I’ve been looking for the Al-Salam “ship” hotel pictures for long time. It had been such an attraction in Kuwait until the invasion in 1990 when it was destroyed. They should have rebuilt it again … !
Originally the ship was built under the name Santa Paula in 1956 for Grace lines along with her sister ship SS Santa Rosa. In 1972 Santa Paula was sold to a Greece cruises company which renamed it to Stella Polaris. In 1976, Stella Polaris was purchased by Marriott Group and four Kuwaiti companies to be converted to luxury floating hotel in Kuwait when the ship was sent to Rijeka, Yugoslavia to start the makeup process. In September 1978, Stella Polaris arrived in Kuwait and renamed to Kuwait Marriott Hotel. The hotel officially opened on February 1, 1980 after work needed in Shuwaikh harbor for the ship to be permanently grounded.
In 1989 it was renamed Ramada Al-Salam Hotel. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1991 the ship was destroyed totally. Amazingly some of her parts somehow remained in perfect order were sold and were used for her sister ship, SS Santa Rosa which is currently known as The Emerald operated by Thomson Cruises