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Until some years back, hanging around at seven-star hotels and owning jet planes used to be a favored way to while away the ample time money gives the ultra-rich. But times a-changing, and their fancy has turned to luxury playgrounds that can be found deep beneath the oceans.

June 28, 2011 12:16 IST | India Infoline News Service
US$80mn under the Sea/ Submerge in Luxury
Secrecy and fantasy are the two premises on which the industry of luxury submarines survives.  Until some years back, hanging around at seven-star hotels and owning jet planes used to be a favored way to while away the ample time money gives the ultra-rich. But times a-changing, and their fancy has turned to luxury playgrounds that can be found deep beneath the oceans.
 
If you can find my submarine, it’s yours,” says Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich. Owning private submarines is the most recent trend amongst the mega-rich. From two-seaters to sprawling 5000 square feet of luxury, these babies can be acquired for a cool USD 25 million. Hawkes Ocean Technology and US Submarines, popular companies in the submarine-building business are running pillar to post, customizing vessels that cost to the tune of USD 1 million for clients. Let’s take a dekko at the lineup of these sub-aquatic machines.
 
Phoenix 1000 – The king of luxury submarines, the US Submarines’ Phoenix 1000 is exquisite. This submarine extraordinaire has 5000 square feet of sprawling interiors that are spread across four levels and the capacity to dive up to 1000 feet. Completely customized, what stands out about this vessel is the stunning view for the brave undersea adventure-seeker. The Phoenix 1000 has an integrated docking mini-sub that can transport passengers to a deep 2000 feet below the surface. There are gyms, wine cellars, Jacuzzis and ten bedrooms. For entertainment, there is a basketball court; probably the most expensive basketball court to be made in the world. Priced at a monstrous USD 80 million, this deluxe 65-meter (213 feet) underwater vehicle takes close to three years to make.
 
Seattle 1000: This climate-controlled lavish submarine sports a central twin deck and a space large enough for independent staterooms, living and dining spaces and crew’s quarters and galley. The inside of the Seattle 1000 submersible exhibits various layout choices and can be completely tailor-made to suit the client’s fancy requirements. This beauty does set you back for a smooth USD 25 million. A 24-hour jaunt inside this 36-meter (118 feet) costs close to USD 2500 per person.
 
Paul Allen’s Yellow Submarine: This is probably the reason Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen’s net worth is only one third in comparison to Bill Gates. An avid patron of ocean-cruisers, the latest acquisition in this billionaire’s repertoire of ‘my favorite things’ is a fully functioning 40-foot yellow submarine. He is known to have dished out USD 12 million for this stunning water-beast.
 
Triton 1000: The latest from the stable of the US Submarines, this 305-meter, two to three passengers submarine is luxury par excellence. The US Submarines are developing four Triton 1000s for the Poseidon Undersea Resorts. With superb visibility, abundant amenities and luxurious leather seating, this beauty is fully air-conditioned. All this pleasure will cost you about USD 1.5 million.
 
Nomad 1000: Known to be the world’s very first luxury submarine, this vessel really makes you feel like Captain Nemo. With all the amenities of a luxury yacht, the Nomad 1000 can dive up to 1000 feet. This vessel offers enormous panoramic viewports. You can treat yourself to the vast beauty of undersea life from this air-conditioned vehicle. This 65 feet submersible boasts of a magnificent and comfortable interior, fully functional galley and a marine bathroom with a shower. If you are looking to take a break, just close the hatch and dive. One can either continue their journey underwater or park the Nomad on the sea floor. This beauty can be lit up with sixteen 1000 watt, quartz halogen undersea lights. The Nomad 1000 is truly an autonomous submarine.
 
Proteus: If you have missed hearing about this, then it’s time to catch up with the rest of the luxury world. The Proteus and all of its 65 feet are outstanding. This vessel tosses up the last word in underwater luxury so far. The Proteus can host 14 divers on the fore and deck that can go underwater with the vessel while eight persons can be seated inside the dry cabin for stunning viewing.
 
There are close to 100 luxury underwater beauties hidden in the Seven Seas and no one has a clue that owns them. For a sweet USD 25 million, you can have your own spacious underwater toy and submerge in this luxury. Regal and breathtaking, the latest maritime attraction is topping the popularity charts amongst the rich on this planet. So, leave the Ferraris, Rolls Royce, Bugattis and fix your shifty eyes on some of the world’s most luxurious submarines.

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