First Impression: Lady Zelda
Date toured: December 2007
Yacht spotters will recognize the 130-foot motoryacht Lady Zelda as the former Alteza, launched in 1993 from Christensen Shipyards and at one time also known as Pacific Eagle. Her current owner has had her for about five years, using her to cruise and fish in Alaska, Croatia, the Caribbean, the Western Mediterranean and Mexico. He refit the yacht in 2005 to give her an updated, comfortable interior with things like overstuffed sofas that are great for families with kids.
Lady Zelda caught my eye during this month's industry-only Sint Maarten charter show for two reasons. The first was Capt. Brett Major, whom several reputable charter brokers described to me as an excellent captain. (He’s a fun and interesting one, too; read our exclusive interview for more on that.)
“We try to have fun with the guests,” Major told me as we sat in Lady Zelda’s saloon. “Once, in Costa Rica, we had a bunch of ladies onboard for Oscar night. So we laid down red towels like a runway for them, and we got hold of these monkey dolls—they were all we could find—but we spray painted them gold so the ladies could have some fun.”
Major’s partner, Gina Loasby, serves as chief stewardess and takes great pride in adding small touches to enhance the charter experience. For instance, she has small bottles custom made with the Lady Zelda logo so that she can fill them with high-quality Aveda bath products, and then she lists each product’s ingredients in the guest handbooks just in case anyone has allergies. She also offers guests custom-made candies, foot jewelry to wear to the beach, and other small gifts that make each charter more memorable.
“We’re not the biggest, and we’re not the most expensive,” as Major put it, “but we like to have all the touches, all the little things that make us stand out.”
One of those touches is a 31-foot Jupiter center console fishing boat, which is available to charterers who want to go fishing during their time onboard in the Caribbean. There’s also a cabin that’s used as a gym, with an exercise bicycle, a treadmill and weights.
Three of the guest cabins have king-size beds, while two of the cabins have twin-size beds, giving Lady Zelda an excellent layout for families.
“Three couples with kids can happily split the bill evenly,” Major says. And I agree. While the master cabin is slightly bigger than the two VIPs, nobody is going to feel like they got a lesser stateroom given the size of the beds.
Lady Zelda is part of the fleet at Fraser Yachts Worldwide. Her lowest weekly base rate is $85,000 for 10 guests with seven crew, or about $10,625 per person with typical 25-percent expenses factored in. Contact any reputable charter broker to book.--Kim Kavin