The World – Our Story (Fact Sheet)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – The World is the largest private residential yacht on earth where its Residents travel the globe without ever leaving home. This community at sea first set sail in 2002 and has visited over 1,000 ports of call in over 120 countries. With a continuous worldwide itinerary that enables the vessel to span the globe every two-to-three years, the Ship is a complete floating city, equipped with high-end facilities and luxurious amenities that create an intimate, refined atmosphere for its Resident owners. The strikingly beautiful and well-appointed Ship promises impeccable and personalized service customized to Resident’s preferences in a warm and inviting ambience much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed private home or exclusive country club.


The Lifestyle

A lifestyle aboard The World allows Residents to explore the planet’s most breathtaking exotic and well-known destinations with like-minded adventure seekers from the comfort of their own private Residence. This exclusive community enjoys the ultimate combination of luxury travel with world-class dining, custom destination experiences, and enriching cultural events – all designed to ‘bring the destination alive’. This unique lifestyle fosters a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a sense of community, and the formation of lasting friendships.


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Management Company ROW Management Ltd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is responsible for sales, marketing, operations and administration of The World.
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Principal Dimensions Tonnage:  43,188 gross tons Length: 644.2 ft. (196.35 m)
Beam: 97.8 ft. (29.8 m) Draft: 22 ft. (7.05 m)
Decks: 12 Maximum speed: 18.5 knots
Ownership Privately owned by Residents of The World – 150 families from 19 countries – North America (49%), various European countries (36%), and Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (15%).
Occupancy   Average occupancy is 150-200 Residents & Guests which provides an intimate atmosphere
Average Stay    Residents travel for as long as they desire, spending an average of three to four months on board every year.
Crew   An international complement of long-standing crew, including approximately 280 experienced staff from 42 countries.


The Journey

The World’s Captains and Residents collectively determine the Ship’s yearly itinerary based on the best sea routes and Residents’ personal interests. Itineraries are determined approximately two to three years in advance by a community vote. Continuous worldwide journeys, with a focus on extended stays of an average three days in port, ensure that Residents have sufficient time to explore their favorite destinations. Unlike most vessels, The World spends nearly twice as many days in port as at sea. Every few days Residents wake up to look outside their window at a new and exciting port of call.


2019 Journey

The Ship’s extraordinary 2019 journey will take its Residents to 91 exciting ports of call across the Indian Ocean, South East Asia, China, Japan, western and northern Europe, India, the High Arctic and more. The carefully crafted itinerary, which is determined by the Residents themselves, blends iconic larger cities around the world with smaller more remote and less traveled locations. Each year, The World strives to visit new destinations and in 2019 she will call on 12 maiden posts of call, sailing approximately 41,500 nautical miles.

The 2019 itinerary offers two highly anticipated expeditions for in-depth journeys into two extraordinary regions. A team of experts join these special voyages to provide hands-on experience and knowledge. In January 2019, The World will return to the Indian Ocean, visiting Madagascar, one of the most biodiverse islands on the planet, and the Aldabra Group of the Seychelles. These tropical islands are like nowhere else on earth with a large collection of endemic flora and fauna, as well as native lemurs and chameleons.

In late summer, The World will embark on a Northwest Passage Expedition, a classic maritime adventure on an iconic route that spans 3,500 miles of the High Arctic, traversing across the northern coastline of Canada and Alaska. Having been the largest passenger Ship to sail the Northwest Passage (NWP) from west to east during its record-breaking 2012 NWP Expedition, The World will return to this incredible region in 2019 to accomplish a ‘double transit’ sailing from east to west. Residents will spot whales, polar bears, muskox, and other creatures that call this powerful habitat home, as well as visiting several Inuit communities.

As demonstrated by these two unique expeditions and dozens of fascinating destinations along the way, 2019 is poised to become one of The World’s most memorable journeys.


The Beginning

The vision behind The World was to create a way in which travelers never had to disembark. They could sail for as long as they wished from the comfort of their own private residence. As such, in 1997 a team of experienced professionals was gathered and began working on the first vessel where people could travel the globe without leaving home. Construction of the vessel began in May 2000 in Rissa, Norway and in March 2002 the vision was realized when The World set sail from Oslo with its inaugural Residents on board. Her maiden voyage departed from Lisbon, Portugal on 2 May 2002 and on 17 May 2002 she was christened in Venice, Italy. On 30 September 2003 the Residents purchased the Ship, and in June 2006, the original inventory of Residences was sold out.


Ship Designers

Petter Yran and Bjørn Storbraaten designed The World. This Oslo-based team successfully combined nautical elements with clean, contemporary lines, imparting the aura of a private yacht to this magnificent 12-deck Ship, while enhancing an intimacy with the sea that is not available on land.


Environmental Interests

 The World is the first Ship of its size burning marine diesel oil rather than heavy bunker fuel, making for a much more environmentally friendly Ship and allowing The World to call in areas where ships burning heavy fuel are banned. The World is also the first Ship to feature the unique Scanship wastewater cleaning system in which wastes are filtered by means of a flotation system.


Private Residence Details

 There are 165 Residences aboard The World ranging from studios to expansive three-bedroom apartments and a palatial six-bedroom penthouse suite, which boasts accommodations for up to 12 people. All of the homes have been sold although there are a select number of Residences available for resale. Annual ownership costs are additional and are based on square footage of the apartments. The spacious Residences include 106 two- and three-bedroom apartments, 19 one- and two-bedroom studio apartments, and 40 studios. Interiors of the two- and three-bedroom Residences are customized based on Residents’ individual tastes and feature everything from contemporary to transitional to traditional decor.


The World Spa & Wellness Center

The World Spa & Wellness Center is a 7,000-sq.-ft. retreat for the mind, body and soul whose team of experts craft the perfect combination of wellness, fitness, and beauty. Products used are made with the highest quality, handpicked ingredients, as well as the latest hair, body and skincare techniques to keep those who indulge looking and feeling great. Residents are pampered with a complete menu of services including body, massage and facial treatments; advanced skincare; hand, nail and foot treatments; hair services and grooming. The World’s physiotherapy program comprises both hands-on treatment and therapeutic rehabilitation, including rehabilitative Pilates.


Health and Fitness

Whether looking for increased flexibility and mobility, improved strength and / or cardiovascular capacity, the full-service Fitness Center provides a wide range of state-of-the-art training equipment, workshops, personal trainers and group exercise options. A variety of off-Ship fitness excursions are also available from hiking and cycling, to snorkeling, diving and kayaking. Classes accommodate all fitness levels and workshops are designed to address common fitness and health issues while introducing some of the newest concepts in the industry.


For those seeking an active and healthy lifestyle The World features two swimming pools, a full-size tennis court, paddle tennis court, cricket, golf facilities with a golf simulator, driving ranges and putting greens, jogging track and a retractable marina for water sports.


Dining and Lounges

Extraordinary skill and culinary mastery delight diners’ palettes with international creations often using locally sourced produce and specialty ingredients to enhance the cultural experience. Restaurants offer light options and cater to special requests including kosher, vegetarian, and diabetic diets. There are four major restaurants are on board:


  • East – eclectic Asian cuisine serving sushi, sashimi and a wide variety of Pan-Asian specialties. Select tables are fitted with removable turntables for family-style sharing.
  • Marina – contemporary American steakhouse and seafood bar presented with an international flair. Features a Chef’s Table – a showcase for preparation of regional delights from the land and sea.
  • Portraits – haute cuisine and fine dining. A truly gastronomic experience in an elegant setting.
  • Tides – a panoramic, ocean-view restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian flair.


Two of the most unique dining options on The World are its “Call-a-Chef™” program, offering private chef service in a Residence – a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a special occasion with a personalized dinner party – or enjoying a snack, dessert or relaxing nightcap under the stars on one of the Ship’s private Bali beds on Deck 12. In-Residence Dining is also available.


Other dining options include:

  • Fredy’s Deli – café setting serving coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads and pastries. Also includes a gourmet market stocked with fresh local produce and specialty items from different ports.
  • Poolside Grill – poolside venue offering casual cuisine such as burgers, salads and light meals.


A diverse selection of cocktail lounges and bars are also on board including:

  • Cigar Club – traditional English-style smoking and cognac bar. Features a large humidor and cognac cabinet. Also offers vintage ports, calvados, Madeira’s, Sherries and wines.
  • Lobby Bar – a classic bar serving wine and champagne, signature cocktails, and an extensive selection of high-end spirits.
  • Marina Bar – full-service bar with breathtaking views offering an extensive selection of wines, spirits and The World’s signature and classic cocktails.
  • Pool Bar – tropical cocktails, fresh juices and smoothies prepared with organic super foods.
  • Quantum Bar – located in Quantum Nightclub serving champagne, high-end spirits and The World’s signature and classic cocktails.
  • Regatta Bar – spectacular view with the ambiance of a casual yacht club and sports bar.
  • The Garden – tea room and lounge.


Onboard Facilities, Services and Amenities

The Ship offers myriad services and amenities. A few of note include an art gallery, arts & crafts, billiards, florist, gourmet deli, housekeeping, laundry, library, Medical Center, nightclub, non-denominational chapel, sports center offering real and virtual golf excursions to the world’s top-ranked courses, The World Boutique & Showroom, The World Concierge, The World Spa & Wellness Center, theater, video and board games, video-on-demand, and youth program.


Guest Stay Program

 A Guest Stay Program allows interested and qualified potential Residents to experience firsthand the unique and luxurious lifestyle aboard The World prior to a purchase decision. Guest Stay access is quite limited and is by invitation only due to the exclusive and private nature of The World.


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


Media Contacts:  For additional information or to request images of The World, please contact:

Jayne Alexander, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,

Joanna Merredew, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,

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January 2019