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The Top Pools on Private Yachts

August 30, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

It’s a slightly unnatural thing to have a pool floating on a yacht. But the largest private luxury yachts have all the size and the space, so why not? Why not be able to swim in fresh water on the aft deck and laze around the pool when on holiday? Here, we have a look at a selection of some of the biggest and best superyacht pools known.

Expedition Yacht Luna on the other hand gets full marks for size…”

No longer content with just a humble hot tub, superyacht designers and owners are venturing for even bigger and more sophisticated swimming pools. As superyachts grow in size and volume so do stunning private pools, many of which are located on main decks as well as fore decks. At night these spectacular pools are lit up by underwater lighting providing a mesmerizing effect.

Yacht ESTER III - Swimming Pool - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Yacht ESTER III – Swimming Pool – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

From 5m long counter-flow sunken swimming pools to 12m custom infinity pools lined with mosaic tiles, surrounded by luxurious cushions and sun pads, there are different styles of pools for guests to enjoy. Some superyacht infinity pools have artificial counter-current and full dive stations which drop off directly into the ocean, awesome.

1. Motor yacht QUATTROELLE doesn’t have the largest pool in the superyacht world however it is impressive none the less. One reason is that it’s positioned way up on the 3rd deck. This makes for fantastic views and full sun. The pool area is also beautifully styled. A striking pool like this comes at a cost in terms of stability, so the pool cant be huge. Obviously the water needs to be drained when the yacht is making passage, as can be seen below. There aren’t many infinity pools on the top deck so QUATTROELLE gets full marks for interest and innovation.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE  Aft Deck Pool

Superyacht QUATTROELLE Aft Deck Pool

Quattroelle the yacht pool

Quattroelle the yacht pool

Yacht QUATTROELLE upper deck pool

Yacht QUATTROELLE upper deck pool

2. The Expedition Yacht Luna on the other hand gets full marks for size. She has a huge aft deck and a huge swimming pool. Few other superyachts have dedicated so much space to sun worshiping. Luna’s long, elegant, trail away deck offers a vast pool, one of the best found on a superyacht. There’s also a huge decking area for sitting and soaking up the sun, just what’s needed to recharge your batteries. Other features include 10 VIP guest cabins each of which is over 100 square metres, a 20 metre outdoor swimming pool, nine decks and a large outdoor entertaining area.

Luna has a vast pool and sunning area

Luna has a vast pool and sunning area

Luna aft

Luna aft

3. One of the earlier very large yachts, Octopus is a 414 foot (126m) superyacht and one of the largest and most recognizable vessels in the world. The Octopus has a glass bottomed swimming pool located in one of its upper decks, ideal to relax in and have a refreshing swim. The yacht’s higher decks rap around the pool leaving a direct line to the sun, or the stars. This beautiful vessel also has many other major features like a cinema, a music recording studio, a hangar for two helicopters and even a ten person submarine. There’s also an owner’s exclusive deck with a walk-in closet, study, outside bar and a whirlpool.

Yacht Octopus aft deck and pool

Yacht Octopus aft deck and pool

4. The Serene superyacht is a yachting masterpiece with an internal seawater swimming pool (length 15 metres), a hot and cold Jacuzzi plus a jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck, what a choice! In addition to these pools the vessel also has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There’s even underwater viewing space for the 24 guests on board who are well accommodated in the spectacular 12 luxurious state rooms.

The Serene

The Serene

Serene

Serene

Serene at anchor

Serene at anchor

5. The Lürssen yacht TV launched in 2008 is a 257-foot (78.3 metre) high volume luxury superyacht is owned by Mexican businessman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Its sundeck area features a large, stunning spa pool with a capacity for 16 persons and a wonderful contra-flow swimming pool with a 20m water slide. There’s also a bar, barbecue and dining area on the vessel’s sundeck. The lower deck includes an amazing gymnasium, sauna, massage and beauty rooms, everything you need for a relaxing vacation.

Superyacht TV - The Sundeck Spa Pool

Superyacht TV – The Sundeck Spa Pool

Superyacht TV

Superyacht TV

6. The spectacular superyacht Ester III has a huge swimming pool. Located on the aft deck it spans two levels with a shallow end and a swim-up seat. Surrounded by sun pads this is one of the best superyacht swimming pools around. It’s perfect for mom and dad to soak up the sun while keeping a watchful eye on the kids as they play and swim in the pool. The water forms a waterfall down the front of the transom, running into teak grates below. It’s no wonder the Ester III was a real eye-catcher at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Yacht Ester has a pool

Yacht Ester has a pool

7. Now a common feature on mega yacht designs, the 269-foot (82-metre) Oceanco superyacht Alfa Nero was one of the first to have a large pool with glass window aft. One of the vessel’s most striking features is her aft deck with its unusually large swimming pool, complete with glass waterfall siding that converts to a helipad. The Oceanco boasts one of the world’s modern superyacht infinity pool innovations, 12 x 38 foot (3.7m x 11.6m). Through a hydraulic system this can be transformed into a dance floor or a helipad – wow!

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero Underway

Alfa Nero Underway

8. The all conquering megayacht Eclipse is a 557 foot luxury yacht has two swimming pools one of which is a spectacular 15m swimming pool featuring a bottom that can be raised to create a paddling pool. After a day of swimming and frolicking in the pool, this innovative feature can be lifted to turn the area into a dance floor. The Eclipse also has a sauna, cinema, mini submarine, 30 luxurious cabins, two helicopter pads including plenty of high-tech gadgetry.

The Eclipse

The Eclipse

The Yacht Eclipse by night

The Yacht Eclipse by night

9. Superyacht PEGASUS V. Another well know yacht, she provides guests with a variety of outside space and a decent sized pool to match. One of the most impressive features on board yacht PEGASUS VIII is the Beach Club (see photo below). This is a dry dock for the custom built tender which disembarks guests directly inside the yacht which can be “flooded” when the tender is outside and forms a 12 metre swimming pool with underwater lighting and steps.

Superyacht PEGASUS V (ex PRINCESS MARIANA) -  Swimming Pool

Superyacht PEGASUS V (ex PRINCESS MARIANA) – Swimming Pool

Motor Yacht PRINCESS MARIANA

Motor Yacht PRINCESS MARIANA

10. NOMAD. Once again, this yacht was early to have a very large pool and outside lifestyle area and many designs have taken up this successful concept over the last 10 years. The sun deck features a spa pool and swimming pool, where you can swim up to the bar, and sunbathing mattresses on each side as well as a fantastic Barbecue area.

Yacht NOMAD - Sundeck Pool

Yacht NOMAD – Sundeck Pool

11. Solandge is an 85m luxury yacht which was designed by Espen Oeino to offer many places for her guests to socialise or relax in privacy. Each deck has its own distinctive function with all the necessary furniture and amenities, such as built-in bars, buffets, dining areas, a pool and two hot tubs. There is a fantastic exterior cinema and a nightclub with a DJ station on the top deck. There is also an indoor/outdoor gymnasium.

The Yacht Solandge superyacht pool and aft deck

The Yacht Solandge superyacht pool and aft deck

Another View of the Solandge pool

Another View of the Solandge pool

Luxury yacht Solandge - Pool bridge deck - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury yacht Solandge – Pool bridge deck – Photo by Klaus Jordan

12. IRIMARI – 63m motor yacht IRIMARI is a spectacular vessel, built by the Turkish shipyard Sunrise Yachts, with naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Designed by respected Espen Oeino, IRIMARI superyacht boasts beautiful interior by renowned German studio Focus Yacht Design. Top deck pool pictured below.

IRIMARI

IRIMARI

IRIMARI Pool and Bar

IRIMARI Pool and Bar

13. Superyacht Galactica Star has won awards and heart a plenty. The 65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star is a Fast Displacement (FDHF) superyacht as designed by Van Oossanen and Heesen Yachts Naval Architects. The yacht’s Galactica Star’s exterior is designed by Omega Architects and they have done magical things with her aft deck pool.

Galactica Super Nova

Galactica Super Nova Pool Area

Galactica Star

Galactica Star

Please get in touch with CharterWorld, the superyacht charter experts, to let us know your preferences for exterior decks and yacht pools for your next yacht charter.

Top 10 Best Aft Decks on Luxury Yachts

August 24, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

What makes a superior aft deck?

To an extent, the response to this question is personal to each individual who answers. The aft deck is perhaps the most important location on a yacht, whether it is a private or charter yacht. One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate in luxury yacht terms, however there are many different design responses attempting to achieve the ultimate.  Lets have a look at a selection of them.

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Sleek and sexy performance sailing yachts naturally have a beamy layout for spacious aft decks, whilst large motor yachts are designed specifically with social areas and aft decks in mind and they often have multiple decks available. Aft decks provide space for al fresco dining, relaxing on and enjoying cocktails at sunset. They provide access to the water for swimming or boarding the tender and they present a first impression to visitors when the yacht is at anchor.

Motor Yacht GLEAM - Opens Itself to the Ocean Lifesyle

Motor Yacht GLEAM – Opens Itself to the Ocean Lifesyle

“One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate..”

GillSchmid Design have two pools

GillSchmid Design has two pools – or is that 4?

Some of the top 10 best aft decks on luxury yachts are quite unique in appearance and styling. With comfortable couches and large tables, they offer the best place on board a luxury superyacht to chill out with friends or family.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Below is a personal selection of the top ten vessels that have glorious and amazing aft decks:

1. Quatroelle – the 88m Quatroelle is all about massive exterior aft decks where guests can feel the breeze while watching the sun rise and set. Clever touches include technical marvels, a section of the big stern platform lowers into the sea. The yacht also has exterior stairs on all of its five decks for easy access to cabins. After a day in the sun, there’s nothing better than cooling off in the bridge deck infinity pool.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE  Aft Deck Pool

Superyacht QUATTROELLE Aft Deck Pool

2. Indian Empress – this superyacht is famous for starry parties on her sprawling aft deck. There are flowing rounds of seating, a marble bar, plenty of space to dance the night away. Dance to music provided by a professional DJ positioned on the sun deck above. The Indian Empress is very popular with people from around the world and makes an excellent charter yacht. The upper aft deck table alone can seat about 30 guests. Hold a party and you’ll essentially be running a nightclub.

Indian Empress

Indian Empress

3. Alfa Nero – the Alfa Nero has one of the best aft decks you can find on a luxury yacht. This trail blazer of a superyacht has an awesome eye-catching aft deck that looks cool and trendy. The floor of the 7 x 3.5 metre pool lifts hydraulically to deck level and turns the aft deck into a dance floor or helipad. You’ll just have to remember if you’re choppering your guests home at midnight or inviting them to stay on for a late night swim. As well as the aft deck, there’s a club-like upper salon.

Alfa Nero Aft

The Alfa Nero Aft View

4. Maryah – everyone likes a good mystery. The Maryah is ultra-private but what we do know about her is quite fascinating. The hull began life as a Russian research vessel launched by the Polish Szczecinska Yard in 1990. After the rebuild this superyacht had sweeping curves, accommodation for 54 guests, a cinema and a helipad. Included in the design were three aft decks, a sun deck, a beach club and a profusion of fold-down terraces.

Maryah

Maryah

5. Luna – her main aft deck is vast, about one third of the yacht’s overall length. When the weather cools, the massive beach club provides a chic shelter with an on-deck feeling. Other explorer yachts look quite dull in comparison to the Luna. The huge aft deck is the perfect area for a cocktail party or any other special occasion like al fresco dining by candlelight.

Explorer Yacht LUNA'S Aft Pool

Explorer Yacht LUNA’S Aft Pool

6. Zefira – winner of the Sailing Yacht of the Year Award in 2011’s superyacht awards, the Zefira is ideal for loafing on deck during long, lazy yacht charter vacations with family and friends. She is big and sleek with long clean lines and uncluttered decks. The beautifully designed aft deck dovetails perfectly with the light and bright Remi Tessier interior design. Start your day with a delicious breakfast on the aft deck.

Zefira

Zefira

7. Ester III – this 66 m motor yacht’s interior spaces have been planned as carefully as the exterior. With protection from the sun, wind, rain and cold, the aft deck has a stunning bar up top including a large glass backed swimming pool. Relax on one of the sun beds during the day and then enjoy a tasty meal in the evening outdoors on the large aft deck that has been transformed into an exquisite dining area.

Ester III

Ester III

8. Invictus – the Invictus is all about volume. The beautifully designed, spacious water-level aft deck is made larger still by a vast, fold-out, bathing platform and behind it all, there’s a well-stocked bar. It’s no wonder that the aft deck is one of the most popular spots onboard. The garage beyond the aft deck can hold two 8.35 m tenders including a gorgeous Comitti.

Invictus

Invictus

9. Galactica Star – the sleek design and space is what’s so impressive on the superyacht, the Galactica Star. Access to the awesome aft deck is made easy thanks to two brilliantly lit stairways either side of the beach club. This is ideal for guests onboard. The water, either in the main deck pool or off the bathing platform, is never out of reach. Relax on one of the aft deck’s sun beds while watching the sun go down at anchor.

Galactica Star

Galactica Star

10. Axioma – is ideal for a superyacht holiday, perfect for outdoor living. The slightly different, yet attractive aft deck is supplemented with a bridge deck bar, spa pool and mouth-watering al fresco dining options. It’s a chilled out, private feeling aft deck, if you need any more sun this is the place to be. The swimming platform also transforms from the grand entrance into a sprawling space for sunbathing, just a few steps from the sea and the pool.

Axioma

Axioma

A design from GillSchmid that would be nice to see being launched one day:

Project Acuore

Project Acuore

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Imposing 114M Mega Yacht LUNA spotted at her home yard

January 04, 2016

Written by zuzana

The imposing 114,20-metre LUNA was spotted by ‘DrDuu’ at the Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany on Saturday, January 2, 2016, following her sea trial, which took place on Friday, January 1. Launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht in 2009, this outstanding vessel returned to its home yard for a rebuilding in January 2015.

LUNA bears exterior design by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. She can sleep an impressive number of up to 18 guests in pure luxury and comfort. There is also a huge, open aft deck, featuring a large swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area, fitted with a beach club, leading down to the swim platform.

Video: 115m expedition motor yacht LUNA

February 12, 2015

Written by zuzana

The impressive and outstanding 115-metre motor yacht LUNA was launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany in 2009. Luxury mega yacht LUNA has been superbly penned by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. Below is a video showing this jewel of the sea in the beautiful Caribbean yacht charter location – Grand Cayman, released by ‘alvinski100’ in 2012.

Photo of impressive 115m expedition yacht LUNA cruising in San Francisco Bay

September 02, 2013

Written by zuzana

Luxury expedition yacht LUNA has been recently captured by Michael R. McGee, cruising in the waters of San Francisco Bay. Measuring impressive 115 meters in length, the 2010 motor yacht LUNA represents one of the largest expedition superyachts in the world. Destined for world exploration in remote areas, she was jointly constructed in a collaboration between the Lloydwerft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards in Germany.

115m luxury expedition yacht LUNA - Photo credit to Michael R. McGee

115m luxury expedition yacht LUNA in San Francisco Bay - Photo credit to Michael R. McGee

Boasting innovative exterior styling by NEWCRUISE, the 115-metre mega yacht LUNA can comfortably sleep up to 18 guests in the lovely interiors, designed by award winning Donald Starkey. This breath-taking vessel also offers a generous, open aft deck, featuring a large swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area, fitted with a beach club, leading down to the swim platform.

As an expedition yacht, superyacht Luna allows her owner and guests to navigate challenging seas and weather conditions without having to refuel in maximum comfort, while offering first class luxury yacht amenities and style.

Perini Navi to sponsor 2013 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and St Barths Bucket

March 19, 2013

Written by zuzana

Once again this year, the leading Italian luxury yacht manufacturer, Perini Navi Group, is a partner at the most important regattas on the Caribbean yachting calendar, the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous as well as the St Barths Bucket Regatta, where nine yachts from the Perini Navi fleet will be racing.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012 Credit Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012 Credit: Carlo Borlenghi

The first event will be the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous. This event, organized by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS,) will be held from March 20 to 23 in the British Virgin Islands. Twenty marvellous yachts divided into two categories – Cruising and Performance – will compete against the backdrop of fabulous natural scenery for the coveted Loro Piana Trophy 2013.

Representing Perini Navi will be charter yacht P2, a 38 M sloop from the PN racing line designed by Philippe Briand. P2 will be
defending her third place finish from the previous edition of this regatta. Also at the regatta will be charter yacht Parsifal III, a 54 M ketch designed in collaboration with Ron Holland.

Perini Navi P2 -  Main

Perini Navi P2 - Main

There will be many social events to round off the competition ranging from a welcome cocktail, to dinner parties and a beach party. These events will be held at the YCCS Virgin Gorda Clubhouse until the final awards ceremony, scheduled for March 23.

The famous St Barths Bucket Regatta will be held from March 28 to 31. Here the Perini Navi Group will be present with nine yachts, confirming yet again the shipyard’s dominant position in this regatta. A total of thirty five yachts will compete in the waters around the island of St Barth to win the Bucket Trophy. The fleet will be divided into four classes: les Gazelles des Mers, les Grandes Dames des Mer, les Mademoiselle des Mers and J Class yachts.

Perini Navi yachts racing will be charter yacht Andromeda la Dea, charter yacht P2, Luna, charter yacht Panthalassa, charter yacht Parsifall III, Salute, charter yacht Zenji, charter yacht Silencio and charter yacht Maltese Falcon. All Perini Navi yachts present will be competing for the Perini Navi Trophy, but only the top classified will win.

Parsifal-III-1

Parsifal-III-1

The Bucket also has an intense social programme to compliment the racing that will start with the SuperYacht Racing Association Spring Meeting on March 27 and will continue throughout the event up until the final prize giving.

Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

July 13, 2011

Written by Chelsea

The Explore 70 is a new multifunction World Explorer Superyacht concept developed by Newcruise. The Newcruise Explore 70 motor yacht measures 72.40m (230 FT) and is a luxurious expedition yacht, to rival the most glamorous superyachts on the market with the largest pool ever installed, while still being capable of battling rough seas and travel around the world’s waters without restriction.

Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

The special fascination for Explorer yachts started for the Hamburg design and construction office NEWCRUISE several years ago. During the development of the 115m megayacht LUNA the design team of Frank Neubelt, Roland Krueger and Catherine Raczek dealt intensively with this yacht form, especially while developing the outside deck. One of the more extreme challenges NEWCRUISE had to analyze was to develop the largest pool ever installed on a yacht.

Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise with huge pool at aft

Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise with huge pool at aft

To spend leisure time with family and friends, as well as to explore the seas in an adventurous manner and share these experiences are demands that the new Explore 70 should meet. To enjoy all this in a familiar living environment with maximum comfort and contemporary “LIFESTYLE” is Newcruises’ mission. There is enough space on the owner’s deck for four guest cabins, with each cabin accommodating two people.

Explore 70 motor yacht Owners Cabin – a World Explorer concept by Newcruise

Explore 70 motor yacht Owners Cabin – a World Explorer concept by Newcruise

To build an explorer means to create a character which is composed of two extremes:

The rough, rather masculine part of the NEWCRUISE-EXPLORER Explore 70 which is portrayed in the hull shape was conceived to battle rough sea areas on one side – and on the other side, to create the most glamorous luxury superyacht on the sea.

The market already offers explorer variations of different sizes, but mostly with a specific usage strategy. According to various questions and suggestions NEWCRUISE has been asked to bridge the gap between real functionality and practicality with a distinctive and elegant yacht style, but also to provide the ability to create variations of the GA layout as well as to identify different uses. The biggest challenge here is always to ensure a safe design and meaningful architecture, despite the combination of different characters in the design, layout and profile or even the combination of several variables.

Factors such as maintenance and upkeep expenses are further important issues, whether for beginners or experienced yacht-owners. NEWCRUISE therefore developed a superyacht concept of variable sizes between 60 and 70 m – the right size for travelling to popular yacht charter destinations deep within bays and fjords.

EXTERIOR STYLING AND LAYOUT of the Explore 70 expedition yacht embodies a compact look. Its robust engineered structure withstands even the heaviest waves. The NEWCRUISE explorer can consequently easily cross the Atlantic and Pacific on its own keel. All anchor and mooring systems are therefore fully covered under the foredeck.

The special innovative multi-purpose system which NEWCRUISE developed for the explorer concept offers unprecedented flexibility: a multifunctional aft deck provides differential use options – either for family travel with large pool (TOUCH) or for sporty Explorer (Fisherman).

The interior concept of the explorer 70 motor yacht skillfully bridges purism and modern elegance and unifies two souls in one body. The dialogue of the room between down to earth authenticity and modernity on an international level speaks for the design language of NEWCRUISE. Another philosophic element is the successful balance of a cold and warm water theme. This leads to a bidirectional interior which allows the authentic integration in the respective regions.

Explore 70 Dining – a multifunction superyacht concept by NEWCRUISE

Explore 70 Dining – a multifunction superyacht concept by NEWCRUISE

Superyacht Explore 70 Salon – a multifunction superyacht concept by NEWCRUISE

Superyacht Explore 70 Salon – a multifunction superyacht concept by NEWCRUISE

The Explore 70 concept by NEWCRUISE features warm smooth materials such as cashmere, fine wool and fur pieces that are combined with crisp color tones, which convey a fresh summer breeze. The fusion theme is underlined by the combination of different materials. The contrast of rough materials such as open pored woods and raw cut wooden monoliths as side tables, combined with elaborate silver and tanned brass surfaces as well as mirrors, build a balance of antagonism and create an elegant interior with a reticent nativity.

Multi-functional usage is also possible with the help of a multifunctional aft deck storage system housing a standard-size 40-foot container. This means that a variety of modules, from a pool to a touch-and-go helipad, can be created, and dropped into place depending on the requirements of the yacht – whether it is used for luxury  yacht charter vacations, cruising or true exploration.

In this container variant, all equipment’s, which is not in use is stowed in containers and only taken out when needed.

Explore 70 yachts huge pool at aft – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

Explore 70 yachts huge pool at aft – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

An explorer has the exciting ability to travel around the world’s waters without restriction.

This outstanding attribute is reflected in the interior theme, which bridges the gap between different countries and cultures. Following the recognizable clean lines of NEWCRUISE, the Explore 70 yachts’ modernism experiences an art deco touch. This unites all areas and creates a calm and successful display for these inter-continental influences. Each room shows typical recurring cultural elements of color and material interpretations, as well as defined decorations. From room to room the guest dives into different worlds and experiences his exciting trip not only on the seas, but also in the philosophy reflected in the living spaces on board as well.

The Explore 70 Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise has appropriate architectural and safe engineering practice in the areas of hydrodynamics, sea keeping, wind tunnel testing and fuel usage optimization developed over many years, combined with a unique interior design.

At between 60m and 70m, the Explore 70 NEWCRUISE-EXPLORER is a perfect size for exploring worldwide superyacht destinations while still allowing for access to shallow cruising grounds and anchorages.

The Explore 70 is a new multifunction World Explorer Superyacht concept developed by Newcruise

The Explore 70 is a new multifunction World Explorer Superyacht concept developed by Newcruise

Please have a closer look at the newest multifunctional yacht concept EXPLORE and more creations at 2011 Monaco Yacht Show.

Principal Dimensions of the Explore 70 Superyacht – a Multifunction World Explorer concept by Newcruise

LOA 72.40 M 230 FT
LWL 68.80 M 226 FT
B MAX 13.95 M 46 FT
T@ 100% 4.00 M 13 FT
DISPL @ 100% 1850 TONS
GRT 1650
SPEED CRUISE 15 KN MAX 17 KN
RANGE@12kn 7000 NM
CLASS GL OR LLOYDS
PROPULSION TWINSCREW
TANK CAPACITIES & SERVICES FUEL 218500 L 57700 GAL
FW 28000 L 7400 GAL
GENERATOR 2×250, 1×150 KW
STABILISERS 2x ZERO SPEED
ACCOMODATION
OWNER 1 STATEROOM
VIP 2 DOUBLE
GUEST 3 DOUBLE
CREW 1 CAPTAIN + 18 CREW

View CharterWorld’s image Gallery of luxury explorer yachts here

German yacht designers “Newcruise” at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show

July 12, 2011

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Since ten years you find the German Design House “NEWCRUISE – Yacht Projects & Design” at the Designers gallery of the Monaco Yacht show. Thrilling clients during 20 years with innovative, spectacular Big Boat sailing and Super Motor Yachts.

The stunning Newcruise designed superyacht Sapphire

The stunning Newcruise designed superyacht Sapphire

The studios success relates on innovation, enthusiasm and a high level Super Yachting know-how. Highest priority of Designers and naval architects Frank E. H. Neubelt, Roland Krueger with Interior designer Katharina Raczek is to fuse NEWCRUISE – Design Elegance to the individual visions of their clients. The realisation of over 40 projects several design awarded yachts underlining the professional NEWCRUISE-factor of all around customer care.

Motor yacht EXPLORE designed by Newcruise Yacht Projects and Design

Motor yacht EXPLORE designed by Newcruise Yacht Projects and Design

Most recent delivery of 74 m/ 242ft motor yacht SAPPHIRE and the 115m Expedition World Cruiser LUNA, represents international acceptance impressively. Please have a closer look at the newest multifunctional yacht concept EXPLORE and more creations at 2011 Monaco Yacht Show.

Ricardo Pilguj – Superyacht Photographer

July 30, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Here are some recent images of some important superyachts as taken by a young (17 year old) Ricardo Pilguj who is n aspiring super yacht designer from Germany. The yachts include LUNA, Aviva, Trident, Ice and Lady Sheridan. The superyacht photos below were taken in France on the French Riviera during the summer of 2010 and we thought you might be interested in having a look.

Yacht ICE

Superyacht ICE in the Evening - Photo by Ric Pilguj

Superyacht ICE in the Evening - Photo by Ric PilgujThis 90 metre Lurssen masterpiece was designed by the famous superyacht designer, Tim Heywood, motor yacht ICE was formerly called project RAINBOW and yacht AIR. An environmentally friendly yacht design, superyacht ICE has diesel electric propulsion and 8 funnels in an impressive drive package which is very much designed to reduce emissions. Yacht ICE was also the first superyacht with Azipod driers. after here initial summer 2005 cruise yacht ICE was sold by the owner who built her to Russian Suleiman Kerimov. Here is a wonderful photo of ICE captured in the evening off France on the Mediterranean.Yacht LUNASuperyacht Luna at sunset on the Frecnh Riviera, just off Antibes - Photo by Ric Pilguj

Yacht Luna

Superyacht Luna at sunset on the Frecnh Riviera, just off Antibes - Photo by Ric Pilguj

Superyacht Luna at sunset on the Frecnh Riviera, just off Antibes - Photo by Ric Pilguj

A significant yacht in every sense, which is sure to gain in popularily, the huge explorer superyacht LUNA is captured here in a photo whre she is also moored of France on the Mediterranean sea. The Superyacht Photographer has captured an interesting mood at dusk. You can read plenty more about superyacht Luna here.

Yacht Aviva

Yacht Aviva - photo by Ric Pilguj

Yacht Aviva - photo by Ric Pilguj

Superyacht Aviva is interesting in that she was an early departur from traditional flared bow to a more straignt bow which is used to cut through waves rather than rid over them. Motor yacht Viva is a 68 metre boat built by Abeking which offers expansiveness, elegance and comfort of a much larger superyacht. MY “Aviva” has a trademark vertical and sharp knife-like bow which creates n extremely long waterline and a huge amount of extra space. She was designed by Raymond Lagton Design. Superyacht Photographer Ricardo Pilguj shows the yacht with grey hull on a grey sea.

Lady Sheridan

A dazling yacht Lady Sheridan in the evening - Photo by Ric Pilguj

A dazling yacht Lady Sheridan in the evening - Photography by Ric Pilguj

Launched in 2007 by Abeking & Rasmussen Shipyard charter motor yacht Lady Sheridan had her art adourned interior designed by Donald Starkey. This image captires the superyacht Lady Sheridan at sea in the evening with lights ablaze.

Yacht Trident

Yacht Trident in Cannes - Photography by Ric Pilguj

Yacht Trident in Cannes - Photography by Ric Pilguj

Superyacht Photography by Ricardo Pilguj

Expedition Motor Yacht Luna

July 16, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Motor yacht LUNA is the newest and largest luxury expedition superyacht in the world. Superyacht Luna has just recently been launched, finished and delivered to her owner by the German shipyard Lloyd Weft and has been cruising in France, Italy and Mediterranean. An impressive yacht in many regards, the huge 115 metre explorer yacht Luna has raised the bar for private yachts of her size and type. She is a functional superyacht which has been designed and built for world exploration in remote areas, as evidenced by her ship like powerful lines, but she is also very much a luxury yacht which can provide her guests with ultimate comfort. Yacht LUNA was the second largest private yacht launched in 2009, after mega yacht ECLIPSE.

Lloydwerft is a commercial ship builder in Bremerhaven, Germany and superyacht LUNA was jointly constructed in a collaboration between the Lloydwerft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards. The Luxury yacht LUNA has an interior designed by the distinguished designer Donald Starkey. Her innovative exterior styling was designed by Newcruise Design which is a Hamburg based company which has been involved in several large German newbuild superyachts. NEWCRUISE are a Yacht Projects Design company which was involved in the project from its inception and the initial visualisation and profile appearance right through to the yacht’s deck organisation, the layout, lighting, exterior detailing and detailing such as the furniture arrangements and colour briefs.

Yacht Luna soon after her delivery in the Mediterranean – This photo is courtesy of yacht and ship photographer Ricardo Pilguj and the image is very interesting where is shows the unique aft garages and swimming platform design of M/Y Luna

In true expedition style, the yacht features an expansive open main aft deck space which can be utilised as a platform for many different activities and being a luxury yacht Luna accommodates a large swimming pool and generous sunning and entertaining areas here. Further aft,  she also has a spacious swimming and water activity platform which creates a yacht to water interface where guests can easily get close to the water despite the yachts size.

Superyacht Luna in Kristiansand, Norway, in early 2010

M/Y Luna also has aft transom doors which lead to the yacht’s tender and water toy garage and exploration equipment and housing such items is one of the specific purposes of super yacht LUNA. Her large, open aft deck also features a large swimming pool and sunbathing areas with a dedicated open luxury leisure area featuring a beach club leading down to the swim platform. The yacht has huge aft door which can be opened at anchor as well as two tender and equipment launching side doors on the aft of her hull.

Superyacht Luna has two helicopter landing decks – fore and aft – and a large assortment of peripheral marine equipment. Her exterior boasts two helicopter pads facing forward, to the rear around the large communications tower

There is little doubt that the luxury expedition megayacht Luna unrivalled. She is an expedition yacht very much in her own class. She stands head and shoulders above those other superyachts in her class. She was created to enable an adventurous yacht owner to cruise huge distances and explorer the world’s oceans without frequently having to stop or refuel. As an expedition yacht, Luna can navigate challenging sea ways and weather conditions as well as providing first class luxury yacht amenities and style.

Expedition yacht LUNA at Lloydwerft Germany before her delivery and dark blue topcoat paintwork

The massive 115 m explorer yacht Luna raises the bar for private motoryachts of her size and type. Superyacht Luna has just recently been launched, finished and delivered to her owner in June 2010 by the German shipyard Lloyd Weft. Recently M/Y Luna has been cruising in the French Riviera and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. There is more information about expedition yachts here.