The allure of the high seas is what tempts a holidaymaker into becoming a cruiser and once you have been on a cruise – certainly a luxury one – the chances are you will return to the waters again and again. There is majesty on the ocean waves, a certain prestige that comes with sailing around some of the most fabulous destinations in complete luxury and seeing more of them within a single itinerary than you would ever normally see on a more generic land-based holiday.
But what if you’re looking for something a little different? Perhaps more intimate and exclusive. This is where yacht cruises have their place. Perfect for those who wish to try a sophisticated small ship cruise, at Panache Cruises we’re here to tell you that it is time to stop wondering and time to start sailing.
With svelte yachts offering a glimpse into the elusive cosmos inhabited by A-listers and fashionistas, suddenly cruising has dropped anchor in a new realm. Boutique-style offers a unique insight into the wunderkinds of cruising. Unlike gin palaces where bohemians rub shoulders with billionaires and rock stars mingle with royals; our collection is less ostentation, more sophistication.
Best of all you don’t have to be an oligarch to buy into the privilege of yacht-style cruising.
Conveying around a hundred guests or less, each iconic vessel in this collection revels in the accolade of having the highest crew-to-passenger ratios in cruising. From bow to stern there’s a warm cocoon of space and style; while the zeitgeist is perfectly honed to enhance la dolce vita.
Rarefied and carefully considered, each is less cruise ship, more private idyll with a soupcon of stealth style. Imagine a cruise where there are a few friends along for the ride and you’re getting close to what makes these sirens of the sea the mother lode of indulgence.
The subtly eye-catching design of these yacht style cruise ships tend to range from sleekly cool to smoking-hot. The vibe is pitch-perfect and entirely in keeping with the nautical lifestyle so adored by each and every guest.
The on-board tempo is laid back; the dress code is elegant casual. Lotus-eating is mandatory as is exploring fanciful ports at leisure. Champagne is served with abandon and the wine list never disappoints. The cuisine has contemporary nuances while at the same time is tempered with a classical approach. Above all, service from the crew is a yardstick of excellence.
The yachts tend to chase the sun throughout the year. In summer months the French and Italian Rivieras are firm favourites – St Tropez and Portofino in particular. Hedonism and culture keep good company in the Aegean and Ionian seas – never more so than in Mykonos and Corfu. Several sequestered ports on Mediterranean islands also score highly on the photogenic scale – notably Ibiza and Bonifacio.
As autumn takes hold the yachts head towards the indolent Caribbean. Here gin-clear waters and quarter-moon beaches as well as colourful markets and chic boutiques await guests who soon absorb the quintessential lifestyle of this pattern of islands. Without doubt a yacht-style cruise is appreciably more than the sum of its parts.
Yacht Style Cruises are sometimes referred to as small-ship cruises, owing to the fact that the ships offering Yacht Style Cruises tend to have a very small number of guests; often fewer than 100, sometimes up to a few hundred. This small-ship, yacht-style experience affords a completely different ambience among the guests and crew on board and is far removed from the resort-at-sea style mega ships that many associate with cruising.
Moreover, the real focus is on the destinations and getting right to the heart of them. That is the real beauty of Yacht Style Cruises; you can quite literally travel to remote ports and destinations that larger ocean vessels cannot reach. This will allow you to dock more closely, giving you more time to explore the places you want to see, to give you a truly immersive and luxury experience.
Yacht Style Cruises are the epitome of luxury and take guests to glamorous destinations often associated with celebrities and royalty.