Regarded by most as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan set himself up for a relaxing and luxurious vacation in Dubrovnik, dropping anchor outside Lokrum island, in front of the Old Town, with the grand mega yacht O’Pari on which he reportedly spends 1.2 million US dollars per week for rent only.
The NBA legend and his wife, Latin-American model Yvette Prieto, whom he married in 2013 and has 2 children with, were accompanied by friends and security given that his appearance often causes a frenzy among fans, as they walked Dubrovnik’s main street before settling in one of the local restaurants.
“His Airness” very rarely makes public appearances and has chosen to live a secluded life since his retirement from basketball in 2003, but the sight of him still gathered fans en masse on Stradun even though he hasn’t been on the basketball scene for 20 years.
O’Pari’s interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 14 rooms, including a master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 6 double cabins, 4 twin cabins and, 1 single cabin, and can carry up to 29 crew onboard. The 95-metre charter-ready super cruiser was built by the Greek Golden Yachts in 2020 with Studio Vafiadis being responsible for her extraordinary exterior and interior design, something a billionaire like MJ is glad to pay for.
A brief summary of Jordan’s career achievements and influence on the word of sports completely fails to do it justice as he single-handedly redefined the meaning of an NBA superstar. He won everything there is in the basketball world, several times, and participated in every major historic b-ball event before retiring with the NBA’s highest scoring average of 30.1 ppg and entering the Hall of Fame. He was known as “Air Jordan,” as part of a sneaker advertising campaign and the movie “Space Jam”. Jordan retired twice only to return until hanging up the sneakers for the last time in 2003. He came into the league as a rookie sensation and left it as a cultural icon.
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