8. Al Salamah Length: 457 feet Top speed: 22 knots Total power: 17,540 hp The Al Salamah was built in the late 1990s for the late crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, in Germany by HDW and Lurssen Yachts. Details about much of the ship is secret, but it is believed to have over 80 rooms, a helipad and an indoor swimming pool with a glass roof. During its construction it was code named “Mipos,” standing for “Mission Impossible”.
1. Eclipse Length: 533 feet Top speed: 25 knots Total power: N/A With a reported price tag of nearly 1.2 billion, the Eclipse is not only the largest yacht, but also the most expensive. The Eclipse was delivered in 2010 to Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich, who is known worldwide for his opulent spending on everything from super yachts to England’s Chelsea Football Club. The Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 11 guest cabins, two swimming pools, exterior fireplace and a dance…
Octopus Length: 414 feet Top speed: 20 knots Total power: 19,200 hp Purchased by Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen for $121 million in 2003, the Octopus features some intriguing onboard toys, including a 63-foot tender, two submarines, a remote control submarine, a dock for Jet Skis, a pool, and two helicopters on the top deck.
13. Katara Length: 408 feet Top speed: N/A Total power: N/A Katara is a mystery among the super yachts, as details about the interior and owner have been kept fairly secret. The 408-foot behemoth was launched in April 2010 and was known as Project Crystal while being built. It was built in Germany by Lurssen Yachts’ in-house naval architects and was designed by Monaco’s Espen Oeino Naval Architects. The super yacht is worth an estimated 300 million and flies the Qatari flag.
14. Alexander Length: 400 feet Top speed: 18 knots Total power: 16,100 hp The Alexander was built in 1965 by Lubecker Flender Werke in Lubeck, Germany and was refurbished as a yacht by Hapag-Lloyd shipyard from 1985 to 1987 and refit in 1998. The yacht has been the property of the Latsis family since its beginning and has yet to change hands. It is available for charter at 774,000 per week. The Alexander holds up to 80 passengers and 60 crew members in its 40 state rooms.
Serene Length: 440 feet Top speed: N/A Total power: N/A Built by Fincantieri Yachts and designed by Monaco’s Espen Oeino designers, the Serene launched in 2010. Construction began in 2007, and when it was completed, it was the largest yacht ever built in Italy.
Yas Length: 462.6 feet Top speed: 26 knots Total power: 42,000 hp The Yas was launched from the ADM Shipyards facilities in Abu Dhabi in December 2011. Y\as also sports an eco-friendly fuel based engine to reduce its carbon foot print, and has SONAR, SATCOM, and night navigator on board. It can accommodate up to 60 guests, and a 56-strong crew.
6. El Horriya Length: 478 feet Top speed: 16 knots Total power: 19,550 hp The world’s sixth- largest yacht is also one of the oldest super yachts still in operation. El Horriya was originally built in London in 1865 for the king of Egypt, and the length was extended in 1872 and in 1905 and last refitted in 1987. The yacht is berthed out of Alexandria, Egypt, and is listed as a training ship by the Egyptian Navy. It can carry 160 crewmembers.
4. (tied) Topaz Length: 482 feet Top Speed: N/A Total power: N/A The Topaz was launched in May 2012 and has been kept fairly secretive. Reports said it was designed by Tim Heywood of Britain, who has several other credits on the world’s largest yachts list. It is speculated to have a price tag ranging from 470 million to 626 million, weighs 12,000 tons, and is thought to have six cabins and with accommodations for 12 guests. The Topaz was built by Lurssen Yachts.
Length : 390 feet Top speed : 23 knots Total power: 12,070 hp The “A” (ex Sigma) was constructed by Blohm and Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany, It is thought to have cost somewhere around $300 million and boasts nearly 24,000 square feet of livable space. Interior features are far more stunning than its unusual exterior. It’s filled with such luxuries as; $40,000 bath knobs, a room covered in white sting-ray hides, and an impressive master suite.