ResidenSea has started to sell suites and apartments on cruise ship The World following a change of policy from its owners.

When The World originally launched, a proportion of the accommodation was sold like on any other cruise, and the rest was bought by individual owners. The ship was then bought out by the residents, who decided they didn’t want ad hoc cruise passengers coming on board.

ResidenSea cruise ship The World

Now the policy has changed again and management company ResidenSea is renting apartments and suites through cruise specialists and upmarket operators. It already works with cruise specialists the Cruise Line and Mundy Cruising and is looking for more trade partners.

ResidenSea vice-president sales Hans Magnus said: “This is an exclusive cruise experience. Residents sail with us for an average four months a year, but not necessarily consecutively, so there are usually only around 200 passengers on board at any time.”

When The World was in Greenwich last week, operators including Steppes and Western and Oriental were on board, with a view to including it in their programmes.

The World has 165 apartments, of which about 40% are up for rent. Prices start from $1,300 a night for two, including all food, drink and gratuities.