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There‘s a cruise ship named ‘The World‘ where residents permanently live as it travels around the globe.

There‘s a cruise ship named ‘The World‘ where residents permanently live as it travels around the globe.

The World is the largest privately owned residential yacht. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels, staying in most ports several days. Some residents choose to live on board full-time while others visit periodically throughout the year. It is operated by ROW Management, Ltd., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.

It has 165 residences (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios), all owned by the ship's residents. Average occupancy is 150–200 residents and guests.

The World (IMO ship identification number: 9219331) flies the flag of The Bahamas and has a gross tonnage of 43,188 tons. It is 196.35 metres (644 ft 2 in) long, 29.8 metres (98 ft) wide, and has a 6.7-metre (22 ft) draft, 12 decks, and a maximum speed of 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph). The crew numbers approximately 280.

As of 28 January 2017 The World holds the world record for the southernmost ship voyage. The record was broken by her Capitan Dag H. Saevik, and the 63 residents on board at the time as well as crewmembers. The ship reached 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

In March 2020 the ship was emptied of passengers and non-essential crew because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. A date for when the ship will resume service has not been announced.


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