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PIERRE HUREL, CNI MONACO Virgin Islands, Caribbean"Spring and summer may not be the classic time to head to the Caribbean, butduring May and June competitive prices and quiet destinations are just twoof the benefits of an out-of-season charter. The British Virgin Islands (BVIs)are my preferred Caribbean cruising ground. You can enjoy miles of sparklingsandy beaches, unparalleled dive sites, safe, clear quiet waters, a constantbreeze and a choice of anchorages. Sail around secluded bays and hiddencoves by day, and at night visit the glamorous bars, restaurants and boutiquesfor which the islands are famed. "I recommend White Bay on Jost Van Dyke for families as the waters arecalm and perfect for swimming. The Baths on Virgin Gorda are also idealfor snorkelling and swimming. Divers among your charter party shouldexplore the Royal Mail Steamer Rhone, one of the most celebrated dive sitesin the Caribbean, as well as Alice in Wonderland - the brilliant coral wallnear Ginger Island. "And, of course, no visit to the islands would be complete without sinkinga Painkiller cocktail at Jost Van Dyke's wonderfully named Soggy Dollar Bar." Wherever in the world you plan totravel, the CNI charter brokers are onhand to provide expert knowledge ofthe yachts and cruising destinationsavailable. Here, three members ofthe charter team offer their advice TAKE IT FROM 52Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011

favouriteplacesAGNES HOWARD, CNI FORT LAUDERDALE Côte d'Azur, France"As far as I'm concerned, the style and glamour of the French Riviera is whatyachting is all about. There is simply no better way to enjoy this alluringcoastline than from the decks of a superyacht. The stretch of coastline fromSt Tropez to Monaco has it all. Anchor off Pampelonne Beach and take thetender ashore for a long, lazy lunch at Club 55, stroll along the designerboutiques that line the stylish Croisette in Cannes, and enjoy yourself at thecasinos and bars of Monaco. For the ultimate gastronomic experience, I alwaysrecommend that clients head to Alain Ducasse's three-Michelin-starred LouisXV restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco.  "Aside from its glitz, the Côte d'Azur is the perfect place to wander aroundmarkets, mountain-bike across hills, and linger in quaint cafés. If timeallows, include Portofino, Italy, on your itinerary. The approach to thisprotected port is magical. Step ashore in the late afternoonand relax onthe balcony of the Hotel Splendido. As the sun sets, take in the sights ofthis idyllic port, which will include your yacht - it is just about the bestview imaginable." nTINA MONTZKA, CNI ANTIBESAmalfi Coast, Italy"For me, the beauty and tranquillity of the Amalfi Coast makes it theideal cruising destination. The combination of old-world charm and Italy'sappreciation of the finer things in life mean you can experience a little bitof everything: culture, fantastic cuisine and stunning landscapes. I recommendspending a few days cruising to the islands of Ischia and Capri. Visit theboutiques and restaurants around the small fishing village of San Angelo onIschia, or unwind in the thermal spas of this volcanic region. The fashionableisland of Capri is just a short cruise from Ischia. Take the small train to thebeautiful hilltop village of Anacapri, crowded with chic boutiques, restaurantsand bars. Back on the mainland, the famous coastal towns of Positano,Sorrento and Ravello offer their fair share of attractions. Anchor off Positano,a charming hilly town with a great harbour for watersports. Further south,step ashore at the colourful town of Amalfi and explore the Amalfi Cathedral,or venture further inland to the ruins of Pompeii."From the Amalfi Coast, take an overnight cruise to the Aeolian Islandsand Sicily for an extended itinerary." THE EXPERTScruising destinationsSPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI53