Life in the Lap of Luxury at The World – Residences at Sea
The sun is beaming on my face as my gaze locks onto the cloudless sky. I’m about to board the most luxurious and extravagant ship on Earth.
I arrive at Iberville Cruise Terminal where I am taken through security. After much anticipation, I am greeted by crewmembers waiting for my arrival. “Good afternoon, Ms. Kanbar. Welcome to the World,” they say. I smile at the gentleman who retrieves my luggage and advises me that it will be taken to my suite. From there I’m escorted through the terminal where I anxiously prepare to board. As I exit the building I find myself face-to-face with the World. I stare at the ship, analyzing its exterior. Grand and majestic, I feel a jolt of excitement as I walk the ramp, ready to discover the adventure and wonder that is ahead.
The World – Luxury Residences at Sea is a privately owned, 644-foot yacht that houses 165 customized luxury residences. The World is home to a community of families from 19 different countries and every two or three years this floating condominium circumnavigates the globe following an itinerary curated by its residents.
I enter my suite and am instantly delighted by my findings. The room is designed with neutral tones and classic-contemporary décor. The suite features a marble bathroom, mini fridge, entertainment centre and walk-in wardrobe. Perhaps one of the greatest features is the private veranda, which offers an awe-inspiring view of the sea.
I have 10 minutes to settle in before I tour the World. Just as I am about to leave my suite I notice a fruit platter and bottle of champagne. Like true dolce fashion, I pour myself a glass in celebration of the journey I am about to embark on. I step out onto the veranda and make a toast. “Here’s to the sweet life!”
During my tour, I am swept away by the luxurious amenities offered at the World. Residents don’t need to leave the ship to enjoy the privilege and excitement of living a luxurious lifestyle. Here’s why: the World features six restaurants, a full-sized tennis court, a fitness centre with personal trainers, cinema, library, grocery store, wine vault, golf facilities, spa, swimming pools and a medical centre, just to name a few.
The World is no cruise ship and lives up to its reputation as a floating condo. The residences here are fully equipped and include an inviting foyer, flooring with hand-laid wood or stone, up to three bedrooms and marble bathrooms, full-size kitchens with premium appliances and generous living and veranda space.
My evening begins at East Restaurant and Sushi Bar, where general manager Arjan Scheepers and the World ambassador for Canada Francine Prud’Homme greet me. East is an award-winning restaurant that serves up traditional and innovative Asian cuisine from Japan, China, Thailand and India. The upscale, lacquered room features ocean and pool views and offers residents the option of eating indoors or on the patio under the stars.
The menu includes residents’ favourites such as the Honey Chilly Prawns and Creamy Shrimp. My eyes travel through the menu, wanting to explore every delectable item. What to choose when the menu features the most succulent dishes crafted by the some of the world’s most talented and skilled chefs? Overwhelmed by all the desirable dishes, I decide to let the server choose for me. “Surprise me,” I say. Moments later the server presents me with an East classic: the Crispy Beef Strips alongside sautéed red bell pepper, green beans and caramelized onion, layered with a sweet and tangy sauce and served over a bed of steamed brown rice. Appeasing to the eye and even more so the palette, the dish is cooked to absolute perfection. The texture of the beef is spot on, crispy on the outside but tender and savoury on the inside. “It’s wonderful, thank you,” I say. He smiles and says “You’re welcome. Enjoy, Madame.” Madame? I could get used to this.
Over the course of dinner, Arjan, Francine and I discuss the culture at the World. In the few hours that I have been on board, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the residents. While I am in the midst of luxury surrounded by the world’s elite, the residents can be described as humble, friendly and welcoming. It’s a small community, much like a family who shares similar interests like golfing and healthy living through diet and exercise. But it’s their zest for life that builds and connects this community.
My final day is spent at the World Spa. Complete with a Jacuzzi, steam bath and relaxation room, the World Spa is a whimsical realm where residents go to nourish their mind, body and soul.
I receive a 90-minute, full-body massage. In those 90 minutes, I reminisce of my stay at the World. I had spent the last two days as a guest, so naturally I begin to ponder what life would be like abroad this extravagant ship. I imagine myself trading in the fast-paced city life for an infinite voyage on a vacation home. But the World is more than just a home — it’s a sanctuary that surpasses its praises. When you’re a resident here, everything is taken care of and your every whim is fulfilled. Whether you’re anchoring off in the most exotic ports of all, gallivanting through Europe or exploring the vibrant underwater wildlife of the Maldives and Seychelles, you can be as active or as tranquil as you like.
The World is about exploring the globe from the comfort of your own personally designed home. It is for those who dare to embark on a journey that embodies the spirit of the wanderlust and those who wish to live a vibrant yet effortless way of life. The World is quite literally out of this world.
Photos Courtesy of The World