If the stressful confines of city living ever proves too much for you, and you’re ready to set sail for a much more fabulous lifestyle, good news, you can now make a nomadic home in the only private residential ship in the world, visiting the most exotic corners of the globe 365 days a year. The only caveat? You must have a net worth of at least US$10 million.
For those who meet the requirements (and score an invitation), you may become the proud owner of a 3,086-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home aboard The World that is currently on the market.
Launched in 2002, The World is perhaps the most exclusive private residential ship — the only full-residential ship, in fact — on earth. Instead of regular cabins, the ship is made of 165 homes, currently owned by 142 families from around the world. A small number of these are available for resale every year, with prices starting at US$2 million for a studio to US$15 million for a three-bedroom apartment.
With the public areas and over 20 private homes renovated in recent months, The World is shiny as ever. It’s pretty near impossible to get bored on the boat, with two swimming pools, a luxury spa, a water sports deck, and the only full-sized tennis court at sea in the world. There’s also six fabulous restaurants, a custom wine vault and a private dining room that can be booked out for more intimate events.
Often, guest chefs and winemakers from different ports are invited onboard to showcase local cuisines. And if you’re ever looking for a vacation from your own bedroom when the weather is nice, you can opt to sleep at night on the coveted Bali beds — day beds when the sun is out, and full sleeping beds under the stars at night.
Currently, residence 801 on Deck 8 is up for sale, having just undergone a custom redesign and renovation with plenty of art, maps and books filling the space. Remember the scene from Titanic in Kate Winslet’s art gallery room within her lavish apartments? It’s kind of like that: You enter the residence through a sunny art gallery decorated with Venetian glass wall art, before reaching a living room area bathed in natural sunlight thanks to the full-length portholes and full windows.
The kitchen is impeccably fitted out with the best appliances. Meanwhile, the master bedroom features both his and her bathrooms, his and her walk-in wardrobes, and a full dressing room. The guest suite also gets its own dressing room and a private bathroom. The finishing touch is the spacious veranda that wraps around the stern, furnished elegantly as the perfect private venue for entertaining guests.
The ship docked a few days in Hong Kong last month, and is currently traversing the Pacific Ocean to tour the west coast from California to Alaska. Soon, it’s planned to head south towards the Sea of Cortez and Central America, before winding through the Panama Canal and beyond. As a resident of the ship, you get to join in and vote on the itinerary, which is set two to three years in advance.
Every year, the ship also takes passengers on 2-3 expeditions to the most exclusive spots on the planet, usually together with a team of experts such as National Geographic photographers, biologists and researchers who help you get the most out of your voyage. This past January, the ship embarked on a 22-day adventure to Antarctica and the Ross Sea.
If all this floats your boat, all there’s left to do before packing your bags is to contact the residence office.
Find out more at aboardtheworld.com.