What is this “endless cruise”, which will soon cast off?

What is this “endless cruise”, which will soon cast off?
What is this “endless cruise”, which will soon cast off?

The cruise could be fun…forever. On May 30, an extraordinary journey will begin from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Northern Ireland, famous for having hosted the construction of the legendary Titanic more than a century ago. We hope that the outcome of this trip will be happier. One thing is certain: it won’t happen anytime soon. Thus, CNN reveals in a popular article, the Villa Vie Odyssey is preparing to lift the bridge with its nearly 300 passengers for a cruise of a new kind. He must travel around the world in 16 “segments” over 1,301 days, or nearly 3 and a half years. It will visit 425 ports in 147 countries on all seven continents.

It promises one of the greatest innovations in the sector: residential cruising. Passengers can choose to stay on board for as short as 35 days, but also decide to spend the rest of their lives on the ship, which once its first cycle of 1,301 days is completed, will depart for a new one.

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A significant detail: the journey was designed to cover the spring-summer seasons in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Residents may never feel the cold of winter again.

$32,485 per year

Passengers can choose to rent their cabin, at an annual cost of $32,485, while a three-year stay costs $97,455. Purchasing a cabin starts at $99,000 for an interior cabin, $149,000 for an exterior cabin and $249,000 for a cabin with a balcony. Owners then have to pay monthly fees starting at $1,750, $2,500 or $4,000 per person respectively, or $21,000, $30,000 or $48,000 per year. They are free to lend their cabin to other people, through Villa Vie for a fee. The purchase is guaranteed for 15 years, the estimated lifespan of the Villa Vie Odyssey, which should then be replaced by another boat to continue the adventure.

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All food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the rate, as well as alcohol with dinner, Wi-Fi, and medical visits (but not procedures or medications). 24/7 room service, weekly housekeeping and bi-weekly laundry service are also offered at no extra cost.

50% of passengers are single

On board, passengers will find, spread across the ship’s eight decks, two swimming pools, two jacuzzis, three restaurants, five bars and lounges, a spa, a fitness center, a library and a medical center. Also note the spacious business center with sea views, Internet access via Starlink and Viasat 3, and an “interactive culinary center” for those who cannot cook, as well as cooking classes . There will also be a golf program with an on-board simulator and outings to greens around the world.

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Of the 295 cabins available, 270 have been sold. Many solo travelers have decided to board: 50% of the group who will board on May 30 are singles. Among those under 40, there are many more single men than women, but after retirement age, there are more women. The average age of travelers is 58 and 80% of them are from the United States, with Canadians making up the second largest group. The journey promises to be fun and sunny.

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