With one of the globe’s major yacht shows, Monaco, just wrapping up, the stage is set for an unforgettable yachting season for the New Year. Here are a few top vessels from leading charter firms that really turned heads at this year’s show.

Cloud 9

Burgess Yachts brought this 196- foot, 2009 CMN build to Monte-Carlo Bay this year and impressed the crowd with the vessel’s many amenities, including a cinema, pro gym, Jacuzzi, zero-speed stabilizers, and more.

Cloud 9 will be cruising in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean this winter and features seven guest cabins (five doubles and two twins) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Expect state-of-the-art communications and entertainment technology as well as a full complement of water toys, like a 23-foot Novurania Chase tender and a Sport Nautique ski/wakeboard boat. Charter rates for the winter run about $463,000 a week.

Burgess Yachts’ Craig Cohen

(212) 223-0140

Sai Ram

Also garnering a lot of attention along the quay in Monte-Carlo, the 170-foot, 2004 Benetti-built Sai Ram was represented by Edmiston.

Winter charter rates are about $284,000 a week, and she stands as a uniquely modern example of cutting-edge yacht design, thanks to close cooperation between the shipyard, architect Stefano Natucci, and interior firm Lazzarini Pickering Architetti. Wide open spaces and contemporary furnishings blended expertly with Asian antiques from the owner’s private collection await 12 lucky guests. Ample deck space means nearly 30 guests can climb aboard if the opportunity to throw a party arises, and it should.

Edmiston Monte-Carlo’s Tomaso Polli


Carpe Diem

Charter firm IYC brought both the 170-foot Feadship Dream and the 191-foot, tri-deck Trinity yacht Carpe Diem to Monaco, providing a double vision of naval beauty for attendees.

Comfortably sleeping 12 in six staterooms, Carpe Diem features no fewer than three fullbeam master suites for your party. Another unique feature: The Jetovator, a high-tech one-person water jet-pack that propels you 25 feet in the air and allows you to be towed around with the yacht’s waverunner! Not something you’re going to find on just any charter yacht, to be sure. Expect to pay about $395,000 a week for all the fun you can handle.

IYC’s Frank Grzeszczak

(954) 522-2323