Cloud 9 was one of the most exciting superyachts to hit the water this year and while most owners would keep a yacht this special to themselves, it was announced in May that this extraordinary CRN superyacht would be available for charter.
Looking ahead to a winter season in the Caribbean and Bahamas, Boat International joined Alev Karagulle, director of marketing at Burgess and Captain Colin Boyle on board for a sneak peek of Cloud 9’s most desirable features.
Launched amid colourful streamers, confetti and explosions of paint at the Ancona-based yard in January 2017, the 74 metre custom yacht boasts an enormous volume of 2,218GT, giving her the feel of a much larger vessel.
Her contemporary interiors were created by the renowned Winch Design team and can host up to 12 guests (while chartering) in eight lavish cabins, with accommodation for up to 22 members of crew. Her master suite features its own forward-facing private deck, which is visible through vast windows that form a semi-circle around the cabin.
The sheer volume creates a myriad options for relaxation, from the expansive spa, gym and hair salon, complete with fold-out terrace to the spacious library featuring a home theatre. "There are so many spaces to choose from, but each of them has the ability to bring a group or a family together,” said Captain Boyle. “It’s a platform to relax on.”
Her sweeping main saloon, decorated with bright woods, neutral fabrics and artistic accents, leads seamlessly out to the main aft deck via sliding glass doors from the circular dining area. Here you’d find a plunge pool aft of sunpads and a large al fresco lounge, the ideal spot for sundowners with friends.
Up on the sundeck, guests can enjoy an al fresco supper followed by a stint in the Jacuzzi with a digestif from the cocktail bar. Further spots for sun worshipping can be found over the bow, which can be transformed into a shaded lounge area or an open-air workout spot.
“This vessel has a fabulous volume, an incredible list of facilities and all the toys that we’ve become well known for,” said Captain Boyle. “From water slides to jet ski boats.” Brimming water toy box aside, her beach club comes complete with an espresso bar and leads out onto a generous swim platform, which can be set up with umbrellas and loungers for an afternoon snooze – guests can quickly leap straight into the ocean to cool off.
Cloud 9 is managed for charter by Burgess, she has a weekly winter rate starting from $875,000 in the low season and $896,000 in the high season.