During this time of the novel coronavirus, some other extraordinary things have also shown up in Fernandina Beach. So unusual, they became sight-seeing attractions. One was the Bella Vita mega yacht.
Extraordinary Yacht Worth Over $96 Million
The biggest and most valuable yacht to ever visit Amelia Island, in memory, docked downtown at the Fernandina Harbor Marina. It became instant eye candy upon arrival and received plenty of attention during its stay here that lasted about a month. Pictured below is just part of this vessel seen looking past Atlantic Seafood through the city’s public boat ramp while standing on Ash Street downtown.
No doubt seeing the Bella Vita in downtown Fernandina triggered some day dreams. We can all use a distraction, some pleasant escapism during the pandemic. Even if just imagining for a few moments the freedom of the water while aboard such a vessel.
The Bella Vita is a 248-foot-long vessel built by Lurssen in 2009 (with retrofit in 2017). As big as it is glamorous, you really had to see it to believe it. But the video below, provides a better perspective, including the inside.
$650,000+ Per Week To Charter
The mega yacht can be chartered for $650,000-plus a week. A rather mind-blowing figure for most, and this seven-day rate does not include fuel or food. The Bella Vita last sold for 83 € back in 2017 (that’s 96.81 million U.S. dollars), when it was formerly named the “Northern Star.” This super yacht lands on a list of the top 200 biggest yachts in the world at #145 (according to Boat International).
Yacht With A Helipad
The Bella Vita has six decks to enjoy, a helipad for copters to land, a sundeck Jacuzzi, swimming pool, sauna, beauty room, gym, movie theater, and elevator. Plus water toys galore to also play with like jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, a smaller boat, too, and water skis. Plus scuba diving and snorkeling equipment.
“Life Is Beautiful”
LA VITA E BELLA translates to “life is beautiful.” Surely it would be cruising around on such a vessel. Especially to satisfy wanderlust after being cooped up by COVID-19 clamp downs during “safer at home” directives. The yacht arrived in early May, just around the time that Amelia Island’s beaches reopened (after being shut down for six weeks). The yacht requires a crew of 22 to manage its operation and pamper guests, and sails under the flag of the Cayman Islands.
Built for the adventurous, the Bella Vita has a range of more than 7,000 miles. It’s a vessel that can navigate through sea ice with its ice-class hull.
Who would join you on a voyage? The yacht has six staterooms to accommodate 12 guests, so choose wisely.
After its lengthy stay in Fernandina, since the Bella Vita departed, it has voyaged to various places, including Vineyard Haven, MA, Newport, RI and Palm Beach, FL.