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72m superyacht ‘Bleu De Nimes’ joins yacht charter fleet after huge four year refit

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By Steven Mandaluff  30 September 2020

Following a four-year refit 72m (236’) luxury yacht ‘Bleu De Nimes’ has undergone a drastic transformation and is now ready to host her first yacht charters in the Indian Ocean this winter.

The 1980 Clelands Shipping Company built motor yacht, has emerged a much different yacht to that which went into Studio Nattero’s Genoa facilities in 2016 at the start of the ambitious project.

The most notable change being a huge increase in size from 55m (180’) to 72m (236’), a result of the vessel being cut in half and an entire new amidships section built and added along with a new transom segment.

As equally as impressive is an increase in the yacht’s accommodation capabilities, with four additional cabins being added to take the total to 13. This means 'Bleu De Nimes' can now house 28 guests, more than double the amount previously.

This makes her the perfect yacht charter if you want to escape in complete luxury with a large group of family and friends and enjoy the exquisite white sands and palm tree laden beaches of the Seychelles or explore the kaleidoscopic coral reefs and the idyllic islands of the Maldives this winter.

Ornate social area on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with cream sofas and wooden detailing
Wooden table and seating on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes'
Wooden dining table fully laid out on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with glass sliding doors behindLarge flat screen TV on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with comfortable cream sofa and wooden table facing it

Despite the huge overhaul the classic lines and characteristics ocean liner style have been retained, with 'Bleu De Nimes' combining a traditional design with sumptuous facilities.

The additional space has been exceptionally well used with Pier Vittorio Cerruti responsible for the design of the elegant interior, which has a calming colonial style feel.

Despite the huge overhaul the classic lines and characteristics ocean liner style have been retained, with 'Bleu De Nimes' combining a traditional design with sumptuous facilities.

Dominated by warm, wooden tones the social areas are arranged to offer the best opportunity for spending time with friends and family. Large soft sofas are arranged around sleek wooden tables, giving ample opportunity for catching up over a refreshment or two.

The elegant look carries over to the formal dining area, which retains a feel of a vintage hotel, with ornate artwork and sculptures and wooden detailing giving a classic feel throughout. Huge sliding doors open up onto the outside deck, bringing in swathes of light and fresh sea breeze.

Large master suite on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with bed facing flat screen TV in wooden detailed room
Tables and chairs on sundeck of superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with coast in backgroundUndercover seating area on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes', with cream sofas and wooden tables
Rattan style cream furniture under shade on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes'
Marble sink and mirror with wooden panelling behind on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes'
Sundeck on superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' with double Jacuzzi, sunloungers and coast in background

A full-beam Master Suite dominates the upper deck forward, with an emperor size bed and his and her bathrooms. Elsewhere two VIP cabins can be found on the main deck, and six double cabins, two triple cabins and two twin cabins on the lower deck. There is also space for 23 crew on board to ensure every need is taken care of for you and your guests.

With wall-to-wall sun and blue skies on offer on an Indian Ocean yacht charter, you will undoubtedly be looking to spend a lot of your time outside, and 'Bleu De Nimes' delivers on this front.

The elegant look carries over to the formal dining area, which retains a feel of a vintage hotel, with ornate artwork and sculptures and wooden detailing giving a classic feel throughout.

A shaded lounge and dining area on the large main deck aft, are perfect for retreating to when the rays of the sun might be that bit too strong. The large sun deck includes two large Jacuzzis side-by-side, a bar and enough sun loungers for everyone.

The large open space is dominated by cream furnishings and elegant rattan furniture and offers wonderful views of the treasure troves of islands that are dotted throughout the Indian Ocean.

For further relaxation a sauna and massage room can be found on the bridge deck, and for the more energetic a fully equipped gym is located there too.

Bleu De Nimes also has four tenders, an extensive list of water toys including canoes and diving equipment, and a swim platform that can accommodate a couple of sun loungers.

Superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' on sea with tender boat moving fast in front of it
View of superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes' from behind
Stern of superyacht 'Bleu De Nimes'

A historic past

'Bleu De Nimes' was launched in 1980 as LODESTONE for the Royal Marine Auxiliary Services. After she was decommissioned in 1996, she entered into private ownership and began cruising across the world extensively.

The current owner first approached Genoa-based Mario Nattero Naval Engineering Studio in 2014 about an exhaustive overhaul, which eventually began in 2016.

Other improvements have seen a new tender garage to house two of the yacht’s four tenders that were previously stored on the open foredeck, a new forward fin to increase the yacht’s speed and efficiency and offer a more comfortable ride at sea, and the concealment of communications equipment within the central mast structure.

Tropical Paradise at Maldives with palms and blue sky
Under and above water photo of small island in Seychelles
View from above of tiny Maldives atoll, centre of island covered by trees and fringed by beach

'Bleu De Nimes' first charter season will be spent in the glorious cruising grounds of the Indian Ocean, offering beautiful coastlines, exquisite sandy white beaches and a huge amount of fantastic dive spots.

To be among the first to charter M/Y Bleu De Nimes, please get in touch with your chosen yacht charter broker.

You can also view and compare all yachts available for yacht charters in the Indian Ocean.

 
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