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If you’re looking for a charter yacht with the heart of an explorer, true ocean-going credentials and amazing onboard luxuries, look no further than the 237' (72.24m) BLEU DE NIMES. This former British Navy Degaussing ship was originally launched by Clelands Shipbuilding Company in 1980 and formerly known as LODESTONE serving the Royal Navy until her decommissioning in 1997. Now, having completed a four-year rebuild in 2020, BLEU DE NIMES has finally realized a 20-year ambition to transform from a military vessel to one of the most luxurious, long-range charter cruisers on offer. Such was the extent of her conversion, a passion project for her dedicated owner, who enlisted Studio Nattero to oversee the naval architecture, Lloyds classified her as a new build once the process was complete. The results speak for themselves. While BLEU DE NIMES retains many of the outstanding features of her naval past, she also offers all of the exceptional amenities and opulence you would expect on a fabulous charter yacht. With room on board for 28 guests, BLEU DE NIMES is an ideal choice for off-the-beaten path adventures or celebrations in remote climes with family or friends.
The interiors on BLEU DE NIMES are perfectly in keeping with her classic lines and traditional ocean-liner style thanks to interior designer Pier Vittorio Cerruti. Seen as a trusted pair of hands, having designed many of the BLEU DE NIMES owner’s homes, Cerruti has made lavish use of American cherry wood in the paneling and cabinetry and iroko wood floors complemented by black-veined marble. Rattan furnishings and antiques—including valuable Chinese vases—help to create a warm colonial feel that would not be out of place in the most well-heeled stately home. The main salon features plush cream sofas in a conversational arrangement around a large timber coffee table. It’s a social space for cocktails and canapes before dinner at the formal dining table. The main salon is complemented by two smaller, cozier salons further forward for guests to have time and space for themselves for reading or card games. There is also a dedicated onboard cinema for family movie nights or to keep younger guests entertained.
The upper deck salon is a lovely space for entertaining with four indoor dining tables and a further four positioned just outside on the connecting deck. Together they provide seating for 36 guests—ideal for dining as a group and special in port celebrations.
Decks on BLEU DE NIMES are expansive, with beautifully designed spaces for relaxing, socializing, and dining or simply soaking up the sunshine and scenery of her cruising grounds. The main aft deck has enough space to seat everyone for morning coffee and pastries as you plan the day ahead. The upper aft deck is the place for sundowner cocktails or dancing under the stars, while the more intimate lounge aft on the bridge deck provides a quieter escape. There is also a gym, massage room and sauna to be enjoyed in the Wellness Center.
For uninterrupted bronzing and the best views on board, head to the sundeck where there are two massive side-by-side Jacuzzis so no one misses out on a relaxing soak, and a sit-up bar serving the perfect libation, whatever the occasion. A sea of sun loungers both forward and aft provide fabulous opportunities for tanning.
For ease of access, a lift rises six levels from the lower deck to the sundeck and there is also a grand staircase connecting floors.
BLEU DE NIMES is a great choice for families thanks to her child-friendly accommodations and 13 beautifully designed staterooms. Two triple cabins and two twin cabins on the lower deck are perfect for children sharing. There are a further six double cabins on this level, all with en-suite bathrooms and the same traditional interiors as BLEU DE NIMES’s common areas. They all have direct access to the beach club. The real show-stopper is the upper deck master suite with its emperor size bed, gorgeous joinery, separate office, walk-in dressing room and his and hers bathroom with a beautiful marble bathtub. Those opting for one of the two VIP staterooms on the main deck will not be disappointed either. Each one has an indulgent king-size bed, beautiful views, and a stunning en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower.
Equally at home in the Mediterranean or cruising the world’s best dive sites and remote islands of the Indian Ocean, BLEU DE NIMES has a true ocean-going pedigree and all of the toys and tenders to ensure guests maximize every moment. Scuba diving and snorkeling kits unlock the underwater wonders of far-flung reefs, while an array of towable toys, WaveRunners and Jet Skis provide a burst of adrenaline for speedsters. Kayaks, windsurfers, and a Laser sailboat allow for gentler exploration. There’s also a swimming platform large enough for sun loungers for a real sense of on-the-water serenity. The 33.10' custom offshore tender, launched from the fold-down port side sea terrace, makes it easy to explore tucked-away coves and hidden stretches of sand thanks to its beach landing setup. There is also a touch-and-go helipad for guests to arrive in style or take their adventures to the sky.
But perhaps the real stand-out feature on BLEU DE NIMES is her incredible crew of 23 headed by female skipper Mascia Poma who provide intuitive service and all of the personalized touches that make a charter vacation incredibly special.
For a full list of all available amenities & entertainment facilities, or price to hire additional equipment please inquire.
|Clelands Shipbuilding C Ltd
|12' 143" (3.7m)
|38' 9" (11.8m)
2023/2024 Season. Rates p/week + expenses
2024 Season. Rates p/week + expenses
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