Yachts have always captivated people and nothing says luxury more than an incredible floating home. The word luxury yacht comprises any privately owned vessel that is professionally crewed and was made in the 20th century when yachting for pleasure became a reality for many. Most of the world’s five longest yachts were built in Europe, with only the Platinum/Golden Star being made in the United Arab Emirates. Germany is now the top yacht producing country with the Lurssen Company being responsible for three of the world’s longest luxury yachts. This trend of European dominance in the field of yachting is also prominent in yacht charters and brokers.
These are our top 5 yachts:
5. Rising Sun
At 452 feet, the Rising Sun is the world’s fifth longest yacht and has five stories with 82 rooms. The yacht cost current owners Larry Ellison, CEO of the Oracle Corporation, and David Geffen over $200 million to build. It was built by Lurssen in Germany from a Jon Bannenberg design. The Rising Sun has living space of over 26,000 square feet. There are a lot of features to keep guests entertained including a basketball court, gymnasium, spa and sauna as well as a giant plasma-screened cinema. The wine cellars ensure that there is always something nice on hand to drink and the teak deck and onyx countertops accentuate the luxurious design.
4. Al Salamah
The Al Salamah is one of the most unique yachts sailing our seas and very little information about its features has ever been revealed, leaving rumors to circulate about its incredible design and luxurious touches. Lurssen Yachts in Germany was given two years to complete the construction of the 456 foot yacht, making its completion a remarkable feat. It is owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Defence Minister and son of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The Al Salamah has plenty of features expected with a yacht this size. It includes private cinemas and Jacuzzis, but it is the extra features that truly sets her apart. Her indoor swimming pool covered by a glass roof is unique and her interior was designed by the famed British designer Terence Disdale.
3. Prince Abdul Aziz
This is the world’s third largest yacht and was built in 1984 and actually holds the record of being the biggest yacht ever built in the 20th century. The Prince Abdul Aziz was built for the King of Saudi Arabia and once ruled the oceans with the title of the world’s largest yacht for over 20 years until it was supplanted by the Platinum/Golden Star. The interior of the yacht was redesigned and refitted in Greece in 2002 to create a more modern and luxurious look. Sixty-five crew members are needed to keep the Prince Abdul Aziz afloat and she more resembles a cruise ship than a privately-owned yacht.
The Sunflower is 508 feet long and is the world’s second largest yacht and one of its youngest, having been launched in 2007. Its design is Arabian, even though it was built in Germany, suggesting that she may have been built for a Middle Eastern owner and her design includes a triple mast and a double funnel. The owner is unknown but rumor had it that she is the next successor to the Al Said due to her similar color and features. The Omani Royal Yacht Al Said is now over 25 years old and was originally built in Italy.
1. The Golden Star
The Golden Star (also known as the Platinum Star) is the world’s biggest yacht and is truly a sight to behold. This 524 foot yacht was launched in Dubai in April 2006 and is owned by the Sheikh of Dubai. The yacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in 1996, but when his funding ran out two years later, construction was stopped indefinitely. The partially-finished skeleton of the yacht sat in a German dock until the project was taken over by Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The name of the yacht as well as her features have been kept secret, even after her launch with rumors of submarines and missile detectors which have not been confirmed. It was originally named the Golden Star but the Sheikh of Dubai is said to have preferred the more sophisticated name Platinum Star.