Dancing to the beat of our own drummer is something many of us aspire to do, but actually mixing the beats ourselves would take the experience to a whole new level.
That’s the idea behind a new charter add-on from Fraser Yachts, which lets clients learn how to work the decks and wow the crowd with experts from The DJ Dispensary. Just as clients might book an add-on scuba or helicopter package with a charter itinerary, they can now add onboard master classes in spinning turntables, live-streamed to the world if guests want to take their mix global.
“We’re always looking for new, exciting ways to improve our clients’ experience on board, and we think our clients will love learning to be a DJ and impressing their friends and family,” says Lisa Peck, Fraser’s global marketing manager.
And Fraser is not alone. The idea of creating rare and unique experiences is becoming as much a part of the charter lifestyle as Wave-Runners and five-star chefs. Clients who have spent every summer on charter in the Mediterranean, or every winter at anchor off St. Barth, are looking to spice up their getaways. Yachts are responding with rare-experience options.
And sometimes, those experiences can be in rare destinations too. One example is the 253-foot Icon Legend, which, on her own, is unique as a Class 1 ice-breaking yacht available for charter. She is putting her construction to good use this season in Antarctica, where Camper & Nicholsons says her daily excursions will include rides beneath the ice inside the yacht’s three-person submersible. (Heli-tours are also available from Legend‘s deck, and she carries snow scooters for guests seeking shoreside adventures of a whole other variety.)
“One-of-a-kind is a term often used when talking about superyachts, but this one is different,” the Legend marketing materials state. “Legend will cruise a new course in yacht charter, offering pure, unadulterated adventure.”
Other charter yachts seeking to offer rare experiences include the 201-foot CRN Katharine, whose owners have a winery in Croatia and can arrange private tours and tastings as part of a charter itinerary with Burgess Yachts.
“What I normally do is anchor in front of the winery and tender guests ashore,” says Capt. Mike O’Neill. Guests enjoy a tour and a tasting, followed by a traditional Croatian seafood lunch before Katharine cruises to Korcula as the night’s anchorage.
Another rare experience will be available next summer in Bermuda, where several charter yachts have secured VIP Flag access for front-row viewing of the America’s Cup races, right at the course boundary. “Only 50 yachts have been VIP chosen, and only a handful are chartering,” says Nicholson Yachts. Two are in its fleet: the 93-foot CNB Savarona and the 108-foot Alloy Marae.
Exclusivity meets exhilaration, indeed.
Inside the C-Explorer 3, which is offered with the charter yacht Legend, cabin pressure is one atmosphere, even if the sub dives more than 900 feet. The cabin is air-conditioned, and the sub’s design allows 360-degree views of whatever creatures or corals guests encounter.