Sure, it may sound like a whole lot to be spending on a one-week stay aboard anything really, but because ships like these often accommodate a number of guests, in this case, a total of 12 guests, you can divide the costs and enjoy a trip for a fraction of the initial cost. It's time to put on that life vest, find your sea legs, and let's get ready for some of the finest living the industry has to offer.
Now, Sandbank is nearly 112 ft (34 m) long, but what sets it apart from an array of ships on international and local waters is that it's crafted using nothing more than a GRP hull and superstructure. In short, it's going to be light, strong, and fast. All 240 tonnes (264.5 tons) can be whipped around at a speed of up to 18 knots (21 mph).
First off, you'll be stepping aboard a ship that was completed and launched this year. It's the work of builder Gulf Craft with an interior by Phantom Studio, and it's considered the latest addition to the Majesty Yachts lineup. In short, you'll be experiencing peak industry standards honed across continents and countless team members.
Once you've decided to leave all landlocked problems behind, turn your back on them and face the main lounge. Go ahead, step inside, grab a drink, and proceed to meet the rest of the guests. You'll be able to find some of them lounging around while others are grabbing a bite at the dinner table.
If your BFFs are on a different level, the staircase with bronze banisters allows you to access other decks, but if you don't and happen to be the owner, at the front of this deck, a beam-to-beam bedroom lies in wait to rest your weary bones. The real attraction here is the glass-floor pool above, letting in moving slivers of light into your room; enjoy the view.
One deck up and the rear of the Sandbank features another dining space, this time outside, a sky lounge, and at the front, the remainder of the deck invited guests with a lounge, sunbeds, and that pool I mentioned. This is where you want to be seen as you roll into or out of port.
The lowest deck on the ship is reserved for guest rooms, engine room, and crew housing. Nonetheless, four king beds, two twin beds, and four single beds are more than enough for everyone to rest in utter peace, assuming you're not near the engine room.
For the next few moments, picture yourself in the center of all the action. Wake up in the morning with an opulent or light breakfast, step onto the deck to meet other early risers, and from here, it's open game on the finer things in life. Take a dip in the pool, soak up some sun, and just do nothing. All the while, you're tended to by crew members. It has to be an amazing feeling, for sure.
If things heat up and you need to cool off, head inside any of the spaces I mentioned and continue your activities in climate-controlled rooms flooded by natural light. The earthy and warm tones of the furniture only seem to complement the yellow sunlight entering these spaces.
Sold yet? If not, but you still want to find out a bit more, give old Northrop & Johnson a call. Just be warned: the moment you start talking to one of their brokers about this ship and what your experience may end up being like, you may find yourself calling your friends and pooling funds. Hey, we have one life to live; why not make it grand?