Inside the Saudi Crown Prince’s AU$600 Million Superyacht “Serene”

The huge superyacht "Serene" even features a snow room. ...

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, is not just rich, he’s uber rich with a net worth estimated to be $25 billion USD. Small wonder then that his superyacht Serene is worth around $600 million AUD and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles. Some you’d expect, others not so much. 

This yacht is big measuring at 439 feet (133.8 metres) in length with 4,500 square feet (418 sqm) of space making it the 22nd largest yacht in the world. 

It was originally built for Russian vodka tycoon, Yuri Shefler, by Italian yard Fincantieri with interior work done by Reymond Langton in 2011 before being bought by the Crown Prince in 2014 for 500 million. 

Serene has seven decks, two helipads, a hanger, a custom submarine (certified to 100m depth), and underwater viewing ports in the Nemo room. She can fit up to 24 guests and 62 crew members. 

The most peculiar feature of Serene is the snow room. This room is kept at the freezing temperature of -11 degrees Celsius (12 degrees Fahrenheit), with real snow falling from the ceiling. This room looks like somewhere Mr. Freeze would call his lair. 

Credit: CharterWorld

Other features include a massive internal saltwater pool, a children’s play area (with slides flowing between the decks), a fully-equipped health spa and beach club, a full conference room, an outdoor cinema, and a pizza oven. 

Credit: Encyclopedia Britannica

If the features and toys aren’t enough for you, there’s a Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, displayed on board (as reported by the Wall Street Journal), though the attribution to the historic artist is a matter of debate amongst experts. It was bought in November 2017 for $450.3 million USD at Christie’s, setting a record for the most expensive painting ever sold at a public auction. 


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