Mega Yachts - Al Salamah

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CNN said it best about Al Salamah: "a vessel beside which most similar boats look like little more than glorified pedalos."

That’s not hard to do, considering she rises eight decks high. (No wonder tourists have mistaken her for a cruise ship.) She’s said to have 82 rooms, one of which is an indoor swimming pool. A crew of 96 sees to it that the owner and guests are well taken care of. She was commissioned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Arabian defense minister, who continues to use her today. If you’re an avid follower of these yachts, you may recall that her project name while under construction was MIPOS, an acronym for Mission Possible. Why “possible”? Because the prince insisted that she be built and delivered within a two-year time frame — a seeming impossibility given her vastness, yet a mission that was indeed accomplished.

Mega Yachts - Al Salamah

She has no mast, no sails, no complicated bits of rope that you have to pull to make her move or turn.

Rather, she is the most exclusive member of an exclusive club of so-called mega-yachts, giant motorized vessels that have more in common with ocean liners than with traditional yachts.

Even by the rarified standards of this multi-million dollar world, the Al Salamah still stands out for its extraordinary opulence and high-spec engineering.

Powered by two 8770 hp MTU diesel engines, and with a top speed of 21.5 knots, she boasts eight decks, 82 rooms, 86,111 sq ft. of living space and 35,520 sq ft. of teak decking.

As well as all the expected mega-yacht accessories such a helipad, jacuzzis, cinema, motor-launches and interior design by a famous stylist - in this case Britain’s Terence Disdale - she also possesses a number of unique extras, notably an indoor swimming pool covered by a glass roof.

She was designed and built - under conditions of utmost secrecy - by famed German shipyards HDW and Luerssen, and launched in 1999.

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