The World

You either love these things or you don’t:

165 apartments aboard The World, a condo cruise ship. Its intensely private residents spend a third of the year, on average, gliding to the planet’s farthest reaches: Antarctica, Pacific atolls that haven’t seen a ship in two decades, and Ascension, a volcanic outcropping halfway between Africa and Brazil.

Ownership is restricted to those with at least $10 million in assets, and potential buyers must gain the backing of two existing residents, pass background checks, and be ready to pay roughly $900,000 a year in annual maintenance fees for the larger units.

8 comments for “The World

  1. Penseivat
    December 11, 2017 at 10:02

    Wasn’t there a controversy some years ago, where owners of suites were renting them out when not using them, causing permanent residents to complain about the to-ing and fro-ing of short term holidaymakers lowering the class of the ship?

  2. December 11, 2017 at 10:52

    Do they watch “Das Boot” on the TV?

  3. December 11, 2017 at 14:08

    Wasn’t there a controversy some years ago, where owners of suites were renting them out when not using them, causing permanent residents to complain about the to-ing and fro-ing of short term holidaymakers lowering the class of the ship?

    That’s certainly the case in my condo block in Thailand, so I can well believe it is true of a cruise ship!

  4. December 11, 2017 at 16:26

    Yes, there are some anomalies one can think of and I wondered how they were resolved.

  5. dearieme
    December 11, 2017 at 17:12

    The photos of these monsters looming over Venice make me sympathise with the city council’s desire to ban them.

    • December 11, 2017 at 21:31

      Ah but they haven’t, only over a certain size do they have to dock at Mestri, this is not what the Venetians wanted but the ever greedy council watered it down.

  6. December 11, 2017 at 22:44

    Important.

  7. December 12, 2017 at 04:12

    That ship is smaller, at 644 ft than the 1000fters that dock in Hobart. They seem to be better ‘equipped’ for entertainment and luxury judging from the description.

    If one has the money, why not. It seems very pricey to me and the permanancy puts me off. A week might suffice.

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