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Superyacht of the Week: Carnival Liberty 3

SuperYacht of the Week

Launched in April of this year, the 33.53 metre Carnival Liberty 3 is hull number two of the new RP110 raised pilothouse superyacht model from Horizon Yachts. SuperYachtTimes.com visited the yacht at the Taiwan International Boat Show in May.

The launch of the second hull of the highly successful model from Horizon came quickly after the launch of Andrea VI in 2013, the first superyacht of the series, which was delivered to American owners. Both yachts boast a number of owner-specified customisations that offer subtle yet significant differences to each vessel built. In regards to Carnival Liberty 3, these variations lie primarily in regards to the boat’s layout.

The interior of the superyacht was designed by renowned Italian designer Luca Dini, who has successfully created a modern yet luxurious feel to the brand new boat with simple and effective colour schemes throughout. This luxurious sophistication is clear within all of the beautiful accommodation on board Carnival Liberty 3, which is spaced over four elegantly designed guest staterooms below deck.

All of the opulent beds within the staterooms display a floating technique, adding a unique and interesting modern look to the cultivated design and layout.

The owner chose to be separately accommodated in a sophisticated on-deck master stateroom, boasting ample space and exclusivity. This area includes two large circular skylights, flooding the room with natural light, whilst the large windows provide spectacular views.

The vessel’s crew quarters are found completely forward on the lower deck and include all the amenities to ensure a comfortable, smooth running and efficient trip at sea for all of her guests.

Her main saloon features large built-in seating with plenty of space for everyone on board. This generous area is surrounded by large windows, allowing for a light and natural feel to the area whilst also contributing to a feeling of spaciousness. A focal point is her step down bar to starboard. The galley setup is a further display of the owner’s customisation of the yacht, and is set on the starboard side, conveniently providing direct access for the crew and again, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience on board.

She sports a new flybridge layout, with two distinct seating areas aft. Carnival Liberty 3 also includes a bar set just behind the bridge, ideal for relaxation and entertainment.

A key difference between Andrea VI and Carnival Liberty 3 is clear within the aforementioned aft deck. While the first boat in the series displayed a relaxed, lounge style seating arrangement, the new yacht has gone for a more formal set up, including a dinette for the best al fresco dining whilst taking in the spectacular views.

She features a tender garage and a Hi/Lo swim platform for easy tender launch and retrieval. The garage, complete with a dayhead, workbench, and storage, also has the ability to act as a beach club if desired. A further example of the owner’s customisation of the yacht is found in the custom built bait well on the port aft deck as well as the access door to the tender garage on the starboard side - a nod to the owner’s passion for fishing.

Powered by twin CAT C32A 1900HP engines, Carnival Liberty 3 reaches a cruising speed of 18 knots and a top speed of 22 knots, figures in which her owner was impressed with during the April 10th sea trial. She has a range of 1,700 nm at 11 knots, and 650 nm at 17 knots at half load with a 10% fuel reserve. Following the delivery of his new superyacht, the owner plans to cruise and fish with his family on board his new superyacht in Japanese waters.

The new yacht made her debut at the 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show in May, and was delivered to her now third time Horizon owner in Japan shortly after. The owner’s previous Horizon yachts delivered in 2006 and 2008 are both customised to suit his individual wants and needs.

The RP110 has proved one of the most popular new models from Horizon Yachts, and is proving to be a truly global success. The third hull is expected to be delivered in Australia later this year. Hull four will be delivered in Malaysia, whilst hull number five is currently in discussion with clients.

By Gemma Fottles