Maybe it’s me, existing right now in the winter wonderland of greater New York City where snow is still blanketing pretty much everything, but how could anybody look at this new photo of the 163-foot Christensen motoryacht Casino Royale with all of that stunning water around her and not want to book a charter immediately?
Management house Northrop and Johnson tells me that Casino Royale has just started accepting inquiries for Mediterranean charters this summer. The owner plans to have the yacht cross the Atlantic Ocean during the month of May, after completing the current charter season in the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Casino Royale was delivered in 2008 to well-known yachtsman John Staluppi, who has a history of naming his yachts after movies in the James Bond franchise. Staluppi kept the yacht for private use until selling her in March 2009. The winter 2010-11 charter season in the Caribbean was Casino Royale’s first—following a memorable showing at the December 2010 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, where I got on board for this tour. I was aboard her again at this past December’s Antigua Charter Yacht Show, where she was looking just as stunning as always.
Casino Royale has a décor that was designed with a nod to the “Casino Royale” movie. Interior details, for instance, include various images of Bond girls in backlit glass silhouette as well as in stylized artwork. All of the Bond movies are available on the yacht’s Kaleidescape entertainment system, which featured more than 4,000 films at the time of my visit a few years ago.
Guest accommodations for 12 include four cabins with king-size beds, and two cabins that each have a double plus a twin-size bed. An elevator services all decks, including the sundeck, and zero-speed stabilizers are among the amenities that should keep guests comfortable underway.
The summer weekly base rate to charter Casino Royale in the Mediterranean is $255,000 (yes, she’s offered in the Med in U.S. dollars). Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week aboard.