Lürssen, also known as Lürssen Werft, is an iconic shipbuilder based in Germany that has built some of the world’s most incredible yachts since its start in 1875. In 1886, the company made history when it built the world’s very first motor yacht, and it has remained at the cutting edge of technology and naval engineering ever since. Lürssen was instrumental in constructing many important vessels and naval ships including World War II E Boats, R Boat minesweepers, and the $717 million per ship F125 class frigate.
The shipbuilder is, perhaps, best known for some of its specialty custom yachts that have been bought by celebrities, dignitaries, and the world’s wealthiest businessmen. These ships not only have impeccable engineering and striking exteriors, but lavish features and gorgeous interiors.
Here are five Lürssen yachts that will absolutely blow you away.
1. Phoenix 2
Phoenix 2 was custom built in collaboration with Andrew Winch Designs, which created the yacht’s interior and exterior. It’s a 90 meter luxury vessel that was launched in 2010, and it was the first yacht built in Lurssen’s latest floating dock. Dual 4,600 hp DDC Diesel engines allow Phoenix 2 to reach a top sped of 17 knots, and the yacht has a 13.5 meter beam and six cabins onboard. A total of 12 passengers can enjoy the yacht’s luxurious quarters at once, and it has plenty of features that make it ideal for entertaining. Phoenix 2 can accommodate a crew of up to 16 members.
The interior has a French Deco aesthetic, which reflects a more masculine vibe than the classic Art Deco style. Spiraling staircases, tall ceilings, exotic materials, and over thirty types of Italian stone combine to create an atmosphere that is opulent and sophisticated. Describing the furnishings as “comfortable” would be an understatement, and this yacht’s five decks host a range of amenities that could please even the most discriminating person. It was last put up for sale by its owner for $60.7 million.
2. Kismet (aka Global)
Now known as Global, the yacht better known by the name Kismet was built by Lürssen Yachts in 2014. Its value is a staggering $200 million, and it was bought for the original price of $115 million by Pakistani billionaire Shahid Khan.
This impressive 95.2 meter motor yacht has an interior created by Reymond Langton Design and a regal exterior designed by Espen Oeino. Kismet features an aluminum superstructure, 13.8 meter beam, and six teak decks. This yacht reaches a top speed of 17 knots and hosts a crew of up to 28 members. The seven suites aboard Kismet accommodate 12 guests and are absolutely sumptuous. Moran Yachts currently manages the vessel and Kismet is available for charter in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The weekly rate to enjoy this Lürssen yacht starts at over $1.3 million per week.
One of Lürssen Yachts’ most notable luxury vessels is Pelorus, which is the 19th largest yacht in the world. It measures 115 meters long and was built in 2003. Its ownership has changed hands among the wealthy a few times, but was originally commissioned by a Saudi billionaire. After being bought and refitted by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich — who lost the boat in a divorce to his ex-wife — Pelorus was sold to David Geffen. It’s now owned by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This vessel has a slew of luxurious amenities. Two helicopter pads, zero-speed stabilizers, several tenders, water toys, and jet skis are just the beginning.
Pelorus has two 5,500 hp 12V 26 engines that allow it to reach a top speed of 19 knots. Its cruise speed ranges between 12 and 14 knots and this boat has an exterior with sleek lines and a grand style. A yacht this big can’t help but be imposing, only in the best of ways. Pelorus’ interior arrangement is kept hush-hush for the privacy of its owners, but it is known to have several luxe seating areas, hot tubs and pools, media rooms, libraries, a full gourmet kitchen, and a theater. It has enough room for a crew of up to 42 members and nine staterooms that accommodate up to 18 guests. The value of this yacht now tops $300 million.
4. Rising Sun
Rising Sun was built in 2004 by Lürssen Yachts and was originally custom made for Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. It was sold to David Geffen in 2010 and cost more than $200 million to build. Rising Sun is the 11th largest yacht on the planet and rings in at a length of 138 meters.
Incredibly, this yacht can reach a top speed of 28 knots in spite of its size. It has four propellers, four MTU 20V 8000 M90 diesel engines, and a 18.5 meter beam. The vessel’s stately interior was designed by Seccombe Design and includes enough cabins to host up to 16 guests, plus Rising Sun can accommodate up to 45 crew members.
This huge yacht has every entertainment feature and amenity that one could imagine. Multiple decks for partying and lounging, Jacuzzi tubs, sparkling pools, theaters, large screen televisions, state of the art audio systems, water toys, and more are all inside. There are few better ways to cruise the world in style.
One of the most famous Lürssen Yachts ever launched is Octopus, which is currently owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Since becoming its owner, Allen has lent it out for exploration and rescue missions, as well as scientific research projects. Its value is well over $250 million.
Octopus has two helicopter pads and a 19 meter tender in its transom. The motor yacht is equipped with super powerful engines that allow it to reach a top speed of 20 knots. Renowned designer Espen Oeino developed Octopus’ exterior, which features powerful lines and a regal color scheme. Inside the yacht is a total of seven tenders, a large pool with its own bar, two submarines, a jet ski dock, movie theater, basketball and sports courts, and a full recording studio among other luxuries.
There are few yachts that host as many guests at once or as many crew members. Octopus can accommodate 26 guests in its 41 suites, plus it has room for a crew of up to 57 — of course, a large staff is needed to keep this vessel running and in top form.