Owning a yacht is synonymous with wealth and extravagance. Years ago, people used to hire yachts but since the 20th century, many not only own but have constructed their own yachts for pleasure. Christina O and the Savarona were some of the earliest yachts that were available and they were simple vessels with basic accommodation. Christina O, which dates back to the 1950’s, was recently converted into a luxurious yacht and is now worth more than 45 million!. We preview some of the most expensive yachts in the world:
This vessel is worth more than $4.5 billion and is currently the world’s most expensive yacht. It’s 100-foot long and is owned by Stuart Hughes, the world-renowned UK luxury designer. It’s assembled with gold and platinum, from the base of the boat, to the dining area, deck, rails, staircase and anchor.
The master bedroom takes the prize. It has a wall made from meteorite rock and a statue made from T-Rex bones!
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It has an aquarium that weighs 68 kilograms and is made with 24-carat gold which is housed in the master suite and to top it all, a liquor bottle that has an 18.5 carat diamond worth $45 million and an iPhone wrapped in 500 cut diamonds!
Eclipse is rumored to be owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. This vessel is the second most expensive yacht in the world and is worth more than $1.5 billion. It measures 536 feet long and was built by Blohm and Voss. It has 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, hot tubs, a disco hall, two helipads, a mini submarine and three launch boats!
Eclipse security features make this yacht stand out. It is fitted with an intruder detection system, a missile defense system, bulletproof windows and an anti-paparazzi shield (lasers that are shone directly to any camera pointing photographer).
Streets of Monaco
This yacht is a mini floating replica of Monaco – well not the entire city but a section of it. This 500 foot yacht was designed by Yacht Island Design of Derbyshire County of England and is worth £700 million. It has replicas of popular Monaco landmarks such as the famous Monte Carlo Casino, the Hotel de Paris, and La Rascasse – some of the finest hotels in Monaco.
The ships centerpiece is the Atrium. It houses the owner’s main apartment that extends over 4,800 square feet and is three floors high. The mini waterfall, the café bar with underwater view and the Monaco Grand Prix-inspired go-kart track are some of the features that make this yacht stand out.
Azzam is owned by the President of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan. This luxury liner, which was designed by interior French decorator Christophe Leoni is 590 feet long – toppling Abramovich’s Eclipse.
The yacht, worth $650million, has a timeless and innovative design and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots even in shallow waters.
Dubai was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri Bokiah of Brunei but later acquired by Platinum Yachts for the ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum. The yacht has great sunbathing areas, swimming pool with elaborate handmade tiling. The interior is designed with mosaics and the circular staircase leads you the top deck giving you stunning views of the seascape. Of course it has helipad, numerous VIP suits and a crew area enough to hold more than 100 people.
Which one do you vote as the best luxury yacht?