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Cancellation Frees 77m Expedition Yacht LEGEND for Antarctica Adventure In January

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LEGEND expedition ice breaker yacht seen through the hole in an iceberg



Due to a last-minute cancellation, 1-800 Yacht Charters is pleased to announce a special opportunity to discover Antarctica this January on the world’s largest ice-breaking yacht, the 77 meter (254 ft) motor yacht LEGEND.



We first introduced our readers to expedition yacht charter vessel LEGEND and her upcoming schedule for Antarctica in a blog in October, when owner Jan Verkerk gave the green light to accept reservations in Antarctica through mid February, 2017.  The ship was built as a commercial vessel in 1973, then purchased by Verkek and outfitted in 2015-2016 as the ultimate luxury ice-breaker (enabling charter clients the unique opportunity to explore one of the last great frontiers on the planet earth, from the comfort of a luxury yacht charter vessel).



The yacht is packed full of features – from a helicopter to a 3-man submarine. Super yacht LEGEND allows her guests to explore this rare, frozen world from an entirely new angle (think of the early explorers who trekked across the frozen tundra in snowshoes and slept in tents…brrrrr…!!!

Intimate gatherings and relaxation can be found in the cinema, the Balinese-themed spa, or bubbling away on deck in the heated Jacuzzi.  There’s even a real fireplace in the saloon where you can cozy up and enjoy a good book.

Active guests can get their hearts pumping with a workout in the gym, exploring the ice packs on snow scooters, or hiking and coming face-to-face with the wildlife.



  • Commercially-certified helipad
  • 3-man submarine
  • Ice-breaking hull
  • Snow scooters
  • Balinese spa
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • 26 guests in 13 staterooms



The weekly rate for up to 26 guests is $460,000 plus running expenses – items such as food, fuel, dockage, bar, etc. (+ Commercial Passenger Ship local taxes only when applicable). The charter fee includes personal laundry, normal communication costs, hotel supplies and basic internet (248/512 internet speed). Higher internet speed is possible, but not included in the charter fee.

Further details of seasonal rates:

  • WEEKLY: € 460,000 per week
  • DAILY:  € 76,667 per day – minimum 5 days
  • Delivery and re-delivery fees:
    -Winter, Port of departure in the South, Falkland Islands
    – Summer, Port of departure in the North, Bergen (Norway)
    First 3 days at €20,000 per day; Extra days at €15,000 per day
    These prices are plus fuel (450 liters/hr main engine + 70 ltr/hr per generator)
    Delivery and re-delivery prices are fixed prices and don’t include fuel. Delivery fees are nonrefundable.
  •  Helicopter (optional)Helicopter details: 4-5 Guests + 1 pilot / €260,400 per week including pilot insurance.
    This is an estimated price, depending on the type of required helicopter and destination.
  • Submarine (optional)
    Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €85,000 per week, including pilot, and insurance.Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €55,000 for 3 days, including pilot, insurance.
  • Discounts:
    10% discount – 2 week charter
    15% discount – 3 week charter
    20% discount – 4 week charter


After spending time in Antarctica, the yacht will head to South America and the Caribbean, then on to the Mediterranean for the summer.  Here are her current, confirmed expedition yacht charter vacations, and her schedule:



  • 21st December 2016 – 1st January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 2nd – 9th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 10th – 17th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 12th – 19th February 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 18th – 28th March 2017 / Antigua to St Maarten
  • 10th -17th June 2017 / Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bugt , Greenland
  • 8th-15th July 2017 / Nice to Portofino
  • 23rd – 30th July 2017 / Athens to Corfu (Option)


Cruising Schedule

  • December 2016 to February 2017: Antarctica & Patagonia (based in Falkland Islands)
  • March and April 2017: Patagonia & South America (based in Falkland Islands)
  • May to mid-June 2017: Greenland and Norway (based in Bergen)
  • July, August & September: Mediterranean



Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient online booking form to enjoy the ultimate superyacht experience onboard motor yacht yacht LEGEND.

LEGEND ice breaker yacht underway

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Experience Rugged Greenland & Beyond Onboard Yacht LEGEND

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The hottest trend in yachting will continue this summer, as motor yacht LEGEND joins a growing  fleet of luxury yacht charter vessels forgoing the Mediterranean for extreme Arctic and Northern Europe adventures.

Woman in white bikini and arms raised in air standing on snow in front of motoryacht LEGEND



On the heels of a winter expedition to Antarctica, the 77 meter Icon yacht LEGEND will relocate to northern Europe for the summer, with a spring pitstop in the frozen tundra of Greenland.  Charters have already been secured by action-seeking travelers in both May and June.


Activities offered aboard this yacht charter boat include whale watching, heliskiing (heli-skiing), and rides via dog sleds and snow scooters…

With the advent of ultra-luxury expedition yachts entering the charter market, the decades-old adventure travel movement has finally reached the luxury sector of the market. Once the realm of budget-conscious travelers, willingly “roughing it” in hostels and tents,  expedition yachts allow affluent charterers the opportunity to experience an adventure travel vacation without compromising creature comforts.

The growing list of yachts offering activity-oriented charters in the Arctic and northern Europe include 229 foot superyacht SHERAKHAN,  205 foot Icon yacht BATON ROUGE (in Norway in June), and the 238 foot Abeking and Rasmussen motoryacht CLOUDBREAK (scheduled for May 2019 in Greenland).

A closer look at yacht LEGEND demonstrates the appeal of these modern expedition yachts:


  • Commercially certified helipad
  • 3-man submarine
  • Ice-breaking hull
  • Snow scooters (snowmobiles)
  • Balinese spa
  • Cinema
  • Aft-deck heated pool
  • Gym
  • 26 guests in 13 staterooms

Yes, indeed –this luxury yacht charter vessel is packed full of features.  From the helicopter to the 3-person submarine, this yacht allows her guest to explore this cold-weather destinations from entirely new angles. Relaxation can be found watching movies in the cinema, getting a massage in the Balinese-themed spa below deck, enjoying cocktails on deck in the ultra-heated Jacuzzi, or just cuddling up by the fireplace with a good book. More action can be found in the gymnasium, or exploring on the snow scooters, or just coming face to face with the wildlife on land. Perfect photo opportunities for a memorable vacation of a lifetime.



A big “plus” of many expedition yachts is the ability to accommodate large families and groups of friends.  Whereas most luxury charter yachts are capped at a maximum headcount of 12 passengers, yachts like LEGEND and SHERAKHAN can both legally and comfortably accommodate 26 guests.


Photo of small boat and 4 people with cameras watching a whale tail coming up from the water. Huge snow-covered mountains behind them




  • 22nd December to 6th January 2019 / King George Island to King George Island (Antarctica)
  • 6th to 13th January 2019 / King George Island to King George Island (Antarctica)
  • 11th to 18th May 2019 / Ilulissat to Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • 8th to 15th June 2019 / Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat (Greenland)



  • March 2018: Transit
  • April 2018: Mediterranean
  • May 2018: Mediterranean
  • May to September 2018: Norway, Sweden, Baltic, Arctic
  • October 2018: Transit
  • December 2018 to March 2019: Antarctica & Patagonia



460,000€ per week – includes yacht, crew, and use of all onboard amenities and recreational toys.  Running expenses such as food, fuel, bar, and dockage are additional.  Depending upon the destination, local VAT may be incurred.  A crew gratuity is optional and at the charter’s discretion.



To make a reservation, or for more information on this or any luxury yacht charter vessel, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters (toll-free North America +1.800.922.4824  / local and international +1.305.253.7245).

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Just Chillin’ –  Expedition Yacht LEGEND Sets Antarctica Yacht Charter Schedule for 2017

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Jan Verkerk, owner of the 253-foot Icon motor yacht LEGEND, has given us the green light to accept reservations  in Antarctica for the upcoming season, from January 17 through February 18.

Originally built in 1973, Icon expedition yacht LEGEND underwent a complete rebuild and restoration in 2015.  Now complete, she is the only luxury yacht charter ice-breaker vessel in the world.

Legend motoryacht night lighting

For Verkerk, this is his second superyacht restoration project – the other being the highly popular 228 foot motor yacht SHERAKHAN – a fixture in the Mediterranean charter market for the past 5 seasons.

Active charterers will delight in the opportunities for adventure offered on M/Y LEGEND.  With accommodations for 26 guests, and space to carry a helicopter and a submarine, the possibilities for cold-weather adventure are endless. Of course, Verkerk made certain to include the mandatory superyacht amenities as well: gymnasium, Balinese spa, sauna, beauty salon, movie theater and swimming pool.   There’s even a medical suite, for any emergencies.

After spending a few weeks in Antarctica, the yacht will head to Greenland for the summer charter season.

If you’re intrigued to step away from your traditional Caribbean charter vacation this summer, let us deliver the superyacht experience to you, your family, and friends in the last great frontier on earth – Antarctica…

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For yacht charter pricing information and availability for motoryacht LEGEND or any other superyacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters team member Jim Araiza, 24/7, at 305-720-7245 or email

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