Early on Monday morning the 17th of December, as I was walking Leila (our dog) on the Teeth of the Dog I spotted a large cruise ship on the horizon – which I assumed to be the Costa Luminosa arriving for the first time this season. However, when the ship docked literally right outside of the Marina Casa de Campo I began to think that perhaps this was not the Luminosa.
In fact, what I thought was a cruise ship docked outside of the Marina Casa de Campo, turned out to be The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth – serving a residential community – which is actually owned by its residents. The World was docked outside of the Marina Casa de Campo from Monday morning December 17th to Wednesday morning December 19th – when it set sail to nearby Saona Island.
The World is the only private residential community-at-sea where its Residents may travel the globe without ever leaving home. Since it first set sail in 2002, The World has visited over 800 ports in approximately 140 countries.
The World in port in Portland, USA
Home to just 130 families from 19 different countries, The World boasts 165 Residences ranging from studios to expansive three-bedroom units and a palatial six-bedroom penthouse suite, which boasts accommodations for up to 12 people. All of the homes aboard the vessel have been sold although there are a select number of Residences available for resale. 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 apartments are customized based on Residents’ tastes and feature everything from contemporary to transitional to traditional decor. According to wikipedia prices for these apartments range from US$600,000 up to US$13.5 million with monthly home owner dues approximately US$20,000 per month.
A private Residence aboard The World
The World and its residents circumnavigate the globe every 2 to 3 years on an extraordinary itinerary determined by The World’s Captains and Residents, stopping in each destination between 2 to 5 days. Whilst some families live on board fulltime, most visit periodically throughout the year, spending on average 4 months on board per year.
The World offers its Residents many facilities; a gourmet deli, The World Spa, library, cinema, a sports center and 6 restaurants – which supplement the kitchens/kitchenettes in most of the apartments and studios.
Whilst travelling the globe aboard The World, residents enjoy to shore excursions – no doubt many came ashore in Casa de Campo to enjoy a round of golf on the Pete Dye designed Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore or the Links or shooting at the Shooting Center, dinner and drinks in the Marina Casa de Campo – or Altos de Chavón, or one of the other many activities Casa de Campo has to offer! In addition these residents also enjoy on board classes in a wide range of topics; dance, languages, cooking, arts and crafts, music and photography.
The World – docked outside of the Marina Casa de Campo
This year The World has visited 31 countries and more than 100 ports of call – a voyage started on January 1st 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, taking passengers to destinations around the globe; Australia, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Mexico, the USA and Canada among others. In the Dominican Republic, The World first visited Puerto Plato from December 13th – 14th, Samana from December 15th – 16th, La Romana (Marina Casa de Campo) December 17th – 19th and finally Isla Saona – on December 19th before departing across the Mona Passage to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise The World, I hope to see you again one day – in writing this article I have completely fallen in love with this Ship and all the adventure it represents…….now I have a new dream for the future!
To find out more about The World, click on this link to watch an awesome video about life onboard: http://aboardtheworld.com/video.htm
The World as seen from the Teeth of the Dog golf course