The 2014 World Cup in Brazil undoubtedly had a glamorous audience, from soccer star David Beckham and singer Mick Jagger to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Even royalty was present at the event with the presence of Prince Harry of England and the Belgian monarchs Philippe and Mathilde. But beyond personalities and celebrities, the media and the public attention also focused on a magnificent yacht, the Topaz, which hosted American actor Leonardo DiCaprio during his visit to the South American country.
With a length of over 482 feet, the Topaz is among the largest private luxury yachts in the world. It is owned by billionaire Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and member of the Abu Dhabi royal family. Interestingly, Sheikh Mansour— as the prince is known— is also passionate about soccer and owns the English soccer team Manchester City.
The stunning yacht excels not only for its monumental size but is also one of the most luxurious and comfortable we have seen. (along with Azzam and Lady Moura)It is equipped with a gym, swimming pool, two hot tubs, a conference room, movie theater and lift, as well as two heliports. Its interior was custom designed by Terence Disdale and the exterior by the renowned team of Tim Heywood Design. The skillful engineers from Lurssen Yachts shipyards in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany were responsible for the construction of this beautiful vessel. Read more about luxury yachts here.
The Topaz has a steel hull with aluminum superstructure and is powered by two Pelstick diesel engines that produce 7,990 hp each. Her cruising speed is 22.9 knots and the maximum speed is estimated to be around 25.5 knots. She also has special stabilizers to ensure comfort on board when the yacht is anchored, especially in rough water.
Since a member of the royal family owns the yacht, its manufacturers and designers have not disclosed details of its interior. However, it is known that Disdale— responsible for the interior design— arranged and furnished it as a “beach house”, a design concept for luxury yachts that favors a relaxed and functional style and offers the experience of sailing without the excessively formal and severe environments of a family mansion.
Disdale placed the Jacuzzis in the aft deck next to the pool, which at night is illuminated with colored light beams through a system of underwater lighting. The eight decks are connected by a lift that provides access to the helicopter and swimming platforms, and to a fully equipped gym with the latest in sports technology.
The mega yacht is also equipped with auxiliary boats that can be reached from both sides of the ship, or through the stern, where there is a terrace and a large deck with stairs to provide access to the water as well as a variety of water toys stored in the hold: jet skis, inflatable boats, a small catamaran… and even a mini-submarine! The spectacular Topaz— with its futuristic styling and functional design— is also one of the most-expensive luxury super yachts: in 2012, its owner Sheikh Mansour paid $527 million for it. ■