The industry's most stunning superyacht lifts
Written by Sarah Rowland
Last updated: 03/08/2017
Call them lifts or elevators, these design statements have become an impressive and practical addition to any large superyacht. Yachting Pages presents 14 of the industry’s top superyacht elevators, from A to Z.
Beautiful superyacht elevators
1. Blue Eyes
CRN’s 60m Blue Eyes is a modern superyacht equipped with all the modern conveniences expected aboard a luxury yacht - including its own interior lift. Spanning all the way from the guest accommodation on her lower deck, all the way to her sundeck, her lift features glass sides that are etched with the yacht’s reoccurring motifs of marine flora and fauna.
2. Diamonds are Forever
Benetti’s 61m James-Bond-inspired superyacht was sure to come equipped with a helicopter landing pad, on-deck Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art superyacht lift. In her main foyer, she has a sparkling glass-encased elevator with wrap-around staircase designed by Evan K. Marshall. Serving all three decks, the lift’s exterior is enhanced only by the beautiful marble flooring and artwork in her lobby.
3. Excellence V
Abeking & Rasmussen’s 60m custom motor yacht Excellence V features a spacious five-level glass elevator encased with a spiral staircase that’s accessible on all levels, including the beach club, making for an impressive entrance via tender.
4. Galactica Super Nova
Heesen names the stand-out feature of its 77m superyacht Galactica Super Nova to be her central staircase with wraparound crystal passenger lift, designed, supplied and installed by Holland Marine Lifts. Here, steel, nickel, chrome, wood and leather come together with the glass to form “a magnificent grandiose architectural helix”.
The 73m flagship of Perini Navi’s Pichiotti fleet, Grace-E features a flagship elevator designed by Remi Tessier. This glass-encased design is lined with glowing gold thread and emits an impressive shimmer under the subtle interior lighting of her staircase.
Blohm & Voss’ 82m custom superyacht M/Y Graceful features a grand staircase with an equally grand glass-sided elevator – a must-have for helping her 14 guests and 25 crew to navigate their way around her lavish interiors, which also features an indoor swimming-pool-come-raised-dance-floor.
With interior design by Studio Indigo Inc, Feadship’s 70m motor yacht Joy has a central-cantilevered staircase that winds up from the lower deck around a stunning glass-encased passenger lift, designed and installed by Holland Marine Lifts. Serving three of her five decks, the passenger lift gives guests glimpses out to sea through floor-to-ceiling windows as they ride up and down. She also has a dumbwaiter installed on board for seamless food service.
8. Just J’s
Hakvoort’s flagship superyacht Just J’s features an elevator with a distinctive design that is both technically and aesthetically pleasing. Here her lift shaft was built separately before being lowered into the hull from above by crane.
Lürssen’s M/Y Kismet features an opulent lift that’s accessed via its own lobby. Designed by Lutz Elevators, and in-keeping with the yacht’s dramatic Reymond Langton interiors, Kismet’s circular elevator is adorned with golden decorative panels, and provides easy access from helipad to gym and all decks in between.
Oceanco’s M/Y Nirvana has a six-person hydraulic cylindrical glass lift that serves all six decks. Designed by Holland Marine Lifts, it’s entwined in a striking stainless steel woven-art piece resembling a bubbling whirlpool.
11. Quinta Essentia
Working together with designers at Ken Freivokh, HSD Associates created a glass elevator with skylight for Heesen’s 55m M/Y Quinta Essentia. Wrapped by a glass-walled staircase, the cylindrical lift serves three decks, freeing up more space for guest accommodation on the lower deck.
At just shy of 82m LOA, and with four decks overall, Abeking and Rasmussen’s 2015 superyacht M/Y Romea demands a spacious elevator. In-fitting with the bright woods and neutral colours of Terence Disdale's interiors, Romea’s lift is clad in stainless-steel detailing that's polished to a bright buff.
With a total of six decks, CRN’s 61m Saramour comes equipped with a semi-circular glass lift in her central lobby, wrapped with suspended steps to allow the light to shine through into her interiors.
As the smallest yacht on our list, Rossinavi’s 39m South certainly boasts a wide range of features and amenities, including an ultra-modern glass and chrome elevator.