Montreal welcomes the largest residential cruise ship in the world
MS The World of ResidenSea
By Dick Nieuwendyk
Privately owned by residents from about 19 countries, who live on board, the planet’s first and largest residential cruise ship MS The World has visited more than 125 nations worldwide, including Canada.
Last Tuesday morning this luxury ship entered the Port of Montreal for a three-day visit.
MS The World is operated by ResidenSea in Florida with Nassau, Bahamas as her Port of Registry, and has 165 residences, ranging from studios to three-bedroom expansive units and six-bedroom penthouse suites, with internet access in each residence. Each apartment has a fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen, and a private balcony with Jacuzzi.
All this does not come cheap and resident/owners have to pay $1.45 million to $5 million annually, plus an additional maintenance fee of $250,000.
The ship is 644 feet (196 m) long, 98 feet (30 m) wide, has 12 decks, and can travel at a maximum speed of 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h). On average, the vessel carries between one and three hundred residents and guests, with a crew of approximately 260. She was launched in the spring of 2002, and purchased by the residents in October 2003.
The ship has a large lobby, concierge, a unique art gallery, chapel, medical center, night club, gourmet deli and grocery store, a boutique and showroom, fitness center, billiard room, a helicopter pad, 2 swimming pools, golf simulator and putting greens, a mini-golf course, a full-sized tennis court, 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.
For on-board entertainment there is a movie theater, library and music performances.
The itinerary route is selected through a voting process by the residents, based on their personal interests and usually determined two years in advance by the Captain, Resident Itinerary Committee, and the Director of Itinerary & Destination Planning.
MS The World sails to various destinations worldwide, and stay an average three to five days in each port, so residents and their guests have enough time to explore destinations. Unlike most cruise ships, The World spends twice as many days in ports of call as at sea.
Setting sail from Nome, Alaska, U.S. 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, with 481 crew and passengers onboard, followed Captain Roald Amundsen path (the first sailor who completed the journey in 1906), for 26 days, sailing 4,800 nautical miles (8,890 km).
So, if you have the dollars, The World of ResidenSea provides a unique lifestyle and an exciting new way to travel the world. It offers the advantages of owning a home with an ocean view in more than 100 countries – without the maintenance and other inconveniences typical of owning a traditional vacation-home.