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What to Expect from the Monaco Yacht Show 2018

The worlds most dazzling superyacht show is back, from the 26-29th September – sleek silhouettes and billowing white sails will be gliding into the most famous port on the French Riviera. The Monaco Yacht Show brings together superyacht builders, owners, charterers and luxury lovers, all keen to mingle and admire the majestic procession of yachts on show at Port Hercules. With 120 iconic yachts on show and 40 making their fabulous debut, take a peek behind the curtain as to what you can expect from the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.

Where in the World

As usual, the prestigious show will be held at the dazzling Port Hercules. One of the favorite port of calls for those in the yacht lifestyle; this four-day event not only gifts yacht enthusiasts the opportunity to sip champagne, mingle, and see some of the finest yachts for charter both new and already established, but it offers the chance to check out some of the best names in the luxury business.

What to Expect

Along with a divine selection of yachts to admire, those behind the Monaco Yacht Show understand that the yacht lifestyle goes beyond the sleek silhouette of a superyacht. It’s the details that make for a truly divine yacht experience – from the tenders and toys to the delectable designs.

Those attending the show should be sure to visit the brand-new extended zone of the Quai Jarlan which has been dedicated to displaying some of the most exciting toys and tenders to complement a superior sailing experience. Far from an extraneous detail; tenders are big business and the Monaco Yacht Show is keen to showcase these extraordinary vessels that encompass the art of freedom when out on the high seas.

From superyachts to supercars, this years Monaco Yacht Show will also support the power and prowess of the open road with their dedicated Luxury Car Deck. Customized Mercedes models from Brabus, daring chassis designs from Danton Arts Kustom, and drool worthy hyper cars from Austria’s Milan Automotive will have car lovers firmly rooted in seventh heaven.

Beyond the window shopping and power purchasing, the summit is also open for those who want to delve deep into the future of superyachts. Panel discussions pave the way for getting a closer look at the industry, from case studies that follow the process from design to delivery from the likes of Mark Cavendish, to experience and exploration of the Med with Fiona Maureso, and a guide to choosing tenders and toys.

Another exciting exhibition will be on show from Videoworks, presenting the future of onboard technology.  Visible onboard several yachts including Wider Cecilia and Latona; editors will be taken on a tour to discover the imaginative and innovative technologies put into practice. From outstanding acoustic experiences to sound masking and zero architectural impact speakers, this is the future of purely integrated technology.

On Tuesday the 25th, the annual Superyacht Gala Awards will get underway, ensuring that the finest yachts in the business are both recognized and celebrated. Let’s take a closer look at the most beautiful boats we can expect to see standing proudly at Port Hercules.

The Top Yachts to See

Award winning superyacht  Lurssen 312.34ft (95.2m) M/Y Kismet will also be turning heads. Recently launched by Lurssen and with a bold interior from Reymond Langton, the 68m 8 cabin yacht makes quite a splash with her Chicago skyline inspired design.

Tankoa’s Solo will also be tempting would be charterers to get booking. The mammoth 72m yacht boasts a huge beach club with hammam, helicopter pad that can transform into a dance floor, baby grand piano and stunning interior by Francesco Paszkowski.

Feadship is still hot on the heels of the Monaco Yacht Show with their 67m Anna 1. One of the biggest charter yachts on show, Anna 1 was originally delivered in 2007 under the name Anna and had both her classical interior and exterior was designed by Michael Leach. Anchor stabilizers, helipad, steam room and an airy lounge tick all the boxes for a beautiful charter experience.

The Best Unveils

Everyone will be craning to see Wider Cecilia after her restructuring and redesign which calls on some exciting changes. The 49.98m superyacht flexes some muscle with her entirely aluminum construct, her interior saltwater pool, and impressive tech specs.

Flying Dagger grabs the imagination in more ways than just her name. This sleek and sexy Italian superyacht has been designed to hit top speeds of 31kts and has been a highly successful exercise in curating an almost silent superyacht.

Mangusta’s new flagship yacht El Leon comes in at 54m and is the first of the Overmarine Groups aluminum displacement line. Designed with maximum livability and long-range performance in mind, El Leon adopts a sleek stance and for those itching to see her interior will get their chance at Monaco.

Italian Sanlorenzo Steel 52 is here to prove that timeless style never goes out of fashion. The clean lines, clever tweaks and design motifs that lean heavily on gleaming glass create a truly authentic and elegant yachting experience. Sitting at 52m, onlookers will be impressed by the yacht’s versatility – with a tender garage that transforms into a beach club and space for 12 guests across 5 cabins.

The too Hot to Spot

The award winning Oceanco Dar will have yacht lovers salivating with expectation, but unfortunately won’t be available for public viewing just yet. DeBasto Design has crafted something truly revolutionary, the sporty profile could be straight out of a batman movie. We can only guess that the interiors are just as striking especially as we know that Nuvolari & Lenard are behind the design helm. There’s an entire deck for the owners and rumor has it, plenty of mother nature inspired motifs woven throughout.

Elandess from Abeking & Masmussen has already been spotted on her maiden voyage, marked by her sassy steel and aluminum silhouette and huge glass fronts that duck both above and below the waterline for underwater viewing. A statement of light and luxury are said to echo throughout; from her cascading staircase to the generous sun deck. Rodiek was behind the styling and at 74.5m we bet her owner is more than satisfied.

One of the most exciting and highly anticipated projects to date, the Illusion Plus is the largest yacht ever built in Asia. Already on her maiden voyage to the Monaco yacht show, her exterior lines have been inspired by Rolls Royce from the British Studio Rainsford Saunders Design. Her interiors come straight out of Dubai, and with six decks, she grants more than enough space for her 12 guests and crew of 25. Lashings of facilities include four guest lounges, spas, cinemas, waterfall features, helicopter landing pad and lower deck ocean lounge.

The Finer Details

Your closest point of call for getting to the Monaco Yacht Show is to touch down at Nice Airport. From there it’s a swift helicopter shuttle for those who want to make a statement, or for those who prefer to stay on the ground, there is a local bus service or you can opt for a private chauffeur. For more on Monaco take a look at our destination guide to find out where to sleep, dine and shop during the yacht show.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. With a passion for penning perfect content, she explores the globe, forever seeking out the next story.

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