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Photo of the week: Superyachts in Miami

March 03, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Three imposing superyachts were recently spotted in Miami, one of the most popular luxury yacht hubs in the world. The photo below shows the absolute beauty and massive sizes of these luxury vessels. Surely now the question “Who would not want to own a superyacht or charter it for a vacation of the lifetime?” crosses your mind.

Motor yacht Mi Vida is an impressive charter yacht, preparing for cruising the Mediterranean this summer. She was built in 2009 and features true sophisticated Italian design by Benetti Yachts and Francesco Pazskowski. The interior design of Mi Vida was created by Art-Line and incorporates a decó design with some contemporary elements. She comfortably sleeps 12 guests in 5 opulent cabins. Her highly professional crew of 8 will ensure the guest will have a remarkable yacht charter vacation.

  M/Y Mi Vida, M/Y Just J's & M/Y Luna - Miami. Photo credit Ron Rafferty

M/Y Mi Vida, M/Y Just J’s & M/Y Luna – Miami. Photo credit Ron Rafferty

Motor yacht Just J’ is another luxury superyacht spotted by the talented photographer Ron Rafferty. Her timeless exterior design and exceptional interior were drawn by Sinot Design. The total number of 14 guests can find maximum comfort and relaxation aboard the 61m mega yacht JUST J’s. She features 7 beautiful and contemporary cabins, including a full-beam master stateroom on the owner’s deck, boasting two bathrooms, a master study and a bar with sky lounge. The VIP stateroom and 5 double guest suites, each with bathroom, are situated on the main deck. Although Just J’s is currently not available for charter, we sincerely wish one day she would, and she will surely be one of the best opulent charter yachts.

Last but not least, mega yacht Luna was docked close by Mi Vida and Just J’s. Undoubtedly the most talked about expedition yacht, Luna received much attention for her striking looks, enormous size, and first celebrity owner. As Luna has been stalked by yacht spotters around a number of her photographs is enormous. However, you can view 10 best photos of Luna here.

To find our more about these luxury superyachts and some astonishing yachts available for charter, please contact our friendly charter brokers.

 

10 of the Best Photos of Superyacht Luna

February 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

In 2009 Superyacht Luna was launched as the largest expedition yacht in the world. Built by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany, the superyacht’s success escalated very quickly. Her very first owner was the celebrity, Roman Abramovich. The famous 20-metre swimming pool was the most talked about in the yachting industry. Her enormous open aft deck also included a sunbathing area with an opulent beach club leading down to the swim platform. Apart from that, the voluminous 115-metre superyacht was equipped with everything needed for a world cruise. She was carrying a submarine and multipurpose limousines for a VIP transport service. Until now Luna is a star in the world of mega yachts.

This go-everywhere vessel has visited many cruising grounds, from the glamorous Mediterranean to the tropical Caribbean, and some of the finest location in the Galapagos, Alaska and the Pacific. Photographed from various angles, she has always looked incredibly beautiful. We bring you 10 of the best photos of Superyacht Luna:

1. Luna’s exterior design is a work of Newcruise Design, who made sure her sticking looks would win the hearts of yachting enthusiasts around the world.

Expedition yacht Luna by Ron Rafferty

Expedition yacht Luna in Miami. Photo by Ron Rafferty

 

2. Back in 2010 upon her delivery, Luna had the biggest swimming pool on a private superyacht seen at that time.

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

 

3. Luna looks great in any ambience. Even in the Big city life of San Diego, US.  She features two helicopter pads, facing forward and to the rear around the large communications tower.

Luna at San Diego Harbour.  Photo by Tomas Del Coror

Luna at San Diego Harbour. Photo by Tomas Del Coro

 

4. She features a truly exceptional performance. With “just” 1 million litre fuel tank (over 1,000 tonnes), she has a range of  9,000 nm at economical speeds of 16-18 knots.

Luna in Alaska, photo by Gillfoto

Luna in Alaska. Photo by Gillfoto

 

5. With a beam of 20m, this enormous yacht offers plenty of interior and exterior living spaces.

Luna in St Barths, photo by Kenyonc

Luna in St Barths, Photo by Kenyonc

 

6. Sumptuous accommodation is offered for a total of 18 guests, assisted by a highly professional crew of 50.

Luna in San Diego Harbour photo by Tomas Del Coro

Luna in San Diego Harbour. Photo by Tomas Del Coro

 

7.  Superyacht Luna photographed in France. Aft-View. 

Luna in France. Photo by Christo303

Luna in France. Photo by Christo303

 

8. The yacht’s cost has been estimated at approx. US$ 545 million (as of April 2010).

Superyacht Luna. Photo by Giorgio Ferretto

Superyacht Luna. Photo by Giorgio Ferretto

 

9. The 9-deck mega yacht is fitted with an anti-missile system, and all windows are bulletproof to B7+ levels.

Luna by Greg Shaw

Luna. Photo courtesy of Greg Shaw

 

10. From any angle, she looks fantastic.

Luna in San Dieg. Photo courtesy Roving Vagabond

Luna in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Roving Vagabond

 

 

World’s Largest Pools on a Privately Owned Superyacht

February 10, 2017

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

No longer content with just a humble hot tub, superyacht owners are demanding 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 foredecks. At night these spectacular pools are lit up by underwater lighting providing a mesmerizing effect. 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. Here are the top eight largest pools on superyachts.

1. J’Ade

Megayacht multi-purpose – J’Ade was designed by the Italian company CRN with luxury in mind. This spectacular vessel was nominated for best interior at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The 196 foot megayacht also features a gym, hammam room and an aquarium as well as four cabins for ten guests. As well as having one of the largest onboard swimming pools, the J’Ade also has amazing features like a helipad and the world’s first floating garage. When this luxury eight-metre speedboat is not being stored, the basin can also be used as an internal ocean pool, located just behind the lower deck terrace.

J’Ade Megayacht

J’Ade megayacht

2. Octopus 

She is owned by Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen. This 414 foot (126m) superyacht is one of the world’s largest and most recognizable vessels. The Octopus has a glass bottomed swimming pool located in one of its upper decks, ideal to relax in and have a refreshing swim. 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.

The Octopus

The Octopus

3. Serene

This fantastic superyacht is owned by the Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Scheffler. The Serene has 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 onboard who are well accommodated in the spectacular 12 luxurious state rooms.

The Serene

The Serene

4. Lürssen TV

Launched in 2008 this 257-foot (78.3 metre) high volume luxury charter 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.

Lurssen TV

Lurssen TV

5. Luna

Luna was formerly owned by Roman Abramovich and Farkhad Akhmedov. Few other superyachts have dedicated so much space to sun worshipping. 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.

The Luna

The Luna

6. Ester III

This spectacular superyacht 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 2015 Monaco Yacht Show.

Ester III

Ester III

7. Alfa Nero

This breathtaking yacht is owned by an  Omani billionaire owns the fabulous 269-foot (82-metre) superyacht Oceanco. One of the vessel’s most striking features is the Alfa Nero’s 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!

Oceanco

Oceanco

8. Eclipse

Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich owns the 1.5 billion pound megayacht the Eclipse. This 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 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

If you love yachts and yachting as much as the team at CharterWorld, get in touch for the vacation of a lifetime on your ideal yacht, at the best price.

Imposing 114M Mega Yacht LUNA spotted at her home yard

January 04, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

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 Bednarova

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 Bednarova

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 Bednarova

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 Smith

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

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