At the time, it was the largest superyacht built by the Ancona-based shipyard CRN. To this day, it's one of the 20-largest luxury yachts ever built in Italy. In conjunction with the considerable length, the floating palace boasted an amazing interior volume of more than 2,000 GT, resulting in lavish accommodation for up to 16 guests and a huge crew of more than 20 people.
Azteca was one of those superyachts that remained secretive despite their international fame. Until the moment it was sold in 2021, the Italian yacht had only been used privately for more than a decade. It was one of the greatest sales of that year: in just three months, the 11-year-old superyacht fetched over $70 million. Even more impressively, the record sale was not preceded but followed by an extensive refit.
Today, one week onboard the refitted Arbema costs at least $600,000, making it one of the most expensive luxury charter yachts. And, despite the prohibitive rate, it's already booked for Christmas and New Year's in the Caribbean. After all, who wouldn't want to spend New Year's Eve onboard this floating paradise?
Some refits focus heavily on the technical and mechanical aspects, but Arbema emerged from its refit looking like a totally different pleasure craft. It was obvious on the outside, with its original grey color replaced by a striking midnight blue, and it could also be seen on board when the yacht revealed its fresh interior design.
Arbema's timeless naval architecture and original layout are still essential for the yacht's unique signature, but the 2010 CRN now sports a fresher, more contemporary look. The previous interior design, marked by a classic influence with dark wood paneling and a heavily ornate style, was replaced by a clean aesthetic, a cool color palette in neutral shades, and a minimalistic approach.
In terms of style, Arbema flaunts the exquisite atmosphere of a contemporary mansion. Stunning white walls and ceilings replaced all the previous wood paneling – this modification alone was enough to brighten up the yacht instantly. Cool shades of grey and cream were added to create depth and texture. The outdated furniture was replaced by modern pieces with organic shapes. The bathrooms kept the original countertops made of precious marble but restyled them by integrating them into an all-white setting.
The refitted luxury toy also kept its outstanding amenities. Try to picture a 330-square-meter (3,550 square feet) sundeck and a 100-square-meter (1,076 square feet) beach club. The full-beam master suite is a mansion by itself, complete with a separate TV room, a massage room, and access to a spacious fold-down terrace. The remaining guests are comfortably accommodated in a VIP stateroom on the upper deck, two doubles on the main deck, and four cabins (two doubles and two twins) on the lower deck.
This generous layout was specifically designed to accommodate large families on board. The yacht's most remarkable feature, the enormous sun deck, houses both a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. In addition to the vast sunbathing and swimming area, the deck incorporates a helipad, a bar, and a well-equipped gym.
During charter travels, the Italian beast comes with a huge 24-person crew ready to cater to the needs of each guest. It also carries a wide selection of water toys, including three luxury tenders for access to and from shore.
A floating resort in terms of amenities, the ultra-luxurious Arbema also boasts remarkable prowess. Even at top speed, it promises an impressive 6,000-nautical mile (11,000 km) range. During the recent refit, it was also equipped with advanced systems that ensure a smooth, stable ride in the Caribbean.