A few days back, we talked about Deepflight Dragon, a stunning personal submarine for luxurious deep-sea exploration. Equally majestic, and spectacular, is SeaXplorer, a family of advanced expedition yachts that can actually gash through hard chunks of ice, without getting damaged. Designed by yacht-manufacturer Amels, in collaboration with Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture and adventure travel company EYOS Expeditions, this robust ship is currently being built by Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group.
Fashioned after Damen’s famous Sea Axe bow, the SeaXplorer is capable of safely slicing through icebergs nearly 90 cm (approx. 35 in) in thickness, thanks to its innovative ice-shattering stern and powerful propulsive pods that can rotate a whole 180-degrees. It comes in three different sizes, measuring around 65m, 90 m and 100 m in length, respectively. According to the developers, the largest model can accommodate up to 80 people: 30 guests and about 50 crew members. Benjamin Maltby, of MatrixLloyd, said:
This is a fantastic design, which allows the owner to explore Arctic and Antarctic waters, which are inaccessible to most superyachts. Imagine whale-watching while sitting in the most comfortable and stylish surroundings. It’d be an experience which would stay with you for life.
Additionally, the SeaXplorer boasts a host of impressive eco-friendly credentials, including zero-discharge waste management and also, the ability to be completely self-sufficient for over 40 days at a stretch. Each of these yachts can house a helipad, a couple of rescue and diver support boats, submersibles, Zodiac inflatable boats as well as personal watercraft. The interior features an array of state-of-the-art amenities, such as lounges, swimming pools, gym, sauna, hospital and so on.
Priced at nearly $151 million (around £100million), the SeaXplorer was unveiled at the recent Monaco Yacht Show.