While there are plenty of options, in order to fully delve into the lap of luxury one will have an experience like no other on a luxury yacht. Typically when we hear the word yacht we think of boats reserved for the rich and famous. When the thought of these beautiful structures comes to mind, we imagine them cruising along the sunny coasts of Saint Tropez or the serene waters of Fiji. However, this experience is not only accessible to the rich and famous as Chicagoans can now have a taste of this enviable life when they board the luxury private charter yacht Chicago Elite.
To celebrate the pristine’s ship arrival in the Windy City, an elaborate Christening ceremony took place dockside at Navy Pier. The sounds of Chicago Children’s choirs filled the air along with a magnificent display by the Chicago Fire Departments fire boats. Crowds gathered along the pier, to witness this monumental moment. As an homage to the Vikings and the Romans, a bottle of champagne was broken on the bow causing champagne, to spill alongside the boat. Superstition has it, that if the bottle were to not break, then the ship would be doomed with misfortune. Luckily for us, the bottle broke which meant a good cruise and an evening of good fortune for us lucky party goers.
As we boarded the ship, we were greeted with the melodic sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes. With impeccable views of the skyline, I knew that the first place I wanted to explore was the Skydeck. Featuring a perfect view of the Chicago Skyline and a cool breeze, this was the part of the boat that I knew would be the most breathtaking. Along the deck were rows of plush seating with tables strategically positioned for one’s cocktails as one languished in the views of the city. As the sun was shining brightly with possible threats of storms, we didn’t let that stop us from this perfect moment. We basked in the sun and toasted our cool and crisp glasses of Moët & Chandon
As we moved our way towards the cocktail lounge on the second level of the ship, there was quite the elaborate cocktail hour. Various delectable bites were served left and right. As soon as I finished one hor d’ oeuvres there was yet another bite anxiously waiting for me to devour it. From sweet to savory, my palate was completely satisfied.
To fit the tropical vibe I of the evening, the crew made my friend and I some colorful tropical drinks. The Mai Thai’s and Mojitos were gushing with flavor. As we explored the vessel, we learned that these drinks would be better enjoyed on our favorite part of the ship; the Skydeck. It appears as if more partygoers found our secret hideaway as the party moved from the lounge to this ideal location.
As we finished our drinks, I thought to myself that this evening couldn’t get more perfect. I completely forgot that my shoes had broken earlier. That’s a whole different story, but my day was shaping up to be sub-par, but that quickly changed aboard this heavenly vessel.
While we may not all have the luxury of owning a yacht of our very own, I think everyone should just gather a group of friends and rent a private charter yacht for a truly memorable summer in Chicago. I think we all secretly wish we had that rich friend that lets us ride their yachts at our leisure. Just think of the Chicago Elite team as your rich friend who wants you to enjoy the luxuries of their yacht for the summer.
I’m sure this boat will be quite popular so look into the Chicago Elite and fit it into your Summer plans. Whether it’s a party with friends or a wedding; any occasion is the perfect occasion for a yacht.
For more information on Chicago Elite and how you can book the yacht for your next private event go to ElitePrivateYachts.com/chicago
Special thanks to Hallie Duesenberg of hallieduesenberg.com for providing some of the photos