5 yachts for charter in Antarctica
The growing desire of superyacht owners and charterers to get out of the network is evident – more exploration yachts are currently being built than ever before, and charterers are booking longer holidays so they have enough time to get out of off the beaten path and explore truly adventurous destinations. Even one of the world’s last frontiers – the wintery expanses of ice-covered Antarctica – has become an attraction for charterers and owners looking for a unique experience. This winter has already seen 10 superyachts venture to the snowy shores of the South Pole, up from just two last winter.
If you’re a fan of skiing and other snow sports or a wildlife-spotting enthusiast hoping to spot the area’s famous inhabitants like penguins and whales, the Antarctic Peninsula should be on your travel bucket list – and there’s no better way to experience it than on a luxury superyacht expedition. Take a closer look at the explorer superyachts currently available for charter in Antarctica to help you plan your trip to the end of the world…
Statistics: 68.2 meters, Royal Niestern Sander, 2012/2020, 12 guests, 17 crew
What to expect in Antarctica: The converted icebreaker tug Ragnar offers a superbly stocked toy chest for adventures in the frigid Antarctic wilderness. Having spent many winters in arctic destinations like Svalbard and Iceland, she is well prepared to venture to southern latitudes where she will sail between early December 2022 and late February 2023. Traverse the tundra on her four snowmobiles, experience the underwater world of the South Pole in a submersible or hit the slopes with a heliskiing adventure, enjoying the first ascents and descents on pristine snow slopes. Then, retreat to the cedar-lined spa featuring a massage room, sauna, steam room, and foot spa before enjoying a hot beverage in front of the cozy fireplace in the living room principal and dine in the presence of an effigy of Ragnar himself.
Ragnar is managed for charter by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting at $650,000.
Statistics: 48.01 meters, Fassmer, 2006, 12 guests, 18 crew
What to expect in Antarctica: Hansa Explorer Currently finishing February 2022 in Antarctica, but will return for another stay next winter. Its exhilarating itinerary has been crafted by adventure travel experts EYOS Expeditions and will see guests kayaking past icebergs, diving the deep, navigating Deception Island’s volcanic caldera and taking Zodiac tenders for observe penguins and whale watching expeditions along the frozen coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula. After a cold day, warm up Hansa ExplorerThe recently refurbished modern interiors include a wooden sauna and a salt water jacuzzi. With a rugged shell boasting the highest level of ice classification, Hansa Explorer is more than prepared for the extremes of Antarctic cruising.
Charters in Antarctica on Hansa Explorer are managed via EYOS with a weekly rental rate starting at €200,000 for the 2022/2023 season. Single cabins will also be available for charter, with those prices to be announced later this year.
Statistics: 31.39 meters, Brooke Marine, 1939, 8 guests, 6 crew
What to expect in Antarctica: One would assume that the only superyacht visitors to Antarctica are rugged exploration yachts and converted tugboats. But despite its more delicate appearance, the classic wooden sailboat Eros has the courage to embark on a cold weather cruise to the South Pole. The former yacht of Greek billionaire Stavros Niarchos will brave the freezing waters of Antarctica during the 2023/2024 winter season and offer charter passengers the chance to follow in the footsteps of the first polar explorers as they sail through the remote region at the sail. . Pelorus travel experts will organize activities for charter guests like snow camping, ski touring and ice kayaking, as well as photography and scientific research opportunities on this unique expedition.
Eros is managed by Classic Charters, with a weekly rate starting at $42,000.
Statistics: 77 meters, Damen Yachting, 2020, 12 guests, 25 crew
What to expect in Antarctica: The Dacha was designed for cold-weather cruising by her Russian owner who wanted to experience her homeland’s Kamchatka Peninsula by boat – so she’s more than prepared for an Antarctic adventure. With an impressive 6,000 nautical mile cruising range and 40 day autonomy, charter passengers on The Dacha can spend as much time as possible away from shore to explore the South Pole to the fullest. An Antarctica charter would allow guests to try winter sports like snowmobiling and heli-skiing using the yacht’s two helicopters, plus The Dacha also has a fully certified dive center and a three-person submersible, so expect to spot whales, penguins, and seals swimming below the surface. Guests can then retreat to its stunning spa, complete with two Jacuzzis and a Turkish hammam, to warm up after a day in the cold. Having recently passed through the Drake Passage, The Dacha is currently in Antarctica.
The Dacha is managed by Imperial with charters from €840,000 per week.
Statistics: 77.4 meters, IHC Verschure, 1974, 22 guests, 28 crew
What to expect in Antarctica: Want to explore the South Pole from above? Legend has a commercially certified helipad with refueling facilities to embark on heli-skiing expeditions or helicopter tours. Want to discover it from below? This explorer also comes with a five-person submersible. Converted into a luxury yacht in 2016, this former Soviet icebreaker retains its strong exploration capabilities and has become something of an Antarctic circuit veteran – it is the vessel of choice for the polar explorer and Antarctic skiing pioneer, Douglas Stoup. Other Activities Guests Can Expect Legend as she navigates the iceberg-strewn waters of Antarctica, she visits colonies of penguins and seals, braves a “polar plunge”, dines at local scientific research centers or traverses the landscape on a snowmobile. When you’re ready to warm up again, the Balinese-style spa and private onboard cinema will keep you entertained all evening. Legend is in Antarctica until the end of this winter and will return for the 2022/2023 season.
Antarctic Charters with Legend are organized by EYOS Expeditions with a weekly rate starting at €545,000.
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