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By Zahra Al-Kateb | July 31 2014
Beginning with the yachtʼs upcoming Antarctica season,
ENIGMA XK will work exclusively with EYOS on all its charters and introduce a
level of luxury and adventure that until now has been unprecedented in
expedition charter yachts.
EYOS Expeditions CEO Capt. Ben Lyons says, “There are very few yachts in the world that are designed and built as true expedition yachts. Even fewer have a professional, fully staffed crew that understands the demands of an expedition and can embrace the spirit of flexibility needed to make it a success. ENIGMA XK is one of those few, and we look forward to leading world-class, bespoke expeditions to remote, wild and culturally rich locations aboard this incredible yacht.”
The 71-meter long ENIGMA XK, designed to sail in the roughest seas on the planet, was originally built as the Scottish Fisheries Agency Patrol vessel NORNA in 1988. Acquired by her current owner in 2011, she has been undergoing a three-year transformation from rugged government vessel into luxury yacht in La Rochelle, France. “Her long bow can pierce waves and her sturdy steel hull can safely punch through pack ice. She is a well-equipped, go anywhere yacht that will be just as comfortable navigating the Northwest Passage as calling at coastal villages in Papua New Guinea,” says Captain Iltud Orio.
Lyons says, “Having two expedition staff onboard offers clients the luxury of choice; for instance, some clients may want to go kayaking in Neko Harbor, Antarctica, while others would prefer a hike up to a spectacular view over a glacier. We will be able to offer two activities at the same time. It also allows us the flexibility to accommodate the interests of our clients, whether that is history, marine biology, photography, or ornithology. Whatever their interest is, we can supply an experienced guide to enrich their expedition.”
Capt Orio says, “Our working with EYOS is about much more than just having their expedition team onboard. It represents a shared philosophy– a complete commitment from top to bottom to provide the very best expedition experience possible to the highest standards of safety and environmental protection.”
(Source: EYOS Expeditions)