There’s nothing like starting the new week in a big way, and that’s what the owner of the 253-foot Verkerk Legend is doing. He has just announced that the newly refit expedition motoryacht is accepting inquiries for Greenland–and an itinerary that is about as adventurous as any I’ve seen during the 15 years that I’ve been covering the luxury yacht charter industry.
For 26 guests, the weekly base rate of about €745,000 will include not just the yacht and crew, but also a helicopter with six days of heli-skiing with one guide per every four skiers, and an additional guide for non-skiing guests; a submarine with a pilot and as many as six dives per day for two guests per dive; and all the safety and recreational equipment needed to make the most of the activities.
Plus, of course, there’s the yacht. Legend was originally built by the Icon shipyard in 1973. Verkerk has undertaken a major restoration, something charter insiders know he’s quite good at, given the success of his other restored yacht, the 228-foot Sherakhan. As with that yacht, he has gutted and totally rebuilt Legend, making her the only luxury ice-breaker yacht available for charter anywhere in the world. (The rendering at right shows just one of the interior spaces.)
With Legend, Verkerk built in spaces for the submarine stowage and the helipad from the start, with an aim of having Legend offer charters in Greenland and Antarctica during alternating seasons. On board, guests enjoy comforts including a full gymnasium, Balinese spa, sauna, hot tub, beauty salon, movie theater and swimming pool. A medical suite is aboard too, in case of emergencies.
I’ve been spending time aboard Verkerk’s yachts and writing articles about them for years, since when back when he owned a “regular” motoryacht called Jaguar in the Mediterranean, and I must say there’s not a yacht owner I would trust more to put together an ultimate luxury-adventure package. Verkerk is an adventurous guy who likes his creature comforts, and charter guests will only benefit from his personal desire to explore a bit farther off the traditional yachting path.