Expedition Yachts Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

Cloudbreak completes Iceland leg of world tour

June 22, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK has arrived in Iceland after departing from German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen earlier in June. The 73 metre yacht has completed her first leg of a world tour and is set to cross the North Atlantic to Greenland as her next destination.

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK

As sturdy as her appearance and fitting seamlessly into the North Atlantic landscape, Espen Oeino designed the exterior of luxury yacht CLOUDBREAK for socialising and entertainment regardless of the climates she visits. Her modern, clean interior was the work of Christian Liaigre, who focused on creating a contemporary light and spacious atmosphere comfortable at any latitude. Members of the team for the global adventure include a yoga instructor, surf coach, helicopter pilot and a paramedic. Guests can join the charter any time at one of its itinerary destinations.

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Charter luxury expedition yacht Big Fish in Papua New Guinea

June 13, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Explore the remote and exotic locations of Papua New Guinea and charter luxury superyacht Big Fish. At 45m/148ft, Big Fish provides a comfortable and tech-savvy base for up to 10 guests and 10 crew.

Luxury expedition charter yacht BIG FISH by McMullen and Wing

Luxury expedition charter yacht BIG FISH by McMullen and Wing

Designed for adventure charters, Big Fish has plenty of observation platforms and large-scale windows to take in its tropical surroundings. Unwind on the large sundeck or in the Jacuzzi and enjoy uninterrupted views of the verdant rain-forests and atolls from this stunning luxury charter yacht.

Big Fish hosts plenty of water toys, including a 7.9m custom tender, a kite-surf and scuba diving gear. The swim platform makes underwater exploration of the coral reefs effortless and with diving and fishing experts on board, there’s never been a better time or location to learn a new skill or build upon an established one. For those guests not tired out by exploring the jungles and waters of Papua New Guinea, Big Fish also contains a fully equipped gym ready to satisfy any workout regime.

Yacht Big Fish in the South Pacific

Yacht Big Fish in the South Pacific

After a day amongst the vibrant wonders of Papua New Guinea, relax and recover in the sumptuous lounges designed by Gregory Marshall for comfort and modern chic. Pale wood and light furniture with blue and green accents amplifies the light flowing in from the surrounding windows – perfect to unwind in after a long day of exploration.

Spacious enough to accommodate 10 guests in its 5 suites, as well as an attending crew of 10, Big Fish is the ideal luxury charter yacht for combining big adventure, luxury and leisure. Contact CharterWorld to find out more today.

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43m Motor Yacht ICE LADY (ex Ice Lady Patagonia) Seen in Italy

June 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Launched in 1959 and converted in 2012, the 43m motor yacht ICE LADY has been spotted in Italy. She was originally built as a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker to tow vessels around the northern coast of Norway. She was converted into a luxury expedition superyacht with exterior styling by German Frers and interiors by Jean-Guy Verges. Today, Ice Lady boasts elegant and modern interior with accommodation for up to ten guests in one master suite, one VIP suite, one double cabin and two twin cabins. The photo was taken by Roberto Malfatti in Livorno, Italy.

ICE LADY expedition yacht - Photo Roberto Malfatti

ICE LADY expedition yacht – Photo Roberto Malfatti

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Nauta Air 108 Motor Yacht NARVALO Hits Water at Cantiere Delle Marche

June 01, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Cantiere Delle Marche has announced the launch of the Nauta Air 108 motor yacht NARVALO, a striking 33m explorer vessel constructed of aluminium and steel. She was built for a South American owner and yachtsman, and will see her public debut at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

NAUTA AIR 108 Explorer Motor Yacht NARVALO

NAUTA AIR 108 Explorer Motor Yacht NARVALO

NARVALO is a custom made displacement vessel and spreads over three decks. She was designed by Nauta Design, the same Italian studio that has designed the largest mega yacht in the world – AZZAM.

Nauta Design provided NARVALO with many unique characteristics that make the onboard living even more comfortable for her owners and their guests, especially during long-distance cruises. The upper deck, just behind the wheelhouse, boasts a sky lounge only a few square metres smaller than the main saloon. The deck features over 50 square metres of outdoor space, such as a fabulous dining are and a well for a 5,5-metre tender making her possibly the best and most accessorised unit ever constructed by the company.

NARVALO

NARVALO

The sun deck also acts as a fantastic observatory and a fabulous place to entertain friends and family. There is a dedicated sunbathing area, a whirlpool as well as a dining and cocktail area for refreshments. The main feature of the sun deck is her beautifully designed bar around which the entire deck revolves.

The lower deck offers accommodate in four guest suites, all of which are larger than expected on a yacht of this size. There is a very spacious lobby offering guests an excellent space for relaxation.

The crew area hosts plenty of storage space with the subdeck entirely dedicated to provisions, allowing the yacht to remain at sea for weeks without the need to dock for resupply. The owners of NARVALO are both lovers of luxury and elegant lifestyle, as well as the great outdoors: this yacht is able to offer the best of both worlds with her Nauta Air style and the innovative Hydrotec technical specifications.

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72M Expedition Yacht CLOUDBREAK Back from Sea Trials

May 23, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Designed by renowned Espen Oeino, the 72m expedition yacht CLOUDBREAK has been captured on video returning from her sea trials on Saturday morning. She is currently under build at the well-known shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen and, once delivered, is believed to be available for adventure superyacht charters in remote and exciting areas. For more information on her availability and destinations, contact our team. The video was taken by DrDuu and published on YouTube.

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Luxury Motor Yacht VEDA Splashes at Bering Yachts

May 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Bering Yachts announced a successful launch of their new Bering 80 luxury motor yacht VEDA; a full displacement steel yacht representing the flagship of the Bering Fleet and the fourth vessel in their Expedition Class series.

Bering 80 yacht VEDA during launch

Bering 80 yacht VEDA during launch

VEDA is a the heaviest vessel in her class, with a displacement of more than 470,000 pounds and boasts a fuel capacity of more than 10,000 gallons. Her exterior lines are masculine, featuring blue/grey colour combined with classic rich Makore wood interiors boasting marble and granite elements, as well as hand-made furniture.

Bering 80 - VEDA at launch

Bering 80 – VEDA at launch

With a spacious interior and exterior deck areas thanks to her huge 25’8” beam, Veda provides her guests with plenty of possibilities to relax, entertain and socialise. The accommodation has been created for eight guests in four deluxe staterooms, all of which are equipped with private en-suite bathroom facilities.

VEDA launched at Bering Yachts

VEDA launched at Bering Yachts

Fitted with two Cummins QSM-11 350hp engines, the yacht is able to reach a top speed of twelve knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 9 knots.

The new Bering 80 is a true expedition yacht with the finest of finishes and the luxuries found aboard superyachts.

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Numarine Sell Motor Yacht 24XP Hull Number One

May 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Turkish shipyard NUMARINE has announced the sale of the new 24XP motor yacht, hull number one, with delivery scheduled for 2018.

NUMARINE 24XP Yacht

NUMARINE 24XP Yacht

The 24XP hull #1 will be a semi-displacement vessel with a GRP hull and superstructure. She is 25,20 metres in LOA with a beam of 6,6 metres and a draft of 1,5 metres. The semi-displacement version is fitted with two Caterpillar 503 hp engines, expected to power her up to a maximum speed of 12 knots and allow her to cruise comfortably at 10 knots.

Together with the 40XP and 32XP models, the Numarine XP24 represents a new line of explorer series that will bring together Numarines attention to detail, radical looks, unsurpassed performance and uncompromising luxury.

The yacht has been designed by Can Yalman who has delivered a creative design for this new line which boasts Numarine’s signature striking lines and head-turning looks.

XP24 will also boast spacious interiors with four en-suite guest cabins, including three VIP cabins. The main saloon will be worthy of a 90-foot yacht while the fabulous flybridge will offer space for a 5+ metre yacht tender.

This superyacht will be constructed to take her owner on the toughest journeys with ease and in comfort.

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Cantiere Delle Marche Launch 102′ Explorer Yacht BABBO

May 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy has announced that it has launched the second vessel of the four Darwin Class 102′ units sold – the explorer yacht BABBO. The yacht was launched on schedule for a South American ship owner. BABBO will also be officially presented at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival.

BABBO superyacht at launch

BABBO superyacht at launch

BABBO spreads over three spacious decks, with equally spacious interior areas. She is characterised by a particularly user-friendly layout and attention to detail. Her massive garage of 25 square metres hosts a great selection of water toys as well as a diving centre. The aft platform will house a 5-metre yacht tender while the 6,30-metre tender will find a place on the upper deck.

Just like the rest of Darwin Class yacht, BABBO has also been created to cruise even the most difficult areas, resisting winds of over 50 knots. Her full system efficiency has been proven by other models already cruising the world’s waters.

BABBO launched at Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy

BABBO launched at Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy

“We are incredibly pleased with the results achieved this time as well: the quality of our Explorer Yachts increases launch after launch and this, together with respecting – once again – the contractual schedule, makes us very proud,” said Vasco Buonpensiere, Commercial Director of the shipyard. “We also want to emphasize that the success of the Darwin 102, with the four units already sold, confirms the intelligence and the effectiveness of the foundational design choices: a true superyacht explorer comparable to yachts widely over 300 GRT, with the ease of management of a 24 meters yacht”. The Chairman of Cantiere Delle Marche, Gabriele Virgili, adds: “Operating results in constant growth, the 6 units under construction all over 100 feet, the international recognition culminating this year with two boats in the Final for the World Superyacht Awards. All of these are definitely great satisfactions for those who started this adventure a little more than five years ago. But the greatest joy and the most important sense of success, I think, it’s the satisfaction and pride of our clients sailing around the world on our Explorer. A real community was created among friends sharing the same passion and pride in owning a Cantiere delle Marche: real spontaneous testimonials of our brand. And this is the best result that a company can get from all points of view”.

The interiors have been created in collaboration between Simon Hamui for style and decor and the PFA Studio for master plans, layout, and internal project management. BABBO is characterised by modern, contemporary and international style, boasting luxurious fabrics, leathers and woods, incorporating bespoke pieces of furniture of the most important Italian design houses, such as Flexform, Baxter or Dedon. The flybridge is a particularly warm and inviting area with a friendly atmosphere offering a hydromassage pool lined with Murano mosaics.

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Star of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Documentary 56m Explorer Yacht ALUCIA Refitted by Diverse Projects

May 04, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Diverse Projects, located in Auckland, New Zealand were once again chosen to refit the 56-metre research and exploration yacht ALUCIA, marking their third consecutive refit on this vessel. The yacht’s refit has started in San Francisco in December 2015, following the completion of the filming of the three-part BBC series: Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough.

Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016

Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016

The Diverse team were selected for their broad experience in complex refits with demanding timeframes and moved to San Francisco for the duration of the refit. The project started in December 2015 and was finished at the beginning of March this year.

The extensive job included interior works, engine and machinery services and entire hull paint job. Multiple systems were also upgraded from the bridge through all areas of ALUCIA, as well as her five-year regulatory needs were also attended to.

ALUCIA under refit in New Zealand by Diverse Projects in 2016

ALUCIA under refit in New Zealand by Diverse Projects in 2016

The superyacht also features submarines on board, which play an important role in her exploration voyages. The refit project also included the rebuild of several submarines used in her iconic expeditions, which are now due for testing in Mexico.

The project management team kept to an exacting delivery schedule, with ALUCIA being re-launched on time at the end of February and departed on 13th March.

Diverse Projects’ are able to deliver refits on time thanks to the management software utilised by the company, Predict, which provides for easy, complete tracking of tasks, budget, interaction by the crew, shipyard and management teams, and offers the company successful delivery results.

ALUCIA was refitted by Diverse Projects three times to date, with an extensive upgrade in 2014 to stay in the survey for her multi-faced operational requirements. The work, carried out over 12 months, saw a completely refreshed yacht leave the yard. The refit took place at Bay Ship & Yacht Alameda, with Synchrolift able of hauling out vessels up to 1,200 tonnes and up to 62 metres, and dry dock lift capacity up to 3000 tonnes.

The team at DiverseProjects has enjoyed the challenges working on this very unique vessel over the last three years and wish all involved with her the best for their transit voyages in the Pacific Rim through to the Atlantic.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Trailer

Don’t forget to check out ALUCIA in the fantastic new documentary on the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, and get inspired to explore this amazing destination in Australia. If you would like to charter an expedition yacht or a luxury superyacht to cruise some of these breath-taking locations, feel free to contact us today.

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Eco-Conscientious 82m Expedition Superyacht Project KILKEA by Bannenberg & Rowell to be launched this year

April 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The renowned Bannenberg and Rowell Design studio have revealed details of the 81,70-metre luxury expedition superyacht project Kilkea, currently under build at the commercial shipyard Vard in Norway. This innovative vessel is environmentally friendly with a clean design and emphasis on low fuel consumption.

Project KILKEA Rendering by Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Project KILKEA Rendering by Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Boasting optimised hull form and bow shape for all weather conditions and specific propulsion configuration, project Kilkea will provide exceptional sea-keeping abilities. With the main focus on safety and comfort on board, the yacht will have capacities for 30 days and ability to cruise in unchartered waters, exploring remote areas of the planet, including operations in light ice conditions.

VARD Explorer Superyacht Project KILKEA - Side Profile and Sketch

VARD Explorer Superyacht Project KILKEA – Side Profile and Sketch

It is unknown at this stage if she will be available for yacht charter in the future or used by her owner privately, however, the superyacht will be equipped with a great range of equipment and water toys, which will be easily available to guests.

Project KILKEA under cosntruction at Vard shipyard in Norway

Project KILKEA under construction at Vard shipyard in Norway

Her main purpose is to provide the utmost in comfort and entertainment for a large amount of guests in the various socialising spaces such as salon, dining and relaxation areas. She will undertake discovery cruise operations, including exploring uncharted and remote destinations, in addition to supporting exploration and water sports activities.

Project KILKEA Designed by Bannenberg and Rowell

Project KILKEA Designed by Bannenberg and Rowell

Deluxe accommodation will be offered to up to 36 guests on board. It appears that she will feature such luxury amenities as swimming pools and a helicopter pad. She is expected to reach a maximum speed of 15,4 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Bannenberg and Rowell Expedition Vessel Project KILKEA

Bannenberg and Rowell Expedition Vessel Project KILKEA

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