414-Foot Expedition Yacht Formerly Owned By Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Available For Charter For First Time

Few superyachts have the pedigree (and the mystique) than the 413-foot-long motor yacht Octopus that was custom-built for the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Since its launch in 2003 its always been ranked as one of the largest private yachts in the world.

And in spite of the fact that Allen often “loaned” the massive yacht (that was specifically equipped to conduct deep ocean recognizance and recovery missions) to governments to aid in finding and recovering of significant artifacts from warships that sank during WWII. And the huge yacht was often seen in some of the most recognizable destinations in the world, Allen always kept what the interior looked like a bit of a secret simply because he never chartered it.

But now that Octopus has a new owner, and it will be available for charter in Antarctica later this year, photos of the interior have finally been made public. And as you can see, the interior of this iconic superyacht that was built by Lürssen, and designed Espen Øino is simply spectacular.

The cool thing about Octopus has always been that it provided Allen and his guests an incredibly high level of luxury while also being strong enough to handle the ice and harsh conditions required of polar exploration. And oh yeah it was equipped for serious science and research too.

As you’d expect, Jacqui Lockhart, the Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons is excited to be able to offer such an iconic yacht for charter in Antarctica for the first time. In fact, Octopus is in the midst of round-the-world tour that included stops in Costa Rica, Panama, South America and will wrap up in Antarctica in early December.

So, what will it really be like to charter one of the largest and best equipped superyachts in Antarctica later this year?

Well, while I obviously can’t share any actual experience onboard Octopus. I imagine that being able to put your ski boots on—in full superyacht luxury—and then simply get into one of two helicopters that will be waiting to drop you off on top of one of the most exclusive untracked-ski runs in the world will probably be worth every penny.