MIAMI -- The World of ResidenSea will be more like a land-based
hotel next year (even though it still looks like a cruise ship).
Guests will be able to book studio residences on a daily basis
for a minimum of three nights, embarking and disembarking wherever
The line will keep its rental options for five- to 19-day
pre-planned voyages, which cost between $3,280 and $23,195 per
person, as well as its apartments for purchase.
The new residence rental plan is the first major announcement
from ResidenSea since the appointment of chief executive officer
Riley has a background in hotel and hospitality companies: He
was the chief executive of Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Group and of Melbourne, Australia-based Crown Ltd.
"We have hotel rooms as well as an apartment rental program,"
Riley said. "We don't feel the need to market only cruises."
He said residents are "eager to have new and interesting people
come on board."
As for 2003 destinations, the ship will sail the Pacific Ocean
and the Southern Hemisphere, starting in Honolulu and ending the
year in Cape Town, South Africa.