Luxury Travel

Travel the world without leaving home

Travel the world without leaving home

Travel the world without leaving home

With just a year to go before the world’s first residential liner takes to the seas on its maiden voyage around the globe in January 2002, these concepts are now a reality. The World of Residensea is a revolutionary new venture – an ocean-going luxury resort whose residents can circumnavigate the globe in pursuit of good weather and special international events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Carnival in Rio and the Telstra Yacht Race from Sydney to Hobart, all from the comfort of their own home.

At a minimum cost of $2,000,000, the 110 floating apartments are selling like hot cakes with 80 per cent of them already sold. ‘Luxury’ is indeed in vogue again and what a way to celebrate it! Four internationally acclaimed designers have been brought in to produce different design styles for the homes, all of which have spacious living and dining areas; two or three bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom; completely equipped kitchens and a terrace with an optional jet pool. Eighty-eight guest suites will be available for rental by residents’ friends or business associates.

The World is brainchild of Norwegian Knut Kloster Jn, a veteran in the cruise industry, whose family started Norwegian Cruise Line which he headed, along with Royal Viking Line and Royal Cruise Line. The 40,000-ton ship has a maximum capacity of 1000; the 345 crew to an estimated 285 residents and guests is indicative of a potentially pampered lifestyle for prospective residents.

Buy an apartment that travels the world

Buy an apartment that travels the world

Buy an apartment that travels the world

The only problem one foresees is that waking up each morning you’re faced with the difficult decision of whether you’re on holiday, at home or in the office. But that’s the beauty of this idea – it’s up to you! The facilities on the ship are such that you can combine all three. With five restaurants, two swimming pools, a theatre, a nightclub, a casino, a spa, a golf centre with driving range and tennis courts, even a jogging track; there’s more than a fair share of ways to pass the time. On the home front, there’s a village market, a hair and beauty salon, plus laundry and daily housekeeping services and a 24-hour delivery service from the on-board delicatessen. A series of continuous seminars will take place on topics as diverse as astronomy, photography, cooking, dance and history, to name just a few. Rotating art exhibitions, concerts and films are anticipated and for those who need to conduct business there will be a business and conference centre, secretarial service and computer and fax facilities in every apartment.

Who wouldn’t want to travel the world, visiting exotic locations and attending the world’s most special events without compromising the course of everyday life?

2001 Itinerary

January: The World leaves Oslo for South America via London, Lisbon and the Canary Islands.

February: In Rio de Janeiro for the Carnival, then cruises around the southern half of the continent to Argentina, Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean Fjords.

March/April: To Costa Rica and Panama via Panama Canal. Then cruises the Caribbean and the coast of America before heading on to Bermuda and the Azores.

May: The South of France for the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Along the Italian coast stopping at Livorno, Portofino, Sorrento and Venice, then on to the Balearic and Greek Isles, Turkey and Malta.

June: Stop-off at Casablanca before heading for Bordeaux and then Rouen in France.

July: The fjords of Norway and on to Edinburgh for the British Open before continuing on to the Baltic and to St Petersburg in Russia.

August: The United Kingdom and Southern and Northern Ireland, taking in the Isle of Skye before heading for Reykjavik in Iceland.

September/October: Cruises to Canada, stopping at Montreal and Quebec with visits to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor, Maine and Martha’s Vineyard. Down the coast of America to Philadelphia, Savannah, Palm Beach and Key West.

November: To the Mexican Riviera via the Panama Canal then north to San Francisco and San Diego.

December: Hawaii and on to the South Pacific with Christmas in Australia and New Zealand for the Telstra Yacht Race from Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania.

All this without the hassle of packing plus, after the first couple of years, itineraries are expected to reflect interests expressed by residents.

Advice

Business meeting

Business meeting

The risk of malaria
Malaria is still a health risk for anyone travelling to exotic climes and occurs in over 100 countries throughout the world. For this reason alone it is considered to be the world’s most important tropical disease and if you are travelling to Africa, Asia or South America it is well worth getting advice from your doctor prior to travelling to ensure you take appropriate precautions.

Facts
Malaria is caught from a bite by a malaria-infected mosquito. Only the females bite, as they need blood to help them develop their eggs. The disease is transmitted by the anopheles mosquito and is caused by minute parasitic protozoa of the genus plasmodium. When a mosquito bites an infected person, it ingests these parasites that are present in the infected person’s blood. The plasmodium parasites develop in the mosquito and are passed on in the saliva of the insect to whomever it bites. The infected blood then travels to the liver where they invade the cells. After roughly two weeks, they return to the blood, penetrating and breaking down the red cells. This induces bouts of fever and anaemia in the infected person. Malaria can also damage other vital organs including the brain, so it should be taken seriously.

Is there a cure?
Malaria is generally a curable disease as long as it is promptly diagnosed and treated. Effective anti-malarial medicines, such as chloroquine, doxycycline and mefloquine, can prevent the symptoms of acute malaria from developing by suppressing the infection in the blood stream. These are certainly effective in the most common form of malaria, the plasmodium falciparum strain, which does not have relapses of infection, unlike some less common strains of the parasite.

Action

Action

Action

Any traveller developing a fever that lasts more than a few days should have prompt medical treatment and should be screened for malaria. If you have been given anti-malaria medicines it is important that you continue to take the medication for four weeks after a possible exposure to ensure the infection has run its course and the medicines have taken effect. Visit your doctor well in advance of travelling and ask whether you need anti-malaria medicines. Take protective clothing with you, as well as mosquito repellents and mosquito nets to place over your bed. If you follow these precautions you are unlikely to encounter any problems.

Some useful web sites
From the World Health Organisation

Tips from the Malaria Foundation International on how to avoid malaria on your travels

Lost luggage

Losing your luggage when flying is one of the most irritating and inconvenient aspects of air travel and dreaded by most passengers. Usually the cause is due to luggage being put on a different flight to your own, so whilst you’re waiting in London your suitcase is on its way to New York.
In most cases, the airline will return any errant luggage to you within 24 hours, as long as you report the missing bags straight away, but occasionally your suitcases can be truly lost.
If the airline can find no trace of your bags, you need to file a claim. Depending on the airline, you generally have between 21 and 45 days in which to file the claim although it is advisable to do this before leaving the airport, if possible. You will be asked to provide a list of the items that were in your suitcases, plus when and where they were bought and how much they cost. It is vital that you retain a copy of the claim as waiting to be reimbursed could take a long time. It is also worth keeping in mind that there is usually a limit to the amount that can be claimed for the loss of luggage and this varies in different countries. Airlines are not liable for jewellery, cameras, money, business documents and fragile or perishable goods so it is important that you obtain additional insurance for such items.

Helpful tips

Helpful tips

Helpful tips

Take any valuable or necessary items in your hand luggage.

Label your luggage on the inside as well as on the outside and include name, address and phone number. Include your itinerary so that you can be easily found by the airline.
Be sure to arrive at the airport in time as often luggage goes missing when there has not been enough time to get the bags onto the plane.
Ensure your bags are locked and on arrival check the locks, reporting any damage or missing items to the airline immediately.
Many bags are lost with connecting flights so try to avoid them if possible.
If you are travelling with someone else try splitting you and your partner’s clothes between bags so if the worst should happen, you’ll both have something clean to wear.

Reserving a hire car in the destination of your choice provides that element of freedom that enables travellers to see more of the surrounding area and doesn’t limit you to the hotel or leave you reliant on a sometimes undependable public transport system. Most of the larger car rental companies are extremely reliable but occasionally travellers arrive at the airport only to find the car they thought they reserved is not there. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen to you, there are a number of things you should do prior to arriving at your destination.

  • Reserve the car well in advance with a reputable company.
  • Request written confirmation of the booking and a confirmation number, as without this you will have no proof of your reservation. Even telephone the company to make sure that a car will be waiting for you when you arrive.
  • If you have done all this and a car is still not waiting for you, this could be due to the rental company over booking in order to compensate for the number of customers who book but don’t turn up. In this situation always ask the company to find you a car from a competitor at the same hire rate as the car you booked with them. If they are unable to find one and you have to rent a car at a higher rate, then be sure to request a refund for the difference in price.