While the majority of us dream about seeing a white Christmas, for the first time ever since launching back in 2003, one lucky (and extremely cashed-up) punter will have the chance to do it large in Antarctica aboard Paul Allen’s 414-foot superyacht: ‘Octopus.’
The luxurious behemoth of a sea vessel that previously belonged to the late Microsoft co-founder was only sold last year for €235 million / AU$234.5 million, joining the Camper & Nicholsons charter fleet to begin the next chapter of its already-storied lifespan.
In 2022, ‘Octopus’ is scheduled to spend a few months in the Pacific, Northern Europe, and Central America before heading far south to bookend another revolution around the sun – where it’ll be available for exclusive charter.
“Her voyage is among the first superyacht expeditions to the region and guests will do so aboard one of the world’s largest superyachts available for charter,” Camper & Nicholsons explains of the seven-day experience.
“This opportunity, often only afforded to researchers and documentary-makers, will bring intrepid explorers face to face with some of the most breath-taking landscapes and wildlife.”
“Opening up the least-explored continent on earth for ski touring, ice exploring, polar plunges, and even contributing to wildlife conservation alongside locally-based scientists.”
Key features of Paul Allen’s ‘Octopus’ include the following:
- Flexible accommodation for 12 guests across 13 cabins
(Master suite w/ private elevator + observation deck, two VIP apartments, seven double staterooms, three twin staterooms)
- Entertainment deck w/ gym, spa, cinema, library, & observation lounge
- “Spectacular” pool area w/ multiple bars & dining options
- Eight decks w/ dedicated owner’s deck + private elevator
- “Unbeatable” toy list, including seven tenders, electric foils, remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), marina, & more
- Fully-equipped dive centre & hyperbaric chamber
- Two helipads for remote exploration
- Ice-class hull
“She’s the perfect yacht to undertake such a voyage,” says Jacqui Lockhart, Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons.
“She’s well-equipped to host intrepid charterers off the beaten track with a fully equipped medical suite and dive centre onboard – complete with hyperbaric chamber – as well as a submarine and two helipads. Octopus was truly built for explorer expeditions.”
Interested? ‘Octopus’ can be all yours for US$2.2 million / AU$2.95 million per week – find out more below.