|The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2004|
By Diane M. Byrne
If you were anywhere in the vicinity of Southampton, England, or New York City this spring, you’d have been hard-pressed to miss one of the biggest marine-related stories so far this year: the maiden transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. In fact, you’d have been hard-pressed to miss the ocean liner herself—even the most jaded New Yorkers found themselves slowing down their cars to take a better look.
The longest and tallest ocean liner ever built, the Queen Mary 2 is 1,132 feet LOA—five times longer than Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, and 113 feet longer than the first Queen Mary. She also boasts a 20,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch spa, a planetarium, and balconies for 75 percent of her staterooms. It’s no wonder that Cunard registered “The Most Famous Ocean Liner in the World” as her service mark.
But even the “largest, longest, tallest, greatest, widest, and grandest ocean liner in the world” (a Cunard tag line) can’t compete with some of the world’s largest yachts. For starters:
Sure, the Queen Mary 2 can accommodate 2,620 passengers—but why subject yourself to sharing the seas with so many people when you can have the world’s largest charter yacht, Savarona (no. 2), all to yourself?
Illuminations, Queen Mary 2’s planetarium, also functions as a cinema—or, alternately, a 500-seat lecture hall or broadcasting studio. But Alexander (no. 3), Evergreen (no. 11), Annaliesse (no. 18), Bart Roberts (no. 20), and Aussie Rules (no. 43), just to name a few, all have dedicated cinemas—no double-duty (or quadruple-duty, as the case may be) necessary.
The Zone, an activities area onboard the Queen Mary 2 that’s specially designed for kids ages eight to 12, features an array of toys and activities from board games to computer games. But why let the kids have all the fun, when you can tee off the aft deck the way Lady Lola’s owner does (no. 61)? The golf balls even return to the yacht via remote control.
Hmm. The Queen Mary 2 may be the most famous vessel afloat, but she’s hardly the most special, in our humble opinion.
So without apologies to Cunard, here are the 100 largest, longest, tallest, greatest, widest, and grandest yachts in the world.
KEY: B=builder; N=naval architect; H=hull material; E=engines
This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.