her steel hull was built in South Africa. She was purchased in 2006 by Vijay Mallya, an Indian entrepreneur who lists the Kingfisher airline and Indian beverages company UB Group among his many assets. A keen yachtsman, he also owns the classic 47m motor yacht Kalizma, which once belonged to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
Indian Empress also underwent an extensive interior refit in 2008. Completed by Melita Marine Group in Malta, the refit included crew cabins and other accommodation, as well as overhauls of to two main engines and four generators. Equipped with all the modern comforts, Indian Empress is self-sufficient for extended voyages as far as France to the Caribbean.
The interior of the lavish vessel is a testament to the owner, from monogrammed linen to the art and prized objects from Mallyaâ€™s own collection that decorate the rooms. The entire design is a reflection of his Indian origin, using colours and designs reminiscent of the country.
Amongst her 16 cabins spread across three levels are 11 twin rooms; three suites; and two master staterooms. All guest suites are located on the lower deck where each is enriched with panoramic sea views. The main ownerâ€™s suite is on the next deck, boasting a private deck with Jacuzzi.
Boasting a full range of exciting entertainment options, Indian Empress features an elevator, helipad, gym, beauty saloon, massage room and full medical suite among her extensive list of amenities.
You will also find onboard a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, two shower rooms and even Elton John's baby grand piano. She also boasts a large garage space for hosting two vehicles to give her owner access to easy land transport wherever there is a port with water deep enough for a ramp.
|Length over all||:||95 m|
|Cruising speed||:||20 kts|
|Owner||:||Vijay Mallya, India|
|Comments||:||formerly Al Mirqab.
Photo date: 21st August 2006, Bay of Saint-Tropez, France