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Step back in time and experience the elegance and charm of these beautifully restored classic yachts, offering a unique opportunity to relive the golden age of yachting in the Mediterranean this summer.

Captivating cities, historic landmarks, and diverse cultures, the Mediterranean is the birthplace of luxury travel, and remains the most desirable destination for luxury travellers to this day.

With 56% of all yacht charters taking place in the West Mediterranean alone, it’s clear that this region still tops the list for many. Oozing with historic grandeur and natural beauty, from Sardinia to Saint Tropez, the Mediterranean is the standard bearer of refinement and class, where the glitterati have chosen to spend their leisure time for centuries.

The best way to take in this timeless beauty? A classic superyacht for charter might just come close to perfect. With their elegant lines and storied pasts, classic motor yachts offer a unique charter experience blending history and vintage design with modern luxury.

 

The Timeless Charm of Classic Yachts

The early 20th century was a simpler time when elegance and sophistication seemed effortless. Yachts from this era were masterpieces of design and craftsmanship, reflecting the opulence and cutting-edge technology of their era.

Known for their lavish Art Deco details – polished marquetry and plush textiles, brass deck hardware, and silken lamp shades – these yachts were born out of an age obsessed with taste and refinement. Hosting royalty, world leaders, and the Hollywood elite, these yachts served to entertain high society amid the Mediterranean’s breathtaking scenery.

MARALA interior MARALA decks

While there are relatively few surviving yachts from this era, a handful are still hosting guests to this day, and available to charter. Namely 59 metre MARALA. Originally built in 1931 by Camper and Nicholsons in the UK and painstakingly restored to her former glory, she went on to win her category in the World Superyacht Awards 92 years after her original launch. Ocean Independence Senior Charter Manager, Stephanie Archer now oversees her charter operations, taking great pride in representing such a prestigious yacht.

“Passionately restored and maintained by her owners, MARALA’s restoration process pays homage to her original design, down to the finest details.From light fittings and switches to the original engines, every inch of MARALA exudes character and soul, ensuring her historical integrity is retained while offering modern comforts for today's charter guests.”

Stephanie Archer, Senior Charter Manager

Fostering a unique ambiance, be it original artwork or delicately restored floorboards, these authentic classics evoke a sense of nostalgia that transports guests to a glamorous past.

Read Stephanie’s tour of MARALA.

 

The Unique Experience of Classic Yacht Charters

Chartering a classic yacht is not just about the destination; it’s about the journey and the experience. From the moment you step aboard, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of vintage elegance that your crew fully embrace. A champagne reception served in bespoke glassware, a themed gala dinner, or an educational family yacht charter; nothing is off the table.

These yachts are equipped with all the amenities that modern charter guests expect from a superyacht, but in a truly special setting. Imagine enjoying a private orchestra performance in an art-deco salon-come-ballroom, or simply marvelling at a Steinway piano on board CHRISTINA O, where the likes of Maria Callas and Frank Sinatra once performed. The personalised service and tailored itineraries true of any superyacht charter we offer, paired with the unique touches of a classic yacht will combine the charm of yesteryear with the comfort of today to deliver a vacation like no other.

 

Featured Classic Yachts

Discover our extensive collection of motor and sailing yachts available for charter. Whether exuding historical elegance or contemporary design, each yacht promises an exceptional experience. Our specialist Charter Consultants are here to guide you through the entire booking process, crafting bespoke itineraries and handling every logistical detail to ensure a seamless journey.

While these four examples highlight the elegance of classic yachts for charter, the global charter fleet has many more stunning options to suit every taste and preference.

1 MARALA 1931

Originally built in 1931, MARALA is a World Superyacht Awards 2023 winner. This classic motor yacht has been painstakingly restored by talented craftsmen and a devoted Owner determined to retain every ounce of her spirit and character. MARALA features five double and one twin guest staterooms, surrounded by soft Art Deco design and an ambience of nostalgia. Her successful first charter season has set the stage for unforgettable journeys in 2024 and 2025.

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2 CHRISTINA O 1943

One of the most famous yachts afloat, CHRISTINA O offers a unique opportunity to cruise in style on an iconic vessel. Under the ownership of Aristotle Onassis, she hosted world leaders and Hollywood elite. The yacht retains a fantastic sense of comfort and opulence, with many original items and photographs from her early days. Notable features include the Lapis Lounge and a lapis lazuli-fronted fireplace, where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor once relaxed.

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3 SEAGULL II 1952

This beautiful classic yacht offers impressive leisure and entertainment facilities, making her ideal for family and friends. SEAGULL II features five double and two twin staterooms, ample deck space with multiple lounging areas, and a deck Jacuzzi. Her floating platform provides easy access to the water, perfect for water sports. Cruising with SEAGULL II combines great interior volume and exterior deck space, ensuring a smooth, fun, and luxurious experience.

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SEAGULL II exterior

4 MALAHNE 1937

Built in 1937, MALAHNE is a classic yacht that blends history with modern comforts. Designed by Oliver Laws with a recent refit in 2015 by Pendennis, she features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. MALAHNE can host up to 15 guests in 8 staterooms and has a crew of 18. She cruises at 12 knots, reaching a max speed of 14 knots with a range of 4,000 nautical miles. This yacht offers a luxurious charter experience with beautifully restored interiors and state-of-the-art facilities.

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MALAHNE exterior

Ready to step back in time?

A classic yacht charter is more than just a vacation, it's a journey through time. These classic yachts offer a rare opportunity to sail the Mediterranean in unmatched style this summer. With limited availability, now is the time to book your charter and secure your place aboard one of these timeless vessels.

Contact us now to book your classic yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

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