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Megayachts avoid coronavirus-stricken Spain and opt for up-and-coming Croatia and Turkey

As Spain struggles to cope with new challenges amid the coronavirus crisis, Croatia and Turkey have emerged as the up-and-coming hotspots for the world’s ultra-rich. 

At least 63 mega-yachts are sailing off the coast of Turkey, more than double the 26 that were there this time last year, Bloomberg reports. 

Greece and Croatia have also seen increases in the number of super-yachts along their coasts. Both countries, along with Turkey, have been hosting their highest number of the vessels in three years.

While those in Spain still outnumber those in Croatia or Turkey, the figures show the latter two countries are catching up. Data for August 2020 shows 84 super-yachts in Spain, compared to 108 in August 2019.

The country has seen 26 vessels leaving its shores since July this year as it grapples with the potential of a new coronavirus outbreak.   

Croatia, however, is now host to 64 – up from just 45 this time last year. Turkey’s 63 vessels for this month represents a sharp increase from the 26 that were there in August 2019.   

The Scheherazade, a 459-foot vessel, entered Turkey this weekend, along with the 280-foot Pacific belonging to Russia’s second-richest man, Leonid Mikhelson, and the 325-foot Madame Gu, thought to be owned by Andrey Skoch, reports suggest. 

The largest super-yachts off Croatia include the 533-foot Eclipse, belonging to Roman Abramovich, and the Ulysses – a 381-foot vessel belonging to Graeme Hart, New Zealand’s richest man

The Eclipse super yacht was built by German company Blohm&Voss and designed by Terence Disdale. It was originally built at Hamburg’s Blohm Voss shipbuilders in 2010 and 2011.

Eclipse was formerly the world’s largest private yacht at 62.5 metres (533 ft 2 in) long, until it was surpassed by the 590ft Azzam in April 2013.

She has four diesel engines and a maximum speed of 22 knots, although this speed is well surpassed by some of the newer superyacht builds.

It can accommodate 36 guests in comfort, and boasts a cinema, conference facilities, children’s playroom, beauty salon, dance floor, swimming pool and sauna.

The incredible vessel also contains two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, a dedicated disco hall, around 30 cabins, a mini-submarine, and even a missile defence system.

It has armour-plating around Mr Abramovich’s master suite, bullet-proof windows and a laser system designed to dazzle long-lens photographers.

When it was ordered, the initial cost was estimated at around $500million, but by the time Mr Abramovich took delivery in 2012 it was spiralling towards the $1.5billion mark because of the extra luxury fittings and security measures.

Model Caprice and her family were invited onto their friends’ superyacht and were pictured cruising around Greek islands on Monday. 

Last week Spain announced it was banning smoking in the street without social distancing as it stepped up restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Health Minister Salvador Illa unveiled new measures to be enforced nationwide, including closing restaurants and bars.

Nightclubs and late-night bars will be closed, restaurants will have to close by 1am, no new customers can enter after midnight and establishments will be limited to 10 diners. 

The country’s total cases have now surpassed 330,000, while the country’s death toll is more than 28,000, prompting fears of a second wave of the pandemic in Spain.     

Hospitalisations with Covid-19 had quintupled in Spain since early July, when cases were down to a trickle. 

Spain imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in Europe, which stopped a first wave of the virus that had pushed the health care system to breaking point.  

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