In a true test of endurance and skill, superyachts are being pushed to the ends of the Earth in search of special experiences, unexplored lands and lifelong memories. One member of the global fleet who is already four months into a two-year world tour is the 55-metre superyacht Lili who is quickly proving that she is a strong runner in the race around the world. As the most customised Amels 180 ever delivered, Lili has become a highly successful charter yacht since she met her original owners at the Amels shipyard in July 2017. Now, Lili and up to 12 guests and 13 crew have been enjoying a unique charter opportunity, organised and managed by Imperial, which kicked off in December 2018 in the Indian Ocean and the Maldives - a perfect start to ease into an exciting two-year programme. For the month of March, Lili was dipping in and out of the islands of South-East Asia, including that of Thailand and Singapore. Now as she moves through the Seychelles towards the Mediterranean, Lili will have an intense summer season stopping by wherever her guests desire.After getting the most out of the Mediterranean, Lili will relocate during the month of December 2019 to cross the Atlantic and explore the Caribbean just in time to bring in the New Year. With three continents completed already, the spring months of 2020 will belong to discovering Central America, Ecuador and Costa Rica, all before cruising north of America to Alaska. From August 2020, the South Pacific is on the schedule, with fantastic French Polynesia and Fiji top of the agenda. A bold venture like this is certainly made easier with a superyacht like Lili. Thanks to her generous volume and lines by Tim Heywood Design, she is able to carry a whole host of amenities to keep her guests entertained along the way. Guests can make use of her extended sun deck, which at 175sqm is a supreme sunbathing, dining and seating area located aft. A four-metre pool with counter-current jets for swimming is surrounding by loungers and sun pads for an unbeatable day of relaxing in the sun. When the sun is out of view, guests can switch up the sun pads for a home cinema space, thanks to the projector mounted nearby.If not kicking back and absorbing the sunshine and stunning scenery on one of Lili’s luxury decks, guests can take to the beach club or the main-deck gym where the steam room, treadmill and cross trainer will keep guests feeling their best. The toy box will also get guests active, with a choice between two waverunners, three seabobs, wakeboard and skis, inflatables and snorkelling gear, guests will surely be tempted to try them all. A diving excursion will definitely be on the itinerary, as Lili comes with her own expert dive instructor who will take guests, regardless of experience, into the shallows for a relaxing snorkel or to the depths of the blue oceans to find more extraordinary marine life. Hunting out diving hotspots is easy on either of the two tenders, with one 7.1-metre tender and the other 4.5-metres, there is room for everyone. After an energetic day out on the water, it is time to relax on board. Lili comes equipped with entertainment, karaoke and cinema systems after a BBQ dinner on the sun-deck, guests can switch off and enjoy one another's company before retreating to their staterooms. The stateroom formation designed by Laura Sessa consists of an owner’s suite on the upper deck with its own private aft deck and lounging area; a VIP suite on the main deck forward with a private balcony, and an additional two double cabins and two twin cabins on the lower deck. As with any charter experience, the crew are what makes the experience special and give a superyacht personality. Lili and her experienced crew have invested in her large travel portfolio which has earnt her a place as one of the most highly-rated charter yachts in her range. As well as a five-star team of chefs, Lili and her crew are captained by Captain Andrew Carter, whose sense of ambition and travel expertise can be relied on by guests to create an unforgettable charter experience. As he anchors down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, SuperYacht Times catches up with Captain Carter to find out more about what Lili and her crew have to offer for the remainder of her worldwide journey.Tell me about your background and how you became captain of Lili.
I started over 25 years ago in my 20s in the hospitality sector establishing restaurant and bars in the Austrian Ski Alps until I became involved in yachting in 2004. Before I joined Lili, I captained busy and successful charter vessels ranging from 25 to 60 metres. Thanks to this experience, I like to think I have and can offer extensive knowledge of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia regions to all guests on board Lili.
The nature of the journey itself is what excites me. We are exploring the ends of the Earth! Tahiti and French Polynesia entice me most with their rich variety of land and water based activities. Also, their culture is almost mythical and together with the wonderful cruising, it is an all-round unforgettable experience. The Galapagos is also a truly unique experience. Have you ever been involved in anything like this two-year charter journey before?
I have travelled almost 100,000nm in my yachting career, but this is my first true, end to end worldwide itinerary. So you can see why it is so exciting for me to achieve such a thing!Have you ever been to any of these locations before, and if so, what can you recommend?
All these areas have something a little special that they can call their own. From my own experience, the Seychelles boasts some of the clearest underwater visibilities around and the deep-sea fishing opportunities are great. Not to mention the beautiful beaches, especially those with pink sand. The north-west coast of Thailand and the Surin and Similan Island groups are also stunning and should be on everyone's bucket list. On the other side of the world, each one of the Caribbean islands offers a unique experience, each with their own interesting histories, legendary welcomes and, of course, local cuisine.
Apart from her fantastic, highly-trained and enthusiast crew? I think it would be the full-beam master suite situated on the bridge deck. With its own private exterior deck, it’s definitely an asset compared to every standard layout available in the Amels 180 Limited Edition series. I find that this area really surprises all of our guests once they step on board for the first time. We also boast some amenities that are typically only found on larger yachts: a luxurious and spacious beach club featuring a Hammam and four-metre counter-current pool on the sun deck. Soon, we will be adding an impressive 11.5-metre chase boat!
To find out more about Lili and how to be a part of her special two-year charter journey, contact Julia Buklina at Imperial via the details below. Follow the Imperial website for further updates along the way, including extra locations added to the itinerary and a more detailed schedule.
Julia Buklina, Charter CA