Stepping aboard The World (see slideshow) today was a rare experience for Biba and I… rare because this is a ship that has so many places to go, and to stay for a while, that she passes through just once every 3 years. And doubly rare because stepping aboard was more like entering the grand home of a friend than boarding a cruise ship.
Accommodation on The World is not in cabins, nor in staterooms but in apartments – a studio at least; a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom home with kitchen if you choose. Every apartment has a private, full-width balcony, marble bathroom with tub, gorgeous accessories like Frette linen; all fares are fully-inclusive, and the cost compares favourably with a luxury holiday at the best land locations. And space… with a maximum of 200 guests (served by 265 crew) and weighing in at 43,500 tons there is simply no comparison with mainstream cruise ships.
The lobby( Pictured in slide show) – decked today in Christmas finery, including tree – is home to one of 5 grand pianos, the preferred form of entertainment aboard. Guests will be treated to fine music and enrichment lectures, rather than Broadway-style shows. Golf and Bridge are well catered for, the gym is popular and professional coaching is available to take your game, or personal training, further. You can dine and drink in any of 4 restaurants – on local produce whenever that is of exceptional quality – and you may shop in a well-stocked deli for ingredients and entertain “at home”. A chef is available and the cleaning up will be done by service staff. Throughout the ship there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the only formality being a requirement in two of the four restaurants for gentlemen to wear a jacket at the evening meal.
The impression throughout our visit was that denizens of The World set very high standards and prefer the quiet enjoyment of the environment they have created.
Travel by Design is a concept that makes use of The World’s long stays in port. Guests can check in anywhere in the world, enjoy the cruising life for a minimum of 6 nights aboard – during which the ship becomes their floating luxury hotel wherever she is moored. This brings cruising back to being real travel, offering a fuller experience than can be gained in a day visit.
And because she is designed as a home-away-from-home for her owners, returning to The World each night can be a little like coming home.
This World is somewhere special.
On board: choice of 6 dining venues, or dine in-suite; 2 pools; full size tennis court; golf simulator and open air driving range; Banyan Tree spa
How much? Mosman Cruise Centre Stay & Cruise packages start from US$655 per person per day (13th Feb 2010, 11 nights, Bali to Singapore).”