Everything has its price, but sometimes, really, it’s just worth it. That would be the case for these stunning luxury yacht charters roaming sublime Caribbean waters this season. The Best of Yachting knows which yachts matter, so check our list to discover the perfect choice for your blissful Caribbean escape.
Top Motor Yachts
1. Lürssen Solandge: Luxurious High Tech Sailing
If size matters, this is your yacht. A lavish entertainer designed by Espen Øino and outfitted by Aileen Rodriguez, Solandge is 85 meters of pure luxury. Housing 12 guests in 8 cabins served by 29 crew, she cruises between 12-14 kts, running up to a top speed of 18. Formal and al fresco dining, built-in bars, gym, nightclub, outdoor cinema, sauna, and a stylish beach club are just part of the appeal. Available for charter at $1,000,000/week, Solandge is the ultimate luxury charter for the Caribbean season.
2. Oceanco Alfa Nero: Form, Function, and Fun
A beautiful profile with dark hull and white superstructure, Alfa Nero’s distinctive long expanse of main deck with glass-walled pool designed by Nuvolari & Lenard is immediately recognizable. Accommodating 12 guests in six cabins served by 12 crew, all beautifully embellished by the hand of Alberto Pinto, she cruises easily at 15 kts. The owner’s residence occupies the upper deck. A sky lounge and main deck pool with remarkable technology that quickly converts to a helipad, pumped by great toys and entertaining spaces, make Alfa Nero a top option. Her rate varies around $940,000/week for 2016 Caribbean season charters.
3. Lürssen TV: All the Amenities
Another Lürssen confection designed by Espen Øino and adorned by Alberto Pinto, TV is 78 meters of indulgent amenities for 12 guests in 8 staterooms. The owner’s upper deck boasts its own Jacuzzi and balcony. Another VIP stateroom, five doubles, and a twin cabin are attended by a crew of 25. A dedicated spa, beach club level gym with sea terrace, swim-up bar, 16-person Jacuzzi, BBQ, heli deck, and jetted swimming pool are just some of the luxurious perks. Charter rates hover around $950,000 per week for the 2016 Mediterranean season, depending on the calendar.
4. Blohm + Voss Eclipse: Massive Capacity, Maximum Luxury
If size just doesn’t matter but having all of your friends on board does, consider this astonishing 162.5meter custom Blohm + Voss private luxury yacht. Carrying 36 guests in a master suite and 17 VIP staterooms, Eclipse accommodates 70 on-board crew to redefine service at sea. Cruising at 20 knots she has a range of 6,000 nm, with everything a six-star resort requires: gym, Jacuzzi, elevator, pool, dance floor, beach club, helipad, submarine, and a fleet of tenders and water toys. Winner of the World Superyacht Best Displacement Motor Yacht and Motor Yacht of the Year awards, Eclipse is a stunning charter with privacy built into every deck. The charter price is available upon request.
5. Feadship Savannah
The best of everything, this Feadship displays why yachts built by this respected yard are so highly sought after. Savannah’s 83.5-meter hull carries 12 guests in 6 cabins, and up to 26 crew. A cruising speed of 12 kts with a maximum of 17, she has 6,500 nm range through a hybrid propulsion system that makes her efficient, quiet, and solid. Three tenders, including a 9-meter limousine, pool, Jacuzzi, a long list of indoor electronics and on-water diversions, all work to keep guests active and smiling. The contemporary interiors are incredibly stylish, offering the most comfortable in yachting chic, exhibit beautifully detailed woods, handsome built-ins, and lovely LED lighting. Opening her calendar for occasional charter, it may be your lucky week or month, so check with your charter agent for availability and price.
Top Sailing Yachts
1. Perini Navi Maltese Falcon: High Tech Sailing Royalty
A legend in its own time, Maltese Falcon set new standards for exceptional superyachts with sails. Stretching 87 meters stem to stern, with 58-meter mizzen mast, all three are fitted with five sails each, rotating at the command of a button. With a 24 kt speed, and space for 12 guests with a full beam master and five double cabins, Maltese Falcon is a spacious performer that is beautifully styled with texture, color, and technology, and a host of toys and tenders on board. Charter rates vary, but expect somewhere in the neighborhood of $420,000/week to schedule your time on board.
2. Alloy Yachts Vertigo: Performance and Comfort with Abundant Toys
A global cruiser, Vertigo owns the map but is perfectly happy making Caribbean rounds. At 67 meters, she accommodates 12 guests in 5 cabins served by 11 crew, and cruises at 12 kts. Designed for a European family with young children, Vertigo boasts six-star luxury with robust performance and beautiful clean-deck design, posh limousine tender, sun deck with Jacuzzi, dive center, and great electronics. Her 2016 Caribbean rates run around $275,000/week.
3. Royal Huisman 190.29ft (58m) SY/Ethereal: Truly Connected
Progressive, innovative, connected, and luxurious, Ethereal delivers an experience to be remembered: the crew films activities each day, readying them for viewing in the cinema each evening on the 70″ plasma screen with music room. A sailing yacht with stealth mode propulsion, exploring the sea for whales or looking through reefs for schools of fish is easily accomplished with scuba cameras that provide real time images. Not usually available in the Caribbean, we’ve heard a rumor that she may be available for some time in the islands this season. Price and availability will be provided upon inquiry.
4. Royal Huisman Athena: Elegance, Style, and Toys Galore
This 90-meter custom three-masted gaff schooner looks like she is sailing directly out of another century, but is an exceptionally adept contemporary yacht with all the right features and a clutch of awards to her credit. Her stunning profile under sail is breathtaking. She accommodates 10 guests in 5 cabins attended by 19 crew, and cruises at 14 kts. Rich, highly polished woods and plush upholstery are complemented by exquisitely fitted hardware, suggesting the best of the old, while the nav, lighting, and materials engage modern elements throughout the yacht. Romantic and in perfect condition, Athena awaits your Caribbean schedule at $425,000/week.
5. Vitters Marie: Grace and Beauty Under Sail
Comfortable, elegant, and the winner of the St. Barth Bucket and Loro Piana BVI regattas, this classically outfitted ketch is 55 meters of beautiful craftsmanship on board the red and black hull. Fast and functional, she is a lovely mix of old world style and tomorrow’s function, with decks featuring cannon, muskets, and a suit of armor, amid the latest carbon fiber and hybrid technological features. Toys, tenders, and entertainment both inside and out, Marie is a very special charter for 8 guests in 4 cabins, attended by four crew. She charters for $203,000/week during the Caribbean season.