World Cruise Ship Costs: Apartment Prices and Amenities

The World Cruiseship

Imagine waking up every morning in your own apartment, taking in the gorgeous sea view outside your bedroom window. Then making your way upstairs, past the library, to decide if you feel like stopping for some rooftop golf, making a trip to the spa, or working out at the gym. From there you can decide where to dine for lunch: maybe some French cuisine today? Or maybe a light, gourmet soup or sandwich? Or maybe you'll just wait until you arrive at the next exotic destination.

Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't.

That's life about The World cruise ship. What makes this cruise ship different from your typical holiday cruise vacation is that The World is owned by its residents. People buy their apartment and can live on board or call it their holiday home.

The World has a crew of 250 people and 165 units including, studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a six-bedroom penthouse suite. It also has a grocery store, five restaurants, a movie theater, among many other amenities.

For those seeking a daily routine that's a bit more fulfilling, there are also many classes you can take part in. Want to learn a new language? Some new cooking skills? How about some dance lessons? It's all there for you, if you want.

If this sounds intriguing, then read on to hear even more about this truly unusual and unique cruise ship.

How Much Does the World Cruise Ship Cost?

If you're looking to rent one of these rooms, one night in the studio apartment will cost you between $1300-$2300. Purchasing an apartment on board starts at $2 million, plus the annual maintenance fees which can range from $60 000 to $270 000. If you have to ask 'how much?', you probably can't afford it.

Welcome Aboard the World Cruiseship

World Cruise Ship: Dream or Reality?

It does sound great: a life of world travel, while still getting to go home at night. However, having to dress in your best for every meal in order to 'keep up with the Jones' could be quite tiring.

I do enjoy my stays in humble hostels or bed and breakfasts, with guests eager to share their cost-saving tips and share taxi rides to the nearest train station. I would much prefer to schmooze over a home-cooked meal than a fancy gourmet dinner each night, and not have to worry if my clothes are fashionable enough.

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twggyy 7 years ago

The above commentor is assuming quite a bit about the residents abord the world, and wealthy people in general. I know many rich people who don't dress up all the time, are not snobby, and cook in their own kitchens. Many people do this, they act like anyone with money is different from them. What about people who were born without money and worked really hard their entire lives to get it?

The apartments in the world have kitchens and there is a grocery shop on board.


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ForTheInterim 7 years ago from Montreal Author

All fair points! I would happily stand corrected.


Adam 7 years ago

Wow...Well taken FTI...

Twggyy...Lighten up a bit...clearly she is being a bit sarcastic and lite-hearted. My suggestion to you TWGGYY...grab yourself a glass of wine or possibly a bottle...and RELAX!

FTI...I just found your posts today in my search for Iceland advice, and I appreciate all the info you provide!


Greg 6 years ago

If the apartments on this ship are even half sold, it's the owner of the ship who is fast becoming wealthy. Forget the buy in that "starts" at $2 million. $60k to $270k per year for maintenance?! $270k per year comes out to $740 per day. Major cruise lines would kill to command a premium of $150 per day for passengers. Even Oasis of the Seas, the most hyped cruise ship in years, can be had for around $100 to $150 per passenger per day. Other sailings, such as those at off peaks times (on more ordinary ships) go for far less than $100 per day. Either the 'The World' is a grossly inefficient operation, or its owners are making a fortune.


Scott 6 years ago

Greg you forget that there is a LOT less people staying on "The World" hence you are paying a much larger share of the maintenance costs.


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Charlie Bee 6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Cool to see you write about this "ForTheInterim". I'm a professional Musical Entertainer aboard Cruise Ships, and have docked near this ship a few times. I just published my first hub, all about my first-hand experience working aboard Cruise Ships, and it's nice to see your fine work! GOOD JOB!


Travelay 6 years ago

I think both Scott and Greg have good points. There are of course fewer apartments on The World than a typical cruise ship (and therefore your percentage of the charges is higher). However, the ship is undeniably running at a profit. I assume that you're charged maintanence regardless of whether you're actually ever using your apartment. It's the equivilant of running a conventional cruise ship at full occupancy all the time. Smart!


Ron 6 years ago

I would hope that the ship's operators are making a profit. If it sinks while (hopefully) I'm not aboard, I'd like to have my retirement home replaced.


Jess 6 years ago

I was just looking at this whole thing on living on a The World and just seems like things are just not fair in life. I have served and got injured while serving in the Army. I get out and have trouble finding a job even with a degree and just can't even imagine being able to afford such things in life as The World. Maybe I should have got into real estate or something. Just sucks


Jess 6 years ago

Didn't mean to vent on here. I saw some show on t.v showing this massive luxury cruise ship that you can live on. Even with my combined 110 thousand a year income with my wife I would never be able to afford to live on something as grand as The World. Maybe if I were to get on job on this ship maybe. Well I will go back and keep praying I hit powerball someday. I will definitely look this website back up.


yahoo 6 years ago

I would LOVVVEEE to live on that boat!!! Sadly, I can only dream to get enough money to afford a place on that monster cruise. Though I wonder how anyone would continue their job while on board (allowing them to have enough $$$ to stay onboard).


Jen 5 years ago

The people who are living on this boat are very, very rich people who because they do not stay in any particular jurisdiction for any length of time avoid paying taxes. I bet the tax they avoid paying more than covers the cost of living on this ship.


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ForTheInterim 5 years ago from Montreal Author

Interesting point Jen. Certainly could end up paying for itself then.


Tuinie 5 years ago

The ship is owned by the people who own the apartments.


Someday... 5 years ago

I've actually been on The World! I know some people with an apartment there and they hosted a big group of us for dinner once. While I'm sure there's some measure of snobbishness from some of the ship's denizens, it's certainly not universal. My friends are pretty much as down to earth as you can get... you know, if you're that rich.

It's definitely not the real world there - I think there are three shops on the boat: the grocery store and boutique, as you've mentioned, and also a Graff diamond store. Yes. That's right. Of course, it's not open at dock so really it's just something to do if you get bored at sea. Amazing.

If you ever get a chance to take a peek and check it out: do it. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. Really awesome.

As for the taxes thing, most people have a permanent residence somewhere as well, so that's not necessarily true.


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ForTheInterim 5 years ago from Montreal Author

Thanks for the insider info Someday!! I most definitely would not turn down that kind of opportunity. Glad to hear that snobbishness isn't the norm on board. It feels better when it's nice, down to earth people who get to enjoy these luxuries :)


Raxmaster 5 years ago

Hey Jess:

I first of all commend you for your service in the military, I am also serving in the military too. I find that this world gives back to people what they put into it. It is only unfair if you make it unfair, a lot of those people who own those apartments onboard are working 16 hours a day managing their business empires while their wives enjoy the life or their parents.

As a person who owns and runs a business I respect the people who have had the ambition and drive to work hard enough to be able to afford it. I would venture to guess that many of those living on board are also contributing to philanthropic ventures as well.

Remember the guy who owns the apartment on this ship might very well be employing you too. These people are contributing to the economy and giving jobs. Work hard and have faith that the world is your playground and you shall receive your greatest desire.


Ed 5 years ago

To the cry baby ex-military: There are millions of us who served. There used to be something called "the draft" and you had to put 2 years in. Stop crying and go out and seize the day.


Lucy 5 years ago

Interesting info... I'm sure there's some truth to everyone's comments here.

Well put, Raxmaster and Ed!


Peter H 5 years ago

Where did the idea come from that "The World" is huge? (the ship I mean - not the planet earth)

It's actually quite small compared to just about all modern cruise ships - particularly the "Monsters of the Seas" (AKA RCI's Oasis and Allure)

However the the living accommodations are huge - some of the apartments would swallow ten or more of the "Monsters" wee cabins.

Also they are all (have to be) furnished and decorated by some of world's (that's the planet earth this time) very top designers and furnishers. IKEA will just not do at all on the World (ship)

These things do not come cheap - and the comparison with the £100/night pp (which means "per person", by the way - not per cabin) which you will pay for a 120sq ft cabin on a "Monster" cannot be compared in any way with the World's mind blowing offerings (which, like most contributors here) I could never afford in my wildest dreams.

But I do not begrudge others this privilege - provided they have earned it of course. Which, sadly, might actually exclude quite a lot of the current "owners"!


Peter H 5 years ago

Where did the idea come from that "The World" is huge? (the ship I mean - not the planet earth)

It's actually quite small compared to just about all modern cruise ships - particularly the "Monsters of the Seas" (AKA RCI's Oasis and Allure)

However the the living accommodations are huge - some of the apartments would swallow ten or more of the "Monsters" wee cabins.

Also they are all (have to be) furnished and decorated by some of world's (that's the planet earth this time) very top designers and furnishers. IKEA will just not do at all on the World (ship)

These things do not come cheap - and the comparison with the £100/night pp (which means "per person", by the way - not per cabin) which you will pay for a 120sq ft cabin on a "Monster" cannot be compared in any way with the World's mind blowing offerings (which, like most contributors here) I could never afford in my wildest dreams.

But I do not begrudge others this privilege - provided they have earned it of course. Which, sadly, might actually exclude quite a lot of the current "owners"!


Arthur 5 years ago

Seeing the whole world from your balcony. Being taken to the Olympics, or the World Cup, or etc. and almost always living in the perfect season of the year. The cost even at $2 million (starting) is a bargain. What a way to reward yourself for a productive life. Me? Although I'm gainfuly employed "The World" is well beyond my reach. Perhaps some rich, lonely, female resident on "The World" will take me in.


Katie 5 years ago

I saw this at Greenwich (Debden) earlier this week.

It was moored about 2 minutes from where I live and visible from my window. It's the most fabulous vision of a ship I've ever seen.

I spent some down by time by the river in the evening just watching it (& photographing it). Little boats were circling round it, and lit up against the backdrop of Canary Wharf it was truly wonderful, as all the residents will know...

I don't think anything has captured my imagination quite as much as this has.

If I had known luxuries like this one existed I would have devoted a lot more of my life to trying to get super rich! sigh...

...so well done to you lucky people who get to live and travel on it, and, like Arthur, if any of you single male residents have everything in life but lack the female to put the cream on the cake, I'm your lovely missing lady..and free to join you.


Chucky 5 years ago

I hope they build a new ship by the time when I am ready to retire (20 more years). I think $2 mil only give you the right to own the suite for the life of the ship(around 30 years). By the time I am retiring, the ship is ready to retire too. Good comment Raxmaster.


peterredd 4 years ago

I sit here now in Esperance Western Australia and i can see the World out of my window at anchor...We in the little town are privileged to see such a ship.. I can only dream of living on a ship such as this..


Andrew 3 years ago

Would anyone really enjoy living on the World for any length of time? It sounds too indolent and self-indulgent to be worthwhile for more than a long vacation. Come on folks, the real world needs us to inhabit it with gusto and commitment.


mjugend 3 years ago

I keep imagining to spend my retirement days in a cruise ship, but as I just said in a cruise ship not in a residence floating ship and I read that if you program yourself you can spend most of the year doing so at an average of less then a US$ 100,00 a day, anyone here has any idea about it? If so please not just post the answer here, but email it to me please at: mjugend@hotmail.com

Thanks to all of you,

M. Jugend


Madame Matilda 2 years ago

Quite an Amazing Investment....sure it would be interesting as well to take a fly-in when wanting to be on land at some other Engagement or event!!?

Thanks for the Share!!!

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