5 Most Expensive Superyachts In The World—With One At $4.8B

These superyachts possess some of the most extravagant features in the world, and cost $527 million to $4.8 billion on average. 

Yachts are a symbol of luxury around the world, and superyachts—as the superlative nature of the name suggests—are in a league of their own. These large aquatic vessels aren’t just a means for people to travel from Point A to Point B. The whole allure of these grand ships are their amenities. These range from the usual luxurious features like jacuzzis and helipads to more eclectic, unconventional displays of extravagance. How like a tyrannosaurus rex bone statue or a 24K gold panoramic wall aquarium. 

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Read on to discover some of the most expensive and majestic superyachts in existence today: 

History Supreme ($4.8 billion)

This superyacht’s name is quite the self-fulfilling prophecy, since it is history’s supreme vessel in terms of price. Robert Kuok, one of Malaysia’s richest men, reportedly owns the luxury vessel. Forbes India referred to it as the “crème de la crème” of its kind, and one can see why. Though it only measures 100 feet long, its features and materials are the real highlights. 

The History Supreme superyacht
The History Supreme superyacht/Photo from the Admiral Marine website

The Daily Mail reported that the superyacht is made of 100,000 kilograms of precious metals. For example, solid gold wraps around the vessel’s base, creating an undeniably opulent appearance. English jeweler Stuart Hughes helped bring the vessel to life—an endeavor that took around three years to complete. 

Inside the History Supreme superyacht
Inside the History Supreme superyacht/Photo from the Admiral Marine website

Besides valuable materials, the superyacht also boasts a 24K gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium. Meanwhile, its expansive primary bedroom features meteorite walls and a large tyrannosaurus rex statue with the dinosaur’s actual bones. If that’s not enough, inside the vessel is a special D’ Amalfi Limoncello Supreme. The liquor’s bottle boasts a 18.5-carat diamond embellishment, as per Architectural Digest—can’t get any more extravagant than that. 

Eclipse ($1.5 billion)

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owns the second most expensive superyacht, the Eclipse. According to Architectural Digest, the vessel costs a whopping $1.5 billion. It’s also reportedly the second-largest private yacht in the world. 

The Eclipse docked in Gibraltar in 2012
The Eclipse docked in Gibraltar in 2012/Photo by Moshi Anahory via Wikimedia Commons

Designer Terry Disdale and Blohm + Voss constructed the 536-foot vessel, which comes with an array of luxe features. These include missile detectors, bulletproof windows, and a shield that blocks photographs from the paparazzi. 

The Eclipse docked in Nassau
The Eclipse docked in Nassau/Photo by DCwom via Wikimedia Commons

As for rooms and amenities, the yacht comes with 24 guest bedrooms, two swimming pools, and multiple hot tubs. Two helicopter pads and even a mini submarine complete the boat’s opulent set up. The small submarine can take guests 164 feet under the ocean, giving way to many fun aquatic adventures. 

Azzam ($600 million)

Beating the Eclipse as one of the largest superyachts in the world is Azzam. The 590-foot wonder is also a speed beast, with a capacity to reach 33 knots. Nauta, the studio behind its exterior design, wanted to create a boat that looks as fast as it sails, so it gave the vessel a recognizable streamlined design unlike any other, according to BOAT International

The Azzam superyacht docked in the port of Cádiz, Spain
The Azzam superyacht docked in the port of Cádiz, Spain/Photo by Javier Virués Ortega via Wikimedia Commons

Architectural Digest reported that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of UAE’s royal family, is the likely owner of the stunning yacht. The vessel is capable of 36 guests and up to 80 crew, and features a spacious open plan saloon and gold training room. Much like the Eclipse, the vessel protects high-profile guests with a missile deterrence system and a completely bulletproof primary room. 

There aren’t many pictures or descriptions about the boat’s interiors, though Architectural Digest stated that it sports “early 19th-century empire-style veneered furniture.” BOAT International added that the main saloon features a chandelier that never rattles even at high speeds. Mother of pearl furnishings also enhance the vessel’s opulent interiors, which French designer Christophe Leoni helped realize. 

A+ ($527 million)

The A+ (formerly Topaz) is the fourth superyacht on this list. While it didn’t cost a billion dollars, its $527-million price tag is no small matter. The 483-foot ship is yet another behemoth that can accommodate 62 guests and 79 crew members, as per The Luxury Charter Group (LCG). The LCG added that Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, another member of the UAE royal family, is the owner of the vessel. 

The A+ docked in Gibraltar
The A+ docked in Gibraltar/Photo by Moshi Anahory via Wikimedia Commons

According to Architectural Digest, the superyacht sports an exterior design by Tim Heywood Design Ltd. and interiors by Terence Disdale Design. It features six guest suites with moveable walls, a 2,500-square-foot primary bedroom, three swimming pools, a helicopter hangar, and glassware made of French crystal. 

Much like the Azzam, not much information on the ship’s interior design is available given its high-profile owner. That said, the LCG confirmed that its décor is inspired by the “beach house” style. 

Dubai ($400 million)

Last but not least in our list is the Dubai, a 531-foot superyacht owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of Dubai (hence its fitting name). 

The Dubai superyacht
The Dubai superyacht/Photo from the Yacht Charter Fleet website

Like the Eclipse, Blohm + Voss built the majestic vessel, with an interior design by Platinum Yachts and exterior design by Andrew Winch, as per Architectural Digest. So, what does the fifth most expensive superyacht in the world have to offer? Quite a lot, as one would expect.

A peek at the Dubai superyacht
A peek at the Dubai superyacht/Photo from the Yacht Charter Fleet website

Its large dining room can house 90 guests, according to Forbes India. Its interior design “blends bold colors with fine fabrics and intricately detailed handmade mosaics,” according to Superyachts.com. It also features a spectacular circular staircase with glass steps that change color, and a pool so big, it can accommodate 115 people. Seven jacuzzis, a helipad, and seven decks’ worth of sunbathing areas are the cherry on top of this grand ride. 

Banner photo from the Admiral Marine website; feature photo by DCwom via Wikimedia Commons.

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