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Q: Cruise Ship Hire ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Cruise Ship Hire
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: petergregory-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 19 Oct 2003 07:05 PDT
Expires: 18 Nov 2003 06:05 PST
Question ID: 267632
I wish to Hire a Cruise ship for a period of one year to travel back
and forwards between Darwin Australia, and Dili, Timor Leste.  I need
to know details of people who can provide such a charter.

Request for Question Clarification by leader-ga on 19 Oct 2003 07:29 PDT
Can you please describe the size of the ship? Are you looking for a
large cruise ship that can accomodate 2000-3000 people or are you
looking for a luxury yacht charter which is much smaller? Thanks.

Request for Question Clarification by omniscientbeing-ga on 19 Oct 2003 08:38 PDT
Also, by "cruise ship" are you looking for a motor yacht or larger
cabin cruiser, or are you also interested in large sailing vessels,
i.e. schooners, sloops, etc.? You want the vessel to be crewed, as
well, right (meaning you're not igoing to sail/motor it completely by
yourself with you and your people)?

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Subject: Re: Cruise Ship Hire
Answered By: omniscientbeing-ga on 20 Oct 2003 21:51 PDT

Here I will provide you with a list of contact information for yacht
and ship charters in the Darwin, Australia and Dili, Timor Leste
regions. The high-end charter cruise community is rather close-knit,
and if you call each of the numbers on this list with your specific
requirements, you’ll be able to work out a suitable arrangement.

When you say, “for one year,” I’m assuming you mean frequent cruises
of shorter durations throughout the year (reserved for you and your
party), because it would be more economical for you to buy your own
vessel than to literally charter someone else’s for one year. If this
does not describe your intentions, simply request Clarification to
this Answer and I will promptly include whatever additional
information it is that you wish, even if it includes purchasing or
leasing your own vessel.

Below is an e-mail response from the charter yacht company, Boating OZ
Charters and Events:

“Thank you for your enquiry for a charter for one year in Timor. I do
know of any boats available for such a long charter. It would probably
more economical to buy a boat for the duration.

Kathy McKenzie”

Here is Kathy’s contact information:

Boating OZ Charters & Events
ABN: 51 613 748 577
PO Box 358 Harbord Sydney NSW 2096
Mobile: 0408 650 851

The following link is to the contact information and booking page of a
London-based charter sailing yacht company:

[ ]. The next link is to
the “Yacht” page of their site, describing in detail their  45’
sailing yacht:

[ ]. 

Keep in mind that although they offer  pre-planned itineraries, they
note on their website that they are flexible in planning. If you
suggest a course you’d like to follow, they will be receptive. It’s
likely that if they can’t accommodate you themselves, they will know
someone who can.

Next is a link to a company that specializes in custom charters of
many types, based in Australia:

[ ].

“Encore Aquatic Charters
 A specialist charter company that combines a wide range of products
from different companies to suit the needs and requirements of
convention and corporate groups. This can include fast ferries, luxury
canal cruises, seaplanes, helicopters, and a full range of
watersports, utilizing a range of departure points and destinations
from Brisbane to the Gold Coast."

Here is their contact information:

 International Dial + 61 7 5591 5755
  07 5591 5755
 Tall Ship Sailing Cruises Australia Pty Ltd
74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Next is a link to “The Windward Islands Cruising Company,” who conduct
specialized sailing yacht charters around the world:

[ ].

An excerpt from the same page:

“The Windward Islands Cruising Company is a Yacht Chartering & Rental
Management Company specialized in the chartering of bareboat and
crewed catamarans, monohulls and motoryachts worldwide. We offer our
yacht chartering and travel consultancy services out of our five
wholly operated agencies based in Fort Lauderdale Florida; Paris, Lyon
France; Martinique FWI and Geneva Switzerland... Our customers
worldwide (USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Holland,
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa,
Caribbean, Mexico, Australia and others) are composed of individuals,
tour operators, travel agencies and incentive group specialist, who
have been enjoying our yacht chartering and consulting services since
1997. References and testimonials upon request…”

Here is their contact information:

(Company main email :
“The Windward Islands Cruising Company is a privately owned Martinique
based limited liability corporation, with registry number being: RCS
Fort de France B432280014. Its head office is located at Marina du
Marin, 97290 Le Marin, Martinique FWI, and whose bank information are
in France:
Banque Transatlantique, 26 av F.D. Roosevelt, Paris. Tel. (33) 1 56 88
72 78”

The next link is to an Australian tourism site’s “Boating” page, which
lists about 35 different charter companies. Some specialize in fishing
trips, some are sailboats, others are cabin cruisers:

[ ].

The next company, Naviera Diamond, specializes in worldwide cruises on
motor and sailing yachts:

[ ].

Here is their contact information:

Apolonio Morales , 10. 28036 Madrid
Tel.: (+34) 91 350 65 63
Fax: (+34) 91 345 19 27

The next company, Paradigm Expeditions, specializes in high-end, 
“luxury wilderness cruises” in different exotic locales around the

[ ].

Here is their contact information:

Paradigm Expeditions
Luxury Travel - Luxury Wilderness Cruises 
PO Box 275 Trinity Beach Cairns QLD 4879 Australia
PH: (+61 7) 4057 5555

The following website offers an extensive list of various sailing and
motor yacht cruises and charters. There are many charter company links

[ ].

The following link is to “Ship Charters international”:

[ ].

Here is a description, from their home page (above), of what they do:

“Find out how you or your organization can charter a large,
ultra-modern cruise ship for 100 to 3,000 guests and cruise lengths
from three to 30 days. Gain access to the leading cruise lines and
cruise ships throughout the world. Our knowledgeable staff will
provide hands-on assistance at every step along the way: needs
assessment, matching ship size, ship availability, rate negotiation,
contractual and legal documents, pre-charter ship inspections/cruises,
custom itineraries, accommodations, food & beverage packages, onboard
gifts and amenities, shore excursion selection and cruise

Here is their contact information:

Ship Charters International
9606 Greenpoint Drive
Tampa, FL 33626
Toll Free: (877) 600-6166 (from North America)
Telephone: (813) 792-2180
Facsimile: (813) 792-2179
e-mail us now at

The next link is to the South Pacific webpage  for “Orca Sailing and
Yacht Charters”:

[ ].

Here is their contact information: 

Toll Free: (800) 664-6049, US and Canada
Phone: (360) 671-4056 • Fax: (800) 664-7610
1017 15th St. • Bellingham, WA 98225

That concludes my list of possible charter operators.
Contacting the above charter companies through either e-mail or
telephone and relaying your precise requirements will lead you to
securing the charter you need.

Google search strategy:


“Darwin, Australia yacht charters”:

“Darwin australia cruise ship charter":

“Timor Leste cruise ship charter":

“Timor Leste cruise yacht charters”:

“Darwin, Australia charter operators”:

As I mentioned above, if you require more specific information I am
more than happy to provide it in a Clarification, since your Question
is fairly general.

Good luck in planning your adventures, and bon voyage!


Google Answers Researcher

Request for Answer Clarification by petergregory-ga on 22 Oct 2003 21:41 PDT
Sorry I think I asked the wrong question.  I am trying to support
Tourism in East Timor, and as a basic need to improve travel links.  I
am looking to set up a ferry that goes back and forth between East
Timor and Darwin.   I would need to run it for a year to test the
commerciality of this and need costings in the first instance.

Clarification of Answer by omniscientbeing-ga on 22 Oct 2003 22:07 PDT
"Sorry I think I asked the wrong question.  I am trying to support
Tourism in East Timor, and as a basic need to improve travel links.  I
am looking to set up a ferry that goes back and forth between East
Timor and Darwin.   I would need to run it for a year to test the
commerciality of this and need costings in the first instance."

petergregory-ga ,

Okay, I see. Is there anything to this end that I can help you with at
this time? What specifically would you like to know? Do you know how
many passengers will your ferry need to carry?

Google Answers Researcher
Subject: Re: Cruise Ship Hire
From: omniscientbeing-ga on 19 Oct 2003 08:45 PDT
Additionally, if you could provide any details about what type of
activities you want to do on the cruise (i.e. just sunset
cruising/relaxing, fine dining, or more active activities such as
SCUBA diving, fishing, filming, etc. or perhaps a little of each) it
would help.

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