Northern Europe is not a destination that pops up very often in charter-yacht promotions. Most of the superyachts that accept charter inquiries in that part of the world base in the West and East Mediterranean, offering itineraries that focus on the beaches and high life all along the French and Italian rivieras, the Croatian coastline and the Greek Isles.
The owner and crew aboard the 200-foot Feadship Samadhi have a plan to do things differently. Through the yacht’s management company, Edmiston, charter availability for this summer was just announced for bookings in Northern Europe, starting toward the end of July.
Why toward the end of July? Because right now, Samadhi is in the shipyard for a substantial refit that’s expected to be completed by that time. This yacht, which launched in 2006, is going to come out of the yard with a 13-foot-long heated swimming pool on the main deck aft, a wholly refitted sky lounge with more creature comforts for guests, and a private spa with a sauna, cold plunge pool, massage room and hair salon. (That sauna sounds perfect for colder-climate charters in certain parts of Northern Europe.)
And, those guest areas will be in addition to existing spaces such as the sundeck, which has a gymnasium, a bar, loungers, a raised hot tub and a barbecue. Guests also have access to two tenders for watersports fun, along with Seabobs, personal watercraft, Fliteboards, foiling boards, wakeboards, standup paddleboards, kayaks, inflatables, and snorkeling and diving gear.
Accommodations aboard Samadhi are for 12 guests in six staterooms, one of which has bunks that are ideal for the kids, a nanny or staff. All of the guest staterooms are belowdecks, while the master stateroom is forward on the main deck with a shower and a tub, a sauna, a walk-in closet and a private office.
Samadhi charters with 16 crew who have experience in expeditions and wildlife charters, making them a good match for lots of locations around Northern Europe.
The refit work is being done back at the original shipyard, Feadship, which is located in Holland. It’s expected to be completed on July 12, after which Samadhi will reposition to London ahead of offering charters in broader Northern Europe.
What’s the lowest weekly base rate for a charter aboard Samadhi? It’s about $416,500, with fluctuations depending on the exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro. The high-season charter rate is about $466,000.
How to book a week on board: contact a charter broker at edmiston.com