, includes:

  • Limiting the capacity of the Anita Dee I yacht to 75 guests
  • Limiting the capacity of the Anita Dee II yacht to 100 guests
  • Requiring all guests and staff to wear masks
  • Thoroughly sanitizing the yacht before, during, and following your gathering
  • Installing germ shields at all food and beverage stations
  • Providing plentiful hand sanitizer throughout the yacht
  • Making sure our staff members are wholly dedicated to cleaning and monitoring for safety on the inner and outer decks

If you’re considering a yacht gathering in the coming months, you don’t have to shoulder the stress of COVID-19 safety on your own.

Let Anita Dee Yacht Charters take on the job for you. Fill out our contact form or call us at (312) 379-3191 to inquire about your event today.


Tips for Planning an Unforgettable Yacht Party

Having a party on a yacht can mean a lot of different things. You could spend your time bonding with a small group of friends or dance all night with a crowd.

No matter what kind of party you choose, you want to create an unforgettable event, and the yacht charter specialists at Anita Dee Yacht Charters are here to help. Whether you are a seasoned yachter, or this is your first time out, the following tips will help you plan and prepare for an exceptional yacht party.

Possible Yacht Activities

Deciding the right activities for your yacht party is one of the most important steps in planning your event. There a wide variety of possible activities, which will help determine the tone and style of your party. You should choose your yacht activities early in the planning process, to ensure you have the right yacht and crew to meet your needs.

Some of the most popular yachting activities to consider include:

  • Total relaxation: Enjoy your favorite book and your favorite people during a no stress yacht excursion.
  • Water sports: Plan a fun day in the sun and in the water with equipment like jet skis, kayaks, and snorkels to fill your day.
  • Sightseeing: Admire the beauty of nature and your city through a unique perspective on the water.
  • Dancing and socializing: Hire a DJ and stock the yacht’s bar for a celebration out at sea.
  • Formal events: Create a memorable and luxurious event for your wedding, birthday, or any other special day.

No matter what activity you choose, your experience on a yacht will be unique. With the guidance of a yacht charter expert, you will create a day of fun and memories.

What to Bring on a Yacht

Once you decide what type of party you will host, you need to determine the onboard items you need to make your party a success. You want to ensure that your yacht has everything necessary before you set sail, so you can focus on enjoying your event. Some of the most important items to consider for your party include:

  • Food: After several hours on the water, you and your guests will likely want something to eat. You can choose to provide snacks and finger foods or even a formal meal during your event.
  • Drinks: Knowing and providing the drinks your guests will enjoy is a key element of a successful yacht party. A professional bartender can help you stock your yacht and prepare exceptional beverages for each of your guests.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: If you are planning to go on the water during the day, you need to come prepared to spend time in the sun. Bringing extra sun protection can help your guests enjoy themselves without fear of sunburn.
  • Warm layers: The wind coming off the water can be chilly, especially if you go out during the evening or at night. Feeling cold can quickly ruin your mood, so it is always best to have a warm layer on hand.
  • Boat clothing: It is entirely appropriate to create a dress code for your yacht event. This will help you and your guests plan what to wear and what to bring. If you plan to spend time in the water, make sure you have a change of clothes handy to avoid spending your day in a wet bathing suit. On the other hand, if you are planning a formal event, a dress code will help guests know what to expect and dress accordingly.

These are just a few of the items to consider when you are planning your yacht party. However, you do not have to make all these decisions on your own. The coordinators at Anita Dee Yacht Charters can help you determine if you need anything else to make your party a spectacular success.

How to Maximize Your Yacht Experience

The final step in planning your event is ensuring that you and your guests can make the most of your time on the yacht. If you are new to yachting, it may be difficult to predict what your experience will be like, and you may be unsure about how to create the perfect adventure. However, your yacht charter company can offer you valuable guidance to help you maximize your experience.

Some additional tips to consider when planning a yacht party include:

  • Focus on the details and be specific about what you want: This is your experience and you can customize every element to fit your needs.
  • Be open to new ideas: Yacht charter specialists know how to create a successful party and their suggestions can help you create a unique luxury experience.
  • Consider leaving your technology behind: You do not want to spend your event glued to your phone, as you try to capture the moment and keep your party running smoothly. Professional photographers and hospitality coordinators can manage these tasks, so you can put your phone away and focus on the fun.

Following this advice will not only reduce your stress, but it can also help ensure you create the best event possible.

Why Choose Anita Dee Yacht Charters for Your Yacht Charter?

Anita Dee Yacht Charters has spent over 31 years perfecting our luxury yacht charter experiences, and we are prepared to help you address every detail of your event. We work with high-quality vendors, who can offer you exceptional catering, entertainment, and other experiences to make your party special.

Furthermore, Anita Dee Yacht Charters understands the level of preparation and organization needed to host an unforgettable event. That is why we are prepared to work with you during every step of your yacht experience, from the early planning stages to onboard coordination during your event. Our dedication to a full-service experience allows us to bring your vision to life and help you create the party of your dreams.

Book Your Yacht Party Today

If you are searching for a one-of-a-kind location for your party, you need to look no further than the luxury yachts at Anita Dee Yacht Charters. Our hospitality specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you create a perfect boating trip. Start planning your event by calling Anita Dee Yacht Charters at (312) 379-3191 today.


Spend the Summer Months Relaxing on the Water 

When many people think of summer vacation, they envision themselves lying on a sandy beach soaking up the sun, along with hundreds of other people on the beach doing the same thing. However, these are not normal times. Your precious free time could be spent with your closest family and friends in a much more safe and relaxing setting aboard a chartered yacht from Anita Dee Yacht Charters.

Not only is sailing one of the safest summer activities you can indulge in this year, but it is also good for the mind, body, and soul. Being out in open water and enjoying all of the beautiful sights and sounds can provide the peace of mind you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Sailing on a gorgeous yacht surrounded by water is also a powerful means to boost creativity and mindfulness. So many well-known creative minds have turned to sailing on yachts as a way to clear their minds for new ideas to flourish. Summertime yachting has been a pastime for innovative artists such as Dr. Dre and Steven Spielberg, to world-changing entrepreneurs like Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Your Private Summer Getaway

Start your summer off right with a chartered yachting trip. Everyone deserves a break after making it through those bitterly cold winter months, and a day on the water is a fantastic way to set the pace for a productive and enjoyable summer season.

Spending a summer day offshore is a way to ensure a relaxing and fun time will be had by all. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the mainland and sail away on a chartered yacht filled with food, drinks, and good people.

And if you need an additional excuse to escape to the water this summer, consider spending your Labor Day sailing on Lake Michigan and taking in some of the most beautiful sights Chicago and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Amenities and Entertainment on Your Summer Yacht Escape

Ideally, we here at Anita Dee Yacht Charters would love to take care of anything you may need on your summer yacht excursion, but there are a few arrangements you should make before setting sail:

Catering

If you’re planning to be out on the water for more than just a couple of hours, you should expect people on board to get hungry.

Anita Dee Yacht Charters provides a long list of reputable catering companies that we are happy to work with to make your summer yachting trip even more delicious. If your ideal catering company didn’t make a list, don’t worry! We are happy to accommodate any licensed and insured caterers, and nearly any arrangements you may want to make when it comes to food and beverage service.

Entertainment

What’s sailing without some music to accompany all of the other wonderful, aesthetically pleasing aspects of the open water? If you are in charge of organizing a corporate event or a large family party, we are here to help. Anita Dee Yacht Charters’s fleet of modern yachts is complete with the best sound systems available to accommodate your chosen DJ or band.

We also provide a list of some of our favorite entertainment companies in the area. However, feel free to organize your own entertainment, which we would be happy to work with to ensure everyone has an unforgettable time on your chartered yacht.

Decorations

Whether you are celebrating a summer holiday, wedding rehearsal, birthday, or anything in between, you will want the perfect chartered yacht setting.

Although Chicago’s breathtaking skyline is a treat for all of the senses, being surrounded by gorgeous floral arrangements will only make it better. Check out Anita Dee Yacht Charters’s list of exceptional florists in the Chicago area to be sure your chartered yacht is as beautiful as the city skyline itself.

Summer Yachting Destinations

The Chicago area and Lake Michigan provide some of the most beautiful vistas at any time of year. But enjoying those views on a chartered yacht in the warm summer air is an exquisite experience. Here are some destinations offering beautiful views:

Northerly Island

Home to some of Chicago’s most notable architectural achievements like the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium, Northerly Island is a must-see on the Lake Michigan shore. Here you can also catch a glimpse of Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears have played all of their home games since the early 1920s.

Navy Pier

Aside from Willis Tower, Navy Pier is among the most iconic destinations along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Sailing to the pier to watch the sunset provides a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline as you watch the sun melt over the horizon, providing the perfect end to an evening on the water.

The 31st Street Beach

The shoreline beaches where Chicago meets Lake Michigan offer fantastic views of the city skyline and seemingly endless lake.

The 31st Street Beach, also known as the Margaret T. Burroughs Beach, is home to breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline from the south at any time day or night. Sailing along the coastline from north to south will give you a renewed appreciation of Chicago’s beauty from a different point of view.

Grant Park

Should you choose to continue sailing north beyond Northerly Island, Grant Park will begin to open up before your eyes. This 300-acre public park is home to some of Chicago’s most historic buildings and attractions such as the Buckingham Fountain and Cloud Gate Sculpture.

The Perfect Summer Retreat

Summer is here, and the vast Lake Michigan waters are calling your name. Be sure to get in touch with the experienced yachting professionals at Anita Dee Yacht Charters by calling (312) 379-3191 and plan your luxury chartered yacht escape today.


Escape to the High Seas with Our Movie Recommendations

You may be itching to finally get out of the house and get back out onto the water. Yachting has always afforded people not just a sense of luxury, but a sense of freedom and adventure as well. The ability to take to the water means that we are not bound by land, and we can explore the untamed wilds, a frontier that was always on the horizon but elusive to us until we learned to conquer the waves.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, our passion is sharing the allure of the water with others. Passengers aboard our premier vessels get to escape into another world, enjoying the sights and sounds of the water and a taste of luxury, too. Have we whet your appetite to get on board yet?

If you can’t make it out onto the water just yet or have a reservation for later in the season, never fear, we have you covered. Take a look at our list of the best boating movies. Go ahead and binge-watch and get ready for your own adventure on the open water!

Take to the Water With These Movies

Mutiny on the Bounty 

Let’s kick things off with a classic. With all due respect to Brando, we are talking about the 1935 version staring none other than dashing ladies’ man, Clark Gable. If you aren’t familiar with the film or the novel of the same title, Mutiny on the Bounty is the story of the overbearing and cruel captain of the HMS Bounty.

His ship is bound from England to Tahiti, but soon the crew becomes fed up with his tyrannical ways, and his lieutenant stages a mutiny to overthrow him. A tale of treachery, revenge, and the ocean. Where do the crew and the ship end up? Who is left standing in the struggle for power out at sea? You’ll have to watch to find out.

The African Queen

Keeping with the classics, there is the 1951 film The African Queen, starring Hollywood powerhouses Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Throw two people as different as night and day onto a small steam launch, called African Queen, during the onset of World War I and watch the sparks fly. The dynamic between the two stars is magic to watch on the screen. While the boating scenes may seem lackluster compared to today’s modern movie CGI magic, the characters more than make up for it.

Life of Pi

We hate watching ships go down, especially when it happens in the first half of the movie, but Life of Pi is an exquisite film depicting the life and death struggles of a young man stranded at sea – trapped in his lifeboat with a tiger. This film explores the tired “coming of age” story in a new and dynamic way, set against the backdrop of a beautiful and yet unforgiving world of water.

The visuals are stunning and capture the frightening power and isolation of the open ocean. However, it also shows us the breathtaking beauty of the sea, as well, in a way we so often fail to notice.

Wind

Wind wasn’t a huge box office smash, but it is a fascinating movie starring Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame and Matthew Modine. The movie centers around the 1987 America’s Cup, a yachting race that was held off the waters of Australia. While there is some poetic license – it is a movie, after all – the yacht scenes are nicely done. It is a story not many people outside of yachting circles will know of, but it’s still worth a watch, especially if you have been yearning to get out on the water and experience the waves and maybe a little romance.

In the Heart of the Sea

We can’t talk about boating movies without mentioning the story that may have been the inspiration for one of the most iconic boating novels ever written, Moby Dick. In the Heart of the Sea is a historical film directed by Ron Howard. The story comes from a book about the sinking of an American whaling ship in 1820.

It is this event that is thought to have inspired Herman Melville to write the 1851 classic novel, Moby Dick. A classic tale of man versus nature and man versus himself, an all-star cast leads this movie, which received mixed reviews from critics. Yearning for some action on the water? Give this one a try.

Titanic

No “boating movie list” could ever be complete without the granddaddy of all boating movies, Titanic. James Cameron spared no expense in recreating the Titanic down to every last rivet, but his attention to detail and painstaking work paid off to the tune of raking in $2.187 billion dollars worldwide, to date. A love story set amongst the backdrop of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, this movie reminds us that beauty and pride can be overwhelmed by the wrath of Mother Nature.

More Movie Options

There are a number of great films that we couldn’t put on the list, but honorable mentions go to Pirates of the Caribbean, because who doesn’t secretly love a pirate, The Poseidon Adventure, and of course Jaws. As a matter of fact, we can think of lots of movies that show the beauty and power of the water, but this list is a good start to your boating-filled movie marathon.

Get Out on the Water

We know you are aching to get out and enjoy the water. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, boating is not just our livelihood, it is our passion, and we love sharing it with guests. If you are dreaming of being out on the water for any reason, a wedding, social gathering with family and friends, or even a corporate event, now is the time to make your plans.

We want to help you create the event of your dreams by treating you and your guests like VIP’s. Call us today at (312) 379-3191. It’s never too early to start planning your next charter aboard one of our luxury yachts. The open water is calling, pick up your phone, and let us help you make it happen.


Best Sailing Destinations on Lake Michigan 

When people think of the word “yachting,” they typically think of sun-drenched sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water teeming with brightly colored fish, and mega-yachts anchored right offshore. People are smiling, sipping fruity cocktails, and smelling like coconut sunscreen.

Here at Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we know that yachting can be all that – and so much more. Chicago is nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan, and for anyone native to the area, you know the Great Lakes are a treasure trove of breathtaking sights and a wealth of sailing lore and legend.

There is a rich history in these waters and a beauty that is just as captivating as what you’d find in any of the more tropical waters. For centuries, sailors have navigated the Great Lakes in search of trade routes and goods that could help them make their living. What they left us is even more valuable – rich stories and legends intermingled with sights you’ll remember forever. These are some of the best sailing destinations in Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier

Let’s begin in our own backyard, Navy Pier, which dates back more than 100 years. There is no shortage of fun for all ages at this destination, one of Chicago’s most celebrated entertainment hubs. There are rides and games, cruises, and public art exhibitions that celebrate the rich naval history of the area, plus more contemporary artistic endeavors.

In case you work up an appetite exploring all the sites at the pier, there is an abundance of restaurants to cater to any taste and, of course, plenty of shopping. Let’s not forget one of the most popular attractions at Navy Pier, the biweekly Summer Fireworks show. This amazing display is synchronized to music on Lake Michigan and is a must-see event if you are in the area from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Just east of the busy and bustling Navy Pier is the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition before it was moved in 1919 to its present site. In 1925, the steam fog signal was replaced by an air diaphone one to increase its range on the water. Today it is an automated active lighthouse with modern technology that hasn’t lost its sense of history.

Bowers Harbor

Amidst the calm waters along the west coast of Lake Michigan sits Bowers Harbor. These relatively peaceful waters offer wonderful views and a perfect place to relax and take in the sights. Bowers Harbor boasts an amazing onshore history, as well, like the Bowers Harbor Inn. Built as a private residence back in 1928, it has since been renovated into a restaurant, but still holds the charm of the past. Bowers Harbor also has its own vineyard, in addition to the beautiful Bowers Harbor Park and Lighthouse Park.

Beaver Island

Towards the north end of Lake Michigan, you’ll find Beaver Island. This area is an outdoors man’s paradise. Also known as America’s Emerald Isle, Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. Not only are there the expected fantastic spots for fishing, but there are also great areas for scuba diving and snorkeling. The island itself has abundant hiking trails, and its own unique version of Stonehenge called the Stone Circle. It is also one of the best places in the U.S. for stargazing because of its isolated location and dark skies.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Looking to enjoy the water and the sand? You don’t need a ticket to Florida, look no further than Indiana Dunes National Park, situated on the southwest coast of Lake Michigan just 50 nautical miles from Chicago. There are picture-perfect images of blue water lapping against soft sand along the park’s 15 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of outdoor activities, hiking trails, geocaching, and a host of other special interests.

There are also a number of secluded spots on the water that offer nothing but peace and solitude for those looking to get away from it all. This park has something for everyone. It is a diverse natural landscape that is well-deserving of a spot on our list.

Great Travers Bay

We admit it, the Great Lakes have a reputation for being unforgiving in times of inclement weather. They can be some of the roughest waters to cross, and there are numerous shipwreck stories to prove it. Nestled in a well-protected area is Grand Traverse Bay, where the water is calm pretty much year-round.

The bay is filled with ports worth exploring like Traverse City, which claims to be the Cherry Capital of the World due to their abundant cherry orchards lining the bay. Not to be outdone, there are also grapes that produce a healthy wine scene in the area, as well. There are smaller historic ports worth exploring. You’ll even find the town of Charlevoix, the old stomping grounds of a young Ernest Hemingway.

Explore with Anita Dee Yacht Charters

There is so much to explore on the Great Lakes, especially Lake Michigan. Food, culture, history, natural beauty, it is all here on the water ready to be discovered.

Yachting is the perfect avenue for exploring what the water has to offer. At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we are passionate about sharing the beauty of Lake Michigan with others and proving that yachts don’t just belong in the Caribbean.

Are you ready to set sail and see what the waters around Chicago have to offer? Give us a call and let us help you take to the water in style. We are Chicago’s premier private yacht charter group. We cater to you to make your wedding, social gathering, corporate event, or any other special occasion something memorable. We have two vessels to choose from that can accommodate small intimate gatherings or large parties. We even offer catering and onboard event planning, so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Let us show you why we think yachting on the Great Lakes is something special. Call us today at (312) 379-3191 for more information.


The Best Cocktails for Your Next Yachting Trip

Heading out onto the open water with the breeze blowing through your hair is an experience like no other. There is a sense of peace and freedom that comes over you and washes your cares and worries away with the tide. A few cocktails couldn’t hurt either! Whether you are gathering family and friends for a social event on the water, celebrating a milestone, or even playing host to a corporate event, the perfect selection of cocktails can help set the mood.

That’s why, at Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we have gathered a selection of some of the most popular and yacht-worthy cocktails you may want to serve during your private yacht charter. Mix in a few alcohol-selection tips, and you’ve got the right recipe for making sure that you and your guests can make the most of your special event.

Yachting Cocktails

We would be amiss if we didn’t start with some of the most commonly thought of drinks when it comes to yachting. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Chicago or the Florida Keys, if you are on a boat, you are going to expect to see some of these signature cocktails.

  • Pina Colada – Yes, this may be the king of classic boating drinks and long walks on the beach. The pina colada is a blended drink mixed with rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. This sweet concoction is almost synonymous with spending time out on the water.
  • Margarita – If you’ve got a margarita in your hand, it must be 5 o’clock somewhere. This cocktail goes hand and hand with relaxation and balmy getaways. The traditional margarita is a mix of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice and can be either blended or served on the rocks. Salt lining the rim gives this yachting cocktail the perfect finish. The margarita is a versatile cocktail, as well. In addition to the traditional lime cocktail, try making variations for your guests with strawberry, mango, or even watermelon.
  • Mai Tai – Another tropical drink that reminds people of the water is the Mai Tai. The perfect yacht party drink, the Mai Tai is a mixture of rum, orange curacao, lime juice, and orgeat syrup. There are other versions of the drink that include pineapple and sometimes grenadine. No matter which recipe you follow, the Mai Tai is a popular cocktail in yachting circles.
  • Rum Punch – You may also know this drink by another name, Planter’s Punch. This cocktail comes in a variety of different forms, but the most popular combination is rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine. The colors mimic a perfect evening sunset.
  • Mojito – What could be more perfect than sipping something light and refreshing while enjoying the wind off the lake. The classic version of this drink includes a mixture of light rum, club soda, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Top it all off with a twist of lime.

Chicago Cocktails

We’ve done our duty and covered some of the most popular yachting cocktails people expect to see on board a fabulous ship, but let’s face it, we’re not in the Caribbean, we’re in the Midwest. While these may not be considered your “typical” yacht fair, they are uniquely Chicago and would be the perfect accompaniment on your next Anita Dee Yacht Charters yacht trip.

  • Chicago Fizz -This cocktail is sure to warm you up if you are feeling a bit of a chill coming off of the water. The Chicago Fizz is a mixture of rum, port wine, powdered sugar, egg whites, and carbonated water.
  • The Chicago – Inspired by the Windy City itself, this creative cocktail is a mix of vanilla, orange cognac, Cointreau, sparkling wine, and amontillado sherry. It blends into a deep amber hue and would make the perfect cocktail for a wedding or social gathering aboard a yacht.
  • Water Taxi – The Water Taxi, we like Water Yacht better! This cocktail was created by a riverfront restaurant and is a sensational mix of Pisco, rum, Suze, passionfruit, and pineapple-jalapeno kombucha.

Beverage Options

Let’s not forget that not everyone is a fan of mixed drinks. The ultimate king of the yachting community has to be Champagne. Bubbly has always reigned supreme and is the perfect drink for any special occasion or party. In addition to mixed drinks and Champagne, it is a good idea to provide a reasonable mix of both red and white wines in both a sweet and dry variety. This will ensure that no matter who is in attendance, there is a flavor that will suit all taste buds.

Beverage Quantity

Now that you have some ideas on what to serve, here comes the big question, how much do you serve? As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to plan on two beverages per guest, per hour of your event. If you are serving wine, it is recommended that one bottle will serve two guests at a two-hour event. A bottle of Champagne is typically 750 ml to a bottle. That means it can fill about six champagne flutes.

The amount of Champagne you need to keep on hand also depends on the type of event you are having. Will the Champagne be used only for a toast? Will it be served all evening? Determining how you plan to use Champagne will be how you determine how much you need. As for spirts for the mixed drinks, a 750 ml bottle can typically make about 17 drinks. You’ll want to plan on at least three drinks per-person for a two-hour event. Find the drink recipe and multiply the volume of the mixer ingredients by three. Don’t forget, make sure you have plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks to offer your guests as well.

Your Yachting Adventure

There you have it, the perfect drink guide for your next yachting trip! These ideas are sure to spark your thirst for adventure and need to get out on the water. While we have given you a great guide to picking drinks, here’s another tip for you, you can let us do all the work. Our charter service works with some of the finest Chicago catering and entertainment companies. We can help take the guesswork out of how many bottles of liquor you need to have on hand for your special event.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, our number one priority from start to finish is making sure that you and your guests get the VIP treatment. If you’re dreaming of a yacht getaway, call us at (312) 379-3191 for more information about how we can make your dream a reality.


Luxurious Celebrity Owned Yachts 

When you are one of the most famous people on the planet, where do you go to get away from it? We mean really get away from it all. It seems as if the prying eyes of the paparazzi are everywhere. For many celebrities, they have turned to the one place where luxury meets the ultimate in privacy, the open sea. Yachts have become the new playground for the rich and famous, offering them an escape from the world, at least for a time, without having to skimp on the amenities they are so accustomed to. It’s no wonder that the bigger the star, the more extravagant the ship.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we wanted to get a glimpse into the yachts that cater to some of our favorite celebrities and personalities. From singing sensations to mega-hit directors, here is a look at some of the most extravagant yachts on the ocean.

Steven Spielberg

With hit movies like E.T, the Indiana Jones series, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan under his belt, Steven Spielberg is a Hollywood heavy hitter. He is arguably one of the most prolific and influential directors in the history of cinema. A man with those credentials can’t settle for anything less than a blockbuster, and that goes for his choice of yachts, as well. Yes, the director of Jaws isn’t afraid of the open ocean, not when he is sailing on his yacht, Seven Seas. Seven Seas is a $200 million megayacht that boasts one of the best pools on the high seas. It also includes floor-to-ceiling windows, a jacuzzi, gym, and, of course, a movie theatre sized screen. It’s Steven Spielberg, would you expect anything less?

Oprah

The reigning “Queen of Daytime Talk” is also competing for the title of “Queen of the Open Seas.” Billionaire Oprah Winfrey owns a $60 yacht that she calls Trending. The ship can accommodate up to 12 of Oprah’s most fabulous guests and includes a gym, jacuzzi, and multiple bars, in addition to a wide selection of water toys. Want to try and live like Oprah? It’s going to cost you—you can charter the ship for $238,500 per week plus expenses.

Beyonce

Not to be outdone, Beyonce lays claim to the 213-foot-long Galactic Star. It can accommodate up to 12 guests just like Oprah’s Trending, but it also includes a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, and helipad. This yacht is decked out with the finest amenities fit for a queen, Queen B that is.

Nicolas Cage

Nicholas Cage is no stranger to indulging in his every whim. In addition to his numerous homes and real estate, he has also spent his hard-earned Hollywood money on some 22 cars, 47 pieces of artwork, and even a dinosaur skull. One of his more down-to-earth purchases was the yacht, Sarita. The yacht is decked out with wood-paneled walls, lush carpets, and manly leather furniture. It also features a pool, a large sunbathing deck, and a jacuzzi to unwind in. If relaxing isn’t your speed, it also includes fishing gear, Wave Runners, water skis, kayaks, and snorkel equipment.

David Gilmour

You may not recognize his name, but you’d recognize his guitar work anywhere. David Gilmour is the legendary guitarist for Pink Floyd, and he owns one legendary ship. The Astoria may look old-fashioned in appearance, but this is one modern piece of luxury. The Astoria is considered one of the world’s largest superyachts. Of course, it includes your typical yacht amenities, but this is the yacht of a guitarist, so it’s only fitting that it also includes a recording studio. Gilmour recorded parts of the last three Pink Floyd albums from aboard the yacht.

Roberto Cavalli

His name is synonymous with luxury designs. That’s not only true of his fashion empire, it’s true of his yacht as well. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli took inspiration for his yacht, Freedom, from Hollywood. The black and grey ship, with its sleek design and tinted windows, is meant to be an homage to the Batmobile. While the exterior may be the Batmobile of the sea, the interior of the ship is 100% Cavalli. The cabins and saloons are adorned with his signature animal-print furnishings, a far cry from the utilitarian look of the caped crusader’s signature vehicle.

Family of Steve Jobs

The late founder and genius behind Apple never got to see the yacht, Venus, to fruition. It was completed after he lost his battle to cancer. Owned by his family, Venus would make any tech-junkie proud. It is extremely private and features a variety of high-tech devices. Not surprisingly, it is outfitted with numerous Apple computers, and it also has seven Mac screens on the bridge. What other secrets does this luxury liner hold? No one really knows, it’s so private that no interior images of the ship have ever surfaced.

Yachts offer our favorite celebrities unlimited entertainment with maximum privacy. They are the perfect mix of luxury and sweet escape. It may seem like the yachting lifestyle is out of reach for everyone but celebrities, but that isn’t the case at all. Anita Dee Yacht Charters is Chicago’s premier private yacht charter company, and we offer you the VIP experience of a celebrity.

Docked in the heart of downtown Chicago, we have vessels that can cater to large celebratory gatherings or small intimate affairs. We are the place to go-to for the celebrity experience of a lifetime aboard one of our luxury yachts. From special events, weddings, or even corporate gatherings, let us show you why we reign supreme in the waters of Chicago. The VIP experience is not out of reach, contact us at (312) 379-3191 to find out how we can turn your yachting fantasy into a reality.

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