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Superyacht of the Week: the pathfinding Planet Nine

SuperYacht of the Week
Written by
Charl van Rooy

In an ambitious move to build the ultimate modern-day explorer yacht, Admiral teamed up with an all-star project team to bring to life a new breed of rugged yet refined voyager that is packed with every imaginable requirement that her owner could ever need. Here we take a look inside the new 73-metre Italian flagship, Planet Nine for the first time to discover what makes this vessel so special and to explore her impressive range of world-cruising features. Planet Nine cruisingPhoto: Thierry Ameller

For the yachting gurus amongst our readers, Planet Nine’s tough exterior would be instantly reminiscent of a famous German superyacht by designer Tim Heywood. Indeed, not only does Planet Nine share certain similar lines to that of the 90-metre Ice from Lürssen, but deep down is built with the same ocean-crossing and independent-cruising capabilities than her older look-a-like sister. But what sets Planet Nine apart is the level of sophistication and abundance of features that has been crammed into only 73 metres of superyacht. Planet Nine cruisingPhoto: Thierry Ameller

At 2,100 GT, there is no doubt that Planet Nine is a big girl. Considering that her entire aft section is dedicated to helicopter operations and thus utilising only the forward part of the vessel for guests areas, that number becomes even more impressive. Her slender beam of 12.8 metres supports four exterior decks and one enormous commercially graded helicopter landing pad at the stern for unlimited adventuring when on board. Combine that with a range of 6,000 nm and the limits to yacht travel you once thought existed quickly disappear. Planet NinePhoto: Thierry Ameller

But it's not all about trailblazing and remote cruising for months on end. Planet Nine is just as comfortable hanging out off St Tropez or Staniel Cay, and she has the deck spaces to back it up. The fun starts on the sundeck where guests will find a jacuzzi and a sheltered family-sized dining area. At 15 metres above sea level, the view from here is well worth getting up for at the crack of dawn for a morning yoga session. Planet Nine jacuzziPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine sundeckPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine

The bridge deck below is dedicated for ship operations and the exclusive VIP apartment that is situated aft. What could well be described as a second owner’s cabin, the VIP suite on this deck comes with its own private aft balcony that stretches nearly the full beam of the vessel. The perfect day begins by waking up in the tastefully styled Tino Zervudachi interior and literally rolling out of bed onto your private terrace that overlooks the day’s playground.Planet Nine deckPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine guests's cabin Photo: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine

Planet Nine’s upper deck is dedicated entirely to the comfort of her guests and is also the largest of them all, stretching from the helipad all the way forward to the bow. Inside, the saloon is decorated with natural elements such the raw teak deck, leather sofas and wooden panelling, all expertly installed by German interior house, Fitz. Side large side access to the deck outside, the massive opening leading out to the aft part of the deck and the soft feel of the teak on your feet make you wonder whether you are in fact inside or outside at any given moment. Planet NinePlanet Nine Upper DeckPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine

With the helicopter stowed away in its own hangar one level below, the helipad is left clear to be set up as a floating party deck wherever in the world you may be. Planet Nine aerialPhoto: Thierry Ameller

Forward on the upper deck is a large observation lounge with wrap-around windows and oversized furniture that make the perfect chillout spot for when underway. Here you will also find the onboard cinema for those rainy nights at anchor that are better spent inside. Planet Nine living room Photo: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine cinemaPhoto: Thierry Ameller

The main deck is reserved for Planet Nine’s two master staterooms. The first is located forward with the bed offset to port and a large lounge and office space on the starboard side. A second is located amidships and comes with two side terraces and an eclectic en-suite bathroom.Planet Nine owner's cabinPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine sidedeckPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine guests's bathroom Photo: Thierry Ameller

The aft section of the main deck is where the yacht’s two custom Rupert tenders are stowed on either side of the helicopter hangar.Planet Nine tenderPhoto: Thierry Ameller

Six additional guest suites are located on the lower deck and finished in the same high level of luxury as found anywhere else on the yacht. Also on this deck is where Planet Nine’s 26 professional crew members reside.Planet NinePlanet Nine guests's cabin Photo: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine

The beach club with its two fold-out terraces and large fixed swim platform is the setting for a fun-filled family day out on the water. Planet Nine beach clubPhoto: Thierry AmellerPlanet Nine sternPhoto: Thierry Ameller

Planet Nine is for charter through Edmiston this summer from €650,000 per week. 

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