MS The World
The World in Melbourne, Australia
|Operator:||ResidenSea in Miramar, Florida|
|Port of registry:||Bahamas|
|Builder:||Fosen Mek. Verksteder A/S in Rissa, Norway|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Length:||196.35 m (644 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||29.8 m (97 ft 9 in)|
|Draft:||6.7 m (22 ft 0 in)|
|Installed power:||Marine diesel|
|Speed:||18.5-knot (34.3 km/h)|
|Capacity:||150-200 passengers average|
The World is a cruise ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents. The residents, from about 40 different countries, live on board as the ship travels the globe—staying in most ports from 2 to 5 days. Some residents live on board full time while others visit periodically throughout the year. It is operated by ResidenSea, headquartered in Miramar, Florida.
It has 165 residential units (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios), all owned by the ship's residents. It carries between 100 and 300 residents and their guests.
The World (IMO ship identification number: 9219331) flies the flag of The Bahamas and has a gross tonnage of 43,524 tons. It is 644 feet (196 m) long, 98 feet (30 m) wide, and has a 22-foot (6.7 m) draft, 12 decks, and a maximum speed of 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h). The crew numbers 250.
As of 2010 the following prices were applicable:
- Studio (Ocean Studio 661), 328 sq ft (30.5 m2), list price of US$600,000.
- 2 Bed (Ocean Residence 1006), 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, list price US$2,950,000.
- Suite (World Suite 1108/1110), list price of US$13,500,000.
Monthly homeowner dues range from $20,000 per month (for the smaller units) and up, and cover fuel, crew, maintenance and a meal allowance for the owner.
Original concept and construction 
The World was the idea of Knut U. Kloster, whose family had a long history in the cruise ship industry. Her hull was built in Landskrona, Sweden, by Öresundsvarvet, and it was then towed to Fosen Mekaniske Verksted in Rissa, Norway, for completion. She was launched in March 2002. In October, 2003, the resident purchased it.
ResidenSea in Miramar, Florida, remained the management company responsible for operations and administration of the ship, including hiring the hundreds of employees that offer services such as housekeeping, beauty treatments, photography and other amenities. The residents, through their elected board of directors and a network of committees, provide guidance to the management about the ship's itinerary, finances and lifestyle.
The World has facilities similar to those on board a regular cruise ship, and also some that are unique due to its residential nature. They include a small grocery store and delicatessen, a boutique, athletic facilities that include a golf simulator, putting green, full-sized tennis court, jogging track and gym.
There are six restaurants that supplement the kitchens or kitchenettes in most of the apartments and dining ashore. For on-board entertainment there is a movie theatre, library and music performances. In addition to shore excursions, classes have been offered on board in topics such as dance, navigation, language, cooking, arts and crafts, music, computers, and photography. The World provides Internet access in each residence.
Northwest Passage trip 2012 
Setting sail from Nome, Alaska, USA on 18 Aug 2012 and reaching Nuuk, Greenland on 12 Sept 2012, The World became the largest passenger vessel to transit the Northwest Passage. The ship, carrying 481 passengers and crew, for 26 days and 4,800 nautical miles at sea, followed in the path of Captain Roald Amundsen, the first sailor to complete the journey in 1906.
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- "The World — Contact Us". aboardtheworld.com. ResidenSea. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
- "The World gets green light to transit Northwest Passage". nunatsiaqonline.ca (Nunatsiaq News - Nortext Publishing Corporation). 31 Aug 2012. Retrieved 2 Oct 2012.
- "Shrinking ice makes Nunavut more accessible to cruise ships, but money stays on board". nunatsiaqonline.ca (Nunatsiaq News - Nortext Publishing Corporation). 4 Sept 2012. Retrieved 2 Oct 2012.
- The World's transit of the Northwest Passage documented by National Geographic photographer Raul Touzon.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: The World (ship, 2002)|
- Aboard The World
- The World at marinetraffic.com including the actual ship position via Automatic Identification System (AIS)
- Local newspaper from the Shipsyard (Oresundsvarvet) in Landskrona Sweden