The Pirates to Compete in #IdeaFunding2021

Naked Pirate Travels has been selected to compete in southern Arizona’s largest and most prestigious pitch competition for startup businesses — IdeaFunding 2021. The competition gives startup businesses the opportunity to show off their ideas, vision, and inspiration for their company ~ and how they plan to make it a success. Companies will be competing for more than $65,000 in cash and prizes.

“This is an incredible opportunity and we’re thankful to Startup Tucson and all the organizations that support #IdeaFunding2021,” said Paul Hardersen, CEO of Naked Pirate Travels. “We have been busy developing the foundation of the business over the past several months and this competition represents our next major effort, which is to obtain seed funding to accelerate our operations and activities.”

The competition will occur in three phases beginning the week of March 4, 2021. The final competition will occur during the week of March 17, 2021. Join the Pirates and let’s show southern Arizona that the #Pirates have the vision for a better way to travel!

This annual competition is sponsored by Startup Tucson, Arizona Commerce Authority, the University of Arizona McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Pima Community College, and many other organizations. #IdeaFunding2021

Snow Boots to Swimsuits!

Our Cruise Stimulus Sale is Making a Comeback with up to $300 onboard credit! From spa treatments to gourmet dining, the choice is yours. Combine our exclusive $300 onboard credit with many additional promotional offers. Make your cruise a truly wonderful experience!

Promotion valid for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America, and Princess Cruises. Book by February 28, 2021 for a cruise from June 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022.

Contact us and book now!

Expanding Our Vision

Naked Pirate Travels unveils the latest iteration of its vision and mission statements — bringing to the fore the company’s plans to conduct truly immersive, interactive, and engaging sailing adventures around the world. In addition, we are bringing to the fore our efforts to integrate ocean science and conservation efforts into our sailing adventures, which will truly change how people think of travel and how it can positively impact the world. Read the full statement below.

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Cruises and Comparisons: It’s Good to Shop Around

As we all continue sitting at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now’s a great time to start planning for your next travel adventure. The end of the pandemic is now somewhat in sight, vaccines are becoming available, and we expect the larger travel industry to get back into the action later this year. It’s about time, right?

If you’re ready to hop aboard your next luxury cruise, it’s worth the time to do some comparison shopping. Many of the luxury cruise lines offer the same thing in terms of destinations, accommodations, and amenities, but there are differences worth noting. Comparing and contrasting their features and knowing what you want will help you pick the right cruise line.

So, with this in mind, your Pirates have compared and contrasted eight luxury cruise lines: Atlas Ocean Voyages, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Seabourn Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Viking Ocean, Windstar Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea. This review is a summary of our comparison — be sure to watch our YouTube Page to watch the full comparison. It’ll be available online soon.

The Viking Sky in Eidfjord, Norway.
  • Want to try out the new entrants in the luxury cruise market? Then check out Atlas Ocean Voyages and the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection — both conduct inaugural sails once the pandemic ends.
  • Want an expedition ship that travels to exotic locations? Atlas Ocean Voyages will soon have the most expedition ships, but Seabourn, Viking, and Silversea also have ships ready for Arctic, Antarctic, Amazon, and other amazing destinations.
  • Want a small ship with few passengers and the most intimate atmosphere? Then try SeaDream Yacht Club and Silversea, as they have ships that carry only about 100 passengers each.
  • Want to sail to Africa, the Middle East, and India? Seabourn Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea can take you there.
  • Want to go all-in on a world cruise? Seabourn, Viking Ocean, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea offer annual trips around the world.
  • Want a cruise line that includes round-trip airfare? Then take a look at Regent Seven Seas and Atlas Ocean Voyages.
  • Want to sail to the Black Sea? Only Atlas Ocean Voyages will soon offer that option.
  • Want the fun of a themed cruise? Then check out SeaDream Yacht Club, Windstar Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea.
  • Want to charter an entire ship? Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, SeaDream Yacht Club, Windstar Cruises, and Silversea are ready to help.
  • Want a cruise onboard a sailing ship? Only Windstar Cruises can fulfill that for you.
  • Want a cruise line that caters to people with vegan, gluten-free, and/or raw dining requirements? Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and SeaDream Yacht Club can help you.
  • Prices and All-Inclusiveness. Most of these cruise lines feature “all-inclusive” prices, but be sure to check what’s actually included, what isn’t, and factor that into your budget. Then you’ll be able to make a good choice based on both your budget and where you want to travel. Happy sailing!

Windstar is for Lovers of Cruising Sale

Embark on a romantic and extraordinary voyage of personalized adventure and unforgettable travel explorations. Share your love of cruising with the people you love in the destinations that mean the most to you, with exceptional savings just in time for Valentine’s Day. Book before February 16, 2021 for voyages starting at $1,099 per guest. Secure your favorite 2022 voyage and stateroom or suite today. Contact us today!

Amazing Caribbean adventures await!

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Boat Education Monday: Buying from a Brokerage

If you’re in the market for a boat, odds are you’ll go to the used market because of the abundance of boats available and the cheaper prices compared to buying a new boat. After all, not everyone can drop $200,000+ for a new Sea Ray Sundancer 320 Coupe.

Enter POP Yachts, and other companies, that are boat brokerages. Wait a minute, though. What’s a boat brokerage and why should I buy through them rather than a dealership or private seller? Good question.

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As per Oxford Languages, a brokerage is “A company that buys or sells goods or assets for clients.” In the case of POP Yachts, the company acts as a “middleman” between buyers and sellers to sell boats. Buyers browse the POP Yachts website, find a boat they like, and they can then make an offer for a boat. There is a process involved, however, and it’s important for buyers to understand the process.

The advantages? An easy, transparent process. An expert team that helps throughout. Minimal closing costs. Thousands of boat listings. People with vast knowledge of the boating industry. Sales reps that care that you really do get the boat that you want, in the condition you expect, and to your full satisfaction.

As POP Yachts is a brokerage, there is a commission that is paid upon a boat sale. The great thing about POP Yachts is that they don’t get paid unless you get your boat and the sale goes through. No surprises. No unplanned expenses.


Now it’s time for the advice. Below are some pointers for people who have never used a brokerage and are unfamiliar with the process. This is your big chance to get a great boat, haggle a bit on the price, and have a great upcoming summer. I hope you find this useful.

  • Ask questions. Your POP rep is there to get you answers, so use the rep to get all of your questions answered about a boat. This will help to alleviate any doubts you have about the boat.
  • Don’t wait. In the brokerage business, boats often sell quickly. Once you are sure you want a particular boat, make an offer. (Contact your sales rep!)
  • Make a reasonable offer. Making an offer at half the asking price, or lower, will usually go nowhere. Sellers aren’t often in a position to sell far below the asking price.
  • Be ready to negotiate. That’s what a brokerage is all about. Don’t make an offer and expect it to be taken by the seller automatically. Be ready to haggle and compromise on the price.
  • Think about extra costs. You will likely conduct a survey of the boat. This is an extra cost. Do you need to transport the boat to your home or marina? What are the closing costs? Consider all of this when considering a boat purchase.
  • Attend a showing. Go see the boat, ask questions, learn the maintenance history, do a water trial, search for problems, and make sure the boat is exactly how it has been advertised.
  • Boat condition. How turnkey do you want your boat to be? Some people like to tinker, some don’t. Do you want a project boat that requires major work? Or do you want a boat that is ready to sail?
  • Read the contract! While relatively simple, it is very important to read the entire contract and understand what it all means. If anything is unclear, ask questions.
  • Don’t go out of contract. If you do, then someone else can make an offer and the seller can take it, leaving you high and dry. 
  • Communicate. Keep in close communication with your POP reps. Your sales rep, your deal manager, your closing coordinator. Ask questions, read all emails and texts, make phone calls, and just make sure you know and understand what is happening and why.
  • This list is not all-inclusive, but will help you navigate the waterways of boat-buying with a brokerage. The summer boating season is not far away, so … get lookin’ and happy boating!
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Save Big with Silversea!

Our luxury cruise sale continues today with Silversea — the leader in ultra-luxury cruises around the world. With 10 ships that sail globally from the Arctic and Antartica to the Galapagos Islands and the South Pacific, Silversea brings you an amazing combination of luxury and expedition adventures. Book by February 28, 2021, and receive amazing savings and perks that include:

  • Savings up to 20% on select 2021 sailings with an Early Booking Bonus.
  • Fly away on your adventure with roundtrip airfare included.
  • Booking deposits are now only 15%.
  • Shore excursions are included on all expedition voyages.
  • Cancel up to 30 days before any cruise when accepting a Future Cruise Credit.
  • Don’t wait, book today! Fill out the form below and start planning your next voyage.
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Explore with Regent Seven Seas

The seven seas of the world await you onboard Regent Seven Seas. With global horizons to explore and a yearning to break free, it’s time to get ready to rediscover the beauty of our planet. From the Caribbean and South America to the Mediterranean and Asia (and so much more!), enjoy a $200 onboard credit per stateroom in addition to all current promotions. Book by February 28, 2021, on sails from October 3, 2021, to April 25, 2023. Yes, it’s time to go.

Sail away with Windstar

Today’s luxury cruise sale special is with Windstar Cruises — the ships with sails! Today’s special is for explorers ready to plan their next adventure and who want to save money, too. In addition to Windstar’s ongoing promotions and sales, get an additional $100 in onboard credits per stateroom.

Book anytime until February 22, 2021, to secure these savings for sailings that occur from May 1, 2021, through December 29, 2022. We’re all ready to get traveling again and what better way than to book now and prepare for your next bucket list trip. Contact us with questions and for details and … let’s get sailing!

Save with Seabourn!

Get ready to cruise again – in style – with Seabourn Cruises and snag an onboard credit (OBC) of up to $300 per suite. This perk is in addition to the ongoing Seabourn Signature Sales Event, so you get to save even more. This applies for sailings from July 16, 2021, through July 17, 2022. Start planning your next adventure and savor the fun to come!

This offer is valid until March 1, 2021. Contact us today!