How To Charter The Ionian Princess If You Want The 'Below Deck Mediterranean' Experience
Below Deck Mediterranean continues the original reality series' mission of exploring the world of luxury yachting through the eyes of the ship's employees. This time around, the cast members of Below Deck Mediterranean will call the Ionian Princess luxury yacht their home at sea. However, it seems like the crew members will be the only non-millionaires stepping foot on board the yacht anytime soon, as rentals for it cost a pretty penny. Anyone who has the money to spend and yearns for the Mediterranean, however, may be curious to find out how to charter the Ionian Princess.
The official Ionian Princess website encourages interested parties to "contact a reputable charter broker" if interested in chartering the yacht. Brokers include companies like Yacht Charter Fleet and Fraser Yachts, which deal in communicating between the owners of a yacht and the people who want to charter it. The brokers encourage yacht enthusiasts to leave an inquiry to start the process, but before you do anything, make sure you've got the coin to pay up. According to Yacht Charter Fleet, chartering the Ionian Princess is going to run you approximately $167,000 per week in the summer. You can also save about $20,000 per week by chartering in the winter. If you're lucky enough to be able to afford either of those rates, the next step is to fill out an online form to check the availability of the Ionian Princess before a broker helps you get the charter process started.
For perspective on just how much going through with it would actually cost you, here are some similar figures that may help determine if getting that week on the Ionian Princess is worth it.
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While a week on a yacht on the beautiful Mediterranean sounds appealing, you could spend the same amount of money on 38 bottles of some of the most expensive Champagne ever bottled. This limited edition of Dom Perignon was bottled exclusively for Princess Diana's wedding in 1981 and according to wine-searcher, can cost as much as $4,253 per bottle.
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A luxury cruise on the Mediterranean is great, but how great would it be to not have to do laundry for almost 19 years? For the price of a week on the Ionian Princess, you could buy 6,875 different "Truly Madly Deeply Scoopneck Slouch Pocket Tees" from Urban Outfitters, retailing for $24 each. If you're worried about a lack of variety, fret not — it comes in six different colors.
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Attending Beyoncé's Formation Tour is the closest that many people will get to royalty and luxury in their entire lives because no one else exudes those two qualities like Queen Bey herself. The most expensive, and arguably best, tickets still available for her first night at Citi Field are currently going for $9,998.96 on Ticketmaster (and that's not including ticketing fees!). While a trip on a yacht is pretty great, is there really anything better than sharing a glass of Lemonade with 15 friends? Plus, you've still got $5,000 left over for merch!
All of this is to say yes, yachts are expensive, but that's nothing new. If you're financially able to rent out the Ionian Princess for a summer excursion, you would absolutely be getting your money's worth, because it would make for an unforgettable experience. Just make sure you're certain of your decision to spend that money on a Below Deck Mediterranean-style vacation, because those Beyoncé tickets are selling out fast.
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