High Seas Style

Wealthy seafarers have the skinny on the best cruise lines and the most luxurious charter boats. Set sail with us for a swanky and sexy sea adventure.

By: Jennifer Plum Auvil

Wealthy seafarers have the skinny on the best cruise lines, the most luxurious charter boats, the coolest clippers and the swankiest slips to dock your ship. Set sail with us as we explore these sleek and sexy sea adventures.

With elegant design aesthetics, this chic Benetti yacht stands out in a sea of boats even in the toniest ports. The 196-foot long Amnesia looks like it sailed right out of a James Bond flick. This roomy ship sleeps just 12 and provides the utmost in privacy with amenities fit for a luxury cruise line. There's a doting staff, gourmet dining, a Jacuzzi pool with built-in bar stools, a helipad and even an on-ship spa.

Key West Harbour Club
Yacht owners love the idea of the dockominium, a wet slip that is likened to a condo in the water. With the purchase of the dockominium, the owner can take advantage of unlimited slip time as well as all of the marina's amenities. Key West Harbor Club, part of Yacht Clubs of the Americas, offers extravagant amenities including concierge service and a gourmet clubhouse. There's also a pool, which makes the perfect spot for lounging while the crew services and spiffs up your boat for a ride out on the harbor for one of Key West's legendary sunsets.

The Cornucopia Majesty
The Cornucopia Majesty is like a high-end booze cruise that departs from New Jersey for a sightseeing spin around New York's Hudson River. With over 30,000 square feet of inside space and a 10,000-square-foot deck, this massive party boat has capacity for 1,200 passengers. There's plenty of room for dining, drinking and dancing to the band or DJ spread out over 3 floors. You can charter the entire boat for a private party or simply make reservations for a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise.

This 61-foot Garlington sport-fishing yacht is equipped with everything you need to head to the deep seas to find trophy-sized tuna and marlin. But even the best fishing gear available won't help you find the fish. For that, you need a top-notch captain, and the Ambush delivers there as well with a seasoned captain who can help you bait and reel in a big fish of your own. It can be chartered in tandem with the luxury 121-foot motor yacht OLGA for an upscale high-seas adventure.

Douce France
It's smooth sailing thanks to the double-hull style of the charter catamaran Douce France. This extra-large catamaran stretches an extravagant 138 feet with ample room including 6 state rooms and an impressive wine cellar with more than 400 bottles on board. The crew of 6 includes a talented chef and a dive master to organize scuba and snorkel trips in the clear Caribbean seas or off the Seychelles Islands.

Eurodam Penthouse Suite
Holland America launched their first signature class line and the stars of the ship are the 2 Eurodam Penthouse Suites. Each suite is roughly 1,100 square feet with a dining room, living room and bedroom boasting a king-sized bed and the plushest Egyptian linens available. There are lots of options for enjoying the view -- the wall of windows or the Jacuzzi tub sitting on the private deck. A butler is on-call 24 hours to fulfill every cruising request from fresh flowers to a cocktail in your room's Waterford crystal glass collection.

Stad Amsterdam
The Stad Amsterdam looks like it sailed straight out of a history book, but this knockout is the perfect blend of historical elegance and modern technology. Designed to replicate the stately charm of 19th-century clipper ships, this 250-foot ship has 14 cabins and 29 billowy sails that give it great presence at sea. While the crew is happy to pamper you with cocktails at the bar and great grub at the 55-person dining room, they're equally happy to put you to work. Guests can assist with hoisting the sails or manning the lookout, making it a cool active family vacation. Charter the ship or sign up for an adventure cruise to the Canary Islands or a working tour of Europe's busy port towns from Rotterdam to Lisbon.

Africat 420
The Africat 420 is designed for boaters looking to purchase a ship that is low maintenance but high class. This 42-foot catamaran doesn't require a captain or full crew, making it ideal for short trips and intimate boating adventures. There's plenty of open deck space perfect for sunbathing and 3 cabins, each with a bathroom. Its cutting-edge technology operates with the IPS system, or Inertial Proportion System, which uses a joystick to steer the boat.

No need to choose between a motor yacht and sailboat with the MITseaAH, which offers the best of both boating experiences. This ship's 156 feet are filled with upscale water toys including kneeboards and snorkel equipment, a pool, a Jacuzzi and a reading nook for relaxing. Room decorations have an international flair with staterooms decorated by theme including the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The first-class service on a charter tour includes 8 crew members who pamper guests with great food and drinks on the way to ritzy ports including Monaco, San Tropez, San Remo or Corsica.

Aquada Sports Car
The Aquada looks like it belongs in the transportation collection of any good superhero or superspy. A one-of-a-kind amphibious sea vessel, the Aquada can transform from a sleek sports car to a water-friendly vessel in just 10 seconds. This snazzy speedster can race up to 100 miles per hour on land and 30 miles per hour by sea. It's an expensive toy priced at $85,000, but it's a favorite with the ultra-rich, like Sir Richard Branson who used one to break the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel.

The Atlantis Marina
Even serious boaters sometimes need to stretch their sea legs on dry land. When you're in the Bahamas, there's no better place to dock than the Atlantis resort. Guests in the marina can dock mega-yachts up to 220-feet long and take advantage of the resort's facilities. Yacht owners can sleep on their ships, but send out their laundry and even order room service from the hotel. Security staff watches over the ships while guests swim in the luxurious pools and water attractions, frolic with sea life at Dolphin Cay and indulge in the gourmet restaurants, bustling casinos and clubs.

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