Who is Big Blue Expeditions, the new CA of the 126m M/Y Octopus? 🐙

Q&A with Jacqui Lockhart of Big Blue Expeditions, the new CA of 126m M/Y Octopus

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In today’s newsletter:

  • Q&A with Jacqui Lockhart: Who is Big Blue Expeditions, the new CA of the 126m M/Y Octopus? 🐙

  • Charter updates: Fleet updates for Hill Robinson, Edmiston and CharterWorld and special offers from Ocean Independence and Denison Yachting

  • Charter photo: Rising Dawn and her water toy collection 🌊

  • Destination spotlight: Cannes 🇫🇷

  • Post of the week: Ultimate relaxation onboard M/Y Galaxy 🌌


Who is behind the new Charter CA of the 126m Octopus: Q&A with Jacqui Lockhart

SYT and Yacht Charter Market’s Jessamie Rattray sat down with Jacqui Lockhart, the newly-appointed Charter Manager at Big Blue Expeditions and former Head of Europe Charter Marketing at Camper and Nicholsons, to discuss Big Blue Expeditions, the new CA of the 126m M/Y Octopus.

In early April, Big Blue Expeditions announced its appointment as the exclusive charter manager of the iconic and, until 2021/22, historically private 126-metre motor-explorer yacht Octopus.

Octopus has been in the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven since September undergoing refit work, and will be rejoining the charter market this summer for her second full season, with her ownership company, Big Blue Expeditions, as her new in-house charter management.

Octopus | Jeff Brown

We have seen that Big Blue Expeditions is also the ownership company of M/Y Octopus. What prompted the decision to change Octopus's charter management to in-house, and will you take on the yachts of other owners?

Big Blue Expeditions is the manager for Octopus, along with an award-winning Eco-Luxury property in Thailand.

A yacht as prestigious as Octopus warrants a distinct representation. The owner has consistently prioritised in-house management to uphold his stringent quality standards and align with our strategic vision.

Looking ahead, there will be other projects in the future. We are considering expanding our charter operations to include additional yachts and other travel ventures within the same group, further enhancing our bespoke offerings. My role at Big Blue Expeditions is to focus on the promotion of Octopus for charter, as well as overseeing other projects in the future.

Jacqui Lockhart, Charter Manager at Big Blue Expeditions

What made you decide to join Big Blue Expeditions from a large company?

Over the past 30 years, I have accumulated substantial expertise in key roles at leading firms and by managing my own company for 12 years.

Last year's introspection on my professional aspirations coincided perfectly with the chance to join Big Blue Expeditions. The vibrant energy of the team and the promising opportunities on the horizon made it a straightforward choice for me to contribute my seasoned skills to this vibrant enterprise.


What are the challenges in promoting a large and unique yacht like Octopus, and how do you promote the yacht?

Promoting Octopus involves highlighting both her legacy and her unique capabilities for expeditions. We have developed a dedicated website to showcase her history, features, and available charters in greater detail.

The demand for chartering her remains robust, and with my industry contacts and our targeted promotional strategies, we aim to secure the recognition Octopus truly deserves.

How often is Octopus available for charter, versus private use by her owner?

Octopus has considerable availability in some incredible destinations. She is available in Greenland in September, Antarctica in January and February 2025, and then in French Polynesia for Summer 2025. We already have several enquiries for Winter 2025/2026.

Octopus in Antarctica

What is the typical charter client you have had onboard Octopus so far?

Our typical charter clients include well-travelled families and groups of friends who seek unique expedition experiences that only Octopus can offer, thanks to her specialised facilities and seasoned crew.

Why do you think clients might be drawn to Octopus as opposed to other 100m+ yachts?

Despite the plethora of impressive yachts available on the market, Octopus stands unparalleled as the quintessential expedition yacht. With her comprehensive charter program, Octopus offers guests access to exceptional amenities, including dual helipads, a submarine, an ROV, a fully equipped dive center, a luxurious spa, and a highly skilled crew.

The ambience and operational ethos aboard Octopus foster a distinctive, unmatched maritime experience that sets her apart from other offerings in the luxury yacht sector.

Octopus was purchased in 2021 and was welcomed to the Camper and Nicholsons charter fleet, marking the first time the Lürssen yacht had been available for charter.

Octopus | Jeff Brown

This moment symbolised a turning point in the life of the yacht, whose days of infancy were spent behind a strict non-disclosure agreement protecting the privacy of her original owner.

Now, she soon embarks on her second full charter season. “Octopus will be again cruising in some of the most exciting destinations with availability for clients to sample all that she has to offer,” says Big Blue Expedition’s Charter Manager, Jacqui Lockhart.

Octopus | Jeff Brown

“She can accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including an owners’ suite with a private observation deck. Other amenities for guest enjoyment include an entertainment deck with cinema, library and sports bar, a glass-bottom aquarium, a sauna and spa and a swimming pool that converts into a dancefloor,” explained Big Blue Expeditions.

Octopus is one of the many yachts with YachtEye installed ready for the upcoming charter season. Alongside her top-tier facilities and dedicated crew, YachtEye ensures that Octopus’ guests enjoy an immersive and unforgettable experience onboard.


Perfect for guests and crew exploring fascinating destinations onboard Octopus, YachtEye makes the onboard experience smoother, offering paperless multiplatform software that provides crew and guests with access to the most up-to-date trip information from anywhere onboard.

“There’s nothing like Octopus and I don’t believe there ever will be. She is the ultimate expedition platform with a program to go cruising,” Jacqui Lockhart concluded.


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Fleet update: Edmiston is the new charter central agent for the 52-metre sailing yacht Red Dragon.

Red Dragon

Fill the gaps: Large Yacht Corp advertised some opportunities to fill the gaps onboard the 41-metre motor yacht Okko.

Charterers who seize fill the gaps in the following dates and locations enjoy a waved delivery fee:

  • 4 May until 18 May in the South of France 🇫🇷

  • 28 May until 5 June — embark in the South of France and disembark in Naples

  • 14 June until 22 June in Naples 🇮🇹

  • 1 July until 6 July embark in Naples and disembark in Olbia


Get in touch with Large Yacht Corp for more information.

🚀 39.60-metre sailing yacht Double Eagle joins the CharterWorld Central Agent fleet in association with joint CA, Guletbookers in Turkey.

Double Eagle

Fleet update: Hill Robinson welcomes the 23.98-metre sailing yacht Mindfulness to its charter fleet. ⛵


💰Special offer: Denison Yachting announced that the 40.15-metre IAG Yachts motor yacht Serenity is offering an exclusive 10% discount on VAT for the first two bookings as she returns to the Bahamas.


📣 Special offer: Ocean Independence released a newly published rate of USD 55,000 p/w for the remainder of the summer season onboard the 26.8-metre Sanlorenzo motor yacht C-Daze.


Yacht In announced that the 28.06-metre Sunseeker motor yacht Quantum can now has entered the Croatian Charter market.


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The 43.1-metre Gulf Craft Majesty Yacht motor yacht Rising Dawn with her water toy collection. 🌅

Rising Dawn


Travel Inspiration: Cannes 🇫🇷

The coastal city of Cannes - one of the most famous destinations on the Côte d’Azur - immediately invokes connotations of glitz and stardom.

The sparkling diamond of the Côte d’Azur, Cannes is closely linked to all things celebrity, hosting red carpets, paparazzi and glamour.

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Home to countless private beaches, members' clubs and luxury hotels, one can understand why the city is twinned with California’s Beverly Hills and has strong ties to Hollywood. 🌟

From grand villas to a boulevard fringed by palm trees, it is no surprise that Cannes welcomes those seeking a luxury retreat.

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The city is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, with less urban hustle and bustle than Nice, but more a funky and chic vibe than seasonal Saint Tropez.

Cannes is steeped in a rich history and culture. Despite its initial glamorous sparkle, there is a softer side to Cannes discoverable for those who venture into the old town, known as Le Suquet.

This area of Cannes dates back to the Roman Era and is home to quaint cobblestone streets, winding paths and steep, ancient steps, offering visitors an insight into historic French Riviera life.

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🐚 Those wanting a break from the bustling luxury capital can sail to the Lérins Islands - a small collection of four islands only a short distance from Cannes into the Mediterranean.

Described as the hidden gem of the French Riviera, visitors can amble around a variety of well-signposted footpaths with panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur.


Each week we showcase a social media post that caught our eye. Submit yours to [email protected] for a chance to be featured!

@galaxyyacht shared this picture of guests enjoying a relaxing afternoon onboard the 56-metre motor yacht Galaxy.

“Dreaming of the perfect Sunday? Picture yourself onboard our yacht Galaxy, where every Sunday feels like a dream come true. From gourmet brunches on deck to afternoon naps with the sound of the waves, it’s a Sunday unlike any other.”


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