The Eclipse Yatch belongs to billionaire Roman Abramovich and is now officially the largest and most sophisticated yatch that is available for charter – to select clients only, of course!
The Eclipse took over four years to build and is 536 feet long; the yacht was constructed by Blohm + Voss, the design is by Terence Disdale Design while the naval architect is Francis design. Abramovich took possession on December 9, 2010 and it was rumoured that he would throw his NYE party on board (a rumour which was dispelled once the Black Eyed Peas were flown in to St Bart’s for a private party).
A September 2009 report indicates that the Eclipse yatch may have cost as much as $1.2 billion USD. And what were these billions spent on? The Eclipse has:
- two helicopter pads
- 24 guest cabins
- a disco hall
- a submarine that can submerge upto 50 metres
- several hot tubs
- room for dozens of crew members – apparantly 70 are needed to operate the yacht
- rumours have it that the yacht has two pools on board, one of which can be drained and converted to a dance floor
In addition the Eclipse has the following security measures:
- German-built missile defense system
- intruder defense system
- bullet-proof glass and armor-plated windows
Finally, the yacht reportedly has an “anti paparazzi” defense shield: these are lasers which sweep the surroundings of possible professional paparazzi, and then shine lights in that direction to prevent any photographs being taken – Abramovich and his girlfriend Daria Zhukova certainly know that it’s better to be safe than hounded by paparazzo.
If you are interested in chartering the Eclipse, you will need to go through SuperYachtsMonaco, a luxury yacht brokerage company. (And you will also need to invite me along!)