There is nothing like a vacation on board a yacht! Especially if this is a beautiful old school superyacht with an atmosphere of romance of distant seas and exciting adventures. Here is a selection of the best representatives of the classics that you can take on a charter.
Eros was built in England in 1939 for the daughter and son-in-law of a British lord. Shortly after launch, the yacht was requisitioned by the Navy during World War II to participate in the famous evacuation from Dunkirk. She later became the private yacht of the billionaire Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos. Soon after the restoration, Eros appeared in impeccable condition and full of combat readiness for new adventures.
The yacht can accommodate eight guests in four double cabins. As a tribute to its original Art Deco interior, the builders have retained some of the original features in places, such as the teak paneling in the dining room.
Sailing thrill-seekers can stand at her wooden helm while others sunbathe on the sun loungers in the bow. At sunset, guests can dine on deck at an expandable teak table for ten.
The Eros journey starts from New England, Chesapeake Bay, heading towards Greenland. The charter company is Classic Charters, the weekly price starts from 39,500 $.
2. Haida 1929
Built in 1929, this classic yacht managed to serve in the Second World War, and in 2015 was sold to a new owner who decided to return her to its former glory. After a 16-month refit at the Pendennis shipyard, she was launched again. At the 2019 World Superyacht Awards, Haida received the Neptune award for Best Rebuilt Yacht.
It can accommodate up to 12 guests in six cabins and 16 crew members. Haida features include a master stateroom with a separate living room and shaded dining terrace, a stepped deck pool, cinema and spa.
The superyacht is rented by Edmiston, the weekly charter rate in the summer starts at 310,000 €.
3. Fair Lady
The 36.9m Fair Lady with its original 20s rudder and brass binnacle is the epitome of a classic yacht that will take you back to the roaring twenties.
The yacht was built in 1928 by Camper & Nicholsons. It will comfortably accommodate eight guests in five cabins, as well as a crew of six. The Fair Lady boasts a cozy saloon, mahogany dining room and a traditional card room with original pearwood furnishings and décor.
On deck, guests can relax in a hidden alcove on the sun terrace or sunbathe on wooden sun loungers. There are two al fresco dining areas on board, ideal for a glass of champagne at sunset or a dinner under the stars.
Fair Lady is operated by Burgess and returns to the UK for a Scottish Isles tour. Charter prices start at 63,000 € per week.
The 50.29 meter Malahne rolled off the stocks at Camper & Nicholsons in 1937. After participating in the Second World War, as part of the evacuation from Dunkirk, the yacht belonged to film producer Sam Spiegel. He used it as his headquarters for the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, threw noisy parties and simply enjoyed his walks on the beautiful Malahne. The superyacht has seen celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson, Grace Kelly and others.
In 2015, the yacht underwent a grand restoration at the Pendennis shipyard. She will accommodate up to 10 guests in six cabins with a crew of 11 people. Guy Oliver's interior design echoes the charming 30s where Malahne is from. The main salon is full of seating, a piano, and a spacious dining room in the corner.
The more formal dining room for 10 features Art Deco touches and stunning wooden floors. The second lounge is the perfect place to send a few letters or sip your favorite whiskey in the comfortable chairs. On the deck, guests can relax on comfortable blue sun loungers under the gentle sun, and then lunch in the fresh air.
Malahne is operated by Edmiston and has a weekly rate starting at € 145,000.
Vespucci was designed and built for yachting legend Carlo Riva in the late 70s. Now refreshed after a two-year refit, the yacht is fully prepared for the Mediterranean charter season.
The brainchild of CRN, Vespucci can accommodate up to 10 guests in four cabins, plus a crew of five. Lunches are served on the flybridge, where there is plenty of room to enjoy the warm Mediterranean weather and soak up the sun. For parties, this yacht is also perfect - up to 45 guests can have fun on the dock.
Vespucci commits Mediterranean cruises all year round. The charter is operated by Northrop & Johnson with a weekly rate starting at € 40,000.
The stunning 62-meter Esmeralda was built by Codecasa in 1981. In 2000, the interior was overhauled, and now it is updated every winter.
The superyacht is ideal for large-scale parties - she can accommodate up to 150 guests at the port. For the duration of the cruise, 12 guests will be comfortably accommodated in its 11 cabins, a crew of 19 is engaged in service.
Its lovely terrace features a hexagonal jacuzzi and sun loungers, while the upper deck features a cocktail bar and dining table for 16 for al fresco dining. Below deck, the Esmeralda boasts a huge dining room that is great for formal receptions; wardroom with cocktail bar, private study and superyacht gym.
The superyacht is rented by YPI. A week of Mediterranean holidays at Esmeralda will cost 230,000 $.
7. Big Eagle
The 52m Big Eagle was built by Mie Shipyard in 1980. She underwent a refit last year and is now ready to host up to 12 guests in six elegant cabins.
The yacht boasts a modern interior that blends harmoniously with her classic style. Below deck there is a spacious saloon with a large TV and a chic cocktail bar - a cozy place for evening gatherings with friends.
Outside, Big Eagle has a huge party area with a dining table, islet bar and lounge area for dining under the stars or chatting at sunset. In addition, the superyacht can be used to soak in the spa pool, sunbathe or have fun with water toys.
The Big Eagle is rented by Fraser and costs 140,000 $ for a week's vacation.
The 39.7-meter Parvati is the creation of the CRN company. Launched in 1979, she is ready to accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 cabins and 8 crew members.
The spacious terrace of the superyacht beckons to sit on a comfortable sun lounger with a glass of champagne, and enjoy your leisure time with friends. Parvati can be called dedicated to the sun: it has a lot of sun loungers, including the bow, and lounge areas. At the aft of the main deck, guests can enjoy a sumptuous feast at the outdoor dining table. Also on the yacht there is a spacious swimming area, from which it is convenient to splash in the turquoise water and dive.
Inside, guests can relax in front of the TV in the lounge or socialize in the bright wardroom with dining table, large sofa and armchairs.
Parvati is run by IYC with weekly charter rates starting at € 70,000.
9. Sarita Si
The 38.6-meter Sarita Si has six beautiful cabins on board, which can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests. The superyacht was built by CRN in 1973 and refitted in 2016.
At the bow of the main deck, there is a Jacuzzi with bimini, sun loungers and an outdoor dining table for 4-8 people. The Sarita Si terrace features a range of sun loungers for sunbathing at any time of the day. Another dining table sits aft on the main deck, where the sound of the ocean waves complements dinner perfectly.
The traditional wardroom has a TV area and plenty of soft leather chairs for enjoying a drink with your close friends.
The Sarita Si is rented by Fraser, the weekly rate starts at 80,000 $.
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