Regarded by many as the must-have status symbol, The Wealth Scene takes a look at some of the most luxurious yachts floating on the high seas. Prices, as one would expect are high and climbing further as new materials and more lavish interiors become available from manufacturers. Almost anything goes in the superyacht world – from onboard disco’s and swimming pools to heli-pads, “defense technology” and even a mini-submarine or a rotating bed – providing you have the budget of course…
Eclipse – $800 Million
Owned by Russian billionaire businessman and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich. The world’s most expensive luxury yacht built by Blohm and Voss has extremely well designed defense technology, a 528 foot yacht with 2 helipads, 2 swimming pools, it’s very own disco, restaurant and a mini submarine.
Accommodates: 18 cabins – 36 guests
Crew Required: 70
Superyacht Azzam – $600 Million
Owned by the President of the UAE, Khalifa Al Nahyan. Launched in 2013 by the German ship-builders Lurssen Yachts, unique exteriors by Nauta Yachts and superb interior design by Christophe Leoni. As well as being the largest yacht in the world at an unprecedented 180 metres and still being able to reach top speeds of over 30 knots, she also adds another record in regards to building time having spent a mere three years in build following one year of engineering.
Accommodates: Rumoured to have 50 suits on board
Crew Required: 50
Dubai – $350 Million
Owned since 2001 by the Sheik of the Emirate of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The vessel was previously ordered by Brunei’s Prince Jefri Bolkiah in 1996, where the project was stopped due to the prince’s lack of funds at the time. The 3rd largest yacht in the world by Blohm and Voss and launched in 2006. Also known as the floating city and at 525 feet long holds 7 giant decks, a luxury spa, helipad and a swimming pool.
Accommodates: 72 guests in 44 cabins
Crew Required: 88
Superyacht A – $323 Million
Owned by Russian Billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko. Uniquely designed and constructed by Philippe Starck with little expense spared, the vessel boasts interior bath taps at a cool $40,000 and bannisters for the staircases at $60,000. A controlled rotating bed so no matter which way you are facing for sunrise or sunset you are guaranteed not to miss the amazing view.
Accommodates: 14 guests in 7 cabins
Crew Required: 42
Al Said – $300 Million
Named after it’s owner Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman, the vessel has an aluminium superstructure. Its was the 2nd largest yacht in the world in 2007 – 2008 when it was custom made by Lurssen Yachts in Bremen. The exterior design was by Espen Oeino and the luxury interior by Redman Whitely Dixon.
Accommodates: 70 guests
Crew Required: 154
Dilbar – $263 Million
Owned by Russian businessman and shareholder of Arsenal Football Club Alisher Usmanov The yacht’s interior designed by Alberto Pinto and has exterior styling by Tim Heywood Design. She was last refitted in 2009. Named after the owner’s mother, features a heli-pad, swimming pool and lavish dining room.
Accommodates: 20 guests
Crew Required: 47
Al Mirqab – $250 Million
Owned by the Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani and is also designed by Tim Heywood and constructed by Peters Schiffbau and Kusch Yachts in Wewelsfleth Yard, features a swimming pool, heli-pad and indoor movie theatre.
Accommodates: 60 guests (and 2 VIP rooms for the owner)
Crew Required: 60
Lady Moura – $210 Million
Owned by Saudi multi-billionaire Nasser Al-Rashid, the yacht’s name and escutcheon on parts of the yacht are carved in 24 carat gold. Stunning interior design and it’s very own private resort which slides out of the side of the boat, the vessel was designed with a collaboration between Blohm and Voss and Luigi Sturchio.
Accommodates: 30 guests
Crew Required: 60
Seven Seas – $200 Million
Owned by Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, constructed by the Dutch shipyard Oceano, infinity pool inside with a 15 foot glass surface which can also used as a movie screen, fully equipped gym, heli-pad and private deck. Nuvolari & Lenard is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.
Accommodates: 12 guests
Crew Required: 23
The Rising Sun – $200 Million
Previously owned by the Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison, now owned by American music and movie executive David Geffen. Floating Mansion equipped with it’s own basketball court which is also used as a heli-pad, a private cinema, wine cellar and sauna and gym. A total of 82 rooms spanning 5 floors.
Accommodates: 16 guests
Crew Required: 45
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