Ship of discovery

Inspired by the halcyon days of the ocean liner, Columbus Yachts creates its first superyacht.

Photography by Columbus Yachts

20 June 2017


Columbus yachts has entered the superyacht segment in a big way, unveiling a new 80-metre vessel scheduled for delivery in 2018. Developed on six decks, the yacht features classic yet contemporary lines, capturing the elegance and spirit of the great ocean liners of the 1950s and 60s.

The classic form is underpinned by the longitudinal sweep of the bow, and the white hull broken only by the big windows and the transverse flaring of the various decks.

At 79.5-metres long and 13-metres wide, the Columbus 80 is a full-displacement superyacht, with steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The construction process required great organisational skills and coordination between the two production sites of Naples and Ancona.

The five main decks are connected by a circular glass-walled lift, taking passengers from the lower deck to the sun deck, which opens onto a sweeping outdoor area.


The entire level on the upper deck is dedicated to the owner, with the suite itself consisting of a big double bedroom with a 180-degree panoramic view. The owner also has the benefit of a private studio, and a separate area for any special guests.

The outdoor private areas include a generous terrace in the stern, as well as a balcony in the bow that offers an unbroken view of the horizon.

Six big double suites provide guest accommodation in the forward section of the main deck, while a seventh cabin on the lower deck can be used as a ‘wildcard’ for last minute guests, or someone sleeping off a hard night on the Cristal!

Other features include a helipad, cinema, multimedia room, 7-metre pool fed by a waterfall, a hydromassage tub, stern deck extendable up to 200 square metres, two lateral garages and two forward garages, and a dedicated crew area with eight cabins.

“Our more than 50 years of experience building and refitting large ships, allows us to enter the superyacht segment with full confidence in the results we can achieve,” said Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of Columbus Yachts.

Powered by two 2240 kilowatt engines with shaft transmissions, and with a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles, the lucky owner of the Columbus 80 will soon be traversing the globe in absolute comfort.


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