Superyachts embody wealth and luxury like no other rich person's toy. In 2016, 370 of them were sold for a total cost of $3.8 billion. The largest of the bunch was more than 320 feet long, and the most expensive went for more than $225.27 million.
From exquisite suites and dining halls to luxurious lounges and high-end entertainment, luxury yachts are the ultimate in wealth and taste. Here are eight of the most extravagant ever to set sail.
The Heesen Yachts Galactica Super Nova
- Length: 230 feet
- Passengers/crew: 12/16
- Price: Estimated $924 million
Heesen has been building luxury yachts since 1978, and the Galactica Super Nova is the largest the company has every produced. The fast, long-range vessel can hit speeds of 30 knots, and at 12 knots, it can travel 4,000 nautical miles, thanks to a Rolls-Royce central booster jet.
The Galactica Super Nova Deck
Guests can enjoy the wind-protected sun deck or take a dip in the 18-foot infinity pool, which includes hydro-massaging jets. The superyacht's four deck levels include enough space for an outdoor movie or concert, and one deck doubles as a helipad. One of the deck lounges can convert into a club at night, and the entire interior is furnished with Italian marble and leather.
The Galactica Super Nova Interior
There are six cabins on the Super Nova; all are equipped with en-suite bathrooms lined floor-to-ceiling with marble. The spacious owners' suite is lined with onyx panels and accessed via a private study.
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The Christensen Lady Joy
- Length: 157 feet
- Passengers/crew: 12/10
- Price: For sale at $22 million
Built in 2007 and refitted in 2011, the Lady Joy boasts twin, 1,800 horsepower engines that are capable of covering 1,800 nautical miles when cruising at 12 knots. The superyacht, which is capable of reaching 17 knots, boasts elevator service to all three decks.
The Lady Joy Interior
Guests can enjoy the sky lounge, bridge deck and outdoor Jacuzzi bar. An elevator delivers guests to the Carol Williamson-designed interior offering an elevator servicing all decks.
The Lady Joy Interior
The master suite features a steam shower room and five other cabins, all of which contain flat-screen TVs and access to the yacht's state-of-the art entertainment center with video and audio on demand.
The Christensen Silver Lining
- Length: 164 feet
- Passengers/crew: 12/10
- Price: Asking price for new construction is $35 million
The Silver Lining is one of Christensen's newest and largest yachts. Her twin 1,770 horsepower engines can reach maximum speeds of 16.5 knots while cruising at a consistent 14 knots.
The Silver Lining Deck
The bar beckons, but when the Jacuzzi — surrounded by sunpads — looks so inviting, guests will have a hard time choosing where to sit.
The Silver Lining Interior
Black walnut paneling in the interior gives an especially opulent feel, while the kitchen retains a modern look. The six staterooms feature luxurious furnishings for the whole family. The master en-suite bathroom includes extensively detailed stonework.
The Fincantieri Serene
- Length: 440 feet
- Guests/crew: 24/62
- Price: $394 million in 2015
The seven-deck Fincantieri Serene sports not just two helideck platforms and a helihanger, but an onboard submarine, as well. Work began on the yacht in 2007 and was completed in 2011. She has a cruising speed of 15 knots but is capable of reaching a full 25 knots. When guests are cruising in the Serene, they have their own ultra-exclusive vacation spot.
The nearly 15,000-square-foot interior features a massive internal seawater pool and more than 8,850 square feet of luxury space. There are 12 guest cabins and 30 crew cabins. Guests can enjoy an onboard gym, elevators, Jacuzzis, an indoor climbing wall, a jet-stream swimming pool and a cinema.
The Lürssen Solandge
- Length: 279 feet
- Passengers/crew: 12/29
- Price: Sold for $172 million in 2017
Lürssen has been building yachts since 1875, and the Solandge was completed in 2013. Although she cruises at 15 knots, she can hit a max speed of 17.5 knots. Zero-speed stabilization reduces roll and makes for a smoother ride.
The Solandge Deck
The superyacht is six decks tall, the highest of which includes a beach club, Jacuzzi, wet bar and dance floor.
The Solandge Interior
The interior features nearly 50 marble and granite surfaces and about three-dozen alternative wood surfaces. There are seven staterooms, including a master deck with 180-degree views and a private spa pool. The Solandge boasts a large wine cellar and an elevator that can accommodate nine people.
The Lürssen Kismet
- Length: 312 feet
- Passengers/crew: 14/27
- Price: Charters for $1.2 million a week
Delivered by Lürssen in 2014, the Kismet was awarded best of her class at the 2015 World Superyacht Awards. She is an innovative yacht — a stabilization system reduces roll motion, while a heat-recovery system captures generator heat to warm the pool and Jacuzzi. In a yacht like the Kismet, you'll always get VIP treatment when you travel.
The Kismet Deck
The open fire pit includes an integrated waterfall feature. One of the yacht's helipads also converts into a basketball court.
The Kismet Interior
The theme of the yacht's interior is "champagne and caviar." The double-height entertainment area has a grand staircase connecting the main and upper decks, framed by two full-height video walls. Additional, intimate rooms surround the main space.
The Oceanco Equanimity
- Length: 300 feet
- Passengers/crew: 26/33
- Price: Estimated $250 million
The Oceanco Equanimity features an icebreaking hull and a beach club with folding platforms that offer direct access to the sea. The steel and aluminum luxury yacht can reach speeds in excess of 20 knots. In 2014, the year of its debut, the Equanimity was named Yacht of the Year by World Yacht Trophies.
Passengers can enjoy an onboard gym, a luxurious sky lounge, a steam room, sauna, massage room, plunge pool and circular pool with a translucent bottom that can be seen from the deck below. There are four guest cabins, a master suite and three VIP suites. The master study can be converted into a VIP cabin.
The Perini Navi Sybaris
- Length: 229 feet
- Passengers/crew: 12/12
- Price: For sale at $98 million
The sailing yacht Sybaris can travel up to 18 knots, although it cruises at 12.5 knots. Its main mast stands 236 feet tall, and its mizzen mast rises 203 feet. Its sails are backed by two 1,930 horsepower diesel engines.
The Sybaris Deck
Guests can enjoy the 60-foot flybridge, private dining areas and lounges.
The Sybaris Interior
The yacht's six cabins include a master suite, three double cabins and two VIP suites. The Sybaris has won or been nominated for several prestigious awards, including for lighting, innovation, naval architecture, interior design and layout, and Yacht of the Year.