Can”t find that perfect vacation for the coming months? Chartering a yacht can be the most luxurious thing you could ever think about doing, save for Beluga caviar body wrap. With all the choices out there, you might need a little guidance to help you find the yacht that is right for you. Well, we are here to help. Listed here are a selection of our top ten choices in the charter yacht world. Not all of them are the biggest out there, but these yachts capture our interest with great style, luxurious amenities, and fantastic toys.
12 – Madsummer 55m
We begin with a fantastic Feadship launched last year that exudes style from every porthole. The modest 182 ft length is just enough to house 10 guests in a luxurious modern interior that features wood floors and exquisite art. Colorful guest staterooms feature fluffy duvets and marble baths. The master stateroom features a fabulous mirrored bath and a mother-of-pearl inlay antique cabinet. Charters start from € 325,000
11 – Argyll
Now everyone should be able to enjoy the luxury of a yacht charter. The fully wheelchair accessible Argyll does just that. A beautiful American built vessel, Argyll is a stylish yacht with a classic blue hull and Ralph Lauren interior. Charter rates from $125,000
10 – More
This Benetti Vision series yacht is a pleasant 145 ft and features a tastefully contemporary interior of dark woods. Accommodating 10 guests, More is a tri-deck that packs a lot of punch for her size. The master stateroom features a private deck overlooking the bow and his and her baths. The guest staterooms feature blonde wood paneling that may be too glossy for some, but are large enough to keep everyone happy. Charters from $165,000
9 – Fortunato
Before last year, the yacht known as “Fortunato” went by the name “Cakewalk,” a celebrated triumph of design from Andrew Winch and the team at Feadship. Cakewalk was a beautiful yacht of classical design and stellar technology. After a $10 million dollar refit, “Cakewalk” became “Fortunato” and hit the charter circuit. The boat”s interior was given a funky makeover with new carpets, furniture, and a new style totally different from its formal past. 6 cabins accommodate 12 guests for Caribbean or Mediterranean cruises. Charter rates from $420,000
8 – Starship
Toys, Toys, Toys. That”s what you”ll get chartering Starship. This recent makeover recipient boasts some of the best toys in the industry. At the top of the list is a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter for getting a bird”s eye view of the exciting destinations that Starship will call on. Wave runners and shore side Vespa scooters make getting around fun and sporty. A total of 10 guests can fight it out for relaxing in the hot tub or jumping on the inflatable water trampoline. Charter from $115,000
7 – Lady Lola
For those looking for some privacy, try Lady Lola. Sure you can bring a posse of 12 people, but the master stateroom boasts the entire upper deck as its domain. The interior is finished in light bird”s eye maple and exotic marble, adding glamor to an art deco motif. A grand piano in the main salon will allow guest to indulge musically when they are not launching golf balls into the sea on the ship”s very own floating driving range. Rates begin at $330,000
6 – Christina O
Our number one yacht is probably the most famous yacht in the world. Exceptionally large and capable of hosting a mere 36 guests, Christina O is a legendary vessel that gives passengers their place in its storied history. Aristotle Onassis” prized toy was almost scraped until it was saved by a wise businessman who now charters the fully refitted vessel out to those with lots of money and the best taste. Who can overlook the tiled swimming pool that becomes a dance floor, beyond fabulous! Charter rate….get ready for it….$455,000 a week PLUS expenses.
5 – LADY IN BLUE
Beautiful 171 Ft. Amels built LADY IN BLUE. This superb vessel features accommodation for ten guests, a sumptuous Alberto Pinto designed interior and magnificent exterior deck areas.
4 – Floridian
Originally built for the Shark himself, Greg Norman, Floridian has become a popular vessel for charter because its comfortable size and many great features. Built in Australia, Floridian is the largest aluminum yacht in the world at 228 ft. Such space allows 12 guest to have 2 spacious salons, a theater, and a swim up bar in the massive hot tub on the sundeck. Charter available from $400,000
3 – Polar Star
Needing a little more heft in your charter yacht, try Polar Star. This expedition-style yacht has an ice rated hull that gives it the ability to go practically anywhere in the world. The ship has already been exploring the Labrador coast of Canada, why not pick another exotic locale to
cruise to on your charter. At 208 ft, this yacht has a commanding presence and plenty of room for the 12 guests she can accommodate. Even the hot tub on the sun deck can fit 10 people! Rates from $450,000 a week.
2 – Phoenix
This Andrew Winch designed Lurssen has to rank as one of my all time favorite yachts. It”s great, modern lines and a fun, artistic interior make Phoenixa dream come true. The vessel”s sleek appearance due to the tender storage being inside the hull, behind large doors that open to allow davits to lower the tenders. Inside, a perfect layout combined with art deco design elements surround guests with luxury and comfort. Charter rate from $480,000 a week.
The magnificent 68 meter (224 Ft.) Lurssen built KISMET (Project FALCON) was recently launched by Lurssen in Germany. This beautiful ship is without doubt the most attractive vessel launched since the PELORUS 5 years ago. With her blue grey hull, and distinctive Espen Oino exterior profile,KISMET (Project FALCON) will be the most admired ship to enter ports in the Caribbean this winter and the Mediterranean Summer 2007.