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‘Superyacht’ docked in Baltimore near Four Seasons Hotel

A luxury yacht that rents for $650,000 a week has arrived in Baltimore, docking — where else? — at a private marina near the Four Seasons Hotel.

The 200-foot Arience, which sleeps up to 14 in seven staterooms and has a cinema, gym, spa and “various towable toys,” apparently has been here since last month. According to online vessel trackers, it left Gibraltar on July 27 and arrived in the Inner Harbor Aug. 9. After a day-long jaunt down to Washington, the yacht’s been back here since Aug. 24.

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A call to the Four Seasons and a text to the yacht’s booking agent, Merle Wood & Associates, were not returned.

According to the Monaco-based Yacht Harbour, which bills itself as “one of the leading yacht databases in the world, featuring well over $8.5 billion worth of yachts,” the Arience was the fifth superyacht built for Herb Chambers, whose self-named company has 60 auto dealerships in New England, and it was “flagship” of his personal fleet.

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Custom built by Abeking & Rasmussen, a German company, the yacht was delivered to Chambers in 2012, according to Yacht Harbour. He named it Excellence V.

Chambers listed the vessel for sale in April 2018 in advance of an even larger superyacht he was expecting to receive in 2020. According to Yacht Harbour, it sold for the asking price of 69.5 million euros, or by current exchange rates about $82 million to a buyer who renamed it Arience. At that time, Yacht Harbour said Arience had only six staterooms that slept 12.

But according to a listing on the website of Merle Wood & Associates, the Fort Laurdedale-based yacht brokerage, it now has seven. And charterer beware, the weekly price is listed as “from” $650,000 a week.

Not much more could be discerned about the Arience, except for vessel trackers that said it had been in Barcelona, Nice and Monaco prior to transiting the Atlantic.

The appearance in Harbor East of the yacht, which flies under the flag of the Cayman Islands, drew some chatter on Reddit.

“Just in case you were looking for the perfect Covid escape,” one user quipped.

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