20. ECSTASEA 282'0"
Roman Abramovich (see nos. 8 and 9) wasted no time in having the newest member of his superyacht fleet go cruising upon taking delivery last year. Barcelona was just one city she visited. Earlier this year she ventured to Blohm & Voss in Germany for some refit work, much of which focused on the master suite, according to our sources, though some stern modifications were also made. One thing which remained untouched is the hidden helicopter hanger in her bow.
Y: 2004; B: Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 4/3,154-hp MTUs and 1/gas turbine
21. KINGDOM 5KR 281'9"
If you’re a James Bond fan, you’ll remember this yacht appeared in Never Say Never Again (then known under the name Nabila). Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, a nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, uses her for private cruises as well as business dealings. Among his vast holdings are stakes in the Four Seasons hotels and the Walt Disney Company, though most impressive is a $10-billion stake in Citigroup. The yacht’s name stems from his investment company (“Kingdom”), his lucky number (“5”), and his children’s initials (“K” and “R”).
Y: 1980; B: M&B Benetti, Italy; N: Jon Bannenberg/builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,000-hp Nohab Polars
22. ANNALIESSE 279'8"
Given the size and volume of Annaliesse, it’s hard to imagine anything making her appear small. But that’s exactly what occurred in the week prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, when the yacht was anchored near Octopus (see no. 3). Somehow, we don’t think the people aboard Annaliesse were too upset, considering the yacht’s staff includes musicians, beauticians, and masseuses, and considering the yacht features a spa that rivals any land-based one, complete with Roman bath, plunge pools, steam rooms, and a sauna. Of course, all that luxury comes with a price: She’s available for charter for E661,500 per week, which at presstime was approximately $841,000.
Y: 2004; B: Neorio Syros Shipyards, Greece; N: unknown; H: Steel; E: 2/2,722-hp Caterpillars
23. O’MEGA 270'7"
A complete rebuild in Greece that finished up last year tailored this vessel for the growing trend of large charter parties—try 32 overnight guests in O’Mega’s case. So what sets her apart from the other yachts that are addressing this market? Well, she has (count ‘em) three saloons and two dining rooms. She also contains a yoga and pilates studio and, for more active pursuits, a raft of watertoys like a towable banana and kneeboards. And given her Greek flag, she’s among the few to be permitted to charter anywhere in Greek waters.
Y: 1985/2004; B: Mitsubishi, Japan; N: Builder/Giorgio Vafiadis; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Yanmars
24. GOLDEN ODYSSEY 265'7"
Golden Odyssey is offered to select few charter parties—she’s so exclusive that her rates aren’t published, even on the top brokerage firms’ Web sites. She’s typically accompanied by a support vessel known as Golden Shadow (see no. 50) and, on some occasions, a seaplane called Golden Eye. The idea is that Golden Odyssey accommodates the charterers for sleeping, dining, relaxing, etc., with Golden Shadow serving as the base for the various tenders and methods of transportation, including the seaplane. The plane can be used for special provisioning requests. Though too small for our list, Golden Osprey is yet another yacht that on occasion accompanies her big sister; she’s a 98-foot sportfisherman.
Y: 1990; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Platou; H: Steel; E: 2/2,992-hp Deutz-MWMs
25. BART ROBERTS 265'0"
Plenty of owners like to boast that their yachts’ interiors are unique, but how many can count bronze cannons and a packed piranha tank among their features? That’s what you’ll find aboard this pirate-themed, converted Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. Her owner, Arnie Gemino, an American who has a background in marine refit, wouldn’t have it any other way; in fact, he finds it a suitable, if tongue-in-cheek, atmosphere for such a rugged-looking and tough-built vessel. But of all the amusing features onboard, this one takes the cake: a removable brass dance pole. The famous (and even infamous) “stripper pole,” as Gemino referred to it, actually started as a joke while the refit was underway in Canada. One of the welders found a length of metal and wedged it between the ceiling and the floor (which was to become a dance floor anyway). When Gemino saw it, the welders cracked up, but he liked it and decided to commission a removable dance pole.
Y: 1963/1986/2002; B: Canadian Vickers, Canada (original construction); N: Builder (original construction)/Lennart Edström (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Rustons
26. DELPHINE 257'8"
For many owners and crew these days, it’s not enough to “just” have a tender or two onboard. It’s important for the support craft/toys to stand out. That applies to Delphine, as she totes two mahogany runabouts built for her in 1927, for her original owner, Horace Dodge (of car fame). Inside the yacht one of her saloons contains a painting depicting the yacht during a speedboat race around the time of her launch; the painting drops down to reveal a TV, turning the room into a theater.
Y: 1921/2003; B: Great Lakes Engineering Works, USA; N: Henry J. Gielow; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp Babcoq & Wilcox steam engines
27. MONTKAJ 256'0"
In utter frustration, we tip our hats to both Amels and the team surrounding the owner of this yacht, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, one of King Fahd’s sons. That’s because both parties have been tight-lipped for more than a decade about the project. The little we do know is that the prince keeps her in Cannes and visits Monaco. In fact, Montkaj pulled into Monte Carlo in time for the Monaco Grand Prix this year.
Y: 1995; B: Amels, Holland; N: Terence Disdale; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars
28. LONE RANGER 255'0"
Peter Lewis completed an ambitious cruise aboard his converted tug this year, a trip to Antarctica. He declined our request for an interview about his experience, which wasn’t entirely unexpected, as Lewis, the former chief of Progressive car insurance, typically shies away from publicity.
Y: 1973/1994; B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs
29. PRINCESS MARIANA 252'3"
Carlos Peralta Quintero, the president of Mexican cellular phone company Iusacell and the owner of the Mexico City Tigres baseball team, named his yacht after his wife. An entwined sun and moon adorn the nameboard, but our favorite feature is the 1,000-bottle tequila cellar.
Y: 2003; B: Royal Denship, Denmark; N: Espen Øino; H: Steel; E: 2/2,570-hp Deutz-MWMs
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