For many people, a yacht is at the top of their wish list if they had enough money to buy one. Millionaires and billionaires often by a yacht as a status symbol to flaunt their wealth and as far as they are concerned, the bigger the better. Superyachts are also used by leisure companies to attract wealthy passengers who want to enjoy a luxurious experience. Yacht makers are constantly trying to outdo their competition by making yachts that are bigger and more impressive than before. These often have amazing features to make them more luxurious and enjoyable for their owners. Although there are superyacht builders across the globe, one of the leading names in this industry is the Germany-based company Lurssen. However, they are not the only ones making humungous superyachts. Here are the top ten biggest super yachts in the world.
10. Yas - Abu Dhabi Mar - 462 Feet and 7 Inches
This is one of the most interesting yachts on the list because it is converted from a Dutch Navy frigate that was originally launched in 1978. When the navy of the United Arab Emirates bought the boat, they renamed it Al Emirat and it underwent a dramatic conversion to become a superyacht by 2011. It was not launched as a superyacht until 2015. This yacht is distinctive because of its large glass surfaces. It is capable of a top speed of 26-knots and can accommodate 58 crew members and 60 guests.
9. A - Nobiskrug - 468 Feet 6 Inches
Designed by Philippe Starck, this superyacht is very futuristic with its metallic surfaces and high bulwarks hiding the deck. It was built by Nobiskrug, a German shipyard, and boasts an underwater viewing platform. There is an air of mystery about this ship as the interior is kept a secret and is only viewed by the paying passengers.
8. El Mahrousa- Samuda Brothers- 478 Feet
The translation from Arabic of this boat’s name means ‘the protected’. Once the royal yacht of Egypt, it is now Egypt’s presidential yacht. The building of this ship began in 1863 by the Samuda Brothers of London and it was launched two years later. It is the world’s oldest superyacht and there have been many modifications over the years, including adding extra length on two occasions.
7. Prince Abdulaziz- Helsinger Værft-482 Feet 4 Inches
Launched in 1984 in Denmark, this custom yacht is one of the yachts of the Saudi Royal family. At the time of its launch, it was both the longest and the tallest yacht in the world and this is a title it held for 22 years. One of the most interesting features is the lobby, which is a replica of the Titanic.
6. Topaz - Lürssen- 483 Feet 1 Inch
Launched in 2012, this is the third largest yacht built in Germany. The interior was designed by Terence Disdale and remains a secret as the shipbuilders have not released any images. Tim Heywood Designs was responsible for the exterior of the yacht, which has amidships on the upper deck and features helipads on the lower deck.
5. Al Said - Lürssen- 508 Feet 6 Inches
Originally, this boat was named Project Sunflower but was renamed Al Said at its 2016 launch. It is now owned by the Sultan of Oman and it can carry 150crew and 65 guests. The interior was designed by Redman Whitely Dixon, a London-based studio, and it features a concert hall.
4. Dilbar - Lürssen - 511 Feet 8 Inches
At its launch in 2016, this yacht was the largest in terms of volume and also the longest yacht in the world. The long decks boast two helipads and an 82-foot swimming pool. The interior of this superior yacht was designed by Winch Design.
3. Dubai - Platinum Yachts - 531 Feet 6 Inches
Originally, this yacht was commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei and was designed by Andrew Winch. However, construction of the boat was halted in 1998 with only a skeletal structure and a bare hull completed. The Dubai government bought the incomplete boat and Platinum Yachts completed the work. Some of the features of the yacht include an atrium, a helipad, a disco, a cinema, and a submarine garage.
2. Eclipse - Blohm + Voss - 533 Feet and 2 Inches
It took five years to build this superyacht for Roman Abramovich for its 2010 launch. At that time, it was the largest yacht in the world. Terence Disdale designed the exterior. Some features of this superyacht include a palatial master suite, a swimming pool that converts to a dancing floor, belowdecks hangars, a spa, a gym, and three helipads.
1. Azzam - Lürssen - 592 Feet 8 Inches
The exterior of the world’s largest yacht was designed by Nauta Designs while Christophe Leoni was responsible for its interior. The team of designers and engineers was led by Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi. Despite its size, this superyacht can reach a top speed of 30-knots. The interior of the yacht is both stylish and luxurious, although few details are known about the interior features of this boat.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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