The Legendary MY Octopus now Charting Future Voyages with Big Blue expeditions

It is with great pleasure that Big Blue Expeditions announces its appointment as the exclusive charter manager of M/Y Octopus.

From her 20-year survey in Germany, this legendary superyacht will soon be ready to embark on only her second full season on the charter market.

As to be expected from a yacht widely considered the world’s first explorer yacht, an adventurous program is planned in less cruised destinations, including a second season in Antarctica this winter.

The planned 2024/2025 schedule is as follows:

Summer 2024:        Northern Europe, Svalbard and Greenland
Winter 2024/25:     Antarctica
Summer 2025:        French Polynesia
Winter 2025/26:     Southeast Asia

“Octopus will be again cruising in some of the most exciting destinations with availability for clients to sample all that she has to offer,” says Big Blue Expedition’s newly-appointed Charter Manager, Jacqui Lockhart.

Lockhart is a highly respected and experienced charter broker and manager, bringing years of industry experience to the position. Prior to this role, she was Head of Europe, Charter Management at Camper and Nicholsons International. Lockhart also spent 13 years as owner/manager of Select Charter Services, managing a select group of luxury charter yachts cruising worldwide.

“After many years in yachting, I am so excited to be part of the Big Blue Expedition team and to promote the incredible Octopus for charter,” Lockhart says.

Launched in 2003 from the Lürssen yard in Germany, Octopus has not only demonstrated the corners of the planet yachts can reach but has also been instrumental in various scientific and philanthropic endeavors, notably the discovery of the Japanese battleship Musashi in the Philippines in 2015.

With features like an ice-class hull, dual helicopter landing pads, and a fully equipped dive center, Octopus is a purpose-built 126-metre expedition yacht, designed to the vision of her original owner, with an extended range and increased fuel capacity for prolonged sea voyages. She also has an in-built marina to launch her array of tenders and toys.

She can accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including an owners’ suite with private observation deck. Other amenities for guest enjoyment include an entertainment deck with cinema, library and sports bar, a glass-bottom aquarium, a sauna and spa and a swimming pool that converts into a dancefloor.

By chartering Octopus, guests have the opportunity to become part of the legend themselves on a yacht that, among its scientific and philanthropic endeavors, uncovered the wreck of the Japanese World War Two battleship Musashi off the coast of the Philippines in 2015.

“There’s nothing like Octopus and I don’t believe there ever will be. She is the ultimate expedition platform with a program to go cruising,” says Lockhart.

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