Splurg­ing at Sea, Cus­tom­ized Lux­ury Yacht Va­ca­tions


Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Alona Ab­bady Martinez

Whether it’s St. Tropez to Monaco, Calvi to Cala di Vope, or a week ex­plor­ing the Caribbean, Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons In­ter­na­tional has the lux­ury su­per yachting ad­ven­ture for you. Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons, first founded in 1782, is con­sid­ered to be the ex­perts in high-end lux­ury yachting. With 13 of­fices world­wide, fi­nan­cial of­fices in Monaco, and U.S. head­quar­ters in West Palm Beach, their reach spans across the world.

Bar­bara Daw­son, lead char­ter bro­ker based in West Palm Beach, has been in the busi­ness for al­most 30 years, 23 of those with the com­pany. “We cover a wide spec­trum of yachts. Larger yachts are 90 feet and above, but our largest yachts run 400 feet.”

Prices for yacht char­ters range from $25k to $3-4 mil­lion dol­lars a week, with some clients book­ing for up to 6 weeks. All trips are cus­tom-tai­lored and can take place lit­er­ally any­where in the world.

“You dream it, we make it hap­pen!”, Daw­son as­sures.

The big­gest de­mand has been in the Mediter­ranean and the Caribbean, although more exotic lo­ca­tions are see­ing a rise in pop­u­lar­ity.

“We have seen a big push for the Antarc­tic. We have a yacht called Leg­end which is sim­ply phe­nom­e­nal.”

Leg­end is an award-win­ning 254-foot ice­breaker turned lux­ury ex­plorer yacht. It is avail­able for char­ters in more re­mote ar­eas of the world, such as Antarc­tica, Green­land, the Nor­we­gian Fjords and the Arc­tic cir­cle and also cruises through­out Europe, Fin­land, Nor­way, Swe­den, and South Amer­ica. With 13 lux­ury cab­ins, it can ac­com­mo­date up to 26 guests. The yacht has a swim plat­form and a swim­ming pool, a gym, Ba­li­nese spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and beauty salon, movie theatre and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, med­i­cal suite, and any toy you can imag­ine from pad­dle boards to jet-skis to snow scoot­ers. It also boasts a he­li­copter land­ing pad that is com­mer­cially cer­ti­fied as well as a sub­ma­rine stored in a garage on the for­ward deck (both of­fered at an ex­tra cost.) There are 19 crew on board as well as 10 ex­pe­di­tion crew mem­bers (doc­tor, ice-pi­lot, ex­pe­di­tion lead­ers, nat­u­ral­ists.)

Pop­u­lar Mediter­ranean spots in­clude Italy and Greece. Daw­son also en­cour­ages prospec­tive clients in­ter­ested in a trip to this part of the world to con­sider Turkey, an area she be­lieves has some of the best cruis­ing. For those seek­ing some­thing a lit­tle more for­got­ten, Daw­son also has the per­fect spot.

“In­done­sia is great if you want some­thing a lit­tle more re­mote.”

For this des­ti­na­tion Daw­son rec­om­mends a long-time fa­vorite, Lamima. It ac­com­mo­dates 14 guests with 7 cab­ins and 20 crew mem­bers and has a cruis­ing speed of 10 knots. Cre­ated by es­teemed yacht de­signer Marcelo Penna, Lamima, known to be the world’s largest wooden sail­ing yacht just shy of 214 feet, merges tra­di­tional In­done­sian hos­pi­tal­ity with mod­ern su­pery­acht op­u­lence. It of­fers invit­ing al fresco din­ing and a loung­ing area shaded by a Bi­mini top where qual­i­fied SPA ther­a­pists will help you un­wind with mes­sage ther­apy. For ad­ven­ture-seek­ers, Lamima has two PADI div­ing in­struc­tors happy to teach be­gin­ners or guide ad­vance divers through­out the bio­di­verse waters of Asia. On­board tour guides give guests a first-hand ac­count of the his­tory, cul­ture, and lo­cal cus­toms of the is­lands ex­plored.

Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons yachts for Mediter­ranean and the Caribbean ex­cur­sions in­clude Cli­cia, a 137-foot ves­sel with 5 cab­ins for up to 10 guests and Trend­ing, a mo­tor yacht fea­tur­ing 6 cab­ins for up to 12 guests. Cli­cia’s main sa­loon boasts full height win­dows, mak­ing the space warm and invit­ing while pro­vid­ing a light and airy at­mos­phere. The ves­sel has a car­dio gym and a re­lax­ing sky lounge on the up­per deck which also ben­e­fits from floor to ceil­ing win­dows that in­un­date the in­te­rior with sun­light and of­fer ex­cep­tional panoramic views. And one must not over­look Cli­cia’s out­side space: an ex­pan­sive sun deck that ac­com­mo­dates a bar, plenty of com­fort­able seat­ing ar­range­ments, and a Jacuzzi sur­rounded by sun pads is fod­der for time­less mem­o­ries. Trend­ing boasts a su­per-sized sun­deck with a large hot tub sur­rounded by sun pads and a bar, the per­fect venue for en­joy­ing a sun­set cock­tail. The indoor sky­lounge on the bridge deck in­cludes a large bar, open­ing with an ex­ten­sion to ac­com­mo­date al fresco din­ing for 12. There are plenty of water ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able as well: stand up Yamaha jet-skis, Sea-Doo wa­ter­craft, SeaBobs, glass bot­tom kayaks, pad­dle­boards, kite surf­ing gear, a net­ted swim­ming pool with in­flat­able deck­ing and scuba div­ing gear with PADI in­struc­tors ready to help ex­plore the turquoise waters.

Each Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons yacht comes with a full crew, chef, in­surance of the ves­sel and the ves­sel it­self. Pay­ment must be made fully in cash one month be­fore the trip is to be­gin. Par­al­lel to pro­vid­ing the finest lux­ury yachts in the in­dus­try, Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons’ pri­or­ity is the client.

“It is im­por­tant that clients feel com­fort­able with the com­pany and bro­ker be­cause of the na­ture of the trans­ac­tion and Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons, as well as its bro­kers, have a long-stand­ing record of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and trust,” Daw­son states.

Their track records speak vol­umes, with most of their busi­ness be­ing re­peat cus­tomers. Oth­ers are ad­ven­tur­ers that have tried ev­ery­thing ex­cept lux­ury yachting and want to give it a try. Daw­son rec­om­mends book­ing in ad­vance so there is plenty of time to cus­tom­ize the client’s in­di­vid­ual needs and get them the per­fect yacht for their trip. Still, never one to shy away from a chal­lenge, Daw­son con­fi­dently re­as­sures she can and has de­signed last-minute ex­cur­sions that clients have raved about.

“I can do it a week be­fore,” she laughs.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a trip, you may con­tact Bar­bara Daw­son at 561-655-2121 (of­fice) or 561-371-5566 (mo­bile) or go on­line to Cam­per & Ni­chol­sons.

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