Cruise Ship Condos
Have you ever sailed on a cruise ship and didn’t want to get off when your vacation was over? Well, now you can live on a cruise ship if you purchase a “cruise ship condo” from one of the many developers. Most cruise lines already do full world voyages, but you usually only port for a day or two at most, leaving you very little time to explore the area to the fullest. Also for the most part you are unable to catch up with the ship whenever you want, but with these cruise ship condos you can come and go as you please at all times of the year. You can catch up with your cruise condo in various ports at different times of the year around the world. They seem to be a thing of the future for people who want to travel the world with a lot of luxury and also for retired people looking to get away for awhile. The ships vary with different needs for different types of travelers. You could cruise the world for significant events or you can cruise the Mississippi River all year. Below is an overview of the ships that you can purchase a “cruise ship condo” on now or fairly soon.
Currently one of cruise ships to offer condos for sale is The World only has room for 200 special guests. The World continually travels full-time giving the residents a very unique and personalized journey to all the different ports, allowing them 2-5 days to explore each destination. Each year there is a specific itinerary that the owners have, giving them the freedom to leave the ship from any port and join it again in a few months when it has docked somewhere else. Like most cruise lines, The World gives you the small conveniences of home, along with daily massages, meals form one of the 5 restaurants, a grocery store, a movie theater, fitness options and other amenities to help pass the time at sea. The World has anywhere from a studio sized condo, up to a 3 bedroom apartment available and one 6 bedroom penthouse. Prices start at $2,000,000 and there is a separate yearly maintenance fee ranging from $60,000 to $270,000.
This cruise ship condo project is the creation of the Four Seasons hotel chain. This is the first time a luxury hotel chain is getting into the cruise business. Expect this 719 foot, 13 deck premium luxury ship will have 112 residences on board. The cabins that are being sold are from 1 to 4 bedrooms with walk in closets that range in size from 800 to over 7,000 square feet. They will also have full-length windows, terraces and full size kitchens. Each owner will be credited $12,000 a year in drinks, food and spa treatments. To give any convenience at your finger tips also included is a fitness center, a pool, shopping boutiques, four restaurants, wine cellar, putting greens, driving range, business center and a specialty grocery store. The itinerary is focused on key events in the world like the America’s Cup and Rio’s Carnival. These cruise ship condos start at $3.8 million all the way up to $40 million.
The Utopia is a planned luxury cruise ship with ownership rights to the cabins for the 199 residents. The ship is expected to be completed in 2014 and will focus its travels on world wide events like the Ocean Residences. The cabins will range in size from 1,400 square feet to 6,600 square feet. The cruise ship will have a casino, private cabanas on the deck, outdoor movie theater, golf simulators, 235 seat observation lounge, grocery store, three signature restaurants, demonstration kitchen and a marina. The cruise ship condos will start at $3.9 million up to $28 million.
Next we have a different kind of cruise ship condo available for purchase. The Marquette is large river barge that will stick strictly to the rivers in the U.S. Still in the development stage, the Marquette will cruise the northern rivers during the summer and then the southern rivers and inter-coastal waterways during the winter months to make it more comfortable for the owners. The Marquette will do things a little differently than the other cruise ship condos and won’t be all-inclusive. The ship will have your usual amenities like a movie theater, concierge service, fitness equipment, fishing, mail service to name name a few. If you want other special perks like an arranged golf event, restaurants, storage space, water craft rental, phone, internet and TV, you will have to pay extra for those.
The Marquette will feature between 185-200 condos on board. The cabins will range in size from 528-924 square feet. Don’t worry about furnishings, they will be provided except for linens. These condos have an interesting purchasing plan. You have three options to select from. You may purchase 2 months, half a year or a full year. The 2 month purchase rate ranges from $54,600 to $84,900, the half year purchase rate is $161,000 to $264,000 and the full year purchase rate is from $299,000 to $499,000. The are additional monthly HOA dues that range from $1,166 to $2,040. The ship won’t start construction until the units have been purchased. If you do call to purchase one, then you can request certain layouts and cabin placement is on a first come first served basis.
America World City
This city at sea is still in the dreamer phase, but America World City will be reality someday. The ship will be so large that it won’t fit into regular ports and will have to ferry people in at all times. With that kind of size, It will be able to hold 2,800 guest rooms and suites. It going to be on a very high luxury end cruise city giving you the best benefits possible like a sports complex, six swimming pools, seventeen restaurants, thirty shops and boutiques, a library, a museum, an art gallery 2,000 seat theatre, several nightclubs, casino and a complex wellness center. While construction hasn’t started on this vessel yet, it will surely be a goal of the future. Prices have not yet been set for the cruise ship condos.
Another cruise ship condo operation that is being planned is the Orphalese. This ship will have 200 permanent residences living in two to four bedroom condos ranging in size from 1,000 to 4,000 square feet.. There will also be an additional 265 suites for guests wanting to take a short cruise on the ship. This ship will focus its itinerary on events throughout the world like the Ocean Residence. The cruise ship condos will start at $10 million and increase depending on unit size.
While most of these ships are still in the developmental states, it looks like these condo cruise ships will be a thing of the future. If you are looking for a new way to retire then this should be right up your ally. Have fun following their development and maybe you will be lucky enough to own one some day.