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Captain Q&A: What it's like to charter the 107m Benetti superyacht Lana

6 May 2021• Written by Olivia Michel

Lana is one of the most expensive superyachts for charter on the market. But is she worth her hefty price tag? Her captain reveals what the charter experience is really like on board…

Measuring 107 metres LOA and with a whopping 3,900 GT of interior volume, Lana certainly stands out in the charter crowd. A weekly charter rate of 1.8 million Euros is another impressive number attached to the yacht, which is managed by Imperial, as it makes her one of the world’s most expensive vessels to holiday on. Her delivery in late 2020 was hotly anticipated and since then, “she has already proved herself to be very popular,” her captain has revealed in an interview with Imperial.

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Lana is one of the largest yachts ever built by Benetti and was launched alongside the 108m IJE and 107.6m Luminosity in 2019 and 2020.  So what can charterers anticipate when they step on board this sizable superyacht built by Benetti? “Guests can expect the highest echelon of luxury cruising,” states her captain, emphasising that “Lana has no shortage of impeccable features.”

Guests will notice Lana’s unique proportions as soon as they step on board. “Lana boasts high ceilings (up to 2.7-meters) in all guest areas, which are hardly ever seen on a superyacht. This creates a sense of grandeur and the illusion of being on land,” her captain says.

Lana's 120 square metre beach club is one standout feature. Situated right on the water’s edge and complete with folding terraces, this space “affords guests a true feeling of indoor and outdoor living,” and is also home to a hammam spa which is “the perfect environment to immerse in a relaxing ritual," Lana's captain says.

Another highlight is the 100 square metre sundeck with a sizeable swimming pool, which the captain describes as an area “perfect for hosting summer parties, yet there are also hidden spots for guests seeking a quiet space.”

With accommodations for up to 12 guests and a 33-strong crew including an expert spa therapist, Lana is well equipped for the ultimate party experience at sea. There’s even a dedicated party space with two club-standard speakers and a set-up for double DJ decks. “She also has a fully kitted-out selection of water-toys and a warm crew who will go the extra mile to add personal touches,” adds the captain.

Despite her size, she’s also extremely flexible when it comes to picking charter destinations. “She can proudly compete in popular destinations such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean. As well as remote areas such as Central and South America all the way to the Indian and Pacific Ocean,” the captain adds.

For her first season, Lana visited some charter hotspots, including Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, the South of France and the central and south Adriatic.” These may be familiar spots with the superyacht crowd, but Lana’s itinerary was certainly no milk-run. Her captain ensured that the region’s hidden gems were on the agenda for Lana's guests to discover alongside the classic cruising locations.

This included dropping anchor in the captain’s favourite destinations of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which “combines beautiful unspoilt waters, remote beaches, culture and some glamour”, and Cap Corse in northern Corsica, which is “unspoilt” and “charged with history, nature and heritage.”

Guests were also treated to a tour of Sardinia, visiting the “turquoise sea and peach coloured sand” of Chia, enjoying watersports in Su Giudeu, dropping by in Porto Cervo’s boutiques and restaurants and stretching sea legs with an overnight stay at the famous Hotel Cala di Volpe.

“The vessel is innovative and complex, meaning she is able to serve her guests the maximum amount of comfort and can travel anywhere the guest may desire,” impresses her captain, adding; “Lana is fast becoming the charter superyacht of choice and the most exciting superyacht on the scene.”

Lana is managed for charter by Imperial with a weekly charter rate starting from €1,800,000.

BOAT stepped on board Lana for an exclusive on board tour last year. Read our feature here.

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