The World comes to South Africa
Feb 14, 2003
The World of Residensea, one of the most unusual cruise ships afloat, is set to visit South Africa next year.
The 43,254-gt ship, launched in 2002 will be sailing down the east coast of Africa after having cruised the Mediterranean and exited via the Suez Canal, with calls in the Indian Ocean at Seychelles. Her first South African visit will be in at Durban on 13 and 14 November and in Cape Town between 17 and 20 November 2004.
After sailing from Cape Town The World will visit Walvis Bay before heading across the Atlantic for Brazil and later to the Falklands.
The World has been described as cross between a private yacht (albeit a very large one), a seaside villa or an exclusive country club. Up to 370 guests on board will either be residents or a guest on the ship, for the apartments on sold for private ownership – a home at sea.
In every respects the ship echoes other luxury cruise ships, with four restaurants, public lounges, two heated swimming pools, casino, a miniature golf course, a fully equipped gymnasium and spa and facilities for sailboats, water-skiing, wind surfing, ocean kayaking.
But you won’t find organised shuffleboard, bingo or quiz activities, or the other pastimes found on cruise ships that entice passengers to indulge in activities they would normally never otherwise consider. Nor will you find shuffling lines waiting to board lighters or launches for the daily tour ashore, or regimented dining hours and seating arrangements. Those on board experience a different lifestyle geared for those who ‘live to travel’ but want time to do as they please, and as privately as they please. All this with personal service available at the click of a finger.
“Take your favourite home and place it on a private yacht. The sail to the most exotic places on earth. Take all your favourite stores and restaurants, and locate them within 300 feet (100m) of your front door. Add a staff of 300, daily maid service, a dry-cleaning service that picks up and delivers, good friends, adventure and 24-hour room service. Now you get a feel for what life is like on The World,” says a resident on The World (as quoted on ResidenSea’s website).
Meanwhile your ‘home’ is travelling from one country to another, letting you see as much of the world as you choose.
For those who don’t own a home on the ship, it is possible to rent a two or three bedroom apartment for as few as three days or for as long as you like. Each apartment comes with fully equipped kitchen and is beautifully furnished. Bedrooms have their own private en suite bathroom and each sleeps two people.
Go to the Residensea site for further details of this unique ship – www.residensea.com/vacation