EXCLUSIVE: ARod vs JLo in the battle of the Saint-Tropez superyachts! Baseball star cavorts around with blonde sports presenter on $32M cruise liner… but it’s not as big as Bennifer’s $130M boat
- Alex Rodriguez and JLo are both currently chartering rival superyachts in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera
- While A-Rod spends his birthday on the $312,000-a-week Ocean Paradise, his ex Lopez is enjoying time with on-again beau Ben Affleck on their six-deck rented $1,119,000-per-week superyacht Valerie
- Rodriguez, 46 today, has been pictured cavorting with blonde sports broadcaster Melanie Collins, 35, on a fancy $32M cruise liner named Ocean Paradise, which costs $312,000-per-week to charter
- Meanwhile Jen, 52, and Ben, 48, have been seen passionately kissing on the mighty Valerie, a luxury vessel currently priced at $130M and on the market
Former celebrity megacouple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are locked in a battle of the superyachts in Saint-Tropez, with each ex’s party flaunting their cruise liners on the French Riviera.
Rodriguez – who turns 46 today – plans to celebrate his big day on his rented Ocean Paradise yacht, which has an eye-watering price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) and can hold 12 guests and another 12 crew.
Yet that is no match for Lopez’s Valerie, currently priced at €110,000,000 ($129,817,600) where yesterday, Ben Affleck and Ms Lopez were seen recreating steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block.
Jen’s rented 85-metre vessel Valerie was built by Lürssen in 2011 and underwent an extensive refit in 2019. It can accommodate 17 guests in nine well-appointed cabins with space for a 27-strong crew.
The Valerie boasts seven bedrooms across six decks on which to enjoy the voyage, and the theme of wellness runs throughout with a steam room and even a Hamman, said to be decorated with mosaics – according to Boat International. There are also massage rooms and spaces for beauty treatments.
Luxe living: Rodriguez – who turns 46 today – has been celebrating his birthday onboard the Ocean Paradise yacht, which has an eye-watering price tag of €27,000,000 ($31,860,810) that can hold a crew of 12 and 12 guests
Move over A-Rod: Valerie, the superyacht currently priced at €110,000,000 ($129,817,600) where yesterday, Ben and Jen were seen recreating steamy scenes from her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block
A gym with a panoramic view of the ocean opens out onto an outdoor space with room for dining and a fountain that lights up at night.
Launched in 2011 and refitted in 2019, the vessel has six decks all served by an elevator and has an onboard 20 foot-long pool and a Jacuzzi which is one of five outdoor spaces. With its spectacular outdoor dining area, the boat was designed with London’s iconic hotel Claridge’s in mind.
The main deck and lounge are designed for hosting and centered around a uniquely designed self-playing piano.
The foredeck has enough room for a helicopter to land, while the upper decks contain a lounge, cinema together with several cabins.
It has a top-speed of 17 knots (around 20 mph), a cruising speed of 12.5 knots, and a range of 6000 nautical miles, and costs €950,000 ($1,119,000) per week to charter. It is currently on the market for $130M and being sold by Dynamiq Brokerage.
VALERIE: The deck of the 85-metre vessel Valerie, which was built by Lürssen in 2011. The vessel can accommodate 17 guests in nine well-appointed cabins with space for a 27-strong crew, and features 20 foot-long pool
VALERIE: The vessel also features a jacuzzi (pictured) which is one of five outdoor spaces on the vessel. With its spectacular outdoor dining area, the boat was designed with London’s iconic hotel Claridge’s in mind
VALERIE: There is also enough space to land a helicopter on the Valerie, which can be chartered for over $1.1 million per week. It is currently on the market for $130M
At ‘just’ 55 meters, Rodriguez’s rented superyacht is dwarfed by his ex’s current ocean-cruising vacation home, but still features luxurious amenities to be envious of.
The Ocean Paradise sleeps 12 guests in six rooms, including one master suite with a balcony, and boasts an interior created by designer Mauro Izzo inspired by Zen gardens.
Glass walls form the layout of the interior, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide clear views of the ocean.
The sun-deck features a jacuzzi, a large covered dining area, an indoor/outdoor gym and a dance floor.
According to a description online, the vessel contains ‘timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.’
To charter the Ocean Paradise costs €265,000 ($312,000) per week, and with a cruising speed of 15.5 knotts, Rodriguez would be able to out-pace his ex’s yacht over long-distances.
Although he is expected to have around 50 guests for his birthday celebrations, only a lucky few will be staying the night on his Ocean Paradise yacht.
OCEAN PARADISE: At ‘just’ 55 meters, Rodriguez’s rented superyacht is dwarfed by his ex’s current ocean-cruising home, but still features luxurious amenities to be envious of, including a large indoor lounge/dining area with floor-to-celing windows (pictured)
OCEAN PARADISE: Rodriguez’s hired vessel also features a jacuzzi with water jets that looks out over the ocean, as well as a large covered dining area, an indoor/outdoor gym and a dance floor
OCEAN PARADISE: According to a description online, the vessel contains ‘timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere’
Lopez and Rodriguez ended their engagement in April this year, explaining they were ‘better as friends’ and looked ‘forward to remaining so,’ in a joint statement.
But it would appear that the exes are now more concerned with outdoing one another when it comes to their luxurious vacation plans, as they’re both currently chartering rival superyachts in Saint-Tropez.
While A-Rod’s ex JLo, 52, was pictured canoodling with on-again Ben Affleck over the weekend, Alex, 45, was also seen cavorting with blonde NFL broadcaster Melanie Collins, 35, on an equally impressive vessel in the same coastal town on the French Riviera.
A-Rod was also pictured with NFL star Eric Decker, 34, and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, 33, as they enjoyed a hot tub onboard.
Take that, Bennifer! Alex Rodriguez is pictured ahead of his 46th birthday with blonde sports broadcaster Melanie Collins (pictured left) and Jessie James Decker (right) as they make their way to a fancy $32M cruise liner in Saint-Tropez
Cozy! A-Rod is seen in the hot tub of the vessel, alongside Melanie, 35, (left) and NFL star Eric Decker, 34, and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, 33.
Still, Alex appeared to be more than happy with his fancy cruiser, as he was accompanied by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently ‘just friends’ with.
IG official: Ben, 48, and Jen, 52, have been packing on the PDA on their super-yacht
According to PageSix, Alex ‘has been hanging with friends and family on the trip, including Eric and Jessie James Decker. Melanie is good friends with them. They’re all friends and she’ll be at his party,’ a source said.
The source added that Melanie and the Deckers, as well as 50 other guests, are expecting to be partying for A-Rod’s birthday tomorrow.
Aside from being linked to the likes of blonde Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy, A-Rod has remained single since his split with Jen, while her romance with ex Ben has gone into overdrive, moving at warp speed.
After flying in to the French Riviera on a luxury private jet, likely a Bombardier Global 7500, at an estimated cost of around $200,000, Bennifer were quickly whisked away to their luxury $130M mega-yacht in the Mediterranean, where they were spotted exchanging kisses and tender embraces on the sun deck.
‘Fifty two!’ declared Lopez in an Instagram video, also celebrating a birthday, as she proudly flaunted her figure in a bikini and elegant flowing beach wrap as she strutted on the deck of the yacht.
It is not known who is paying for the trip, but Affleck is said to be worth $150M while JLo is around three times that at $400M. Meanwhile, A-Rod has a rumored net worth of $350M.
Someone looks happy! The baseball megastar is having his own fun for his birthday, while in the same town as ex JLo
Getting the party started: Alex appeared to be more than happy with his fancy cruiser, as he was accompanied by his NFL reporter blonde, who is apparently ‘just friends’ with
A-Rod can been in the pictures enjoying the hot tub on the yacht, as he was joined by his presenter pal Melanie and the Deckers, all sipping champagne.
The star appeared to be world’s away from thinking about his ex Lopez, who is now said to be on her way to Capri, Italy next.
On Monday, JLo was pictured with a group of pals as they got ready to move on from Saint-Tropez, meaning she won’t be around for A-Rod’s birthday.
While the couple initially pledged to be ‘friends’ that plan seemingly fell apart as Lopez swiftly moved on with her ex-fiancé Affleck.
Rodriguez and Lopez officially ended their four-year relationship in April, before she rekindled her romance with Affleck – whom she previously dated back in the early 2000s.
Affleck and Lopez now appear to have fully rekindled their romance, after going ‘official’ in a photo from actress Leah Remini’s Instagram that showed them sweetly cuddling on July 15.
Earlier this week it was claimed by People that she is ‘madly in love’ with on-again beau Affleck and feels they will be together from now on.
The couple have quickly fallen back in love after reuniting just months ago, with a source telling E! News that the celebrity couple is ‘fully committed to each other,’ although they’ve both agreed they aren’t in a rush to get married again.
Now making no secret of her rekindled romance with Affleck, the triple-threat entertainer also posted an Instagram photo showing her exchanging a passionate smooch with the two-time Oscar winner.
Birthday boy: Although A-Rod has been instantly linked to sports broadcaster Melanie (right) the relationship has been described as friendly
Party time: Eric Decker (left) can be seen joining Melanie and A-Rod as they make their way to the boat
It takes an army: The group were flanked by security and staff to get them safely aboard the vessel
Star guest: A-Rod is seen accompanied by staff as it he prepares for a big birthday celebration on Tuesday
Party people: A source said Melanie (left) and the Deckers, as well as 50 other guests, are expecting to be partying for A-Rod’s birthday tomorrow
His crew: A-rod appeared to be followed by a videographer who was capturing his birthday celebrations
Rivals: Meanwhile, on Monday, JLo was seen getting off Valerie for a change of scenery
Moving on: On Monday, it seemed that JLo had moved on to the port of Monaco, before their expected departure for Capri, Italy
Upper deck: A-Rod, Melanie, and the Deckers appear to enjoy some drinks once onboard the vessel
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