The yacht Luna was known as the world’s largest expedition yacht, a position now taken by Roman Abramovich’ Solaris. She was built by Lloyd Werft. Luna was delivered to Roman Abramovich in 2010. Her exterior is designed by Newcruise.
Donald Starkey is responsible for her interior. She can accommodate 18 guests in 9 staterooms. Which are serviced by a crew of 49. She has a large swimming pool on the main deck. Almost no interior information has been released. But you can find some rare photos hereunder.
Luna has a length of 115 meters (377 ft). Her diesel-electric generators give her a top speed of 22 knots. Her cruising speed is 18 knots. Thanks to her 1 million liter fuel tank she has a range of 9,500 nm. She is one of the largest explorer yachts.
Sold for EUR 240 million
In 2014 she was sold by Russian billionaire Abramovich to his friend Akhmedov. He is an Azerbaijani-born billionaire. The sales price was EUR 240 million (US$ 300 million).
In January 2015 Luna was spotted in Bremerhaven. She stayed at German Dry Docks for a year-long and multi-million refit.
US$ 50 Million Refit
Works included fairing of the hull. Which was not done when Abramovich purchased her. And a new paint job. Also, Luna was lengthened by 2 meters to improve the balance of the yacht.
The spa area and beach club were redone. Adding larger windows for more light and comfort. The engines were overhauled. Improving power and efficiency. And finally, all tenders were replaced.
In February 2016 Luna left Bremerhaven. With first destination Norway. In the winter of 2017/2018 Luna was sent to Dubai for additional works.
In July 2019 she is undergoing a 10 years of survey maintenance.
The yacht’s owner is Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov. Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic but was proclaimed independent in the 1990s. The owner of Luna and the Russian Government aren’t exactly friends. He was forced to sell his gas company, to a government-owned company far below fair value and left Russia long ago.
Transfer of ownership
In the summer of 2018, a Dubai court confirmed an earlier London court order. That the ownership of Luna should be transferred to Akhmedov’s ex-wife Tatiana. As part of a (disputed) divorce settlement. More here. DIFC courts have maintained a freezing order issued for the US$500 million luxury yacht.
In March 2019 a Dubai appeals court released the yacht from its seizure. The court decided that the UK court order was unenforceable in Dubai and the seizure of the superyacht should be canceled.
In July 2021 Akhmedov agreed to pay his ex-wife around 135 million pounds ($186 million), ending the largest financial dispute that Britain’s divorce courts have ever seen.
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