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Inside the world's super yachts

When it comes to luxury super yachts, bigger is always better. Here's a closer look at some notable floating palaces.  And while most mega yachts are owned by oil-rich Middle East royalty or Silicon Valley moguls, you actually can even charter some of them. 

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The Azzam

Measuring 590 ft long, the Azzam, has officially bumped Roman Abramovich's  536-foot Eclipse from its No. 1 ranking for world's largest yacht.  While it's unclear who its being built for, details like the on-board helicopter pads and rotating beds, have made speculate it could be for a member of the UAE royal family. 

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The Azzam 

Built by the German shipbuilding company, Leurssen, Azzam will be one of the fastest boats on the planet when it officially launches this fall.

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The Azzam

The ship is powered by jets rather than propellers, which allows it to hit a top speed of 30 knots, or about 30 percent faster than most mega-yachts. 

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The Eclipse

Owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich this once topped the list of the world’s largest yachts--that was until the Azzam.  At 533 ft long, it has a swimming pool that can transform into a dance floor and can accommodate up to a 92-member crew. 

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The Dubai

Measuring 524 feet long, it's the world's third largest yacht, after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's Eclipse. It belongs to Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and has three elevators, jewel-encrusted VIP guestrooms a squash room, spa, and cinema. 

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The Rising Sun

Owned by record executive David Geffen, the Rising Sun accommodates 16 guests and 45 crewmembers and still has room for a swimming pool and basketball court to entertain its passengers.

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Inside the world's super yachts

When it comes to luxury super yachts, bigger is always better. Here's a closer look at some notable floating palaces.  And while most mega yachts are owned by oil-rich Middle East royalty or Silicon Valley moguls, you actually can even charter some of them. 

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