Author Archive for Nicholas Dean

Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner and Co-founder of global full-service superyacht brokerage company Ocean Independence, who specialise in yacht sales, charter, new build and management. With a passion for sailing from an early age, Nicholas started his career in the British marine industry, progressing into the large yacht market 32 years ago. His trusted expertise and knowledge combined with exceptional insight have generated a global reputation for excellence. One of the fastest-growing companies in the luxury-yachting sector, Ocean Independence operates the largest crewed charter fleet in the world and a team that combines more years of marine expertise than any other brokerage company globally. Founded in 2005, Ocean Independence now has approximately 115 employees, operating from 15 offices around the world, speaking 24 different languages.

Yacht charter in the Lofoten Islands

Yacht charter in the Lofoten Islands

Atmospheric and spectacular, the Lofoten Islands in Norway are interconnected by winding roads and jaw-dropping fjords on the Norwegian Sea. Renowned for the welcoming locals and traditional fishing villages that dot the landscape in shades of red and yellow, this is a magical destination for a yacht charter amongst some incredible scenery. During summer, experience […]

Sail the Saronic Islands of Greece

Sail the Saronic Islands of Greece

From the twinkling blue sea to the blissfully relaxed pace of island life, the Saronic Islands of Greece are, quite simply, very special. Enjoy a warm welcome at whitewashed tavernas, stroll endless beaches and relish the calm. For history fans, this is a treasure trove of incredible ancient culture, where alluring ruins exude spellbinding appeal. […]

Sicily: a yachting haven

Sicily: a yachting haven

Bursting with sensory delights, a yacht charter itinerary encompassing Sicily and its neighbouring islands is an absolute treat. Trace the curves of this spectacular coastline to soak up stunning views across emerald waters or head ashore, where a warm Italian welcome awaits. Take time to inhale the lingering fragrance of lemon groves, tantalise your taste […]

Travel beyond

Travel beyond

The dawning of a New Year brings the opportunity to consider a host of exciting travel plans for 2020. Whether impassioned by a spirit for adventure or a long-term wanderlust, exploratory experiences are becoming a bucket list headline.  Far flung destinations, perhaps not previously considered, are becoming far more accessible and a voyage of discovery […]

Island-hopping in Croatia

Island-hopping in Croatia

Seeking relaxed tranquillity and a touch of romance? Explore the wonders of beautiful Croatia, where picture-perfect beaches, azure waters and quaint seaside towns form a charming distraction from the rigors of everyday life. Bursting with countless natural gems, the coastline of Croatia brings balmy days cruising between verdant isles as the terracotta rooftops of medieval towns […]

The family-friendly Maddalenas

The family-friendly Maddalenas

For anyone yachting around Corsica and Sardinia with children, the Maddalena Islands are something of a concealed treasure. Although the prime summer months of July and August can still be busy, outside these times the islands tend to be quieter than mainland Sardinia. For parents this is a bonus, giving a certain degree of freedom […]

Magic in the Cayman Islands

Magic in the Cayman Islands

With shimmering turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs, the Cayman Islands are renowned as a natural playground and yachting haven. The three islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, all within easy cruising distance, are filled with wonderful attractions such as Seven Mile Beach, Boatswain’s Beach turtle farm and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic […]

Island discovery in Phuket

Island discovery in Phuket

A taste of the exotic awaits in Thailand with pristine bays and wide stretches of sun-kissed beach. Experience vibrant tradition, diverse shopping and buzzing nightlife in Phuket, while the myriad of nearby islets burst with natural beauty and underwater discoveries. Island-hopping by yacht in these stunning locations amidst authentic Thai culture delivers a fully immersive […]

Inspiration on the French Riviera

Inspiration on the French Riviera

So much more than just a coastline, the French Riviera is dotted with hidden gems steeped in local history, excellent cuisine and artists hideaways, discretely located alongside the region’s world-renowned glamour. Head inland from the waterfront bustle to explore towns immersed in rich Mediterranean culture, where pristine vineyards hug hillside contours and an array of […]

I want to... discover my perfect holiday destination

I want to… discover my perfect holiday destination

Seeking travel inspiration can often be daunting and is dependent upon countless factors. Focusing on the absolute basics of what you really do want to do can lead to discovery of the best opportunities. Here we explore some key destinations that, quite simply, hit the spot. Escape The spot: Southeast Asia To truly get lost, […]

Mediterranean exhilaration

Mediterranean exhilaration

Renowned for a generally relaxed vibe, the Mediterranean is an attractive yachting haven and reliable summer stalwart. The array of vibrant locations, each with their own distinct flavour, means there is something for everyone to enjoy. While many choose to just sit back and relax during their Med escape, the region also offers numerous options […]

Unsung heroes of the Greek islands

Unsung heroes of the Greek islands

The Greek islands are an ever-popular summer destination and perfect for exploring by yacht. While islands like Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu see large numbers of visitors in peak months, don’t let over-crowding deter you – beyond the abundant and much-loved Greek islands, numerous hideaway retreats await, relatively unknown and untouched by tourism. Brimming with wild […]

Active luxury in Norway

Active luxury in Norway

As a whole, Scandinavia offers some of the most incredible scenery in the world, and Norway is no exception. For those in search of luxury with a taste of adventure, a private yacht charter here will deliver an unforgettable experience: the unrivalled ability to access so many natural bounties with ease is the real deal. […]