Lürssen’s 404-foot Golden Odyssey was spotted navigating the river Weser after leaving the Lürssen shipyard in Lemwerder, Germany, on its way to the North Sea, somewhere between late May and early June.
Getting to peek inside the world’s largest and most exclusive yachts—often referred to as superyachts or gigayachts, for especially large examples—reveals the epitome of luxury living, but with these floating estates come hefty privacy agreements between owners and shipyards, making it notoriously difficult to procure details about the world’s most elite vessels. Also, with about 70 percent of the planet’s surface covered by oceans, even superyachts can find hiding spots, making them challenging to track down.
Sailing in as high as 15th place on lists of the largest yachts in the world, Golden Odyssey remains a true mystery ship for the most part. Built by Lürssen (which also built the 591-foot Azzam, the largest yacht in the world), Golden Odyssey was reportedly designed by Martin Francis, of Francis Design, with interiors by Alberto Pinto. Launched on March 20, 2015, the superyacht is believed to feature:
- A steel hull and an aluminum superstructure
- Gross tonnage of approximately 7,600
- Five decks with amenities rumored to include a swimming pool, a spa, a beach club, a gym, an elevator, and a helipad
- A hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system
- Zero Speed stabilizers for roll reduction
After completing its sea trials in June, Golden Odyssey was recently delivered to its owner, who is believed to be Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Azziz. Founder of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, the prince owns several luxury vessels—dubbed the “Golden Fleet”—used for both recreation and scientific research.
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