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3 Best Celebrity Owned Yachts

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photograph of yacht Seven Seas and owner Steven Spielberg. Photo collage of Spielberg and the yacht areas like hot tub, salon, and aft deck.

Whether as an effort to diversify investments, ego or challenge – many international celebrities have spent millions of dollars for the opportunity to own a superyacht.  Unlike athletes who splash their names on a restaurant and cover the walls in memorabilia as a shrine to their athletic glory, celebrity yacht owners rarely view their vessels as a tool for self-promotion. Instead, these yachts serve as a private oasis, a retreat from the constant pressures of the high-profile world of business and entertainment.

 Aerial photograph from bow of yacht, SlipStream. Boat is heading into the photograph, towards the bottom. Superstructure is silver. Hull is black.

 

When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.


While a celebrity’s name might pique your interest in considering his or her yacht, it’s the onboard amenities, professional crew, and overall design of the vessel that ultimately lead a client to rent a specific private yacht.  
 
Still, for many people (especially the charterer’s children), it’s fun to say,
We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!
 
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our three favorite celebrity-owned yachts for hire:
 
1. VAJOLIROJA
private yacht charter owner Johnny Depp charters luxury yachts
 
Sailing the high seas as the lead character in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might explain why actor Johnny Depp has a passion for fine yachts.

Motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156′  Mediterranean yacht charter vessel of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s.

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout). Available for hire in the Mediterranean for € 98,000 per week in July and August, and € 84,000 per week the other months.

 
2. VA BENE


Photograph of yacht VA BENE profile. There's a mountain in the background.

According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine“) chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.

The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases. 

Motor Yacht Va Bene is available for Caribbean yacht charter hire in the winter and spring at a rate of  $189,000 per week.  In the summer, the yacht is based in the Mediterranean and is priced at $210,000 per week in July and August, and $189,000 per week all other months.

3.  SEVEN SEAS

Aerial view of motoryacht with blue hull and white superstructure underway

After her launch in 2010, speculation swirled around Steven Spielberg’s motor yacht SEVEN SEAS as to whether or not she would enter the charter market.  At first – she did.  Recently, however, Spielberg withdrew the yacht from charter for extended personal use.  Hopeful that the superyacht will one day return to charter, we have selected her for our list of the best celebrity-owned (charter) yachts.  

At 86 meters in length, her size, shape, and style ensure that motor yacht Seven Seas is one of the most impressive yachts in the world.  Built by Oceanco, the megayacht features an infinity swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see the return of Seven Seas to the rental marketplace!

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Do you know any other celebrity-owned yachts worthy of mention?  Help us expand our list and see if we can come up with the top ten celebrity-owned yacht, even if they are not for hire.  Contact us with your nominations HERE

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Famous Superyacht Owner Says He Makes Stupid Money

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The cover of Vanity Fair magazine, featuring Johnny Depp, who is a yacht owner

Johnny Depp, yacht owner

A well known owner of a Mediterranean yacht charter vessel charges nearly €100,000 per week to rent his yacht, but it is his day job that brings him vast sums of money.

Actor Johnny Depp, owner of the 156′ motor yacht VAJOLIROJA, opens up about his staggering paychecks in the November issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

“Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it,” he admits in the magazine article.  “I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids.”

Depp has shot to the top of the list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, thanks to the stellar success of Disney‘s Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.   While Depp is mum on the size of his Pirates “ransom,” a recent report puts his total take in the $300 million range, due to a gross-profit-sharing deal brokered with Disney. To date, the four-film franchise has tallied $3.7 billion in worldwide receipts, and Depp is slated to star in a 5th installment. 

Photograph of brown and white old-fashioned motoryacht owned by Johnny Depp. Depp headshot with him dressed as a pirate is superimposed into the lower left corner of the photo. He is smiling and holding an old-fashioned pistol up by his chin. The words, 75 $ million, are written over the top of the photos.

Johnny Depp yacht, ValJoLiRoJa

It’s believed Depp’s passion for the sea, and his purchase of a mega yacht charter vessel stems from his years of filming the Pirates movies in exotic locales such as the Bahamas.  His yacht, motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156 foot yacht of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s. 

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout).


Relive the Golden Era of yachting on board a classic yacht this winter.  Depp’s yacht VAJOLIROJA is available for hire in the Bahamas or St Martin.  It joins another classic-style Caribbean charter yacht,
sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA

In other destinations, classic-styled sail yacht  MONTIGNE is available in the Far East, and in the Mediterranean, sail yacht ATLANTIC and motor yacht CHRISTINA O are available this winter.  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to reserve your yacht today.

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