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OCEAN ALEXANDER OFFERS MORE CHOICES FOR MORE STATEROOMS ABOARD ITS 100, WITHOUT COMPROMISING SPACE

It's no surprise that as cruising plans grow, so, too, do the yachts you own. The larger fuel capacity aboard a larger yacht brings new destinations within reach. Similarly, you're afforded more creature comforts, including more staterooms, letting you share those perfect experiences with additional friends and family.

The trouble is, sometimes larger is too large. There comes a point where a certain length feels burdensome, even overwhelming. Despite the benefits that a bigger boat brings, you just can't make the jump. As much as you don't really want to compromise, though, you don't have a choice.

Actually, you do. Enter the Ocean Alexander 100. Introduced a few years ago as a four-stateroom series, she has adapted to changing client needs. While some customers want to cruise with a few extra people, they don't necessarily want the larger models in the builder's lineup. The Ocean Alexander 100 now not only has five staterooms as an option, but also arranges all staterooms, regardless of total, in ways you might not expect. Even better, the yacht does so without detrimentally impacting the rest of the layout.

The first four Ocean Alexander 100 deliveries featured a traditional four-stateroom floorplan, meaning all four cabins were below deck. With this, you had a full-beam master, two mirror-image guest cabins (typically twins that could push together to form doubles), and a bow VIP. The builder decided to switch things up starting with hull number five, moving the master to sit forward on the main deck. It's a space arrangement borrowed from larger megayachts. In yet another large-megayacht move, the 100's master is actually a split-level suite, where the sleeping area is on the main deck, and the head plus the dressing area are down a few steps forward. Impressively, the sleeping area still has a dedicated toilet compartment (what residents across the Atlantic would call a WC). Those of you who stumble around in the dark will find this quite practical. It's also unheard of aboard anything except for a fully custom yacht.

Ocean Alexander didn't stop switching things up here. For the guest accommodations below decks, it increased the number from three to four. Two VIPs sit amidships, complemented by two twin staterooms just forward. (There's no bow cabin due to the master head occupying that space.) Thanks to Ocean Alexander's inhouse team collaborating with longtime design partner Evan K. Marshall, nothing looks or feels shoehorned in. The level of luxury is just as you would expect.

A five-stateroom 100-footer is intriguing enough. A 100-footer with two different five-stateroom configurations, though, is even more intriguing.

Besides the above-mentioned layout, the Ocean Alexander 100 gives you yet another choice if your cruising party totals 10 people. You can have two master suites, essentially, accompanied by two twins and a bow VIP. Master suite number one is entirely on the main deck. The second suite sits below decks, spanning the full beam amidships, with a his-and-her head.

If the five-stateroom configuration doesn't suit you, you're not out of luck. Ocean Alexander still offers the 100 with four total staterooms—and, better yet, with the split-level master. With this layout, your guests get two twins and a full-beam VIP.

Even with the varying stateroom options, the Ocean Alexander 100 preserves things you've come to expect of the brand. For example, the yacht is available in both f lying bridge and skylounge configurations. Of course, you also still get a choice in terms of the interior decor.

Furthermore, Ocean Alexander still offers its "cruise package," which includes redundant watermakers, water-treatment systems, and other equipment. Equally important, the crew's quarters, comprised of a captain's cabin plus two additional cabins, don't lose any space regardless of guest accommodations.

You might wonder if the galley loses space due to the master suite sitting forward of it. While the galley does switch from an informal country kitchen to an enclosed, more crew-focused area, it maintains excellent floor space. Ocean Alexander and Marshall incorporated customer and crew feedback in rearranging it. A big issue in galley design in general is ensuring the chef can prep and cook without anyone getting underfoot. In each of the new layouts for the Ocean Alexander 100, the stove and the sink are in one section of the galley, with abundant counter space, while an ample platter-staging area sits in another. Logically, the staging section is just off the foyer from the dining area, allowing the stews to take meals out to you and your guests while the chef continues working his or her magic.

Making a 100-footer fit all of this in may sound like a bit of magic was required. Unlike your favorite magician, though, Ocean Alexander isn't pulling a fast one. It's adapting to your ever-changing plans, while staying true to what attracted you in the first place.

WRITTEN BY DIANE M. BYRNE

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