By reporter Steven Smalley
If you hurry, you can see one of the world’s great yachts currently moored at Pier 90 just before it launches today for repairs in Canada. At 377 feet in length, the Luna, reportedly owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, is touted as the world’s largest expedition motor yacht. So, if you’re heading off to explore Antarctica, for scientific reasons of course, what better vehicle to take along than this luxurious ship equipped with a large indoor pool and two helicopter pads (scientists never had it so good).
Just in from Alaska, according to a source in a position to know, the Luna is expected back in Seattle in a couple of months. At that point it’s planned to take up a berth near Fremont, within walking distance of amenities, so the owners and crew of 47 can find a restaurant without hailing a cab. It’s reported that close friends of Mr. Abramovich are actually operating the yacht and not the billionaire himself, and that Seattleites can expect the ship to stay close to our shores for a while. Roman Abramovich, who made his money in oil, also owns the Chelsea Football Club of London which he purchased for the equivalent of $226 million. Officially, and reportedly for tax purposes, the Luna is listed as a charter yacht in Monaco and can be viewed here.
Photos by Steve Smalley