"I think the difference between cruising the normal Mediterranean milk run and being up here in the cooler climate is the history and the culture and the beauty of the landscape of Ireland.”
Regardless of a few concerns over the weather, Captain Chaplin is enthusiastic about what Ireland has to offer. “We have been exploring a lot and when the sun is shining the scenery is stunning,” he describes. “We have been to Skellig Michael, which is one of the two famous Skellig Islands just off the mainland of County Kerry and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We are hoping that, if the weather is right, we can cruise out there, take the guests ashore and have a special tour by one of the guides that live on the island. If you hike up to the top of the island there is a monastery there so it is a very impressive location.”
Because of the owner’s adventurous attitude, Katrion and her crew have had their fair share of unique trips. “We have cruised Scotland twice and also Brittany as well,” says Captain Chaplin. “A few years ago we explored the Baltic and we have done another off-the-beaten-track trip to the Great Lakes, which was fairly unique. We are 38.6m so it is not a huge yacht in the Mediterranean but, because of her size, we can get in places that perhaps a 50m cannot. This means you can end up in the city centres like Cork, whereas other yachts don’t come in as far - it gives you the freedom.”
If you've found this story to be 'a report worth reading' and you would like to enjoy access to even more articles, insight and information from The Superyacht Group, then you may well be interested in our print subscription packages, which include the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the state of the superyacht market. Subscribe here, to these 'Reports Worth Paying For'