Ever dreamt about living on a cruise ship? Well actually, you can!
How would you like to have a ritzy, waterfront apartment as your humble abode in every port? If money’s no problem and you’re not prone to seasickness, the 43,524-ton MS The World is just what you’re looking for!
The largest private residential ship on the planet, The World is home to only 165 residences. Guests spend extensive time exploring the most desired and exotic destinations by day, and return onboard at night to a lifestyle that exists nowhere else on earth. Residents can proudly boast ‘the sea is our home!’
How much does a residency cost?
Brace yourself, folks – and pray for a lottery win – as a studio flat on this splendid ship will set you back at least £660,000, with the top suites costing up to £8.5 million! First, though, you’ll have to prove your net worth exceeds £3.5 million – maybe we’ll just have to wait for a little bit of a raise!
The posh 13-year-old vessel is the largest residential cruise ship afloat. Its operating company prefers to call it a private residential yacht with the availability of every possible modern convenience in each apartment, including television and Wi-Fi. Residents, who collectively own the boat and yearly select its itinerary in cooperation with the management team and captain, hail from 19 countries — mostly from the USA — and are served by about 200 crew members.
What can you expect onboard?
The ship has 12 decks. a large lobby, four restaurants, three bars, a cigar lounge, boutique and showroom, grocery store, deli, fitness centre, billiard room, golf simulator and putting greens, full-size tennis court, jogging track, spa, swimming pool, theatre and library. There’s not much it doesn’t have, really!
Entertainment generally is low key, in keeping with the ship’s intimate atmosphere. The nightly performer is likely to be a comedian or classical, jazz or pop artist. One of the best things about being an esteemed member of this elite club is that you get a say in exactly where the ship travels to! Those living onboard vote for which ports they’d like to visit throughout the year – last year’s itinerary included two and three-day visits to 104 ports in 30 countries across six continents, with expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland too. Along the way there’s lectures and classes in everything from dance to language, cooking, arts and crafts, computer, music and photography. This ship really is an entire world encapsulated within one vessel!
For most owners, The World serves as a three or four month holiday retreat, promising a healthy dose of culture and adventure – or just plain relaxation. Few live full-time on the ship, and some rent out their apartments from time to time – at a cost of around £3,000 a night!
Until now, The World has enjoyed its reputation as the world’s biggest and most exclusive residential cruise ship. However, it could lose those bragging rights if the Utopia, a £1.1 billion residential cruise ship under construction in South Korea, meets a scheduled completion date later this year.
Time to move in?
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