Precious few charter yachts are offered on Italy’s eastern coast, where Venice is located, but the 142-foot Helsingfors motoryacht Ice Lady is a return visitor. She is expected to be there again for summer 2017, with charter availability during the Venice Biennale.
The Venice Biennale lasts throughout the summer, starting May 13 and ending November 26. The event dates back to 1895 and includes exhibitions and festivals focusing on art, architecture, film, music and dance. The event draws participants from around the world; artists alone for the 2017 edition are expected to come from the United States, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Germany, Brazil and more.
Ice Lady is an ice-breaking vessel that has been converted into a luxury yacht. She launched in Finland in 1959 and was changed over for pleasure use during a four-year process that ended in 2012. The renovations were done by three shipyards in three countries. Noted naval architect German Frers was responsible for the exterior work, while the new interior is by Jean-Guy Verges, whose yacht work includes several builds from the Proteksan-Turquoise shipyard (now known as Turquoise Yachts).
Ice Lady accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms. Because of her original service design, she offers more economical fuel consumption than many other charter yachts of her size, burning just 31 gallons of fuel per hour (and thus savings on fuel costs for charter clients). She also has a good amount of exterior deck space, for clients who want to welcome guests aboard; Ice Lady can welcome as many as 30 guests for cocktail parties at the dock.
The lowest weekly base rate is €100,000 to charter Ice Lady this summer for the Venice Biennale, and itineraries can include crossing the Adriatic to explore the coastline of Croatia.