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Top New Year Charter Destinations

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 11:00
Top New Year Charter Destinations Get ready for your next superyacht adventure as we pick out a few of the best winter destinations to kick-start your new year. Though restrictions have been relaxed in many yachting hotspots, it is still important to check conditions before booking. Take a look at our top picks for some winter sun…

Caribbean Charm in Antigua

Just as the West Med is for the summer, the Caribbean is the quintessential superyacht destination for winter charters. Within the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda offers a breath-taking tropical paradise where guests can indulge in the luxury of their superyacht in complete serenity.

Though the Antigua Charter was cancelled earlier in December, the charter season is well and truly alive.

With 365 different stretches of beach, you can discover a new natural treasure every day in Antigua. Bone white sands and glistening turquoise waters make this one of the most sublime settings to enjoy outdoor yachting escapades, while the vibrant culture will heighten your sense of escapism.

From the bustling capital city of St John’s and the rich maritime history of the English Harbour to the thrilling dive sites and cruising grounds, Antigua is a destination full of adventures for luxury superyacht charters.

Find out more about unique experiences in Antigua by watching the SY Original Documentary Antigua & Barbuda InDepth.

Mediterranean Sophistication in Montenegro

Montenegro is a superyacht destination famed for its pristine natural beauty and charming culture. With a great diversity of World Heritage sites and glistening islands that float against mountainous landscapes, Montenegro is perfect for authentic yachting adventures.

Charters in Montenegro will expose guests to the ancient charm of the picturesque port of Kotor, where magical landmarks such as Our Lady of the Rocks wait to be discovered. This is a region with a rich nautical heritage, which now hosts modern marina facilities well-frequented by the world’s superyacht fleet. Daytime discoveries soon turn to modern nightlife delights, with an enviable calendar of events all year round and plenty of headline entertainment in this glittering hub of waterside sophistication.

Above all else, Montenegro is about discovering the mesmerising natural treasures while indulging in the luxury of your superyacht. Whether hiking its striking grey mountains, heading to ski resorts or island hopping in the magnificent cruising grounds, Montenegro is brimming with wonderful experiences to share with friends and family.

Tropical Indulgence in the Maldives

As early as October, restrictions were lifted in the Maldives for foreign-flagged vessels and the paradisiacal archipelago is a dream charter destination.

Notably, 85m superyacht Bold is has been stationed in the Maldives to charter over Christmas and New Year’s, and she is just one of the many superyachts who recognise the fantastic cruising potential in this region.

The Maldives boasts unrivalled, luxury, famed for its opulent over-water villas and incredible service, while the exclusivity of this destination fits hand in hand with private superyacht charters. With close to 1,200 islands to explore and a seemingly endless stream of soft white beaches, the Maldives is both adventurous and indulgent, and certainly one for the escapists.

Some of the world’s best dive and snorkel sites can be found in the crystalline Maldivian waters, with an array of fascinating underwater experiences and encounters with rare sea life. Whether you wish for an action-packed or relaxing superyacht charter itinerary, the Maldives will have you feeling as though you are in your own hedonistic world, detached from everything else.

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Top Festive Charter Yachts This Season

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:00
Top Festive Charter Yachts This Season Dreaming up a winter superyacht escape? There is no better way to see in the new year than on a luxury superyacht, exploring some of the world’s most breath-taking regions. We pick out some of the best yachts available for charter during and after the festive season…

85.3m Bold

The naval-inspired explorer yacht built by Silveryachts is embarking on a two-year global tour, and will be based in the Maldives for Christmas and New Year.

Bold is everything that we love about expedition superyachts. The rugged exterior design by Espen Oeino is matched by her incredible cruising capabilities, transporting guests to remote regions of the world in infinite luxury.

At 1,551GT, Bold has an incredible volume which has been meticulously planned and crafted to ensure guests have the ultimate entertainment vessel. Whether indulging in her opulent interior guest spaces, relaxing on the expansive sundeck or taking to the many thrilling water toys stored onboard, Bold has something for everyone to enjoy.

The superyacht, managed by Hill Robinson, will make her way to Thailand and Singapore in January 2021 before reaching Australia in February.

73.20m Planet Nine

It has been a year of glitz and glamour for 73m Admiral Yacht Planet Nine, who starred in the latest Christopher Nolan movie Tenet.  

Fresh from her Hollywood escapades, Planet Nine is available for charter over the festive period and offers an incredible base for luxury adventures.

Designed by Tim Heywood, Planet Nine is one of the world’s most sought-after explorer yachts. With a massive 2,100 GT of volume, Planet Nine offers sumptuous luxury for up to 12 guests. Charters also benefit from the fully operational helipad, which enhances the opportunities for exploration around the world.

For more relaxing days, Planet Nine has an inviting beach club with a spectacular sea terrace. Guests will never be short of a panoramic view across the sea, with floor to ceiling glass windows across the yacht and a forward observation lounge. This is one superyacht which is destined for exhilarating voyages to start your year off on the right note.

75.28m Cloudbreak

Another sublime superyacht fit for extreme exploration, Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Cloudbreak offers unique charter experiences for those willing to embrace the great outdoors.

Managed from construction to charter by SuperyachtsMonaco, Cloudbreak is a perfect modern explorer for epic adventures to remote destinations. Six sumptuous staterooms accommodate up to 12 charter guests, while there is also an outdoor daybed on one of Cloudbreak’s large terraces to allow guests to sleep under the stars.

The Christian Liaigre interiors offer sophisticated guest spaces to provide the perfect atmosphere to unwind in after long days spent exploring. With an extensive arsenal of water toys and a helipad for all-access heli-skiing, Cloudbreak is ready for action.  

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Top Christmas Charter Destinations for Winter Sun

Sun, 12/20/2020 - 00:00
Top Christmas Charter Destinations for Winter Sun 2020 has been a trying year for all, and as travel restrictions are eased and the world begins to open up again, many yachting enthusiasts will look to reclaim the lost charter season with a festive getaway. Proving winter escapes don’t need to be spent layered up in the cold, we give you our pick of the top five Christmas charter destinations in the sun this season.

Antigua & Barbuda
This island paradise is an easy pick for a Christmas charter. Don’t be fooled by the Caribbean islands’ abundant array of pearly white beaches and balmy weather; Antiguans and Barbudans certainly know how to celebrate the festive season in style. A popular choice this time of year due to the inaugural Antigua Charter Yacht Show, the island comes alive in December with yachting enthusiasts flooding to enjoy the quaint UNESCO World Heritage listed Nelson’s Dockyard or the scenic views from Shirley Heights with rum punch in hand. Antigua & Barbuda is also home to a splendid choice of 5-star luxury hotels and resorts to wash away the winter blues, including the sumptuous Carlisle Bay with its very own private beach.  

Abu Dhabi
If you are looking to compensate for lost time with grandiosity and glamour this Christmas, look no further than the underrated yachting hotspot of Abu Dhabi. Blending beach bliss with urban splendour, the yachting elite flock to Abu Dhabi’s glittering skyline this time of year to enjoy the F1 weekend and dine in some of the world’s most renowned restaurants. Dock in one of Yas Marina’s circuit-side berth or drop anchor before a literal palace over at Emirates Palace Marina; no matter where you stay, Abu Dhabi’s penchant for extravagance is sure to make this Christmas a holiday to remember. 

Dominican Republic
Offering island idyll on a larger scale than Antigua, the Dominican Republic is the perfect choice for a Caribbean getaway with a buzz. Off the beaten track of many charter routes, the Dominican Republic is an oft-overlooked charter destination with an array of superyacht marinas ready to welcome luxury yachts. From whale-watching to soaking in the island’s vibrant nightlife, there will be no shortage of activities to while away your stay in the Dominican Republic. But it is the local hospitality and choice of luxury resorts such as the sprawling Casa de Campo which make this island a standout pick for a festive charter this year, offering the very best in relaxation and welcoming as a difficult year comes to an end.   

A popular choice for a winter cruising holiday, the vast expanse of Australia is a true superyacht haven with some unforgettable experiences on offer. From world-class marinas to remote diving spots, Australia is a region in itself and December is the best time to discover it. Winter blues will seem a thing of the past as you spend an untraditional Christmas day on Bondai Beach, Sydney, or shake off the Christmas hangover with some incredible Great Barrier Reef diving. With Australia’s ever-expanding superyacht facilities, sublime cruising and inexhaustible sources of adventure, the only problem will be when it comes to returning home. 

This sprawling chain of over 300 jaw-dropping islands is an absolute must visit on any sun-seeking festive charter. With a balmy tropical climate, the verdant archipelago in the glittering South Pacific is a treasure trove of adventure and beauty. Volcanic formations and mysterious temples make up the islands’ unique appeal, while world-class facilities await your superyacht at Port Denarau Marina. Burn off the Christmas calories with any choice of exciting water sports, including turtle diving, surfing, kayaking and unparalleled hikes.

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Rustic Ecapes Onboard Classic Sailing Yacht Serenity 86

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 12:30
Rustic Ecapes Onboard Classic Sailing Yacht Serenity 86 Choosing the right yacht for your charter can be overwhelming, with constant offerings of new megayachts boasting the latest in designs, cutting-edge tech and performance trends. Serenity Yachting’s offering of the classic 30.11m long keel sailing yacht Serenity 86 is something altogether different. Offering a refreshing return to sailing in its truest sense, Serenity 86 is waiting to transport guests on a rustic East Mediterranean escape this New Year charter season.

Serenity 86 is sure to turn heads as she gracefully sails into any harbour. Though she was designed for simple living, closeness to the sea and navigability to hidden coves and bays, Serenuty 86 nonetheless offers first class luxury and amenities to her guests. With plenty of open space for al fresco dining and socialising, the yacht's decor is of a traditional and decadent class, accentuated with dark wood panelling and plush materials. Be transported into a bygone era while enjoying all of the modern amenities of a superyacht, including fully equipped bar, WiFi and premium entertainment system. 

But the perfect charter vessel for a romantic getaway would be nothing without the right crew to complete the experience. The yacht's Captain and crew have been serving onboard for many years together, and have the experience and dedication to make your charter an unforgettable one. The crew are accommodated in a separate crew area ensuring total privacy of guests and making for an ultra-relaxed charter experience.  With a formal dining area for eight guests and four cabins, Serenity 86 is the ultimate vessel for groups of family and friends alike. Contact Serenity Yachting for more information on this intriguing charter opportunity.

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46m Cloud Atlas Completes Refit Ahead of Charter Season

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:00
46m Cloud Atlas Completes Refit Ahead of Charter Season 46-metre superyacht Cloud Atlas has completed an extensive refit which will see her head into the 2021 charter season in pristine condition. Available through leading Mediterranean agency Flying Charter, Cloud Atlas is an exciting proposition for luxury adventures on the water.

Built in 1990 by the former Lloyd’s Ships in Australia, Cloud Atlas is a revered charter superyacht with plenty of entertainment and opulent guest spaces to indulge in. Now, thanks to the recent refit project, she boasts updated modern amenities and beautiful craftsmanship to welcome guests onboard.

The interior areas have been rebuilt and enriched with new handcrafted top-quality finishes, with extreme attention to detail. The fine detailing and sublime materials justify Cloud Atlas’ status as a world-class yacht, providing a luxurious base for charters with friends and family.

Another feature of the refit is the new lighting system onboard Cloud Atlas. Installed in all zones of the yacht, this brightens up the guest spaces and provides a unique atmosphere to enjoy. This has also involved remaking the exterior steel ship names to add extra flair.

The lighting isn’t the only new technology installed on the superyacht. Another work included in the refit was the installation of a state-of-the-art technology system with a new internet system, home automation entertainment system, security camera and satellite TV system. Guests have access to all technology to enhance their charter experience and entertainment.

A brand-new galley has also been added, benefitting from the latest equipment to allow the Chef better resources to give guests an amazing culinary experience. The private chef and bespoke menus are very much an experience within their own right, and guests will indulge in sumptuous flavours prepared and tailored to their individual tastes.

With experienced Captain Daniel Giometti at the helm, the highly professional crew onboard Cloud Atlas are keen to accept bookings ahead of the next charter season. Enquire with Flying Charter now to plan your next bespoke superyacht experience.

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Dasha Tinkova On Life Onboard Luxury Explorer La Datcha

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 11:30
Dasha Tinkova On Life Onboard Luxury Explorer La Datcha When the 77m Damen explorer yacht La Datcha was delivered in September this year, the industry marvelled at news of her radical charter itinerary. Pushing the boundaries of explorer yachting to unprecedented heights, guests onboard La Datcha will be coral reef diving in the Seychelles one month and heliskiing in South Kamchatka the next. We spoke with Dasha Tinkova, Marketing Director of the Tinkoff Collection and daughter of La Datcha's new Owner Oleg Tinkov, to gain exclusive insight into what guests can expect from a stay onboard this 77m luxury explorer yacht.

‘The Tinkoff Collection started about six years ago,’ Dasha tells us. The venture, which initially began with the family building a ski chalet in Val Thorens, has grown with the addition of a bespoke luxury rental in each of the family’s favourite destinations - including a Mexican villa in Cabo San Lucas and a Tuscan palazzo in Forte dei Marmi.

‘As a family we’re very active, we love to do extreme sports. We found that often when we went on holiday somewhere remote, with extreme sports and activities on offer, the accommodation was a little bit lacking. The perfect example is the place in Astrakhan in Russia.’

Each of the Tinkoff Collection homes sleeps between 12 to 16 people comfortably, complete with spa, pool and gym facilities. The idea, Dasha explains, is for holiday goers to enjoy the very best in comfort and privacy afforded by renting a home instead of a hotel. Now with the addition of the luxury explorer boat, this philosophy has been given new life. 

‘Normally when you go to places like Kamchatka, where it’s not catered for any kind of luxury, you stay in a tiny cabin in the middle of the woods with no WiFi or anything. So having the boat and being able to go out, have a crazy day of heliskiing then come back and stay in the height of luxury, that’s a really great thing.’ 

La Datcha is currently completing her safety video in Turkey, Dasha tells us, but the Tinkov family will be the first to stay onboard overnight in an upcoming trip to the Seychelles. 

We asked Dasha how La Datcha compares to previous luxury explorer yachting experiences she and her family have enjoyed. ‘Last winter we went to Greenland on an explorer, which was amazing,’ Dasha says. ‘However, the viewing platform on that boat was outside, so if we wanted to go out and see the polar bears it was absolutely freezing. We wanted to make sure ours on La Datcha was inside, with comfortable seating and all the rest.’

‘I would also say the standard on La Datcha is the best of the best. Every room has a TV, sometimes even two and a third in the bathroom. Her entertainment systems are Bang & Olufsen, her furnishings are all Baxter and Promemoria which is the world’s most expensive furniture.’

With such a high cost venture of course comes a great emotional investment. Oleg Tinkov was ‘very hands on’ even down to the most intricate detail on La Datcha, Dasha explains. ‘My dad was very particular even down to the duvet covers. We treat our properties the same; they’re very personal projects and we spend a lot of time in them, so we want to make sure it’s everything we love to the highest standards.’ 

And the great care paid to the project has certainly paid off. La Datcha has already generated a huge amount of charter interest, particularly to the island of Madagascar where very few boats can access and luxury accommodation is virtually nonexistent. 

‘Because it takes so long to get there, very few yachts will go for a week’s charter,’ Dasha goes on, pointing to the benefits of La Datcha’s unique business model. ‘But with La Datcha, you book the week you want based on the destination, so you have to adapt to the itinerary of the boat.’  

There is much room for flexibility within those destinations though. With two helicopters, a submarine, a large rescue boat and four jet skis, guests onboard La Datcha will never be wanting for toys on which to explore the local area. 

We were interested to know whether La Datcha’s 25 crew members had been specially trained to prepare them for her wild itinerary. Dasha relayed a message sent to the family from the boat’s captain:
‘The crew onboard La Datcha have been handpicked from a number of specialist programs… We are all trained professionals who have dedicated our careers to this industry however in addition to what would be seen on a normal white yacht, the deck officers are polar code trained and certified to navigate in both the South and North Pole region, with particular reference to ice navigation.’

La Datcha will also be staffed by two diving instructors trained to operate ‘The Triton’ (a three-man submarine), a paramedic and a nurse, as well as coming equipped with its own ICD Compressing Chamber in case of any diving emergencies. 

‘If you are in somewhere like Kamchatka or Madagascar, getting to the closest hospital might sometimes take hours, so it was very important to have all the necessities onboard.’

The crew experience plays an extremely large role, even on a charter as unique as La Datcha’s. ‘We generally stay onboard to eat. There are so many zones to eat, and the crew will lay each table differently every evening, so it feels like you’re going to a new restaurant every night.’ 

Dasha goes on, ‘When you’re out in these destinations, local fishermen will often come up and sell the catch of the day. So you want to make sure the chef knows how to cook that, what it’s best paired with, etc. Our chefs are amazing at that.’

There is much to be said for the combination of luxury accommodation with high-octane destinations, but a truly unforgettable charter experience is found in the details. With this in mind, the latest addition to the Tinkoff Collection is sure to prove a resounding success.

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Burgess Presents ‘Most Luxurious Sale Ever’

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 00:00
Burgess Presents ‘Most Luxurious Sale Ever’ Burgess has launched the superyacht industry’s answer to a winter sale, and it is quite the temptation for those looking to their next dream-like escape. A far cry from the shopping mall warzones of Black Friday, Burgess is offering the “Most Luxurious Sale Ever” with a discount of 25% on a selection of high-quality charter yachts.

The offer applies for charters booked from 1 December 2020 to 31 March 2021, and there are some renowned superyachts included in the sale, available in some of the world’s best luxury destinations.


The Caribbean is the quintessential superyacht destination for the winter season, and some of the gems of the Burgess fleet are available in the region for the discounted rate. Among those is 73m Lurssen superyacht Titania and 65m Eternity.

Designed to offer her guests a magnificent indoor-outdoor lifestyle, Titania is an ideal superyacht for exploring the picturesque beaches and thrilling reefs of the Caribbean. Fresh from a recent refit, Titania boasts state-of-the-art amenities and plenty of entertainment spaces to make the most of your time onboard and at sea.

Eternity has similarly undergone an extensive refit to ensure that she remains at the pinnacle of luxury superyacht standards, with spacious decks providing the perfect setting for relaxing days under the sun. This modern and stylish superyacht comes with an array of exciting features, from a large sun deck to a tempting arsenal of water toys.

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is a fantastic destination for superyacht charters which fuse secluded island escapes with action-packed adventures. Available as part of the Burgess charter sales in this region are 70.5m Turquoise superyacht Talisman C and 60m Slipstream.

Talisman C is an elite charter superyacht which was designed with a focus on providing a platform for family fun on the water. With luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests overnight in 6 cabins, Talisman C is well suited to family parties, with your every need attended to by 19 expert crew. Whether popping champagne in the huge sun deck jacuzzi, lounging on the amazing beach club or enjoying movie nights in the comfortable lounge area, Talisman C is guaranteed to keep you entertained while exploring the Indian Ocean.

Multi-award-winning superyacht Slipstream is another exciting proposition for a winter charter in the Indian Ocean. While she is famed for her striking black hull and silver superstructure, Slipstream’s spectacular living and entertainment areas make her a complete charter yacht. Her vast sun deck is the centre of social activity onboard, with giant sun pads forward and aft, jacuzzi, glass-topped bar and outdoor cinema.

Around the World

In the South Pacific gem of French Polynesia, Burgess is listing explorer yacht Latitude for the discounted charter price. Latitude completed a two-year total refurbishment in June 2020, so guests will now benefit from brand new amenities and water toys. Charters onboard Latitude are about complete and utter indulgence, while a private Meditation Deck will enhance your experience with a Masseuse and Yoga instructor included in the crew.

For an alternative and unique superyacht charter experience, 37.8m Picchiotti Stella Maris is available in the Galapagos Islands. With expert naturalist guides leading your expedition, charters in the Galapagos will expose you to a rare natural environment and enthralling wildlife encounters. With a perfect blend of outdoor and indoor living spaces, Stella Maris has long been a favourite charter yacht for this awe-inspiring region of the world.

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Charter Spotlight on 68m Ragnar With Burgess

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 00:00
Charter Spotlight on 68m Ragnar With Burgess Raw power meets sophisticated elegance onboard 68.2m Ragnar. A remarkable conversion project launched in 2020 by Icon Yachts, Ragnar is a breath-taking Arctic explorer with ice-breaker capabilities and world-class levels of luxury. Available for charter through Burgess, Ragnar is a superyacht primed for thrilling expeditions to the most remote areas of the world.

With her name deriving from the King of the Vikings, Ragnar is the ultimate explorer. Sananborg, a Dutch-built multi-purpose support vessel, provided the platform upon which Icon Yachts constructed this formidable explorer superyacht.

Whether marauding through ice fields and glaciers or venturing to secluded islands in the remote regions, Ragnar guarantees exquisite luxury and incredible amenities to ensure that guests make the most of their adventure.

Ragnar’s menacing exterior profile and sumptuous interiors have been designed by renowned British studio RWD, affording the yacht a unique character and incredible onboard liveability. The unique living and dining areas embody the Viking spirit of Ragnar, letting guests slip into a fantasy as they cruise the world in luxurious comfort. 

The 68.2m superyacht comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in eight opulent and flexible cabins. The beautiful suites comprise of two elevated B deck master suites, four main deck doubles, a twin suite for staff and an office that can convert into another twin suite. After long days spent immersed in the natural wonders of the world, Ragnar provides an indulgent and relaxing environment to return to.

The phenomenal luxury amenities onboard Ragnar will have guests well pampered during their charter. A comprehensive spa centre with massage room, sauna, steam room and foot spa adds a wellness element to the charter experience, with a fully equipped gym also found on the yacht.

A top deck jacuzzi and C deck pool forward of the helipad allow guests to enjoy activities while soaking up the sun and their surroundings. An al-fresco dining experience is offered on the pool deck, perfect for family meals under the stars followed by drinks in the B deck observation lounge.

This ice-class explorer is destined for adventure, with a range of 6,000nm and zero speed stabilisers for peaceful nights anywhere in the world. To make things even better for her guests, Ragnar boasts a large arsenal of water toys and supporting vehicles which put you in the heart of the action. This includes an Airbus EC145 helicopter for heliskiing and a three-passenger submarine to explore the depths, meaning this superyacht can truly take you to places not seen before. Her other toys include four jetskis, four snowmobiles, 4 quadbikes.

As explorer yachts become more sought after by a clientele demanding expeditions that test the limits of possibility, Ragnar is a unique opportunity on the charter market. To find more about exhilarating escapades onboard this magnificent superyacht, enquire with Burgess.

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Damen Yachting's 77m SeaXPlorer La Datcha Delivered

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 15:30
Damen Yachting's 77m SeaXPlorer La Datcha Delivered The highly anticipated 77m SeaXplorer La Datcha has departed the Damen Yachting shipyard in the Netherlands. Her maiden voyage marks the beginning of her life as a charter vessel with a difference, embarking on an adventurous itinerary set to impress the most daring and discerning of charter guests.

The explorer yacht forms part of the La Datcha Tinkoff Collection, assembled by Russian entrepreneur and founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov. From heli-skiing in Kamchatka to diving along the coast of Papua New Guinea, Damen Yachting have released that La Datcha’s go-anywhere itinerary form part of the yacht’s unique appeal as ‘the first purpose built expedition yacht with a fixed itinerary and commercial goal.’

Overseen by Fraser Yachts and Owner’s Representative Stefano Feltrin, Chief Executive Officer of La Datcha - Tinkoff Collection, the finalisation of La Datcha’s build marked a momentous occasion for all parties involved. 

Stefano commented, ‘The owner’s team is thrilled to take delivery of LA DATCHA and start her journey which commenced on the drawing board years ago and will continue in the remote and beautiful places on Earth. We are thankful to the whole Damen Yachting family for all these months working together in very challenging times. The great end result represented the LA DATCHA yacht has been achieved thanks to the relentless efforts of many talented people that joined forces to make this happen. We felt at home in The Netherlands and at Damen Yachting’s shipyard and are very proud and excited to sail today on such a magnificent yacht.’

The Owner’s vision for La Datcha has always been very succinct, Damen Yachting added - for charter guests to ‘set out on the journey of a lifetime to places others can’t reach — exclusive adventures to share with friends and family in total comfort, style and safety’. The result is the ultimate harmony of rugged explorer capabilities with luxurious comfort and style.

The largest of Damen Yachting’s successful SeaXPlorer range, there is no doubt that La Datcha’s adventures will transform yacht charter as we know it. Managing Director of Damen Yachting Rose Damen explained the significance of the delivery for the Dutch yard: 
‘It is always a very proud moment for everyone who has been involved in the build when a yacht departs our yard. The departure of LA DATCHA is certainly no exception and has definitely been highly anticipated. The interest in her has been phenomenal. She’s a real head-turner with a unique proposition and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd.’

Rose Damen also commented on the significance of La Datcha’s smooth delivery coming at the end of a particularly challenging year. ’In a year that has challenged us all with COVID, new working measures and travel restrictions, it is incredible to see LA DATCHA head off on the adventures she was built to achieve. That is down to the dedication of everyone involved in this project from our own teams at our yards, to our co-makers and the Owner’s teams. We are looking forward to following her adventures as she heads off to explore the world’s far-reaching destinations.’

Managed by Edmiston brokerage, guests onboard La Datcha can expect a totally unique take on charter as they know it. With a range and autonomy geared at taking on previously impossible adventures and environments, La Datcha will be able to go where very few yachts have travelled. In contrast to the oftentimes wild and remote conditions she will be exploring in, guests will be able to enjoy La Datcha’s sumptuous interiors crafted by the Tinkoff Collection’s interior designer Vasiliy Sphrits, making for a truly unique and unparalleled experience.

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Luxury Marina Villages of the East Mediterranean

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 00:00
Luxury Marina Villages of the East Mediterranean The turquoise coastline of the East Mediterranean has an enduring year-round appeal. Its picture-perfect coastline is brimming with white sand beaches, kaleidoscopic coastal towns and a treasure trove of hidden coves and beaches, while enjoying much more favourable climates year-round than its Western counterpart. We put together a tour of the East Mediterranean in luxury superyacht marina villages, including all of the must-see berthing spots along this glamorous cruising route.

Mandalina Marina - Croatia  
The romance, charm and breathtaking beauty of Croatia is no secret. Year after year travellers flock to the old towns of Split and Dubrovnik, to bask in the waterfalls of the Krka national park and discover the Dalmation coast. Yet for a relatively small country, Croatia does retain a mass of undiscovered coastline and hidden treasures off the beaten path. Mandalina Marina in Šibenik is just one such gateway; Croatia’s only marina designed for superyachts and recognised by the prestigious Yacht Harbour Association of London, the marina is impeccably managed by D-Marin and acclaimed as ‘one of the safest berthing places in the Adriatic’. Well connected on St Anthony’s Channel and in close proximity to Split, Zadar and Krka National Park, Šibenik is itself a quaint coastal town abrim with medieval architecture and boasting two UNESCO world heritage sites. The marina offers a choice of 440 berths for superyachts up to 70m in length, a boatyard and catamaran friendly berthing. 

Porto Montenegro - Montenegro
Montenegro is a superyacht haven whose appeal and reputation far outweighs her modest size. With all of Croatia’s beauty and none of her crowds, Montenegro is recognisable from her turquoise seas and rugged mountains, verdant forestry and medieval villages, all untouched by the polluting effect of tourism. And there is no better place to berth while enjoying this jewel of the Mediterranean than Porto Montenegro - nestled in the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is one of the most luxurious and developed superyacht marinas in the world. On top of a 450-berth luxury yacht marina accommodating vessels over 100m, Porto Montenegro also boasts a glamorous yacht club, boutique shopping, private residences and exclusive events held throughout the year. This state-of-the-art marina has it all - a full range of services, onsite brokers and agents, and a team of staff committed to making your stay memorable - making Porto Montenegro an essential stop-off on your Adriatic cruise. 

D-MARIN Didim Marina - Turkey 
Heading east to Turkey, there is a lifetime of glamorous destinations and breathtaking sites to discover. This large, transcontinental country is utterly steeped in ancient history, and as a gateway between Europe and the Middle East is considered a colourful melting pot of cultures and influences. Didim Marina is an ideal first stopping point - a short sail across the Aegean Sea from Athens, the town of Didim is home to crumbling ancient temple ruins, glamorous resorts and esteemed Turkish eateries set alongside a glittering coastline. And Didim Marina, managed to meticulous standards by D-Marin, is a one-stop superyacht base for Aegean adventure. With an impressive 90 superyacht berths of 576 berthing capacity, Didim Marina is well equipped with a heliport, good transportation links and an array of restaurants and beach clubs in its Didim Yacht Club. Didim Marina is an obvious choice to berth and explore the nearby ruins of the Temple of Apollo, bathe in the mythical Bafa Lake or simply indulge in some world-famous local cuisine. 

D-MARIN Turgutreis Marina - Turkey
Sail further down the Bodrum peninsula and you will arrive at Turgutreis; a breathtaking town of pearly white architecture set against a backdrop of rugged mountains and swaying palms. D-Marin’s elegant flagship Turgutreis marina is located here; just 20km from sunny Bodrum, Turgutreis comes superyacht ready with an award-winning marina village, heliport and 550 berths. Relax in the marina’s prestigious yacht club or take a day trip out to nearby island delights of Karaada’s healing mineral springs or windsurfing hotspots of Kadikalesi and Akyarlar. With an enchanting mythical history, nearby ruins and tantalisingly flavourful local cuisine, Turgutreis marina is ready to welcome yachting guests for an adventure you are unlikely to forget.

D-MARIN Göcek Marina - Turkey
Turkey’s irresistible Gulf of Göcek is a yachting haven, and Göcek Marina is ready to welcome yachts of all shapes and sizes to enjoy this bountiful region. Made up of hidden coves and bays, turquoise waters and lagoons and undiscovered islands, D-Marin Göcek is the perfect place to berth and discover Turkey’s mythical side. Known as the Turquoise Coast for its outstanding beauty, Göcek is a haven for smooth sandy beaches and hundreds of nearby islands for day trips to remember. The well serviced marina boasts a badge of D-Marin approval, berths for superyachts up to 70m and its own boatyard and travel lift. Dock and discover the nearby Butterfly Valley, home to hundreds of butterfly species and rugged clifftops, or take a trip to the mythical ruins of Telmessos. Meanwhile, Göcek Marina has a remarkable array of sports, wellness and shopping facilities, as well as a dizzying choice of fine dining options. 

Limassol Marina - Cyprus
Last but far from least we arrive at the enticing Cypriot coastline, where the state-of-the-art Limassol Marina awaits yachts and luxury yachts up to 110m for an indulgent experience at sea. This outstanding yachting haven has collected an array of industry accolades recognising its excellence for superyacht services and facilities, and it is not difficult to see why. Blending sophisticated private residences with a full-service marina and high end shopping and dining options, Limassol Marina leaves the discerning traveller wanting for nothing. Stroll along Limassol Marina’s elegant promenade and dip into an array of award-winning eateries and beach bars, or relax at the marina’s own spa and fitness club. Limassol Marina is also extremely well connected to the attractions of the East Mediterranean, both in the vibrant Limassol city itself and further afield. Soak in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Limassol, the boutique shopping and flavourful Cypriot cuisine, or venture out into the wineries and orchards of picturesque Cyprus. Wherever you choose to discover, Limassol Marina is sure to be an unforgettable end to your East Mediterranean adventure. 

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62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:30
62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID The 62.5m Codecasa-built superyacht Apogee has been docked in the Dania Canal in Fort Lauderdale for the past seven months. As her Captain of 17 years John Fleck tells us, this is the first time since being delivered in 2003 that the seminal charter yacht has not enjoyed a European summer season. The luxury yacht and her crew are now looking forward to making up for lost time this New Year charter season in the Bahamas and Caribbean as restrictions are eased. We caught up with Captain John to learn more about the luxurious experience guests can expect from a New Year’s charter onboard Apogee, including the heightened measures of safety the crew will be taking to ensure utter peace of mind at sea.

Apogee is the ultimate charter yacht. Attended by some 17 crew members, Apogee’s onboard experience is defined by rich and decadent interiors, a fully equipped gym and even her own private night club. And the yacht’s crew have not been resting on their laurels these past seven months either, Captain John tells us:

‘The upkeep of the vessel is of the highest interest to the owner. He simply loves and adores the boat - we have actually just had a new 70-inch AK television installed up in the bridge bar while being docked here.’

Despite her high levels of maintenance though (Apogee underwent an extensive refit in 2019), the unique appeal of this superyacht lies in her progressive in-built volume - remarkable even for a yacht of 62.5m, Captain John tells us. ‘She was a little ahead of her time - main aft decks were shortened on Northern European boats, and when we bought the boat we opted out of an enclosed main aft deck. Which left us with a large area which easily accommodates all the guests in comfort under cover in open air.’

With three outdoor decks available to guests, there is certainly no shortage of socialising or entertainment space on this purpose-built charter yacht.

'She boasts four cabins down below, two of which have king sized beds. ‘The volume is also obvious in the lower guest cabins, that it would be very difficult for anybody to go back to a 50m boat after experiencing that feeling of space.’

So difficult in fact that very often, guests will not charter any other boat.

Apogee enjoys a number of repeat clients, which John tells us is testament as much to the appeal of the boat as it is to the success of her crew - a number of whom have served between 10 and 15 years onboard. 

‘Clients have that full experience when chartering Apogee, which is something of an Apogee signature. The owner is very personally concerned about the experience of the guests, he always aims to ensure he has the right crew front of house to take care of them.’  

To illustrate the advantage of Apogee’s extensive and doting crew, Captain John told us of one party of repeat clients with a very particular request. ‘They wanted to swim in a new location every morning at 9am - the challenge being that we had to travel overnight every night. But that wasn’t an issue for us with 17 crew onboard; we can very easily run the boat and provide 24/7 service to our guests.’ 

When Apogee’s Christmas and New Year charter season gets underway, she will return to the Bahamas and Caribbean to catch some winter sun. We asked Captain John about the revamped measures of safety guests could expect during this time. 

‘We’ve had plenty of practice while we’ve been here in Fort Lauderdale! We’ve adopted measures you will see in the commercial industry with safety, health and operations onboard. For example, where our boarding ladder is, we have an upright hand gel dispenser for all guests. Products wise, everything will undergo a strict sanitation process as we bring items onboard.’ 

Apogee’s crew will also be assigning two deputies - another luxury afforded a crew as sizable and experienced as this. ‘That way there will be watchful eyes throughout guiding the safety protocols.’

However, Captain John and his doting crew have been going the extra mile for some time now. John tells us that Apogee’s crew has a forward-looking practice of sending out advance teams to guests’ locations of choice, to ensure standards and requirements are met ahead of the guests’ arrival. 

‘This affords us the added advantage of understanding the safety and wellbeing of our guests - the crew are playing an active part onboard as well as off the boat.

Apogee comes perfectly maintained, well equipped and ready to make up for lost time this New Year charter season. We would like to wish her and her committed crew a very smooth and successful season. 

Apogee is available for charter with TWW Yachts, to book a luxury charter onboard this vessel please contact

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Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 19:30
Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video The launch of 107m Lana caused quite a splash in the industry when she hit the water to widespread acclaim last year. This giga yacht, one of the largest in Italian builder Benetti’s portfolio, is at once gigantic in proportions and exceptionally elegant in aesthetic. Listed for charter with Imperial Yachts, the broker has just released new video showcasing Lana’s exceptional good looks to the world. Video copyrights go to Imperial and Jeff Brown of Breed Media.

Benetti’s in-house design team curated Lana’s external and interior spaces, and the collaborative success of this impeccably curated aesthetic is apparent. It is a difficult feat to achieve an air of streamlined grace and feminine sophistication on a superyacht of this size, but one Benetti is well versed in. Contemporary meets timeless in Lana’s clean curvature, extensive deck space and large, tranquil beach club, while her interior spaces are airy and befitted with specially curated works of art to add flair. 

In the video, two custom tenders can be seen cruising alongside the giant superyacht, shedding light on the proportions of her size as well as the water sport adventures which await up to 12 charter guests. This is assisted by a fantastic array of water toys and tenders - of course, for those preferring to enjoy her onboard comforts, Lana is well equipped with a spa, an on-deck infinity pool, and any number of spacious al fresco dining and socialising areas. A doting crew of 34 awaits to attend each guests’ every need, truly setting Lana apart from the competitive charter market.  

Julia Stewart, Imperial Director, commented at her delivery, ‘Lana is bold, unique, sleek and aggressive, boasting high ceilings up to 1.7m in height and mixing perfect experience at sea and unforgettable charter moments.’

More than just her good looks though, and equally demonstrative of Benetti’s commitment to sustainability, is Lana’s futureproof onboard systems and diesel electric propulsion. A momentous move for a superyacht of this size, chartering to some of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled destinations, Lana’s delivery marks the huge strides Benetti is making in the collective effort to make yachting greener.

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Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 11:00
Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research Luxury superyachts have joined the Great Reef Census as part of a world-first citizen science project. The Census will provide a unique opportunity for superyachts to experience the majestic colours of the Great Barrier Reef as part of an important scientific study, contributing to future conservation of this Natural Wonder of the World.

Encompassing over 3,000 individual reefs that stretches for 2,300 kilometres along Queensland’s golden coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a haven for yachting activity. Maintaining the Reef is vital for both the health of our oceans and for the enjoyment of a remarkable charter destination.

The sheer volume of the Reef is staggering, and up to 40% has never been surveyed before. The Great Reef Census is a project spearheaded by Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, with the aim of providing the most comprehensive snapshot of the Reef ever taken.

For 11 weeks, a wide range of boats will be mobilised to achieve Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s 2020 goal of a survey of 100 priority reefs. Among those vessels will be the important contribution of some of the region’s major superyachts.

A new partnership between Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and leading Australian yacht agent Ocean Alliance has led to the involvement of superyachts Beluga and Settlement. Beluga is set to take part in the first survey of the Census, departing south from Lizard Island this weekend.

Andy Ridley, CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, expressed his delights at having superyachts involved in the Census. “Superyachts are in a unique position to operate in remote areas of the Great Barrier Reef and utilise their resources, crew, tenders and communications to vastly improve the reach and outcomes of the project,” explained Ridley.

For superyachts, embracing a pioneering spirit across the Great Barrier Reef is a rich reward for taking part in the Census. “Yachts who sign up to join the Great Reef Census have the opportunity to explore one of the most extraordinary places on the planet and reefs rarely visited by boats,” continued Ridley. “These remote reefs are an oasis of marine life, coral, and places which still hold many mysteries.”

Regional Superyacht cluster Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef has played a key role in facilitating the collaboration between superyachts and researchers. The Group’s manager, Joanne Drake, highlighted that superyacht owners and crew have always had a great affinity with the earth’s biosphere.

“In the past, many vessels have been proactive in the important conservation and development efforts of its global ecosystems,” said Joanne Drake. “We are delighted that visiting yachts to our region are now deeply committed to this project, surveying our incomparable Great Barrier Reef to result in some truly tangible outcomes for future reef management and preservation efforts.”

The 2020 goal of 100 reefs is a step towards a full-scale Great Census in 2021. The Census provides a special opportunity for owners and charterers to experience the reef in a unique and exclusive way, engaging with researchers and scientists to gain a comprehensive understanding of this natural wonder.

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New Images: 33m Penelope Ready for Charter

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:00
New Images: 33m Penelope Ready for Charter The brand-new 33m Ferretti superyacht Penelope has undergone a photo shoot as she prepares for a summer season of charter in 2021.

Launched in 2020, Penelope offers a clever blend of performance and sophistication. The 33m superyacht boasts a lavish exterior profile and opulent interiors designed by Ferretti Group, with chic essential lines covered by warm tones matching with light blue shades.

Penelope is available for charter through Napoli-based agency Flying Charter, and can accommodate up to 10 guests in five luxurious suites, comprising of one full beam master stateroom, one VIP suite, two doubles and one twin. All suites come with en suite facilities, and have been furnished with polished details and artworks which includes portraits of icons such as Audrey Hepburn. The interior décor is consistent throughout the yacht, with colourful paintings a key component as guests are treated to a sophisticated and artistic ambience.

Guests will be warmly greeted onboard by Captain Alessandro Abbate and a professional crew of 6, which includes the talented Chef Giuseppe Luca. Wherever their charter may take them, guests will be well and truly pampered in this exquisite superyacht, with plenty of luxurious amenities to make use of.

Penelope is blessed with fantastic guest spaces both on the interior and exterior decks. Her expansive outdoor areas allow guests to make the most of the surrounding environment and soak up the sun. There are a wide range of gathering areas which include a large al fresco lounge area aft, and further al fresco dining on the upper deck. A well-equipped sundeck is complete with advanced gym equipment, an enticing Jacuzzi and a generous solarium. There is also an array of exciting tenders and toys for those who wish to add some thrills to their charter. The tender garage is filled with everything from Stand-Up Paddleboards to Seascooters and a Water Ski.

Penelope is certainly an exciting new addition to the charter market, and is well-prepared to provide unforgettable experiences on the water. For those looking for a superyacht adventure that combines luxury, sophistication, and outright fun, Penelope promises all of those in abundance.

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