After another outstanding edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, YachtCharterFleet reflects on all of the highlights from the most prestigious event in the yachting calendar.
Bringing together a dazzling fleet of 120 superyachts alongside an impressive 580 exhibitors, the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 was an incredible success for industry players and prospective clients alike.
In the jewel of the French Riviera, visitors spent four days immersed in the world of yachting. With 40 new launches, show-attendees were able to see the latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies, hear from industry professionals and admire iconic superyachts berthed in Port Hercules and out at anchor off the coast of Monaco.
As ever, the editorial team at YachtCharterFleet were in attendance to gather exclusive information and tour some of the finest yachts in the industry.
The show kicked off with an inaugural gala and awards ceremony that saw Oceanco’s 90m/295ft superyacht DAR take home two trophies for her groundbreaking design and engineering. Launched earlier this year, she was one of the most talked-about yachts at the show and visitors were lining up for the chance to step on board.
YachtCharterFleet were lucky enough to enjoy a tour around DAR, among many other yachts in the top tier of luxury design and craftsmanship.
As the first day of the event dawned, the atmosphere in Port Hercules was buzzing as throngs of show-goers began to take to the boardwalks. With a light swell, tenders found it challenging to access the yachts berthed at anchor, but by Friday, it was business as usual with tenders ferrying guests and clients to and from the yachts out at sea.
With a light swell, tenders found it challenging to access the yachts berthed at anchor, but by Friday, it was business as usual with tenders ferrying guests and clients to and from the yachts out at sea.
There were several yachts turning the heads of show-attendees. The glossy aquamarine hull of Turquoise’s brand new 77m/253ft motor yacht ‘GO’ drew in plenty of admiration, as did the distinctive exterior of 88m/291ft ‘Illusion Plus’, the largest megayacht ever built in China.
Making her maiden voyage from the Pride Mega Yachts Shipyard to the South of France in time for her hotly-anticipated debut, 'Illusion Plus' scooped up a trophy for her Asian-inspired interiors.
The longest superyacht in attendance was Lurssen’s 95m/312ft superyacht KISMET, who could be seen out at anchor at night, lighting up the surrounding waters.
Back at the port, there was plenty to see and the boardwalks were bustling with people. A seamless new layout allowed brokerage firms, designers and shipyards to exhibit next to the yachts they represent for the first time ever, giving visitors a more fluid and easily-navigable experience.
The stands were more lively than ever, with Feadship offering an interactive experience that allowed attendees to ‘choose their Feadship DNA’ and custom-design their own superyacht.
As usual, some of the most impressive new models were on display and on Wednesday, Nobiskrug exclusively unveiled their new 80m/262ft superyacht ARTEFACT, which is due for completion in 2019.
Seminars were available at the show for those looking for professional insight from notable figures such as shipyard Lurssen and designers Espen Oieno. With a focus on a more sustainable and eco-friendly future of yachting, the talks were informative and eye-opening.
With up to three times more exhibitors in the toys and tenders zone, the restructured layout was able to accommodate even more state-of-the-art gadgets and technological accessories than ever before.
With a focus on a more sustainable and eco-friendly future of yachting, seminars were informative and eye-opening.
Alongside them, visitors could access the stands of exhibitors supplying nautical services and products, as well as luxury goods including helicopters and prestige cars, putting everything a customer might need all in one place.
Undeniably, there was plenty to see on land and on the water, but on Thursday, the sky was also alive with a fantastic aeronautical performance by the Red Arrows. The planes put on a spectacular display for show-attendees, looping around the skies in perfect formation in commemoration of Pendennis’ 30th anniversary.
This year’s Monaco Yacht Show was an exhilarating success for all involved, with more guests seemingly in attendance than ever before. Plenty of prospective buyers perused Port Hercules, admiring the yachting industry in all of its splendour.
To see more show images, check out our hand-picked selection of 2018 Monaco Yacht Show photos.