Plenty of mega yachts have dropped anchor in and around Dubrovnik, and indeed Cavtat this summer season, but today was a day for no ordinary mega yacht. The Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, is not a man for cutting corners when it comes to splashing the cash, but with an estimated fortune of over $12.5 billion he probably isn’t counting the pennies.
The second largest private yacht in the world- Photo Mark Thomas
And he really dipped deep into his pockets when he purchased the luxurious yacht Eclipse in for a whopping $500 million. In fact, when Eclipse was delivered to the Russian oligarch it was the largest yacht in the world, at a staggering 162 metres, or over half the length of the Stradun.
And this afternoon Eclipse dropped her hefty anchor in the Bay of Cavtat, immediately making all the other yachts look like dinghys.
Eclipse literally eclipses all the other mega yachts in Cavtat - Photo Mark Thomas
This is a yacht armed to the teeth with luxury. Not one but two helicopter pads, two swimming pools, countless hot tubs, a mini-submarine, three launch boats and a crew of 70 to operate all the equipment and to make sure that the passengers are treated like royalty. And armed to the teeth it certainly is as it is reported that the Eclipse even has a missile detection system. And if you feel like a bogie then the monster ship even has its own disco. The floor of one of the swimming pools can raise and turn into a dance floor, in fact not just one of the swimming pools but the largest swimming pool on any private yacht in the world.
Abramovich is no stranger to Dubrovnik, in fact he has been a regular visitor to the city for the past decade. However, it has yet to been confirmed that the ninth richest man in the UK is actually on board.