The number of super-size explorer superyachts in build could leave the impression that few owners and guests ever wanted to pursue adventures before. On the contrary, several did. They include the previous owner of Asteria. Her present owner has further adventures in mind. He’s relocating his 161-footer (49-meter) to Greenland for the upcoming summer charter season.
The rugged profile of Asteria is more than cosmetic. She launched in 1970 as a salvage tug, from a Greek shipyard. Starting in 2000, a New Zealand shipyard converted her into a luxury explorer yacht, over a two-year period. The owner visited both Poles, plus had the yacht transit the Northwest Passage.
Acquired by her current owner nearly two years ago, Asteria recently underwent yet another sprucing up. For instance, a new lounge area complements the aft-deck dining area. Up top, guests can soak in a hot tub, surrounded by plentiful teak. The French firm Charles Zana redesigned the interior with contemporary flair while preserving her classic appeal. Picture wood paneling and soles, with traditional colors like navy for fabrics.
Of course, since Greenland rarely receives superyacht visitors, you’ll have fantastic scenery to enjoy. In fact, ice caps and glaciers cover about 80 percent of the land mass. Therefore, you should also have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For example, Asteria carries tough Zodiac tenders, ideal for cruising through the fjords amid icebergs while searching for polar bears. A newly commissioned, durable Tino Marine tender can take you on walrus- and narwhal-spotting expeditions, too.
Since Asteria will be adventuring in Greenland in July, you additionally might catch the stunning Northern Lights. Regardless, the people’s natural warm welcomes will make for magical memories.
Asteria accommodates 12 people, and carries an 11-person crew, at a rate of $210,000 per week, via her central agents at Edmiston.