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YV&C News Desk wrote: Following five successful years chartering in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the sumptuous 151ft Royal Van Lent Feadship, Northern Light, will embark on her most exotic journey yet: the sun-drenched islands of the Indian Ocean.


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Northern Light will change course in fall 2006, heading east to new horizons



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.”

Down 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.

Stepping 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.

Descending 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.

Perhaps 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
The 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.

Below, 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
One 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.

He 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.

We look forward to the additions to his “favorites list” once he rounds the Horn of Africa and heads on to the Seychelles and beyond.  

About Jamie Matusow
Jamie Matusow is a freelance writer based in New York. She was the long time managing editor of legendary Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. Jamie traveled extensively throughout Mediterranean, Caribean, and the Bahamas where she filed many of her charter stories.

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Following five successful years chartering in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the sumptuous 151ft Royal Van Lent Feadship, Northern Light, will embark on her most exotic journey yet: the sun-drenched islands of the Indian Ocean.


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