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On Board: Charter Yacht Darlings Danama

The 196-foot CRN is a top motoryacht for charter during her debut season in 2011-12

Editor’s Note, December 2012: Darlings Danama is now among the precious few superyachts that accepts dogs as part of the charter party.


Darlings Danama is a 196-foot CRN motoryacht that was one of the most celebrated new launches into the Camper and Nicholsons International charter fleet for 2011. She was also one of the top new megayachts at the 2012 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Italy, as she prepared for her first full season of charter during that year’s summer Mediterranean season.

Darlings Danama was built by the previous owner of the 141-foot CRN motoryacht Emerald Star (which is now called Emotion and remains available for charter). Don’t, however, make the mistake of thinking that Darlings Danama is just a larger version of that yacht. With Emerald Star, the owner bought the yacht after the shipyard had largely completed her. With Darlings Danama, the owner had control of the build process from the start—and he used it to create a uniquely luxurious boat.

That starts with the deck furniture on the aft deck, which is by Fendi. It continues into the main salon, where the carpets are Tai Ping silk. In the formal dining room is a lamp that you can see at the Guggenheim museum, only here it casts soft light over the Lalique and French Louis crystal as well as the Hermes cutlery.

The walls aboard Darlings Danama include silver leaf detailing. The elevator was built not only with glass walls, but also with a glass roof to let in natural light. The bed in the master suite was custom built as a “super king” to accommodate the 6-foot-4-inch owner’s body frame. Super-king beds are in three of the four belowdecks cabins, too, along with the bridge-deck cabin that the owner calls a presidential suite.

Crew service and guest comfort details were also built into Darlings Danama. For instance, on the sundeck, there is a small walkaround area between the far forward edge of the deck and the hot tub. This serves two purposes. First, it allows stewardesses to serve drinks to guests in the hot tub without having to reach over other guests. Second, it allows guests to enjoy views forward of the yacht over the bow without having the wind screen directly in their noses.

The captain aboard Darlings Danama is Ian Carter, who was also the captain aboard Emerald Star—and who thus has a strong level of experience in the charter industry. His wife, Laurette Carter, is the yacht’s purser and brings the same level of attention to detail aboard Darlings Danama that she has achieved while working alongside her husband for the past 20 years.

Darlings Danama accommodates 12 guests with 16 crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €345,000. She is expected to finish the summer 2012 season in the Mediterranean before moving to the Caribbean for the winter 2012-13 season.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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