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Hollywood director invites you to sail in luxury on his vintage motor yacht

Maid Marion 2 yacht in the background as two bathers enjoy the sun

Blockbuster film director Roland (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow) Emmerich, is inviting guests to travel back in time for an anniversary sailing around the Greek islands on his vintage motor yacht, the Maid Marian 2. 

90 years young after her latest refit, the vessel is one of only a handful of surviving pre-War classic cruisers. Maid Marian 2 can accommodate up to 10 guests in five contemporary suites (three with ensuite bathrooms), each with a distinctive look and expansive ocean view.

Roland Emmerich says: “When I was first introduced to Maid Marian 2, I instantly fell in love with her. Over the past 15 years, she’s been the focus of many memorable holidays for me, my friends and family. There’s a magical feeling once you set foot on Maid Marian 2, which intensifies once you set sail. The crew helps you feel relaxed and at home, providing top-level service for everyone. With the stunning backdrop of Greece’s islands and the azure Aegean, I’m sure that you and your loved ones will enjoy making memories aboard this unique and luxurious classic yacht.”

“When I was first introduced to Maid Marian 2, I instantly fell in love with her,” says Roland Emmerich…

The maid Marion 2 yacht at sea with flag waving
The Maid Marian 2 is one one of a handful of surviving pre-war classic cruisers

Over the past nine months, the classic yacht has had extensive engineering work, a full repaint and now sports a remodelled upper deck. 

This structural redesign has dramatically extended external space to nearly 100 square metres, offering a substantial open-space sunbathing zone where guests can delight in panoramic vistas of the Aegean Sea

Maid Marian 2’s interiors have been enlivened with fabrics in vibrant shades, alongside signature black and white accents, chic vintage furnishings and contemporary artwork hand-selected by Emmerich from his personal collection. 

Although the vessel celebrates classic traditions, it boasts a state of the art audio system. There’s also open-air dining facilities and luxurious lounge space.

Built in 1931 by the New York Launch & Engine Company, the yacht first christened Cleopatra, launched in New York’s Hudson River. Two years later, after passing from her first owner, Mr Baldridge, to Ms Ruth Nash Bliss, her name was changed to Maid Marian 2. The legendary classic served in World War Two as a patrol boat for the US Coast Guard; then followed her owner to Palm Beach, Florida. 

Decades later, Adrian Zecha, founder of Aman Resorts, purchased the cruiser and shipped her to a new berth at Amanpuri Resort in Phuket. 

In 2007, the boat was acquired by Emmerich, who has a passion for sailing. Commissioning British designer John Teall to reimagine and redesign the iconic yacht, Emmerich relocated her to Greece in 2015. Since then, Maid Marian 2 has been available for private charter, offering comfort and luxury to those wanting to explore the Greek Islands. The elegant cruiser’s also been a location for high-end photoshoots and a hotspot for A-list parties.

An aerial view of the Maid Marion 2 cutting through the waves
The Maid Marian 2 is available for charter with bespoke itineraries

The Maid Marian 2 has a six-member crew, including a private chef who specialises in locally-inspired five-star dinners featuring freshly caught fish.

Whether guests desire marine exploration or time to chill, Maid Marian 2’s concierge can design tailored itineraries for the ultimate in Greek island-hopping to islands such as Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Paros, Antiparos, Mykonos and more.

Roland Emmerich’s new movie, Moonfall, starring Halle Berry, John Bradley and Stanley Tucci is scheduled for release in early 2022. 

A seven-night luxury trip costs around £60,000, based on 10 adults sharing the yacht on a full-board basis, including meals, drinks and fuel. This price applies to departures between May to September. Flights are not included. 2022 bookings are currently open. 

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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