Onboard the 'Lucky' Yacht That's Hosted Jennifer Lopez, Billy Joel, Winning Sports Teams, and 1,000 Marriage Proposals
Its latest stop? New York Fashion Week.
lf the walls on the Calypso, a 74-foot yacht docked at 59 Chelsea Piers in New York City, could talk, there would be a tidal wave of celebrity buzz. Luminaries as diverse as Henry Kissinger, Katie Holmes, Billy Joel, Blake Lively, and the Jonas Brothers (when they were a group) have chartered the boat for all kinds of occasions.
A favorite location for film crews, the yacht’s owner, Frank Giordano, can point out the exact spot on the aft deck where Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta “killed” someone while filming their NBC series, Shades of Blue.
The Calypso, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, was built in 1973 for Jack Wrather, an oilman who produced iconic series such as Lassie and The Lone Ranger. Giordano, the third owner, who purchased it 18 years ago, claims the boat’s a lucky charm.
“Since I’ve owned it, there have been at least 1,000 wedding proposals on it. Every single one has said yes,” he says. “We had the Dodgers on and then they beat the Mets. The Cleveland Browns were on, and then they beat the Giants.”
Speaking of luck, during New York Fashion Week, three fortunate couples got to have a sleepover on the Calypso, (temporarily dubbed "The Fashion Yacht") on three separate nights as part of a partnership between Booking.com and Alice + Olivia.
The sassy fashion brand presented a luxe world travel-themed show inside Chelsea Piers’ studio that was designed in vignettes that aimed to transport guests to enchanted locations such as Positano, Paris, and Morocco. The vivid colors and theme extended to the yacht, which got a temporary makeover in signature fabrics, and decorative accents representing the fashion collection. It was first come, first serve for the guests who booked the overnight stay at Booking.com for a mere $59.
For the promotion, the Calypso stayed docked. But for folks who want to travel celebrity style, there are three-hour cruises which generally go down the Hudson and East River, where travelers can see “the best skyline in the world,” says Giordano. The cost for 20 guests is $5,280 and includes a complete dinner package and a five-person crew. The Calypso is certified to carry up to 34 guests and beyond 20 the charge is an additional $156 per guest all-inclusive. For more information, go to Booking.com.