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Illusion Plus Hits the Water

China-based builder Pride Mega Yachts launches its 290-footer Illusion Plus.

April 20, 2018
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Illusion Plus post-launch in Yantai, China. Pride Mega Yachts

Pride Mega Yachts recently launched the 290-foot Illusion Plus off Yantai, China. The superyacht is 290 feet 4 inches length overall with a 50-foot-6-inch beam. It’s no wonder the builder says if she had to be summed up in one word, it would be “space.”

Throughout Illusion Plus‘ six decks, some amenities include what the builder calls the “ocean lounge” — a spa area on the lower deck that includes a sauna, massage room and lobby. It also opens to the aft platform for outdoor relaxation. After a spa treatment, guests could enjoy dinner and a movie thanks to the main deck salon, which converts into a home movie theatre. Anyone still working on dessert at the dining table abaft the salon would still have a great view. Multiple bars are scattered throughout the yacht as well, from the main aft deck to the upper deck lounge to the the bridge-deck lounge.

While serenity and relaxation seem to be this yacht’s main theme (beyond the spa and multiple interior lounges, her exterior space offers numerous sun pads, lounge chairs and seating areas). She also has 3 tenders in her lower deck garage.

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Illusion Plus‘ steel hull hits the water for the first time. Pride Mega Yachts

Interior design for Illusion Plus is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and is referred to as modern deco in style. Rainsford Saunders Design penned the lines of her steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and her naval architect is from Azure Naval Architects. One major exterior aspect aboard Illusion Plus is the helipad on her foredeck — an amenity that’s right at home on a yacht this size.

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The yacht’s interior design is light, bright and contemporary. Illusion Plus‘ main deck salon converts into a movie theatre (top right). The owner’s suite’s upper deck location provides quite the view (bottom left). Guest activities include massages in the yacht’s lower deck spa. Pride Mega Yachts

Accommodations on board are for 12 guests in 6 staterooms: two VIPs, three guest en suites and the owner’s suite on the upper deck. That full-beam owner’s suite comes with an office area, his and her heads, and, it also opens to a private deck plus it has its own private spa with sauna. And crew-to-guest ratio is almost 3-to-1 on this yacht, with crew quarters accommodating 34.

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Technology on board Illusion Plus includes Rolls Royce equipment at her helm. Pride Mega Yachts

On the bridge deck, Illusion Plus‘ wheelhouse is equipped with Rolls-Royce products to match a number of other items aboard: her Rolls Royce diesel-electric engines, twin 2,225 kW Rolls Royce generators and Rolls Royce Aquarius 100 Zero speed retractable-fin stabilizers. In addition, the yacht’s propulsion system includes two 1,700 kW Azipull Thruster pods. That propulsion pushes her to a 16-knot top speed. She cruises at 14 knots with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. She cuts through the water with a 13-foot-1-inch draft.

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Illusion Plus is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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