Skip to content

Superyachts in Caribbean Swell as Wealthy Hit St. Maarten

  • Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse is biggest vessel off the island
  • Industry in holding pattern despite orders for biggest yachts
The Eclipse
The Eclipse

Photographer: Levent Kisi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Updated on

It’s the holiday season, time for Roman Abramovich and other billionaires to celebrate in the Caribbean aboard some of the world’s largest yachts.

The Chelsea F.C. owner’s Eclipse is currently in St. Maarten along with more than 50 other superyachts. The count off the idyllic island swelled to 52 vessels from 16 in November, leading all countries in month-over-month change, and placing it sixth on the yacht leaderboard. Antigua was seventh and St. Bart’s tied Turkey for 10th place.