Independence Day: The best yachts to charter this July 4th

Want to celebrate US Independence Day on board a luxury superyacht? For the ultimate July 4th party, cruise close to home on one of the best superyachts for charter in the US this summer.

Milk and Honey

Stats: 38.1 metres, Palmer Johnson, 2003, 10 guests, 7 crew

If you want to celebrate Independence Day in a classic setting, head to the East Coast. Milk and Honey, which recently underwent a major million-dollar refit and is in prime condition, will be cruising New England’s Atlantic coastline, offering stop-offs in scenic locations steeped in tradition. A perfect option for water sports lovers, Milk and Honey’s captain and four of her crew are PADI certified and can provide unique diving excursions for guests. Her toybox is packed with two tenders, a pair of brand-new underwater sea scooters and toys including new floating lounge chairs and a floating platform. She also features a large sundeck with an al fresco lounge area, a deck hot tub surrounded by a drinks bar and sunbeds – the perfect spot to soak up the sun or watch firework displays.

Milk and Honey is managed for charter by Merle Wood & Associates with a weekly charter rate starting from $90,000.

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Palmer Johnson   38.1 m •   2003


Image credit: Camper and Nicholsons International

For an all-American holiday this July fourth, step aboard classic superyacht Cetacea. Owned by the commodore of the New York Yacht Club, this 1970s beauty – last refitted in 2019 – will be exploring the homeland of America’s founding fathers this Independence Day on her cruise around New England’s picturesque coastlines. Whether you’re taking in historic sights in Boston or enjoy the scenery of Newport and Nantucket, you’ll have the perfect place to stay on board Cetacea with her traditional interiors and expansive outdoor spaces. Start your morning with a lesson from the on-board yoga instructor then enjoy the afternoon with a July fourth barbeque on the upper deck as the chef grills up a feast. Watch the sunset with a drink in hand up on the sundeck and get ready to watch the firework shows come dark.

Cetacea is managed for charter by Camper & Nicholsons International with a weekly charter rate starting from $62,000.

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Feadship   40.33 m •   1970


Stats: 56 metres, Hargrave, 2019, 12 guests, 11 crew

Baba’s is a recent addition to the charter market and, as the biggest yacht to date ever built by Hargrave, she has plenty of room on board for luxury amenities. Her six spacious staterooms feature a modern, minimalist interior and can be accessed by an elevator running through her decks. Outside, she features numerous al fresco entertaining spaces and an expansive sundeck equipped with a sunbathing area, a drinks bar and a hot tub. An additional hot tub is located in the beach club, which features a fold-out swimming platform for easy access to the water. Spend your Independence Day cruising around the craggy coastline of New England on board Baba’s, soaking up the timeless charm and stunning sights of Atlantic hotspots like Newport, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Baba’s is managed for charter by Fraser with a weekly charter rate starting from $350,000.

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HSY Yachts   56 m •   2019

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Hargrave Custom Yachts   56 m •   12 guests • Price from $350,000 p/w

Free Spirit

Stats: 33 metres, Mangusta Overmarine, 2006, 8 guests, 4 crew

Ideal for enjoying an Independence Day weekend soaking up some sunshine, this 108 Mangusta offers bow to stern guest spaces for outdoor living and exhilarating top speeds of 36 knots. Spend the day in the water with Free Spirit’s extensive fleet of water toys – including jet skis, snorkelling and fishing gear, seabobs and paddleboards before heading to the beach club sunpads to top up your tan. Afterwards, enjoy a celebratory meal al fresco before retiring to the main saloon for a cosy night in watching your favourite films. Start your cruise in the American yachting hotspot of Florida to celebrate the fourth of July at home, before crossing the water over into the Caribbean for a cruise around the idyllic islands of the Bahamas.

Free Spirit is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from $60,000.

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Overmarine   33.5 m •   2006

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Overmarine   32.92 m •   8 guests • Price from $60,000 p/w

Lady Victoria

Stats: 36.5 metres, 1991, Feadship, 8 guests, 6 crew

If a yacht charter this Independence Day would be your first time on board, opt for Lady Victoria. Recommended by her broker as the perfect entry-level boat for first-time charterers, Lady Victoria is a typical “gentleman’s yacht” that offers classic appeal with modern amenities. Her timeless interiors with traditional nautical touches by De Voogt are refreshed following a 2019 refit and offer elegant living spaces for guests to celebrate Independence Day. As she makes her way past the scenic East Coast and its picture-perfect New England towns, guests can unwind in her sundeck hot tub, enjoy a celebratory meal al fresco or a drink up on the top deck while watching firework shows. Active guests can also make full use of her well-stocked toybox, which carries kayaking, kneeboarding, paddleboarding, fishing, waterskiing and wakeboarding gear, – plus a range of towable toys on board for kids to enjoy.

Lady Victoria is managed for charter by Merle Wood & Associates with a weekly charter rate starting from $67,000.

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Feadship   36.45 m •   1991


Stats: 47 metres, 2012, Heesen, 12 guests, 9 crew

Whether you’re cruising with friends or bringing the brood along, Odyssea has something to offer for everyone celebrating this Independence Day on board. Standout features include the expansive cinema room for watching your favourite American films which can transform into a game room for kids, a master suite with a private terrace, a variety of al fresco lounge and dining spaces and a deck hot tub. Watersports fans will also enjoy the kitesurfing program, with full equipment stored on board alongside a plethora of toys such as foiling surfboards, jetskis, fishing gear and towables. This July, Odyssea can pick up or drop off guests in sunny Florida, switching up their US trip with a short cruise over to the Caribbean hostpot of The Bahamas.

Odyssea is managed for charter by Ocean Indpendence with a weekly charter rate starting from 220,000.

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Heesen   46.7 m •   2012

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Heesen   46.7 m •   12 guests • Price from $200,000 p/w

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