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As she slowly descended the slipway towards the River Lagan in Belfast, the RMS Titanic was described as the most luxurious way to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Departing Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York City in April 1912, on board were some of the elites of American and British society. Among them was John Jacob Astor, the richest man to travel on the Titanic.
Today’s super rich would not accept the use of a passenger service. Today’s superyachts have some of the luxury features seen aboard the Titanic, such as a swimming pool or sauna.
At 269 meters long, the Titanic was much larger than any modern superyacht, although these luxury floating palaces were designed to carry only a fraction of the passengers and crew.
Priced at $7.5 million, it was one of the most expensive ships of the time—a current value of nearly $200 million. Today’s billionaires spend much more to support themselves and their closest friends and relatives.
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Those who have spent more than $500 million on their yacht have to budget about 10 percent of the construction price to operate their vessel.
However, some of the largest crewed yachts could see the figure rise dramatically from 10 per cent to more than £100m a year.
When cruising, the largest superyachts consume at least 500 liters of diesel per hour. The average tank of a family car ranges between 50 and 80 liters.
Of the top ten superyachts, eight have been built since 2002 and are at least 146.3 meters in length.
One was made in the United Kingdom, one in the United Arab Emirates, one is from Denmark and the rest are from Denmark.
1. Assam (180.61m)
The Assam is currently the largest superyacht in the world and was completed in 2013.
Assam has a missile defense system and is owned by Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan.
The $600 million yacht was built by Lurssen in Germany. She has the capacity to transport 36 guests and a total of 60 crew.
2. Eclipse (162.5m)
The 13,564-ton vessel cost former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich almost $700 million.
The 13,564-ton vessel cost former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich an estimated $700 million.
Until the launch of the Assam, it was the largest superyacht in the world. Eclipse had a helicopter landing pad and a hangar to house the helicopter. It also has a large pool on the deck and has the capacity to transport 36 guests and 70 crew.
3. Dubai (162m)
Dubai, pictured, has a large swimming pool and a submarine.
When she launched in 2006, Dubai was the largest superyacht on the high seas, until Roman Abramovich.
The yacht is owned by Sheikh Mohammed and is the only one on the list built outside of Europe. Dubai was built in the United Arab Emirates and has a crew of 88. She can accommodate 48 guests and has a large swimming pool.
Guests aboard the $500 million ship can make use of a mini submarine.
4. Blue (160.6 m)
The $600 million Blue has a gross tonnage of 14,785. It was launched in 2022 and was built by Lurssen of Germany.
This $600 million yacht has a gross tonnage of 14,785. It was launched in 2022 and built by Lurssen of Germany.
The ship, which costs approximately $60 million a year, is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan. It is capable of transporting 48 guests served by 88 crew members.
5. Dilbar (156m)
Dilbar, pictured, is named after the mother of its owner, Alisher Usmanov, and with a price tag of $800 million it is among the most expensive superyachts of all time.
Another build by German Lurssen, this 2016 15,817 tonne superyacht is owned by Alishier Usmanov.
It was confiscated shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as part of a sanctions campaign against Kremlin-linked oligarchs.
Dilbar, named after Usmanov’s mother, has its own helicopter and an indoor pool.
It is also understood to have 1,000 custom-designed pillows and cushions on board.
It can carry 36 guests and has a crew of 84. It is one of the most expensive superyachts of all time with an estimated price of $800 million.
6. Al Said (155m)
The Al Said is owned by the Sultan of Oman and is usually accompanied to sea by his navy.
At sea, the yacht is accompanied by the Omani navy. Her engines produce 22,000 horsepower and can cruise at 14 knots.
It has the capacity to accommodate 70 guests served by a crew of 174 people.
7. El Mahrousa (150.57m)
The Mahrousa was built in 1865 and is currently owned by the Egyptian navy.
Mahrousa is the oldest superyacht on the list and was built in the United Kingdom in 1865 by Samuda.
It has a narrow beam of 12.98 meters and weighs only 4,560 tons.
It was originally ordered by the governor of Egypt.
The Mahrousa has been expanded several times over the years and was last renovated in 1992.
8. A+ (147.24m)
A+ is owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The A+ was built in Breman by Lurssen in 2012 and has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and includes a state-of-the-art cinema system and swimming pool.
The ship’s autonomy is possible thanks to its 900,000 liter diesel fuel tanks.
It also carries 100,000 liters of fresh water.
9. Prince Abdulaziz (147.01)
It can accommodate 64 guests and 65 crew and is often used by members of the Saudi Royal Family in Cannes and Obiza.
Despite being built in 1984, Prince Abulaziz was remodeled in 2023.
It is powered by two 8,000 hp 12-cylinder diesel engines and is capable of cruising at 18 knots and has a maximum range of approximately 5,000 nautical miles.
10. Opera (146.35)
Opera opened in 2023 and is owned by Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Opera opened in 2023 and is owned by Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
She cost approximately £450 million and was another yacht built by Lurssen in Germany.
The Opera House was built after a shipyard fire in 2018 destroyed an earlier version of the ship.