New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
The charter yacht is no longer just reserved for the black-tie events of the social elite. A number of charter yachts have fun new toys such as inflatable waterslides, while others are setting course for experiences in destinations well beyond the norm. Take your family vacation to the next level with a jaunt aboard one of these ships.
The 144-foot Palmer Johnson Four Wishes not only was invited to join the Fraser Yachts Diamond Collection for superior charter yachts, but also is the only charter yacht in the Fraser fleet to have won captain and crew of the year awards more than once. Captain Aaron Clark says about 80 percent of the yacht’s bookings come from repeat clients, most of whom are families. Some of the most popular memories for clients aboard Four Wishes include the treasure hunt the crew creates for drivers of quad bikes or jeeps on St. Barths and the recipe book that the chef creates featuring photos and step-by-step instructions for all the gourmet meals served on board. Four Wishes has three guest cabins with king-size beds and two cabins with beds that can be either a king or twins, to suit families with children of all ages. The lowest weekly base rate is $170,000 for ten guests with nine crew.
Though the 135-foot Heesen Seven Sins may have a name that implies debauchery, it is the perfect vessel for innocent family fun. Not only is the crew used to having children of all ages on board, but Seven Sins herself is outfitted to keep them safe and happy. Other charter yachts might have life jackets and water skis sized only for adults, but Seven Sins has gear of all kinds designed for guests of smaller stature. The owners regularly come aboard not only with their children, but also with their grandchildren, so even the chef is prepared to customize charters to suit guests of all ages.
The décor aboard Seven Sins reflects the owners’ passion for worldwide travel. There are nods to Indian and Buddhist regions as well as to Asian heritage in various guest spaces. The overall ambience is comfortably elegant, with furnishings that are at once lovely and meant to withstand little fingers. The lowest weekly base rate is about $134,981 for ten guests with seven crew.
The 208-foot Lürssen Polar Star recently completed a major refit that included a new audiovisual system as well as a slew of new water toys for charter clients to enjoy. One thing the owner left the same for families is a lone cabin down a private staircase from the main salon. It has twin beds and is ideal for teenagers who want to feel like they have their own hideaway. It also can be used for a nanny. The lowest weekly base rate is about $484,704 for 12 guests with 17 crew.
On board the 140-foot Vitters Koo, the master suite features a king-size bed as well as a private office that can be converted to a secondary cabin with an oversize twin bed. The space is ideal for parents traveling with a small child, allowing both privacy and proximity at all times. The other three guest cabins have double beds where adults or teenagers will be comfortable after sun-filled days of sailing with Koo’s crew, who have charter and racing experience. The lowest weekly base rate is $100,000 for eight guests with six crew.
Less than a year ago, the 153-foot Feadship Charisma took home the Andreas Liveras Award for best party at the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. This yacht’s crew really knows how to show guests a good time—and that does mean guests of all ages. Kids will love the Wave Runners, wakeboards, kayaks and inflatable tow toys along with iPod docking stations and satellite TV for indoor fun at night. Charisma also has an outdoor barbecue for family mealtime on deck. Mom and Dad, meanwhile, can relax in the hot tub while the kids play. The lowest weekly base rate is $168,000 for 12 guests with 11 crew.