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.