Cruising Alongside on a 48m Croatian Superyacht, Freedom (Half 2)

Freedom Jacuzzi
Picture: Goolets

The solar deck is Freedom’s profitable card, an grownup’s playground with world-beating views. The raised jacuzzi on the aft finish is a agency favorite, particularly since being surrounded by sunpads following the refit.

In any other case, the deck is dominated by a remarkably lengthy U-shaped association of sofas, with house for as much as 20 individuals to take a seat inside attain of one in every of 4 espresso tables alongside the centre line. To port is the staircase from the higher deck, two solar loungers and a dangling chair, whereas to starboard is one other hanging chair and 6 solar loungers.

Freedom Sun Deck
Simply a few of the seating on the solar deck. Picture: Goolets

All of the seats and solar loungers have a ahead view of a well-stocked bar, which might change into a social hub earlier than dinner and even livelier afterwards when the 2 big audio system come into play.

There’s extra enjoyable up forward. The air-conditioned health club gives sea views ahead and to each side, and vary of apparatus together with a treadmill, train bike and rowing machine, in addition to free weights and extra.

Freedom Gym
The solar deck has an air-conditioned health club. Picture: Goolets

In entrance of the health club is the pool, which is about 5m extensive and has a forward-facing bench seat inside and a function ‘faucet’ to port. Even with 20 or so visitors on this deck alone, there’s sufficient house and actions for individuals to have as a lot or as little firm as they need.

Freedom Pool
The 5m-wide pool is on the ahead finish. Picture: Goolets

Moreover, the format is versatile sufficient to have a ‘zen’ theme as a well being and wellbeing space for yoga, health and smoothies, or as a vigorous leisure venue for sunbathing, swimming, music and cocktails. In truth, Freedom even has a fifth stage, with a big roof deck above accessible by ladder and used to hold the 2 tenders (4.8m and 6m) and two jetskis, which may be deployed by a crane.

That’s not all. The complete menu of water toys consists of an electrical foil board, motorised surfboard, Seabob, a number of paddleboards, kayak, wakeboard, waterskis, inflatables and big waterslide. And due to the superb crew, you’ll discover many of those within the water earlier than you even dive off the again of Freedom after anchoring.

Island Points of interest

Goolets’ big selection of seven-day itineraries for Freedom or their different CA yachts embrace beginning and ending in Break up, and a one-way route from Break up to Dubrovnik. This yr it even has two-week and three-week constitution bookings for teams wanting extra of Freedom and Croatia.

Brac Zvonimir Brasin Pucisca settlement
Aerial view of the island of Brac. Picture: Goolets

A typical week-long spherical journey can embrace the islands of Brac, Vis, Hvar, Korcula and Pelješac, then cease at completely different elements of Hvar and Brac on the best way again to Break up and even close by Trogir, only a half-hour drive away.

A Break up-Dubrovnik route might additionally soak up Brac, Hvar and Korcula earlier than persevering with to the likes of Mljet and Lopud on the best way to Dubrovnik, about 112nm southeast of Break up.

Freedom exterior at Brac
The 48m Freedom berths in Bol on Brac. Picture: Goolets

Brac is often a primary cease because it’s simply 10nm south of Break up and properly value a go to for Zlatni Rat, billed as Croatia’s most well-known seashore and in any other case often known as the Golden Horn or Golden Cape.

Dock within the southern harbour city of Bol and it’s a 15-minute stroll alongside a tree-covered promenade beside some unique houses to this iconic seashore, a surprising spit of land that provides clear water on each side and loads of house for sunbathing, bars and eating places. Different spots in Brac embrace the beautiful fishing village of Milna in a protected harbour on the west coast.

On Brac, Zlatni Rat is Croatia’s most well-known seashore. Picture: Goolets

Hvar is simply south of Brac and its sights embrace the quaint city of Jelsa on the north, however the island is most well-known for the port city of Hvar on the west.

Probably the most fashionable locations for day journeys from Break up and busy in the course of the summer season, Hvar has an historic ‘previous city’ and plenty of guests get pleasure from a stroll as much as the Sixteenth-century Spanish Fortress for nice views of town.

Hvar Jelsa
Hvar is one in every of Croatia’s most well-known islands. Picture: Goolets

It additionally has a fantastic waterfront filled with outlets, eating places and bars, whereas there are seashore golf equipment and swimming spots inside strolling distance. Simply off Hvar city are the Pakleni Islands, a series of wooded islands the place you possibly can get pleasure from great seashores or anchor within the bays to get pleasure from watersports in clear, protected waters.

Vis is the small island southwest of Hvar the place they shot the 2018 hit Mamma Mia: Right here We Go Once more, with Goolets employees saying Pierce Brosnan loved it a lot that he by no means wished to depart. Close by sights embrace the Blue Cave to the west and Inexperienced Cave to the south.

Panorama view of Dalmatia, Croatia
The Mamma Mia sequel was shot in Vis. Picture: Goolets

Yachts usually berth on the city of Vis in a fantastic, protected bay within the northeast, and there’s an air of ‘time stands nonetheless’ on this postcard-perfect coastal city. On our penultimate day, we anchored simply off Vis city for a implausible few hours of swimming and making an attempt to make use of each water toy on board Freedom.

Yachts may go to the western port city of Komiza, the place the Jastoreza restaurant doubled because the ‘Greek Taverna’ within the Mamma Mia sequel.

Waterfront of Korcula town in Croatia
Korcula is residence to a surprising historic fortified city. Picture: Goolets

Korcula is the island south of Hvar and residential to Korcula, a surprising historic fortified city described by Goolets as ‘some of the breathtakingly stunning cities possible’. Often known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, it has themed outlets and a museum in his honour, and gives one other mesmerising on-land expertise.

Goolets, the Tremendous Host

These are simply 4 of the Dalmatian islands and the choices are nearly countless. Goolets’ current routes are all confirmed winners, however the firm can tailor an itinerary for every constitution, which additionally consists of reserving all eating places and on-land actions, typically months prematurely.

Watersports on Freedom
Freedom is filled with water toys. Picture: Goolets

“Within the final couple of years, Goolets has made an additional effort to combine itself into the native communities and change into shut with all of the service suppliers on all of the islands and cities we go to,” says Ivan Ramljak, Goolets’ Nation Supervisor for Croatia.

“We all know the homeowners of the eating places and the wineries, even the fishermen, so we go the additional mile to create a special day for the shopper.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a pleasant place to complete a constitution. Picture: Goolets

“Generally a particular meal for 35 individuals could be a two-month course of to organize the meals, the tables and set-up, the music. We should contemplate the climate to know if it must be indoors or outside, or if it’s proper season for the seafood. The purchasers admire this care and so do the eating places.”

For every journey aboard Freedom, Goolets gives visitors a personal ‘concierge assistant’ who prepares day by day solutions on how one can maximise the constitution expertise based mostly across the construction of every group, whether or not or not it’s households with younger youngsters, youngsters, lively seniors, {couples} solely, or combined teams of all ages, which you’re prone to have in a bunch of 20 or so.

Freedom visitors stroll round Vis. Picture: Goolets

It’s an thrilling time for Goolets, whose title is a ‘Google’-inspired twist on gulets, the traditional picket Turkish crusing craft, an equal of Indonesia’s phinisis.

The corporate began 17 years in the past by specializing in gulets and chartering them in Turkey and later in Italy, Greece and Croatia, which has now change into its main market.

Sun deck, Freedom
Sunbathing on the solar deck of Freedom. Picture: Goolets

Goolets nonetheless operates many gulets, however has expanded and diversified to incorporate many fashionable motor yachts in its CA fleet, which now numbers about 20 and ranges in dimension as much as the 52m, 18 cabin Alfa Mario. Enterprise is sweet general and this yr’s bookings on Goolets yachts within the Med even embrace a five-week multi-country journey and a nine-week journey by the Greek islands.

Nonetheless, following its refit, Freedom is the corporate’s main mild and was rapidly booked out for the season, which in Croatia normally runs from April by to October.

Watersports on Freedom
Freedom gives a number of methods to loosen up. Picture: Goolets

Her services, delicacies, crew and water toys make Freedom a match for many sub-50m yachts on the constitution circuit. And from 2023, she’ll be obtainable to constitution from €100,000 per week, so that you don’t want the checking account of a rock star, NBA legend or Microsoft founder to afford her.

This text first appeared on Yacht Model.

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