Happy B-Day, indeed!
Beyonce spent the week, including her 32nd birthday on Wednesday, swimming, sunning and celebrating wirh Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy and some of their luckiest pals aboard a luxury yacht that ferried them from Spain to Italy.
So, how much does a private pleasure cruise on the Mediterranean run—on the type of triple-decker Galactica Star favored by Bey and family on this trip, that is?
According to the owner of SuperYachtFan.com, chartering a 60-meter yacht would cost about $350,000 a week, not including food, fuel, gratuities for the staff or amenities such as the 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne Jay Z was spotted hoisting (or should we say bench-pressing) onboard.
For the record, Armand de Brignac doesn't even list such a splurge on its website, but a 1.5-liter bottle sells for $650. You do the math.
Our yacht expert estimates the purchase price of the brand-new Galactica Star to have been around $50 million, noting that the boat isn't listed among charter companies as an acquirable rental, so Beyoncé and Jay-Z likely pulled some insider strings to gain access.
We're told this particular yacht is "super fast"—she has an innovating hull and can reach speeds of 27 knots (nautical miles per hour)—and boasts a helicopter "touch and go" landing pad, a two-deck beach club, a sauna, a hammam and a glass-bottom pool on the main deck.
It's got to be hard to return to the mainland after living on that for a few days, right?
But maybe it's just another vacation for one of music's most powerful couples.
Beyoncé was spotted boarding the yacht on Monday in Formentera, Spain, in flowing, animal-print separates—and it doesn't appear that she packed light.
On the water in Stromboli, Italy, she almost stole the spotlight on Wedneday in a bright red bikini and black-and-white-striped cover-up and matching red lips, but Blue Ivy gave her a run for her attention-getting money in an adorable leopard-print one-piece.
Then it was on to a multi-colored ensemble, including a cute head wrap, when they disembarked in the coastal Neapolitan municipality of Massa Lubrense to have lunch at famed ristorante Quattro Passi.
After lunch, they they boarded a smaller boat and were off to Blue Grotto, a sea cave on the isle of Capri.
Bey and Jay Z sipped champagne and snapped pictures, a couple of ordinary sight-seers appreciating the view.
Again, our best wishes go out to Beyoncé. This birthday looks like it was a good one.