Image of Departures Dispatch Cover, 8/01/2013 — M / Y  360°

The grand exteriors of the luxury yachts that ply the Mediterranean are awe-inducing, but their interiors get far less attention. That could change, thanks to the M/Y 360°, a newly designed, $21 million, 155-foot super yacht based in Cap d’Ail, France. Owner Al Njaeb Pty Ltd., a holding company in the British Virgin Islands, had a budget of $4 million to retrofit the entire five-level, five-suite, seven-bath vessel. (There is an owner’s cabin/master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins; additional amenities include three outdoor lounge spaces, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a wine cellar and a helipad.)

It commissioned interior designer Yvonne Colacion, principal at California-based Colacion Studio, for the yearlong project. To get the job done, she made five trips from the United States to the ship’s then-base in Ancona, Italy, over the course of 12 months, working with a local retrofit team from International Shipyards Ancona (ISA). “The objective in the design was to capture the grandeur of the sea from the 1920s but with modern touches,” Colacion explains.

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