While an 18-year-old superyacht is nothing to be sniffed at, there’s always room for improvement. Take Benetti’s Queen Aida, for instance. The 164-footer was undeniably regal when first delivered in 2002, but this year it was given one helluva royal makeover.
The vessel, which just listed for the princely sum of $13 million (€11 million), was penned by award-winning designer John Bannenberg. It features a sleek steel hull, eye-catching lines and a white monochrome exterior that gives the vessel elegance in spades.
Envisioned as a family yacht, Queen Aida offers space for up to 11 guests across five cabins comprising a generous master suite, three doubles and a twin. Naturally, each cabin comes complete with an en suite and a top-notch AV setup.
When it comes time to socialize, guests can enjoy the versatile oval salon that includes a dining area, full bar and lounge seating where one can enjoy a pre-dinner Gimlet. There’s also a sky lounge that offers plush furnishings, a games table and a fully stocked bar.
As to be expected, Queen Aida offers a spate of high-end amenities fit for marine royalty, including a beach club and a panoramic sundeck with jacuzzi, barbecue and yet another bar. The 2020 refit also saw the addition of a high-tech cinema on the main deck. Elsewhere, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the aft deck where a table for 10 and upholstered settees are located.
Queen Aida is fitted with twin MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines that give her a cruising speed of 17 knots, a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 4,800 nautical miles. She is also equipped with Naiad zero speed stabilizers to ensure she soars smoothly across the waves.
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