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New Zealand welcomes 134m Motor Yacht SERENE – One of the World’s Biggest Superyachts

January 22, 2015

The early morning of January 20, 2015, saw one of the world’s biggest superyachts, the outstanding 134-metre motor yacht Serene, reach Auckland to the surprise and delight of early bird wharf strollers. Owned by Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Schefler, luxury mega yacht Serene is longer than a rugby field and represents the largest such vessel ever to visit the fabulous New Zealand yacht charter destination.

Mega yacht Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts. Photo from APS NZ NZH

The 134m mega yacht Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts. Photo from APS NZ/NZH

Superyacht Serene’s visit was arranged by Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand and is viewed as a huge coup for support industry and luxury tourism. The firm’s managing director, Duthie Lidgard, reported APS NZ is providing services for the vessel during her stay, reporting: “She is now berthed at Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf – the 134m M.Y. Serene is too big for the dedicated big boat marina. The $423 million Serene is the biggest superyacht to visit this country.”

Luxury yacht Serene is more expensive and 15m longer than the superyacht, motor yacht ‘A’, also owned by a Russian tycoon and attracting intense interest during her stay in New Zealand last summer.

Providing support for M.Y.A during her visit, founding director of APS NZ, Jeanette Tobin, commented: “Getting such a high-profile vessel as M.Y.A to New Zealand was a coup for the superyacht support industry and for luxury tourism. Following superyacht A’s stay her yacht managers spoke to their counterparts on ‘A’ about their visit and plans then were made for Serene’s visit here.”

Ms. Tobin said the busy Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Seafood Festival and busy cruise ship season created challenges finding space for the 8200-gross tonne vessel, which makes a splash wherever it arrives around the world.

The Grand Cayman Islands-flagged super yacht Serene was built in Italy and launched in 2011 and reportedly took three years to build. As reported first by local newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, in a recent article… ‘Serene is about 18m longer than the latest and biggest superyacht New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart has ordered from a shipyard in Norway. The yacht (Serene) is owned by Yuri Schefler, a vodka tycoon who is understood to be holidaying in New Zealand for several weeks.’

The article included details from yacht charter websites showing the vessel has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There is an underwater viewing space and 12 luxurious staterooms for 24 guests who are tended by up to 52 crew members. The owner’s suite boasts an exterior hot tub on its terrace. This stateroom has a centred oversize California king bed, full walk-in dressing area and spacious ensuite bathroom. It has its own lift which links to a “sea cabin” on deck two, with a private swim platform. Behind the owner’s suite are a salon, lounge bar and library with a fireplace.

There’s an internal seawater swimming pool, a hot and a cold Jacuzzi plus jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck. The vessel – more than three times as long as Fuller’s biggest ferry in Auckland – also has a cinema, a library and an indoor climbing wall for kids’.

The article also reported, ‘According to supermoney.com, the vessel last year was the fifth-most expensive superyacht afloat, costing US$330 million to build’, adding Serene can be chartered at times… ‘Last August Microsoft founder Bill Gates and family were spotted off Sardinia after hiring the boat for a week.’

Regarding the superyacht’s visit, Ms. Tobin said, “Spending by the party and crew during the visit will be huge – into the millions of dollars. It is likely to cruise around the coast but will be spending some time in Auckland. Other superyacht owners who visit enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and quintessentially Kiwi pastimes such as hunting and fishing.”

Offering concierge services to superyachts for the past 12 years, Ms. Tobin observed, “The tourism side of the business has boomed in the past year.”

134m Motor Yacht SERENE largest mega yacht in New Zealand to date

January 21, 2015

The impressive 134m Motor Yacht SERENE is the largest mega yacht that has ever visited New Zealand and is currently docked in Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf. Superyacht SERENE will be reportedly cruising the beautiful New Zealand yacht charter destinations of the South Pacific for a few weeks.

Below is a video of the 134 mega yacht SERENE in Auckland as published by The New Zealand Herald earlier today:

Luxury mega yacht SERENE was launched by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri in 2011 and since then has been spotted around numerous places in the world, including Mediterranean’s popular yachting destinations the French Riviera as well as British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. See her around the Vancouver Island here or French Riviera here.

Awarded the ‘Best New Yacht in 2011’ in the category ‘displacement motor yacht of 3000gt and above’ by World Superyacht Awards (see article here), SERENE yacht striking exterior lines were created by Espen Oeino and ultra-luxurious interior by Reymond langton Design. She represents one of the  most sophisticated yachts in style and features the latest in modern technology.

This impressive vessel spans over 7 huge decks and boast of a generous beam of 18.5-metres. She is equipped with almost every system and amenity conceivable. One of her main features are the relatively enormous internal sea water pool, two helicopter landing platforms, and a storage for a large submarine, which can also be modified for use as a comfortable internal tender docking station. She has a numerous pools and spa pools aboard, a snow room, a steam room as well as a hot and cold spa pool and a jet stream swimming pool.

Children are also well taken care of aboard 134m SERENE superyacht with several playrooms and areas. One playroom has a climbing wall and ‘between the decks’ slide and the other has a x-box, playstation and other entertainment facilities. She also has a ‘Nemo’ room for underwater viewing plus an outdoor cinema.

Although being extremely large, SERENE is a very well proportioned mega yacht, built to very high standards, excelling in safety and comfort. She can be described as a floating palace which provides a personal and intimate environment where her lucky guests are truly indulged in unrivalled luxury. She has twelve super-luxurious staterooms for 24 guest aboard.

Milestone 60th anniversary celebrated by Cramm Yachting Systems

July 09, 2014

June 2014 saw the bespoke Dutch hydraulic manufacturer, Cramm Yachting Systems, celebrate 60 years of businesses. Well known as the world leader in the construction of superyacht hydraulic systems, Cramm is the supplier of choice for all leading shipyards. Over the years, the company has worked on hundreds of outstanding vessels, including the 134m mega yacht Serene, the 68m superyacht Global (ex Kismet), the 88m charter yacht Maltese Falcon, as well as the 109m luxury yacht Octopus.

Cramm celebrating 60th Anniversary

Cramm celebrating 60th Anniversary

“All of the Cramm team is extremely proud of this milestone anniversary and of our achievements,” said Rob Knoop, Director at Cramm Yachting Systems. “We are humbled by the countless hours of work put in by those before us, and are looking forward to the future and what the next sixty years hold.”

Founded in 1954 the company began as a manufacturer of diesel engines for mainly land-based clients. When these diesel engines became too complicated for general mechanics to service, Cramm saw the opportunity to expand by providing repairs and maintenance. This positive attitude paved the way for Cramm’s renowned full-service solution, whereby they take the project from the initial consultation to the design table right through to the installation and after sale service, making the process seamless and easy for the client.

Cramm facilities

Cramm facilities

Having moved into the growing marine hydraulic industry in the 1970s, Cramm has now been part of that sector for 40 years, picking up decades of experience and garnering a strong international reputation. The company’s strength lies in their three main qualities: full collaboration on projects; future-thinking design; and guaranteed quality.

Cramm offers clients the most straightforward contact process by having one point of contact right from the start, ensuring clear and personal communication. Once a project has been delivered, the knowledgeable after sales service team handle any problems encountered with the products.

Cramm Yachting Systems

Cramm Yachting Systems

All Cramm products come with a five-year guarantee. High quality materials are used in the construction and are assembled by experienced and meticulous labourers. These quality products can be relied on for efficient and trouble-free service for years to come.

Cramm doesn’t just stop with making quality products. Research and development is at the heart of all that they do. While always delivering top quality products, they are constantly improving their goods using the latest technologies. Being at the forefront of the hydraulics industry is not enough – Cramm wants to stay there.

Cramm's superyacht hydraulic system

Cramm's superyacht system

The aesthetically pleasing products are discreet and minimal, yet powerfully effective. Products like cranes, passerelles, ladders and doors can be custom built to suit clients’ needs and in most cases, colours and styles can be matched to provide synchronicity across the vessel.

The manufacturer isn’t slowing down in its old age, and says it’s pleased and grateful to be celebrating such an impressive anniversary.

‘Nature’s Island’ DOMINICA in the Caribbean visited by increasing number of Superyachts

March 25, 2014

Nestled midway between the popular Caribbean yacht charter locations – Guadeloupe and Martinique, the small island nation of Dominica is fast becoming an exclusive destination for luxury travellers. It has been recently ranked one of the top ten ethical countries in the world by Ethical Traveller.

The breath-taking Caribbean yacht charter destination - Dominica

The breath-taking Caribbean yacht charter destination - Dominica

Whilst destinations such as Barbados and The Bahamas continue to be hugely popular, Dominica’s unspoiled natural beauty is proving a hit with travellers.

Hubert J. Winston, owner and managing director of Dominica Yacht Services, a destination management company spoke to Yachting Pages and said, “We have seen a steady increase in yachting arrivals into the ports of Roseau and Portsmouth every year for the last ten years. Business is great; we had a wonderful season and are already looking forward to 2015.”

Known as ‘Nature’s Island’, Dominica’s tropical rainforests, one of which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, cover two thirds of the island and are home to 1,200 plant species. With an abundance of rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls visitors are never far away from nature at its best.

'Nature's Island' Dominica

'Nature's Island' Dominica

Hubert continued, “We focus on eco-tours because just travelling two minutes inland from the coast, you will find nature at its best. Dominica is truly a unique island. Visitors can take a high-energy hike up to our famous boiling lake and see a host of remote waterfalls including Victoria Falls, or opt for a more leisurely journey to the Trafalgar Falls or the Emerald Pool. You can even experience the beauty of Dominica’s verdant forests by taking a flora and fauna tour. There really is something for everyone.”

Not to be confused with its larger northerly sister, the Dominican Republic, Dominica sits midway between Guadeloupe and Martinique. At just 289 square miles, the majority of the island’s population resides in and around the port area of Roseau.

It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world’s second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. Dominica is the only country in the world with a count of 365 rivers.

Dominica in the Caribbean

Dominica in the Caribbean

With a rich history and breath-taking landscapes, Dominica is a truly unique destination that combines eco tourism and luxury travel to give visitors an experience of a lifetime.

When talking to Yachting Pages, Hubert added, “I would say 2014 has been our best year to date”.

Dominica Yacht Services, the full service yachting and destination management company, was established in 2005 and offers comprehensive assistance for all sized yachts. They have previously worked with such luxury superyachts as mega yacht Serene (133m), sailing yacht EOS (91m) and charter yacht Alfa Nero (85m). Services include customs and immigration, island tours, chandlery and fuel bunkering, among others.

Barbados in the Caribbean – one of the most popular destinations for superyachts

March 11, 2014

With plenty of new and emerging tourist destinations in the Caribbean, the enchanting yacht charter location – Barbados is facing a growing amount of competition to attract the world’s best superyachts. However despite a great variety of options available for superyacht owners and guests, Barbados has remained one of the most popular destinations for luxury yachts this Caribbean season, as stated by Platinum Port Agency, a leading yacht agent.

The popular Carribean yacht charter destination - Barbados

The popular Carribean yacht charter destination - Barbados

There are many new, up and coming locations in the Caribbean offering a range of new opportunities for tourists and holiday makers. Islands such as Redonda, Anegada, Montserrat and Nevis offer visitors opportunities to see unique landscapes, and an altogether different experience compared to the more popular islands of the Caribbean.

However with this challenge on the horizon, Barbados continues to impress superyacht owners and guests, as it has done for many years, with its white sandy beaches, clear waters, consistent climate and picturesque landscapes.

When talking to Yachting Pages, Kreigg Yearwood, coordinator of marine operations at Platinum Port Agency explained, “Barbados is proving to be one of the more popular locations for superyachts. We have definitely seen an up rise in visiting yachts in Barbados so far this season, including 60m sailing yacht Seahawk, 82m motor yacht Secret and the 133m superyacht Serene, among many other yachts and ships.”

There are a whole host of reasons to visit Barbados, whether it’s the sublime beaches, colonial towns, the year-round tropical climate or the many restaurants and clubs. Barbados continues to offer visitors the opportunity to both experience another way of life, much like its lesser known competitors, but also allows visitors to indulge in an array of unique activities and opportunities.

Along with the many vessels Barbados attracts all year round, unsurprisingly, come the facilities needed to accommodate some of the largest superyachts in the world. Marinas in Barbados include Port St. Charles, which offers berths for some of the world’s larger superyachts, with a vast array of marinas located at nearby islands including the popular St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.

Photos of 134m luxury motor yacht SERENE

July 29, 2013

Photographer Viktor Davare of Vancouver Island Photography has sent us a few great photos of the impressive 134m luxury motor yacht SERENE, launched by the Italian shipyard, Fincantieri, in 2011. SERENE superyacht was the largest yacht built in Italy at the time of her launch and is amongst the largest yachts in the world. Serene’s exterior design and engineering were completed by Espen Oeino – one of world’s top luxury yacht designers. Her elegant and inspiring interior design was created by equally prestigious Reymond Langton Design.

Mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

This fabulous and very striking luxury vessel boasts seven private decks offering comfort and safety in sublime luxury to her owners and their guests. At 134 metres, SERENE yacht has a very generous beam of 18.5 metres and is equipped with every systems and amenities conceivable. Amongst her main features are a huge internal sea-water pool, two helicopter landing platforms or the storage for a large submarine/internal tender docking station. Yacht Serene has also numerous pools and Spa Pools, a snow room, a steam room and a hot and cold spa pool as well as a jet stream swimming pool. A truly amazing vessel!

Luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Children also find their favourite place on board as there is a dedicated Children’s playrooms, boasting a climbing wall, a slide, x-box, playstation and other entertainment options. There is also a ‘Nemo’ room to watch the underwater life as well as an outdoor cinema.

Motor yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Motor yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Accommodation aboard the truly elegant, stylish and unique mega yacht SERENE is offered  in 12 enormous deluxe staterooms, to 24 lucky guests. Find out more about luxury, 134-metre motor yacht SERENE here

134m Fincantieri yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

134m Fincantieri yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

SERENE yacht - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

SERENE yacht - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

134m luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

134m luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

SERENE yacht by Fincantieri, Espen Oeino and Reymond Langton Design - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

SERENE yacht by Fincantieri, Espen Oeino and Reymond Langton Design - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Espen Oeino designed Fincantieri motor yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Espen Oeino designed Fincantieri motor yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Luxury Super yacht SERENE - Photo by Victor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Luxury Super yacht SERENE - Photo by Victor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

2011 launched luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

2011 launched luxury mega yacht SERENE - Photo by Viktor Davare - Vancouver Island Photography

Reymond Langton designed yachts MOGAMBO and EXCELLENCE V among finalists for 2013 World Superyacht Awards

March 08, 2013

The acclaimed UK design studio, Reymond Langton Design, is thrilled to announce that the 74m Nobiskrug motor yacht MOGAMBO as well as the 60m Abeking & Rasmussen charter yacht EXCELLENCE V have been nominated as finalists in the eagerly awaited World Superyacht Awards 2013 in the ‘Displacement Motor Yacht GT and above’ category. Both yachts boast sophisticated exterior styling as well as beautiful interior design by Reymond Langton Design.

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

EXCELLENCE V - Main

EXCELLENCE V - Main

This follows on from last year’s success for sailing yacht DESTINATION as winner of Best Refitted Yacht and the interior design aspect of motor yacht SERENE as the winner of Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 3 000 GT and above.

Below is a gallery for other outstanding charter yachts with design by Reymond Langton.


Fincantieri Trieste Shipyard completes drydock on luxury yacht ECLIPSE

November 21, 2012

Fincantieri has successfully finished a drydock on the superyacht “Eclipse”. Following her sea trials, luxury yacht “Eclipse” has left the shipyard. Maintenance activities were performed at the Trieste San Marco shipyard and took around 4 weeks of work as well as the employment of some 70 persons.

Megayacht ECLIPSE at Fincantieri Trieste Shipyard

Megayacht ECLIPSE at Fincantieri Trieste Shipyard

With this prestigious intervention on the “Eclipse” superyacht, Fincantieri has confirmed its presence in the high value megayacht sector; this already boasts the delivery in 2011 of the 134m MY “Serene”, the largest most luxurious and technologically advanced craft ever built in Italy. The “Serene” is among the top ten private yachts in the world and in 2012, was the winner of the “World Superyacht Awards“. At the yard facilities in Muggiano, Fincantieri now continues with the construction of a second megayacht, even more challenging and demanding than the first, the 140m megayacht “Victory”.

Luxury motor yacht SERENE by Fincantieri

Luxury motor yacht SERENE by Fincantieri

In addition to construction, repair and refitting, Fincantieri activities in this sector also include the development of innovative concepts aimed for commercial development. Three concept projects, which are being developed on platforms engineered by Fincantieri, have been recently introduced. These units have aroused great interest among the experts and are the 88m superyacht “Virage88″, designed by Andrew Winch which concept choice, as the name implies, was inspired by the movement of waves; the 145m megayacht “Fortissimo”, a “gas turbine yacht” designed by Ken Freivokh, with an innovative design and a propulsion system capable of a speed of over 35 knots, while minimizing environmental impact; the 142m luxury yacht Armonia, styled by Andrea Vallicelli and engineered by Fincantieri Yachts.

Additional photos of the 134m SERENE yacht on the French Riviera

July 24, 2012

Further images were taken by one of our readers who spotted the 134m SERENE yacht near St Tropez in the Mediterranean. This spectacular yacht is currently the 8th largest motor yacht, designed by Espen Oeino with interior by Reymond Langton Designs. To read more articles about Serene superyacht follow this link.

Luxury yacht Serene - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

Luxury yacht Serene - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

Serene luxury yacht - Beach club

Serene luxury yacht - Beach club - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

SERENE YACHT in South of France

SERENE YACHT in South of France - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

134m SERENE yacht

134m SERENE yacht - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

Serene superyacht - water toys

Serene superyacht - water toys - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

Superyacht SERENE in the Mediterranean

Superyacht SERENE in the Mediterranean - Image Sacha Suzanne Hart

Serene superyacht -aft view -

Serene superyacht -aft view - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

Fincantieri SERENE superyacht - tender launch

Fincantieri SERENE superyacht - tender launch - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

SERENE Yacht - Tenders

SERENE Yacht - Tenders - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

134m Serene superyacht

134m Serene superyacht - Photo Sacha Suzanne Hart

134m Luxury Yacht SERENE spotted cruising the French Riviera

July 19, 2012

Luxury motor yacht Serene has been spotted cruising around the Mediterranean coast of France, today. This spectacular vessel measures 134 metres in length and was launched by the Italian yacht builder Fincantieri in 2010. Serene yacht is also the winner at the 2011 World Superyacht Awards in the ‘Best Displacement Motor Yacht 3000gt and Above’ category.

Superyacht Serene photographed by Sacha Suzanne Hart in the Mediterranean

Superyacht Serene photographed by Sacha Suzanne Hart in the Mediterranean

Designed to perfection by Espen Oeino with interior design by Reymond Langton Designs, Serene features impressive number of seven decks, a hangar and two helicopter landing pads. One of the most imposing features is her large sea water swimming pool, capable of accommodating a service craft and a submarine with a diving depth of up to 100 metres.

Superyacht Serene in France - Image courtesy of Sacha Suzanne Hart

Superyacht Serene in France - Image courtesy of Sacha Suzanne Hart

Accommodation aboard Serene mega yacht is offered in 12 beautifully furnished and comfortable staterooms to 24 guests in total. 52 highly skilled professionals take care of the guests as well as the yacht.

Motor yacht Serene by Fincantieri in the Mediterranean - Image courtesy of Sacha Suzanne Hart

Motor yacht Serene by Fincantieri in the Mediterranean - Image courtesy of Sacha Suzanne Hart