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Iconic Superyacht Completes Refit in Time for France Yacht Charter Season

When launched in 2000, the 95 meter (311 foot) motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESS ranked among the 20 largest yachts in the world. Sixteen years of wear and tear takes a toll on a superyacht, and after a record-setting refit, she has returned to her full glory – in time for the upcoming charter season in the South of France.

Mark Berryman Design was retained to revamp the interior and create a more contemporary atmosphere. The refit was completed by Turkey’s Turquoise Yachts – in a record time of 6 months, at a cost of €6.4 million.

Yacht Indian Empress at anchor

Originally built for a member of the royal Qatari family, yacht INDIAN EMPRESS was purchased by her current owner, Vijay Mallya in 2006, and ever since has enjoyed a stellar reputation as one of the largest yachts available for hire. She’s a fixture at celebrity-studded events such as the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jana Sheeder and her team at 1-800 Yacht Charters offer magnificent superyacht Indian Empress for hire for a maximum 12 guests, at a weekly rate of €750,000 plus running expenses (items such as food, alcohol, fuel, dockage, etc.).

Sheeder was impressed by the quick turnaround at Turquoise. “The owner’s extensive work brief required a very short turnaround time frame, and Mr. Karabeyoglu (the CEO of Turquoise) and his team are known for their speed and flexibility,” says Sheeder. “Being diligent in the design phase prior to the commencement of the refit allowed Turquoise to truly understand the owner’s desires and the instructions of the team at Mark Berryman.  Proper planning in advance helped Turquoise complete this major remodeling in record time.”

Listed among the new upgrades – a remodeled bridge deck (where a large lobby was re-designed into a corridor), a new office with new walls, and a new fire alarm and sprinkler system.

Indian Empress yacht charter motoryacht at dock

Looking like new, the 16 year old yacht INDIAN EMPRESS is currently the largest private yacht charter vessel in service in the Mediterranean.  She remains a unique yacht – with timeless design and an intriguing history…

For more information on chartering the Indian Empress or similar superyachts in the South of France, contact the yacht charter team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at or through our convenient online yacht charter inquiry form.

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About Jana Sheeder

1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience since 1976. Luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and the Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay it Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6 star customer service, experience, and generosity.

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