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On Board: Motoryacht Marjorie Morningstar

The 170-foot Amels was previously known as Lady in Blue

Date toured: May 2013

Marjorie Morningstar is a 170-foot Amels motoryacht that was built in 2004 and previously known as Lady in Blue. Her current owner is her third, and he’s had her since 2010. While she chartered with previous owners, 2012 was her first year of charter as Marjorie Morningstar with the current management. Her primary area of availability is the West Mediterranean.

She has a traditional stateroom arrangement with a master suite forward on the main deck. There’s a king-size bed, his and her bath (interestingly, no tub), office, sitting room and dressing room. Belowdecks are the guest cabins, two with queen beds and bathrooms that include tubs, and two with double beds and showers only.

What’s non-traditional about Marjorie Morningstar are her varied dining options. There’s a main deck formal dining room, which many yachts in her size range have, along with a bridge-deck outdoor table, also a standard feature. Marjorie Morningstar adds a third dining area, indoors on the bridge deck, giving charter guests some nice options for dining in different parts of the yacht for each meal daily.

There is no dining on the sundeck, but that’s because the space has been reserved for other guest features. An oversized, 10-person hot tub with surrounding sunpads is forward, more sunbathing is aft, and amidships is a fresh-air, covered gymnasium with a pair of treadmills, an elliptical and more.

The décor aboard Marjorie Morningstar is traditional, almost like an upscale English cottage with details that include flowered and striped upholstery. Outdoor spaces are more contemporary with a light blue and orange color scheme.

American Capt. Luke Raubenheimer was in command during my tour, bringing a lifetime of sailing experience that began aboard his family’s boats off South Africa and southern Europe. The head chef was British native Nicole Parry, who took home an award in the 2013 MYBA Charter Show culinary competition. She is a French-trained chef who grew up in Botswana and spent some time touring in Asia before becoming chef aboard Sir Richard Branson’s catamaran and then joining Majorie Morningstar.

Marjorie Morningstar is advertised with availability in the West Mediterranean, out of the South of France. Her lowest weekly base rate for 10 guests is €180,000, and Yacht-Zoo is the management company. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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