These are the 25 largest superyachts in the world in 2023

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As Italy’s shipbuilding industry ranks first in building superyachts over 30 meters, we ask “what are the world’s largest superyachts?” Every year, the “luxury guru” magazine, Robb Report, compiles this particular ranking from huge to gigantic. The latest arrivals are from Lürssen, Oceanco and Karmarine. The “smallest” is Kuro, Jeff Bezos’ new $450 million yacht, which is “only” 127 meters long.


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The world’s largest superyachts in 2023

25. Octopus (126.18 m), Lürssen

Octopus was owned by the late Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, who also owned Tatoosh. It is one of the largest explorer yachts in the world and was designed by Espen Øino with interiors by Jonathan Quinn Barnett and Sam Sorgiovanni. Octopus has a helicopter runway and garage at the stern and can also accommodate a second helicopter at the bow. Its impressive deck also features a glass-bottomed pool that can transform into a dance floor with a nearby bar for drinks served poolside. Another innovative structure in his design is his inner pier, which, opening from the transom, flows forward through the yacht, allowing a 20-meter submarine and a similar-sized tender to float in their storage positions. Once fixed, water is pumped out, leaving them resting on the invaders. The yacht underwent a refit in 2019. It reaches a maximum speed of 20 knots.

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Octopus, owned by the late Paul Allen, has an inner dock that allows a 20-meter submarine and a similar-sized tender to float in their storage positions

24. Al Mirqab (133 m), Kusch Yachts

Launched in 2008, Al Mirqab was built for the former prime minister of Qatar under the supervision of Kusch Yachts at the German Peters Werft shipyard in Wewelsfleth. La Diesel-electric propulsion of the yacht includes an azimuth pod – a ship thruster that can be rotated along a vertical axis (hence the name) and therefore oriented in any horizontal direction, rendering the presence of the rudder unnecessary – which allows this superyacht to reach a maximum speed in excess of 21 knots. The exterior, designed by Tim Heywood, includes a long, navy blue hull with a white superstructure. Its interiors, designed by Andrew Winch, have won numerous awards. The centerpiece of the yacht is a stunning and intricate floating staircase surrounded by custom-made glass panels. Al Mirqab has cabins for 36 people and a crew of 45.

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Thanks to a diesel-electric propulsion with an azimuth pod, Al Mirqab does not require the presence of a rudder – Piponwa / Wikipedia

23. Serene (133.8 m), Fincantieri

Fincantieri thus made its debut in the world of superyachts. At the time of delivery in 2011 (surpassed three years later by Ocean Victory), she was the largest yacht ever launched in Italy. Designed by Espen Øino, it is a seven-deck yacht and features a long blue hull crowned by a white superstructure. On board Seren the owner has two helipads and a hangar, a large swimming pool and a garage large enough for a submarine. Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design designed the interior (4,000 square feet) for the Russian owner, although its details remained jealously guarded.

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Serene, at the time of delivery in 2011 was the largest yacht ever launched in Italy.

22. Crescent (135 m), Lürssen

Completely renovated in 2021, Espen Øino’s dark hull and superstructure was one of the most important variants of 2018. Created as the Thunder project, it was built by Lürssen and has a superstructure that makes glass and three-deck-high superwindows that allow a full view of the ocean from the salon on the main deck. The yacht has accommodations for 18 guests in nine cabins. Little is known about the interiors designed by François Zuretti, except that Lürssen describes them as “traditional in style.” In March 2022, Crescent was seized by Spain because it was owned by the CEO of Russian state-owned energy company Rosneft, Igor Sechin, who was sanctioned following the invasion of Ukraine.

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The Crescent yacht has been placed under seizure by Spanish authorities

21. Savarona (136 m), Blohm+Voss

An old lady of the sea, launched back in 1931, Savarona was built for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader. The yacht was later bought by Turkey to become the presidential yacht of Mustafa Kemal “Atatürk,” founder of modern Turkey. Savarona was later converted into a training ship for the Turkish Navy and, in 1978, was destroyed by fire. Ten years later, because of its historical value, a Turkish businessman spent about $45 million to refurbish it, commissioning Donald Starkey for the interior and replacing the original steam turbines with modern Caterpillar diesel engines. The yacht’s interior was refitted in 2013. A year later, Savarona is back as Turkey’s presidential superyacht. Savarona has a swimming pool, Turkish bath, a grand 85-meter staircase, a cinema, and a library entirely dedicated to Atatürk. It can accommodate up to 34 guests in 17 cabins and carry up to 48 crew members.

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Since 2014, Savarona has returned to being Turkey’s presidential superyacht

20. Flying Fox (136 m), Lürssen

At 136 meters , it is the largest yacht available on the charter market. Jointly delivered by Imperial and Lürssen in 2019, Flying Fox is a superyacht whose exterior design is the work of the “usually well-known” Espen Øino. The main features of the exterior are a curvaceous taupe hull and a pool over 1.12 meters deep running across the main aft deck, the largest ever seen aboard a yacht. Inside, a two-story spa offers guests access to a cryosauna (a glacial sauna), a hammam, and a relaxation room with a fold-down balcony at sea level. The yacht houses a dive center, decompression chamber and two helipads. Flying Fox complies with PYC regulations and can accommodate 25 guests. It was seized by U.S. authorities in 2022 as it is believed to be owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Dmitry Kamenshchik.

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Flying Fox is the largest yacht available on the charter market

19. Rising Sun (138.4 m), Lürssen

Designed by Jon Bannenberg, Rising Sun was built by Lürssen for Larry Ellison, CEO of IT giant Oracle, and is currently owned by billionaire David Geffen, who reportedly purchased it for $590 million. The yacht was delivered in 2004 and refitted in 2011. Impressive is its superstructure, propped up with windows. Rising Sun has 8,000 square meters of living space in 82 rooms. It can accommodate 18 guests in nine cabins and has 46 crew members. Seccombe Design’s interiors include a gymnasium, a cinema, a wine cellar, several swimming pools, a beauty salon, and a spa with a sauna. The rear cockpit deck is designed like a basketball court. Geffen was widely criticized in 2020 for his inappropriate social media posts depicting him aboard his yacht during lockdown from Covid-19.

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Rising Sun is currently owned by billionaire David Geffen

18. Al Salamah (138.9 m), Lürssen

When Lürssen launched Al Salamah in 1999 it was the third largest yacht in the world. Its current position number 18 shows how much the market has changed in the past 20 years. The construction project was known as MIPOS, or Mission Possible, and is by Terence Disdale. Originally owned by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the yacht was put up for sale in 2013 for $280 million before being given as a gift to Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The large and imposing exterior is primarily a protected space. Al Salamah has cabins for 40 guests, including two master suites, 11 VIP cabins and eight double cabins. The yacht can carry up to 96 crew and has a maximum speed of 22 knots. Al Salamah was last refitted in 2009.

Al Salamah in 1999 was the third largest yacht in the world
Al Salamah in 1999 was the third largest yacht in the world

17. Scheherazade (139.99 m), Lürssen

The 140-meter Scheherazade (formerly known as Project Lightning), built by Lürssen, was delivered in June 2020. Two helipads, fore and aft, and a large beach club aft are visible from aerial photographs, but apart from the more than 23-meter maximum beam, no further details of this Highly private superyachts, including the names of the designers or naval architects involved in construction. The reason may be due to the unconfirmed owner of the yacht: Russian President Vladimir Putin. In May 2022, Italian authorities seized Scheherazade in the port of Marina di Carrara following an investigation by the Finance Guard that found that the yacht’s actual owner had “significant economic and business ties” with senior Russian government officials, although the results of the investigation to date remain inconclusive.

Scheherazade apparently belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin - SuperYachtTimes / Youtube
Scheherazade apparently belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin – SuperYachtTimes / Youtube

16. Ocean Victory (139.99 m), Fincantieri

This panfilo boasts the title of the largest motor yacht ever built in Italy. Its name is Ocean Victory and it was built by Fincantieri and delivered to its owner, Russian billionaire Viktor Rashnikov, in 2014. Espen Øino’s seven-deck exterior includes two helipad platforms and a hangar below deck, large outdoor social areas, and a floodable tender dock. Ocean Victory has cabins for 28 guests and can accommodate up to 56 crew members. Also on board are six swimming pools, a 300-square-meter spa, and an underwater observation room.

Superyachts. Ocean Victory is the largest motor yacht ever built in Italy
Ocean Victory is the largest motor yacht ever built in Italy

15. Superyachts. Solaris (139.99 m), Lloyd Werft

Owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, Solaris was one of the largest yachts launched in 2021. The last refit was performed in 2022 by MB92 in Barcelona. Built by the German Lloyd Werft shipyard, it features a steel displacement hull with a bulbous bow and steel superstructure with teak decks. The eight-deck exterior by Australian designer Marc Newson houses a large helipad, sundeck, large aft beach club and 2,000 square meters of glazing, the largest window area ever on a yacht. Lloyd Werft also built the Russian billionaire’s previous yacht Luna, which was reportedly sold for $360 million to his close friend Farkhad Akhmedov in 2014.

Solaris, with 2,000 square meters of glazing, is the superyacht with the largest window area ever built
Solaris, with 2,000 square meters of glazing, is the superyacht with the largest window area ever built

14. Superyachts. Yas (141 m), Abu Dhabi Mar

She looks like a dolphin now, but think about the fact that when she was launched in 1978, she was a Dutch Navy frigate. Sold to the UAE Navy, it was renamed Al Emirat. The yacht underwent its complete transformation to a facility in Abu Dhabi’s main port, being reborn as a superyacht starting in 2011. It was finally delivered in 2015. The design by Paris-based Pierrejean Vision involved massive use of glass. Yas can accommodate 60 guests and 58 crew members.

Yas when it was launched in 1978 was a frigate of the Dutch Navy.
Yas when it was launched in 1978 was a frigate of the Dutch Navy.

13. Superyachts. North (142 m), Lürssen

North (Opus project) was announced in 2015 but did not enter the water until November 2020, when it conducted sea trials in the Baltic Sea. The interior of this 142-meter yacht was designed by Italian firm Nuvolari-Lenard and is Lürssen’s first yacht launched from its new floating shipyard in Vegasack, Germany. Equipped with many high-end amenities, the yacht includes a sports and diving center on the lower deck, several tenders up to 15 meters in size, and a large swimming pool. The two helipads support the yacht’s long-range cruising capabilities for autonomous exploration, and a retractable hangar allows a helicopter to be stowed in the superstructure when not in use. As many as 20 cabins can accommodate up to 36 guests on six decks, while an elegant sloping superstructure aft gives North a unique profile on the water.

Nord's interior was designed by the Italian firm Nuvolari-Lenard
Nord’s interior was designed by the Italian firm Nuvolari-Lenard

12. A (143 m), Nobiskrug superyacht

Without a shadow of a doubt one of the most talked about yachts in the world. We are talking about the Sailing A, the Philippe Starck-designed sailing behemoth that wreaks havoc at every landing it passes. Aesthetically unconventional, Russian tycoon Andrei Melnichenko’s maxi yacht is a three-masted (including one around 100 meters), 142-meter-long yacht launched in 2017 by German shipyard Nobiskrug. This superyacht reportedly has an underwater observation platform in the keel. Starck’s traditional interiors feature dark wood, copper details and comfortable geometric-patterned carpets. The two-story main salon is divided into seating areas created from built-in bookcases. She remains the world’s largest sailing yacht today six years after her launch, although many argue that she is better called an assisted sailing yacht. Its twin 4827-horsepower MTU engines enable it to reach 21 knots maximum speed and 16 knots cruising speed
Superyachts. Andrey Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A remains the world's largest sailing yacht today six years after its launch, although many would argue that it is better called an assisted sailing yacht
Andrey Melnichenko’s Sailing Yacht A remains the world’s largest sailing yacht today six years after its launch, although many would argue that it is better called an assisted sailing yacht

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