The World with the Thames cruiser Edwardian in front.
To finish off a week of nautical posts, we find at the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs across the water at Greenwich a cruise liner “The World”.
However this is a cruise liner with a difference for it is owned by its residents who buy their accommodation on board.
It is considered that The World is the only private residential community-at-sea where its residents may travel the globe without ever leaving home. 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.
Unusually it is The World’s Captains and residents who collectively determine the Ship’s yearly itinerary based on the best sea routes and residents’ personal interests. The Ship also stay in port longer than other cruises sometimes up to five days.
The World at Greenwich.
Some statistics :
Tonnage: 43,524 gross tons Length: 644.2 ft. (196.35 m)
Beam: 97.8 ft. (29.8 m) Draft: 22 ft. (6.7 m)
Decks: 12 Maximum speed: 18.5 knots
Privately owned by Residents of The World – 130 families from 19 countries – North America (49%), various European countries (36%), Asia, Australia, South America and South Africa (15%).
Occupancy- Average occupancy is 150-200 Residents and Guests.
Average Stay- Residents spend an average of four months on board every year.
Crew – An international complement of long-standing crew, including approximately 260 experienced staff from 40 countries.
However all this luxury comes at a price with studio apartments starting at over half a million dollars and some suites costing an amazing 13.5 million dollars.