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

September 02, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

115m Superyacht Luna – The world’s largest expedition yacht delivered.

April 12, 2010

Expedition motor yacht LUNA

The 115m megayacht LUNA was delivered to her new owner on the 10th of April just south of Kristiansand’s coast in Norway. The explorer motor yacht LUNA is the world’s largest expedition yacht which was launched last October by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards in Germany. The 115m Expedition Motor yacht LUNA recently underwent outfitting, painting and sea trials before being delivered to her famous owner.

The 115m (377ft) long range expedition yacht LUNA’s hull was recently painted a prominent navy blue with waterline stripes instead of her previous white colour, further enhancing the striking exterior features of this 115m luxury Superyacht LUNA.

The Luxury yacht LUNA has an interior designed by the distinguished designer Donald_Starkey. Her innovative exterior styling was designed by Newcruise Design which featuring two helicopter pads facing forward and to the rear around the large communications tower. The Explorer Yacht LUNA also features transom doors at the sides, which lead directly to that yacht’s high quality tenders.

M/Y LUNA has an expansive open aft deck that boasts a covered swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area featuring a beach club leading down to the swim platform.

The superyacht Luna is truly an expedition yacht allowing her owner to cruise great distances without having to refuel in pure luxury, even while traversing rough seas.

It is understood that Megayacht ECLIPSE, which is soon to become the world’s largest superyacht, will also be delivered to the same owner as Superyacht LUNA, in time for summer.

Contact CharterWorld for information on chartering an explorer motor yacht this summer.