26 May 2021


The charter season has officially arrived. This year it promises to be a record summer, thanks to global travel restrictions easing and borders opening up. With inventory in both Europe and the Americas tight, most popular yachts are either gone or booking up quickly. We found a range of the world’s top charter vessels still available for the season. But hurry, they’ll go fast.



‘Flying Fox’

Delivered by Lürssen in 2019, Flying Fox is the world’s largest charter yacht. It doesn’t get more sociable than this 446-foot vessel, with 25 guests accommodated across 11 staterooms. The stunning gigayacht will cruise the western Mediterranean this summer. Flying Fox’s many extras include a 40-foot transverse main deck pool and a bridge deck open-air cooking station, with a rotisserie, teppanyaki grill and pizza oven. The two-floor, 4,300-square-foot spa has a hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna and cryosauna. Six dedicated tenders will let guests land on the glitzy French Riviera or glamorous western Italy. From Imperial, starting at $4.28 million per week



This 352-foot Benetti, which will be stationed in the Med this summer, is one of the most exciting additions to the charter fleet. Features such as a cinema room, beach club with folding terraces as well as a hammam and massage room (with professional therapists), a large pool on the top deck and large outdoor salons make it an exceptional experience. Lana offers a full range of water activities, from windsurfing to waterskiing and wakeboarding. Its foredeck can even be used for driving practice with biodegradable golf balls. The yacht’s 33 crew are there to look after 12 very lucky guests. From Imperial, starting at $1.53 million per week





This 268-foot superyacht by Abeking & Rasmussen will make an exceptional charter in the Med this summer. The high-end interior, which accommodates 12 guests, is supplemented by a bespoke entertainment center that includes satellite television, a comprehensive music and video library plus a cinema on its main deck. RoMEA’s onboard spa, with its massage room and Finnish sauna, also has its own therapist. Water activities include scuba, kayaking, jet bikes and windsurfers. Its tenders also serve as towboats. The Terence Disdale design features exceptional outdoor areas across its four decks and beach-club swim platform. From Imperial, starting at about $1.03 million per week



A dedicated explorer with an ice-class hull, Ragnar can travel the world with its 6,000-mile range. The yacht’s tough exterior contrasts with a comfortable interior that includes a full gym, spa with a massage room, sauna and steam room, as well as a fully certified helipad with an Airbus EC145 helicopter and a submersible for exploring remote depths. The 224-foot yacht won’t be exploring the Antarctic this summer, however, but will be impressing crowds during its charters on the Italian coast. From Burgess, starting at about $525,000 per week


‘Game Changer’

Having just completed an ocean research circumnavigation and a major refit in 2020, Game Changer is in Central America this summer, ready to take adventurous spirits to some of the most beautiful and remote destinations around. The expedition yacht can explore Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula or perhaps head south to Patagonia, where charter guests can explore the region’s wild, grassy plains in the yacht’s Airbus H130 custom helicopter. There are also opportunities to explore ice floes in Alaska or see a whole new world at 3,500 feet below the surface in the Game Changer’s U-Boat Worx submersible. With a crew experienced in life-affirming wildlife charters and the tenders and gear required for close-up encounters, few vacations rival those afforded by this Damen-built explorer yacht. From Edmiston, starting at $450,000 per week


‘Maltese Falcon’

There’s only one boat like Maltese Falcon, which is available in Greece this summer. Sail the Saronic Gulf aboard the 296-foot hybrid motorsailer that changed yacht design forever. Built in 2006 by Perini Navi, the yacht’s iconic Falcon rig turns heads wherever she goes, plus it’s just plain cool to be sailing on a yacht that is so unique. The charter includes island-hopping around Greece—sunbathing on the main deck by day, and enjoying an alfresco seafood dinner and watching a movie on one of yacht’s largest outdoor cinema screens by night. A 2020 refit introduced new spa facilities. Of course, its forward Jacuzzi remains the best seat in the house. When the wind drops, the collection of towables will provide perfect exploration boats for Greek islands, big and small. From SuperYachtsMonaco, starting at $563,000 per week



This fast-displacement 164-footer, delivered by Rossinavi last year, packs a whole lot of punch for a charter yacht. Enrico Gobbi’s interior is elegant but informal, with custom decor and fabrics by Hermès, Rubelli and Armani Casa. The yacht’s open-plan interior spaces are dressed in marble, leather, onyx, bronzed brass metal and delicate artworks in Murano glass; they pair nicely with a sporty exterior that features many social areas as well as an oversized swimming pool on the sundeck, with glass sides for added effect. EIV also features a wet bar, many sun pads and, best of all, the ability to see vistas of the glistening Mediterranean from virtually every area on board. From IYC, starting at $245,000 per week


‘Da Vinci’

Calling all speed demons: We’ve found your perfect charter. Hitting a top speed of 38 knots, Da Vinci is a 164-foot Mangusta fine-tuned for performance. This ultimate party yacht will be powering through the Med this summer. Outdoor spaces include a large flybridge with a bow covered in sunpads. Space is carved out for a sundeck Jacuzzi. When socializing heads indoors, the marble bar, bleached-oak floors and huge windows create a stylish entertaining area. From Northrop & Johnson, starting at $225,000 per week



What better way to enjoy the Italian Riviera than aboard 134-foot Rebeca, the latest model in Benetti’s Oasis 40m series. Delivered in 2020, this is a yacht that celebrates the great outdoors. Start the day with an Aperol Spritz on the beach terrace distinguished by foldout wings on both sides—they provide twice the space of most yachts this size. The other cool thing about this design is that one can cruise the coast—Amalfi, of course—from either a lounge chair or the glass infinity pool and watch it pass by while basically being at sea level. Farther south, the scent of Sicilian lemons on the sea breeze greets you at the beautiful anchorage at Mondello, which also has one of the nicest beaches near Palermo. With Covid restrictions easing, it will be possible to take in an opera at the Teatro Massimo. From Burgess, starting at $196,000 per week



It’s not only motoryachts that come in big packages. Step aboard Athos, the world’s largest privately owned schooner. Built in 2010 by Holland Jachtbouw and available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas, the 203-footer is a schooner-rigged sailing yacht for both experienced sailors and novices. Fast and powerful, that yacht also benefits from a longstanding crew versed in putting on versatile charters. Five double cabins can be reconfigured to three doubles with two twins to accommodate staff or children, while the master suite has a private deck area. Athos is the ideal sailing experience for both families and couples. With the yacht sitting low in the water, guests are always in fingertip reach of the sea. From Y.CO, starting at $245,000 per week


‘Stella Maris’

Based in the Galápagos Islands, Stella Maris offers wildlife enthusiasts a knowledge-based charter in the heart of the world’s most diverse ecosystem. Led by naturalist guides through this archipelago’s unique environment, up to 14 guests will move between the 237-foot yacht and shoreside excursions. The seven staterooms include a main suite on the bridge deck with private access to an outdoor lounge. Water-based activities are the rule in this natural wonderland that Darwin made famous. Glide aboard a standup paddleboard to Las Tintoreras, snorkel in Concha de Perla or kayak around the rocky shoreline of Isabela Island to glimpse the native marine iguana. That island also has the largest collection of 100-year-old Galapagos tortoises. From Burgess, starting at $180,500 per week



DB9 is a rubbernecker’s dream. Blessed with a striking champagne exterior and three separate pools across the topsides, this showstopper is available to cruise Corsica and Sardinia this year. It’s the only Palmer Johnson SportYacht to feature an open sundeck and houses a small flotilla of towables and inflatables; water sports also include an assault course for action-packed fun on the water. With a top speed of 32.5 knots, the big PJ is a a fast cruiser that is loaded with luxury. Drop anchor in the seaside town of Porto Cervo to see its famed pastel-colored tumbledown houses before settling down to a starlit movie with an open-air sundeck cinema to complete the DB9 experience. From SuperYachtsMonaco, starting at $305,500 per week



There are motoryachts, there are classic yachts and then there is Istros. Combining vintage elegance with a modern Scandinavian interior, this classic Feadship was first delivered in 1954 before undergoing a transformational rebuild in 2020. The 138-footer is the first yacht to ever be fitted with a class-approved microturbine to deliver vibration-free, low-emission and highly efficient performance. Available in both the east and west Mediterranean, the settings can range from the romance of Venice’s canals to cruising the Adriatic along Croatia’s rugged coastline. It’s the perfect modern-retro vessel to enjoy the rich history of these very different regions. From Cecil Wright & Partners, starting at $117,000 per week



Brand new to the market for 2021, K2 is the latest delivery from Italian shipyard Columbus Yachts. Stretching 163 feet, the sleek vessel combines high performance with spacious exterior areas, ideal for enjoying life at sea while at anchor or under way. The western Mediterranean will be the yacht’s focal point this summer. That could range from exploring the cosmopolitan hub of Barcelona, sampling wine at a Tuscan vineyard or dining at one of Monaco’s Michelin-starred restaurants. K2 has all the latest towables and water toys for daytime fun, and the Luca Dini interior is an elegant haven for socializing in the evenings. From Fraser, starting at $316,600 per week



‘Pure Bliss’

Kick back in the natural beauty of the Bahamas this summer aboard the 144-foot, seven-stateroom Pure Bliss. Fresh from a 2020 refit, its selection of the latest water toys will have you splashing in the gin-clear, Bahamian waters all week long, surrounded by exceptional marine life. The main salon’s drop-down balcony is the ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee over the water, followed by a dip in the sundeck Jacuzzi. For charter guests keen to experience the region’s shark dives, the yacht’s crew includes a qualified dive instructor, with a dive compressor and scuba gear for up to six guests on board. From Ocean Independence, starting at $150,000 per week