Sam Philip02 July 2009

Rolls-Royce’s new flagship

Yes, it’s an actual ship by Rolls. It’s got a swimming pool and pirate cannons and everything…

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In all the fuss over the new 'baby Rolls-Royce' – the Ghost/200EX – don’t ignore this new very-big-Rolls: the PJ World Yacht.

OK, it’s not strictly a Rolls-Royce – in fact, it’s a Ice Class mega-yacht from shipbuilder Palmer Johnson – but the World Yacht has been built in collaboration with Goodwood-and-Crewe’s favourite luxo-merchants… which means it’s deeply, deeply plush.

The World Yacht measures 82 metres from bow to stern, and is packed with all the stuff a discerning billionaire requires for a jaunt across the Arctic: swimming pool, gym, spa, cinema… and even a helicopter pad with elevator access.

In total there are six floors of leather-clad, immaculately polished goodness, and it’s all powered by a Rolls-Royce engine: a giant six-cylinder diesel, which draws from a 260,000-litre fuel tank and is capable of hauling the World Yacht along at a heady 16.5 knots. A bit more sedate than the Phantom Coupe, then.

Our favourite feature? The pirate-repelling water cannons. You know those icy Arctic pirates. They do hate to get wet… 

Now watch James and a 1,000bhp powerboat race Richard and a Ferrari:

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