It is Now Possible to Sail on a Yacht to the Most Inaccessible Places on Earth in Luxury
“How big?” is often the question on the lips of those in the world of superyachts, where the length of your vessel is taken as proxy for the size of your bank account. As the number of billionaires soars, so too the number of yacht sales, which increased from 285 pre-owned yachts sold at a value of $2.2b in 2009 to 428 sold for $2.9b in 2017, and 453 sold for $3.6b in 2018, with the figure expected to be higher again in 2019. Along with record growth in sales, yachts are getting longer, says Paolo Casani, CEO of brokerage and charter firm Camper & Nicholsons. “As clients request submersibles and aquatic toys, and even outdoor kitchens and drone photography units, newer boats are breaking the mould in both size and design,” he adds.
Good news for you: there’s a greater choice of lavish, state-of-the-art yachts for charter. “While the Mediterranean and Caribbean remain the most popular charter destinations, we have seen an increased demand for advanced exploration capacity,” says Gary Wright, co-founder and chairman of Y.Co yacht brokers. This means there has never been a better time to charter a yacht to take you almost anywhere you want, including some of the most inaccessible places on earth, when you want.
Camper & Nicholsons
With a history dating back to 1782, Camper & Nicholsons knows a thing or two about yachts, whether it’s building, brokering, chartering or crewing one. Want a razor-sharp vessel that will turn heads in any port and is capable of circumnavigating the globe? Try the 57.5m Twizzle, a proven blue water cruiser that has nabbed a slew of design awards, with four staterooms accommodating up to eight guests. Or how about a superyacht that will push the boundaries? That would be the Tranquility, which packs in a 215sqft pool, beach club and spa suite complete with a sauna, hammam and treatment rooms. It also has nine guest cabins sleeping up to 18 guests, as well as accommodation for 31 crew within its ample 91m length. Whatever you have in mind, just ask.
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Prana by Atzaro
Prana by Atzaro claims to be the biggest and most luxurious phinisi in the world, a bold statement when the likes of Rascal Cruises and Aman Voyages ply the same Indonesian waters in style. The claim has merit: the 55m handcrafted teak and ironwood yacht boasts 9,687sqft of usable space across four decks, and hosts nine stylish suites. The master suite is bigger than most urban apartments, complete with a wraparound terrace. Soothing shades of cream and taupe hint at Ibiza, which is not surprising as the owners run an acclaimed boutique hotel on the White Isle. Instead of beach clubs, however, you’ll be taking a chill pill as it cruises around Raja Ampat, a ridiculously Instagrammable archipelago that’s shot to fame with help from the likes of Kim Kardashian.
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Sailing to uncharted territories is much easier with the 77m Legend. The swells across the notorious Drake Passage can still be sickening—up to 15m or more on a bad day—but this former Russian icebreaker is one of the very few charter yachts capable of getting you into the waters of Antarctica proper in supreme luxury. Best for adventure seekers, it comes with two helicopters, plus a submarine and snowmobiles, making it perfect for snowshoeing on the White Continent. The interiors are somewhat Liberace‑meets-oligarch, with a white grand piano, cream leather sofas and 11 cabins inspired by cities from Moscow to Rio de Janeiro, while the Balinese-style spa and 16-person jacuzzi will warm your soul in the bitter cold.
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