First Impression: D’Angleterre II
Date toured: May 2011
“The owners also own a hotel, and they try to bring that ambience onboard the yacht,” said Charlotte Seabridge of Edmiston and Company, which manages the yacht for charter. “It’s not only in the décor. The chef has also worked at the hotel, and he once worked for the Danish royal family.”
I noticed on Chef Peter Straegaard’s resume that his Michelin-star background includes a stint at Hotel D’Angleterre, which is marketed as Denmark’s leading five-star hotel. The establishment is one of the oldest in the world, with a 250-year history and a prominent location overlooking King’s Square in Copenhagen.
That explains the elegance that has been infused throughout the décor aboard D’Angleterre II. The 1986 build is not trying to compete with new launches that boast slick, contemporary styling. Instead, D’Angleterre II is proudly being offered as a classic, upscale vacation experience.
The current owner is the yacht’s third, and he has had her since 1997. In 2009, the owner instituted a major refit that included new interior furnishings, new engines, and an expanded galley. He kept longtime members of the crew, including Capt. Anders Lauridsen, who had been onboard 14 years as of my tour. He, like the rest of the crew, were among the only yachties at the entire Genoa charter yacht show to welcome brokers and press not in khaki shorts and polo shirts, but instead in dress whites with epaulets.
My impression after touring D’Angleterre II is that she retains some of her 1986 styling, such as woodwork and bathroom marble, but that the owner has made a substantive effort to dress her up in a way that is really quite pretty. The color schemes lean toward pastels, and the addition of so many flowers and knickknacks do indeed feel like an Old World luxury hotel.
Also worth noting is that the cabin layout aboard D’Angleterre II is flexible. The master is on the main deck, while four additional guest cabins are belowdecks. Two of them have twin-size beds, and two of them have double-size beds—and the double-bed cabins are connected by a partition that can be opened to create one, large suite.
D’Angleterre II is part of the Edmiston and Company charter fleet. She takes 10 guests with eight crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €79,000. Her high-season weekly base rate was recently reduced from €90,000 to €82,500. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin