Who doesn't love shiny new toys? Especially when they cost hundreds of millions!
If it’s one thing rich people like to spend on, it’s luxury items. This can range from luxury watches to cars to private jets to super yachts. For some, buying a luxury item isn’t enough. It would have to fall under the “top 10 superyachts 2018” list.
You might be curious as to what the top luxury superyachts in the world look like. Here they are.
Top 10 superyachts 2018
The materials that went into making the Eclipse pushes this luxury superyacht right to the top of our list. Costing originally US$590 million/S$800 million, it is now worth approximately US$1.5 billion/S$2 billion. At 162.5 metres long, this beauty can hold three helicopters. Guests staying in any of the 20 guest cabins can enjoy using two swimming pools, where one doubles as a dance floor, a hot tub or a missile detection system.
Built by Blohm + Voss and launched in 2010, Roman Abromavich’s The Eclipse isn’t available for commercial use. However, it’s been reported the owner of the superyacht, a Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman, does occasionally rent his boat out to friends for about S$300,000 a day.
Khalifa Zayed Al Nahyan is the reported owner of the Azzam, possibly the largest superyacht in the world. It’s hard to verify because German builder, Lurssen Yachts, kept all information under wraps except the ship’s specifications and that the interior designer was by Christophe Leoni. This ship is done up in French Empire style. A speculative price for the Azzam currently stands at US$600 million/S$820 million and measures at 180.6metres long. Launched in 2013, the word on the street is that the yacht was commissioned by a royal member of Abu Dhabi, presumably the president of the UAE himself.
Alisher Usmanov, a crazy rich Russian business tycoon, bought the Dilbar to replace his previous yacht of the same name. Similar to the Azzam, not many details have been released on the superyacht. Built by Lurssen Yachts, we do know it is the world’s largest yacht by gross tonnage (15,9217gt) despite it being shorter than the Azzam. The US$600 million/S$820 million ship is expected to accommodate an estimated 120 people, 40 guests and 80 crew. The Dilbar features an indoor swimming pool and two helipads.
This joint project was started by Blohm + Voss and Lursann Yachts in 1996 for Brunei’s Price Jefri Bolkiah. Sadly, the project was suspended in 1998 and later sold to the Dubai government in 2001. Platinum Yachts was commissioned to finish this labour of love in 2006 and the 162-metre yacht was launched that same year.
Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum, the current ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, enjoys ownership of this luxury superyacht. The ship accommodates up to 24 guests who stay in any of the five VIP suites or six guest suites (not including the Sheikh’s personal suite).
With a value of US$400 million/S$545 million, its value comes out through the range of amenities like the swimming pool, a barbeque area, a cinema, dance hall, and on deck gym. It also has a garage large enough to fit a submarine and a helipad for the Sheikh’s personal helicopter.
5. Sailing Yacht A
Russian philanthropist and billionaire businessman Andrey Melnichenko owns majority shares in Eurochem, SUEK and SGC, all huge industrial companies. And this isn’t his first superyacht.
Launched in 2017, Melnichenko’s yacht is worth about US$350 million/S$480 million and was built by Nobiskrug. The interior and exterior design was handled by famous French designer, Philippe Starck. What it consists of is still a bit vague – you’ll have to board the ship to see for yourself (if ever you have the chance).
The 142-metre boasts having the world’s tallest carbon masts standing 100 metres above sea level. It fits a crew of 54 and is rumoured to have an underwater viewing lounge, eight decks, and a helipad.
6. Rising Sun
The 11th largest yacht in the world was built for the co-founder and current CEO of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison by Lurssen Yachts in 2004. Two years after its official launching, Ellison sold half of the Rising Sun to American business magnate and billionaire, David Geffen. Geffen must have loved the Rising Sun a lot, as he bought the rest of the Rising Sun in 2010. Now, the 138-metre boat is roughly valued at around US$300 million/S$410 million.
7. Al Said
Al Said was initially named Sunflower by its creators, Lurssen Yachts, before its current name stuck after it launched in 2008. Owned by the ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Said al-Said, the US$300 million/S$410 million valued yacht is built to entertain its guests on the sea. Accommodating 65 guests and 150 crew at any single instance, the 155-metre yacht can also accommodate a 50-piece orchestra. If music isn’t your thing, there are several various entertainment halls that you can lose yourself in for the ultimate leisure experience. Other standard features of the luxury yacht include a helipad, a cinema and six decks.
Owned by the polarising Malaysian business mogul, Jho Low, Equanimity was constructed by Oceanco and launched in 2014. The interior design was done by English designer Andrew Winch and Azure Navel Architects contributed to the engineering of the 91.5-metre yacht.
Built to suit its owner’s wild party lifestyle, you can live life large here. It features maybe one of the widest ranges of features proportionate to its size and capacity for guests. Up to 26 guests can stay across nine rooms and a crew of 28 keep the ship running. Guests can live lavishly by using the spa, indulge in the beach club, relax in the beauty salon and sauna, or try something different in the Turkish bath. If you want to stay in shape, there’s a gym for you to sweat off before you delve back into indulgence. Equanimity is valued at US$250 million/S$340 million.
9. Prince Abdulaziz
The Prince Abdulaziz is rumoured to be inspired by the famous Titanic’s design. Built in 1984 by Helsingor Vaerft, the 147-metre superyacht was made for King Fahd, the ruler of Saudi Arabia at the time. Since then, the yacht has changed hands and passed down to the kingdom’s current ruler, King Abdullah, and is the official yacht for the UAE country’s royal family.
At the time of launching, the splendid vessel was valued at US$184 million/S$ 250 million. Suitable for royalty, Prince Abdulaziz is equipped with an onboard hospital, a mosque and also a cinema for downtime.
The oldest vessel in the list, Savarona has a deep and rich history. Built by Blohm + Voss, the superyacht was initially launched in 1931 and was made for Emily Roebling Cadwalader, an American heiress to a successful construction company responsible for both the Brooklyn and Golden Gate Bridges in the US.
Shortly after in 1937, ownership of the Savarona changed and was in the hands of Mustafa Kemal Atarturk, Turkey’s first president. He sadly passed away in 1938 and the yacht was used by the Turkish Navy.
Fastforward 50 years, real estate tycoon Kahraman Sadikoglu fell in love with the yacht enough to buy a 50-year lease, spending US$35 million/S$48 million on the refurbishment. Following a media scandal in 2010, the Turkish government rescinded the lease and reclaimed ownership, with the Savarona serving as the state yacht to ferry the president around during work trips.
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