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Ice Breaker: Best Explorer Yachts for Global Exploration

February 27, 2017

Yachting is no longer just about cruising the Caribbean in search of sunshine. These days, exploration charters are increasingly in demand with guests seeking thrills in unchartered waters. Here we highlight the best yachts that are built to explore.

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Remote corners of the world such as Alaska, the Arctic and the Amazon are all becoming popular yachting destinations thanks to powerful explorer yachts, built for smooth sailing under any conditions. More rugged and powerful than a classic superyacht from the outside, the explorer yacht interiors are every bit as elegant and luxurious, with the latest tenders and toys coming as standard. We've put together a short guide to some of the best of these high-endurance yachts to give you a taste for your next adventure at sea.

72.5m superyacht Cloudbreak is a perfect example of the new breed of luxurious explorer yachts. Designed by Espen Oeino with a magnificent Christian Liaigre interior, she has a cruising speed of 12 knots and features anchor stabilisers for maximum comfort in port or in rough waters. Equipped with an impressive ice belt, she is capable of taking you anywhere in the world. Her interior was inspired by the comfort of a traditional ski chalet and features a cosy fireplace and underfloor heating for expeditions in cooler climes. Cloudbreak sleeps 12 guests in style, and the on-board gym, jacuzzi and beach club are sure to keep you entertained during your charter. The two-tier observation platform over the sundeck offers the best view on the ship, and the outdoor bed is bound to be popular for nights spent stargazing in exotic locations. Cloudbreak is the ideal choice if you want to travel to new and exciting destinations without sacrificing any of the luxury and comfort that comes with chartering a superyacht.

Northern Star, a 75.6m expedition yacht was custom built in 2009. She has a steel hull, and aluminium superstructure and her cruising speed is 15 knots. She was specifically designed for permanent use in the northern hemisphere with an ice-class hull, and her luxurious interior is based on a country manor-house, perfect for keeping you warm in icy waters. There are 6 cabins including a spacious master suite with 180-degree views, and a glass elevator links her 5 decks, allowing guests easy access to all areas of the yacht. Northern Star is capable of being self-sufficient for long periods of time, and she is fully equipped to take you and your guests to some of the most remote corners of the globe in style and comfort.

Custom expedition yacht Legend is another explorer yacht who can go anywhere. A 77.4m yacht, she was refitted in 2016 and comes with a John Misiag Design interior. Combining performance and luxury, she can sleep up to 26 guests and has a comfortable cruising speed of 13 knots. Her heli-pad ensures quick and easy transfers to remote on-shore destinations, and she features optional helicopter and submarine charters and even a snow scooter charter in the Arctic region. On-board, guests can enjoy a movie theatre, deck jacuzzi, spa and sauna amongst other amenities and her tenders include 2 12m sport fishing boats for up-close encounters with the local marine life.

Explorer yacht Enigma XK is ideal for a destination charter. Converted from a fishery patrol vehicle and fitted with stabilisers underway to keep her stable in rough conditions, she is the perfect choice for adventure on the high seas. Her main salon offers a 360-degree panoramic view, and the owner's suite comes with a personal sauna. With a cruising speed of 11 knots and a 7000-mile range, she is capable of taking you wherever you want to go. She features a fitness and wellness room, deck jacuzzi, gym and movie theatre plus a fully equipped helipad. She also has a great selection of toys and tenders which can be used for diving, fishing and water-skiing and she has an off-road Jeep Wrangler available for on-shore adventures.

Award-winning explorer yacht Grace E is not only tough enough to take you to the far-flung corners of the world, she's also as eco-friendly as possible. At 73m and with a cruising speed of 14 knots, she features an exhaust system to mitigate fumes and an efficient waste-management process. Designed for expeditions, she has at-anchor stabilisers for use at anchor or in rough water and dynamic positioning for greater stability and manoeuvrability when in port. Her modern interior is light and airy with a high-tech lighting system both inside and out. The sundeck features custom-built sunpads for relaxing, and there is an observation room to allow you an unparalleled view of the coastline. Her entire upper deck is dedicated to wellness with a spa, massage suite, hydrotherapy room and hair salon available for guests. Down on the stern, there is a large swim platform with easy access to her wide range of toys and tenders. With her beautiful yet robust design and innovative features, Grace E can't help but impress you during your destination charter.

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