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.
Chimera is a powerful 115 Sport Yacht delivered by iconic British shipyard Sunseeker in 2013. She is a spacious and stylish superyacht, combining a comfortable modern interior with large outdoor living spaces.The yacht has been continuously upgraded by her present owner including a full interior and exterior soft furnishing reﬁt in 2017/18 and a hull repaint in 2019.Immaculately maintained and presented for sale in perfect condition, Chimera is an ideal family yacht and is being sold with an exciting collection of water toys and tenders. A true Mediterranean sports yacht, Chimera pairs a sleek sporty profile with impressive performance capabilities. Built to RINA classification, she is powered by twin 2640.0hp MTU 16V2000M94 diesel engines with a maximum speed of 25 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 18 knots.An extremely versatile yacht, Chimera has a five-cabin layout and can accommodate up to 10 guests onboard overnight.The yacht priced at € 6,500,000 Ex VAT, is lying in Palma. For more information concerning the sale of the yacht please contact the broker on this page.<iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y1mgJqFFGKk' frameborder='0' allow='accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture' allowfullscreen></iframe>
September 30, 2020
A product of collaboration between naval architect Fulvio De Simoni, the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Group’s Engineering Department, Pershing 140 is the brand’s first model built at Ferretti’s Ancona Super Yacht Yard, which specialises in the construction of steel and aluminium super and mega yachts over 40 meters in length.The design of the exteriors, laid out over two decks and a spacious sun deck, confirms the sleek lines that are emblematic of the brand’s sporty and competitive character, combining design innovations with some of the brand’s most iconic details, such as the two lateral wings integrated into the superstructure and then connected at the start of the walkways to the gunwale. Other standout features include the raised cockpit with direct access to the sun deck, the private owner’s area on the main deck, and a beach area that can be extended by opening the three fold-out sides.Unlike the first unit, which was fitted out at the owner’s request with an entertainment room, this unit has a full-beam private master suite with double bed, entered through the owner’s studio and small lounge. The layout is completed by a roomy walk-in wardrobe and a big bathroom.The interior design can be fully customised with the support of the designers at Studio Fulvio De Simoni and the Project Architects on hand at the Ferretti Group Super Yacht Yard. The yacht also features the finest materials and furniture produced by top luxury designers, including longtime Pershing partner Poltrona Frau, Minotti, Artemide, Roche Bobois, Molteni and Fontana Arte.The second Pershing 140 unit will be on show at the Ferretti Group Private Preview, the exclusive annual event held at the Monaco Yacht Club from September 3 to 6 this year, where a group of selected guests and customers will have the chance to admire firsthand an engineering masterpiece that is arousing growing interest among owners around the world. Underscoring the model’s success, the third unit is now under construction at the Ancona Super Yacht Yard and will be launched next year.<iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/-2LJocGyih8' frameborder='0' allow='accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture' allowfullscreen></iframe>
September 30, 2020
Heesen is delighted to announce that YN 19255 Project Pollux was launched at the facility in Oss in August 2020. This is the second in the newly restyled 55-metre Steel class that features a new layout to emphasize her vast interior volume of approximately 760GT.12 guests can be accommodated in six staterooms, with the 82 sqm owner’s apartment on the main deck forward and the VIP on the bridge deck. The four spacious and luxurious guest suites are located on the lower deck.The sophisticated interior design is by London based Bannenberg & Rowell, a studio that has penned several interior designs for Heesen, including those of the multi-award-winning Galactica Star (now Illusion) and the 47-metre Lady Petra (now Odyssea), built for the founder of the shipyard.For Project Pollux, the British studio worked to the shipyard’s brief, which called for a style that combines bold solutions with acasual appeal. Dark eucalyptus and pale sycamore joinery, with chevron parquet flooring in the main saloon, create the perfect background for the eye-catching bar installation, incorporated into the joinery on the starboard side, as well as the softly radiused panelling. Geometric shapes, natural tones, and tactile finishes used throughout the interiors make Project Pollux a yacht with strong character and wide appeal.“It’s always an exciting milestone in the build process when launch marks the final few months of work – comments Dickie Bannenberg – We’ve tested the Heesen joinery team with plenty of curves and details and they have done a beautiful job. We are greatly looking forward to seeing her finished.”The layout of Project Pollux has been carefully considered. Thanks to the tenders and toys conveniently stored on the foredeck for easy operation and access, the space in the transom has been dedicated to the beach club. Large outdoor areas will allow guests to make the best out of their time onboard. The vast sundeck, of no less than 100 square metres, is equipped with full dining facilities, a generous bar, and a supersize hot tub.Powered by two MTU Tier III compliant diesel engines and, thanks to her slippery Fast Displacement hull, she will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a remarkable range of 4,500 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 13 knots. This outstanding performance makes project Pollux one of the most efficient yachts in her class. Project Pollux will leave the shipyard to undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea during the first few weeks of October.
September 30, 2020
Introducing Naseem (2008) - a classically elegant 47m motor yacht by Heesen Yachts, which combines award-winning design by the acknowledged Bannenberg & Rowell Design Studio and unmistakable Dutch prestige. Delivered in 2008 and beautifully maintained by her present owner, the superyacht was fully refurbished in 2018 with a major focus on outdoor activities. NASEEM is equipped with 5 cabins and can accommodate on board up to 12 guests in utmost comfort, as well as a 10-person crew. Among her key features there are a Deck Jacuzzi and a convertible tender garage which can be used as a beach club for swimming and sunbathing or as a launchpad when using water toys. The yacht is powered by twin MTU 8V4000M70 heavy-duty engines and has a comfortable 14-knot cruising speed. With an impressive range of 4,000 nautical miles, she is suitable for Transatlantic cruising. The interior of the yacht is open-planned and is finished with bleached Wenge wood and polished marble flooring. The sense of space and light is enhanced by large windows.A vast salon on the main deck offers an open-plan lounge with an elegant bar for pre-dinner cocktails. It is also equipped with a 60” plasma TV with a full entertainment system and can be transformed into a private cinema for after-hours movie sessions. The spacious formal dining area can comfortably fit up to 10 guests. Naseem’s full-beam master suite is located forward on the main deck and is beautifully finished in cream with a nice contrast of wood veneer shades. The suite offers guests a private lounge and vanity area overlooking the ocean and a bathroom finished in marble.Exterior-wise the yacht offers multiple lounges, dining spaces and a forward-facing spa pool - perfect for onboard socialising, enjoying panoramic ocean views and relaxing in the sunshine.
September 21, 2020
The classic Benetti yacht Hidalgo got seriously damaged by the fire on September 15 in morning. The yacht fire was spotted at the Muggiano shipyard close to La Spezia in the region of Liguria where Hidalgo was hauled out for refit works. “A dense column of smoke” was created by the fire and was “visible from a considerable distance”, as the local news portal "Liguria Nautica" reported. Main and upper deck of the vessel got severely damaged, however the fireguards were on time to prevent the fire from spreading elsewhere, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire still remains unclear. Designed for long-distance cruising, the yacht was delivered in Viareggio in 1968 and got last refitted in 2012. The vessel was previously known as Mirabella. (Photos: Giusppe Orru)
September 19, 2020