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Lurssen announce launch of Motor Yacht QUANTUM BLUE

August 01, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The prestigious German shipyard, Lurssen has proudly announced the important  and successful launch of the 104m (336’6’’) motor yacht QUANTUM BLUE. The launching and unveiling of the project QUANTUM BLUE superyacht has taken place on the 25th of July, 2014, after she had been rolled out the previous day. This impressive and striking luxury yacht is due to be delivered at the end of this year.

Launching of motor yacht Quantum Blue - © Marcus Meyer

Launching of motor yacht Quantum Blue - © Marcus Meyer

Tim Heywood has given Quantum Blue yacht a most elegant and graceful exterior design and has ensured that despite her massive volume she maintains her looks. He confirms: “Quantum Blue’ has emerged from the Lürssen shipyard and will take her place, confidently, amongst the most beautiful yachts afloat. My gratitude to the Owners for allowing Tim Heywood Designs to help create this wonderful floating work of art, which we are extremely proud of. Once again, I have had the great pleasure of working with the Lürssen team to create a truly wonderful yacht with many new and unique features. I am so pleased with the elegant proportions, the demanding details achieved by the yard and the superb finish to her hull and superstructure.”

Her interior design was created at the Alberto Pinto Design office and can be expected to be spectacular. A unique mix of rare and striking materials will give luxury yacht Quantum Blue an exceptional look and feel as well as a feeling of luxury.

Name: Quantum Blue

Loa: 104 m / 336’6’’

Beam: 16.80 m / 55’1’’

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Exterior Designer: Tim Heywood

Interior Designer: Alberto Pinto

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Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to be the best ever

July 30, 2014

Written by zuzana

To be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s No. 1 showcase for superyachts afloat, will be the best ever, boasting 115 beautiful yachts and about 30 luxury yacht tenders. In addition, there will be an extended exhibition, that will host the most renowned and finest suppliers to the industry.

MYS 2014

The extension reflects the increasing demand for exhibiting bigger yachts in the Port. From the 2014 event and into the future the Monaco Yacht Show will be able to berth these giants measuring over 100 m for all to see!

For all to see… and for just few that will be visiting the show a chance to buy them! This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts billionaires from around the world, many that will be inconspicuously walking the docks as they catch up on the latest superyacht trends. This princely destination is a well known staple amongst Mediterranean cruising grounds and has long been the destination of choice for superyacht owners and guests, making Monaco a natural home for this unique event.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Amongst the 115 floating palaces from 25 to 100 m that will be exhibited at Monaco next September, around forty of them will be unveiled to the public for the first time. This is the annual event that the builders of the world’s largest yachts look forward to, it is their chance to showcase their finest luxury yachts.

A few outstanding superyachts that will be attending are mega yacht Solandge, the 85m highly luxurious family orientated vessel delivered last October by Lürssen. She has been notably engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas.

Monaco will be also hosting motor yacht Como, a new 46m yacht by Feadship. With her modern bow and whaleback sheer, the exterior design of this new build reflects the owner’s specific ideas with large windows in the hull and glass in the superstructure that offers spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Out of the four superyachts being displayed by the Admiral shipyard, the new 47m superyacht Entourage will be their largest.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

But for pure yachting pleasure it is worth noting the elegant and distinguished sailing yachts that will be exhibited at the Show this year too: sailing yacht Wisp is the new 48m classic sloop by the Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, she is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design. The owner’s brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, thus allowing comfortable cruising and at the same time a little ‘gentleman’s racing.’

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

These few examples of 2014 launches are typical of the ultra chic and sophisticated fleet of superyachts that will be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show. For Gaëlle Tallarida, the show’s Managing Director the comparison of Monaco’s superyacht offering with Haute Couture collections is clearly obvious: “In superyachting, as well as in Haute Couture, everything is possible, harmonious and luxurious with only the best of the best materials being used. Designers enjoy saying that the only limit to creating a yacht is the limit of the owner’s imagination! Each yacht is made possible by the work of hundreds of specialised and passionate employees. By listening carefully to the expectations and requests of both market professionals and yacht owners the MYS strives to bring the two together in a befitting business ambience.”

Top-class services for high-end visitors

The MYS attracts industry leaders and a ultra wealthy clientele from around the world and offers top-class services to meet the demands of this elite clientele: VIP passes, luxury courtesy car services, helicopters, bus or boat shuttles.

In the heart of the show area, the Upper Deck Lounge is designed to be a place where businessmen can hold their meetings, or maybe invite their favorite clients to dine in the restaurant catered by Private Dining by Fairmont Monte-Carlo, or simply enjoy a glass of champagne by Taittinger in a luxurious setting designed by interior decorators Sabrina Monte-Carlo in collaboration with Italian designer Paola Lenti, the French crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the art gallery Opera Gallery. The Upper Deck Lounge also includes several reception areas reserved exclusively for the executives of exhibiting companies, areas where they can talk with their customers in confidence.

On display in the lounge will be the finest timekeepers manufactured by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, official sponsor of the MYS for the 6th consecutive year.

Welcome to the Captains and crews

New this 2014, the MYS will be hosting the superyacht captains and crews in an exclusive lounge for the four days of the show. Located in the show venue, beside the new Monaco Yacht Club, the MYS C&C Lounge will offer services of high quality: animations, a relaxation area with massages, this is a lounge area where captains and Crew can meet up and chill out.

According to Gaëlle Tallarida, “offering a real lounge especially for crews has become essential and natural for us. We know a few crew facilities around the show already exist but our main concern was to really welcome those men and women who are the heart and soul of a yacht”. She also stresses out the importance of the captain and crewmembers on board a yacht: “their role is incommensurate: their relationships with the owner are unique and privileged, based on complete trust. How could it be otherwise with “men” who are entrusted the management of a floating palace that is worth several millions of Euros? The Monaco Yacht Show must be the celebration of the superyachting way of life, whether you are the owner or a crew member”.

And what makes Monaco also so special during the show is the hundred of social events organised by the exhibitors: press conferences, debates with the market leaders, and friendly happy hours at stands. Cocktail or evening parties on board the yachts, yacht awards or gala dinners in the luxury hotels in the Principality are also some of the many highlights that enable formal and informal networking and often attract those that can afford and do buy superyachts.

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Launch of 103m motor yacht Project QUANTUM BLUE at Lurssen

July 28, 2014

Written by zuzana

Friday, July 25, 2014, saw the premier German shipyard, Lurssen, launch their all-new motor yacht Project QUANTUM BLUE. Measuring about 103 meters in length over all, luxury mega yacht Project QUANTUM BLUE has been superbly penned by acclaimed Tim Heywood. She has been built at the company’s Lemwerder facility – the same location where the world’s largest superyacht AZZAM was constructed. Below is a photo of the 180m AZZAM – the official information and photos from the launch of QUANTUM BLUE are still expected to be released by the shipyard.

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the 103-metre Lurssen luxury superyacht Quantum Blue boasts an impressive beam of 16,80m (55’12”).

Below is a choice of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

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Lurssen announces launch of 95m motor yacht KISMET (Project GLOBAL)

July 11, 2014

Written by zuzana

July 7, 2014, saw the premier German shipyard, Lürssen, successfully launch and unveil their impressive 95-metre mega yacht Project Global, which will be soon called motor yacht “Kismet”. Superyacht Kismet is destined for a repeat and very experienced client, who up-graded from his previous 68m Lürssen yacht.

95m Lurssen superyacht Kismet (Project Global) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

95m Lurssen superyacht Kismet (Project Global) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

At the launch ceremony the owner praised the excellent cooperation with the owner’s team consisting of his captain Kyle Fultz and his loyal crew, the design teams of Espen Oeino and Reymond Langton Design and Moran Yacht & Sip, who supervised the project as well as the Lürssen project team who played an important role in bringing this project to fruition.

Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ships said: “Kismet represents the best of the best in the construction of top quality yachts. Built by one of the best shipyards in the world, Lürssen Yachts in Germany, the owner of this superb yacht had massive input and visited the shipyard constantly during her construction. His input and knowledge pushed all involved in this project to raise their standards to a level never seen before in the yachting industry. We at Moran Yacht and Ship are proud to have been involved in the construction of such a great project.”

Luxury mega yacht Kismet - Photo by Carl Groll

Luxury mega yacht Kismet - Photo by Carl Groll

Lürssen confirms: “We are happy that we have met the high-end expectations from the owner in terms of product quality and being able to stay within budget and on time. We are looking forward for Kismet to be delivered as scheduled and finding her place amongst her peers as being a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on an excellent design and excellent engineering skills.”

Espen Oeino has given Kismet very harmonious lines: “The external living spaces are numerous and generous and have been laid out for both charter and private use in mind. The external deck facilities include an open fire place, external lounging and eating areas on three different decks including one with a fully equipped BBQ, an oval shaped swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a very private observation deck overlooking it all. The master stateroom also has its own private external deck fully equipped with Jacuzzi and TV.”

Luxury superyacht Kismet - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury superyacht Kismet - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Interior designer Pascal Reymond explains what enhances Kismet’s luxurious style: “The interior spaces distributions of Kismet are very original with some very dramatic features and fabulous perspectives with large voids between decks, perfect for large dining parties and also suitable for smaller private and more intimate uses thanks to sliding doors and panels which can separate elegantly each area. Kismet has everything any owner would inspire for. Elegant, spacious and well equipped spa with a plunge pool, every guest suites and owners area have their own identity and superb handmade textile and artwork, exotic woods and marble. Looking closely at the joinery detail of Kismet, she is very intricate with very interesting organic shapes and textures, still keeping an elegant and coherent design as a whole.”

Kismet will be an exciting addition to the global luxury yacht charter fleet. She represents the very latest in high-end luxury cruising. With her experienced crew she will without doubt provide the ultimate experience to remember. She will be cruising her first season in the Caribbean.

Technical Specifications of super yacht Kismet (project Global)

Loa: 95.20 m / 312’4”

Beam: 13.80 m / 45’3’’

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Exterior Designer: Espen Oeino

Interior Designer: Reymond Langton Design

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

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Launch of impressive 94m motor yacht KISMET II at Lurssen

July 09, 2014

Written by zuzana

The impressive 94-metre motor yacht Kismet II (Project Global, hull 13678) has recently hit the water at the Lurssen shipyard in Germany. Scheduled for delivery in September 2014, luxury mega yacht Kismet II boasts sophisticated exterior styling by Espen Oeino, with striking interior design by Reymond Langton Design. Below is an image of the luxury yacht Kismet II (Project Global) at the shipyard back in March. The official information and new images about the launch of the vessel are still expected to be released by the shipyard.

94m superyacht Kismet II (Project Global) by Lurssen back in March, 2014 - Image credit to Lurssen

94m superyacht Kismet II (Project Global) by Lurssen back in March, 2014 - Image credit to Lurssen

Lurssen superyacht Kismet II can accommodate up to 12 guests in utmost in luxury, providing them with 6 deluxe staterooms. There is also space for a numerous crew of 20 members.

Made of steel and aluminium, luxury yacht Kismet II (hull no. 13678, Project Global) is expected to achieve a top speed of 17 knots. Lloyd’s registered and MCA compliant, she boasts an impressive beam of 13,8m (45’3”).

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Lurssen.

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Motor yacht GLOBAL (ex Kismet) refitted by Lurssen

July 04, 2014

Written by zuzana

Lürssen is proud to announce that it has completed the refit of motor yacht Global, previously known as Kismet. Superyacht Global left the shipyard at the end of June 2014. She is currently cruising the waters of the Mediterranean.

Lurssen-refitted 68m mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Giovanni Romero

Lurssen-refitted 68m mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Giovanni Romero

The hull of luxury yacht Global has been given a new lease of life with a stunning light grey colour and tremendous shine that Tim Morley describes as “a great credit to Lürssen’s refit team and the contractors who undertook the work”. Further her helicopter deck has been enhanced and is now significantly larger and safer for regular helicopter operations thanks to the consultancy services of Nigel Watson. The larger helipad was built at Lürssen and incorporates lighting and hinged railings.

Espen Oeino was commissioned to draw the new hull lines of Global superyacht, maintaining the DNA of the original design, and the owner is delighted with the result.

Luxury motor yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Olaf Eggert

Luxury motor yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Olaf Eggert

Minor changes have also been made in the interior of Global yacht, in accordance with the new owner’s taste.

Mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) was originally delivered in 2007 and has a length of 68,15 m.

Morley Yachts is the owner’s representative and Hill Robinson supervised the refit of Global yacht.

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Bespoke installation for 87m Lurssen motor yacht ACE by Floriture

July 01, 2014

Written by zuzana

Floriture, a Bristol-based company specializing in handcrafted artificial and silk flowers, has recently completed a bespoke installation for the 87m Lurssen motor yacht Ace. The white glove installation was performed in Barcelona over a period of a week, with displays designed specifically for luxury mega yacht Ace.

Bespoke installation for 87m Lurssen super yacht ACE by Floriture

Bespoke installation for 87m Lurssen super yacht ACE by Floriture

The majority of the displays were created beforehand in the UK and shipped to the site to minimise disruption to owners and crew of luxury yacht Ace.

Working in conjunction with the Ace yacht’s designer Andrew Winch Designs, Floriture created a variety of displays to fit and enhance the beautiful interior of the Lurssen superyacht Ace.

85m luxury motor yacht ACE (ex project Rocky) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m luxury motor yacht ACE (ex project Rocky) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Alex Whitfield of Floriture spoke to Yachting Pages, a specialist in products and services for the superyacht industry and explained, “From 2.5m displays on the main deck to bedside table arrangements in the guest suites, the scheme flowed effortlessly from room to room.  It was a fantastic project to work on with results that far exceeded the expectations and the highest standards of our client.”
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China’s Premier International Yachting and Lifestyle Celebration SO! DALIAN, July 3 – 6

June 20, 2014

Written by zuzana

To be hosted by the beautiful grounds of DongGang Marina, a lovely Asia yacht charter destination, positioned in the Eastern Port of Dalian in China, SO! DALIAN is preparing for its first edition, running from July 3 to 6, 2014. The event will feature an exclusive combination of Lifestyle, Events, Yachts display, Beach Polo World Cup, as well as the latest innovations in experiential marketing, presented by a sophisticated group of exhibitors. The show will be attended by some of the most sought-after guests in the region, comprising celebrities, entrepreneurs, sport stars, yacht-experts and enthusiasts from around China and Asia.

So-Dalian

SO! DALIAN is a boutique event dedicated to promote and support the development of the boating way of life in Northern China. With China’s first Beach Polo World Cup, organized by the world-renowned The Polo Life LLC, and supported by the International Beach Polo Federation, organizers (CCPIT Dalian and C.R.V) expect to attract over 8,000 top-notch visitors from all around Northern China to create amazing memories by the sea.

Set to promote Dalian as a major tourist destination as well as the boating industry in Northern China, SO! DALIAN will also be a major networking opportunity and lifestyle event.

“The development of the nautical activities is a part of the expansion of the domestic tourism and leisure industries in China. Creating unique experiences contributes to attracting and engaging more and more people willing to discover this exciting environment,” said Delphine Lignieres, Founder and CEO of China Rendez-Vous and SO! DALIAN, who has actively promoted the boating industry in China since 2003.

Over 50 yachts will be on display for this first edition of SO! DALIAN including brands like Luerssen, Sanlorenzo, Azimut-Benetti Group, Silver Yachts, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Lagoon, Arcadia, Marquis Yachts, Sunseeker, Speedo Marine, Bavaria, Sea Stella, Mondo Marine, Freedom Marine, Noble Boats and more. The Aviation world will be highly represented as well by industry leaders such as Airbus Corporate Jets, Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, Embraer and Cessna. Other exhibitors will include the iconic brand from Normandy, St James, La Martina, The Monaco Tourism Board, Lucien Barriere Group, Rosemont, Christofle, Riverside, Robert Wan, Gaggenau etc.

Celebrating their 250th anniversary, the exclusive British watchmaker Arnold & Son will join SO! DALIAN and be associated with the Beach Polo World Cup. Arnold & Son belongs to a select group of watchmaking companies in Switzerland entitled to be called a “manufacture” who are able to develop and produce their own movements in-house. Private viewings and appointments will be organised to discover the legacy of this prestigious brand.

Also on hand will be Philippe Normand, the Cultural Attaché for the city of Deauville, a prestigious seaside resort in the North of France. Mr. Normand will join to introduce his dynamic city and share in a cross-cultural exchange to further promote the boating and equestrian lifestyle.

SO! DALIAN is a ‘red carpet’ event where every guest will be treated like a VIP. The full hospitality package has already lured top-level personalities coming from major Northern cities such as Harbin, Changchun, XI’an, Shenyang, Dalian, Beijing and Jilin.

Guests will be pampered with the finest food offerings from the near-by 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, adding to the extravagance of the 4-day soirée. One of the show’s highlights will be the exceptional gala dinner, held in the elegant ballroom of the Shangri-La on the second night.

The SO! DALIAN Golf Tournament will be organized on the second day of the show, bringing together players from different parts of China and led by the Legacy Club.

With more yachting and lifestyle brands than ever queuing up to take part and some of the largest yachts from around the region, SO! DALIAN is Northern China’s No.1 Yachting and Lifestyle event.

“Together with our key sponsors, partners and exhibitors, we have worked hard to create a truly unique setting in the beautiful city of Dalian. We all believe that luxury is no longer associated with a collection of external signs of wealth. Luxury is now sharing experiences and pleasure. We are confident that visitors will enjoy this unique experience,” said Delphine Lignieres, Founder and CEO of China Rendez-Vous and SO! Dalian.

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147m Lurssen motor yacht TOPAZ in Brazil for the Football FIFA World Cup 2014

June 13, 2014

Written by zuzana

The glamorous South America yacht holiday destination – Brazil is currently playing a host to the football FIFA World Cup 2014, which represents a great temptation for the world’s richest superyacht owners and their luxury yachts. One of these is the impressive 147m (482′) Lurssen motor yacht TOPAZ.

147m mega yacht Topaz by Lurssen

147m mega yacht Topaz by Lurssen - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Launched in 2012, the breath-taking superyacht TOPAZ has been superbly penned by acclaimed Tim Heywood. She is at number five amongst the largest superyachts in the world and the third largest mega yacht constructed by Lurssen, following the 180m luxury yacht AZZAM and the 155m AL SAID yacht.

Luxury yacht TOPAZ can presumably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 deluxe cabins. In addition, she boasts a helicopter landing platform, tender garages, swimming pools, as well as fitness hall, cinema and large conference room, to name but a few.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

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Alberto Perrone Da Zara joins Lurssen Sales Team

June 12, 2014

Written by zuzana

May 12, 2014, saw the leading German superyacht builder, Lürssen, appoint Alberto Perrone Da Zara to support their sales team. Alberto, who has extensive experience in the industry, joins the shipyard to further reinforce its position as well as brand recognition.

Alberto Perrone Da Zara

Alberto Perrone Da Zara

“This job is a huge challenge”, says Alberto. “Lürssen is an awe inspiring shipyard with four large locations that are all impressively equipped. These facilities give Lürssen the capability and logistics to deliver constantly 2 to 3 new yachts ranging between 70 to over 100 meters every year and also to perform refit and/or repair jobs. I had never seen this before and I am very proud to become part of the Lürssen team.”

Alberto, a trained naval architect, has spent the last two years as Sales Director for Benetti Yachts in Italy and before that worked for important companies such as the Ferretti Group, Vicem Yachts, Magnum Marine to name but a few. During the past 21 years he has gained extensive experience ranging from engineering, design, construction, sales, to marketing and customer service.

Michael Breman, who has successfully headed the sales to date, is looking forward to receiving support from Alberto. “The shipyard has grown over the last years and for every yacht that we deliver, we have to come up with a new contract. Furthermore, we want to build up the refit and repair business and want to further strengthen our position in this market, especially for our own yachts. With the new rising markets like Asia, India or Brazil, an increase in sales horsepower was absolutely necessary.”

Peter Lürssen underlines the necessity to expand the team.
“Alberto’s experience in different sectors of the yachting industry will help us to achieve our goals. Our strength lies in the fact that we are a family run business and we intend to do everything to keep it this way to ensure the yard’s future prosperity.”

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

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