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AURORA Yacht – Astonishing $120M Superyacht

AURORA yacht was delivered in 2017 and is one of 103 yachts within her size category. Custom built by Lurssen, the cost of running this superyacht per year is approximately $10 Million.

She was originally known as Project Gatsby, due to the influences of the roaring twenties.

Aurora
74 meters
16
22
Lurssen
Winch Design
Winch Design
2017
18 knots
MTU
2,113 ton

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AURORA yacht interior

The interior of the AURORA yacht is strongly inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1920s. The design has influenced by several designers from that era.

Responsible for this luxurious design is Winch Design , one of the world’s most successful yacht designers.

Every deck has spaces created for families, and the interior is highlighted by the lighting fixtures all around the yacht.

The interior of AURORA is also quite a bit larger than other yachts of similar size, partly because of the full-beam sky lounge.

One of the more impressive areas on the yacht. She is one of the yachts with the most interior volume in the world, so there is plenty of space for her guests.

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Specifications

The AURORA yacht measures 74 meters (243 ft) in length and has a 13,2 meters (43,4 ft) beam. Her draft is 3,75 meters (12,4 ft), and she reached a top speed of 18 knots.

Her cruising speed is 14 knots, and she has a range of more than 4000 nautical miles.

Compared to other yachts in her size range, AURORA has a top speed of 0,09 knots over the average and a cruising speed of 1,06 knots above the average. She is powered by two MTU engines.

She has the space to accommodate up to sixteen guests and a twenty-two-person crew.

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As well as designing the interior of the AURORA yacht, Winch design is also responsible for the design of her exterior, with stainless steel and mahogany furnishings.

The Art Deco inspiration continues here, with circular portholes and curved lines.

The naval architecture was developed by Lürssen , and AURORA has a steel hull and a teak deck. The superstructure is made of aluminum.

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Inside the Amazing Superyacht Aurora

The 161-foot aurora from rossinavi has one of the most assertive exteriors of any recent superyacht launch, but designer achille salvagni's interior is all about curves and contours., michael verdon, michael verdon's most recent stories.

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Residential architects have become the new darlings of the superyacht world. In some cases, they are replacing traditional yacht designers. In most, they are making the familiar, well-established marine design conventions seem like the fashion equivalent of a turtleneck—nice, but not exactly pushing it.

Owners are now asking for the style and ambience of home aboard their custom vessels, and they want it delivered with requisite individuality. As a result, they’re enlisting interior-​design studios and specialists who know how to achieve a look, not just source a few plush furnishings. Achille Salvagni —whose impressive portfolio includes Central Park pieds-à-terre, London townhouses, and a sought-​after collection of furniture and lighting—has ascended to a prestigious position within the superyacht scene. Known for high-level craftsmanship and bespoke, know-them-when-you-see-them details, Salvagni has become the go-to designer for clients who want a different kind of yacht experience. Aurora , the recent 161-foot launch from Italian shipyard  Rossinavi , could be one of his masterpieces.

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Aurora is Salvagni’s third collaboration with Rossinavi , after the 230-foot Numptia and the 164-foot Endeavour II . Each vessel exemplifies his uncanny ability to combine refined decor with subtle colors and fluid spaces while still remaining distinctive. “I see myself as much as a psychologist as a designer,” Salvagni told me during a tour of Aurora at the Monaco Yacht Show. “I spend a lot of quality time with my clients so I can learn what their dreams are. Then I turn those dreams into designs they might never envision themselves.”

Designing a yacht requires an entirely different mind-set from a beach house in Malibu or palazzo in Venice. Not only is there the obsession over materials, since a boat needs to be as lightweight as possible, but there are also no permanent ties with surrounding terrain. “If you’re creating a design for Palm Beach or London, the heritage of the place will give roots to the project’s identity,” says Salvagni. With yachts, the view constantly changes. “So the design becomes more about the owner than a specific location,” he adds.

For Salvagni, Aurora conjures up the image of a rhino—particularly looking head-on. “You can almost see the muscles beneath her skin,” he adds. The 28-year-old Swiss owner of Aurora wanted a yacht with exceptional visual appeal, both inside and out, so veteran yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni created an exterior defined by sharp edges, huge deck spaces, and a low-slung superstructure. Special features include two saloons, a private terrace for the upper-deck master suite, and a spa with a steam room in the beach club.

The unconventional exterior meant extra headaches for Salvagni, especially the enormous forward windows that slope down in the master suite. “The yacht from the outside was amazing, but I also realized that we would never be able to hide the structural elements,” says Salvagni. “Somehow, we needed to absorb them into the design.” He did this by creating “white wings,” or broad leather-covered pillars that integrate well with the pitch of the windows. The wings and windows, sitting in front of the king-size bed, offer an exceptional view of the water without compromising the suite’s sense of harmony. “We were able to take a space that was closer to the design of a racecar and give it a residential environment,” says Salvagni.

After seeing dozens of custom superyachts at Monaco, I was struck by Salvagni’s creation. The entire space is a fluid, confident expression defined by the most audacious of all design moves—the curve. From the skylight to the sculptural staircase and voluptuous seating in the saloon, Aurora bends easily into this curvilinear language.

“Noble materials,” as the designer calls them, were essential to the project. A champion of artisan-​made pieces, Salvagni was thoughful with his material choices and created custom furnishings throughout. To give the interiors layers and dimension, he selected a variety of woods—brushed teak on the floors, limed sycamore on the walls—along with several types of Carrara marble that he handpicked from Italian quarries. The dining table has a gold-leaf top in an almost-forgotten technique developed by 1920s Parisian cabinetmakers that gives it a tactile, crocodile-skin feel. Salvagni paired this table with a futuristic globe chandelier he designed for the dining area. Aurora ’s owner wanted the yacht to be a “fast speedboat” that reaches 28 knots, so De Simoni and Salvagni were cognizant of weight. The wavy marble wall in the master suite, for instance, is actually a Carrara veneer over carbon fiber.

The wine “cellar” is the vessel’s heart, positioned in the center at the junction of two corridors. “[The owner] wanted the wine collec-tion to be part of the yacht, so we designed an area where it can be seen without being too ostentatious,” says Sal-vagni. The effect of so many colored bottles is beautiful, like looking into a Fifth Avenue jewelry store. The climate-controlled cabinets display different light effects for specific wines, and a computer controls how much exposure the more light-​sensitive vintages receive. The owner can access the cellar by scanning his fingerprints.

Imbuing Aurora ’s design with such refinement, Salvagni succeeded in elevating the vessel beyond “a static space that is simply decorated with furniture and wallpaper”—​exactly what the cool kids are after.

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Lurssen Delivers 74, Superyacht Aurora to her Owners

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The Lurssen company of shipbuilders is proud to announce the successful delivery of the superyacht Aurora to her owners, and she is already readily equipped and prepared to begin exploring the open waters existing before her. She recently successfully completed her sea trials sailing around the Baltic just East of Sweden, and now she is amply ready to begin voyaging across the world.

This 74m yacht departed for her maiden voyage in the middle of June and will spend the remainder of her summer exploring the Mediterranean after having sailed from Northern Europe to Southern Europe at a relatively brisk pace. Lurssen employed the (UK based) Winch Design team to design both the interior and the exterior of Aurora, and—as has typically been the case with Winch Design—their dedicated staff did not disappoint with the results.

The boat herself tasteful employs an art-deco theme, reminiscent of the transcendental design style that was popularized in 1920s France, but still reflective of the modern amenities that has truly made this era a contemporary golden age of boating. The owner was heavily involved in the design process, and the impressive art collection provided by the owner has been tastefully incorporated throughout the boat’s entire interior. The interior is designed to incorporate the best of the old and the best of the new; mahogany and stainless steel are juxtaposed to create a truly timeless look that is worthy of being shown off around the world.

The project name for designing the Aurora was Project Gatsby, which is appropriate considering F. Scott Fitzgerald’s character would certainly demand a bespoke design that exudes class and sophistication. The Aurora is a multi-deck yacht with ample of windows on every deck that allows for open views of the ocean, and furthermore, its bow deck is particularly prominent and ready to be enjoyed. Art deco was particularly popular during the Great Gatsby era as a comprehensive style that sought to unite American industrialism with European elegance while simultaneously focusing on both form and function. The Aurora, even at first glance, is a perfect example of how such a style can still be well-integrated even a century later.

Ultimately, this yacht is one that can be expected to be highly desired and competitive at yacht shows around the world. The initial sea trials have indeed been successful, and the builders, the designers, and the owners are all quite excited to see how she fares over time. Aurora’s rich design and success at seas will certainly allow her to live up to her high expectations.

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Aurora is a custom motor yacht launched in 2017 by Lurssen Yachts in Rendsburg, Germany and most recently refitted in 2019.

Lürssen has remained a family-run German shipyard since its inception in 1875 and is now in its fourth generation of private ownership. The company was founded by Friedrich Lürssen with a desire to create a leading shipyard in both quality and performance.

Aurora measures 74.00 metres in length, with a max draft of 3.80 feet and a beam of 13.20 feet.

Aurora has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure.

Winch Design is an award-winning design studio, established in 1986 as a specialist exterior and interior yacht designer, by Andrew Winch and his wife Jane.

Aurora also features naval architecture by Lurssen Yachts.

Accommodation

Aurora accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 cabins.

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The luxury 161-footer may be named after a princess or a natural phenomenon, but it looks utterly masculine and boasts robustness not usually seen in this size category. The outstanding beach club exemplifies how the designers maximized space to fulfill the owner’s wishes while keeping the volume under 500 gross tons to comply with regulations. ‘He actually wanted a 50-meter-long speedboat,’ shared De Simoni. This inspired the sloping roof of the superstructure, flat lines, no upper deck, and sundeck.

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50m  /  164'1 | feadship | 1992 / 2022.

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The 50m/164'1" motor yacht 'Aurora' (ex. Aurora) was built by Feadship in the Netherlands at their Aalsmeer shipyard. Her interior is styled by design house John Munford and she was completed in 1992. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of De Voogt and she was last refitted in 2022.

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Aurora is built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. Aurora comfortably cruises at 16 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 17 knots.

Length 50m / 164'1
Beam 9.5m / 31'2
Draft 3.2m / 10'6
Gross Tonnage 655 GT
Cruising Speed 16 Knots
Built | (Refitted)
Builder Feadship
Model Custom
Exterior Designer De Voogt
Interior Design John Munford

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M/Y Aurora

Length 50m / 164'1
Builder
Exterior Designer De Voogt
Interior Design John Munford
Built | Refit 1992 | 2022
Model Custom
Beam 9.5m / 31'2
Gross Tonnage 655 GT
Draft 3.2m / 10'6
Cruising Speed 16 Knots
Top Speed 17 Knots

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Description

AURORA stands as a showcase of Lurssen ’s exceptional craftmanship and unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of yacht design. Her unparalleled interior is testament to the collaborative efforts between the Winch design team and the current owner. Drawing inspirations from diverse artists, sculptors and designers worldwide, they have meticulously crafted, multiple one-of-a-kind pieces for each space onboard.

AURORA has accommodation for fourteen guests in seven luxurious suites cared for by a crew of twenty-one.

Special features include:

  • Impressive main aft deck arrangement with the 10m2 pool equipped with a swim jet
  • Jacuzzi on Bridge deck
  • €9million+ worth of antiques & one-of-a-kind pieces onboard
  • Meticulously maintained by the captain and crew
  • Fully equipped Technogym on the upper deck

Tender & Toys

HINKLEY “T29R” (approx. 9.4 m)  XTender “XT 157” (approx. 9.7 m)  1 x FASSMER Fast Rescue Boat (6.33 m) (IMO/SOLAS approved)  1 x Petrol driven YAMAHA “super jet”  2 x Petrol driven SEADOO jet skis  5 x Battery driven seabobs  Several boards (surfing, SUP, etc.) and water skis  1x Inflatable Flite board 2x Kiwi Carib Kayaks  1x Petrol driven jet surf 1x Jet Ski flyboard 1x Carbon fibre diving board Various sporting equipment (Soccer balls, Volleyball etc)  Variety of fully stocked fishing equipment Inflatable slide (Aurora logo) I Inflatable Jungle Joe  1x Various towable inflatables 1x Diving Center (fully stocked equipment)

Characteristics

Main Specifications Length: 74.00m (242.8ft) Year: 2017 Exterior Designer: Winch Design Interior Designer: Winch Design Beam: 13.0m (42.6ft) Draft: 3.65m (12.1ft) GT: 2,113 Flag: Cook Island Class: C + HULL + MACH; Y AUT-UMS (Y) Construction Material: Hull Steel Construction Material: Superstructure Alumnium Construction Material: Deck Teak

Performance & Capacity    Cruising Speed: 14knts Max Speed: 17.7knts Range: 6293 nm @ 14 knts / 8400 nm @ 12 knts Engines: 2x2,682hp MTU Fuel Capacity:  237,900 litres Fresh Water Capacity: 71,100 litres Black Water Capacity: 10,000 litres Grey Water Capacity: 23,200 litres Water Maker: 1 x IDROMAR duplex fresh water producer “IDM 30” (2 x 30 m³/day)  2 x IDROMAR uv-sterilizer unit „UV750“  2 x IDROMAR fresh water treatment system (10 m³/h) " Propulsion: Twin screw diesel

Ancillary Equipment  Steering system: 2 x ROLLS ROYCE type SR-562 hydraulic steering gear to BECKER rudder Inclination limited to 35° / 35° for speed under 8 knots Inclination limited to 15° / 15° for speed over 8 knots 1 x Steering control system  Electrical emergency steering is possible by switches on the cabinet at Steering Gear Room (I L 1) AFT SB. Manual emergency steering can be done in the Steering Gear Room (I L 1) SB.  Talk Back System is installed in Steering Gear Room  Bowthruster: 1 x 200 kW VOITH tunnel thruster Propeller Unit system “FU-37-LRC-1000” Stabilisers: 2 x QUANTUM zero speed XT Fins (Extendable type) Extendable fin integrated into the main fin. Main fin not retractable Fuel oil separator: Self-cleaning separators (max. 2000 l/h) Bilge Pump: for bilge services three general service pumps can be used (45 m³/5 bar) Fire Pump: One fire fighting pump (capacity 45 m3/h at 5 bar)  One emergency fire fighting pump (capacity 45 m³/h at 5 bar) in Engine Room  One fire fighting pump (capacity 45 m³/h at 5 bar) inside the Bow Thruster Room 28 x C-hydrants which are distributed on each deck inside and outside  C-Type fire hose 20 m (28 x) and 15 m (2 x), adjustable nozzle and wrenches (all stored next to the hydrants) " Boilers: 3 x WESCO NAVY fresh water heater (3 x 600l = 1800l)  Shore Power: 2 x Shore connections (50 m each). 2 x 200kVA Shore connection transformers. Input: 380 / 400 / V AC, 50 Hz. Output: 400 V AC / 50 Hz. 1 x 20 kVA converter supplying 115 V AC/60 Hz sockets throughout the vessel Airconditioning: 1 x HEINEN & HOPMAN single pipe central air system divided into 5 zones each with their own HVAC unit. Interior spaces fully air conditioned; technical spaces ventilated. 1 x chilled water plant with 3 compressor units.

Communication Equipment & Navigation  Satcom: 2 x SAILOR type 3027 C_A INMARSAT-C satellite   communication systems  no. 1 for integrated Ship’s Security Alert System (SSAS)       no. 2 for Long Range Identification + Tracking Service (LRIT)  1 x SAILOR type FBB 250 INMARSAT 500 Fleet Broadband communication system  2 x VSAT system  Cellular: 1 x GSM system VHF: 1 x MF/HF-system, 2 x VHF systems, 1 x crew VHF Autopilot: Autopilot system is installed in the Bridge Console. For track control application the system has an interface to ship´s ECDIS.  VSAT: 2 x Sea Tel type 6012-33 (VSAT) Antenna Systems for various IP connectivity 2 x Sea Tel type 6004E (TVRO) Marine Satellite Television system.             Telephone System: 1 x GSM system Echo Sounder: 2 x FURUNO echo sounder system, type FE-800 with transducer tanks  Radar: 1 x 12ft S-band (30kW) radar system 1 x 8ft X-Band (25 kW) radar system including application on various workstations Chart Plotter: Electronic chart display information system (ECDIS) for electronic navigational charts (ENC) with backup units in the bridge console GPS: Two independent FURUNO 0560 differential global positioning systems (DGPS) AIS: 1 x FURUNO 0725 Universal AIS system  

Accommodation

Guests Sleeping: 14

Guest Cabins: 7 (3 double, 4 twin)

Crew Sleeping: 21

Crew Cabins: 12

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One of the highly-anticipated deliveries of this season has taken place, with the 74-metre motor yacht AURORA having been handed over to her Owner, just in time for the summer holidays. Built by one of the most respected shipyards, Lurssen , with exterior and interior design by Winch Design , AURORA was created with immaculate perfection and attention to detail.

AURORA under way - Photo Klaus Jordan

AURORA under way – Photo Klaus Jordan

The delivery has taken place following her successful sea trials that concluded at the end of May in the Baltic Sea. She will soon leave for her maiden voyage with the Owners discovering the Mediterranean’s best yachting locations in the comfort and luxury of their new “home-away-from-home”.

The yacht was designed with intimacy in mind, incorporating many personal details and spaces, as desired by the Owners who are planning on cruising with their family. This is reflected throughout the entire vessel and all the decks.

Aurora features rich mahogany and stainless steel materials providing her with a timeless appeal, reminiscent of transatlantic liners.

AURORA running shot profile - Photo Klaus Jordan

AURORA running shot profile – Photo Klaus Jordan

“Aurora has her own authentic charm; she is a modern interpretation of an old classic, with a number of innovative features such as a large portlight to the main staircase and custom, state-of-the-art exterior lighting across each deck. Numerous remarkable artworks can be found on the bridge deck, which also features an aft bar for entertaining.” As described by Lurssen shipyard.

AURORA running shot aerial - Photo Klaus Jordan

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The interior is inspired by the 1900s Art Deco era and important artists and designers from the same period. The accommodation includes a beautiful master suite, featuring antique artworks, while each guest cabins was designed with unique characteristics. One of the most significant and imposing areas aboard is the full-width sky lounge.

The owner of the yacht was heavily involved in the design and build process of the superyacht and Moran Yacht & Ship were involved as the owner’s project manager.

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On the morning of March 29 2022, Captain Guy Booth was working aboard Phi, a 192ft aquamarine superyacht moored in London’s Canary Wharf, when he heard a commotion below. Down on the pier a car had pulled up and Grant Shapps, then the UK’s transport secretary, emerged from the vehicle, followed by a retinue of aides.

“The first thing we saw was his entourage, several men and women carrying clipboards and make-up and hairbrushes,” says Booth. 

Shapps and his team then began to shoot a video for the social media network TikTok, where the government minister announced that Phi — built in 2021 by the famed Dutch luxury shipbuilder Royal Huisman and worth an estimated £38mn — “belongs to a Russian oligarch, friends of Putin”.

Booth watched in amazement as several television crews who’d been tipped off about the news arrived at the scene. “Shapps was positioning himself like a big game hunter, checking his best angle,” says Booth. “They took several takes.”

Next, a black cab arrived and three officers from the UK’s National Crime Agency got out. They climbed aboard and handed Booth a brown envelope. Inside was a government order: the boat he captained was now detained for being “owned by persons connected with Russia”.

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A video shot by Grant Shapps in Canary Wharf, which shows the yacht Phi after the order to detain it in London

Today, Phi is still moored in the same spot in Canary Wharf outside an Indian restaurant, and with a small skeleton crew aboard. Each day, Booth, along with two engineers, a chief officer, a crew cook and two deck hands wake up on board and dutifully service the vessel.

Its once feted “infinite wine cellar” and seven-metre swimming pool lie unused. A lonely sun lounger sits out on deck, and the yacht’s Maltese maritime flag droops. Pink paint has been applied to its roof to protect it from the risk of dust from nearby building sites. 

Paul Dickie, a lawyer at Jaffa & Co who has represented Phi, claims the boat has been targeted by squatters. A notice on its side warns any would-be trespassers that they will be prosecuted “to the full extent of the law”.

For western nations, the yachts’ fate is a high-stakes test of the effectiveness of sanctions. For the lawyers who work for the owners, these seizures are acts of modern piracy

Phi’s owner, a Russian businessman called Sergei Naumenko, has repeatedly denied any connection to Vladimir Putin or the Russian state, and has twice unsuccessfully appealed to the English courts to have the yacht released. 

In May 2023 an English High Court judge said Shapps’s TikTok video claims that the owner had “close connections to Putin” were “excusable political hyperbole”. The Court of Appeal in March this year said it was “troubled” by Shapps’s “incorrect” statements. Both courts, however, upheld the UK detention order for the vessel.

After Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 prompted western governments to unleash an avalanche of economic sanctions against Russian oligarchs, there are now multiple superyachts like Phi trapped in ports around the world. Several are stuck in seemingly never-ending legal quagmires, with vastly expensive lawyers hired by often opaque offshore owners battling for their release.

Although tens of billions of dollars of Russian-owned luxury assets, including mansions, luxury cars and private jets, have been frozen, it was the symbolism of the seizure of the oligarch superyachts — vast, floating Versailles palaces often worth hundreds of millions of dollars — that captured the public’s imagination. Anti-corruption campaigners hoped at the time that these vessels would be auctioned off and the proceeds could be donated to Ukraine.

Side view of a gleaming yacht with skyscrapers towering over it in the background

Yet more than two years on from the start of the war, the future of these superyachts remains unresolved. Once prized trophies in the west’s co-ordinated response to Russia’s aggression, some have racked up vast maintenance costs for taxpayers, had their angry crews turn fire hoses and drones on snooping reporters, and been the target of sabotage plots by anti-war activists. 

For western governments, resolving the fate of these superyachts will be a high-stakes test of the effectiveness of economic sanctions. For lawyers working for the oligarchs who own them, the seizures are acts of modern piracy.

Perhaps no single vessel exemplifies the array of headaches that seized superyachts have caused western governments more than the Amadea — a $300mn, 348ft boat detained by the US authorities in Fiji in 2022.

Such is its gaudy opulence that the Amadea could be a pastiche of an oligarch’s fantasies. According to a 2021 profile in Boat International, it boasts a Pleyel piano with 24-carat gold pedals, a swimming pool that converts into a stage for DJs, hand-painted Michelangelo clouds on the dining-room ceiling, a lobster tank and a helipad. 

A large multi-deck yacht with a speedboat zooming past

When the US Department of Justice seized the Amadea, it claimed that it was owned by the sanctioned Dagestan-born gold magnate Suleiman Kerimov. The DoJ said he was “part of a group of Russian oligarchs who profit from the Russian government through corruption and its malign activity around the globe”.

Deputy US attorney-general Lisa Monaco announced at the time that the seizure “should tell every corrupt Russian oligarch that they cannot hide”. Not long after Amadea was seized in Fiji, she told the Aspen Security Forum that investigators had even discovered an “alleged Fabergé egg” aboard. It was later found to be an imitation.

The Amadea was then moved by the US authorities from Fiji to San Diego, where it is currently moored. The US government last October brought a civil forfeiture case against the superyacht based on its claim that it was owned by Kerimov. 

We have 60,000 litres of diesel on board. If there are problems with fire detection, that could be very dangerous. You can’t get a fire engine in here’ Captain Guy Booth

During the time the Amadea has been stuck in San Diego, it has racked up maintenance bills of $740,000 a month, or almost $9mn a year, to be paid by the US government. Because of this, the Department of Justice moved to try to sell the boat, arguing that the costs it was incurring were “excessive”. 

Superyachts require constant maintenance and upkeep to keep their seaworthiness, let alone their value. Crew salaries and vast mooring fees must be paid. Hulls must be scraped, engines must be cleaned.

“The water here is brackish, half freshwater and half seawater, so things grow in it,” Booth says about Phi. “We are constantly having to remove biological marine growth from the filters. The teak decks require constant daily attention.”

Sabotage is also a risk. Lady Anastasia, a yacht seized in Mallorca and owned by the CEO of the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev, in February 2022 was almost destroyed by a Ukrainian mechanic working on the boat who tried to intentionally sink it.

Some boats have simply disappeared. In the summer of 2022, two yachts owned by Dmitry Mazepin, another sanctioned Russian billionaire, vanished from the Sardinian port of Olbia. An investigation by Italy’s financial police, which had seized both yachts shortly after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, found that one had made a stopover in Tunisia before vanishing, while the other was spotted sailing towards Turkey. In response, Italy has hit Mazepin with fines, which remain unpaid.

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Booth says he believes Phi has suffered significant damage, as well as lost charter earnings, as a result of being stuck in Canary Wharf. “I am not at liberty to discuss the exact figure,” he says, “but it is huge. We are talking tens of millions of pounds.” 

Because of the freezing order, Phi’s Dutch manufacturer is unable to perform warranty work on the yacht. One of many issues, Booth says, is that he has been unable to fix faulty fire protection systems.

“We have 60,000 litres of diesel on board. If there are problems with the fire detection systems, that could be very dangerous. Exceptionally dangerous. You could have an ecological disaster in central London. You can’t get a fire engine in here.”

In Phi’s case, the costs are all borne by its Russian owner, who — unlike many other owners of frozen yachts — is not sanctioned and has not been proven to have any meaningful connection to the Russian state. He will be able to get this money back from the UK government only if the restriction order is overturned and he can then win a successful damages claim.

For other superyachts, the burden of paying for upkeep falls on the countries where they are being held. Lady M, a yacht owned by the sanctioned Russian steel and mining magnate Alexei Mordashov, has been blocked from leaving the Italian port of Imperia as one of seven yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs in the country.

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Another, Sailing Yacht A, designed by Philippe Starck and, at 468ft long, one of the largest private sail-assisted motor yachts in the world, is currently impounded in the port of Trieste. Alleged by the Italian state to be owned by the sanctioned Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko, the boat is estimated to have cost the Italian taxpayer more than €18mn in upkeep, according to the local newspaper Il Piccolo. Lawyers for Melnichenko have said he does not personally own the yacht, and instead it is controlled by a trust that has no connection to him.

Costs aside, seizing a superyacht is simple enough, provided it is in the right place. At the time of the invasion, the only way for sanctioned Russian oligarchs to protect their yachts was to be lucky or shrewd enough to not have them in territories or waters where they could be captured. In March 2022, two superyachts belonging to Roman Abramovich, one of them featuring an onboard missile defence system and anti-paparazzi “laser shield”, sailed away from Europe towards Turkey and remain free to this day.

But in an industry where it is common to own vessels through cascades of offshore companies and anonymous trusts, a far trickier task for investigators can be to prove in court who really owns a superyacht once it has been detained.

Legal tussles over the ownership of government-seized assets are common. The difference with the superyachts is the owners’ legal resources, the value of the assets and the cost to the taxpayer

In the case of the Amadea, the US government has been battling in court to prove that Kerimov is its true owner before it can be allowed to sell the yacht and stop paying the vast costs of its upkeep.

The Department of Justice appeared to have strong evidence to back up its claims, including records showing that Kerimov’s family spent large amounts of time on the Amadea, and that his children had requested structural modifications to the superyacht.

However, Kerimov denied ownership. Instead, a different wealthy Russian, Eduard Khudainatov, a former chief executive of the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft, stepped forward to claim that he, in fact, was the true owner of the Amadea and the seizure was unlawful.

“When you need records from overseas, when you are dealing with shell companies in secrecy jurisdictions, or people are hiding behind nominee owners, it’s going to take a long time,” says Stefan Cassella, a former federal prosecutor who served 30 years in the US Department of Justice specialising in asset forfeiture.

Cassella says these sorts of legal tussles over who owns an asset that has been seized by a government are common. The difference in the case of oligarch-owned superyachts is the legal resources available to the owners fighting the seizures, the size and value of the assets, and the cost to the taxpayer of keeping them afloat.

“We litigate this all the time,” Cassella tells me. “Say a drug agent sees a dealer dealing from a Mercedes car and they want to seize it. He claims it’s not his car, that his mother or sister owns it. We then need to litigate with that person to see if they are really the owner. Who pays the insurance? Who brought it in to get oil changed? Whose garage is it sitting in? This is the same, just on a much larger scale.”

The US responded in a court filing to Khudainatov’s claim to own the Amadea by accusing him of being a “clean, unsanctioned straw owner” serving as a front for Kerimov. Khudainatov’s lawyers have denied he is a straw owner and say he is the legal owner of the yacht.

The picture was further muddied when it was alleged by the US in court documents that Khudainatov, who in June 2022 was placed under EU sanctions, was the fake owner of another, even more valuable and mysterious super yacht, the Scheherazade — which he has denied.

The Scheherazade, one of the longest yachts in the world, worth an estimated $700mn, was seized by the Italian authorities in the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara in May 2022 because of its suspected “meaningful economic and business connections with prominent elements of the Russian government subject to EU sanctions”.

A photo taken at night of a large yacht. The lights are on in the building behind the yacht

In 2022 the now deceased Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation published an investigation that claimed that the Scheherazade was in fact owned by Putin himself, based on the fact that many of its crew were agents of the Federal Protective Service, a state security unit responsible for the Russian president’s personal safety.

The US authorities have argued it is impossible that one man could own so many yachts, writing in court documents that “there is no reason to believe [Khudainatov] has the financial resources to purchase the Amadea and the Scheherazade, or is there any apparent reason why a single individual would own multiple superyachts of their size”.

Whoever is the true owner of the Scheherazade, they have not let its seizure dim their ambitions. During the time it has been held in Tuscany, the Italian government has allowed the owner to pay for an expensive refurbishment. It is a decoration job that the owner clearly wants to conduct in privacy. When reporters from Radio Free Europe tried to get close to the vessel earlier this year the Scheherazade’s crew turned on fire hoses, and deployed a drone to follow them.

Meanwhile, last month a New York court ruled that the US government was not allowed to sell the Amadea, meaning that US taxpayers will have to continue for now to foot the bill for its upkeep. 

Even if governments are able to establish ownership and get court permission to sell a superyacht, further legal complexities can make finding a buyer difficult. In June 2023 the Alfa Nero, a yacht alleged to be owned by the US-sanctioned phosphate billionaire Andrey Guryev, which has been impounded in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, was sold at auction for $67mn to former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.

The deal later fell apart, with the US ambassador to Antigua announcing that Schmidt backed out of the purchase because he was worried about future legal problems if he bought it.

Yulia Guryeva-Motlokhov, Guryev’s daughter, this year launched a challenge to the Antiguan government’s decision to seize and sell the Alfa Nero, claiming that she is the sole beneficiary of the trust that owns the yacht, rather than her father. The case is expected to be heard in September.

Back in the UK, Booth, the captain of Phi, believes that the yacht and its owner have been unfairly caught up in events outside of their control. “He’s not a billionaire, he’s never met Putin,” Booth says of Phi’s owner Sergei Naumenko. “He’s against the war. He’s just a private Russian gentleman who likes boats.” 

Phi will make another bid to be freed in the UK’s Supreme Court, in an appeal to be heard next January.

A superyacht floating in water with a cityscape in the background. There is also a white swan floating in the water

Captain Booth says he will not desert his ship. “My team and I have remained on board, remained loyal. I’ve won numerous awards for what I do in my industry. I could have left almost straight away, and said, ‘This is not my bag, I’m off to captain another superyacht in the Med’ . . . I would not sleep well at night if I abandoned this owner.”

But Booth and his crew may be waiting a long time. Cassella, the forfeiture lawyer, says he expects many cases to drag on for as long as a decade. “I thought two years ago when all the superyachts were seized that 10 years was an appropriate timeframe,” he says. “This is not going to be resolved any time soon.”

Miles Johnson is an investigative reporter for the FT. His book ‘Chasing Shadows: A True Story of Drugs, War and The Secret World of International Crime’ is now out in paperback

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Wondering what it’s like to sail on the most opulent cruise ships, be waited on by butlers, and sleep under 3,000-thread count sheets in suites designed by Ralph Lauren? Well, wonder no more – we’ve got the lowdown on the world’s most luxurious sailings, whether it’s expedition ship-based explorations of the Arctic or Champagne-soaked floats around the Caribbean.

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No expense has been spared when it comes to suite decor on luxury ships. For ultimate opulence, opt for the Owner’s suites which you’ll find on Oceania Cruises ' ships. These cover 1,991 square feet, have two walk-in closets and entrance foyers with a grand piano and a mahogany bar. A 15-day Svalbard & Arctic Passage cruise with accommodation in the Grand Owner’s suite costs from $23,044 per person.

<p>We’re increasingly seeing bigger budgets for ships’ decor. Huge amounts of cash are being splashed on sprucing up interiors, and one example of this decadence is <a href="https://www.rssc.com">Regent Seven Seas Cruises</a>' Seven Seas Explorer, which has 473 Swedish-designed chandeliers, 45,876 square feet (4,262sqm) of marble, Versace-designed dinnerware, crystal glasses from Eastern Europe and a $12 million art collection which includes several Picassos.</p>

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer had a big design budget

We’re increasingly seeing bigger budgets for ships’ decor. Huge amounts of cash are being splashed on sprucing up interiors, and one example of this decadence is Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' Seven Seas Explorer, which has 473 Swedish-designed chandeliers, 45,876 square feet of marble, Versace-designed dinnerware, crystal glasses from Eastern Europe and a $12 million art collection which includes several Picassos.

<p>After launching the world’s most luxurious train 140 years ago, <a href="https://www.orient-express.com">Orient Express</a> will launch an opulent ship to match. Orient Express Silenseas, which will take to the waves in 2026, will have 54 suites (including a 15,231-square-foot/1,415sqm Presidential Suite), two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. Oh, and a recording studio. Prices are to be confirmed (but will inevitably be eye-watering).</p>

Orient Express is set to launch a seriously luxurious ship

After launching the world’s most luxurious train 140 years ago, Orient Express will launch an opulent ship to match. Orient Express Silenseas, which will take to the waves in 2026, will have 54 suites (including a 15,231-square-foot Presidential Suite), two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. Oh, and a recording studio. Prices are to be confirmed (but will inevitably be eye-watering).

<p>Sail on <a href="https://www.windstarcruises.com/ships/star-legend/">Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend</a> and you can book a suite inspired by exotic destinations and hotels. We recommend the suite inspired by the Sea Island resort in Georgia. Expect ocean-inspired colourways and plenty of sea-glass green. A Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise with Windstar starts from $3,745 per person.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/92727/amazing-facts-about-cruise-ships-you-might-not-know?page=1"><strong>Now discover amazing facts about cruise ships you might not know</strong></a></p>

Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend offers themed suites

Sail on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend and you can book a suite inspired by exotic destinations and hotels. We recommend the suite inspired by the Sea Island resort in Georgia. Expect ocean-inspired colourways and plenty of sea-glass green. A Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise with Windstar starts from $3,745 per person.

<p>Book a sailing with <a href="https://www.sovereigncruise.co.uk/cruise-offers/cruise-lines/silversea-cruises-cruise-offers?infinity=gaw&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5GFhjdMNZiT8RbzyLGrByiHch9rJhZd0PUrd0Pj9P5zLkvXOMP5oeBoCPfoQAvD_BwE">Silversea</a> and you’re guaranteed your own butler. They'll be on hand to help with everything from the unpacking of luggage to the opening of the Champagne bottles. They’re not just any butlers, either – they’ve undertaken a 108-point training programme created for the cruise line by the London-based School for Butlers. An 11-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2024 costs from $8,092 per person.</p>

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Book a sailing with  Silversea  and you’re guaranteed your own butler. They'll be on hand to help with everything from the unpacking of luggage to the opening of the Champagne bottles. They’re not just any butlers, either – they’ve undertaken a 108-point training programme created for the cruise line by the London-based School for Butlers. An 11-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2024 costs from $8,092 per person.

<p>An abundance of onboard kit means that luxury ships don’t just help passengers get to the world’s most remote places – they help them get below the waves and into the skies too. Take <a href="https://www.scenic.co.uk">Scenic Cruises</a> – their Scenic Eclipse ship recently became the first vessel to offer both helicopter flights and submarine dives in the Canadian Arctic. An Antarctica in Depth cruise costs from $16,310 per person.</p>

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An abundance of onboard kit means that luxury ships don’t just help passengers get to the world’s most remote places – they help them get below the waves and into the skies too. Take Scenic Cruises – their Scenic Eclipse ship recently became the first vessel to offer both helicopter flights and submarine dives in the Canadian Arctic. An Antarctica in Depth cruise costs from $16,310 per person.

<p>Love a session in the spa but value your personal space? Book <a href="https://www.rssc.com/ships/seven_seas_grandeur?s=PS_NEO_BD_SHP_GOO_NA_SRH_GRANDEUR_seven%20seas%20grandeur%20ship_NA_UK&customer_id=987-489-4521&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5HzSe6mmUN1LfIEvma1ks91txw2jVIrY6dRd7WK-kTyXPgMlHE65GhoCECwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Regent Seven Seas Cruises</a>’ Regent Suite, which you’ll find on Seven Seas Grandeur, due to launch in November 2023. Highlights include the two enormous bedrooms and the whirlpool bath on the balcony, although the pièce de resistance is the suite’s very own spa retreat.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/136833/north-americas-best-river-cruises-and-steamboat-journeys?page=1"><strong>North America's best river cruises and steamboat journeys</strong></a></p>

Seven Seas Grandeur has in-suite spas

Love a session in the spa but value your personal space? Book Regent Seven Seas Cruises ’ Regent Suite, which you’ll find on Seven Seas Grandeur, due to launch in November 2023. Highlights include the two enormous bedrooms and the whirlpool bath on the balcony, although the pièce de resistance is the suite’s very own spa retreat.

<p>Set sail on one of <a href="https://seadream.com">SeaDream Yacht Club</a>’s yacht-style vessels and you’ll be able to spend a night under the stars. At night, staff transform the upper deck’s huge Balinese day beds by adding luxurious bed linens and fluffy pillows, allowing you to drift off to the sound of the ocean. Expect to pay around $3,700 for a seven-day cruise.</p>

You can sleep under the stars with the SeaDream Yacht Club

Set sail on one of SeaDream Yacht Club ’s yacht-style vessels and you’ll be able to spend a night under the stars. At night, staff transform the upper deck’s huge Balinese day beds by adding luxurious bed linens and fluffy pillows, allowing you to drift off to the sound of the ocean. Expect to pay around $3,700 for a seven-day cruise.

Love being waited on hand and foot? Both of SeaDream's yachts (SeaDream I and SeaDream II) accommodate just 112 guests and have a crew of 95, which means more than enough staff to ensure your Champagne glass is topped up at all times.

SeaDream Yacht Club has one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea

<p>Zodiacs – small, fast boats carried on ships – make it easy to explore different landscapes, whether it’s the frozen tundra or the Galapagos’ wildlife-dotted islands. Special mentions go to <a href="https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/gb/expedition-ships">Quark</a>, which uses environmentally friendly four-stroke engine zodiacs; <a href="https://www.sovereigncruise.co.uk/cruise-offers/cruise-lines/silversea-cruises-cruise-offers?infinity=gaw&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5KT8I_ANPmBAhrD8Rxb55wGxK9PqW3zMqsZG92sq3-VMSFggCgIMaBoCaJoQAvD_BwE">Silversea</a>, famous for its expert-led zodiac excursions, and <a href="https://www.aexpeditions.co.uk">AE Expeditions</a> – the line’s new expedition ship Sylvia Earle has 15 zodiacs. A seven-day Spitsbergen sailing with Quark costs from $5,547. </p>

Some cruise lines offer boats on boats

Zodiacs – small, fast boats carried on ships – make it easy to explore different landscapes, whether it’s the frozen tundra or the Galapagos’ wildlife-dotted islands. Special mentions go to Quark , which uses environmentally friendly four-stroke engine zodiacs; Silversea , famous for its expert-led zodiac excursions, and AE Expeditions – the line’s new expedition ship Sylvia Earle has 15 zodiacs. A seven-day Spitsbergen sailing with Quark costs from $5,547.

<p>If peering at distant shorelines through binoculars doesn’t cut it, sign up for a sailing with <a href="https://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/ship/">Aurora Expeditions</a> or <a href="https://www.aexpeditions.co.uk">AE Expeditions</a>. AE Expeditions ships have tech-filled laboratories and lecture theaters, making it easy to gain new perspectives on the destinations in question. Guests can contribute to a wide range of research projects, including ones relating to micro-plastics and sea life. A 15-day Svalbard In Depth sailing starts from $12,137 per person.</p>

Aurora Expeditions and AE Expeditions ships have science laboratories onboard

If peering at distant shorelines through binoculars doesn’t cut it, sign up for a sailing with Aurora Expeditions or AE Expeditions . AE Expeditions ships have tech-filled laboratories and lecture theaters, making it easy to gain new perspectives on the destinations in question. Guests can contribute to a wide range of research projects, including ones relating to micro-plastics and sea life. A 15-day Svalbard In Depth sailing starts from $12,137 per person.

<p>Is spaciousness a priority? Consider <a href="https://www.oceaniacruises.com/?s=PS_NEO_BD_BRA_GOO_NA_SRH_BRANDCORE_oceania%20cruises_NA_UK_NA_700000002135099-71700000078259454-58700006604026348-oceania+cruises&customer_id=305-710-7891&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5ONk4CeDpLNvLsG5aAHxA7D9dJRwFjT9RfupNttWdX8zjUMS7ciXZBoCkSgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Oceania Cruises</a>. Their newest ship Vista (which sets sail in May 2023) is tipped as having the largest entry-level staterooms at sea (280 square feet/26sqm, if you were wondering). We’re equally excited about the Dom Perignon Experience – during this six-course extravaganza you’ll sip Dom Perignon Champagnes chosen to suit the various dishes. A 10-day Bangkok to Singapore cruise starts from $5,335 per person.</p>

You can have your very own Dom Perignon Experience on Oceania Cruises’ Vista ship

Is spaciousness a priority? Consider Oceania Cruises . Their newest ship Vista (which set sail in May 2023) is tipped as having the largest entry-level staterooms at sea (280 square feet, if you were wondering). We’re equally excited about the Dom Perignon Experience – during this six-course extravaganza you’ll sip Dom Perignon Champagnes chosen to suit the various dishes. A 10-day Bangkok to Singapore cruise starts from $5,335 per person.

<p><a href="https://www.celebritycruises.com">Celebrity Cruises</a>’ Celebrity Flora, which has space for just 100 passengers and is based permanently in the Galapagos Islands, is a pint-sized ship that can effortlessly access the areas other vessels can’t reach. But our favorite feature is the stargazing platform. Head here for stargazing sessions led by the ship’s onboard astronomer. You’ll pay from $7,796 for a Galapagos Inner Loop sailing on Celebrity Flora.</p>

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora has a stargazing platform

Celebrity Cruises ’ Celebrity Flora, which has space for just 100 passengers and is based permanently in the Galapagos Islands, is a pint-sized ship that can effortlessly access the areas other vessels can’t reach. But our favorite feature is the stargazing platform. Head here for stargazing sessions led by the ship’s onboard astronomer. You’ll pay from $7,796 for a Galapagos Inner Loop sailing on Celebrity Flora.

<p>Simply swinging a bottle against the side of a ship is so passé. In January 2023 <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.co.uk">Viking</a> christened new luxury ship Viking Neptune. The ship’s godmother Nicole Stott (a retired NASA astronaut) used a traditional Viking broad ax to cut the rope, which sent a bottle of fizz smashing into the ship. A 13-day Mediterranean Odyssey cruise with Viking costs $5,911.</p>

The naming ceremonies are often spectacular

Simply swinging a bottle against the side of a ship is so passé. In January 2023 Viking christened new luxury ship Viking Neptune. The ship’s godmother Nicole Stott (a retired NASA astronaut) used a traditional Viking broad ax to cut the rope, which sent a bottle of fizz smashing into the ship. A 13-day Mediterranean Odyssey cruise with Viking costs $5,911.

<p><a href="https://www.abercrombiekent.co.uk">Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruises</a> – previously known as Crystal Cruises – are famous for their onboard experts. The cruise line’s expedition leaders include explorer James McClintock, recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, and former Royal Marine Commando Russ Manning, who served as base commander in the South Orkneys and earned the Polar Medal. A 14-night Arctic Cruise Adventure with Abercrombie & Kent costs from $17,922.</p>

Your Abercrombie & Kent guide might be a famous explorer

Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruises – previously known as Crystal Cruises – are famous for their onboard experts. The cruise line’s expedition leaders include explorer James McClintock, recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, and former Royal Marine Commando Russ Manning, who served as base commander in the South Orkneys and earned the Polar Medal. A 14-night Arctic Cruise Adventure with Abercrombie & Kent costs from $17,922.

Not all cruise passengers want to fill their suitcases with ball gowns and tuxedos, and luxury cruises no longer necessarily mean headache-inducing rules relating to what should be worn when. There are no formal nights on sailings with Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club. The dress code for SeaDream Yacht Club is simply “country-club casual” although guests are asked to avoid wearing t-shirts or jeans to dinner.

You no longer have to wear a ball gown to dinner

<p>Okay, not the type ridden by Aladdin. We’re talking about Celebrity Cruises’ Magic Carpet – a cantilevered platform which appears to float in thin air, and which glides up and down the side of Celebrity Edge, one of the cruise line’s most luxurious ships. Depending on what level it stops at, the Magic Carpet can become a restaurant, bar or nightclub, although the one constant is breathtaking views.</p>

You can ride on a magic carpet with Celebrity Cruises

Okay, not the type ridden by Aladdin. We’re talking about Celebrity Cruises’ Magic Carpet – a cantilevered platform which appears to float in thin air, and which glides up and down the side of Celebrity Edge, one of the cruise line’s most luxurious ships. Depending on what level it stops at, the Magic Carpet can become a restaurant, bar or nightclub, although the one constant is breathtaking views.

<p>Dread disembarkation day? Why not simply stay onboard? No, we’re not suggesting claiming squatters’ rights at the end of your cruise, but splashing out on a cabin on <a href="https://aboardtheworld.com">The World</a>, described by its owners as a luxury private residence at sea. There are 165 residences available for purchase and the ship sails around the planet – in 2023 it will visit South Asia, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Greenland, South America and Antarctica. Some residents live on the ship full-time, while others visit throughout the year, and residences start at around $1.2m. </p>

There are luxury ships you can live on

Dread disembarkation day? Why not simply stay onboard? No, we’re not suggesting claiming squatters’ rights at the end of your cruise, but splashing out on a cabin on  The World , described by its owners as a luxury private residence at sea. There are 165 residences available for purchase and the ship sails around the planet – in 2023 it will visit South Asia, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Greenland, South America and Antarctica. Some residents live on the ship full-time, while others visit throughout the year, and residences start at around $1.2m.

One of the best examples is Scenic Cruises. Book a sailing with this luxury cruise line and the fare includes absolutely everything, whether it’s international and internal flights or fine dining, butler service and excursions.

Luxury cruise lines can be fully all-inclusive too

Okay, so no cruise ship restaurant has bagged a Michelin star yet, but plenty of Michelin-starred chefs have helped shape the cuisine on cruise ships. Cornelius Gallagher has designed the menus for Celebrity Ascent, which sets sail in September 2023, and Seabourn has worked closely with Thomas Keller in the past. There’s no shortage of innovation, either – SeaDream Yacht Club recently launched the first plant-based menu at sea.

You can feast on cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chefs

<p>Luxury cruise lines are going all out to provide fascinating insights into the explorers who first mapped these regions. In 2024, Scenic launches several East Antarctic cruises focusing on the routes taken by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. If you sail through the Arctic on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot (the world’s only luxury ice breaker), a team of 23 polar experts will help you gain a whole new perspective on these remote regions.</p>

You can learn firsthand about the Polar regions

Luxury cruise lines are going all out to provide fascinating insights into the explorers who first mapped these regions. In 2024, Scenic will launch several East Antarctic cruises focusing on the routes taken by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. If you sail through the Arctic on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot (the world’s only luxury ice breaker), a team of 23 polar experts will help you gain a whole new perspective on these remote regions.

Collaborations between cruise lines and famous names in the world of food and entertainment are common, and now some of the world’s top designers are getting in on the act. Ralph Lauren has teamed up with Oceania Cruises to ramp up the wow factor of the Owner’s Suites on Vista, which launches in May 2023. Expect the design house’s furnishings in the living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.

There’s designer decor on Oceania Cruises’ Vista ship

What better way to toast your voyage than with vast quantities of Champagne and caviar? For many SeaDream Yacht Club guests, the highlight of every Caribbean sailing is the Champagne & Caviar Splash, when a gourmet barbecue – which mainly consists of unlimited quantities of Champagne and caviar – is served on the nearest sandy white beach.

SeaDream Yacht Club offer a ‘Champagne & Caviar Splash’

<p>If you’re planning on a bucket list-worthy sailing on one of the more luxurious ships, you’ll need to bag your spot early on. Take <a href="https://www.azamara.co.uk/?cid=aza_lead_b_bps_aim_goo_brandukhomepage_1102023_RSA&_aiid=14641&teng=go&beng=b&deng=c&keng=azamara%20cruise&meng=p&peng=&ieng=144707013083&kieng=kwd-4302615276&cieng=644377036482&cpieng=19539984873&feng=&cleng=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5CCdc3x4MsVRS4UsixbLvRgN6rvTlkDVWGSH47Vp0rlChE77cRaIBRoC_lsQAvD_BwE&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Azamara-UK-Search-Brand">Azamara’s World Voyage</a>, a 155-night, 37-country sailing which takes place in 2024 and is currently sold out (there’s a waiting list of passengers hoping for cancellations). Luckily, spots on the 2025 World Voyage are still available – if you’ve got a minimum of $42,622 to spare.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/133059/the-worlds-most-beautiful-ports-visited-by-cruise-ships?page=1"><strong>The world's most beautiful ports visited by cruise ships</strong></a></p>

You need to book well in advance

If you’re planning on a bucket list-worthy sailing on one of the more luxurious ships, you’ll need to bag your spot early on. Take  Azamara’s World Voyage , a 155-night, 37-country sailing which takes place in 2024 and is currently sold out (there’s a waiting list of passengers hoping for cancellations). Luckily, spots on the 2025 World Voyage are still available – if you’ve got a minimum of $42,622 to spare.

The world's most beautiful ports visited by cruise ships

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92m hybrid electric Feadship Drizzle delivered to owner

The 91.8-metre Feadship superyacht Drizzle has now been delivered following successful sea trials in June. According to BOATPro , her final destination is Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean. 

The superyacht was last seen departing from the shipyard's facilities in Amsterdam (13 June). Built for a repeat Feadship owner who came to the project with "informed requests based on his long experience of yachting", Drizzle 's design is by Dutch studio Sinot and the owner's related design office.

Characterised by chamfered exterior contours and a more traditional flared bow, the yacht has a modern-classic style with naval architecture by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects . Notably, she is the first Feadship to carry full Hybrid Electric Class notation.

Drizzle 's interior is designed to reflect an "understated family home" with natural materials and finishes throughout. Accommodation is found on the main deck, along with the large pool and open-air lounge shaded by the deckhead overhang.

Meanwhile, the owner's suite, family lounge and wellness area are situated on the upper decks. Up top, the sundeck serves as an observation vantage point with a forward-facing sofa and sun loungers, while the aft deck is used for storing two rescue tenders.

One of the owner's key requirements in building the yacht was to house a more spacious beach club in the stern, which occupies one-quarter of the total length of the lower deck. The large, fixed stern platform combines with two fold-down platforms to create 165 square metres of water-level lounging space. Sweeping staircases on either side of the stern platform lead to the main deck aft. 

Between the engine room and the beach club is a side-loading garage with room for two 10-metre tenders, a ski boat and various water toys. Forward is the crew area, comprising the galley, crew mess and crew accommodation.

Drizzle carries full Hybrid Electric Class notation, the power package comprising two main engines and shaft-driven fixed pitch propellers, coupled with electric motors of 560kW each and 1MW of Li-ion batteries. The e-motors work as shaft generators to produce electricity to serve the hotel load or recharge the battery bank, as well as for low-speed navigation while the generators or batteries generate the required electrical power.

Albert Abma, Feadship project manager, commented on the launch in April: "Working with the experienced owner, designers and owner's team has been a professional pleasure. Gathering the operational experience of the owner's team with the yard’s building experience has resulted in this modern-classic, state-of-art and full-custom new Feadship".

The news comes closely after the first proper sighting of Project 713 , Feadship's first solar powered superyacht. She is now preparing for sea trials.

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