Superyacht of the week: The Darwin Class Stella di Mare

The Darwin Class superyacht series from Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche aims at developing the superyacht species, taking a step forward without essentially changing the DNA of the vessel. At the upcoming edition of the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, from 10 โ€“ 15 september, the shipyard will be presenting the brand new explorer vessel Stella di Mare, the latest addition to this line as the Darwin Class 96. Designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec, she shows off a confident exterior look, with blue hull, white superstructure and a silhouette that perfectly reflects her need for adventurous travels.

Bold, strong and elegant, Stella di Mare is a superyacht that needs to go on other journeys than your typical superyacht cruise. With the owner and his family being avid superyacht cruisers, extensively traveling the mediterranean, one of the primary requirements for Stella di Mare was to have her be able to visit the most secluded and least frequented spots imaginable. This would not just include the mediterranean but also extendi towards to United States east coast and the Caribbean region in the near future.

With an obvious passion for yachts, the owner is keen on optimally enjoying every experience of life onboard Stella di Mare. With this in mind, a custom sky lounge was designed, with an open view into the wheelhouse. This allows the owner to spend time with his family while also enjoying piloting his vessel, really making the most of his time onboard. It's apparent that Stella di Mare is a unique vessel, showing off large amounts of personality not only in her exterior look, but also in every interior area. With her adventurous nature and upcoming debut in Cannes, this is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at this intriguing superyacht.

Stella di Mare is still a typical Darwin Class 96 superyacht, although she particularly differs from previous vessels of the same lineage. For instance, guest staterooms onboard Stella di Mare are considerably more voluminous, with the VIP stateroom being of almost the same size as the master stateroom. With the main deck considerably extended, this superyacht perfectly combines space, luxury and the adventurous nature of an expedition vessel in one wonderful package. Talking about space and adventure, the garage space is 10 sqm larger than those on previous vessel from the Darwin Class- range.

An Italian superyacht often means Italian design, and Stella di Mare is certainly no exception. With all interiors designed by Pierluigi Floris, her style is perfectly contemporary and light, with sleek lines and modern, soft shapes. A smooth colour palette and luxury materials such as natural Elm, open pore white Elm and Travertino marbles, Stella di Mare boasts an interior style that is lush, luxurious and friendly.

Starting with the main saloon, large surrounding windows emphasise the soft, welcoming and gentle design, with luxurious materials and light, natural colours as key ingredients. The entire ambiance feels lush yet subtle, with the large lounge area with big sofas and curvy armchairs immediately giving off a hospitable vibe. This is a vibe that can be enjoyably felt throughout Stella di Mare's decks, where lightness, subtle luxury, gentle style and an overall modern, warm ambiance is are key. The main saloon offers a big L-shaped, informal dining area fore, cozy and perfectly fitting her overall homy atmosphere.

Stella di Mare offers great accommodation for a company of 8 + 2 guests. Belowdecks, one lush master suite, two twins and one VIP suite fore offer every guest onboard a wonderfully designed, stylish environment that feels welcoming, spacious and airy. The master quarters offer a full beam suite with grand stateroom with private lounge area and ample storage space, plus a large starboard side en suite. The entire suite is designed in Stella di Mare's familiar light and soft modern style, a pleasant, welcoming and luxurious environment for sure. The VIP is a similarly appointed suite, with an equally spacious ambiance and similar style. Same goes for the twin suites, each offering an additional Pullman berth. Especially condering Stella di Mare's LOA, the guest accommodations are surprisingly voluminous, which goes for the staterooms as well as the en suites. Along with her elegant, breezy design style, make the guest accommodations onboard attractive and simply delightful.

Upstairs, Stella di Mare's open sky lounge, like the main saloon, is warm, welcoming and informally chic. All modern in style, the sky lounge perfectly connects with the wheelhouse, as to allow guests to perfectly connect with the vessel's crew and really experience the dynamics behind her functioning. It's easy to imagine this being an attractive feature, especially during a more adventurous trip. The sky lounge consists of a cozy lounge area, including big flatscreen television, and an office area.

Stella di Mare offers her guests a great collection of exterior areas to enjoy. From the big main deck and swimming platform aft, to the big upper aft deck al fresco panoramic dining area. Fore, a cozy and private cockpit is combined with a set of big sun pads, while upstairs great sun deck offers guests a wonderful area for entertaining and relaxing. Sun pads, lounge areas and dramatic vista views are key ingredients for this deck.

Overall, Stella di Mare offers an impressive, subtle and stylish take on superyachting. Perfectly suitable for traditional cruising as well as adventurous travels, she soothes guests with her airy design and, light ambiance and pleasant amenities.

Both with regards to her interiors as well as her exteriors, she is a friendly and bold superyacht that will undoubtedly successfully show her guests a slightly different take on luxury superyachting.

Cantiere Delle Marche
+39 071 206705
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By Jochem Kaan



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