Sailing Aboard The World


Back from Jamaica, and what a trip it was. The perfect amount of time to relax and unwind and get some sun. It was absolutely wonderful. So upon returning from Jamaica, I opened up the latest issue of Departures Magazine, hoping to extend my Jamaican serenity while sitting in my kitchen, and I came across an article on The World. What is The World? It is a 644 foot yacht, with 165 private residences aboard. The concept? Travel without leaving the comfort of your own home.

20130506-ss-the-world-ship-crewThe putting green on The World is visible in this photo. They have a golf pro on board, as well as a simulator that allows you to play hundreds of courses all over the world.

20130506-ss-the-world-ship-tennisThe tennis court on The World is the only one of its kind.



So what do we think of this? They have golf, tennis, a pool, a spa, a gym with classes, 4 restaurants, and a wine cellar – to name a few amenities. The ship includes homes as small as studios, and as large as three bedrooms. Each apartment has its own kitchen and outdoor space. Studio apartments start at $700,000, and there are a few units currently available.  The routes that the ship will travel are determined two years in advance by the shareholders, and none of the routes reflect those of a typical cruise ship. According to Departures, when they stayed on the ship, fewer than 50% of the owners were aboard, however, even in the high season it is never crowded. Even so, is it still a cruise ship? Or is it truly a floating home?

Photos courtesy of Departures Magazine

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