Admiral S-Force 55 Review (2023 Edition)

With interiors by Giorgio Armani and a sleek, slender profile, the Admiral S-Force 55 is practically a fashion runway for the water.

The Admiral S-Force 55 is a brand new creation from Admiral, part of the Italian Sea Group. Making her world debut at the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show, this 55m (180ft) yacht is super sleek and quite slender, with an 8.6m (28ft) beam that’s relatively narrow for her size, making her remarkably efficient.

She features an owner's cabin on the main deck and five additional guest cabins on the lower deck. The interior, penned by the House of Giorgio Armani, showcases high-quality materials like Tamo wood, Ivory onyx, Bluette rosewood marble, and printed silk from Venice, of course — she is Italian after all.

Admiral S-Force 55 Key Facts

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  • LOA 55m
  • Model Year 2023
  • Cabins 6
  • Crew 11
  • Max Speed 20 knots
  • Status In Production
  • Yacht Type Superyacht
  • Use Type Cruising
  • Vessel M/Y Silver Star

Review Video

On Deck

Up on the sundeck, the general space is a bit narrow due to the yacht's slight beam, but there's ample room aft for some freestanding furniture. What really catches the eye is the open gap around the edge of the hard top, there's no glass, which creates a sort of car spoiler effect. This design allows natural light to flood in, giving the area a lovely, airy feel.

The highlight here, however, is the hot tub. It’s a marvel of design. The eye is immediately drawn to the glass panel where the water bubbles away invitingly. The tub features inset barstools with marble tops, integrating with the bar area. The bar itself is really well integrated into the sides of the hardtop — you can barely tell it's there. Forward, there’s room for a couple of sun loungers, but the hot tub is undeniably the star of the show.

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Touch-and-Go Foredeck

The foredeck is very versatile and can be set up as a lounging space, alongside sunbathing areas with a bit of shade overhead. But the 'H' etched into the teak below hints at its other use — an area primed for touch-and-go helicopter landings. The circular deck extends proudly from the hull, creating two permanent balconies, the design of which is really striking from above.

This circular deck entirely lifts to reveal the tender garage, housing jet skis and a tender, which frees up the aft for a beach club and crew cabin. Aft of the lounging area, you have more sunbathing space, perfect for lapping up the rays without a canopy overhead.

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Right behind the sunbathing area, the Portuguese bridge runs in front of the bridge itself, and installed here is a big wet bar. This helps the crew to serve guests in the living area in front of the bridge. The crew also has access doors on both sides of the bridge, along with wing stations that flip open, offering the skipper a good view down the side of the boat for mooring. It can be seen on the side decks flanking the upper saloon, that there are impressively large, curved glass panels allowing lots of light inside.

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Bridge Deck and Main Deck Cockpits

The S-Force 55's bridge deck cockpit, is highlighted by a fabulous bar area that acts as a central fixture. This space is graced with champagne-coloured marble that's backlit, creating a captivating ambiance at night. The big round table, adorned with the Giorgio Armani logo, stands out as a sociable hub, perfect for both dinners and casual drinks. Dotted throughout the yacht, the Armani logo adds that touch of exclusivity. The aft section provides a relaxed lounging area with a bit of shade overhead, connecting to the bar area and the upper saloon. A sweeping staircase leads you down to the main deck below.

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Moving a deck below into the main deck cockpit, you'll find a mix of sofas and sun pads that form a lovely, relaxed lounging area. There's coverage from a substantial overhang, inset with lighting, giving a well-lit environment at night. Boarding gates on both sides make getting on and off an easy transition when the yacht is alongside the dock.

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Beach Club

This space features a long platform where the teak decking runs up the transom, disappearing up towards the cockpit — a cool effect. There are benches on either side right down at the water level, equipped with glass panels. This means you can lie here and take in the view with plenty of shelter from the buttresses on either side.

Through the central door, you'll find the machinery space, but before you get there, there are lockers dedicated to Seabobs on the port side and a day head on the starboard side. This setup is ideal for guests who are jumping, swimming, or enjoying the water toys, allowing them to use the bathroom without going further inside the yacht — a well-designed, practical space.

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Interior

Entering the main deck of the Admiral S-Force 55 is an experience in itself. The automatic curved doors open to varying widths, allowing you to customise your ambiance. Fully open them for a breath of fresh air and an uninterrupted view of your surroundings, or they silently close for a more intimate dining setting.

There are round dining tables throughout the inside that are perfect for social gatherings, great for a game night, dinner, or just drinks. The interior is all by the House of Giorgio Armani and as a result, is super stylish. The mix of materials is truly lovely — silk paneling on the sides, marble underfoot, gold-coloured metals, and lovely carpets. The furniture detailing is also top-notch, all in Armani’s signature style.

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A sizeable television is hidden in the bulkhead, well positioned for guests lounging on the L-shaped sofas to enjoy.

Port side from the salon, you'll find the galley, primarily designed for the crew. It has a lovely spec and is well-connected to the crew accommodation, which can house up to 11 members. Both forward doors in the salon can be partitioned off, offering complete privacy from the crew when needed.

Forward on the starboard side, a run of steps leads you to the foredeck, where the helipad is situated. The feature staircase, separated from the hall with smoky glass, links all the decks and adds to the flow of the interior. The use of blues in the silk panelling gives a continual reminder of the connection to the sea.

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Bridge Deck 

Sliding doors open to reveal a backlit marble bar, setting the scene some fabulous evenings. The drinks bottles are arranged at head height, providing easy access and it also looks really nice. A cigar humidor sits next to the glassware, complemented by a champagne fridge — really, really lovely additions that elevate the onboard experience.

The House of Armani touches are evident everywhere, particularly in the blue silk wall panelling that is installed around the central staircase, which winds all the way down to the lower deck. This blue silk really reminds you of the sea and adds to the overall luxury feel of the yacht.

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Bridge & Performance

The bridge on the Admiral S-Force 55 is a fabulous space. The steering wheel, though small (most are on big yachts), has the Armani logo. Above, the screens provide the skipper with all the information to navigate the yacht when underway.

In terms of performance, this yacht is designed for efficiency, thanks to its relatively narrow beam and all-aluminium construction, making it lighter for her size. Propelled by a pair of 1,900hp Caterpillar engines, the yacht boasts a top speed of approximately 20 knots. At a more economical 11 knots, she can cover an impressive 3,500nm, offering a really decent cruising range.

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Engine Room

The engine room is accessed through a watertight door from the beach club. Once inside, it's impossible not to be struck by the enormity of the layout. This busy machinery area houses the twin Caterpillar C32 1,622hp engines, enveloped by an array of impressive equipment.

The layering of insulation is immediately noticeable, and it just shows that she is designed for efficient cruising and also for a quiet ride. Overall, it's a very professional and well-protected environment. 

Accommodation

A run of steps to the lower deck leads to four guest cabins. Two identical doubles, which are slightly forward on the yacht are a really impressive size, featuring double beds and (you guessed it) more silk panelling to disguise storage spaces. Each double cabin has a mounted television and a private ensuite, cladded with blue marble. 

Amidships, the identical twin cabins are found. The smaller cabins still give a sense of the generous scale and space onboard the S-Force 55. The Armani detailing continues in each twin cabin, alongside tasteful lighting and ensuite bathrooms. 

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Owner's Cabin

The owner's cabin is full-beam, placed on the main deck, and boasts enormous windows on both sides, flooding the space with natural light and giving incredible views. The Armani style is evident throughout, with exquisite detailing that includes a Japanese-style print bed head and intricately designed wardrobes — the detail on the wardrobe panels just burst with texture.

Another highlight is the curved chaise longue, perfectly positioned under a lamp right by the window, creating a relaxing spot. The cabin also includes a lovely bureau and some shelf storage, alongside a partition door that can isolate the study area if someone is sleeping in the main bedroom. The luxurious ambiance is bolstered by a walk-in wardrobe on the starboard side and a wall-mounted TV in front of the bed.

Behind the bed, the space is cleverly divided between the walk-in wardrobe and a striking bathroom installed with Ivory Onyx marble. The bathroom is spacious and well-lit, featuring twin sinks, a separate shower, and a toilet cubicle. 

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VIP Cabin

The VIP Cabin on the lower deck rivals owner suites on many other yachts with its vast floor space and luxury. The bed is positioned to one side, maximizing the open area in the middle, which is perfect for a desk and some freestanding furniture. The backlit marble feature wall, adorned with the Giorgio Armani emblem, is just an amazing standout detail.

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This cabin also offers a big walk-in wardrobe with ample hanging and drawer storage. There's an AV system and a private bathroom, featuring blue marble running up the shower cubicle. Twin sinks and a separate toilet complete this beautiful space.

Specifications

  • Builder Admiral Yachts
  • Model Admiral S-Force 55
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  • Length Overall 55m
  • Beam 8.6m
  • Hull Aluminium
  • Cabins 6
  • Berths 12
  • Crew 11
  • Yacht Type (Primary) Superyacht
  • Use Type (Primary) Cruising
  • Cruising Speed
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