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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?


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.


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.

Best Lakes for Yacht Charters in the Midwest

One common misconception of the Midwest is that there aren’t many good options for boating or yachting. When people think of taking their boat out, they usually picture a coastline with water that goes out for miles and miles. But there’s plenty of coastline in the Midwest! The huge lakes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois make for prime yachting. Consider taking the boat out to one of these pristine locations next time you want to get some salt and sun.

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Located in the heart of Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a prime vacation destination for locals and out-of-towners alike. The lake is actually a reservoir that was created by damming off the Osage River, creating 1,500 miles of sunny shoreline for visitors to explore. The lake itself twists and turns, looking more like a dragon than a body of water from an aerial view, which earned its nickname “The Magic Dragon.” Visitors congregate for boating, fishing, tubing, and swimming before taking a lunch break at the nearby smokehouse. Hiking trails and caves offer extra ways to explore this Missouri gem.

Elk River Chain of Lakes, Michigan

This 75-mile long waterway consists of 14 connecting rivers and connecting lakes of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, which empty into Lake Michigan. The watershed covers over 500 square miles, offering bounteous scenery to locals and visitors alike. During the summer when the sun is at its strongest, the strong light pierces the water, making it crystal-clear and blue, like Caribbean water. This one characteristic, coupled with the mild climate and gorgeous scenery, draws thousands of visitors to the Lower Peninsula each year. Torch Lake is the biggest and most beautiful body of water in this chain, but boaters won’t want to miss the sandy beaches and quaint Michigan towns that dot the way along the chain.

Lake Wawasee, Indiana

Indiana’s largest natural lake, Lake Wawasee, covers about 3,000 acres of surface area and boasts two islands. It is named after Miami chief Wawasee, who lived in what is today known as Kosciusko County, Indiana, in the mid-1800s. With three marinas and a yacht club, Lake Wawasee opens its arms to boat and yacht enthusiasts. The Wawasee Yacht Club was founded in 1935 and promotes the sport of sailboat racing; its members race 28-foot E-Scow, 19-foot Lightning, and 13-foot Sunfish class boats. With over 25 miles of shoreline, golfing, paddle boarding, shopping, and dining, Lake Wawasee is a vacationer’s paradise.

Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

Lake Winnebago is one of Wisconsin’s finest lakes, being the largest lake contained within the state. Winnebago has shallow freshwater, making it perfect for boating, kayaking, swimming, and waterskiing. It has 88 miles of shoreline and covers an area roughly 30 miles by 10 miles across. Named after the Native tribe who inhabited the area before colonization, Lake Winnebago is a popular boating destination and even surpassed the Mississippi River in terms of boat traffic in 1989. Fishing is a popular pastime because of the high concentration of various desirable fish, such as white bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, perch, and northern pike. High Cliff State Park borders the northeastern edge of the lake, offering visitors the opportunity to hike, camp, and picnic.

Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Located in the northwest corner of Iowa, nearly on the border of Minnesota, is one of Iowa’s premier vacation destinations. “Okoboji” originates from the Dakota tribe’s name for the lake. Today, Okoboji offers a myriad of fun activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether you are interested in the arts, entertainment, nightlife, museums, golfing, swimming, or hiking, there’s something for you to do at Okoboji. One of the biggest draws of this vacation spot is its fishing. They even offer fishing expeditions led by top competitive anglers who can teach you where and how to catch the biggest fish in the lake. But if fishing isn’t your cup of tea, sailing around the 3,000-acre body of water is still a great way to spend the day.

Lake Michigan

This sprawling lake borders four states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. It is bitter cold in the winter, but come summertime, the lake turns into a vacationer’s dream. Michigan residents are never more than six miles away from a lake, river, or stream, so there’s always an opportunity to get out on the water. Boating is one of the most popular activities on Lake Michigan, making it easy to waterski, tube, fish, or sail around the 22,000 square miles of water. Lake Michigan also plays host to boat races throughout the year, such as the St. Clair powerboat races.

Contact a Chicago Yacht Chartering Service

For more than three decades, Anita Dee Yacht Charters has specialized in fully customizable events aboard our two private & exclusive luxury yachts. Come find out why we’re Chicago’s finest luxury yacht charter. Call us at (312) 379-3191 or reach out to us online to book your event with us today!

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