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If you’ve ever booked a yacht charter, you know it’s one of the most enjoyable, and exclusive, ways to vacation. Just as there are numerous yachts available, there are numerous tastes and budgets to suit. Naturally, the higher the level of service and the more luxurious the amenities, the higher the weekly base rate. Just how high? These five superyacht charters command nearly half a million dollars at the low end and more than a million at the upper end. They’re at the top of the class in terms of amenities, ambience, and crew and staff service.
1. Lurssen Kismet
At 312 feet (97 metres), Lurssen’s Kismet doesn’t just look grand. It is grand, from deck to deck and room to room. Highlights: a two-level saloon, a “club room" for watching sports, and a pool with an inset hot tub on the uppermost deck. Kismet is available this winter in the Caribbean for US$1.2 million (S$1.67 million) per week. For summers in the Mediterranean, the currency switches: €1.2 million (S$1.83 million) per week.
2. Lurssen TV
If you charter Lurssen’s TV (formerly Madsummer), take full advantage of the master suite’s indulgences. Its position on the upper deck lets you wake up to outstanding views, plus it has a private alfresco hot tub. Don’t worry about your friends and family. Six of the eight staterooms for them are on the main deck. And there’s a large counter-current pool up on the sundeck. TV is available for US$950,000 (S1.32 million) per week year-round.
3. Oceanco Nirvana
Oceanco’s Nirvana is available for US$1 million (S$1.39million) per week. The 290-foot (91.5 metres) superyacht especially stands out for its decor, with themes of sandy shores and tropical rainforests. Bamboo underfoot is treated to replicate rippled sand, for example. Furthermore, and more fun, the yacht has two vivariums that serve as partitions between the saloon, dining room, and sitting room/massage room. Also noteworthy is the yacht’s onboard cinema, which even has a popcorn machine. Nirvana is available through various charter agents.
4. Oceanco/ / Vitters Aquijo
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include sailing yachts on this list. Aquijo is newly delivered from Oceanco and Vitters and, at 279 feet (85 metres), is one of the largest sailing superyachts in the world. Aquijo’s $448,000 (S$622,000)-per-week rate puts some unusual amenities at your feet. Notably, the yacht has a beach club, something rarely found on sailing yachts. The beach club contains a sauna, steam bath, and hot tub. Cuba, the customary Caribbean ports, and the Bahamas are all on Aquijo’s winter itinerary.
5. Perini Navi Maltese Falcon
In the world of sailing superyachts for charter, Perini Navi Maltese Falcon is arguably the most readily recognised. The onboard fitness trainer and massage and beauty therapist can keep you feeling and looking great, even after indulging in the chef’s fantastic desserts. Definitely take advantage of the upper deck’s outdoor cinema, where the hot tub serves as a front-row seat. Maltese Falcon is available for US$420,000 (S$583,000) per week during high season.