What’s that Mini-Cruise Ship That Has Been Parked in San Diego Bay?


January 22, 2013

The other day, a guest on my San Diego tour asked me about the cool looking mini-cruise ship parked in San Diego Bay, right between the Maritime Museum and Cruise Ship terminal on Harbor Drive.

Yes, it does look like a mini-cruise ship since it’s longer than a football field and has two helipads. But no, it’s actually the 19th largest superyacht in the world and when first built in 2010, it was claimed to the the largest expeditionary yacht in the world able to traverse long distances without refueling.

It’s been in San Diego Harbor for the past two months and you can still see it today. I’m not sure who’s brought it to town since it is owned by a Russian Billionaire, who also owns what is now the largest superyacht in the world, but charters these boats out to others. I have heard rumors that there was a Russion Billionaire who was visiting La Jolla and is now traveling the Southwest. However, I don’t know if the two are connected.

Anyways, keep your eyes open when driving or walking along Harbor Drive in San Diego. What may look like a cruise ship could in fact be one of the largest yachts in the world owned by someone famous. Here are the pictures I’ve taken and a little background on three superyachts I’ve seen San Diego. If any of the superyacht visitors are reading this, I’d love to take a tour of your yacht!

Superyacht Luna in San Diego Bay

Owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. It’s the 19th largest yacht in the world at 115 meters long (377 feet …longer than a football field!) and has two helipads. Abramovich apparently started off selling rubber ducks and built an empire that now includes the Chelsea football team. [Yacht photo taken December 30, 2012]

Wikipedia Profile for Roman Abramovich
Luna Profile on Superyachts.com

Superyacht Attessa in San Diego Bay

Owned by American billionaire Dennis Washington along with Attessa IV (see comment below post), which is the 27th largest yacht in the world at 100.6 meters long (330 feet) and has a helipad. Washington started a construction business to build highways in Montana and branched out into mining, railroads, shipping, and more. [Yacht photo taken July 7, 2012]

Wikipedia Profile for Dennis Washington
Attessa IV profile on Charterworld.com

Superyacht Ice in San Diego Bay

Owned by Russian billionaire and politician Suleyman Kerimov. It’s the 39th largest yacht in the world at 90.1 meters long (295 feet) but surprisingly no helipad as it was built supposedly to be an environmentally friendly yacht. Kerimov started as an economist before helping to start a bank to invest in struggling companies, which obviously became quite successful. He also served in the Russian Duma. [Yacht photo taken September 4, 2008]

Wikipedia Profile for Suleyman Kerimov
Ice Yacht profile on Superyachts.com

Largest Yachts in San Diego

The yacht rankings above will change as it seems each week a newer, longer yacht is introduced to the world. There’s a good chance we’ll get to see some of them not only because they like to visit San Diego but when I took a tour of the Port of San Diego, I learned that billionaire’s like Larry Ellison and Paul Allen send their yachts to San Diego for repairs and maintenance.

I’m curious if any of you know what are the largest yachts home ported in San Diego. If you have some ideas, let me know!

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2 Responses to “What’s that Mini-Cruise Ship That Has Been Parked in San Diego Bay?”

  1. Vancouver says:

    FYI – The yacht pictured above under the heading/story “….Attessa IV….” is not the Attessa IV, it’s the Attessa IV’s smaller sister the Attessa, which is also owned by the Washington Group.

    You will note there is no “IV” after the name “Attessa” on the yacht pictured above and the Attessa has distinctly different lines than the Attessa IV. Here is a link to some good shots of the Attessa IV when she was in San Diego in Apr/May 2012. You will notice on the closeups there is an IV after the name Attessa.

    Also, here is a link to a picture of both Attessa’s moored together.

  2. Thank you for the clarification Vancouver! I appreciate it.

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