MS The World

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The World in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Name:The World
Operator: ROW Management, Ltd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Port of registry:Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas
Ordered: 2000
Builder: Fosen Mek. Verksteder A/S in Rissa, Norway
Yard number: N.71
Laid down: 2001
Launched: 28 February 2001
Completed: 20 February 2002
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 43,188  GT
Length: 196.35 m (644 ft 2 in)
Beam: 29.8 m (97 ft 9 in)
Draft: 6.7 m (22 ft 0 in)
Decks: 12
Installed power: Marine diesel
Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)
Capacity: 150-200 passengers average
Crew: 280

The World is the largest privately owned residential yacht. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels, staying in most ports several days. Some residents choose to live on board full-time while others visit periodically throughout the year. [1] It is operated by ROW Management, Ltd., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. [2]


It has 165 residences (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios), all owned by the ship's residents. Average occupancy is 150–200 residents and guests.

The World (IMO ship identification number: 9219331) 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 World also currently holds the world record for the southernmost ship voyage. The record was broken by her Capitan Dag H. Saevik, and the 63 residents on board at the time (as well as the crewmembers). The record for the most southerly navigation reaching 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World recorded this polar record at 10:41hrs Ship’s time (New Zealand time) on 28th January 2017, this is now the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.

Original concept and construction

In Mackay, Queensland in 2006. The world at port in Mackay 2006a.jpg
In Mackay, Queensland in 2006.

The ship was the idea of Knut U. Kloster, whose family had a long history in the marine industry. [1] Her hull was built in Landskrona, Sweden, by Öresundsvarvet, and it was then towed to Fosen Mekaniske Verksted in Rissa, Norway, for completion. The vessel was launched in March 2002 and purchased by its residents in October 2003.

The management company is responsible for operations and administration of the ship, including hiring the employees. The residents, through their elected board of directors and a network of committees, provide guidance to the management about the ship's itinerary, finances, and lifestyle. [1]


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. [1]

There are six restaurants for dining that supplement the kitchens or kitchenettes in most of the residences. [1] For on-board entertainment there is a movie theater, library and music performances. [1] In addition to shore excursions, various classes have been offered on board. [1] The World provides internet access in each residence.

Northwest Passage transits

Setting sail from Nome, Alaska, U.S. on 18 August 2012 and reaching Nuuk, Greenland on 12 September 2012, the ship became the largest passenger vessel at the time to transit the Northwest Passage. [3] [4] The ship, carrying 481 passengers and crew, for 26 days and 4,800 nautical miles (8,900 km) at sea, followed in the path of Captain Roald Amundsen, the first sailor to complete the journey in 1906. [5] In 2019, the ship traversed the Passage from east to west, becoming the 300th vessel to make the voyage, and the largest to do so in both directions.

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