Published by Eldin Basic (TpMBA) – Yacht Charter Broker
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Travelling by a superyacht or a mega yacht is an experience like no other. The freedom and exclusivity are not to be compared with anything else, and with excellent crew and knowledgeable captains, you will be able to wake up to a new destination and amazing view each day, while being pampered and taken care of as a prince and princess. Dedicated chef, on some yachts also a personal trainer, a masseuse, and on request a nanny or concierge or now even a mentor or a cornerman, can be hired to ensure that every single moment of your vacation time is well-planned, perfectly executed and harmonised with your expectations.
Choosing a yacht
One of the most important choices to make, before going on a luxury yachting holiday, is to choose a suitable yacht. Many classics, older but refitted boats or in general any kind of superyacht, or especially a megayacht, are certainly great options. The superyacht charter market in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, in particular the Bahamas is saturated, so much so that one can have a good choice, especially if boats are booked 6 months in advance at least. However, to be in with the latest trends, designs, even feng-shui at times, choosing the latest models launched this or last year is the only choice for some. This blog therefore looks at superyachts or megayachts launched recently and available for private yacht charters during the summer season 2023 and the winter season 2023/24.
New Yachts suitable for parties of 10 guests
First, most such yachts are for some specific reasons mostly available in the Bahamas. One of the rare megayachts, recently launched and available for charter is M/Y RISING DAWN. And while a number of other boats, such as the PROJECT X, the 88metre Golden Yacht with 28 crew on board (from 1,1 million US$’s/week) and 74.85metre long KENSHO, launched by Admiral – The Italian Sea Group, with 20 crew on board (from 850,000 Eur/week) are probably the biggest, they are typically seen as gigayachts reserved for only the richest amongst the UHNWI 1%. As a result they cannot feature in this blog but can get a deserved mention as probably the most luxurious NEW yachts on the charter market in 2023. Going back to RISING DAWN, she is usually available in the Bahamas and charters from 200,000 US$’s per week. Accommodating up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, she will also accept charters in the East Caribbean, including Virgin Islands on request. This Gulf Craft Majesty 140 has 4 double and 2 twin cabins and is ideal extended family gatherings, anniversaries, special occasions or 4 x couples getting together to share a megayacht charter experience.
MEGAYACHT OR A SUPERYACHT
M/Y PRINCESS MELDA, a custom built 137ft is next in line and she mostly cruises in Turkish Mediterranean Sea. On request available in Greece, this superyacht also features 6 cabins for 12 guests and charters from 110,000 Eur per week. She is not as exclusive as 60-metre megayacht COME TOGETHER, launched by Dutch shipyard Amels which charters from 450,000 US$’s per week (also available for sale from 69,5 million Euros), or even M/Y NORTHERN ESCAPE, the Benetti 40.8-metre megayacht with 8 crew and available from 215,000 Eur/week, yet is an impressive superyacht worth considering by anyone looking for good value new boat in East Mediterranean.
Similarly exclusive and as new as the Princess Melda is the sublime ROCKET ONE. Another NEW Majesty by GulfCraft shipyard, this 120ft superyacht charters from 175,000 US$’s per week and spends her summer in Monaco, while cruising South of France and others parts of the West Mediterranean with a plan to head to the Bahamas during the winter months. Featuring 4x Queen sized cabins and 2 twins, she also accommodates more than 10 guests comfortably, although twin cabins are ideal for singles or teenagers. Cruising at 12kn, she can also hit higher speeds of 20kn and therefore offer ideal itineraries between Portofino on Italian Riviera and St Tropez alongside Cote d’Provence, allowing full exploration of Cote d’Azur beach clubs during what will ideally be a 2 week exclusive superyacht rental amongst the most famous coast in the world. Both Princess Melda and Rocket One can be classed as mega yachts too as their volume, charter rates, features and crew fit into both high-end superyacht range and lower end megayacht range.
Genuine new superyachts
A number new superyachts will be cruising this year both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean as well. If not the best, one of the most exclusive of them all is certainly M/Y TOGETHER. Launched by San Lorenzo shipyard, this 117ft superyacht features 5 guest cabins, 3 of which are doubles and is run by a crew of 6. Chartering from 110,000 Eur/week she will be ideal for extensive cruising of Amalfi coast first and foremost. Islands such as Capri, Ischia and Procida will definitely be en route and one way cruises to Aeolian archipelago or Sicily will be considered most likely.
A number of other superyachts, yet to be launched this year, or cruising since last year, are placed nicely in this range too. Some of them are ROMEO FOXTROT, the 116ft Hargrave built in the USA and available in the Bahamas from 160,000 US$’s per week or 110ft FREEDOM, built by HORIZON shipyard and to be in charter out of Miami in Florida or Newport, Rhode Island. FREEDOM charges rom only 100,000 US$’s per week w hich makes her one of the best value new superyachts on the charter market today. This is clearly visible in direct comparison with ROMEO FOXTROT as they are of similar size, almost identical cruising speed and both accommodate 10 guests in 5 well designed staterooms. Add to this amazing array of water toys and fast, as well as very luxurious superyacht tender and FREEDOM suddenly turns into an absolute bargain when it comes to superyacht charter value.
When it comes to a superb value, or indeed a fantastic deal, OCEAN VIEW, yet another Gulf Craft Majesty model is certainly worth mentioning. Chartering from only 90,000 US$’s per week, she too cruises in the Bahamas during the winter months and in the West Mediterranean in the summer. At 104ft, with very modern and minimalist interior as well as absolute maximum daylight in the interior due to full length, floor to ceiling glass windows and light materials used, she is a top notch recommendation. For those keen on long-term yacht charters on board of a superyacht or extended sabbatical holidays with professional crew, she is one to consider.
In terms of Transatlantic crossing, the range on most of these superyachts is sufficient to take them across comfortably. As a result, some will also consider a special Atlantic crossing deal in late October or early November, en route from East to West or in April and May en route West to East. Why wouldn’t you consider going across one year and achieving a big goal once in your lifetime ? MAREA LA NAUTICA, the 88ft Azimut launched in 2022 and chartering from 80,000 US$’s per week, or PEARL, the super-exclusive San Lorenzo’s 96ft-er, both cruising around the Bahamas and Exumas, are some of other new motor yachts accommodating 10 guests and that are launched in last 12 months. However, despite a number of other such yachts in many regions across all major sailing destinations, the lowest priced and in some way absolute best value is SIMAY M, custom built 85ft superyacht cruising in Turkiye which is available from only 21,000 Eur/week. Accommodating up to 10 guests and cruising at 10kn, she is lovely looking modern boat with great facilities, excellent crew and superb, probably best value amongst all superyachts launched in the last 12 months and chartering to general public.
Whatever your choice of a superyacht, megayacht, or even a gigayacht if desired and affordable, there are a few NEW such yachts launched in 2022 or 2023 and ready and available for private yacht charters. They are mostly based in the Caribbean during the winter months or in the Mediterranean, sometimes in the Indian Ocean or Australia and East Coast of USA during the summer months. You can rely on SuperSailYachts as your exclusive broker to source out the best and newest yachts, thus hopefully this blog will have given you ideas where to start your search.