|The World’s Most Expensive Charters|
Want a week aboard one of the finest vacation yachts afloat? You’ll need at least $300,000.
By Kim Kavin — October 2004
Money isn’t everything, and size doesn’t matter. Riiiiiight.
As we put together Power & Motoryacht’s first-ever listing of the world’s most expensive charter yachts, it became abundantly clear that liquid assets and length overall are very much the key to enjoying some of the finest vacations afloat. Our list includes a baker’s dozen of motoryachts that are in charter as of presstime and being actively promoted to the public—as opposed to yachts that are being offered quietly for charter to just a few friends of the owner. We’ve also left off yachts that regularly take cruise ship-style cabin bookings instead of providing full-time luxury service for one party at a time.
The rates given are base prices provided by the listing agencies. Keep in mind that they don’t include food, fuel, dockage, crew tip, and other expenses that can add another one-third to one-half of the rate to the total bill.
But hey, when you want the best of the best, price isn’t really everything—or is it?
Until then, we can give you the basics. Annaliesse takes 36 guests and has one-on-one crew to match should anyone need assistance in the cinema, gymnasium, or onboard hospital (which has satellite links to medical personnel shoreside, should the need arise). Other highlights include a library, a Roman bath, and a spa facility which includes plunge pools, a beauty salon, and massage facilities. Her draft is a full 12 feet, which will mean a lot of dinghy rides to shore, but guests can sprawl out at day’s end in the owner’s suite—which is nearly 1,200 square feet with the inclusion of the private deck.
Liveras Yachts Phone: (37) 7 97 97 45 10. www.liverasyachts.com.
2. Christina O
At €65,000 per day (roughly $550,000 per week at press time) for up to 30 guests, Christina O lets charter parties stroll the same companionways world leaders continue to enjoy. “This is a boat with a tremendous amount of nostalgia and history,” says Mike Everton-Jones, director at Yachting Partners International. Being attended to by 36 crew doesn’t hurt, either.
Yachting Partners International Phone: (44) 1273 571722. www.ypi.co.uk.
That she takes just 12 guests distinguishes her from the yachts higher up on this list. The privacy and attention afforded a charter party aboard Leander by her 24 crew is unique, which is why she remains in such demand. Well, that and her stuffed-to-the-brim toy box, which includes a pair of 30-foot tenders, an 18-foot Boston Whaler, two Lasers, three wave runners, three windsurfers, and two additional RIBs.
Peter Insull’s Phone: (33) 4 93 34 22 42. www.insull.com.
4. Golden Odyssey
Golden Odyssey is part of the Golden Fleet: You can charter her in a $574,000 package deal with the 219-foot Golden Shadow, a support yacht where your staff can stay. In addition, Golden Eye, the seaplane, can be used for transporting luggage to and from the yachts, collecting provisions, and other logistical support, permitting an uninterrupted cruise.
Edmiston & Co. Phone: (310) 777-6535. www.edmistoncompany.com.
This article originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.