The World is the epitome of opulence, a private residence on board an exclusive vessel that is home to 130 families. It is a world where extraordinary is the standard and exclusive experiences bring each destination to life.

Being able to drift through these unforgettable experiences does not mean, however, that business must be neglected. Every amenity has been made available to ensure that residents enjoy a luxurious base from which to operate their affairs.

Enjoy the privilege of discovering new horizons, with tailor-made, one-in-a-lifetime experiences bringing each new destination to life.

Did you know?

  • In 13 years, since 2002, The World has visited over 900 ports in more than 140 countries.
  • The World weighs 43 524 gross tons and is 633.4 ft (196.35 m) in length.
  • The ship’s maximum speed is 18.5 knots.
  • The World is privately owned by its residents – 130 families from across the globe: North America (49%), European countries (36%) and Asia, Australia and South Africa (15%).
  • Residents spend an average of three to six months on board The World annually.
  • The World - Maldives The World Tides Restaurant. The World in Bordeaux

  • The World boasts an international complement of approximately 270 staff members.
  • The World’s maiden voyage departed from Lisbon, Portugal on 2 May 2002.
  • There is capacity for more than 12 000 bottles of wine on board.

It’s not Hollywood. Nor is it Monaco. The playground of the rich and famous is actually the seven seas. Bulgarian sommelier Marinela Ivanova, who works aboard luxury vessel The World, sums it up perfectly: “Our playground is the whole planet.”

Hungry for the following adventures? “Roam Jersey’s pastoral byways by bicycle. Hike Grenada’s Grand Etang rainforest. Dive in St Barts. Golf at Scotland’s Kingsbarns.” Then consider a lifestyle of travel aboard a private residential luxury vessel. The World afford its passengers the opportunity to revel in custom destination experiences and one-of-a-kind cultural events, while enjoying the privilege of working from a permanent residence on board. These vary from studios to three-bedroom apartments, while top-of-the-range is the six-bedroom penthouse suite. The World is home to only 130 families from across the globe who own private residences on board. At any time, there are a maximum of 200 people on board, which lends to the exclusivity of the experience. It’s not as simple as booking your cabin for a cruise: life aboard The World is for a select few.

Bringing the destination to life

The World is the brainchild of Knut U. Kloster Jr, who envisioned travellers being able to sail for as long as they wished within the comfort of their own residence. The World is the epitome of opulence – it is a world where extraordinary is the standard and exclusive experiences bring each destination to life. Staff of The World arrange exclusive experiences, including Spanish chef Ferran Adrià preparing an exclusive dinner at his three Michelin star restaurant, El Bulli, for residents before the restaurant closed its doors; traversing Australia on a camel safari; arriving on top an Antarctic glacier by helicopter to enjoy champagne and caviar; and viewing the running of the bulls in a private Pamplona apartment.

2015: expeditions and experiences

The ship’s itinerary is determined two to three years in advance by The World’s captains and residents, accommodating the best sea routes and the residents’ personal interests. The World will stay in port for three days, on average, to allow residents adequate time to explore each destination.

The itinerary for 2015 includes three expeditions capturing unforgettable experiences, from the cultural and social aspects of each new destination to the natural history and wildlife.  

The Namibia and Mid-Atlantic expedition covered about 5 000 nautical miles (9 258 km) from Cape Town to the Canary Islands from March until mid-April. Residents crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. The Greenland Expedition will take residents of The World to the bird-watchers’ paradise of the Faroe Islands. En route to Greenland, residents will discover the cacophony of bird calls from puffins, storm petrels, gannets and guillemots. The World will then embark on the third expedition, travelling via the Panama Canal down the west coast of South America, allowing residents the chance to discover Latino culture in all its vivid glory – from Peru and Ecuador to Argentina and Chile. Best of all: The World will take two weeks to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to chase the thrill of journeying through glaciers and icebergs, while discovering the islands via kayaks.

What does The World offer on board?

Beyond the thrill of globetrotting, The World offers the following amenities to residents: an art gallery, florist, gourmet deli, library, medical centre, chapel, the Quantum Nightclub, a tea room and lounge, laundry, sports centre, The World Boutique & Showroom, The World Concierge, The World Spa & Wellness Center, billiards, a theatre and a youth programme.

There are also six restaurants – including the renowned Portraits – which range in style from Asian to Mediterranean, and a varied selection of cocktail lounges and bars. Besides the varied dining options on board, residents can choose between the Call-a-Chef™ programme, which offers a personalised chef service in a residence, or the option of in-residence dining.

There are private lessons for golfers, with a putting green, driving range and a simulator, while reservations can be made at signature courses across the globe. The World offers the only full-size tennis court at sea as well as cricket, two swimming pools, a jogging track and a fitness centre, complete with qualified personal trainers, physiotherapists and state-of-the-art equipment as well as spinning, yoga, Zumba and Pilates classes. Plus, a variety of off-ship fitness experiences can be arranged, including cycling and hiking trails. The World also has a retractable marina, so that residents can enjoy diving and snorkelling, kayaking, water-skiing and even a polar plunge in Antarctica.

Residents can savour an afternoon in the cigar room or visit the Cove, a private gaming room, to indulge in a few games of Roulette. Try your hand at chess, poker or bridge or learn a new skill such as painting, writing or cooking. Take in a play or musical performance in the Colosseo – the onboard theatre – or star in a production with the drama society. Should your teenager be an avid gamer, The Zone offers Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

Taking care of business

Being able to drift through these unforgettable experiences does not mean, however, that business must be neglected. Every amenity has been made available to ensure that residents enjoy a luxurious base from which to operate their affairs. Residents have access to internet, telephone and broadcast services, and every residence is equipped with internet and has its own public IP address, with a variety of bandwidth options from which to choose. The World also has two onboard conference rooms, equipped with high-tech audiovisual equipment, for residents to be able to meet with international business contacts in style.

Balancing business with pleasure

At 7 000 ft2, The World Spa & Wellness Centre provides a haven of tranquillity and indulgence for residents. Offering a full menu of exotic treatments, the spa contains a private manicure room, private pedicure room, physiotherapy room, four single treatment rooms, hair salon, an Aqua Spa whirlpool, steam room and sauna. As The World travels around the globe, the spa menu is adapted to each new port of call.

A gastronomical adventure

With a team of accomplished chefs and sommeliers, residents will enjoy a veritable feast of the senses. Not only will residents be treated to gastronomical delights on board, but each port of call offers the opportunity to explore local cuisine and produce – including tours of Hong Kong’s wet markets and tastings with the winemakers of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux. When The World docked in Cape Town in March this year, residents were able to enjoy a private dinner with head winemaker at De Toren vineyard, Albie Koch.

Says executive chef, Geoffrey Murray: “We have available a continuous stream of markets from which to choose, in the most unique and wonderful locations on the planet. Every few days, as the ship sails the globe, our choices are renewed.”

The World also plays hosts to top chefs and winemakers, who are invited to host tastings or share their expertise. And to bring each destination to life, crew from The World arrange exclusive private events ashore.

Keeping it green

Setting an environmentally friendly standard, The World is the only vessel of its size that burns only clean marine diesel, rather than heavy bunker fuel. It also features the Scanship wastewater cleaning system, as well as maintaining a ‘zero discharge to sea’ policy, ensuring that no solid waste of any kind is released to sea. An environmental engineer is tasked with ensuring the prevention of any environmental incidents and adherence to the ship’s environmental management.

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