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Head of Yacht Expeditions

Elise Ciappara

Elise grew up on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. She has been in the yachting industry for over 14 years, working as chief and purser on world travelling yachts from 30 – 90 meters, both private and charter. During this time, she sailed across the equator in the Indian Ocean and South America, crossed the Arctic circle, and the Atlantic numerous times and developed her enduring passion for fine dining, wine, and interesting experiences. Elise is Head of Yacht Expeditions, working with our guests, captains, and specialist guides to provide innovative and unique charters around the world.

Yacht fam trip Elise Ciappara Elise Ciappara in Tahiti
Elise on tender Head of Yacht Expeditions

Number one unforgettable travel experience?

Swimming with a mother and baby humpback off the coast in Morea, French Polynesia, it still gives me goosebumps! We weren’t expecting to see any but spotted the pair as we came back from a coral planting session. Immediately cutting the tender engine we observed for a while before our talented guide determined it would be safe to get in the water and get closer to them. He instructed us in the proper ways to behave and off we went. It’s hard to put into words the feeling of being next to such vast creatures. One of my favourite things about yachting is the ability to take advantage of unexpected gifts like this


Top of your travel bucket list?

I am torn between Papua New Guinea, or Madagascar. Sailing in Antarctica and the Arctic gave me a real taste for the wilderness, but I do enjoy swimming in warmer waters! The feeling of looking out at the horizon and having nothing between you and the sea and sky is intoxicating, & I love going to places you are unlikely to see anyone else. Where you can lose yourself in incredible landscapes, new cultures, and encounter wildlife.


What excites you the most about your job?

I love how creative I can be, I get a huge amount of job satisfaction when our guests are absolutely blown away with their experience. I also love including the crews of the vessels we work with in the experiences – I know first-hand that often you go to, but don’t see, an area and it’s great to change that paradigm within yachting.


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