Paul Allen’s Legendary Motor Yacht Octopus Available for First-Time Charter; Antarctica Bound

The 126-meter motor yacht Octopus – commissioned and formerly owned by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – is traveling to Antarctica in late 2022 and will be available for charter.

Paul Allen's Legendary Motor Yacht Octopus Available for First-Time Charter; Antarctica Bound

This iconic superyacht was built by the renowned German shipyard, Lürssen, to a design by Espen Øino, and is one of the largest superyachts in the world. Up until her sale in 2021, she was kept incredibly private with few images of her interior ever released to the public.

That she will now be available for exclusive charter groups to explore the wonders of Antarctica, is an incredibly exciting opportunity for any discerning luxury traveler.  

Ground-breaking design

At the time of her launch in 2003, she heralded the beginning of a new era in yachting, commencing a trend for vessels to be equipped for science, research, and true ocean-crossing travel. To that end, she sports an ice-class 1A steel hull, allowing her to safely traverse the iceberg-filled seas surrounding the southern-most continent.

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“She’s the perfect yacht to undertake such a voyage,” says Jacqui Lockhart, Head of Charter Marketing Europe for Camper & Nicholsons, who traveled to Antarctica herself in 2018. “She’s well-equipped to host intrepid charterers off the beaten track with a fully equipped medical suite and dive center onboard – complete with hyperbaric chamber – as well as a submarine and two helipads. Octopus was truly built for explorer expeditions!”

Octopus also boasts an underwater lounge and a forward-facing indoor observation deck, providing an unbeatable viewing platform from which to take in the sights.

In 2021, Octopus was sold and joined the Camper & Nicholsons charter fleet. This is the first time Octopus has been available for charter, making the occasion with a two-year round-the-world tour, which began in January this year. So far, her plans include Costa Rica, Panama, South America and will wrap up her Antarctica tour in early December 2022.

flexible accommodations

Featuring flexible accommodations for 12 guests in 13 cabins and a permanent crew of 42, OCTOPUS is arguably the most iconic and versatile megayacht in the world — there is nowhere on the four corners of the earth that she, designed as ice-class, cannot go.

With a storied past, she’s been a research vessel, involved in search and rescue missions, and even once featured a recording studio for famous artists including Mick Jagger, Usher, and U2.

OCTOPUS’ other state-of-the-art features include, but are not limited to:

  • Two helipads for remote exploration offer an advantage in her next winter location, Antarctica
  • Entertainment deck with fully equipped gym, spa, 15-person cinema, library and observation lounge
  • Eight decks with a dedicated owner’s deck with a private elevator
  • Dive center and hyperbaric chamber, in addition to a fully-equipped medical suite
  • Unbeatable toy list including seven tenders, two helipads, a large SUV, electric foils and much more
  • From a culinary perspective, OCTOPUS’ world-class chefs utilize its traditional tandoor, pizza oven, and Argentinian grill
  • A one-of-a-kind art and artifacts collection with highlights that include an original photo of Marilyn Monroe and a signed photo of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins adjacent to the American flag that was carried by Frank Borman and Jim Lovell on board the Gemini VII spacecraft in 1965.

The trip of a lifetime


Octopus’ tour of Antarctica is truly the trip of a lifetime. Her voyage is among the first superyacht expeditions to the region and guests will do so aboard one of the world’s largest superyachts available for charter.

This opportunity, often only afforded to researchers and documentary-makers, will bring intrepid explorers face to face with some of the most breath-taking landscapes and wildlife, opening up the least-explored continent on earth for ski touring, ice exploring, polar plunges, and even contributing to wildlife conservation with alongside locally-based scientists.

Camper & Nicholsons International is one of the oldest yachting companies in the world, founded in 1782 as a shipyard in Gosport, England. Today, Camper & Nicholsons is the global leader in luxury yachting activities with 11 offices around the world.

The company’s operational headquarters is located in Monaco. Camper & Nicholsons provides full-scale turnkey services for clients including New Construction, Sales & Purchase, Yacht Charter and Charter Marketing, Yacht Management, Crew Placement, and Insurance.

Camper & Nicholsons have been involved in over 2,400 yacht projects since 1782. Today, we have over 50 yachts in our charter management fleet and over 44,000 gross tonnes of yachts under our management.

For more information on Camper & Nicholsons International, please visit or call (954) 524-4250.


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As the original yachting company founded in 1782, Camper & Nicholsons has built its brand by providing a 360-degree service to yacht owners and charterers, including new build, sales and brokerage, charter and related marketing, yacht management, and insurance services.

Building on more than 200 years of celebrated heritage, the Camper & Nicholsons name is synonymous with excellence, luxury, and tradition. Today, we continue to set the pace in the industry with an in-house technical team who have successfully built the first dedicated tech hub, providing valuable insights for clients that translate into better management.

Camper & Nicholsons has the most illustrious history of any brokerage firm and is the exclusive central agency of some of the most luxurious and famous yachts in the world.

The company has offices in Monaco, Cannes, Geneva, London, Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palma, and Hong Kong. It is an integral establishment within the Lai Sun Group. the company ranks among the leading conglomerates in Asia, a region with greater economic wealth than the rest of the world combined from its headquarters in Hong Kong, Lai Sun Group maintains a global portfolio of real estate, entertainment, media, telecoms, and luxury hotels.

The group’s multiple operations are managed through five companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The DNA of the Lai Sun Group is serving UHNW individuals. With investments including Michelin-starred restaurants and sumptuous private residences, as well as entertainment ventures, the group’s global vision of success is exactly aligned with that of Camper & Nicholsons, a brand with a rich history of yachting excellence.




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