The biggest yachts in the world [Infographic]
We bring you the rank of the 16 biggest yachts in the World. From the astonishing REV to the luxurious rising sun, check out the most incredible megayachts and their impressive features.
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When Christopher Columbus sailed in the Santa Maria in 1492, his 70-foot, three-masted vessel was considered the height of luxury. Today, it looks like a toy boat next to today’s largest yachts. With spas, entertainment, swimming pools, and many more amenities to enjoy, these seacrafts have more in common with an extravagant resort than a boat.
While owning a yacht is often a pleasure that only the rich and famous can partake in, the most ornate, colossal yachts of the bunch can fit into a new category of their own. These so-called “mega yachts” are some of the most massive seacrafts that exist, and many of these luxury vessels are more than five times as large as the Santa Maria. In a world where bigger almost always means better, here are the top fifteen biggest yachts that exist today.
The world’s biggest yacht launched for the first time in August 2019. The REV is 597 feet long, complies with IMO Polar Code, and doubles as a luxury expedition yacht and research ship. It was designed by Espen Oeino and built in Tulcea, Romania, by VARD shipyards. The concept and funding for the vessel was part of the REV Ocean initiative started by Kjell Inge Røkke, an altruistic Norwegian businessman.
Before REV, Azzam held the record as the largest yacht for six years. The vessel, which has the unique ability to move at high speeds in shallow water, is 592 feet and six inches long. To put its size in perspective, compare it to a football field, which has a length of 360 feet. It has an estimated worth of approximately $600 million and is owned by Emir of Abu Dhabi.
3. FULK AL SAMAH
The custom-built Fulk Al Salamah spans 538.1 feet. It is quite the mystery and often hidden from the public. It is believed to be owned by the Omani royal family. Some of its features include an aluminum and teak deck and a steel hull.
Owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich, Eclipse launched in 2010 and is a whopping 533.1 feet. It features diesel-electric hybrid engines that have a range of 6,000 nautical miles. The deck includes a 16-meter swimming pool, and there are two helipads and a storage hangar for holding up to three helicopters.
Originally built for Prince Jefri of Brunei, Dubai was put on hold in 1998 and in 2006. It was eventually completed for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. It is 531.6 feet. The vessel spends most of its time in front of the sheik’s private artificial island. There is enough room to accommodate up to 88 staff and 115 guests.
Launched in 2016, the Dilbar spans 511.8 feet and has the distinction of housing the longest swimming pool on a yacht at 82 feet. While it only ranks sixth for the longest yachts in the world, is it the third by volume with a tonnage of 15,917.
7. AL SAID
In March 2008, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Said of Oman received the Al Said. The 508.6-foot yacht was shrouded in secrecy during its construction and built under the codename Project Sunflower until its launch. The Al Said houses a concert hall with enough space for a 50-person orchestra in addition to many other impressive amenities.
The third-largest yacht launched from Germany’s Lurssen Yard, the Topaz is 484 feet long and officially launched during its sea trials in May 2012. It has been since renamed to the M/Y A+. The interior was designed by the Terence Disdale Design, and Tim Heywood worked on the exterior. It is worth about $527 million.
9. PRINCE ABDULAZIZ
Prince Abdulaziz was built for $184 million in 1984. It is 482.4 feet long and has a lobby designed after the Titanic’s. Its original owner was King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who died in 2005. This yacht was both the longest and tallest in the world for 22 years until the release of Dubai in 2006.
10. EL MAHROUSSA
El Mahrousa is the oldest superyacht. It launched in 186, built by the Samuda Bros., and belonged to the Egyptian ruler. It is known for being the first ship of any kind to travel across the New Suez Canal. Today, the coal-powered vessel takes to the waters for the Egyptian president’s state affairs.
Sailing Yacht A is 469 feet and launched in 2017. It weighs more than 12,000 GT and is the biggest yacht for sailing in the world. It has a motor that is assisted by three automatic full roach sails made from carbon fiber and taffeta.
Yas features a completely modified steel hull from a 1978 Dutch frigate named the HNLMS Hein. It spans 462.7 feet. However, its superstructure features composite materials rather than steel. It is docked on Yas Island, which also houses the Yas Marina Circuit.
13. OCEAN VICTORY
Ocean Victory is the largest motor yacht ever to come from Italy and is just more than 459.3 feet long. It features a 3,300-square-foot spa, six pools, and enough space for 28 guests. Its exquisite interior design was by Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa Romboli, and the exterior was the handiwork of Espen Oeino, the same designer of the REV.
14. PROJECT LIGHTNING
Project Lightning ties for Ocean Victory in length at 459.3 feet. It was the highest new entry into the list of the world’s largest yachts when it launched in 2019. Like several other yachts featured in this list, it was constructed in the Lurssen shipyard. It’s touch-n-go helipad doubles as a recreational area.
15. AL SALAMAH
At 456 feet even, Al Salamah was the third-largest yacht in the world when it launched in 1999. Today, it ranks at number 14. Its former owner was the late Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, and it can accommodate up to a total of 106 people, including 40 guests and 96 crew.
16. THE RISING SUN
The Rising Sun is 454 feet long. It was originally built for Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle when it launched in 2004. The amenities include a cinema, wine cellar, and a gym. It is now owned by shareowner David Geffen.