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Yacht AMADEA by Lurssen

March 30, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Motor yacht AMADEA was built by the world-renowned German shipbuilder Lurssen and launched in April 2016. After a few months of undergoing her sea trials, she was recently delivered to her owner in the Middle East.

Motor yacht Amadea (ex. project Mistral). Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de

Motor yacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de

Designed by one of the best superyacht exterior designers Espen Oeino, Amadea is an imposing 106-metre mega yacht, which is currently in the top 40 largest superyachts in the world.

MegaYacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de:Andreas Schuster

MegaYacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de/Andreas Schuster

Amadea boasts a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and she was built to Lloyd’s Registry classification.

Drone footage: yacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de:Andreas Schuster

Drone footage: yacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de/Andreas Schuster

With a gross tonnage of 2,999GT, Amadea features a large helicopter pad on the bow. Among her fantastic luxury facilities, there is a huge swimming pool at the aft.

Drone Footage - motor yacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de:Andreas Schuster

Drone Footage – motor yacht Amadea. Photo credit AS-Flycam-Kiel.de/Andreas Schuster

Accommodation layout and interior images of Amadea have not been revealed yet by the shipbuilder. We will update this information, as soon as it becomes available.

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Amadea was filmed during her sea trials in Germany:

Watch another amazing drone footage of mega yacht Amadea below:

You can find out more about superyacht built by Lurssen here.


Exclusive Dubai TV interview with Josh Burdett, luxury yacht broker for CharterWorld

March 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Josh Burdett, a London-based luxury yacht broker for CharterWorld, appeared on Dubai TV to speak on the trends of Arab clients following the 25th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, which ran from the 27th of February until the 3rd of March.

Photo credit to Dubai International Boat Show

Photo credit to Dubai International Boat Show

Water toys were a prominent and popular subject at the Dubai International Boat Show, where everything was showcased from the latest Seabobs and submarines to the dolphin-like Seabreacher. This is reflected in Middle Eastern clients’ desire for charter yachts with a comprehensive selection of water toys, especially unusual and new toys that push the boundaries of exploration and excitement.

The Dubai International Boat Show reported excellent luxury yacht sales for both local and international brands, with Gulf Craft announcing the sale of its Majesty 135 on the first day of the event and Princess Yachts noting an increase in sales and leads in an industry going from strength to strength. This statement was echoed by Josh Burdett during his interview, who found from his own experience that corporate yacht charters were not hampered by the economic downturn, but the number of charter yachts available in the Middle Eastern region for the provided dates.

With the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, a large number of luxury yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean are expected to be by Arab family groups and corporate groups, chartering yachts from 25m up to 100m+ mega yachts. Summer high season prices range from €50,000 per week up into the millions of Euros to reflect the size of the yacht and the facilities available on board.

Josh Burdett has over 12 years’ experience as a yacht charter broker, catering to the exceptional standards and cultural requirements that his Arab clients expect.

Find out more about luxury charters catering to the needs of Arab clientele, the preferred charter destinations and the likely impact of developing Dubai Harbour watching the video below:


Forbes Middle East 2016 Travel & Hospitality Guide : Life on a Superyacht featuring CharterWorld

May 20, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

An interesting feature talking about the life aboard a superyacht and luxury yacht charter vacations in the Middle East is now available to read in the latest 2016 Forbes Middle East Travel & Hospitality Guide. In the article, CharterWorld talks about the Middle-Eastern charter market and the benefits of renting your own floating luxury home. You can purchase the latest issue on forbesmiddleeast.com/en/store/

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100+M Mega Yacht Project MISTRAL Splashes At Lurssen

April 15, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The renowned German shipyard LURSSEN is preparing for an important launch this coming Saturday. The yard’s 106-metre mega yacht Amadea (Project Name) is ready to hit the water 31 months following her keel laying in 2013. Designed by the respected Espen Oeino, project MISTRAL is scheduled for delivery later in the year and will represent the second yacht delivered in 2016 by Lurssen. Following her delivery, she will cruise to the Middle East where she will join other luxury yachts. 

Mistral at Lurssen - Photo ©Andreas Jens

Mistral at Lurssen – Photo ©Andreas Jens

More About 90m MOONSTONE Superyacht Project Revealed by OCEANCO

March 02, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

OCEANCO unveiled more details about the impressive new 90-metre luxury mega yacht project, presented at the presently running Dubai International Boat Show. MOONSTONE represents the latest and very distinctive creation by OCEANCO in collaboration with Van Geest Design, with innovative and artful features. What makes MOONSTONE stand out amongst other yachts that are similar in size, is her uniquely conceived ‘faceted’ hull sides, combined with the elegant lines that suggest a hypnotic glamour seen in the multiple surfaces of a finally cut precious stone.

Moonstone DP014 by Oceanco

Moonstone DP014 by Oceanco

This distinctive facet motif can be found throughout other areas of the yacht and is also used in conjunction with special lighting effects. MOONSTONE is not only striking in her design, but has also been engineered to be PYC-compliant and able to accommodate considerably more than the ‘usual’ twelve guests on board. She could well be a perfect private yacht for an owner who wishes to entertain and accommodate large parties of guests, or a fabulous charter yacht available for event charters and not only.

Moonstone DP014 superyacht by Oceanco

Moonstone DP014 superyacht by Oceanco

The lighting design features incorporated into the concept include the backlit surface of the overhead panel, which is linked to fish-eye cameras that can capture the magic of a night sky, a sunset or a sunrise, or their reflection on the water. This type of technology is also very versatile and can be utilised to affect many colours, moods or ambiences.

The hull side facets include customised panel lights triggered by 300 individually dimmable white triangles per hull side. These panels will generate endless lighting possibilities and effects.

The swimming pool and the hot tub have also been fitted with innovative lighting systems, where the lights of the walls of the pool can be dimmed, generating a welcoming glow. And last but not least, the horizontal boot stripe lighting plays with the water line of the yacht.

90m Moonstone DP014

90m Moonstone DP014

MOONSTONE has been designed and engineered based on the Oceanco 90m platform, utilising its efficient and proven technical layout. The general arrangements have been designed with flexibility in mind, and include a complete owner’s deck, a large gymnasium and a spa area, a cinema and a touch-and-go helipad.

If you are wondering about the energy to be used for the hull side panels, than you do not need to worry: the hull light panels are designed to be self-sufficient thanks to the 70 square metres of standard solar panels on top of the superstructure. One day of sunshine, will illuminate and dim the panels for approximately three hours at night.

Another special feature of the yacht is her plumb bow, which boasts an integrated mooring and anchoring bay, keeping the bow area clear and uncluttered.



Future Owner(s) and guests will enjoy the huge sky deck lounge with magnificent 360° views of the yacht surroundings. The made-to-measure exterior deck furniture is designed to be modular, lightweight, clean and chic, requiring little maintenance and be easy to use. This will allow for further flexibility on deck, depending on the lifestyle aboard.

The unfolding navigation wings, which spread out laterally like wings suspended in mid-air, will increase visibility. Side platforms located forward provide easy access to the selection of water toys and rescue tenders. Aft side platforms, on the other hand, offer access to two main guest tenders and an outdoor lounge play area.

Enjoy the video of MOONSTONE

New 90m MOONSTONE mega yacht project by Oceanco

February 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The new 90-metre MOONSTONE mega yacht project by Oceanco will be unveiled at the 2016 Dubai Boat Show, to be held at the Mina Seyahi Marina from March 1 to 5 in Dubai, UAE. The exciting new MOONSTONE’s scale model will see her premiere on the first evening of the prestigious event and will surely attract plenty of attraction amongst customers looking to own a special vessel either for private use or potential ultra-luxurious mega yacht charter.

90m Oceanco E-MOTION - No image of mega yacht MOONSTONE is available at the present - Image courtesy of Oceanco

90m Oceanco E-MOTION – No image of mega yacht MOONSTONE is available at the present – Image courtesy of Oceanco

Oceanco will also present two additional projects: the 90m YASMIN designed by Espen Oeino and the E-MOTION superyacht design by Oceanco. The company will also display the model of the magnificent 105-metre ACQUAINTANCE designed by Philippe Briand.

MOONSTONE represents an exceptionally innovative 90 metre superyacht, boasting exterior design by Van Geest Design with one-of-a-kind and innovative lighting systems by TEMELOY Advanced Lighting Design.

At the moment there are no images or additional information available about the project. More information will be communicated on 1st March, at 7pm at the Oceanco stand SYP-01.

Technical Specification

Builder: Oceanco

Type: Steel hull and aluminium superstructure

Length: 90m / 295ft

Beam: 15m / 49ft


Exterior Designer: Van Geest Design

Lighting Design: Temeloy Advanced Lighting Design


Master Suite is situated on the private owners’ deck with a spacious spa and gym area, a cinema and a touch-and-go helicopter pad. Overall accommodation also includes four double guest suites and two twin suites.

NEW SF40 Superyacht SERENITY by Mondomarine completes her first transcontinental voyage

February 16, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The first transcontinental journey has been recently completed by the all-new SF40 superyacht SERENITY with a great success. Built by the prestigious Italian manufacturer Mondomarine, SERENITY cruised from their shipyard in Savona to Dubai, where she will be displayed at the 2016 Dubai International Boat Show, running from March 1 to 5.

Arrival of SF40 Serenity by Mondomarine in Dubai

Arrival of SF40 Serenity by Mondomarine in Dubai

The all-aluminium 42,30-metre SERENITY left Savona on January 20 and  sailed across the Mediterranean Sea, passing Messina and reaching the Suez Canal (Port Side), a gateway into the Red Sea, a week later. After a stop at Salalah in Oman on February 5th, she reached Dubai on February 9th, successfully completing the 4,500-mile journey.

Beautifully pencilled by Luca Vallebona – SFL Design, the vessel is eagerly awaited in the UAE as its interior décor was created by the Dubai-based designer Fatema Almaidan – SFL Design.

Boasting a clean and well-balanced design together with a new conception of internal and external volumes and layout, luxury yacht SERENITY was first introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. She has been nominated for both the World Superyacht Awards 2016 as well as the ShowBoat Design Awards 2016.

Following her participation in the Dubai International Boat Show, SERENITY will leave for a two week Persian and Oman Gulf tour, visiting Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman.

More charter yachts built by Mondomarine.

Three Majesty Superyachts by Gulf Craft among World Superyacht Awards 2016 Finalists

February 12, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The premier Middle Eastern shipyard, Gulf Craft, has proudly announced that three Majesty superyachts have been shortlisted to participate in the prestigious World Superyacht Awards 2016. Winners will be unveiled in the historic city of Florence, Italy on May 14, 2016.

Gulf Craft among World Superyacht Awards 2016 Finalists

Gulf Craft among World Superyacht Awards 2016 Finalists

The Majesty 155 M/Y Escape is one of the finalists under the Displacement Motor Yachts below 500 gross tonnage from 47 m and above category. The Majesty 135 M/Y Jewel, which was showcased at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, is one of the finalists under the Semi-Displacement Three Deck Motor Yachts from 30 m- 41.90 m category. And lastly, the Majesty 122 M/Y Nashwan is a finalist under the Semi-displacement Two Deck Motor Yachts category.

More Gulf Craft charter yachts.

Supremely seaworthy Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht to be showcased at Dubai International Boat Show 2016

February 11, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The largest and most luxurious Riviera ever, the supremely seaworthy 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht will be showcased at next month’s Dubai International Boat Show. This lovely, high-performance vessel offers a mix of luxury cruising and fishing capabilities with all the comforts of a world-class luxury resort.

77 Enclosed Flybridge - The flagship of the Riviera fleet

77 Enclosed Flybridge – The flagship of the Riviera fleet

Riviera is currently working on the construction of the fourth 77 Enclosed Flybridge in their facility on Australia’s Gold Coast, with the first three yachts already being enjoyed by their Middle Eastern Owners.

77 Enclosed Flybridge - Interior

77 Enclosed Flybridge – Interior

Boasting sleek lines, the 77 Enclosed Flybridge is fitted with striking safety glass feature panels that visually link her contemporary, recessed hull windows to provide a sophisticated and stylish hull finish.

Riviera 77 - flybridge

Riviera 77 – flybridge

“Stepping aboard, you’ll appreciate the 77’s expansive 193.6 square-foot (17.99m2) cockpit, elegant 49.5 square-foot (22.59m2) mezzanine and four staterooms including full-beam master, along with four bathrooms and an optional, self-contained crew cabin,” said Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst.

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge - Galley

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge – Galley

“The state-of-the-art, fully enclosed flybridge features a forward helm while an external rear tournament station on the rear deck ensures clear cockpit observation when docking, or when the fishing action is underway. An optional massive and lavish sun pad and casual dining/sitting area can be located on the foredeck, enhancing her luxury lifestyle and relaxation attributes even further.

77 Enclosed Flybridge - Master stateroom

77 Enclosed Flybridge – Master stateroom

There is also upgraded air-conditioning throughout to cater to the extremely high temperatures in the Middle East and our owners also appreciate the fact that all exposed structural areas have undergone additional heat-curing treatments so they can withstand the harsh climactic conditions of the region.”

Measuring 24,74m (81’2’’) in length over all, the 77 Enclosed Flybridge is run by twin MAN V12 shaft-drive engines (2 x 1900hp/1397kW) which, under full load, achieve a cruising range of 556 nautical miles at 26,4 knots with 10 per cent fuel reserve.

Sunreef Yachts to participate in Dubai International Boat Show 2016

February 09, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following the very successful Dubai International Boat Show 2015 with the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht Damrak II on display, Sunreef Yachts is excited to announce that they will once again attend the event, running in Mina Seyahi-Dubai Marine Club from March 1 to 5, 2016. The company will be on hand at Stand S-70, that will be located in the Superyacht Pavilion.

Sunreef Yachts to attend DIBS 2016

Sunreef Yachts to attend DIBS 2016

The striking 150 Sunreef Power will be one of the concepts expected to be presented by the shipyard at the 2016 DIBS. This motor catamaran-superyacht boasts an attractive sporty style and total living space of almost 1000 m² on four independent levels, including main deck, upper deck, flybridge and the hulls.

During the event, the shipyard’s representatives will also unveil more details about the latest releases from the sailing range, including the Sunreef 74, Sunreef 60, Sunreef 58 and Sunreef Ultimate as well as from the power range including the 60 Sunreef Power, 70 Sunreef Power, and will give insight into the Sunreef Trimaran concepts.

More charter yachts built by Sunreef.