The $450 million superyacht Opera anchored off Mykonos on Monday and became a must-see spectacle for locals and visitors alike.
The yacht’s owner is Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is the son of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is not known whether he is among the passengers.
Mykonos Live TV captured the impressive yacht in the following video:
The Opera is a magnificent vessel built by Lurssen yachts and designed by Terence Disdale. This superyacht is one of the largest in the world and boasts an impressive range of features and facilities, Superyachtfan.com reports.
Lürssen Yachts is a luxury yacht builder based in Bremen, Germany. The company was founded in 1875 and is known for building custom-made motor yachts, with sizes ranging from 50 to 180 meters in length. Lurssen yachts are known for their high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and use of advanced technology.
Terence Disdale Design is a luxury design and architecture firm based in London, UK, that specializes in high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. The firm was founded by Terence Disdale in 1973 and has since established a reputation for creating elegant, timeless interiors and exteriors for luxury properties and yachts worldwide.
It is believed that the Opera yacht can accommodate up to 48 guests in 24 staterooms and has a crew and staff of 80 in 40 cabins.
It is powered by MTU engines that can bring the yacht to a top speed of 20 knots, while its cruising speed is 14 knots. The yacht has a gross tonnage of 12,000t, making it an impressive vessel in terms of both size and performance.
Mykonos is a magnet for hundreds of yachts, superyachts
Looking out over the beach bays of Ornos or Psarou, it often looks like a parking lot for the luxurious vessels designed for posh travel on the water.
The island has always had a reputation for fun in the sun and seaside celebrity watching, with beach clubs and restaurants overflowing with champagne, top-notch cuisine and a clubbing scene that starts from sunset and ends past sunrise.
Many of the restaurants at local beaches have set out moorings so their daytime customers can tether their vessels as an added convenience for arriving at their venue. Most of the boats have their own tenders to transport their owners back and forth from ship to shore.
The tenders even compete in the “bigger is best” boat competition, as some are simple inflatable five-foot motorized dinghies that seat three; others are fiberglass inboard-motor 20 foot-long craft that can accommodate up to 12 individuals.
Almost all the beaches have temporary floating docks to make embarking and disembarking easy for their passengers, to avoid sinking in the sand or getting soaked by the sea.