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Motor Yacht Panthera
Panthera was launched in 2014 and spends its time navigating the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic and Caribbean. Large enough to handle open sea voyages, the yacht isn't so large as to make onlookers wonder which oligarch has flown into town and allows your party to enjoy the trip moderately discretely.
The rear deck hosts open-air meals and the built-in sound system means this can turn into something more boisterous, though the extensive cushioned lounging area suggests a more sedate vibe. Inside there are sofas and a set-up for watching movies. Below decks there are four cabins, one of which is the more spacious master bedroom with the largest bed, while the other three are all broadly similar.
The classic position for posing and enjoying the sunshine is the fore-deck where you will find another padded lounging section to lie back on while you scan the seas for dolphins. At the stern of the yacht the crew has a range of toys ready to make your trip more exciting, from jet-skis to snorkeling equipment.
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The cabins are snug but have large, comfortable beds and touches like built-in TVs and en suite bathrooms. The entire yacht has Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
With Miami as its home port, Panthera is able to strike out toward the waters of the Bahamas, down along the Keys or even as far as the Caribbean. Alternatively you may prefer to spend time in the waters around Miami, meaning there is more time to enjoy shore-based excursions and entertainment. It is important to remember that yachts such as this aren't hugely economical with fuel, so the fuel bill rises the faster you go and more distance you cover.
Food and drink
The crew is on hand to stock the yacht for the voyage and prepare meals in the on-board galley, and this can be arranged by your country specialist so that you get the menu you expect. All dietary requirements can be catered for. The crew also know where to tie up to enjoy a meal at some of Florida's best waterside restaurants.
Panthera is well set up for children, with endless adventures to keep them entertained.
The yacht has lots of stairs and tight spaces, making it a challenging environment to use a wheelchair in.
There's no doubt that this is a fun way to get together with a group. The water toys will keep the young and young-at-heart entertained, while the more sophisticated members of the party will find relaxing on the sunbeds and watching the world go by extra special given the exclusivity and having a personal crew to pass another drink.
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