Most expensive luxury yachts in the world
Though we have been exploring new zones and methods for spending one’s exotic vacations in, the sea still remains a prime spot for the exclusive time off. And when one considers the moneyed class, then private luxury yachts are the most favored vehicles for indulging in some well needed breaks and private socializing. This list provides details into those private yachts, which are known for their novelty value and price tags for the luxurious features they have on board. Take a look.
Price: $485 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich, Russia
Owned by Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, this yacht is known as the world’s largest private yacht with 558 feet in length. It is the most expensive private yacht in terms of its construction value. It is also the most expensive private yacht on charter with a fees of of $2 million for a week vacation. Facilities on board include 20 water jets, cinema, library, swimming pool, private garden among others. Also famous is the 5000 square feet master suite on the yacht’s topmost deck. Since Mr. Abramovich is known to be very particular about his security, the whole vessel is bullet and bomb proofed, and in case of an attack, there are five possible exits from the vessel.
Price: $323 million
Owner: Andrey Melnichenko, Russia
Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko is the owner of this water giant, which is 390 feet in total length. The unique name of the yacht has been inspired by name of the owner’s wife, Aleksandra who has a private 80 foot long top deck to enjoy her sun bathing adventures. There is also a helipad in case Mr. Melnichenko needs to fly down in his private chopper or leave for his official duties into main lands. A lot of flooring in the master suite and the bathrooms are known to be done up in marble, apart from featuring designer fittings all over the living space, which includes the private staircase and lift. The unique shape of the boat is also known to cut through ice bergs if the need arises but is perfectly well suited for cruises in the Mediterranean waters.
Price: $300 million+
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin-Rashid Al Makhtoum, Dubai
Way back in 2005 when this yacht was launched, it was the largest super yacht before being taken over by the Eclipse and ‘A’ superyacht. Commissioned in 1996 by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the boat was bought by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin-Rashid Al Makhtoum. Like its name suggests, the vessel is 525 feet in length and is supposed to have some luxurious features like private helipad with observation rooms, along with fully loaded luxury suites for passengers. Also listed in the amenities are the squash court, swimming pool and health spa. The power needed to drive this ship is derived from the 4 diesel engines which pack in close to 9000 HP of engine muscle to help it cruise along.
Price: $300 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich, Russia
Like its Greek name which translates into ‘vast’, this yacht stands as one of Roman Abramovich’s favorite cruise ships with a sprawling length of 377 feet. Built in 2003 by the German shipyard Lurssen Yard, the interiors included the expertise of designer Tim Heywood. Initially owned by an Arab skeikh and later sold to Mr. Abramovich, the boat underwent some major changes in its design and painting in 2007 according to what the Russian oligarch wanted. The yacht is powered by 2 Wartsila engines generating 5500 HP of power, making it cruise at 20 knots but is best suited for a cruise speed of 16 knots over a distance of 6000 nautical miles. It’s known to be loaded with features including jet skies, wave runners, helipads, swimming pools, conference rooms and suites which can comfortably house 18 guests and 40 permanent members of staff.
Price: $256 million
Owner: Alisher Usmanov, Russia
Owned by Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov, this boat is frequently used by the man to visit his private islands. The yacht is known to be 361 feet long and has space for 12 guests and 48 crew members. The total weight of displacement is 4100 tones. Its engines are capable of speeding up to 21 knots, though they run best at 18.4 knots for a fulfilling experience. Created by Luerssen, the German shipyard in collaboration with Tim Heywood designs and interior decoration by Alberto Pinto, the ship is known to be loaded with luxuries including a private helipad and swimming pools among others.
Price: $200 million+
Owner: David Geffen, America
Currently owned by David Geffen, this yacht was originally commissioned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. This 453-feet vessel still stands as one of the top 10 largest private yachts in the world. The engine aboard the yacht is comprised of 4 MTU 20V 8000 M90 engines which generate 50,000 HP of output, and takes the boat up to 28 knots of speed. There are 82 luxurious rooms on 5 stories which include the 8,000 sq meter of living space, along with facilities like gymnasium and spa with sauna, along with extensive wine cellar, an ultra-luxurious master bedroom, private cinema with giant screens, and a basketball court on the main deck which doubles up as a helipad when needed.
Price: $200 million
Owner: Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia
Owned by the current Saudi King and former defense minister Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, this yacht became famous for its unique design which did not include the traditional mast, sail or even complicated roping system like the others. This unique design was prepared by German shipping company HDW. The engines aboard this yacht are the twin MTU 20V 1163TB engines which generate 8717 HP of power each and are capable of taking this 457-feet vessel at a speed of up to 21.5 knots. There is ample space for 36 guests and 96 crew members, who can help the guests enjoy facilities like library, cinema, business center, beauty parlor & spa, and also the gymnasium. Should any medical emergencies arise, there is a fully equipped hospital on board to cater to one’s needs.
Price: $200 million
Owner: Dr. Naseer Al Rasheed, Saudi Arabia
This 344-feet vessel is owned by Saudi Business tycoon Dr. Naseer Al Rasheed who is also known to have several close links to the Saudi royal family. The vessel is most recognizable from the outside by the prominent 24 carat gold lettering of its name ‘Lady Moura’. It was designed by Blohm & Voss along with interiors being done by Luigi Strugio. The main propeller includes 2 KHD-MWM engines, which generate 6700 BHP of power, taking the boat to over 20 knots of cruising speed. In case you want to indulge in water sports or would need to fly off nearby, there is the additional Mangusta 80 boat along with 48-feet San Juan boat and S76B helicopter.
Price: $200 million
Owner: Paul Allen, America
When this yacht was created in 2003, it became the largest private yacht in the world back then, with its 414-feet long hull. This luxury vessel was commissioned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The builder was Lurssen Yachts and interiors were done up with inputs from Jonathan Quinn Bernett. Amongst its technical prowess are the 8 Mercedes engines, which generate a combined power of 19,200 HP taking the top speed of the yacht to 20 knots with a cruising speed of 17 knots. The capacity for accommodation stands at 26 guest members with 57 from the crew in 41 suite rooms. Other amenities include 2 similar blue and white helicopters, 2 tender boats, private cinema, and most abstract, a recording studio. The yacht has also played host to great superstars like U2 and Johnny Cash for their private trips.
Price: $162 million
Owner: Paul Allen, America
This aluminum and steel super vessel is also in the collection of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Measured at 302 feet in length, the builder of this luxury yacht was Nabiskurg with interiors done by Terance Disdale. The Tatoosh is known to have a top speed of 19 knots, though the best experiences on boat can felt when travelling at 15 knots. Accommodation on board is just perfect for 24 guests and a crew of 35 members. The accommodation includes the master suite and salon which has a French limestone fireplace, along with dining area, staterooms for get-together and also a ladies powder room. Also, other amenities on board include a 1.6 meter deep swimming pool with adjustable vertical bases, a movie theater, 2 helipads, a custom made 40-foot Hickley powerboat and 5 sea scooters.
Price: $ 161.8 million
Owner: Fincantieri Yachts
Mars was initially built for a private client who had backed out of the project mid-way, but the construction was completed never the less. The brainchild behind the creation of this yacht was Italian shipping yard Fincanteri with H2 Yacht Design doing the interiors. The vessel is stated to be 295 feet in length and can accommodate 15 guests and 34 members of staff with ease. The engine propelling the boat is capable of generating 2465 KW of power from each of its subunits which make sailing at 18 knots possible, but for the best experience, a speed of 16 knots over a distance of 6000 nautical miles is recommended. Amongst other amenities is the 7 meter swimming pool, children’s playing room, gymnasium with spa facilities and business area which can be easily converted into a formal dining area if the need arises.
Price: $150 million (approx)
Owner: Elena Ambrosiadou, Britain
Maltese Falcon was created for hedge fund owner Elena Ambrosiadou, who incidentally became Britain’s best paid female executive once. She is also the only female owner of a super yacht anywhere in the world! This 289-feet super boat has 25,791 sq ft of space for sails alone, which are uniquely placed such that the boat can be controlled easily when in rough waters through the advanced controlling system placed inside. The insides are done up in modern décor with the spiraling staircase connecting the multiple decks and the transparent flooring on majority of the public area of yacht. There is considerable wood work in the décor which includes area like the dining rooms, living room, and studio area. If the passengers are looking for soaking in the sun, the upper deck features a sun bathing area for use.
Price: $119 million
Owner: Undisclosed Hong Kong billionaire
This super yacht was created in 2006 to an undisclosed Hong Kong buyer who wanted a modern luxury personal space for his group of guests and clientele. This 213-feet wonder vessel had the construction expertise of Benetti Yachts with interiors being done by Zuretti Interior Design. Its engine has a twin engine format, which helps in generating 3260 HP of power, taking the yacht up to 16 knots of top speed, while cruising is best recommended at 12 knots. This engine is also known to have a diesel hybrid design, which brings out the eco-friendly aspect of construction. This super yacht can house 12 guests in 6 cabins along with a crew of 20 members. The various pleasure areas include the gaming room, swimming pool, open-air sitting area, bar and living room, conference room and also a formal dining space.
Price: $103 million
Built in 2004, this super yacht was known for its safety designs and grandeur of its modern interior decoration. Even though, it might fall behind some of the other super yachts, but it still has a number of modern amenities for guests’ comfort which include the business center, spa, gymnasium, sauna room, swimming pool, beauty salon, wine cellar, and of course the 18 guest suites which can house 36 guests. While you are in the sun, there is also an opportunity for you to have sunbathe on the upper deck. The engines are twin Cat 3606 which give the yacht an impetus to travel at a top speed of 19 knots and a suitable cruise speed of 17 knots. The yacht is also known as one of the world’s largest luxury yacht available for charter. The yacht is now known as the Delma Luxury yacht charter Mediterranean .
Price: $ 93.8 million
Owner: Dr. Vijay Mallaya, India
The Indian Empress was launched as Al Mirqab which was sold to the Qatar Royal family, and eventually Indian industrialist Dr. Vijay Mallaya bought it and changed its name to Indian Empress. Built initially by the Oceano Yard in Holland, the yacht was finally completed at a port in Durban, South Africa. This 311-feet yacht is powered by 3 engines of 10,000 HP MTU 20 cylinders each, which give it a top speed of 24 knots. The accommodation facilities enable it to house 32 guests and 42 crew members at the same time. The yacht has been used by many Indian business tycoons to hold parties.
Le Grand Bleu
Price: $90 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich, Russia
This 370-feet yacht was created around the turn of the new millennia by Kusch yachts that had collaborated with Di Pilla for the interior designing. Technical prowess of this boat is shown in its twin design SBV 16M 628 diesel engine that generates a total of 9140 HP of engine strength, enabling a top speed of 17 knots, while a perfect cruise can be enjoyed at 15 knots. The accommodation capacity is spacious enough for 20 guests and 34 crew members. The amenities on board include the helicopter landing pads, Jacuzzi fitted luxury suites, spa facility and swimming pool. This yacht is now owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who also brought in some changes in it such as the waste water management system after he bought it from Paul Allen.
World’s Largest Sailing Yacht – Eos
Price: $150 million
A superyacht of important proportions, the 305-foot long sailing yacht EOS by Lurssen Yachts is an upscale yacht that is able to sleep as many as 16 people on board, along with professional crew of approximately 21 individuals. Famous as the world’s largest private sailing yacht, the $150 million Eos is owned by 69-year old billionaire media-mogul Barry Diller who reportedly pays $2,000 a day to have his super-yacht moored directly opposite his Manhattan headquarters. Originally designed by Bill Langan, this one-of-a-kind yacht was launched in Germany in 2006 with the interiors designed by François Catroux. It carries the usual mega yacht toys and goodies like jet skis and small powerboats. This yacht has been notably named after the Greek goddess Eos, the “Bringer of Dawn,” who rises from Oceanus each day to open the gates of heaven with her rosy fingers, so as to allow Apollo to ride his chariot across the sky.
Lurssen $622 million Project Azzam
Price: $622 million
Lürssen Yachts, one of the world’s notable shipbuilding company based in Bremen-Vegesack is now building a superyact that is expected to be the world’s largest private yacht when it launches next year. Dubbed as Project Azzam, this 590 ft mega-yacht which will be around 57 ft longer than the most expensive and the current largest private yacht ‘Eclipse’ owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich will cost $622 million to build. Strongly believed to be commissioned by the Saudi Royal family, the Project Azzam’s construction is undergoing at the Lürssen Yachts facility in Germany.