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Charter stars: The most popular yachts of summer 2023

14 August 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

As the Mediterranean season draws to a close, the industry's leading brokerage houses are sharing their most booked-up, in-demand yachts of the summer. Backed by glowing reviews from past charterers and with standout features on each of them, these are the yachts whose calendars are already filling up in 2024...

G3

Stats: 44m | Heesen | 2017, refitted 2022
Charters with: G3 charter with Burgess from $175,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "Not only is G3 fully booked for summer 2023, but her 2024 calendar is also filling up at record speed. Truly a charter favourite, with an impressive number of repeat clients to boot..."

With her outdoor cinema, generous beach club and star-studded ceiling on the main deck, G3 is packed with crowd-pleasing features to cater to every type of charter party. A good balance of speed and space makes her ideally suited to jam-packed itineraries and a recent refit has left her with a freshly-configured sundeck with a forward-positioned Jacuzzi and a flexible cabin configuration. 

Milestone

Stats: 44.5m | Christensen | 2008, refitted in 2018
Charters with: Milestone charters with Northrop & Johnson from $180,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "What makes the experience on Milestone  so memorable? Why it’s the crew of course; young, fun, dynamic and at the top of their game. Whether guests are looking for a quiet intimate experience on a secluded beach in the Caribbean, or to be exhilarated by the yacht's abundant toy chest, Milestone can deliver."

One of Milestone's most alluring features is her jam-packed toy locker, making her the perfect yacht for adrenaline and adventure on the water. Not only does she have her own inflatable island for sun loungers, jousting and water polo, she also offers a waterslide, a Jet pack and diving equipment, allowing guests to scuba directly from the decks. Large cabins and a skylounge that can function as both a movie suite and a nightclub round off her long list of features.

Northern Escape

Stats: 40.8m | Benetti | 2022
Charters with: Northern Escape charters with Edmiston from €215,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special?  "She's the only Oasis 40M on the charter market."

Part of Benetti's enduringly popular Oasis line, Northern Escape ticks all the boxes for space, style and new-boat quality. The aft deck is the social hub on board, with wide open deck areas, a glass-edged pool and a seating area that's perfect for cocktails or coffees. Opportunities for al freco dining continue on the sundeck, where there is a Jacuzzi, wet bar and teppanyaki grill.

Force Blue

Stats: 70.5m | Royal Denship | 2002, refitted in 2022
Charters with: Force Blue charters with Fraser from €360,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "The success of Force Blue as a charter yacht is attributed to her award-winning, dedicated crew of 21 and their commitment to exceeding every guest's desire. Complemented by exceptional amenities on board, including incredible spa facilities, thrilling water sports, and ample space for entertainment and relaxation, Force Blue embodies everything discerning charter clients seek!"

An extensive refit has left Force Blue in pristine condition for charter guests looking for wellness on the water. She has one of the largest spa complexes of any yacht afloat, and her recently rebuilt and extended stern has left her with a mammoth swim platform and sunbathing area that offers easy access to the sea. When not working out in the gym or enjoying a relaxing mud bath, guests can make use of the fully-equipped cinema or choose from the wide range of toys and gadgets. 

Come Together

Stats: 60m | Amels | 2022
Charters with:
Come Together charters with Y.CO from €450,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special?  "Charterers are impressed with the yacht and crew. The vast sun deck and sleek interiors are key selling points. Combined with outstanding service and a crew who go above and beyond to ensure charterers have a memorable experience on board."

Generous al fresco deck areas meet with relaxed, beachouse-style interiors and pedigree Dutch engineering on board Come Together. The first hull in Amels' new series has all the hallmarks of a successful charter yacht, with a 27-metre long sundeck that's full-equipped for all-day entertainment, plus a beach club with ice bath and sauna.

Pisces

Stats: 46m | Delta Marine | 2011, refitted in 2021
Charters with:
Pisces charters with IYC from $185,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special?
"The successful programme is the result of the combined efforts of owners that really care about the yacht and crew, and are willing to spend the money to keep Pisces in perfect condition at all times. Also an outstanding crew including an award-winning chef, and IYC yacht management and charter management departments."

Billed as the ultimate family charter, Pisces is a firm favourite among charter parties looking for a superbly-maintained superyacht that'll keep guests of all ages happy. Large TV screens feature across the yacht's exterior deck spaces and the yacht's toy locker includes an inflatable swim platform with jellyfish net and a golf tee – complete with biodegradable golf balls. 

Arience

Stats: 60.9m | Abeking and Rasmussen | 2012, refitted in 2017
Charters with:
Arience charters with Cecil Wright and Partners from €595,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special?
"Arience boasts the volume of a 70m yacht cleverly encapsulated within a 60m vessel, granting her the ability to venture into destinations that are prohibited to larger yachts. Arience is led by the exceptionally experienced Captain Dean which combined with all her other outstanding features creates a family-friendly experience of a lifetime for those onboard."

Built and designed with a focus on light and air, Arience has a wonderful selection of spaces for guests to enjoy across her decks. One particular novelty is the snug on the sundeck forward, which is hidden away from the rest of the yacht to offer privacy and seclusion without compromising on views. Impressive volumes and charter-focused features make her a firm favourite for luxury yacht charters.

Berco Voyager

Stats: 40m | Sunseeker | 2018
Charters with: Berco Voyager charters with SuperyachtsMonaco from €160,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "Berco Voyager is our most booked boat, fully-booked from May to October. She is incredibly commercially priced and boasts a solid reputation thanks to her phenomenal crew and rave reviews. This places her in a better light than comparable vessels of her size and even exact model."

Finished to an impeccable standard, Berco Voyager is equal parts stylish and speedy. When she's not island-hopping at 25 knots, guess can enjoy her Art Deco main saloon and full-height windows, or her upper deck skylounge with a lounge area, wide-screen TV and bar. As well as a swim platform and sundeck, this Sunseeker also offers a convivial lounge on the bow.

Vertigo

Stats: 51.8m | Golden Yachts | 2007, refitted in 2020
Charters with: Vertigo charters with Atalanta Golden Yachts from €165,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "First and foremost, the charter-oriented crew of Vertigo deserves special mention. Their genuine warmth, hospitality, and willingness to go above and beyond have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on our charter guests, leading to consistently positive feedback. Furthermore, the ongoing success of Vertigo is also a result of the meticulous attention given to the yacht's upgrades."

Ideal for sun-lovers, Vertigo is home to a huge sundeck with a glass-fronted Jacuzzi and numerous separate lounging areas for guests to choose from. The latest audio-visual equipment is installed across the yacht, and she also demonstrates a commitment to comfortable accommodation with a seven-cabin layout that puts her at the top of her class for larger parties. 

Marala

Stats: 58.8m | Camper & Nicholsons | 1931, rebuilt in 2022
Charters with: Marala charters with Ocean Independence from €220,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "The WOW factor from an elegant lady in her first charter year; Marala Superyacht Rebuild of the year, award-winning chef, all transporting you back to the 1930s."

Marala's head-turning good looks and romantic charm are enough to set her apart in any superyachting playground, and her high-volume platform means she is ideal for accommodating larger parties. Freshly rebuilt, she features comfortable and inviting interiors with an art deco theme that's achieved with glossed woods, plush furnishings and the original portholes — which were made by the same person who made the portholes on the Titanic.

Mary-Jean II

Stats: 61.7m | ISA | 2010
Charters with: Mary-Jean II charters with Superyacht Partners from $320,000 per week plus expenses
What makes her special? "Mary-Jean II is the epitome of indulgence with its striking and carefully considered finishes."

This 2010 ISA Mary-Jean II has long been a popular option for yacht charters in the Mediterranean and beyond thanks to her family-focused layout and huge locker of toys. An expansive sundeck offers a great spot for sliding into the Jacuzzi, dining in the shade or making the most out of the sunbeds. When not relaxing, guests will find a good range of gym equipment including a Pelaton Plus exercise bike, rowing machine, TechnoGym adjustable weights, and more.

More about this yacht

Heesen Yachts   44 m •  2008
Christensen   44.5 m •  2007

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Sunseeker   40.05 m •  10 guests • Price from €160,000 p/w

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