Virgin Testing the Waters?

Starting in February, Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition brand will offer the l 05-foot catamaran Necker Belle for chartering in the Caribbean.

 Having undergone a two-year refit in Australia, the catamaran was bought by Branson three years ago for personal use before entering into the Virgin Limited Edition group of holdings, which include a private island for rent in the Caribbean.

With a weekly chartering rate listed at $88,000, the vessel has four double cabins, allowing for eight guests, along with an additional two people in the main cabin’s salon. A crew of seven navigates, and tends to guests, including a chef.

Other features include a 12-person, 160- horsepower tender, suited for island hopping, also doing double duty for waterskiing and scuba diving.

Additionally, a game fishing chair is mounted on the deck, and there is a crow’s nest, which can be raised as high as 25 meters above sea level.

Virgin touts custom-made itineraries depending on passenger interests. The catamaran is available directly from Virgin Limited Edition.

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