It is being billed as the “world’s largest floating private members’ club”. A 220-metre-long superyacht where the cost of a room for the night starts at about £2,000, offering wealthy clients the chance to tour the globe calling in at glamour events from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Rio carnival. Five billionaire friends have paid €10m (£8.5m) each towards the cost of building the luxury yacht, in return for a suite. Most of the €250m bill will be borne by wealthy concierge firm Quintessentially , which will operate the ship as a seaborne private club for its elite members. A computer-generated impression of the yacht: ‘We will dock and people will want to get on.’ Photograph: PR Image As well as hosting parties the yacht – which planned to launch in 2013 but struggled to attract enough funding – will operate as a hotel, with a restaurant run with...
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