Yachts are arguably the most luxurious form of travel ever invented. With prices ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to a few billions, yachting is the ultimate status symbol of money and power; available to only those in the upper-most echelon of wealth.
Each yacht is different and tailor-made to the likes and preferences of the owner. While you can rent out or charter yachts for a vacation, only the truly wealthy design and purchase their own luxury boat. Celebrities, oil tycoons, Russian billionaires, Middle Eastern political leaders are among those who lead the way in yacht purchasing.
Yacht lengths range from 30 feet up to hundreds of feet, depending on their amenities and price range. Each yacht on this list has its own special features including, helicopter pads, swimming pools, guest suites and submarines. Here is a list of 12 of the world's most expensive yachts that are sailing on the open seas!
10 Lady Moura, $210 Million
Lady Moura is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid, who is also adviser to the Saudi Royal Family, and has 24 karat gold lettering. What makes this yacht extra special is its 80-member crew, a fully equipped hospital, an on-board real sand beach, and a nearly 60-foot dining table.
Lady Moura has hosted notable dignitaries, including George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara.
9 Ice, $215 Million
Owned by Russian billionaire, Suleiman Kerimov, Ice is known to be the most "green" and eco-friendly yachts with 8 electric generators and a built-in waste-water management system.
Ice has a giant swimming pool on the main deck, and carried a helicopter aboard it. The yacht won Superyacht of the Year at the 2006 World Superyacht Awards.
8 Al Mirqab, $250 Million
Al Mirqab is owned by Qatar's former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
The yacht has 10 guest suites with 2 VIP suites for the yacht owner and a crew of 55 who each have their own room. Additionally, Al Mirqab has a movie theater, numerous outdoor bars, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and a helicopter pad.
7 Octopus, $260 Million
Octopus is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and is one of the most recognizable yachts in the world due to its unique look. It has so many bells and whistles which lends to its large price tag. These amenities include: an owner-exclusive deck (includes walk-in closet, study, outside bar with whirlpool), a glass bottom swimming pool, a movie theater, a music studio, 2 helicopter pads, and a 10-person submarine.
6 Dilbar, $263 Million
This yacht is owned by Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, and was built in 2008, and Usmanov named his yacht after his mother.
Dilbar can accommodate up to 20 guests and 47 crew members, and even has its very own helicopter pad. It is also known as the first yacht to have particle filters on its main engine exhausts.
7. Al Said, $300 Million
Al Said is currently the world's highest displacement superyacht at 15,850 tons, as well as the most powerful. It is owned by Sultan Qaboos of Oman, and has a concert hall big enough to hold a 50 piece orchestra.
6. Sailing Yacht A, $370 Million
Sailing Yacht A is owned by Russian mogul Andrey Melnichenko, and is said to have been named 'A' to ensure it is listed first in shipping registers. It is the world's largest sailing superyacht.
A unique feature on board is a glass hull so guests can view the ocean below!
5 Eclipse, $370.6 Million
At 533 feet long, Eclipse is the world's second largest yacht, next to the Azzam. This superyacht is owned by Roman Abramovich, a Russian businessman, investor and politician. Eclipse has 2 helicopter pads, 2 swimming pools, 24 guest cabins, 3 launch boats and a mini-submarine.
Additionally, the boat has an anti-missile defense system, as well as a paparazzi zapping laser that scans the horizon for cameras and fires beams of light into their lenses, which destroys them.
4 Dubai, $400 Million
Dubai is the third largest yacht in the world at 531 feet, and is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai has a 7 separate decks, a mosaic swimming pool, Jacuzzis, and a helicopter pad that can hold nearly 10 tons.
3 Azzam, $605 Million
Azzam is the world's largest privately-owned yacht at 590 feet, and its owner is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates. This superyacht carries a submarine on board, and her own missile defense system for possible threats.
It is estimated that it costs 10% of the yacht's total price to keep it running throughout the year, which means keeping Azzam on the water could cost as much as $60 million annually.
2 Streets of Monaco, $996.9 Million
Streets of Monaco is a floating replica of the principality of Monaco. The "hyper yacht" features scaled-down versions of famous landmarks including the Monte Carlo racetrack. At 500 feet, it also has miniatures of the infamous Monte Carlo Casino, Hotel de Paris and Cafe de Paris, as well as numerous swimming pools and tennis courts.
This superyacht requires a crew of 70, to maintain the numerous landmarks, the gymnasium, a spa, and"The Oasis," which is modeled after gardens just outside the Monte Carlo Casino.
1 History Supreme, $4.5 Billion
The most expensive yacht in the world is History Supreme, a 98-foot superyacht that is gold plated. Yes, that is correct; more than half of the yacht is covered in 220,462 pounds of gold and platinum. To make it even more extravagant, the base of the yacht, as well as the deck, dining areas, rails, and anchor are wrapped in solid gold as well.
The boat's owner is an unknown Malaysian businessman who commissioned the yacht to be built in 2011. The strangest and most luxurious items on board the History Supreme? A wall feature which is made from meteor stone and a statue made from a Tyrannosaurus Rex bone.