Enigma XK partners with EYOS Expeditions

Luxury expedition yacht Enigma XK have announced a partnership with EYOS Expeditions. Beginning with the yachtʼs upcoming Antarctica season, 71 metre Enigma XK will work exclusively with EYOS on all its charters, aiming to introduce a level of luxury and adventure that until now has been unprecedented in expedition charter yachts.

The converted fisheries vessel is designed to sail in the roughest seas on the planet, and, when launched in 1988, was originally named Norna. Acquired by her current owner in 2011, she has been undergoing a three-year transformation from rugged government vessel into luxury yacht in La Rochelle, France.

The partnership will be broad-based and multi-faceted. As expedition operators, EYOS will work with clients on itinerary development, arranging logistical support such as private aircraft or helicopters, and acquiring necessary permits. In addition, two EYOS guides will be onboard to lead every expedition and ensure the safety of the clients in these extreme environments. Lyons says, “Having two expedition staff onboard offers clients the luxury of choice; for instance, some clients may want to go kayaking in Neko Harbor, Antarctica, while others would prefer a hike up to a spectacular view over a glacier. We will be able to offer two activities at the same time. Whatever their interest is, we can supply an experienced guide to enrich their expedition.”

Enigma XK offers luxury accommodation to all guests on board, including the opulent Ownerʼs Suite offers dramatic, 180-degree views from just below the Bridge. A large upper saloon will feature floor to ceiling windows that will frame the stunning views of the passing landscapes. There is a massage room, gym and even a hair salon. A small spa- pool is located aft of a protected al-fresco dining area, and the yachtʼs many toys, including jeeps, kayaks and a certified heli-pad, will ensure guests have the most complete and exhilarating exploration possible.

Enigma XK's 15-foot draft and astounding 12,000-mile range mean she can set off on long explorations far away from supporting infrastructure. Her twin 3,000 horsepower Ruston engines propel her at 18 knots, and zero speed stabilisers ensure a comfortable ride whether underway or at anchor.

By Gemma Fottles

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