The Red Sea is an atypical entry on the ledger of yacht charter destinations. Getting there from summer hotspots such as the Mediterranean can be challenging, so only one or two crewed yachts, at best, tend to be advertised in the Red Sea each year. Back in 2008, it was the 146-foot Abeking & Rasmussen My Little Violet and 280-foot Neorion Alysia. In 2009, the 141-foot CRN Hana and 147-foot CRN Bella Stella made the journey. The year 2010 brought the 86-foot CNB Spiip to the Red Sea, and more recent charter options have included the 164-foot Hakvoort JeMaSa and the 170-foot Golden Yachts O’Neiro.
All of the above are substantial charter yachts, ones that are pretty much self-sufficient, bringing five-star luxury service and guest safety to locations where it otherwise might not be available. The 171-foot Feadship Pegasus also fits that description and, most likely, will be the most impressive yacht offering Red Sea charters for winter 2014/2015 season, through Yacht Masters.
Pegasus originally launched in 1995 with the name White Rabbit and a length overall (LOA) of 162 feet. In 2009, she returned to the Feadship yard in Holland for an extension that brought her LOA to 171 feet. All three of her decks were extended during that yard period, increasing outdoor relaxation spaces for guests by quite a bit.
The work reportedly brought Pegasus back to pristine condition, on par with new Feadship launches. She has a contemporary décor and modern amenities including at-anchor stabilizers, an audiovisual system featuring Kaleidescape and satellite television, Wi-Fi throughout the guest areas, a water-level beach club, an onboard gymnasium, and more. Accommodations are for 12 guests in six staterooms, including a master, two doubles, and three twins.
Since the refit, the owner of Pegasus has kept the yacht in the Mediterranean during winter seasons, but charter business warranted the trip this year to the Red Sea, according to Yacht Masters. Available dates include the Christmas and New Year’s holidays for anyone who wants to celebrate off the exotic coast of Egypt.
Yacht Masters does not publicize a weekly base rate for Pegasus, but other sources put it at $255,000 this winter. Compared with newer Feadships in the same size range, the rate is fantastic, especially since none of the others are likely to be offering charters in the Red Sea anytime soon.