The 50-metre Plan B, which charters through Ocean Independence, has started her cruise of northern European waters with a visit to Norway.

Plan B was originally launched in 1973 as HMAS Flinders for the Australian Navy, where she served as a survey vessel before being decommissioned in 1998. Her transformation into a superyacht took place initially in New Zealand, before her current owner transformed her once again to the yacht you see now.

Plan B

All photos courtesy of Plan B’s crew

The 50-metre steel yacht recently joined Ocean Independence’s charter fleet, and embarked upon a cruise this summer of Norway, the Baltic Sea, Iceland and Greenland. She is more than just a rugged blue-water cruising vessel though, as there are plenty of creature comforts on board to keep guests happy. There’s a dive-boat, a centre-console tender, and an 18ft jet-driven ‘landing craft’, along with a full toy cupboard that includes two Sea-Doos, paddleboards, kayaks, towables, wakeboards, fishing gear, scuba gear, snorkelling gear, sea scooters, bicycles, and an inflatable slide. There’s also a gym and massage room, and an aft-deck cinema.

Plan B

“You have to love the superior, rugged exploration build uniquely combined with the true elegance of luxury styling in all guest areas inside and out. Few vessels of this size have such volumes, allowing guests to cruise just about anywhere in the world so comfortably,” says Daphne d’Offay, senior charter broker at Ocean Independence.

Plan B

The 50-metre steel Plan B sleeps 12 guests (with 12 crew) and charters from $195,000pw to $250,000pw.

• a version of this story appears in Charter News, SuperYacht World Issue 50.