Written by by Staff Writer, CNN
A massive floating luxury hotel and modern villas in Mauritius, designed by the architect Norman Foster, make up one of the world’s largest superyachts: the MV Archana Rhapsody.
But the ship does not even make the world’s top 10 biggest superyachts. And over the past few decades, some unusual designs have made it onto the list.
1. Archana Rhapsody
Listed at 580.7 feet (170 meters), the Archana Rhapsody is a staggeringly big yacht — and has plenty of room to grow.
Its designers, Foster + Partners, are famous for their innovative-yet-modest designs.
In this case, the desire to create a luxurious spa hotel inspired the architects to design two suites: the Serenity and the Nefertiti.
But the extra room came at a cost — the archipelago’s coral reefs are said to be harmed when the boat has to drag its anchors alongside land.
This massive 155-foot (44.2-meter) superyacht was originally designed for 85 people, but due to an increase in price tag, the Italian yachtbuilder has since reduced the capacity.
Created by architect Mario Celentano , Sunline is the largest diesel engine powered superyacht in the world.
With a maximum height of 130 feet (40 meters), Sunline boasts a navigational master, cinema, wine cellar, gym, a pet spa, and a wall of windows open to allow in the sun and ocean views.
3. French Extravagance
Also known as “The Chateau with the 100,000 Views,” this aircraft-style superyacht has been described as “one of the most amazing and extravagant superyachts that I have ever seen” by ultra-rich buyer and private jet charter owner Mark Messina .
Beyond the view, this amazing floating real estate project offers 25 bedrooms, 6,000 square feet of floor space, and a whopping 6,000 square feet of decks and outdoor terraces.
4. Ultimate Outdoor Living Space
This floating mansion was originally designed to be used by cross-cultural dance students, but has found a new life as a luxurious yacht.
It’s officially been named “Shiver” but is most well-known for the giant white lion statue that greets visitors.
Designed by Italian architect Roger Assis, the ship includes an enormous ballroom, indoor skydiving jumping ropes, garden grounds and a heated swimming pool for residents.
5. Ivory Cabin
Designed by Bollinger, a French luxury champagne producer, this gorgeous floating apartment was inspired by Cameroon’s legend of the Rhinoceros — the original name of the country’s first national museum.
First played out in the company’s Paris flagship store, the elaborate glass cube home is a striking departure from any standard yacht.
It also provides a unique platform for Bollinger’s lifestyle gifting programs.
6. Man’s Afro/Antarctica
(left) Man’s Afro/Antarctica (right) Credit: Courtesy Antony Condon
This 436-foot (127.1-meter) superyacht — which is referred to as “Man’s Afro” and “Antarctica” by owners — is powered by 11,000 horsepower from its hydro-turbine and boasts 1,500 tons of deadweight.
The Amazone is named after a fictional but mythical African civilization that debuted in French literature in the middle of the 19th century. But its creator has given it a modern, technological twist, making it more suited to exploring the far reaches of Antarctica.
Visitors can stay in one of its standalone, loft cabins or in a complete habitat with sunken sleeping quarters.
7. The Futurist
(left) Man’s Afro/Antarctica (right) Credit: Courtesy Domenico Luchetti
Although it doesn’t feature on the top 10, this massive vessel is certainly one of the most eye-catching ships on the market.
The 40m (131.3-meter) great white supremacist was originally designed for a client by Domenico Luchetti and Italian boatbuilder Venetian Designs.
The luxury aquatic vessel has a 44,000 square foot (4,385 square meter) main deck and a 16,000 square foot (1,437 square meter) viewing deck.
8. The Broad
(left) The Broad (right) Credit: Courtesy Lloyd & Lloyd
Originally scheduled to launch in 2016, “The Broad” — which is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall — was delayed due to safety concerns.
The 156.9-foot (46.4-meter) design was built by Lloyd & Lloyd, though its precise construction