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Residential Cruise Ships - how to change the scenery outside your home


October 19, 2006

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October 20, 2006 We’ve looked at luxury homes on wheels (A, B, C, D, E), relocatable homes that get delivered to the location of your choice (A, B, C, D), mobile homes that float (A, B) and even relocatable homes that hang in the trees (A, B). As the world becomes geographically untethered, we expect the market for taking it with you will just grow and grow. If you love the serendipitous discovery of travel but long for the creature comforts and space of home, the Residential Cruise Ship option might be for you. One of the first such concepts we covered in our first print issue four years ago was the Freedom Ship (A, B) and the first fully-operational residential cruise ship was the Residensea. Now there’s a US$650 million dollar private residential cruise ship project underway named the Magellan.

Buy an apartment on the Magellan and your residence will regularly circumnavigate the globe while you live in the epitome of luxury with a full service retractable marina, on-call private Bell 429 helicopters and 150 ports of call. Residents have anytime access to their floating penthouses which live within the amenities and services of the what is being billed as one of the world’s finest resorts. On-call housekeeping staff, a world-class spa and marketplace, 24-hour concierge staff, indoor and outdoor pools, four restaurants, a 450-seat theatre featuring Broadway-quality entertainment, a casino worthy of Monte Carlo and a Starbucks café are just a few of the conveniences. Residences on the Magellan range in price from US$1.8 million to US$8 million, there’s fractional ownership available which might make it available through share clubs, and the destination map is here.

“I envisioned the need for the Magellan during a cruise through the Magellan straits with my wife and two daughters, says Randall Jackson, chief executive officer of the Magellan Residential Cruise Ship by Residential Cruise Line, LTD. “After traveling for years on cramped, crowded cruise ships, I realized that there was a need for a better way of traveling – a better way of living.”

The impeccably designed penthouses offer unparalleled views of the sea and all of the creature comforts that can be found in land-based multi-million dollar homes. Custom wood cabinetry, luxurious stone surfaces, gourmet-quality appliances, lavish baths and luxurious living quarters complemented with the latest technological advancements makes the Magellan the ultimate residence on sea or land.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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