Magic Johnson and LL Cool J Vacation Aboard $1M/Week Solandge Megayacht

Magic Johnson and LL Cool J Vacation Aboard $1M/Week Solandge Megayacht

Published: July 14, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

Taking a summer break on the water this year: LL Cool J and Magic Johnson. The chart-topping rapper and five-time NBA champion took to the high seas with friends and family onboard Solandge, a charter megayacht that sails the Mediterranean for hire at $150K a day, or a million bucks per week.

Solandge is a 279-foot steel-hulled craft built by German yard Lürssen, a firm which has become well known in the past twenty years for building some of the largest and most lavish superyachts in the world. Regular Lürssen partner Espen Øino handled the design; yacht fans surely know the name, as the firm also designed Dilbar, the famed 512-foot megayacht, as well as Lürssen-built yacht Flying Fox, which Jay-Z and Beyoncé sailed on last summer.

Some of the more extravagant details onboard Solandge concern finishing materials: 50 types of marble and some 30-odd woods are represented in the Rodriguez-designed interiors, along with onyx, amethyst and gold leaf. Individual spaces include a large grand salon with an inlaid hardwood floor and game room.

The interior color scheme alternates cool and warm influences with an acute sense of equipoise, while stylistic flourishes include a stairwell with art nouveau and deco ornament. Amenities onboard the yacht include an atrium lobby, an upper-deck beach club with a dance floor, numerous bars and dining areas, and a large theater. Solandge sleeps 12 guests across 7 staterooms.

Keeping the 2013-built yacht steady is a cutting-edge zero-speed stabilization system. The craft cruises at 14 knots, and tops out at 18; her exceptional range of 6,000 nautical miles comes by virtue of her pair of 220,000-litre fuel tanks.

Solandge changed hands in 2017, when it sold for around $150 million. Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov was reported to be the owner up until this spring, when the Russia-Ukraine conflict made it inconvenient to be associated with such possessions. Accordingly, a quick sleight of hand saw ownership transferred to a Middle Eastern royal—reportedly of course. Not quite quick enough with the other sitting duck, the $325 million Amadea, however; it could not be saved from the powerful jaws of the U.S. government. The yacht was seized in Fiji and sailed to San Diego by a new crew, who hoisted the U.S. flag on it. Uncle Sam is now on the hook for maintenance costs, which should be somewhere between $25 million and $30 million annually.

The U.S. will likely attempt to dispose of Amadea, and that will probably be a hairy affair. Aside from the obvious legal challenges, if such a sale were to be completed, the new owner would almost certainly become a target of Russia. In which case, Amadea would be poised to offer the kind of adventure few other yachts can provide.

Kerimov’s net worth is around $13 billion, according to Bloomberg.

 

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