And Now for Something Completely Different
During a traditional megayacht charter, guests plan a weeklong itinerary with their favorite stops, meals, and activities (for a six-figure fee plus expenses, of course). And from December through March, the Caribbean is the traditional location for these charters. But this season, the 70-meter (229-foot) Sherakhan has broken tradition: She’s available for charter by the stateroom as she cruises Antarctica and Patagonia.
One of the world’s largest yachts, Sherakhan set sail for Patagonia at the end of October. Each of her 13 cabins is available for two guests, and what was originally designed as the owner’s deck has been converted into three cabins: the Ernest Hemingway, the Charles Dickens, and the Emile Zola. While 12 of the 13 cabins are named after authors of classic literature, the 13th is incongruously named after Dan Brown, who penned the mass market hit, The Da Vinci Code.
Sherakhan has scheduled stops and excursions on her 780-NM journey along the South American coast to and including Antarctica, among them the Cape Verde Islands, the Amazon, and Uruguay, where local guides have been arranged for each outing. Facing the prospect of a wide variety of climates, appropriate expedition clothing has been included in the charter package, making packing a lot easier. Fragile ecosystems and difficult-to-navigate terrain will be made accessible to those aboard thanks to a combination of slow-speed cruising and helicopter tours.
So while many charter yachts are fighting for berths and moorings in the crowded Caribbean, the only potential conflict aboard Sherakhan will be over who gets one of the four massages offered each day.
Camper & Nicholsons
This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.