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Antarctica is a destination where many people dream of chartering but precious few yachts typically go. More and more, though, we’re starting to see substantial vessels pointing their bows toward the ice. The 413-foot Lürrsen Octopus chartered in Antarctica this past winter. Now comes word that the 300-foot Oceanco Tranquility is accepting Antarctica bookings for December 2023 through February 2024.
“We are all seeing a desire from clients to venture to these distant, untouched parts of the world,” says Camper & Nicholsons International charter manager Nicole Terry. “Guests want to explore and have these once-in-a-lifetime experiences in parts of the world that only a superyacht can take you to.”
Tranquility is precisely that type of yacht, built to Ice Class standards with transoceanic range for exploring far and wide. It has two touch-and-go helipads; a full scuba setup, including a dedicated dive boat; and an upper-deck basketball court for guests who miss shooting hoops in the gym. For relaxing after days spent exploring the outdoors, the onboard spa includes a Finnish sauna, a hammam, experiential showers, a plunge pool and a massage-and-treatment room.
Most important is that Tranquility Capt. Jan Rautawaara is no stranger to Antarctica’s waters, which can be challenging for newcomers. “Being able to visit remote, desolate places and to see some extraordinary wildlife is a true adventure,” he says, adding that charters on this remote part of the planet are a way to “broaden our own understanding of nature and make us realize how important it is to preserve this fragile life around us.”
Built in 2014, the Oceanco Tranquility has a lowest weekly base rate of $1.1 million for charters. The yacht is built to ice class standards, so it can go just about anywhere. It’s also compliant with passenger yacht code, which means it can charter with more than the usual 12-guest limit aboard most yachts. Camper & Nicholsons International is the yacht’s management company.