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Sail Through Time on SS Delphine: Where Classic Elegance Meets Modern Luxury

Step aboard SS Delphine, a legendary steam yacht built in 1921, and immerse yourself in a world where vintage glamour meets modern luxury, now available for charter with Noblesse Yachts®, the experts in classic maritime luxury.

 

As one of the last remaining steam-powered yachts from the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, SS Delphine offers a unique nautical experience, combining historical authenticity with contemporary comfort. Originally commissioned by automobile magnate Horace Dodge, the yacht has been meticulously restored to its original splendour, preserving its rich heritage and intricate craftsmanship.

 

Measuring an impressive 257 feet, SS Delphine commands the seas with her majestic presence and beautifully preserved steam engines, still operating with the steady rhythm of a beating heart. Her decks, adorned with polished teak and gleaming brass fixtures, offer expansive views and ample space for relaxation and social gatherings. Delphine’s history is palpable in every detail, from the ornate woodworking to the classic naval lines that define her exterior.

 

What sets SS Delphine apart is not just her historical significancebut also her dedication to providing a bespoke and intimate cruising experience. She has hosted luminaries and dignitaries throughout her storied life, offering them privacy and exclusivity that only a yacht of this stature could provide. Now, restored to her former glory, she stands ready to offer her guests a taste of the golden age of maritime travel, paired with all the amenities expected of a luxury charter yacht.

 

Charter the only remaining original steam-powered luxury yacht exclusively with Noblesse Yachts® – your experts in classic yachting!

  • Yacht Details

  • Timeless Voyage

    SS Delphine

    SS Delphine

    Dream Yacht Defined

    SS Delphine measures an impressive 257 feet in length, with a beam of 35 feet and a draft of 14 feet, making her one of the most majestic yachts of her era. Powered by her original steam engines, she cruises gracefully at 12 knots. With a steel hull and superstructure, she combines strength and beauty, accommodating up to 26 guests and 24 crew members, ensuring a personalized and attentive service.

    With her blend of historic elegance and modern amenities, this beautiful “old lady” is ideally suited for a wide array of cruises and events. Her spacious layout, luxurious accommodations, and versatile entertainment options make it a perfect choice for the following:

    Types of Cruises

    • Leisure Cruises: Ideal for relaxing voyages along scenic coastlines such as the Balearics, the Amalfi Coast or the French Riviera. The yacht’s capacity and facilities make it perfect for unwinding and enjoying the sea.
    • Adventure Cruises: Thanks to its sturdy build and range of water sports equipment, it’s also suitable for more adventurous trips that might include diving expeditions, exploring remote islands, or navigating less-travelled waters.
    • Themed Cruises: The yacht’s classic 1921 steamship aura lends itself perfectly to themed cruises, such as a Roaring Twenties party or a Gatsby-style voyage, where guests can dress up and step back in time
    • 160 Guests: For day cruises without overnight accommodations.

    Types of Events

    • Corporate Retreats and Meetings: SS Delphine provides a unique setting for corporate events, offering privacy and exclusivity for meetings, team-building exercises, and high-level negotiations. Her various lounges and dining areas can be converted into functional meeting spaces with full connectivity.
    • Weddings and Celebrations: With her romantic and grand atmosphere, this yacht is a dream venue for weddings, anniversaries, and milestone birthdays. It offers stunning backdrops for ceremonies and photographs alongside luxurious accommodations for guests.
    • Exclusive Parties and Galas: The yacht’s multiple entertainment areas, including her grand dining rooms and outdoor decks, are perfect for hosting exclusive parties and gala dinners. The ambience suits sophisticated evening events with live music or DJs.
    • Film and Photo Shoots: SS Delphine’s vintage charm and luxurious settings make it an ideal location for film productions and photo shoots that require a unique and opulent maritime environment.
    • 250 Guests: For quayside events, the ship remains moored at the dock.

    Dimensions

    Length:
    Beam:

    Draft:

    Gross Tonnage:

    78m / 257ft

    10,7m / 35ft

    4,3m / 14ft

    1.680 tons

    Facilities

    Cabins:

    Quayside Events:

    Day Navigation:

    Dining:
    Specials:

    13 (26 Guests)

    250 Guests

    160 Guests
    Indoor & Outdoor
    Steinway ¾ Black Piano

    Smoking Lounge

    Propulsion & Performance

    Engine:

    Cruising Speed:
    Max. Speed:

    Range:

    Crew: 

    2x Original Steam Engine 1500HP

    10 knots
    12 knots

    2.500 nautical miles

    24

    Specifications

    Builder:

    Commissioned by:

    Launched:

    Refit: 

    Homeport:

    Great Lakes Works Co.

    Horace E. Dodge 

    1921

    2003

    Monaco

    Deck plan SS Delphine
  • Cabins

  • Just for you

    Room to Relax.

    28

    The yacht boasts 14 luxurious cabins, including a master suite, two VIP suites, and eleven guest cabins. Each room is outfitted with rich, sumptuous fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings, echoing the style of the early 20th century. Modern amenities in each cabin ensure comfort is paramount, offering a perfect blend of historical charm and contemporary convenience.

    Horace & Anna Dodge Suite

    Just past the music room and near the central entrance, you’ll find the master stateroom. It’s designed in a modern Victorian style and comes with his-and-her dressing rooms and a spacious bathroom. The bathroom features a separate shower and is decorated with onyx and marble. An antique painting cleverly hides a large flat-screen TV.

    Delphine Suite

    The second VIP suite, located on the main deckoffers direct access to the exterior corridor. It mirrors the Dodge suite with its Crotch Mahogany panelling. A flat-screen TV is discreetly concealed behind a painting depicting the Delphine leaving Monaco’s harbour

    Guest Accommodations

    All guest suites are located on the lower deck and feature televisions, DVD players, Pioneer music systems, safes, and minibars. They are also interconnected by an interphone system for easy communication across rooms. The suites have adjustable lighting to enhance the ambience, and each marble en suite bathroom is outfitted to five-star standards.

  • Interior & Exterior

  • Graceful Refinement

    Classic Charm & Outdoor Grace

    Inside, SS Delphine showcases opulent dining rooms, a spacious salon, and a grand piano bar, all decorated with period-appropriate art and furnishings that reflect the golden age of steam yachts. The exterior decks feature ample space for relaxation and socializing, equipped with classic teak sun loungers, a large Jacuzzi, and an outdoor dining area perfect for al fresco entertainment.

    Main Deck

    You can access the yacht through the stern gangway or the corridors along the midship on the main deck. The rear deck is an ideal place for enjoying cocktails and al-fresco dining, and it provides easy access to swim platforms, tenders, and jet skis via ladders on both sides of the boat.

    Promenade Deck

    The 9-foot (3m) wide covered walkways on this deck are perfect for a stroll, which is why it’s called the “Promenade” deck. In the aft section, you’ll find an impressive al fresco dining area with a large sipo wood table seating 28 guests and a smaller round table for 12. Sitting here in wicker lounge chairs evokes the grandeur of vintage cruise liners, complete with afternoon teas and sunset views. This deck also houses two classic tenders.

    Boat & Bridge Deck

    Undoubtedly, the most modern addition to SS Delphine is on the boat deck, which features a bar, a Jacuzzi jet swim spa, and a spacious area for sunbathing and lounging. The Jacuzzi can be filled with either fresh or salt water and heated to a cosy 30°C (86°F), perfect for relaxing soaks late into the evening. The bridge with the wheelhouse, situated at the front of the boat deck, allows guests to observe the officers navigating and offers expansive views of the ocean.

    Dining Room

    The dining room aboard SS Delphine exudes an air of sophistication and grandeur, perfect for enjoying exquisite meals. It is elegantly appointed with period furnishings that complement its rich history, including a beautiful antique chandelier that casts a warm, inviting glow over the room. Large windows line the walls, offering diners breathtaking views of the sea as they indulge in gourmet dishes prepared by the yacht’s dedicated chef. This splendid setting is ideal for both festive gatherings and intimate dinners, promising a memorable culinary experience in the heart of the sea.

    Music Room

    This spacious salon, the largest on board, is fittingly called the “music room” due to the jet-black Steinway piano it houses. Where organ pipes once graced the wall behind the bar, guests now gather for wine or champagne. Sliding glass doors at the aft open to extend festivities onto the deck, where a state-of-the-art music system sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.

    Delphine Lounge

    In the 1920s, smoking wasn’t allowed in the dining room, so after dinner, the women would retire to the Delphine lounge to play cards, drink coffee, and gossip. The entrance to the card room is framed by two Corinthian columns, and its drapes are exact replicas of the originals. Today, this room can be transformed into a media centre, where a large flat-screen TV with Dolby surround sound is hidden behind an oil painting of the SS Delphine. Next door, there’s a room with a piano, an Italian game table, and a door that opens onto the Promenade deck.

    Smoking Lounge

    Located at the front of the Promenade deck, the smoking lounge was once a retreat where men would enjoy Havana cigars, sip brandy, and discuss politics or business. Today, this cosy room is perfect for reading, playing cards, or enjoying a drink after dinner, all while taking in the panoramic views. This room is steeped in history; it’s rumoured to be where the Yalta Treaty was drafted when the Delphine served in the US Navy during WWII. The mostly original walls have hosted notable figures like President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Molotov, and Winston Churchill.