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Your guide to the Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco Yacht Show is the most important yachting event in the world
Monaco Yacht Show is the most important yachting event in the world

Whether you’re considering embarking on your first yacht charter or have owned multiple yachts for the past 30 years, the Monaco Yacht Show delivers a thrilling experience for all. The sun-drenched waterside trade show caters to ultra-high-net-worth individuals drawn by the appeal of life at sea. Comprising latest launches from the world’s leading shipyards, new concept designs from cutting edge design studios and a host of thought-led innovations and new technology, it’s the best place to learn about new ideas, toys and equipment for anyone entering or already immersed in the superyacht sphere.

What is the Monaco Yacht Show?

Port Hercule lies at the heart of Monaco
Port Hercule lies at the heart of Monaco

The aptly named Monaco Yacht Show takes place each year in the principality’s stunning Port Hercule. It’s the world’s leading and largest in-water display of yachts and superyachts. Over 30,000 visitors accumulate on the French Riviera to be seen and get a glimpse of the EUR 4,000,000,000 worth of yachts that hail from around the world, both classic wonders and latest launches.

When is the Monaco Yacht Show?

Monaco Yacht Show is where owners, charterers and the entire industry gets together
Monaco Yacht Show is where owners, charterers and the entire industry gets together

The show takes place each year in the month of September. In 2022, it runs from Wed 28 September to Saturday 1 October, with an invite-only opening event happening on the Tuesday evening and a closing party on the Saturday night. Unofficially, it’s the chicest way for billionaires to celebrate the end of summer.

Event overview: Planning your trip to Monaco

Tenders and electric buggies are the quickest way to get around from yacht to yacht
Tenders and electric buggies are the quickest way to get around from yacht to yacht

Tickets to the show can be purchased in advance costing EUR 500 per person for a one-day pass, EUR 850 for two days and EUR 1,350 for three days. For Sapphire ticket holders and Discover badge holders, a complimentary courtesy car service operates between the show and any destination in Monaco. For all visitors, complimentary water taxis and electric golf buggies provide transport to the various quays of Port Hercule between 10.00 and 18.30.

How long is the Monaco Yacht Show?

There are many attractions in and around the yacht show
There are many attractions in and around the yacht show

The Monaco Yacht Show is a four-day event, with admission on Werdnesday 218 September invite-only. There are three public entrances to the event, and two VIP entrances reserved for Sapphire ticket holders and Discover badge holders.

What should I wear to the Monaco Yacht Show?

It's warm and humid in Monaco and you'll need to remove your shoes to board yachts, so dress accordingly
It's warm and humid in Monaco and you'll need to remove your shoes to board yachts, so dress accordingly

The Monaco Yacht Show is as much a place to be seen as it is to see yachts. For women planning on stepping aboard boats, practicality enters the nautical chic fashion equation with tailored shorts often a firm favourite. For men, chinos and a navy blazer prove popular, but there is no official dress code in place other than inside the Monaco Yacht Club, which requires a gentleman’s blazer to be worn at all times. It’s also worth noting that shoes are required to be removed prior to boarding yachts.

What events are there to attend?

There are luxury brands everywhere you turn at Monaco Yacht Show, and cars are no exception
There are luxury brands everywhere you turn at Monaco Yacht Show, and cars are no exception

The Monaco Yacht Summit is an excellent introduction to the world of yachting, incorporating informal panel discussions on pertinent maritime topics, from sustainability to yacht design. It’s reserved for end-user clients and their representatives and happens the day before the show opens. The Sapphire Experience is the Monaco Yacht Show’s tailor-made official VIP programme and is largely reserved for visitors interested in a yacht project. The Car Deck is also worth a visit offering a display of classic and customised one-of-a-kind supercars for all petrol head enthusiasts.

What else can I do in Monaco?

A visit to the Palais Princier de Monaco is high on the list of things to do in Monaco
A visit to the Palais Princier de Monaco is high on the list of things to do in Monaco

When in Monte Carlo, there are a plethora of sites to keep the cultural minded entertained. The Palais Princier de Monaco is the official residence of the ruling monarch - Albert II, prince of Monaco – established in 1191. It’s recommended to pair a visit to the Palace with a trip to Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where Prince Albert’s parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, were married in 1956.

Visit the Monaco Oceanographic Museum

Monaco's iconic Oceanographic Museum see from the Mediterranean
Monaco's iconic Oceanographic Museum see from the Mediterranean

Few exhibitions rival the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, located in Monaco-Ville. It forms part of the Institut Océanographique founded by Paul Ricard in 1966 and holds interactive thematic spaces spotlighting marine wildlife, biodiversity and research. The jelly fish tank alone is worth the very reasonable €14 entrance fee. Current displays include the new Polar Mission showcasing science and explorers from the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as Inuit communities.

Explore the Monaco Top Cars Collection

Comprising Prince Rainier III’s personal collection assembled over 30 years, the Monaco Top Cars Collection includes over 100 automobiles from Europe and America displayed over five floors in the Terrasses de Fontvieille museum. Notable cars in the collection include the Bugatti Type 35 that won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, and Sebastien Loeb’s Citroën DS3 WRC, which he drove to victory in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally.

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