Monaco Yacht Show: 2023 Guide
This is a complete guide to the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show, written by a Monaco resident who attends every year. This insider guide includes the locations, parties, ticketing, exhibitors, and insider tips.
The Monaco Yacht Show is the world’s leading yacht show. Held on the Mediterranean seaside in Port Hercule, Monaco, it is the largest in-water display of large yachts. An estimated 30,000 people come to see the more than €4.3 billion worth of yachts displayed in the port.
It is known as THE chicest way for billionaires to celebrate the end of summer. The biggest, newest, most innovative and most expensive yachts will be on display in this new edition of the Monaco Yacht Show.
The many superyachts are the center of attraction, but there will also be so much more on offer for the show’s opulent observers. As the quintessential playground for the rich, Monaco Yacht Show continues to impress its billionaire patrons, ensuring their return year after year.
There will always be super speedboats, helicopters, personal submarines, limousines, and luxury cars to see. Hotels, restaurants, and the Casino will also cater to the epicurean needs of the guests.
The ‘Car Deck’ for the exhibits of classic and customized vehicles will display models of the best machinery for connoisseurs’ delight. The ‘Starboard’ is the main exhibition lounge of companies that offer products and services related to the superyacht lifestyle: destinations, luxury products, and arts. Both will be on Quai Antoine 1er.
Monaco Yacht Show Awards
VIP guests and yachting social elites will be invited to attend the Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards, along with the show’s partners, yachting business top-players, and select media. The awards will be held at the Monaco Yacht Club and attendance is exclusively by personal invitation. The awards section of the evening lasts about 20 minutes, and the rest of the evening is a lively cocktail party with a DJ, food and open bar.
A panel of respectable yachting journalists will select the winners of the following categories:
- The MYS/Rina Award
- (Interiors) The MYS Interior Design Award
- (Exteriors) The MYS Exterior Design Award
- The MYS Finest New Superyacht Award
Monaco Yacht Summit
Yachting clients will also have a chance for an informative panel discussion regarding topics in superyachting, insights from industry experts and professionals in the Monaco Yacht Summit.
The event is exclusively reserved for yacht owners and charterers (and want to enhance their knowledge), prospective end-user clients and their representatives, and private wealth managers.
Badges for the Monaco Yacht Show
In order to make the overall experience clearer to visitors and professionals, a three-category system is used. Discover badges are for yacht clients; Advise badges are for their advisors and consultants, and Connect badges are for trade visitors. The badges will show the profile of each visitor so that the right people can connect on sight. Buyers can therefore identify designers and builders at a glance, whilst their captains and reps can readily find equipment manufacturers, for example.
But for those with regular day passes to the show, you’ll need an appointment and be able to pass a check by the yacht representative to make sure you’re a serious potential buyer or charter customer.
Sapphire VIP Experience
If you’re in the market to buy a yacht and looking for more personalized experiences, ‘Sapphire Experience’ VIP tickets include exclusive activities at both the show and in Monaco for superyacht owners, charterers, and potential clients. VIP guests also have access to special courtesy cars provided by the Monaco Yacht Show to drive them around the city during their stay.
Getting your hands on these tickets comes with a premium price tag and you’ll need to get approved — about 80% of applicants for the Sapphire Experience are rejected. The VIP experience is limited to 200 people and only serious yacht-buyers are able to purchase these coveted passes.
Yacht Tours and Parties
Even those who’ve bought tickets won’t be allowed to tour many of the most exclusive yachts, nor attend the evening yacht parties, without being invited by the yacht companies and brokers. If you’re in the market for a yacht, make sure to view the exhibitor list and arrange tours of your favorite yachts in advance.
Video of the Monaco Yacht Show
Monaco Yacht Show 2023 Event Details
Event Type: Trade Show for Yachts
Date: September 27 to 30 (Wednesday to Saturday), 2023.
The Monaco Yacht Summit is held on September 26 (the day before the Yacht Show officially starts) at the Monaco Yacht Club .
Timing: Wednesday to Friday: open from 10am to 6:30pm; Saturday: open from 10am to 6pm. The Summit runs from 12:30pm to 6pm.
Tickets: €500 per person for a one-day pass, €850 for two days, and €1,350 for three days. Buy tickets.
For information about purchasing Sapphire VIP tickets (reserved for people interested in buying a yacht), email [email protected]
Attendance to the Summit is based on pre-qualification by emailing [email protected]
Awards event tickets are by invitation only.
Dress Code: Business casual / nautical chic.
Exhibitors: 88 exhibitors from luxury products and services; 158 suppliers of nautical supplies; 74 shipyard exhibitors; 47 exhibitors of tenders and water toys; 32 yacht brokers.
Location: Exhibitors will be set up along Port Hercule in the Condamine. Here is the official map of the event.
There are three public entrances: Quai Antoine Ier, Parvis Piscine (Boulevard Albert Ier), and Quai Louis II.
There are two VIP entrances (dedicated to Sapphire VIP’s and Discover badges): Quai Albert Ier and Quai des Etats-Unis.
Transportation: View our Monaco transportation guide for more info and transit booking details. All attendees, not just VIPs, have access to the fleet of golf carts which you can use to get rides from one section of the show to another. There is also complimentary water transport to take guests from one quai to another.
For more events, check out our complete Monaco & the French Riviera events calendar.