The Top 20 Luxury Superyachts You Can Experience
Since the beginning of the 20th-century, superyachts have evolved and become more extravagant each year. During this century, the wealthy began the trend of commissioning the construction of private yachts for personal use. Some of the earliest examples of extravagant yachts commissioned were the Jemima III, the Christina O, and the Savarona.
Since there isn’t an exact definition of what can be classified as a superyacht, they come in many different sizes and with many features and price points. However, although there is no classification, the one thing that all superyachts seemingly have in common is that they tend to be incredibly luxurious and exorbitantly expensive.
Ownership of a luxury superyacht is an undeniable symbol of unrivaled wealth, social influence, and reputation. Although most of us will never get the opportunity to own a luxurious superyacht, we can admire their opulent interiors, innovative designs, and technologically advanced amenities and features.
Even in the yachting world, there are a few superyachts that stand out from the crowd. That’s why we want to bring to your attention the top 20 luxury superyachts you might not have had the delight of hearing about. Each of these superyachts on our list has its own stories to tell. So let’s have a look at what makes each of them worthy of their luxury superyacht title and who the superyacht owners are.
One of the most spectacular, multi-award-winning superyachts ever built is the Pelorus Yacht, which sold for an astounding $300 million. This yacht’s name is derived from the Greek word “Pelorious,” which means vast. Curiously the Pelorus is not a charter yacht as it has a full-time crew of 41 members aboard all year long.
The Pelorus was designed by the prestigious yacht designer Tim Heywood and was built by the esteemed Lurssed shipyard in Germany and officially launched in 2003. The interior of this yacht was designed by the English design house Terence Disdale.
This luxury superyacht is 377 feet long and has a beam size of 56 feet and a tonnage of 5,403. Impressively the Pelorus can achieve a speed of up to 20 knots because of its two 5,300 horsepower 12V26 engines.
Similar to a few other superyachts, the Pelorus has had three high-profile owners. It was first owned by a Saudi businessman Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, then Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and now it is owned by Chinese billionaire Samuel Tak Lee. Some of the impressive features of this superyacht include two helipads, a dancefloor, a beauty salon, a movie theatre, underwater lighting, a gym, a swimming pool, a convenient elevator, and a beach club.
The Dilbar might not be the largest superyacht globally by length, but it is certainly one of the heaviest superyachts in the world. This yacht is owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov who paid a whopping $256 million to own this vessel. Not many realize that the Dilbar is named after Usamanov’s mother.
Spen Oeino designed Dilbar’s exterior, the interior was designed by the British design house Winch Design, and the vessel itself was built by shipyard Lurssen in Germany and launched in 2016. This custom luxury yacht has a length of 511 feet with a beam size of 77 feet, and a gross tonnage of 15,917. Additionally, the Dilbar has a top speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots thanks to being powered by two diesel-electric Wartsila 16,092 horsepower engines.
Interestingly the Dilbar has a single interior color that can be described as a buttery cream shade that makes her instantly recognizable. Yet, what’s most recognizable is the record-breaking features. This luxury superyacht has 40,902 square feet of living space, a 6,356 cubic foot swimming pool, two helipads, and a unique garden. The garden was specially created with different types of grass that are capable of tolerating salt air.
3. Al Said
The esteemed Sultan of Oman owns the Al Said yacht. The sultan is very private, so not much is known about this vessel. What we do know are a few integral and interesting bits of information. For example, the Al Said luxury yacht was commissioned in 2006, it was code-named “Project Sunflower” during its construction, and is believed to have cost $300 million.
At the time of launch in 2008, the Al Said was the second largest superyacht. The exterior design of this yacht was completed by Espen Oeino, while the interior design was crafted by the British design house RWD. Additionally, this yacht was built by the prestigious ship makers Lurssen in Germany at their Vegesack shipyard.
The Al Said has an overall length of 508 feet, a beam size of 75 feet, and a gross tonnage of 15,850. It has an impressive cruising speed of 22 knots and a top speed of 25 knots. It can reach these speeds because of its twin diesel MTU 20V 8000 M70 20 cylinder engines; it’s capable of producing a horsepower rating of 11,149.
Although not much is actually known about the features, the vessel does have an aluminum superstructure that was built with a steel hull and has teak decks. Additionally, over the years, it has been gleaned that this yacht has a huge concert hall large enough to accommodate a 50 piece orchestra, air conditioning, and an elevator.
Although the Radiant superyacht is smaller than many others on our list, it is no less luxurious. This vessel, technically classified as a motorboat, is packed with incredible features that make the approximate $320 million price tag worth it.
Tim Heywood designed the Radiant’s exterior. In contrast, its interior was designed by design house Glen Pushelburg, and it was built by ship makers Lurssen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard. Upon completion, this luxury ship was delivered to Emirate millionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim in 2010.
This ship has an overall length of 360 feet, a beam size of 53 feet, and a gross tonnage of 5,082. It has a cruising speed of a majestic 16 knots and a top speed of 21 knots and is powered by twin diesel MTU 16V 116 TB73L 16 cylinder engines that produce a horsepower rating of 8,715.
Interestingly, the Radiant is believed to be equipped with a powerful water cannon as part of its defense security against water pirate attacks. Some of the incredible features this luxury yacht is equipped with include a tender garage, a helicopter landing pad, multiple swimming pools, air conditioning, a beauty salon, a gym, a jacuzzi, a beach club, and a movie theater.
5. Motor Yacht A
Motor Yacht A is incredibly unique because it boasts an original design. Its futuristic design is often described as a mix between a submarine and a stealth warship. This vessel has been specifically designed to be able to accommodate 14 guests and up to 42 crew members. It is estimated that owner Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko paid a whopping $323 million.
The Motor Yacht A is a luxury liner built by Blohm + Voss at their Hamburg shipyard and features a master bedroom of over 2,500 square feet. This luxury superyacht has an overall length of 400 feet, and its exterior extends over 24,000 feet.
The real luxury is found with the interior design elements and amenities. The Motor Yacht A features an extensive mirror surface design, and the furniture, glassware, and tableware are made of French Crystal. In addition to this, there is a helicopter hanger, a disco, three swimming pools, one of which has a glass bottom, and a 30-foot long speed boat housed in the hull.
The next luxury superyacht on our list was built in Italy and launched in 2011. The Serene was originally built as a custom order for the Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler but was later sold to Mohammed bin Salman.
Although this luxury yacht isn’t available for charter, it was once hired out by Bill Gates for $5 million a week. It is believed that the Serene has an estimated value of $330 million, which is unsurprising considering all its features and amenities.
The Serene is an award-winning vessel built by Fincantieri in Italy at the ship makers’ yard in Muggiano. This vessel’s exterior was designed by Espen Oeino, while its interior was developed by British design house Reymond Langton.
This luxury Italian yacht has an overall length of 439 feet, a beam size of 61 feet, and a gross tonnage of 8,231. It is equipped with eight diesel-electric MTU 16V 4000 M40 1 cylinder engines that make it capable of reaching a horsepower rating of 2,828, a cruise speed of 15 knots, and a top speed of 25 knots.
Some of the impressive features on this yacht include a dance floor, a gym, a deck jacuzzi, a steam room, and a sauna. There is also a beauty salon, an elevator, satellite communication, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, two helicopter landing pads, a sundeck with a wet bar, and an indoor climbing wall. Incredibly, this luxury yacht also features wheelchair accessibility, and it has a fully equipped health spa, a dedicated children’s playroom, an underwater viewing room, and multiple swimming pools.
Curiously, the Dubai is a luxury yacht commissioned more than ten years before its launch in 2006 by the Prince of Brunei Jefri Bolkiah. It is estimated that this vessel cost an astounding $350 million. The ship was acquired for his Highness Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai by Platinum Yachts.
The Dubai was built by Platinum Yachts at their shipyard in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This luxury vessel’s exterior design was completed by Winch Design, and they also did the interior alongside Nakheel Interiors.
With an impressive 8,500 nautical mile range, the Dubai is a force to be reckoned with. This luxury yacht has an impressive overall length of 531 feet with a beam size of 72 feet and a gross tonnage of 12,488.
It is equipped with four diesel MTU 20V 1163 TB93 20 cylinder engines that can produce a horsepower rating of 8,443. This vessel can reach a cruise speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 25 knots with these engines.
In the Dubai luxury yacht, some of the impressive features include a 105,668-gallon fresh water tank, multiple swimming pools, a gym, an elevator, a movie theater, a dancefloor, a beauty salon, and multiple jacuzzis. Additionally, this yacht also features intricately designed handmade mosaics and a spectacular circular staircase with glass steps that change color.
The largest superyacht in the world is the Azzam. This vessel was built for the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan. It is believed that this vessel cost a grossly exorbitant amount of $650 million. Many believe the Azzam to be the most complex and challenging superyacht to have ever been built.
The Azzam was built by the German ship makers Lurssen and was launched in 2013. Its exterior was designed by Nauta Yachts, while its interior was designed by design house Christopher Leoni.
This vessel has an incredible overall length of 592 feet, a beam size of 68 feet, and a gross tonnage of 13,136. It is equipped with twin gas turbine General Electric LM2500 G4 engines that allow it to achieve a horsepower rating of 40,200.
That’s why it’s no surprise that this yacht is one of the fastest in the world. It has a grand cruising speed of 12 knots but can reach a top speed of up to 34 knots.
Interestingly, the interior design is reminiscent of luxurious Empire styling with a turn-of-the-century twist. Inside the Azzam are a few notable high-end features and amenities. There is a wellness zone that features a spa and beauty salon, 18 cabins, a gym, air conditioning, and an elevator.
The Eclipse used to have the title of “largest superyacht in the world” until it was unseated to second place by the Azzam. It is still easily recognizable as the second most expensive luxury superyachts ever commissioned. It is estimated that this vessel cost $1.5 billion to build and was purchased by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
The award-winning Eclipse was refitted in 2015 and was built by Blohm + Voss at the company’s shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. This luxury vessel’s exterior and interior were designed by Terence Disdale.
The Eclipse has an overall length of 533 feet with a beam size of 73 feet and a gross tonnage of 13,564. It is powered by twin diesel-electric Wartsila VEM Synchron 16 cylinder engines that can produce a horsepower rating of 8,717. This vessel can reach a cruise speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 21 knots with these engines.
Some of the exemplary features found upon the Eclipse superyacht include a fireplace, two helicopter pads, and a wellness area with a spa and a gym. There is also a sauna, a beauty salon, a beach club, underwater lighting, a deck jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, a disco hall, swimming pools, and air conditioning.
What is most impressive is this superyachts security systems. The Eclipse is equipped with a missile defense system, armor plating, bulletproof windows, and a unique laser system that destroys images taken by prying eyes.
10. Fulk Al Salamah
One of the world’s most voluminous yachts is the Fulk Al Salamah. This vessel has a commercial-grade finish and plenty of exterior spaces across various decks. It is estimated to have cost $500 million to build and has a running cost of $50 million annually.
The Fulk Al Salamah was built by the prestigious builders Mariotti Yachts at their Genoa shipyard before being delivered to its owner Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in 2016. This vessel has an overall length of 538 feet with a beam size of 91 feet, and a gross tonnage of 20,361.
This vessel is powered by four diesel Wartsila 12V32 6 cylinder engines that produce a horsepower rating of 9,177. This ship can reach a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 22 knots with these engines.
Not all luxury yachts are made equal, and the Fulk Al Salamah is a testament to this fact. This luxury superyacht is equipped with a fully functional helipad, a beauty salon, a cinema, a beach club, a gym, a separate crew passageway, and air conditioning.
The newest luxury yacht on our list is the Nord which was launched in 2021. This luxury superyacht won two awards, including the Robb Report 2021 “Gigayacht Award” and the World Yachts Trophies 2021 “Yacht of the Year Award.” It is owned by Alexei Mordashov, who is believed to have paid $500 million for it. This boat was commissioned in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2020 that it was sent on sea trials in the Baltic Sea.
The Nord expedition yacht featured naval architecture by Lurssen in Germany at their Breman shipyard. In contrast, this yacht’s interior and exterior design were completed by Italian design house Nuvolari Lenard.
This vessel has an overall length of 465 feet with a beam size of 64 feet and a gross tonnage of 9,250. It is the 12th largest yacht in the world currently and the 6th largest yacht built by ship makers Lurssen. This vessel is able to reach a cruise speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 20 knots.
In terms of features, this luxury 2021 yacht does not disappoint. The Nord is equipped with an expansive swimming pool, a sports and diving center on the lower deck, two helipads, a fleet of tenders, a beach club, a beauty salon, underwater lights, a sauna, and a gym.
12. Al Mirqab
The spectacular award-winning Al Mirqab was launched in 2008 and was built for the former prime minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. It is estimated that this vessel was sold for $300 million.
Some of the awards the Al Mirqab nabbed include The World Superyacht Awards 2009 “Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 3,000Gt and above,” “Motor Yacht of the Year,” and “Best Interior Design – Motor Yacht.”
The Al Mirqab luxury yacht was built by Kusch Yachts in Germany at their Wewelsfleth shipyard. Tim Heywood completed its exterior design, and its interior design was done by the British design house Winch Design.
This vessel has an overall length of 437 feet with a beam size of 68 feet and a gross tonnage of 9,604. It is equipped with six diesel-electric Wartsila 6L32CR engines that are capable of producing a horsepower rating of 4,079. With these engines, the Al Mirqab can reach a cruise speed of 21 knots and a top speed of 23 knots.
A few of the impressive features present in the luxurious Al Mirqab include a movie theater, a spa, a beach club, a gym, an ice-class hull, an elevator, and a floating staircase with custom glass panels. There is also an Arabic-influenced motif on spectacular marble floors, and there are staterooms that can accommodate 36 guests alongside crew quarters for 45.
Were you aware that the luxury yacht the Octopus used to be owned by Paul Allen, who was one of the founders of Microsoft? Upon his death, the yacht was bequeathed to his sister Jody Allen, an American philanthropist, businesswoman, and entrepreneur.
In 2021 this luxury superyacht was sold to the Camper & Nicholsons’ charter fleet. It is estimated that the Octopus is worth $325 million. The Octopus is currently available for charter within Bermuda and the Caribbean but is estimated to also make charters to the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
This luxury yacht was also built by German ship makers Lurssen, with the exterior design completed by Espen Oeino and the interior design done by Jonathan Quinn Barnett. It has an overall length of 414 feet with a beam size of 68 feet and a gross tonnage of 9,932. This vessel is equipped with eight MTU engines that allow for a cruising speed of 17 knots and a top speed of 19 knots.
The many features and amenities on this luxury yacht make it definitely worth the attention it frequently receives. The Octopus has a glass-bottomed observation deck, two helicopter pads with a dedicated hanger, and a personal submarine that can house eight people. There is also a dive center with a hyperbaric chamber, a cinema suite, a full cocktail bar, and a jacuzzi.
In addition to these features, the Octopus also has a large selection of water toys. There are four Yamaha FX140 WaveRunners, a few Jet Skis, waterskis, kayaks, fishing equipment, WindSurfers, a kitesurfer, and six tenders.
14. Rising Sun
The luxury yacht Rising Sun was originally built for the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison, but it is now the property of billionaire David Geffen. Although this yacht first hit the seas in 2004, it was refitted in 2014. It is estimated that this yacht was purchased for $290 million.
This yacht was built by Larssen at their Breman shipyard in Germany, with the interior design being completed by design house Seccombe Design and the exterior design being done by Bannenberg & Rowell.
The Rising Sun has an overall length of 454 feet with a beam size of 62 feet and a gross tonnage of 7,841. This vessel is equipped with four diesel MTU 20V 8000 M70 20 cylinder engines that allow it to achieve a horsepower rating of 11,149. With these engines, the Rising Sun can achieve an impressive cruising speed of 26 knots and a top speed of 30 knots.
Amazingly the Rising Sun has 86,000 squares of living space across 82 rooms. It is capable of accommodating 18 guests in nine cabins and can carry up to 46 crew members. Additionally, this yacht features a gym, a cinema, a basketball court, a wine cellar, a sauna, a swimming pool, and an elevator.
15. Lady Moura
The Lady Moura is most recognizable from the outside because its name is written on the outside of the yacht with 24-carat gold lettering. This luxurious yacht was custom built for the Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al Rashid in 1990, and it was refitted in 2020. It was reported that the Lady Moura was sold for $210 million.
This vessel was built by the shipping construction company Blohm + Voss at their Hamburg shipping yard in Germany. Its exterior and interior were designed by the design house Luigi Sturchio.
The Lady Moura has an overall length of 344 feet, a beam size of 60 feet, and a gross tonnage of 6,539. Unlike the previous luxury superyachts on our list, this one is powered by twin diesel Deutz TBD 510B V12 engines that produce a horsepower rating of 6,526. With these engines, this vessel is able to reach a cruising speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 22 knots.
Some of the notable features and amenities the Lady Moura possesses include a unique hydraulic-powered platform with a sandy beach setting with deck chairs and palm trees, a helicopter pad, a pool with a retractable roof, underwater lights, air conditioning, and a guest elevator.
One of the smallest yet mightiest superyachts on our list is the Amevi. The Amevi won the award for “Best Full Displacement Motor Yacht (over 56m)” at the ShowBoats Awards 2007. This spectacular yacht is currently owned by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal who is believed to have paid $125 million for it.
The Amevi was built by the shipping company Oceanco at their Alblasserdam shipyard in the Netherlands. The exterior design of this vessel was completed by Nuvolari Lenard, while the interior design was done by design house Alberto Pinto.
This superyacht has an overall length of 262 feet with a beam size of 46 feet and a gross tonnage of 2,310. The Amevi is powered by twin diesel MTU 16V 595 TE 70 16 cylinder engines that produce a horsepower rating of 4,647. This yacht has a cruise speed of 14 knots and a top speed of 18 knots.
Besides an impressive 6,334 nautical mile range, the Amevi features eight cabins, three of which are VIP cabins, that can house 16 guests. Some of the notable features include a modern, fully equipped gym, a swimming pool, an elevator, and a beauty salon.
Are you looking for a yacht charter? The impressive 2013 Solandge superyacht is a near-perfect yacht available for charter for approximately $1.1 million per week for those who can afford it. The Solandge gained international acclaim upon its completion. It is one of the most luxurious charter yachts globally that can house 12 guests and 29 crew.
One of the previous owners of the Solandge was Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz until it was sold in 2017 for $85 million. The Solandge was built by ship makers Lurssen. The extraordinary exterior design was done by Espen Oeino, with the interior design being completed as a collaboration between Rodriguez Interiors and Dolker & Voges. This vessel has an overall length of 279 feet with a beam size of 45 feet and a tonnage of 2,899.
The Solandge has numerous features that make it an uber-attractive charter vessel. For example, there is a jet stream swimming pool, beach club area with a customized dance floor, a jacuzzi, a wet bar, and an elevator that can accommodate nine people. There is also a chromotherapy spa with a hammam and massage room, a fully stocked wine cellar, and two hot tubs.
The Aviva is one of the most innovatively designed superyachts to sail the seas in recent years. This vessel won the 2018 Boat International Design & Innovation Award for “Best Lifestyle Feature Design” and the award for “Judges Special Award” at The World Superyacht Awards. The owner of this vessel is British businessman Joe Lewis who is reported to have paid $250 million for the Aviva. This yacht has gained a reputation due to its naval architecture that has focused on security and stability.
This yacht was built by Abeking & Rasmussen at their Lemwerder shipyard in Germany. The exterior and interior of this boat were designed by the British design house Reymond Langton Design.
This vessel has an overall length of 322 feet with a beam size of 56 feet and a gross tonnage of 4,999. The Aviva is equipped with twin diesel MTU 16V 4000 M73L 16 cylinder engines that produce a horsepower rating of 3,862. With these engines, the Aviva can reach a cruise speed of 14 knots and a top speed of 20 knots.
This yacht has been carefully crafted to accommodate 16 guests across eight suites, and it is capable of carrying a maximum of 35 crew members. Some of the luxury features and amenities present in the Aviva include a grand piano, a gym, a beach club, air conditioning, a paddle tennis court, and a spa.
19. Triumphant Lady
The smallest and oldest superyacht on our list is the Triumphant Lady. Despite its size, this vessel has an impressive 4,000 nautical mile range. Although this vessel was launched in 1958, it received a major refit that cost $12 million in 2009. It is owned by the charter company Sterling Yachts.
This superyacht was built by Nishii Zosen-Sterling Yachts, and Bannenberg & Rowell and Cindy Mason completed the interior design. This yacht can accommodate 10 guests across five cabins, and it can also carry up to nine crew.
The Triumphant Lady has an overall length of 154 feet with a beam size of 7 feet and a gross tonnage of 532. It is powered by a single Caterpillar engine which allows this yacht to have a cruising speed of 13 knots and a top speed of 15 knots.
This spectacular luxury charter yacht is based in the Caribbean all year, and it costs approximately $150,000 per week to book, and it has several features that make it popular. For example, the Triumphant Lady has air conditioning, electronically operated shades, a large maple credenza, an elevator, a granite bar, a gym, a sauna, a helicopter landing, and a television and entertainment room.
The Yas superyacht was rebuilt from a 1978 Dutch navy frigate in 2013 and was refitted in 2021. This yacht was previously known under the project name Swift 141, and it underwent extensive rebuilding to feature all-new machinery and electronic systems while being outfitted with a luxurious interior. It is believed that the Yas is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, a member of the Emirati royal family, and it is estimated that this vessel is priced at $180 million.
The Yas sailing yacht is a mega yacht that was built by ADM Shipyards at their superyacht shipyard in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The interior design of this yacht was completed by French design house Pierrejean Vision Design Studio.
This vessel has an overall length of 462 feet with a beam size of 47 feet and a gross tonnage of 5,002. The Yas superyacht is powered by twin diesel MTU 12V 4000 Mx0/Mx1 engines that produce a horsepower rating of 10,492. With these engines, this yacht is capable of achieving a cruising speed of 23 knots and a top speed of 26 knots. Some of the noteworthy features and amenities present on the Yas superyacht include an elevator, cabin space for 60 guests and 56 crew, a huge swimming pool, a spa, and a state-of-the-art audio-visual entertainment system.
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