Venturing to Antarctica is a bucket list item for many. But it's about to get a whole lot more luxurious. That's thanks to a new 252-foot icebreaking expedition yacht that's available to charter starting December 2021.
Named La Datcha, the best-in-class vessel was commissioned by Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov and can tackle the harshest of conditions. It's capable of cruising through 16-inch-thick ice and sailing autonomously for 40 days like a research ship. However, the accommodations are much more luxurious.
Spread out over six decks are six sleeping cabins complete with bathrooms and walk-in dressing areas that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Common areas include an observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Turkish bath, sauna, massage room, gym, and jacuzzi. A glass-encased elevator links the levels allowing seamless movement onboard. There's also a crew of 25 available to cater to your every need, and a hospital in case of an emergency at sea.
While the five-star accommodations are paramount for a far-flung getaway, Antarctica's trip is all about outdoor exploration. So, the custom SeaXplorer SX77 also comes with two helicopters, two snowmobiles, four jet-skis, a dive center complete with a decompression chamber, several tenders, and even a mini-submarine. Tinkov even provides handpicked ski guides to lead personalized heli-skiing trips on pristine terrain.
The Dutch yard described the Damen-built ship as "the ultimate crossover of superyacht quality and finish with serious capability." It was delivered to Tinkov earlier this month, and he's now making it available for charters in Antarctica for December 2021 and January 2022.
The cost of a once-in-lifetime sailing adventure? Seven-day itineraries start at $846,000 per week and are available through Fraser Yachts. And while you have to wait over a year for the Antarctic sailing, La Datcha is now available for bookings on any part of her three-year world cruise, starting in late 2020.