The World, Residences at Sea
Do you know about the world’s largest privately owned yacht which circumnavigates the globe yearly, taking a different course with each voyage? This ocean liner is also home to 165 private residences; think of it as a floating condo complex/timeshare in which you wake up in a new exotic location every couple of days, and then some.
Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Well a one-bedroom 325 square foot slice of the dream carries a price tag of $208,346.42; a 750 square foot two-bedroom runs for $480,799.43; a 8,375 square foot Luxury Estate located on the level D, sells for a whopping $10,874,615.14. Prices of the units vary by their size, features and deck location.
So for numbers as large as these there must be at least a few amenities, right? Well for starters, there are the basic features such as a central vacuum system, hybrid cabinets, custom floor coverings, designer doors and entries, sprinklers, smoke detectors, security system and safe, zoned climate control, select custom fixtures, designer appliances and a computer system with high-speed internet.
Located on the promenade is the Global Shopping Center, which features several stores that sell luxurious products from around the world. There is also a fine art gallery which contains many great pieces that also are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to charity.
There are facilities to do your business and banking complete with a lease-able convention/event center named “the wave”, a 24 hour Concierge service, a 65,000 square foot Casino complex for gaming, a complete working hospital/ER/pharmacy with outpatient services, a private educational center with professors and a full university/school where you can obtain your master’s degree, a spa/martial arts fitness center, and fine international restaurants.
There is also entertainment like billiards/pool, a 30 lane bowling alley, a full size basketball court, an 18-hole natural grass golf course, golf simulators, luxury movie theaters/cinemas, a multifunctional variable view concert stage with international performers, a sports bar, leisure rooms with plasma televisions and sound systems, scuba/snorkeling/water sports, hyperbaric chambers for diver-decompression, 2 squash courts, 2 tennis courts, 2 racquetball courts, a twin-level go-cart track, running waterfalls, and a roller coaster. That’s right, a roller coaster.
If that isn’t enough the entire ship has integrated biometrics (eye/iris/retina, facial, movement, fingerprint/hand print, voice/accent and DNA) allowing for certain automated tasks, like the elevator automatically stopping on your deck without even having to press a button, or if the sensors detect that you’re body temperature is too cold the heat will be raised automatically inside your apartment/suite. And if by some chance you or your family members are not on-board at the time of departure, the bridge will be notified of this. There is also no need to carry cash, credit or debit cards either, because the ship can identify who you are and whether or not if you’re engaged in shopping or gaming.
Some of you might be asking “what is the carbon emission of this sea-giant?” The World’s website claims that “with the technology available today and in the future we can build each luxury liner with the best available technologies that reduce, minimize, or almost eliminate any negative emission”. There are many “green features” such as the use of 0 carbon emission alternative fuels, hybrid fuels, composting techniques, the use of minimal packaging and recycled construction products, photovoltaics, renewable energy sources, a recycling plant, state-of-the-art waste treatment facility, and solar/wind collectors.
The entire ship cost 5 billion dollars to produce and with all of its modern features and resources available, this “Residence at Sea” could also be dubbed “the floating city”. There are seven of these ships currently being developed (35 billion dollars total), with an average of 165 residential units per ship (1155 units total) and a full ship capacity of 22,600 passengers (158,200 people in total). My question is, are there that many affluent folks who can afford to experience this kind of luxury?
Hey, if you’re one of the hundreds-of-millions who can’t afford to purchase a unit you could always seek employment on one of these luxury liners, allowing you not only to reside on the ship but also having unlimited access to all of its amenities.
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