Heesen’s lunar-themed 196 feet long Lusine, meaning moon in Armenian, is a $70 million superyacht owned by a Middle Eastern billionaire. There’s mystique, magic, magnificence, and more aboard the Sinot Yacht-designed luxury vessel. Lusine belongs to Emirati politician Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of The Emirates Group, who makes the world travel in the lap of luxury among the blue skies. What can one expect from his personal oasis of luxury? How do pieces of the actual moon decorating a coffee table sound, for starters? Lusine is an incredible example of the power of wealth, design, and vision, best explored in detail-
Lovely, lunar, and luscious, Lusine luxury vessel-
A three-pronged force worked on making Lusine a reality for a man fluent in affluence. Heesen’s Lusine was the first motoryacht from the yard to become a four-deck boat. “This was a Middle Eastern client. He liked to be with a lot of people on board, so he wanted to have a private owner’s deck,” shared Peter van der Zanden, general manager of design and development and engineering at Heesen Yachts. This is how the shipyard’s signature upper saloon turned into a private deck.
The vessel flaunts a touch-and-ago helipad for its VIP guests. Once inside, these guests are welcomed into a world with a Western-oriented interior. Materials like stainless steel, inlays of pufferfish skin, and gold leaf lent the space a surreal and elegant milieu.
The sprawling main saloon is an ode to high-gloss wood veneers of nearly every kind, from walnut, mahogany, and Macassar, balanced with milky-white onyx marble and off-white upholstery.
The moon is represented in several elements on the yacht, including the letters on the nameplate written in style, emulating the moon’s phases. Moons appear subtly throughout the interiors, in lamps, and deck inlays. However, the most jaw-dropping representation is a literal one, placed on a small coffee table at the aft end of the main saloon. The centerpiece is a slice of that moon rock, understandably making the nook the owner’s favorite spot to sit.
“We purchased one at an auction, a little slab of a meteorite, which has been proven to be made of the same material as the moon,” said Costerus. Lusine yacht sleeps 16 people in 8 ensuite cabins, and the owner’s deck is an absolute masterpiece. It features his-and-hers bathrooms with a walk-in wardrobe, vanity table, chaise-longue, and large drop-down TV.
The ride on Lusine is smooth and swift. Powered by twin MTU engines, the boat has a top speed of 17.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots.
Distinctive features of Lusine motoryacht-
A yacht like Lusine proves god lies in the details. It is all about the marriage of comfort and luxury. Guests can control the lighting and the window dressings from an inclined section of the nightstand, as opposed to the headboard, as is the case on many yachts.
Another uncanny element witnessed in the ship is the presence of built-in digital clocks everywhere. “Seeing the time was incredibly important,” explained Costerus. Guess that’s another way of making it easy for people to tell time instead of walking around a 196-footer looking for a clock.
At the owner’s behest, the main suite’s privacy has been assured by replacing the traditional deck staircase with a retractable ladder. The foredeck lounge plays the role of the private Middle Eastern-style saloon, aka majlis. How many boasts can boast of features this great?
The owner of Lusine yacht is a Dubai-based royal-
The Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, is the youngest son of Dubai’s former ruler Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum. The 64-year-old began his career in the aviation industry in 1985 and has been chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline ever since. The University of Denver graduate lives in Dubai and enjoys a net worth of nearly $1 billion. In addition to the elegant Lusine, he also owns another yacht, Falcon.