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New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:00
New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery Notorious for its rugged landscapes, vast plains and icy cool temperatures, the unique appeal of exploring Alaska is hard to resist for those looking to plan a stray from the beaten track this new year as plans for a summer getaway begin to take shape. Snowy mountaintops, awe-inspiring skies and fascinating wildlife await the adventurous traveller in this intriguing region; yet it is only recently that Alaska has truly begun to open up as an alternative charter destination. Although the appeal of the tropic’s white sandy beaches remains ever-enduring, the rise of the explorer vessel in recent years has meant that more and more charters are easily available to such previously inaccessible regions, presenting an experience of a lifetime to those bold enough to try it this summer.

The first stop on our guide to exploring Alaska by superyacht has to be the breath-taking capital of Juneau. The only capital city in America unreachable by car, Juneau is a melting pot of lush forestry, glittering mountaintops and wild, rugged terrain alongside a small and welcoming community. Only in Juneau can visitors spend a morning hiking across the 70-foot Mendenhall glacier, and the wind down in the afternoon by taking in the city’s picturesque art galleries and museums.

If even this isolated city is not enough to satisfy your cravings for the remote, our next recommendation is a journey through Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, fully submerging yourself in the true Alaskan experience of wild and wonderful beauty. Ideal for a superyacht charter of the most daring proportions, the raw beauty of the Inside Passage is matched only by the fascinating appeal of its wildlife and biology, making this destination popular among imaginative tourists and scientists alike.     

Finally, along your Alaskan superyacht charter do not miss the numerous islands, each containing their own charming character and unique delights simply waiting to be discovered. From the Inside Passage to Juneau, the state of Alaska is brimming with magical hotspots of raw natural beauty, from Duke Island to Revillagigedo. Awash in natural wonder, the opportunities for discovery here are endless – from mountainside eagle spotting to fly-fishing atop a glacier, from basking in hot springs at Bell Island to delving into the hidden waterways of Coffman Cove.  

Chartering through the rugged landscapes of Alaska is simply an opportunity not to be missed for those looking to start the new year by leaping outside of their comfort zone. Yet those who assume that the remote location of this wild destination would mean any compromise on luxury should think again. Superyachts such as Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72m Cloudbreak are capable of high-endurance, long-distance journeys such as these, all while offering the very best in 6 star luxury and on-board indulgence. Speak to a broker to find out more about vessels chartering in this glorious region of unfettered natural beauty.

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The Best Charter Yachts for Winter Wellness

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:00
The Best Charter Yachts for Winter Wellness Every new year begins with the optimism of resolutions and promises, so many of those involving commitments to better health and fitness. Many of those, if you are at all like me, are also ‘forgotten’ about by the second week of January. To ensure that this year these resolutions are fulfilled, we take a look at some of the best wellness superyachts on the charter market.

Nautilus – 73m Perini Navi, 2014.

Nautilus is a superyacht that has been especially crafted for onboard wellbeing in both her interior and exterior spaces. The 73m Perini Navi yacht, available for charter through Y.CO, is offers perhaps the most complete wellness experience for her 12 guests. A whole deck dedicated to wellness offers everything one could ever want for a January detox. Complete with a jacuzzi, sauna, hydropherapy pool and massage room, she caters for every need.

There is no need to hide away indoors during the detox either, as she also offers a 3.5m resistance pool on the exterior, perfect for a fitness routine enjoyed under the sun. A plethora of toys and tenders is made even more exciting by the fact that Captain David McMorrow is a licensed scuba diving instructor.

Alfa Nero – 82m Oceanco, 2007.

Edmiston are offering a charter escape on board the enormous 82m Oceanco yacht Alfa Nero. Since making an award-laden entrance onto the scene in 2007, she has recently undergone an extensive refit in 2017 to keep her up to the high standards she has set for herself.

Alfa Nero is especially unique in her expansive Master Suite, which spans an entire deck and provide an exclusive mini universe. On the Master Deck, you will find not only a private terrace and Jacuzzi, but a fully equipped gym and spa. The positioning of the gym allows guests to enjoy panoramic views of the sea while working out, meaning that boot camp may not have to be such a scary thought. Climb down post-gym and the 27 crew members will be on hand to pamper you in the many relaxation spaces, including a beauty salon.  

Available for charter through Edmiston

Aquijo – 86m Oceanco & Vitters, 2016.

Perfect for a Caribbean Sailing adventure, the 86m Sailing Yacht Aquijo brings you closer to the water while retaining the volume of amenities normally found on motor yachts.

Aquijo’s spectacular beach club and spa is the ideal place to rid yourself of all those toxins amassed over a festive Christmas period, offering a sauna, steam room and hot tub. An ocean-view Jacuzzi located on the Flybridge is then the perfect place to take in the scenery and bask under the sun. If the adventure of one of the world’s largest sailing yachts is not enough for your appetite, you can take it into your own hands on one of the yacht’s sailing dinghies.

CloudbreakAbeking & Rasmussen, 2016.

This yacht is certainly one for the adrenaline-seekers. There is no better way to make a fast-paced start to 2020 than on this 75.28m expedition superyacht, custom built for extreme adventures while offering a relaxing haven to return to and wind down.  

Cloudbreak’s extreme sports equipment provides the way to dust off the cobwebs in style, as guests can take to heli-skiing or any of the other blood-pumping toys stored on board. The Espen Oeino designed exterior offers comfort in all climates, including even a winter garden to wander through whilst recharging those batteries. An all-encompassing spa offers guests everything from sauna, massage room and a chilled plunge pool, while guests can finish up their routine in the open-air pool fitted on the large sundeck.

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The Most Popular Charter Destinations of 2019

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 12:00
The Most Popular Charter Destinations of 2019 When it comes to stylish charter destinations boasting hidden jewels waiting to be discovered, these five charter hot-spots offer the ultimate 2019 destinations on superyacht travellers global radar. Take a glimpse into our charter favourites where each destination offers a unique world of its own...

The Glittering United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has seen luxury travellers flock there at an exceeding rate. With some of the most luxury resorts across the region, from Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi to the much-loved Yas Marina, it proves the leaders in hospitality remain in the glistening hub of the UAE. From bespoke experiences across desert sand dunes to bespoke luxury shopping on board your superyacht, the region know exactly how to entice and allure its superyacht travellers through a world of glamour and opulence. Now, with the region's yachting infrastructure developing at an exceeding rate, it seems the country is well and truly equipped to deal with the biggest superyachts in the world. With the support, facilities and stand-out services for superyachts well and truly underway, it seems this extravegant hub for exploration is a 2019 favourite. Read our Abu Dhabi InDepth publication to learn more about Abu Dhabi.

The Adriatic Jewel of Montenegro 

This gem of rugged beauty and luxury hideouts combine to create the perfect emblem of Eastern Mediterranean bliss. Plunged on the map for superyacht travellers due to the stylish marina village of Porto Montenegro, the country waves the flag for an unassuming Mediterranean escape into rustic European shores. With a plethora of luxury marinas emerging, an array of boutique hotels and yachting support, Montenegro encompasses the ultimate alternative escape for superyacht owners and charter guests looking for something exceptional. Supremely private and breathtakingly beautiful, it invites luxury travellers the opportunity to soak up the visual drama of mountain backdrops, crystal azure seas, and a terrain of natural beauty waiting to be discovered.  Read our Montenegro InDepth publication to learn more about Montenegro.

The Pristine Bahamas 

The Bahamas, a glistening paradise retreat encompasses the best of a sunny Caribbean escape. An all time favourite destination for superyacht travellers and charter guests alike, this paradise escape offers luxury private island residences, chic resorts at the dozen, and bucket-list discoveries like the famous Pink Sand Beach at Harbour Island. Whether swimming with pigs at the famous Pig Beach or enjoying a private beachside dinner, each experience in The Bahamas is curated for luxury, privacy and unforgettable memories across your superyacht adventure. Jump off-deck and into the region's underwater world and step on land into the Caribbean retreat of The Bahamas. Read our Bahamas InDepth publication to find out more about The Bahamas.

The Rustic Island of Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is the kind of simple, island escape that dreams are made of. It's stripped back island charm, warm hospitable locals and supreme luxury resorts such as Carlisle Bay mean that the destination is truly unparalelled. Charter guests are invited to hop off their yacht into a multitude of curated experiences. From yoga on the beach to zip lining across the island's lush forestry, there is a bespoke experience for adventurers,  zen-seekers, adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. As if made for luxury travellers in mind, Antigua's luxury marinas are equipped with everything charter guests, their captain and their crew require. Visit Antigua & Barbuda when the season is in full swing by attending Antigua Charter Show, where superyachts can be found in abundance and the island is alive with magic. Read our Anitgua InDepth publication to find out more about Antigua & Barbuda. 

Cayman Island Paradise 

Cayman Island is a little but loved member of our charter destination list proving good things come in small packages. Owed to its untouched beauty and sumptuous resorts, it is a step into utopian beauty perfect for charter guests seeking an off-the-radar escape, When visiting the Cayman Islands, it is easy to fall in love with the stripped-back allure. Whether you choose to bask in island bliss, take a culinary retreat into tasting the island's delicious island delicacies or sink your toes into its white sand beaches, it is easy to see why superyacht travellers escape and return here time and time again. Charter guests can expect everything and more from the Cayman Islands. Dive into its crystal clear waters or simply relax in its sun-drenched paradise,the choice is yours.  Read our Cayman InDepth publication to find out more about the Cayman Islands. 

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Bahamian Bliss: Plan Your Perfect Superyacht Charter

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 15:00
Bahamian Bliss: Plan Your Perfect Superyacht Charter As the New Year inches closer, superyacht charter guests turn to the tranquil shores of the Bahamas and Caribbean for a festive escape from the Christmas chill. With such flagship superyachts as Solo, Kismet and Solandge chartering in the Bahamas this winter, the opportunities for the charter of a lifetime are infinite. With this in mind, we give you the perfect guide to a superyacht charter in the Bahamas, including all the must-see islands and delights along the way.

Grand Bahama

As the northernmost island, Grand Bahama is an ideal first stop-off for your superyacht charter in the Bahamas. Brimming with rich history and character, Grand Bahama is divided into three distinct yet charming areas – East End, Freeport and West End. Home to the Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, Freeport’s stunning marina facilities are second-to-none, boasting 72 slips and world class services to its users and guests. For those seeking to experience nature first-hand, the island is home to no less than three exquisite national parks, perfectly preserving a sense of untouched tranquillity in this popular superyacht destination.

San Salvador

A charter in the Bahamas is not complete without a visit to San Salvador, an island steeped in history since it became the first in the New World to be discovered by Christopher Colombus. San Salvador is the epitome of picturesque; with its stretches of white sandy beaches, glittering salt water lagoons and lush, rolling hills, it may come as a surprise that this haven is virtually unspoiled by human touch. For those looking to escape the noise of civilisation and truly submerge themselves into a Bahamian paradise, San Salvador offers an unrivalled island getaway.

Nassau

After relaxing in San Salvador, some may choose to steer their charter to slightly busier shores for a taste of island life. As the capital of the Bahamas, the city of Nassau on New Providence Island promises a stay shrouded in history, charm and character. For the more adventurous charterers, Nassau is a world hotspot for shark diving, as its seas are home to families of tigers, hammerheads and reef sharks. Alternatively, the capital has no shortage of charming bars, golf and tennis clubs, spas and fine restaurants each offering their own unique taste of island luxury.

 

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Culinary Curations On-Board 70m Sherakhan

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 12:00
Culinary Curations On-Board 70m Sherakhan Superyacht charters in the Caribbean are about to undergo their most popular months, and as a cool chill sets upon the shores of the Mediterranean, it is not hard to understand why. But for those looking to understand what makes just such a charter experience so indulgent and unforgettable, we took a look at a day in the culinary life on-board the stunning 70m Sherakhan - available for charter this winter in the Caribbean.

There are many interconnected elements which come together in harmony to form the most unforgettable charter. Without doubt, cuisine is one of the most important of these, as a bespoke culinary experience can truly elevate a superyacht’s appeal. Exceptional gourmet experiences on-board the most luxurious of superyachts can surpass those of even the finest restaurants in the world; sourcing the best ingredients from around the world and tailoring them to your unique tastes, with you as the guest in mind.  

With remarkable accommodation for up to 26 charter guests, Sherakhan is notable not only for her unique preservation of heritage combined with modern luxury, but also for her outstanding cuisine curated by Michelin-starred Chef Toine Smulders. Toine’s experience working for the finest establishments in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland have brought him to face the unique challenges and rewards of working on-board a superyacht of Sherakhan’s stature.

For those unfamiliar with such challenges, to assume that working on-board a floating villa might present its own restrictions in terms of what can be served could not be further from the truth. As Smulders explains, there is no such thing as impossible when it comes to meeting guests’ requirements, adding, “We can cook Dutch frikandel, Saudi Arabian kabsa or South African lemon pie; you name it, we can make it!”

When it comes to his signature style, flavour is paramount for this accomplished chef. “Natural, healthy and recognisable food is very important to me,” Smulders explains. While a dish on-board Sherakhan is far from simplistic, Smulders sees great value in authentic food that goes back to its basics – currently experimenting with healthy, vegan and local food. However, the greatest value in dining on-board Sherakhan is that dishes are uniquely bespoke, curated entirely around the guests’ desires – any taste that can be conceived of can be achieved in a truly unforgettable dish.

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Christmas Charter: Spotlight on Bella Vita

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:00
Christmas Charter: Spotlight on Bella Vita For this week’s charter focus, we turn the spotlight on the 75m Lurssen Bella Vita; a true giant in her field offering her lucky guests an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Although built in 2009, Bella Vita’s exterior architecture has been penned to retain a timeless sense of modernity and style in the characteristic fashion that only renowned designer Espen Oeino can produce.

It is her interiors, however, which truly separate Bella Vita as a standout charter yacht on today’s market. Stepping on-board this Lurssen classic, the scene is not dissimilar to that of a regal palace from the French Renaissance period, brought effortlessly into the modern day. Subtle shades of cream and white in smooth marble give a sense of classic luxury to her interiors, while soft materials and intricately thought-out lighting give this superyacht a sense of being a true home at sea.

There is no shortage of entertainment options on-board Bella Vita; from a choice of al fresco dining spaces to comfortable indoor lounges, guests can choose to enjoy an afternoon in her on-board cinema or an evening in one of her stylish deck bars. Bella Vita has all the features of a classic super yacht of elebated stature; from her 6 expansive decks and extensive choice of toys and tenders, to her aft deck helipad.

Yet it is not just her aesthetics which make Bella Vita stand out from the crowd. Despite having been launched a decade ago, the technological innovation fitted into this yacht’s design are remarkable even today, including an ice-strengthened hull design and stabilising system which render her perfect for exploration in comfort, whether cruising or at anchor.

For a charter of a lifetime, Bella Vita without question offers an experience like no other – and is available for charter this winter in the Caribbean with Moran Yacht & Ship.  

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Uncover the UAE: Winter Charter Hotspot

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:00
Uncover the UAE: Winter Charter Hotspot Traditionally, the winter charter season sees the superyacht elite look to the Caribbean islands as their port of call for a sun-filled escape. However, more and more the United Arab Emirates is establishing itself as a leading charter destination. The unique experiences afforded in the glamorous Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are backed by the holistic offering of services that superyacht clientele expect, making the UAE an unmissable adventure.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has long been building towards becoming one of the world’s finest superyacht locations. Mounting a challenge to the Caribbean has taken years of heavy investment and planning, but Abu Dhabi is now reaping the rewards as a haven for UHNW travellers. 

The UAE is experiencing a Renaissance  as a yachting hub, seeing infrastructure developing at an exceeding rate along with their marinas, maritime support and facilities matching the appetite for the region.

Saleed Al Daheeri, Senior Manager of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism, told Superyachts.com that the city is “a diverse destination where visitors will be able to reach culture, retail, diversity of beaches and more.

“We have a global diversity where we have desert, beach, entertainment, Ferrari World, YAS Waterpark, Warner Bros, so a lot of entertainment for people to visit.”  

The UAE capital caters to every luxury tourism fantasy. UNESCO heritage attractions, exhilarating desert dunes, luxurious resorts including a spa where treatment inclusive of being dipped in gold, and of course a bustling nightlife. At the heart of the Emirate’s superyacht community is the thriving Yas Marina. Known worldwide as the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island hosts one of the most advanced marina facilities for luxury retreats. A high-tech dock and five-star accommodation provide a comfortable basis to explore the endless activity of the Yas Marina, which has been described as a “destination within a destination.”

You can read all about the secrets of Abu Dhabi in our latest InDepth publication, or watch the adventure unfold in our SY Original Documentary.

Dubai is a longstanding yachting hotspot too, with the Dubai International Boat Show approaching its 28th instalment in March 2020 waving the flag for the superyacht community in the UAE. The Dubai Emirate is ideally designed for a yachting escape, boasting 49 miles of natural coastline while also offering on-land amenities that relinquish any need for the word ‘bored’.

Dubai has luxury in abundance. World famous its string of luxury hotels, many of these are based on the tree-shaped archipelago of Al Jumeirah including the iconic Burj Al Arab. Much of your time can be spent enjoying long relaxing days on the water, detached from the world, but at the same time the city of Dubai has many treats in store that cannot be missed. In no other place can such a stunning array of contrasting tourist attractions be found. Every moment there is something new and scintillating for the eyes to take in, whether it be Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – or the natural wonders of Dubai’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Culturally, Dubai also has a vibrant palette of experiences. From the traditional markets and authentic tastes of the Old Town, to the glitz and glamour of the city centre and marina, Dubai again ticks all the boxes.

The United Arab Emirates is a destination like no other, offering experiences like no other that will appeal to superyacht owners willing to discover something new. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai offer a diverse blend of city and beach escape. Nature and technology are fused together to offer guests unlimited sources entertainment and pleasure to make their stay unforgettable, while their cosmopolitan approach and luxury hospitality ensure you visit time and time again.

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Maltese Falcon: A Caribbean Charter

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:00
Maltese Falcon: A Caribbean Charter One of the world’s largest sailing yachts, Maltese Falcon, is available for charter in the Caribbean during this winter season. Back in March of this year it was announced that IYC would act as CA for the iconic Perini Navi yacht, and now the first Falcon Rig creation has her sails set on a Caribbean adventure.

Delivered by the esteemed Italian shipyard in 2006, Maltese Falcon measures an incredible 88 metres in length but it was the technology behind her three-mast system which redefined the market for sailing yachts upon her introduction to the market.

The DynaRig structure stands 57 metres high, featuring three carbon masts that rotate, with computer driven sail deployment for her fifteen sails. A super cruiser capable of crossing the Atlantic in just ten days, the innovation behind this Maltese Falcon revolutionised the industry. Perini Navi, together with Dykstra Naval Architects and Magma Structures, recently announced that the Falcon Rig structure would be made available to the wider market, prompting excitement for enthusiasts of large sailing yachts. The original Maltese Falcon, however, remains a unique symbol of sailing luxury and performance.

Up to 12 guests can be welcomed on board the Perini Navi superyacht, attended to by a crew of 19 across the exquisite large spaces. Six guest cabins and a VIP suite make up the accommodation, while interior by Ken Freivoch serves as a masterclass in elegance. Fusing an industrial edge with sublime materials topped off with a magnificent collection of art, whilst on-board it is easy to forget that Maltese Falcon is a high-performance sailing vessel and not a centuries-old Palace re-decorated for with contemporary class. A full formal outdoor dining table is complimented by a social circular bar leading into the expansive main saloon, while a Japanese-influence influenced dining area can be found indoors. This yacht is a testament to both versatility and opulence.

On such a high-volume superyacht the space has been used with such shrewd planning, utilising every inch to maximise the guest experience. The luxurious cabins are complimented by an array of breath-taking social spaces, each equipped to add to the endless entertainment of this charter superyacht. Sunbathing decks, an inviting Jacuzzi and the largest outdoor movie screen on any yacht are just a few of the features waiting for guests lucky enough to take the Maltese Falcon out on the Caribbean waters this winter.

There is no superyacht quite like the Maltese Falcon on the charter market. Even just her name resonates with vigour throughout the industry. At $480,000 a week this winter season, we hope to see the white sails of the Maltese Falcon spotted sailing proudly through the Caribbean, providing the experience of a lifetime to her guests

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Heritage and Style On-board 62m Apogee

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:00
Heritage and Style On-board 62m Apogee With the Antigua Charter Yacht Show well underway, all eyes this week have been on the thriving superyacht charter market. As the world’s superyacht fleet turns to the luxury yachting sanctuary of the Caribbean and its warmer shores, we thought it only suitable to take an in-focus look at one of the hottest charter yachts on the water this festive season.

Available for charter in the Caribbean with Thompson Westwood & White Yachts, Codecasa’s flagship build Apogee promises her guests the charter experience of a lifetime this winter. 62 metres of clean, striking naval architecture and an abundance of open outdoor deck spaces set Apogee firmly apart from the crowd, while the Della Role’s sophisticated optimisation of volume on her interiors ensure that guests will want for nothing in terms of socialising and entertainment areas.

Comfortably accommodating an impressive 12 guests in her impeccable staterooms, Apogee’s on-board amenities serve to surpass every expectations of a luxury charter experience. A well-equipped gym, 22-foot-long onyx-topped bar, Jacuzzi and of course the on-board Club Apogee complete this superyacht’s exceptional appeal. All five decks of Apogee are distinguished by their own unique character, linked together with a main foyer elevator and sweeping spiral staircase.

There is no shortage of entertainment on-board this exceptional superyachts; guests can enjoy a choice of indoor and al fresco dining spaces, or make use of her extensive toys and tenders, before retiring to an evening in the stylish Club Apogee.

Having been refit in 2016, Apogee’s features singularly reserve her traditional heritage while bringing her into the very pinnacle of contemporary luxury. Apogee’s interiors retain a rich taste of 1920s class, decked with rich mahogany and soft taupe materials; blending style seamlessly with comfort in a way only a superyacht of such elevated stature is capable.

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Antigua Charter Show Focus: M/Y Eminence

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:00
Antigua Charter Show Focus: M/Y Eminence With the Antigua Charter Show in full swing, we turn our attention to 78.43m M/Y Eminence, a charter charmer with a difference, available for the very first time on the charter market...

The stylish Abeking & Rasmussen's M/Y Eminence built in 2008 will be a charter favourite at the sunny Caribbean charter show this year. The epitome of a show-stopping charter vessel, her exquisite German build reflects a pedigree division of excellence, while her supreme exterior design by Reymond Langton Design showcase superb attention to detail and a striking vision.  The added bonus? Having only had one owner with very low use, Eminence is in impeccable condition, ready to take on a charter adventure.

M/Y Eminence welcomes up to 12 guests in 8, stylishly appointed staterooms. The upper deck master suite offers breathtaking 180-degree views, perfect for miles of ocean views out to sea, while private deck, study and stunning onyx clad bathrooms are just the details one require on an unforgettable charter. Additionally, two VIP staterooms and five equally spacious and luxurious guest staterooms are found on the main and lower decks.

The main salon also offers ample seating in a serene and elegant setting, while her dining salon and sky lounge offer the chance for guests to escape into sublimity. Her five decks encompass a 10-seat movie theatre, spa with sauna and massage room, fully equipped gym, and beach club, perfect for indulging in sumptuous relaxation at sea. 

For life best enjoyed al fresco, there are also numerous outdoor spaces to enjoy gourmet meals and cocktails at sunset while taking in the picturesque scenery. A central elevator runs from the lower deck up to the expansive sun deck with Jacuzzi, bar, and sunbathing areas offering a seamless connection throughout. 

A professional crew of 24 are on hand to launch any of her 2 tenders or variety of toys when you’re ready to hit the water. Take a thrilling ride down the slide, explore below the water on the Sea Bobs or float in her pool off the aft deck beach club. As her name suggests, M/Y Eminence offers a superior luxury charter experience with 24 professional crew on hand to ensure every detail, every moment and every memory is tailored to perfection.

M/Y Eminence is available for charter with Worth Avenue. 

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Top 5 Christmas Charter Destinations

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:00
Top 5 Christmas Charter Destinations As we enter the festive season, Superyachts.com looks at the destinations that are a must on your Christmas charter Wishlist.

British Virgin Islands

A secluded Caribbean paradise, the British Virgin Islands are perfect for the adventurous winter break. Across more than 50 islands, the archipelago offers visitors the chance to explore the many white sand beaches that overlook the blue waters in what is an idyllic yachting destination.

Popular for its abundance of marine life and snorkelling hotspots, the British Virgin Islands are also regarded as one of the best sites for diving in the Caribbean. RMS Rhone, sunk in 1867, lies at the bottom of Salt Island and offers a historic backdrop for divers. Read our British Virgin Islands InDepth here

Antigua & Barbuda

History and hospitality give substance to what is otherwise a simply stunning charter spot. Famous for having a different breath-taking beach for each day of the year, these Islands offer a luxury experience like no other. Top-level marina facilities and activities galore, all serviced with the natural charm that has endeared this nation to so many. This is a prime yachting destination.

You can uncover all the secrets to this playground of the yachting elite in the SY Original documentary here and Antigua InDepth here

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a destination that has long served at the heart of the superyacht community, and this year more than ever it deserves support in return for the wonders it has consistently delivered.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in August rocked the country, but the majority of the Bahamas islands south of Grand Bahama were largely unaffected and continue to provide the same quality of winter escapes. Many voices in the yachting industry have encouraged charterers to support the local economy in The Bahamas and the health of one of the most iconic charter destinations in the world.

The Bahamas needs very little in terms of an introduction of what it offers. Perhaps the most complete charter destination, these islands cater for peaceful lounging, heavy partying and adrenaline-filled excursions all in the highest luxury. Read our Bahamas InDepth publication here

Adriatic Sea

Back closer to home, the Adriatic Sea is fast developing as a thriving superyacht destination and its ambition is to offer all year round escapes.

Senior PR & Marketing Manager of Porto Montenegro, Danilo Kalezic, told Superyachts.com about how heavy investment has turned the marina into a world-class superyacht haven. “So far we have invested 500m euros in the project in the last ten years,” explained Danilo at MYS 19. “We are investing at least that much in the next 10-15 years.”

"The areas like Montenegro that offer escapes in this region do so with the benefit of being smaller countries, meaning they can offer more privacy for guests and focus on the quality of service. The shores of Croatia, Montenegro and Venice offer something different to the more heavily visited Western Mediterranean routes, with undisturbed waters and crystal beaches." continues Danilo. Read our Montenegro InDepth publication here

South Pacific & Australia

Heading across to the East, the South Pacific and Australia offer a more alternative winter chartering experience. South Pacific islands such as Tonga, Fiji and French Polynesia offer culturally rich experiences and diverse landscapes.

While offering the customary white sandy beaches and tropical wildlife, Fiji also offers treks along rather more undiscovered and undisturbed jungle terrains, such as the volcanic islands of Yasawa and the Waisali Rainforest Reserve.

Chartering a yacht in Australia guarantees to unlock experiences that are otherwise unreachable. The Great Barrier Reef is well-famed for being the world’s largest coral reef stretching over 2,300 kilometres, and through chartering in this area guests can access exclusive diving sites

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Service and Style Onboard Charter Yacht Arience

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 13:00
Service and Style Onboard Charter Yacht Arience In May of this year it was announced that Arience, formerly Excellence V, would be available to charter with Cecil Wright as Central Agent. The 60.93m Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht remains one of the most exciting classic charter yachts on the market, the ideal vessel for a winter escape.

Arience is a yacht built for a connoisseur - a true classic, she is the perfect example of best in class Northern European building and continues to storm the charter market as one of the highest pedigree yachts in her size category.

Featuring an exterior design penned by the esteemed Reymond Langton, Arience is recognisable for her sweeping steel and aluminium lines. The interior, also the work of Langton’s studio, benefits from a meticulous application of materials from leather walls to crocodile tabletops, while standout aspects of the design include a central glass elevator providing access to all five decks.  

What is striking about Arience is her capacity, which matches that of a yacht in the 70-75m category in terms of gross tonnage. This incredible volume is certainly utilised to its full potential, providing ultimate luxury for the 12 guests on board.

Seven exquisite staterooms accommodate the 12 guests, comprising of a master suite, VIP suite, three doubles and two twin rooms. Each stateroom boasts full entertainment centres, television and en-suite bathroom for a homely feel.

Such an important part of the charter experience is the service provided on board by the Captain and their crew. This is something that Cecil Wright believe sets Arience apart from other options on the market, outlined by the brokerage’s comment on the yacht. “She is led by the enthusiastic and massively experience Captain Dean Pilatti and supported by the talented Chef Dean Harrison, interior team led by Lizzie or Jasmin and an eager watersports deck crew armed with brand new water toys.”

Having a dedicated and friendly crew who know the yacht’s cruising areas like the back of their hands enhances the experience, getting the most out of the charter. This, combined with the design pedigree of Reymond Langton and the German engineering of A&R, make Arience the standout charter vessel available this winter.

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Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:00
Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur Our time onboard M/Y Chasseur was a welcome break from the hectic docks of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Joined by Sales and Charter representatives from Burgess, we had the pleasure of interviewing Captain Nicole Fawcett about why this 49m is one of the best charter yachts on the market today.

Instant calm ensues as soon as we step on board, welcomed by Captain Nicola, we sat down in the airy main saloon to learn all about this stylish Christensen build. Nicola began, "Chasseur is a beautiful 48 metre yacht and we have six guest cabins... lots of bright light coming in, clear windows." 

She continued, "She's a family boat and we appeal to almost everyone [...] the designer was Varo Design in California, but a lot of influence from the owner." Boasting perhaps one of the most elegant interiors we've seen at the show on a yacht in this range, Nicole continued to talk us through Chasseur's on-vogue features.

From the eccentric Slim Aarons artwork that adds a touch of classic glamour to the contemporary use of glass onboard, Nicole described, "The glass staircase is a showstopper. It's the first time Christensen has made floating staircases like that. Everyone seems to love them!" 

But aside from her interior styling, what else can potential charter guests or buyers expect when the step on deck? "They come on and they just.. it's 'WOW'" said Nicole, "They just absolutely love the boat. They love the brightness of the boat and the length that you see from the aft main deck or even bridge deck. You can look all the way down. From the bridge I can see all the way aft - I can see the flag!"

We also had to ask about the Crew. Holding a number of accolades to their name, Nicole modestly shared, "Last year with Burgess I won Captain of the year and then we just won a photo contest, the Burgess Photo Contest which is really exciting!" Well deserved awards, adding to an experience we're sure any future guest will enjoy. 

Catch a glimpse inside Chasseur and watch the interview with Captain Nicole in full above. 

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FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 09:00
FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts As the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off, we bring our readers our top choices for standout charter yachts at this year's show.

This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as an international fleet of yards, designers, architects and superyacht lovers alike flock to the sunny docks of Bahia Mar for the world's largest in-water boat show. For those seeking to cast aside the winter blues in the coming months in favour of sunnier shores, we selected our top pick of charter yachts headlining this year's show. 

1. Madsummer
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Lurssen's 95m flagship Madsummer this week, the stunning superyacht launched by the German yard earlier this year. Not only the biggest yacht at the show, Madsummer is also available for charter this winter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, with Moran Yacht & Ship acting as the central agent. Aside from her striking exteriors and exceptional Harrison Eidsgaard design, Madsummer also features a forward deck helipad, 12-meter swimming pool and on-board spa. 

2. Phoenix 2
Once again the German giants are dominating the build category of finest large yachts, as Lurssen's Phoenix 2 takes pride of second place for our top pick of charter yachts at this year's show. Also available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, Phoenix 2 promises the perfect luxurious getaway to the Mediterranean this winter, with on-board amenities including an outdoor cinema, sundeck pool and jacuzzi. Her unmistakable Winch exterior and interior design separates this exceptional build effortlessly from the crowd, guaranteeing that Phoenix 2 will certainly be one of the most popular yachts on show.

3. Solo
Our third and final favourite comes from a yard who has exceeded itself in quality yacht-building in recent years, arguably in no case less evidently than the delivery last year of Tankoa's 71m Solo. A trip to the Bahamas & Caribbean on-board Solo this winter promises to be the trip of a lifetime, as guests can take full advantage of the yacht's stylish Paszkowski-designed beach club, pool and jacuzzi, as well as the abundance of interior socialising and entertainment spaces - all courtesy of Northrop & Johnson. 

We will be providing our readers with all the latest from Bahia Mar as it comes in, as well as through our social media channels - and with such special superyacht guests in attendance at the Superyacht Village this year, it's bound to be an eventful one.

 

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A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow Bernard Gallay has announced that 30m Wally cruising yacht Dark Shadow is available to charter in the Caribbean this Christmas season.

Delivered in 2002 with an extensive refit in 2012, Dark Shadow is instantly recognisable by her sleek lines and pure, contemporary design. The sailing yacht is experienced on the regatta circuit, however also serves perfectly as a family charter yacht for relaxing escapes.

The 30.5m yacht accommodates 6 guests in 3 rooms and can carry three crew members. On board the yacht there is plenty of equipment to provide family fun, including water skis, a wakeboard and snorkelling equipment. Her weekly charter rate stands at €45,000 and her availability perfectly covers the Christmas week. Dark Shadow is an enticing option for keen charterers looking to swap the winter cold for an exotic festive period.

Since its inception in 1994, Bernard Gallay Brokerage has grown from dealing with small vessels on a simple level to a global network of offices and representatives. Dark Shadow is just one of many yachts in the Bernard Gallay fleet that will be attracting attention this winter season. Among the others is the 64.5m schooner Atlantic. Designed by William Gardner and delivered in 2010, Atlantic is an authentic replica of the legendary 1903 yacht of the same name. She has recently relocated to Toulon in the South of France this winter, and her price is available upon application.

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