We all dream of owning a billion-dollar luxury yacht, and if you do own one, hats off to you, living your best life I’m sure! But for those of us who don’t have the pleasure, here we go through some of the best luxury yachts around.
The fourth most expensive luxury yacht in the world, the Azzam was sold at a massive $650 million.
Built by German shipyard Lürssen yachts and commissioned by the current president of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi, commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, and chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council, the Azzam has had lots of money thrown into it as you can probably tell.
Lürssen describes the interior as “sophisticated, with luxurious decor inspired by the Empire style of the early 19th century.” Created by French interior designer Christophe Leoni, the interior is one to be celebrated.
Lürssen also said that luxury yacht Azzam was “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built.” After it was released in 2013, the commissioner insisted that everything about the Azzam was to be kept private, and therefore, unfortunately we don’t know much more about this luxury yacht, but we can image how spectacular everything would be on that ship.
When it comes to luxury yacht Eclipse, this makes the Azzam seem moderately priced. The Eclipse was built for Russian-Israeli businessman Roman Abramovich in 2010 at a rumoured $1.5 billion, making the yacht the biggest in the world at that time.
Luckily for us, Abramovich was keen to show off his luxury yacht, so we know some juicy details about the Eclipse. Containing seventeen staterooms and a master suite, this vessel has the capacity to hold 85 crew members requiring at least 70 at all times to keep it running smoothly.
The sleek exterior was created by Terence Disdale Design and has tiered decks curving upwards and bending at the end. The Eclipse also has a 185-foot-long deck and one of the largest swimming pools of any luxury yacht. It can also hold three helicopters and contains a giant spa, submarine, a gym and a beach club, now that’s impressive!
Commissioned for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei by Blohm + Voss and Lürssen, the production of the Dubai luxury yacht was put on hold in 1998 and was sold to the government of Dubai under the orders of their ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to start it up again through the company Platinum Yachts.
So, the Dubai is now owned by the sheikh and can hold twenty-four guests and ninety-nine crew! It is also home to a submarine garage, a disco area, a full cinema and also a landing page for a Black Hawk helicopter.
Another yacht built by Lürssen in 2012 is the Topaz yacht. Now this 482 foot luxury yacht will set it’s owner back a whopping $527 million. The Topaz has eight giant decks and two helicopter landing pads. Inside, the yacht is fully air conditioned for when sailing the seas in the scorching sun, and has a swimming deck with a built-in swimming pool, gym, cinema, and conference room.
Owned by the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Shaikh Mansour, this yacht is linked to royalty, with Mansour also being a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.
Last, but by no means least, the Serene is one of the largest and most expensive superyachts in the world. Built in 2011 and owned by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the Serene cost $330 million. The ship was originally built for Russian Vodka tycoon Yuri Shelfer and was once leased to Bill Gates for $5 million a week!
Holding twenty-four guests and fifty-two members of crew, the Serene is home to a seawater pool, and two helicopter pads that convert into a dance floor or a pool, it’s no surprise this is a popular one! The ship also has a submarine, spa pools, snow room, steam room, jet stream pools, underwater viewing room, outdoor cinema, piano room, bar, conference room, sauna, fireplaces, swim-platforms with lifts, and beach club, so basically, what hasn’t this ship got?!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to luxury yachts, and there’s no harm in dreaming about owning one of the above, even if we are a couple of million dollars away from that dream…
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