Yacht Charter Amalfi Coast: Cruising With the Gods

The legend goes... The Greek warrior god Hercules fell madly in love with a nymph named Amalfi, alas Amalfi passed away at a young age and Hercules' was heart broken. He travelled the Mediterranean searching for the most beautiful place he could find to lay Amalfi's body to rest. He came across this coastline with it's striking green cliff sides, dotted with yellow wild flowers that cascade in to endless shades of blue. It was the perfect place to lay his love, and so it was that the coastline was named Amalfi. 

It's mid April in southern Italy, it is pouring with rain and the wind is bitter. A group of 12 other brokers and myself are on our way to Marina D'Arechi just south of the Amalfi coast in a small city called Salerno. We are about to embark on a familiarisation trip to experience three charter yachts in the region and learn about the area. 

Upon arrival at the yachts we are welcomed on board with some local Neapolitan snacks and wines followed by a tour of each of the three yachts.

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25m M/Y JOY STAR

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24m S/Y NAKUPENDA

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25m M/Y PIERPAOLO IV

A quick freshen up and it is time for dinner, I am hosted on PIERPALO for the evening. The other brokers and I enjoy a long Italian dinner, 5 courses of local delights cooked to perfection in a family style of service. Fresh seafood was the theme of the trip, local of course! Baby octopus, calamari, Spaghetti alle Vongole and Swordfish... heaven!! We all rest well on board that evening with very full bellies! 

The following day we are lucky to have the weather clear up just enough for an afternoon cruise on the Amalfi Coast with M/Y JOY STAR.

This is my first time on board an Arcadia, a build I have been curious about for a while now. Arcadia really pioneered greener superyachts with extremely efficient designs, hybrid engines and solar panels!

JOY STAR offers refreshingly modern and sleek interiors and outdoor soft furnishings. The large seating areas are very well cushioned and very comfortable. Shades of off white and black provide a reflective and peaceful atmosphere. Entering the saloon I am struck by the airiness of it, for a 25m yacht the space feels vast. This spacious atmosphere is thanks to the floor to ceiling windows and glass roof, tiled with solar panels that let the light in from every angle.  The indoor/outdoor dining area flows seamlessly from the indoor living space, perfectly set up so that in the cooler months you can close the sides with glass panels making it an indoor setting but with plenty of light and in the summer you can open it right up to form an alfresco setting. 

Cruising the Amalfi, words cannot describe how striking the landscape is, everything about it, the steep mountains that kiss the clouds, the way the light here seems different, it changes things, I know I am seeing the colours synonymous with Amalfi - green, blue and yellow, but somehow they are different, brighter and more alive. The smell of the sea and soft citrus wafting from hanging orchards. Heavy April clouds hover around the rocky mountain peaks moving and morphing in to shapes reminiscent of the mythical gods that once ruled this scene. Entire towns built in to cliff edges, watch towers from the middle ages dot the outposts, architecture from centuries past, tell stories of varying lineage, sharing an ancient human story. 

AMALFI Yacht Charter: Important travel facts

  • The marina is 1 hour drive from Naples Airport or 45 mins from Naples centre. 
  • There is an airport in Salerno 5kms to the marina where you can fly privately in to. 
  • The marina D'Arechi is 4NM (half an hour cruising) to the beginning of the Amalfi coast, 8NM to Amalfi, 12NM to Positano and 22NM to the island of Capri.
  • The traffic along the Amalfi coast even during the off season on the narrow roads is diabolical. Avoid shore excursions that involve a lot of driving.
  • The only way to see Amalfi - particularly during the summer months of June - August is by boat!
  • To avoid the crowds, travel during the shoulder season - September is my favourite month as it is still warm but the crowds are far less. 
  • If you want to avoid crowds entirely, try cruising Cilento - a national park area just 8NM to the south of the Marina d'Arechi. This is equally as beautiful as Amalfi, steeped in fascinating history and much quieter anchorages!
  • Three most popular towns to visit on Amalfi Coast - Ravello, Positano, Amalfi.
  • Key colours Amalfi is famous for - Blue (of the sea), Green (of the trees), Yellow (of the flowers and lemons).
  • Amalfi is famous for it's world renowned Limoncello. Lemons the size of soccer balls hang from the cliff edge! 

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