The ECLIPSE yacht was once the largest superyacht in the world at an impressive length of 162.5 metres (533 ft) but currently ranks in second place after AZZAM. She is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich who purchased ECLIPSE from Blohm & Voss in 2010.
Though she is known as the billion yacht, it is estimated that she is worth between US $500 – $700 million. The vessel can host 36 guests and is even rumoured to feature a state of the art anti-paparazzi system to protect the privacy of those on board.
|Builder:||Blohm and Voss|
|Interior Designer:||Terence Disdale|
ECLIPSE yacht interior
The interior (and the exterior) of the ECLIPSE yacht was designed by Terence Disdale, who has become one of the top names in the industry despite having no formal design education.
ECLIPSE was his largest project to date, and he also worked on prominent vessels such as A+ and AL SALAMAH.
The interior of ECLIPSE is classically designed in a style that is to be expected from one of the largest yachts in the world. The upholstery and furniture follow a beige and crème colour palette with wooden accents.
The yacht’s 18 cabins can welcome 36 guests as well as 70 crew members, which is an unusually large number even for a vessel of this size. A large dance floor, several fireplaces, two swimming pools and two helipads are also included onboard.
The yacht is so large that there is even a cinema dedicated exclusively for crew members. In 2015 the interior of ECLIPSE was refitted by Blohm and Voss in Hamburg.
The ECLIPSE yacht is the second largest yacht in the world with a length of 162.5 metres (533 ft), a beam of 22 metres (72.2 ft) and a draft of 5.9 metres (19.4 ft). She was built by the German shipyard Blohm & Voss and delivered to her owner in 2010.
Four MTU engines power ECLIPSE and allow her to reach top speeds of 25 knots, although her average cruising speed lies at 22 knots. Her total volume lies at 13564 tons making her not only one of the longest but also heaviest yachts in the world.
Like the interior of ECLIPSE, the interior was designed by Terence Disdale. According to rumours, Abramovich fitted her with an anti-paparazzi system that detects electronic light sensors from digital cameras. However, there is no proof of this, although many newspapers report of its existence.
Abramovich’s yacht is so large it can almost be compared to a large cruise ship. On deck are several swimming pools and jacuzzis, and the aft of the vessel features a sizeable beach club. The yacht has a sleek design that attests to Terence Disdale’s classical style.
ECLIPSE came to fame as being the most expensive yacht ever built at the time for an approximate price of US $500 million.
She has seen further improvements since her purchase by Abramovich in 2010 and it is often widely reported that she is worth US $1.2 – $1.5 billion.
Though it is hard to give an exact figure of her price today due to the fact she has only ever been owned by Roman Abramovich, it is estimated that her value is closer to US $500 – 700 million.
ECLIPSE yacht owner – Roman Abramovich
The owner of ECLIPSE is the Russian businessman and politician Roman Abramovich. With an estimated net worth of US $6.9 billion according to forbes 2022, he is one of the richest men in Russia and the world.
Abramovich is also the owner of several other superyachts, including the SOLARIS yacht which was launched in 2021.