Octopus to Antarctica

The legendary motor yacht Octopus will head to Antarctica for charter later this year.

20 April 2022


The 126-metre superyacht, formerly owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is travelling to Antarctica in late 2022 and will be available for charter.

Built by renowned German shipyard, Lürssen, to a design by Espen Øino, Octopus is one of the largest superyachts in the world. Up until her sale in 2021, she was kept incredibly private and few images of her interior were ever released to the public. In 2021, Octopus was sold and joined the Camper & Nicholsons charter fleet.

This is the first time Octopus has been available for charter, marking the occasion with a two-year round-the-world tour, which began in January this year. She is now available to exclusive charter groups to explore the wonders of Antarctica, an incredible opportunity for any discerning luxury traveller.

At the time of her launch in 2003, Octopus heralded the beginning of a new era in yachting, commencing a trend for vessels to be equipped for science, research and true ocean-crossing travel.

To that end, she sports an ice-class 1A steel hull, allowing her to safely traverse the iceberg-filled seas surrounding the southern-most continent.


She’s the perfect yacht to undertake such a voyage,” says Jacqui Lockhart, Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons, who travelled to Antarctica herself in 2018.

“She’s well-equipped to host intrepid charterers off the beaten track with a fully equipped medical suite and dive centre, complete with a hyperbaric chamber as well as a submarine and two helipads. Octopus was truly built for explorer expeditions.”

There’s no shortage of luxury inside, either. From the glass-bottomed aquarium to the cinema, gym and wellness area and library, no matter the occasion or your inclination, you’ll find it on board.

Octopus can accommodate 12 guests across three decks. From a lavish master suite complete with private elevator and observation deck to two VIP apartments, seven double and three twin staterooms, there are options to suit all parties.

Despite her size, guests have described her as feeling cosy, a perfect setting for intimate groups and conversation.

The superyacht also boasts an underwater lounge and a forward-facing indoor observation deck, providing an unbeatable viewing platform to see the sights.

Octopus’ tour of Antarctica is truly the trip of a lifetime. Her voyage is among the first superyacht expeditions to the region and guests will do so aboard one of the world’s largest superyachts available for charter.

The opportunity, often only afforded to researchers and documentary-makers, will bring explorers face to face with some of the most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife.

The journey on Octopus will open up the least-explored continent on earth to those onboard. Accompanied by locally-based scientists, guests can take part in ski touring, ice exploring, polar plunges and wildlife conservation.

So far, her plans include Costa Rica, Panama and South America. She will wrap up with the Antarctica tour in early December 2022.



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