Christmas is just around the corner, and if you're planning to spend the festive season on board, it's time to book a charter yacht. With something for everyone, Christmas on board a superyacht is an ideal option for those looking to reconnect with family and friends in total privacy. Plus, as many vessels are currently located in warmer climes, it is a great opportunity to soak up some winter sun. Take a look at the best charter yachts still available for Christmas 2022…
Stats: 55m, Heesen Yachts, 2021, 12 guests, 13 crew
Highlights: New for charter in 2022, Moskito is a yachting thoroughbred built in the Netherlands by Heesen with interiors by Bannenberg and Rowell. The 55 metre yacht hails from the shipyard’s Fast Displacement Hull Form, created by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Rich eucalyptus, sycamore and smoked oak chevron woods make up the yacht's elegant interiors, which are peppered with a palette of blue and neutral tones. Her master suite spans a staggering 82 square metres, and she has plenty of space on board to comfortably accommodate 12 guests.
Moskito has a 100-square-metre sundeck, complete with al fresco dining spaces and a Jacuzzi for evenings on board watching the Caribbean sunset. There’s also an impressive beach club with a sauna, steam room and a swimming platform that offers easy access to the water with or without her water toys.
Moskito is available for charter with IYC from $400,000 per week.
Stats: 37.4m, Sanlorenzo, 2010, 11 guests, 7 crew
Highlights: Fresh from her 2021 refit, Lovebug is ready for family fun this Christmas in Florida or the Bahamas. Her bright, open-plan interiors are flooded with natural light thanks to her huge windows on the main deck. With five en-suite cabins, including a main-deck master suite and two VIP cabins, accommodation on board is plentiful for a group of 11. But the real magic is out on the sundeck, which features a Jacuzzi and plenty of sunbathing space.
Lovebug is available for charter with Ocean Independence from $125,000 per week.
Stats: 87.6m, 1969, Schichau Unterweser, 12 guests, 28 crew
Highlights: Few yachts emanate such pedigree as Arctic, the 87.6 metre explorer vessel which has circumnavigated the globe. For those seeing an adventure-fueled Christmas, she is a top pick. This year, Arctic heads to French Polynesia for Christmas with her crew of 28 for 12 guests, meaning the service on board will be up there with the very best.
Her homely interiors are more traditional, but no less impressive than any modern vessel out there. She features a spacious gym, onboard library and intimate cinema with a state-of-the-art sound system and vibrating chairs. Up on deck, Arctic has two sun decks with plenty of options for dining and sunbathing around the vessel. Her toybox is brimming with high-octane fun, with a Seadoo, kayaks, SUPs and diving equipment.
Arctic is available to charter with Y.CO from €400,000 per week.
Stats: 57m, Trinity Yachts, 2012/2018, 12 guests, 18 crew
Highlights: Built in 2012 and refitted in 2018, Liberty is a beacon of festivity and celebration with entertainment at her very core. Her open-plan main saloon is primed for festivities and her elegant champagne interiors will only add to the ambience. There is accommodation for 12 guests on board across six well-appointed cabins, each with marble accents and timeless design cues.
When it comes to cruising warmer climes over the festive period, the sun deck is the place to be, which has a large dining area, Jacuzzi and plenty of space to lounge around and soak in the sun. There’s also a barbeque and state-of-the-art gym equipment on board for those who want to keep active over the holidays.
Liberty is available for charter with Fraser from $305,000 per week.
Stats: 46.1m, Burger, 2009, 8 guests, 7 crew
Highlights: If you’re looking for some vintage charm this Christmas, then look no further than Nadan. With a touch of old-school glamour, the 46-metre yacht emanates vintage charm from the inside out. But, while she may look like she hails from the 1920s, Nadan was built in 2009 and is new to the charter market in 2022 after an extensive 2021 refit.
Inside, her interiors were created by renowned UK-based designer, Ken Freivokh, and characterised by rich Madrona Burl wall panels, inlaid with Macassar Ebony. The main saloon is also home to a bar, and a set of large sofas facing one another which then leads through to a large dining area.
Out on deck, Nadan has a large dining area on the main deck aft with fantail seating behind. Guests can then spend their afternoons in the seven-person hot tub up on the sun deck or basking in the sunshine on one of the yacht's vast sunpads forward of the wheelhouse saloon.
Nadan is available to charter with Edmiston from $125,000 per week.
Stats: 44m, Fitzroy Yachts, 2007, 10 guests, 6 crew
Highlights: Built by New Zealand’s Fitzroy Yachts in 2007 to an Ed Dubois design, Mes Amis is available for those who want set sail this Christmas on board an exhilarating vessel. She arrives on the charter market this season after a 2021 refit and has a warm, contemporary interior by Adam Lay. Accommodation on board is for up to ten guests in four cabins including a full-width owner’s cabin. Her interiors are flooded with light, thanks to several skylights in the main saloon and her bright colour palate.
The action on board doesn’t stop when she furls her sails as Mes Amis has an array of toys on board to keep guests entertained in the water including sea bobs, kayas and SUPs.
Stats: 74.5m, Amels, 2006/2020, 12 guests, 21 crew
Highlights: Having long been considered one of the finest charter vessels around since her delivery in 2006, her status was elevated once more when Lady E was rebuilt in 2020. With an extension of six metres, she returned to the market with a brand-new beach club, a new main deck aft area and a Turkish Hammam.
For those looking after a wellness-centric charter this Christmas, Lady E has all the equipment one could wish for on board, including a climate-controlled gym, resistance pool and a beauty salon on the bridge deck.
Lady E is available to charter with Burgess from $665,000 per week.
Stats: 55.78m, Auroux, 1974/2016, 12 guests, 19 crew
Highlights: Looking for a real adventure this Christmas? Odyssey should be at the top of your list. Entirely unique to the world of charter, this 55 metre vessel is a true expedition yacht that combines state-of-the-art deep-sea exploration with five-star accommodation.
Having gained a status as one of the most proven research yachts in the fleet (after recently featuring in Blue Planet II), Odyssey has a media room, aquarium room, two-room laboratory suite and a medical room on board. Never a dull moment on board, this is the yacht to charter if you want to discover something new over Christmas and embark on a real adventure that very few yachts could offer.
Stats: 85.3m, SilverYachts, 2022, 12 guests, 21 crew
Highlights: Following in the footsteps of her successful sistership, Wanderlust is one of the most exciting vessels to arrive on the charter market this year and is available for Christmas. Instantly recognisable thanks to her striking exteriors by Espen Øino, Wanderlust has been unleashed onto the market as a sports activity vessel (SAV), and is said to balance performance, luxury and efficiency.
Built to deliver the holiday of a lifetime, her exterior spaces are peppered with things to do and relax with including, a glass-fronted Jacuzzi, bar, outdoor cinema and light systems for discos on deck. While her interior remains a closely guarded secret, hints of her striking furniture can be seen on the aft deck, confirming that the interiors are set to amaze.