Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2024

42 Fincantieri’s shipyard director Gilberto Tobaldi (left) with Thatcher Brown (right) at the ship’s steel-cutting ceremony Thatcher Brown of Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings explains to Rebecca Gibson how Four Seasons Yachts will exceed the expectations of discerning guests when it debuts its first yacht in January 2026 When Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis bought a Canadian frigate in 1954, he quickly transformed the vessel into the most luxurious private yacht of its time, introducing multiple design innovations and boutique interiors that attracted many of the world’s leading politicians and Hollywood stars. More recently, the vessel has provided inspiration for luxury hotel and hospitality brand Four Seasons, which will be debuting its first yacht in January 2026. “We’re taking inspiration from the innovations of the past and reinterpreting them in a way that will resonate well with our contemporary guests to create an unprecedented experiential yachting offering,” says Thatcher Brown, chief operating officer and head of joint operations at luxury shipping specialist Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings, the joint owner/operator of the Four Seasons Yachts brand. Four Seasons Yachts has invested billions to develop its first vessel, which is being constructed by Fincantieri in Italy. FEATURED INTERVIEW Redefining luxury at sea Photos: Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings Ltd, Joint Owneroperator Four Seasons Yachts