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Ice Yachting: The Newest Multi-Million Dollar Hobby

Updated on October 18, 2011

No longer satisfied with tropical islands, sunny lounge chairs and fruity drinks, a new breed of luxury yachter is going where no luxury yachter has gone before. It’s called ice cruising, and it’s expensive, exclusive and all the rage among the ocean’s elite. They swap palm trees for polar bears, purchase the best marine insurance money can buy and navigate through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.


Big Fish is the one of the first superyachts specifically designed for “off-road” exploration of icy waters. According to My Big Fish Charters, the yacht's official website, the 45-metre boat is equipped with everything you need to circumnavigate the globe, including ice breaking equipment, a 28-foot jet tender with a 300-mile range for exploration, and a professional crew of 10 who will feed you, massage you and chauffeur you around the globe. It can go 10,000 miles before refueling (three full months of independent cruising) and has plenty of room to safely store garbage and waste.


The superyacht can comfortably accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins, each with its own ensuite. There’s a gym, a jacuzzi, 5000 square feet of deck space, a crow’s nest with 360 degree views plus wakeboards, paddleboards, kayaks, kitesurfs, dive gear, windsurfs and 2 sailing dinghies. Big Fish also boasts a video wall spanning three levels—the first of its kind in the yachting world.

The pricetag? $36,000,000, according to luxury yacht dealer YCO. Or if you’re kinda rich, but not really rich, you can charter for $195,000 a week. Check it out:

Almost ready to launch!


Arriving in London


Big Fish's Maiden Voyage


Big Fish’s maiden voyage was a historic circumnavigation of the globe via the poles, including the first-ever yacht crossing of the dangerous Northeast Passage that runs along the Russian arctic coast.



Main Salon


Gourmet Kitchen


Master Bedroom


Dining Room


Laser Show in Auckland


In Antarctica


If you owned Big Fish, where would you go first?

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    • ThoughtSandwiches profile image

      ThoughtSandwiches 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      This is an awesome topic that allows me, yet one more opportunity, to resent the wealthy.

      I have the 'cruiser' lifestyle dream...but my preference is to stay tropical. I should imagine that 'Big Fish' could handle more temperate climes...

      Great job and am voting Up!


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      feminaa 6 years ago

      Topic is interesting

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      I love your topics - glad I came across your hubs. thanks