DESTINATIONS: INSPIRATION FROM THE EXPERTS
With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide where to explore on your next (or even your first) superyacht charter. Often having a personal passion for travel as well as providing truly memorable experiences on board, superyacht captains are perfectly placed to recommend unique and unexpected locations for cruising.
We asked some of the most well travelled superyacht captains in our Burgess charter fleet to offer their top tips on where to take your next adventure on board.
Captain Richard McCrae on board IMPERIAL PRINCESS is an avid fan of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Easily accessible from Europe and the United States via Nassau International Airport, the Exumas in the Bahamas offer 360 blissfully secluded islands that are mostly uninhabited. World-class fishing and diving, relaxed and down-tempo local nightlife, and some truly secluded spots ensure you can get away from it all with friends and family. Try swimming with the friendly and docile nurse sharks of Compass Cay, exploring the fish-filled hidden cave of the Thunderball Grotto or feeding the swimming pigs of Big Majors Cay.
For a trip into the heart of the Caribbean, Captain Richard recommends the British Virgin Islands, where the secluded anchorages always offer a calm and protected environment throughout your charter. He recommends travelling from Virgin Gorda (with its famous yacht clubs and lively nightspots) via Norman Island (at one time home to pirate treasure hoards and reputedly the inspiration for Treasure Island) to Peter Island (an exclusive resort named twice by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best Places to Stay in the World”).
AMPHITRITE’s Captain Graeme Brown is also enthusiastic about the Exumas for its pristine waters, often spending time chartering there in the winter months. In the summer the yacht heads to the Mediterranean and Captain Graeme rates the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago to the north of Sicily, as one of his favourite spots in the region. His top cruising recommendation is to spend some time in Ischia, just off Naples on Italy’s mainland, and enjoy a sunset dinner at anchor with Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop, then cruise south overnight to the tip of the Aeolian Islands at Stromboli, starting the new day with breakfast overlooking its active volcano.
For those seeking something a little more exotic, Captain Robert Verity of SEQUEL P recommends the cruising in South-East Asia, particularly for fans of wildlife. Having recently spent time exploring Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) on the 55m Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht, Captain Robert found the Mergui Archipelago, some 800 plus islands scattered across the Andaman Sea off the western coast of Myanmar, to be particularly remarkable for chartering. The untouched beaches and incredible ecosystems, both in the water and on land, were a real highlight for charter guests.
There are still plenty of charter options within Europe itself for those looking for something a little different. Captain Will Bagshaw on board the 72m Lürssen TITANIA recommends the rugged natural beauty of Croatia and Montenegro, which offer a combination of rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture and spectacular waters. “Guests love the diversity [of the region],” he adds; “it has a bit of everything.”