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September 20, 2012updated Feb 20, 2013

A Cruise to Last a Lifetime

By Chris Boyle

New York, New York – Reported by Mike Espindle for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Whether you pick an incredible craft or an unforgettable destination, sometimes you just want a very special, once-in-a-lifetime cruising experience. Here are three excellent ideas for creating lifelong memories for you, your family and your guests.

Golden Odyssey: Tahitian Treat
Exploring the alluring islands around Tahiti has never been more exciting or luxurious than aboard the Golden Odyssey. The charter flagship of the special Golden Fleet (three yachts, a seaplane and over 30 pieces of leisure equipment), which is currently undertaking a three-year global reef expedition on behalf of the owner’s science foundation, the 262-foot Blohm + Voss build will be based out of Gauguin’s paradise until February 2013. Six immaculate Alberto Pinto-designed cabins accommodate 12 guests, with a standard crew complement of 27(!), ensuring an unmatched level of service on board. A bevy of state-of-the-art watercraft add to the fun, including a custom jet-drive Ribtec tender, aluminum beach and diving tender, two Novurania tenders and more. Golden Odyssey’s special rate for this rare opportunity is $500,000 weekly ($700,000 for the Golden Fleet).

Martha Ann: Caribbean Queen
At 230 feet and sporting seven gorgeous staterooms (12 guests total), this newly refit Lurssen build will be turning heads as it plies the waters of the Caribbean this winter. While the itinerary will be spectacular, it is this ship’s impressive interior volume and appeal that make it so special. The François Zuretti design spared no expense on workmanship: Expect intricate carved woodwork, gold accents, marble flooring and countertops—one glimpse at the dramatic full-beam split-level Master Suite and you know you’ll arrive in style. Add in a circular glass elevator, large pro-grade gym, luxurious sky lounge with al fresco dining and the latest in digital entertainment technology, and you just might be able to check that Ultimate Caribbean Cruise box off your list. Martha Ann charters for about $760,000 weekly.

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