Prince Abdul Aziz: THG Luxury Featured in Saudi Royal Family’s Yacht
When renowned architectural design firm Maierform Maritime Technology joined forces with shipbuilder Helsingor Vaerft, the results were undoubtedly going to be spectacular. In 1984, their joint effort resulted in the Prince Abdul Aziz, a superyacht built for the Saudi Royal Family; it is a ship that exudes luxury and opulence, and today, it continues to take to the high seas, standing as a testament to the quality of the “old generation.”
Prince Abdul Aziz is a yacht that is literally fit for a king, as it is one of the Royal Yachts in the Saudi Royal Family’s fleet and a personal vessel to King Abdullah, king of Saudi Arabia. At a length of 482 feet and beam of 60 feet, Prince Abdul Aziz can be equated more to a luxury cruise liner than a yacht – it is often referred to as a “floating palace”. The unique design of the yacht is highlighted by a large bow along with another striking visual: a helicopter landing pad. Prince Abdul Aziz is equipped for up to 64 guests with a large lobby on deck that is a design replica of the lobby from the Titanic. There is a VIP room, twelve staterooms and nine double rooms, all of which have been described as “like staying in a five-star hotel”; many have balconies, ocean views, and all offer the services of an expert onboard staff. Prince Abdul Aziz is especially notable for its lavish pool, jacuzzi and sunbathing areas situated on the main deck. The yacht’s private restaurant features world-class chefs that cater to guests’ particular tastes. The yacht is also said to feature some “secrets” including an expansive garage that holds a stellar collection of vehicles, as well as an underwater surveillance system to ensure King Abdullah and his guests are protected at all times. In 2002, the yacht underwent a major interior overhaul in Greece, but still holds on to its original charms. Prince Abdul Aziz is undoubtedly one of the wonders of 20th century yacht building and a throwback design to a time when money translated directly to quality.
Additionally, Prince Abdul Aziz features THG faucets and accessories within its bath environments. The Parisian manufacturer was a natural choice when designing a yacht fit for royalty.