Polished teak panels, steamer chairs and deep reds feature throughout the luxurious Vajoliroja yacht. Measuring at 156 feet in length, the yacht was built in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc. and is deemed as a modern classic superyacht.
The American actor and musician Johnny Depp is known for taking on challenging and unusual roles in films like Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco, Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. A musician from a young age, Depp has performed alongside British rock band Oasis and played guitar for the soundtracks of two of the movies he played in: Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He is perhaps best known for his spirited portrayal of a pirate captain in the box-office hit Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp was not only a natural on the ocean in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster; he is also an avid yachtsman in his private life. Depp purchased the Vajoliroja in 2007 to experience life on the water and to take him and his loved ones to his private island in the Bahamas – Little Hall’s Pond Cay. He had the yacht refitted in 2008 to suit his requirement for a design that resembles a classic gentleman’s yacht from the 1930s.
Classic 1930s Style
Vajoliroja offers guests stylish accommodation in one master, two double and two twin cabins and can also accommodate a crew of eight. Designed and fitted by L.M. Pagano, the interior was to resemble a vintage bordello; it has velvet finishes and a color palette that favors deep reds and gold. The exterior was designed by Tanju Kalaycioglu with the intention of creating a modern yacht with the look of a vintage steam yacht. This is achieved with non-functional masts, an overhanging fantail stern, a square wooden cabin top deck and a smokestack. Although it does not feature typical contemporary luxury yacht conveniences like a helicopter pad, a jacuzzi or even a swimming pool, the Vajoliroja has water toys aplenty. Tenders, kayaks, water-skis, windsurfers and snorkel gear on board will provide ample entertainment for water lovers. Other onboard entertainment features include satellite television, iPod docking stations and game consoles like Wii and Playstation 3.
Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc.
Two established Turkish shipyards joined forces in 1997 to form Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc. The combined skillset and experience of Proteksan Yachts and Turquoise Yachts Construction makes a winning collaboration in producing high quality seafaring vessels. The shipyard facilities are located in Istanbul’ from where world class yachts are manufactured at sensible prices. The company has two facilities, one in Kocaeli and another in Pendik. The Kocaeli site is where hulls and superstructures are completed before being shipped to Pendik from where the yachts are fitted out, painted and completed. This is also where deliveries can take place. The company places high emphasis on environmental and occupational health and safety.
Party like a Pirate!
While Johnny Depp is not in residence on the Vajoliroja, it is available for charter at around US$130,000 per week in season.