Summer 2019 – Camper & Nicholsons luxury yacht charters offer remarkable and unique experiences, exploring remote and untouched waters, islands and ports. They have over 200 itineraries aboard the world’s most luxurious and exciting yachts in the world, including:
- Ocean Emerald – this iconic superyacht designed by Sir Norman Foster, features spectacular, modern design and has two chefs – one French gourmet, the other Thai for an exciting fusion of specialties – as well as a myriad of water toys.
- Saluzi – at 225-feet long, five decks high and with accommodation for 32 guests, it is one of the largest superyachts based in the Mediterranean – complete with an on-board spa, open-air cinema and striking artwork both inside and wrapped on the outside of the yacht.
- Lamima – a nautical masterpiece and the world’s largest wooden sailing yacht for charter with an unrivaled crew including spa therapists, PADI instructors and master fishermen.
- Okto – one of the most recognizable yachts today with its distinctive, stealth-looking hull. Its luxury continues on-board with a cinema saloon, 20-foot infinity pool, spa and gymnasium.
Camper & Nicholsons has brokers and operators around the world to curate the most exclusive and unmatched yacht and superyacht charters, each personal and unique to the travelers’ desires. Here are the top 10 picks for the Summer 2019 travel season:
- Island excursions from Albania to Zakynthos
Head south from Albania to Corfu and on to the Greek islands of Paxos, Meganisi and Ithaka, all-together visiting nine islands over 10 days. This string of Greek islands offers everything from secluded turquoise bays to lush green mountain sides, and from bustling ports to long forgotten temples and wonders of the ancient world. Bask on the white sand beaches of Antipaxos, enjoy extreme water sports on the west side of Lefkas, venture away from Saranda’s beautiful waterfront to explore ruins of the Forty Saints Monastery and enjoy a breathtaking sunset over neighboring Corfu on the hilltop of 16th century Lëkurësi Castle.
- Discover Venice to Trogir
Explore the Adriatic and its islands while experiencing a unique balance of untouched nature and rich cultures; this itinerary has a diverse mix of destinations and scenery. Featuring two national parks and a handful of World Heritage sites and UNESCO protected buildings, the locations visited between Venice and Trogir offer an impressive contrast between the past and present day. Over seven days, discover Traces of dinosaurs, remains of Antiquity and later periods on Veliki Brijun and travel among the almost 700 plant species and 250 bird species in the Brijuni National Park before continuing on to a variety of Croatian ports and ending in the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe: Trogir.
- Experience the Balearics
These Spanish islands in the Western Mediterranean are vibrant, flamboyant and idyllic in equal measure. Lying in blissful sunshine off the east coast of Spain, the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca enjoy a long summer. On this nine-day luxury charter experience, enjoy the buzzing nightlife in Ibiza, then cruise along the southern coastline and anchor for lunch under the 1,300-foot tall rock island of Isla Verde. Drop anchor in the sweeping circular bay of Puerto Soller and head inland to the mountain town nestled in the ‘valley of oranges,’ the site of 16th century church, Sant Bartomeu, where cobbled streets and squares are bustling with cafes and restaurants. Spend the day enjoying water sports or step ashore for a round of golf, on courses with stunning views of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. Sail from Pollenca to Menorca – Mallorca’s quieter little sister. Spend the day relaxing and swimming in the clear waters, lazily lapping the white sandy beaches of Cala Algayarens and Cala Morell on the north western coast. End in Mallorca, exploring the winding streets and high-end shopping in Palma’s Old Town.
2. Northern Europe – summer 2019
- Outdoor Adventure in
For the wildlife enthusiast, this 14-day experience offers adventures of an epic scale. Svalbard is a wondrous archipelago of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the perpetual sunlight of summer carries a deeper kind of magic.
Svalbard is the northernmost inhabited spot on the planet, far more northerly than any part of Alaska and all but a few of Canada’s Arctic islands. Take a few days to explore the rich terrain of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses and the home of more polar bears than people. Then spend a couple of days cruising and exploring the fjords of the Finnmark coast, passing the Svaerholdtklubben Bird Colony and the unbelievable rock formation of Finnkjerkja. Take a kayak among the thousands of islands of Troms County, one of the least polluted areas of Europe, via its sheltered inland waterway. This region is also great for hiking, fishing and encounters with wildlife such as Otters, Harbor Porpoises, Ptarmigan, Sea Eagles and Lynx.
- Navigate Greenland
This seven-day trip around Greenland will satisfy even the most intrepid explorer. From the Arctic ice desert landscapes in the far north, to the Atlantic influences and farmlands of the south, a distinct cultural and climatic diversity shapes Greenland’s geographical vastness. The yacht’s crew will provide transport from the airport via luxury land-cruiser vans and a delicious and warming welcome buffet with drinks upon arrival. Then, it’s off to Nuuk, the capital and largest city of Greenland with a population of 16,454, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Nuuk is the Kalaallisut word for “cape” and is full of experiences not found anywhere else in Greenland. Marvel at mummies in the Greenland National Museum, sample local craft beers at Greenland’s largest microbrewery and learn about urban arctic living and Greenlandic independence with a city and parliament tour. Cruise to Isortok and enter one of the fjords amongst walruses and seals with one of the largest population of Caribou along the shores. While at sea, it’s almost impossible not to see whales, including protected Humpbacks. This area also gives opportunities for ice diving, the best way to see the most beautiful wildlife in its natural habitat along manmade shipwrecks like Borgin, a wooden schooner that caught fire and went down in 1954 and a well-preserved Portuguese prison ship.
3. North America
- Explore Alaska in summer 2019
A seven-day journey through the Alaskan wilderness. Join the luxury yacht in Juneau after riding the tram up Mount Roberts for an eagle’s-eye view of the city or making the most of the long daylight hours with a scenic helicopter flight to the Mendenhall Glacier. Travel by the North and South Sawyer glaciers and onto Dawes Glacier to see huge pieces of ice falling into the fjord and seals sleeping on their ice beds. Listen out for the breath of humpback whales that come into the adjoining Holkham Bay. Kayak into the spray of a waterfall in Red Bluff Bay and get a close-up view of bears fishing for salmon in the summer months. This is also a great spot to catch fresh Dungeness crab and shrimp for the crew to prepare for dinner. In Baranof, relax in the warmth of nine hot springs with a glass of champagne in hand. Cruise north through the Chatham Strait, stopping at Tenakee Springs, famous for its bakery’s delicious cinnamon rolls, and home to galleries of local artists and breathtaking trails.
- Ultimate paradise in the Caribbean
Lying just 50 miles off Florida’s coast, the 700 islands of the Bahamas stretch 600 miles towards the Caribbean. The shallow waters are home to more than 30 diving destinations, shallow fishing waters, unspoiled reefs and fantastic beaches. This seven-day trip will explore the aptly named Paradise Islands. Dedicated to fun and relaxation, these islands offer a plethora of resorts and boutiques, and the largest casino in the Caribbean. Dive or snorkel through the underwater world of the 176-mile natural marine preserve, known as the Garden of Eden before moving on to Staniel Cay and taking the tender to the Thunderball Grotto – made famous by the Bond movie of the same name. Relax in Compass Cay’s huge natural Jacuzzi known as Rachel’s Bubble Bath while more adventurous travelers swim with nurse sharks around the island’s shallow waters.
4. Asia and Oceania
- A diving cruise in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’. In an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands there are four main islands or ‘kings’– Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool. An 11-day excursion which includes some of the most beautiful diving in the world. The first days are spent in Missol, exploring the reefs famous for the profusion of soft corals and sea fans which are draped all over the reefs. The remaining days will be spent exploring the other main islands and several other diving areas in Raj Ampat. Fish are plentiful on all dives and can be expected at sites with a great deal of healthy hard and soft coral. Wobbegong sharks can also be found at any of these dive sites, especially at Mioskon. Cape Kri holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive. At Otdima Reef, travelers might see the school of friendly sweetlips who group around one deep coral head; and at Blue Magic, a submerged seamount, there is a chance to encounter Giant manta rays.
- Outback adventure in New Zealand
New Zealand offers sporting and cultural attractions, a vast landscape of mountains, deep fjords, rainforests, glaciers and bubbling geothermal pools; the country has adventures for everyone. On this seven-day luxury experience, explore the Polynesian influence of Auckland and spectacular views over the city from the Sky Tower, before cruising through the Tamaki Strait to Wiheke Island to enjoy vineyards famous for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Discover secluded beaches surrounded by native bush or visit the Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, known as ‘Donut Island’ with a certified guide. Next, cruise to the Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf and kayak to Typhena to watch the friendly dolphins. Then visit Poor Knights Islands, with volcanic origins dating back 11 million years providing a myriad of spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches, tunnels and surrounded by a subtropical reef to explore. Bay of Islands is a nearby subtropical maritime park, dotted with 144 islands, it is also New Zealand’s yachting center, home of the NZ Millennium Cup Regatta and an idyllic spot for water sports and big game fishing.
- Island paradise in Koh Samui
A multi-island paradise awaits in Thailand. Secluded white-sand beaches, jungle-covered islands and ancient Thai traditions combine to offer a luxurious seven-day island escape that will indulge all the senses. Take two days to explore the Ang Thong National Park, which covers 42 islands. Over many centuries, the sea and weather have created peculiar-looking caves and cliffs names by locals for their distinguishing shapes, such as ‘Sleeping Cow,’ ‘Three Pillars,’ and ‘Chicken Island.’ This was also where part of the movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed. Dry evergreen forest covers the large islands of Koh Wua Talap, Ko Paluai, and Ko Sam Sao and the Ang Thong Lady’s Slipper Orchid is an endemic species found only in this area. Next, travel to Koh See Koh Ha, meaning ‘Four Islands, Five Islands,’ where one island is hidden behind another. The islands are home to swifts, sought after for their nests, which are the main ingredient in birds’ nest soup. The birds and their nests are protected by Sea Gypsies, the only island inhabitants; their small wooden homes perch on rocky outcrops – much like nests themselves – and the gypsies are employed to guard the nests from poachers. Another stop on this experience is Koh Phangan, famous for its full moon parties at Haad Rin Beach, which feature electronic music and attract anywhere from 4,000 – 5,000 party-goers. On Koh Nang Yuan island, enjoy the newest attraction: inter-island ziplining. The last stop on the adventure is Koh Kong Nui for water sports, snorkeling and enjoying great Thai restaurants on Had Lad, Had Yao and Ao Chao Phao beaches.