We Tried To Board Odessa, but the Bodyguard Denied Our Advances: Here's What We Missed

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Sometimes, autoevolution gets within touching distance of some of the world's most coveted vessels. Well, this time around, that vessel was the Odessa, a superyacht that's up for charter for no less than €250K a week during the summer season.
As we stood there marveling at the Odessa floating in a Genoa port, we couldn't help but snap a photo or two of this floating palace. Upon trying to go further into this journey, a bodyguard standing on the ship's dock denied all curiosity. However, through the magic of Google and our friends at Burgess Yachts, we can still explore the unseen beauties of this ship.

Since all we could witness from afar was a chrome-filled beach club, we started to understand a bit about what makes this ship so dang prestigious, even though it's a rather small vessel compared to other craft that charter for such a price. Overall, guests will be able to access 48.8 meters (160 feet) of ship and unfurl their activities over three decks; that's it. But we all know what they say about big things and small packages, and Odessa is no exception to that rule.

With accommodations for up to 12 guests, you can bet your bottom dollar that all that space is designed to pamper every inch of your body, mind, and soul. Sure, there are nine crew members and six available cabins, owner's loft included, but the endless toys and gear are the main attraction point of this no-price-menu lifestyle.

Odessa Superyacht Interior
Photo: Burgess Yachts
Just to kick things off, there are three tenders aboard the Odessa, but it's the jacuzzi where you'll find me the most often or possibly taking turns on the waterslide. Not big into watersports? There's a trampoline for you, although diving into Mediterranean waters from a trampoline found on a superyacht deck is a must, folks!

If you're an adrenaline junky and/or just love speed, a couple of wave runners, two SeaBobs, and a flyboard are part of that €250,000 ($263,000 at current exchange rates) package. Yup, wakeboards, surfboards, and just about any other board you can think of are also part of this ship's magic. Not so sure about shuffleboard, though. Maybe you'd like to bulk up during your vacation; there's a gym for that with gear for your entire body.

If all that doesn't make up for the weekly rate for Odessa, the upcoming info should help you finally grasp why we weren't allowed to set foot on this marvel. Aside from featuring a full-beam suite for the owner, a typical feature available on most superyachts, it's the large sun deck where you may find yourself hanging out most of the time. Alfresco dining is to be enjoyed one deck lower.

Odessa Superyacht Dining
Photo: Burgess Yachts
But, it's once you step inside Odessa that you'll understand the bodyguard's unwavering vigilance. If you're someone who may be aware of the sort of goods and furnishings that come out of Armani Casa, you'll recognize their work immediately. Combined with walnut joinery and hardwood floors, marbles, leathers, and semiprecious metals, it's clear why we weren't allowed on board. God forbid someone happened to sneeze on this stuff.

Besides that, there is so much more to discover on the Odessa, and frankly, I'm not the least bit upset that we couldn't climb aboard this aquatic castle. After all, I would be questioning every little action of mine as I explored inch upon inch of this ship, and that's no way to live.

If you want to experience the Odessa without having to worry about leaving your fingerprints all over the furnishings, this puppy is available through numerous charter services. What are you up to this summer?
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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