Monday, October 18, 2010

"The World"

I mentioned in my last post that we'd seen The World cruise ship docked in Montreal. I'd never heard of The World before - my specialty being Marketing and IT and not the cruise industry, but Muriel knew what it was straight away. Having peaked my curiosity, I decided to do a little research on the cruise ship upon my return home to Oakville. It's quite amazing and even a little 'out of this' world.

"The World", upon first glance is a small cruise ship. But, it is in fact, the only private residential community-at-sea where its Residents may travel the globe without ever leaving home.

Since we can't offer to book your next cruise on The World I thought I'd just tell you all about it for fun!

Since it first set sail in 2002, The World has visited over 800 ports in approximately 140 countries. With a continuous worldwide itinerary that enables the vessel to span the globe every two-to-three years, the ship is a complete floating city, equipped with high-end facilities and luxurious amenities that create an intimate, refined atmosphere for Resident owners. The strikingly beautiful ship promises gracious and personal service in a warm, inviting ambiance much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed private home or exclusive country club.

The lifestyle aboard The World allows Residents to explore the planet’s most breathtaking destinations with like-minded adventure seekers from the comfort of their own private Residence. The World’s Captains and Residents collectively determine the ship’s yearly itinerary, based on the best sea routes and Resident’s personal interests. Continuous worldwide journeys with a focus on extended stays of an average 2.5 days in port ensure that Residents and Guests have sufficient time to explore their favorite destinations. This exclusive community offers the ultimate combination of luxury travel with world-class dining, custom tours and enriching cultural events like renowned guest speakers, local dancers or art exhibitions. A myriad of exceptional onboard amenities include a gourmet deli, Banyan Tree Spa, Graff jewelers, library, cinema and a sports center offering golf excursions to the world’s top-ranked courses. The onboard lifestyle fosters a warm, welcoming ambiance and encourages the formation of lasting friendships.

The staff consists of an international complement of long-standing crew, including approximately 250 experienced seafarers and hospitality staff from 40 countries. With an average occupancy of 150-200 Residents and Guests onboard you can see that no one is ever left wanting.

There are 165 Residences aboard The World ranging from studios to expansive three-bedroom units and a palatial penthouse which boasts accommodations for up to 12 people. Residences range in approximate price from $825,000 to $7.7 million USD. All of the homes aboard the vessel have been sold although there are a select number of Residences currently available for resale. Annual maintenance fees are additional and are based on square footage.

The spacious and private Residences aboard The World include 106 two-and three-bedroom apartments, 19 one-and two-bedroom studio apartments and 40 studios.The apartments and studios boast (depending on size) fully-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, bathrooms, living and dining room areas and verandas with optional jet pools, advanced audio and video equipment/entertainment centers, two spacious marble bathrooms, private verandas and the interiors of the two- and three-bedroom apartments are customized based on Residents’ tastes and feature everything from contemporary to transitional to traditional.

Onboard the vessel features a gourmet grocery store and delicatessen, which is stocked with fresh local produce and specialty items from different ports; gift boutiques including the only Graff Jewelers at sea; a chapel for worship or small religious ceremonies; and a library with an extensive collection of books and daily newspapers, current videos and DVD and the 7,000 square foot Banyan Tree’s first spa at sea. The World also offers superior business and meeting facilities, enabling travellers to keep abreast of the workplace while sailing to exotic countries. A sophisticated business and conference center provides Residents and Guests with modern communications facilities, office machines and secretarial services; a selection of private boardrooms can be used for onboard meetings; and fax and high-speed Internet access is available in each Residence. For those who like to be active The World offers two swimming pools; a full-size tennis court; a paddle tennis court; golf facilities with a golf simulator, enabling golfers to virtually play famous courses around the world while onboard, driving ranges and putting greens; a jogging track and a retractable marina for water sports. The vessel also offers a full-service fitness center with exercise classes, personal trainers, training equipment, saunas and a beauty salon.

The World offers a vast array of Dining and Night Life options. Four major restaurants onboard are:

  • East – eclectic Asian delights serving sushi, sashimi and a wide variety of Pan-Asian specialties. Select tables are fitted with removable turntables for family-style sharing of dishes.

  • Portraits - features haute cuisine and a truly gastronomic experience in an elegant setting. Menus change to reflect the flavors of every major culinary port the vessel travels to. Open for dinner on limited occasions;

  • The Marina – superb seafood, grilled fish, prime steaks and rotisserie specialties in a more traditional setting;

  • Tides - Mediterranean cuisine with an ocean view and a Northern Italian flair; and

  • Fredy’s Deli – cafĂ© setting serving specialty coffee, tea and other beverages, gourmet sandwiches, salads and pastries. Also includes a gourmet market;

  • Pool Grill – an outdoor venue offering poolside favorites and casual cuisine such as burgers, salads and light meals; and

    The Garden – a tea room and lounge.

All restaurants offer light options and cater to special requests including kosher, vegetarian and diabetic diets. Chefs are available to prepare meals in Residence kitchens, or Residents may cook for themselves in their apartments.

There is also a diverse selection of cocktail lounges and bars onboard, including:

  • Cigar Club – designed as a traditional English-style smoking and cognac bar. Features a large humidor and cognac cabinet. Also offers vintage ports, calvados, Madeira’s, sherries and wines;

  • Lobby Bar – serves wine and champagne, signature cocktails, bourbons, ports and more;

  • Marina Bar – adjacent to the Marina restaurant, the Marina Bar provides breathtaking views. This full-service bar offers an extensive selection of wines and tropical drinks;

  • Pool Bar – enjoy light and fresh lunch or dinner offerings followed by a variety of sweet temptations;

  • Quantum Night Club – offers an international variety of selected liquors and alcoholic beverages; and

  • Regatta Bar – spectacular view with the feel and service of a casual yacht club and sports bar.

For those Residents who travel as a family there is Camp Caravel, The World’s children’s program, is offered from June to August and includes three sessions, seven days a week supervised by a Youth Coordinator. At a nominal fee per day, supervised activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, games (board games, X-Box), educational projects, seasonal festivities, and a children’s library. “Dinner and a Movie” is offered in the evenings. Children may also explore their talents in Palette, an arts, crafts and hobby room. Babysitting services are available through advance arrangements.

Also available are movies, classical music performances and other special entertainment in the Colosseo. Sightseeing and shore excursions; classes in dance, navigation, language, cooking, arts and crafts, music, computers, and photography are also offered on occasion.

Services and amenities available include: housekeeping, catering, laundry and dry cleaning, concierge, florist, newspapers, shoeshine, photocopies, The World Boutique and 24-hour in-Residence dining service. A Medical Center with a doctor and nurse are on-call 24 hours a day; X-ray and emergency facilities are also available. 24-hour security staff.

Knut U. Kloster Jr., the visionary behind The World, grew up in a family that was passionate about life at sea. After many years of working and vacationing on the world’s best yachts and cruise ships, Kloster had a dream to create a way in which travelers never had to get off board. As such, in 1997 he gathered together a team of experienced professionals in shipping, design, and hospitality, finance, sales and marketing to begin working on the first vessel where sea enthusiasts could travel the globe without leaving home. This vessel and Kloster’s dream was realized in March 2002 when Kloster delivered The World. In October 2003, the Residents of the vessel purchased The World. ResidenSea remains the independent management company responsible for the sales, marketing, operations and administration of The World.

For those with environmental concerns, you can rest easy - The World is the first ship of its size burning marine diesel rather than heavy bunker fuel, making for a much more environmentally friendly ship and allowing The World to call in ports where ships burning heavy fuel are banned. The World is also the first ship to feature the unique Scanship wastewater cleaning system in which wastes are filtered by means of a flotation system. Solid waste is separated by flotation, then dried twice and incinerated. Waste water remaining after the flotation process is then ultraviolet filtered, and the remaining water is clean enough to be used as technical water.

If you'd like to learn more about The World and perhaps even purchase a residence you can check out more information at

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