A look inside an apartment on board luxury yacht The World, which arrives in Hamilton on Tuesday. *Photo supplied
A look inside an apartment on board luxury yacht The World, which arrives in Hamilton on Tuesday. *Photo supplied
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FRIDAY, OCT. 19: One of the world’s most luxurious vessels is to visit the island next week, the Bermuda Sun can reveal.

The World, a passenger-owned luxury yacht of cruise ship proportions, will arrive on Tuesday, bringing around 150 to 200 wealthy passengers.

James Droney, the director of The World’s itinerary and destination planning, said: “Bermuda was selected because it is always a favourite of the residents.

“Residents enjoy the golf, bicycling, tennis and other activities as well as shopping and the restaurants. The island perfectly complements the lifestyle of our residents.”

The ship will spend three days in Hamilton.

The 644-foot ship, which has a total of 165 luxury apartments on board, is the only private “residence at sea” and operates on a continuous basis, which means it spans the globe every two or three years.

A spokeswoman for the ROW Management, which operates the Bahamas-registered 43,500 tonne ship, declined to discuss how much an apartment on board costs.

But Travel and Leisure magazine quotes two bedroom apartments as starting at $2 million – plus annual maintenance fees, which are said to range between $60,000 and $270,000 a year. And a larger apartment was earlier this year listed with upmarket London real estate agents Savills at around $10 million.

The firm is cagey about celebrity owners – but Terminator actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, singing star Madonna and ex-James Bond Roger Moore have all been linked.

Residents on board, together with the captain and the management company, vote on where to visit each year.

The ship has a range of accommodations, from studios to three bedroom apartments up to a six-bedroom penthouse and boasts a total of seven restaurants and cafes and six bars, as well as two swimming pools.

It is only the fourth time the luxury home-at-sea, launched in 2002, has visited Bermuda. Previous visits were in 2005, 2008 and 2010.