With the brokerage market still recovering from the subprime crisis, the yacht charter sector has remained more active throughout the recession and is now accelerating with some reporting a shortage of yachts in less popular cruising grounds such as Spain.
Using our proprietary Timeline index, we've gathered a list of some of the most expensive yachts for charter available this summer, some being rented out at over a million euros per week.
Length: 162.5m (533 ft)
Yard: Blohm+Voss (2010)
Weekly rate: from €3,000,000
Famously built for Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich as the flagship of his fleet, Eclipse was delivered in 2010 by German shipyard, Blohm+Voss (now part of Lurssen), as the largest yacht in the world, a title that she held until the deilvery of the 180-meter Azzam in 2013.
Although not on the open charter market, Eclipse is available for rent according to several sources at a rate of €3 million per week with the owner's team dealing with the management of the superyacht's operations themselves, without the involvement of any brokerage firm.
Refitted in 2015, Eclipse boasts a 56-meter private owner's deck, a 16-meter swiming pool that can transform into open deck and can carry up to three helicopters at a time.
Length: 91.5m (300 ft)
Yard: Neorion Shipyards (2010)
Weekly rate: from €1,825,000
Measuring 85 meters in length back when she was known as Delma, Queen Miri has been lengthened to 91.5 meters over the course of the 16-month long refit at Amico Shipyard replacing even the yacht's original engines. The refit saw a new jacuzzi being installed on the sundeck and 80% of all interior areas being refurbished.
Amongst Queen Miri's newest features is a floodable tender garage that can be closed off and turned into a heated seawater swimming area. Originally built in 2004 as Annaliesse by Greek shipyard, Neorion, the yacht was the 29th largest yacht in the world at launch. Andreas Liveras, the yacht's original owner, ran it as a charter yacht for groups of up to 36 guests. The yacht was then sold in 2007, reportedly to a Dubai-based owner, and renamed to Delma.
The yacht later came back on the market in August 2013 when Edmiston listed Delma for sale at a price of €53,000,000. Delma was eventually sold again and refitted to its newest look as Queen Miri, coming back on the charter market for the first time in 10 years.
Length: 92m (301 ft)
Yard: Feadship (2016)
Weekly rate: Price on application
Known as Project Touchdown throughout her build, Aquarius was delivered to her owner in the third quarter of 2016 as a replacement for his previous 67-meter Aquarius.
Boasting a swimming pool aft of the main deck, Aquarius also counts amongst her features a large Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a gym on the lower deck with a foldable balcony opening onto the sea and panoramic windows offering unparalleled views throughout the yacht.
Length: 83m (272 ft)
Yard: Amels (2016)
Weekly rate: from €1,300,000
Delivered as part of Amels' limited edition series last year, Here Comes The Sun became the shipyard's largest yacht to date and her owner's 4th yacht named after a Beattles' song.
Amongst her main features are a swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive beach club area located right under neath with a sitting area, sauna and gym. Other amenities also include a cinema room and a large Jacuzzi on the sundeck.
Length: 95.2m (312 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2014)
Weekly rate: from €1,200,000
Delivered by Germany-based Lurssen in 2014 to American billionaire Shahid Khan as a replacement for his previous 68-meter Kismet, the 95.2-meter yacht boasts a jaguar on the bow of the yacht, symbolic of the owner's NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he bought in November 2011 for $760 million according to the New York Times.
Built with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, Kismet stretches over five decks suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. Amongst innovative features on Kismet are her video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
Length: 90m (295 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2010)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
Built for the late Polish billionaire, Jan Kulczyk as a replacement for his previous 61-meter Lurssen, Phoenix was delivered by the German shipyard in 2010. Designed by Andrew Winch, Phoenix boasts over 100 meters of steel handrails built specially to follow the shape of the hull.
The owner's stateroom located forward of the yacht is styled like a New York duplex from the 1930s with a private staircase linking the two areas together and leading to a private jacuzzi and owner's deck on the yacht's bow. Other features include a spa pool, jacuzzi and cinema on the sundeck.
Length: 83.5m (274 ft)
Yard: Feadship (2015)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
One of the first examples of a hybrid superyacht, Savannah is powered by extremely quiet electric-diesel engines. Another one of the innovations onboard is the underwater observation room letting charter guests see both over and under the sea.
More traditional amenities also include a large swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive master suite forward of the upper deck with panoramic windows and a private deck as well as a gym with a sea view, a spa and a hammam.
Length: 85.1m (279 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2013)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
The 85m superyacht was built by Lurssen in 2013 under the code name, Project Niki, based on a modern 80m hull and engineering platform similar to Phoenix2, Ace and Quattroelle. Sold earlier this year asking €155,000,000 through Moran Yacht & Ship and SSH Maritime, Solandge also became the most expensive brokerage yacht, publicly on the market, sold so far in 2017.
Designed by Espen Oeino and Rodriguez Interiors, Solandge boasts a myriad of amenities and features amongst which stands out a glass tree stretching from the lower deck to the sun deck through its extensive staircase.
Length: 85.6m (281 ft)
Yard: Derecktor (2010)
Weekly rate: from €945,000
Formerly known as Cakewalk, the 85-meter was sold to her current owner at an asking price of €119 million at the end of 2014 and then refitted for 12 months at Pendennis in the United Kingdom following a name change to Aquila.
The largest yacht built in the United States since the 1930s, she has now become the largest yacht to be refitted in the UK with improvements focusing on the interior. The owner's stateroom was entirely remodeled and a 60sqm private deck was added.
Length: 81.8m (268 ft)
Yard: Abeking & Rasmussen (2013)
Weekly rate: from €875,000
Quietly delivered in 2015 by German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen, Romea attended the Monaco Yacht Show later that same year, coming on the charter market shortly before with Imperial Yachts, a brokerage house focused on the Russian market.
Drawn by Terence Disdale, Romea's interior offers a mix of white & beige furnishing with darker finishes across the yacht. Other amenities include two custom-built, limousine tenders, a Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a spa area and a cinema room.
Length: 74m (242 ft)
Yard: CRN (2017)
Weekly rate: from €875,000
Delivered by the Italian shipyard, part of Ferretti Group, Cloud 9 became a replacement for her owner's previous 61-meter CMN of the same name.
With an exterior by Zuccon and an interior by Winch Design, Cloud 9 is able to accommodate up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, a VIP suite and 6 guest cabins catered to by a crew of 22.
Damen Yachting has confirmed the sale of the third hull of Amels 80. This Amels 80, with exterior design by Espen Oeino, will be customized with a number of spectacular unique features. The owner has appointed a well-known design team for the custom interiors and all details remain confidential.The latest 80-meter Amels Limited Editions design to be built under the name Project Zurich and is scheduled for delivery to her new owner in 2026. "It is almost a year to the date since we introduced the Amels 80. The fact that we have seen not only positive reactions to the design since the launch but also a strong sales foothold within the first 12 months are a true testament to her modern design and trusted build pedigree. I am very much looking forward to embarking on the build journey with this experienced client," says Jan van Hogerwou, Commercial Executive of Damen Yachting, who worked with the client throughout the sales process.Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Damen Yachting
March 31, 2023
Royal Huisman has shared the new images of the sailing yacht Sea Eagle II, which was launched in 2020. With over 45,000 nm under her keel, the 81m earned her place alongside the shipyard’s Athena in the elite club of the world’s 10 largest sailing yachts. Sea Eagle II was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design. Her very long waterline and powerful Panamax rig ensure effortless, mile-eating performance. On her sail trials, she comfortably recorded 21.5 knots in a moderate breeze. Despite her massive sail area (2,580 sqm; 3552 sqm), all three mainsails can easily be hoisted at once – taking no more time than required for a sloop of half this size. The efficiency of this sail management system understates the technical challenges behind it, and a result of cooperation of an ‘A Team’ of Dykstra, Rondal, Carbo-Link and Doyle Sails. The inspiration behind Sea Eagle II was her visionary owner, who began to formulate his ideas while circumnavigating his first yacht, the 43m Sea Eagle I, also built by Royal Huisman (and now exploring the world again as Ravenger, under new ownership). The brief for Sea Eagle II was to create an extremely comfortable and spacious yacht with good sea keeping and exceptional amenities for both guests and crew. She had to offer outstanding passage-making performance so that the owner could take in as much of the world under sail as possible. She had to be a true sailor’s yacht – practical, powerful, safe and easily managed. Finally, she had to be functional, favoring simplicity and reliability over unnecessary frills.“Continual innovation, accumulated expertise and rigorous self-challenge have come together through our highly skilled and dedicated team to produce Athena, Sea Eagle II and, currently in-build, the world’s largest sloop, the 85 m New World Sloop aka Project 410. Other breath-taking concepts, APEX 850 and WING100, are also generating considerable interest worldwide. Each example just awaits a visionary individual who will desire the opportunity to transform a revolutionary, true sailing yacht into reality. The next Royal Huisman supersized sailing yacht would be welcomed into the ranks of the world’s top 10. She will join the existing Royal Huisman-built, thoroughbred ‘supersized sailing yachts’, and – with our continuous increase of expertise – she would be our finest yet,” says Jan Timmerman, Royal Huisman’s CEO. Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Tim McKenna/Royal Huisman
March 31, 2023
Northrop & Johnson has announced the appointment of Rebecca Cutter as Charter Manager. Rebecca, originally from England, brings over two decades of experience in the yachting industry to her new role. Rebecca will be based out of Northrop & Johnson’s Antibes office.Rebecca CutterRebecca stumbled upon the yachting industry in 1996 while living in Antibes, France. She is now responsible for managing and promoting the booking calendars for the Northrop & Johnson European Charter Fleet. Her primary responsibilities include liaising with fleet owners, captains, and retail charter brokers to provide exceptional yachting experiences to both new and existing clients.Northrop & Johnson’s Antibes officeRebecca spent 22 years with Bluewater, learning everything she knows about the industry, and is excited to embark on a new challenge with Northrop & Johnson's European team. Credits: Northrop & Johnson
March 31, 2023
The Italian Sea Group has delivered the first Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 in Sydney, Australia. The yacht, the first one finished in Acheso Gray, with its unmistakable super sporty silhouette, reached Port Jackson, one of the most renowned attractions in the city and located in the heart of Sydney Bay.The debut of this innovative motor yacht in the Australian continent, is an important milestone for the Group, in line with its business expansion plan in the Asia Pacific, agreed upon and supported by Automobili Lamborghini. TISG's strategy continues along with the growth of the Australian market, which, according to the Guardian, will reach 8% of the global yacht market within the next three years."We are very proud of the success Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is having in the Pacific, an area that offers interesting growth opportunities for all the Group's brands, in line with our international development strategy," comments Giovanni Costantino, Founder & CEO of The Italian Sea Group. "The commercial success of this project and partnership with Automobili Lamborghini goes on, and the next sales will be delivered in the second half of 2024."Further deliveries of the Tecnomar For Lamborghini motor yacht are also planned in the Australian continent in 2023 and 2024.The Italian Sea Group’s Tecnomar brand produces and commercializes yachts in steel and aluminum up to 50 meters. Founded in 1987 and acquired by the Italian Sea Group in 2009, Tecnomar has launched 289 yachts through the years, also thanks to the Tecnomar Evo line, which has earned a great success in the Asian market. Credits: The Italian Sea Group
March 31, 2023
In the beginning of March Lürssen technically launched the 144-meter Project Cosmos in a construction site in Rendsburg. The construction started in 2020, making the 114-meter vessel one of the largest yachts currently in development. The megayacht features exterior and interior design by Australian designer Marc Newson. She spreads across four decks and has a large aft deck, a swimming pool, an observation lounge and helipad. She will be the first Lürssen yacht to feature fuel cell technology on board. Project Cosmos is scheduled for delivery in 2025.Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet.Credits: Video by OneHouseMedia/Lürssen YouTube
March 30, 2023