Sat 29 May, 2010 01:00 am
The 'Eclipse' is ready, the biggest and most expensive private yacht in the world.
M/Y Eclipse is a luxury yacht constructed by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, Germany. The yacht is owned by Roman Abramovich, the exact length is unknown, however is believed to be over 164 metres (538 ft) long, and is due to be delivered to Abramovich in 2010 after the finishing touches have been applied. This makes Eclipse the world's largest private yacht, 11 metres (36 ft) longer than the world's previous biggest yacht Dubai, which belongs to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai. The yacht's initial cost was estimated at € 340 million (circa $485 million US), but a September 2009 report indicated that final costs could approach $1.2 billion US (€ 800 million).
Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 11 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs and a disco hall. She also comes equipped with three launch boats, and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 meters. Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht.
From the Wikepedia article
He grew up as an orphan on a run-down estate before oil turned him into the richest man in Russia. Now Roman Abramovich is also master of the seas!
His new €500m toy, the 'Eclipse’, is ready, and it's the biggest and most expensive private yacht in the world.
Now you can take a first look at the wonder: The luxury on board is without precedent and has 6,000 square metres of living space. On Deck 6 is the 80 square metre master bedroom lined with ray-skin. On Deck 4 there are two VIP suites and eight ‘normal’ guest cabins. The cabins for the 80 crew members are in the boat’s bow.
Spectacular: A helicopter landing pad, which disappears under the deck with the push of a button as well as the biggest onboard swimming pool in the world, a wellness area including a fitness studio, hairdresser, sauna, steambath and whirlpool.
At 163m, the ‘Eclipse’ is longer than a German navy frigate.
Source and full report
(with more photos!)
Read about it in Forbes a month or so ago. I was impressed, but probably not in the way the owner would have liked.