MS The World is a cruise ship that caters to residents. It is operated as a condominium complex, with large cabins that can be purchased, unlike other cruise ships that operate like a resort. As the ship travels, the residents, who hail from 19 different countries, live on board.
The World is the world’s largest private residence yacht. The residents, who hail from around 45 countries, live onboard the ship as it travels around the world, stopping in most ports for several days.
Some residents choose to live onboard full-time, while others come on board on a seasonal basis. It is managed by ROW Management, Ltd., a company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The ship’s residents own all 165 residences (106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studios). The average number of residents and visitors is 150–200.
The World (IMO ship number 9219331) has a gross tonnage of 43,188 tonnes and is registered in The Bahamas.
The World holds the world record for the southernmost ship voyage as of January 28, 2017. Her Capitan Dag H. Saevik, as well as the 63 residents and crew members on board at the time, broke the record.
At the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, the ship was at 78°43•997°S and 163°41•421°W.
Because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the ship was emptied of passengers and non-essential crew in March 2020.
The ship’s return to service date has yet to be announced.