Luxury yacht PROJECT GEMINI, also known as HULL YN 19755, is the latest of the 55M Steel Class from Dutch shipyard Heesen currently under construction under speculation, and she follows on from successful sister ships SOLEMATES (ex. DIOSCURI CASTOR) and POLLUX.
M/Y PROJECT GEMINI features an athletic modern exterior Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, while Luca Dini Design & Architecture have been chosen for the sophisticated interior in their first collaboration with Heesen. Tay wood and natural stone complement the marine leather wall panels and doors, and the fabric-lined ceilings add to the sophistication and calm. The main salon has bronze mirrored ceiling panels the emphasise the light and space within, while the lounge area provides sumptuous sofas to gather the whole group together before or after a meal seated at the dining table for 12.
The sky lounge is ideal for laid-back days or effortless entertaining, with its widescreen TV and bar to provide refreshments.
The tenders and water toys are stored on the foredeck, leaving plenty of room in the lower deck stern section for a beach club that incorporates a wellness area.
The exteriors treat everyone to a spacious 110m2/1184ft2 sundeck with a Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads, a bar, alfresco dining table, a sofa and sun loungers. The bridge deck aft is an alternative alfresco dining and lounging spot with the benefits of the sky lounge close by, and the main deck aft is an excellent place for coffee mornings or an aperitif.
Altogether, there is over 400m2/4305ft2 of luxury areas onboard for both the Owner and guests to enjoy, all contained within a yacht of 760 GT.
The accommodation is designed for up to 12 guests in 6 en-suite cabins, of which there is a stately full-beam Owner’s apartment of 83m2/893.4ft2. Within, the floor-to-ceiling windows are lined by cotton and linen curtains, while the forward walk-in wardrobes connect through to the en-suite bathroom complete with a rain shower and black bathtub centrepiece with a lighting fixture that mirrors its shape.
The other guest cabins consist of a VIP stateroom on the upper deck, and two double cabins and two twin cabins on the lower deck.
A pair of MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO Tier-III engines will power her through the water for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots.
The hull and superstructure will be joined together at the Heesen facility in Oss during March 2021, and she will be available for delivery in autumn 2022.
The fantastic dive-centric LOON has been renamed motor yacht ZEAL and is inviting groups to join her on a lavish winter Caribbean & Bahamas charter.
The exceptional crew is the highlight of a cruise with M/Y ZEAL, with two Dive Masters and Dive Instructors among the crew, two kite surfer instructors, and the chief stewardess was a women’s pro tour surfer. Wherever your itinerary takes you, there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up a new skill or improve on what you’ve already learnt, and divers that have already earned their internationally-recognised license will be able to dive straight off the yacht.
The minimalist interior styling is suited to all charter purposes, from laid-back family holidays, catch-ups and shopping sprees with friends, birthdays, weddings and even corporate events. Gather together in the main salon and plan your exploits for the day, or take in the views from the light and airy sky lounge.
Outside, there are numerous spots for guests to unwind in the shade or savour the sunshine: The sundeck is the hub for life outdoors, with an alfresco dining and lounging area in the shade, a wet bar and barbeque grill, plush sunbeds and a Jacuzzi to soak your cares away while admiring the Bight of Acklins or the white cliffs of Long Island.
The large swim platform is perfect for sunbathing or sitting beside the clear blue waters, with direct access to the sea pool and much more. There are few luxury yachts that have such a large and exceptional range of water toys, and in addition to the Scuba diving equipment there are:
- 4 x Waverunners
- 2 x Seabobs (FS2)
- 2 x kayaks
- 2 x paddleboards
- 1 x lift foil
- 1 x wakeboard
- beach games and setup
- water skis
- an 8.2m/27ft waterslide
- a 9.1m/30ft swimming pool
- kite surfing equipment
- fishing gear, and
- inflatable and towable toys
The gym equipment consists of resistance bands, yoga mats and barbells for maintaining a fitness regime while cruising.
The accommodation sleeps a total of 12 guests over 6 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 3 twin cabins convertible to king-sized beds. All cabins are well-furnished for the comfort of guests, however, the Master suite on the main deck forward is the most desirable for its full-beam bedroom with lounge setting, and en-suite bathroom with a bathtub as well as a shower.
M/Y ZEAL has a top speed of 16 knots, a cruising speed of 13 knots and an extensive cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles, so you won’t have to stop often to resupply and can cruise off to the far islands of the Bahamas.
Feadship sweeps the honours at World Superyacht Awards 2020 with luxury yachts NAJIBA, LADY S and PI
Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, however for Dutch shipyard Feadship it could not have been more rewarding at the virtual World Superyacht Awards 2020, where the luxury yachts NAJIBA, LADY S and PI won Neptune trophies for every category the shipyard was nominated for – including the highly coveted Motoryacht of the Year award.
The online ceremony was hosted in London and ‘attended’ by hundreds of invited guests from locations across the world. The panel of judges was composed entirely of superyacht Owners, who assessed the nominees over recent weeks.
58m/190ft superyacht NAJIBA was the first to win an award, receiving Displacement Motoryacht Between 500GT and 999GT. She was designed by Philippe Briand in conjunction with De Voogt Naval Architects, resulting in a top speed of 17 knots despite a beam wider than her competitors. Her fuel burn of just 137 litres/hour while cruising at 12 knots was approximately half the consumption of the other motor yachts in the same category. The ‘fresh and innovative’ interior from Studio Liaigre and ‘clean, harmonious exterior lines’ by Claudio Cicconetti also impressed the judges in combination with the high quality of construction.
Luxury yacht PI was next up for an award, taking the Displacement Motoryachts Between 1,500GT and 1,999GT category. The exterior by Jamsen and harmonious minimalist interiors by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design complemented the ‘remarkable build quality’ and ‘superb design’, making her the unanimous winner. In particular the judges were impressed with the floor-to-ceiling windows without mullions, for an even greater connection between the inside and outside worlds.
The 93m/305ft motor yacht LADY S took first place in the Displacement Motoryachts Between 2,000GT and 4,999GT category: The Owners had considerable involvement in the project with veteran design teams Michael Leach Design and Reymond Langton Design. The innovative layout has fire pits on two levels, the largest glass sliding doors on any luxury yacht, a fully certified helipad deck and an abundance of elegance and harmony in the exterior styling. Inside, the judges found one special feature after another to admire, from the bridge deck gym with 180-degree views to the impressive beach club and the first Dolby 3D IMAX cinema ever installed aboard a luxury yacht.
After all of the categories had been announced, the audience discovered which vessel had won the prestigious title of Motoryacht of the Year – and it was PI that was awarded this honour.
Her ‘harmonious exterior lines, the sophistication of her Zen-like interior, and the extreme connectivity between interior and exterior’ secured the award, along with the exceptional engineering that made the full-height windows on the main deck possible. The judges agreed:
“[The] overall perfection of her construction and a degree of excellence… made Pi a worthy winner of this prestigious title.”
While up to 12 guests can cruise on board and even more can party the night away at a dockside event, her overnight group of 11 will savour the tranquillity of cruising of to a quiet anchorage while having all the little luxuries on board all to themselves.
See out winter 2020 in luscious Caribbean charter grounds aboard newly refitted luxury yacht Gladius
Built by Cantieri di Pisa, her interiors have been given an update that brings her back to as-new condition, making her perfect for Christmas gatherings, New Year celebrations and other special occasions when you want to impress.
The interiors use the exposed grain of the wooden panelling, warm-toned lighting and bespoke artwork and lighting fixtures create a jovial contemporary atmosphere desirable for dining and resting after each marvellous day out under the Caribbean sun.
The formal dining area seats 10 guests in comfort, and the main salon provides plush sofas for gathering the group together.
Outdoors, guests have their choice of shaded and sun-drenched deck areas for satisfying outdoor living. Admire the Pitons of St. Lucia from the C-shaped sofa on the foredeck, the Grenadines from the large swim platform, or the beautiful beaches of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands as you take breakfast on the main deck aft. The sundeck lives up to its name with plenty of sun loungers aft, sun pads, a Jacuzzi, wet bar and a seating area with pop-up widescreen TV for outdoor entertainment day or night.
There is a wonderful collection of water toys to suit groups of all ages and fitness levels, and the collection includes:
- 1 x Yamaha Waverunner VX Cruiser HO
- 2 x Seabob F5s
- 2 x kayaks
- 2 x stand-up paddleboards
- 1 x wakeboard
- water skis
- snorkelling equipment, and
- inflatable and towable toys
The accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests over 5 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins each with a Pullman berth. There is a professional crew of 7 on-hand to provide the first-class service, wherever M/Y GLADIUS might cruise.
Launched in 2011 and refitted in 2015, her owner was responsible for the interior styling, while Viking Yachting took care of the naval architecture. Up to 10 charter guests are accommodated in 5 cabins, including 4 double and one twin suite.
Her exceptionally spacious salon is open plan, featuring a large lounge, formal dining, cocktail bar, entertainment systems and plenty of natural light, from surrounding windows. The décor is contemporary and elegant using soft tones and bespoke touches, creating a relaxing, yet sophisticated ambience.
Below decks, her cabins comprise a full-beam master stateroom, 3 double suites and a twin cabin, each of which boasts private facilities.
The stunning ALESSANDRO yacht has ample outdoor living, laid on beautiful teak. Aft, there is alfresco dining, seating and steps leading to a sizable fold-down swim platform. Wide side decks provide easy access to the foredeck where charter guests will find a built-in seating area with tables, ideal for refreshments, and a raised sunbed area with centred jacuzzi. A flybridge on the upper level offers further seating and sunning options.
- Beautiful interior finishes throughout
- Large cabin accommodation
- Excellent exterior deck space
- Swim platform with plenty of water toys
- Alfresco dining
Strict hygiene and safety protocols on board will ensure the safety of your group, and private flights to and from your embarkation point will minimise any risk. Once onboard you can relax with a range of entertainment systems at your fingertips, and depending on which yacht you select, you might have spa massage facilities, fitness instruction and much more. You can prepare for your holiday worry-free, knowing that there is a Covid-19 clause in your contract should you find that lockdowns or flight cancellations prevent you from making it on board.
The Caribbean is an amazing place to unwind and forget about your worries: Grenada is called the ‘Island of Spice’ for good reason and food and wine lovers should head to these shores for the fantastic flavours available. There are also awe-inspiring snorkelling and Scuba diving sites in the region, plus a range of attractions in town for history and art lovers as well as shoppers.
The US Virgin Islands, Antigua, Sint Maarten and St. Barths are the most popular yacht charter destinations, and all have been set up to ensure safe operation. Visitors are welcome this winter for spectacular Christmas and New Year celebrations with fireworks that you can enjoy while at anchor in the bay.
The scattered islands of the Bahamas are ready and waiting to receive visitors, with now being the perfect time to explore somewhere new and spend more time in nature: Snorkel for sand dollars in the Bight of Acklins and discover unusual endemic bird species on Mayaguana and Inagua. Sunbathe on white sands at Long Island, and have a romantic stroll on the pink sand beach at sunrise on Harbour Island, and disappear before anyone else arrives.
Don’t delay in securing your preferred luxury yacht and destination this winter season – contact the expert brokers at CharterWorld.
Make 2020 a distant memory and fill the Spring/Summer 2021 seasons with blissful sunny days on a Mediterranean luxury yacht charter.
There’s a charter ground filled with activities to suit everyone, whether its days of culture along the French Riviera followed by sunset beach barbeques, water sports in Croatia or Turkey and traditional food, drink and dance in Greece.
The highly trained crew will maintain rigorous health and safety standards on board, making a private luxury yacht charter one of the safest ways to travel during the pandemic. What’s more, the clauses in your contract will protect you should lockdowns and travel restrictions prevent you from commencing your charter.
The Spring/Summer 2021 season is already filled with bookings from delayed 2020 charters so don’t miss out – send your enquiries through an obligation free today.
From bustling cities to equally thriving wildernesses, Spain has it all: Hike the trails and visit the vineyards in the Narbonnaise en Méditerranée Natural Regional Park, or head south to the Salvador Dali House Museum in Port Lligat. Gaudi, meanwhile, has left behind a riot of colour in Barcelona and visitors will easily fill the day with shopping, Michelin-quality dining and culture.
The Balearic Islands needs no introduction, made famous – or infamous – as one of the party capitals of the Western Mediterranean. Join the celebrations in the summer sunshine of host your own private bash onboard dockside or in an anchorage away from prying eyes.
Both Formentera and the Cabrera National Park have wonderful beaches for sunbathing and playing on the water toys, and the latter location has great hikes and ruins to spot along the way.
Palma is filled with impressive architecture spanning the centuries, and on Menorca there is a hedonistic mix of artistry and luxury amongst the galleries and cliff-side clubs such as Cova d’en Xoroi.
The French Riviera – also called the Cote d’Azur – stretches from Cassis to the west up to the principality of Monaco to the east. Although this stretch of picturesque coastline can be incorporated into a Balearic Islands or Italian Riviera charter, it stands on its own merits, which include magnificent galleries and museums to famous artists like Picasso in Antibes and Matisse in Nice. Shopping opportunities abound, as do chances to dine on Michelin-star quality cuisine, should you ever want a change from your on board chef’s marvellous creations.
Outdoor enthusiasts will cherish the time spent on Iles d’Hyeres, where nature is preserved, there a plenty of hiking trails and quaint villages to encounter along the way. Corsica has more beaches than it is possible to visit in a single season, and you can find the perfect sheltered place to spend an afternoon with the water toys, or anchor overnight for barbeques, dinners by candlelight and parties in the moonlight.
Gorgeous locations, amazing food, rich culture and high fashion… need we say any more? Italy practically sells itself as a destination, offering something for everyone and leaving the opportunity wide open for something new each day.
The Italian Riviera is a desirable destination for many, combining luxury shopping opportunities at Forte dei Marmi with the scenic beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cinque Terre and the Tuscan Archipelago.
Head to Naples and the Amalfi Coast for the dramatic sights of Mount Vesuvius towering over the metropolis, filled with cultural delights both old and new just waiting to be discovered. Take a day trip to Pompeii, cruise along the coast to Amalfi and clifftop Ravello, and visit Capri for the stunning Blue and Green Grottoes, the Gardens of Augustine, boutique shopping, a rich cafe culture and so much more.
This spectacular Eastern Mediterranean charter ground is highly prized amongst Scuba divers for its numerous wrecks, reefs and caves flourishing with wildlife. Snorkelers don’t need to venture far from the shores either, and whether you’re cruising along the Istrian Peninsula or surrounded by the islands of the Dalmatian Coast, there are plenty of opportunities to fish for your dinner and play about all day with the water toys. Luxury yachts can cruise from Venice and Slovenia to include treats from these destinations into your Adriatic Sea experience.
Golden sand beaches are common, and destinations like Pula are replete with amazing historic treasures: The Old Town alone has the Temple of Augustus, Agrippina’s House, the galleries in the extensive underground tunnels ‘Zerostrasse’ and the Contemporary Art Museum of Istria.
Include Dubrovnik into your Dalmatian Coast itinerary to see some of the magnificent locations that were used in the Game of Thrones TV series, and learn about the city’s own rich history on a cultural tour. Relax under the summer sun amongst the islands of the Kornati National Park, or cruise south to experience the majesty of Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor.
The clear blue water and white cliffs of Corfu have sealed the reputation of the Ionian Islands, where yacht charters also go for Navagio Beach and its famed shipwreck on Zakynthos, not forgetting Myrtos Beach and Melissani Cave on Kefalonia.
The Cyclades is home to Santorini, where whitewashed seaside towns, windmills and red sand beaches make the background to a week of adventure under the Mediterranean sun. This romantic destination has a fantastic selection of wineries for something unique to your trip, and Milos is a gorgeous milky white beach surrounded by turquoise waters and Naxos and Paros have their own fantastic beaches and ruins to explore.
Amongst the Dodecanese Islands, Lipsi is an absolutely stunning landscape of slanting cliffs disappearing into white sand beaches that in turn sink into a brilliant blue sea. Kalymnos entices rock climbers and Scuba divers to its shores, whilst Nysiros has a volcanic ‘lunar landscape’, hiking trails and hot springs, and Rhodes is a prime destination for its story-rich ruins: The entire Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Turkish Riviera is relatively unknown to the western world but has some absolutely magnificent locations for Scuba diving and water sports around Kas, with wreck dives, swim-throughs and stunning reefs to entice visitors into the water again and again. On land, both Bodrum and Fethiye have amazing museums and landmarks worth viewing, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities in the markets and shopping centres. When all you want is some peace and quiet with loved ones on board, your Captain will take you to a beautiful secluded anchorage to enjoy the scenery without interruptions.
Modern and majestic, 39m/127ft luxury gulet KAPTAN KADIR and her experienced crew of six are ready for adventure and indulgence in the Turkey charter grounds. S/Y KAPTAN KADIR was built in 2004 and refitted in 2019 so that she has been maintained to the highest standards and has kept up with the times. One of her most notable features is the on-deck Jacuzzi, and life outdoors is further celebrated with plenty of sunbeds and a variety of water toys.