US Basketball team

United States basketball stars snub Olympics village for luxury life on cruise ship

The basketballers arrive in Rio on Wednesday (NZ time) and will be whisked to their plush accommodation which features special beds to accommodate their tall bodies.

The men's squad is studded with multi-millionaire NBA stars like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving.

Cabins on the Italian-owned Silver Cloud, which can carry 296 guests, usually cost around $18,000 a week.

The massive boat features a pool, gym, spa and even a cigar lounge.