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FEATURE FRIDAY: The World — Luxury Ocean Liner Offers a Truly Exclusive Lifestyle

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As featured in Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal, The World is a luxury ocean liner with 165 private, unique residences. Launched in 2002, The World is the biggest and oldest residential ship on the water at 644 feet in length, giving its residents the opportunity to spend as much of their year as they wish to living at sea and enjoying planned port destinations.

Owners choose from furnished apartments that offer generous comfort and luxury – ranging from studios at 290 s.f. up to 3 bedroom penthouse apartments at 3200 s.f. – and each unit is complete with one or several verandahs looking out onto the water.

Residences have sold for between $700,000 and $10 million, with about 10% of them that tend to be for sale at any one time. Collectively, the residents – currently hailing from over 19 countries — own the ship, paying 10% to 15% of their purchase price to cover the ship’s basic maintenance, service fee, and food minimum on an annual basis.

Crew members far outnumber owners and efficiently run this 12-deck ship, complete with a luxury spa, movie theater, boutique, health club, golf simulator, casino, library, pool, cigar room, tennis court, conference rooms, medical center, seven bars, six restaurants, an extensive wine cellar, and so much more.

The 2015 circumnavigation aboard The World will highlight the exotic delights of Southeast Asia, the stunning beaches of the Maldives and Seychelles, extensive African adventures, Morocco, the Mediterranean, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Greenland, the coast of Canada and the U.S., transit through the Panama Canal, and a sail down the west coast of South America culminating with an adventure-filled expedition in Antarctica.

Many residents keep a primary home in their native country and utilize The World as a second luxury home. With new scenery outside one’s windows each morning, this is the ultimate lifestyle, complete with concierge services and first-class dining. Social life on the ship is rounded out with numerous social events, sophisticated outings, and adventurous excursions that create a sense of community and authentic enjoyment.

Visit for additional information, apartment floor plans, and photos of these exclusive residences at sea.

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