Recent celebrity sightings have put Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on a romantic tour of Saint-Tropez. The vehicle? A 279-foot yacht called Valerie. Meanwhile, touring the same hotspot in his own substantial watercraft is sports star Alex Rodriguez; the MLB legend hired out a 180-foot behemoth called Ocean Paradise to cruise the Southern European coastal waters.
There’s much ado about the trio’s romantic intrigue, and an apparent game of inter-ship one-upmanship — which would translate neatly and without much revision to a not-bad cinematic farce if it happened to be true — but the yachts are much more interesting. Valerie was built by German yard Lürssen, which launched the world’s biggest superyacht in 2016; highlights of it include its spa and semi-circular hammam, its glitzy galley, and its 18-foot pool.
A-Rod’s pleasure craft was built by Italian yard Benetti, and features interiors designed in the manner of a Zen garden. There’s a buoyancy—forgive the use of the word—to the design style, with a notable lack of dark wood and nautical traditionalism. Ocean Paradise can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. The master stateroom is located on the main deck, and opens to a private balcony overlooking the outdoor recreation area. Other amenities include a lounge with a dance floor, an oversized pool, and a gym.
Both yachts are currently for sale. Ocean Paradise is currently listed for sale with Ocean Independence and is priced at €27 million, or about $32 million; its weekly charter rate is $312,000. Valerie is on the market at €110 million—about $130 million.