Today, 3rd October 2007 saw the arrival of one of the most prestigious Cruise ships in the World. She berthed in 'Crow Sound' in the early morning and left again in the late afternoon. Her passengers mingled amongst the regular visitors in Hugh Town's shops and cafes. I stood behind one American lady in the Island Home Hardware and she was expressing some concern about the lack of security in Credit Card transactions in this Country. I remember while I was in the States, last year, thinking how tight their security was and how many times my credit card was rendered useless as a result of it.
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The World is the world's largest private yacht—a floating residential community owned by her residents. The residents, currently from 40 different countries, live on board as the ship slowly circumnavigates the globe—staying in most ports from 2 to 5 days. Some residents live onboard full time while others visit their floating home periodically throughout the year.
The World flies a Bahamas flag and has a gross tonnage of 43,524 tons. The vessel is 644 feet long, 98 feet wide, and has a 22 foot draft, 12 decks, and a maximum speed of 18.5 knots. The crew numbers is 250.
The ship has 165 residential units (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios), all owned by the ship's residents. The ship carries between 100 and 300 residents and their guests.
The World was the idea of Knut U. Kloster Jr., whose family had a long history in the cruise ship industry. The ship was built in Rissa, Norway by Fosen Mek. Verksteder A/S, and launched in March 2002.
In October 2003, the residents of the vessel purchased The World. ResidenSea in Miami remained the management company responsible for operations and administration of the ship. The residents, through their elected board of directors and a network of committees, provide guidance to the management about the ship's itinerary, finances and lifestyle.
The World has many facilities similar to those onboard a regular cruise ship, but are unique due to the residential nature of the vessel. Her amenities include a small grocery store and delicatessen, a boutique, complete athletic facilities that include a golf simulator, putting green, full sized tennis court, jogging track and fully equipped gym.
There are five restaurants that supplement the full kitchens in all apartments and the ever changing variety of dining ashore as the ship travels. For on board entertainment there is a movie theatre, library and music performances. In addition to shore excursions; classes have been offered onboard in dance, navigation, language, cooking, arts and crafts, music, computers, and photography. In addition, The World provides high-speed Internet access in each residence.