Instagram’s famous Loon accepts Bitcoin for the first Mediterranean charters
diveaka the world’s most Instagrammed superyacht, accepts charter fees in bitcoins for his first Mediterranean season. From monaco Grand Prix evenings to dive Croatiathe 55-meter superyacht has a full summer ahead of it…
The yachting industry is currently abuzz with all things crypto; brokers are increasingly offering new bitcoin listings and charters, while some of the most acclaimed designers have jumped on the NFT bandwagon with the launch of limited-edition digital designs. For the social media-savvy superyacht divejoining the digital revolution by offering cryptocurrency charter rates is a natural step.
Normally found in the Caribbean, the yacht is heading to Europe for the first time this summer
All images courtesy of Motor Yacht Loon
“Being avant-garde and welcoming new ideas has always been an integral part of Loons ethos,” said Loons Australian captain, Paul Clarke. “Accepting bitcoin aligns perfectly with these principles and supports inclusivity, especially for the younger generation of charter guests.”
First launched in 2011 on a design by Murray & Associates, dive became well known in the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean circuit. Its success in charter, particularly with American customers, is partly due to its activity on social networks; lush images of frozen cocktails and snapshots of water sports sessions helped dive earn nearly 55,000 subscribers together. It’s no wonder she was crowned ‘the most Instagrammed yacht in the world’.
Captain Clarke started Loons Instagram account in early 2018. Within six months, after adding a few unique toys, Loons account “really started going wild,” he explained. In 2019, the crew also gained attention for their humanitarian efforts in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, and dive is now the most followed of all superyachts on Instagram. “Instagram has opened up another way for us to share the amazing experiences we have on dive with the world,” Captain Clarke said.
The glamorous illusion that dive portrayed on social media is of course very real. With a huge 1,100 GT interior just refitted in 2020, dive offers a wealth of amenities and activities designed to enhance the charter experience. The terraces offer multiple spaces to soak up the sun and take in the views, from the alfresco lounges and dining table to the shaded hot tub with an in-pool cocktail bar.
An elevator allows guests to easily cross her four decks.
Inside, Claudette Bonville’s classically inspired interiors are finished with lustrous woodwork and large windows offering panoramic views. One highlight is the vaulted sky lounge, which can accommodate up to 100 guests for parties. On the lower levels, six generous cabins can accommodate up to 12 guests, served by a crew of 14.
The skylounge can accommodate up to 100 guests for dockside events
Guests who want to maximize their time on the water can dive into the yacht’s expansive toy chest, featuring a FunAir floating sea pool, inflatable water slide, jet skis, golf setup, SeaBobs and watersports equipment. sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding.
For those looking to learn a new skill, the crew includes a PADI-certified divemaster as well as professional surf and kitesurf instructors. Many of the crew, including Captain Clarke, are also avid anglers. And a resident videographer is available during charters to capture experiences in personalized videos that guests can further share on their own platforms.
The PADI certified dive center will come in handy because dive cruises through Croatia this summer
Not one to take it easy, Loons her first visit to the Mediterranean this summer will start with a bang as she plans to attend some of Europe’s most anticipated events in the superyacht calendar. dive has already secured a coveted berth at Port Hercule for the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2022 and will continue cruising the French Riviera with a stopover in Cannes during the film festival later that month.
Also on the program, a visit to Monaco during the 2022 Grand Prix, for which dive got a seat by the side of the track
For more sedate cruising, island-hopping excursions through Croatia’s stunning cruising grounds are also on the agenda this summer. Here, guests can explore historic sites, enjoy secluded beach parties hosted by the crew, and use the dive shop to discover the country’s incredible underwater offerings.
The well-stocked toy box helped dive gain popularity on social networks
Loons The decision to accept bitcoin charter fees is part of a larger plan to expand its customer base and cruising areas. The move coincides with the yacht’s first-ever visit to Europe, where a number of brokerage firms have acknowledged that cryptocurrency is much more widely used than in the United States. “Cryptocurrency expands boundaries; dive expands its horizons with the upcoming voyage to Europe, and we look forward to inviting a new wave of charter guests on board,” said Captain Clarke.
dive is managed for charter by IYC with a weekly rate starting at $325,000.
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