Onboard the Top 12 of BIGGEST SUPERYACHTS in the World – 2024

largest yacht Dilbar - 2016 - Lurssen - Alisher Usmanov

Exploring the World of Largest Superyachts: A Journey Through Luxury and Engineering Marvels

The superyacht industry is an exclusive world that combines the finest aspects of luxury, design, and technology. These floating palaces are a testament to human ingenuity and wealth, built to satisfy the desires of the ultra-rich. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the world of the largest superyachts and discover the incredible features and stories behind these marvels of engineering.

What Makes a Superyacht “Super”?

A superyacht is typically defined as a privately-owned luxury vessel measuring over 24 meters (79 feet) in length. However, the largest superyachts are often much longer, surpassing 100 meters (328 feet). These yachts are custom-built to cater to the unique tastes and requirements of their owners, boasting state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled craftsmanship, and breathtaking designs. Amenities may include swimming pools, helipads, movie theaters, gyms, spas, and even submarines.

Top Superyacht Builders

Building a superyacht is no easy feat, and only a handful of shipyards possess the expertise and resources to construct these floating mansions. Renowned shipyards such as Lürssen, Feadship, Blohm+Voss, and Benetti are among the most prestigious builders in the industry, responsible for creating some of the world’s largest and most luxurious superyachts.

The Billionaire Owners

Owning a superyacht is a symbol of status and wealth, reserved for the world’s richest billionaires and members of royal families. Many of these yacht owners have amassed their fortunes through various industries, including technology, finance, and natural resources. Russian oligarchs, Middle Eastern royalty, and American entrepreneurs are among the most prominent superyacht owners, often using their vessels for leisure, entertaining guests, and conducting business.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

As the demand for larger and more extravagant superyachts grows, so too does the concern for their environmental impact. Superyacht owners and builders are becoming increasingly aware of the need for eco-friendly designs and technologies. Hybrid propulsion systems, solar panels, and advanced waste management systems are being incorporated into new yacht designs to minimize their carbon footprint and preserve the marine environment.

The Future of Superyachts

The superyacht industry is continually evolving as new technologies emerge and owners seek more innovative and luxurious features. The future of superyachts is expected to see a greater focus on sustainability, smarter onboard systems, and enhanced connectivity. Furthermore, the race to build even larger and more impressive superyachts is likely to continue, pushing the boundaries of naval architecture and engineering.

In conclusion, the world of the largest superyachts showcases the epitome of luxury, design, and technology. These magnificent vessels embody the dreams and ambitions of their owners, offering a unique insight into the lives of the ultra-wealthy. As technology and environmental awareness advance, the superyacht industry will continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that these floating palaces remain symbols of opulence and engineering prowess.

The largest yachts measured by length

In general, the size of a large yacht is measured by its length. But a more accurate factor is the displacement and/or the volume of a yacht.

AZZAM Yacht Emir of Abu Dhabi

Biggest Yacht

The yacht Dilbar is currently considered to be the biggest private yacht in the world. With a length of 157 meters (512ft) the mega yacht is number #4 on the ‘list by length’.  But with a displacement tonnage of 15.917 gross tons, she is actually the largest yacht in the world.

Who owns the largest yacht in the world?

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov owns the biggest yacht in the world: Dilbar!.

A New Top One position?

Soon Dilbar will leave her #1 position as two larger projects are currently under construction. Kjell Inge Rokke‘s big yacht REV OCEAN will be delivered somewhere in the next few years (there seem to be some technical issues with the project though).. And in Germany, a very big yacht (project Blue) was delivered in early 2022 for Sheikh Mansour al Nahyan. She is 160 meters long.

Only Billionaire Owners

Only the world’s richest billionaires are able to purchase and maintain these big private yachts. Read our list of the World’s Richest Yacht Owners.

Royal Families

Most of these yachts are owned by Royal Families. Such as the Al Nahyan family, rulers of Abu Dhabi, who own four of the world’s largest mega yachts. And the Sultan of Oman, who owns two.

Also, Russian billionaires own large yachts. Dilbar for example is owned by Alisher Usmanov.

What is the Displacement of a yacht?

The displacement is the weight of water that a ship displaces when it is floating. Which in turn is the weight of a ship (and its contents). The displacement is measured in tons.

The Largest Yachts Listed For Sale

Check our list of 10 of the world’s largest Mega Yachts For sale

Top 5 Largest Superyachts in the World

Let’s dive into the top 5 largest superyachts in the world by length, showcasing the epitome of luxury and extravagance.

1. Azzam

The title of the largest superyacht by length goes to Azzam, measuring a staggering 180 meters (590ft). Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Azzam is a masterpiece of engineering and design. Built by Lürssen Yachts, Azzam features both interior and exterior designs by Nauta Yachts and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots.

2. Eclipse

Coming in at second place is the 162.5 meters (533ft) superyacht Eclipse, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Eclipse was built by Blohm+Voss and features a sleek design by Terence Disdale. Equipped with two helipads, a swimming pool, a mini-submarine, and a missile defense system, Eclipse is the epitome of luxury and security.

3. Dubai

Dubai, the third largest superyacht in the world, measures 162 meters (531ft) in length. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, the yacht was built by Platinum Yachts and features an impressive design by Andrew Winch. Dubai boasts luxurious amenities, including a swimming pool, helipad, and a large socializing area for hosting events.

4. Dilbar

Though not the longest, Dilbar is considered the largest yacht in terms of volume and displacement, with a gross tonnage of 15,917 tons. Owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, Dilbar measures 157 meters (512ft) in length and was built by Lürssen Yachts. The yacht features exquisite interiors by Winch Design and can accommodate up to 36 guests.

5. Al Said

Rounding out the top 5 is the 155 meters (508ft) superyacht Al Said, owned by the Sultan of Oman. Built by Lürssen Yachts and designed by Espen Øino, Al Said can accommodate up to 70 guests and features a concert hall capable of hosting a 50-piece orchestra.
These extraordinary superyachts exemplify the pinnacle of luxury and exclusivity, reserved for only the wealthiest individuals and royal families in the world.

There is more!

Roman Abramovich Yacht ECLIPSE
RankNameLenght
1Azzam
180 meter / 593 ft
2Eclipse
162 meter / 533 ft
3Dubai162 meter / 532 ft
4BLUE160m / 542 ft
5Dilbar156 meter / 512 ft
6Al Said155 meter / 509 ft
(*)Fulk Al Salamah150 meter / 492 ft
7A+147 meter / 483 ft
8Prince Abdulaziz147 meter / 482 ft
9OPERA146 meter / 479 ft
10El Mahrousa146 meter / 478 ft
11Yas141 meter / 463 ft
12Scheherazade140 meter / 460 ft

(*) There is ‘discussion’ whether Fulk Al Salmah can be considered a real yacht, or that she is a navy vessel. She is legally owned by the Royal Navy of Oman. She escorts the yacht Al Said, and she is crewed by the navy.

Largest Sailing Yacht In the World- Ranking 2024

World Biggest Sailing Yacht

Sailing Yacht A
RankNameLenghtVolume (Rank)
1Sailing Yacht A
143 meter / 468 ft12,558 tons
2Black Pearl
106 meter / 348 ft2,864 tons
3Maltese Falcon88 meter / 289 ft1,110 tons

# 1 – Azzam (180.5 meter / 593 ft) – cost price $ 400,000,000

The yacht Azzam is considered to be the World’s largest yacht.

Owner: Emir of Abu Dhabi

Azzam was owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (He died in 2022) He was the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was one of the world’s wealthiest royal. He had a net worth of US$ 15 billion.  

Lurssen

Azzam was built by luxury yacht builder Lürssen for an estimated build price of US$ 400 million. Her exterior design is done by Nauta Yachts.

She is powered by two gas turbines and two diesel engines. She can reach a top speed of 30 knots.


# 2 – Eclipse (162 meter / 533 ft) – cost price $ 450,000,000

Owner: Roman Abramovich

The yacht Eclipse is known as ‘the $ 1.5 billion yachts’, which would make her the most expensive yacht. Although her real cost price was considerably less.

US$ 500 Million Build Price

Her original contract price was around EUR 400 million, or USD 500 million. Superyacht Eclipse was the largest private yacht in the world. But this title is now reserved for superyacht Azzam.

Roman Abramovich

The yacht Eclipse is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. He is one of the richest people in the world. Eclipse has two swimming pools and two helicopter pads. She has a crew of 70. Eclipse was delivered by Blohm and Voss in 2010.


Inside the yacht Eclipse

yacht Eclipse interior
yacht Eclipse interior

yacht Eclipse interior
yacht Eclipse interior

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# 3 – Dubai (162 meter / 532 ft) –  cost price $ 300,000,000

Owner:  – Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai

The yacht Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The yacht is more or less permanently based in Dubai. The yacht is often used by his children.

Built for Prince Jefri of Brunei

The yacht was originally commissioned at Lurssen Yachts by Prince Jefri of Brunei. The project was abandoned in 1998. In 2006 she was finished by Platinum Yachts, on behalf of the Dubai Government. The yacht has accommodations for 24 guests and has a crew of 115.


Inside the yacht Dubai

yacht Dubai interior
yacht Dubai interior

yacht Dubai interior
yacht Dubai interior

# 4 – BLUE (160 meter / 524ft) –  cost price $ 600,000,000

Owner:  – Sheik Mansour Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi

The yacht Blue is the most recent yacht in this list. It was delivered in 2022.

Sheikh Mansour

The yacht is owned by Sheikh Mansour, He is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. And he is Minister of Presidential Affairs. He also owns the yacht A+ (Ex Topaz)

BLUE Yacht • Lurssen • 2022 • Owner Sheikh Mansour

# 5 – Dilbar (156 meter / 512 ft) –  cost price $ 600,000,000

Owner:  – Alisher Usmanov

The yacht Dilbar is actually the largest private yacht in the world, measured by displacement. This means she has the biggest interior and the highest volume.

She is also considered to be the most expensive luxury yacht. With an estimated cost price of US$ 600 million.

Alisher Usmanov

She is built by Lurssen for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. She is a replacement for his ‘smaller’ 110-meter Dilbar (now Al  Raya). Alisher Usmanov is one of Russia’s richest men with a net worth of $13 billion.

MetalloInvest

He is the majority shareholder of MetalloInvest and he also owns Mail.ru. Russia’s number one Internet company.


Inside the yacht Dilbar

yacht Dilbar interior
Dilbar yacht Interior

Dilbar yacht Interior
yacht Dilbar interior

#6 – Al Said (155 meter / 509 ft) –  cost price $ 500,000,000

Owner: Haitham bin Tariq al Said

The yacht Al Said is the royal yacht of Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Sultan of Oman. Haitham bin Tariq al Said is one of the richest royals in the world. His net worth is estimated at more than US$ 1 billion.

Al Said was built for his predecessor: Qaboos bin Said Al Said. He died in 2020.

Crew of 140

The superyacht can accommodate 65 guests and 140 crew members

Two Yachts

Sultan Al Said owns several yachts, including the Fulk Al Salamah. At 150-meter she is almost as big as Al Said, but acts as her support yacht. She #6 in our ‘List’


# 7 – Fulk Al Salamah (150 m / 492 ft) –  cost price $450,000,000

Owner: Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al Said

The yacht Fulk Al Salamah is the support vessel for the Sultan of Oman’s main yacht Al Said.

Support Vessel

Fulk al Salamah means ‘Ship of Peace’. The assumption of her use as a support vessel is due to a lack of exterior space on board. She is often seen together with Al Said.

Not Much Known

Not much is known about Fulk Al Salamah and ever her length is not sure.


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# 8 – A+ / Topaz (147 meter / 483 ft) –  cost price $ 350,000,000

Owner: Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The yacht A + is owned by Mansour bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. This is the 2nd yacht in this list, owned by Sheikh Mansour. He also owns the 2022 Lurssen Blue.

Half-brother of the President of the UAE

He is the half-brother of the late President of the United Arab Emirates. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the yacht Azzam (See #1 above).

Lurssen

Topaz was delivered by Lurssen in 2012. Not much is known about the yacht. But she is frequently used by the Al Nahyan family. In June 2014 Leonardo Do Caprio was spotted onboard. During the football world cup in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2019 her name was changed into A+, but she is still owned by Sheikh Mansour.


# 9 – Prince Abdul Aziz (147 meter / 482 ft) –  $ 150,000,000

Owner: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd (built by his father King Fahd)

Royal Yacht of Saudi Arabia

The yacht Prince Abdul Aziz is assumed to be the official Royal Yacht of the King of Saudi Arabia. Most of the time she is based in Greece. Where many Arab royals berth their yachts.

But when traveling she can often be found near Marbella Spain. Or in Antibes France, where the Saudi King owns summer palaces.

King Fahd

Prince Abdul Azziz was built in 1984 in Denmark for the late King Fahd. The yacht is probably named after King Fahd’s youngest son Prince Abdul Azziz bin Fahd.


Inside the yacht Prince Abdulaziz

Prince Abdulaziz yacht interior
Prince Abdulaziz yacht interior

Prince Abdulaziz yacht interior
Prince Abdulaziz yacht interior

# 10 – El Mahrousa (146 meter / 478 ft)

Egypt Presidential yacht.

The yacht El Mahrousa was built in 1863 as the Egyptian Royal yacht for Khedive Ismail Pasha.

Presidential Yacht

Later she became the official Presidential yacht. She was the first ship to cross the Suez Canal in 1869 during its inauguration. And she was again the first ship to cross the New Suez Canal in 2015.

Oldest Active SuperYacht

El Mahrousa is the oldest active superyacht, and is cared for by the Egyptian navy. She rarely leaves her home berth. Not more than 3 times a year. The movie (under) has some rare interior photos.

El Mahrousa

yacht El Mahrousa

# 11 – Opera (146 meter / 479 ft)

The most recent large superyacht

The yacht Opera was built by Lurssen in 2022 as for Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Abdullah is a son of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The yacht is designed by Terence Disale. She can accommodate 48 guest and has a crew of 80.

OPERA Yacht • Lurssen • 2022 • Owner Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

# 12 – Yas (141 meter / 463 ft) –  cost price $ 250,000,000

Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The # 11 on our list is the yacht Yas. She is owned by Sheikh Hamdan.

Also owned by the Al Nahyan Family

She is owned by the same Al Nahyan Family, just like Azzam, Blue and Topaz. Sheikh Hamdan is a half-brother of the current Emir and UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Former Dutch Navy Frigate

Yas was originally a Dutch navy frigate, known as the HNLMS Piet Hein. She was converted into a yacht at Abu Dhabi MAR to a design of Pierrejean Design Studio. We think she is not the prettiest yacht around. But she is a head-turner. Unfortunately, she rarely leaves the UAE


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