For charter parties there is more choice out there than ever: what’s certain is that there is the perfect superyacht out there to suit your cruising needs. We’ve rounded up five great charter yachts for the new season.

FAITH

The 62-metre Feadship Faith (ex-Fortunato), launched in 2000, is back on the water in Peter Insull’s charter fleet after a thorough refit this year. Works undertaken included an overhaul of the interior by Paris-based Chahan and a sundeck redesign. With room for 12 guests serviced by 17 crew, the yacht benefits from an elevator to all decks plus a dedicated gym. The sundeck has an oversized hot-tub and a pizza oven, while there is a selection of toys and dive gear that includes a water slide.

Winter: Caribbean $480,000pw

Summer: Mediterranean $480,000pw

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GENEVIEVE

After cruising Tahiti and Fiji this summer, Genevieve is heading to New Zealand for a winter spruce up at the yard. The Dubois-designed 36.9-metre, built at Alloy Yachts in New Zealand in 1996 and refitted in 2010, will be heading back to the Mediterranean for 2013, and will be available for charter through Burgess. With room for eight/nine guests and six crew the yacht has an extensive set of toys, which has been getting full use this summer. The Glade Johnson interior, with a rich mix of woods, adds a very welcoming vibe. A focal point is the main salon, with huge wraparound windows letting in plenty of natural light, and for outdoor moments there’s a fixed bimini over the cockpit with Eisenglas protection.

Summer: Mediterranean €63,000pw.

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POLYCARPUS

You can see something of Polycarpus’s heritage as a working vessel – she was launched as a Rhine tugboat in 1949 – but after a compete rebuild in 2003 she has been operating very successfully for her owners as a luxury charter yacht. “She is popular because she is a stable platform and family orientated,” says Jesse Van der Valk, special project and charter broker at Ocean Independence. “The yacht takes 12 guests, which makes for a very good value charter.” The interior has a traditional feel and an impressive collection of marine artefacts, including a chronometer from the 19th Century and the tooth of an extinct species of giant shark. Her natural habitat is the Mediterranean, and she has successfully chartered in Italy, Corsica and Sardinia this season.

Summer: Mediterranean €65,000pw

ULYSSES

For a charter yacht that is new to market and boasts a little twist, look no further than Ulysses, available through Fraser. This 56-metre Benetti cuts an imposing figure on the water, with her black hull getting the best out of the trademark curvaceous lines. Interiors by Benetti’s in-house team have traditional styling cues – a blend of Renaissance and Baroque with some Gothic accents and floral artworks by Margriet Smulders. Marble and chandeliers add to the classical feeling. Twelve guests are accommodated in six staterooms. The main-deck master suite is clearly the prime spot on board, with an office, hairdressing salon and private observation lounge forward, though the VIP suite a deck higher has equally impressive views. The lower deck has two twins and two doubles. With dining options on three decks, guests have plenty of choice but we expect the sundeck – again, with its own pizza oven – to be particularly popular. There’s a full range of toys in the garage and an external cinema – and don’t forget the self-play Steinway in the main salon.

Summer: Mediterranean €322,000pw (July and August); €294,000pw all other months.

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SYMPHONY II

With a change of ownership announced in October, the 2001 Westport Symphony II will charter in the central Caribbean this winter. With a refit last year, she has a cheerful, colourful interior by Claudette Bonville, which sleeps eight. Her five-strong crew comes highly recommended by previous charterers and includes a diving instructor. For a yacht on the smaller side, she’s packed with features, including an enviable art collection with works by Picasso, Monet, Miró and Van Gogh. Her equipment list reads impressively: snorkel gear, a custom stereo, toys including two tenders, fold-up bikes, beach tents, a barbecue, kayaks and fishing equipment make her the ideal yacht for active groups and families. And if outdoor fun gets too much, there’s also a Playstation, Wii and a karaoke machine. She charters through Camper & Nicholsons.

Winter: Caribbean $49,000pw.