2012 has only just begun, but our friends over at Superyachts.com are already making forecasts about the largest yachts of the new year.
Some have not been built yet, while others have existed since the 19th century.
These vessels are surely impressive for their size–and their features–but what is perhaps more intriguing about them is how they are shrouded in the opaque and mysterious world of some of the most affluent people on the planet, from Russian oligarchs to Arab princes.
One of the largest explorer yachts in the word, this vessel was constructed by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Nord for the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich is also rumoured to own one or two of the higher-ranking yachts in this list, but you'll have to click through to find out which ones they are.
Also built in Skaramanga, by Hellenic Shipyards, this yacht can hold up to 26 guests. She was constructed in an attempt to out-yacht Aristotle Onassis and, like her almost-sister, the Issham Al Baher, the Atlantis II possesses a modern roll motion stabilisation system.
Currently available for charter, the Turama was originally a cruise ship before she was made into this hulking specimen of luxury yachthood.
The yacht, converted to a charter vessel in 2003, contains two VIP suites, a main saloon, a private cinema, two conference theatres, and an internet cafe, among other grand attractions.
The A Yacht, code named Project Sigma for some reason, was built for the Russian entrepreneur Andrey Melnichenko. There are three swimming pools on board which generate resistant currents.
Uniquely designed, the vessel features an upside-down hull, sleekly resembling the aquiline curve of an eagle's beak.
This yacht is said to be one of the most technically advanced yachts ever constructed. She comes equipped to store a large submarine, if you have one.
She looks a little like a whale when viewed from below the hull, but have you ever met a cetacean styled by Raymond Lanton Design?
Featuring a glass circular staircase which changes colour, this elegant yacht was designed by Andrew Winch.
More than 10 years before she put in, the Dubai began construction for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. The vessel was acquired by Platinum Yachts and completed for Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
It's this one. (Remember the first slide?) There are rumours that the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owns this superyacht--add it to the list--which was built in 2010 at the Blohm + Voss Hamburg Shipyard. She can accommodate 30 guests in 15 cabins, and has on board a 16-meter swimming pool which converts into a dance floor.
Also, if you had 3 helicopters, you could land them on this behemoth.
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