Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Guide : What to expect

Monaco Yacht Show is one of the key superyacht events in the Mediterranean and will be hosted at Port Hercules from 26th to 29th September 2018.

Each year, exhibitors from across the nautical industry join around 120 superyachts that are displayed, with 40 yachts being world premieres and 50% of the yachts being less than 2 years old.

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Exhibitors

The hundreds of exhibitors that attend Monaco Yacht Show are a representation of all sectors within the superyacht sector.

They include yacht designers and naval architects, shipyards, engineers, yacht brokers, charter agents, shipyards, marine supplies, yacht toys, tenders, marinas, tourism companies and crew.

The show is separated into zones to differentiate sectors:

  • Quai Albert 1er will host yards, naval architects and brokers adjacent to the yachts they’re displaying
  • Quai Jarlan will host part of the tenders zone
  • Parvis Piscine and the Upper Deck Lounge will display prestige luxury goods, furnishings and interiors
  • Darse Sud has marine suppliers and technical equipment
  • Quai Antoine 1er has the Tenders & Toys zones, the Art Pavilion, the luxury Car Deck, Press Centre and the Starboard Lounge

To find out who is attending, click here Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Exhibitors List

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Monaco Yacht Show is one of the most important annual boat shows for the marine industry (image: MYS)

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Yachts

Visitors and exhibitors at MYS are always eager to learn which yachts will be on display.  This year, some of the boats include:

6.31m Williams Diesel Jet 625

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The Williams Diesel Jet 625 will be on display at MYS 2018 (image: Boat International)

10m Pascoe Open Limousine

33.5m Riva 110 Dolcevita, Riva

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Riva 110 Dolcevita (image: MYS)

Tansu Yachts 43.7m Cyclone

47.2m Sanlorenzo 500xp, Sanlorenzo

49.98m Cecilia, Wider Yachts

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MY Cecilia by Wider Yachts (image: MYS)

49.9m Flying Dagger, Rossinavi

50m Latona, CRN

54m El Leon in the new Mangusta GranSport line, Overmarine

55.5m Power Play, Damen

57.7m Volpini 2, the first hull in the limited edition 188 series by AMELS

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M/Y Volpini 2 by Amels (image: MYS)

72m Solo by Tankoa

74.5m Elandess, Abeking & Rasmussen

77m Go, Turquoise Yachts

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M/Y GO by Turquoise Yachts (image: MYS)

90m DAR a.k.a Project Shark, built in the Netherlands by Oceanco

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DAR a.k.a Project Shark was built in the Netherlands by Oceanco (image: MYS)

95.2m Kismet, Lurssen

To find out which yachts are attending MYS 2018, click here Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Yacht List

VIP Experiences at Monaco Yacht Show 2018

Private superyacht clients can join tailor-made experiences at Monaco Yacht Show.  The Sapphire Experience and ‘Infinite’ are the official VIP programs of the show and include an invitation to the opening gala, participation in the Monaco Yacht Summit, a courtesy car service and private visits on board yachts at the show.

Monaco Yacht Show has official VIP programs called the Sapphire Experience and ‘Infinite’ (image: copyright 2017 MC-Clic)

At the show

In-show transport

At the show, there are plenty of options to move between exhibitor zones and stands.  Make use of the shuttle boats that cross the port between the main quays, and the electric golf carts that travel between Quai Rainer II and Quai Jarlan.

Here is a Map of Shuttle boat routes at MYS and golf carts.

Food & beverage

Feeling thirsty or peckish?  Here are the in-show food and beverage options:

  • The restaurant and Champagne bar at the Upper Deck Lounge is open from 10am to 6.30pm daily (lunch service from midday).
  • The café at the Starboard Lounge opens daily from 10am to 6.30pm (lunch service from midday).
  • Coffee/snack zone at Café Lucciana on Jetée Lucciana from 10.30am to 6.30pm daily.
  • For uniformed crew, you can visit the C&C Lounge between 8.30am and 7pm.


The show Wifi hotspots will enable you to connect to Wifi to reach out to clients and keep on top of your business during the week.  Here is the map of Wifi zones and mobile charging spots – note:  All zones are accessible for show visitors, except the MYS Captains and Crew Lounge is for uniformed crew only.

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Wifi at Monaco Yacht Show 2018

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 parties

During the 4 days of the show, there are a number of charity galas, social meet-ups and cocktail parties.  Here are some of the parties and social events during Monaco Yacht Show 2018:

Tuesday 25 September

The London 2 Monaco charity cycle ride in support of Blue Marine Foundation has their after-party for all the riders and teams after they arrive at the Palace of Monaco – the London 2 Monaco party is sponsored by Icon Connect.

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The London to Monaco cycle ride after-party last year (image: Icon Connect)

The MYS Inaugural Gala Party also takes place on the Tuesday night where 400 invited guests attend the 5th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards; more info is here MYS Inaugural Gala Party.

Wednesday 26 September

4.30pm-6.30pm  Informal business drinks at the Isle of Man stand at Darse Sud

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

7pm till late The Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco (invitation necessary)

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Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean (image: Getty Images/FPA2)

7.30pm till late IGY Marinas James Bond party at the Monaco Yacht Club (invite only)

8pm till late  The SXM Crew party at the ACREW and IMM Crew Lounge at La Rascasse.

Thursday 27 September

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

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YachtNeeds has live music, drinks and entertainment every day during Monaco Yacht Show 2018

6pm onwards Invite-only cocktail party hosted by Zytexx at La Rascasse.

8pm-10pm  PYA Sea Changes rooftop networking drinks, sponsored by Onshore Cellars and Ocean Pantry. This event is part of the PYA Sea Changes Forum which is free for PYA members; others must register and pay a small fee via the PYA Monaco Sea Changes forum Eventbrite page.

Friday 28 September

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

5pm-7pm  Drinks and nibbles courtesy of TINO Stone at the ACREW & IMM Garden Lounge at La Rascasse.

6pm-9pm Club Vivanova Summer Yacht Party at Le Méridien Beach Plaza (entry fee applies).

7pm-9pm  Yacht Chandlers hosts an event strictly for Captains and Crew at the Star Deck at Stars n Bars. Details below:

Other events during the week include the Amels/Damen party, Boat International party (video of 2017 party shown below), Feadship’s event, Lurssen’s popular soirée, My Yacht Group’s annual yacht party and China Night.

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 tips

  • Wear comfortable footwear – you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Check the weather forecast – it may be a hot sunny week or thunderstorms; pack for the weather conditions.
  • There is no coat check or luggage storage facility at the show, so bear this in mind if you have valuable items with you, jackets or laptops.
  • Visitors are permitted to take photos and videos within the show zone. The exception is the use of drones which are forbidden inside the MYS perimeter (aside from the official drone operator, MC Clic).
  • Download the Monaco Show app for maps of the show.  You can get it on the App Store or Google Play.
  • Check train schedules to and from Monaco as evening trains run less frequently.  Taxis can be quite pricey, so plan transport in advance.  Monacair offers promotions for helicopter transfers between Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and the heliport at Fontvieille including private car transfers to the show or any address in Monaco.  Use promo code ‘MYS2018’; to book a heli transfer you can download the Monacair app or visit them at the show above La Rascasse at point N on the show map.
  • Follow the show on social media and use hashtags #MYS2018 #monacoyachtshow #MYSexperience
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Make use of the in-show transport to save time at Monaco Yacht Show 2018 (image copyright Alina Garazhenko / Ameller Malcorps)

MYS 2018 at a glance

Monaco Yacht Show adapts each year ensuring owners, potential buyers and the industry itself evolves through B2B networking and feedback.  Here’s the show at a glance:

Monaco Yacht Show (image: copyright 2017 MC-Clic)

Yearly visitor numbers:  36,400 (stat from 2017 show)

Exhibitors:  590 exhibitors from 38 countries

Yachts:  120 superyachts, 40 debuts, 50% are less than 2 years old, 49m is the average length of yacht on display at MYS.

Luxury showcases:  10 prestige cars at the Car Deck, 2 helicopters on display at Parvis Piscine and Quai Antoine 1er, luxury exhibitors at Parvis Piscine and the Upper Deck Lounge including Dassault Aviation, Paola Lenti and ProtectStone

Date / opening times :  Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September from 10am to 6.30pm

Tickets:  Tickets are available for purchase on the official MYS website, or at the show at one of the three entrances.  This year, ticket prices have increased – buy MYS tickets here.  Children under 12 years of age are free.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!  Please share this MYS 2018 guide on social media if you’ve found it informative. Thank you!




Monaco Yacht Show 2016 : In Review

The 26th edition of Monaco Yacht Show played out on the quays and marquees at Port Hercules from 28th September to 1st October 2016 and welcomed 35,000 visitors to the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco Yacht Show displayed all the developments and desires of a dynamic and adapting marine industry with major yachting influencers, companies and professionals visiting for 4-days of the show.

Monaco Yacht Show 2016 : In Review

Understanding the need for innovation, the Show has worked hard to appeal to a global luxury audience.  This year, the Monaco Yacht Summit hosted 50 VIP guests, a delegation of Chinese VIP’s were invited that strengthened networking from Monaco Week in China hosted earlier this year in Chengdu and the introduction of the Car Deck ensured prestige vehicles had their own dedicated exhibition zone on Quai Rainier III including Tesla’s Model S, Centigon France’s armored Range Rover and Automobili Lamborghini’s open top Huracán LP610-4 Spyder.

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The Car Deck was a new exhibition area at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 dedicated to luxury cars such as Lamborghini’s Huracán LP610-4 Spyder, Ferrari and McLaren’s 570s (image: R Whitlocke – Access Riviera)

The MYS Press Centre was a hive of activity with press releases being drafted live from the show – it was much appreciated to have mobile charging stations at the Press Centre and reception area at Parvis Piscine, thanks to YachtNeeds!

Transport onsite was well managed with electric golf carts shuttling visitors along the exhibition perimeters and especially to the Car Deck area.  My one suggested improvement for next year is that the tender routes are more identifiable as the passarelles were often congested with waiting journalists and visitors rushing to the next meeting so it was difficult to see which tender matched which route.

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Journalist Rebecca Whitlocke on the tender crossing from Quai Antoine 1er

Who was at MYS 2016

Monaco Yacht Show is the Mediterranean’s leading yacht trade show and is the yachting event to attend for trends with marine accessories, innovation with yachting tech, cutting-edge yacht toys and tenders and new builds within luxury yachting.  Of 120 superyachts displayed, around 40 are there for their world debut.

There were many impeccable sailing and motor yachts that drew attention during the show with hospitable Captains and crews.  Some of the outstanding appearances were Gulf Craft’s Majesty 155, Perini Navi’s 70m ketch Sybaris with British manufactured Cockwell’s tenders, Feadship’s 66m Vanish and the stunning Athena.

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Classic beauty ‘Athena’ at MYS 2016 (image: R Whitlocke – Access Riviera)

There was a noticeable uptake in yachting businesses taking advantage of social media before, during and after Monaco Yacht Show 2016 and it was a vital factor to maintain networking with clients.

Around 400 yachting media partners, photographers and international journalists were keen to see and hear about the biggest and best yachting launches – particular attention was on Heesen Yachts at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 for the standout show launch of 70m Galactica Super Nova by Espen Øeino , as well as Lürssen’s’ announcement on day one of their acquisition of the Blohm + Voss yard.

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Heesen Yacht’s Galactica Super Nova was a standout yacht at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 (image: Heesen Yachts)

I was also impressed by new superyacht concepts such as 89,9m concept Sundance. The vessel was designed for Fincantieri Yachts by British based studios, Gresham Yacht Design and Seymour Diamond.  Onboard features include a 10m swimming pool, waterfall, Spa, an eye-catching glass floor, the beach club and sea terrace with a sauna, steam room and massage area; a lower-deck hospital and a tank-deck cinema for ten people; touch-and-go helipad with a capacity for an EC135; a fully-equipped gym and an impressive exterior-interior layout.

Fincantieri Yachts Sundance concept with Gresham Yacht Design and Seymour Diamond (image: Fincantieri Yachts)

Yachting tech had a big imprint at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 – CELLweaver for more bandwidth, Van Berge Henegouwen’s Pivot app for discreet onboard notifications, YachtEye’s Engine Room for 3D visualization of the yacht’s primary engineering system, Verticus bespoke audio visual systems and Oculus Technologies who are starting to use transparent displays to give an interactive onboard experience.

Upper Deck Lounge

One of the premium areas at Monaco Yacht Show 2016 was the Upper Deck Lounge.  This luxury zone including a Champagne bar, meeting rooms, lounge area and a restaurant service.  In collaboration with Sabrina Monte-Carlo, the brand’s official distributor in the Principality, Paola Lenti furnished the Upper Deck Lounge.  Luxury companies vital to achieving the high-specification custom interiors for superyachts had stands here including Glyn Peter Machin, Sabrina Monte-Carlo and Paola Lenti.

Sabrina Monte-Carlo and Paola Lenti designed the Upper Deck Lounge at MYS 2016 (image: © Yvan Grubsky)

The MYS Superyacht Awards 2016

The MYS Superyacht Awards 2016 again proved a success to showcase the best in luxury yachting with a list of 13 exceptional yachts vying for 4 awards.  The award winners were:

  • 47-metre Genesi by Wider Yachts claimed the MYS / RINA Award (green award)
  • Galactica Supernova claimed 2 MYS Superyacht Awards on the night – one for ‘Best Interior Design’ by Espen Øeino and the second was for the overall honour of ‘2016 Finest New Superyacht Award’. Commissioned in December 2013, she was built and delivered in just 41 months.
  • Italian shipyard Perini Navi’s Sybaris took home the award for ‘MYS 2016 Exterior Design’. The yacht, which also launched earlier this year, is the second largest yacht from Perini Navi; the first was the iconic Maltese Falcon. The yacht’s interior design was created by an American studio, PH Design.
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Perini Navi’s ‘Sybaris’ took home an award for ‘Exterior Design’ at the MYS Superyacht Awards 2016 (image: R Whitlocke – Access Riviera)

With yachting in Monaco a major economic sector, the Monaco Yacht Show continues to place the Principality on the international stage for influential yacht shows and commercial events.

MYS2016 Review written by Rebecca Whitlocke