Superyacht of the Week: The 40 metre Imperial Princess

Written by Jochem Kaan

This year was a successful episode in the history of Princess. The Plymouth-based shipyard launched their impressive Imperial Princess, a spacious and contemporary 40-metre superyacht, and had two fruitful showcases to celebrate the occasion. These showcases, at the Festival de la Plaisance and the Monaco Yacht Show, showed the world an exciting new addition to the industry, not in the least because Imperial Princess is the largest production superyacht to be manufactured in Great Britain to date. On top of that, she impressively offers the largest volume in her class, just one of her many class-leading specifications. Excited for a tour, we already know this is a magnificent tri-deck vessel that embodies a grand new chapter for Princess and semi-custom superyachts in general.

Imperial Princess boasts a contemporary exterior look, with sleek lines and subtle curves showing off her edgy personality. She shows off a variety of impressive specifications, from her impressive 230 kg anchors to the big stern garage, yet she remains undeniably elegant. Obviously, within the voluminous spaces of her hull and superstructure, clients have all the freedom to mold virtually any superyacht they please, allowing for endless possibilities for style and atmosphere. Combine this with an impressive selection of layout options, one ends up with a super yacht that has an outstanding standard of quality and finish, a point eloquently proven by Imperial Princess herself.

A tour onboard Imperial Princess starts with an introduction of her wonderful sense of style, in the form of the grand main saloon. This spacious and contemporary area offers a luxurious take on a cozy lounge, with a warm colour palette and a selection of subtle yet richly textured luxury materials forming the building blocks of an interior design that is modern and welcoming. Large surrounding windows offer magnificent vistas while allowing natural light to flow in, and two foldout balconies on either side instantly turn this intimate yet cosmopolitan lounge into an open and airy seaside condo. The main saloon consists of an aft lobby, with a subtly silver and gold design and touches of high gloss black, a central lounge with contemporary furnishing in warm greys, chocolate and cremes, and the main dining fore, with the high gloss rectangular dining table as dramatic centrepiece, surrounded by smooth dining chairs in a creamy, floral print. Overall, there is an undeniable gentleness to this design, distinctly luxurious with a well balanced and subtle ambiance. Gold and silver is applied throughout, as supportive style elements rather than main ingredients, framing the overall natural atmosphere with touches of sparkle. The same goes for the high-gloss elements, which are unobtrusively present here and there, giving Imperial Princess' main saloon a comfortable and luxurious design. All is reminiscent of a warm Scandinavian design scheme with glamorous undertones, a style which is consistently integrated throughout the vessel. The main aft deck offers a perfect extension of the saloon, with large chairs and a sofa surrounding a dining table perfect for al fresco dining, plus a bar at guests' disposal.

Moving from the main saloon, through the central lobby, one can find the master suite which occupies the fore main deck. The flexibly purposeful ante-room can be utilised in various functions, ranging from private office, lobby and reading room to TV-room. In any case, this space perfectly functions as a privacy buffer, allowing these quarters to function as separate, and perfectly private, dwellings.

The full beam stateroom, like the main saloon, boasts an elegantly warm and contemporary atmosphere, with a natural colour palette and subtly applied luxury materials. Here, too, vast windows allow natural light to flow in from either side. This modern, warm and light ambiance is extended into the spacious fore en suite, which can be reached through a lavish dressing area offering two impressive walk-in wardrobes.

This en suite, which can also easily be designed as separate his and hers baths, offers a large bath starboard and big shower area port side. Stained mirrored tiles add that sense of character and sparkle to this en suite. Again, Imperial Princess' contemporary warmth is complimented by adding a touch of glamour that seems to give this superyacht that extra something special throughout all areas onboard.

Belowdecks, four additional luxury quest quarters can be enjoyed. Starting with the big VIP suite, with full beam stateroom offering intimate L-shaped lounge and vanity areas. With creamy carpeting and the application of upholstery in light grey tones, this stateroom offers a slightly more traditional yet elegant atmosphere, which is very much in tune with this superyacht's personality. This VIP offers a lush en suite with bath and shower area port side and a spacious walk in wardrobe starboard side. The second VIP suite, located fore, is designed in a similar ambiance and offers a slightly smaller stateroom with a large en suite with big tub and a separate shower area.

The two remaining guests suites, in twin configuration, complete Imperial Princess' range of guest accommodation with big staterooms, luxurious en suites and ample amounts of natural light. In future projects, these suites can be easily designed as gym and cinema areas.

The upper deck offers an elegant and spacious sky lounge, elegant and warm with large inviting furnishing and natural, contrasting tones and materials. Big surrounding windows allow for natural light to flow in and frame the pleasantly private ambiance. A Scandinavian look and feel is blended with warm colours and ever so subtle retro touches, resulting in an atmosphere that is both familiar and fresh.

A large aft deck houses the vessel's second al fresco setup, for ample private dinners and cocktails, with an impressively large dining table comfortably seating all 12 guests. Moving upstairs either from the aft deck or the sky lounge, an impressive sun deck offering large amounts of space and luxury is at guests' disposal. With a bar, large central lounging area, aft sun area with luxurious loungers and, to top it all off, a big spa tub, Imperial Princess truly has it all.

With this landmark project, one of the most experienced shipyards in Europe raises the bar and leaves us in anticipation for the new projects that are already in the works.

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