The World is due in port

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LUXURY residential cruise ship The World will spend three days docked in Cartagena Port at the end of April.

Popularly referred to as ‘the millionaires’ boat’, The World has 165 private residences on board with purchase prices ranging from €1 million to more than €6 million and rentals from €1,000-€4,000 a day.

Owners can get on and off the ship, which was built in 2002 by Norwegian designers Petter Yran and Bjørn Storbraaten at an estimated cost of €3 billion, anywhere across the five continents it travels between each year, and residents vote on the routes to be taken.

This will not only be  the first year a cruise  ship stops overnight at Cartagena, but also the first time 140,000 cruise passengers visit in one season, a figure which is increasing every year.

Although the number of ships due is lower than last year, they will be larger and carry more passengers.

Cruises including Thomson Island Cruises’ Thomson Majesty with 1,500 passengers, P&O’s Azura with 3,100 passengers and Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas with almost 4,300 passengers are expected to return to Cartagena in 2015.

A new visitor will be Variety Cruises’ Aegean Odyssey. The 140.5 metre ship with capacity for 400 passengers is aimed at history and culture fans. The world’s third largest cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s MS Norwegian Epic, with capacity for 4,100 passengers, is also expected.

The main goal of the port authorities is to increase visits during the winter as at present all cruises come between March and November while in January, February and December the ships head for the Caribbean.

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