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.
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.
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.
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!
Na’ama Moran’s presentation on the business of Medical Tourism on Ships, given at the 2009 Seasteading Conference, can now be viewed online:
Mikolaj Habryn’s presentation entitled “Residential ShipSteading” is now available online: