Widely recognized as the largest boat in the world, Eclipse measures a whopping 557ft in length so was unlikely to go unnoticed as it arrived in the Big Apple.
The presence of the $1.5 billion vessel has surprised many familiar with the Russian’s security paranoia and media shyness and has understandably fueled speculation as to why it has strayed from its usual territory around southern Europe and St. Barts.
A spokesman for Mr. Abramovich refused to comment on the nature of the Chelsea FC owner’s business in New York but tongues are wagging that it may have something to do with his girlfriend’s pregnancy.
Since Mr. Abramovich prioritizes privacy and security, CNBC reports that some believe he is using the boat as a temporary residence so he can better accommodate his staff and security team.
The incredible vessel boasts two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, a dedicated disco hall, around 30 cabins, a mini-submarine and even a missile defense system.
It also has armour-plating around Abramovich’s master suite, bullet-proof windows and a laser system designed to dazzle long-lens photographers.
When it was ordered the initial cost was estimated at around $500 million, but by the time Mr. Abramovich took delivery last year it was spiralling towards the $1.5 billion mark because of the extra luxury fittings and security measures.
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