Want to see world’s biggest residential ship? It’s coming to PBC


The largest private residential ship on the planet, The World, is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach at 7 a.m. Saturday.

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Catch a glimpse from land or water while you can. The World is set to depart from the port just before midnight today and will journey north to Port Canaveral, port officials said Friday. There is no public access to the ship, port spokeswoman Aidy Alonzo said.

As the first vessel of its kind where people could travel the globe without leaving home, The World affords its resident owners the ultimate onboard lifestyle with impeccable service, high-end facilities, and luxurious amenities.

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“We are proud and thrilled to once again welcome The World to the Port of Palm Beach,” said Blair J. Ciklin, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Port of Palm Beach District. “Thanks to the captains and residents onboard who selected Palm Beach County as one of the destinations on their expedition around the globe, our economy will experience a positive impact this weekend.”

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The World continuously circumnavigates the planet, allowing its residents to awake in a new port to explore every few days. With just 165 individual homes, the vessel boasts one of the most exclusive lifestyles imaginable. Not only do residents own their individual homes, but collectively, they own the ship. Residents cruise for as long as they wish, averaging three to four months on board per year.

In 2017, The World will sail approximately 44,000 nautical miles, visiting more than 100 ports of call in more than 20 countries. Its captains and residents determine the ship’s yearly itinerary based on the best sea routes and the residents’ personal preferences.

Constructed in Rissa, Norway beginning in May 2000, The World set sail in March 2002 from Oslo with its inaugural residents on board.

An environmentally friendly ship, The World is the first ship of its size burning marine diesel oil rather than heavy bunker fuel. The World is also the first ship to feature the Scanship wastewater cleaning system, filtering waste by means of a flotation system. At 644.2 feet in length with a beam of 97.8 feet, the 43,188-ton ship is a floating 12-deck city with an ambience much like that of a private yacht or exclusive country club.



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