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126m Octopus sets course for Antarctica

22 April 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Notoriously private since her launch and now offered for charter for the first time ever, the 126 metre explorer yacht Octopus will be heading to the lesser-explored cruising grounds of Antarctica this winter.

The yacht, which is widely considered the first ‘true’ explorer, was famously commissioned for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and comes packed with adventure-enhancing amenities including helipads, pools and a fully-equipped dive centre.

She was delivered in 2003 by Lürssen to an exterior design by Espen Øino, with US designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett creating for her interiors.

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Octopus was sold last year and went on to join the Camper & Nicholsons charter fleet. She is putting her explorer capacities to good use on the charter market with a two-year around-the-globe itinerary that will include Costa Rica, Panama and South America.

Antarctica is the final leg of her charter tour. Adventure-seeking charter guests will have the chance to explore a region where very few people have ever set foot, and can do so in the lap of luxury on board Octopus

Octopus’ flotilla of tenders will come in useful for gliding past glaciers and getting up close to seals and orcas. A pair of helipads ensure even the most remote slopes are accessible to intrepid heli-skiers, while a generous jacuzzi with far-reaching views and a bar tick all the boxes for aprés-ski.

Additionally, an ROV is on hand for anyone in the mood to explore the seafloor. Antarctica is home to a number of shipwrecks, and Octopus is no stranger to uncovering important underwater artefacts.

"She's the perfect yacht to undertake such a voyage," said Jacqui Lockhart, Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons, who travelled to Antarctica herself in 2018. 

"She's well-equipped to host intrepid charterers off the beaten track with a fully equipped medical suite and dive centre on board - complete with hyperbaric chamber - as well as a submarine and two helipads. Octopus was truly built for explorer expeditions!"

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Beneath her tough exterior and ice-class 1A steel hull, Octopus offers a range of features designed for rest and recreation across her eight decks, including a spa, cinema, library and observation lounge.

Accommodation is offered for a total of 12 guests, including a private owner’s deck complete with its own elevator.

Arguably the icing on the cake is a pair of two-hybrid ABB Industry AG E-Motors that will limit her environmental footprint in the delicate cruising grounds of Antarctica. She can reach a top speed of 19 knots and is equipped with an impressive range of 12,500 nautical miles when cruising at 12 knots.

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Lurssen   126.2 m •  2003

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