It's probably fair to say that 2020 was a write-off in terms of travel. While some lucky souls managed to avoid getting caught up in the mass of restrictions and make it overseas, most of us have been sat at home not-so-patiently waiting for the green light. Despite the hold-ups caused by Covid-19 this year, shipyards have continued to make deliveries, which means there's a whole new fleet of yachts available to charter in 2021...
The top new superyachts for charter in 2021
Stats: 107 metres, Benetti, 2020, 12 guests, 34 crew
Lana is one of Benetti's biggest launches to date and will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer.
Lana offers five decks and 3,900GT of superior comfort and luxury complete with a hammam-style mosaic spa, cinema with a state-of-the-art audio system and a supersized sun deck pool surrounded by sun pads on three sides - perfect for those in need of some serious rest and relaxation.
On the upper deck, glass doors open fully to create an indoor-outdoor dining experience with 14 guests seated around a striking backlit honey onyx dining table. On cooler evenings a second formal dining option can be found adjacent to the main saloon.
Active charter guests will benefit from on board gym instructors and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as an arsenal of watertoys and a beach club from which to launch them.
Lana can accommodate up to 12 guests in eight en-suite staterooms including a master suite and seven VIP cabins, each with their own individual colour scheme.
Lana is available for charter with Imperial starting from €1,700,000 per week.
Stats: 68.2m, Royal Niestern Sanderm, 2012/2020, 12 guests and 17 crew
Ragnar isn't your typical superyacht. After a serious stint at Icon Yachts, this former ice-breaker was reborn as a tough explorer with adventure at its core.
She houses an armada of toys and tenders made for every climate imaginable, including a BigBo amphibious ATV, Airbus EC145 helicopter, heli-skiing equipment, four Sea-Doos, four ski scooters, six Seabobs, a multipurpose island and a giant slide.
At the outset, the interior was to be kept simple, but the concept evolved over time, a decision that extended the conversion by a few months but also made Ragnar an even better candidate for charter. British studio RWD was awarded the contract and set out to design a cosy, British pub-style interior with dark walnut panelling, Chesterfield sofas and fireplaces. The owner wanted the feeling of a ski chalet to welcome guests upon their return from heliskiing, ski-dooing or whatever excursion the crew had in store for that day.
Other highlights include an observation deck, the perfect spot for observing breaching whales, an aft deck dominated by a raised pool, and a spa. Ragnar can accommodate up to 12 guests in total across eight cabins with two master suites, four main deck doubles, a twin suite for those with staff in tow and an office that can convert into an additional twin.
Ragnar is manged by Burgess with charters starting from $525,000 per week.
Stats: 95 metres, Golden Yachts, 2020, 12 guests, 28 crew
In July 2020, Greek shipbuilder Golden Yachts delivered its largest yacht to date. The 95 metre O'Pari eclipses that of its previous flagship, the 85 metre O'Ptasia, which was launched in 2018.
O'Pari welcomes 12 guests on board split between 14 cabins with a crew of 28 on hand. A full-beam master suite sits in prime position on the main deck while guest accommodation comprises two VIP staterooms, six double cabins and three twins, each with a Pullman berth. An elevator connects all decks.
Her interior, courtesy of Studio Vafiadis, features a simple and contemporary design with light, neutral shades illuminated by full-height windows offering unparalleled sea views. Guests will find a bar in the skylounge - the perfect spot for a cocktail or two - with al fresco dining offered on the aft terrace.
Up top, a sundeck provides the ultimate setting for a party complete with a DJ booth, a bar, a Jacuzzi and vast lounging areas. Plus, a touch-and-go helipad means guests can come and go in style.
Stats: 40.8 metres, Benetti, 2020, 10/11 guests, 8 crew
Rebeca is the first in Benetti's Oasis 40m series that "rips up the traditional rulebook of superyacht design".
Stepping aboard, guests are greeted by a sweeping aft deck beach club set up with an infinity pool and fold-down bulwarks offering additional sun lounging space. Hydraulic steps down to the sea emerge from the transom at the touch of a button for swift access to the sea.
From the boards of British design studio RWD, fluidity is at the very heart of Rebeca's design with a focus on open space and continuity between inside and out, a concept achieved through large windows, sliding doors and her elongated aft deck. The design began construction on speculation and has proven extremely popular with 12 orders signed to date.
Accommodation is for a total of 10 guests across five cabins, catered for by a crew of seven under the watch of captain Roberto Cuomo.
Managed by Burgess, Rebeca will be available in the Mediterranean next summer 2021 with charters starting from $196,000 per week.
Stats: 77 metres, Damen, 2020, 12 guests, 25 crew
Spanning six decks and built to conquer the coldest regions on earth, La Datcha is the ultimate adventure charter for adventure-seeking guests.
Described by Damen as a "crossover of superyacht quality and finish with serious capability", her ice-classed hull makes traversing polar regions a breeze and she can maintain autonomy for up to 40 days at sea.
A serious explorer requires some serious equipment, and La Datcha is kitted out with a treasure trove of toys and tenders including two commercially certified helicopters, two snow scooters, two expedition RIBs, two beach lander tenders, and a three-person submarine.
Those chartering in the polar regions can seek refuge from the cold in the wellness centre and warm up in the Turkish Hammam, or slip into the Jacuzzi on deck. Alternatively, an invigorating shower beneath La Datcha's ice fountain is the best way too cool off in warmer weather.
La Datcha will spend her first summer season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Indian Ocean for winter 2020/2021, and finally to Russia where she'll fulfil her purpose as a cold climate explorer offering heli-skiing charters from March 2021.
La Datcha is managed for charter by Edmiston with a weekly rate starting from €740,000.
Stats: 68.2 metres, Abeking & Rasmussen, 2020, 12 guests, 17 crew
Soaring, one of the latest launches from Abeking and Rasmussen, is certainly easy to pick out from a crowd thanks to her striking exterior: a pale grey hull with a stripe of bright orange running along the waterline. She was designed inside and out by Focus Yacht Design and was conceived as a “custom-made floating home", striking the perfect balance of luxurious onboard amenities and the comforts of home.
Highlights include a sundeck Jacuzzi with a sit-up bar to one side and a fan of sun pads to the other, while a beach club houses an integrated gym for those looking to keep up their new year's fitness resolutions in 2021.
Soaring can sleep up to 12 guests in six cabins, comprising a master suite on the upper deck with sliding doors onto a private aft deck and an observation lounge/library forward.
Soaring is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from €800,000.
Stats: 38m, Benetti, 2020, 12 guests and 7 crew
Jacozami was delivered in 2020 as the ninth hull in Benetti's Fast 125 series and is well set up for charters with vast social spaces and flexible accommodation.
Her interiors, courtesy of British studio RWD Design, are chic and understated, illuminated by oversized windows in the saloon and throughout the rest of the yacht. Jacozami can sleep up to 10 guests on board split across five cabins. with a master suite naturally sitting forward on the main deck. The remaining guest accommodation can be found below, offering a flexible layout in the form of two doubles, a convertible double/twin cabin with a Pullman berth and an additional twin with another Pullman berth. Each cabin is en suite and equipped with a plasma screen.
One particular highlight is Jacozami's foredeck sun lounge, home to a Jacuzzi, sunpads with adjustable backs and a U shaped sofa with low slung tables for cocktails and afternoon nibbles.
For trips ashore, an 11.5-metre Axopar chase boat will whisk guests there and back in next to no time. But, with an armada of brand new water toys, including Jet Skis, Seabobs and a Fliteboard, guests may not even need to leave the yacht at all.
Jacozami is managed by Burgess with charters starting from €147,000 per week.
Stats: 55 metres, Admiral, 2020, 12 guests, 13 crew
Outdoor spaces are abundant on board, so guests can take their pick from the wellness-focused sundeck, complete with a gym and pool, the beach club, and the upper after deck with an impressive indoor-outdoor 'Buddha bar'.
Geco can sleep up to 12 guests in a master cabin, full-beam VIP, two doubles and two twins with a Pullman. A private dining room adjacent to the main saloon seats 12 guests beneath a spectacular chandelier, but for al fresco evening meals, the beach club converts into an ambient waterside setting.
Geco's line-up of water toys includes Jet Skis, a Flyboard, an inflatable waterslide and climbing wall, and transparent kayaks. For day trips, her Evo 43 chase boat Khaleesi will be able to whisk guests away to discover hidden treasures along the coastline, or there's a touch-and-go helipad so friends and family can come and go in style.
Geco is managed for charter by IYC with a weekly rate starting from €268,000.
Stats: 52 metres, Sanlorenzo, 2020, 12 guests, 9 crew
The brand new Sanlorenzo 52 Steel, Lady Lena, is made for Mediterranean cruising.
Lady Lena's crowning glory is the standout glass-bottomed swimming pool that sits on the aft deck, which allows light to filter into the beach club below and even illuminates at night. The vast beach club below houses a float-in tender dock, waterside lounge, with fold down balconies to both port and starboard.
Elsewhere, guests can spend the day unwinding on the sun deck and enjoy panoramic sea views from the eight-person Jacuzzi, or doze off on the sun beds aft. Come evening, an ambient low-lit foredeck lounge is the perfect spot to congregate, tuck into canapés and watch as the sun sets.
Lady Lena is the fourth Sanlorenzo 52 Steel to hit the water and is now accepting charters in the Mediterranean this summer.
Lady Lena is managed for charter by IYC with a weekly rate starting from €285,000.
Stats: 75 metres, Feadship, 2020, 12 guests, 22 crew
Arrow is the first of four Feadship deliveries made in 2020 and the latest to join the charter market. Designed by H2 Yacht Design, her interiors have been described as "elaborately detailed" with backlit marble and varnished teak throughout. The exterior meanwhile features low glass railings, high deck heights and expansive gangways.
Arrow can accommodate up to 12 guests across six cabins, including a main deck master and bridge deck VIP, with a further three doubles and a twin cabin on the lower deck. A formal dining option can be found forward of the main saloon around a glass table, or, alternatively, breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served on the upper deck aft terrace under the protection of retractable glass panels.
Other highlights include an expansive sundeck complete with a plunge pool and pizza oven, not-forgetting her full-beam beach club-cum-spa spa set up that can be converted into a nightclub each evening.