As we approach the year 2023, the global superyacht fleet continues to expand in size. The top 30 largest yachts in the world now measure a combined total of 12,000 feet, with the smallest yacht on the list, Koru, measuring an astounding 417 feet. The largest yachts in the world have been constructed by shipyards from all over the world, including the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom.
Every year, new launches and refits are completed, and the most recent additions to the list are from Lürssen, Oceanco, and Karmarine. As many new gigayacht projects are underway, the competition for a spot on this prestigious list is expected to become even more intense in the upcoming years. Here, we present the world’s top 30 yachts with their speciifcations.
Somnio (728 Feet)
Somnio, expected to launch in mid-2024, is set to become the world’s largest yacht, measuring 728 feet (222 meters) in length. Dubbed a “yacht liner,” the vessel is an amalgamation of a superyacht, a cruise ship, and a residential home, featuring 30 luxury private residences that can only be acquired through invitation.
The yacht also boasts an extensive range of entertainment, family gathering, birthday yacht party and leisure facilities onboard. The apartments reportedly cost at least $11.2 million, and the yacht is currently being built at VARD in Norway, part of Italy’s renowned Fincantieri Group. The exterior is designed solely by Winch Design, and both Winch and Tillberg are responsible for the interior spaces.
REV (600 Feet)
In August 2019, a new giga yacht was launched, called REV which has set a new standard in the industry. It is now the world’s largest yacht, measuring 600 feet (182.9 meters) in length, surpassing the competition by a mere 2.9 meters. REV is not only a symbol of size and luxury, but also of cutting-edge design and environmental consciousness.
The yacht was designed by Espen Øino and the Norwegian owner Kjell Inge Røkke, who ensured that the vessel adheres to the highest standards for fuel efficiency, pollution reduction, and environmental impact. REV features several advanced systems, including a heat recovery system, high-tech incinerators, sound and vibration reduction, diesel electric engines, and a ballast water treatment system. These features enable REV to comply with the IMO Polar Code, which requires vessels to be able to operate autonomously for 114 days in Arctic/Antarctic conditions.
REV is not only designed for luxury cruising but also as a research ship and expedition vessel. It has an incredible range of 21,120 nautical miles when cruising at a comfortable 11 knots, making it ideal for long expeditions. Although the yacht was launched from the VARD shipyard in Romania, it will undergo an estimated eight months of additional work at facilities in Norway before it is ready for passengers.
Azzam (592 feet, 6 inches)
Despite being another largest yacht on the list, Lürssen could not promote Azzam after its launch in 2013 due to the owner’s desire for privacy. However, the shipyard did describe the interior, which was designed by Christophe Leoni and features a 95-foot-long main salon, as “inspired by the Empire style of the early 19th century.” The owner, Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, led a team of designers and engineers who tackled the challenges of building what is perhaps the most complex superyacht ever created.
The result was an impressively large vessel that can reach speeds of over 30 knots. The exterior, designed by Nauta Yacht, features a sleek forward area that is well-proportioned and rises up to the skydeck. The interior is described as “sophisticated, with luxurious decor inspired by the Empire style of the early 19th century.”
Azzam is powered by gas turbines that are connected to water jets, allowing it to travel at speeds as fast as a Navy frigate, making it capable of operating at high speeds in shallow waters. Remarkably, the yacht took only three years to build after one year of engineering, which is impressive considering its size. Azzam can accommodate up to 36 guests and has a crew of 80, making it an exceptionally luxurious and comfortable place to travel.
Fulk Al Salamah (538 feet, 1 inch)
Mariotti Yachts’ custom-built Fulk Al Salamah takes second place on the list of the world’s longest superyachts. However, not much information is available about the vessel, and it has remained shrouded in mystery since its announcement in 2014. The overall length of 538.1 feet has been estimated from AIS data, and the yacht is believed to be owned by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman. The exterior design by Studio de Jorio gives it the appearance of a support vessel more than a superyacht. Nevertheless, aerial photography has revealed an impressive helideck, raked masts, and a bathing platform. The yacht was built and delivered by Italian builder Mariotti Yachts in their Genoa shipyard in 2016, and it underwent its most recent refit in 2021.
Eclipse (533 feet, 1 inch)
Another yacht on the list is the stately Eclipse, measuring 533.1 feet, and owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich. Designed and built over a period of five years by Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Eclipse was the world’s largest yacht upon its launch in 2010. The interior features 17 staterooms, a grand master suite, and can accommodate up to 85 crew members. Both the exterior and interior are designed by Terence Disdale.
The yacht boasts a proportional profile defined by tiered decks that sweep upward and slightly bend at the aft ends. Dubai’s yacht rental industry caters to a variety of occasions, from private events to corporate yacht events. One of the most impressive yachts available for rental is Eclipse, boasting a 185-foot-long owner’s deck, the capacity to carry three helicopters, a sophisticated stabilization system, six tenders, and an enormous spa, gym, and beach club.
The yacht also features one of the largest swimming pools on any superyacht, making it the perfect choice for hosting a luxurious corporate yacht charter event in Dubai. With its state-of-the-art amenities and impressive design, Eclipse is sure to impress guests and create an unforgettable experience on the water.. With hybrid diesel-electric engines connected to Azipod drives, Eclipse can reach a top-end speed of 21 knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
Dubai (531 feet, 5 inches)
Platinum Yachts’ Dubai takes the fourth spot on the list of the world’s largest superyachts, with a length of 531.5 feet. Although its all-white Winch-designed exterior looks simply, the interior is strikingly colorful with mosaic floors, a glass spiral staircase, and a 70-foot-wide atrium. Originally commissioned for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, the project was stalled in 1998 but later sold to the government of Dubai, who resumed construction under the direction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The yacht was delivered in 2006 and is now the sheikh’s royal yacht with 24 guest accommodations and quarters for 88 crew. Dubai features seven decks with a Black Hawk helicopter landing pad, a submarine garage, a disco, a cinema, and can reach a top speed of 26 knots.
Moreover, Dubai’s yacht rental services offer visitors the opportunity to experience luxury yachts like the iconic “Dubai” yacht, which was delivered in 2006 and is now owned by the Sheikh. The yacht boasts 24 guest accommodations and quarters for 88 crew, spread across seven decks. It also features a Black Hawk helicopter landing pad, a submarine garage, a disco, a cinema, and can reach a top speed of 26 knots. This impressive vessel is just one of many yachts available for yacht rental dubai, providing tourists with a chance to explore the city’s stunning coastline and experience the ultimate luxury on board.
Blue (518 feet, 3 inches)
Lürssen’s Blue, which was delivered to its Middle Eastern owner in July 2022, is the fifth-largest yacht on the list, measuring 518.3 feet. Blue’s diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system helps to minimize emissions, and the yacht features an electric Azimuth pod drive that can be used independently or in conjunction with the twin propeller shafts. The interior and exterior were designed by Terence Disdale, featuring a raked bow with a helipad, an aft deck pool, and twin balconies forward on either side of the owner’s full-beam suite. There is a second, smaller helipad aft. The yacht’s interior is reportedly feminine and elegant, although no images have been released yet.
Dilbar (511 feet, 8 inches)
Lürssen’s Dilbar, which measures 511.8 feet, was launched in 2016 and holds the title of the world’s largest yacht in terms of volume. The exterior was designed by Espen Øino, creating a full-bodied superstructure with long, flowing decks and two helicopter pads. Dilbar’s interior, designed by Winch Design, features rare and exclusive luxury materials, according to the builder, although they declined to provide further details. Despite its size, the designers have done an excellent job making the yacht look relatively sleek. The yacht underwent a significant refit in June 2020 and remains with Lürssen following US sanctions placed on the owner, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, in 2022.
Al Saïd (508 feet, 5 inches)
Lürssen’s Al Saïd, formerly known as Project Sunflower, is another massive yacht over 500 feet long. The yacht was designed by Espen Øino and has a classic cruise liner appearance, featuring twin-exhaust stacks in the center of the superstructure. It is owned by the Sultan of Oman and can accommodate up to 70 guests in 26 suites, along with 154 crew members. The six-decked vessel can reach a top speed of 22 knots.
The London-based Redman Whiteley Dixon studio designed the interior, which includes a concert hall that can hold a 50-piece orchestra, a private cinema for 50 people, a medical room, and dental care on board. Al Saïd was listed for sale for the first time in April 2022, but the asking price has not been disclosed.
A+ (483 feet, 1 inch)
Lürssen’s A+ (formerly Topaz) is the fourth-largest yacht ever built by the German shipyard, measuring 483 feet and 1 inch. The exterior was designed by Tim Heywood Designs and includes helipads on the foredeck and amidships on an upper deck, as well as a swimming pool on the lower aft deck. The Terence Disdale interior has not been revealed by Lürssen. The yacht is rumored to be owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, Emirati royalty and deputy prime minister of the UAE, and can carry up to 62 guests and 79 crew members. A+ has a top speed of 22 knots and underwent a refit in 2022.
Prince Abdulaziz (482 feet, 3 inches)
Built by Helsingør Værft in Denmark in 1984, Prince Abdulaziz is a custom yacht reportedly undergoing a refit in 2023. The yacht is one of the Saudi Royal family’s yachts, and its first owner was King Fahd. Designed by Maierform, the yacht was the longest and tallest in the world at the time of its launch and held that title for 22 years until Dubai launched in 2006. The late David Nightingale Hicks designed the interior, which is said to include a replica of the Titanic lobby. The 5,200-tonne vessel is rumored to carry surface-to-air missiles, though that claim may be an urban legend.
OK (479 feet)
Oshima Shipbuilding constructed the semisubmersible heavy lift ship measuring 479 feet in 1982, which was later used by DYT Yacht Transport for decades as a yacht carrier. However, in 2022, the ship underwent a private conversion at Karmarine shipyard in Turkey and was transformed into a unique luxury yacht named OK. OK features a matte-black paint job, gold-tinted glazing, and teak decking. The submersible aft deck of the vessel, which spans 328 feet, is now covered in a carpet of artificial grass and has a 40-tonne crane for the easy launch and retrieval of various toys, including a seaplane. The interior, designed by Bozca Design, includes accommodations for 20 guests, a botanical garden, and an unconventional Willy Wonka-inspired glass elevator that operates outside of the yacht’s superstructure.
El Mahrousa (478 feet, 1 inch)
Egypt’s presidential yacht, El Mahrousa, measures 478 feet and 1 inch and has a rich history as the former royal yacht of the country. Samuda Brothers in London began the build of the superyacht in 1863, which was launched in 1865. The yacht, originally built for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, was present at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and later carried three Egyptian kings into exile.
El Mahrousa has undergone multiple modifications, including a lengthening of 40 feet in 1872 and another 17 feet in 1905, during which the paddle-wheel engines were replaced with turbine-driven propellers. The yacht, in care of the Egyptian Navy, is occasionally taken to sea for short periods.
A (468 feet, 5 inches)
The Philippe Starck-designed A constructed by German shipyard Nobiskrug in 2017, is a futuristic sailing yacht measuring 468 feet and 5 inches. The yacht features silver-metallic surfaces and nearly invisible windows, with three composite masts that bend slightly and a deck hidden by high bulwarks. Nobiskrug developed composite fashion plates to create the yacht’s unusual shapes without compromising any strength or fluidity.
A has the tallest freestanding composite masts on any sailing vessel, a diesel-electric propulsion system, and state-of-the-art navigation systems, as well as an underwater viewing platform in the keel. The interior of the yacht, designed by Starck, includes dark wood, copper accents, and patterned carpets, with a split-deck main salon that features zoned seating areas and integrated bookshelves. Despite launching six years ago, A remains the largest sailing yacht globally, although many consider it a sail-assisted yacht.
Nord (466 feet)
Nord (Project Opus), designed by Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard and built by Lürssen, is a 466-foot yacht that conducted sea trials in the Baltic Sea in November 2020. It boasts top-tier amenities, including a sports and diving center on the lower deck, multiple tenders up to 50-feet in size, and a large swimming pool. The yacht features two helipads for long-range cruising capabilities, and a retractable hangar for helicopter storage when not in use. Nord has 20 staterooms across six decks and a sleek aft-sloping superstructure for an individual profile on the water.
Yas (462 feet, 6 inches)
Yas, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, is a converted yacht that features a unique dolphin-like exterior. Originally a former Dutch Navy frigate launched in 1978, it underwent a dramatic conversion in Abu Dhabi’s main port and emerged as a superyacht in 2011 with an interesting profile. Designed by Paris-based Pierrejean Vision, Yas can accommodate 60 guests and 58 crew members, and has the largest composite edifice ever built.
Solaris (459 feet, 3 inches)
Solaris, owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, is a 476-foot explorer yacht built by German shipyard Lloyd Werft with a steel hull and superstructure with teak decks. The eight-deck exterior, designed by Australian Marc Newson, houses a large helipad, spacious beach club, and the largest panes of glass ever built into a yacht. It was last refitted in 2022 at MB92 in Barcelona and is highly private. Lloyd Werft also built Abramovich’s previous explorer yacht Luna, reportedly sold to Farkhad Akhmedov for $360 million in 2014.
Ocean Victory (459 feet, 3 inches)
Fincantieri’s Ocean Victory, measuring 459 feet and 3 inches, is the biggest motoryacht ever constructed in Italy. Russian billionaire Viktor Rashnikov took delivery of the vessel in 2014. The exterior, designed by Espen Øino, spans seven decks, featuring two helidecks and a belowdecks hangar, along with extraordinary outdoor social areas and a floodable tender dock.
The yacht can accommodate 28 guests and 56 crew, with six pools, a 3,300-square-foot spa, and an underwater observation room. The interior, done by Alberto Pinto, is kept confidential, except for the aforementioned amenities.
Scheherazade (459 feet, 3 inches)
Scheherazade, a 459.3-foot yacht built by Lürssen (previously known as Project Lightning), was delivered in June 2020. From aerial photographs, the vessel features two helipads and a large aft beach club. However, details of the highly private yacht, including the designers or naval architects involved with the build, have not been disclosed. The unofficial owner is thought to be Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In May 2022, Italian authorities froze Scheherazade in the port of Marina di Carrara due to an investigation by Italian financial police. The results remain inconclusive, but the beneficial owner’s connections to high-ranking Russian government officials were found to be “significant.”
Al Salamah (456 feet)
Lürssen’s Al Salamah, measuring 456 feet, was launched in 1999, at which point it was the world’s third-largest yacht. Its current ranking at number 18 reflects how much has changed in two decades. The yacht, code-named MIPOS (Mission Possible), was designed by Terence Disdale and was originally owned by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz.
It was put up for sale in 2013 for $280 million and reportedly gifted to Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The yacht has a primarily protected exterior with an exposed upper deck and can accommodate up to 40 guests in staterooms, including two owner suites, 11 VIP staterooms, and eight twin cabins. It can carry up to 96 crew and has a top speed of 22 knots. Al Salamah’s last refit was in 2009.
Rising Sun (454 feet, 1 inch)
Lürssen’s Rising Sun, measuring 454 feet and 1 inch, was designed by renowned yacht designer Jon Bannenberg for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and is currently owned by billionaire David Geffen who reportedly paid $590 million for it. This luxurious yacht boasts of a gym, grand piano, multiple swimming pools, a beauty salon, and a spa with a sauna. With 86,000 square feet of living space in 82 rooms, it can accommodate up to 18 guests in nine cabins and has the capacity to carry 46 crew members.
The interior, designed by Seccombe Design, features a gym, cinema, and wine cellar. Additionally, the rear cockpit deck is designed as a basketball court. However, Geffen received criticism in 2020 for posting “tone-deaf” social media posts of himself on board the yacht during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Crescent (448 Feet)
Moving on to another yacht, Crescent, formerly known as Project Thunder, has a traditionally styled interior by Zuretti, exterior design by Espen Øino, and naval architecture by Lürssen. The yacht’s design has been optimized to maximize the “vision lines” from the interior and the decks, especially from the centerline, which is a long way from the sides due to its large beam. This is achieved through full-height windows and keeping the bulwarks as low as possible.
Crescent has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, built to DNV GL standards. The yacht’s striking black hull is paired with a silver superstructure that has distinctive wing stations amidship. Just forward of the wing stations are three-deck windows that provide breathtaking views for the yacht’s 18 guests.
Flying Fox (446 feet, 2 inches)
Flying Fox, another Lürssen yacht, measuring 446 feet and 2 inches, is perhaps the most talked-about yacht on this list for being the largest yacht available on the charter market. It was jointly delivered by Imperial and Lürssen in 2019 and designed by Espen Øino. The yacht boasts a curvaceous dove-gray hull and a 3.7-foot swimming pool that runs athwartship on the main aft deck, the largest pool ever found on a yacht.
The two-decked spa includes a cryosauna, hammam, and relaxation room with a fold-down balcony at sea level. Flying Fox is also equipped with the latest amenities such as a diving center, decompression chamber, and two helipads. However, it gained notoriety in 2022 when US authorities blocked it due to its reported ownership by sanctioned Russian oligarch Dmitry Kamenshchik. Flying Fox is PYC compliant and can accommodate up to 25 guests.
Savarona (446 feet, 2 inches)
Savarona, built by Blohm+Voss in 1931, is recognized by its two mustard-colored funnels and was initially built for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwalader. It later became the presidential yacht of Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Savarona was described by Jane’s Fighting Ships in 1949 as “probably the most sumptuously fitted yacht afloat.” It was converted into a training ship for the Turkish Navy and was destroyed by fire in 1978.
It was left in ruins for a decade until a Turkish businessman spent approximately $45 million refurbishing it, commissioning Donald Starkey for the interior, and replacing the original steam-turbine engines with modern Caterpillar diesels. Savarona became Turkey’s official presidential yacht once again in 2014, accommodating up to 34 guests in 17 suits and carrying up to 48 crew members. It has a swimming pool, Turkish bath, 280-foot grand staircase, movie theater, and library dedicated to Atatürk.
Crescent (443 feet)
Lürssen’s Crescent, measuring 443 feet, underwent a recent refit in 2021 and features a dark hull and tiered superstructure designed by Espen Øino. Dubbed Project Thunder during construction, the yacht’s curved superstructure includes cutouts on the hull sides to provide panoramic ocean views from the primary deck’s saloon. One of Crescent’s most striking features is its center bank of three-deck-high windows, which serve as the focal point of the yacht’s impressive design. The François Zuretti-designed interior is described as “traditionally styled,” and the yacht has nine staterooms accommodating up to 18 guests. However, in March 2022, Crescent was seized by Spain as property belonging to Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, who is under sanctions related to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
Serene (439 feet, 3 inches)
Fincantieri’s Serene measures 439 feet and 3 inches and made a spectacular debut in the superyacht market in 2011. The Espen Øino design features a long, sleek blue hull crowned by a white superstructure, and the interior spans 43,056 square feet. Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design created the guest suites’ elaborate, more traditional ambiance and the social areas’ modern party vibe, with sunken LEDs and bright pink and purple neon lights.
The interior also includes a double-height atrium with a piano lounge at the top and a vast open-plan main salon below. Serene boasts two helipads, a hangar, a big swimming pool, and a tender garage large enough for a submarine, and its open stern area features a winter garden for year-round dining.
Al Mirqab (436 feet, 4 inches)
Kusch Yachts built Al Mirqab, a 436-foot-4-inch yacht with 36 staterooms and crew quarters for 45, for Qatar’s former prime minister. The diesel-electric propulsion system, which includes an azimuth pod drive, gives the yacht a top speed of 21 knots. Al Mirqab’s exterior, designed by Tim Heywood, features a navy-blue hull with a white superstructure. Andrew Winch designed the yacht’s interior, which won several awards and features Arabic-influenced motifs on the marble floors of large social areas. The yacht’s centerpiece is a stunning floating staircase encircled by custom-made glass panels.
Koru (417 Feet)
Koru, a 417-foot sailing yacht built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco and reportedly costing $450 million, made headlines even before its 2023 delivery. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ first vessel is the tallest sailing yacht in the world, with masts measuring over 230 feet tall, equivalent to the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza. However, due to its towering design, it is unsafe to land a helicopter onboard, prompting Bezos to commission his second yacht, the 246-foot custom support vessel Wingman, delivered in early 2023, which features a helipad. No details have yet been released about Koru’s interior or exterior design or its designer. The yacht was partially towed through Rotterdam without its mast as Bezos’ request to temporarily dismantle the Koningshaven Bridge was denied.
Sea Cloud (357 Feet)
Sea Cloud a 357-ft (109m) passenger ship, holds the title for being the oldest of its kind in the world. Originally designed by Cox & Stevens with interiors conceptualized by its owner Marjorie Merriweather Post, the yacht was rebuilt in 1978 and has since been sold several times. Today, Sea Cloud is used as a luxurious charter yacht with 32 staterooms and a maximum crew capacity of 60.
Black Pearl (347 Feet)
Considered by many as the ultimate champion of one of the World’s Largest Sailing Yacht, Black Pearl was launched in 2018 by Oceanco shipyards in Holland. With a steel hull, aluminum superstructure, and carbon fiber masts, Black Pearl is an innovative and advanced sailboat, boasting a sail area of over 31,000 square feet that can be unfurled in less than 7 minutes at the touch of a button. This privately-owned yacht, with 6 staterooms, can accommodate up to 12 guests and is capable of reaching a top speed of 17.5 knots.
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