Yacht liner in build

A 207-metre Four Seasons yacht liner is in build, with an Onassis-meets-Bond design by Tillberg Design of Sweden.

23 February 2023


From the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to The World, the hybrid superyacht/luxury cruise liner/residence vessel has made a dramatic entrance over the past few years. It’s an interesting new bracket that is inspiring interesting new projects – of which a new 207-metre ‘yacht liner’ for Four Seasons is the latest.

Designed by for the brand by Tillberg Design of Sweden – which has experience in this field having worked on The Ritz-Carlton project and the 222-metre private residence superyacht Sonmio – the new build features what appear to be lines, curves and features that recall famous superyachts of the mid-20th century. In fact, that speaks directly to the brief that Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS) received.

“This project confirms a new and strong trend in modern yachting – luxury yacht liners,” says TDoS Partner and Executive Director Fredrik Johansson. “It started with a very clear and unique vision from our client, which was condensed into a single-line brief: ‘imagine Christina O (the yacht built for Aristotle Onassis) meets James Bond’. It would be hard to go wrong there, you may think – but it is also a huge challenge. Every part and every detail of the yacht has to be perfect.”


While her lines may recall the elegant curves and decks of Christina O, her features definitely reveal the James Bond aspect. The iconic funnel design, for example, has been rethought – this new vessel has been designed and will be fitted out to minimise emissions – so instead of exhaust columns it houses a spectacular suite.

The Funnel Suite will offer guests a total of 892 square metres of indoor and outdoor space distributed over four levels. The suite will also be directly and privately accessible from a tender platform at water level, meaning suite visitors can come aboard with complete discretion.

Guests housed in the rest of the vessel will not be disappointed either – the graceful aft deck of Christina O and its swimming pool with rising deck feature is mirrored here with a generous pool deck that includes a 20-metre pool, similarly equipped with a rising floor to create a dance floor or stage.

Yet another spectacular design feature onboard is the port-to-starboard transversal marina. Not only is this dual marina a unique engineering masterpiece, but its terraced design also allows the guests to enjoy the sea first hand, with immediate access to water activities, and to ‘sea limousine’ transfers to shore. It can also be transformed into an exclusive dining experience.

“Much inspiration was taken from the private and sophisticated atmosphere of Surf Club, Miami Beach – and of course from the golden era of classic yachting,” adds Johansson.

“Already at the outset, we concluded that the master planning must be made to welcome every single guest as if it was to the yacht of a close friend, instilling an instant sense of relaxation and belonging.”

The TDoS design team will create suites and social spaces that reflect a truly effortless dolce vita ethos and worldly sophistication, offering everything that is essential for a truly epic yachting experience. The vessel’s 95 spacious accommodations will feature a network of joining suite combinations creating adaptable, villa-like residences. Each suite will offer floor-to-ceiling windows providing unobstructed natural light and access to expansive terrace decks.

The combination of generous indoor and outdoor private guest space and ceiling heights of more than 2.4 metres will achieve a new level of guest comfort. The Four Seasons Yacht will also feature a number of high-class restaurants, lounges, bars, spas and other high-class amenities.

“At the inception of this project, Tillberg Design of Sweden worked very closely with the Marc-Henry team and Four Seasons, in analysing extensive market research, and creating a very clear and solid brand manifesto,” says Larry Pimentel, CEO of Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings. “As we are building a whole new guest experience from scratch, this document has been instrumental as a guidance for the development of our entire yacht, which has turned out distinctly unique.”

The vessel is under construction at Fincantieri in Italy, who were also responsible for its engineering. As a world-class builder of cruise ships and with some significant 100+ metre superyacht builds under their belts, they have significant experience they can apply to the build of such a crossover. The vessel is due to launch in 2025.




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