This Whimsical 322-Foot Superyacht Concept Is Inspired by ‘Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland’

This Whimsical 322-Foot Superyacht Concept Is Inspired by ‘Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland’

Who says yachts can’t inspire childlike wonder?

Not Lürssen, which is showing off a whimsical new superyacht concept dubbed Alice at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. As the moniker suggests, the emission-free vessel is heavily inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1965 fantasy classic, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

Measuring 322 feet, the Alice will feature five fantastical decks. But in a twist right out of Carroll’s book, a main deck won’t be one of them. In a YouTube video previewing the concept, the German shipyard’s designer Jim Robert Sluijter said that the idea for this came from talking to yacht owners, many of whom said they didn’t get much use out of their boat’s main salon. So, he decided to get rid of it and try something completely different.

The small nature park  Lürssen/YouTube

Instead, everything a main deck would normally provide—dining, entertaining or lounging around a fire pit—has been shifted to the smaller upper decks (the top of which also has a helipad). Because of this, a wide-open exterior deck which stretches from one end of the boat to the other can be used for whatever its owner desires. In Sluijter’s model, this means there’s a paddle tennis court in the rear, a semi-enclosed bar and dance floor in the middle beneath the elevated decks and, most impressively of all, a soothing nature park filled with greenery and its own pond in front.

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These amazing deep-sea shots have won the Ocean Photography Prize 2021

These amazing deep-sea shots have won the Ocean Photography Prize 2021
Photograph: Galice Hoarau / Ocean Photography Awards

From plucky baby turtles to dazzling coral reefs, these are the best underwater photos of the year

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Sophie DickinsonWednesday 22 September 2021

The toothy grin of a lemon shark isn’t something most of us would like to get too close to. But that’s exactly what Galice Hoarau did when capturing this winning deep-sea shot off the coast of Florida. But actually, in the event, the shark ended up looking a lot less like Jaws and a whole load more, well, goofy.

The finalists of this year’s Ocean Photography Awards have snapped wildlife worldwide – showcasing the most weird, colourful and fragile watery ecosystems across the globe. The winners are on display as part of an exhibition next to London Bridge, in the British capital. Here are some more of our favourites:

Like this zen turtle.

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The Ultimate Guide to Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s New Jet Set Hotspot

The Ultimate Guide to Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s New Jet Set Hotspot

Montenegro is finally emerging from the lingering shadow of Eastern Europe’s Communist chokehold, and re-establishing itself on the international jet set itinerary—thanks in large part to its extraordinary, yacht-friendly coastline. No wonder developers are flocking here to build new luxury complexes that leverage that view from every house, apartment and jetty.  Here is our detailed guide of where to stay, what to do and where to buy if you want to make it a semi-permanent getaway.

Where to Stay

There are impressive five-star hotels under development—a Rosewood on a waterfront location near Budvar and the Ritz Carlton near Lustica Peninsula, for example—but the coast already has two superb new options.

There was an Aman nearby, too, but it’s currently shuttered, a shame as its locale on its own island, Sveti Stefan, is appealing, with a starry history—Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor were visitors in the dolce vita 1960s heyday. The owner is currently embroiled in a nasty spat with island locals over beach access, so even when—or, as some believe, if—it reopens, expect the ill will to affect the overall vibe.

Nikki Beach

A pool at Nikki Beach with views of the bay.  Nikki Beach

The French beach club chain is synonymous with hedonism worldwide, and has imported its bottles-and-bikinis approach to a new site just 10 minutes boat ride from Porto Montenegro. Stay at the 45-room boutique resort with views over the Bay of Tivat, or just moor your yacht and book a cabana for the day at the 250-person beach club and restaurant, so you can enjoy one of its three pools or the Clarins-operated spa. Rooms start at 650 euros, or about $672 per night.

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Outer Reef Yachts’ 650 is Built For Distance

Outer Reef Yachts’ 650 is Built For Distance
The Outer Reef Yachts 650 is a long-range trawler with three staterooms, including a full-beam master.
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4 incredible places to stay on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

4 incredible places to stay on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Along the white sands of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, there’s endless time for seashell collecting, sunbathing, Gulf-wave splashing, and floating in the pool. If you did nothing else on your trip to Southwest Florida, that wouldn’t be too shabby.

But stay at the right resort, and you can upgrade your itinerary with high-energy activities, fine dining, and maybe even the chance to pick up a new hobby or two. From candlelit dinners on the sand to sailing school, here’s where to stay — and play — on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island

Photo: South Seas Island Resort

How many resorts can you think of that are set on a 330-acre nature preserve? How many also have two and a half miles of private beachfront for guests to enjoy?

That sure narrows down the list — mainly to Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort, where you could opt for a hotel suite, a one-to-three-bedroom villa, or a beach home. And with the resort’s nature-forward setup, guests can take a beachcombing class with a marine-science educator, grab a kayak and paddle toward that pod of dolphins spotted from shore, or admire the herons strolling by while holding a pose during Ambu Yoga on the sand. At South Seas, it’s all about relaxing into nature’s quiet thrills.

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Love Kayaking? Then Channel Islands National Park Is The Perfect Place For You

Love Kayaking? Then Channel Islands National Park Is The Perfect Place For You

One of the most straightforward watersports, kayaking is not only a good workout, but it is a practical way to see some cool sights while out on the ocean. California’s Channel Islands National Park is a great place for kayaking enthusiasts to look into as it provides great boating opportunities for all different skill levels.

Whether one is a beginner to kayaking or a seasoned expert, Channel Islands National Park offers stunning views and manageable waters for visitors to explore.

Basics of Kayaking

Invented several thousand years ago by the Inuit, kayaking has evolved into a popular pastime for people all over the world. Slightly different than canoeing (in which the rider sits in a kneeling position, versus the legs-forward position in a kayak), and wield a paddle with two blades instead of one. Perhaps the key to kayaking’s success and popularity is its versatility- beginners can learn fairly quickly, and professionals are known to master very rough currents and waves. There is even a spot for kayaking in the Summer Olympics!

Before diving into the different places within California’s Channel Islands, it’s always a good idea to brush up on some basic kayaking skills before going.

Maintain a seated, upright position, with arms resting comfortably on the sides of the boat. Grip the paddle and use rhythm and momentum to propel through the water.

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This Mysterious Unmanned Vessel Was Just Spotted In San Diego Bay

This Mysterious Unmanned Vessel Was Just Spotted In San Diego Bay

The low-slung drone-ship catamaran is equipped with solar panels, various antennae, and camera systems.

By Tyler Rogoway September 13, 2021

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This Epic New 528-Foot Superyacht Concept Has Giant Solar Sails That Help It Cruise Emissions Free

This Epic New 528-Foot Superyacht Concept Has Giant Solar Sails That Help It Cruise Emissions Free

Norwegian designer Kurt Strand is going back to his roots with his newest sailing superyacht concept.

The hulking new 528-footer, aptly christened Norway, was inspired by ye olde flat-bottomed longships of the Viking Age. Strand has always been impressed by the beauty of these vessels and their powerful square sails, so he decided to reimagine one for the present day. As such, Norway is equipped with “space-age technology” that will allow her to sail to all corners of the globe sans emissions.

The sleek superyacht is crowned by three electro-hydraulic carbon-fiber rig masts that each stretch 315 feet and rotate as needed. The masts collectively support just shy of 65,000 square feet of sails that are covered in a flexible solar cell foil to capture the sun’s rays. According to Strand, the nifty push-button setup enables all sails to be deployed or furled away in just six minutes. It also requires far less crew than a conventionally rigged yacht.

Norways sails can be deployed or furled away in just six minutes.  Kurt Strand Design

While cruising, any energy captured from the sails is stored in a battery bank onboard and can also be used to produce hydrogen. This means when there’s no wind or sunshine, Norway will instead be powered by three multi-fuel generator engines that can run on either diesel, liquified natural gas or hydrogen. Strand says in ideal weather conditions, the superyacht will produce more clean energy than it uses.

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