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Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - SS Delphine She's a Lady

Originally launched by the Dodge family in 1921, SS Delphine is now grander and more sophisticated than ever

With SS Delphine’s tremendous indoor and outdoor spaces, including multiple bars, dance floors, and lounges, Captain Morten stresses that she provides the perfect space for entertaining, and says, “There are no limitations on this boat.” He cites a recent wedding that was held onboard for 150 guests. The couple chose to take advantage of the historic nature of the vessel by following a 1920s theme. Guests arrived in port in vintage cars, dressed in period costume as flappers or Charlie Chan lookalikes. Another resplendent use of the vessel’s expansive space occurred during the past Grand Prix in Monaco. A McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 was positioned on her gleaming promenade deck and charter guests held a huge formal party in the area surrounding the luxury automotive centerpiece.
Here in Monaco, SS Delphine stood out from the crowd of contemporary yachts in her home port where she had been relaunched and baptized by Princess Stephanie in 2003. Among the guests attending the royal ceremony? Diana Dodge and David Dodge (Horace Dodge’s grandchildren) who had not been onboard SS Delphine in 35 years. Although they were born after their grandfather’s death, and thus, after the original launch of Delphine, they were sure that he would have been proud of her comeback. 

SS Delphine Proposed Itinerary:
Ten Days along the French and Italian Riviera

Day 1
Guests arrive at Nice Airport to be met by the crew of SS Delphine. Limo transfer to the yacht’s home port of Monaco for boarding. After settling in onboard, set sail for a short cruise to the Bay of Beaulieu (6 miles, 45 mins) for lunch at anchor and an afternoon of water sports. Return to the port of Monaco for the evening.

Day 2
Morning cruise to the famous Pampellone beach near St. Tropez (44 miles, 5 hrs), and anchor for lunch and water sports. Late afternoon cruise to St. Tropez (9 miles, 1 hr) and anchor in front of the port for the night. Tender transfers to the town for shopping and nightlife.

Day 3
Morning cruise to Cannes, stopping on the way in the Bay of Agay in the Esterel (15 miles, 2 hrs) for lunch at anchor. Late afternoon cruise to Cannes (12 miles, 1.5 hrs) and anchor in the bay for the night.Tender transfers for those who wish to go ashore.

Day 4
Morning cruise to the Bay of Villefranche (22 miles, 2 hrs 45mins) for lunch and water sports.  Late afternoon cruise to the Port of Monaco (9 miles, 1h 15mins), berth in the port for the night.

Day 5
Morning cruise to St. Jean Cap Ferrat (6 miles, 45 mins), anchor for lunch and the afternoon.  Late afternoon cruise to Marina Portosole, San Remo, Italy (18 miles, 2 hrs 45 mins), berth in the port for the night.
Day 6
Set off after breakfast for a day cruise to Portofino (73 miles, 9 hrs), arriving after 7pm.  Anchor in front of the town. Dinner onboard then tender transfers ashore to explore this pretty fishing village.

Day 7
Cruise to Porto Venere near La Spezia (35 miles, 4 hrs), arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon excursion to the Cinque Terre and back to the yacht for dinner and night at anchor.

Day 8
Cruise to Viareggio in the heart of Tuscany (20 miles, 2.5 hr). Shore excursions to Pisa, Lucca, and Florence can be arranged for those who wish to visit. Night in Viareggio.

Day 9
Cruise back to Portofino (55 miles, 6.5 hrs), stopping on the way for lunch at anchor and an afternoon of water sports. Last night onboard, anchored in front of the town.

Day 10
After breakfast, short cruise to Genoa for disembarkation.

SS Delphine accommodates 26 guests in 1 master, 1 VIP, 9 doubles (8 on lower deck and 1 on main deck ), and 1 cabin with 4 berths.
She is based in Monaco year round.
Daily charter rate: €50,000 (high season) and €35,000 (low season) plus all expenses, VAT exempt.
Contact: Peter Insull’s charter department;
[email protected]; Telephone: + 33 4 93 34 22 42
Fax: + 33 4 92 90 43 73

More Stories By Jamie Matusow

Jamie Matusow is a freelance writer based in New York. She was the long time managing editor of legendary Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. Jamie traveled extensively throughout Mediterranean, Caribean, and the Bahamas where she filed many of her charter stories.

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Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - SS Delphine She's a Lady. Most captains display a certain affection for their vessels, but Norwegian Captain Morton Hansen speaks of the 258ft SS Delphine as if she were a paragon, describing her as though she were an elegant, refined woman of whom he's enamoured, and one for whom he shows the utmost respect. 'She's a lady,' Hansen says emphatically. 'Treat her right, and she will give back.' And indeed she has. The opulently appointed steam yacht has responded well to a lengthy restoration process that has both brought her up to today's standards and revived the beauty and glamour of her past.