Yacht & Company Profiles
Destination Paradise on a Yacht Charter with M/Y Northern Light
Northern Light will change course in fall 2006, heading east to new horizons
Dec. 9, 2006 11:30 AM
The sundeck is huge and roughly divided into three areas: forward is
the Jacuzzi and sun pad area; midships is the shaded bar—with Heineken
on tap; and the aft section is open with sun loungers and fitness
equipment, all shaded by a suspended canopy. On the right are two
built-in seating areas with enormous umbrellas. “On charter,” says the
Captain, “it’s not unusual to find the entire party up here—all doing
their own thing in their own space, but still together.”
the stainless and teak stairs to the bridge deck aft is the main
outdoor dining area, with a dining table that can accommodate 12 with
ease. The table is flanked by four service stations with varnished
tops. These are used for the breakfast buffet as well as for lunch and
dinner service. One of these units contains a wet bar, handy for
service and also great for the guests who can help themselves as
required. With built-in seating similar to that found on the sundeck
above, the Captain says it’s another great spot to relax.
inside from the aft deck you enter the “heart of the yacht,” the bridge
deck lounge, a space designed for family entertaining. Parquet floors
and large windows play up the mahogany interior. Comfy blue and white
sofas and a large granite-topped stand-up bar –again, with Heineken on
tap – make this a great space to gather. And you needn’t worry about
running out of beer—three kegs of the owner’s favorite brew are stowed
in a special temperature-controlled locker.
There is also a full
audio-video package here with hidden plasma TV and surround sound for
TV-DVD addicts, and you can also plug and play the camcorder to review
the day’s events. This entertainment space also includes a hidden
pantry that allows the crew to offer full bar service or discreet
service, depending on the occasion or on guests’ requirements.
the interior mahogany paneled staircase leads to the main deck. Forward
is the master suite complete with a fully equipped office, for
connection to the outside world. Aft is the dining room and beyond a
full-height display cabinet of antique china is the main deck lounge.
Both the dining area and main deck lounge are decorated in a slightly
more formal manner. Both are very gracious, with handmade Tai Ping
carpets that have a diamond pattern of cut silk on a wool background.
Pineapples, the symbol of welcome, are sculpted into the corners of a
central panel, where the yacht’s compass rose logo is embroidered. The
lounge could be compared to an English club, and has an intimate feel.
Large silk-covered sofas and easy chairs surround a Gucci leather
table; artwork and encased ship models make this a great spot to retire
to after the evening meal. Watch the news, catch up on a movie on the
60-inch plasma screen (hidden behind a painting when not in use), or
let the kids crash out to a favorite DVD or get their fill of XBox.
best of all, the yacht is equipped with Zero-Speed stabilizers to
ensure comfort at anchor and underway. Feadship’s quality of
construction enables the yacht to run almost silently. In fact, says
the Captain, “guests have come up for breakfast and have not realized
we have shifted anchorage – or islands – overnight!”
The Ultimate in Accommodations
owner’s suite comprises a luxurious mahogany-paneled stateroom with
king-size bed; a study complete with leather-topped desk, bookcase and
PC; and a smaller cabin designed for a young child, including a
built-in crib upholstered in baby-blue satin. A nanny can be
accommodated on the cabin’s folding Pullman berth. The owner’s bathroom
is elegant, with off-white, lightly patterned heated marble floors.
From the whirlpool bath, two large windows offer a view of the seascape.
guests are accommodated in four very comfortable and spacious cabins –
two doubles and two twins – opening off a parquet-floored lobby on the
lower deck. Paneled in the same richly hued Honduras mahogany as the
owner’s suite, the double cabins have marble bathrooms with double
basins and full-sized tubs. Each cabin features a comprehensive
electronics system including a dedicated satellite television receiver
for an almost unlimited choice of live or recorded sound and vision.
A New Chapter
thing is for sure, wherever Northern Light cruises, guests will enjoy a
sumptuous home away from home. The Captain and crew do their best to
ensure that, and the number of repeat charter guests serves as
testament. From specific requests, such as stopping at the best
restaurants along the way from Sardinia to Naples, to a lavish all-day
affair to celebrate a guest’s 50th birthday during which the crew
cleverly and secretly changed themes throughout, every day aboard the
yacht is made to be a special occasion.
In the past, the
Mediterranean, particularly Italy, Capri and Ischia, have been among
Captain Scott’s favorite destinations due to the friendly people,
fantastic food and wine, and awesome views. In Turkey, he loves the
peace and quiet, the great people and the mixture of culture and
religion. “Croatia,” he says, “along the Dalmatian coast is a wonderful
place to cruise; you can have culture, history and nightlife one day
and complete isolation and calm the next, all at your own anchorage.”
He enjoys life in the Caribbean, laid back and relaxed, as well as the
high life in St Barths. “It can be a little too relaxed for some
tastes, but with the weather and the water it’s hard to beat,” he says.
says his favorite itinerary has been a Dalmatian cruise, starting in
Venice and ending in Dubrovnik. There, he says, the choices are
endless, from historical sites to complete isolation of island
anchorages. He enjoys cruising up to Skradin to visit the waterfalls;
being alongside the cultural city of Trogir that really gets going
after dark; the peace and quiet of Miljet; and finally ending up in
Dubrovnik to spend a full day exploring the city.
forward to the additions to his “favorites list” once he rounds the
Horn of Africa and heads on to the Seychelles and beyond.