I spy “A” $300M yacht in Monterey

It is another weekend in Monterey, California.  I never know what to expect when I walk down to the waterfront in Monterey.

Yesterday I saw the “A” anchored in Monterey Bay. The mega-yacht owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko has been cruising up and down the California coast this month. The Philippe Starck designed 390-foot yacht is a $300 million dollar floating palace built just two years ago. The unique submarine style shape makes this ship design one of the most talked about yachts of the seas. The opening in the rear of the ship is actually the garage.

“A” is not the largest private yacht in the world. In fact, the Blohm + Voss built yacht currently ranks 12th in length. Apparently Blohm + Voss or Lurssen, both German manufacturers,  are the builders of premier mega-yachts these days.

Here is a 4-minute video tour of the “A” yacht from a Wall Street Journal piece reposted in the LA Times.

My photos of the yacht were taken from the working wharf in Monterey. The tourist Fisherman’s Wharf is loaded with restaurants and trinket shops. That is where you go to eat restaurant fish and take a whale watching tour. The working wharf is the location to buy fresh fish in Monterey.

And just to add a little hotel info to this post I have included the view of downtown Monterey from the Monterey wharf showing the Marriott Monterey.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. This yacht is very distinctive, I saw it from the plane on my LAX-SFO flight today. I didn’t know about it, but now that I saw your pictures I’m sure this is the one I spotted. Thanks for solving the mystery 🙂

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