VIDEO: World’s largest private residential ship graces South Coast shores

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The World, the largest private residential ship on the planet, graced South Coast shores over the weekend.

Excited South Coasters on Saturday caught a glimpse of the 644-foot luxury ship as it made its way north on the first leg of its 2019 journey.

PHOTO:  SAREL VAN DER MERWE

With only 165 individual Homes, The World’s residents enjoy one of the most exclusive lifestyles imaginable. Not only do residents own their individual residences, but collectively, they own the ship, ensuring that the experiences – both onboard and off – are far beyond current luxury travel standards.

Residents and guests spend extensive time exploring the most exotic and well-travelled destinations, and return onboard to a lifestyle that exists nowhere else on earth.

The World 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.

The ship has a large lobby, deli and grocery store, a boutique and showroom, fitness center, billiard room, golf simulator and putting greens, a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, a spa, swimming pool, and cocktail lounges.

There are six restaurants for dining that supplement the kitchens or kitchenettes in most of the residences For on-board entertainment there is a movie theater, library and music performances. In addition to shore excursions, various classes have been offered on board and the ship provides internet access in each residence.

PHOTO: SAREL VAN DER MERWE

This year’s journey sees residents and guests begin 2019 on the stunning shores of South Africa before embarking on an exhilarating Expedition in Madagascar, one of the most biodiverse islands on the planet.

Residents and guests will spend the winter months exploring the beaches, lagoons, and reefs surrounding the islands of the Indian Ocean and immersing themselves in the fascinating cultures of Sri Lanka, India, Oman, and Israel.

Come springtime, the sparkling Mediterranean will open its arms to The World, extending a warm welcome to its winding, friendly cities and breath-taking islands.

The ship will then journey to the United Kingdom and the Faroe Islands before heading north to the stark beauty of Iceland and Greenland, and ultimately a second rare and exciting Expedition along the Northwest Passage.

Then it’s time to spend fall in the bustling cities, sacred temples, and peaceful gardens of East and Southeast Asia. The World will arrive in Hong Kong just in time for the city’s glorious New Year’s Eve celebration.

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