It’s the holiday season, time for Roman Abramovich and other billionaires to celebrate in the Caribbean aboard some of the world’s largest yachts.
The Chelsea F.C. owner’s Eclipse is currently in St. Maarten along with more than 50 other superyachts. The count off the idyllic island swelled to 52 vessels from 16 in November, leading all countries in month-over-month change, and placing it sixth on the yacht leaderboard. Antigua was seventh and St. Bart’s tied Turkey for 10th place.
Abramovich’s holiday sleigh may make Santa jealous.
Clocking in at 533 feet (162.5 meters), it’s the third-largest in the world and the biggest currently in the Caribbean, according to IHS data. Fellow steel billionaire Victor Rashnikov’s Ocean Victory is the second-largest at 459 feet, with David Geffen’s Rising Sun third at 456 feet.
A yacht previously owned by Abramovich had a tougher time of it. The 282-foot Ecstasea, now owned by a Pakistani billionaire, crashed Sunday while docking at a marina on St. Maarten, demolishing an operator’s booth.
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