Whether they’re seeking multimasted sailing ships or motorized megayachts, sophisticated travelers are reserving their own vessels more than ever before. With an expert crew devoted exclusively to your needs and the ability to completely customize an entire itinerary, charters represent the ultimate in privacy and freedom when cruising. Here are a few of our favorite new ultra-luxe options that the Andrew Harper Travel Office can arrange for you. (When considering a yacht, it’s especially helpful to consult with a travel advisor, who can help select the right vessel for your needs and develop a bespoke itinerary including pre- and post-charter accommodations.)
Two of the newest, most exciting motor yachts off the coast of Italy and France come in two very different sizes: the 254-foot O’Rea, just launched in May, and the 116-foot Arsana, which debuted in March. With a 22-person crew, the O’Rea can comfortably sleep 12 guests in its eight en suite cabins. Public spaces comprise a well-equipped gym, a piano lounge and a glass-bottomed pool, plus an array of outdoor spaces and spa facilities that include a Finnish sauna and steam room. Meanwhile, the smaller but also impressive Arsana boasts environmentally mindful elements and smart technology that make it a true 21st-century vessel. Despite great fuel efficiency and quiet engines, this yacht can reach speeds of up to 28.2 knots. Amid the glass, steel and mirrors are four double cabins and a full-width owner’s suite with a limestone bath. Cool evenings can be spent soaking in the large glass Jacuzzi on the bow or watching one of 1,000 films offered on the boat’s myriad screens while sipping something from the lengthy wine-storage wall. Helping you explore the coastal waters during the summer and winter seasons are a crew of six and water toys aplenty — notably a Waverunner, a Seascooter, a Seabob and two stand-up paddleboards.
Ideal for a late-summer or autumn charter are a couple of new two-masted sailing superyachts available in the Adriatic. The streamlined 171-foot Scorpios impresses with richly textured and softly hued contemporary interiors that wouldn’t feel out of place in a fashionable metropolitan pied-à-terre. Six plush cabins sleep 12 guests, who have the support of a crew of 10. Amenities include a hot tub and fitness equipment, and water toys include Sea-Doos, water skis, wakeboards, paddleboards and an inflatable trampoline. At nearly 160 feet, Nocturno also launched earlier this year, offering similar pleasures: a well-trained staff of eight, room for 12 guests in six modern but warmly appointed suites (one with a soaking tub) and plenty of space to relax, especially alfresco: The 1,600-square-foot top-floor sundeck is divided into expansive areas for dining, lounging and sunbathing.