I found myself in the middle of a bachelor party—but it’s not the kind you’re thinking of. After all, this isn’t Vegas. It’s South Africa. I was observing a ‘bachelor herd’ of male elephants at a watering hole, cooling down from the noonday sun. This was part of an excursion on Ponant’s new sailing itinerary in South Africa, on its newest ship. Le Lyrial, which is technically categorized as a “super yacht” since it’s smaller than a cruise ship, has room for only 200 passengers and 140 crew.

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