World Traveler

  • Michael Verdon

Oceanco’s shipyard in the Netherlands is known for producing some of the most creative custom superyachts around the world. The firm’s 82-meter (269-foot) Alfa Nero, launched in 2007, won the coveted International Superyacht Society award for best-in-class design as well as other awards for exterior design and interior styling. A later launch, Anastasia, was as exceptional, but the 75.5-meter (247-foot) superyacht was designed as an expedition yacht.

Vibrant Curiosity, the yard’s most recent launch, continues the tradition of mixing intelligent engineering with elegant design but in a different package. The 85-meter (280-foot) yacht was designed by Nuvolari & Lenard, a Venice, Italy-based firm with its own share of award-winning yacht designs. The exterior is contemporary with a classic look, including an expansive teak-covered foredeck and sprawling aft decks on each level and signature set of curves along the side passages of the top deck. The yacht also has three stainless-steel strips that climb the yacht’s sides and meet over the black radome like silver ribbons on a gift.

Nuvolari & Lenard’s interior has a refined look and an emphasis on creative use of space. Beyond the palatial salon and common areas, Vibrant Curiosity is designed to carry numerous guests in luxurious comfort. The master suite includes an office and exterior deck area (with private whirlpool), and the VIP suite has his-and-her bathrooms. There are also five double VIP suites and two double guest cabins. Guests are attended to by a 26-member crew.

With a range of 5,500 nautical miles at 20 knots, Vibrant Curiosity certainly lives up to her name. But her twin 4,680 MTU engines will give her a top end of 20 knots, a highly respectable speed for a vessel of this magnitude. (011.377.9310.0281, www.oceancoyacht.com)

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