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The Streets of Monaco

Cruise/yacht designers and operators are trying whenever possible to deliver something different into the cruise and yacht industry. One of these new ideas is themed yachts and cruise ships. The art of producing a themed cruise ship or yacht is to seamlessly weave a story into every element of the design, and it’s achieved through an extensive consultation with the client during the initial phases of the design process.

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Residential cruise ships

A new development in the cruise ship industry is that of full-time residency. Currently there is only one residential cruise ship in operation, The World of ResidenSea. There are several more under development, including some with a Letter Of Intent for shipbuilding: Utopia Residences under Samsumg Heavy Industries, and Magellan under the STX-Europe yard of Saint Nazaire, France.

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The Cruise Market

The cruise market together with flotel market represents the “natural” market where accommodation in vessels is offered to potential clients. While a flotel vessel is located for long periods of time in a fixed position (at harbor or in the middle of the ocean), a cruise vessel is normally sailing from one port to another daily. Therefore, cruise market seems not to be the perfect marine structure for the establishment of autonomous ocean communities.

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Countries & Cruise Ships

I was checking up on T-Mobile’s website to see what their roaming rates are by country, as I’m doing some international travel this weekend.

I was delighted to see that their list of “countries” you can check coverage on starts with all the countries in the world…and then continues on to list individual cruise ships, sorted by cruise line and ship name!

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New Residential Cruise Ship – Samsung signs $1.1B LOI with Utopia Residences

[Reuters reports](http://www.reuters.com/article/hotStocksNews/idUSSEL00278920091130)

> SEOUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Samsung Heavy Industries (010140.KS) said on Monday that it has won a $1.1 billion order from Utopia Residences, a U.S.-based cruise and hotel operator, to build a luxury cruise vessel.

> The South Korean shipbuilder said in a statement it expects to sign the final contract during the first half of next year, with the ship due to be delivered by 2013.

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Poll on holding a 2010 Seasteading Conference on a cruise ship

Terry Floyd gave an unconference presentation at Seasteading09 about the possibility of holding a conference on a cruise ship. This could replace or supplement our 2010 Conference (for example, it could be in a different region like Europe, Asia, or the US Eastern Seaboard). Terry created a survey which many conference attendees have filled out, and we’d like to get y’alls responses as well.

[Fill Out The Survey Here](http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8dyp1NzACT6q6pxkEFWM8g_3d_3d)

BTW, videos from the conference should start appearing this week or next!

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2010 SOLAS Deadline

Important to know for anyone researching used vessels:

**[2010 SOLAS Deadline Looms For Older Ships](http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=488)**

> For some of cruising’s older ships, 2010 is a watershed that could see them sent off to the breakers’ yard.

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