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Pardon the pun, but Taboo of the Seas is anything but forbidden fruit, for her owner and potential customers of Maiora. The megayacht, delivered this summer, is making her global debut at next week’s Cannes Yachting Festival, before heading on to the Monaco Yacht Show. The 99’9” (30.46-meter) yacht also has an unusual walk-around feature that isn’t what you expect.
In fact, Maiora actually considers her a Maiora 30 Walk Around. “Walk Around” typically means you have full side decks along the main deck. In this case, though, it refers to uninterrupted passage from the aft flying bridge down to the bow. It also means the flying bridge is fully open and accessible: no hatches or stairways. This yields about 1,184 square feet (110 square meters) of deck area devoted almost exclusively to the owner and guests. The exception is the helm, but it’s essentially on center, and doesn’t interfere with walking down to the bow’s sunning area.
Inside, meanwhile, Taboo of the Seas features interior design by Fossati Design Bureau. The studio and Maiora previously worked together on a steel explorer delivered in 2018. Since Taboo of the Seas is a sun-chasing cruiser, she has a light aesthetic. Therefore, light-stained oak dominates, with white leather and matte-finished brass as inlays. The sensation is comfortable, yet also glamorous. In combination with nearly 25 feet (7.5 meters) of beam and full-height glass, the main deck feels particularly welcoming.
Taboo of the Seas makes her owner feel welcome even when rising in the morning. The main-deck master suite—one of two masters onboard—lets him appreciate the views while in bed. It’s interesting to note that the suite is wheelchair-accessible, too. In fact, Maiora custom-created wheelchair boarding access straight to the aft deck, through the saloon, to here. The second master, meanwhile, is below decks, still full beam. Two guest cabins round out the accommodations.
Taboo of the Seas should see spirited performance, a top end of 23 knots. Twin 1,925-hp Caterpillars should also allow a 20-knot cruise.
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