In the boat world, there’s cruising and then there’s yachting. While there’s nothing wrong with all the fun and entertainment that’s to be had on a cruise ship, yachting offers an experience that simply can’t be rivaled. Imagine yourself out on the open seas with your family and / or friends, enjoying the finer things in life in the most luxurious trappings, all while you motor from port to port. It’s the rich life indeed!
And, that’s kind of the thing. While we can all dream about what it would be like to charter a yacht, few of us can afford it. And, when we say that, we’re just talking about the average yachts that are out there. When you start talking about the kinds of yachts that are owned by billionaires and royalty, then you’re in a whole new ballpark.
To show you what we mean (and to show you how the super rich have been spending their “hard earned” money), we thought we’d show you the 25 most exclusive (and expensive) yacht charters in the world. Keep the price tag in mind as you look, too! Without exception, you could buy a home for what it costs to charter any of these yachts for a week.
1. Indian Empress
Formerly owned by a Saudi royal and now owned by an Indian liquor magnate, this yacht features a garage the houses two luxury cars, and costs around $1,000,000 to charter per week.
At around $900,000 per week to charter during peak season, this yachts 47-foot beam means that guestrooms are generously sized.
This 223-foot yacht is home to its own on board cinema and disco and costs around $500,000 to charter for a week.
4. RM Elegant
This yacht is incredibly popular with actors and recording artists, including Puff Daddy, and goes for a whopping $750,000 per week.
Originally built as an exclusive cruise ship, this beauty is now a private charter that goes for around $800,000 per week and includes plenty of amenities.
A 27-seat cinema is just the tip of the iceberg for this amazing yacht that happens to cost a cool $850,000 to charter per week.
This yacht also costs a cool $850,00 per week, and comes outfitted with an amazing sky lounge with sweeping views and a table for poker.
8. Christina O
With a champagne bar and a 700-square-foot lounge, this awesome yacht – which costs $660,000 per week – is a partier’s paradise.
With a wide beam and generously sized rooms, you’ll truly feel like you’re living the yacht life on this $600,000 per week beauty!
The name really says it all when it comes to this beautiful yacht, which costs around $600,000 per week to charter during peak seasons.
If you’re imagining hoping off the yacht to do a little jet skiing, then this is the yacht you want to charter. Got $550,000 lying around?
This one also runs about $550,000 per week, and it comes with a number of cool amenities including stunning suites with plenty of VIP features.
The owner of this yacht, which offers private charters for around $500,000, was the person who discovered international singing superstar Kylie Minogue.
This 230-foot yacht has been designed to impress, with a bed in the owner’s suite that rotates! The price to ride? That would be around $500,000.
This is another luxury yacht charter that’s perfect for the adventurer with a flavor for water sports. It runs for around $480,000 a week.
This isn’t some new power yacht; this one’s a classic. In fact, FDR planned WWII strategy aboard her. If you want the classic styling, be prepared to spend $470,00 a week.
17. Golden Odyssey
This amazing yacht is one of the newer ones on the list, and the Saudi prince who owns it offers private charters for around $700,000 a week.
18. Golden Shadow
Did you try to book the Golden Odyssey, but she was already booked for the week you want? Well, you can book her sister ship for the same price.
19. Polar Star
Owned by a group of Russian oligarchs, this boat, which was commissioned by a Canadian couple, offers weekly charters for $450,000.
This mega yacht with a cheeky name offers plenty of space for guests, as it’s home to 16 staterooms. Perhaps you’ll want to split the $440,000 a week charter cost.
Want a relaxing evening? Then try sitting on the aft deck of this amazing yacht, where you can watch movies as the sun sets. The weekly charter cost? $400,000.
More so than many other yachts on this list, this one has been designed to offer the ultimate relaxing experience, with overstuffed beds for sleepy nights. It costs $385,000 a week when chartered.
23. Talitha G
So, you want to charter a yacht for the ultimate bachelor party? Well why not book this swinging yacht to the tune of $380,000 a week?
24. Lady Lola
The pool on this boat had a waterfall that feeds a beautiful Jacuzzi. Sounds awesome, right? Well, start saving your money to afford the $345,000 a week charter fee.
This luxury yacht, which has been in service for 30 years and runs around $300,000 a week to charter, features a yacht rarity: a working, real fireplace.