Asian countries like the Philippines favors careers on the cruise ship industry. In spite of the irresistible monetary gain, requires braving the turbulent waters and the high demands of the job. If you were able to keep the job longer, you could fully enjoy one of the perks of working on a cruise ship – the chance of traveling around the world. Included in that “package” is meeting new people every day, and eventually, getting acquainted with them or if you're lucky enough, building long-term friendships. The latter outcome is quite difficult to achieve because of shifting schedules and the length of stay of each patrons. This article is brought to you by: NSMS
Is there a marine vessel on earth that defies this hello-then-goodbye kind of relationship? Welcome aboard on The World, the first known floating community on the sea. At a glance, even at pictures on the net, someone might mistake it as a cruise ship but in reality it is not. According to the management, The World is “the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth.” Yep, nothing what it seems, as they say.
It was a brainchild of Knut Kloster, Jr., who sought the help of his several colleagues on 1997 with one mission in mind – to transform a yacht into a residential liner. Later on, they launched The World on 2002 and registered it in the Bahamas. This 12-deck private yacht comprises of 165 cabins with four types of rooms. This includes 106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studio-type units. Resale is only the option for now because The World was already sold out since 2006.
The amenities and facilities are quite similar as to what a cruise ship has. Moreover, the vessel has a library, theater, golf simulator, and a gaming center. It also boasts its one-of-a-kind World Spa and Wellness Center for total relaxation of the mind and body, and if you want, it is possible to do this every day. Residents could also feed their mind by applying at one of the short courses the management offers. For those who mix business with pleasure, they could work remotely using their strong Internet connection. Another privilege is the residents themselves could plan their own itinerary of their “field trip” around the world that happens every two or three years.
The World is the home for 130 families that came from various parts of the world. Contrary to a 3,600-passenger cruise ship, it is an intimate and close-knit community based on the statistics. So, it is not impossible to start and nurture friendships especially with the crew. The World has more or less 260 employees with different nationalities.
In the long run, the employees will develop a sense of familiarity with the yacht's residents and vice versa. Due to the long course of the journey, it won't be difficult for the staff to determine the needs and wants of each resident. The ratio of the employee versus the residents plays a big factor as well. This is advantageous for both parties and ensures that the quality of service the staff delivers is at its best.
Regardless of what a cruise liner or vessel's living arrangement adapts; whether it is a seven-day journey or more; traveling does not only give you the satisfaction of exploring different tourist attractions around the world. It is also a way of forming strong connections by meeting new people of various nationalities. It is more than clicking the ‘like’ button on a Facebook profile of someone you just search on the Internet.