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|
|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 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)|
|Capacity:||150-200 passengers average|
The World is a private residential ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents. The Residents, from about 19 different countries, live on board as the ship travels the globe—staying in most ports approximately three days. Some Residents live on board full time while others visit periodically throughout the year. It is operated by ROW Management, Ltd., headquartered in Miramar, Florida.
It has 165 residences (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios), all owned by the ship's Residents. Average occupancy is 150 - 200 Residents and 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 approximately 260.
Original concept and construction
The ship 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 residents purchased it.
The management company is responsible for operations and administration of the ship, including hiring the employees. 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 ship has a large living room area (lobby), gourmet deli and grocery store, a boutique and showroom, Fitness Center, billiard room, golf simulator and putting greens, the only full-sized tennis court at sea, jogging track, a spa, swimming pool, and cocktail lounges.
There are six restaurants for dining that also supplement the kitchens or kitchenettes in most of the residences and dining ashore. For on-board entertainment there is a movie theater, library and music performances. In addition to destination experiences (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 ship 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 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 Sep 2012. Retrieved 2 Oct 2012.
- The World's transit of the Northwest Passage documented by National Geographic photographer Raul Touzon.
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