Media Statement re: The World’s status in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
25 May 2020: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) global public health emergency, deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and to protect the health and safety of its residents, guests and crew, The World, Residences at Sea was taken out of service effective 17 March. All residents, guests and non-essential crew disembarked by 20 March. The vessel has not had a positive COVID-19 case on board and none of its residents, guests or crew have tested positive since leaving the vessel. The World is currently in lay-berth in Falmouth, United Kingdom. A return to service date has not yet been released.
The World is privately owned and home to approximately 150 families from 19 countries and has an average resident and guest occupancy of 150 to 200 people.
The decision to lay-up the private, residential yacht was not easy, however was deemed essential. Protecting the health and safety of our residents, guests and crew is our number one priority. We look forward to resuming operations and welcoming our residents back once we can safely do so by following industry best practices, maintaining our high standards and working in cooperation with global public health authorities, local port officials and government agencies around the world.
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We ask that you kindly refer all press or other inquiries to the contact people listed below:
The Dovetail Agency
Tel: +44 20 3709 7809