Luxury yachts sailing the world’s oceans can fill anyone with awe. These extravagant vessels were built to impress cruisers lucky to be aboard with incredible features from helipads to the latest nautical technology. Here’s a glimpse at some of the most opulent and expensive yachts.
Owner: Shaikh Mansour | Price: $527 Million | Launched in May 2012
The 482-feet-long yacht was constructed in the German shipyard Lürssen and launched in 2012. The superyacht features eight decks that offer mesmerising views and have a gross tonnage of 11,589 and 70.5-feet beam lengths. Topaz’s exterior design was curated by Tim Heywood and interior design by Terence Disdale. The elegant vessel has a swimming pool, a fantastic jacuzzi on the main deck, double helicopter landing pads, an ultra-modern gym, a cinema, and a conference room.
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan | Price: $600 Million | Launched in April 2013
The 590-feet-long luxury yacht Azzam is one of the fastest luxurious yachts globally. The French-inspired superyacht’s interiors have been designed by Christophe Leoni and are bespoke to modern architecture. It also features a personal missile defence system and a bullet-proof primary suite. Azzam can reach over 35mph or 30 knots and is one of the most sophisticated and challenging yachts ever built.
Owner: Robert Knok | Price: $4.8 Billion | Commissioned in 2011
The 98.4-foot History Supreme superyacht stands out as one of the world’s unique yachts and probably the most expensive. The opulent yacht took three years to build, using 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum, well-blended in the dining area, rails, deck, staircases, and anchor. The primary bedroom is one of the most spectacular assets, touting a meteorite rock wall. The bedroom also houses a statue made from Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. Plus, the superyacht has a 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium.
Owner: Roman Abramovich | Price: $1.5 Billion | Launched in June 2009
The 528-feet-long yacht was launched in 2009, featuring defence technologies like a missile detection and intruder detection system. The vessel’s enormous size makes it spacious enough to accommodate several luxurious features, including two swimming pools, 24 guest cabins, a disco hall, and several hot tubs. It also houses a mini-submarine, two helipads, anti-paparazzi shields and bullet-proof windows.