World’s first “yacht liner” to set sail in 2024

VARD shipyard contracted to construct US$600m six-star yacht

Somnio | Credit: Winch Design

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The VARD shipyard has won the contract to construct the world’s first residential “yacht liner”, named Somnio.

Billed as the largest yacht in the world, the six-star 33,500 gross tonne Somnio will be the length of two football fields (at 222 metres – as a comparison, it’s 60-odd metres longer than Scenic Eclipse!) and stretches 27 metres across.

Onboard will be 39 luxurious apartments spread over six decks, which will be designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden and Winch Design from the UK.

Credit: Winch Design

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Apartments will feature a kitchen, library, gym and both indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and prices start from US$11.2 million, on a ‘by invitation only’ basis.

The US$600 million vessel will feature a marina and pool at the aft and a tennis court on the bow which also acts as a helipad.

With a focus on slow-paced travel, Somnio will explore the four corners of the globe, from the Mediterranean, a week in New York, sailing the South Pacific, to undertaking expeditions in Antarctica. Owners will access unimaginable experiences whilst enjoying the true intimacy of private yacht ownership with added ability to share a unique life with like-minded owners and friends with whom to explore the world.

Credit: Winch Design

“Somnio, meaning “to dream” in Latin, will be the largest yacht in the world by length and volume, and offer apartment owners the finest quality available at sea. We are really looking forward to seeing this beautiful yacht liner sail in 2024,” said Captain Erik Bredhe, Co-Founder of Somnio.

The vessel will be the largest yet to come out of the VARD shipyard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri.

The yacht liner is to be delivered from Vard Søviknes in Norway. The hull, and the first phase of outfitting, will be performed at Vard Tulcea in Romania. Other key players in the project are VARD’s parent company Fincantieri, Vard Design, and Vard Electro.

Delivery is due in Norway in 2024.

Renderings courtesy of Winch Design

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