"Cloud 9": The Star Wars-Inspired Superyacht of Billionaire up For Sale
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When it comes to luxury yachts, few can match the opulence and grandeur of the 88.5-meter long Cloud 9. Commissioned by Australian businessman Brett Blundy, the vessel, designed by Espen Oeino International and David Kleinberg Design Associates, is a true refuge from the world, with a price tag of 167 million dollars.
But what sets Cloud 9 apart from other superyachts is its unique Star Wars-inspired theme.
A Match Made in Billionaire's Office
Blundy, a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan, has ensured that every room on the ship is named after a character from the beloved sci-fi franchise.
From Chewbacca and Princess Leia to BB-8, Jabba the Hut and Yoda, the yacht is a true tribute to the iconic series. The master suite, named after the wise Jedi master Yoda, features a separate office, living room, two bathrooms, walk-in closets, and direct access to a private deck with lounge area and Jacuzzi.
Luxurious Amenities and Features
The Cloud 9 is not just a Star Wars-themed vessel, it's also a fully-equipped luxury yacht. It boasts a five-metre swimming pool, cinema, spacious beach club, beauty salon, spa and large gym.
The yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 8 cabins and is powered by a pair of MTU4000 M73L engines, giving her a top speed of 20 knots. The yacht also includes a staff of a babysitter, personal trainer, masseuse, and hairdresser.
Superyacht designer Andrew Winch, who designed the yacht for the Australian billionaire, shared that motoryacht Cloud 9 was his clear favorite. “He [Blundy] is great fun. This is the second boat we’ve done with him, so we know him very well, and he’s family,” he said per The Guardian.
From Gardener's Son to Billionaire
Blundy, 63, grew up in the rural suburbs of Melbourne as the son of a gardener. The former chairman of BB Retail has developed a huge business empire with companies such as Sanity Entertainment, Bras N Things, and Aventus Property Group.
His net worth is estimated at $2.3 billion, earned through successful businesses such as Diva, a fashion jewelry brand (200 stores in Australia and New Zealand and 400 in international markets) and Lovisa Jewelry, a jewelry brand with 676 stores in 26 countries.
The Australian businessman currently lives in Singapore with his wife and two children. Cloud 9 is a one-of-a-kind superyacht that combines the opulence of luxury yachts and the nostalgia of Star Wars. Its unique theme and luxurious amenities are sure to make it a favorite among yacht enthusiasts and Star Wars fans alike.