If you want to take a holiday cruising the Arctic, but prefer to do so in private five-star style, then the Ida Pfeiffer might be the yacht for you. Developed by Globe Regal Yachting in conjunction with Gill Schmid Designs of New York and Dörries Yachts of Bremerhaven, the 1,500-tonne (1,653-ton), diesel-electric luxury cruiser is designed to carry 14 guests and 15 crew into the coldest waters on Earth along with a small armada of tenders, rescue boats, sailboats, and even a helicopter and a Triton submarine.
At 70 m (230 ft) long, the yet-to-be-built Ida Pfeiffer has a range of 7,000 mi (11,200 km). Though she has a beam of 12.75 m (41.83 ft), she only draws 3.75 m (12.3 ft) – allowing her to operate in relatively shallow waters. The hull is of steel with a blunt bow for better ice-handling, and the aluminum superstructure boasts a helipad with a telescoping hangar to protect the aircraft in inclement weather. Cruising speed has not been disclosed.
As to the interior, the Ida Pfeiffer, which is named after the famous 19th century Austrian travel writer, has seven guest cabins, an owner’s suite, captain’s suite, crew quarters, several lounges, an upper deck Jacuzzi, and room for any number of auxiliary vehicles, including a Triton submarine and two motor cars. To handle all of these, there is a side-launching garage and a large A-frame crane dominating the stern. There are even provisions for separate guest and crew ladders for going between decks. The price is available on application. And you can always check our list of the most expensive yachts.