Enriching Experiences Bring the Destinations Alive
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Residents of The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on Earth, are treated to unique and enriching experiences that bring alive the destinations on the Ship’s global journey. Through an intriguing and carefully crafted program of activities, lectures, workshops, entertainment and special events, The World tempts the ‘explorer’ mindset of Residents who have chosen to discover the cultural and geographic treasures of the world together with the families who call this distinctive community-at-sea ‘home.’
Nobel Laureates, Visiting Experts, Breakfast Forums and Workshops Offers Interactive Immersion
Founded on Residents’ and Guests’ thirst for knowledge and inquisitive nature, onboard lectures (ideal for days at sea) are held to educate individuals and discuss topics pertinent to the countries and cities visited. Professional and experienced speakers, often locally based, talk on a variety of topics including arts and culture, history, finance, economy, world affairs and politics, food and wine, photography, health and wellness, science, space, and more. Lecturer-hosted outings held ashore provide interactive experiences that further Residents’ immersion into the topic.
The World’s Nobel Laureate Lecture Series brings esteemed Nobel Prize Laureates to the Ship to lecture on topics in their respective fields such as medicine, economics and science. Program speakers have included Dr. Shuji Nakamura, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the blue LED (light-emitting diode), Dr. Edvard Moser, a 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine who lectured on the brain’s maps of space, and Dr. Brian K. Kobilka, a 2012 joint Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry who spoke on G Protein Coupled Receptors: The Body’s Communication Network and Challenges in Drug Discovery.
Breakfast Forums are more informal round table conversations that offer an intimate and casual setting in which to discuss important issues with local experts and dignitaries. Areas of focus have included politics and government, the economic future, finance and business, and the arts.
Interactive workshops hosted by professionals are matched to Residents’ particular interest areas in group or one-on-one sessions. Subjects include computers, photography, journaling, cooking, painting, wine education, dance and health and fitness.
Exploring Dynamic Cultures
To drive Residents’ sense of cultural adventure there are shows featuring local dance groups, indigenous music and local activities that embody a destination’s authenticity and allure. Whether it is salsa dancing in Puerto Rico, colorfully dressed Panamanian school children singing, classical Indian dance or authentic tango dancers performing en route to Buenos Aires, these onboard experiences open a window into the rich tapestry of traditions throughout the world.
For added enrichment at their own pace, Residents can watch films and documentaries (usually destination-themed) in the Colosseo theater and explore the collection of books, magazines, and DVDs in The Study. The selection of books, including biography, fiction, non-fiction, children’s, travel guides, and destination-specific titles – continuously changes according to the Ship’s itinerary.
Expeditions amaze participants with a comprehensive exploration of an area. An expedition team of approximately 10 – 12 regional experts are brought on board. Their breadth of knowledge is unparalleled, and along with the onboard staff, create an extraordinary experience. Over the years, a wide variety of expeditions has taken Residents to the far corners of the globe.
- 2009: visited the Bering Sea and Russian Arctic sighting more Polar bears (119) than any other Ship of its type.
- 2010: completed a 10-day expedition to Greenland and sailed to the ice-encrusted desert of Antarctica.
- 2011: enjoyed an 18-day expedition to the exotic inner Seychelles and east coast of Madagascar.
- 2012: sojourned to Melanesia through its 80 islands; sailed across the Pacific to Polynesia to discover remote islands; and completed an historic and record-breaking voyage as the largest passenger vessel to sail Canada’s Northwest Passage, ocean to ocean (Pacific to Atlantic);
- 2013: took Residents through the natural treasures of the Barents Sea and the seldom visited Russian Arctic National Park in the White Sea Expedition.
- 2014: enjoyed a 17-day trek to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and a 17-day expedition to circumnavigate the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia’s Far East.
- 2015: during the Namibia & Mid-Atlantic Expedition Residents swam across the equator joined unexpectedly by a pod of pilot whales. During expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica Residents uncovered ancient cultures.
- 2016: Residents kayaked and trekked alongside penguins, whales, seals, and indigenous birds during a two-week journey through Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. On a 12-day expedition to Borneo, Residents encountered orangutans, clouded leopards, and sun bears.
- 2017: The World broke the record for the furthest south sailed, reaching 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales on a 22-day expedition of the Ross Sea, including 12 days in Antarctica.
- 2018: undertook an 11-day expedition through the Svalbard Archipelago to view spectacular arctic wildlife and the majestic polar bear.
- 2019: traversed 3,500 miles across the northern coastline of Canada and Alaska. Having been the largest passenger Ship to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east in 2012, The World returned to the High Arctic to accomplish a ‘double transit’ sailing from east to west. Residents also enjoyed the arid desert coasts, lush forests, and mangrove-lined rivers of Madagascar, one of the most biodiverse islands on the planet.
- 2020: Residents discovered West Papua in Indonesia and its incredible, vibrant green eco-systems.
A Dive & Snorkel Program is planned around opportunities in the itinerary and staffed by qualified Dive Masters. Professional and licensed drivers lead Residents & Guests on Zodiac adventures in remote locations not accessible by the Ship but where opportunities for exploration are possible.
Incredible Video on Demand and Broadcast TV
A daily TV program is produced on board which invites Residents & Guests to learn about the current port of call, visiting experts and activities planned for the day. Daily installments of the show, available in all Residences – plus tapings of lectures, destination videos and popular movies – run on The World’s Video on Demand (VOD) system, not to mention 70-plus broadcast television channels. It’s a unique TV system unheard of for a vessel of this kind.
Marina Day Pursuits
Special ‘Marina Days’ and ‘Beach Days’ allow Residents to enjoy water sports (such as Hobie Cat and Laser boat sailing and kayaking), water skiing, banana boating, Polar Plunges and lounging on sun-soaked shores for the afternoon. On these special days, the back wall of the Marina restaurant is lowered and serves as a multi-functional platform and ‘jumping off’ deck for sea-side play. Often a beach barbeque will be staged from the Ship with permission from local authorities.
About The World
Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 20 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service. To learn more about this unique lifestyle call 954-538-8449 or visit www.aboardtheworld.com.
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