Does the idea of cruising around the Greek Islands appeal to you? If so, the luxury yacht belonging to famed filmmaker Roland Emmerich is available for private charter this summer … although it comes with a hefty price tag
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The Maid Marian II is a 33m vessel that was first launched in 1931 in New York. During the Second World War, it served as a patrol boat for the US Coast Guard. In the 1980s it was transferred to Thailand, where it was used by a Phuket-based luxury resort. One of the guests to use it was film director Roland Emmerich.
The openly gay, German-born director is famed for his blockbuster hits, including Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and last year’s Midway (2019).
He also made the 2015 movie Stonewall, about the Stonewall uprising, and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to LGBTQ causes over the course of his career. He married his husband, Omar De Soto, in 2017. They reportedly have homes in Los Angeles, New York City, London and Stuttgart.
Emmerich fell in love with the Maid Marian II and decided to buy it in 2007. He commissioned British designer John Teall to refurbishment the vessel. Since 2015, the yacht has been in Greece. It is available for charter.
The wooden yacht can comfortably accommodate up to ten guests in five deluxe cabins. It also comes with six qualified crew members, dedicated to providing personalized service, including providing a menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and plenty of fine wines and other refreshments.
A private charter will take you to the idyllic bays and pristine beaches of the Greek islands, including Kythnos, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Paros, and Antiparos, among others. Mykonos, in particular, is known for being a magnet for gay sun-seekers.
For summer 2020, a seven-night luxury trip costs from £50,000 (approx. $61,350), based on 2-10 adults sharing the yacht on a full board basis and including meals, drinks, and fuel. More info and reservations at maidmarian2.com