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2023 New Year's Eve Extravaganza: Over 100 Superyachts Gather in St Barts

By Katie Scott   2 January 2024

As the countdown to 2024 began, the glamorous harbor of Gustavia once again became the epicenter of high-end St Barts New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Caribbean island, known for its French flair and scenic beauty, hosted a fleet of over 100 luxurious superyachts in port and out in the bay. As usual, it turned out to be an unforgettable night of festivities, with high-profile guests and celebrities making their appearances in this exclusive destination.

Playing host to an outstanding fleet of visiting luxury charter yachts, Gustavia Harbor is the main hub of festivities with its 60 coveted berths and ample anchorage in the bay. Renowned as being one of the most exciting times of the year to embark on a St Barts yacht charter, charter guests can indulge in iconic parties with world-class DJs, mingle with celebrities, and spectate the popular New Year's Eve Regatta.  

New Year's firework display in Gustavia Harbor, St Barts

Setting the sky alight with an impressive display of fireworks, the party scene around Gustavia is nothing short of spectacular. Whether you're with friends and family or entertaining clients on a corporate charter, the captivating entertainment spreads from deck to shore with many lively bars and restaurants plus a myriad of motor yacht mixers.

Charter yachts in attendance

Showcasing the high-end appeal of the annual celebrations for visiting Caribbean yacht charters, the 2023 event witnessed the arrival of some truly sensational motor yachts including the likes of the captivating 115m (377ft) charter yacht AHPO. Namely, the largest private yacht charter to be seen in the vicinity of the New Year's celebrations, this iconic Lurssen charter yacht is a sight to behold with her foredeck helipad, extensive beach club, and indulgent owner's duplex.

Charter yacht AHPO at sea
Charter yacht CARINTHIA VII underway, surrounded by sea with land in the far distant background
On deck Jacuzzi onboard charter yacht CARINTHIA VII, surrounded by seating and an alfresco dining area aft

Lurssen extended its reach around the harbor with striking 97m (318ft) motor yacht CARINTHIA VII, 95m (312ft) MADSUMMER and 91m (299ft) charter yacht Lady Lara also in attendance.

Causing a stir around Fort Karl and Gustavia, multi-award-winning 88m (289ft) charter yacht PROJECT X from the yard of Golden Yachts made an appearance for the festivities and showcased her own refit from 2022, as well as 73m (238ft) motor yacht Quantum of Solace from Turquoise Yachts

Charter yacht KENSHO at anchor in a bay
Aft deck swimming pool onboard charter yacht KENSHO
Overview of an aft deck onboard charter yacht KENSHO, with sprinkled seating

A masterpiece in her own right, 75m (247ft) charter yacht KENSHO continues to impress onlookers wherever she goes, and the New Year celebrations in St Barts were no exception. Recently picking up another award for Best Interior Design in the Motor Yachts 500GT and Above category at the 2023 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards, KENSHO's striking blue hull remains an extraordinary asset to the Admiral Yachts fleet of charter yachts and she certainly made a lasting impression during her latest visit to the waters surrounding the Leeward Islands

Charter yacht GALAXY underway, surrounded by sea and cliffs in the background
Charter yacht SKYFALL at anchor, surrounded by sea and elevated land in the background

Other captivating private charters adorning the waters of St Barts include 56m (183ft) charter yacht GALAXY and her indulgent planetary interiors from Benetti, the beautiful 52m (170ft) Seven Sins from Sanlorenzo and 58m (190ft) SKYFALL from Trinity Yachts.

To find out more about chartering the area for the next St Barts New Year’s Eve celebrations, please get in touch with your preferred yacht charter broker today.

Alternatively, view all superyachts for charter in the Caribbean.


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