Sail away, sail away

Hanse Explorer heads for Antarctica and the South Pacific.

EYOS Expeditions, billed as the world leader in private superyacht experiences, has announced new departures to Antarctica as well as the South Pacific on the redesigned superyacht Hanse Explorer in 2022 and ’23.  

In Antarctica, Eyos leads journeys to the coastline of the wildlife-rich Antarctic Peninsula, vast icebergs, and the volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Excursions include landing at penguin colonies, cruising in tenders among whales, hiking breathtaking peaks and kayaking serene fjords. For even more adventurous travelers, there is also the option to sail further south to the Antarctic Circle, where the sun never sets at the peak of the austral summer.  

Once strictly a polar yacht, Hanse Explorer is now equally equipped to explore both the tropics and polar regions. A pair of zero speed stabilizers were installed, allowing the yacht to cross the Pacific with minimal motion. Passengers also have access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, diving equipment and two zodiacs to view the diverse landscapes up close and make remote beach landings. A state-of-the-art dive center will also be added that caters to both beginners and advance divers, enabling them to explore remote reefs rarely visited in the Pacific. Expeditions are guided by a team of experts with decades of experience and in-depth knowledge of these regions. 

 Journeys in the South Pacific will trace the paths of ancient navigators from the high islands of the Societies and Marquesas, where ancient altars lie festooned with tropical vines, to the vast chains of coralline rings that make up the Tuamotus and the other low-lying atolls. Tuned to the tides, the narrow inlets to topaz lagoons are host to a diverse marine life apt for scuba diving. Voyagers will venture to islets rarely visited that are steeped in the lore of the Polynesians, pirates, privateers, whalers and mutineers.  

Surely there will be downtime to appreciate the superyacht’s multimillion-dollar redesign by Partnership Design and Aros Marine. The seven-cabin Hanse Explorer features a rugged, steel-hulled exterior, with the highest commercial ice classification, and a newly refined interior with a distinctly modern style. With an indoor-outdoor approach that embraces its oceanic surroundings, traditional dark paneling and leather furnishings have been swapped for light woods and a neutral palette of creams, clean whites and chromed silvers, complemented with nautical navy-blue touches. Expanses of glass sliding doors flood spaces with light to allow for optimal viewing of wildlife during expedition, while cabana-style Bali beds allow you to sleep under the stars. New amenities also include a saltwater jacuzzi and sauna as well as a cocktail area with Bose sound systems to enjoy after a day of exploring with a meal prepared by the onboard culinary team.  

Hanse Explorer is available for private charters with Eyos in Antarctica until February. The superyacht will then venture to warmer climes to spend April through October exploring the remote island groups of the Tuamotus, the Society Islands and the Marquesas as well as the Line, Phoenix and Cook Islands. She will return to Antarctica December through March 2023.  

Rates start at $198,176.68 per week for the 2022 season and $226,475 per week for the 2022-23 season in Antarctica.  

For more, including upcoming information on individual cabin departure dates, allowing travelers to book a single cabin instead of chartering the full yacht, visit 

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