Not as luxurious as the photos suggest!
Firstly, I have to say that overall, this was a very different experience, which we did enjoy - but won't be repeating. Tatiana, who met us, was lovely. She was very friendly and helpful and communication was excellent - always available on the other end of the phone. The actual yacht: access to it is obviously by a ramp. It only has one hand rail (rope) so if nervous, suffer from any disability or are a child, it could be fairly dangerous. The damp smell hits you immediately as you enter the main lounge area. This gets worse when you go down into the sleeping areas. Not only does the damp smell increase, but the sewerage smell was overwhelming. Toilets did not flush very well and the only one which did (in the main bedroom), later sent back what it had originally flushed away - not very pleasant or hygienic at all. Thank goodness there were toilets and showers in a separate block, which we had to use every day - however, not great if you needed the toilet in the middle of the night. Don't know how families with children would cope. Back to the lounge area - the black glass table is covered with glass and cup stains as there were no coasters or table mats. The kitchen area was fine, although could do with new wine glasses so there are enough for everyone. Couldn't find any tea spoons either. The main captain's area was used as storage for all our suitcases and clothes as no-one wanted to unpack and leave clothes in the main room's cupboards in case they ended up smelling of damp. The main double room is a very good size with an ensuite (smelly). The other sleeping areas are tiny with very limited storage space. Beds, however, were very comfortable and we were all warm enough. Bathrooms need to updating and TLC. Some flooring was coming away and they all needed a good deep clean. Limited water supply - just a trickle in all bathrooms. Towels were provided and these were all clean and fresh selling. There was also plenty of toiletries including toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. The last room (to call the yacht an 8 birth) is located under the main decked area and access to it is via a tiny porthole. Can't see why anyone would want to stay in it - it was more like a torture chamber from a prisoner of war camp! Risk assessment??? However - the one positive - the outdoor areas. These were lovely and we enjoyed spending a few hours sitting chatting with a bottle of wine. Only sad that these were the best parts of the yacht.