The Most Largest Yachts in the World – 2023

Every year, shipyards from all corners of the globe strive to push the boundaries of superyacht design, delivering increasingly grandiose and awe-inspiring vessels. While the Samuda-built El Mahrousa held the title unchallenged for an astonishing 119 years, the 21st century has seen her descend down the pecking order, making way for even larger and more extravagant yachts. Currently, German shipyard Lürssen dominates the construction of supersized superyachts, boasting an impressive 13 out of the world’s top 25. However, this list is in a constant state of flux, with the 158-meter Blue breaking into the top five largest Yachts in the world 2023.

These colossal yachts, all measuring over 100 meters, are not only remarkable for their sheer size, but also for the extraordinary features they house both above and below deck. From submarines and helicopters to swimming pools, cinemas, and even science labs, the onboard amenities of these superyachts truly exemplify groundbreaking feats of engineering. Join us as we unveil our official list of the largest privately owned yachts in the world.

1. Azzam | 180.6m (Built in 2013 , Germany)

Azzam - The Largest Yacht in the world

In October 2013, Lürssen proudly delivered the world’s largest privately owned superyacht, Azzam. Originally planned to be 145 meters long, this remarkable vessel underwent optimization and grew to a staggering 180 meters. Azzam boasts an astonishing 13,000 GT, accommodating up to 36 guests and 80 crew members.

Commissioned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, Azzam serves as a dayboat for his diving excursions. Its opulent main saloon spans 522 square meters, designed with French Empire style and mother of pearl finishes by Christophe Leoni.

Azzam offers exceptional features, including a gym, pool, and a specialized ‘golf training room.’ Nauta Yacht Design handled the exteriors, while Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi oversaw technical engineering. Notably, Azzam’s innovative water-jet propulsion system enables a remarkable speed of 31.5 knots.

As the world’s largest yacht, Azzam held its status for nearly seven years. However, the 183-meter REV is set to surpass it. The REV promises to redefine luxury yachts, introducing new standards in size and grandeur. The yachting industry is on the brink of a new era, with REV poised to leave an indelible mark.

2. Eclipse | 162.5m (Built in 2010 , Germany)

After five years of intensive design, development, and construction, the magnificent superyacht Eclipse departed the Blohm + Voss yard in December 2010. This remarkable vessel held the prestigious title of the world’s largest superyacht for a mere three years before being dethroned by Azzam. Under the expert management of Blue Ocean Yacht Management, Eclipse boasts a cutting-edge diesel-electric propulsion system, with generators powering rotating Azipod drives.

Its exterior showcases a striking and captivating design, while the interior, masterfully crafted by London-based Terence Disdale Design, exudes elegance and sophistication. Terence Disdale Design has been responsible for every aspect of the aesthetic design and layout, including the superstructure design, deck layouts, interior design, and construction supervision. Eclipse’s exceptional qualities were recognized when it was crowned Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2011 and Motor Yacht of the Decade at the 10th World Superyacht Awards in 2015.

The accommodation on board Eclipse is truly remarkable, featuring an owner’s deck spanning an impressive 56 meters in length, as well as facilities to accommodate up to 92 crew members. The interior is adorned with hundreds of custom finishes, exclusively developed for this extraordinary project. The deck areas are equally impressive, boasting a 16-meter swimming pool that can be transformed into a captivating dance floor. Furthermore, Eclipse has the capability to accommodate three helicopters, with one helipad located on each side and a third stored in a hangar beneath the fore deck.

3. Dubai | 162m (Built in 2006 , United Arab Emirates)

Dubai yacht is one of the world's largest yachtes

The largest yachts in the world can be found in Dubai. Originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei, this magnificent vessel boasts stunning exterior styling and interior design by the talented Andrew Winch. However, the project faced a setback in 1998, leaving only the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. Fortunately, the Dubai government stepped in and took ownership of the yacht, entrusting Kostis Antonopoulos of Platinum Yachts to oversee its completion. Under his guidance, a new in-house interior design was crafted, and the project was finally finished in 2006.
Dubbed “Dubai,” this yacht is fit for royalty, serving as the personal vessel of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. The accommodation, expertly styled by Nakheel Interiors, can comfortably house up to 24 guests. It features an opulent owner’s suite, five luxurious VIP suites, and six elegant guest suites, all equipped with open balconies.

The yacht also boasts a remarkable 21.3-meter-wide atrium, a refreshing swimming pool, a delightful barbecue area, a state-of-the-art cinema, and a vibrant disco. Additionally, it offers a convenient landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter, a fully-equipped gymnasium, and a spacious garage to house the yacht’s submarine and an extensive collection of water toys. In October 2006, Dubai obtained full certification from Lloyds Register of Shipping, allowing it to embark on numerous remarkable voyages. With a maximum speed of 25 knots, this majestic vessel effortlessly glides through the water, providing an unforgettable experience for its fortunate passengers.

4. Blue | 158m (2022, Germany)

Yacht the Blue is 158m large (2022, Germany)

Taking its place at number four on the list of the world’s largest yachts, Lürssen’s Blue surpasses all other boats in terms of gross tonnage. This impressive vessel, built for a Middle Eastern owner, is only surpassed in internal space by the colossal Dilbar (15,917GT) and Al Said (15,850GT). Renowned designer Terence Disdale has crafted the exterior of Blue with classic lines, featuring a sleekly angled bow and gracefully curved decks. The main helipad is strategically positioned at the bow, while a smaller one can be found aft. Additional exterior highlights include a covered pool on the main deck aft, a bathing platform at the stern, and twin balconies flanking the owner’s cabin forward.

Blue’s interior design aims to exude timeless elegance with a touch of femininity, creating a deliberate contrast to its striking exterior. In terms of propulsion, Blue is equipped with a cutting-edge diesel-electric hybrid system developed in-house. This innovative system includes an electric Azimuth pod drive, allowing the boat to maneuver independently or in conjunction with the twin propeller shafts. To ensure a quiet and environmentally friendly experience, Blue is equipped with a state-of-the-art exhaust treatment system, effectively reducing noise, vibration, and NOx levels. Furthermore, the boat features advanced membrane technology that guarantees the treated waste water meets the quality standards for drinking water.

5. Dilbar | 156m (Built in 2016 , Germany)

Dilbar holds the world record for the largest yacht by gross tonnage, exceeding 15,000 GT. It was built by Lürssen and designed by Espen Øino. Uzbekistani billionaire Alisher Usmanov received the yacht in 2016 in the Mediterranean. Dilbar replaced Usmanov’s previous yacht, now named Ona, and often sails the waters of the South of France, northern Spain, and occasionally Cyprus.

Dilbar boasts impressive features: a record-breaking 180-cubic-meter swimming pool and a robust 30,000KW electric diesel power plant, contributing to its SOLAS-class classification. Lavish interiors designed by Winch Design can host up to 24 guests, served by a crew of nearly 100 members. The yacht also has two helipads, a vast 3,800-square-meter living space, and a sprawling garden adorned with salt air-resistant grass, created by visionary Axel Massmann. Dilbar’s distinctive buttery cream exterior ensures easy recognition at sea, and it can achieve an impressive top speed of 21 knots.

6. Al Said | 155m (Built in 2008 , Germany)

The Lloyd’s-classed vessel, known as Project Sunflower during its construction, was delivered by Lürssen’s Vegesack yard to its owner, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, in March 2008. With an impressive length of 155 meters, Al Said serves as the flagship of the Oman Royal Yacht Squadron. Designed by Espen Øino to resemble a classic cruise liner, this yacht proudly flies the Omani flag and calls Muttrah Harbour in Muscat its home port.

This Germanischer Lloyd-classed yacht, weighing 15,850GT, can reach an impressive top speed of 25 knots and reportedly accommodates a crew of 150. Its panelled interiors, designed in a traditional style by Jonathan Quinn Barnett, offer vast entertaining spaces and can house up to 65 guests. The yacht’s pièce de résistance is its on-board concert hall, capable of hosting a 50-member orchestra. In addition to this remarkable feature, the yacht boasts a helipad and a cinema across its six decks.

7. El Mahrousa | 150.6m (Built in 1865 , United Kingdom)

El Mahrousa  150.6m largest Yacht

El Mahrousa, originally constructed by the Samuda Brothers shipyard in 1865, held the prestigious title of the world’s longest yacht for over a century until it was dethroned by the delivery of Prince Abdulaziz in the 1980s. Initially commissioned by the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, this magnificent vessel was primarily designed to accommodate visiting dignitaries. Notably, El Mahrousa played a significant role in history as it graced the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, serving as a reception point for esteemed guests.
Throughout its lifetime, El Mahrousa underwent several modifications to enhance its capabilities. In 1872, the yacht was extended by 12.1 meters, resulting in the removal of its paddle wheels. Another extension of 5.2 meters followed in 1905. However, the most notable overhaul occurred in 1950, marking its last major rebuild. One of the remarkable moments in El Mahrousa’s history was its participation in the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York Harbor in 1976, representing Egypt. Unfortunately, following this event, the yacht fell into a state of disrepair while serving as a museum ship. In 1992, a significant effort was made to restore its seaworthiness, enabling it to embark on a journey to Italy for the Christopher Columbus Fleet Review.

Presently, El Mahrousa serves as the Egyptian Presidential Yacht, although it rarely makes public appearances. It finds its home in Alexandria, where it is diligently cared for by the Egyptian Navy, who designates it as a training ship. Equipped with three powerful Parsons steam turbines, this majestic vessel can reach an impressive top speed of 16 knots.

8. A+ | 147.3m (Built in 2012 , Germany)

Formerly known as Topaz, the A+ is a stunning superyacht designed by Tim Heywood and launched by Lürssen in 2012. What sets this vessel apart is the unique feature of Heywood’s signature illuminated on her superstructure. Despite flying the Cayman flag, the A+ is owned by a member of the UAE elite, reportedly Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who is also the owner of the renowned UK football club, Manchester City.

This magnificent 147.25-meter superyacht has had the privilege of being chartered twice by the Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. It boasts a helicopter landing pad located at the bow, adding to its allure and functionality. The interiors of the A+ have been meticulously designed by Terence Disdale, ensuring a luxurious and opulent experience for its guests. However, much of the information regarding this superyacht remains shrouded in secrecy, adding an air of mystery and exclusivity to its allure.

9. Prince Abdulaziz | 147m (Built in 1984 , Denmark)

Prince Abdulaziz yacht

The Prince Abdulaziz, weighing 5,200 tonnes, was delivered to her first owner, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, in 1984 by the Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. Since then, this majestic vessel has faithfully served the Saudi royal family and is currently berthed alongside the king’s palace in Jeddah. Over the years, the Prince Abdulaziz has undergone three refits, in 1987, 1996, and 2005.

Constructed at a staggering cost of $184 million, the Prince Abdulaziz was designed by Maierform. Its interior, masterfully crafted by the late David Hicks, seamlessly blends ancient and modern elements. One particularly striking feature is the grand lobby, meticulously designed to emulate the iconic Titanic. This opulent yacht boasts a hospital, a mosque, and even a cinema. Rumors have also circulated about the presence of surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system on board.
With a capacity to accommodate up to 64 guests, the Prince Abdulaziz is manned by a dedicated crew of 65 individuals.

10. OK Yacht | 146m (1982, Japan)

OK Yacht

OK has recently undergone a comprehensive refit to transform it into a private vessel. This unique ship has spent many years serving as a yacht carrier for DYT Yacht Transport under the less glamorous name Super Servant 3 – and it is precisely this carrying capability that caught the attention of the owner.

Now, four decades after its initial launch by Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding, the yacht has emerged from a thorough refit at Karmarine in Turkey. The exterior has been revitalized with a sleek matte-black paint job, gold-tinted windows, teak decking on the bow, stern, and sides, and a vast expanse of artificial grass on the submersible aft deck. This addition was the owner’s idea to enhance the view from the guest cabins. There are even rumors that this space doubles as a tennis court, and with its impressive dimensions of 32 meters by 100 meters, it certainly has the space to accommodate such activities.

The boat’s original purpose as a yacht carrier has been further improved with a reinforced hull. By pumping ballast into tanks beneath the aft deck, the platform can be lowered, allowing the owner’s 46-meter ketch to be floated on board and secured. Additionally, there is a 40-tonne crane for positioning other recreational vehicles – reportedly up to 70 of them, ranging from launches and cars to a seaplane.

Under the guidance of Bozca Design, Karmarine has completely renovated the accommodation area at the front of the yacht. It now boasts cabins for up to 20 guests, a glass-enclosed sundeck spa pool, a lush “botanical” garden, and an outdoor cinema. The elevator that connects the different decks runs through a glass tower located outside the main structure.

Overall, OK has undergone a remarkable transformation, combining its original functionality as a yacht carrier with luxurious amenities and a visually stunning appearance

11. Sailing Yacht A | 142.8m (Built in 2017 , Germany)

Sailing Yacht A  142.8m Built in 2017 , Germany

This magnificent vessel, designed by Philippe Starck, is the second superyacht commissioned by the esteemed Russian businessman, Andrey Melnichenko, following his first creation, the Motor Yacht A. Crafted with precision and expertise at the renowned Nobiskrug yard in Germany, this masterpiece was delivered in February 2017.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of innovation, Melnichenko urged his team to create a sail-assisted yacht that would surpass all others. The result is the awe-inspiring Sailing Yacht A, boasting an impressive eight decks and towering curved carbon fiber masts that reach a staggering height of 100 meters. With a sail area spanning 3,747 square meters, this vessel is expertly manned by a crew of 54 individuals.

Setting new standards in luxury and design, Sailing Yacht A features a remarkable underwater viewing pod seamlessly integrated into its keel, allowing guests to marvel at the wonders of the deep. The balconies, enclosed by the largest pieces of curved glass ever created, provide an unparalleled panoramic view of the surrounding seascape. Additionally, the hull of this extraordinary yacht boasts 24 shell doors, while its diesel-electric power plant, controlled by state-of-the-art computer systems, ensures optimal performance.

Setting records in the world of superyachts, the Starck-designed masterpiece proudly boasts the tallest carbon masts ever constructed, with the tallest reaching an astonishing height of 100 meters above sea level.

12. Nord | 142m (Built in 2021 , Germany)

Nord | 142m Long Largest Yacht

Nord, formerly known as Project Redwood and Opus, has an intriguing origin story that was previously shrouded in secrecy. Build manager Rob Moran has shared exclusive insights with BOAT International.

Nord boasts an Ice Class hull, perfect for genuine exploration. Its sleek aluminum superstructure spans four decks and features a striking black-painted arch, a key design element by Nuvolari Lenard. Nord stands out with not one, but two helipads. Additionally, it has a spacious beach club and tender garage, accommodating numerous toys, including 16 tenders, a submarine, and an ROV, as disclosed by Moran. The largest tender measures an impressive 15 meters LOA, and the lower deck houses a dedicated watersports and dive center. Nord’s aircraft carrier bow boasts a convenient touch-and-go helipad, while the bridge deck offers a larger space for the owner’s helicopter, complete with landing, parking, bunkering facilities, and a hangar for added protection on longer voyages.

Nord features an exceptional 25-meter swimming pool on the main deck aft, along with a luxurious spa pool on the upper deck. Its exterior has a masculine aesthetic, featuring imposing bridge wings and four satellite domes on the mast. The interior is equally impressive, with a state-of-the-art gym, spa, sauna, and an entire deck dedicated to the owner’s comfort. The vessel can accommodate up to 36 guests in 20 opulent suites.

In summary, Nord combines rugged exploration capabilities with luxurious amenities, meticulously designed for an unforgettable cruising experience.”

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