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These cruise ship co-owners who travel around the world while staying at home

2022-06-29T11:14:46.650Z

Individuals have invested in the ship The World and travel the world while enjoying their property. Several other projects are under consideration.



The principle can indeed turn out to be attractive.

Circumnavigating the globe all year round on your own liner, in your own cabin, all accompanied by five-star service.

This is what the residence liner The World offers, with its 150 studios and apartments between 3 and 15 million euros only available for purchase.

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Four restaurants, two swimming pools, a casino, a nightclub or even sports halls and luxury boutiques, the happy owners who have dared to make this atypical investment lack for nothing.

Each year, they decide by a majority vote which stages and stopovers they will make two to three years later.

But between the 280 crew members to be paid and the many other costs necessary for the operation of a liner, the profitability of the investment may be questionable.

"Once on board, it's the great luxury"

On paper, the operation is a dream.

Luxury rooms, caring staff, stopovers all over the world... A life on the cruise, at home.

This very special investment, with the many costs it entails, is defended by several players in the sector.

For Corinne Ancion, founder of the specialized media Stopover cruise, buying an apartment on this type of liner has first of all a financial interest for people who have the means to acquire this type of property, most of them over 60 years old.

Once on board, it's pure luxury.

These people don't have to worry about anything.

Between a retirement home and this type of lifestyle, we can consider it profitable

», explains the expert.

Benoit Fevre, manager of a cruise company in Le Havre, met the inhabitants of this liner.

The argument he heard most often was that of the personalized support that customers benefit from.

(They)

are satisfied because they are taken care of, they like to be 'pampered'.

“, he explains.

Restaurant, doctor, cleaning staff, residents feel at home.

A comfortable setting, therefore, accompanied by serenity.

In this type of boat, customers don't have to worry about pirates or the dangers of the sea. That's a huge advantage

,” he adds.

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Another interest for the owner, he benefits from a community spirit.

The clientele, made up largely of Americans and Australians over the age of 60, constitutes a small floating village in which the inhabitants like to meet and chat in an idyllic setting.

These customers have money, they like this interpersonal relationship which gives them serenity and happiness.

It's a familiar environment

,” adds Benoit Fevre.

Without forgetting the satisfaction of the sailor, that of embarking on his own boat, as a city dweller would join his second home.

It's not just the financial aspect.

There is real pleasure in going on your boat, sailing and enjoying the ocean, while not having to

“, Still believes the manager.

Charges to take into account

The many costs incurred by the operation of a liner are however not negligible, although Benoit Fevre assures us: "

It does not cost excessively expensive compared to what they earn to live on this boat

".

The co-owners participate in payroll costs to remunerate the 280 members of staff, contribute to the regular renovation of the ship to limit its depreciation and comply with certain sustainable development standards.

For those who want to cover these costs, subletting an apartment for part of the year is common on board The World liner.

There is a real relocation market behind it.

This allows owners to organize their time as they wish

,” says Benoit Fevre.

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However, the concept of a residence liner remains marginal.

To date, The World is the only ship currently in service but several projects are underway, such as the

MV Narrative,

which should see the light of day in 2024. This ecological residence liner will offer more than 500 apartments for sale and will operate on the same model than its big brother The World, namely a permanent world tour punctuated by stopovers in the four corners of the world.

But with 450 crew members and more than 20 restaurants on board, the charges are expected to be significantly higher.

Source: lefigaro

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